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You'll speak with Coriolanus.
I say, go, left I let forth your half pint of blood ; Men. Good my friends,
-back, that's the utmost of your having :-back. If you have heard your general talk of Rome, Men. Nay, but fellow, fellow,And of his friends there, it is lots 1 to blanks,
Enter Coriolanus, with Aufidius. My name hath touch'd your ears: it is, Menenius.
Cor. What's the matter? i Watch. Be it fo; go back: the virtue of your
Men. Now, you companion, I'll say an errand Is not here pailable.
for you · you shall know now, that I am in eiti Men. I tell thee, fellow,
mation : you thall perceive that a Jack guardant Thy general is my lover: I have been
cannot office me from my fon Coriolanus : quels The book of his good acts, whence men have read by my entertainment with him, if thou stand'it out His fame unparalleld, happily, amplified ;
i' the state of hanging, or of fome death more For I have ever verify'd my friends,
long in 1pectatorship, and crueller in suffering; be. (Of whom he's chief) with all the size that verity
hold now presently, and swoon for what's to come Would without lapsing suffer 2 : nay, sometimes, upon thee. The glorious gods fit in hourly fynod Like to a bowl upon a subtle 3 ground,
about thy particular prosperity, and love thee ra I have tumbled past the throw; and in his praise run, my ion ! thou art preparing fire for us ; louk
worse than thy old fatber Menenius does ! O, my Have, almoft, stamp'd the leasing: Therefore, fellow,
thee, here's water to quench it. I was hardy I must have leave to pass.
moved to come to thee : but being allured, Docs
but myself could move thee, I have been biowa 1 Watch. 'Faith, 'fir, if you had told as many out of your gates with fighs ; and conjure thee to lies in his behalf, as you have utter'd words in your pardon Rome, and thy petitionary countryme. own, you should not pass here : no, though it were the good gods afswage thy wrath, and turn the as virtuous to lie, as to live chastely. Therefore, go dregs of it upon this varlet here ; this, who, like a back. Men. Pr’ythee, fellow, remember my name is block, hath denied my access to thee.
Co*: Away! Menenius, always factionary on the party of your
Mer. How ! away! general. 2 Watch. Howsoever you have been his liar, (as Are fervanted to others : Though I owe
Cor. Wife, mother, child, I know not. My affairs you say, you have) I am one that, telling true under him, must say, you cannot pars. Therefore, go In Volcian breasts s. That we have been familiar,
My revenge properly, my remillion lyes back. Men. Has he din’d, can'st thou tell ? for I would Ingrate forgetfulness shall poison, rather
Than pity note how much.—Therefore be gone. not speak with him 'till after dinner. I Watch. You are a Roman, are you?
Mine ears again't your suits are stronger, than Men. I am as thy general is.
Your gutes against my force. Yet, for I lov'd thee,
Take this along; I writ it for thy fake, i Watch. Then you should hate Rome, as he
[Gives bim a letist. does. Can
when you have pufi'd out of your And would have sent it. Another word, Menen is, gates the very defender of them, and, in a violent
I will not hear thee speak.- This man Aufidna, popular ignorance, given your enemy your shield, was my belov’d in Rome : yet thou behold'itthink to front his revenges with the easy groans of old women, the virginal palms 4 of your
Huf. You keep a constant temper. (Excant daughters, or with the pally'd interceflion of such
Manent the Guard, ard Menerius. a decay'd dotant as you seem to be? Can you think I Watch. Now, fır, is your name Menenius. to blow out the intended fire your city is ready to 2 Watch. 'Tis a spell, you see, of much power : flame in, with such weak breath as this ? No, you You know the way home again. are deceiv'd ; therefore, back to Rome, and pre i Parch. Do you hear how we are then 6 for pare for your execution: you are condemu’u, keeping your greatness back! our general has sworn you out of reprieve and! 2 Watch. What cause, do you think, I have to pardon.
