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Than stay, past doubt, for greater:
Nor ever will be rul'd. If, as his nature is, he fall in rage
Call't not a plot : With their refusal, both observe and answer The people cry, you mock'd them: and, of late, The vantage of his anger.
When corn was given them gratis, you repin'd; Sic.
To the Capitol : Scandald the suppliants for the people: call'd Come; we'll be there before the stream o' the them people;
Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness. And this shall seem, as partly 'tis, their own, Cor. Why, this was known before. Which we have goaded onward. (Exeunt. Bru.
Not to them all.
How ! I inform them!
(clouds, SCENE I. The same. A Strect.
Cor. Why then should I be consul? 'By yon Cornets. Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENTUS,COMINIUS, Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me
Titius LARTIUS, Senators, and Patricians. Your fellow tribune.
You show too much of that, Lart. He had, my lord; and that it was, which For which the people stir: If you will pass Our swifter composition.
[caus'a To where you are bound, you must inquire your Cor. So then the Volces stand but as at first: way, Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make which you are out of, with a gentler spirit; Upon us again.
(road Or never be so noble as a consul, Com. They are worn, lord consul, so, Nor yoke with him for tribune. Their we shall hardly in our ages see
Let's be calm. That banners wave apain.
Com. The people are abus'd :- Set on.—This Cor.
Saw you Aufidins ? palt'ring Lart. On safeguard he came to me; and did Becomes not Rome; nor has Coriolanus curse
Deserv'd this so dishonour'd rub, laid falsely Against the Volces, for they had so vilely l' the plain way of his merit. Yielded the town: he is retir'd to Antium. Cor.
Tell me of corn! Cor. Spoke he of me?
This was my speech, and I will speak't again; Lart. He did, my lord,
Men. Not now, not now. Cor. liow? What? 1 Srn.
Not in this heat, sir now. Lart. How often he had met you, sword to Cor. Now, as I live, I will.-- My nobler friends, sword:
I crave their pardons = That, of all things upon the earth, he hated For the mutable, rauk-scented many, let them Your person most : That he would pawn his Regard me as I do not flatter, and To hopeless restitution, so he might (fortunes Therein behold themselves : I say again, Be call'd your vanquisher.
In soothing them, we nourish'gainst our senate Cor.
At Antium lives he? The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition, Lart. At Antium.
Which we ourselves have plough'd for, sow'd Cor. I wish, I had a cause to seek him there, and scatter d,
(ber; To oppose his hatred fully-Welcome home. By mingling them with us, the honour'd nume
(To LARTIUS. Who lack not virtue, no, nor power, but that Enter Sicixius and BRUTUS.
Which they have given to beggars. Behold! these are the tribunes of the people, bin.
Well, no more. The tongries o' the common mouth. I do de 1 Sen. No more words, we beseech you. spise them;
How, no more ? For they do prank them in authority, As for my country, I have shed my blood, Against all noble sufferance.
Not fearing outward force, so shall my lungs Sic.
Pass no further. Coin words till their decay, against those meaCor. Ha! what is that?
It will be dangerous to which we disdain should tetter us, yet sought Go on: no further.
The very way to catch them. Cor. What makes this change?
You speak o' the people, Men.
The matter? As if you were a god to punish, not
"Twere well Cor.
Have I had childreu's voices? We let the people know't. 1 Sen. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the Ven.
What, what? his choler ? market-place.
Stop, By Jove, 'twould be my mind.
It is a mind, Cor.
Are these your herd ?– That shall remain a poison where it is,
Hear you this Triton of the minnows? mark You being their months, why rule you not their His absolute shall ?
[you Have you not set them on ?
(teeth?, Com. "Twas from the cannon. Men.
Be calm, be calm. Cor.
You grave, but reckless senators, have you thus Suffer it, and live with such as cannot rule, Given Hydra here to choose an officer,
That with his peremptory shall, being but More than you doubt the change oft; that The horn and noise o' the monsters, wants not A noble life before a long, and wish (prefe: spirit
To jump a body with a dangerous physick (out To say, he'll turn your current in a ditch, That's sure of death without it,-at once pluck And make your channel his; If he have power, The multitudinous tongue, let them not lick Then vail your ignorance; if none, awake The sweet which is their poison: your dishonour Your dangerous lenity. If you are learned, Mangles true judgment, and bereaves the state Be not as common fools; if you are not, of that integrity that should become it; Let them have cushions by you. You are ple- Not having the power to do the good it would, beians,
For the ill which doth control it. If they be senators: and they are no less, Bri
He has said enough. When, both your voices blended, the greatest Sic. He has spoken like a traitor, and shall taste (trate; As traitors do.
