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To case his breast with panting.
1 | 2 Cit. We may, sir, if we will. Min. Worthy man!
[nours 3 Cit. We have power in ourselves to do it, but Sen. He cannot but with measure fit the ho- lit is a power that we have no power to do: for if Which we devise him.
The shew lis his wounds, and tell us bis deeds, we Com. Our spoils he kick'd at:
| 5 are to put our tongues into those wolmds,and speak And look'd upon things precious, as they were for them; so, if he tell us his noble deeds, we must The common muck o' the world: he covets less also tell him our noble acceptance of them. InThan inisery' itself would give; rewards
gratitude is monstrous: and for the multitude to His deeds with doing them; and is content be ingrateful, were to make a monster of the To spend his time, to end it. .
110 multitude; of the which, we being members, Men. He's right noble;
should bring ourselves to be monstrouis members. Let hiin be call'd for.
1 Cit. And to make us no better thought of, a I Sen. Call Coriolanus.
little help will serve: for once, when we stood up Off. He doth appear.
about the corn, he himself stuck not to call us Re-enter Coriolanus.
| 15 the many-headed multitude. Men. The senate, Coriolanus, are well pleas'd 3 Cit. 'We have been call'd so of many; not To make thee consul.
that our heads are some brown, some black, some Cor. I do owe them still
auburn, some bald, but that our wits are so diAly life, and services.
versely colour'd: and truly, I think, if all our : Men. It then remains,
20 wits were to issue out of one scull, they would That you do speak to the people.
ily cast, west, north, south; and their consent of Cor. I do beseech you,
one direct way should be at once to all the points Let me o'erleap that custom ; for I cannot o' the compass. Put on the gown, stand naked, and entreat them 2 Cit. Think you so? Which way, do you For my wounds' sake, to give their suffrage: 25 judge, my wit would fly? please you,
3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as That I may pass this doing.
another man's will, 'tis strongly wedg'd up in a Sic. Sir, the people
1 block-head: but if it were at liberty, 'twould, Must have their voices; neither will they bate sure, southward. One jot of ceremony.
302 Cit. Why that way? Men. Put them not to't:
3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where being three Pray you, go fit you to the custoin; and
parts melted away with rotten dews, the fourth Take to you, as your predecessors have,
would return for conscience-sake, to help to get Your honour with your form.
thee a wife. Cor. It is a part
35 2 Cit. You are never without your tricks: That I shall blush in acting, and might well You may, you may Be taken froin the people.
| 3 Cit. Are you all resolv'd to give your voices ? Bru. Mark you that?
But that's no matter, the greater part carries it. Cor. To brag unto them,—Thus I did, and thus; I say, if he would incline to the people, there was Shew them the unakingscars, which I should hide, 40 never a worthier man. As if I had receiv'd them for the hire Of their brcath only:
Enter Coriolanus, and Menenius. Men. Do not stand upon't.
| Here he comes, and in the gown of humility: We recomiend to you, tribunes of the people, I mark his behaviour. We ar- not to stay all to Our purpose to them ;-and to our noble consul45/gether, but to come by himn where he stands, by Wish we all joy and honour.
Jones, by twos, and by threes. He's to make his Sen. To Coriolanus come all joy and honour!! requests by particulars; wherein every one of us
[Flourish. Cornets. Then Ereunt. Thas a single honour, in giving him our own voices Manent Sicinius, and Brutus.
with our own tongues: therefore follow me, and Bru. You see how he intends to use the 50 l'll direct you how you shall go by him. people. [quire them, All. Content, content.
[known Sic. May they perceive his intent! He will re- Men. () sir, you are not right; have you not As if he did contemn what he requested
The worthiest men have done 't? Should be in them to give.
Cor. What must I say? Bru. Come, we'll inform them
1551 pray, sir,- Plague upon 't! I cannot bring Of our proceedings here; on the inarket place, My tongue to such a pace: Look, sir;-my I know they do attend us.
I got them in my country's service, when
Some certain of your brethren roar'd, and ran
160 From the noise of our own drums, Enter seven or eight Citizens.
Men, () me, the gods! 1 Cit. Once”, if he do require our voices, wel You must not speak of that; you must desire them ought not to deny him.