(woon? Men. Sirrah, if thy captain knew I were here, Men. I neither care for the world, nor your he would use me with ettimation.
general: for such things as you, I can scarce think 2 Watch. Come, my captain knows you not. there's any, you are lo llight. He that hath a will Mcn. I mean, thy general.
to die by himself, fears it not from another. Let i Watch. My general cares not for you. Back, your gene
do his worit. For you, be that you
1 A lot here is a prize. 2 Dr. Johnson explains this passage thus : To verify is to eahlifh by refa rimony. One may fay with propriety, he brought false witnejjes to verify his title. Shaksptare ccahidered the word with his usual laxity, as uporuing rather testimony than truth, and only meant to fay, I bore witness to my friends with all the size that verily would suffer. 3 Subtle means /moth, level. 4 By virginal palms may be undoritood the holding up the hands in fupplication. 5 i. c. Though I have a peculiar right in revenge, in the power of forgivencís the l'olcians are conjoina. 6 Shent mcans shamed, digraced, made avamed of ourleizes.
are, long; and your misery increase with your age! Even to a full disgrace.-Best of ray feth, I lay to you, as I was said to, Away! [Exit. Forgive my tyranny; but do not liv,
1 latch. A noble fellow, I warrant him. For that, Forgive oli Ron, a kiss
2 ll'atch. The worthy fellow is our general: Long as my exile, fueet as my 'revenge ! He is the rochi, the oak not to be wind-taken. Now by the jealous queen of heaven”, that kiss
[Exeurd. I carried from thee, dear; and my true lip SCENE
Hih virgin'd it e'er fince.—You gods! I prate,
And the must noble mot of !y
Leave unfaluted : Sink, my knee, i' the earth ;
Arecisa Cor. We will before the walls of Rome to
Of thy deep duty more impresfion shew
Than that of common ions. Set down our hofi.--My partner in this action,
Vil. O, 1tand up bleft ! You must report to the Volcian lords, how plainly "Whilft
, with no foiter cushion than the flint, I have borne this business.
I kneel before thee; and unproperly 4uf. Only their ends
Shew duty, as miltaken all the while [ Kreeds. You have respected; stopp'd your ears against
Between the child and parent.
Cor. What is this?
Your knees to me ? to your corrected son ?
Then let the pebbles on the hungry beech Cor. This last old man,
Fillop the stars; then let the mutinous winds Whom with a crack'd heart I have sent to Rome, Strike the proud cedars 'gainst the fiery fun ; Lov'd me above the meature of a father ;
Murd'ring impoflibility, to make Nay, godded me, indeed. Their latest refuge
What cannot be, light work. Was to send him: for whose old love, I have
176. Thou art my warrior; (Though I thew'd sourly to him) once more offer'd I hulp to frame thee. Do you know this lady? 'The first conditions, which they did refuse,
[Pointing to l'aleria, And cannot now accept, to grace him only,
Cor. The noble fister of Publicola, That thought he could do more ; a very little
The moon of Rome; chaste as the ificle I have yielded too: Fresn embassies, and suits,
That's curdled by the frost from purest snow, Nor from the itate, nor private friends, hereafter
And hangs on Dian's temple : Dear Valeria! Will I lend ear to.-Ha! What shout is this?
Vol. This is a poor epitome of yours, [Shout within,
[Showing young Marcia. Shall I be tempted to infringe my vow
Which by the interpretation of full time In the same time 'tis made ? I will not
May thew like all yourself.
Cor. The god of folliers,
with Attendants, all in morning. Thy thoughts with nobleness; that thou may'rt My wise comes foremost ; then the honour'd mold
The grandchild to her blood. But, out, affection! Like a great sea-mark, standing every faw 3,
And saving those that eye thee !
Vol. Your knee, firrah. What is thai curt’sy worth? or those dove's eyes, Cor. That's my brave boy. Which can make gods forsworn -I melt, and Vol. Even he, your wife, this lady, and myam not
self, Of stronger earth than others.—My mother bows; Are suitors to you. As if Olympus to a mole-hill should
Cor. 'I beseech you, peace : lo supplication nud: and my young boy
Oi, if you'd afk, remember this before ; Hath an alpect of intercellion, wliich
The things, I have forsworn to grant, may never Great nature cries, Diny not.-Let the Voices Be held by you denials. Do not bid me Plough Rome, and harow Italy ; I'll never Dismiss my soldiers, or capitulate Be such a golling to obey instinct; but Itand, Again with Ronie's mechanics :--Tell me not As if a man were author of himself,
Wherein I seen unnatural: Desire not And knew no other kin.
To allay my rages and revenges, with
Your coller reasons.
Virg. The forrow, that delivers us thus chang’d, You have said, you will not grant us any thing : Makes you think so.
