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That would not thread! the gates: this kind of Cor. Hence, old goat! service

Sen, f. Pat. We'll surely him. Did not deserve corn gratis : being i’ the war, Com.

Aged sir, hands off. Their mutinies and revolts, wherein they show'd Cor. Hence, rotten thing, or I shall shake thy Most valour, spoke not for them : The accusation

bones Which they have often made against the senate, Out of thy garments." All cause unborn, could never be the native?


Help, ye citizens. of our so frank donation. Well, what then? How shall this bosom multiplied digest

Re-enter BRUTUS, with the Ædiles, and a Rabble of

The senate's courtesy? Let deeds express
What's like to be their words :-We did request it;

Men, On both sides more respect.
We are the greater poll, and in true fear


Here's he, that would They gave us our demands : Thus we debase

Take from you all your power.

Bru. The nature of our seats, and make the rabble

Seize him, Ædiles.

Cit. Call our cares, fears: which will in time break ope

Down with him, down with him! The locks o'the senate, and bring in the crows

[Several speak.

2 Sen. To peck the eagles.

Weapons, weapons, weapons

! Men. Come, enough.

[They all bustle about CORIOLANUB. Bru. Enough, with over measure.

Tribunes, patricians, citizens !--what ho!Cor.

No, take more :

Sicinius, Brutus, Coriolanus, citizens ! What may be sworn by, both divine and huinan,

Cit. Peace, peace, peace; stay, hold, peace! Seal what I end withal? _This double worship,

Men. What is about to be ?-I am out of breath; Where one part does disdain with cause, the other Confusions’s near : I cannot speak :--You, tri

bunes Insult without all reason; where gentry, title, wisdom

To the people, -Coriolanus, patience :Cannot conclude, but by the yea and no

Speak, good Śicinius.

Sic. Of general ignorance,-it must omit

Hear me, people ;-Peace. Real necessities, and give way the while

Cit. Let's hear our tribune :-Peace. Speak, To unstable slightness: purpose so barr’d, it fol

speak, speak.

Sic. You are at point to lose your liberties , lows, Nothing is done to purpose : Therefore, beseech Marcius would have all from you ; Marcius,

Whom late you have nam'd for consul. you, You that will be less fearful than discreet;


Fye, fye, fye! That love the fundamental part of state,

This is the way to kindle, not to quench. More than you doubts the change of’t ; that pre

1 Sen. To unbuild the city, and to lay all flate

Sic. What is the city, but the people? fer

Cit. A noble life before a long, and wish

True, To jump a body with a dangerous physic

The people are the city. That's sure of death without it,-at once pluck out

Bru. By the consent of all, we were establish'd The multitudinous tongue, let them not lick

The people's magistrates. The sweet which is their poison: your dishonour


You so remain.

Men, And so are like to do. Mangles true judgment, and bereaves the state of that integrity which should become it ;?

Cor. That is the way to lay the city flat ,

To bring the roof to the foundation;
Not having the power to do the good it would,
For the ill which doth control it.

And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges,

He has said enough. In heaps and piles of ruin.

This deserves death. Sic. He has spoken like a traitor, and shall an

Bru. Or let us stand to our authority,

Or let us lose it :-We do here pronounce,
As traitors do.
Cor. Thou wretch ! despite o'erwhelm thee!-

Upon the part o' the people, in whose power What should the people do with these bald tri- We were elected theirs, Marcius is worthy bunes ?

of present death.

Sic. On whom depending, their obedience fails

Therefore, lay hold of him; To the greater bench: In a rebellion,

Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence

Into destruction cast him. When what's not meet, but what must be was law,

Bru. Then were they chosen: in a better hour,

Ædiles, seize him. Let what is meet, be said it must be meet,

Cit. Yield, Marcius, yield.

Hear me one word.
And throw their power i' the dust.
Bru. Manifest treason.

Boseech you, tribunes, hear me but a word.
This a consul ? no.

Ædi. Peace, peace.
Bru. The Ædiles, ho !-Let him be appre-

Men. Be that you seem, truly your country's hended.

friend, Sic. Go, call the people ; (Exit Brutus.] in And temperately proceed to what you would whose name, myself

Thus violently redress.

