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2 Cit. So did we all. But come, let's home.
ACT V. (E.xcunt Citizens. Bru. I do not like this news.
SCENE 1.-Rome. A public Place. Enter MeneSir. Nor I.
nius, Cominius, Sicinius, Brutus, and others. Bru. Let's to the capitol. Would, half my wealth
Menenius. Would buy this for a lie!
NO, I'll not go: you hear, what he hath said, Sic. Pray, let us go [Exeunt. Which was sometime his general; who lov'd him
lo a most dear particular. He call'd me, fauer: SCENE VII.-A Camp, at a small distance from
But what o'that? Go, you that banish'd him, Rome. Enter Aufidius, and his Licutcrant.
A mile before his tent fall down, and kneel Auf. Do they still Ay to the Roman?
The way into his nerey: Nay, if he coy'd Lieu. I do not know what witchcraft's in him ; but To hear Cominius speak, I'll keep at home. Your soldiers use him as the grace 'fore ment,
Com. He would not seem to know me. Their talk at table, and their thanks at end;
Do you hear : And you are darken'd in this action, sir,
Com. Yet one time he did call me by my name : Even by your own.
I urg'd our old acquaintance, and the drops
That we have bled together. Coriolanus
He would not answer to : forbad all naines ;
Men. Why, so ; you have made good work: What cannot be amended.
A pair of tribunes that have rack'd for Rome,
To make coals cheap: A noble memory ! (I mean for your particular,) you had not
Com. I minded him, how royal 'twas to pardon Join'd in commission with him: but either
When it was less expected ; He replied, Had borne the action of yourself, or else
It was a bare petition of a state To him had left it solely.
To one whom they had punish'd.
Very well :
I offer'd to awaken his regard And so he thinks, and is no less apparent
For his private friends: His answer to me was,
For one poor grain or two, to leave unburnt,
And still to nose the offence. That, which shall break bis neck, or hazard mine, Men.
For one poor grain Whene'er we come to our account.
Or two? I am one of those ; his mother, wife,
Auf. All places yield to him ere he sits down; You are the musty chiaff; and you are smelt
Above the moon: We must be burnt for you.
Sic. Nay, pray, be patient: If you refuse your aid The tribunes are no soldiers ; and their people In this so never-needed help, yet do not Will be as rash in the repeal, as basty
Upbraid us with our distress. But, sure, if you To expel him thence. I think, he'll be to Rome, Would be your country's pleader, your good tongue, As is the osprey to the fish, who takes it
More than the instant army we can make, By sovereignty of nature. First lie was
Might stop our countryman. A noble servant to them; but he could not
No; I'll not meddle. Carry his honours even : whether 'twas pride,
Sic. I pray you, go to him. Which out of daily fortune ever taints
What should I do? The happy man; whether defect of judgement, Bru. Only make trial what your love can do To fail in the disposing of those chances
For Rome, towards Marcius. Which he was lord of; or whether nature,
Well, and say that Marcius Not to be other than one thing, not moving
Return me, as Cominius is return'd,
But as a discontented friend, grief-shot
With his unkindness ? Say't be so? (As he bath spices of them all, not all,
Yet your good will For I dare so far free him.) made him fear'd, Must have that thanks from Rome, after the measure So hated, and so banish'd :-But he has a merit, As you intended well. To choke it in the utterance. So our virtues
I'll undertake it: Lie in the interpretation of the time:
I think, he'll hear me. Yet to bite his lip, And power, unto itself most commendable,
And hum at goud Cominius, much unhearts me. Hath not a tomb so evident as a chair
He was not taken well; he had not din'd: To extol what it bath done.
