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Vol. A moft royal one: the centurions, and their charges, diftinctly billetted, already in the entertainment, and to be on foot at an hour's warning.
Rem. I am joyful to hear of their readiness, and am the man, I think, that shall fet them in prefent action. So, fir, heartily well met, and moft glad of your company.
Vel. You take my part from me, fir; I have the most caufe to be glad of yours.
Rom. Well, let us go together.
2 Serv. Away? Get you away.
Cer. Now thou art troublesome.
2 Serv. Are you so brave? I'll have you talk'd 15 with anon.
Enter a third Servant. The first meets him.
3 Serv. What fellow's this?
1 Serv. A ftrange one as ever I look'd on: I cannot get him out o' the houfe: Pr'ythee, call 20my mafter to him.
3 Serv. What have you to do here, fellow? Pray you, avoid the house. [hearth.
Cor. Let me but ftand; I will not hurt your 3 Serv. What are you?
Cor. A gentleman.
3 Serv. A marvellous poor one.
Cor. True, fo I am.
3 Serv. Pray you, poor gentleman, take up fome other ftation: here's no place for you; pray you, 30 avoid: come.
Cor. Follow your function, go,
And batten on cold bits.
[Pufbes bim away.
3 Serv. What, will you not? Pr'ythee, tell my mafter what a strange gueft he has here.
2 Str. And I fhall.
On a diffention of a doit, break out
A Hall in Aufidius's Houfe.
1 Serv. Wine, wine, wine! What fervice is here! I think our fellows are asleep.
Enter another Serving-man.
2 Ser. Where's Cotus? my mafter calls for 55 him. Cotus!
3 Serv. I' the city of kites and crows?-What an afs it is?-Then thou dwell'ft with daws too? Cor. No, I ferve not thy master.
3 Serv. How, fir! Do you meddle with my mafter? Cor. Ay; 'tis an honefter fervice, than to meddle with thy mistress:
Thou prat'ft, and prat'ft; ferve with thy trencher, [Beats bim away.
Enter Aufidius, with the fecond Serving-man. Auf. Where is this fellow?
2 Serv. Here, fir; I'd have beaten him like a dog, but for disturbing the lords within.
Auf. Whence comeft thou? what wouldest
thou? Thy name?
Why fpeak'ft not? Speak, man: What's thy name?
Not yet thou know'ft me, and feeing me, doft not
160l Commands me name myself.
• That is, though not actually encamped, yet already in pay. To entertain an army is to take them into pay. 2 Companion was formerly ufed in the fame fenfe as we now ufe the word
Auf. Say, what's thy name?
Have all forfook me, hath devour'd the rest;
I had fear'd death, of all the men i' the world
And make my misery serve thy turn; so use it,
Thou dar'ft not this, and that to prove more fortunes
Each word thou haft spoke hath weeded from my
Should from yon cloud speak divine things, and fay,
And scarr'd the moon with splinters! Here I clip
1 Memory for memorial. territory.
Sigh'd truer breath; but that I fee thee here,
We have a power on foot; and I had purpose
15 Had we no quarrel elfe to Rome, but that
Cor. You blefs me, gods!
Auf. Therefore, moft abfolute fir, if thou wilt
Whether to knock against the gates of Rome,
To fright them, ere destroy. But come in:
1 Serv. Here's a strange alteration! 2 Seru. By my hand, I had thought to have ftrucken him with a cudgel; and yet my mind gave me, his clothes made a false report of him.
1 Serv. What an arm he has! He turn'd me about with his finger and his thumb, as one would 45 fet up a top.
2 Serv. Nay, I knew by his face that there was fomething in him: He had, fir, a kind of face, methought,-I cannot tell how to term it.
1 Serv. He had fo; looking, as it were, Would I were hang'd, but I thought there was more in him than I could think.
2 Serv. So did I, I'll be fworn: He is fimply the rareft man i' the world.
1 Serv. I think he is: but a greater foldier
55 than he, you wot one.
2 Serv. Who? my master?
1 Serv. Nay, it's no matter for that.
2 Serv. Worth fix of him.
1 Serv. Nay, not fo neither: but I take him to
60 be the greater foldier.
