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Bestride my threshold. Why, thou Mars ! I tell 2 Serv. Au he had been cannibally given, he thee
might have broiled and eaten him too. We have a power on foot ; and I had purpose 1 Serv. But more of thy news? Once more to hew thy target from thy brawn, 3 Serv. Why, he is so made on here within, Or lose mine arm for't: Thon hast beat me out as if he were son and heir to Mars : set at op Twelve several times, and I have nightly since per end o'the table : no question asked him by Dreamt of encounters 'twixt thyself and me; any of the senators, but they stand bald before We have been down together in my sleep bim: Our general himself makes a mistress of Unbuckling helms, fisting each other's throat, him ; sanctities bimself with's hand, and turns And wak'd half dead with nothing. Worthy up the wbite w'the eye to his discourse. But the Marcius,
bottom of the news is, our general is cut i'the Had we no quarrel else to Rome, but that middle, and but one half of what he was yester. Tbon art thence banish'd, we would muster all day; for the other was half, by the entreaty, and From twelve to seventy ; I and, pouring war grant of the whole table. He'll go, he says, and Into the bowels of ungrateful Rome,
sowle the porter of Rome gates by the ears: Like a bold food o'er-beat. O come, go in, He will mow down all before him, and leave his And take our friendly senators by the hands; passage polled. Who now are here, taking their leaves of me, 2 Sert'. And he's as like to do't as any man Who am prepar'd against your territories, I can imagine. Though not for Rome itself.
3 Serr. Do't? he will do't: For, look yoll, Cor. You bless me, gods!
Sir, he has as many friends as enemies : which Auf. Therefore, most absolute Sir, if thou friends, sir, (as it were,) durst not look you, wilt have
Sir,) show themselves (as we term it, his friends, The leading of thine own revenges, take
whilst he's in directitude. The one half of my commission; and set down 1 Serv. Directitude ? what's that? As best thou art experienc'd, since thou know'st 3 Serv. But when they shall see, Sir, his crest Thy country's strength and weakness,-thine up again, and the man in blood, I they will out own ways:
of their burrows, like conies after raili, and revel Whether to knock against the gates of Rome, all with him. Or rudely visit them in parts remote,
Serv. But when goes this forward ! To fright them, ere destroy. But come in : 3 Serv. To-morrow; to-day; presently, You Let me commend thee first to those, that shall shali have the drum struck up this afternoon : Say yea to thy desires. A thousand welcomes ! ris, as it were, a parcel o of their feast, and to And more a friend than e'er an enemy;
be executed ere they wipe their lips. Yet, Marcius, that was much. Your hand ! Most 2 Serv. Why then we shall have a stirring welcome!
This peace is nothing, but to (Ereunt CORIOLANUS and Aufidius. rust iron, increase tailors, and breed balladI Serv. (Advancing.) Here's a strange altera- makers. tion !
1 Serv. Let me have war, say I: it exceeds 2 Serv. By my hand, I had thought to have peace, as far as day does night; it's spritely: strucken him with a cudgel; and yet my mind waking,
andible, and full of vent. Peace is gave ine, his clothes made a false report of him. a very apoplexy, lethargy: mulled, T deaf, sleepy,
1 Serý. What an arm he has ! He turned me insensible: a getter of more bastard children, abont with his finger and his thumb, as one would than war's a destroyer of men. set up a top.
2 Serv. 'Tis so : and as wars, in some sort, 2 Serv. Nay, I knew by his face that there may be said to be a ravisher, so it cannot be dewas something in bim: He bad, Sir, a kind of nied but peace is a great maker of cuckolds. face, methought, I cannot tell how tó term it. 1 Serv. Ay, and it makes men bate one an1 Serv. He had so: looking as it were,
other. Would I were banged, but I thought there was 3 Serv. Reason ; because they then less need more in him than I could think.
one another. The wars for my money. I hope 2 Serv. So did 1, 1'll be sworn : He is simply to see Romans as cheap as Volscians. They are the rarest man i'the world.
rising, they are rising. 1 Serv. I think he is : but a greater soldier All. In, in, in, in.