(answer Most palates theirs. They choose their magis Cor. Thou wretch ! despite o'erwhelm thee! And such a one as he, who puts his shall, What should the people do with these bald His popular shall, against a graver bench
tribunes? Than ever frown'd in Greecel By Jove himself, On whom depending, their obedience fails It makes the consuls base: and my soul akes, To the greater bench: In a rebellion, To know, when two authorities are up, When what's not meet, but what must be, was Neither supreme, how soon confusion
Then were they chosen; in a better hour law May enter 'twixt the gap of both, and take Let what is meet, be said it must be meet, The one by the other.
And throw their power i' the dust. Com.
Well-on to the market-place. Bru. Manifest treason. Cor. Whoever gave that counsel, to give forth Sic.
This a consul? no. The corn o' the store-house gratis, as 'tis us'd Bru. The Ædiles, ho!-let him be appreSometime in Greece,
Well, well, no more of that. Sic. Go, call the people; (Exit BRUTUS,] in Cor. (Though there the people had more ab whose name, myself solute power)
Attach thee, as a traitorous innovator,
And follow to thine answer.
Hence, old goati One, that speaks thus, their voice?
Sen. & Pat. We'll sarety him.
Aged sir, hands off. More worthier than their voices. They know, Cor. Hence, rotten thing, or I shall shake the corn
Out of thy garments.
[thy bones Was not our recompense; resting well assur'd Sic.
Help ye, citizens. They ne'er did service for't: Being press'd to Re-enter BRUTUS, with the Ædiles, and a Rabble
of Citizens. Even when the naval of the state was touch'd, Men. On both sides more respect. That would not thread the gates: this kind of Sic.
Here's he, that would service
Take from you all your power. Did not deserve corn gratis : being i' the war, Bru.
Seize him, Ædiles, Theirmutinies and revolts, wherein they show'd Cit. Down with him, down with him! Most valour, spoke not for them: The accusation
Several speak. Which they have often made against the senate, 2 Sen. Weapons, weapons, weapons ! All cause unborn, could never be the native
[They all bustle about CORIOLANUS. Of our so frank donation. Well, what then? Tribunes, patricians, citizens !--what ho ! How shall his bosom multiplied digest Sicinius, Brutus, Coriolanus, citizens ! The senate's courtesy? Let deeds express Cit. Peace, peace, peace; stay, hold, peace! What's like to be their words:-Wediul request it: Men. What is about to be I am out of We are the greater poll, and in true fear
breath; They gave us our demands :-Thus we debase Confusion's near; I cannot speak :-You triThe nature of our seats, and make the rabble To the people, ---Coriolanus, patience: [bunes Call our cares, fears : which will in time break Speak, good Sicinius. ope
Hear me, people ;-Peace. The locks o' the senate, and bring in the crows Cit. Let's hear our tribune Peace. Speak, To peck the eagles.
speak, speak. Men. Come, enough.
Sic. You are at point to lose your liberties : Bru. Enough, with overmeasure.
Mareius would have all from you; Marcius, Cor.
No, take more : Whom late you have nam'd for consul. What may be sworn by, both divine and human, Men.
Fye, fye, fye! Seal what I end withal !- This double wor- This is the way to kindle, not to quench. ship,
(other 1 Sen. To unbuild the city, and to lay all flat. Where one part does disdain with cause, the Sic. What is the city, but the people ? Insult without all reason; where gentry, title, Cil.
The people are the city. Cannot conclude, but by the yea and no
Bru. By the consent of all, we were estab Of general ignorance,- it must omit
The people's magistrates.
(lished Real necessities, and give way the while
You so remain. To unstable slightness : purpose so barrd, it Men. And so are like to do. follows,
(you, Cor. That is the way to lay the city flat; Nothing is done to purpose: Therefore, beseech To bring the roof to the foundation; You that will be less fearful than discreet; And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges, That love the fundamental part of state, Ia heaps and piles of ruin.
This deserves death. And being angry, does forget that ever Pru. Or let us stand to our authority, He heard the name of death. (A noise within. Or let us lose it :-We do here pronounce, Here's goodly work! l'pon the part o' the people, in whose power 2 Pat.