For we have nothing else to ask, but that Cor. Like a dull actor now,
Which you deny already : Yet we will ask ; I lave forgot my part, and I am out,
Tliat, if we fail in our request, the blame
si, e. bow openly.
2 i. e. Juno.
3 i. e, every guf, 'every form.
May hang upon your hardness : therefore hear us. Which thou shalt thereby reap, is such a nue,
Cor. Aufidius, and you Volces, mark; for we'll Whose repetition will be dogg'd with curses; Hear nought from Rome in private.—Your request? Whose chronicle thus writ,--" The man was noble, Vol. Should we be filent and not speak, our " But with his last attempt he wip'd it out : raiment
“ Destroy'd his country, and his name remains And state of bodies would bewray what life “ To the ensuing age, abhorr'd.” Speak to me, íos : We have led since thy exile. Think with thyself, Thou hast affected the fine strains of honour, How more unfortunate than all living women To imitate the graces of the gods; Are we come hither : since that thy sight, which To tear with thunder the wide cheeks o'the air, Thould
[comforts, And yet to charge thy sulphur with a bolt Make our eyes flow with joy, hearts dance with | That should but rive an oak 2. Why doft not (peak? 1 Constrains them weep, and shake with fear and Think'st thou it honourable for a noble man forrow;
Still to remember wrongs ? —Daughter, speak yos: Making the mother, wife, and child, to see He cares not for your weeping.--Speak thou, bro: The son, the husband, and the father, tearing Perhaps, thy childishness will move hin more His country's bowels out.
And to poor we,
Than can our reasons.--There is no man in the Thine enmity's most capital : thou barr'st us
world Our prayers to the gods, which is a comfort More bound to his mother ; yet here he lets me prate, That all but we enjoy : For how can we, 3 Like one i'the stocks. Thou hast nerer in thy :: Alas! how can we for our country pray,
Shew'd thy dear mother any courtesy'; Whereto we are bound; together with thy victory, When she, (poor hen !) fond of no second brood, Whereto we are bound? Alack! or we must lore Has cluck'd thee tr the wars, and safely home, The country, our dear nurse; or else thy person, Loaden with honour. Say, my requeit's unjut, Our comfort in the country. We must find And spurn me back : But, if it be not so, An evident calamity, though we had
Thou art not honeft; and the gods will plague thee, Our wish, which side should win: for either thou That thou restrain'st from me the duty, which Muit, as a foreign recreant, be led
To a mother's part belongs.-He turns away : With manacles thorough our ítreets; or else Down, ladies; let us 1hame him wich our knces. Triumphantly tread on thy country's ruin ; To his surname Coriolanus 'longs more pride, And bear the palm, for having bravely fhed Than pity to our prayers.
Down: An end : Thy wife and children's blood. For myself, son, This is the last :--So we will home to Rome, I purpose not to wait on fortune, 'till
And die among our neighbours.--Nay, behold us : These wars determine : if I cannot perfuade thee This boy, that cannot tell what he would have, Rather to thew a noble grace to both parts, But kneels, and holds up hands, for fellowthis, Than seek the end of one, thou shalt no fooner Dnes refon + our petition with more ftrength March to affault thy country, than to tread Than thou haft to deny '1.--Come, let us go : (Trutt to't, thou shalt not) on thy mother's womb, This fellow had a Volce to his mother; That brought thee to this world.
His wife is in Coriol, and this child Virg. Ay, and mine,
Like him hy chance :--Vet give us our dispatch: That brought you forth this boy, to keep your name I am hush'd until our city be atire, Living to time.
And then I'll speak a little. Bay. He shall not tread on me ;
Cor. Mother, mother ! I'll run away 'till I am bigger, but then I'll fight.
[Holds ber by the band', $im. Cor. Not of a woman's tenderness to be, What have you done? Behold, the hearens do ope, Requires nor child nor woman's face to lee. The gods look down, and this unnatural scene I have sat too long.
