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Sic. Where is he, hear you

Sic. This is most likely ! Men. Nay, I bear nothing ; his mother and Bru. Rais'd only, that the weaker sort may bis wife Good Marcins home again.

sis Hear nothing from him.

Sic. The very trick on't.

Men. This is unlikely :
Enter Three or Four CITIZENS.

He and Autidins can no more atone,
Cit. The gods preserve you both 1

Than violentest contrariety,
Sic. Good-e'en, our neighbours.
Bru. Good-e'en to you all, good-e'en to you

Enter another MESSENGER.
all.

Mess. You are sent for to the senate : i Cit. Ourselves, our wives, and children, on A fearful ariny, led by Caius Marcius, . our knees,

Associated with Aufidius, rages · re bound to pray for you both

Upon our territories ; and have already, Sic. Live, and thrive!

O'erborne their way, consum'd with fire, and Bru. Farewell, kind neighbours : we wish'd What lay before them.

(took Coriolanus Had lov'd you as we did.

Enter COMINIUS. Cit. Now the gods keep you !

Com. Oh! you have made good work! Both Tri. Farewell, farewell,

Men. What news? what news?

(Ereunt CITIZENS. Com. You have holp to ravish your own daugh Sic. This is a happier and more comely time,

ters, and Than when these fellows ran about the streets, To melt the city leads upon your pates ; Crying Confusion.

To see your wives dishonour'd to your nosesBru, Cains Marcius was

Men. What's the news? what's the news? A worthy officer i'the war ; but insolent,

Com. Your temples buru'd in their cement; O'ercome with pride, ambitious past all thinking,

and Self-loving.

Your franchises, whereon you stood confiu'd Sic. And affecting one sole throne,

Into an augre's bore. + Without assistance.

Men. Pray now, your news Men. I think not so.

You have made fair work, I fear me :-Pray, Sic. We should by this, to all our lamentation,

your news? If he had gone forth consul, found it so.

If Marcius should be join'd with Volscians, Bru. The gods have well prevented it, and Com. If ! Sits safe and still without him.

[Rome He is their god; he leads them like a tbing

Made by some other deity than nature,
Enter EdiLE.

That shapes inau better; and they follow bim, Æd. Worthy tribunes,

Against us brats, with no less confidence
There is a slave whom we have put in prison, Than boys pursuing summer butterflies,
Reports,--the Volsces with two several powers Or butchers killing flies.
Are entered in the Roman territories ;

Men. You have made good work,
And with the deepest malice of the war

You and your apron men ; you that stood so much Destroy what lies before them.

Upon the voice of occupation, I and Men. Tis Aufidius,

The breath of garlic-eaters?
Who, hearing of our Marcius' banishment,

Com. He will shake
Thrusts fortb his horns again into the world: Yous Rome about your ears.
Which were inshell'd, wben Marcius stood t for Men. As Hercules
Rome,

Did shake down mellow fruit : You have made And durst not once peep out.

fair work! Sic. Come, what talk you

Bru. But is this true, Sir? of Marcius ?

Com. Ay; and you'll look pale Bru. Go see this rumourer whipp'd. It can. Before you find it other. All the regions not be,

Do smilingly revolt ;; and, who resist, The Volsces dare break with us.

Are only mock'd for valiant ignorance, Men. Cannot be !

And perish constant fools. Who is't can blame We have record, that very well it can ;

bim? And three examples of the like have been

Your enemies, and his, find something in him. Within my age. But reason with the fellow, Men. We are all undone, unless Before you punish him, where he heard this : The noble man have mercy. Lest you should chance to whip your information, Com. Who shall ask itt And beat the messenger who bids beware

The tribunes cannot do't for shame : the people of what is to be dreaded.

Deserve such pity of him, as the wolf Sic. Tell not me:

Does of the shepherds : for his best friends, if I know this cannot be.

they

(even Bru. Not possible.

Should say, Be good to Rome, they charg'd him

As those should do that bad deserv'd his hate, Enter a MESSENGER.

