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[know, That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome 1 Sen. Your company to the Capitol; where, il Had circumvention? 'Tis not four days gone, Our greatest friends attend us.
Sincel heard thence; these are the words: I think, Tit. Lead you on:
I have the letter here; yes, here it is: Follow, Cominius: we must follow you;
They have press’d a power, but it is not known Right worthy your priority.
[Reading Com. Noble Lartius!
for Whether for east, or west: The dearth is great; i Sen. Hence! To your homes, be gone. The people mutinous: and it is rumour'd,
[To the Citizens. | Cominius, Marcius your old enemy, Mar. Nay, let them follow:
[ther, 10“ (Who is of Rome worse hated than of you) The Volces have much corn; take these rats thi- " Ànd Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman, To gnaw their garners:-Worsh'pful mutineers, • These three lead on this preparation Your valour puts well forth: pray, follow.- " Whither 'tis bent: most likely, 'tis for you:
[Exeunt. “ Consider of it.” Citizens steal away. Manent Sicinius, and Brutus. 15 1 Sen. Our army's in the field:
Sic. Was ever man so proud as is this Marcius. We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready Bru. He has no equal.
[ple, To answer us. Sic. When we were chosen tribunes for the peo- Aut. Nor did you think it folly, Bru. Mark'd you his lip, and eyes?
To keep your great pretences veil'd, 'till when Sic. Nay, but his taunts.
(gods. 20 They needs must shew themselves; which in the Bru. Being mov'd, he will not spare to'gird the
hatching, Sic, Be-mock the modest moon. [grown it seem'd, appear’d to Rome. By the discovery,
Bru. The present wars devour him ?? he is We shall be shorten'd in our aim; which was, Too proud to be so valiant.
To take in many towns, ere, almost, Rome Sic. Such a nature,
25 Should know we were afoot. Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow 2 Sen. Noble Aufidius, Which he treads on at noon: But I do wonder, Take your commission; hie you to your bands; His insolence can brook to be commanded Let us alone to guard Corioli: Under Cominius.
If they set down before us, for the remove Bru. Fame, at the which he aims,
30 Bring up your armys; but, I think, you'll find In whom already he is well grac'd, -cannot They have not prepar'd for us. Better be held, nor more attain'd, than by
Auf. O, doubt not that; A place below the first: for what miscarries I speak from certainties. Nay, more, Shall be the general's fault, though he perform Some parcels of their power are forth already, To the utmost of a man; and giddy censure 33 And only hitherward. I leave your honours. Will then cry out on Marcius, o, if he
If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet, Had borne the business!
'Tis sworn between us, we shall ever strike Sic. Besides, if things go well,
'Till one can do no more. Opinion, that so sticks on Marcius, shall
All. The gods assist you ! Of his demerits ' rob Cominius.
H0 Auf. And keep your honours safe ! Bru. Come :
1 Sen, Farewell. Half all Cominius' honours are to Marcius,
2 Sen. Farewell. Though Marcius earn’d them not; and all his faults All, Farewell.
[Ereunt. To Marcius shall be honours, though indeed,
SCENE HII. In aught he merit vot.
Caius Murcius' House in Rome. Sic. Let's hence, and hear How the dispatch is made; and in what fashion, Enter Volumnia, and Virgilia : They sit down on More than his singularity, he goes
trvo low stools, and sew. Upon this present action.
Vol. I pray you, daughter, sing; or express Bru. Let's along.
(Exeunt. 50 yourself in a more comfortable sort: If my son
were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in that SCENE II.
Jabsence wherein he won honour, than in the eniThe Senate-House in Corioli.
bracements of bis bed, where he would shew most Enter Tullus Aufidius, with Senators. love. When yet he was but tender-body'd, and 1 Sen. So, your opinion is, Aufidius, 55 the only son of my womb; when youth with That they of Rome are enter'd in our counsels, comeliness pluck'd all gaze his way; when, for a And know how we proceed.
day of king's entreaties, a mother should not sell Auf. Is it not yours?
Jhiin an hour from her beholding; 1,-considering What ever hath been thought on in this state, now honour would become such a person; that it To sneer, to gibe. The sense is, that the present wars annihilate his gentler qualities.
