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SCENE III. The same.
Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS. Bru. In this point charge him home, that he affects Tyrannical power: If he evade us there, Enforce him with his envy? to the people; And that the spoil, got on the Antiates, Was ne'er distributed.
Enter an Ædile.
How accompanied ?
Have you a catalogue
I have; 'tis ready.
you collected them by tribes ? Æd.
I have Sic. Assemble presently the people hither: And when they hear me say, It shall be so I’the right and strength o’the commons, be it, either For death, for fine, or banishment, then let them, If I say, fine, cry fine; if death, cry death; Insisting on the old prerogative And power, i’the truth o’the cause. Æd.
I shall inform them. Bru. And when such time they have begun to cry, Let them not cease, but with a din confus'd Enforce the present execution Of what we chance to sentence.
| Enforce his envy, i. e. object his hatred. See Act i. Sc. 8, note 3, and vol. iii. p. 72, note 1.
Very well. Sic. Make them be strong, and ready for this hint, When we shall hap to give't them. Bru.
Go about it.
Senators, and Patricians.
Calmly, I do beseech you. Cor. Ay, as an ostler, that for the poorest piece Will bear the knave by the volume 4.-The honour'd
gods Keep Rome in safety, and the chairs of justice Supplied with worthy men! plant love among us! Throng our large temples with the shows of peace, And not our streets with war ! 1 Sen.
Amen, amen! Men. A noble wish.
Re-enter Ædile, with Citizens. Sic. Draw near, ye people. Æd. List to your tribunes; audience: Peace, I say. Cor. First, hear me speak. 2 i. e. his full part or share, as we should now say bis
pennyworth of contradiction. So in Romeo and Juliet:
You take your pennyworth [of sleep] now.' 3 • The sentiments of Coriolanus's heart are our coadjutors, and look to have their share in promoting his destruction.'
4 • Will bear being called a krave as often as would fill out a volume.'
Well, say.-Peace, ho.
I do demand,
I am content.
Scratches with briars,
such as become a soldier,
Well, well, no more.
Answer to us. Cor. Say then: 'tis true, I ought so.
Sic. We charge you, that you have contriv'd to take From Rome all season'd 6 office, and to wind Yourself into a power tyrannical ; For which, you are a traitor to the people.
Cor. How! Traitor ? 5. Do not take his rougher accents for malicious sounds, but rather for such as become a soldier, than spite or malign you. See the first note on this scene, and Act i. Sc. viii. note 3.
6 i. e. wisely tempered office, established by time.
that the very
Men. Nay; temperately: Your promise.
Cor. The fires i’the lowest hell fold in the people!
Mark you this, people?
But since he hath
What do you prate of service ?
I'll know no further:
mercy at the price of one fair word;
For that he has (As much as in him lies) from time to time Envied 8 against the people, seeking means To pluck away their power; as 9 now at last Given hostile strokes, and that not 10 in the presence Of dreaded justice, but on the ministers That do distribute it; In the name o'the people, And in the power of us the tribunes, we, Even from this instant, banish him our city; In peril of precipitation From off the rock Tarpeian, never more To enter our Rome gates: l'the people's name, I say,
it shall be so.
Let me speak: I have been consul, and can show from 11 Rome, Her enemies' marks upon me.
I do love
8 Showed hatred. 9 As may here be a misprint for has, or and; or it may signify as well as : such elliptical modes of expression are not uncommon in Shakspeare. We have as apparently for as soon as in All's Well that Ends Well. See vol. iii. p. 329, note 19.
10 Not is here again used for not only. It is thus used in The New Testament, 1 Thess. iv. 8:• He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man,
but God.' 11 i. e. received in her service, or on her account. Theobald substituted for, and supported his emendation by these passages :
• To banish him that struck more blows for Rome.' Again :
• Good man! the wounds that he does bear for Rome.'