Į To think upon you.
Misery for avarice.
? Once here means the same as when we say once for all."
Cor. Think upon me? Hang 'em!
1 Cor. I will not seal' your knowledge with shewI would they would forget me, like the virtues ing them. I will make much of your voices, and Which our divines lose by'em.
so trouble you no further. Alen. You'll mar all;
[you, | Both. The gods give you joy, sir, heartily! I'll leave you: Pray you, speak to 'em, I pray 5
[Exeunt. In wholesome manner.
Èxii. Cor. Most sweet voices !
Better it is to die, better to starve,
Than crave the hire which first we do deserve. ! And keep their teeth clean. So, here comes a Why in this woolvish - gown should I stand herg brace.
10 To beg of Hob, and Dick, that do appear, You know the cause, sirs, of my standing here. Their needless voucher? Custom calls me to't:1 Cit. We do, sir; tell us what hath brought What custom wills, in all things should we do't.
[The dust on antique time would lie unswept, Cor. Mine own desert.
JAnd mountainous error be too highly heap'd 2 Cit. Your own desert?
115 For truth to over-peer.--Rather than fool it so, Cor. Ay, not mine own desire.
(Let the high office and the honour go i Cit. How! not your own desire?
To one that would do thus.--I am half through; Cor. No, sir; 'Twas never my desire yet I The one part sutfer'd, the other will I do. To trouble the poor with begging.
Enter three Citizens more. i Cit. You must think, if we give you any 20 Here come more voices.thing, we hope to gain by you.
Your voices; for your voices I have fought; Cor. Well then, I pray, your price o' the con Watch'd for your voices; for your voices bear sulship?
Of wounds tüo dozen odd; battles thrice six i Cit. The price is, to ask it kindly.
I have seen, and heard of; for your voices, have Cor. Kindly?
125 Done many things, some less, some more : your Sir, I pray, let me ha't: I have wounds to shew you, Indeed, I would be consul.
(voices: Which shall be yours in private. Your good i Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go with: voice, sir;
| Jout any honest man's voice. What say you?
1 2 Cit. Therefore let him be consul: The gods Both Cit. You shall have it, worthy sir. 30 give him joy, and make hiin good friend to the Cor. A match, sir:- There's in all two worthy people! voices begg'd:
sill. Amen, amen.--God save thee, noble consul! I have your alms; adieu. I Cit. But this is something odd.
Cor. Worthy voices! 2 Cit. An 'twere to give again B ut 'tis no 35 Enter Nenenius, with Brutus, and Sicinius. matter.
[Excunt. Men. You have stood your limitation; and Enter two other Citizens.
the tribunes Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with the tunel Endue you with the people's voice: Remains. of your voices, that I may be consul, I have here! That, in the official marks invested, you the custoniary gown.
140 Anon do meet the senate. 1 Cit. You have deserv'd nobly of your coun- Cor. Is this done? try, and you have not deserv'd nobly.
| Sic. The custom of request you have discharg'd: Cor. Your ænigma?
The people do admit you; and are sunimon'd I Cit. You have been a scourge to her enemies, To meet anon, upon your approbation. you have been a rod to her friends; you have 451 Cor. Where? at the senate-house? not, indeed, loved the common people.
Sic. There, Coriolanus. Cor. You should account me the more virtu- Cor. May I change these garments? ous, that I have not been common in my love. 11 Sic. You may, sir.
(again. will, sir, flatter my sworn brother the people, tch | Cor. That I'll straight do; and, knowing in ysck earn a dearer estiniation of them; 'tis a condition 50 Repair to the senate-house. they account gentle: and since the wisdom of Ilen. I'll keep you conipany. Will you along? their choice is rather to have my hat than my! | Bru. We stay here for the people. heart, I will practise the insinuating nod, and be | Sic. Fare you well. [Exeunt Coriol. and Men off to them most counterfeitly; that is, sir, I will He has it now; and by his looks, methinks, counterfeit the bewitchment of some popular|55|'Tis warm at his heart. man, and give it bountifully to the desirers. | Bru. With a proud heart he wore Therefore, beseech you, I may be consul. His humble weeds: Will you dismiss the people 2 Cit. We hope to find you our friend; and
Re-enter Citizens. therefore give you our voices heartily.
