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is as an inventory to particularize their abundance ; our sufferance is a gain to them.--Let us revenge this with our pikes, ere we become rakes :: for the gods know, I speak this in hunger for bread, not in thirst
2 Cit. Would you proceed especially against Caius Marcius ?
Cit. Against him first; he's a very dog to the commonalty. 2 Cit. Consider
what services he has done for his country?
i Cit. Very well; and could be content to give him good report for't, but that he pays himself with being proud.
2 Cit. Nay, but speak not maliciously.
i Cit. I say unto you, what he hath done famously, he did it to that end: though soft conscienc'd men can be content to say, it was for his country, he did it to please his mother, and to be partly proud; which he is, even to the altitude of his virtue.
2 Cit. What he cannot help in his nature, you account a vice in him: You must in no way say, be is covetous.
i Cit. If I must not, I need not be barren of accusations ; he hath faults, with surplus, to tire in repetition. [Shouts within.] What shouts are these ? The other side o’the city is risen: Why stay we prating here? to the Capitol.
Cit. Come, come.
2 Thin as rakes.
Enter MENENIUS AGRIPPA. 2 Cit. Worthy Menenius Agrippa ; one that hath always loved the people.
i Cit. He's one honest enough; 'Would, all the rest were so! Men. What work's, my countrymen, in hand?
Where go you With bats and clubs? The matter? Speak, I pray you.
i Cit. Our business is not unknown to the senate; they have had inkling, this fortnight, what we intend to do, which now we'll show 'em in deeds. They say, poor suitors have strong breaths; they shall know, we have strong arms too. Men. Why, masters, my good friends, mine honest
neighbours, Will you undo yourselves ?
i Cit. We cannot, sir, we are undone already.
Men. I tell you, friends, most charitable care
way it takes, cracking ten thousand curbs
slander The helms o’the state, who care for
like fathers, When you curse them as enemies.
i Cit. Care for us !-True, indeed !-They ne'er cared for us yet. Suffer us to famish, and their storehouses crammed with grain ; make edicts for usury, to support usurers : repeal daily any wholesome act established against the rich; and provide more piercing statutes daily, to chain up and restrain the poor. If the wars eat us not up, they will ; and there's all the love they bear us.
Men. Either you must
i Cit. Well, I'll hear it, sir: yet you must not think to fob off our disgracet with a tale: but, an't please you, deliver. Men. There was a time, when all the body's mem
i Cit. Well, sir, what answer made the belly ? Men. Sir, I shall tell you.-With a kind of smile,
3 Spread it.
Which ne'er came from the lungs, but even thus,
Your belly's answer : What!
What then? 'Fore me, this fellow speaks !-what then? what
then ? i Cit. Should by the cormorant belly be restrain'd, Who is the sink o'the body,Men.
Well, what then ? i Cit. The former agents, if they did complain, What could the belly answer?
i Cit. You are long about it.
Note me this, good friend; Your most grave belly was deliberate, Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer'd. True is it, my incorporate friends, quoth he, That I receive the general food at first, Which you do live upon : and fit it is;
I will tell you;
Because I am the store-house, and the shop
i Cit. Ay, sir; well, well.
Though all at once cannot
that all, From me do back receive the flower of all, And leave me but the bran. What say you to't ?
1 Cit. It was an answer: How apply you this?
Men. The senators of Rome are this good belly,
the mutinous members : For examine
i Cit. I the great toe? Why the great toe?