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Vd. A most royal one : the centurions, and
Re-enter the firft Serving-man. their charges, distinctiy billetted, already in the I Scru. What would you have, friend? Whence entertainment, and to be on foot at an hour's are you? Here's no place for you : Pray go to the warning.
[Exit. Rim. I am joyful to hear of their readiness, and 5 Cor. I have deserv'd no better entertainment, am the man, I think, that Mall set them in present In being Coriolanus. action. So, sir, heartily well met, and molt glad
Re-enter second Servant. of your company.
2 Serv. Whence are you, fir? Has the porter his Vul. You take my part from me, fir; I have eyes in his head, that he gives entrance to such the most cause to be glad of yours.
10 companions 2 ? Pray, get you out. Rom. Well, let us go together.
2 Serv. Away ? Get you away.
Cor. Now thou art troublesome.
2 Serv. Are you so brave? I'll have you talk'd Before Aufidius's House.
15 with anon. Enter Coriolanus, in mean apparil, disguis’d and Enter a rbird Servant. Tbe firft meets bim. aufficd.
3 Serv. What fellow's this? Cor. A goodly city is this Antium : City,
ı Serv. A strange one as ever I look'd on: I 'Tis I that made thy widows; many an heir
cannot get him out o' the house: Prythee, call Of these fair edifices for my wars
20 my master to him. Have I heard groan, and drop: then know me not;
3 Scru. What have you to do here, fellow? Lest that thy wives with spits, and boys with stones,
Pray you, avoid the house.
[hearth. Enter a Citizen,
Cor. Let me but ftand; I will not hurt your In puny battle say me.--Save you, fir.
3 Serv. What are you? Cit. And you.
125 Cor. A gentleman. Cor. Direct me, if it be your will,
3 Serv. A marvellous poor one. Where great Aufidius lies : Is he in Antium?
Cor. True, so I am. Cit. He is, and feasts the nobles of the state
3 Serv. Pray you, poor gentleman, take up some At his house this night.
other station : here's no place for you ; pray you, Cor. Which is his house, 'befeech you?
30 avoid : come. Cit. This, here, before you.
Cor. Follow your function, go, Cir. Thank you, fir; farewel. [Exit Citizen.
And batten on cold bits. [Pufbes bim away. O, world, thy flippery turns! Friends now fant
3 Scrv. What, will you not ? Pr’ythee, tell my sworn,
master what a strange guest he has here. Whofe double bosoms seem to wear one heart,
35 2 Strz, And I shall.
[Exit. Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal, and exercise,
3 Serv. Where dwell'st thou ? Are still together, who twin, as 'twere, in love Cor. Under the canopy. Unseparable, shall within this hour,
3 Serv. Under the canopy? On a diffention of a doit, break out
Cor. Ay. To bitterest enmity: So, fellest foes,
3 Serv. Where's that? Whose passions and whose plots have broke their
Cor. I'the city of kites and crows. To take the one the other, by some chance,
3 Serv. l' the city of kites and crows ? -_What Some trick not worth an egg, thall grow dear friends,
an ass it is? Then thou dwell'it with daws too? And interjoin their ifiues. So with me :
Cor. No, I serve not thy master. My birth-place hate I, and my love's upon
451 3 Serv. How, sir ! Do you meddle with my master? This enemy town.-I'll enter: if he flay me, He does fair justice; if he give me way,
Cor. Ay; 'tis an honester service, than to meddle
with thy mistress : I'll do his country service.
Thou prat'it, and prat'st; serve with thy trencher, SCENE
[Beats bim away. A Hall in Aufidius's House.
501 Erter Aufidius, with the second Serving-mante Mufick plays. Enter a Serving-man.
Auf. Where is this fellow ? I Serv. Wine, wine, wine! What service is
2. Serv. Here, fir; I'd have beaten him like a here! I think our fellows are asieep. [Exir. dog, but for disturbing the lords within. Erter another Serving-man.
Auf. Whence comest thou? what wouldest 2 Ser. Where's Cotus? my master calls for 55 thou? Thy name? him. Cotus!
[Exit. Why speak'st not? Speak, man: What's thy name? Enter Coriolanus.
Cor. If, Tullus, Cor. A goodly house : The feast smells well: Not yet thou know'st me, and seeing ine, dont not but I
Think me for the man
am, neceflity Appear not like a guest.
1601 Commands me name myfelf. * That is, though not actually encamped, yet already in pay. To entertain an army is to take
2 Comparim was formerly used in the same sense as we now use the word fillors
them into pay.