Sic. How now, my masters? have you chose i Cit. You have received many wounds for 60 i Cit. He has our voices, sir. (this man? your country.
| | Bru.We praythe gods, he maydeserve your loves. "I will not strengthen or complete your knowledge.--The scal is that which gives authenticity. to a writing. . i. e. this rough hirsute gown.
2 Cit. Amen, sir: To my poor unworthy notice, i Cit. Itwice five hundred, and their friends to He mock'd us, when he begg'd our voices. 1 piece 'eru.
• striends, 3 Cit. Certainly, he flouted us down-right.
Bru. Get you hence instantly; and tell those i Cit. No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not Thevhave chose a consul,that will from them take mock us.
[says, 5 Their liberties; make them of no more voice. 2 Cit. Not one amongst us, save yourself, but Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking, He us'd us scornfully : he should have show'd us is therefore kept to do so. His marks of merit, wounds receiv'd ior his coun- Sic. Let them assemble;
Sic. Why, so he did, I ain sure. [try. And, on a safer judgement, all revoke
10 Your ignorant election: Enforce ' his pride, 3 Cit. He said, he had wounds, which he could and his old hate unto you: besides, forget not shew in private;
With what contempt he wore the humble weed; And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn,
How in his suit he scorn'd you: but your loves, I would be consul, says he: aged custiim,
Thinking upon his services, took from you But by your voices, will not so permit me : 115 The apprehension of his present portance, Your voices therefore: When we granted that, I Which most gibingly, ungravely, he did fashion Here was,--I thank you for your voices, thank you,- After the inveterate hate he bears you. Your most sweet roices: now you have left yourvoices,! | Bru. Lay I have nothing further with you: Was not this A fault on us, your tribunes; that we labour'd, mockery?
20 (No impediment between) but that you must Sic. Why, either, were you ignorant to see 't':|| Cast your election on him. Or, seeing it, of such childish friendliness
| Sic. Say, you chose him To yield your voices?
More after our commandinent, than as guided Bru. Could you not have told him,
By your own true affections: and that, your minds As you were lesson'd,- When he had no power,25 Pre-occupy'd with what you rather must do But was a petty servant to the state,
Than what you should, made you against the grain He was your enemy; ever spake against
To voice hiin consul: Lay the fault on us. (you, Your liberties, and the charters that you bear | Bru. Ay, spare us not. Say, we read lectures to l'the body of the weal: and now, arriving How youngly he began to serve his country, A place of potency, and sway o' the state, 130 How long continued: and what stock he springs of, If he should still malignantly remain
The noble house o' the Marcians; from whence Fast foe to the plebeii, your voices might
came Be curses to yourselves: You should have said, That Ancus Marcius, Numa's daughter's son, That, as his worthy decds did claim no less I who, after great Hostilius, here was king: Than what he stood for; so his gracious nature 135 Of the same house Publius and Quintus were, Would think upon you for your voices, and That our best water brought by conduits hither; Translate his malice towards you into love, And Censorinus, darling of the people, Standing your friendly lord.
And noble nam'd so, twice being censor, Sic. Thus to have said,
Was his great ancestor.
45 That he's your fixed enemy, and revoke.
|(Harp on that still) but by our putting on: Bru. Did you perceive,
And presently,whenyoubiave drawn your number, He did solicit you in free contempt?, . 50 Repair to the Capitol. When he did need your loves; and do you think, All. We will so: almost all This his contempt shall not be bruising to you, 1 Repent in their election. [Excunt Citizens. When he hath power to crush? Why, had your Bru. Let them go on; bodies
This mutiny were better put in hazard, No heart among you? Or had you tongues, to cry 55 Than stay, past doubt, for greater: Against the rectorship of judgement?
