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2 Sen.

So did we woo Have seal'd thy full desire. Transformed 'Timon to our city's love,


Then there's my glove; By humble message, and by promised means; Descend, and open your uncharged ports 1; We were not all kind, nor all deserve Those enemies of Timon's, and mine own, The common stroke of war.

Whom you yourselves shall set out for reproof, 1 Sen.

These walls of ours Fall, and no more: and, - to atone ý your fears Were not erected by their hands from whom With my more noble meaning, -not a man You have received your griefs; nor are they shall pass his quarter, or offend the stream such,

(should fall of regular justice in your city's bounds, That these great towers, trophies, and schools But shall be remedied, to your public laws For private laults in thein.

At heaviest answer. 2 Sen. Nor are they living Both.

'Tis most nobly spoken. Who were the motives that you first went out; Alcib. Descend, and keep your words. Shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess (The Senators descend, and open the Gates. Hath broke their hearts. March, noble lord,

Enter a Soldier. Into our city with thy banners spread:

Sold. My noble general, Timon is dead; By decimation, and a tithed death,

Entomb'd upon the very hem o'the sea : (If thy revenges hunger for that food, [tenth; And on his grave-stone this insculpture; which Which mature loaths,) take thon the destined With wax I bronght away, whose soft impres And by the hazard of the spotted die,

Interprets for my poor ignorance. (sion Let die the spotted.

Alcib. [Reads.) Here lies a wretched 1 Sen. All have not offended;

corse, of wretched soul bereft: For those that were, it is not squaret to take Seek not my name : A plague consume you On those that are revenges: crimes, like lands, wicked caitiffs left! Are not inherited. Then, dear countryman, Here lie I Timon; who, alive, all living Bring in thy ranks, but leave without thy rage : men did hate: Spare thy Athenian cradle, and those kin, Pass by, and curse thy fill; but pass, and Which, in the bluster of thy wrath, must fall stay not here thy gait. With those that have offended : like a shepherd, These well express in thee thy latter spirils: Approach the fold, and cull the infected forth, Thongh thou abhorr'dst in as our human griefs, But kill not altogether.

Scorn'dst our brain's flow ll, and those oor 2 Sen. What thou wilt,

droplets which Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile, From niggard nature fall, yet rich conceit Than hew to't with thy sword.

Taught thee to make vast Neptune weep for 1 Sen.

Set but thy foot aye Against our rampired gates, and they shall ope; On thy low grave, on faults forgiven. Dead So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before, Is noble Timon; of whose memory To say, thou'lt enter friendly.

Hereafter more.- Bring me into your city, 2 Sen.

Throw thy glove; And I will use the olive with my sword: Or any token of thy honour else,

Make war breed peace; make peace stints That thou wilt use the wars as thy redress,

war; make each And not as our confusion : all thy powers Prescribe to other, as each other's leech", Shall make their harbour in our town, till we Let our drums strike.


* i.e., By promising him a competent subsistence. † Not regular, not equitable. * Unattacked gates. Ø Reconcile. \ i.e., Our tears.

I Stop

** Physician.

The play of Tiron is a domestic tragedy, and therefore strongly fastens on the attention of the reader. In the plan there is not much art, but the incidents are natural, and the characters varions and exact. The catastrophe affords a very powerful warning against that ostentatious liberality, which scatters bounty, but confers no benefits, and buys Aaitery, but not friendship.

In this tragedy, are many passages perplexed, obscure, and probably corrupt, which I have engeavoured to rectify, or explain with due diligence; but having only one copy, cannot pro mise myself that my endeavours shall be much applauded.---JOHNSON


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Persons represented.
CAIUS MARCIUS CORIOLANUS, a noble | Two Volscian Guards.

VOLUMNIA, mother to Coriolanus.
Titus LARTIUS, generals against the Vol-
COMINIUS, } scians.

VIRGILIA, wife to Coriolanus.
MENENTUS AGRIPPA, friend to Coriolanus. VALERIA, Friend to Virgilia.
SICINIUS VELUTUS, tribunes of the peo-

Gentlewoman, attending Virgilia. JUNIUS BRUTUS, I ple.