I would they were a bed ! We were elected theirs, Marcius is worthy Men, I would they were in Tyber!-- What, Of present death.
Could be not speak them fair? (the vengeance, Sic.
Therefore lay hold of him; Re-enter BkUTUS and SICIxius, with the Rabble. Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence
Where is the viper, Into destruction cast him.
That would depopulate the city, and Bru.
Adiles, seize bim. Be every man himself? Cit. Yield, Marcius, yield.
You worthy tribunes, Men.
Hear me one word. Sic. He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian rock Beseech you, tribunes, hear me but a word. With rigorous hands; he hath resisted law, Edi. Peace, peace.
[friend. And therefore law shall scoin him further trial Men. Be that you seem, truly your country's Thau the severity of the public power, And temperately proceed to what you would Which he so sets at nought. Thus violently redress.
He shall well know, Rru.
Sir, those cold ways, The noble tribunes are the people's mouths, That seem like prudent helps are very poisonous And we their hands. Where the disease is violent:--Lay hands upon Cit.
He shall, sure on't. And bear him to the rock.
Several speak together. Cor.
No; I'll die here.
(Drawing his sword. Sic. Peace. There's some among you have beheld me fight Men. Do not cry, havock, where yon should ing; (seen me. With modest warrant.
[but hunt Come, try upon yourselves what you have Sic.
Sir, how comes it that you Hen. Down with that sword;- Tribunes with- Have help to make this rescue? I'ru. Lay hands upon him. draw a while. Men.
Hear me speak : Men.
Help, help Marcius! help, As I do know the consul's worthiness,
Consul What consul? [In this Mutiny the Tribunes, the ciles, Mon. The consul Coriolanus. and the People, are all beat in. Dru.
He a consul? Men. Go, get you to your house; be gone, Cit. No, no, no, no, no.
(good people, All will be naught else.
Laway. Men. If, by the tribunes' leave, and yours, 2 Sen. Get you gone.
I may be heard, I'd crave a word or two; Cor.
The which shall turn you to no further harnı, We have as many friends as enemies.
Than so much loss of time. Men. Shall it be put to that?
Speak briefly then; 1 Sen.
The gods forbid! For we are peremptory, to dispatch
Were but one danger; and, to keep him here, Men.
For 'tis a sore upon us, Our certain death; therefore it is decreed, You cannot tent yourself: Begone,'beseech you. Ile dies to-night. Com. Come, sir, along with us.
Now the good gods forbid, Cor. I wonid they were barbarians (as they That our renowned Rome, whose gratitude are,
[are not, Towards her deserved children is enrolld Though in Rome litter'd), not Romans (as they In Jove's own book, like an unnatural dam Though calv'd i' the porch of the Capitol) Should now eat up her own! Men.
Sic. He's a disease that must be cut away. Put not your worthy rage into your tongue; Min. 0, he's a limb, that has but a disease; One time will owe another.
Mortal, to cut it off; to cure it easy. Cor.
On fair ground What has he done to Rome, that's worthy death? I could beat forty of them.
Killing our enemies? The blood he hath lost Hon.
I could myself (Which, I dare vouch, is more than that he hath, Take up a brace of the best of them; yea, the By many an ounce), he dropp'd it for his two tribunes.
country: Com. But now 'tis odds beyond arithmetick; And, what is left, to lose it by his country, And manhood is call d foolery, when it stands Were to us all, that do't, and sufferit, Against a falling fabrick, Will you hence, A brand to the end of the world. Before the tag return? whose rage doth rend Sic.
This is clean kam. Like interrupted waters, and v'erbear
Bru. Merely awry: when he did love his What they are used to bear.
It honour'd hiin.
'Pray you, be gone :
The service of the foot I'll try whether my old wit be in request Being once gangren'd, is not then respected With those that have but little; this must be For what before it was? With cloth of any colour.
We'll hear no more: Com.
Nay, come away. Pursue him to his house, and pluck him thence;
[Ecrunt Cor. Com. and Others. Lest his infection, being of catching nature, 1 Pat. This man has marr'd his fortune. Spread further. Men. His nature is too noble for the world:
One word more, one word. lle would not fatter Neptune for his trident; This tiger-footed rage, when it shall find Or Jove for his power to thunder. His hearts' The harm of unscann'd swiftness, will, too late, his mouth;
(vent; Tie leaden pounds to his heels. Proceed, by What his breast forges, that his tongue must process;
you there :
Lest parties (as he is belov’d) break out, But yet a brain, that leads my use of anger, And sack great Rome with Romans.
