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From niggard nature fall, yet rich conceit And I will use the olive with my sword: Taught thee to make vast Neptune weep for aye Make war breed peace; make peace stint war; On thy low grave, on faults forgiven. Dead

make each Is noble Timon : of whose memory

Prescribe to other, as each other's leech. Hereafter more.—Bring me into your city, Let our drums strike.



Persons Represented.
Caius Marcius CORIOLANUS, a noble Roman. 4 Citizen of Antium.
Titus LAETIUS, Generals against the Volcians,

Two Volcian Guards.
MEXENIUS AGRIPPA, Friend to Coriolanus. VOLUMNIA, Mother to Coriolanus.
SICINIUS VELUTUS, Tribunes of the People.

Virgilia, Wife to Coriolanus.
Junius BRUTUS,

VALERIA, Friend to Virgilia. Young Marcius, Son to Coriolanus.

Gentlewoman, attending Virgilia. A Roman Herald. TULLUS AUFIDIUS, General of the Volcians. Roman and Volcian Senators, Patricians, Ædiles, Lieutenant to Aufidius.

Lictors, Soldiers, Citizens, Messengers, SerConspirators with Aufidius.

vants to Aufidius, and other Attendants. SCENE-partly in Rome; and partly in the Territories of the Volcians and Antiates. Art First.

1 Cit. If I must not, I need not be barren of

accusations; he hath faults, with surplus, to SCENE I. Rome. A Street.

tire in repetition. [Shouts within.) What shouts Enter a Compony of mutinous Citizens with Staves, Why stay we prating here? To the Capitol.

are these? The other side o' the city is risen: Clubs and other Weapons.

Cit. Come, come. 1 Cit. BEFORE we proceed any further, hear

1 Cit. Soft; who comes here? me speak. Cis. Speak, speak. (Several speaking at once.

Enter MAXENIUS AGRIPPA. 1 (it. You are all resolved rather to die, than 2 Cit. Worthy Manenius Agrippa; one that Cil. Resolved, resolved.

(to famish? hath always loved the people. 1 Cit. First you know, Caius Marcius is chief 1 Cit. He's one honest enough; 'Would, all enemy to the people.

the rest were so! Cit. We know't, we know't.

Men. What work's, my countrymen, in hand ? 1 Cit. Let us kill him, and we'll have corn at Where go you our own price. Is't a verdict? [away, away. With bats and clubs ? The matter? Speak, I

Cit. No more talking on't; let it be done : pray you. 2 Cil. One word, good citizens.

1 Cit. Our business is not unknown to the sc. 1 Cit. We are accounted poor citizens; the nate; they have had inkling, this fortnight, patricians, good; What authority surfeits on, what we intend to do, which now we'll show would relieve us; if they would yield us but 'em in deeds. They say, poor suitors have strong the superfluity, while it were wholesome, we breaths; they shall know, we have strong arms might guess, they relieved us humanely; but too.

[honest neighbours, they think, we are too dear: the leanness that Jn. Why, masters, my good friends, mine afflicts is, the object of our misery, is as an Will yon undo yourselves ? inventory to particularize their abundance: our 1 Cit. We cannot, sir, we are undone already sufferance is a gain to them.--Let us revenge Men. I tell you, friends, most charitable care this with our pikes, ere we become rakes: for Have the patricians of you. For your wants, the gods know, I speak this in hunger for bread, Your suffering in this dearth, you may as weil not in thirst for revenge.

Strike at the heaven with your staves, as lift 2 Cit. Would you proceed especially against them Cains Marcius ?

[commonalty. Against the Roman state; whose course will on Cit. Against him first; he's a very dng to the The way it takes, cracking ten thousand curbs 2 Cit. Consider you what services he has done of more strong link asunder, than can ever for his country?

Appear in your impediment: For the dearth, 1 Cit. Very well; and could be content to the gods, not the patricians, make it; and give him good report for't, but that he pays Your knees to them, not arms, must help. Alack, himself with being proud.

You are transported by calamity

(der 2 Cit. Nay, but speak not maliciously. Thither where more attends you; and you slan

1 Cit, I say unto you, what he hath done fa- The helms o' the state, who care for you like mously, he did it to that end : though soft con- When you curse them as enemies. (fathers, scienc'd men can be content to say, it was for 1 Cit. Care for us !--True indeed !--They his country, he did it to please his mother, and ne'er cared for us yet. Suffer us to famish, and to be partly proud; which he is, even to the their store-houses crammed with grain : make altitnde of his virtue.

edicts for usury, to support usurers: repeal 2 Cit. What he cannot help in his nature, you daily any wholesome act established against the account a vice in him: You must in no way rich and provide more piercing statutes daily say, he is covetous.

to chain up and restrain the poor. If the wars

cat us not up, they will; and there's all the love Their counsels, and their cares; digest things they bear us.