(Ereunt. than he, you wot 5 one. 2 Serv. Who? my master?
SCENE TI.--Rome.-A Public place. Serv. Nay, it's no matter for that. Serv, Worth six of him.
Enter SICINIUs and BRUTUS. 1 Serv. Nay, not so neither ; but I take him
Sic. We hear not of him, neither need we fear to be the greater soldier.
2 Serv. Faith, look you, one cannot tell how His remedies are tame i'the present peace to say that : for the defence of a town, our ge. And quietness o'the people, wbich before veral is excellent.
Were in wild hurry. Here do we make his friends 1 Serv. Ay, and for an assault too.
Blush, that the world goes well ; who rather had, Re-enter third SERVANT.
Though they themselves did suffer by't, behold 3 Serv. O slaves, I can tell you news : news, our tradesmen singing in their shops, and going
Dissentious numbers pestering streets, than see you rascals. 1. 2. Serv. What, what, what? let's partake.
About their functions friendly. 3 Serv. I would not be a Roman, of all na
Enter MXNENIUS. tions: I had as lieve be a condemned man. 1. 2. Serv. Wherefore? wherefore ?
Bru. We stood to't in good time. 3 Serr. Why, here's he that was wont to
Menenius? thwack our general,-Caius Marcius.
Sic. 'Tis he, 'uis he : Oh! he is grown most 1 Sere. Why do you say thwack our general ? of late.-Hail, Sir! 3 Ser». I do not say, thwack our general; but
Men. Hail to you both! he was always good enough for him.
Sic. Your Coriolanus, Sir, is not much missid, 2 Serv. Čume, we are fellows and friends: But with his friends; the commou-wealth doth he was ever too hard for him; I have heard him
stand; say so bimself.
And so would do, were he more angry at it. 1 Serv. He was too hard for him directly, to Men. All's well; and might have been much say the truth on't : before Corioli, he scotched
better, if nim and notched him like a carbonado.||
He could have temporiz'd. • Arm. + Full • Years of age, Koow.
+ Cut clear. * Vigour. # Meat cui across to be broiled.
Sic. Where is be, hear you!
Sic. This is most likely !
(wish Hear nothing from him.
Sic. The very trick out.
Men. This is unlikely :
Than violentest contrariety.
Enter another MESSENGER.
Mess. You are sent for to the senate;
Associated with Aufidius, rages
Upon our territories ; and have already,
O'erborne their way, consum'd with fire, and
Com. Oh! you have made good work!
Men, What news? what news?
To see your wives dishovour'd to your noses---
Men. What's the news ? what's the news? A worthy officer i'the war ; but insolent,
Com. Your temples burn'd in their cement; O'ercome with pride, ambitious past all thinking,
Your franchises, whereon you stood confin'd
Into an augre's bore. +
Men. Pray now, your news ?
You have made fair work, I fear me :-Pray,
your news ?
Bru. The gods have well prevented it, and Com. If!
(Rome He is their god; be leads them like a thing
Made by some other deity than nature,
That shapes man better; and they follow him, #d. Worthy tribunes,
Against us brats, with no less confidence
Men. You have made good work,
You and your apron men ; you that stood so much
Upon the voice of occupation, and
The breath of garlic-eaters ?
Com. He will shake
Did shake down mellow fruit : You have made
fair work! Sic. Come, what talk you
Bru, But is this true, Sir ?
Com. Ay; and you'll look pale
Do smilingly revolt ;; and, who resist,
Are only mock'd for valiant ignorance,
And perish constant fools. Who is't can blame
Deserve such pity of him, as the wolf
Does of the shepherds : for his best friends, if
(even Bru. Not possible.
Should say, Be good to Rome, they charg'd him
As those should do that bad deserv'd bis bate,
And therein show'd like enemies.
If he were putting to my honse the brand
To say, 'Beseech you, cease. You have made Sic. 'Tis this slave ;
fair bands, Go whip bim 'fore the people's eyes :-his rais. You and your crafts ! you have crafted fair ! Nothing but his report!
