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quest it ;
Sic. "Twere well,
What's like to be their words:-We did reWe let the people know't. Men. What, what? his choler?
We are the greater poll, and in true fear Cor. Choler!
They gave us our demands :-Thus we debase Were I as patient as the midnight sleep, The nature of our seats, and make the rabble By Jove, 'iwould be my mind.
Call our cares, fears: which will in time Sic. It is a mind, That shall remain a poison where it is, The locks o'the senate, and bring in the crows Not poison any further.
To peck the eagles.-
Men. Come, epongh.
(man, Com. "Twas from the cadon.t
What may be sworn by, both divine and bus Cor. Shall!
Seal what I end withal!- This double worO good, but most unwise patricians, why,
[other You grave, but recklesst senators, have you Where one part does disdain with cause, the thus
Insult without all reason; where gentry, tiile, Given Hydra here to choose an officer,
wisdom That with bis peremptory shall, being but Cannot conclude, but by the yea and no The horn and noise o'the monsters, wants not of general ignorance,-it must omit spirit
Real necessities, and give way the while To say, he'll turn your current in a ditch, To unstable slightness: purpose so barr’d, it And make your channel his? If he have
Nothing is done to purpose: Therefore, beThen veil your ignorance : if none, awake
seech you, Your dangerous lenity. If you are learned, You that will be less fearful than discreet; Be not as common fools; if you are not, That love the fundamental part of state, Let them have cushions by you. You are More than you doubt the change of't; that plebeians,
preter If they be senators : and they are no less, A noble life before a long, and wish When both your voices blended, the greatest To jumpt a body with a dangerous physic taste
(gistrate; That's sure of death without it,-at once pluck Most palates theirs. They choose their ma
out And such a one as he, who puts his shall, The multitudinous tongue, let them not lick, His popular shall, against a graver bench. The sweet which is their poison : your disThan ever frown'd in Greece! By Jove him
Mangles true judgement, and bereaves the It makes the consuls base: and my soul akes, Of that integrity which should become it; To know, when two authorities are up, Not having the power to do the good it would, Neither supreme, how soon confusion For the ill
which doth control it. May enter twixt the gap of both, and take Bru. He has said enough. The one by the other.
Sic. He has spoken like a traitor, and shall Com. Well-on to the market-place.
answer Cor. Whoever gave that counsel, to give As traitors do. forth
Cor. Thou wretch! despite o'erwhelm thee!The corn o'the storehouse gratis, as 'twas us's What should the people do with these bald Sometime in Greece,
tribunes? Men. Well, well, no more of that.
On wbom depending, their obedience fails Cor. (Though there the people had more To the greater bench: In a rebellion, absolute power,)
When what's not meet, but what 'must be, I say, they nourish'd disobedience, fed
was law, The ruin of the state.
Then were they chosen; in a better hour, Bru. Why, shall the people give
Let what is meet, be said it must be meet, One, that speaks thus, their voice?
And throw their power i'the dust. Cor. I'll give my reasons,
Bru. Manifest treason. More worthier than their voices. They know, Sic. This a consul? no.
Bru. The Ædiles, ho!-Let him be appreWas not our recompence; resting well assur'd
hended. They ne'er did service for't: Being press’d to Sic. Go, call the people; (Exit Brutus.) in the war,
whose name, myself Even when the navel of the state was touch'd, Attach thee, as a traitorous innovator, They would not threads the gates: this kind A foe to the public weal: Obey, I charge thee, of service
And follow to thine answer.
[tion Com. Aged Sir, hands off. Most valour, spoke not for them: The accusa- Cor. Hence, rotten thivg, or I shall shake Which they have often made against the
thy bones senate,
Out of thy garments. All cause unborn, could never be the nativell Sic. Help, ye citizens. Of our so frank donation. Well, what then? How shall this bosom multiplied digest Re-enter BRUTUS, with the diles, and 4 The senate's courtesy? Let deeds express
Rabble of Citizens. * Small fish.
Men. On both sides more respect.
Sic. Here's he, that would
1 Sen. The gods forbid ! Take from you all your power.
I pr’ythee, noble friend, home to thy house; Bru. Seize bim, diles.
Leave us to cure this cause. Cit. Down with him, down with him!
