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If he were putting to my house the brand
You have brought
Say not we brought it.
But I fear
Enter a troop of Citizens. Men.
Here come the clusters.And is Aufidius with him ?-You are they That made the air unwholesome, when you cast Your stinking, greasy caps, in hooting at Coriolanus' exile. Now he's coming ; And not a hair upon a soldier's head, Which will not prove a whip; as many coxcombs, As you threw caps up, will he tumble down,
pay you for your voices. 'Tis no matter ; If he could burn us all into one coal, We have deserved it.
Cit. ?Faith, we hear fearful news. 1 Cit.
For mine own part, When I said banish him, I said 'twas pity.
2 Cit. And so did I.
3 Cit. And so did I; and, to say the truth, so did very many of us. That we did, we did for the best ; and
And pay you
1 “ As he went out with scoffs, he will come back with lamentations."
though we willingly consented to his banishment, yet it was against our will.
Com. You are goodly things, you voices !
You have made Good work, you and your cry!—Shall us to the
Capitol ? Com. O, ay; what else ? [Exeunt Com. and Men. Sic. Go, masters, get you home; be not dismayed : These are a side, that would be glad to have This true, which they so seem to fear. Go home, And show no sign of fear.
1 Cit. The gods be good to us! Come, masters, let's home. I ever said we were i’the wrong, when we banished him. 2 Cit. So did we all. But come, let's home.
[Exeunt Citizens. Bru. I do not like this news. Sic. Nor I. Bru. Let's to the Capitol.—'Would half my wealth Would buy this for a lie! Sic.
Pray, let us go. [Exeunt.
A Camp, at a small distance from
Enter AUFIDIUS and his Lieutenant. Auf. Do they still fly to the Roman ?
Lieu. I do not know what witchcraft's in him; but Your soldiers use him as the grace 'fore meat,
I cannot help it now;
In that's no changeling; and I must excuse
Yet I wish, sir,
Auf. I understand thee well; and be thou sure,
Lieu. Sir, I beseech you, think you he'll carry Rome?
Auf. All places yield to him ere he sits down;
First he was
1 The ospray was supposed to possess a fascinating power over fish.
2 Aufidius assigns three probable reasons for the miscarriage of Coriolanus; pride, which easily follows an uninterrupted train of success; unskilfulness to regulate the consequences of his own victories ; a stubborn uniformity of nature, which could not make the proper transition from the casque to the cushion, or chair of civil authority, but acted with the same despotism in peace as in war.
Even with the same austerity and garb
power, unto itself most commendable,
When, Caius, Rome is thine, Thou art poor'st of all; then shortly art thou mine.
1 But such is his merit as ought to choke the utterance of his faults. 2
So our virtue
To extol what it hath done." Thus the old copy. Well Steevens might exclaim that the passage and the comments upon it were equally intelligible. The whole speech is very incorrectly printed in the folio. Thus we have 'was for 'twas ; detect for defect'; virtue for virtues ; and, evidently, chair for hair. What is the meaning of
“ Hath not a tomb so evident as a chair ? A hair has some propriety, as used for a thing almost invisible. As in The Tempest:
not a hair perished.” I take the meaning of the passage to be, “So our virtues lie at the mercy of the time's interpretation; and power, which esteems itself while living so highly, hath not, when defunct, the least particle of praise allotted to it." -Singer.
“Rights by rights fouler, strengths by strengths do fail.” Malone reads founder, with a worthy but unsatisfactory argument in favor of his reading. Singer would read “Rights by rights foiled,” &c., an easy and obvious emendation. Steevens has given the following explanation of the passage:-“What is already right, and is received as Buch, becomes less clear when supported by supernumerary proof.”
SCENE I. Rome. A public Place.
Enter MENENIUS, COMINIUS, Sicinius, Brutus, and
Com. He would not seem to know me.
Do you hear ?
Men. Why, so; you have made good work;
Com. I minded him how royal 'twas to pardon
Com. I offered to awaken his regard
1 i. e. condescended unwillingly. 2 Harassed by exactions.
3 Memorial. 4 Bare may mean palpable, evident ; but perhaps we should read base.