* Merits and demerits had anciently the same meaning: * i.e. We will learn what he is to do, besides going himself; what are his powers, and what is his appointment. . That is, If the Romans besiege us, bring up your army to remove them.
was no better than picture-like to hang by the llet it go again ; and after it again ; and over and wall, if renown made it not stir,---was pleas'd to over he comes, and up again; catch'd it again : let him seek danger where he was like to find fame. or whether his fall enrag'd him, or how 'twas, he To a cruel war I sent him; from whence he re- did so set his teeth, and tear it; 0, I warrant, turned, his brows bound with oak!: I tell thee, 5 how he mammock'd' it! daughter,—I sprang not more in joy at first hear- Vol. One of his father's moods. ing he was a man-child, than now in first seeing Val. Indeed la, 'tis a noble child. he had proved himself a man.
Vir. A crack“, madam. Vir. But had he died in the business, madam; Val. Come, lay aside your stitchery ; I must how then?
10 have you play the idle huswife with me this afterVol. Then his good report should have been my son; I therein would have found issue. Hear me Vir. No, good madam; I will not out of profess sincerely:-Had I a dozen sons,—_ach in doors. my love alike, and none less dear than thine and Val. Not out of doors ! my good Marcius,-I had rather had eleven die 15 Vol. She shall, she shall. nobly for their country, than one voluptuously Vir. Indeed, no, by your patience: I will not surfeit out of action.
over the threshold, 'till my lord return from the Enter a Gentlervoman, Gent. Madam, the lady Valeria is come to visit
Vul. Fie, you confine yourself most unreasonyou.
20 ably: Come, you must go visit the good lady [self.
that lies in. Vir. 'Beseech you, give me leave to retire myVol. Indeed, you shall not.
Vir. I will wish her speedy strength, and visit Methinks, I hither hear your husband's drum;
her with my prayers; but I cannot thithur See him pluck down Aufidius by the hair;
Vol. Why, I pray you? Aschildren from a bear, the Volces shunning him:
251 Vir. 'Tis not to save labour, nor that I want
llove. Methinks, I see him stamp thus, and call thus,Come on, you cowurds; you were got in fear,
Val. You would be another Penelope : yet, Though you were born in Rome : His bloody brow
they say, all the yarn, she spun in Ulysses' abWith his mail'd hand then wiping, forth he goes, 30 I would, your cambrick were sensible as your
sence, did but fill Ithaca full of moths. Come; Like to a harvest-man, that's task'd to mow Or all, or lose his hire.
finger, that you might leave pricking it for pity. Come, you
shall Vir. His bloody brow! O, Jupiter, no blood!
go Vol. Away, you fool! it more becomes a man,
Vir. No, good madam, pardon me; indeed, Than gilt a nis trophy: The breasts of Hecuba,
I will not forth.
35 When she did suchlé Hector, look'd not lovelier
Ful. In truth la, go with me; and I'll tell you Than Hector's forehead, when it spit forth blood
excellent news of your husband. At Grecian swords' contending.–Tell Valeria,
V'ir. O, good madam, there can be nune yet. We are fit to bid her welcome. [Exit Gent.
Val. Verily, I do not jest with you; there came Vir. Heavens bless my lord from fell Aufidius!
news from him last night. Vol. He'll beat Aufidius' head below his knee,
Vir. Indeed, madam ? And tread upon his neck.
Val. In earnest, it's true; I heard a senator
speak it. Thus it is:- The Volces have an army Enter Valeria, with an Usher, anda Gentlewoman. iorth; against whom Cominius the general is gon',
Val. My ladies both, good day to you. with one part of our Roman power: your lord Vol. Sweet madam,
45 and Titus Lartius are set down before their city Vir. I am glad to see your ladyship.
Corioli; they nothing doubt prevailing, and to Val. How do you both? you are manifest make it brief wars. This is true, on mine hchouse-keepers. What, are you sewing here? A nour; and so, I pray, go with us. fine spot, in good faith.-How does your little Vir. Give me excuse, good madam; I will ton?
