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Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking,
Let them assemble;
loves, Thinking upon his services, took from
election on him. Sic.
Say, you chose him More after our commandment, than as guided By your own true affections: and that, your minds Preoccupy’d 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
How youngly he began to serve his country,
18 Object his pride, and enforce the objection. So afterwards:
• Enforce him with his envy to the people;' 19 i. e. carriage. So in Othello :
. And portance in my travels' history.'
And Censorinus, darling of the people 20,
One thus descended,
have found, Scaling 21 his present bearing with his past, That he's
Say, you ne'er had donet (Harp on that still), but by our putting on 2 : And presently, when you have drawn your number, Repair to the Capitol.
Cit. We will so: almost all [Several speak. Repent in their election. [Esceunt Citizens. Bru.
Let them go on; 20 Pope supplied this verse, which the context evidently requires, and which is warranted by the narration in Plutarch, from whence this passage is taken :-“The house of the Martians at Rome was of the number of the patricians, out of which sprung many noble personages, whereof Ancus Martius was one, King Numaes daughter's sonne, who was king of Rome after Tullus Hostilius. Of the same house were Publius and Quintus, who brought to Rome their best water they had by conduits. Censorinus came of that familie, that was so surnamed because the people had chosen him censor twice.' Publius and Quintus and Censorinus were not the ancestors of Coriolanus, but his descendants. Caius Martius Rutilius did not obtain the name of Censorinus till the year of Rome 487; and the Marcian waters were not brought to the city by aqueducts till the year 613, near 350 years after the death of Coriolanus. Shakspeare has confounded the ancestors and posterity of Coriolanus together.
21 That is, weighing his past and present behaviour. 22 i. e. our incitation. So in King Lear:
you protect this course, And put it on by your allowance.' And Iago says of Roderigo, in Othello :
• If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trace
For his quick hunting, bear the putting on,' &c.
This mutiny were better put in hazard,
To the Capitol:
Cornets. Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, Co
MINIUS, Titus LARTIUS, Senators, and Pa-
Cor. So then the Volces stand but as at first;
They are worn, lord consul', so,
Aufidius? Lart. On safeguard? he came to me; and did curse 1 Shakspeare has here again given the usage of England to Rome. In his time the title of lord was given to many officers of state who were not peers, as lords of the council, lord ambassador, lord general, &c.
? That is, with a convoy, a guard appointed to protect him.
Against the Volces, for they had so vilely
Cor. Spoke he of me?
He did, my lord.
How? what? Lart. How often he had met you, sword to sword: That, of all things upon the earth, he hated Your person most: that he would pawn his fortunes To hopeless restitution, so he might Be call’d your vanquisher. Cor.
At Antium lives he? Lart. At Antium.
Cor. I wish, I had cause to seek him there, To oppose his hatred fully.-Welcome home.
Pass no further.
It will be dangerous to
What makes this change? Men.
The matter? Com. Hath he not pass'd the nobles, and the com
mons ? Bru. Cominius, no. Cor.
Have I had children's voices? 1 Sen. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the market
place. Bru. The people are incens'd against him. 3 So in Measure for Measure, Act ii. Sc. 2 :
• Drest in a little brief authority.'
Stop, Or all will fall in broil. Cor.
herd ?Must these have voices, that can yield them now, And straight disclaim their tongues ?—What are
your offices ?
You being their mouths, why rule you not their
not set them on? Men.
Be calm, be calm. Cor. It is a purpos'd 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 rul’d. Bru.
Call't not a plot:
Cor. Why, this was known before.
Not to them all. Cor. Have
inform’d them since? Bru.
How ! I inform them! Cor. You are like to do such business. Bru.
Not unlike, Each way to better
54. Cor. Why then should I be consul? By yon clouds, Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me Your fellow tribune. Sic.
You show 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;
4 i. e. likely to provide better for the security of the commonwealth than you (whose business it is) will do. To which the reply is pertinent, : Why then should I be consul?'