Roman and Volscian Senators, Patricians, Young MARCIUS, son to Coriolanus.

Adiles, Lictors, Soldiers, Citizens, A Roman Herald.

Messengers, Servants to Aufidius, and TULLUS AUPIDIUS, general of the Vol. other Attendants.

scians. Lieutenant to Aufidius.

Scene,-partly in Rome; and partly in the Conspirators with Aufidius.

Territories of the Volscians and An.

tiates. A Citizen of Antium.

ACT 1.
SCENE I. Rome. A Street.

1 Cit. Very well; and could be content to Enter a Company of mutinous Citizens, with give him good report for't, but that he pays Staves, Clubs, and other Weapons.

himself with being proud.

2 Cit. Nay, but speak not maliciously, 1 Cit. Before we proceed any further, hear 1 Cit. I say unto you, what he hath done me speak.

famously, he did it to that end: though soft. Cit. Speak, speak.

conscienced men can be content to say, it was (Several speaking at once. for his country, he did it to please his mother, i Cit. You are all resolved rather to die and to be partly proud; which he is, even to than to famish ?

the altitude of his virtue. Cit. Resolved, resolved.

2 Cit. What he cannot help in his nature, 1 Cit. First you know, Caius Marcius is you account a vice in him: 'You must in no chief enemy to the people.

way say he is covetous. Cit. We know't, we know't.

1 Cit. If I must not, I need not be barren of 1 Cit. Let us kill him, and we'll have corn accusations; he hath faults, with surplus, to at our own price. Is't a verdict ?

tire in repetition. [Shouts within.) What Cit. No more talking on't; let it be done : shouts are these? The other side o'the city is away, away.

risen: Why stay we prating here? to the 2 Cit. One word, good citizens.

Capitol. 1 Cit. We are accounted poor citizens; the Cit. Come, come. patricians, good *: What authority surfeits on 1 Cit. Soft; who comes here? would relieve as; If they wonld yield us but

Enter MENENIUS AGRIPPA. the superfluity, while it were wholesome, we 2 Cit. Worthy Menenius Agrippa ; one that might guess, they relieved us humanely; but bath always loved the people. they think we are too dear : the leanness that I Cit. Ke's one honest enough; Would all affiicts us, the object of our misery, is as an in the rest were so ! ventory to particularize their abundance; our Men, What work ’s, my countrymen, in sufferance is a gain to them.-Let us hand? Where go you (vray you. this with our pikes, ere we become rakes+: for With bats and clubs? The matter? Speak, I the gods know, I speak this in hunger for 1 Cit. Our business is not unknown to the bread, not in thirst for revenge.

senate; they have had inkling, this fortnight, 2 Cit. Would you proceed especially against what we intend to do, which now we'll show Caius Marcias?

'em in deeds. They say, poor suitors have Cit. Against him first; he's a very dog to strong breaths; they shall know, we have "he commonalty.

strong arms too. 2 Cit. Consider you what services he has Men. Why, masters, my good friends, one for his country?

mine honest neighbours,

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Will you undo yourselves ?


What then i cit. We cannot, sir, we are ondone al- 'Fore me, this fellow speaks!—what then? ready?

what theu ?

(strain'd, Men. I tell you, friends, most charitable care 1 Cit. Should by the cormorant belly be le Have the patricians of yon. For your wants, Who is the sink o'che body, Your suffering in this dearth, you may as well Men.

Well, what then? Strike at the heaven with your staves, as lift i Cit. The former agents, if they did com. them

(on What could the belly answer? (plain, Against the Roman state; whose course will


I will tell you; The way it takes, cracking ten thousand curbs If you'll bestow a small (of what you have Of more strong link sonder, than can ever


(swer. Appear in your impediment: For the dearth, Patience, a while, you'll hear the belly's anThe gods, not the patricians, make it; ani I Cit. You are long about it. Your knees to them, not arms, must help. Min.