The veins unfill'd, our blood is cold, and then One fire drives out one fire; one nail, one nail ; We pout upon the morning, are unapt Rights by rights fouler, strengths by strengths do fail. To give or to forgive; but when we have stuff Come, let's away. When, Caius, Rome is thine, These pipes and these conveyances of our blood Thou art poor'st of all; then shortly art thou mine. With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls
[E.reunt. || Than in our priest-like fasts: Therefore I'll watch hur
Til he be dieted to my request,
defender of them, and, in a violent popular ignorance, And then I'll set upon him.
given your enemy your shieid, think I front huis revenBru. You know the very road into his kindness, ges with the easy groans of old women, the virginal And cannot lose your way.
palms of your daughters, or with the palssed interver Men.
Good faith, I'll prove him, sion of such a decayed dotant as you seena to be? Can Speed how it will. I shall ere long have knowledge you think to blow out the intended fire your city is of my success.
(Exit. || ready to flame in, with such weak breath as this ? No, Сот. He'll never hear him.
you are deceived; therefore, hack to Rome, and pre. Sic.
pare for your execution : You are condemned, ont Com. I tell you, he does sit in gold, his eye
general has sworn you out of reprieve and pardon. Red as 'twould buin Rome; and his injury
Men. Sirrah, if thy captain knew I were here, he • The gaoler to his pity. I kneeld before him ; would use me with estimation. "Twas very faintly he said, rise; dismiss'd me
2 G. Come, my captain knows you not. 'Thus, with his speechless hand: What he would do, Men. I mean, thy general. He sent in writing after me ; what he would not, 16. My general cares not for you. Baek, I say, go, Bound with an oath, to yield to his conditions: lest I let forth your half pint of blood ;-back, that's So, that all hope is vain,
the utmost of your having :-back. Unless his noble mother, and his wife ;
Men. Nay, but fellow, fellow,-
Enter Coriolanus and Aufidius.
Men. Now you companion, I'll say an errand for
you; you shall know now, that I am in estimation; SCENE II.-An advanced post of the Volcian Camp you shall perceive that a Jack guardent cannot office before Rome. The Guard at their stations. Enter
me from my son Coriolanus : guess, but by my enter to them Menenius.
tainment with him, if thou stand'st not i'the state of 1G. Stay: Whence are you?
hanging, or of some death more long in spectatorship, 2 G.
Stand, and go back.
and crueller in suffering; behold now presently, and Men. You guard like men ; 'tis well : But, by your
swoon for what's to come apon thee.-The glorious leave,
gods sit in hourly synod about thy partieular pmsperi I am an officer of state, and come
ty, and love thee no worse than thy old father Mene To speak with Coriolanus.
nius does! O, my son! my son! thou art preparing 1 G. From whence ?
fire for us ; look thee, here's water to queneh it I Men. From Rome.
was harlly inoved to come to thee; but being assored, 16. You may not pass, you must return; our general
none but myself could move thee, I have been blown Will no more hear from thence.
out of your gates with sighs; and conjure thee to par2 G. You'll see your Rome embrac'd with fire, before don Rome, and thy petitionary countrymen. The You'll speak with Coriolanus.
good gods assuage thy wrath, and turn the dregs of it Men.
Good my friends,
upon this varlet here ; this, who, like a block, hath de If you have heard your general talk of Rome,
nied my access to thee. And of his friends there, it is lots to blanks,
Cur. Away! My name hath touch'd your ears; it is Menenius.
Men. How! away? i G. Be it so; go back: the virtue of your name
Cor. Wife, mother, child, I know not. My affairs Is not here passable..
Are servanted to others : Though I owe
My revenge properly, my remission lies
In Volcian breasts. That we have been familiar, The book of his good acts, whence men have read Ingrate forgetfulness shall poison, rather His fame unparallelld, baply, amplified ;
Than pity note how much. Therefore, be gone. For I have ever verified my friends
Mine ears against your suits are stronger, than (of whom he's chief,) with all the size that verity Your gates against my force. Yet, for I lord thee, Would without lapsing suffer: nay, sometimes, Take this along; I writ it for thy sake, (Gives e letter Like to a bowl upon a subtle ground,
And would have sent it. Another word, Menenius, I have tumbled past the throw; and in his praise I will not hear thee speak. This man, Aufidins, Have, almost, stamp'd the leasing : Therefore, fellow, Was my belov'd in Rome: yet thou behold'st I must have leave to pass.
