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Cor. Must I go thew them my unbarb'd' sconce? Cor. The word is mildly :-Pray you, let us go!
Let them accuse me by invention, I
Men. Ay, but mildly.
[Ext. And throw it against the wind. To the marketpiace
SCENE III. You have put me now to such a part, which never
Tbe Forum, I thall discharge to the life.
Enter Sicinius, and Brutus. Com. Come, come, we'll prompt you.
Bru. In this point charge him home, that De Vol. I pr’ythee now, sweet fon; as thou hast
Tyrannical power : If he evade us there, My praises made thee first a soldier, 1o,
luforce him with his envy to the people ; To have my praise for this, perform a part
And that the spoil, got on the Antiates, Thou hast not done before.
Was ne'er distributed.-What, will he come? Cor. Well, I must do't :
Enter an Ædile. Away, my disposition, and polless me
Æd. He's coming. Some barlot's fpirit! My throat of war be turn'd,
Br*. How accompanied ? Which quired 3 with my drum, into a pipe
Æd. With old Menenius, and those senators Small as an eunuch, or the virgin voice
That always favour'd him.
Sic. Have you a catalogue
Set down by the poll?
#d. I have; 'tis ready. knees,
Sic. Have you collected them by tribes ? Who bow'd but in my stirrop, bend like his
d. I have. That hath receivd an aims !I will not do't ;
Sic. Allemble presently the people hither: Left I surcease to honour mine own truth,
And when they hear me fay, li jhall be fo, And, by my body's action, teach my mind
libe right and firengib o' the commoni, be it either A most inherent bafenets.
For death, for fine, or banishment, then let them, l'ol. At thy choice then :
If I say, tine, cry fine; if death, cry dearb; To beg of thee, it is my more difhonour,
Insisting on the old prerogative Toan thou of them. Come all to ruin; let
And power i the truth o' the cause. Thy mother rather feel thy pride, than fear
Ad. I thall inform them.
[to cry, Thy dangerous stoutnefs : for I mock at death
Bru. And when such time they have begua With as big heart as thou. Do as thou lift. Thy valientnets was mine, thou fuck’dit it from me ; Inforce the present execution
Let them not cease, but with a din confus'd But own thy pride thytelf.
Of what we chance to sentence. Cor. Pray, be content ;
d. Very well. Mother, I am going to the market-place ;
Sic. Make them be strong, and ready for this Chide me no niore. I'll mountebank their loves,
hint, Cog their hearts from them, and come home be- When we Mail bap to give't them. lov'd
Bru. Go about it.
[Exit Adile. Of all the trades in Rome. Look, I am going :
Put him to choler straight : He hath been usid Commend me to my wife. I'll return consul;
Ever to conquer, and to have his worths Or never trust to what my tongue can do
Of contradiction : Being once chaf d, he cannot l' the way of Aattery, further.
Be rein'd again to temperance; then he speaks Vol. Do your will.
[Exit Volumnia. Com, Away, the tribunes do attend you : arm With us to break his neck.
What's in his heart; and that is there, which looks yourself To answer mildly; for they are prepar'd
Enter Coriolanus, Menenius, and Cominius, wiik With accusations, as I hear, more Itrong
orbers. Than are upon you yet.
Sis. Well, here he comes.
1 Mr. Hawkins explains unbarbed by bare, uncover'd; and adds, that in the times of chivalry, when a horse was fully armed and accoutered for the encounter, he was faid to be barbed ; probably frota the old word barbe, which Chaucer uses for a veil or covering. Mr. Stecvens, however, fay's, anbarted sconce is untrir’d or unfaven head. To barb a man was to shave him. 2 i e. piece, portion ; applied to a piece of earth, and here elegantly transferred to the body, carcase. 3i. e. which played in concert with my drum. * To tent is to take up residence. Si. e. according to Mr. Malone- He has been uted to his worth, or (as we should now fay) his pennyworth of contradiction ; his kull quota or proportion. • To look is to wait or expeli. The sense Í believe is, what he has in Atis heart is waiting there to help us to break liis neck.
Men. Calmly, I do beseech you.