And therein show'd like enemies. Mess. The nobles, in great earnestness, are | Men, 'Tis true : going

If he were putting to my house the brand All to the senate house : some news is come, That should consume it, I bave not the face That turns ý their countenances

To say, 'Beseech you, cease.--You have made Sic. 'Tis this slave :

fair bands, Go whip bim 'fore the people's eyes :-his rais. You and your crafts ! you have crafted fair! Nothing but his report!

(ing! Com. You have brought Mess. Yes, worthy Sir,

A trembling upon Romne, such as was never The slave's report is seconded ; and more, So incapable of belp. More fearful is deliver'd.

Tri. Say not, we brought it. Sic. What more fearful ?

Alen. How! Was it we? We lov'd him; but Mess. It is spoke freely out of many mouths,

like beasts, (How probable, I do not know) that Marcius, And cowardly nobles, gave way to your clusters Join'd with Aufidius, leads a power 'gainst Rome; Who did hoot him out o' the city. And vows revenge as spacious, as between

Com. But, I fear The young'st and oldest thing.

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They'll roar hiin in again. Tullus Aufidins, | Lieu. Sir, I beseech you, think you he'll carry The second name of men, obeys his points

Rome? As if he were his officer :- Desperation

Auf. All places yield to him ere he sits down : Is all the policy, strength, and defence,

And the nobility of Rome are his : That Rome can make against them.

The senators and patricians love him too:

The tribunes are no soldiers ; and their people Enter a troop of CITIZENS.

Will be as rash in the repeal, as hasty Men. Here comes the clusters.

To expel him thence. I think he'll be to Rome, And is Aufidius with him ?-You are they

As is the osprey to the fish, who takes it That made the air unwholesome, when you cast By sovereignty of nature. First he was Your stinking, greasy caps, in hooting at

A noble servant to them ; but he could not Coriolanus' exile. Now he's coming ;

Carry his honours even : wbether 'livas pride, And not a hair upon a soldier's head,

Which out of daily fortune ever taints Which will not prove a whip ; as many coxcombs The happy man ; whether defect of judgement, As you threw caps up, will he tumble down, To fail in the disposing of those chances And pay you for your voices. Tis no matter : Which he was lord of; or whether nature, If he could burn us all into one coal,

Not to be other than one thing, not moving We have deserv'd it.

From the casque to the cushion, but cominandCit. 'Faith, we hear fearful news.

ing peace 1 Cit. For mine own part.

Even with the same austerity and garb When I said, banish him, I said, 'twas pity. As he controll’d the war ; but, one of these 2 Crt. And so did I.

(As he hath spices of them all, not all, 5 3 Cit. And so did I; and, to say the truth, so | For I dare so far free him.) made him fear'd, did very many of us : That we did, we did for So hated, and so banish'd : But he has a merit, the best : and though we willingly consented to To choke it in the utterance. So our virtues his banishment, yet it was against our will. Lie in the interpretation of the time :

Com. You are goodly things, you voices ! And power, unto itself most commendable,
Men. You have made

Hath not a tomb so evident as a chair
Good work, you and your cry!'-Shall us to the To extol what it hath done.
Capitol ?

One fire drives out one fire ; one nail, one nail ; Com, Oh ! ay; what else ?

Rigbts by rights fouler, strengths by strengths do (Ereunt Cor. and MEN.

fail. Sic. Go, masters, get you home, be not dis-Come, let's away. When, Caius, Rome is thine, may'd :

Thou art poor'st of all; then shortly art thou mine. These are a side that would be glad to have

(Exeunt. This true, which they so seein to fear. Go home, And show no sign of fear.

1 Cit. The gods be good to us! Come, mas. ters, let's home. I ever said we were i'the wrong,

ACT V. when we banished him

SCENE 1.-Rome.-A Public Place. 2 Cit. So did we all. But come, let's home.

(Ereunt CITIZENS. Enter MENENTUS, COYINIUS, SICIxius, BRU Bru. I do not like this news.

TUS and others. Sic. Nor I. Bru. Let's to the Capitol :-'Would half my! Men. No, I'll not go : you hear what he hath

said, wealth Would buy this for a lie !