To better vantage.
If it were so,-
Well said, poble woman: Sic. What do ve talk?
Before b« should thns stoop to the herd, but that Ilave we not had a taste of bis obedience ? The violent fit o'the time craves it as physick Our Ædiles smote ? ourselves resisted ? - Forthe whole state, I would put mine armour on, Come >
(wars Which I can searcely bear. Men, Consider this:-he has been bredi' the Cor. What must I do? Since he could draw a sword, and is ill-schoold
Return to the tribunes. In buulted language: meal and bran together Cor.
Well, He throws without distinction. Give me leave, What then? what then? I'll go to him, and undertake to bring him
Repent what you have spoke. Where he shall answer, by a lawful form
Cor. For them ?-1 cannot do it to the gods; (in peace), to his utmost peril.
Must I then dut to them? 1 Sen.
You are too absolute; It is the humane way: the other course Though therein you can never be too noble, Will prove too bloody; and the end of it But when extremities speak. I have heard you Unknown to the beginning.
Noble Medenius, Honour and policy, like unsever'd friends, Be you then as the people's officer :
l' the war do grow together: Grant that, and
1 Masters lay down your weapons. tru.
Go not home. In peace, what each of them by th' other lose, Sic. Meet on the market-place :- We'llaitend That they combine not there.
Tush, tush! Where, if you bring not Marcius, we'll proceed Men.
A good demand. In our first way.
Vol. If it be honour, in your wars, to seem Ven.
I'll bring him to you: The same you are not (which, for your best ends, Let me desire your company. [To the Senators.] You adopt vour policy), how is it less, or worse, lle milst come,
That it shall hold companionship in peace Or what is worst will follow.
With honour, as in war; since that to both 1 Sen.
'Pray you, let's to him. It stands in like request?
Why force yon this? SCENE II. A Room in Coriolanus's House.
l'ol. Because that now it lies you on to speak
To the people: not by your own instruction, Erter CORIOLANUS and Patricians.
Nor by the matter which your heart prompts you Cor. Let them pull all about mine ears; pre- But with such words that are but loted in [to, sont me
Your tongue, thongh but bastards, and syllables Death on the wheel, or at the wild horses' heels; Of no allowance to your bosom's trnth. Or pile ten hill on the Tarpeian rock,
Now, this no more dishonours you at all,
The hazırd of much blood.
I would dissemble with my nature, where 1 Pat. You do the nobler.
My fortunes, and my friends, at stake, requird, Cor. I muse, my mother
I should do so in honour: I am in this, Does not approve me further, who was wont Your wife, your sun, these senators, the nobles; To call them woollen vassals, things created And you will rather show our general lowts 'To buy and sell with grvats; to show bare heads How you can frown, then spend a fawn upon In congregations, to yawn, he still, and wonder, them, When one but of my ordinance stood up For the inheritance of their loves, and safeguard To speak of peace, or war. I talk of you; Of what that want might ruin. [To VOLUMNIA.
Noble lady Why did you wish me milder? Would you have come, go with us; speak frir: you may salve so, False to iny nature? Rather say, I play (me Not wat is dangerous present, but the loss The mau I am.
Of what is past.
I pr'thee now, my son, I would have had you put your power well on, Go to them, with this bonnet in thy hand; Before you had it worn out.
And thus far having stretch'd it (here be with Cor.
(you are, them), Vol. You might have been enough the man Thyknee bussing the stones (for in such business With striving less to be so : Lesser had been Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant The thwartings of your dispositions, if More learned than the ears), waving thy head, You had not shown them how you were dispos'd Which often, thus correcting thy stout heart, Ere they lack'd power to cross you.
Now humble, as the ripest mulberry, Cor.
Let them hang. That will not hold the handling:Or, say to them, Vol. Ay, and burn too.
Thou art their soldier, and being bred in broils, Inter MENENIUS and Senators.
Hast not the soft way, which, thou dost confess Men. Conne, come, you have been too rough, Were fit for thee to use, as they to claim, something too rough ;
In asking their good loves; but thou wilt frame Yon inust return, and mend it.
