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Men. Nay, I hear nothing; his mother and his wife Hear nothing from him.
Enter Three or Four Citizens.
Good e'en, our neighbours. Bru. Good e’en to you all, good e'en to you
all. 1 Cit. Ourselves, our wives, and children, on our
knees, Are bound to
Live, and thrive! Bru. Farewell, kind neighbours; we wish'd Co
riolanus Had lov'd you as we did. Cit.
Now the gods keep you! Both Tri. Farewell, farewell. (Exeunt Citizens.
Sic. This is a happier and more comely time,
Caius Marcius was
And affecting one sole throne, Without assistance?. Men.
I think not so. Sic. We should by this, to all our lamentation, If he had gone forth consul, found it so?.
Bru. The gods have well prevented it, and Rome Sits safe and still without him.
Enter Ædile. Æd.
Worthy tribunes, There is a slave, whom we have put in prison,
Ti.e. he aimed at absolute power, he wanted to sway the state alone without the participation of the tribunes.
? We should surely read, . have found it so :' without this word the construction of the sentence is imperfect.
Reports,—the Volces with two several powers
Come, what talk you Of Marcius ?
Bru. Go see this rumourer whipp’d.—It cannot be, The Volces dare break with us. Men.
Cannot be! We have record, that
well it can; And three examples of the like have been Within my age. But reason with the fellow, Before you punish him, where he heard this : Lest you should chance to whip your
Tell not me:
Enter a Messenger. Mess. The nobles, in great earnestness, are going All to the senate-house: some news is come, That turns 5 their countenances.
3 i.e. stood up in its defence. Had the expression in the text (says Steevens) been met with in a learned author, it might have passed for a Latinism :Summis stantem pro turribus Idam.'
Æneid ix. 575. 4 To reason with is to talk with. See vol. iii. p. 42, vol. ii.
'Tis this slave;-
Yes, worthy sir,
What more fearful?
This is most likely! Bru. Rais'd only, that the weaker sort may wish Good Marcius home again. Sic.
trick on't. Men. This is unlikely: He and Aufidius can no more atone 6, Than violentest contrariety.
Enter another Messenger.
What news? what news? Com. You have holp to ravish your own daugh
6 i. e. atone, accord, agree. Atone and atonement are many times used by Shakspeare in this sense.
To melt the city leads upon your pates;
Men. What's the news? what's the news?
Com. Your temples burned in their cement; and Your franchises, whereon you stood, confin'd Into an augre's bore?. Men.
Pray now, your news ?You have made fair work, I fear me:—Pray, your
news? If Marcius should be join'd with Volcians, Com.
If! He is their god; he leads them like a thing Made by some other deity than nature, That shapes man better: and they follow him, Against us brats, with no less confidence, Than boys pursuing summer butterflies, Or butchers killing flies. Men.
You have made good work, and
your apron men; you that stood so much
He will shake
fair work! Bru. But is this true, sir ? Com.
Ay; and you'll look pale
7 So in Macbeth :
our fate hid in an augre-hole.' 8 i. e. mechanics. See Julius Cæsar, Act i. Sc. 2, note 20. Horace uses artes for artifices. In a future passage he calls them crafts. To smell of garlick was a brand of vulgarity; as to smell of leeks was no less so among the Roman people:-
quis tecum sectile porrum Sutor, et elixi vervecis labra comedit?' 9 A ludicrous allusion to the apples of the Hesperides.
Before you find it other. All the regions
Men. We are all undone, unless
Who shall ask it?
'Tis true : If he were putting to my house the brand That should consume it, I have not the face To say,
'Beseech you, cease.—You have made fair hands, and your crafts ! you
have crafted fair! Com.
You have brought
Say not, we brought it.
But, I fear They'll roar him in again 12. Tullus Aufidius, The second name of men, obeys his points
10 Revolt with pleasure. 11 They charg'd, and therein show'd,' has here the force of they would charge, and therein show.'
12 * As they hooted at his departure, they will roar at his return; as he went out with scoff's, he will come back with lamentations.