Which was sometime his general; who lov'd him Sic. Pray, let us go.

(Exeunt.

In a most dear particular. He call'd me, father :

But what o'that? Go, you that banish'd him, SCENE VII.-A Camp, at a small distance

A mile before his tent fall down, and kneel from Rome.

The way into his mercy : Nay, if he coy'd ||

To hear Cominius speak, Pill keep at home. Enter Aufidius and his LIEUTENANT. Com. He will not seem to know me.

Men. Do you hear 3 Auf. Do they still fly to the Roman ?

Com. Yet one time he did call me by my Llen. I do not know what witchcraft's in him :

name : but

I urg'd our old acquaintance, and the drops Your soldiers use him as the grace 'fore meat,

That we have bled together. Coriolanus Their talk at table, and their thanks at end ;

He would not answer to : forbad all naines : And you are darken'd in this action, Sir,

He was a kind of nothing, titleless, Even by your own.

Till he had forg'd himself a name i'the fire Auf. I cannot help it now;

of burning Rome. Unless, by using means, I. lame the foot

Men, Why, so ; you have made good work : Of our design. He bears himself more proudlier

ser A pair of tribunes that have rack'd for Rome, Even to my person, than I thought he would,

To make coals cheap : A noble memory ! ** When first did embrace him: Yet his nature

Com. I minded him how royal 'twas to pardon In that's no changeling ; and I must excuse

When it was less expected : He replied, What cannot be amended.

It was a bare petition of a state Lieu. Yet I wish, Sir,

To one whom they had punish'd. (I mean for your particular,) you had not

Men. Very well : Join'd in commission with bim ; but either

Could he say less ? Had borne the action of yourself, or else

Com. I offer'd to awaken his regard To him had left it solely.

For his private friends : His answer to me was, Auf. I understand thee well; and be thou sure. In

pou sure, He could not stay to pick them in a pile When he shall come to his account, he knows

of noisome, musty chatl: He said 'twas folly, not What I can urge against him. Althongh it seems, | And still to noise the offence.

For one poor grain or two, to leave unburnt, And so he thinks, and is no less apparent

| Men. For one poor grain To the vulgar eve, that he bears all things fairly, l or two? I am one of those : his mother, wife, And shews good husbandry for the Volscian state ; His child, and this brave fellow too, we are the Fights dragon-like, and does achieve as soon

grains : As draw bis sword; yet be hath left undone That which shall break his neck, or bazard mine,

• An eagle that preys on fish.

+ Helmet. Whene'er we come to our account.

It the chair of civil authority.

Not all in Their full extent.

Condescended twillingly. • Pack, alluding to a pack of hounds.

Harassed by exactions. 1°• Memorial.

It was at was less expechow royal "mory.

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Than in om and feeding, we wances of our blood

You are the musty chaff ; and you are smelt i G. Be it so ; go back : the virtue of your name
Above the moon: We must be burnt for you. Is not here passable.
Sic. Nay, pray, be patient : If you refuse your Men. I tell thee, fellow,
aid

Thy general is my lover: I have been
In this so never-heeded help, yet do not

The book of his good acts, whence men have read Upbraid us with our distress. But sure, if you His fame unparallel’d, haply, amplified ; Would be your country's pleader, your good For I have ever verified + my friends, tongue,

(or whom he's chief,) with all the size that More than the instant army we can make,

verity 1 Might stop our conutryman.

Would without lapsing suffer : nay, sometimes, Men. No; I'll not meddle.

Like to a bowl upon a subtle Ø ground, Sic. I pray you, go to him.

