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That would not thread! the gates : this kind of Cor. Hence, old goat! service

Sen. & Pat. We'll surety him. Did not deserve corn gratis : being i’ the war, Com.

Aged sir, hands off. Their mutinies and revolts, wherein they show'd Cor. Hence, rotten thing, or I shall shake thy Most valour, spoke not for them: The accusation

bones Which they have often made against the senate, Out of thy garments.' All cause unborn, could nover be the native?


Help, ye citizens. of our so frank donation. Well, what then ?

Re-enter BRUTUS, with the Ædiles, and a Rabble of How shall this bosom multiplied digest

The senate's courtesy? Let deeds express
What's like to be their words :-We did request it;

Men, On both sides more respect.

Sic. We are the greater poll, and in true fear

Here's he, that would They gafe us our demands :—Thus we debase

Take from you all your power.

Bru, The nature of our seats, and make the rabble

Seize him, Ædiles. Call our cares, fears: which will in time break ope

Cit. Down with him, down with him! The locks o’the senate, and bring in the crows

(Several speak. To peck the eagles.

2 Sen.

Weapons, weapons, weapons ! Men. Come, enough.

[They all bustle about CORIOLANUS. Bru. Enough, with over measure.

Tribunes, patricians, citizens !—what ho !Cor.

No, take more :

Sicinius, Brutus, Coriolanus, citizens ! What may be sworn by, both divine and human,

Cit. Peace, peace, peace; stay, hold, peace! Seal what I end withal!"_This double worship,

Men. What is about io be?-I am out of breath; Where one part does disdain with cause, the other Confusions's near: I cannot speak ;--You, tri

bunes Insult without all reason; where gentry, title, wisdom

To the people,-Coriolanus, patience :Cannot conclude, but by the yea and no

Speak, good Śicinius.

Sic. Of general ignorance, -it must omit

Hear me, people ;-Peace. Real necessities, and give way the while

Cit. Let's hear our tribune :-Peace. Speak, To unstable slightness: purpose so barr’d, it fol

speak, speak. lows,

Sic. You are at point to lose your liberties, Nothing is done to purpose : Therefore, beseech Marcius would have all from you ; Marcius,

Whom late you have nam'd for consul. you, You that will be less fearful than discreet;


Fye, fye, fye! That love the fundamental part of state,

This is the way to kindle, not to quench. More than you doubts the change of’t ; that pre

1 Sen. To unbuild the city, and to lay all flat.

Sic. What is the city, but the people? fer A noble life before a long, and wish


True, To jump a body with a dangerous physic

The people are the city. That's sure of death without it, -at once pluck out

Bri. By the consent of all, we were establish'd The multitudinous tongue, let them not lick

The people's magistrates.

Cii. The sweet which is their poison: your dishonour

You so romain.

Men, And so are like to do.
Mangles true judgment, and bereaves the state
Or that integrity which should become it ;'

Cor. That is the way to lay the city flat ,
Not having the power to do the good it would,

To bring the roof to the foundation ; For the ill which doth control it.

And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges, Bru.

He has said enough.

In heaps and piles of ruin.

This deserves death. Sic. He has spoken like a traitor, and shall an

Bru. Or let us stand to our authority,

Or let us lose it :-We do here pronounce,
As traitors do.
Cor. Thou wretch! despite o'erwhelm thee!-

Upon the part o'the people, in whose power What should the people do with these bald tri- We were elected theirs, Március is worthy bunes ?

Of present death.

Sic. On whom depending, their obedience fails

Therefore, lay hold of him; To the greater bench: In a rebellion,

Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence

Into destruction cast him. When what's not meet, but what must be was law,

Bru. Then were they chosen: in a better hour,

Ædiles, seize him. Let what is meet, be said it must be meet,

Cit. Yield, Marcius, yield. And throw their power i' the dust.


Hear me one word. Bru. Manifest treason.

Beseech you, tribunes, hear me but a word.
This a consul? no.

Adi. Peace, peace.
Bru, The Ædiles, ho! -Let him be appre-

Men. Be that you seem, truly your country's hended.

friend, Sic. Go, call the people ; (Exit BRUTUS.) in

And temperately proceed to what you would whose name, myself

Thus violently redress.