Auf. What is thy name?
sigh'd truer breath; but that I see thee here, Cor. A name unmusical to the Volces' ears, Thou noble thing! more dances my rapt heart, And harsh in found to thine.
Than when I first my wedded mistress saw Axf. Say, what's thy name?
Beitride my threshold. Why, thou Mars ! I tell Thou hast a grim appearance, and thy face 5
thee, Bears a command in't: though thy tackle's torn, We have a power on foot; and I had purpose Thou Thew'st a noble vessel : What's thy name? Once more to hew thy target from thy brawn,
Cor. Prepare thy brow to frown: Know'st thou Or lose mine arm fort: Thou hast beat me out
Cor. My name is Caius Marcius, who hath done 10 Dreamt of encounters 'twixt thyself and me;
Like a bold food o'er-beat. O, come, go in, Permitted by our daftard nobles, who
20 And take our friendly senators by the hands; Have all forsook me, hath devour'd the reft; Who now are here, taking their leaves of me, And suffer'd me hy the voice of Naves to be Who am prepar'd against your territories, Whoop'd out Rome. Now, this extremity Though not for Rome itself. Hath brought me to thy hearth: Not out of hope, Cor. You bless me, gods !
[have Mistake me not, to save my life; for if 25 Auf. Therefore, most absolute fir, if thou wilt I had fear'd death, of all the men i' the world The leading of thine own revenges, take I would have 'voided thee: but in mere spite, The one half of my commiflion, and set down, To be full quit of those my banishers,
As best thou art experienc’d, since thou know it Stand I before thee here. Then if thou haft Thy country's strength and weakness,-thine own A heart of wreak 2 in thee, that wilt revenge 301
ways : Thine own particular wrongs, and stop those maims Whether to knock against the gates of Rome, Of Shame 3 seen through thy country, speed thee Or rudely visit them in parts remote, Araight,
To fright them, ere deitroy. But come in : And make my misery serve thy turn; so use it, Let me commend thee first to those, that shall That my revengeful services may prove
35 Say, yea, to thy defires. A thousand welcomes ! As benefits to thee ; for I will fight
And more a friend than e'er an enemy ; Against my canker'd country with the spleen Yet, Marcius, that was much. Your hand: Most Of all the under fiends. But if so be
[Exeunt. Thou dar'st not this, and that to prove more fortunes i Serv. Here's a strange alteration ! Thou art tir'd, then, in a word, I also am
2 Seru. By my hand, I had thought to have Longer to live most weary, and present
ftrucken him with a cudgel; and yet my mind My throat to thee, and to thy ancient malice : gave me, his clothes made a false report of him. Which not to cut would Mew thee but a fool; I Serv. What an arm he has ! He turn'd me Since I have ever follow'd thee with hate, about with his finger and his thumb, as one would Drawn tuns of blood out of thy country's breast, 45 set up a top. And cannot live but to thy shame, unless
2 Seru. Nay, I knew by his face that there was It be to do thee service.
something in him: He had, fir, a kind of face, Auf. O Marcius, Marcius,
[heart methought, I cannot tell how to term it. Each word thou hast spoke hath weeded from my I Seru. He had fo; looking, as it were, A root of ancient envy. If Jupiter
150 Would I were hang'd, but I thought there was Should from yon cloud speak divine things, and say, more in him than I could think. 'Tis true; I'd not believe them more than thee, 2 Scrv. So did I, I'll be sworn : He is simply All noble Marcius.Let me twine
the rarest man i' the world. Mine arms about that body, where against
i Serv. I think he is : but a greater soldier My grained afh an hundred times hath broke, 55 than he, you wot one. And scarr'd the moon with splinters! Here I clip 2 Serv. Who? my master? The anvil of my sword; and do contest
i Serv. Nay, it's no matter for that. As hotly and as nobly with thy love,
2 Serv. Worth fix of him. As ever in ambitious strength I did
i Serv. Nay, not so neither : but I take him to Contend againt thy valour. Know thou first, 160 be the greater foldier. I lov'd the maid I marry'd; never man
2 Serv. 'Faith, look you, one cannot tell how
1 Memory for memorial territory,
2 j.e, resentment or revenge.
3 i. e. disgraceful diminutions of
to say that : for the defence of a town, our gene- peace, as far as day does night; it's sprightly, ral is excellent.
waking, audible, and full of vent 4. Peace is a 1 Serv. Ay, and for an assault too.
very apoplexy, lethargy; mull'ds, deaf, neepy, Enter a third Servant.
insensible; a getter of more bastard children, than 3 Serv. O, llaves, I can tell you news; news, 5 war's a destroyer of men.