I have tumbled past the throw; and, in his Men. What should I do?

praise, Bru. Only make trial what your love can do Have alınost stamp'd the leasing : || Therefore For Rome towards Marcius, Men. Well, and say that Marcius

I must have leave to pass. Return me, as Cominius is returu'd,

i G. 'Faith, Sir, if you bad told as many lies Unheard; what then

in his behalf, as you have uttered words in your But as a discontented friend, grief-shoi

own, yon should not pass here : no, though it With his unkindness ? Say't be so?

were as virtuous to lie, as to live chastely. ThereSic. Yet your good will

fore, go back. Must have that thanks from Rome, after the mea. Men. Pr'ythee, fellow, remember my name sure,

is Menenius, always factionary on the party of As yon intended well.

your general. Men. I'll undertake it :

2 G. Howsoever you bave been bis liar, (as I think he'll hear me. Yet to bite his lip, you say you have) I am one that, telling true And ham at good Cominius, much unhearts me. under him, must say, you cannot pass. ThereHe was not taken well; he had not din'd: fore, go back. The veins unfill'd, the blood is cold, and then Men. Has he dined, can'st thou tell ? for 1 We pout upon the morning, are unapt

would not speak with him till after dinner. To give or to forgive ; but when we have stufla 1 G. You are a Roman, are you? These pipes and these conveyances of our blood Men. I am as thy general is. With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls 1 G. Then you should hate Rome, as he does. Than in our priest-like fasts: therefore I'll watch Can you, when you have pushed out your gates him

the very defender of them, and, in a violent poTill he be dieted to my request,

pular ignorance, given your enemy your shield, And then I'll set upon him.

think to front his revenges with the easy groans Bru. You know the very road into his kindness, of old women, the virginal palins of your daugh. And cannot lose your way.

ters, or with the palsied intercession of such a Men. Good faith, I'll prove him,

decayed dotant as you seem to be? Can you Speed how it will. I shall ere jong have know think to blow out the intended fire your city is ledge

ready to flame in, with such weak breath as this? of my success.

Exit. No, you are deceived; therefore back to Rome, Com. He'll never hear him.

and prepare for your execution : you are conSic. Not?

demned, our general has sworn you out of reCom. I tell yon ; he does sit in gold his eye prieve and pardon. Red as 'twould burn Rome; and his injury

Men. Sirrah, if thy captain knew I were here, The jailer to his pity. I kneel'd before him;

he would use me with estination. Twas very faintly he said, Rise; dismiss'd me 2 G. Come, my captain knows you not. Thus, with his speechless hand: What he would do, Men. I mean, thy general. He serit in writing after me; what be could not, I G. My general cares not for you. Back, 1 Bound with an oath, to yield to his conditions : say, go, lest I let forth your half pint of blood; So that all hope is vain,

-back,- that's the utmost of your having :Unless his noble mother, and his wife,

back. Who, as I bear, mean to solicit him

Men. Nay, but fellow, fellow,
For mercy to his country- Therefore, let's hence,
And with our fair entreaties baste them on.

Enter CORIOLanus and AUFIDIUS. [Ereunt. Cor. What's the matter?

Men. Now you companion,"• I'll say an er SCENE II.-An advanced Post of the Vol- rand for you; you shall know now that I am in

scian Camp, before Rome. The GUARD at estimation : yon shall perceive that a Jack tt their Stations.

guardant cannot office me from my son Corio

lauus : guess, but by my entertainment with him, Enter to them, MENENIUS.

if thou stand'st not i'the state of hanging, er of 1 G. Stay : Whence are you?

some death more long in spectatorship, and 2 G. Stand, and go back.

crueller in suffering : behold now presently, and Men. You guard like men ; 'uis well : But, by swoon for what's to come upon thee.--The gloyour leave,

rious gods sit in hourly synod about thy particuI ain an officer of state, and come

lar prosperity, and love thee no worse than thy To speak with Coriolanus.

old father Menenius does! O my son ! my zon! 1 G. From whence?

thou art preparing fire for us ; look thee, here's Men. From Rome.

water to quench it. I was hardly moved to come 1 G. You may not pass, you must return : our to thee ; but being assured none but myself general

could move thee, I have been blown out of your Will no more hear from thence.

gates with sighs : and conjure thee to pardon 2 G. You'll see your Rome embrac'd with fire, Rome, and thy petitionary countrymen. The before

good gods assuage thy wrath, and turn the drego You'll speak with Coriolanus.

of it upon this varlet here; this, who, like a Men. Good my friends,

block, hath denied my access to thee.
If you have heard your general talk of Rome, Cor. Away!
And of his friends there, it is lots to blanks, Men. How ! Away ?
My name hath touch'd your ears: it is Mene
nius.

