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A Sennet. Enter, with Lictors before them, Comi- When Tarquin made a head for Rome, he fought rius the Consul, Merenius, CORIOLANUS, many other Beyond the mark of others : our then dictator, Senators, Sicinius, and Bautus. The Senators take Whom with all praise I point at, saw him fight
The bristled lips before him: he bestrid
An o'er-press'd Roman, and i'the consul's view
Slew three opposers: Tarquio's self he met,
And struck him on his knee: in that day's feats,
When he might act the woman in the scene,
Ne prov'd best man i'the field, and for his meed
Man-enter'd thus, he waxed like a sea ;
And, in the brunt of seventeen battles since,
He lurch'd all swords o'the garland. For this last,
Before and in Corioli, let me say,
I cannot speak him home. He stopp'd the fliers;
And, by his rare example, made the coward
Turn terror into sport: as waves before
A vessel under sail, so men obey'd, 1 Sen. Speak, good Cominius:
And fell below his stem: his sword (death's stamp)
Where it did mark, it took; from face to foot
He was a thing of blood, whose every motion
Was timed with dying cries: alone he enter'd
The mortal gate oʻthe city, which he painted
With shuuless destiny, aidless came off,
And with a sudden reinforcement struck
Corioli, like a planet. Now all's his :
When by and by the din of war 'gan pierce
His ready sense: then straight his doubled spirit
Re-quicken'd what in flesh was fatigate,
And to the battle came he; where he did
'Twere a perpetual spoil: and, till we call’d
Both field and city ours, he never stood
To ease his breast with panting.
1 Sen. He cannot but with measure fit the honours Bru. Most willingly:
Which we devise him.
Com. Our spoils he kick'd at;
And look'd upon things precious, as they were
The common muck o'the world: he covets less,
Then misery itself would give; rewards
(Coriolanus rises, and offers to go away. To spend the time, to end it.
Let him be call'd for.
1 Sen. Call for Coriolanus.
Of. He doth appear.
Men. The senate, Coriolanus, are well pleas'd
To make thee consul.
Cor. I do owe them still
That you do speak to the people.
Cor. I do beseech you,
Let me o'erleap that custom; for I cannot
That S may pass this doing,
One jot of ceremony.
Take to you, as your predecessors have,
Cor. It is a part
That I shall blush in acting, and might well Most dignihes the haver: if it be,
Be taken from the people. The man I speak of cannot in the world
Bru. Mark you that? singly counterpois'd. At sixteen years,
Cor. To brag unto them,– Thus I did, and thas;
Show them the unaking scars, which I should hide, Cor. What must I say?-
pray, sir, – plague upon't! I cannot bring
My tongne to such a pace: look, sir; my
From the noise of our own drums.
(Flourish. Then exeunt Senators. You must not speak of that; you must desire them Bru. You see how he intends to use the people.
To think upon you.
I would they would forget me, like the virtues
Which our divines lose by them.
Men. You'll mar all;
I'll leave yon. Pray you, speak to them, I pray yon, of our proceedings here: on the market-place, In wholesome manner.
(Exit. I know, they do attend us.
Enter two Citizens.
Cor. Bid them wash their faces,
And keep their teeth clean. - So, here comes a brace.
You know the cause, sir, of my standing here.
Cor. Mine own desert.
Cor. Ay, not
Cor. Well then, I pray, your price o’the consulship? 1 Cit. And to make us no better thought of, a 1 Cit. The price is, sir, to ask it kindly. little help will serve: for once, when we stood up Cor. Kindly? about the corn, he himself stuck not to call use the Sir, I pray let me ha't: I have wounds to show you, many-headed multitude.
Which shall be yours in private. — Your good voice,
Cor. A match, sir: -
1 Cit. But this is something old.
2 Cit. An 'twere to give again, — but 'tis no matter. 3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon ont as ano
[Exeunt two Citizens. ther man's will, 'tis strongly wedged up in a block
Enter two other Citizens. head: but if it were at liberty, 'twould, sure, Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with the tone southward.
of your voices, that I may be consul, I have here 2 Cit. Why that way?
the customary gown. 3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where being three 3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your country, parts melted away with rotten dews, the fourth and you have not deserved nobly. would return for conscience' sake, to help to get Cor. Your enigma? thee a wife.