Note me this, good friend; Yon are transported by calamity (black, Your most grave belly was deliberate, Thither where more attends you; and you Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer'd: slander

(fath rs, True is it, my incorporute friends, quoth be, The helms o'the state, who care for you like Tnat I receive the general food at first, When you curse them as enemies.

Which you do live upon : and fit it is ; 1 Cit. Care for us!-True, indeed !-They Because I am the store-house, and the shop ne'er cared for us yet. Suffer us to famish, of the whole body: But if you do remember: and their store-house's crammed with grain; 1 send it througn the rivers of your blood, make edicts for usury, to support usarers: re. Even to the court, the heart, -to the seat peal daily any wholesome art established o'the brain ; against the rich; and provide more piercing And, through the cranks || and offices of man, statutes daily, to chain up and restrain the The strongest nerves, and small inferior poor. If the wars eat us pot up, they will; veins, and there's all the love they bear us.

From me receive that natural competency Men. Either you must

Whereby they live : And though that all at Confess yourselves wondrous malicious,


(mark nje, Or be accused of folly. I shall tell you You, my good friends, (this says the belly,) A pretty tale; it may be, you have heard it; 1 Cit. Ay, sir; well, well. But, since it serves iny purpose, I will venture


Though all at once cannot To scale't * a little more.

See what I do deliver out to each; i Cit. We!l, I'll hear it, sir: yet you must Yet I can make my audit up, that all not think to fob off our disyrace with a tale: From me do baci receive the flour of all, but, an't please you, deliver.

And leave me but the bran.

What say yon Men. There was a time, when all the body's to't? members

1 Cit. It was an answer: How apply you Rebell’d against the belly; thus accused it :- Men. The senators of Rome are this good That only like a guif it did remain

belly, l' the midst o'the body, idle and inactive, And you the mutinous members : For examine Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing Their counsels, and their cares; digest things Like labour with the rest; where the other in- rightly,

(find, struments

Touching the weal o'the common; you shall Did see, and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel, No public benefit which you receive, Aud, mutually participate, did minister But it proceeds, or comes, from them to you, Unto the appetite and affection common And no way from yourselves. What do you of the whole body. The belly answered, - You the great toe of this assembly? (thiok?

! Cit. Well, sir, what answer made the belly? i Cit. I the great toe? Why the great foe? Men. Sir, I shall tell you.-With a kind of Men. For that being one o'the lowest, smile, [thus, basest, poorest,

(most : Which ne'er came from the Inngs, but even of this most wise rebellion, thou go'st fore. (L'or, look yoll, I may make the belly smile Thou rascal, that art worst in blood, to run As well as speak,) it tannringly replied (parts Lead'st first to win some vantage.-To the discontented members, the mitinuus But make you ready your stiff bats and clubs; That envied his receipt; even so most fitly ý Rome and her rats are at the point of battle, As you malign our senators, for tbat

The one side must have bale 1. Hail, poble They are not such as you.

Marcius! 1 Cit. Your belly's answer: What!

Enter CAIUS MARCIUS. The kingly-crowned head, the vigilant eye,

Mar. Thanks.- What's the matter, you disa The counsellor heart, the arm our soldier,

Sentivus rogues,
Our steed the leg, the tongne our trumpeter, That rubbing the poor itch of your opinion,
With other inuniments and petty helps Make yourselves scabs?
In this our fabric, if that they-

i Cit. We have ever your good word.
• Spread it.
+ Hardship.

| Whereas.
5 Exactly.
| Windings.


(this? Mar. He that will give good words to thee Men.

What is granted them? will fatter

[you curs, Mur. Five tribunes to defend their vulgar Beneath abhorring.-What would you have, wisdoms, That like nor peace, nor war? the one atfrights of their own choice : One's Junius Brutus, you,

(you, Sicinius Velutus, and I know not--'Sdeath! The other makes you proud. He that trusts The rab le should have first unroof'd the city, Where he should find you lions, finds you Ere so prevail'd with me : it will in time hares;

Win upon power, and throw forth greater Where foxes, geese : You are no surer, no,

For insurrection's arguing II.

