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To one that would do thus.-I am half through;
The one part suffer'd, the other will I do.
Enter three Citizens more.
Here come more voices.
Your voices : for your voices I have fought;
Watch'd for your voices; for your voices, bear
Of wounds two dozen odd; battles thrice six
I have seen, and heard of; for your voices, have
Done many things, some less, some more : your
Indeed, I would be consul.
i Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go without any honest man's voice.
2 Cit. Therefore let him be consul : The gods give him joy, and make him good friend to the people!
620 All. Amen, amen!-God save thee, noble consul!
Cor. Worthy voices!
Enter Menenius, with BRUTUS and SICInius.
Men. You have stood your limitation ; and the tri.
Endue you with the people's voice : Remains,
That, in the official marks invested, you
Anon do meet the senate.
Cor. 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.
630 Cor. Where? at the senate-house? Sic. There, Coriolanus. Cor. May I change these garments ? Sic. You may, sir. Cor. That I'll straight do; and, knowing myself
Repair to the senate-house.
Men. I'll keep you company. Will you along?
Bru.. We stay here for the people.
Sic. Fare you well. [Exeunt Cor, and Men. He has it now; and by his looks, methinks, 640 'Tis warm at his heart,
Bru. With a proud heart he wore
His humble weeds : Will you dismiss the people?
Sic. How now, my masters ? have you chose this
man ? i Cit. He has our voices, sir. Bru. We pray the go:ls, he may deserve your
loves. 2 Cit. Amen, sir : To my poor unworthy notice, He mock'd us, when he begg'd our voices.
3 Cit. Certainly, he flouted us downright. i Cit No, 'tis his kind of speech-he did not mock
650 2 Cit. Not one amongst us, save yourself, but says, He us'd us scornfully : he should have shew'd us His marks of merit, wounds receiv'd for his country.
Sic. Why, so he did, I am sure.
All. No, no man saw 'em.
Cit. He said, he had wounds, which he could
shew in private ;
And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn,
I would be consul, says he: aged custom,
But by your voices, will not so permit me;
Your voices therefore; When we granted that,
Here was I thank you for your voices>thank you
Your most sweet voices :—now you have left your voices,
I have nothing further with you:—Was not this mock-
Sic. Why, either, were you ignorant to see't ?
Or, seeing it, of such childish friendliness
To yield your voices ?
Bru. Could you not have told him,
As you were lesson'd—When he had no power,
But was a petty servant to the state,
He was your enemy; ever spake against 670
Your liberties, and the charters that you bear
l' the body of the weal : and now, arriving
A place of potency, and sway o'the state,
If he should still malignantly remain
Fast foe to the plebeii, your voices might
Be curses to yourselves : You should have said,
That, as his worthy deeds did claim no less
Than what he stood for; so his gracious nature
Would think upon you for your voices, and
Translate his malice towards you into love,
Standing your friendly lord.
Sic. Thus to have said,
As you were fore-advis'd, had touch'd his spirit,
And try'd his inclination; from him pluck'd
Either his gracious promise, which you might,
As cause hrad call'd you up, have held him to;
Or else it would have gall’d his surly nature,
Which easily endures not article,
Tying him to aught; so, putting him to rage,
You should have ta'en the advantage of his choler,
And pass'd him unelected.
Bru. Did you perceive,
He did solicit you in free contempt,
When he did need your loves; and do you think,
This his contempt shall not be bruising to you,
When he hath power to crush? Why, had your
bodies No heart among you ? Or had you tongues, to cry Against the rectorship of judgment ?
Sic. Have you, Ere now, deny'd the asker? and, now again, 700 On him, that did not ask, but mock, bestow Your su'd-for tongues?
3 Cit. He's not confirm'd, we may deny him yet.
2 Cit. And will deny him : 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
friends They have chose a consul, that will from them take
Their liberties; make them of no more voice
Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking, 710
As therefore kept to do so.
Sic. Let them assemble;
And, on a safer judgment, all revoke
Your ignorant election : Enforce his pride,
And his old hate unto you : besides, forget not
With what contempt he wore the humble weed;
How in his suit he scorn'd you : but your loves,
Thinking upon his services, took from you
The apprehension of his present portance,
Which most gibingly, ungravely, he did fashion
After the inveterate hate he bears you.
A fault on us, your tribunes; that we labour'd
(No impediment between), but that you must
Cast your election on him.
Sic. Say, you chose him
More after our commandment, than as guided
By your own true affections: and that, your minds
Pre-occupy'd with what you rather must do,
Than what you should, made you against the grain
To voice him consul : Lay the fault on us. 731
Bru. Ay, spare us not. Say, we read lectures to
How youngly he began to serve his country,
How long continued : and what stock he springs of,
The noble house o' the Marcians; from whence came
That Ancus Marcius, Numa's daughter's son,
Who, after great Hostilius, here was king :