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Cor. Wife, mother, child, I know not. My In supplication nod: and my young boy affairs

Hath an aspect of intercession, which Are servanted to others : Though I owe

Great nature cries, Deny not.-Let the Volscts My revenge properly, my remission lies

Plougb Rome and harrow Italy ; I'll never In Volscianbreasts. That we have been fa- Be such a gosling to obey instinct ; but stand miliar,

As if a man were author of himself, Ingrate forgetfuness shall poison, rather

And knew no other kin. Than pity note how much. Therefore, be gone. Vir. My lord and husband ! Mine ears against your suits are stronger, than Cor. These eyes are not the same I wore o Your gates against my force. Yet, for I lov'a

Rome. thee,

Vir. The sorrow, that delivers us thus chang'a Take this along: I writ it for thy sake,

Makes you think so.

(Gives a Letter. Cor. Like a dull actor now, And would have sent it. Another word, Me- I have forgot my part, and I am out, Denius,

Even to a full disgrace. Best of my flesh, I will not bear thee speak.-This man, Aufidius, Forgive my tyranuy ; but do not say, Was my beloved in Rome : yet thou behold'st For that, Forgive our Romans. -Oh, a kiss Auf. You keep a constant temper.

Long as my exile, sweet as my revenge ! (Ereunt CORIOLANUS and AUPID. Now by the jealous queen of heaven, that kiss 1 G. Now, Sir, is your name Menevius? I carried from thee, dear; and iny true lip

2 G. 'Tis a spell, you see, of much power : Hath virgin'd it e'er since.-You gods! I prate, You know the way home again.

| And the most noble mother of the world I G. Do you hear how we are shent + for keep Leave un saluted : Sink, my knee, i'the earth ; ing your greatness back?

(Knecls. 2 G. What cause, do you think, I have to of thy deep duty more impression show swoon?

Than that of common sons. Men. I neither care for the world, nor your Vol. Oh! stand up bless'd! general : for such things as you, I can scarce Whilst, with no softer cushion than the Qint think there's any, you are so slight. He that I kneel before thee; and unproperly hath a will to die by bimself, fears it not from Show duty, as mistaken all the while another. Let your general do his worst. For Between the child and parent.

(Kneels you, be that you are long ; and your misery Cor. What is this? increase with vour age! I say to you, as I was | Your knees to me? to your corrected son said to, Away!

(Ecit. Then let the pebbles on the hungry beach 16. A noble fellow, I warrant him.

Fillip the stars; then let the mutinous winds 2 G. The worthy fellow is our general : He is Strike the proud cedars 'gainst the fiery sun; the roo'., the oak not to be wind-slaken.

Murd'ring impossibility, to make (Exeunt. What cannot be, slight work.

Vol. Thou art my warrior: SCENE III.-The Tent of CORIOLANUS. I holp to frame thee. Do you know this lady ?

Cor. The noble sister of Publicola, Enter CORIOLANUS, AUFIDIUS, and others.

The moon of Rome ; chaste as the icicle Cor. We will before the walls of Rome to- | That's curded by the frost from purest snow, morrow

And hangs on Dian's temple : Dear Valeria! Set down our host.-My partner in this action, Vol. This is a poor epitome of yours, You must report to the Volscian lords, low Wbich, by the interpretation of full time, I have borne this business.

(plainly 1 May show like all yourself. Auj. Only their ends

Cor. The god of soldiers, You have respected ; stopp'd your ears against With the consent of supreme Jove, inform The general suit of Rome ; never admitted Thy thoughts with nobleness; that thou may'st A private whisper, no, not with such friends

prove That thought them sure of you.

