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Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking
Sic. Let them assemble ;
we laboured (No impediment between) but that you must Cast your election on him.
Sic. Say you chose him More after our commandment, than as guided By your own true affections; and that, your minds Pre-occupied 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
Who, after great Hostilius, here was king.
Sic. One thus descended,
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 will be there before the stream o' the people; And this shall seem, as partly 't is, their own, Which we have goaded onward. [Exeunt.
How long continued and what stock he springs of, Sic
The noble house o'the Marcians; from whence
That Ancus Marcius (Numa's daughter's son)
SCENE I.-Rome. A Street.
Cor. What makes this change?
common? Bru. Cominius, no. Cor. Have I had children's voices? 1st Sen. Tribunes, give way: he shall to the
market-place. Bru. The people are incensed 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 ?
Cornets. Enter CORIOLANUS, MENenius, Co
MINIUS, Titus Lartius, Senators, and Patri-
Cor. So, then, the Volces stand but as at first; Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make road Upon us again.
Com. They are worn, lord consul, so
Cor. Saw you Aufidus ?
Lart. On safeguard he came to me; and did curse Against the Volces for they had so vilely Yielded the town. He is retired to Antium.
Cor. Spoke he of me?
Lart. How often he had met you, sword to sword:
Cor. At Antium lives he?
Cor. I wish I had a cause to seek him there, To oppose his hatred full.—Welcome home.
You being their mouths, why rule you not their
teeth? Have you not set them on?
Men. Be calm, be calm.
Cor. It is a purposed thing, and grows by plot, To curb the will of the nobility. Suffer it, and live with such as cannot rule, Nor ever will be ruled.
Bru. Call’t not a plot. The people cry, you mocked them; and of late, When corn was given them gratis, you repined: Scandalled the suppliants for the people: called
Cor. Why, this was known before.
Sic. You shew too much of that For which the people stir. If you will pass To where you are bound, you must inquire your way (Which you are out of) with a gentler spirit;
Enter Sicinius and Brutus. Behold: these are the tribunes of the people; The tongues o'the common mouth! I do des
Sic. Pass no further.
Or never be so noble as a consul,
Men. Let's be calm.
Cor. Tell me of corn!
Men. Not now, not now.
Cor. Now, as I live, I will. --My nobler friends,
Men. Well, no more.
Cor. How! no more?
Bru. You speak o' the people
Sic. 'T were well we let the people know't.
Sic. It is a mind
Cor. Shall remain !-
this Triton of the minnows? mark you His absolute " shall ?"
Com. "T was from the canon.
Shall !". O good, but most unwise patricians, why, You grave but reckless senators, have you thus Given Hydra here to choose an officer, That with his peremptory “shall,” being but The horn and noise o'the monsters, wants not spirit Το
say he'll turn your current in a ditch, And make your channel his? If he have power, Then vail your ignorance : if none, awake Your dangerous lenity. If you are learnéd,
Be not as common fools: if you are not,
ell: on to the market-place. Cor. Whoever gave that counsel to give forth The corn o'the storehouse gratis, as 't was used Sometime in Greece,
Men. Well, well, no more of that.
Bru. Why shall the people give One that speaks thus, their voice?
Cor. I'll give my reasons, More worthier than their voices. They know
the corn Was not our recompense; resting well assured They ne'er did service for 't. Being pressed to
Even when the navel of the state was touched, They would not thread the gates. This kind of
Men. Come, enough.
No; take more:
wisdom, Cannot conclude but by the yea and no
Of general ignorance,-it must omit
2nd Sen. Weapons, weapons, weapons ! Real necessities, and give way the while
[They all bustle about CORIOLANUS. To unstable slightness. Purpose so barred, it Tribunes,-patricians,-citizens !-what, ho! follows
Sicinius,-Brutus,Coriolanus,-citizens ! Nothing is done to purpose. Therefore, beseech Cit. Peace, peace, peace! stay, hold, peace! you,
Men. What is about to be?-I am out of breath: You that will be less fearful than discreet; Confusion 's near: I cannot speak.—You, tribunes That love the fundamental part of state
To the people,—Coriolanus, patience :-
Sic. Hear me, people :—Peace!
Cit. Let's hear our tribune.—Peace! Speak, That's sure of death without it,—at once pluck out
speak, speak! The multitudinous tongue; let them not lick Sic. You are at point to lose your
Men. Fie, fie, fie!
1st Sen. To unbuild the city, and to lay all fiat. Bru. He has said enough.
