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And beat the messenger who bids beware
530 I know this cannot be. Bru. Not possible.
Enter a Messenger.
Sic. 'Tis this slave ;-
Mess. Yes, worthy sir,
Sic. What more fearful ?
Mes. It is spoke freely out of many mouths
Sic. This is most likely!
Bru. Rais'd only, that the weaker sort may wish Good Marcius home again.
550 Sic. The
Enter another Messenger.
Mes. You are sent for to the senate : A fearful army, led by Caius Marcius, Associated with Aufidius, rages Upon our territories ; and have already O’erborne their way, consum'd with fire, and took What lay before them.
56 Enter COMINIUS. Com. O, you have made good work! Men. What news? what news ? Com. You have holp to ravish your own daughters,
and To melt the city leads upon your pates ; To see your wives dishonour'd to your noses
Men. What's the news; what's the news ?
Com. Your temples burned in their cement; and Your franchises, whereon you stood, confin’d Into an augre's bore. Men. Pray now, the news ?
570 You have made fair work, I fear me:-Pray, your
Or butchers killing flies.
Com. He'll shake your Rome about your ears.
Men. As Hercules did shake down mellow fruit. You have made fair work!
Bru. But is this true, sir ?
Com. Ay; and you'll look pale Before
find it other. All the regions Do smilingly revolt; and, who resist,
590 Are mock'd for valiant ignorance, And perish constant fools. Who is't can blame him? Your enemies, and his, find something in him,
Men. We are all undone, unless The noble man have mercy.
Com. Who shall ask it ? The tribunes cannot do't for shame; the people Deserve such pity of him, as the wolf Does of the shepherds : for his best friends, if they Should say, Be good to Rome, they charg'd him even As those should do that had deserv'd his hate,
601 And therein shew'd like enemies,
Men. 'Tis true : If he were putting to my house the brand That should consume it, I have not the face To say, 'Beseech you, cease. You have made fair
hands, You, and your crafts ! you have crafted fair !
Com. You have brought
Com. But, I fear,
Omnes. 'Faith, we hear fearful news,
1 Cit. For mine own part,
2 Cit. And so did I. 3
Cit. And so did I; and, to say the truth, so did very many of us: That we did, we did for the best; and though we willingly consented to his banishment, yet it was against our will.
Com. You are goodly things, you voices ! 640
Men. You have made you Good work, you and your cry!-Shall us to the Capitol ?
Com. O, ay; what else? [Exit Com. and Men.
Sic. Go, masters, get you home, be not dismay'd; These are a side, that would be glad to have This true, which they so seem to fear. Go home, And shew no sign of fear.
i Cit. The gods be good to us ! Come, masters, let's home. I ever said, we were i' the wrong, when we banish'd him.
651 2 Cit. So did we all. But come, let's home.
[Exeunt Citizens. Bru. I do not like this news. Sic. Nor I. Bru. Let's to the Capitol :-'Would, half my
wealth Would buy this for a lie ! Sic. Pray, let us go.