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for Coriolanus neither to care whether they love Worthy Cominius, speak.- Nay, keep your place. or hate him, manifests the true knowledge he has
[Coriolanus rises, and offers to go away. in their disposition; and, out of his noble careless- I Sen. Sit, Coriolanus: never shame to hear ness, lets them plainly see't.
What you have nobly done. 1 Off. If he did not care whether he had their Cor. Your honours' pardon; love, or no, he waved indifferently 'twixt doing I had rather have my wounds to heal again, them neither good, nor harm; but he seeks their Than hear say how I got them. hate with greater devotion than they can render
Bru. Sir, I hope, it him; and leaves nothing undone, that may fully My words disbench'd you not. discover him their opposite. Now, to seem to af
: Cor. No; sir: yet oft, fect the malice and displeasure of the people, is as When blows have made me stay, I fed from words. bad as that which he dislikes, to fatter them for You sooth'd not, therefore hurt not: but, your their love.
I love them as they weigh.
(people, 2 Off. He hath deserved worthily of his coun- Men. Pray now, sit down. try: and his ascent is not by such easy degrees as Cor. I had rather have one scratch my head i'the those, who, having been supple and courteous to When the alarum were struck, than idly sit (sun, the people, bonnetted, without any further deed to To hear my nothings monster'd. [ erit Coriolanus. heave them at all into their estimation and report; Men. Masters o' the people, i to but he hath so planted his honours in their eyes, Your multiplying spawn how can he flatter, (see, and his actions in their hearts, that for their tongues (That's thousand to one good one,) when you now to be silent, and not confess so much, were a kind He had rather venture all his limbs for honour, of ingrateful injury; to report otherwise, were a Than one of his ears to hear it?--Proceed, Cominius. malice, that, giving itself the lie, would pluck re- Com. I shall lack voice: the deeds of Coriolanus proof and rebuke from every ear that heard it. Should not be utter'd feebly. It is held,
1 Off. No more of him; he is a worthy man: That valour is the chiefest virtue, and Make way, they are coming.
Most dignifies the haver: if it be,
nius the consul, Menenius, Coriolanus, many Be singly counterpois’d. At sixteen years,
Whom with all praise I point at, saw him fight, Men. Having determind of the Volces, and When with his Amazonian chin he drove To send for Titus Lartius, it remains,
The bristled lips before him: he bestrid As the main point of this our after-meeting, '
dan o'er-press'ā Roman,' and 'l'the consul's view To gratify his noble service, that
Slew three oppressors : Tarquin's self he met, Hath thus stood for his country: therefore, please And struck him on the knee: in that day's feats, Most reverend and grave elders, to desire (you, When he might act the woman in the scene, 1. The present consul, and last general sub 2745 He prov'd best man i'the field, and for his meed In our well-found successes, to report
Was brow-bound with the oak. A little of that worthy work perform'd
Man-enter'd thus, he waxed Jike a sea ; By Caius Marcius Coriolanus; whom
And, in the 'brunt of seventeen battles since, We meet here, both to thank, and to remember He lurch'd all swords o'the garland. For this last, With honours like himself.
Before and in Corioli, let me say, 1 Sen. Speak, good Cominius:
I cannot speak him home: he stopp'd the fliers Leave nothing out of length, and make us think, And, by his rare example, made the coward Rather our states defective for requital,
Turn terror into sport: as waves before Than we to stretch it out. Masters o' the people, | A vessel under sail, so men obey'd, We do request your kindest ears: and, after, And fell below his stem: his sword (death's stamp) Your loving motion toward the common body; Where it did mark, it took ; from face to foot To yield what proses here.
He was a thing of blood, whose every motion Sic. We are convented 13:44 !! 17:32 Was timed with dying cries ! alone he enter'd Upon a pleasing treaty; and have hearts at 1 The mortal gate o'the city, which he painted Inclinable to honour and advance ti igid With shunless destiny, aidless came off, The theme of our assembly.
And with a sudden reinforcement struck Bru. Which the rather
Corioli, like a planet: now, all's his: We shall be bless'd to do, if he remember When, by and by, the din of war 'gan pierce A kinder value of the people, than any me His ready sense; then straight his doubled spirit He hath hereto prized them at.