Auf. You keep a constant temper. 16. 'Faith, sir, if you had told as many lies in his
[Exeunt Cor. and Auf. behalf as you have uttered words in your own, you 1 G. Now, sir, is your name Menenius? should not pass here: no, though it were as virtuous 2 G. ”Tisa spell, you see, of much power: You know to lie, as to live chastely. Therefore, go back. the way home again.
Men. Pr’ythee, fellow, remember my name is Mene 16. Do you hear how we are shent for keeping you pius, always factionary on the party of your general.
greatness back? 2 G. Howsoever you have been his liar, (as you 26. What cause, do you think, I have to swoon? say, you have,) I am one that, telling true under him, Men. I neither care for the world, nor your general: must say, you cannot pass. Therefore, go back. For such things as you, I can scarce think there's any.
Men. Has he dined, canst thou tell ? for I would not you are so slight. He that hath a will to die by hiras speak with him till after dinner.
self, fears it oot from another. Let your general de 16. You are a Roman, are you?
his worst. For you, be that you are, long; and your Men. I am as thy general is.
misery increase with your age! I say to you, as I was 1 G. Then you should hate Rome, as be does. Can | said to, Away!
(Er. you, when you have pushed out your gates the very 16. A noble fellow, I warrant him.
2G. The worthy fellow is our general; He is the
What is this? mek, the oak not to be wind-shaken. [Excunt. Your knees to me? to your corrected son?
Then let the pebbles on the hungry beach SCENE III.-The Tent of Coriolanus. Enter Cori- Fillip the stars ; then let the mutinous winds olanus, Aufidius, and others.
Strike the proud cedars 'gainst the fiery sun;
Thou art my warrior; I have borne this business.
I holp to frame thee. Do you know this lady?
Cor. The noble sister of Publicola,
That's curded by the frost from purest snow,
And hangs on Dian's temple: Dear Valeria! That thought them sure of you.
Vol. This is a poor epitome of yours,
This last old man, Which by the interpretation of full time
The god of soldiers, Nay, godded me. indeed. Their latest refuge
With the consent of supreme Jove, inform Was to send him; for whosp old love. I have
Thy thoughts with nobleness ; that thou may'st prove (Thongh I shou'd sourly to hin ) once more offer'd To shame unvulnerable, and stick i'the wars The first conditions, which they did refrise,
Like a great sta-mark, standing every flaw, And cannot now accept, to grace him only,
And saving those that eye thee! That thought he could do more ; a very little
Your knee, sirrah, I have yieked too: Fresh embassies, and suits,
Cor. That's my brave boy. Nor from the state. nor private friends, her after Vol. Even he, your wife, this lady, and myself, Will I lend ear to.-Ha! what shout is this?
Are suitors to you. [Shout within.
I beseech you, peace: Shall I be tempted to infringe my vow
Or, if you'd ask, remember this before; In the same time 'tis made? I will not.
The things, I have forsworn to grant, may never
Be held by you denials. Do not bid me Enter in mourning habits. Virgilia, Volumnia, leading | Dismiss my soldiers, or capitulate young Marcius, Valeria, and Attendants.
Again with Rome's mechanics :-Tell me not My wife comes foremost ; then the honour'd mould Wherein I seem unnatural: desíre not Wherein this trunk was fram'd, and in her hand
To allay my rages and revenges, with The grand-child to her blood. But, out, affection!
Your colder reasons. All bond and privilege of nature, break!
O, no more, no more! Let it be virtuous, to be obstinate.