They laugh at. O my mother, mother! O! Yol. Nay, go not from us thus,
You have won a happy victory to Rome : If it were so, that our request did tend
But, for your fon,--believe it, 0, beliere it, To save the Romans, thereby to destroy [46, Moft dangeroully you have with him prevailid, The Volces whom you ferve, you might condemnIf not moft mortal to him. But, let it come : As poisonous of your honour : No; our fuit Aufidius, though I cannot make true wars, Is, that you reconcile them : while the Volces I'll frame convenient peace. Now, good Aufidius Míay fay, “ This mercy we have thew'd;" the Were you in my teal, fay, would you hare herd Romans,
A mother lefs : or granted less, Aufidius? “ This we receiv'd;" and each in either side
Auf. I was mov'd withai, Give the all-hail to thee, and cry, “ Be blest
Cor. I dire be sworn, you were : 6. For making up this peace !" Thou know'ft, great Ind, fir, it is no little thing, to make fon,
Mine eyes to sweat compafiion. But, good for, The end of war 's uncertain ; but this certain, What peace you'll make, advise me: For my part, That, if thou conquer Rome, the benefit I'll nut w Rome, I'll back with you: and pray you,
i That is, constrains the eye to weep, and the heart to skake. 2 The meaning is, to thrcatia much, and yet be mercitul. 31. 6. kceps me in a state of ignominy talking to no purpofi, 4 1. c. argue for,
Stand to me in this cause. O mother! wife!
Enter another Melenger. Auf. I am glad, thou hatt let thy mercy and chy
Sic. What's the news? honour
Mes. Good news, good news;--The ladies have At difference in thee: out of that I'll work
prevailid, Myself a former fortune'.
[Afide. The Volces are dislodg’d, and Marcius gone i [The Ladies make signs to Coriolanus. A merrier day did never yet greet Rome, Cor. Ay, by and by ;
No, not the expulsion of the Tarquins. But we will drink together; and you shall bear Sic. Friend,
[To Volumnia, Virgilia, c. Art thou certain, this is true? is it most certain ? A better witness back than words, which we, Mef. As certain, as I know the sun is fire : On like conditions, will have counter-seal'd. Where have you lurk’d, that you make doubt of it? Come, enter with us. Ladies, you deserve Ne'er through an arch so hurry'd the blown tide, To have a temple built you : all the swords As the recomforted through the gates. Why, In Italy, and her confederate arms, Could not have made this peace.
[Excunt. [Trumpets, kautboys, drums beat, all togesber.
The trumpets, fackbuts, psalteries, and fifes,
Tabors, and cymbals, and the shouting Romans,
Make the sun dance. Hark you ! (-4fbout wishin.
Men. This is good news :
I will go meet the ladies. This Volumnia
A city full; of tribunes, such as you, Men. If it be possible for you to displace it with A fea and laud full : You have pray'd well to-day ; your little finger, there is some hope the ladies of
This morning, for ten thousand of your throats Rome, especially his mother, may prevail with him. I'd not have given a doit
. Hark, how they joy! But, I say, there is no hope in 't; our throats are
[Sound fill, wirb obe shouts.
Sic. First, the gods bler's fentenc'd, and stay upon execution.
your tidings : Sic. Is't possible, that so short a time can alter Accept my thankfulness.
[next, the condition of a man ?
Mel. Sir, we have all great cause to give great
thanks. Men. There is difference between a grub, and 2 bulterily ; yet your butterfly was a grub. This
Sic. They are near the city? Marcius is grown from man to dragon : he has
Mef. Almost ac point to enter.
Sic. We'll meet them, and help the joy, [Eseuns. wings; he's more than a crezping thing. Sic. He lov'd his mother dearly.
Enter trvo Senators, with the Ladies, passing over she Men. So did he me: and he no more remembers
page, &c. &c. his mother now, than an eight year old horse 2. Sen. Behold ou patroness, the life of Rome : The cartness of his face fours ripe grapes. When Call all your tribes together, praise the gods, he walks, he moves like an engine, and the ground And make triumphant fures; ítrew flowers before Ihrinks before his treading. He is able to pierce
them : a corslet with his eye ; talks like a knell, and his Unthout the noise that banith's Marcius, hum is a battery. He fits in his state, as a thing Repeal him with the welcome of his mother : made for Alexander. What he bids be done, is Cry,---Welcome, ladies, welcome ! finith'd with his bidding. He wants nothing of a All. Welcome, ladies, welcome! god, but eternity, and a heaven to throne in.
[4 flourish with drums and trumpers. Excunt. Șic. Yes, mercy, if you report him truly.