Re-quicken'd what in flesh was fatigate, Men. That's off, that's off;
And to the battle came he: where he did "", I would you rather had been 'silent: "please you Run reeking o'er the lives of men, as if To hear Cominius speak?
wit. 'Twere a perpetual spoil: and, till we call'd Bru. Most willingly;
Both field and city ours, he never stood But yet my caution was more pertinerit,
To ease his breast with panting. Than the rebuke you give it.
Men. Worthy man! Men. He loves your people;
1 Sen. He cannot but with measure fit the honBut tie him not to be their bedfellow;
Which we devise him.
His pupil age
2 Cit. Why that way?"
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I say, if he would inclinet
Com. Our spoils he kickd at's ti19e srce ova
1 Cit. And to make us no better thought of a And look'd upon things precious, as they were, little help will serve: for once, when we stood up The common muck o'the world: he covets less about the corn, he himself struck not to call usThan misery itself would give; rewards
the many-headed multitude. His deeds with doing them; and is content
3 Cit. We have been called so of many; not that To spend the time, to end it. i qit zul
our heads are some brown, some black, some auburn, Men. He's right noble; s iskt fillimizin
some bald, but that our wits are so diversely colLet him be callid for.
oured, and truly, I think, if all our wits were to 1 Sen. Call for Coriolanus.vne bio issue out of oue skull, they would fly east; west,
tho and their consent of one direct way Off. He doth appear.
compass. Men. The senate, Coriolanus, are well pleas'd 2 Cit.
my wit A
you so? Which way, do ycu judge To make thee consul.
fly. Cor. I do owe them still out of 5 55,1?.
your wit will not so soon but'as My life, and services.
another man's will, 'tis strongly wedged up in a Men. It then remains, s.2.4 is of: 110043
block-head: but, if it were at liberty, 't would, sure That you do speak to the people. rubrica
southward. Cor. I do beseech you, Let me o'erleap that custom; for I cannot
3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where, being three in , For my wounds' sake, to give their suffrage: please would return for conscience' sake, to help to get That I may pass this doing.lt (you, thee a wife. Sic. Sir, the people
' without your tricks. Must have their voices ; neither will they 'bate One jot of ceremony.
3 Cit. Are you all resolved to give your voices ? Men. Put them not to't
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But that's no matter, the greater part carties it Pray you, go fit you to the custom; and the
to the people there was Take to you, as your predecessors, have, a Your honour with your form. sezon't
Coriolanus and Menenius.
Entertain the gown of humility; mark Cor. It is a part
Here he That I shall blush in acting, and might well i
his behaviour. We are not to stay altogether, but Be taken from the people. onorur til
to come by him where he stands, by ones, by twos, Bru, Mark you that for an [thus ; and by threes, He's to make his requests by par
Cor. To brag unto them. Thus I did, and ticular; wherein every one of us has a single honour, Show them the unaching scars, which I should in giving him our own voices with ourown tongues. As if I had receiy'd them for the hire [hide, therefore follow me, and I'll direct you how you Of their breath only:
shall yo by him. Men. Do not stand upon't.
All. Content, content.
[crezut. We recommend to you, tribunes of the people, Men. Osir, you are not right: have you not Our purpose to them; and to our noble consul
[kuowis Wish we all joy and honour.it
must Sen. To Coriolanus come all joy and honour! I pray,
(flourish; then exeunt senators. My to such a pace: -look, sir ;_ny Bru. You see how he intends to use the people. wounds; Sic. May they perceive his intent! He, that I got them in my country's service, when will require thein,
Some certain of your brethren roar'd, and ran As if he did contemn what he requested
From the noise of our own drums.' i? Should be in them to give.
Men: 0 gods! GT 1) HOLI Bru. Come, we'll inform them
You must not speak of that: you must, desire them Of our proceedings here: on the market-place,
To think upon you. I know, they do attend us.
[exeunt. Cor. Think upon me? Hang 'em!! 11:33
I would would forget me, like the virtues ; SCENE III. THE SAME. TIE FORUM. @it besjid. Enter several citizens.
Which our divines lose by them. n tita
[you, 1. Cit. Once, if he do, require our voices, we ought not to deny him.
I'll leave you: pray y you, speak to them, I pray 2 Cit. We may, sir, if we will.
In wholesome manner.
[exit. 3 Cit. We have power in ourselves to do it, but
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Cor. Bid them wash their faces, it is a power that we have no power to do: for, if
[brace. he show us his wounds, and tell us his deeds, we And keep their teeth clean. So, here comes a are to put our tongues into those wounds and speak You know the cause, sir, of my standing here. for them; so if he tell us his noble deeds, we must 1 Cit. We do, sir; tell us what hath brought also tell him our noble acceptance of them. Ingra- Cor: Mine own desert.