Sic. What is the city but the people ? Sic. He has spoken like a traitor, and shall Cit. True; the people are the city.
Bru. By the consent of all, we were established As traitors do.
The people's magistrates.
Cor. That is the way to lay the city flat ;
And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges,
Sic. This deserves death.
Or let us lose it.-We do here pronounce,
Upon the part o' the people, in whose power Sic. This a consul? no.
We were elected theirs, Marcius is worthy Bru. The ædiles, ho!--Let him be appre- Of present death. hended.
Sic. Therefore lay hold of him : Sic. Go, call the people : [Exit Brutus]-in Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence whose name, myself
Into destruction cast him. Attach thee, as a traitorous innovator;
Bru. Ædiles, seize him. A foe to the public weal. Obey, I charge thee, Cit. Yield, Marcius, yield. And follow to thine answer.
Men. Hear me one word: Cor. Hence, old goat!
Beseech you, tribunes, hear me but a word.
Æd. Peace, peace !
Men. Be that you seemn, truly your country's
friend, Cor. Hence, rotten thing, or I shall shake thy And temperately proceed to what you would bones
Thus violently redress. Out of thy garments !
Sir, those cold ways,
That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous
Where the disease is violent.-Lay hands upon Re-enter Brutus, with the Ædiles, and a rabble
him, of Citizens.
And bear him to the rock. Men. On both sides more respect.
Cor. No: I 'll die here. [Drawing his sword. Sic. Here's he that would take from you all There's some among you have beheld me fighting: your power.
Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen me. Bru. Seize him, ædiles.
Men. Down with that sword!--Tribunes, withCit. Down with him! down with him!
draw awhile. Several speak. Bru. Lay hands upon him.
Men. Help Marcius : help,
That would depopulate the city, and You that be noble: help him, young, and old ! Be
every man himself? Cit. Down with him, down with him!
Men. You worthy tribunes,[In this mutiny, the Tribunes, the Ædiles, Sic. He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian rock
and the people, are all beat in. With rigorous hands. He hath resisted law; Men. Go, get you to your house: be gone, away! And therefore law shall scorn him further trial All will be naught else.
Than the severity of the public power,
Which he so sets at nought.
1st Cit. He shall well know We have as many friends as enemies.
The noble tribunes are the people's mouths, Men. Shall it be put to that?
- And we their hands. 1st Sen. The gods forbid !
Cit. He shall, sure on't. [Several speak together.
Men. Do not cry “havock,” where you should You cannot tent yourself. Begone, 'beseech you.
but hunt Com. Come, sir, along with us.
With modest warrant.
Men. Hear me speak :-
So can I name his faults :-
Sic. Consul! what consul ? One time will owe another.
Men. The consul Coriolanus. Cor. On fair ground,
Bru. He a consul! I could beat forty of them.
Cit. No, no, no, no, no! Men. I could myself
Men. If, by the tribunes' leave, and yours, good Take up a brace of the best of them: yea, the
people, two tribunes.
I may be heard, I 'd crave a word or two; Com. But now 't is odds beyond arithmetic: The which shall turn you to no further harm And manhood is called foolery when it stands Than so much loss of time. Against a falling fabric.—Will you hence
Sic. Speak briefly, then; Before the tag return? whose rage doth rend For we are peremptory to despatch Like interrupted waters, and o'erbear
This viperous traitor. To eject him hence What they are used to bear.
Were but one danger; and to keep him here
Our certain death : therefore it is decreed
That our renownéd Rome, whose gratitude Com. Nay, come away.
Towards her deservéd children is enrolled [Exeunt CORIOLANUS, Cominius, and others. In Jove's own book, like an unnatural dam, 1st Pat. This man has marred his fortune. Should now eat up her own!
Men. His nature is too noble for the world : Sic. He's a disease that must be cut away.
What has he done to Rome that's worthy death? What his breast forges, that his tongue must vent: Killing our enemies? The blood he hath lost And being angry, does forget that ever
(Which I dare vouch is more than that he hath, He heard the name of death. [A noise within. By many an ounce) he dropped it for his country: Here 's goodly work!
And what is left, to lose it by his country, 2nd Pat. I would they were abed! Were to us all that do 't and suffer it Men. I would they were in Tyber!— What, A brand to the end o’the world. the vengeance,
Sic. This is clean kam. Could he not speak them fair ?
Bru. Merely awry.—When he did love his
country, Re-enter Brutus and Sicinius, with the rabble.
It honoured him. Sic. Where is this viper,
Men. The service of the foot,