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you to't.

I got them in my country's service, when

Enter two Citizens."
Some certain of your brethren roar’d, and
From the noise of our own drums.

So, here comes a brace.-

O me, the gods! You know the cause, sir, of my standing here.
You must not speak of that: you must desire them 1 Cit. We do, sir; tell us what hath brought
To think upon you.

Think upon me? hang 'em ! Cor. Mine own desert.
I would they would forget me, like the virtues 2 Cit. Your own desert ?
Which our divines lose by 'em.

COR. Ay, not * mine own desire.

You'll mar all : 1 Cit. How! not your own desire ?
I'll leave you. Pray you, speak to 'em, I pray you, Cor. No, sir : 't was never my desire yet, to
In wholesome manner.

trouble the poor with begging. Cor.

Bid them wash their faces, 1 Cor. You must think, if we give you anything, And keep their teeth clean ?- [Exit MENENIUS. we hope to gain by you.

(*) Old text, bul.

A - Two Citizens.) The old direction says, "Enter three of the Citizens," but wrongly.


Cor. Well then, I pray, your price o' the con- The dust on antique time would lie unswept, sulship?

And mountainous error be too highly heap'd 1 Čit. The price is, to ask it kindly.

For truth to over-peer.—Rather than fool it so, Cor. Kindly! Sir, I pray, let me ha't: I have Let the high office and the honour go wounds to show you, which shall be yours in pri- To one that would do thus.-I am half through ; vate.—Your good voice, sir; what say you ? The one part suffer'd, the other will I do.2 Cır. You shall ha't, worthy sir.

Here come more voices,Cor. A match, sir ? $_There's in all two worthy voices begged:—I have your alms; adieu. 1 Cır. But this is something odd.

Enter three other Citizens.
2 Cit. An 't were to give again,—but 't is no
[Exeunt the two Citizens.

Your voices ! for your voices I have fought;
Watch'd for your voices; for your voices bear

Of wounds two dozen odd; battles thrice six
Re-enter two other Citizens.

I have seen, and heard of; for your voices have

Done many things, some less, some more: Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with the

Your voices ! Indeed, I would be consul. tune of your voices that I may be consul, I have

1 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go withhere the customary gown.

out any honest man's voice. 1 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your country,

2 Cit. Therefore let him be consul : the gods and you have not deserved nobly.

give him joy, and make him good friend to the Cor. Your enigma ?

people! 1 Cır. You have been a scourge to her enemies,

ĀLL. Amen, amen.- -God save thee, noble you have been a rod to her friends ; you have not,


[Exeunt Citizens. indeed, loved the common people.

Cor. Worthy voices ! Cor. You should account me the more virtuous, that I have not been common in my love. I will, sir, flatter my sworn brother, the people, to earn a dearer estimation of them ; 'tis à condition they

Re-enter MENENTUS, with BRUTUS and SICINIUS. account gentle: and since the wisdom of their choice is rather to have my hat than my heart, I

MEN. You have stood


limitation; will practise the insinuating nod, and be off to And the tribunes endue you with the people's them most counterfeitly; that is, sir, I will counter

voice : feit the bewitchment of some popular man, and Remains that, in the official marks invested, give it bountiful to the desirers. Therefore, be- You anon do meet the senate. seech I you,

COR. be consul.

Is this done? may 2 Cit. We hope to find you our friend; and Sic. The custom of request you have discharg’d: therefore give you our voices heartily.

The people do admit you ; and are summond 1 Cit. You have received many wounds for your To meet anon, upon your approbation. country.

Cor. Where? at the senate-house? Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with show


There, Coriolanus. ing them. I will make much of your voices, and Cor. May I change these garments ? so trouble you no farther.


You may, sir. Both Cir. The gods give you joy, sir, heartily! Cor. That I'll straight do; and, knowing my


self again, COR. Most sweet voices !

Repair to the senate-house. Better it is to die, better to starve,

MEN. I'll keep you company.- Will you along? Than crave the hire* which first we do deserve. Bru. We stay here for the people. Why in this woolvish gown should I stand here, b Sic.

Fare you well. To beg of Hob and Dick, that dot appear,

[Exeunt Coriol. and MENEN. Their needless vouches ? Custom calls me to't:- He has it now; and by his looks, methinks, What custom wills, in all things should we do't, 'Tis warm at 's heart.

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(t) Old text, does. a A match, sir?] The meaning, we take to be this: Coriolanus haring won the voice of one citizen, turns to the other with the inquiry, Will you match it? and then proceeds,-" There's in all hero worthy voices begged: "&c. b – woolrish gown-) This is the lection of the second folio;

the first has, “ woolvish longue," which has been emendated into “woolvish togue," " foolish toge," and " woolless togue;" the last a suggestion of Mr. Collier's indefatigable annotator; but the passage appears still open to controversy. Possibly, after all that has been written about it, the term “woolvish" may have been intended to apply to the mob, and not to the vestment, and the genuine reading be, "wollish throng."


Bru. With a proud heart he wore his humble Sic. Why, so he did, I am sure. weeds.


No, no; no man saw 'em. Will you dismiss the people ?

3 Cit. He said he had wounds, which he could

show in private;

And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn,
Re-enter Citizens.

I would be consul, says he : aged custom,

But by your voices, will not so permit me ; Sic. How now, my masters ? have you chose Your voices therefore : when we granted that, this man ?

