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Three or four miles about; else had I, sir,
Who's yonder, That does appear as he were flay'd ? ( gods ! He has the stamp of Marcius; and I have . Before-time seen him thus. Mar.
Come I too late? Com. The shepherd knows not thunder from a
More than I know the sound of Marcius' tongue
every meaner man's. Mar.
Come I too late?
O! let me clip you
Flower of warriors, How is't with Titus Lartius ?
Mar. As with a man busied about decrees: Condemning some to death, and some to exile; Ransoming him, or pitying 3, threatning the cther; Holding Corioli in the name of Rome, Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash, To let him slip at will.
2 i. e. towards bed or rest, or the time of resting. Compounds were formerly made at pleasure, by subjoining ward to the thing towards which the action tended. Tooke makes ward the imperative of the A. S. verb wardian, to look out, or to direct the view. We have in the New Testament, to us-ward, and to God-ward; and such compounds as Rome-ward, Paris-ward, &c. were very common. The word in the text is used by Milton, Paradise Lost, iv. 350:
• Couch'd and now fill’d with pasture gazing sat,
Or bedward ruminating.' 3 i.e. remitting his ransom.
Where is that slave, Which told me they had beat you
trenches? Where is he? Call him hither. Mar.
Let him alone, He did inform the truth: But for our gentlemen, The common file (A plague !—Tribunes for them !) The mouse ne'er shunn'd the cat, as they did budge From rascals worse than they. Com.
But how prevail'd you? Mar. Will the time serve to tell? I do not think Where is the enemy? Are you lords o’the field ? If not, why cease you till you are so ? Com.
Marcius, We have at disadvantage fought, and did Retire, to win our purpose. Mar. How lies their battle? Know you on which
side They have plac'd their men of trust? Com.
As I guess, Marcius, Their bands in the vaward are the Antiates 4, Of their best trust: o'er them Aufidius, Their very heart of hope. Mar.
I do beseech you,
Though I could wish You were conducted to a gentle bath, And balms applied to you, yet dare I never
4 i. e. in the front are the soldiers of Antium. Shakspeare uses Antiates as a trisyllable, as if it had been written Antiats.
s i.e. ' do not let slip the present time.'
Deny your asking; take your choice of those
Those are they
fear Lesser his person than an ill reporto; If any think, brave death outweighs bad life, And that his country's dearer than himself; Let him, alone, or so many, so minded, Wave thus [waving his hand], to express his dispo
sition, And follow Marcius.
[They all shout, and wave their swords ; take him up in their arms, and cast
their caps. O me, alone! Make you a sword of me? If these shows be not outward, which of
you But is four Volces ? None of
but is Able to bear against the great Aufidius A shield as hard as his. A certain number, Though thanks to all, must I select from all: the rest Shall bear the business in some other fight, As cause will be obey'd. Please you to march; And four shall quickly draw out my command, Which men are best inclin'd7.
if any fear Lesser his person than an ill report.' The old copy reads Lessen. The reading of the text was introduced by Steevens. His person means his personal danger. We have nearly the same sentiment in Troilus and Cressida :
• If there be one among the fair'st of Greece
That holds his honour higher than his ease,' And in King Henry VI. Part 111.:
' But thou prefer’st thy life before thine honour.' In this play we have had already, at p. 139, lesser for less.
Please you to march;
Which men are best inclin'd.
March on, my fellows: Make good this ostentation, and you shall Divide in all with us.
SCENE VII. The Gates of Corioli,
Titus LARTIUS, having set a guard upon Corioli,
going with a drum and trumpet toward Cominius and Caius Marcius, enters with a Lieutenant, a Party of Soldiers, and a Scout. Lart. So, let the ports1 be guarded: keep your
duties, As I have set them down. If I do send, despatch Those centuries? to our aid; the rest will serve For a short holding: If we lose the field, We cannot keep the town. Lieu.
Fear not our care, sir, Lart. Hence, and shut your gates upon us.--Our guider, come; to the Roman
[Exeunt. pect its correctness. Perhaps we might read some instead of four, words easily confounded in old MSS.; and then the last line may be interrogative, thus :
Please you to march,
Which men are best inclin'd ? The passage as it stands in the old copy has been thus explained: - Coriolanus means to say, that he would appoint four persons to select for his particular, or party, those who are best inclined ; and, in order to save time, he proposes to have this choice made while the army is marching forward.' The old translation of Plutarch only says:- Wherefore, with those that willingly offered themselves to followe him, he went out of the citie.' 1 Gates.
2 Companies of a hundred men,
A Field of Battle between the Roman and the
We hate alike;
Mar. Let the first budger die the other's slave,
If I fly, Marcius, Halloo me like a hare. Mar.
Within these three hours, Tullus, Alone I fought in your Corioli walls, And made what work I pleas'd; 'Tis not my blood, Wherein thou seest me mask'd; for thy revenge, Wrench up thy power to the highest. Auf
Wert thou the Hector, That was the whip of your bragg’d progeny, Thou should’st not scape me here.[They fight, and certain Volces come to the
aid of AUFIDIUS. Officious, and not valiant-you have sham’d me In your
condemned seconds 4.
[Exeunt fighting, driven in by MARCIUS. 1 The construction here appears to be, · Not Africk owns a serpent I more abhor and envy than thy fame.' The verb to envy, in ancient language, signified to hate. 2 Thus in Macbeth :
• And damn'd be he that first cries, Hold, enough!' 3 i. e. the whip that your bragg'd progenitors were possessed of. Steevens suggests that whip might be used as crack has been since, to denote any thing peculiarly boasted of; as the crack house in the country, the crack boy of the school, &c.
4 • You have to my shame sent me help, which I must condemn as intrusive, instead of applauding it as necessary.'