50 obey you in every thing hereafter. Vir. I thank your ladyship; well, good madam. Vol. Let her alone, lady; as she is now, sh: Vol. He had rather see the swords, and hear a will but disease our better mirth. drum,
Val. In troth, I think, she would :--Fare you · Than look upon bis school-master.
well then.—Come, good sweet lady: --Pr’ythee, Val. O my word, the father's son: I'll swear, 55 Virgilia, turn thy solemnness out o' door, and go 'tis a very pretty boy. Omy troth, I look'd upon along with us. him o' Wednesday half an hour together : he has Vir. No: at a word, madam; indeed, I must such a confirin'd countenance. I saw him run not. I wish you much mirth. after a gikded butterfly; and when he caught it, he Val. Well, then farewell.
[Exeunt. · The crown given by the Romans to him that saved the life of a citizen, and was accounted more honourable than any other. 2 Gilt is an obsolete word, meaning a superficial display of gold. '.To manmock is a phrase still used in Staffordshire, and implies to cui in pieces, or to tear, + Crack signifies a boy child.
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With flight and agued fear! Mend, and charge
Or,by the fires of heaven,I'll leave the foe, [home,
And inake my wars on you: look to't: Come on;
lours, Captains, and Soldiers. To them a Mes- 5 As they us to our trenches followed. senger.
[Another alarum, and Marcius follows them to Mar. Yonder comes news :--A wager, they have met.
So, now the gates are ope :-Now prove good Lart. My horse to yours, no.
seconds: Mar. 'Tis done.
10'Tis for the followers fortune widens them, Lart. Agreed.
Not for the fliers: Mark me, and do the like.
(He enters the gates.
15 3 Sol. See, they have shut him in. Lart. No, I'll not sell, nor give him : lend you
[Alarum continues. him, I will,
All. To the pot, I warrant him. For half a hundred years.-Sunimon the town.
Enter Titus Lartius. Mar. How far oft lie these armies?
Lart. What is become of Marcius? Mes. Within this mile and half.
(ours. 20 All. Slain, sir, doubtless. Mar. Then shall we hear their 'larum, and they 1 Sol. Following the fliers at the very heels, Now, Mars, I pr’ythee, make us quick in work; With them he enters: who, upon the sudden, That we with smoking swords may march from Clapt-to their gates; he is himself alone, hence,
(blast. To answer all the city. To help our fielded friends !--Come, blow thy 25 Lart. O noble fellow ! They sound a parley. Enter Senators, with others, Who, sensible, out-dares his senseless sword, on the walls.
And, when it bows, stands up! Thou art left, Tullus Aufidius, is he within your walls?
Marcius: 1 Sen. No, nor a man that fears you less than he, A carbuncle entire, as big as thou art, That's lesser than a little. Hark, our drums 130 Were not so rich a jewel. Thou wast a soldier
[Drum afar off. Even to Cato's wish: not fierce and terrible Are bringing forth our youth: We'll break our Only in strokes; but, with thy grim looks, and walls,
The thunder-like percussion of thy sounds, Rather than they shall pound us up: our gates,
Thou mad'st thine enemies shake, as if the world Which yet seem shut, we have but pinn'd with 35 Were feverous, and did tremble. rushes;
Re-enter Marcius bleeding, assaulted by the enemy. They'll open of themselves. Hark you, far off; I Sol. Look, Sir.
[Alarum far of: Lart. 0, 'tis Marcius: There is Aufidius: list, what work he makes Let's fetch him off, or inake remain' alike. Aniongst your cloven army.
[They light, and all enter the city Mar. O, they are at it!
[ho! Lart. Their noise be our instruction.-Ladders,
Within the Town.
Enter certain Romans, with spoils. With hearts more proof than shields.-Advance, i Rom. This will I carry to Rome. brave Titus:
2 Rox. And I this. They do disdain as much beyond our thoughts, 3 Rom. A murrain on't! I took this for silver. Which makes me sweat with wrath.-Come on,
[ Alarum continues still afar off. my fellows;
150 Enter Warcius,and Titus Lartius, with a trumpet. He that retires, I'll take him for a Volce,
Mur. See here these movers, that do prize And he shall feel mine edge.
their hours [Alarum ; the Romans beat back to their trenches. At a crack'd drachm! Cushions, leaden spoons, Re-enter Marcius.