(find, Nen. Either you must

Touching the weal of the common; you shall Confess yourselves wondrous malicious, No public benefit which

you receive, Or be accus'd of folly. I shall tell you But it proceeds, or comes, from them to you, A pretty tale; it may be, you have heard it; And no way from yourselves.-- What do you Buit, since it serves my purpose, I will venture You the great toe of this assembly ?- [think? To scale't a little more.

1 Cit. I the great toe? Why the great toe ? 1 Cit. Well, I'll hear it, sir: yet you must not Ven. For that being one o' the lowest, basest, think to fob off our disgrace with a tale: but poorest, an't please you, deliver.

[menbers of this most wise rebellion, thon go'st foremost: Men. There was a time, when all the body's Thou rascal, that art worst in blood, to run Rebell'd against the belly, thus accus'd it: Lead'st first, to win some vantage.That only like a gulf it did remain

But make you ready your stiff bats and clubs; l' the midst o' the body, idle and inactive, Rome and her rats are at the point of battle, Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing The one side must have bale. Hail, noble MarLike labour with the rest; where the other in cius! struments

Enter Caius MARCIUS. Did see, and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel, Mar. Thanks.--What's the matter, you disAnd, mutually participate, did minister

sentious rogues, Unto the appetite and affection common That rubbing the por itch of your opinion, Of the whole body. The belly answered: Make yourselves scabs?

1 Cit. Well sir, what answer marle the belly ? 1 Cil. We have ever your good word. Men. Sir, I shall tell you.-With a kind of Diar. Ile that will give good words to thee, smile,

will fiatter

{cura, Which ne'er came from the lungs, but even thus Beneath abhorring.--What would you have you (For, look you, I may make the belly smile, That like nor peace nor war? the one affrights As well as speak,) it tauntingly replied (parts you, To the discontented members, the mutinous The other makes you proud. He that trusts you, That envied his receipt; even so most fitly Where he should tind you lions, finds you hares; As you malign our senators, for that

Where foxes, geese: You are no surer, no, They are not such as you.

Than is the coal of fire upon the ice, 1 Cit.

Your belly's answer: What? Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is, Men. The kingly crowned head, the vigilant To make him worthy, whose offence subdues eye,


(greatness, The counsellor heart, the arm our soldier, And curs that justice did it. Who deserves Our steed the leg, the tongue our trumpeter Deserves your hate : and your affections are With other moments and petty helps A sick man's appetite, who desires most that In this our fabrick, if that they

Which would increase hisevil. He that depends 1 Cit.

What then?- Upon your fivours, swims with tins of lead, Men. 'Fore me this fellow speaks !--what And liews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye ! then? what then?

Trust ye? Should by the cormorant belly be restrain'd, With every minute you do change a mind; Who is the sink o'the body.-

And call him noble that was now your hate, 1 Cit.

Well, what then? Him vile, that was your garland. What's the The former agents, if they did complain,

matter, What could the belly answer?

That in these several places of the city Ven.

I will tell you: You cry against the noble senate, who, If you'll bestow a small (of what you haveliitle). Under the gods, keep you in all, which else Patience, a while, you'll hear the belly's answer. Would feed on one another?-What's their seek1 Cit. You are long about it.


[they say, Men

Note me this, good friend; Men. For corn at their own rates : whereof, Your most grave belly was deliberate, The city is well stor'd. Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer'd : Mar.

Hang 'em! They say? True it is, my incorporate frienis, quoth he, They'll sit by the fire, and presume to know That I receive the general jood at first,

What's doue i' the capitol: who's like to rise, Which you do live upon: and jitit is;

Who thrives, and who declines : side factions, Beozuse I am the store-house, and the shop

and give out Of the rohole body: But if you do remember, Conjectural marriages; making parties strong, I send it through the rivers of your blocui, And feebling such as stand not in their liking. Even to the court, th: heart, -to the scato' the brain : Below their cobbled shoes. They say, there's And, through the cranks and offices of man,

grain enough? The strongest nortes, and smull inferior erins, Would the nobility lay aside their ruth, Fron me receive that natural competency

And let me use iny sword, I'd make a quarry Whereby they live : And though that all at once, With thousands of those quarter'd slaves, as You, my good friend's (this says the belly), mark As I could pick my lauce.

[ [high 1 Cit. Ay, sir; well, well.

[me, Men. Nay, these are almost thoroughly perMen.

Though all at once cannot suaded; See schat I do deliver out to each;

For though abundantly they lack discretion, Ycl I can make my audit up, that all

Yct are ihey passing cowardly. But I beseech From me do back receive the flower of all, What says the other troop?

(you, And leave me but the bran. What say you to't? Mar. They are dissolved: Hang 'em!