You have said, you will not grant us any thing; What is that curt'sy worth? or those doves' eyes,
For we have nothing else to ask, but that Which can make gods forsworn ?-1 melt, and am not
Which you deny already: Yet we will ask ; Of stronger earth than others. My mother bows;
That, if you fail in our request, the blame As if Olympus to a molehill should
May hang upon your hardness ;-therefore hear us. In supplication nod: and my young boy
Cor. Aufidius, and you Volces, mark; for we'll Hath an aspect of intercession, which
Hear nought from Rome in private.-Your request ? Great nature cries, Deny not.-Let the Volces
Vol. Should we be silent and not speak, our raiment, Plough Rome, and harrow Italy; I'll never
And state of bodies would bewray what life Be such a gosling to obey instinct ; but stand, We have led since thy exile. Think with thyself, As if a man were author of himself,
How more unfortunate than all living women And knew no other kin.
Are we come hither: since that thy sight, which should Vir.
My lord and husband! Make our eyes flow with joy, hearts dance with comma
Making the mother, wife, and child, to see
The son, the husband, and the father, tearing
His country's bowels out. And to poor we, Even to a full disgrace.-Best of my flesh,
Thine enmity's most capital: thou barrist us Forgive my tyranny ; but do not say,
Our prayers to the gods, which is a comfort For that, Forgive our Romans--0, a kiss
That all but we enjoy : For how can we, Long as my exile, sweet as my revenge !
Alas! how can we for our country pray, Now by the jealous queen of heaven, that kiss Whereto we are bound; together with thy victory, I carried froin thee, dear; and my true lip
Whereto we are bound? Alack ! or we must lose Hath virgind it c'er since. You gods' I prate, The country, our dear nurse; or else thy person, And the most noble mother of the world
Our comfort in the country. We must find Lave unsaluted : Sink, ny knee,i'the earth; (Kneels. An evident calamity, though we had of thy derp duty more impression show
Our wish, which side should win : for either thon Than that of coin un sons.
Must, as a foreigu recreant, be led Vol.
0, stand up
bless'd! With manacles thorough our streets, or else Whilst. with no softer cushion than the flint,
Triumphantly tread on thy country's ruin; I kneel before thet; and unprop rly
And bear the palm, for having bravely sbed Show duty, as mistaken all the while
Thy wife and children's blood. For myself, son, Between the child and parent.
[Kneels. !! I purpose not to wait on fortune, till
These wars determine: It'I cannot persuade thee They laugh at. Omy mother, mother! O!
You have won a bappy victory to Rome:
Most dangerously you have with himn prevailed, (Trust to't, thou shalt not) on thy mother's womb, If not most mortal to him. But, let it come :That brought thee to this world.
Aufidius, though I cannot make true wars, Vir.
Ay, and on mine, I'll frame convenient peace. Now, good Aufidius, That brought you forth this boy, to keep your name Were you in my stead, say, would you have heard Living to timne.
A mother less? or granted less, Aufidius?
Auf. I was mov'd withal.
I dare be sworn, you wati Cor. Not of a woman's tenderness to be,
And, sir, it is no little thing to make Requires nor child nor woman's face to sec. Mine eyes to sweat compassion. But, good sir, I have sat too long
[Rising. | What peace you'll make, advise me: For my part, Vol.
Nay, go not from us thus. I'll not to Rome, I'll back with yon; and pray you, If it were so, that our request did tend
Stand to me in this cause.- mother! wife! 'To save the Romans, thereby to destroy
Auf. I am glad, thou hast set thy mercy and thiy The Volces whom you serve, you might condemn us, honour As poisonous of your honour: No; our suit
At difference in thee: out of that I'll work Is, that you reconcile them: while the Volces Myself a former fortune.