What you have seen him do, and heard him speak, Cor. Ay, as an oftler, that for the poorest piece Beating your officers, cursing yourselves, Will bear the knave by the volume !, -The ho- Opposing laws with strokes, and here defying nour'd gods
Those whore great power must try him; even this, Keep Rome in safety, and the chairs of justice So criminal, and in such capital kind, Supply'd with worthy men ! plant love among us! Deserves the extremest death. Throng our large temples with the thews of peace, Bru. But since he hath And not our ítreets with war !
Serv'd well for Rome, i Sin. Amen, amen!
Cor. What do you prate of service ?
Bru. I talk of that, that know it.
Cor. You ?
[mother ? Sic. Draw near, ye people.
[[ay. Men. Is this the promise that you made your Æd. List to your tribunes; andience : Peace, I Com. Know, I pray yo Cor. First, hear me speak.
Cor. I'll know no further : Borb Tii. Well, say.---Peace, ho. [sent ? Let them pronounce the steep Tarpeian death,
Cor. Shall I be charg'd no farther than this pre- Vagabond exile, flaying : Pent to linger Muft all determine here?
But with a grain a day, I would not buy Sic. I do demand,
Their mercy at the price of one fair word; If you fubmit you to the people's voices, Nor check my courage for what they can give, Allow their officers, and are content
To have't with saying, Good morrow. To luffer lawful censure for such faults
Sic. For that he has As Thall be prov'd upon you ?
(As much as in him lies) from time to time Cor. I am content.
Envy'd + against the people, seeking means
Gior. Scratches with briers, scars to move laughter And in the power of us the tribunes, we,
Even from this inftant, banith him our city ;
In peril of precipitation You find him like a soldier : Do not take From off the rock Tarp an, never more His rougher accents for malicious sounds ; To enter our Rome gates : l' the people's name, But, as I say, such as become a soldier,
I say, it shall be fo. Rather than envy? you.
All. It Thall be fo, it shall be fo; let him away: Com. Well, well, no more.
He's banith'd, and it Thall be so. [friends ;Cor. What is the matter,
Com. Hear me, my masters, and my common That being past for consul with full voice,
Sic. He's sentenc'd: no more hearing. I am so dithonour'd, that the very hour
Com. Let me speak : You take it off again?
I have been consul, and can shew from Rome, Sic. Answer to us.
Her enemies' marks upon me. I do love Cor. Say then : 'tis true, I ought so. (take My country's good, with a respect more tender,
Sic. We charge you, that you have contriv'd to More holy, and profound, than mine own life, From Rome all feafon'd 3 office, and to wind My dear wife's estimate 7, her womn's increase, Yourself into a power tyrannical ;
And treasure of my loins : then if I would
Sic. We know your drift : Speak what?
Cor. The fires i’the loweit hell fold in the people! As cnemy to the people, and his country : Call me their traitor !--Thou injurious tribune ! It shall be fo. Within thine eyes sat twenty thousand deaths, All. It shall be fo, it shall be so. In thine hands clutch'd as many millions, in Cor. You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate Thy lying tongue both numbers, I would say, As reek o’the rotten fens, whose loves I prize Thou lieft, unto thee, with a voice as free As the dead carcalles of unburied men As I do pray the gods.
That do corrupt my air, 1 banish you ; Sic. Mark you this, people ?
And here remain with your uncertainty ! All. To the rock with him! to the rock with him! Let every feeble rumour Thake your hearts ! Sic. Peace.
Your enemies, with nodding of their plumes, We need not lay new matter to his charge : Fan you into despair ! have the power still
i i. c. would bear being called a knave as of:en as would fill out a volume. 2 Envy is here taken at large for malignity, or ill intention. 3 i.e. all office eflablished and settled by time.