2 Serv. 'Faith, look you, one cannot tell how
to fay that for the defence of a town, our general is excellent.
1 Serv. Ay, and for an affault too.
Enter a third Servant.
peace, as far as day does night; it's fprightly, waking, audible, and full of vent 4. Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy; mull'd 3, deaf, fleepy, infenfible; a getter of more baftard children, than
3 Serv. O, flaves, I can tell you news; news, 5 war's a destroyer of men. you rafcals.
Both. What, what, what? let's partake.
3 Serv. I would not be a Roman, of all nations, I had as lieve be a condemn'd man.
Both. Wherefore? wherefore?
3 Serv. Why, here's he that was wont to thwack our general, Caius Marcius.
1 Serv. Why do you say, thwack our general? 3 Serv. I do not fay, thwack our general; but he was always good enough for him.
2 Serv. Come, we are fellows, and friends: he was ever too hard for him; I have heard him fay fo himself.
2 Serv. 'Tis fo; and as war, in fome fort, may be faid to be a ravisher; so it cannot be denied, but peace is a great maker of cuckolds.
1 Serv. Ay, and it makes men hate one ano
1 Serv. He was too hard for him directly, to fay the truth on't: before Corioli, he scotch'd him 20 and notch'd him like a carbonado.
2 Serv. An he had been cannibally given, he might have broil'd and eaten him too.
1 Serv. But, more of thy news?
3 Serv. Reafon; because they then lefs need one another. The wars, for my money. I hope to fee Romans as cheap as Volces.They are rifing, they are rifing.
All. In, in, in, in.
A publice Place in Rome.
Enter Sicinius, and Brutus.
Sic. We hear not of him, neither need we fear
His remedies are tame in the present peace
Blufh, that the world goes well; who rather had,
3 Serv. Why, he is fo made on here within, as 25 Were in wild hurry. Here do we make his friends if he were fon and heir to Mars: fet at upper end o' the table: no question ask'd him by any of the fenators, but they stand bald before him: Our general himself makes a mistress of him; fanctifies himself with's hand 1, and turns up the white o' the 30 About their functions friendly. eye to his discourse. But the bottom of the news is, our general is cut i' the middle, and but one half of what he was yesterday: for the other has half, by the intreaty and grant of the whole table. He will go, he says, and fowle the porter of 35 Rome gates by the ears: He will mow down all before him, and leave his paffage poll'd 3.
2 Serv. And he's as like to do't, as any man 1 can imagine.
3 Serv. Do't? he will do't: For, look you, fir, 4 he has as many friends as enemies; which friends, fir, (as it were) durft not (look you, fir) fhew themselves (as we term it) his friends, whilst he's in directitude.
1 Serv. Directitude! What's that?
3 Serv. But when they fhall fee, fir, his creft up again, and the man in blood, they will out of their burrows, like conies after rain, and revel all with him.
1 Serv. But when goes this forward?
3 Serv. To-morrow; to-day; presently. You fhall have the drum ftruck up this afternoon: 'tis, as it were, a parcel of their feaft, and to be executed ere they wipe their lips.
2 Serv. Why, then we fhall have a ftirring 55 world again. This peace is nothing, but to ruft iron, encrease tailors, and breed ballad makers. 1 Serv. Let me have war, fay I; it exceeds]
Alluding, improperly, to the act of crossing upon any strange event. 2 That is, drag him down by the ears into the dirt. The word is derived from few, i. e. to take hold of a perfon by the ears, as a dog feizes one of these animals. 3 That is, bared, cleared. for difcourfe. 5 i. e. foften'd and difpirited, as wine is when burnt and sweeten'd. 6 i. e. ineffual in times of peace like thefe.
i. e. full of rumour, full of materials
The young'st and oldest thing.
Sic. This is most likely !
Bru. Rais'd only, that the weaker fort may wish Good Marcius home again.
Sic. The very trick on't.
Men. This is unlikely:
He and Aufidius can no more atone 3,
Than violenteft contrariety.
Enter another Messenger.