[Aside May say. This mercy we have show'd; the Romans,
[The ladies make signs to Coriolanus. This we receiv'd; and each in either side
Ay, by and by : Give the all-hail to thee, and cry, Be bless'd
(To Volumnia, Virgilia, óc. For making up this peace! Thou knowost, great son, But we will drink together; and you shall bear The end of war's uncertain ; but this certain,
A better witness back than words, which we,
On like conditions, will have counter-seald.
Could not have made this peace.
(Excutat. Destroy'd his country; and his name remains To the ensuing age, abhorr’d. Speak to me, son: Thou hast affected the fine strains of honour,
SCENE IV.-Rome. A public Place. Enter Mete
nius and Sicinius. To imitate the graces of the gods; To tear with thunder the wide clieeks o'the air, Men. See you yond' coign o'the capitol ; yond cor And yet to charge thy sulphur with a bolt
ner-stone? That should but rive an oak. Why dost not speak? Sic. Why, what of that? Thinh'st thou it honourabie for a noble man
Men. If it be possible for you to displace it with Still to remember wrongs ?-Daughter, speak you : your little finger, there is some hope the ladies of He cares not for your weeping:-Speak thou, boy: Roine, especially his mother, may prevail with him. Perhaps, thy childishness will inove him more But I say, there is no hope in't ; our throats are setr Than can our reasons. There is no man in the world' tenced, and stay upon execution. More bound to his mother; yet here he lets me prate Sic. Is't possible, that so shurt a time can alter the Like one i'the stocks. Thou hast never in thy life condition of a man? Show'd thy dear mother any courtesy;
Men. There is differency between a grub, and a batWhen she, (poor hev !) fond of no second brood, terfly; yet your butterfly was a grub. This Marcius Has cluck'd thee to the wars, and safely home, is grown from man to dragon: he has wings; he's Loaden with honour. Say, my request's unjust, more than a creeping thing. And spurn me back : But, if it be not so,
Sic. He loved his mother dearly. Thou art not honest; and the gods will plague thee, Men. So did he me: and he no more remembers his That thou restrain'st from me the duty, which mother now, than an eight year old horse. The cart'To a mother's part belongs.—He turns away: ness of his face sours ripe grapes. When he walks, Down, ladies; let us shame him with our knees he moves like an engine, and the groand shrinks be To his survame Coriolanus 'longs more pride, fore his treading. He is able to pierce a corslet with Than pity to our prayers. Down; An end : his eye; talks like a knell, and his bum is a battery. This is the last ;-So we will home to Rome,
He sits in his state, as a thing made for Alexander. And die among our neighbours.-- Nay, behold us : What he bids be done, is fivish'd with his bidiling, This buy, that cannot tell what he would have, He wants nothing of a god but eternity, and a beaves But kneels, and holds up bands, for fellowship, to throne in. Does reasou our petition with more strength
Sic. Yes, mercy, if you report him truly. Than thou hast to deny't.-Come, let us go :
Men. I paint him in the character. Mark what This fellow had a Volcian to his mother;
mercy his mother shall bring from him: 'There is no His wife is in Corioli, and his chile
more mercy in him, than there is milk in a male uger; Like him by chance :-Yet give us our despatch : that shall our poor city find; and all this is 'long af 1 ain bush'd until our city be afire,
you. And then I'll speak a little.
Sic. The gods be good unto us! Cor.
O mother, mother! Men. No, in such a case the gods will not be grond (Holding Volumnia by the hands, silert.
When we banished him, we respected not What have you done? Behold, the heavens do ope, them: and, he returning to break our Decks, they re* The pods look down, and this unnatural scene
speet uot us.
Enter a Messenger.
And with his charity slain.
Most noble sir, The Roman ladies bring not comfort home,
If you do hold the same intent wherein
You wish'd us parties, we'll deliver you
of your great danger.
Sir, I cannot tell;
We must proceed, as we do find the people. Mes. Good news, good news ;-The ladies have
3 Con. The people will remain uncertain, whilst prevailid,
'Twixt you there's difference; but the fall of either The Yolces are dislodg’d, and Mareius gone:
Makes the survivor heir of all. A merrier day did never yet greet Rome,
I know it; No, not the espulsion of the Tarquins.