(ing! Com. You have brought Mess. Yes, wortby sir,
A trembling upon Rome, such as was never The slave's report is seconded; and more, So incapable of help. More fearful is deliver'd.
Tri. Say not, we brought it. Sic. Wbat more fearful ?
Men. How ! Was it we? We lov'd him; but Mess. It is spoke freely out of many mouths, like beasts, (How probable, I do not know) that Marcius, And cowardly pobles, gave way to your clusters, Join'd with Aufidius, leads a power 'gainst Rome; who did hoot him out o' the city. and vows revenge as spacious, as between Com. But, I fear The young'st and oldest thing.
Unite. + A small round hole : au augre is a * Sufrage,
• Mechanics. + Stood up in its defence.
They'll roar him in again. Tullus Aufidius, Lieu. Sir, I beseech you, think you be'll carry The second name of men, obeys his points
Rome? As if he were his officer :--Desperation
Auf. All places yield to him ere he sits down : is all the policy, streugth, and defence,
And the nobility of Roine are his : That Rome can make against them.
The senators and patricians love him too :
The tribunes are no soldiers ; and their people Enter a troop of CITIZENS.
Will be as rash in the repeal, as hasty Men. Here comes the clusters.
To expel him thence. I think he'll be to Rome, And is Aufidius with him ?-You are they As is the osprey to the fish, who takes it That made the air unwholesome, when you cast By sovereignty of nature. First he was Your stinking, greasy caps, in hooting at A noble servant to them ; but he could not Coriolanus' exile. Now he's coming;
Carry his honours even : wbether 'twas pride, And not a hair upon a soldier's head,
Which out of daily fortune ever taints Which will not prove a whip; as many coxcombs The happy man; whether defect of judgement, As you threw caps up, will he tnmble down, To fail in the disposing of those chances And pay you for your voices. Tis no inatter : Which he was lord of; or whether nature, If he could burn us all into one coal,
Not to be other than one thing, not moving We have deserv'd it.
From the casque + to the cushion, I but cominandCit. 'Faith, we hear fearful news.
ing peace 1 Cit. For mine own part.
Even with the saine austerity and garb When I said, banish himn, I said, 'twas pity. As he controlld the war ; but, one of these 2 Cit. And so did I.
(As he hath spices of them all, not all, y 3 Cit. And so did I; and, to say the truth, so For I dare so far free him,) made him fear'd, did very many of us : That we did, we did for So hated, and so banish'd : But be has a merit, the best : and thougb we willingly consented to To choke it in the utterance. So our virtues his banishment, yet it was against our will. Lie in the interpretation of the time :
Com. You are goodly things, you voices ! And power, unto itsell most commendable,
Hath not a tomb so evident as a chair
One fire drives out one tire ; one nail, one nail ; Com. Oh! ay; what else?
Rigbts by rights fouler, strengths by strengths do (Exeunt Cox. and Mex.
fail. Sic. Go, masters, get you home, be not dis- Come, let's away. When, Cains, Rome is tbine, may'd :
Thou art poor'st of all; then shortly art thou mine. These are a side that would be glad to have
(Ereuni. This true, which they so seem to fear. Go home, And show no sign of fear.
i Cit. The gods be good to us ! Come, mas. ters, let's home. I ever said we were i'the wroug,
ACT V. when we banisbed him.
SCEVEI.-Rome.A Public Place. 2 Cit. So did we all. But come, let's home.
(Exeunt CITIZENS. Enter MENENTUS, COMINTUS, SICINICS, BRUBru. I do not like this news.
TUS and others.
Men. No, I'll not go : you bear what he hath wealth
said, Wonld buy this for a lie !
Which was sometime his general ; who lov'd him Sic. Pray, let us go.
In a most dear particular. He call'd me, father :
But what o'that I Go, you that banish'd him, SCENE VII.-A Camp, at a small distance A mile before bis tent fall down, and kneel from Rome.