Bru. Attach thee, as a traitorous innovator,

Sir, those cold ways A foe to the public weal: Obey, I charge thee,

That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous And follow to thine answer.

Where the disease is violent :-Lay hands upon him,

And bear him to the rock. 1 To thread the gates is to pass through them. So in If we looke for good successe in our cure by ministerKing Lear :-' Threading dark-eyed night.'

ing hellebore, &c. for certainly it puueth the patient to a 2 Native, if it be not a corruption of the text, must be jumpe or greate hazard. put for nutire cause, the prolucer or bringer forth. 7Mangles true judgment, and bereaves the state Mason's proposed emendation of motire would be very Of that integrity which should become it." plausible, were it not that the poet seems to have intend. Judgment is the faculty by which right is distinguishea ed a kind of antithesis betweeli cause unborn and native from wrong. Integrity is in this place soundness, uni

formity, consistency. 3. This bosom multiplied,' is this multitudinous bo 8 • Let it be said by you that what is meet to be done, som, the bosom ofthat many-headed monster the people. I must be meet, i. e. shuill be done and put an end at once

4 'No, let me add this further, and may every thing to the tribunisian power, whieh was established when divine and human that can give force to an oath, bear irresistible vivlence, not a regard w propriety, directed witness to the truth of what I shall conclude with.' the legislature.' á To doubt is to fear.

here's a stay, 6 To jump a body is apparently 'to risk or hazard a That shakes the rotten carcase of old deach body.' So in Holland's Pliny, 6. xxv. ch. v. p. 219, Out of his rugs!!

King John



Cor. No; I'll die here

Than the severity of the public power,

(Drawing his Sword. Which he so sets at nought. There's some among you have beheld me fighting; 1 Cit.

He shall well know, Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen me. The noble tribunes are the people's mouths, Men. Down with that sword ;-Tribunes, with And we their hands draw awhile.


He shall, sure on't.: Bru. Lay hands upon him.

(Several speak together Men. Help, help, Marcius! help,

Men. Sir, You that be noble; help him, young, and old ! Sic. Peace. Cit. Down with him, down with him!

Men. Do not cry, havoc, 4 where you should but (In this Mutiny, the Tribunes, the Ædiles,

hunt and the People, are all beat in. With modest warrant. Men. Go, get you to your house ; be gone away,


Sir, how comes it, that you All will be naught else.

Have holp to make this rescue ?
2 Sen.
Get you gone.

Hear me speak. Cor.

Stand fast ; As I do know the consul's worthiness, We have as many friends as enemies.

So can I name his faults. Men. Shall it be put to that ?


Consul !-what consul? Sen.

The gods forbid ! Men. The consul Coriolanus. I prythee, noble friend, home to thy house;


He a consul! Leave us to cure this cause.

Cit. No, no, no, no, no. Men.

For 'uis a sore upon us, Men. If, by the tribunes' leave, and yours, good You cannot tent yourself: Begone, 'beseech you.

people, Com. Come, sir, along with us.


may he heard, I'd crave a word or two; Cor. I would they were barbarians (as they are, The which shall turn you to no further harm, Though in Rome litter'd,) not Romans, (as they are Than so much loss of time. not,


Speak briefly, then, Though calv'd i' the porch o' the Capitol,). For we are peremptory, to despatch Men.

Be gone; This viperous traitor: to eject him hence, Put not your worthy rage into your tongue ; Were but one danger; and, to keep him here, One time will owe another.'

Our certain death; therefore it is decreed, Cor.

On fair ground,

He dies to-night. I could beat forty of them.


Now, the good gods forbid, Men,

I could myself That our renowned Rome, whose gratitude Take up a brace of the best of them; yea, the two Towards her deserved children is enrollid tribunes.

In Jove's own book, like an unnatural dam Cum. But now 'uis odds beyond arithmetic; Should now eat up her own! And manhood is callid foolery, when it stands Sic. He's a disease, that must be cut away. Against a falling fabric. Will you hence,

Men. O, he's a limb, that has but a disease ; Before the tag? return? whose rage doth rend Mortal, to cut it off; to cure it, easy. Like interrupted waters, and o'erboar

What has he done to Rome, that's worthy death? What they are used to bear.