2 Serv. 'Tis fo; and as war, in some sort, may Borb. What, what, what? let's partake. be said to be a ravither; so it cannot be denied,
3 Serv. I would not be a Roman, of all nations, but peace is a great maker of cuckolds. I had as lieve be a condemn'd man.
1 Serv. Ay, and it makes men hate one ano. Botb. Wherefore? wherefore?
10 ther. 3 Serv. Why, here's he that was wont to thwack 3 Serv. Reason; because they then Tess need our general, Caius Marcius,
one another. The wars, for my money. I hope Serv. Why do you say, thwack our general ? to fee Romans as cheap as Yolces. They are 3 Serv. I do not say, thwack our general; but rising, they are riling. he was always good enough for him.
151 All. In, in, in, in.
[Exeunt. 2. Seru. Come, we are fellows, and friends : he was ever too hard for him; I have heard him
S CE N E VI. say so himself.
A publice Place in Rome. i Serv. He was too hard for him directly, to say the truth on't : before Corioli, he scotch'd him20
Enter Sicinius, and Brutus. and notch'd him like a carbonado.
Sic. We hear not of him, neither need we fear 2 Serv. An he had been cannibally given, he
him; might have broil'd and eaten him too.
His remedies are tame in the present peace 1 Serv. But, more of thy news?
And quietness o'the people, which before 3 Serv. Why, he is so made on here within, as 25 Were in wild hurry. Here do we make his friends if he were son and heir to Mars : set at upper end Blush, that the world goes well; who rather had, o'the table : no question alk'd him by any of the Though they themselves did suffer by 't, behold senators, but they stand bald before him : Our ge- Diffentious numbers peitering streets, than see neral himself makes a mistress of him; fanctifies Our tradesmen singing in their shops, and going himself with's hand', and turns up the white o' the 30 About their functions friendly. eye to his discourse. But the bottom of the news
Enter Menenius. is, our general is cut i' the middle, and but one
B::. We stood to't in good time. Is this Me. half of what he was yesterday : for the other has
nenius? half, by the intreaty and grant of the whole table.
Sic. 'Tis he, 'tis he: 0, he is grown most kind He will go, he says, and fowle? the porter of 35 or late. Hail, fir ! Rome gates by the ears: He will mow down all
Men. Hail to you both! before him, and leave his passage polld 3.
Sic. Your Coriolanus is not much missid, 2 Serv. And he's as like to do't, as any man 1
But with his friends : the common-wealth doth can imagine.
3 Serv. Do't? he will do't: For, look you, fir, 40 And so would do, were he more angry at it. he has as many friends as enemies; which friends,
Men. All's well; and might have been much fir, (as it were) durft not (look you, fir) Thew
He could have temporiz'd.
[better, if themselves (as we term it) his friends, whilft he's
Sic, Where is he, hear you?
(wife in directitude.
Men. Nay, I hear nothing; his mother and his 1 Serv. Directitude! What's that?
+5 Hear nothing from him. 3 Serv. But when they shall see, fir, his crent up again, and the man in blood, they will out of
Enter three or four Citizens. their burrows, like conies after rain, and revel all All. The gods preserve you both! with him.
Sic. Good-e'en, our neighbours. I Serv. But when goes this forward ?
50 Bru. Good-e'en to you all, good-e'in to you all. 3 Serv. To-morrow; to-day; presently. You 1 Cit. Ourselves, our wives, and children, on Mall have the drum struck up this afternoon: 'tis, Are bound to pray for you both.
(our knees, as it were, a parcel of their feast, and to be exe- Sic. Live, and thrive!
[riolanus cuted ere they wipe their lips.
Bru. Farewel, kind neighbours: Wewith'd Co2 Serv. Why, then we shall have a stirring 55 Had lov'd you as we did. world again. This peace is nothing, but to ruft All. Now the gods keep you ! iron, encrease tailors, and breed ballad makers. Borb Tri. Farewel, farewel. i Serv. Let me have war, say I; it exceeds!
(Exeunt Citizens. · Alluding, improperly, to the act of crossing upon any strange event. ? That is, drag him down by the ears into the dirt. The word is derived from fow, i.e. to take hold of a person by the ears, as a dog leizes one of these animals. 3 That is, bared, cleared. 4 i. e. full of rumour, full of materials for discourse. Si. e. foften'd and dispirited, as wine is when burnt and sweeten'd. 6 j.c. inejfitiuai in times of peace like these.