The way into his mercy: Nay, if he coy'd !
To hear Cominíus speak, I'll keep at hoine. Enter AUFIDIUS and his LIEUTENANT.
Com. He will not seem to know nie.
Men. Do you hear ? Auf. Do they still fly to the Roman?
Com. Yet one time he did call me by my Lieu. I do not know what witchcraft's in him ;
name: but Your soldiers use him as the grace 'fore meat,
I urg'd our old acqnaintance, and the drops
That we bave bled together. Coriolanns Their talk at table, and their thanks at end ;
He would not answer to : forbad all names : And you are darken'd in this action, Sir,
He was a kind of nothing, titleless, Even by your own.
Till he had forg'd himself a name i'the fire Auf. I cannot belp it now;
of burning Rome. l'nless, by using means, I ame the foot of our design. He bears himself more proudlier A pair of tribunes that have rack’ds for Rome,
Men, Why, so ; yon have made good work : Even to my person, than I thought he would,
To make coals cheap : A noble memory ! ** When first I did embrace him : Yet bis nature
Com. I minded bim how royal 'twas to pardon In that's no changeling; and I must excuse
When it was less expected : He replied,
It was a bare petition of a state
To one whom they had punish'd. (I mean for your particular,) you had not
Men. Very well : Join'd in commission with him ; but either
Conld he say less?
Com. I offer'd to awaken his regard
For his private friends : His answer to me was, When he sball come to his account, he knows of noisoine, musty chatt': He said 'twas folly,
not What I can urge against him. Altbongh it seems, And still to noise the offence.
For one poor grain or two, to leave unburut, And so he thinks, and is no less apparent To the vulgar eye, that he bears all things fairly, or two? I am one of those ; his mother, wife,'.
Men. For one poor grain And sbews good husbandry for the Volscian state ; His child, and this brave fellow too, we are the Fights dragon-like, and does achieve as soon As draw his sword; yet he hath left undone
grains : That which shall break his neck, or hazard mine, Wbene'er we come to our account.
• An eagle that preys on fish.
+ Helmet. • The chair of civil authority.
Not all in their full extent.
! Condescended unwillingly. • Pack, alluding to a pack of hounds.
larassed by exactions. 1. Memona).
You are the musty chaff; and you are smelt I G. Be it 80 ; go back : the virtne of your naine
Thy general is my lover :* I bave been
(of whom he's chief,) with all the size that More than the instant army we can make,
verity Migbt stop our countryman.
Would without lapsing suffer : nay, sometimes,
Like to a bowl upon a subtle 6 ground,
I have tumbled past the throw; and, in his
praise, Bru. Only make trial what your love can do Have almost stamp'd the leasing : || Therefore, For Rome towards Marcius.
I must have leave to pass.
1 G. 'Faith, Sir, if you had told as many lies Unbeard; what then
in his beball, as you have uttered words in your But as a discontented friend, grief-shoi
own, you should not pass here : no, though it With his unkindness ? Say't be so 3
were as virtuous to lie, as to live chastely. ThereSic. Yet your good will
fore, go back. Must have that thanks from Rome, after the mea
Men. Pr'ythee, fellow, remember my name sure,
is Menenius, always factionary on the party of As you intended well.
2 G. Howsoever you have been his liar, (as
would not speak with him till after dinner.
1 G. Then you should hate Rome, as he does. Than in our priest-like fasts : therefore I'll watch can you, when you have pushed out your gates
the very defender of them, and, in a violent po. Till he be dieted to my request,
pular ignorance, given your enemy your shield, And then I'll set upon him.
think to front his revenges with the easy groans Bru. You know the very road into his kindness, of old women, the virginal palms of your daughAnd cannot lose your way.
ters, or with the palsied intercession of such a Men. Good faith, I'll prove him,
decayed dotant as you seem to be 1 Can you fpeed how it will." I shall ere long have know- think to blow out the intended fire your city is ledge
ready to flame in, with such weak breath as this? of my success
"Exit. No, you are deceived ; therefore back to Rome, Com. He'll never hear him.