1 Cit. It was an answer: How apply you this? They said, they were an hungry; sigh'd forth Men. The senators of Rome are this good belly,

proverbs :

[eat; And you the mutinous inembers: For examine That, hunger broke stone walls; that, dogs must

That meat was made for mouths; that the gods Bru. Being mor'd, he will not spare to gint sent not

Sic. Be-mock the modest moon. (the gods. Corn for the rich men only:-With these shreds Bru. The present wars devour him: hc is grown They vented their complainings; which being Too proud to be so valiant. answerd,


Such a nature, And a petition granted them, a strange one Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow (To break the heart of generosity, [their caps Which he treads on at noon: But I do wonder, And make bold power look pale), they threw His insolence can brook to be commanded As they would hang them on the horns o' the Under Cominius. Shouting their emulation.

(moon, Bru, Fame, at the which he aims,Men.

What is granted them? In whom already he is well grac'd, ---cannot Mar. Five tribunes to defend their vulgar wis- Better be held, nor more attain'd, than by doms,

A place below the first: for what miscarries Of their own choice: One's Junius Brutus, Shall be the general's fault, though he perforio Sicinius Velutus, and I know not-'Sdeath! To the utmost of a man; and giddy censure The rabble should have tirst unroof'd the city, Will then cry out of Marcius, O, if he Ere so prevail'd with me: it will in time Had borne the business! Win upon power, and throw forth greater themes Sic.

Besides, if things go well, For insurrection's arguing.

Opinion, that so sticks on Marcius, shall Men.

This is strange. Of his demerits rob Cominius. Mar. Go, get you home, you fragments ! Bru.


Half all Cominius' honours are to Marcius, Enter a Messenger.

Though Marcius earn'd them not; and all his Mess. Where's Caius Marcius ?

faults Mar.

Here: What's the matter? To Marcius shall be honours, though, indeed, biess. The news is, sir, the Volces are in arms. In aught he merit not. Mar. I am glad on't; then we shall have Sic.

Let's hence, and hear, means to vent

How the despatch is made; and in what fashion, Our musty superfluity :-See, our best elders. More than in singularity, he goes

Upon his present action. Enter Coyinius, Titus Lartius, and other Sena


Let's along. (Exrunt. tors; JUNIUS BRUTUS, und Sicinius VELUTUS. 1 Sen. Marcius, 'tis true, that you have lately

SCENE II. Corioli. The Senate-House. The Volces are in arms.

(told us ; Enter Tullus AUFIDIUS, and certain Senators. Var.

They have a leader, 1 Sen. So your opinion is, Autidius, Tullus Aufidius, that will put you to't. That they of Rome are enter'd in our counsels, I sin in envying his nobility:

And know how we proceed. And were I any thing but what I am,


Is it not yours ! I would wish me only he.

What ever hath been thought on in this state, Com.

You have fought together. That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome Mar. Were half to half the world by the ears, Had circumvention ! 'Tis not four days gone, Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make (and he since I heard thence; these are the words: I Only my wars with him: he is a lion

think, That I am proud to bunt,

I have the letter here; yes, here it is : (Reads. 1 Sen.

Then, worthy Marcius, They have prest a power, but it is not known Attend upon Cominius to these wars.

Whether for east, or west: The dearth is great ; Com. It is your former promise.

The people mutinous : and it is rumour'd,

Sir, it is; Cominius, Marcius, your old enemy,
And I am constant.-Titus Lartius, thou (Who is of Rome worse hated than of you),
Shalt see me once more strike at Tullus' face: And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman,
What, art thou stiff? stand'st out?

These three lead on this preparation

No, Caius Marcius : Whither 'tis bent; most likely 'tis for you :
I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the Consider of it.
Ere stay behind this business. (other, 1 Sen. Our army's in the field:

0, true bred! We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready 1 Sen. Your company to the Capitol; where To answer us. Our greatest friends attend us. [I know, Auf. Nor did you think it folly, 7.

Lead you on: To keep your great pretences veil'd, till when Follow, Cominius; we must follow you; They needs must show themselves; which in Right worthy you priority.

the hatching, Com.

Noble Lartius ! It seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery, 1 Sen. Hence! To your homes be gone. We shall be shorten'd in our aim; which was,

(To the Citizens. To take in many towns, ere, almost, Rome Mar.

Nay, let them follow : Should know we were afoot, The Volces have much corn; take these rats 2 Sen.

Noble Aufdius, thither,

Take your commission; hie you to your bands: Tognaw their garners:-Worshipful mutineers, Let us alone to guard Corioli: Your valour puts well forth: pray, follow. If they sit down before us, for the removo

(Exeunt Sepators, Cox. MAB. Tit. and Bring up your army; but I think you'll find

MENEX. Citizens steal away. They have not prepar'd for us. Sic. Was ever man so proud as is this Marcius? Auf.

O, doubt not tbat; Bru. He has no equal.

(people, I speak from certainties. Nay, more, Sic. When we were chosen tribunes for the Sonne parcels of their powers are forth already, Bru. Mark'd you his lip, and eyes ?

And only hitherward. I leave your honours, Sic.

Nay, but bis taunts. If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet

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