SCENE V. Men. I paint him in the character. . Mark what mercy his mother shall bring from him : There is
A publice Place in Antium. no more mercy in him, than there is milk in a Enter Tullus Aufidius, with Attendants. male tyger ; and that Thall our poor city find : and Auf. Go tell the lords of the city, I am here : all this is 'long of you.
Deliver them this paper : having read it, Sic. The gods be good unto us!
Bid theni repair to the market-place; where 1, Mex. No, in fuch a case the gods will not be good | Even in theirs and in the commons' ears,
When we banish'd him, we respected Will vouch the truth of it. He I accuse, not them : and, he returning to break our necks, The city ports by this hath enter'd, and they respect not us.
Intends to appear before the people, hoping Enter a Melenger.
To purge himself with words : Dispatch.--Mof
welcome! Mel. Sir, if you'd save your life, Aly to your house: The plebeians have got your fellow-tribune, Enter three or four Conspirators of Aufidius' failion. And hale him up and down ; all swearing, if 1 Con. How is it with our general ? The Roman ladies bring not coinforc home, They'll give him death by inches,
As with a man by his own alms impoison'd,
Auf. Even so,
1 I will take advantage of this concellion to restore myself to my former credit and power. 2 Subintelligitur remembers his dam.
And with his charity Nain.
Auf. Say no more ; 2 Con. Most noble sir,
Here come the londs. If you do hold the same intent wherein
Enter the Lords of : be city. You wish'd us parties, we'll deliver you
Lords. You are most welcome home. Of your great danger.
Auf. I have not deservd it. Auf. Sir, I cannot tell ;
But, worthy lords, have you with heed perus'd We must proceed, as we do find the people. What I have written to you?
3 Con. The people will remain uncertain, whilft Lords. We have. 'Twixt you there's difference; but the fall of either i Lord. And grieve to hear it. Makes the survivor heir of all.
What fauits he made before the last, I think, Auf. I know it ;
Might have found easy fincs : but there to end, And my pretext to strike at him admits
Where he was to begin ; and give away A good construction. I rais’d him, and I pawnd The benefit of our ievies, answering us Mine honour for his truth: Whobeing foheighten’d, With our own charge 3 ; making a treaty, where He water'd his new plants with dews of Nattery, There was a yielding ; This admits no excuse. Seducing so my friends : and, to this end,
Auf. He approaches, you shall hear him. He bow'd his nature, never known before Enter Coriolanus, with drums and colours ; tbc Coas But to be rough, unfwayable, and free.
mons being with him. 3 Con. Sir, his 1toutness,
Cor. Hail, lords! I am return'd your foldier; When he did stand for conful, which he loft No more infected with my country's love, By lack of stooping,
Than when I parted hence, but still fut Sting Auf. That I would have spoke of :
Under your great commanı. You are to know, Being banih'd for’t, he came unto my hearth ; That prosperously I have attempted, and Presented to my knife his throat: I took him ; With bloody parlage led your wars, even to Made bim joint servant with me; gave him way The gates of Rome. Our spoil, we have brought In all his own desires ; nay, let him choose,
Together with the seal o'the senate, what
Auf. Read it not, noble lords ; i Con. So he did, my lord :
But tell the traitor, in the highest degree
duf. Ay, traitor, Marcius. Auf. There was it ;
[Drums and trumpets found, with great shouts For certain drops of falt, your city Rame
(I say, your city) to his wife and mother :
Countel o'the war; but at his nurse's tears 2 Con. And patient fools,
He whin'd and roar'd away your victory; Whose children he hath Nain, their base throats tear, That pages bluín 3 at him, and men of heart With giving him glory.
Look'd wondering each at other. 3 Con. Therefore, at your vantace,
Cor. Hear'lt thou, MarsEre he express himielf, or move the people Huf. Name not the god, thou boy of tears With what he would say, let bini feel your sword, Cor. Ha! Which we will fecond. When he lies along, Huf. No more. After your way his tale pronounc'd ihail bury Cor. Measureless liar, thou hast made my heart His reasons with his body.
| Too great for what contains it. Boy! O ilave!
1 The meaning, according to Dr. Johnson, is, He preferibed to me with an air of authority, and gave me his courtenan e for my wages; thought me suficient's rewarded with good looks. is the point on which I wili attack hin with iny utmolt abilities. 3 Thai is, rewarding usyth Our own expences.