Bru, Attach thee, as a traitorous innovator,

Sir, those cold ways A foe to the public weal: Obey, I charge thee,

That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous And follow to thine answer.

Where the disease is violent :-Lay hands upon him,

And bear him to the rock. 1 To thread the gates is to pass through them. So in If we looke for good successe in our cure by ministerKing Lear Threading dark-eyed night'

ing hellebore, &c. for certainly it putteth the patient to a 2 Native, if it be not a corruption of the text, must be jumpe or greate hazard." put for rutine cause, the pro lucer or bringer forth. 7 Mangles true judgment, and bereaves the state Mason's proposed emendation of motive would be very Of that integrity which should become il.' plausible, were it not that the loet seems to have intend. Judgment is the faculty by which right is distinguishea ed a kind of antithesis between cause unborn and native from wrong. Integrity is in this place soundness, uni. cause.

fornity, consistency. 3 This bosom multiplied,' is this multitudinous bo. 8 'Let it be said by you that what is ment to be done, som, the bosom of that many headed monster the people. must be meet, i. e. shuill be done and put an end at once

4. No, let me add this further, and may every thing to the tribunisian power, which was established when divine and human that can give force to an oath, bear irresistible violence, not a regard w propriety, directed witness to the truth of what I shall conclude with.'

the legislature.' 5 To doubt is lo fear.


here's a stay, 6 To jump a body is apparently to risk or hazard a That shakes the rollen carcase of old dea:h body.' So in Holland's Pliny, b. xxv. ch. v. p, 219,- Oui of his rugs!!

K'ing John.


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Cor. No; I'll die here

Than the severity of the public power,

[Draving his Sword. Which he so sets at nought. There's some among you have beheld me fighting; 1 Cit.

He shall well know, Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen me. The noble tribunes are the people's mouths, Men. Down with that sword ;-Tribunes, with And we their hands draw awhile.


He shall, sure on't. Bru. Lay hands upon him.

(Several speak together Men.

Help, help, Marcius! help, Men. Sir, You that be noble ; help him, young, and old ! Sic. Peace. Cit. Down with him, down with him!

Men, Do not cry, havoc, 4 where you should but (In this Mutiny, the Tribunes, the Ædiles,

hunt and the People, are all beat in. With modest warrant. Men. Go, get you to your house ; be gone away,


Sir, how comes it, that you All will be naught else.

Have holp to make this rescue ?
2 Sen.
Get you gone.

Hear me speak.Cor.

Stand fast; As I do know the consul's worthiness, We have as many friends as enemies.

So can I name his faults. Men. Shall it be pul to that?


Consul ! what consul? Sen.

The gods forbid! Men. The consul Coriolanus. I prythee, noble friend, home to thy house ;


He a consul! Leave us to cure this cause.

Cit. No, no, no, no, no.
For 'us a sore upon us,

Men. If, by the tribunes' leave, and yours, good You cannot tent yourself: Begone, 'beseech you.

people, Com. Come, sir, along with us.

I may be heard, I'd crave a word or two; Cor. I would they were barbarians (as they are, The which shall turn you to no further harm, Though in Rome litter'd, ) not Romans, (as they are Than so much loss of time. not,


Speak briefly, then, Though calv'd i' the porch o' the Capitol,). For we are peremptory, to despatch Men.


gone ; This viperous traitor: to eject him hence, Put not your worthy rage into your tongue ; Were but one danger; and, to keep him here, One time will owe another.'

Our certain death; therefore it is decreed, Cor.

On fair ground, He dies to-night. I could beat forty them.


Now, the good gods forbid, Men.

I could myself That our renowned Rome, whose gratitude Take up a brace of the best of them; yea, the two Towards her deserved children is enrollid tribunes.

In Jove's own book, like an unnatural dam Com. But now 'uis odds beyond arithmetic; Should now eat up her own! And manhood is callid foolery, when it stands Sic. He's a disease, that must be cut away. Against a falling fabric. Will you hence,

Men. O, he's a limb, that has but a disease ; Before the tag? return? whose rage doth rend Mortal, to cut it off; to cure it, easy. Like interrupted waters, and o'erbcar

What has he done to Rome, that's worthy death? What they are used to bear.

