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Above the moon: we must be burnt for you.
No, I'll not meddle.
What should I do?
Well, and say that Marcius
Yet your good will Must have that thanks from Rome, after the
measure As you
intended well. Men.
I'll undertake 't:
44. grief-shot, sorrow-stricken.
Bru. You know the very road into his kindness,
Good faith, I'll prove him, 60
He'll never hear him.
SCENE II. Entrance of the Volscian camp before
Rome. Two Sentinels on guard.
Enter to them, MENENIUS. First Sen. Stay: whence are you? 63 f. •The ambassadors that in his chair of state, with a were sent were Martius' familiar marvellous and unspeakable friends and acquaintance, who majesty' (North). looked at the least for a court- 69. Bound with an oath. eous welcome of him, as of their The transaction is obscurely familiar friend and kinsman. described. Apparently it is Howbeit they found nothing thus. Coriolanus indicates what less; for at their coming they he will concede, and binds himwere brought through the camp self by oath to concede nothing to the place where he was set more.
Stand, and go back.
From whence ?
our general Will no more hear from thence. Sec. Sen. You 'll see your Rome embraced with
fire before You 'll speak with Coriolanus. Men.
Good my friends, If you have heard your general talk of Rome, And of his friends there, it is lots to blanks, My name hath touch'd your ears : it is Menenius. First Sen. Be it so; go back: the virtue of
your name Is not here passable. Men.
I tell thee, fellow, Thy general is my lover : I have been The book of his good acts, whence men have read His fame unparallel'd, haply amplified ; For I have ever verified my friends, Of whom he's chief, with all the size that verity Would without lapsing suffer : nay, sometimes, Like to a bowl upon a subtle ground, I have tumbled past the throw; and in his praise
v Have almost stamp'd the leasing : therefore,
fellow, I must have leave to pass.
13. passable, is no pass-word merits). here.
20. subtle, deceptive, 17. verified, been true to 22. stamp'd the leasing, passed (by doing full justice to their a lie for truth.
First Sen. Faith, sir, if you had told as many lies in his behalf as you have uttered words in your own, you should not pass here; no, though it were as virtuous to lie as to live chastely. Therefore, go back.
Men. Prithee, fellow, remember my name is Menenius, always factionary on the party of your general.
Sec. Sen. Howsoever you have been his liar, as you say you have, I am one that, telling true under him, must say, you cannot pass. Therefore, go back.
Men. Has he dined, canst thou tell? for I would not speak with him till after dinner.
First Sen. You are a Roman, are you?
First Sen. Then you should hate Rome, as he does. Can you, when you have pushed out your gates the very defender of them, and, in a violent popular ignorance, given your enemy your shield, think to front his revenges with the easy groans of old women, the virginal palms of your daughters, or with the palsied intercession of such a decayed dotant as you seem to be ?
think to blow out the intended fire your city is ready to flame in, with such weak breath as this? No, you are deceived ; therefore, back to Rome, and prepare for your execution : you are condemned, our general has sworn you out of reprieve and pardon.
Men. Sirrah, if thy captain knew I were here, he would use me with estimation.
First Sen. Come, my captain knows you not.
47. dotant, dotard.
First Sen. My general cares
not for you. Back, I say, go; lest I let forth your half-pint 60 of blood ; back, - that's the utmost of your having: back.
Men. Nay, but, fellow, fellow,
Enter CORIOLANUS and AUFIDIUS. Cor. What's the matter ?
Men. Now, you companion, I'll say an errand for you : you shall know now that I am in estimation ; you shall perceive that a Jack guardant cannot office me from my son Coriolanus : guess, but by my entertainment with him, if thou standest not i' the state of hanging, or of some death more long in spectatorship, and crueller in suffering; behold now presently, and swoon for whạt's to come upon thee. [To Cor.] The glorious gods sit in hourly synod about thy particular prosperity, and love thee no worse than thy old father Menenius does ! O my son, my son! thou art preparing fire for us; look thee, here's water to quench it. I was hardly moved to come to thee; but being assured none but myself could move thee, I have been blown out 80 of your gates with sighs; and conjure thee to pardon Rome, and thy petitionary countrymen. The good gods assuage thy wrath, and turn the dregs of it upon this varlet here,—this, who, like a block, hath denied my access to thee.
67. Jack guardant, Jack on officious intervention, made ex. guard (with the suggestion of plicit in the following words). *Jack in office,' and hence of 78. hardly, with difficulty.