If, as his nature is, he fall in rage
With their refusal, both observe and answer
Sic. To the Capitol, come;
160 We will be there before the stream o' the people; 3 Cit. He's not confirm'd,we may deny him yet. And this shall seem, as partly ’tis, their own, 2 Cit. And will deny him :
Which we have goaded onward. [Exeunt. I'll have five hundred voices of that sound. I
'i. e. did you want knowledge to discern it? ? i.e. with contempt open and unrestrained. · Object his pride. 4 i. e. carriage. Si. e. weighing his past and present behaviour oi. e. mark, catch, and improve the opportunity which his basty anger will afford us.
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I Have you not set them on?
Men. Be calm, be calm. d Street.
Cor. It is a purpos'd thing, and grows by plot, Cornets. Enter Coriolanus, Menenius, Cominius, To curb the will of the nobility :
Titus Lartius, and other Senators. 75 Sutter 't, and live with such as cannot rule,
[caus'd | Bru. Call 't not a plot: Lart. He had, my lord; and that it was, which! The people cry, you mock'd them; and, of late, Our swifter composition.
| When corn was given them gratis, you repin'd; · Cor. So then the Volces stand but as at first; 10 Scandal'd the suppliants for the people ; call'd Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make hall prompt them to make
them Upon us again.
[road Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness. Com. They are worn, lord consul, so,
Cor. Why, this was known before. That we shall hardly in our ages see,
Bru. Not to them all. Their banners wave again.
15 Cor. Have you inforin'd them since ? Cor. Saw you Aufidius ?
[curse Bru. How I inform them!
Bru. Not unlike,
[clouds, Cor. Spoke he of nie?
Cor. Why then should I be consul? By yon Lart. He did, my lord.
Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me Cor. How? what?
Your fellow-tribune. Lart. Howoften he had met you,sword to sword: Sic. You shew too much of that, That, of all things upon the earth, he hated For which the people stir: If you will pass Your person most: that he would pawn his fortunes|25 To where you are bound, you must enquire your To hopeless restitution, so he might
way, Be call'd your vanquisher.
Which you are out of, with a gentler spirit; Cor. At Antium lives be?
Or never be so noble as a consul, Lart. At Antium.
Nor yoke with him for tribune. Cor. I wish I had a cause to seek him there, 1301 Men. Let's be calm.
[palt'ring? To oppose his hatred fully.--Welcome home. Com. The people are abus'd :-Set on.—This
[To Lartius. Becomes not Rome; nor has Coriolanus Enter Sicinius, ad Brutus.
Deserv'd this so dishonour'd rub, laid falsely Behold! these are the tribunes of the people, l' the plain way of his merit. The tongues o' the commonmouth. I do despise 35 Cor. Tell me of corn! them;
This was my speech, and I will speak’t again ;For they do prank’ them in authority,
Alen. Not now, not now. Against all noble sufferance.
Sen. Not in this heat, sir, now. Sic. Pass no further.
Cor. Now, as I live, I will.-My nobler friends, Cor. Ha! what is that?
401 crave their pardons : Bru. It will be dangerous to go on: no further. For the mutable, rank-scented many, let them Cor. What makes this change?
(Regard me as I do not flatter, and Men. The matter?
[commons; Therein behold themselves: I say again, Com. Hath he not pass'd the nobles, and the. In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate Bru, Cominius, no.
145 The cockles of rebellion, insolence, sedition, Cor. Have I had children's voices?
Which we ourselves have plough'd for, sow'd, Sen. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the
and scatter'd, market-place.
By mingling them with us, the honour'd number: Bru. The people are incens'd against himn. Who lack not virtue, no, nor power, but that Sic. Stop,
150 Which they have given to beggars. Or all will fall in broil.
Men. Well, no more.
Sen. No more words, we beseech you.
[teeth? : 55 Not fearing outward force, so shall my lungs, You being their mouths, why rule you not their Coin words 'till their decay, against those meazels
* Plume, deck, dignify themselves. The metaphor is from men's setting a bull-dog or mastiff upon any one. i.e. shufiling. Falsely for treacherously. 5 Cockle is a weed which grows up with the corn. Mesell is used, in Pierce Plocoman's Vision, for a leper.
