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And, gladly quak'dı, hear more; where the dull

Tribunes, That, with the fusty plebeians, hate thine honours, Shall say, against their hearts We thank the gods, Our Rome hath such a soldier! Yet cam'st thou to a morsel of this feast, Having fully dined before.

Enter Titus Lartius, with his powert, from the

pursuit. Lart.

O general,
Here is the steed, we the caparison:
Hadst thou beheld-
Mar.

Pray now, no more : my mother,
Who has a charter to extol her blood,
When she does praise me, grieves me. I have done,
As you have done; that's what I can; induc'd
As you have been; that's for my country:
He, that has but effected his good will,
Hath overta'en mine act.
Com.

You shall pot be of your deserving ; Rome must know The value of her owo: 'twere a concealment Worse than a theft, no less than a traducement, To hide your doings; and to silence that, Which to the spire and top of praises vouch'd, Would seein but modest: Therefore, I beseech you, (In sign of what you are, not to reward What you have done), before our army hear me. Mar. I have some wounds upon me, and they

smart To hear themselves remember'd. Con.

Should they not, Well might they fester 'gainst ingratitude, And tent themselves with death. Of all the horses, (Whereof we have ta'en good, and good store), of all

The grave

• Thrown into grateful trepidation.
+ Forces.

| Privilege..

The treasure, in this field achiev'd, and city,
We render you the tenth; to be ta’en forth,
Before the common distribution, at
Your only choice.
Mar.

I thank you, general;
But cannot make my heart consent to take
A bribe to pay my sword : I do refuse it;
And stand upon my common part with those
That have beheld the doing.
[A long flourish. They all cry, Marcius! Mar.

cius! cast up their caps and lances: Co.

minius and Lartius stand bare. Mar. May these same instruments, which you

profane, Never sound more! When drums and trumpets shall l'the field prove flatterers, let courts and cities be Made all of false fac'd soothing: When steel grows Soft as the parasite's silk, let him be made An overture for the wars! No more, I say; For that I have not wash'd my nose that bled, Or foil'd some debile* wretch,—which, without vote, Here's many else have done,- you shout me forth In acclamations hyperbolical; As if I loved my little should be dieted In praises sauced with lies. Com.

Too modest are you; More cruel to your good report, than grateful To us that give you truly: by your patience, If’gaiust yourself you be incens'd, we'll put you (Like one that means his propert harm), in mana.

cles, Then reason safely with you. Therefore, be it

known, As to us, to all the world, that Caius Marcius Wears this war's garland : in token of the which, My noble steed, known to the camp, I give him, With all his trim belonging; and, from this time,

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For what he did before Corioli, call him,
With all the applause and clamour of the host,
Caius Marcius Coriolanus.-
Bear the addition nobly ever!

(Flourish. Trumpets sound, and drums. All. Caius Aiarcias Coriolanus !

Cor. I will go wash;
And when my face is fair, you shall perceive
Whether I blush, or no: Howbeit, I thank you :-
I mean to stride your steed; and, at all times,
To undercrest* your good addition,
To the fairness of my power.
Com.

So, to our tent:
Where, ere we do repose us, we will write
To Rome of our success.- You, Titus Lartius,
Must to Corioli back: send us to Rome
The best t, with whom we may articulate I,
For their own good, and ours.
Lart.

I shall, my lord.
Cor. The gods begin to mock me. I that now
Refus'd most princely gifts, am bound to beg
Of my lord general.
Com,

Take it: 'tis yours.--What is't? Cor. I sometime lay, here in Corioli, At a poor man's house; be us'd me kindly: He cried to me; I saw him prisoner; But then Aufidius was within my view, And wrath o'erwhelm'd my pity: I request you To give my poor host freedom. Com.

(), well begg'd! Were he the butcher of my son, he should Be free, as is the wind. Deliver him, Titus.

Lart. Marcius, his name?
Cor.

By Jupiter, forgot:
I am weary; yea, my memory is tir'd.
Have we no wine here?

* Add more by doing his best.
+ Chief men. | Enter into articles.

Com.

Go we to our tent: The blood upon your visage dries : 'tis time It should be look'd to: come.

(Ereunt.

SCENE X.

The camp of the Volces.

A flourish. Cornets. Enter Tullus Aufidius,

bloody, with two or three Soldiers.

Auf. The town is ta'en ! 1 Sol. 'Twill be delivered back on good condition.

Auf. Condition ?I would, I were a Roman; for I cannot, Being a Volce, be that I am.-Condition ! What good condition can a treaty find I'the part that is at mercy? Five times, Marcius, I have fought with thee; so often hast thou beat nie; And would'st do so, I think, should we encounter As often as we eat.- By the elements, If e'er again I meet him beard to beard, He is mine, or I am his : Mine emulation Hath not that honour in't, it had; for where* I thought to crush him in an equal force (True sword to sword), I'll potcht at him some way; Or wrath, or craft, may get hin. 1 Sol.

He's the devil. Auf. Bolder, though not so subtle: My valeur's

poison'd,
With only suffering stain by him; for him
Shall Ay out of itself: nor sleep, nor sanctuary,
Being naked, sick: nor fane, nor Capitol,
The prayers of priests, nor times of sacrifice,
Embarquements all of fury, shall lift up

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Their rotten privilege and custom 'gainst
My hate to Marcius: where I find him, were it
At home, upon my brother's guard*, even there
Against the hospitable canon, would I
Wash my fierce hand in his heart. Go you to the

city; Learn, how 'tis held; and what they are, that must Be hostages for Rome. 1 Sol.

will not you go? Auf. I am attendedt at the cypress grove: I pray you ("Tis south the city mills), bring me word thither How the world goes; that to the pace

of it I may spur on my journey. 1 Sol.

I shall, sir.

[Ereunt.

ACT II.

SCENE I. Rome. A public place.

Enter Menevius, Sicinius, and Brutus.

Men. The augurer tells me, we shall have news to night.

Bru. Good, or bad ?

Men. Not according to the prayer of the people, for they love not Marcius.

Sic. Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.
Men. Pray you, who does the wolf love?
Sic. The lamb.

Men. Ay, to devour him; as the hungry plebeiaus would the noble Marcius.

Bru. He's a lamb, indeed, that baes like a bear. Men. He's a bear, indeed, that lives like a lamb.

* My brother posted to protect him.
+ Waited for.

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