Killing our enemies? The blood he hath lost, Men.

Pray you, begone: (Which, I dare vouch, is more than that he hath, I'll try whether my old wit be in request

By many an ounce,) he dropp'd it for his country: With those that have but little ; this must be patch'd And, what is left, to lose it by his country, With cloth of any colour.

Were to us all, that do't, and suffer it, Com.

Nay, come away. A brand to the end o' the world. (Exeunt COR. Com. and others. Sic.

This is clean kam.' I Pat. This man has marr'd his fortune.

Bru. Merely: awry: when he did love his counMen. His nature is too noble for the world:

try, He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, It honour'd him. Or Jove for his power io thunder. His heart's his Men.

The service of the foot

Being once gangren'd, is not then respected
What his breast' forges, that his tongue must vent; For what before it was ?
And, being angry, does forget that ever


We'll hear no more :He heard the name of death. (A noise within. Pursue him to his house, and pluck him thence; Here's goodly work!

Lest his infection, being of catching nature, 2 Pat.

I would they were a-bed! Spread further. Men. I would they were in Tyber !-What, the


One word more, one word. vengeance,

This tiger-footed rage, when it shall find Could he not speak them fair ?

The harm of unscann'd swiftness, will, too late, Re-enter Brutus and Sicinius, with the Rabble. Tie leaden pounds to his heels. Proceed by pro Sic.

Where is this viper, Lest parties (as he is belov’d) break out,
That would depopulate the city, and .
Be every man himself?

And sack great Rome with Romans.
You worthy tribunes,

Bru. If it were so,
Sic. He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian rock Have we not had a taste of his obedience ?


What do ye talk?
With rigorous hands; he hath resisted law,
And therefore law shall scorn him further trial

Our Ædiles smote ? ourselves resisted ?--Come :1. One time will owe another. I think Menenius to dye therfore, and the remenuant to be emprysoned means to say, “ Another time will offer when you may and their bodies to be punyshed at the kinges wyll.' be quits with them. There is a common proverbial 5 'The which shall turn you to no further harm. phrase, 'One good turn deserves another.'

This singular expression,occurs again in The Tem 2 The lowest of the populace, tag, rag,

and lobtail. pest: 3 We should probably read :

my heart bleeds He shall, be sure on't.'

To think o' the teen ihat I have turn'd you to.' 4 This signal for general slaughter was not to be 8 Deserved for deserring; as delighted for delight. pronounced with impunity, but by authority : Item que ing in Othello, and other similar changes of termina nul soit si hardy de crier harok, suur peine d'avoir la tion in ords of like ending. test coupe.'--Ordinances des Batailos, 9 R. ii. Art. 10. 7 Kam is crooked. • Clean contrarie, quite kamme, Again, in the Statutes and Ordynaunces of Warre, print a contrepoil,' says Cotgrave : and the same worthy lex ell by Pynson, 1513:-- That no man be so hardy to cry icographer explains “a revers, cross, cleune kamme. karoke, upon payne of him that is so founde begynner, 8 i. c. absolutely.


Mon. Consider this ;=He has been bred i' the Enter MENERIUS, and Senators.

wars Sinco he could draw a sword, and is ill school'd

Men. Come, come, you nave been too rough :

Something too rough;
In boulted language; meal and bran together
He throws without distinction. Give me leave,

You must return, and mend it.
1 Sen.

There's no romedy i
I'll go to him, and undertake to bring him
Where he shall answer, by a lawful form,

Unless, by not so doing, our good city

Cleave in the midst, and perish. (In peace,) to his utmost peril.

Noble tribunes,

Pray be counsell’d:

I have a heart as little apt as yours, It is the humane way: the other course

But yet a brain, that leads my use of anger, Will prove too bloody; and the end of it

To better vantage. Unknown to the beginning.


Well said, noblo woman : Sic.

Noble Menenius,

Before he should thus stoop to the herd, but that Be you then as the people's officer :

The violent fit o' the time craves it as physic Masters, lay down your weapons.

For the whole state, I would put mine armour on, Bru.

Go not home.