Sic. This is a happier and more comely time, The young'st and oldest thing. Than when these fellows ran about the streets, Sic. This is most likely! Crying, Confusion.
Bru. Rais'd only, that the weaker fort may with Bru. Caius Marcius was
Good Marcius home again. A worthy officer i' the war; but insolent, 5 Sic. The very trick on't. O'ercome with pride, ambitious paft all thinking, Men. This is unlikely: Self-loving,
He and Aufidius can no more atone 3, Sic. And affecting one sole throne,
Than violenteft contrariety. Without affistance'.
Enter another Millenger. Men. I think not fo.
Mes. You are sent for to the senate :
Affociated with Aufidius, rages
O'er-borne their way, consum'd with fire, and took
15 What lay before them. Enter Ædile.
Enter Cominins. Ædile. Worthy tribunes,
Com. O, you have made good work! There is a llave, whom we have put in prison,
Men. What news ? what news? [ters, and Reports--the Volces with two several powers
Com. You have holp to ravish your own daughAre enter'd in the Roman territories;
20 To melt the city leads upon your pates; And with the deepest malice of the war
To see your wives dishonour'd to your noses; Destroy what lies before 'em.
Men. What's the news? what's the news? Mer. 'Tis Aufidius,
Com. Your temple's burned in their cement; and Who, hearing of our Marcius' banishment,
Your franchises, wherсon you stood, confin'd Thrusts forth his horns again into the world; Which were in-lhellod, when Marcius stood for 25 Into an augre's bore.
Men. Pray now, the news? - [news? And durft not once peep out.
You have made fair work, I fear me:-Pray, your Sic. Come, what talk you of Marcius? [be,
If Marcius should be joined with the Volces, Bru. Go see this rumourer whipp’d.--It cannot
Com. If! The Volces dare break with us.
30 He is their god; he leads them like a thing Men. Cannot be !
Made by some other deity than nature, We have record, that very well it can;
That shapes man better: and they follow him, And three examples of the like have been
Against us brats, with no less confidence,
Than boys pursuing summer butter-fies,
Min. You have made good work,
You, and your apron-men; you that stood so much Sic, Tell not me:
Upon the voice of occupation, and
The breath of garlick-eaters 5! I know, this cannot be.
Com. He'll make your Rome about your ears. Bru. Not possible.
Men. As Hercules did shake down mellow fruit Enter a Messenger.
You have made fair work! Mes
. The nobles, in great earnestness, are going Bru. But is this true, sir? All to the senate-house; some news is come, Com. Ay; and you'll look pale That turns their countenances.
45 Before you find it other. All the regions Sic. 'Tis this Nave :
Do smilingly' revolt; and, who refift, Go whip him 'fore the people's eyes :-his raising ! are mock'd for valiant ignorance, Nothing but his report !
And perish constant fools. Whois't can blame him? Mef. Yes, worthy fir,
Your enemies, and his, find something in him. The Dave's report is seconded ; and more,
Men. We are all undone, unless More fearful, is deliver’d.
The noble man have mercy. Sic. What more fearful?
Com. Who Mall ask it? Mes
. It is spoke freely out of many mouths, Tlie tribunes cannot do't for fame; the people (How probabie, I do not know) that Marcius, Deserve such pity of him, as the wolf Join'd with Aufidius, leads a power 'gainst Rome; 55 Does of the Mepiserds : for his best friends, if they And vows revenge as spacious, as between Should say, Be goed 16 Rume, they charg'd him even
' That is, without clipars ; without any other fuffrage. 2 i.e. talk. 3 Dr. Johnson remarks, that to atone, in the active sense, is to reconcile, and is so used by our author. To aiunt here is, in the neutral fense, to come to reconciliation. To atone is to anise. 4 Occupation is here used for mechaniks, men sccupied in daily business. 5 To imell of garlick was once such a brand of vulgarity, that gar. Lick was a food forbidden to an ancient order of Spanish knights, mentioned by Guevara. It appears
was once much used in England, and afterwards as much out of fashion. Hence, perhaps, the cant denomination Pil-garlick for a deserted fellow, a person left to suffer without friends
Alluding to the apples of the Hefperides. * To revolt fmilingly, is to revolt with or with marks of contempt.
also, that garlick
to affitt him. laigns of pleasure,
As those should do that had deserv'd his hate,
Lieu. I do not know what witchcraft's in him ; And therein Thew'd like enemies.
but Men. 'Tis true :
Your soldiers use him as the grace 'fore meat,
A:f. I cannot help it now;
Unless by using means, I lame the foot A trembling upon Rome, such as was never Of our design. He bears himself more proudly So incapable of help.