And my pretext to strike at him admits Sie.
Friend, A good construction. I rais'd him, and I pawn'd Art thou certain this is true? Is it nost certain? Mine honour for his truth: Who being so heightend, Mes. As certain, as I know the sun is fire :
He water'd his new plants with dews of flattery, Where have you lurk’d, that you make doubt of it?
Seducing so my friends; and, to this end, Ne'er through an arch so hurried the blown tide,
He bowd his nature, never known before As the recomforted through the gates. Why, hark you; But to be rough, unswayable, and free. (Trumpets and hautboys sounded, and drums 3 Con, Sir, his stoutnesss, beaten, all together. Shouting also within.
When he did stand for consul, which he lost The trumpets, sackbuts, psalteries, and fifes,
By lack of stoopingTabors, and cymbals, and the shouting Romans, Auf
That I would have spoke of: Make the sun dance. Hark you! [Shouting again. Being banish'd for't, he came unto my hearth ; Men.
This is good news : Presented to my knife his throat: I took him ; I will go meet the ladies. This Volumnia
Made him joint servant with me; gave him way is worth of consuls, senators, patricians,
In all his own desires ; nay, let him choose A city full; of tribunes, such as you,
Out of my files, his projects to accomplish, A sea and land full: You have pray'd well to-day; My best and freshest men ; serv'd his designments This morning, for ten thousand of your throats In mine own person ; holp to reap the faine, id not have given a doit. Hark, how they joy! Which he did end all his ; and took some pride
[Shouting and music. To do myself this wrong; till, at the last, Sic. First, the gods bless you for their tidings: next, I seem'd his follower, pot partner; and Accept my thankfulness.
He wag'd me with his countenance, as if
I had been mercenary.
So he did, my lord : Sic.
They are near the city? | The army marvell’d at it. And, in the last, Mes. Almost at point to enter.
When he had carried Rome; and that we look'd Sic.
We will meet them For no less spoil, than glory, And help the joy. [Going. Auf:
There was it ;Enter the Ladies, accompanied by Senators, Patricians, For which my sinews shall be stretch'd upon him. and People. They pass over the Stuge.
At a few drops of women's rheum, which are
As cheap as lies, he sold the blood and labour 1 Sen. Behold our patroness, the life of Rome: Of our great action ; Therefore shall he die, Call all your tribes together, praise the gods,
And I'll renew me in his fall. But, hark ! And make triumphant fires ; strew flowers before [Drums and trumpets sound, with great shouts them:
of the People. Unshout the noise that banish'd Marcius,
1 Con. Your native town you enter'd like a post, Repeal him with the welcome of his mother ; And had no welcomes home; but he returns, Cry-Welcome, ladies, welcome !
Splitting the air with noise.
And patient fools, Welcome! ( A Mourish with drums and trumpets. Whose children he bath slain, their base throats car,
With giving him glory.
Therefore, at your vantage, SCENE 1.-Antiam. A public place. Enter Tul Ere he express himself, or move the people lus Aufidius, with Attendants.
With what he would say, let him feel your sword, Auf. Go tell the lords of the city, I am here:
Which we will second. When he lies along, Deliver them this paper : having read it,
After your way his tale pronounc'd shall bury Bid them repair to the market-place; where I,
His reasons with his body. Evea in ukirs and in the commons' cars,
Say no more ; Wili vouch the cruth of it. Him I accuse,
Here come the lords.
Enter the Lords of the City.
You are most welcome home. [E.ucunt Attendants. Auf. I have not deservd it.
But, worthy lords have you with heed perus'd Enter three or four Conspirators of Aufidius's Faction.
What I have written to you? Most welcome!
We bave. 1 Con. How is it with our generat?
I Lord. And grieve to bear it.