Which I can scarcely bear. Sic. Meet on the market-place :-We'll attend

Cor. What must I do? you there:


Return to tho tribuna. Where, if you bring not Marcius, we'll proceed Cor.

Woll, In our first way.

What then 3 what then ?
I'll bring him to you:


Repent what you have spoke Let me desire your company. (To the Senators.)

Cor. For them !-I cannot do it to the godo; He must come,

Must I then do't to them? Or what is worse will follow.


You are too absolut 1 Sen,

Pray you, let's to him. Though therein you can never be too noble,

(Eseunt. But when extremities speak. I have heard you may, SCENE II. A Room in Coriolanus's House. Honour and policy, like unsever'd friends, Enter CORIOLANUS, and Patricians. l' the war do grow together :Grant that, and tell

me, Cor. Let them pull all about mine ears; present in peace, what each of them by the other lose,

That they combine not there. eath on the wheel, or at wild horses' heels ;'


Tush, tush! Or pile ten hills on the Tarpeian rock,


A good demand. That the precipitation mighi down stretch

Vol. If it be hondar, in your wars, to seem Below the beam of sight, yet will I still

The same you are not, (which, for your best ends, Be thus to them.

You adopt your policy,) how is it less, or worso, Enter VOLUMNIA.

That it shall hold companionship in peace

With honour, as in war ; since that io bothy 1 Pal. You do the nobler,

It stands in like request? Cor. I muso,' my mother


Why force' you this ? Does not approve me further, who was wont

Vol. Because that now it lies you on to speak To call them woollen vassals, things created

To the people ; not by your own instruction, To buy and sell with groats ; to show bare heads

Nor by the matter which your heart prompts you tojo In congregations, to yawn, be suill, and wonder, But with such words thai are but roledo in When one but of my ordinance stood up

Your fongue, though but bastards, and syllables To speak of peace, or war. I talk of you ;

Of no allowance, to your bosom's truth. 1o

,170 VOLUMNIA. Now, this no more díshovoars you at all, Why did you wish me milder? Would you have me Than to take in" a town with gentle words, False to my nature ? Rather say, I play

Which else would put you to your fortune, and The man I am.

The hazard of much blood.

O, sir, sir, sir,
I would have had you put your power well ong

I would dissemble with my nature, where

My fortunes, and my friends, at siake, requir’d, Before you had worn it out.

I should do so in honour : I am in this, Cor.

Your wife, your son, these senators, the noblos ; Vol. You might have been enough the man you aro, And you will rather show our general lowts': With striving less to be so: Lesser had been

How you can frown, than spend a fawn upon them The thwartings of your dispositions, if

For the inheritance of their loves, and safoguard You had not show'd them how you were dispos'd

of what that want!: might ruin. Ere they lack'd power to cross you.


Noble lady! Let them hang. Come, go with us; speak fair : you may salvo 50, Vol. Ay, and burn too.

Not! what is dangerous present, but the loss

Of what is past. 1 Breaking a criminal on the wheel was a punish- Vol.

I pr’ytheo now, my son, ment unknown to the Romans; and, except in the sin. Go to ther, with this boonet in thy band ; gle instance of Metius Suffetius, according to Livy, dis. memberment by being torn to death by wild horses never wok place in Rome. Shakspeare attributes to them the old reading, and Sleevons says that we should perhaps cruel punishments of a later age.

road 2 I muse, that is, I wonder.

Nor by the matter which your heart prot pus in you 8 Ordinance is here used for rank.

Without some additional syllable the line, as it stands 4 The old copy reads things of your disposition in the first folio, is defective. The emendation is Theobald's.

9 The old copy reads roated. Mr. Boswell says, per. 5 Old copy, stoop to the heart? Theobald made the haps it should be rooted: we have no example of roled zorrection. Herd being anciently heard, the error easily for got by rote, but it is much in Shakspeare's manner crept in.