Killing our enemies? The blood he hath lost, Men.

Pray you, begone : (Which, I dare vouch, is more than that he hath, I'll try whether my old wit be in request

By many an ounce,) he dropp'd it for his country: With those that have but little ; this must be patch'd And, what is left, to lose it by his country, With cloth of any colour.

Were to us all, that do't, and suffer it, Com.

Nay, come away. A brand to the end o' the world. (Exeunt Cor. Com, and others. Sic.

This is clean kam.' 1 Pat. This man has marr'd his fortune.

Bru. Merely: awry: when he did love his counMen. His nature is too noble for the world : He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, It honour'd him. Or Jove for his power io thunder. His heart's his Men.

The service of the foot

Being once gangren'd, is not then respected
What his breast' forges, that his tongue must vent ; For what before it was?
And, being angry, does forget that ever


We'll hear no more :He heard the name of death. [A noise within. Pursue him to his house, and pluck him thence; Here's goodly work!

Lest his infection, being of catching nature, 2 Pal.

I would they were a-bed! Spread further. Men. I would they were in Tyber !-What, the Men.

One word more, one word. vengeance,

This tiger-footed rage, when it shall find Could he not speak them fair ?

The harm of unscann'd swiftness, will, too late, Re-enter Brutus and SICINIUS, with the Rabble. Tie leaden pounds to his heels. Proceed by pro Sic. Where is this viper,

cess; That would depopulate the city, and

Lest parties (as he is belov'd) break out,
Be every man himself?

And sack great Rome with Romans.
You worthy tribunes,

Bru. If it were so, —
Sic. He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian rock Have we not had a taste of his obedience ?


What do
With rigorous hands; he hath resisted law,
And therefore law shall scorn him further trial

Our Ædiles smote? ourselves resisted ?--Come :1. One time will owe another. I think Menenius to dye therfore, and the remenuant to be emprysoned means to say, "Another time will offer when you may and their bodies to be punyshed at the kinges wyll.' be quits with them. There is a common proverbial 5 The which shall turn you to no further harm. phrase, “One good turn deserves another.'

This singular expression,occurs again in The Tem 2 The lowest of the populace, tag, rag, and bobtail, pest :3 We should probably read :-

my heart bleeds He shall, be sure on't.'

To think o' the teen that I have turn'd you to. 4 This signal for general slaughter was not to be 6 Deserved for deserring; as delighted for delightpronounced with impunity, but by authority : Item que ing in Othello, and other similar changes of termina nul soit si hardy de crier harok, sur peine d'avoir la tion in words of like ending. test coupe.- Ordinances des Battles, 9 R. ii. Art. 10. 7 Kam is crooked. · Clean contrarie, quite kamme, Again, in the Statutes and Ordynaunces of Warre, print a contrepoil,' says Cotgrave : and the same worthy lex ed by Pynson, 1513:-- That no man be so hardy to cry icographer explains “a revers, cross, cleune kamme. havoke, upon payne of him that is so lounde begynner, 8 i. e. absolutely.


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you there:

Mon. Consider thts ;-Ho has been bred i' the Enter MENENIDs, and Senators. Since he could draw a sword, and is ill school'd

Men. Come, come, you nave been too rough :

Something too rough; In boulted language ; meal and bran together

You must return, and mend it. He throws without distinction. Give me leave,

1 Sen,

There's no romedy i I'll go to him, and undertake to bring him Where he shall answer, by a lawful form,

Unless, by not so doing, our good city

Cleave in the midst, and perish. (In peace,) to his utmost peril.

Noble tribunes,

Pray be counsell'd:

I have a heart as little apt as yours, It is the humane way: the other course

But yel a brain, that leads my use of anger, Will prove too bloody; and the end of it

To better vantage. Unknown to the beginning.


Well said, noble woman : Sic.

Noble Menenius,

Before he should thus stoop to the herd, but that Be you then as the people's officer :

The violent fit o' the time craves it as physic Masters, lay down your weapons.

For the whole state, I would put mine armour on, Bru.

Go not home.

