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Would think upon you for your voices, and
Translate his malice towards you into love,
Standing your friendly lord.

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 had 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.

Did you perceive, , He did solicit you in free contempt, When he did need your loves; and do That 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?

Ere now, deny'd the asker? and, now again,
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. i Cit. I twice five hundred, and their friends to

piece 'em. Bru. Get you hence instantly; and tell those


you think,

Have you,

you: but

your loves,

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,
As therefore kept to do so.

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
Thinking upon his services, took from you
The apprehension of his present portance,
Which 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.

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.
Bru. Ay, spare us not. Say, we read lectures to

you, 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


That Ancus Marcius, Numa's daughter's son,
Who, after great Hostilius, here was king;

fixed enemy,

Of the same house Publius and Quintus were,
That our best water brought by conduits hither;
And Censorinus, darling of the people,
And nobly nam'd so, being censor twice,
Was his great ancestor.

One thus descended,
That hath beside well in his person wrought
To be set high in place, we did commend
To your remembrances: but


have found, Scaling his present bearing with his past, That he's

your enemy, and revoke Your sudden approbation. Bru.

Say, you ne'er had done't, (Harp on that still,) but by our putting on: And presently, when you have drawn your number, Repair to the Capitol.

Cit. We will so: almost all (several speak. Repent in their election. [Exeunt Citizens. Bru.

Let them go on;
This mutiny were better put in hazard,
Than stay, past doubt, for greater:
If, as his nature is, he fall in rage
With their refusal, both observe and answer
The vantage of his anger.

To the Capitol:
Come; we'll be there before the stream o' the peo-

ple; And this shall seem, as partly ’tis, their own, Which we have goaded onward,


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Cornets. Enter Coriolanus, Menenius, Cominius,

Titus Lartius, Senators, and Patricians. Cor. Tullus Aufidius then had made new head? Tit. He had, my lord; and that it was, which

caus'd Our swifter composition.

Cor. So then the Volces stand but as at first;
Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make road
Upon's again.

They are worn, lord consul, so,
That we shall hardly in our ages see
Their banners wave again.

Tit. On safe-guard he came to me; and did

you Aufidius?


Against the Volces, for they had so vilely
Yielded the town: he is retir'd to Antium.

Cor. Spoke he of me?

He did, my lord. .

How? what! Tit. How often he had met you, sword to

sword: That, of all things upon the earth, he hated Your person most: that he would pawn his fortunes To hopeless restitution, so he might Be call’d your vanquisher.


At Antium lives he?
Tit. At Antium.

Cor. I wish I had a cause to seek him there,
To oppose his hatred fully.- Welcome home.

[To Titus.

Enter Sicinius and Brutus.

Behold! these are the tribunes of the people,
The tongues o' the common mouth. I do despise

For they do prank them in authority,
Against all noble sufferance.

Pass no further.
Cor. Ha! what is that?

It will be dangerous to
Go on : no further.

What makes this change? Men.

The matter? Com. Hath he not pass’d the nobles, and the

commons? Bru. Cominius, no. Cor.

Have I had children's voices? 1 Sen. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the mar

ket-place. Bru. The people are incens'd against him. Sic.

Stop, Or all will fall in broil. Cor.

Are these your herd?— Must these have voices, that can yield them now, And straight disclaim their tongues? What are


your offices

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