Coriolanus thus describes the people in an- of forming expressions. other passage :

10 i. e. of no approbation. Allowance has no conneeYou shames of Rome, you herd of

tion with the subsequent words, 'to your bosom's truth 6. Except in cases of extreme necessity, when your The construction is though but bastards to your bo. resolute and noble spirit, however commendable at som's truth, not the lau ful issue of your heart. The other times, ought to yield to the occasion.'

words and syllables of no allowance,' are put in oppo. 9 Why urge you this.” So in King Henry VIIL :- sition with bastards, and are as it were parencheuca). If you will now unite in your complaints,

11 See Act i. Sc. 2. And force them with a constancy.'

12 Common clowns. & The word to, which is wanting in the first folio, 13 i. e. the want of their loves. was supplied in the second. Malone contends for the 14 Not seems here to signify not only

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And thus far having stretch'd it (here be with Who bow'd but in my stirrup, bend like his

That hath receiv'd an alms I will not do't:
Thy knee bussing the stones (for in such business Lest I surcease to honour mine own truth,
Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant And, by my body's activn, teach my mind
More learned than the ears,) waving thy head, A mosi inherent baseness.
Which often, thus, correcting thy slout heart,


At thy choice then: Now humble, as the ripest mulberry,

To beg of thee, it is my more dishonour That will not hold the handling: Or, say to them, Than thou of them. Come all to ruin : let Thou art their soldier, and being bred in broils, Thy mother rather feel thy pride, than fear Hast not the soft way," which, ihou dost confess, Thy dangerous stoutness;" for I mock at death Were fit for thee to use, as they to claim,

With as big heart as thou. Do as thou list. In asking their good loves; but thou wilt frame Thy valianiness was mine, thou suck'dst it from me ; Thyself, forsooth, hereafier theirs, so far

But owelu thy pride thyself. As thou hast power, and person.


Pray, be content; Men.

This but done, Mother, I am going to the market-place; Even as she speaks, why, their hearts were yours: Chide me no more. I'll mountebank their loves, For they have pardons, being ask'd, as free Cog their hearts from them, and come home beloy'd As words to litile purpose.

Of all the trades in Rome. Look, I am going : Vol.

Pr’ythee now,

Commend me to my wife. I'll return consul ; Go, and be ruld: although, I know, thou hadstor never trust to what my tongue can do rather

l' the way of flattery, furiher. Follow thine enemy in a fiery gulf,


Do your will. (Exit. Than flatter bim in a bower. Here is Cominius. Com. Away, the tribunes do attend you : arm

yourself Enter COMINIUS.

To answer mildly; for they are prepar'd Com. I have been i' the market-place: and, sir, With accusations, as I hear, more sirong 'tis fit

Than are upon you yet. You make strong party, or defend yourself

Cor. The word is, mildly:-Pray you, let us go,
By calmness, or by absence; all's in anger. Let them accuse me by invention, 1
Men. Only fair speech.

Will answer in mine honour.
I think, 'twill serve, if he Men.

Ay, but mildly. Can thereto frame his spirit.

Cor. Well, mildly be it, then; mildly. (Exeunt. Vol.

He must, and will:

SCENE III. The same. The Forum.' Enter Prythee, now, say, you will, and go about it.

SICINIUS and BRUTUS. Cor. Must I go show them my uubarb'd' sconce ?

Bru. In this point charge him home, that he affects Must I

Tyrannical power : If he evade us there, With my base tongue, give to my noble heart

Enforce him with his envy' to the people; A lie, that it must bear? Well, I will do't:

And that the spoil, got on the Antiates, Yet were there but this single plot to lose,

Was ne'er distributed. This mould of Marcius, they to dust should grind it,

Enter an Ædile. And throw it against the wind-To the marketplace :

What, will he come ? You have put me now to such a part, which


He's coming.

Bru. never

How accompanied ? I shall discharge to the life.

Æd. With old Menenius, and those senators Com.

Come, come, we'll prompt you. That always favoured him. Vol. I prythee now, sweet son ; as thou hast said,


Have you a catalogue My praises made thee first a soldier, so,

of all the voices that we have procur'd, To have my praise for this, perform a part

Set down by ihe poll ? Thou hast not done before.


I have; 'tis ready. Cor.