Irons of a doit, doublets that hangmen would Mar. Allthe contagion of the south light on you, 55 Bury with those that wore them, these base slaves, You shames of Rome, you! Herds of boils and Ere yet the fight be done, pack op:
[him :Plaster you o'er; that you may be abhorr'd And hark, what noise the general makes ! -To Farther than seen, and one infect another
There is the man of my soul's hate, Aufidius, Against the wind a mile! You souls of geese, 60 Piercing our Romans: Then, valiant Titus, take That bear the shapes of men, how have you run Convenient numbersto make good thecity; [haste From slaves that apes would beat? Pluto and hell! Whilst I, with those that bave the spirit, will All burt behind; backs red, and faces pale |To help Cominius.
! Ajake remain is an old manner of speaking, which means no more than remain
Lart. Worthy sir, thou hleed'st;
Mar. 0! let me clip you Thy exercise háth been too violent for
In arnis as sound, as when I woo'd ; in heart A second course of fight.
As merry, as when our nuptial day was done, Mar. Sir, praise me not:
And tapers burnt to bedward. My work hath yet not warm’dnic: Fare you well. 5 Com. Flower of warriors, The blood I drop is rather physical
How is't with Titus Lartius? Than dangerous to me: To Aufidius thus
Mar. As with a man busied about decrees : I will appear, and figiit.
Condemning some to death, and some to exile; Lart. Now the fair goddess, Fortune,
Ransoming hiin?, or pitying, threatening the other; Fall deep in love with thee; and her great charms 10 Holding Corioli in the name of Rome, Misguide thy opposers' swords! Bold gentleman, Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash, Prosperity be thy page!
To let him slip at will. Miar. Thy friend no less
Com. Where is that slave, Than those she places highest! So, farewell. Which told me they had beat you to your trenches? Lart. Thou worthiest Marcius!
15 Where is he? Call hin hither. Go, sound thy trumpet in the market-place;
Mar. Let hiin alone, Call thither all the officers of the town,
He did inform the truth: But for our gentlemen, Where they shall know our mind: Away. The common file, (A plague! Tribunes for them!)
(Ereunt. The mouse ne'ershunn'd
the cat, as they did budge
20 From rascals worse than they.
[thinkThe Roman Camp.
Mar. Will the time serve to tell? I do not Enter Cominius retreuting, with Soldiers.
Where is the enemy? Are you lords oʻthe field?
If not, why cease you 'till you are so? Com. Breathe you, my friends; well fought:25| Com. Marcius, we have a disadvantage fought, we are come off And did retire, to win our purpose.
(side Like Romans, neither foolish in our stands, Mar. How lies their battle? Know you on what Nor cowardly in retire: believe me, sirs,
They have plac'd their men of trust?
By all the battles wherein we have fought,
135 By the blood we have shed together, by the vows May give you thankful sacrifice !-Thy news? We have made to endure friends, that you directly Mes. The citizens of Corioli have issued,
Set me against Aufidius, and his Antíates : And given to Lartius and to Marcius battle: And that you not delay 'the present; but, I saw our party to the trenches driven,
Filling the air with swords advanc'd“, and darts, And then I came away.
prove this very hour. Com. Though thou speak’st truth, [since
Com. Though I could wish
Mles. Above an hour, my lord. [drums: And balms applied to you, yet dare I never
Com. 'Tis not a mile; briefly we heard their
Deny your asking; take your choice of those And bring thy news so late?
Mar. Those are they Mes. Spies of the Volces
That most are willing :-If any such be here, Held me in chase, that I was forc'd to wheel
|(As it were sin to doubt) that love this painting Three or four miles about; else had I, sir, Wherein you see me smear’d; if Half an hour since brought my report.
50 Lesser his person than an ill report; Enter Marcius.
If any think, brave death outweighs bad life, Com. Who's yonder,
And that his country's dearer than himself ; That does appear as he were flay'd? O gods ! Let him, alone, or so many, so minded, He has the stamp of Marcius; and I have Wave thus, to express his disposition, Before-time scen him thus.
55 And follow Marcius.
[Waving his hand. Mar. Come I too late?
[tabor, [They all shout, and wure their swords, take him Com. The shepherd knows not thunder from a
up in their arms, and cast up their caps. More than I know the sound of Marcius' tongue O me, alone! Make you a sword of me? From every meaner man's.