Men. For 'tis a sore upon us,
[you. [Several speak. You cannot tent yourself: Be gone, 'beseech 2 Sen. Weapons, weapons, weapons!
Com. Come, Sir, along with us. (They all bustle about CORIOLANUS. Cor. I would they were barbarians, (as they Tribunes, patricians, citizens !-what ho!
are, Sicinius, Brutus, Coriolanus, citizens! Though in Rome litter'a,) not Romans, (as Cit. Peace, peace, peace; stay, hold, peace!
they are not, Men. What is about to be ?-I am out of Though calv'd i'the porch o'the Capitol, breath;
Men. Be gone; Confusion's near: I cannot speak :-You, tri. Put not your worthy rage into your tongue; To the people, Coriolanus, patience :
One time will owe another. Speak, good Sicinius.
Cor. On fair ground, Sic. Hear me, people;—Peace.
I could beat forty of them. Cit. Let's hear our tribune:—Peace. Speak, Men. I could myself speak, speak.
Take up a brace of the best of them; yea, the Sic. You are at point to lose your liberties:
two tribunes. Marcius would have all from you; Marcius, Com. But now 'tis odds beyond arithmetic; Whom late you have nam'd for consul. And manhood is call'd foolery, when it stands Men. Fie, fie, fie!
Against a falling fabric.-Will you hence,
1 Sen. To unbuild the city, and to lay all flat. Like interrupted waters, and o'erbear
Men. Pray you, be gone:
I'll try whether my old wit be in request Bru. By the consent of all, we were estab. With those that have but little; this must be The people's magistrates. [lish'd With cloth of any colour.
(patch'd Cit. You so remain.
Com. Nay, come away, Men. And so are like to do.
[Exeunt Cor. Com. and others. Cor. That is the way to lay the city flat; 1 Pat. This man has marr'd his fortune. To bring the roof to the foundation;
Men. His nature is too noble for the world: And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges,
He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, In heaps and piles of ruins.
Or Jove for his power to thunder. His heart's Sic. This deserves death.
(vent; Bru. Or let us stand to our authority, What his breast forges, that his tongue must Or let us lose it :-We do here pronounce, And, being angry, does forget that ever Upon the part o'the people, in whose power He heard the name of death. (A noise within. We were elected theirs, Március is worthy Here's goodly work! Of present death.
2 Pat. I would they were a-bed! Sic. Therefore, lay hold of him ; [thence Men. I would they were in Tyber !- What, Bear him to the rock Tarpeian,* and from
the vengeance, Into destruction cast him.
Could he not speak them fair?
Re-enter Brutus and Sicinius, with the Rubble. Men. Hear me one word.
Sic. Where's this viper, 'Beseech you, tribunes, hear me but a word. That would depopulate the city, and Ædi. Peace, peace.
Be every man himself? Men. Be that you seem, truly your country's Men. You worthy tribunes,friend,
Sic. He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian And temperately proceed to what you would
rock Thus violently redress.
With rigorous hands; he hath resisted law, Bru. Sir, those cold ways,
[ous And therefore law shall scorn him further trial That seem like prudent helps, are very poison- Than the severity of the public power, Where the disease is violeni:-Lay hands upon which he so sets at nought. And bear him to the rock.
[him, 1 Cit. He shall well know, Cor. No; I'll die here. [Drawing his sword. The noble tribunes are the people's mouths, There's some among you have beheld me fight. And we their hands. ing;
(me. Cit. He shall sure on't. Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen
[Several speak together. Men. Down with that sword;—Tribunes, Men. Sir,withdraw a while.
Sic. Peace. Bru. Lay hands upon him.
Men. Do not cry, havoc, where you should Men. Help, Marcius! help,
but hunt You that be noble; help him, young, and old! With modest warrant. Cit. Down with him, down with him!
Sic. Sir, how comes it, that you [In this Mutiny, the TRIBUNES, the Ædiles, Have holp to make this rescue ? and the People are all beat in.
Men. Hear me speak :
[away, So can I name his faults:2 Sen. Get you gone.
Sic. Consul!-what consul? Cor. Stand fast;
Men. The consul Coriolanus. We have as many friends as enemies.