Well, I must do't; Sic. Have you collected them by tribes ? Away, my disposition, and


I have. possess me Some harlot's spirit! My throat of war be turn'd, Sic. Assemble presently the people hither. Which quired' with my drum, into a pipe

And when they hear me say, it shall be so Small as an eunuch, or the virgin voice

P the right and strength o' the commons, be it either That babies lulls asleep! The smiles of knaves For death, for fine, or banishment, then let them, Tent in my cheeks; and schoolboys' tears take up If I say, fine, cry fine ; if death, cry death; The glasses of my sight! A beggar's tongue

Insisting on the old prerogative Make motion through my lips; and my arm'd knees, And power, i' the truth o' the cause.


I shall inform them, 1 l is probably from want of a more complete ac. quaintance with the rules of grammar which guided our Chaucer, Troilus and Cressida, II. v. 110, Pandarus Ancestors, that the use they made of the pronouns ap. says to Cressida pears to us anomalous. Which here, as Malone ob. • Do way your barbe and show your face bare.' serves, is to be understood as if the poel had wriuen 'It Where Speghe explains barbe a mask or visard; Mr. Wien,' &c. Steevens pertinaciously insists upon attri. Hawkins, a veil or covering ; and Mr. Tyrwhiu, a buting these seeming anomalies of ancient grammar to hood or mufler. It should be remembered that a barbed the incorrectness of ancient printers, whose press-work, steed was an accouured steed, or one cupered with traphe supposes, seldom received any correction ; but those pings. who are familiar with the manuscripts of Shakspeare's 5 Plot is piece, portion, applied to a piece of earth. age will at once acquit the learned and useful body of and here elegantly transferred to the body, carcass. typographers.

6 Some of the modern editors substituted as for which 2 Thus in Othello, folio ed. 1623 :

here. Malone has shown that this was Shakspeare's Rude am I in speech,

usual phraseology. And Horne Tooko tells us why as And little bless'd with the soft phrase of peace;

and rohich were convertible words. See note on Julius And little of this great world can I speak,

Cæsar, Act I, Sc. 2. More than pertains to feats of broils and battles.' 7 i. e. ' which played in concert with my drum.' So 3 Bouer was the ancient term for a chamber. Spen- in The Merchant of Venice > ser, speaking of the Temple, Prothalamion, si. 8, Still quiring to the young-ey'd cherubims.? pay91

8 To lent is to droel, to take up residence. Where now the studjons lawyers have their bowers.' 9 The meaning appears to be, 'Go, do thy worst; let

4 Unbarb'd is unarmed, unaccoutred, uncovered. me rather feel the ulnost extremity that thy pride can Cotgrave says that a barbute was a ridinghood, or a bring upon us than live thus in fear of thy dangerous montero or close hood, and that it also signified the obstinacy.' beaver of a helmet. It was probably used for any kind 10 i. e. oron. of covering that concealed the head and face. Thus in 11 Enforce his endy, l. o. object his haired.

Bru. And when such time they have begun to cry, Cor. How! Traitor ? Let them dot cease, but with a din confus'd

Men. Nay; temperately: Your promise. Enforce the present execution

Cor. The fires i' the lowest hell fold in the people! Or what we chance to sentence.

Call me their traitor !—Thou injurious tribune! Ad.

Very well. Within thine eyes sat twenty thousand deaths, Sic. Make them be strong, and ready for this hint, In thy hands clutch’dø as many millions, in When we shall hap to give 't them.

Thy lying tongue both numbers, I would say, Bru.

Go about it. Thou liest, unto thee, with a voice as free

[Erit Ædile. As I do pray the gods. Pet him to choler straight: He hath been us'd Sic.

Mark you this, people ? Ever to conquer, and to have his worth'

Cit. To the rock; to the rock with him! of contradiction: Being once chaf'd, he cannot Sic.

Peace. Be reind again to temperance; then he speaks We need not put new matter to his charge : What's in his heart; and that is there, which looks What you have seen him do, and heard him speak, With us to break his neck.

Beating your officers, cursing yourselves,

Opposing laws with strokes, and here defying Enler CORIOLANUS, MENENIOS, COMINIUS,

Those whose great power must try him; even this, Senators, and Patricians.

So criminal, and in such capital kind,
Sic. Well, here he comes.

Deserves the extremest death.
Calmly, I do beseech you. Bru.