Which I can scarcely bear.
Sic. Meet on the market-place :-We'll attend

Cor. What must I do?

Return to the tribunas. Where, if you bring not Marcius, we'll proceed Cor.

Woll, In our first way.

What then? what then ?
I'll bring him to you:

Let me desire your company.

Repent what you have spoke (To the Senators.)

Cor. For them I cannot do it to the godo; He must come,

Must I then do't to them? Or what is worse will follow.


You are too absoluto 1 Sen.

Pray you, let's to him. Though therein you can never be too noble,


But when extremities speak. I have heard you may, SCENE II. A Room in Coriolanus's House.

Honour and policy, like unsever'd friends,
Enter CORIOLANUS, and Patricians. l' the war do grow together : Grant that, and tell

me, Cor. Let them pull all about mine ears; present in peace, what each of them by the other loso,

That they combine not there. oath on the wheel, or at wild horses' heels ;'


Tush, tush! Or pile ten hills on the Tarpeian rock,


A good demand. That the precipitation mighi down stretch

Vol. If it be honoar, in your wars, to seem Below the beam of sight, yet will I still

The same you are not, (which, for your best endo, Be thus to them.

You adopt your policy,) how is it less, or worso, Enter VOLUMNIA.

That it shall hold coinpanionship in peace

With honour, as in war ; since that io both 1 Palo You do the nobler.

It stands in like request ? Cor. I muse, my mother


Why force' you this ? Does not approve me further, who was wont

Vol. Because that now it lies you on to speak To call them woollen vassals, things created

To the people ; not by your own instruction, To buy and sell with groats ; lo show bare heads Nor by the matter which your heart prompto you to In congregations, to yawn, be still, and wonder, But with such words that are but roted in When one but of my ordinance stood up To speak of peace, or war. I talk of you;

Your tongue, though but bastards, and syllables

Of no allowance, to your bosom's

,170 VOLUMNIA. Now, this no more dishoudars you at all,
Why did you wish me milder? Would you have me Than to take in" a town with gentle words,
False to my nature ? Rather say, I play Which else would put you to your fortune, and
The man I am.

The hazard of much blood.
O, sir, sir, sir,

I would dissemble with my nature, where
I would have had you put your power well ong My fortunes, and my friends, at stake, requir'd,
Before you had worn it out.

I should do so in honour : I am in this, Cor. Vd. You might have been enough the man you are, And you will rather show our general lowts!.

Your wife, your son, these senators, the noblos ; With striving less to be so : Lesser had been

How you can frown, than spend a fawn upon them The thwartings of your dispositions, if

For the inheritance of their loves, and safoguard You had not show'd them how you were dispos'd

of what that want's might ruin. Ere they lack'd power to cross you.


Noble lady! Cor.

Let them hang. Come, go with us; speak fair : you may salvo so, Vol. Ay, and burn too.

Not's what is dangerous present, but the loss

Of what is past 1 Breaking a criminal on the wheel was a punish Vol.

I pr’ythee now, my, son, ment unknown to the Romans; and, except in the sin. Go to them, with this boonet in thy hand; gle instance of Metius Suffetius, according to Livy, dismemberment by being torn to death by wild horsos never wok place to Romo. Shakspeare attributes to them the old reading, and Sleevons says that we shwuld perhaps cruel punishments of a later ago.

road : 2 I muse, that is, I wonder.

"Nor by the matter which your heart prompts in you 3 Ordinance is here used for runk.

Without some additional syllable the line, as it stands 4 The old copy reads things of your disposition.' in the first folio, is defective. The emendation is Theobald's.