Here was,-1 thank you for your voices,—thank 1 Cır. He has our voices, sir.

you, — Bru. We pray the gods, he may deserve your BRU

Your most sweet voices : now you have left your loves.

voices, 2 Cit. Amen, sir :-to my poor unworthy I have no further with you :-was not this notice,

mockery? He mock'd us when he begg'd our voices.

Sic. Why, either were you ignorant to see't, 3 CIT.

Certainly, Or, seeing it, of such childish friendliness He flouted us down-right.

To yield your voices ? 1 Cit. No, 'tis his kind of speech,—he did BRU.

Could you not have told him, not mock us.

As you were lesson’d,—when he had no power, 2 Cit. Not one amongst us, save yourself, but But was a petty servant to the state, says

He was your enemy; ever spake against He us'd us scornfully: he should have show'd us Your liberties, and the charters that you bear His marks of merit, wounds receiv'd for 's country. l' the body of the weal: and now, arriving

to you


A place of potency, and sway o'the state,

Bru. Lay a fault on us, your tribunes ; If he should still malignantly remain

That we labour'd (no impediment between) Fast foe to the plebeii, your voices might

But that you must cast your election on him. Be curses to yourselves? You should have said, Sic. Say, you chose him more after our comThat as his worthy deeds did claim no less

mandment, Than what he stood for, so his gracious nature Than as guided by your own true affections; and Would think upon you for your voices,

that, And translate his malice towards you into love, Your minds, pre-occupied with what you rather Standing your friendly lord,

must do, Sic.

Thus to have said, Than what you should, made you against the grain As you were fore-advis'd, had touch'd his spirit To voice him consul : lay the fault on us. And tried his inclination ; from him pluck'd Bru. Ay, spare us not. Say we read lectures Either his gracious promise, which you might, As cause had call’d you up, have held him to; How youngly he began to serve his country, Or else it would have gallid his surly nature, How long continued ; and what stock he springs

; Which easily endures not article

of, — Tying him to aught; so, putting him to rage, The noble house o' the Marcians; from whence You should have ta’en the advantage of his choler, And pass'd him unelected.

That Ancus Marcius, Numa's daughter's son, Bru,

Did you perceive, Who, after great Hostilius, here was king; He did solicit you in free contempt,

Of the same house Publius and Quintus were, When he did need your loves; and do you think That our best water brought by conduits hither ; That his contempt shall not be bruising to you, [And Censorinus, darling of the people,] (1) When he hath power to crush? Why, had your And nobly nam’d so, twice being censor, bodies

Was his great ancestor. No heart among you? or had you tongues to cry


One thus descended, Against the rectorship of judgment ?

That hath beside well in his person wrought Sic. Have you, ere now, denied the asker ? To be set high in place, we did commend And now again, of him that did not ask, but mock, To your remembrances : but you have found, Bestow your su’d-for tongues ?

[yet. Scaling his present bearing with his past, 3 Cit. He's not confirm’d; we may deny him That he's

fixed enemy,

and revoke 2 Cit. And will deny him :

Your sudden approbation. I'll have five hundred voices of that sound.


Say, you ne'er had done't, 1 Cit. I twice five hundred, and their friends (Harp on that still) but by our putting on:* to piece 'em.

And presently, when you have drawn your uber, BBU. Get you hence instantly; and tell those | Repair to the Capitol. friends,

CITIZENS. We will so: almost all repent in They have chose a consul, that will from them take

their election. [Exeunt Citizens. Their liberties; make them of no more voice

BRU. Let them go on ;
Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking, This mutiny were better put in hazard,
As therefore kept to do so.

Than stay, past doubt, for greater :

Let them assemble; If, as his nature is, he fall in rage
And, on a safer judgment, all revoke

With their refusal, both observe and answer
Your ignorant election : enforce his pride, The vantage of his anger.
And his old hate unto you: besides, forget not Sic.

To the Capitol :
With what contempt he wore the humble weed ; Come; we'll be there before the stream o' the
How in his suit he scorn'd

people; Thinking upon his services, took from you And this shall seem, as partly 'tis, their own, The apprehension of his present portance, Which we have goaded onward. [Exeunt. Which most gibingly, ungravely, he did fashion After the inveterate hate he bears you.


a - our putting on :) Our incitation, or provoking.

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Cornets. Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, CUMI- | Against the Volsces, for they had so vilely
NIUS, Titus LANTIUS, Senators, and Patricians. Yielded the town : he is retir'd to Antium.

Cor. Spoke he of me?
Cor. Tullus Aufidius, then, had made new LART.

He did, my lord. head ? [which caus'd COR.

How? what? Lart. He had, my lord ; and that it was Lart. How often he had met you, sword to Our swifter composition.

sword :
Cor. So, then, the Volsces stand but as at first ; That of all things upon the earth he hated
Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make road Your person most ; that he would pawn his fortunes
Upon's again.

To hopeless restitution, so he might
Com. They are worn, lord consul, so, Be call d your vanquisher.
That we shall hardly in our ages see


At Antium lives he? Their banners wave again.

LART. At Antium.


Aufidius? Cor. I wish I had a cause to seek him there, Lant. On safe-guard he came to me; and did | To oppose his hatred fully.—Welcome home.



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