37. [you to't: titude is monstrous: and for the multitude to be 2 Cit. Your own desert? ingrateful, were to make a monster of the multi- Cor. Ay, not tude; of the which, we being members, should Vinc own desire. bring curselves to be monstrous members.
1 Cit. How! not your own de irc?
done it? Ya
Cor. No, sir :
I have seen and heard of; for your voices, have 'Twas never my desire yet,
Done many things, some less, some more : yo To trouble the poor with begging.
Indeed, I would be consul.
(voices : i Cit. You must think, if we give you any thing, 5 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go withWe hope to gain by you.
[ship?out any honest man's voice. Cor. Well then, I pray, your price o'the consul- 6 Cit. Therefore, let him be consul: the godsgive i Cit. The price is, sir, to ask it kindly. him joy, and make him good friend to the people: Cor. Kindly?
[you, All. Amen, amen. Sir, I pray, let me ha't: I have wounds to show God save thee, noble consul! [ereunt citizens Which shall be yours in private. Your good voice, Cor. Worthy voices ! What say you?
(sir; Re-enter Menenius, with Brutus and Sicinius. 2 Cit. You shall have it, worthy sir.
Men. You have stood your limitation; and the Cor. A match, sir :
tribunes There is in all two worthy voices begg'd: Endue you with the people's voice: remains, I have your alms: adieu.
That, in the official marks in vested, you 1 Cit. But this is something odd. [matter. Anon do meet the senate. 2 Cit. An 'twere to give again.-But 'tis no Cor. Is this done?
[exeunt two citizens. Sic. The custom of request you have discharg'd: Enter two other citizens.
The people do admit you; and are summon'd Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with the To meet anon, upon your approbation. cune of your voices, that I may be consul, I have Cor. Where? at the senato-house? here tne customary gown.
Sic. There, Coriolanus. 3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your country, Cor. May I then change these garments ? and you have not deserved nobly.
Sic. You may, sir. Cor. Your enigma?
Cor. That I'll straight do; and knowing myself 3 Cit. You have been a scourge to her enemies, Repair to the senate-house.
(again, you nave been a rod to her friends; you have not, Men. I'll keep you company.--Will you along? indeed, loved the common people.
Bru. We stay here for the people.
[ereunt Cor. and Men. that I have not been common in my love. I will, He has it now; and, by his looks, methinks, sir, flatter my sworn brother, the people, to earn 'Tis warm at bis heart. a dearer estimation of them; 'tis a condition they Bru. With a proud heart he wore account gentle: and since the wisdom of their His humble weeds : will you dismiss the people? choice is rather to have my hat than my heart, I
Re-enter citizens. will practise the insinuating nod and be off to them Sic. How now, my masters? have you chose most counterfeitly; that is, sir, I will counterfeit 1 Cit. He has our voices, sir. [this man? the bewitchment of some popular man, and give Bru. We pray the gods, he may deserve your loves. it bountifully to the desirers. Therefore, beseech 2 Cit. Amen, sir: to my poor unworthy notice, you, I may be consul.
He mock'd us, when he begg'd our voices. 4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend; and 3 Cit. Certainly, therefore give you our voices heartily.
He fouted us downright.
[us. 3 Cit. You have received many wounds for your i Cit. No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not mock country.
2 Cit. Not one amongst us, save yourself, but says, Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with show- He us'd us scornfully: he should have show'd us ing them. I will make much of your voices, and His marks of merit, wounds receiv'd for his country. so trouble you no further.
Sic. Why, so he did, I am sure. Both Cit. The gods give you joy, sir, heartily! Cit. No; no man saw 'em. (several speak.