Bru. He a consul! Men. Shall it be put to that?
Cit. No, no, no, no, no. * From whence criminals were thrown, and dashed to * The lowest of the populace, tag, rag, and pobtail. pieces.
+ Be sure on't.
The signal for slaughter.
Men. If, by the tribunes' leave, and yours, 1 Sen. Pray you, let's to him. (Ereunt.
good people, I may be heard, I'd crave a word or two; SCENE II.-A Room in CORIOLANUS' House. The which shall turn you to no further harm, Enter CORIOLANUS, and PATRICIANS. Than so much loss of time. Sic. Speak briefly then;
Cor. Let them pull all about mine ears; preFor we are peremptory, to despatch
sent me This viperous traitor: to eject him hence,
Death on the wheel, or at wild horses' heels; Were but one danger; and, to keep him here, Or pile ten hills on the Tarpeian rock, Our certain death; therefore it is decreed,
That the precipitation might down stretch He dies to-night.
Below the beam of sight, yet will I still Men. Now the good gods forbid,
Be thus to them.
Cor. I muse,* my mother Sic. He's a disease, that must be cut away. Does not approve me further, who was wont Men. O, he's a limb, that bas but a disease ; To call them woollen vassals, things created Mortal, to cut it off; to cure it, easy:
To buy and sell with groats; to show bare What has he done to Rome, that's worthy
In congregations, to yawn, be still, and wonKilling our enemies? The blood he hath lost, When one but of my ordinancet stood up (Which, I dare vouch, is more than that he To speak of peace, or war. I talk of you; hath, (try:
(To VOLUMNIA. By many an ounce,) he dropp'd it for his coun. Why did you wish me milder? Would you And, what is left, to lose it by his country,
have me Were to us all, that do't, and suffer it, False to my nature? Rather say, I play A brand to the end o’the world.
The man I am. Sic. This is clean kam.t
Vol. (, Sir, Sir, Sir, Bru. Merelyt awry: when he did love his I would have had you put your power well on, It honour'd him.
[country, Before you had worn it out. Men. The service of the foot
Cor. Let go. Being once gangren'd, is not then respected Vol. You might have been enough the man For what before it was?
you are, Bru. We'll hear no more :
With striving less to be so: Lesser had been Pursue him to his house, and pluck him thence; The thwartings of your dispositions, if Lest his infection, being of catching nature, You had not show'd them how you were disSpread further.
Ere they lack'd power to cross you.
Cor. Let them hang.
(process; Enter MENENIUS, and SENATORS.
Men. Come, come, you have been too rough, And sack great Rome with Romans.
something too rough; Bru. If it were so,
You must return,
and mend it. Sic. What do ye talk?
1 Sen. There's no remedy; Have we not bad a taste of his obedience?
Unless, by not so doing, our good city
Vol. Pray be counsel'd:
But yet a brain, that leads my use of anger,
Men. Well said, noble woman: [that He throws without distinction. Give me leave, Before he should thus stoop to the herd, but I'll go to him, and undertake to bring him
The violent fit o'tbe time craves it as physic Where he shall answer, by a lawful form,
For the whole state, I would put mine armour (In peace) to his utmost peril.
Which I can scarcely bear.
[on 1 Sen. Noble tribunes,
Cor. What must I do? It is the humane way: the other course
Men. Return to the tribunes.
What then? what then?
Men. Repent what you have spoke. Be you then as the people's officer:
Cor. For them!-I cannot do it to the gods; Masters, lay down your weapons.
Must I then do't to them? Bru, Go not home.
Vol. You are too absolute; Sic. Meet on the market-place:-We'll at. Though therein you can never be too noble, tend you there :
But when extremities speak. I have heard you Where, if you bring not Marcius, we'll proceed Honour and policy, like unsever'd friends,
, In our first way. Men. I'll bring him to you:
I'the war do grow together: Grant that, and Let me desire your company. [To the Sena
peace, what each of them by th'other lose, Or what is worst will follow.
That they combine not there.
Cor. Tush, tush! Deserving. + Quite awry.
1 Absolutely. Inconsiderate haste, || Finely sifted.
Men. A good demand.