Which we disdain should tetter us, yet sought 1 They would not thread the gates *: this kind of The very way to catch them.
service Bru. You speak o' the people, .
Did not deserve corn gratis : Being i' the war, As if you were a god to punish, not
Their inutinies and revolts, wherein they shew'd A man of their infirinity.
5 Most valour, spoke not for them: The accusation Sic. 'Twere well,
Which they have often made against the senate, We let the people know't.
All cause unborn, could never be the natives Men. What, what? his choler?
Of our so frank donation. Well, what tben? Cor. Choler!
How shall this bosom multiplied digest Were I as patient as the midnight sleep, 110 The senate's courtesy? Let deeds express By Jove, 'iwould be my mind.
What's like to be their words :-"We did reSic. It is a mind
quest it; That shall remain a poison where it is,
" We are the greater poll, and in true fear Not poison any further.
" They gave us our demands:"--Thus we debase Cor. Shall remain !
115 The nature of our seats, and make the rabble Hear you this Triton of the minnows'? mark you Call our cares, fears: which will in tiine break ope His absolute shall ?
The locks o' the senate, and bring in the crows Com. 'Twas from the canon.
To peck the eagles--
Mten. Come, enough.
What may be sworn by, both divine and humart, That with his peremptory shall, being but [rit Seal what I end withal !—This double worship, The horn and noise o' the monsters, wants not spi- Where one part does disdain with cause, the other To say, he'll turn your current in a ditch, 25|Insult without all reason; where gentry, title, And make your channel his? If he have power,
Real necessities, and give way the while [lows Let them have cushions by you. You arcplebeians, 30 To unstable slightness: purpose so barr'd, it folIf they be senators: and they are no less,
Nothing is done to purpose: therefore, beseech When, both your voices blended, the greatest tastel
you, Most palates theirs ?. They choose their magistrate; You that will be less fearful than discreet; And such a one as he, who puts his shall,
That love the fundamental part of state, [fer His popular shall, against a graver bench 33 More than you cloubt" the change of't; that preThan ever frown'd in Greece! By Jore himself, A noble life before a long, and wish It makes the consuls base: and my soul aches, Tojump a body' with a dangerous physic, To know, when two authorities are up,,
That'ssure of death without it, -at once pluck out Neither supreme, how soon confusion
The multitudinous tongue, let them not lick May enter 'twixt the gap of both, and take 140 The sweet which is their poison: Your dishonour The one by the other!
Mangles true judgement, and bereaves the state Com. Well,-on to the market-place.
Of that integrity which should become it; Cor. Whoever gave that counsel, to give forth Not having power to do the good it would, The corn o' the store-house gratis, as 'twas us'd! For the ill which doth controul it. Sometime in Greece,
145) Bru. He has said enougli.
(swer Men. Well, well, no more of that.
Sic. He has spoken like a traitor, and shall an• Cor. (Though there the people had more abso- As traitors do. lute power)
1 Cor. Thou wretch! despight o'erwhelm thee! Í say, they nourish'd disobedience, fed | What shouldthe peopledowiththese bald tribunes? The ruin of the state.
50 On whom depending, their obedience fails Bru. Why, shall the people give
To the greater bench: In a rebellion, [law, One, that speaks thus, their voice ?
When what's not meet, but what must be, was Cor. I'll give my reasons,
[the corn! Then were they chosen: in a better hour, More worthier than their voices. They know, Let what is meet, be said, it must be meet, Was not our reconipence; resting well assur'd 155 And throw their power i' the dust. They ne'er did service for 't: Being press'd to Bru. Manifest treason. the war,
Sic. This a consul? no. Even when the navel of the state was touch'd, 1 | Bru. The ædiles, ho! Let him be apprehended.
"A minnow is one of the smallest river fish, called in some counties a pink. Alluding to his having called him Triton before. 3 Meaning, that senators and plebeians are equal, when the highest taste is best pleased with that which pleases the lowest. That is, pass them. Or, natural parent. i. e. fear. To jump anciently signified to jolt, to give a rude concussion to any thing.--To jump a body may therefore mean, to put it into a violent agitation or commotion. • Integrity is in this place, soundness, uniformity, consistency,