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1 Cit. You must think, if we give you any thing, We hope to gain by you.
Cor, Well then, I pray, your price o' th' consulship? 1 Cit. The price is, sir, to ask it kindly.
Cor. Kindly? Sir, I pray, let me ha't: I have wounds to show you, Which shall be yours in private.-Your good voice, What say you?
You shall have it, worthy sir.
Cor. A match, sir:
There is in all two worthy voices begg'd:
I have your alms; adieu.
But this is something odd.
[Exeunt two Citizens.
2 Cit. An 'twere to give again,—But 'tis no matter.
Enter two other Citizens.
Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with the tune of your voices, that I may be consul, I have here the customary_gown.
3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your country, you have not deserved nobly.
Cor. Your enigma?
3 Cit. You have been a scourge to her enemies, you have been a rod to her friends; you have not, indeed, loved the common people.
Cor. You should account me the more virtuous, that I have not been common in my love. I will, sir, flatter my sworn brother the people, to earn a dearer estimation of them; 'tis a condition they account gentle and since the wisdom of their choice is rather to have my hat than my heart, I will practise the insinuating nod, and be off to them most counterfeitly; that is, sir, I will counterfeit the bewitchment of some popular man, and give it bountifully to the desirers. Therefore, beseech you, I may be consul.
4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend; and therefore give you our voices heartily.
3 Cit. You have received many wounds for your
Cor. I will not seal' your knowledge with showing them. I will make much of your voices, and so trouble you no further.
Both Cit. The gods give you joy, sir, heartily!
Cor. Most sweet voices!—
Better it is to die, better to starve,
Than crave the hire which first we do deserve.
To one that would do thus.-I am half through;
Enter three other Citizens.
Here come more voices,
Your voices for your voices I have fought;
5 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go without honest man's voice.
6 Cit. Therefore let him be consul: The gods give him joy, and make him good friend to the people!
I will not strengthen or complete your knowledge. The seal is that which gives authenticity to a writing.
This rough hirsute gown.
3 Our poet here has strangely given the names of Englishmen to Romans.
All. Amen, amen.
God save thee, noble consul!
Re-enter MENENIUS, with BRUTUS, and SICINIUS.
Men. You have stood your limitation; and the triEndue you with the people's voice: Remains, [bunes That, in th' official marks invested, you
Anon do meet the senate.
Is this done?
Sic. The custom of request you have discharg'd: The people do admit you; and are summon'd
To meet anon, upon your approbation.
Cor. Where? at the senate-house?
Cor. May I then change these garments?
You may, sir.
Sic. Cor. That I'll straight do; and, knowing myself Repair to th' senate-house. [again, Men. I'll keep you company.-Will you along? Bru. We stay here for the people.
Fare you well!
[Exeunt CORIOLANUS and MENEN.
He has it now; and by his looks, methinks,
Tis warm at his heart.
With a proud heart he wore
His humble weeds: Will you dismiss the people?
Sic. How now, my masters? have you chose this 1 Cit. He has our voices, sir.
[man; 2 Cit. Amen, sir: To my poor unworthy notice, He mock'd us, when he begg'd our voices.
Bru. We pray the gods, he may deserve your loves.
He flouted us down-right.
1 Cit. No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not mock 2 Cit. Not one amongst us, save yourself, but says,
He us❜d us scornfully: he should have show'd us
No; no man saw ’em, [Several speak. 3 Cit. He said, he had wounds, whieh he could show in private;
And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn,
To yield your voices?
He was your enemy; ever spake against
Thus to have said,
'See page 41, note 3.
• Did you want knowledge to discern it?'
As cause had call'd you up, have held him to;
Tying him to aught; so, putting him to rage,
Did you perceive,
He did solicit you in free contempt,'
When he did need your loves; and do you think,
3 Cit. He's not confirm'd, we may deny him yet.
I'll have five hundred voices of that sound.
1 Cit. I twice five hundred, and their friends to piece 'em.
Bru. Get you hence instantly; and tell those
They have chose a consul, that will from them take
Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking,
⚫ Contempt open and unrestrained.
• Enforce, object. 'portance, carriage, conduct. [COR. 49]