[exeunt. 3 Cit. He said, he bad wounds, which he could Cor. Most sweet voices !
show in private; Better it is to die, better to starve,
And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn, Than crave the hire, which first we do deserve. "I would be consul,' says he: aged custom, Why in this woolvish gown should I stand here, But by your voices, will not so permit me; To beg of Hob and Dick, that do appear,
Your voices therefore ;' when we granted that, Their needless vouches? Custom calls me to't:- Here was,— I thank you for your voices, thanh What custom wills, in all things should we do't, you,
(voices The dust on antique time would lie unswept, Your most sweet voices: now you have left your And mountainous error be too highly heap'd I have no further with you:'--Was not this mockery? For truth to over-peer.—Rather than fool it so, Sic. Why, either you were ignorant to see't ; Let the high office and the honour go
Or, seeing it, of such childish friendliness
Bru. Could you not have told him,
As you were lesson'd, when he had no power, Here comes more voices,
But was a petty servant to the state, Your voices : for your voices I have fought: He was your enemy; ever spake against Watch'd for your voices; for your voiccs, bear Your liberties, and the charters that you bear Of wounds two dozen odel; Lattles thrice six I'the body of the weal: and now, arriving
A place of potency, and sway o'the state,
The apprehension of his present portance, If he should still maliguantly remain
Which gibingly, ungravely, he did fashion Fast foe to the plebeii, your voices might
After the inveterate hate he bears you. Be curses to yourselves? You should have said, Bru. Lay That, as his worthy deeds did claim no less A fault on us, your tribunes; that we labour'd Than what he stood for; so his gracious nature (No impediment between them) but that you must Would think upon you for your voices, and Cast your elections on him. Translate his malice towards you into love,
Sic. Say, you chose him Standing your friendly lord.
More after our commandment, than as guided Sic. Thu to have said,
By your own true affections; and that your minds, As you were fore-advised, had touch'd his spirit, Pre-occupied with what you rather must do And try'd his inclination; from him pluck'd Than what you should, made you, against the grain, Either his gracious promise, which you might, To voice him consul: lay the fault on us. [you, As cause had call'd you up, have held him to; Bru. Ay, spare us not. Say, we read lectures to Or else it would have gall'd his surly nature, How youngly he began to serve his country, Which easily endures not article
How long continued: and what stock he springs of, Trying him to aught; so, putting him to rage, The noble house o the Marcians; from whence You should have ta’en the advantage of his choler, And pass'd him unelected.
That Ancus Marcius, Numa's daugbter's son, Bru. Did you perceive,
Who, after great Hostilius, here was king: He did solicit you in free contempt,
Of the same house Publius and Quintus were,
Was his great ancestor.
That hath beside well in bis person wrought Sic. Have you,
To be set high in place, we did commend Ere now, denied the asker? and, now again, To your remembrances: but you have found, On him, that did not ask, but mock, bestow Scaling his present bearing with his past, Your sued-for tongues ?
That he's your fixed enemy, and revoke 3 Cit. He's not confirm’d; we may deny him yet. Your sudden approbation. 2 Cit. And will deny him:
Bru. Say, you ne'er had done't I'll have five hundred voices of that sound.
(Harp on that still), but by our putting on: 1 Cit. I twice five hundred, and their friends and presently, when you have drawn your nuniler, to piece 'em.
Repair to the Capitol. Bru. Get you hence instantly, and tell those Cit. We will so: almost all [several speak. friends.
Repent in their election.
[exeunt citizeris. They have chose a consul, that will from then take Bru. Let them go on; Their liberties; make them of no more voice This mutiny were better put in hazard, Than dogs that are so often beat for barking, Than stay, past doubt, for greater: As therefore kept to do so.
If, as his nature is, he fall in rage Sic. Let them assemble :
With their refusal, botli observe and answer And, on a safer judgement, all revoke
The vantage of his anger. Your ignorant election ; enforce his pride,
Sic. To the Capitol: And his old hate unto you: besides, forget not Come; we'll be there before the stream o'ibe With what contempt he wore the humble weed; people; How in his suit he scorn'd you: but your loves, And this shall seem, as partly ’tis, their own, Thinking upon his services, took from you
Which we have goaded onward.
(creuit. ACT III.
Lart. On safeguard he came to me; and did Cornets : enter Coriolanus, Menenius, Cominius, Against the Volces, for they had so vilely [curse
Titus Lartius, senators, and patricians. Yielded the town: he is retir'd to Antium. Cor. Tullus Aufidius then had made new head? 2. Cor. Spoke he of me?
Lart. He had, my lord; and that it was, which Lart. He did, my lord. Our swifter composition.
(caus'd Cor. How? what?
Copie hen he tolces stand but as a firstly Care
. From ortent he had met you, stward
Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make That, of all things upon the earth, he hated Upon us again.