Cor. Must I go show them my unbarb'd Vob. If it be honour, in your wars, to seem
sconce?* Must I The same you are not, (which, for your best with my base tongue, give to my noble heart ends,
A lie, that it must bear? Well, I will do't: You adopt your policy,) how is it less, or worse, Yet were there but this single plot to lose, That it shall hold companionship in peace This mould of Marcius, they to dust should With honour, as in war; since that to both
(place :It stands in like request?.
And throw it against the wind.- To the marketCor. Why force* you this?
You have put me now to such a part, which Vol. Because that now it lies you on to speak I shall discharge to the life.
[never To the people; not by our own instruction, Com. Come, come, we'll prompt you. Nor by the matter which your heart prompts Vol. I pr’ythee now, sweet son; as thou you to,
hast said, But with such words that are but roted in My praises made thee first a soldier, so, Your tongue, though but bastards, and syl. To have my praise for this, perform a part lables
Thou hast not done before. Of no allowance, to your bosom's truth. Cor. Well, I must do't: Now, this no more dishonours you at all, Away, my disposition, and possess me Than to take int a town with gentle words, Some harlot's spirit! My throat of war be Which else would put you to your fortune, and
turn'd, The hazard of much blood.
Which quired with my drum, into a pipe I would dissemble with my nature, where, Small as an eunuch, or the virgin voice My fortunes, and my friends, at stake, requir'd, That babies lulls asleep! The smiles of knaves I should do so in honour: I am in this, Tentt in my cheeks; and school-boys' tears Your wife, your son, these senators, the nobles; And you will rather show our general lowtst The glasses of my sight! A beggar's tongue How you can frown, than spend a fawn upon Make motion through my lips, and my arm'd them,
knees, For the inheritance of their loves, and safe- Who bow'd but in my stirrup, bend like his Of what that want might ruin.
That hath receiv'd an alms - I will not do't: Men. Noble lady!
Lest I surcease to honour mine own truth, Come, go with us ; speak fair : you may salve And, by my body's action, teach my mind so,
A most inherent baseness. Not what is dangerous present, but the loss Vol. At thy choice then : Of what is past.
To beg of thee, it is my more dishonour, Vol. I pr'ythee now, my son,
Than thou of them. Come all to ruin; let Go to them, with this bonnet in thy hand; Thy mother rather feel thy pride, than fear And thus far having stretch'd it, (here be with Thy dangerous stoutness; for I mock at death them,)
With as big heart as thou. Do as thou list. Thy knee bussing the stones, (for in such busi-Thy valiantness was mine, thou suck’dst it from
[rant But owes thy pride thyself. Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the igno
Cor. Pray, be content; More learned than the ears,) waving thy head, Mother, I am going to the market-place; Which often, thus, correcting thy stout heart,'Chide me no more. I'll mountebank'their That humble, as the ripest mulberry, [them,
(belord Now will not hold the handling: Or, say to Coy their hearts from them, and come home Thou art their soldier, and being bred in broils, Of all the trades in Rome. Look, I am going: Hast not the soft way, which, thou dost con- Commend me to my wise. I'll return consul; fess,
Or never trust to what my tongue cap do Were fit for thee to use, as they to claim, I'the way of flattery, further. In asking their good 'loves; but thou wilt Vol. Do your will.
Com. Away, the tribunes do attend you: Thyself, forsooth, hereafter theirs, so far
arm yourself As thou hast power, and person.
To answer mildly; for they are prepar'd Men. This but done,
With accusations, as I hear, more strong Even as she speaks, why, all their hearts were Than are upon you yet. yours:
Cor. The word is, mildly :-Pray you, let us For they have pardons, being ask'd, as free Let them accuse me by invention, I [go; As words to little purpose.
Will answer in mine honour. Vol. Pr’ythee now,
Men. Ay, but mildly. Go, and be rul’d: although, I know, thou Cor. Well, mildly be it then; mildly. hadst rather
(Exeunt. Follow thine enemy in a fiery gulf, (nius. Than flatter him in a bower. Here is Comi
SCENE III.-The same.--The Forum.
Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS.
Bru. In this point charge him home, that he
affects Sir, tis fit You make strong party, or defend yourself
Tyrannical power: If he envade us there,
Enforce him with his envyş to the people; By calmness, or by absence; all's in anger. And that the spoil, got on the Antiates, Men. Only fair speech. Com. I think, 'twill serve, if he
Was ne'er distributed.Can thereto frame his spirit.