10 Even to my person, than I thought he would, Tri. Say not, we brought it. [like beasts, When first I did embrace him : yet his nature
Men. How! Was it we? We lov'd him; but, In that's no changeling; and I must excuse
'Lieut. Yet I wish, fir, Com. But, I fear,
(I mean, for your particular) you had not They'll roar him in again'. Tullus Aufidius, Join'd in commission with him : but either borne The second name of men, obeys his points The action of yourself, or else to him As if he were his officer :-defperation
Had left it solely. Is all the policy, strength, and defence,
Auf. I understand thee well; and be thou sure, That Rome can make against them.
20 When he mall come to his account, he knows not Enter a Troop of Citizens.
What I can urge against him. Although it seems, Men. Here come the clusters.-
And so he thinks, and is no less apparent And is Aufidius with him ?--You are they To the vulgar eye, that he bears all things fairly, That made the air unwholesome, when you cast And Mews good husbandry for the Volcian state; Your stinking, greasy caps, in hooting at 25 Fights dragon-like, and does atchieve as soon Coriolanus' exile. Now he's coming;
As draw his sword : yet he hath left undone And not a hair upon a soldier's head,
That, which shall break his neck, or hazard mine, Which will not prove a whip; as many coxcombs, Whene'er we come to our account. [Rome? As you threw caps up, will he tumble down, Licu. Sir, I beseech you, think you he'll carry And pay you for your voices. "Tis no matter ; 130 Auf. All places yield to him ere he sits down ; If he could burn us all into one coal,
And the nobility of Rome are his : We have deserv'd it.
The senators, and patricians, love him too: Omnes. 'Faith, we hear fearful news.
The tribunes are no soldiers; and their people i Cit. For mine own part,
Will be as rash in the repeal, as hasty When I said, banish him, I said, 'twas pity. 35. To expel him thence. I think, he'll be to Rome 2 Cit. And so did I.
As is the osprey? to the fish, who takes it 3 Cit. And so did I ; and, to say the truth, so By sovereignty of nature. First he was did very many of us: That we did, we did for A noble servant to them; but he could not the best; and though we willingly consented to Carry his honours even : whether 'twas pride, his banishment, yet it was against our will. 140 Which out of daily fortune ever taints
Com. You are goodly things, you voices! The happy man; whether defect of judgement, Men. You have made you
[Capitol To fail in the disposing of those chances Good work, you and your cry!--Shall us to the Which he was lord of; or whether nature,
Com. O, ay; what else? (Exe. Com. and Men. Not to be other than one thing, not moving
Sic. Go, masters, get you home, be not dismay'd, 45 From the calque to the cushion, but commanding These are a side, that would be glad to have
peace This true, which they so feem to fear. Go home, Even with the same austerity and garb And shew no sign of fear.
As he control!'d the war : but, one of these, 1 Cit. The gods be good to us! Come, masters, (As he hath spices of them all, not all, let's home. I ever said, we were i' the wrong, 50 For I dare so far free him) made him fear'd, when we banish'd him.
So hated, and so banith'd : but he has a merit, 2 Cit. So did we all. But come, let's home. To choak it in the utterance. So our virtues
[Exeunt Citizens. Lie in the interpretation of the time : Bru. I do not like this news.
power, .unto itself most commendable, Sic. Nor I.
(wealth 55 Hath not a tomb fo evident as a chair Bru. Let's to the Capitol :-'Would, half my To extol what it hath done i. Would buy this for a lie!
One fire drives out one fre; one nail, one nail; Sic. Pray, let us go.
[Exeunt Tribunes.) Right's by right fouler 4, strengths by strength do SCE N E VII.
fail. A Camp; at a small distance from Rome. 60 Come, let's away. When, Caius, Rome is thine, Enter Aufidiusg with his Lieutenant.
Thou art poor'it of all; then shortly art thou mine. Auf. Do they still fy to the Roman?
1 i.e. As they bored at his departure, they will rear at his return; as he went out with scoffs, he will come back with lamentations. 2 A kind of eagle. 3 The sense is, The virtue which delights to commend itself will find the surest tomb in that chair wherein it holds forth its own commendations. 4 i.e. What is already right, and received as such, becomes less clear when supported by supernumerary proofs.