(road Your person most: that he would pawn his for Com. They are worn, lord consul, so,
To hopeless restitution, so he might (tuisce That we shall hardly in our ages see
Be call'd your vanquisher. Their banners ware again.
Cor. At Antium lives he? Cor. Saw you Aufidius?
Lart. At Antium
your offices ?
Cor. I wish I had a cause to seek him there, Therein behold themselves : I say again, To oppose his hatred fully. Welcome home. In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate
[to Lartius. The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition, Enter Sicinius and Brutus.
Which we ourselves have plough'd for, sow'd, and Behold! these are the tribunes of the people,
scatter'd, The tongues o'the common mouth.
I do despise By mingling them with us, the honour'd number; For they do prank them in authority, [them; Who lack no virtue, no, nor power, but that Against all noble sufferance.
Which they have given to beggars. Sic. Pass no further.
Men. Well, no more. Cor. Ha! what is that?
1 Sen. No more words, we beseech you. Bru. It will be dangerous to
Cor. How! no more? Go on : no further.
As for my country I have shed my blood, Cor. What makes this change?
Not fearing outward force, so shall my lungs Men. The matter?
Coin words till their decay, against those meazek Com. Hath he not pass'd the nobles, and the which we disdain should tetter us, yet sough Bru, Cominius, no.
[commons ? The very way to catch them. Cor. Have I had children's voices ?
Bru. You speak o'the people,
Sic. 'Twere well,
We let the people know't. Cor. Are these your herd ?
Men. What, what, his choler?
By Jove, 'twould be my mind.
Sic. It is a mind, Have you not set them on?
(teeth? That shall remain a poison where it is, Men. Be calm, be calm.
Not poison any further. Cor. It is a purpos'd thing, and grows by plot,
Cor. Shall remain ! To curb the will of the nobility :
Hear you this Triton of the minnows? mark you Suffer it, and live with such as cannot rule, His absolute shall ? Nor ever will be rul'd.
Com. 'Twas from the canon. Bru. Call’t not a plot:
Cor. Shall ! The people cry, you mock'd them; and, of late, O, good, but most unwise, patricians, why, When corn was given them gratis, you repin'd; You brave, but reckless senators, have you thus Scandal'd the suppliants for the people; call’d them Given Hydra here to choose an officer, Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness. That with his peremptory shall, being but Cor. Why this was known before.
The horn and noise o'the monsters, wants not spirit Bru. Not to them at all.
To say, he'll turn your current in a ditch, Cor. Have you not inform’d them since ? And make your channel his? If he have power, Bru. How, I inform them?
Then vail your ignorance; if none, awake Cor. You are like to do such business.
Your dangerous lenity. If you are learned, Bru. Not unlike,
Be not as common fools; if you are not, Each way, to better yours.
[clouds Let them have cushions by you. You are plebeiaus, Cor. Why then should I be consul? By yon If they be senators: and they are no less, Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me When, both your voices blended, the greatest taste Your fellow tribune.
Most palates theirs. They choose their magistrate ; Sic. You show too much of that,
And such a one as he, who puts his shall, For which the people stir. If you will pass His popular shall, against a graver bench!!T To where you are bound, you must inquire your Than ever frown'd in Greece! By Jove himself, Which you are out of, with a gentler spirit; [way, It makes the consuls base : and my soul aches, Or never be so noble as a consul,
To know, when two authorities are up, Nor yoke with him for tribune.lt Neither supreme, how soon confusion Men. Let's be calm.
(palt'ring May enter 'twixt the gap of both, and take Com. The people are abus'd.Set on. This The one by the other. Becomes not Rome; nor has Coriolanus dra. Com. Well,- on to the market-place. Deserv'd this so dishonour'dirub, laid falsely b Cor. Whoever gave that counsel, to give forth I’ the plain way of his merit.inl
The corn o'tbel storo-house gratis, as 'twas us'd Cor. Tell me of corn!":""; metal Blosso Sometime in Greece,This was my speech, and I'will speak't again ; Men. Well, well, no more of that. Men. Not now, not now.
Cor. (Though there the people had more abso1 Sen. Not in this heat, sir, now. Bot] I say, they nourish'd disobedience, fed [lute power,)
Cor. Now as I live, I will. My nobler friends, The ruin of the state. I crave their pardons:
Bru. Why, shall the people give For the mutable, rank-scented many, let them One, that speaks thus, their voice ? Regard me as I do not flatter, and
Cor. I'll give my reasons,