3 Cit. You have been a scourge to her enemies, you 2 Cit. You are never without your tricks :- you have been a rod to her friends; you have not, inmay, you may.
deed, loved the common people. 8 Cit. Are you all resolved to give your voices? Cor. You should account me the more virtuous, But that's no matter, the greater part carries it. I that I have not been common in my love. I will, say, if he would incline to the people, there was sir, flatter my sworn brother the people, to earn a never a worthier man.
dearer estimation of them; 'tis a condition they acEnter CORIOLANUS and MenexiUS.
count gentle: and since the wisdom of their choice Here he comes, and in the gowo of humility; mark is rather to have my hat than my heart, I will his behaviour. We are not to stay all together, but practise the insinuating nod, and be off to them most to come by him where he stands, by ones, by twos, counterfeitly; that is, sir, I will counterfeit the beand-by threes. He's to make his requests by parti- witchment of some popular man, and give it bounticulars: wherein every one of us has a single honour, fully to the desirers. Therefore, beseech you, I in giving him our own voices with our own ton- may be consul. gues : therefore follow me, and I'll direct you how 4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend; and thereyou shall go by him.
fore give you our voices heartily. All. Content, content.
(Exeunt. 3 cit. You have received many wounds for your Men. ( sir, you are not right: have you not known country. The worthiest men have done it?
Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with showing
them. I will make much of your voices, and so 3 Cit. He said, he had wounds, which he could trouble you no further.
show in private; Both Cit. The gods give you joy, sir, heartily! And with his hat, thus waving it in
[Exeunt. I would be Consul, says he: aged custom, Cor. Most sweet voices !
But by your voices, will not so permit me; Better it is to die, better to starve,
Your voices therefore. When we granted that, Than crave the hire which first we do deserve.
I thank you for your voices,
thank Why in this woolvish gown should I stand here, you, – To beg of Hob and Dick, that do appear,
Your most sweet voices: - now you have left your
Bru. Could you not have told him,
when he had no power, The one part suffer'd, the other will I do.
But was a petty servant to the state,
He was your enemy; ever spake against
Your liberties, and the charters that
That, as his worthly deeds did claim no less,
Would think upon you for your voices, and
Sic. Thus to have said,
And try'd his inclination ; from him pluck'd
Or else it would have gali'd his surly nature, Endue
with the people's voice: remains, Which easily endures uot article That, in the official marks invested, you
Tying him to aught; so, putting him to rage, Anon do meet the senate.
You should have ta’en the advantage of his choler, Cor. Is this done?
As pass'd him unelected. Sic: The custom of request you have discharg'd: Bru. Did you perceivę, The people do admit you; and are snmmon'd
He did solicit you in free contempt, To meet anon, upon your approbation.
When he did need your loves; and do you think, Cor. Where? at the senate-house?
That his contempt shall not be bruising to you, Sic. There, Coriolanus.
When he hath power to crush? Why, had your bodies Cor. May I then change these garments ?
No heart among you? Or had you tongues, tu cry Sic. You may, sir. Cor. That I'll straight do; and, knowing myself Against the rectorship of judgment ? again,
Ere now, deny'd the asker? and, now again, Repair to the senate-house.
Ou him, that did not ask, but mock, bestow Nien. I'll keep you company. - Will you along?
Your su'd-for tongues ? Bru. We stay here for the people.
3 Cit. He's not confirm’d, we may deny him yet
. Sic. Fare you well!
2 Cit. And will deny him; [Exeunt Coriolanus and Menenius.
l'll have five hundred voices of that sound. He has it now; and by his looks, methinks,
1 Cit. I twice five hundred, and their friends to piece 'Tis warm at his heart,
'em. Bru. With a proud heart he wore His humble weeds. Will you dismiss the people?
Bru.Get you hence instantly; and tell those friends, Re-enter Citizens.
They have chose a consul, that will from them tale Sic. How now, my masters? have you chose this Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking,
Their liberties; make them of no more voice man?