4į. e. bchaved with signs of natred to the people. sds, in this instance, would seem to have the power of as well as. Not Itands again for not only. 7 i.e. I love my country beyond the rate at which I value my dear wife. 3 A 3
To banish your defenders : 'till, at length, Æd. The people's enemy is gone, is gone! Your ignorance (which finds not 'till it feels; All. Our enemy is banith'd! he is gone! Hoo! Making but reservation of yourselves,
hoo! Still your own fues) deliver you, as most
Sic. Go, see him out at gates, and follow him, Abated captives", to some nation
As he hath follow'd you, with all despight; That won you without blows ! Despising, Give bim deferi'd vexation. Let a guard For you, the city, thus I turn my back : Attend us tsrough the city.
[come :There is a world elsewhere.
All. Come, come, let us see him out a gates ; [Excunt Coriolanus, Cominius, and others. The The gods preserve our noble tribunes !-Come. people frout, and throw.up
With cautelous baits and practice 4.
Vol. My firits son,
Whither wilt thou go? Take good Cominjus Erser Coriolanus, Volumnia, Virgilia, Minerius, With thee a while : Determine on some course,
Cominius, with the young Nobility of Ronie. More than a wild exposture to each chance Cor. TOME, leave your tears; a brief farewel: That Itart's i' the way before thee. the beast
Cor: O the gods ! With many heads butts me away.--Nay, mother, Com. I'll follow thee a month, device with thes Where is your ancient courage? You were usd Where thou shalt reft, that thou may 'nt bear of us, To say, extremity was the trier of spirits ; And we of thce : so, if the time thruit forth, That common chances common men could bear; A cause for thy repeal, we shall not send That, when the sea was calm, all boats alike O'er the valt world, to seek a single man; Shew'd mastership in floating : fortune's blows, And lose advantage, which doth ever cool When most struck home, being gentle wounded, 1' the absence of the needer.
Cor. Faie ye well :A noble cunning ?: you were usd to load me Thou hast years upon thee; and thou art too fuil With precepts, that would make invincible Of the war's surteits, to go rove with one The heart that conn'd them.
That's yet unbruis d : bring me but out at gateVir. O heavens ! O heavens !
Come, my sweet wife, my dearest mother, and Cor. Nay, I pr'ythee, woman, (Rome, My friends of noble touch 6 : when I am forth,
Vol. Now the red pestilence itrike all trades in Bid me farewel, and smile. I pray you, conie. And occupations perish!
While I remain above the ground, you hell
Hear from me still; and never of me aught
As any ear can hear.--Come, let's not weep. -
S CE N E
11. And venomous to thine eyes.--My fometime general,
Enter Sicinines, and Brulus, wilbar Æfill. 'Tis fond : to wail inevitable strokes,
Sic. Bid them all bome; he's gone, and witü As 'tis to laugh at them.--My mother, you wot well,
no further.My hazards still have been your colace : and The nobility are vex'd, who, we see, have fided Believe't not lightly, (though I go alone,
In his behalf.
i Ahated is dejected, subdued, depressed in spirits. 2 The sense is, When fortune frikes her hardest blows, to be wounded, and yet continue calm, requires a generous poliny. He calls this calmness cunning, because it is 'be etiect of reflection and philofophy. 3 i. c. foolish. by artful and false tricks, and treaion. stijl, i. e. nobleit, and mort eininent of nien.
6i.e. of true mctal unallay'd : a metaphortaken tom trying sold on the touchitore.
Sit. Bid them home:
But to confirm my curses ! Could I meet 'em Say, their great enemy is gone, and they
But once a-day, it would unclog my lieart Stand in their ancient strength.
Of what lies heavy to 't. Bru. Dismiss them home. [Exit Ædile.
Men. You have told them home, (with me? Enter Volumnia, Virgilia, and Menenius. And, by my troth, you have cause. You'll fup Here comes his mother.
Vol. Anger's my meat ; I sup upon myself, Sic. Let's not meet her.
And so shall starve with feeding.---Cume, let's go : Bru. Why :
Leave this fuint puling, and lament as I do, Sic. They tay she's mad.
In anger, Juno-like, Come, come, come. Brit. They have ta’en note of us :
ven. Fie, fie, fie !
[Excunt. Keep on your way.
Between Rome and Antium.
Enter a Roman, and a l'olce.