9 The old copy reads roated. Mr. Boswell says, per. 5 Old copy, stoop to the heart." Theobald made the haps it should be rooted: we have no example of roled sorrection. Herd being anciently heard, the error easily for got by role, but it is much in Shakspeare's manner crepe in. Coriolanus thus describes the people in an- of forming expressions. other passage :

10 i. e. of no approbation. Allowance has no connecYou shames of Rome, you herd of - . Lion with the subsequent words, 'to your bosom's truth. 6. Except in cases of extreme necessity, when your The construction is though but bastards to your boresolute and noble spirit, however commendable at som's truth, not the lauful issue of your heart. The other times, ought to yield to the occasion.

words and syllables of no allowance,' are put in oppo. 7.Why 'urge you this? So in King Henry VIII. : sition with bastards, and are as it were parenthetical, If you will now unite in your complaints,

11 See Act i. Sc. 2. And force them with a constancy'

12 Common clowns. & The word to, which is wanting in the first folio, 13 i. e. the want of their loves. was supplied in the second. Malone contends for the 14 Not seems here to signify not only,

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And thus far having stretch'd it (here: be with Who bow'd but in my surrup, bend like his them,)

That hath receiv'd an alms - I will not do't: Thy knee bussing the stones (for in such business Lest I surcease to honour inine own truth, Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant And, by my body's action, teach my mind More learned than the ears,) waving thy head, A most inherent baseness. Which often, thus, correcting thy stout heart," Vol.

At thy choice then: Now humble, as the ripest mulberry,

To beg of thee, it is my more dishonour That will not hold the handling : Or, say to them, Than ihou of them. Come all to ruin : let Thou art their soldier, and being bred in broils, Thy mother rather feel thy pride, than fear Hast not the soft way, which, ihou dost confess, Thy dangerous stoutness; '' for I mock at death Were fit for thee to use, as they to claim,

With as big heart as thou. Do as thou list. In asking their good loves; but thou wilt frame Thy valianiness was mine, thou suck’dst it from me ; Thyself, forsooth, hereafier theirs, so far

But owe!! tby pride thyself. As thou hast power, and person.


Pray, be content; Men.

This but done, Mother, I am going to the market-place; Even as she speaks, why, their hearts were yours: Chide me no more. I'll mountebank their loves, For they have pardons, being ask'd, as free Cog their hearts from them, and come home beloy'd As words to little purpose.

or all the trades in Rome. Look, I am going : Vd.

Pr'ythee now,

Commend me to my wife. I'll return consul; Go, and be ruld: although, I know, thou hadst Or never trust to what my tongue can do rather

l' the way of flattery, further. Follow thine enemy in a fiery gull,


Do your will. (Exit Than flatter him in a bower. Here is Cominius. Com. Away, the tribunes do attend you : arm Enter Cominius.


To answer mildly; for they are prepar'd Com. I have been i' the market-place : and, sir, With accusations, as I hear, more sirong 'tis fit

Than are upon you yet: You make strong party, or defend yourself

Cor. The word is, mildly :--Pray, you, let us go, By calmness, or by absence; all's in anger. Let them accuse me by invention, 1 Men. Only fair speech.

Will answer in mine honour,

I think, 'twill serve,
if he

Ay, but mildly. Can thereto frame his spirit.

Cor. Well, mildly be it, then; mildly. (Exeuni. Vol.

He must, and will:

SCENE III. The same. The Forum. Enter Pr'yclee, now, say, you will, and go about it.

Cor. Must I go show them my unbarb’d* sconce ?
Must I

Bru. In this point charge him home, that he affects With my base tongue, give to my noble heart

Tyrannical power: If he evade us there,

Enforce him with his envy'' to the people ; A lie, that it must bear? Well

, I will do't: Yet were there but this single plot to lose,

And that the spoil, got on the Antiates,

Was rre'er distributed.
This mould of Marcius, they to dust should grind it,
And throw it against the wind-To the market-

Enter an Ædile.

What, will he come ? You have put me now to such a part, which


He's coming.

How accompanied ? I shall discharge to the life.

Æd. With old Menenius, and those senators Com.

Come, come, we'll prompt you. That always favoured him. Vol. I priylhee now, sweet son; as thou hast said,

Have you a cataloguo My praises made thee first a soldier, so,

Of all the voices that we have procur’d, To have my praise for this, perform a part

Set down by the poll ? Thou hast not done before.


I have; 'tis ready. Cor.