As therefore kept to do so. 1 Cit. He has our voices, sir. Bru. We pray the gods, he may deserve your loves,
Sic. Let them assemble ; 2 Cit. Amen, sir! To my poor unworthy votice, And, on a safer judgment, all revoke He mock'd us, when he begg'd our voices. Your ignorant election. Enforce his pride, 3 Cit. Certainly,
And his old hate unto you: besides, forget not He flouted us downright.
With what contempt he wore the humble weed; 1 Cit. No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not How in his suit he scorn'd you: but
your mock us.
Thinking mpon his services, took from you 2 Cit. Not one amongst os, save yourself, but says, The apprehension of his present portance
(No impediment between) but that
must To oppose his hatred full. -- Welcome home!
[To Lertius. Sic. Say, you chose him
Enter SiCintu's and BRUTI'S.
Sic. Pass no further.
Men. The matter?
Com.Hath he not pass’d the nobles, and the commons?
1 Sen. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the marAnd nobly nam'd so, being censor twice,
Bru. The people are incens'd against him.
Cor. Are these your herd ? -
have found, Must these have voices, that can yield them now, Scaling his present bearing with his past,
And straight disclaim their tongues? What are your That he's your fixed enemy, and revoke
offices ? Your sudden approbation.
You being their mouths, why rule you not their
Cor. It is a purpos'd thing, and grows by plot,
Nor ever will be rul'd.
Bru. Call't not a plot:
The people cry, you mock'd them; and, of late,
When corn was given them gratis, you repin'd;
Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness.
Cor. Why, this was known before.
[Exeunt. Bru. How! I inform them!
Cor. You are like to do such business.
Bru. Not unlike,
Each way, to better yours.
Cor. Why then should I be consul? By yon clouds,
To where you are bound, you must inquire yourway,
Which you are out of, withi a geutler spirit;
Men. Let's be calm.
Com. The people are abus'd : Set on! - This
Becomes not Rome: nor has Coriolanos
Deserv'd this so dishonour'd rub, laid falsely
Cor. Tell nie of corn!
Men. Not now, not now.
1 Sen. Not in this heat, sir, now,
Cor. Now, as I live, I will.-- My nobler friends,
Therein behold themselves : I say again,
In soothing them, we ronrish 'gainst our senate
The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition,
Which we ourselves have plonglid for, sow'd and
Men. What is about to be? -- I am out of breath;
Confusion's near: I cannot speak. - You tributes
By mingling them with as, the honour'd number; How shall this bosom multiplied digest
What's like to be their words:- Tedid request it ;
We are the greater poll, and in true fear
The nature of our seats, and make the rabble
Bru, Enough, with over-measure.
Cor. No, take more:
What may be sworn by, both divine and human,'
Seal what I end withal!- This double worship,-
Where one part does disdain with cause, the other
Insult without all reason; where gentry, title, wisdom,
Cannot conclude, but by the yea and no
Of general ignorance, it must omit
To unstable slightness: purpose so barr’d, it follows,
Nothing is done to purpose: therefore, beseech you, -
You that will be less fearful, than discreet;
That love the fundamental part of state,
More than you doubt the change of t; that prefer
To jump a body with a dangerous physic,
That's sure of death without it, – at once pluck ont
The multitudinous tongue, let them not lick
Of that integrity which should become it;
Bru. He has said enough.
As traitors do. Your dangerous lenity. If you are learned,
Cor. Thou wretch! despite o'erwhelm thee!-Be not as common fools; if you are not,
What should the people do with these bald tribanes?
Let what is meet, be said it must be meet,
Sic. This a consul? no.
Bru. The Aediles, ho!-- Let him be apprehended! Neither supreme, how soon confusion
Sic. Go, call the people; (Exit Brutus.) in whose May enter 'twixt the gap of both, and take
name, myself The one by the other.
Attach thee, as a traitorons innovator,
A foe to the public weal. Obey, I charge thee,
Sen. et Put. We'll surety him.
Com. Aged sir, hands off!
Out of thy garments !
Sic. Help, ye, citizens!
Re-enter Brutus, with the Aediles, and a rabble of
Men. On both sides more respect.
Sic. Here's he, that would
They ne'er did service for't. Being press’d to the war, Cit. Down with him! down with him!
[They'all bustle about Coriolanu. Their mutinies and revolts, wherein
they show'd Tribunes, patricians, citizens ! - what, ho!-