If these shews be not outward, which of you Mar. Come I too late?
60 But is four Volces ? None of you, but is Com. Ay, if you come not in the blood of others, Able to bear against the great Aufidius But mantled in your own.
A shield as hard as his. A certain number Confound is here used in the sense of_to expend. * i, e. remitting his ransom. : Delay for let slip: i. e. swords lifted high.
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(Though thanks to all,) must I select from all: Thou'lt not believe thy deeds: but I'll report it,
5 And, gladly quali'd', hear more; where the dull Com. March on, iny fellows;
Tribunes, Make good this ostentation, and
shall That, with the fusty plebeians, hate thine honours, Divide in all with us.
[Exeunt. Shall say, against their hearts,—“We thank the SCENE VII.
10“ Our Roine hath such a soldier!"'-The Gates of Corioli.
Yet cam’st thou to a morsel of this feast, Titus Lartis, haring set a guard upon Corioli, Having fully din'd before. going rżih a drum and trumpet lozurd Cominius and Caius Marcius, enters with a Lieute
Enter Titus Lartius, with his power, from the nant, other Soldiers, and a Scout.
Here is the steed, we the caparisons *!
When she does praise me, grieves me.
I have done as you have done ; that's, what I can; Lart. Hence, and shut your gates upon us.- Induc'd, as you have been; that's for my country: Our guider, come; to the Roman camp conduct lle, that has but effected his good will,
[Exeunt. 25 Hath overta’en mine act.
Com. You shall not be
The grave of your deserving; Rome must know
The value of her own: 'twere a concealment Alarum. Enter Marcius and Aufidius.
Worse than a theft, no less than a traducement, Mar. I'll fight with none but thee; for I do 30 To hide your doings; and to silence that, hate thee
Which to the spire and top of praises vouch’d, Worse than a promise-breaker.
Would seem but niodest: Therefore, I beseech Auf. We hate alike;
you, Not Africk owns a serpent I abhor
(In sign of what you are, not to reward More than thy fame, and envy: Fix thy foot.
33 What you have done) before our army hear me. Mar. Let the first budger die the other's slave,
Mar. I have some wounds upon nie, and they And the gods doom him after !
fTo hear themselves remember'd. (smart Auf. If I fly, Marcius,
Com. Should they not', Halloo me like a hare.
Weli mighit they fester 'gainst ingratitude, Mar. Within these three hours, Tullus, 40 And tent themselves with death. Of all the horses, Alone I fought in your Corioli walls, [blood,
|(Whereof we have ta'en good, and good store) And made what work I pleas'd : 'Tis not my
of all Wherein thou seest me mask'd; for thy revenge,
The treasure, in the field atchiev'd, and city, Wrench thy power to the highest.
We render you the tenth; to be ta'en forth, Auf. Wert thou the Hector,
45 Before the common distribution, at That was the whip of your bragg’d progeny, Your only choice. Thou should’st not 'scape me here.
Mar. I thank you, general; [Here they fight, and certain Volces come to
But cannot make my heart consent to take the aid of rufidius. Marcius fights till they
A bribe, to pay my sword: I do refuse it ; be driven in breathless.
50 And stand upon my common part with those Officious, and not valiant !- you have sham'd me
That have beheld the doing.. In your condemned seconds. [Excunt fighling.
[ A long flourish. They all cry, Marcius! SCENE IX.
Marı ius! cast up their caps and lances : The Roman Camp.
Cominius and Larlius stand bare. Flourish. Alarum. A retreat is sounded. Enter Mar. May these same instruments, which you at one door, Cominius with the Romans; at ano
shall ther door, Marcius, with his arm in a scarf, dc. Never sound more! When drums and trumpets Com. If I should tell thee o'er this thy day's ['the field prove flatterers, let courts and cities bę work,
160 Made all of false-fac'd soothing! When steel grows · Coriolanus may mean, that as all the soldiers have offered to attend him on this expedition, and he wants ruly a part of them, he will submit te selection to four indifferent persons, that he himself may escape the charge of partiality.
j. e. the gates.
> i.e. thrown into grateful trepidation. The meaning is,- This man perforined the action, and we only filled up the shew. That is,
Soft ot be remembered.