Vol. It is so, fir : truly, I have forgot you. Vir. (To Sicin.] You Mall Atay too : I would, I Rom. I am a Roman ; and my services are, as had the power
you are, against 'em : Know you me yet? To say so lo my hub.ind.
Vol. Nicanor ? No. Sic. Are you mankind ? ?
[fool. -- Ron. The same, sir. Vol. Ay, fool; Is that a înme! --Note but this Vol. You had more beard, when I last saw you ; Was not a man my father! It wilt thou foxihip 2 but your favour is well appe.ir'd by your tongue. To banith him that truck mora blows for Rome, What's the news in Rome? I are a note from Than thou haft spoken word, ?
the Volcian itule, to find you out there : You have Sii. O bleilcu heavens !
well laved me a day's journey. Vol. Morenobleblows, than ever thou wise words; Rom. There hath been in Rome strange insurAnd for Rome's good.--I'll tell thee what;--Yet rection: the people against the senators, patricians,
and nobles. Nay, but thou thait itay tvo:- I would my fon Vol. Hath been! Is it ended then? Our state Were in Arabia, and thy tribe before bi
thinks not 10; they are in a most wailike prepa. His good fwond in his hand.
ration, and hope to come upon them in the heat of Sic. What ther!
their division. Vire. What then?
Rum. The main blaze of it is past, but a small He'd make an end of thy posterity.
thing would make it flame again. For the nobles Vol. Baltird, and all.--
recej e 19 to heat the banilluinent of that worthy Gol m..n, the wounds that he does bear for Rome : Coriolanus, that they are in a ripe aptness, to take Mer. Come, come, peace.
all power froin the people, and to pluck from Sic. I would he had continu'd to his country,
them their tribunes for ever. This lies glowing, As he began ; and not unknit hinieli
I can tell you, and is almoft mature for the violent The noble knot he made.
breaking our. Bru, I would he had.
[rabble : Tol. Coriolanus banish'd ? Voi. I would he had : 'Twas you incens’d the Rom. Banith'd, fir, Cats, that can judge as titly of his worth,
Vol. You will be welcome with this intelliAs I can of those mysteries wbich heaven
gence, Nicanor. Will not have cartii to know.
Ron. The day serves well for them now. I Bru. Pray, let us go.
have heard it taid, The fittest time to corrupt a Vol. Now, pray, fir, get you gone :
man's wife, is when the's fallen out with her lurYou have done a brave deed. Ere you go, hear this : band. Your noble Tullus Aufidius will appear As far as doth the Capitol exceed
well in these wars, his great oppofer Coriolanus The meaneft boufe in Rome ; fo far, my fun, being now in no request of his country. (This lady's husband here, this, do
Vol. He cannot choose. I am muít fortunate, Whom you have banith'il, does exceed you all. chus accidentally to encounter you : You have endBru. Well, well, we'll leave you.
ed my bafineis, and I will merrily accompany you Sic. Why stay we to be baited
home. With one that wants her wits?
Row.. I shall, between this and supper, tell you Vi. Take my prayers with you.
mott strange things from Rome; all tending to the I would the gods had notining else to do,
good of their adverfaries. Have you an army (Exeuni Tribunes.ready, say you?
i Dr. Johnson here remarks, that the word mankind is used maliciously by the first speaker, and taken perverlely by the second. A m.inkind woman is a woman with the ronghness of a man, and, in an aggravated sense, a woman ferocious, violent, and eager to thed blood. In this fenfe Sicinius aiks Volumnia, if the be mankind. She takes mankind for a human cicHure, and accord.ngly cries out : * Vote but this tool. Was not a man my father?" 2 i.e. cunning enough. 3 A 4
Vol. A most royal one : the centurions, and
Re-enter the firsi Serving van their charges, distinctly billetted, aiready in the Serv. What would you have, friend? Whence entertainment', and to be on foot at an hour's are you ? Here's no place for you: Pray go to the warning.
[Exis. Rom. I am joyful to hear of their readiness, and Cor. I have deserv'd no better entertainment, am the man, I think, that shall set them in present! In being Coriolanus. action.' So, fır, heartily well met, and most glad
Re-enter second Servant. of your company.