Well, I must do't: Sic. Have you collected them by tribes ? Away, my disposition, and possess me


I ha ve. Some harlot's spirit! My throat of war be turn'd, Sic. Assemble presently the people hither . Which quired' with my drum, into a pipe

And when they hear me say, it shall be so Small as an eunuch, or the virgin voice

r the right and strength o' the commons, be it either That babies lulls asleep! The smiles of knaves

For death, for fine, or banishment, then let them, Tone in my cheeks; and schoolboys' tears take up If I say, fine, cry fine; if death, cry death; The glasses of my sight! A beggar's tongue Insisting on the old prerogative Make motion through my lips ; and my arm'd knees, And power, i' the truth of the cause.


I shall inform thom. It is probably from want of a more complete ac. quaintance with the rules of grammar which guided our Chaucer, Troilus and Cressida, II. v. 110, Pandarus ancestors, that the use they made of the pronouns ap says to Cressida :pears to ung anomalous. Which here, as Malone ob. Do way your barbe and show your face bare.' serves, is to be understood as if the poet had wriuen. It Where Speghe explains barbe a mask or visard; Mr.

flen,' &c. Steevens pertinaciously insists upon auri. Hawkins, a veil or covering; and Mr. Tyrwhiu, a buting these seeming anomalies of ancient grammar to hood or muffler. It should be remembered that a barbed the incorrectness of ancient printers, whose press-work, steed was an accoutred sleed, or one covered with traphe supposes, seldom received any correction; but those pings. who are familiar with the manuscripts of Shakspeare's 6 Plo! is piece, portion, applied to a piece of earth. age will at once acquit the learned and useful body of and here elegantly transferred to the body, carcass. typographers.

6 Some of the modern editors substituted as for which 2 Thus in Othello, folio ed. 1623 :-

here. Malone has shown that this was Shakspeare's Rude am I in speech,

usual phraseology. And Horne Tooke tells us why as And little blessed with the sofi phrase of peace; and which were convertible words. See note on Julius And little of this great world can I speak,

Cæsar, Act i. Sc. 2. More than pertains in feats of broils and battles. 7 i. e. which played in concert with my drum.' So 3 Bourer was the ancient term for a chamber. Spen- in The Merchant of Venice :ser, speaking of the Temple, Prothalamion, sl. 8, Still quiring to the young-ey'd cherubims.'

8 To lent is to droell, to take up residence. •Where now the studjons lawyers have their bowers." 9 The meaning appears to be, Go, do thy worst; let

4 Unbarb'd is unarmed, unaccoutred, uncovered. me rather feel the uunost extremity that thy pride can Cotgrave says that a barbute was a ridinghood, or a bring upon us than live thus in fear of thy dangerous montero or close hood, and that it also signified the obstinacy.' bearer of a helmet. It was probably used for any kind 10 i. e. oon. of covering that concealed the head and face. Thus in 11 Enforce his endy, l. 6. object his hatred.



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Bru. And when such time they have begun to cry, Cor. How! Traitor ? Let them bot cease, but with a din confus'd

Men. Nay; temperately: Your promisc. Enforce the present execution

Cor. The fires i' the lowest hell fold in the people! Of what we chance to sentence.

Call me their traitor - Thou injurious tribune! Ad.

Very well. Within thine eyes sat twenty thousand deaths, Sic. Make them be strong, and ready for this hint, In thy hands clutch'de as many millions, in When we shall hap to give 't them.

Thy lying tongue both numbers, I would say, Bru.

Go about it. Thou liest, unto thee, with a voice as free

(Exit Ædile. As I do pray the gods. Pet him to choler straight: He hath been us'd Sic.

Mark you this, people ? Ever to conquer, and to have his worth'

Cit. To the rock; to the rock with him ! Of contradiction: Being once char’d, he cannot Sic.

Peace. Be reiu'd again to temperance; then he speaks We need not put new matter to his charge : What's in his heart; and that is there, which looks What you have seen him do, and heard him speak, With us to break his neck.?

Beating your officers, cursing yourselves, Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIOS, COMINIUS,

Opposing laws with strokes, and here defying

Those whose great power must try him; even this, Senators, and Patricians.

So criminal, and in such capital kind,
Sic. Well, here he comes.

Deserves the extremesi death.
Calmly, I do beseech you. Bru.

But since he hath
Cor. Ay, as an ostler, that for the poorest piece Serv'd well for Rome,
Will bear the knave by the volume.3-The honour'd Cor.