To shame unvulnerable, and stick i'the wars Cor. Tbis last old man,

Like a great sea-mark, standing every flaw, 1 Whoin with a crack'd heart I have sent to Rome, And saving those that eye thee! Lov'd me above the measure of a father :

Vol. Your knee, Sirrah. Nay, godded me, indeed. Their latest refuge Cor. That's my brave boy. Was to send him : for whose old love I have Vol. Even he, your wife, this lady, and myself, (Though I show'd sourly to him,) once more Are suitors to you." offer'd

Cor. I beseech you, peace : The first conditions, which they did refuse, Or, if you'd ask, remember this before : And cannot now accept, to grace hiin only, The things I have forsworn to grant, may never That thought he could do inore ; a very little Be held by you denials. Do not bid me I have yielded too : Fresh embassies, and suits, Dismiss my soldiers, or capitulate Nor from the state, nor private friends, hereafter Again with Rome's mechanics : Tell me not Will I lend ear to.-Ha! what shout is this? Wherein I seem unnatural: Desire not

[Shout within. To allay my rages and revenges, with Shall I be tempted to infringe my vow

Your colder reasons. In the same time 'tis made? I will not.

Vol. Oh! no more, no more!

You have said, you will not grant as any thing : Enter in mourning habits, VIRGILIA, Vo

For we have nothing else to ask, but that LUMNIA, leading young MARCIUS, VALERIA,

Which you deny already : Yet we will ask, and ATTENDANTS.

That, if you fail in our request, the blame My wife comes foremost: then the honour'd | May hang upon your hardness: therefore hear us. mould

Cor. Aufidius, and you Volsces, mark; for Wherein this trunk was fram'd, and in her hand

we'll

[quesit The grand child to her blood. But, out, affection ! Hear nought from Rome in private. Your reAll bond and privilege of nature, break!

Vol. Should we be silent and not speak, our Let it be virtuous to be obstinate.

rai.nent What is that curt'sy worth? or those doves' eyes, And state of bodies would bewrayt what life Which can make gods forsworn RI melt, and we have led since thy exile. Think with thyself, am not

How more unfortunate than all living womea of stronger earth than others.--My mother bows : Are we come hither ; since that thy sight, which As if Olynipus to a molehill should

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Make your eyes flow with joy, hearts dance with To his surname Coriolanus 'longs more pride, comfort,

| Than pity to our prayers. Down; an end : Constrains them weep, and shake with fear and This is the last ;--So we will home to Roine, sorrow;

And die among our neighbours.--Nay, behold us : Making the mother, wife, and child, to see

This boy, that cannot tell what he would have, The son, the husband, and the father, tearing But kneels, and holds up hands, for fellowship, His country's bowels out. And to poor we, Does reason our petition with more strength Thine enmity's most capital : thou barr'st us Than thou hast to deny't.--Come, let us go : Our prayers to the gods, which is a comfort This fellow had a Volscian to his mother ; That all but we enjoy ; for how can we,

His wife is in Corioli, and his child Alas! how can we for our country pray,

Like him by chance :Yet give us our despatch: Whereto we are bound ; together with thy victory, I am husb'd until our city be atire, Whereto we are bound? Alack l or we must lose And then I'll speak a little. The country, our dear nurse ; or else thy person, Cor. O mother, mother! Our comfort in the country. We must find

(Holding VOLUMNIA by the Hands, silent. An evident calamity, thougb we had

What have you done? Behold, the heavens Our wish, which side should win : for either thou

do ope, Must, as a foreign miscreant, be led

The gods look down, and this unnatural scene With manacles through our streets, or else They laugh at. O my mother, mother! 01 Triumphantly tread on thy country's ruin ;

You have won a happy victory to Rome : And bear the palm for having bravely shed But, for your son,-believe it, oh! believe it, Thy wife and children's blood. For myself, son, Most dangerously you have with bim prevails, I purpose not to wait on fortune, till

If not most mortal to him, But, let it come : These wars determine ; . if I cannot persuade thee Aufidius, though I cannot make true wars, Rather to show a noble grace to both parts, I'll frame convenient peace. Now, good Au. Than seek the end of one, thou shalt no suoner W idtas March to assault thy country, than to tread

Were you in my stead, say, would you have heard (Trust to't, thou shalt not,) on thy mother's womb, A motber less or granted less, Aufidius? That brought thee to this world.

