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credit up, thaver of allou to't?
And, through the cranks and offices of man,
į Cit. Ay, sir; well, well. Men. .
Though all at once cannot See what I do deliver out to each ; Yet I can make my audit up, that all From me do back receive the flower of all, And leave me but the bran. What say you to't?
1 Cit. It was an answer: How apply you this?
Men. The senators of Rome are this good belly, And you the mutinous members: For examine Their counsels, and their cares; digest things rightly, Touching the weal o'the common; you shall find, No publick benefit which you receive, But it proceeds, or comes, from them to you, And no way from yourselves. What do you think? You, the great toe of this assembly?
i Cit. I the great toe? Why the great toe? Men. For that being one o'the lowest, basest,
. poorest, Of this most wise rebellion, thou go'st foremost: Thou rascal, that art worst in blood, to run Lead'st first to win some vantage. But make you ready your stiff bats and clubs; Rome and her rats are at the point of battle, The one side must have bale. --Hail, noble Marcius!
Enter Caius Marcius. Mar. Thanks.What's the matter, you dissen
the cranks and offices of man,] Cranks are windings.. ? The one side must have bale.] Bale is an old Saxon word, for misery or calamity.
That rubbing the poor itch of your opinion, . Make yourselves scabs? 1 Cit.
We have ever your good word. Mar. He that will give good words to thee, will:
... flatter Beneath abhorring.-What would you have, you
curs, . That like nor peace, nor war? the one affrights you, The other makes you proud. He that trusts you, Where he should find you lions, finds you hares; Where foxes, geese: You are no surer, no, Than is the coal of fire upon the ice, . Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is, To make him worthy, whose offence subdues him, And curse that justice did it. Who deserves great
- Your virtue is,
And ourse that justice did it.] i. e. Your virtue is to speak well of him whom his own offences have subjected to justice; and to rail at those laws by which he whom you praise was punished.
Men. For corn at their own rates; whereof, they
say, The city is well stor'd.
Mar. . . Hang 'em! They say ? , They'll sit by the fire, and presumë to know What's done i'the Capitol : who's like to rise, · Who thrives, and who declines: side factions, and
Who thrive give out
making partheir liking,
Conjectural marriages; making parties strong,
Men. Nay, these are almost thoroughly persuaded ; For though abundantly they lack discretion, Yet are they passing cowardly. But, I beseech you, What says the other troop? Mar.
They are dissolved: Hang 'em!, They said, they were an-hungry; sigh'd forth pro
verbs;. . That, hunger broke stone walls; that, dog's must eat; That, meat was made for mouths; that, the gods
sent not Corn for the rich men only: With these shreds " They vented their complainings; which being an
swer'd, And a petition granted them, a strange one,
their ruth,] i. e. thcir pity, compassion. Fairfax and Spenser often use the word. Hence the adjective-ruthless, which is still current. S I 'd make a quarry--] Mr. Steevens asserts, that quarry means game pursued or killed, and supports that opinion by a passage in Massinger's Guardian: and from thénce, perhaps, the word was used to express a heap of slaughtered persons.
6 cm pick my lance.] i, e. pitch it.
(to break the heart of generosity,? Ànd make bold power look pale,) they threw their
caps As they would hang them on the horns o’the moon, Shouting their emulation. Men.
: What is granted them? Mar. Five tribunes, to defend their vulgar wis
This is strange.
Enter a Messenger.
Enter COMINIUS, Titus LARTIUS, and other Senators; JUNIUS BRUTUS, and SICINIUS VELUTUS. i Sen. Marcius, 'tis true, that you have lately
i n the heart of generosity,] To give the final blow to the nobles. Generosity is high birth.
8 Shouting their emulation.] Emulation, in the present instance, perhaps, signifies faction. Shouting their emulation, may mean, expressing the triumph of their faction by shouts. Emulation, in our author, is sometimes used in an unfavourable sense, and not to imply an honest contest for superior excellence. ġ For insurrection's arguing.) For insurgents to debate upon. VOL. VII.
The Volces are in arıns.
They have a leader,
You have fought together.
and he Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make Only my wars with hiin: he is a lion
That I am proud to hunt. - 1 Sen.
Then, worthy Marcius, Attend upon Cominius to these wars.
Com. It is your former promise.
Sir, it is;
No, Caius Marcius;
O, true bred!
Lead you on:
[To the Citizens. "Mar.
Nay, let them follow: The Volces have much corn; take these rats thither,
· Right worthy you priority.) You being right worthy of precedence.