What do you prate of service ? gods

Bru. I talk of that, that know it. Keep Rome in safety, and the chairs of justice Cor.

You ? Supplied with worthy mon! plant love among us! Men.

Is this Throng our large temples with the shows of peace, The promise that you made your mother? And not our streets with war!


Know, 1 Sen.

Amen, amen!

pray you, Men. A noble wish.


I'll know no further :
Re-entër Ædile, with Citizens.

Let them pronounce the steep Tarpeian death, Sic. Draw near, ye people.

Vagabond exile, flaying ; Pent to linger

But with a grain a day, 'I would not buy Cor. First, hear me speak. Æd. List to your tribunes ; audience : Peace I say. Nor check my courage for what they can givo,

Their mercy at the price of one fair word; Both Tri.

Well, say.--Peace, ho.
Cor. Shall I be charg'd no further than this

To have 'ı with saying, Good morrow.

For that he has present? Must all determine here?

(As much as in him lies) from time to time Sic. I do demand,

Envied against the people, seeking means If you submit you to the people's voices,

To pluck away their power: as now at last

Given hostile stokes, and that not in the presenco Allow their officers, and are content To suffer lawful censure for such faults

of dreaded justice, but on the ministers As shall be prov'd upon you ?

That do distribute it; In the name o'the people,

And in the power of us the tribunes, we, Cor.

I am content. Men. Lo, citizens, he says, he is content:

Even from this instant, banish him our city; The warlike service he has done, consider ;

In peril of precipitation Think on the wounds his body bears, which show

From off the rock Tarpeian, never more Like graves i' the holy churchyard.

To enter our Rome gates : P the people's name, Cor.

Scratches with briars,

I sav, it shall be so. Scars to move laughter only.

Củ. It shall be so, it shall be so; let him away: Men.

Consider further,

He's banish'd, and it shall be so. That when he speaks not like a citizen,

Com. Hear me, my masters, and my common

friends; You find him like a soldier: Do not take

Sic. He's sentenc'd: no more hearing. His rougher accents for malicious sounds,



me speak : But, as I say, such as become a soldier, Rather than envy you.

I have been consul, and can show from Romo, Com. Well, well, no more.

Her enemies' marks upon me. I do love Cor. What is the matter,

My country's good, with a respect more tender, That being pass'd for consul with full voice,

More holy, and profound, than mine own life, I am so dishonour'd, that the very hour

My dear wife's estimate," her womb's increase, You take it off again?

And treasure of my loins; then if I would
Answer to us.

Speak that

Sic. Cor. Say then : 'tis true, I ought so.

We know your drift: Speak what I . Sic. We charge you, that you have contriv'd to

Bru. There's no more to be said, but he is ba

nish'd, take From Rome all season'd' office, and to wind

As enemy to the people, and his country

It shall be so.
Yourself into a power tyrannical;
For which, you are a traitor to the people.

7 Showed hatred. 1 i.e. his full part or share, as we should now say 8 As may here be a misprint for has, or and; or il hjs pennyworth of contradiction. So in Romeo and may signify as well us ; such elliptical modes of expres. Juliet :

sion are not uncommon in Shakspeare. We have us You take your pennypoorth (of sleep) now.' apparently for as soon as in All's Well that Ends Well. 2. The sentiments of Coriolanus's heart are our co 9 Nol is here again used for not only. It is thus used adjutors, and look to have their share in promoting his in the New Testament, i Thess. iv. 8:destruction.

• He therefore that despisech, despiseth not man, but 3. Will bear being called a knave as often as would God.' fill out a volume.'

10 i. e. received in her service, or on her account 4. Do not take his rougher accents for malicious Theobald substituted for, and supported his emendation sounds, but rather for such as become a soldier, than by these passages :spite or malign you.' See the first noce on this scene, To banish him that struck more blows for Rome, Áci 1. Sc. viii.

Again :-5 I. e. wisely tempered office, established by time. "Good man! the wounds that he does bear for Romo 6 Grasp'd. So in Macbeth

11 . I love my country beyond the rate at which I valus • Come let me clutch thee.

my dear wife,' &c.

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