2 Serv. Whence are you, fır? Has the porter his Vol. You take my part from me, sır; I have eyes in his tead, that he gives entrance to such the most cause to be glad of yours.
companions 2 : Pray, get you out. Roni. Well, let us go together. [Excunt. Cor. Away! S CE N E
2. Serv. Away? Get you away.
Cor. Now thou art troublesome.
2 Serv. Are you so brave? I'll liave you talk
with anon. Exter Coriolanus, in mean apparel, disguis’d and
Enter a third Servant. The first meets biz. mufid.
3 Serv. What fellow's this? Cor. A goodly city is this Antium : City,
i Serv. A strange one as ever I lookd on: I 'Tis I that made thy widows; many án heir
cannot get him out o' the house : Pr’ythee, cail Of these fair edifices for my wars
my master to him. Have I heard groan, and drop: then know me not;
3 Surv. What have you to do here, fellow! Lest that thy wives with spits, and boys with stones, Pray you, avoid the foule.
[beath, Enter a Citizen.
Cor. Let me but stand ; I will not hurt year In puny battle Nay me.--Save you, fir.
3 Serv. What are you ! Cit. And you.
Cor. A gentleman. Cor. Direct me, if it be your will,
3 Serv. A marvellous poor one. Where great Aufidius lies: 1s he in Antium ?
Cor. True, so I am. Cit. He is, and feasts the nobles of the state
3 Serv. Pray you, poor gentleman, take up fome At his house this night.
other station : here's no place for you; pray you, Cor. Which is his house, ’beseech you?
avoid : come. Cit. This, here, before you.
Cor. Follow your function, go, Cor. Thank you, tir; farewel. [Exit Citizen. And batten on cold bits. [Pufbes bio etzay. O, world, thy flippery turns ! Friends now fast
3 Sery. What, will you not ? Prythee, tell my (worn,
matter what a Ntrange guest he has here. Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart,
2 Serv. And I shall. Whofe hours, u hore bed, whose meal, and exercise,
3 Serv. Where dwell'st thou ? Are still together, who twin, as ’twere, in love
Cor. Under the canopy. Unseparable, mall within this hour,
3 Serv. Under the canopy? On a dillention of a doit, break out
Cor. Ay. To bittereft enmity : So, fellest foes, [leep
3 Sern. Where's that? Whose patsions and whose plots have broke their
Cor. I the city of kites and crows. To take the one the other, by some chance,
3 Serv. I' the city of kites and crows - What Some tricknot worth an egg, shall grow dear friends,
an ass it is !--Then thou dwell it with daws too? And interjoin their issues. So with me :
Cor. No, I serve not tby matter. My birth-place hate I, and my love's upon
3 Serv, How,fır! Do you meddle with my mlier! This enemy town.---l'll enter : if he 1l ay me,
Cor. Ay; ’tis an honefter service, than to medula He does fair justice ; if he give me way,
with thy mistress : I'll do his country service.
[Exil. Thou pratift, and pratst; serve with thy trencher, SCENE V.
[Beats bim away A Hall in Aufidius's House.
Enter tufidius, with the record Serving-man. Mufick plays. Enter a Servirg-man. Anf. Where is this fellow? i Serv. Wine, wine, wine! What service is
2 Sere;. Here, fir ; I'd have beaten him like a here! I think our fellou's are afleep. [Ex!l.dog, but for disturbing the lords within. Enter anatber Serving-man.
suf. Whence comeft thou? what wouldest 2 Ser. Where's Cotus ? my maiter calls for
thou? Thy name? him. Cotus!
[Exi:. Why speak'st not ? Speak, man: What's thy name? Enter Coriolanus.
Cor. If, Tullus, Cor. A goodly house : The feast smells well : Not yet thou know'st me, and seeing me, doft oot but I
Think me for the man I am, neceility Aprear not like a guest.
Commands me name myself.
1 That is, though not actually encamped, yet already in pay. To entertain an army is to take then into puy.
? Compunion was formerly ulcd in the fainc fenfc as we now usc thc word follow.