(themes Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,


This is strange. Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is, Mur. Go, get you home, you fragments ! To make him worthy, whose offence subdues

Enter a Messenger. him,

(greatness, Mes. Where's Caius Marcius? And curse that justice did it. Who deserves Mar.

Here: What's the matter Deserves your hate: and your affections are Mes. The news is, sir, the Volces are in arına. A sick man's appetite, who desires most that Mar. I am glad on't; then we shall have Which would increase his evil. He that de

means to vent pends

Our musty superfluity :-See, our best elders. Upon your favours, swims with fins of lead, Enter COMINIUS,Tirus LARTIUS, and other And hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye ! Senators; JUNIUS BRUTUS, and SICINIUE Trust ye?

VELUTUS. With every minute you do change a mind; 1 Sen. Marcius, 'tis true that you have lately And call him noble, that was now your hate, The Volces are in arms.

(told us ; Him vile, that was your garland. What's the Mar.

They have a leader, matter,

Tnllug Aufidins, that will put you to't.
That in tiese several places of the city I sin in envying his nobility:
You cry against the noble senate, who, And were I any thing but what I am
Under the gods, keep you in awe, which else I wonld wish me only he.
Would feed on one another? What's their Com.

Yon have fought together. seeking?

(they say, Mar. Were half to halt the world by the Men, For corn at their own rates; whereof,

ears, and he The city is well stored.

Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make

Hang 'em! they say? vply my wars with bim : he is a lion
They'll sit by the fire, and presume to know That I am proud to hunt.
What's done i'the Capitol : who's like to rise, i Sen.

Then, worthy Marcius, Who thrives, and who declines : side factions,' Attend upon Cominius to these wars. and yive out

Com. It is your former promise. Conjectaral marriages; making parties strong, Mar.

Sir, it is ; And feebling such as stanıt not in their liking,' And I am constant - Titus Larsius, thon Below their cobbled shoes. They say, there's Shalt see me once more strike at Tullus' face: grain enough?

What, art ihon stiff? standi'st out? Would the nobility lay aside their ruth *,


No, Caius Marcius; And let me use my sword, I'd make a quarry, I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the With thousands of these quarter'd slaves, as Ere stay behind this business. (other, As I could pick i ny lance.

[high Men.

(), true breri! Mer. Nay, these are almost thoroughly 1 Sen. Your company to the Capitol ; where, persuaded ;

Our greatest friends attend us. (I know, For though abundantly ikey lack discrction, Tit.

Lead you on : Yet are they passing cowardly. But I beseech Follow, Cominius; we must follow yon; What says the other troop?

(you, Right worthy you priority 1. Mar. They are dissolved : Hang 'em Cum.

Noble Lartins ! They said, they were an hungry; sigh'd forth 1 Sen. Hence! To your homes, be gone. proverbs ;(must eat;

[T'u the Citizens. That funger broke stone walls; that dogs M[ur.

Nay, let them follow : That meat was made for mouths; that the gods | The Voices have much corn; take these rats sent not


(neers, Corn for the rich men only :-With these shreds To gnaw their garners ** :-Worshipfui mutiThey vented their complainings; whicis being Your valour puts # well forth : pray, follow. answer'd,

[Exeuni Senators, Com. MAR. Int. and And a petition granted them, a strange one,

MENEN. Citizens steal away. (To break the heart of generosity, their caps Sic. Was ever man so prond as is this And make bold power look pale,) they threw Bru. He has no equal.

(Marcius? As they would hang them on the horns o’the Sic. When we were chosen tribunes for the Shooting their emulation ý.

(moon, Bru. Mark'd you bis lip, and eyes? (people • Pity, compassion. + Heap of dead.

1 Pitch.

Faction. | For insurgents to debate upon.

Right worthy of precedence. ** Granaries.

# Shows itself.


Nay, but his taunts. It seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery Bru. Being moved, he will not spare to We shall be shorten'd in our aim ; which was gird' the gods.

To take ing many towns. ere, almost, Rome Sic. Be-mock the modest moon.