Thyself, forsooth, hereafter theirs, so far 1 Sen.
There's no remedy; As thou hast power, and person. Inless, by not so doing, our good city
This but done, Cleave in the midst, and perish.
Even as she speaks, why, their hearts were Vol. Pray be counsell’d:
yours: I have a heart as little apt as yours,
For they have pardons, being ask'd, as free
As words to little purpose.
SCENE III. The same. The Forum.
Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS.
Bru. In this point charge him home, that he
affects Than flatter him in a bower. Here is Cominius.
Tyrannical power: If he evade us there,
Enforce him with his envy to the people; Com. I have been i' the market-place : and, And that the spoil, got on the Antiates, sir, 'tis fit
Was ne er distributed.--
Enter an Ædile.
How accompanied ! Can thereto frame his spirit.
2.d. With old Menenins, and those senators Vol
He must, and will : That always favoured him. Prythee, now, say, you will, and go about it. Sic.
Have you a catalogue Cor. Must I go show them my unbarb'd sconce? Of all the voices that we have procurd, Must I
Set down by the poll ? With my base tongue, give to my noble heart Ad.
I have; 'tis ready, here. A lie, that it must bear? Well, I will do't: Sic. Have you collected them by tribes ? Yet were there but this single plot to lose, Td.
I have. This mould of Marcius, they to dust should Sic. Assemble presently the people hither: grind it,
[place : And when they hear me say, it shall be 80 And throw it against the wind.—To the market- l'the right and strength o' the commons, be it either You have put me now to such a part, which never Fordeath, for fine, or banishment, then let them, I shall discharge to the life.
If I say, tine, cry fine; if death, cry death; Com.
Come, come, we'll prompt you. Insisting on the old prerogative
I shall inform them.
Well, I must do 't: Let them not cease, but with a din confus'd Away, my disposition, and possess me
Enforce the present execution Some harlot's spirit! My throat of war be trund, of what we chance to sentence, Which quired with my drum, into a pipe
Very well. Small as an eunuch, or the virgin voice Sic. Make them be strong, and ready for this That babies lulls asleep! The smiles of knaves When we shall hap to give't them. (hint, Tent in my cheeks; and schoolboys'tcars take up
Go about it.The glasses of my sight! A beggar's tongue
(Exit Ædile. Make motion through my lips; and my arm'a Put him to choler straight: He hath been us'd knees,
Ever to conquer, and to have his worth Who bow'd but in my stirrup, bend like his Of contradiction : Being once chaf'd, he cannot That hath receiv'd an alms - I will not do‘t: Be rein'd again to temperance; then he speaks Lest I surcease to hono'ır mine own truth, What's in his heart; and that is there, which And, by my body's action, teach my mind With us to break his neck.
[looks A most inherent baseness.
Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENTUS, COMnius,
Senators, and Patricians.
Sic, Well, here he comes.
Calmly, I do beseeeh you. Thy dangerous stoutness; for I mock at death will bear the knave by the volume. The ho
Cur. Ay, as an ostler, that for the poorest piece With as big heart as thou. Do as thou list.
nour'd gods Thy valiantness was mine, thou suck'dst it from But owe thy pride thyself.
[me; Keep Rome in safety, and the chairs of justice Cor.
Pray, be content;
Supplied with worthy men! plant love among
us! Mother, I am going to the market-place ;
(peace, Chide me no more. I'll mountebank their loves, Throng our large temples with the shows of Cog their hearts from them, and come home And not our streets with war! belov'd
Men. A noble wish.
Re-enter Ædile, with Citizens.
Sie. Draw near, ye people.
[I say. l' the way of flattery, further.
#1List to your tribunes; audience: Peace, VOL
Do your will. (Ezil. Cor. First, hear me speak. Com. Away, the tribunes do attend you; arm Both Tri.
Well, say.- Peace, ho. yourself
Cor. Shall I be charg'd no further than this To answer mildly; for they are prepard Must all determine here?
(present ? With accusations, as I hear, more strong
I do demand, Than are upon you yet.
[go; If you submit you to the people's voices, Cor. The word is, mildly Pray you, let us Allow their officers, and are content Let them accuse me by invention, I
To suffer lawful censure for such faults
As shall be prov'd upon you ?
I am content Cor. Well, mildly be it then; mildly. Men. Lo, citizens, he says he is content:
(Exeunt. The warlike service he has done, consider;