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Because I am the store-house, and the shop
1 Cit. Ay, sir; well, well.
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 flour 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 public 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?
1 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 dissentious That, rabbing the poor itch of your opinion, [rogues, 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,
Men. For corn at their own rates; whereof, they say,
Hang 'em! They say?
Men. Nay, these are almost thoroughly persuaded;
They are dissolv'd: Hang 'em!
That, meat was made for mouths; that, the gods sent not
a strange one (To break the heart of generosity, And 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 wisdoms, Of their own choice : One's Junius Brutus, Sicinius Velatus, and I know not-'Sdeath! The rabble should have first unroof'd the city; Ere so prevail'd with me: it will in time Win upon power, and throw forth greater theines For insurrection's arguing. Men.
This is strange. Mar. Go, get you home, you fragments !
Enter a Messenger. Mess. Where's Caius Marcius? Mar.
Here: What's the matter? Mess. The news is, sir, the Volces are in arins.
Mur. I am glad on't; then we shall have means to vent Our musly superfluity :-See, our best elders. Enter Cominius, Titus LARTIUS, and other Senators;
JUNIUS BRUTUS, and SICINIUS VELUTUS.
They have a leader,
You have fought together.
Then, worthy Marcius,
Com. It is your former promise.
Sir, it is;
No, Caius Marcius;
0, true bred! 1 Sen. Your company to the Capitol ; where, I know, Our greatest friends attend us. Tit.
Lead you on :-
Noble Lartius! 1 Sen. Hence! To your homes, be gone.
[To the Citizens. Mar.
Nay, let them follow : The Volces have much corn; take these rats thither, To gnaw their garners :-Worshipful mutineers, Your valour puts well forth: pray, follow.
[Exeunt Senators, Cominius, Marcius, Titus,
and Menenius. Citizens steal away. Sic. Was ever inan so proud as is this Marcius? Bru. He has no equal. Sic. When we were chosen tribunes for the people,Bru. Mark'd you his lip, and eyes? Sic.
Nay, but his taunts. Bru. Being mov'd, he will not spare to gird the gods. Sic. Be-mock the modest moon.
Bru. The present wars devour him: he is grown
Such a nature,
Fame, at the which he aims,
In whom already he is well grac'd-cannot
Besides, if things go well,
Let's hence, and hear
SCENE 11. CORIOLI. The Senate House. Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS, and certain Senators. 1 Sen. So, your opinion is, Aufidius, That they of Rome are enter'd in our counsels, And know how we proceed. Auf.
Is it not yours? What ever hath been thought on in this state, That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome Had circumvention? 'Tis not four days gone, Since I heard thence; these are the words: I think, I have the letter here; yes, here it is : [Reads. They have press'd a power, but it is not known Whether for east, or west: The dearth is great ; The people mutinous : and it is rumour'd, Cominins Marcius, your old enemy (Who is of Rome worse hated than of you), And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman, These three lead on this preparation