Enter an ÆDILE. Vol. He must, and will:
What, will he come? Pr’ythee, now, say, you will, and go about it.
Unshaven head. + Dwell. Urge. + Subdue, 1 Common clowns.
Object his hatred.
Æd. He's coming.
Men. Consider further, Bru. How accompanied ?
That when he speaks not like a citizen, Æd. With old Menenius, and those senators You find him like a soldier: Do not take That always favour'd him.
His rougher accents for malicious sounds, Sic. Have you a catalogue
But, as I say, such as become a soldier,
Com. Well, well, no more.
Cor. What is the matter,
I am so dishonour'd, that the very hour
[them, Sic. We charge you, that you have contriv'd For death, for fine, or banishment, then let
to take If I say, fine, cry fine; if death, cry death; From Rome all season'dt office, and to wiod Insisting on the old prerogative
Yourself into a power tyrannical; And power i'the truth o’the cause.
For which, you are a traitor to the people. Ed. I shall inform them.
Cor. How! Traitor ? Bru. And when such time they have begun Men. Nay; temperately: Your promise.
Cor. Tbe fires i'the lowest hell fold in the Let them not cease, but with a din confus'd
people! Enforce the present execution
Call me their traitor.Thou injurious tribune! Of what we chance to sentence.
Within thine eyes sat twenty thousand deaths, Æd. Very well.
In thy bands clutch'dt as many millions, in Sic. Make them be strong, and ready for Thy lying tongue both numbers, I would say, this hint,
Thou liest, unto thee, with voice as free When we shall hap to give't them.
As I do pray the gods. Bru. Go about it.-
Sic. Mark you this, people? Put him to choler straight: He hath been us'd Cit. To the rock with him; to the rock with Ever to conquer, and to have his worth
him! Of contradiction: Being once chaf’d, he Sic. Peace. cannot
We need not put new matter to his charge: Be rein'd again to temperance; then he speaks What you have seen him do, and heard bin What's in his heart; and that is there, which speak, With us to break his neck.
[looks Beating your officers, cursing yourselves,
Opposing laws with strokes, and here defying Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, COMINIUS, Those whose great power must try him; even SENATORS, and PATRICIANS.
So criminal, and in such capital kind, (this, Sic. Well, here he comes.
Deserves the extremest death. Men. Calmly, I do beseech you.
Bru. But since he hath
Serv'd well for Rome, Cor. Ay, as an ostler, that for the poorest piece
Cor. What do you prate of service? Will bear the knave* by the volume.—The
Bru. I talk of that, that know it.
Cor. You ?
Men. Is this
Com. Know, us!
Cor. T'll know no further:
Let them pronounce the steep Tarpeian death, Men. A noble wish.
Vagabond exile, flaying; pent to linger
But with a grain a day, I would not buy Re-enter Ædile, with Citizens. Their mercy at the price of one fair word;
Nor check my courage for what they can give, Sic. Draw near, ye people.
To have't with saying, Good morrow. Ed. List to your tribunes; audience: Peace, Sic. For that he has
(As much as in him lies) from time time Cor. First, hear me speak.
Envied against the people, seeking means Both Tri. Well, say.-Peace, ho. Cor. Shall I be charg'd no further than this Given hostile strokes, and that not|| in the
To pluck away their power; as now at last present?
presence Must all determine here?
Of dreaded justice, but on the ministers Sic. I do demand,
That do distribute it; In the name o'the peoIf you submit you to the people's voices,
ple, Allow their officers, and are content
And in the power of us the tribunes, we, To suffer lawful censure for such faults
Even from this instant, banish him our city; As shall be prov'd upon you ?
In peril of precipitation
From off the rock Tarpeian, never more
To enter our Rome gates: I'the people's name
I say, it shall be so. Think on the wounds his body bears, which Cit. It shall be so, Like graves i'the holy churchyard. (show It shall be so; let him away: he's banish'd, Cor. Scratches with briers,
And so it shall be. Scars to move laughter only.
Grasped Will bear being called a knave.
* Injure. + Of long standing.
# Not only.