Mef. You are fent for to the fenate :
Upon our territories; and have already
Com. O, you have made good work! Men. What news? what news? [ters, and Com. You have holp to ravish your own daugh20 To melt the city leads upon your pates; To fee your wives difhonour'd to your noses;Men. What's the news? what's the news? Com. Your temple's burned in their cement; and Your franchises, whercon you ftood, confin'd 25 Into an augre's bore.
Men. Pray now, the news?
You have made fair work, I fear me :-Pray, your
30 He is their god; he leads them like a thing
35 Or butchers killing flies.
Men. You have made good work,
You, and your apron-men; you that stood so much
The breath of garlick-eaters 5!
40 Com. He'll shake your Rome about your ears. Men. As Hercules did fhake down mellow fruit, You have made fair work!
The tribunes cannot do't for fhame; the people
55 Does of the fhepherds: for his best friends, if they
2 i. e. talk. 3 Dr. Johnson remarks, To atent here is, in the
That is, without affeffers; without any other fuffrage. that to atone, in the active fenfe, is to reconcile, and is fo ufed by our author. neutral fenfe, to come to reconciliation. To atone is to unite. 4 Occupation is here ufed for mechanicks, men occupied in daily business. 5 To fmell of garlick was once fuch a brand of vulgarity, that garlick was a food forbidden to an ancient order of Spanish knights, mentioned by Guevara. It appears alfo, that garlick was once much ufed in England, and afterwards as much out of fashion. Hence, perhaps, the cant denomination Pil-garlick for a deferted fellow, a perfon left to fuffer without friends to affift him.. 6 Alluding to the apples of the Hefperides. 7 To revolt fmilingly, is to revolt with figns of pleasure, or with marks of contempt.
They'll roar him in again. Tullus Aufidius,
Enter a Troop of Citizens.
Men. Here come the clufters.-
Which will not prove a whip; as many coxcombs,
Omnes. 'Faith, we hear fearful news.
1 Cit. For mine own part,
When I said, banish him, I faid, 'twas pity. 2 Cit. And fo did I.
Lieu. I do not know what witchcraft's in him;
Your foldiers ufe him as the grace 'fore meat,
And you are darken'd in this action, fir,
Auf. I cannot help it now;
Unlefs by ufing means, I lame the foot
Of our defign. He bears himself more proudly
Lieut. Yet I wish, fir,
(I mean, for your particular) you had not
Had left it folely.
Auf. I understand thee well; and be thou fure,
To the vulgar eye, that he bears all things fairly,
Lieu. Sir, I befeech you, think you he'll carry 30 Auf. All places yield to him ere he fits down; And the nobility of Rome are his :
3 Cit. And fo did I; and, to say the truth, fo did very many of us: That we did, we did for the best; and though we willingly confented to his banishment, yet it was against our will. Com. You are goodly things, you voices! Men. You have made you Good work, you and your cry!-Shall us to the Com. O, ay; what else? [Exe. Com. and Men. Sic. Go, mafters, get you home, be not difmay'd, 45 These are a fide, that would be glad to have This true, which they fo feem to fear. Go home, And fhew no fign of fear.
Even with the fame aufterity and garb
1 Cit. The gods be good to us! Come, mafters, let's home. I ever faid, we were i' the wrong, 50 For I dare fo far free him) made him fear'd, when we banish'd him.
Bru. Let's to the Capitol :-'Would, half my
Would buy this for a lie!
Sic. Pray, let us go.
A Camp; at a fmail diftance from Rome.
Auf. Do they ftill fly to the Roman ?
So hated, and fo banish'd: but he has a merit,
One fire drives out one fire; one nail, one nail;
60 Come, let's away. When, Caius, Rome is thine, Thou art poor'st of all; then shortly art thou mine. [Exeunt.
1 i. e. As they booted at his departure, they will roar at his return; as he went out with fcoffs, he will come back with lamentations. 2 A kind of eagle. 3 The fenfe is, The virtue which delights to commend itself will find the fureft tomb in that chair wherein it holds forth its own commendations. 4 i. e. What is already right, and received as fuch, becomes lefs clear when fupported by fupernumerary proofs.