and prepare for your execution : you are con Sic. Not?
demned, our general bas sworn you out of reCom. I tell you ; he does sit in gold his eye
prieve and pardon. Red as 'twould burn Rome; and his injury
Men. Sirrah, if thy captain knew I were here, The jailer to his pity. I kneel'd before him ;
he would use me with estimation. 'Twas very faintly he said, Rise ; dismiss'd me
2 G. Come, my captain knows you not.
Men. I mean, thy general.
i G. My general cares not for you. Back, I Bound with an oath, to yield to his conditions :
say, go, lest I let forth your half pint of blood; so that all bope is vaiv,
--back,--that's the utmost of your having :Veless his noble mother, and his wife,
Men. Nay, but fellow, fellow,
Enter CORIOLANUS and AUFIDIUS.
Men. Now you companion, ** I'll say an er. SCENE II.-An advanced Post of the Vol. rand for you ; you shall know now that I am in scion Camp, before Rome. The Guard at estimation ; you shall perceive that a Jack tt their Stations.
guardant cannot office me from my son Corio.
lauus : guess, but by my entertainment with him, Enter to them, MBNENIUS.
if thou stand'st not i'the state of hanging, or of 1 G. Stay: Whence are you?
some death more long, in spectatorship, and 2 G. Stand, and go back.
crueller in suffering : behold now presently, and Men. You guard like men ; 'tis well: But, by swoon for what's to come upon thee.-The gloyour leave,
rious gods sit in hourly synod about thy particu. I am an officer of state, and come
lar prosperity, and love thee no worse than thy To speak with Coriolanus.
old father Menenius does! O my son! my son! 1 G. From whence?
thou art preparing fire for us; look thee, here's Mea. From Rome.
water to quench it. I was hardly moved to come 16. You may not pass, you must retorn : our to thee ; but being assured none but myself general
could move thee, I have been blown out of your will no more hear from thence.
gates with sighs : and conjure thee to pardon 26. You'll see your Rome embrac'd with fire, Rome, and thy petitionary countrymen. The before
good gods assuage thy wrath, and turn the dregs You'll speak with Coriolanus.
of it upon this varlet here; this, who, like a
block, hath denied my access to thee.
Dotard. • Fellow. ++ Jack in office.
Cor. Wife, mother, child, I know not. My In supplication nod: and my young boy affairs
Hath an aspect of intercession, which Are servanted to others : Though I owe
Great pature cries, Deny not.-Let the Volsces My revenge properly, my remission lies
Plough Rome and harrow Italy; I'll never In Volscian breasts. That we have been fa- Be such a gosling to obey instinct; but stand miliar,
As if a man were author of bimselt, Ingrate forgetfulness sball poison, rather
And knew no other kin. Than pity note how much.-Therefore, be gone. Vir. My lord and busband ! Mine ears against your suits are stronger, than Cor. These eyes are not the same I wore in Your gates against my force. Yet, for I lov'd
Vir. The sorrow, that delivers us thus chang'd Take this along : I writ it for thy sake,
Makes you think so.
(Gives a Letter. Cor. Like a dull actor now, And would have sent it. Another word, Me. I have forgot my part, and I am out, nenius,
Even to a full disgrace. Best of my flesh, I will not hear thee speak.This man, Aufidius, Forgive my tyranny ; bat do not say, Was my beloved in Rome : yet thou behold'st- For that, Forgive our Romans.-Oh, a kiss Auf. You keep a constant temper.
Long as my exile, sweet as my revenge ! (Exeunt Coriolanus and AUPID. Now by the jealous queen of heaven, that kiss I G. Now, Sir, is your name Menenius? I carried from thee, dear; and my true lip
2 G. 'Tis a spell, you see, of much power : Hath virgin'd it e'er since.-You gods! I prate, You know the way home again.
And the most noble mother of the world i G. Do you hear how we are shent + for keep- Leave unsaluted : Sink, my knee, i'the earth; ing your greatness back?