Should know we were afoot. Bru. The present wars devour him : he is 2 Sen.

Noble Anfidias, Tou proud to be so valiant.

(grown Take your commission; hie you to your bands: Sic.

Such a nature, Let us alone to guard Corioli: Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow If they set down before us, for the remove Which he treads on at noon : But I do wonder Bring up your army; but, I think, you'll find His insolence can brook to be commanded They have not prepared for us. Under Cominius.


0, doubt not that ; Bru. Fame, at the which be aims,- I speak from certainties. Nay, more. In whoin already he is well graced,-cannot Some parcels of their powers are torth already, Better be held, nor more attain'd, than by And only hitherward. I leave your honoors. A place below the first : for what miscarries If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet, Shall be the general's fault, though he perform Tis sworn between us, we shall never strike To the utniost of a man ; and giddy censure

Till one can do no more. Will then cry ont of Marcias, 0, if he


The gods assist you! Had borne the business!

Auf. And keep your honours safe!
Besides, if things go well, 1 Sen.

Farewell. Opinion, that so sticks on Marcius, shall 2 Sen.

Farewell. Of his demerits trob Coninius.

All. Farewell.

(Exeunt. Bru.

Come : Half all Cominjus' honours are to Marcius,

SCENE III. An Apartment in Marcius'

House. Though Marcins earn'd them not; and all his faults

Enter VOLUMNIA and VIRGILIA: They sit To Marcius shall be honours, though, indeed,

down on two low stuols, and sew. In agght he merit not.

Vol. I pray you, danghter, sing; or express Sic.

Let's hence, and hear yourself in a more comfortable sort: If my son How the despatch fs made; and in what were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in More than in singularity, he goes [fashion, that absence wherein he won honour, than in the Upon his present action.

embracements of his bed, where he would show Bru,

Let's along most love. When yet he was but tender-bodied,

(Ereunt. and the only son of my womb; when yonth with SCENE II. Corioli. The Senate House.

comeliness placked all gaze his wayll; wher,

for a day of kings' entreaties, a mother shonla Enter Tullus Aufidius, and certain Se- not sell him an hour from her beholding; 1,nators.

considering how honour would become such a 1 Sen. So, your opinion is, Aufidius, person; that it was no better than picture like That they of Romc are enter'd in our counsels, fio hang by the wall, if renownmade it not stir, And know how we proceed.

was pleased to let him seek danger where he Auf:

Is it not yours? was like to find fame. To a cruel war I sent What ever hath been thought on in this state, him; from whence he refurred, his brows That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome bound with oak. I tell thee, daughter,-Isprang Had circumvention I! 'Tis not four days gone, not more in joy at first hearing he was a man Since I heard thence ; these are the words : 1 child, than now in first seeing he had proved think

himself a man. I have the letter liere ; yes, here it is : [Rends. Vir. Bnt bad he died in the business, nadam, They have press'd a power, but it is not how then? known

(great ; Vol. Then his good report should have been Whether for east, or west : the dearth is my son; I therein would have fonnd issue. The people mutinous : and it is rumourd, Hear me profess sincerely : Had I a dozen sons, Cominius, Marcius, your old enemy,

-each in my love alike, and none less dear than (Who is of Rome :worse hated than of you,) thine and my good Marcins,-) had rather had And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman, eleven die nobly for their country, than one ve These three lead on this preparation luptuously surfeit out of action. Whither 'tis bent : most likely, 'tis for you :

Enter a Gentlewoman. Consider of it.

Gent. Madam, tbe lady Valeria is come to 1 Sen. Our army's in the field :

(myself. We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready Vir. 'Beseech you, give me leave to retire $ To answer us.

Vol. Indeed, you shall not. Auf.

Nor did you think it folly, Methinks, I hear hither your husband's dram' To keep your great pretences veild, till when See him pluck Aufidius down by the hair; They needs must show themselves; wbich iu As children from a bear, the Volces sbapnins the hatching,

him : • Speer.

+ Demerits and merits had anciently the same meaning. Pressccupation. To subdue. || Attracted attention.


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