Auf. I was mov'd withal. Vir. Ay, and on mine,

Cor. I dare be sworn you were : That brought you forth this boy, to keep your And, Sir, it is no little thing, to make Living to time.

[name | Mine eyes to sweat compassion. But, good Sir, Boy. He shall not tread on me;

What peace you'll make, advise me : For my part, I'll run away, till I am bigger, but then I'll fight. I'll not to Rome, I'll back with you; and pray Cor. Not of a womau's tenderness to be,

yon, Requires nor child nor womau's face to see. Stand to me in this cause. O mother! wife! I have sat too long.

(Rising. Auj. I am glad thou hast set thy mercy and Vol. Nay, go not from us thus.

thy hononr If it were so, that our request did tend

At difference in thee : out of that I'll work To save the Romans, thereby to destroy

Myself a former fortune.

[Aside, The Volsces whom you serve, you might con

(The ladies make signs to CORIOLANUS. demn us,

Cor. Ay, by and by : As poisonous of your hononr : No; ons suit

To VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, &c. Is that you reconcile them: while the Volsces But we will drink together; and you shall bear May say. This mercy ue have show'd; the A better witness back than words, which we, Romans,

On like conditions, will have counter-seal'd. This we receiv'd ; and each in either side

Come, enter with us. Ladies, you deserve Give the all-hail to thee, and cry, Be bless'd To have a temple built you : all the swords For making up this peace! Thou know'st, in Italy, and her confederate arms, great son,

Could not bave made this peace. [Exeunt. The end of war's uncertain ; but this certain, That, if thou conquer Rome, the benefit

SCENE IV.-Rome.--A public Place. Which thou shalt thereby reap, is such a name, Whose repetition will be dogg'd with curses :

Enter MENENTUs and SICINIUS. Whose chronicle thus writ,-The man was noble, Men. See you yond' coign o'the Capitol : But with his last attempt he wip'd it out;

yond' corner stone? Destroyed his country and his name remains Sic. Why, what of that? To the ensuing age, abhorr'd. Speak to me, Men. If it be possible for you to displace it son :

with your little finger, there is some hope the Thou hast affected the fine strains + of bonour, ladies of Rome, especially his mother, may preTo imitate the graces of the gods ;

vail with him. But I say, there is no hope in't ; To tear with thunder the wide cheeks o'the air,

our throats are sentenced, and stay t upon execuAnd yet to charge thy sulphur with a bolt

tion. That should but rive an oak. Why dost not Sic. Is't possible that so short a time can alter speak?

the condition of a man? Think'st thou it honourable for a noble man

Men. There is differency between a grub and Still to remember wrongs ?-Daughter, speak you ; a butterfly; yet your butterfly was a grub. This He cares not for your weeping.--Speak thou, boy : Marcius is grown from inan to dragun: he has Perhaps thy childishness will move him more wings ! he's more than a creeping thing. Than can our reasons.-There is no man in the

Sic. He loved his mother dearly. world

(prate

Men. So did he me : and he no more rememMore bound to his mother; yet here he lets me here hi

bers his mother now, than an eight year old Like one i'tbe stocks. Thou hast never in thy lite horse. The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes. Show'd thy dear mother any courtesy ;

When he walks, he moves like an engine, and the When she (poor hen !) fond of no second brood,

ground shrinks before his treading. He is able Has cluck'd thee too the wars, and safely boine,

Domne, to pierce a corslet with his eye ; talks like a kpell Loaden with honour. Say, my request's unjust, and bis hum is a battery. He sits in his state, And spurn me back : But, if it be not so,

as a thing made for Alexander. Wbat he bids Thou art not honest; and the gods will plague

be done, is finished with his bidding. He wants thee,

nothing of a god but eternity, and a heaven to That thou restrain'st from me the duty, which

throne in. To a mnother's part belongs.--He turos away :

Sic. Yes, mercy, if you report bim truly. Down, ladies ; let us shaine birn with our knees.

• Agle + Stay but for it. Chair of state. • Conclude. The niceties

To resemble.

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