But sind he hath
Cor. Ay, as an ostler, that for the poorest piece Serv'd well for Rome,
Will bear the knave by the volume.3—

The honour'd


What do you prate of service ? gods

Bru. I talk of that, that know it. Keep Rome in safety, and the chairs of justice Cor.

You? Supplied with worthy men! plant love among us ! Men.

Is this Throng our large temples with the shows of peace, The promise that you made your mother? And not our streets with war!


Know, 1 Sen.

Amen, amen!

I pray you, Men. A noble wish.


P'll know no further:
Re-enter Ædile, with Citizens.

Let them pronounce the steep Tarpeian death,
Sic. Draw near, ye people.

Vagabond exile, flaying ; Pent to linger

But with a grain a day, I would not buy
Cor. First, hear me speak.
Æd. List to your tribunes ; audience : Peace I say. Nor check my courage for what they can give,

Their mercy at the price of one fair word;
Both Tri.

Well, say.-Peace, ho. To have' with saying, Good morrow. Cor. Shall I be charg'd no furiher than this


For that he has present ?

(As much as in him lies) from time to time Must all determine here?

Envied' against the people, seeking means Sic.

I do demand, If you submit you to the people's voices,

To pluck away their power: asnow at last

Given hostile stokes, and that not in the presenco Allow their officers, and are content To suffer lawful censure for such faults

of dreaded justice, but on the ministers As shall be prov'd upon you ?

That do distribute it; In the name o' the people,

And in the power of us the tribunes, we, Cor.

I am content.

Even from ihis instant, banish him our city; Men. Lo, citizens, he says, he is content:

In peril of precipitation The warlike service he has done, consider;

From off the rock Tarpeian, never more Think on the wounds his body bears, which show

To enter our Rome gates : l' the people's name, Like graves i' the holy churchyard.

it shall be so. Cor. Scratches with briars,

Củ. It shall be so, it shall be so; let him away: Scars to move laughter only. Men.

Consider further,

He's banish'd, and it shall be so. That when he speaks not like a citizen,

Com. Hear me, my masters, and my common

friends; You find him like a soldier: Do not take

Sic. He's sentenc'd: no more hearing. His rougher accents for malicious sounds,



mo speak a But, as I say, such as become a soldier, Rather than envy you.

I have been consul, and can show from Rome,

Her enemies' marks upon me. I do love Com.

Well, well, no more. Cor. What is the matter,

My country's good, with a respect more tender,

More holy, and profound, than mine own life, That being pass'd for consul with full voice,

My dear wife's estimate," her womb's increase, I am so dishonour'd, that the very hour You take it off again ?

And treasure of my loins; then if I would

Speak that
Answer to us.

Sic. We know your drift: Speak what? Cor. Say then : 'tis true, I ought so.

Bru. There's no more to be said, but he is ba Sic. We charge you, that you have contriv'd to

nishid, take From Rome all season'd' office, and to wind

As enemy to the people, and his country.

It shall be so.
Yourself into a power tyrannical;
For which, you are a traitor to the people.

7 Showed hatred. 1 i.e. his full part or share, as we should now say 8 As may here be a misprint for has, or and; or il his pennyworth of contradiction. So in Romeo and may signify as well us ; such elliptical modes of expres. Juliet:

sion are not uncommon in Shakspeare. We have as You take your pennypoorth (of sleep) now.' apparently for as soon as in All's Well that Ends Well. 2. The sentiments of Coriolanus's heart are our co. 9 Nol is here again used for not only. It is thus used adjutors, and look to have their share in promoting his in the New Testament, i Thess. iv. 8:destruction.'

He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but 3 · Will bear being called a knave as often as would God.' fill out a volume.'

10 i.e. received in her service, or on her account 4. Do not take his rougher accents for malicious Theobald substituted for, and supported his emendation sounds, but rather for such as become a soldier, than by these passages — spite or malign you.' See the first note on this scene, To banish him that struck more blows for Rome. Act i. Sc. viii.

Again -5 i. e. wisely tempered office, established by time. Good man! the wounds that he doeg bear for Romo 8 Grasp'd. So in Macbeth

11 - I love my country beyond the race at which I value · Como let me clutch thee.'

my dear wise,' &c.

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