(Kneels. 2 G. What cause, do you think, I have to of thy deep duty more impression show swoon?
Than that of common sons. Men. I neither care for the world, nor yons Vol. Oh! stand up bless'd! general : for such things as you, I can scarce Whilst, with no softer cushion than the flint think there's any, you are so slight. He that I kneel before thee; and unproperly hath a will to die by himself, fears it not from Show duty, as mistaken all the while another. Let your general do his worst. For Between the child and parent. (Kneels. you, be that you are long; and your misery Cor. What is this? increase with your age! I say to you, as I was Your knees to me ? to your corrected son said to, Away!
(Erit. Then let the pebbles on the hungry beach IG. A noble fellow, I warrant him.
Fillip the stars; then let the mutinous winds 2 G. The worthy fellow is our general : He is Strike the proud cedars 'gainst the fiery sun; the rook, the oak not to be wind-sbaken.
Murd'ring impossibility, to make [Ereunt. What cannot be, slight work.
Vol. Thou art my warrior : SCENE III.-The Tent of CORIOLANUS. I holp to frame thee. Do you know this lady ?
Cor. The noble sister of Publicola, Enter CORIOLANUS, AUFIDios, and others.
The moon of Rome ; chaste as the icicle Cor. We will before the walls of Rome to. That's curded by the frost from purest snow, morrow
And hangs on Dian's temple : Dear Valeria! Set down our host. My partner in this action, Vol. This is a poor epitome of yours, You must report to the Volscian lords, how Which, by the interpretatiou of full time, I have borne this business.
(plainly | May show like all yourself. Auf. Only their ends
Cor. The god of soldiers, You have respected ; stopp'd your ears against With the consent of supreme Jove, inform The general suit of Ronie ; never admitted Thy thoughts with nobleuess; that thou may'st A private whisper, no, not with such friends
prove That thought them sure of you.
To shame unvulnerable, and stick i'the wars Cor. This last old man,
Like a great sea-mark, standing every flaw, t Whoin with a crack'd heart I have sent to Rome, And saving those that eye tbee ! Lov'd me above the measure of a father:
Vol. Your knee, Sirrah. Nay, godded me, indeed. Their latest refuge Cor. That's my brave boy. Was to send him : for whose old love I have Vol. Even he, your wife, this lady, and myself, (Though I show'd sourly to bim,) once more Are suitors to you. offer'd
Cor. I beseech you, peace : The first conditions, which they did refuse, Or, if you'd ask, remember this before : And cannot now accept, to grace him only, The things I have forsworn to grant, may never That thought he could do more ; a very little Be held by you denials. Do not bid me I have yielded too : Fresh embassies, and suits, Dismiss my soldiers, or capitulate Nor from the state, nor private friends, hereafter Again with Rome's mechanics : Tell me not Will I lend car to.-Ha i what shout is this? Wherein I seem unnatural : Desire not
(Shout within. To allay my rages and revenges, with Shall I be tempted to infringe my vow
Your colder reasons.
Vol. Oh! no more, no more!
You have said, you will not grant us any thing ; LUMNIA, leading young Marcius, VALERIA, which you deny already : Yet we will ask, and ATTENDANTS.
That, if you fail in our request, tbe blame My wife comes foremost; then the honour'a May hang upon your hardness: therefore hear us. mould
Cor. Aufidius, and you Volsces, mark; for Wherein this trunk was fram'd, and in lier hand
(quest ? The grand-child to her blood. But, out, affection: Hear nought from Rome in private.--Your reAll bond and privilege of nature, break!
Vol. Should we be silent and not speak, our Let it be virtuous to be obstinate.
rainent What is that curt'sy worth 1 or those doves' eyes, and state of bodies would bewray t what life Which can make gods forsworu 1-1 melt, and we have led since thy exile. Think with thyself, am not
How more unfortunate than all living women of stronger earth than others.--My mother bows; Are we come hitber; since that tby sight, which As if Olympus to a molebill should
should • Because Reprimanded. : Openly.