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We must suggest the people, in what hatred ' his honours in their eyes, and his actions in He still hath held them; that, to his power, he their hearts, that for their tongues to be silent, would
[and and not confess so much, were a kind of in: Have made them mules, silenced their pleaders, grateful injury; to report otherwise were a Dispropertied their freedoms: holding them, malice, that, giving itself the lie, would In hunian action and capacity,
pluck reproof and rebuke from every ear that Of no more soul, nor fitness for the world, heard it. Than camels in their war; who have their 1 Off. No more of him; he is a worthy man: provandt
Make way, they are coming.
A Sennet. Enter, with Lictors before them, CoSic. This, as you say, suggested
MINIUS, the Consul, MENENIUS, CORIOLANUS, At some time when his soaring insolence many other SENATORS, SICINIUS, and BRUTUS. Shall teach the people, (which time shall not The SENATORS take their places; the TRIBUNES want,
take theirs also by themselves. If he be put upon't; and that's as easy,
Men. Having determin’d of the Volces, and As to set dogs on sheep,) will be his fire
To send for Titus Lartius, it remains, To kindle their dry stubble; and their blaze
As the main point of this our after-meeting, Shall darken him for ever.
To gratify his noble service, that
Hath thus stood for his country: Therefore,
please you, Bru. What's the matter?
Most reverend and grave elders, to desire Mess. You are sent for to the Capitol. 'Tis The present consul, and last general thought,
In our well-found successes, to report That Marcius shall be consul: I have seen A little of that worthy work perform'd The dumb men throng to see him, and the By Caius Marcius Coriolanus; whom blind
[gloves, We meet here, both to thank, and to remember To hear him speak: The matrons flung their with honours like himself. Ladies and maids their scarfs and handker.
1 Sen. Speak, good Cominius: ehiels,
Leave nothing out for length, and make us Upon him as be pass’d: the nobles bended,
think, As to Jove's statue; and the commons made Rather our state's defective for requital, A shower, and thunder, with their caps, and Than we to stretch it out. Masters o'the I never saw the like.
people, Bru. Let's to the Capitol;
We do request your kindest ears: and, aster, And carry with us ears and eyes for the time, Your loving motion toward the common body, But hearts for the event.
To yield what passes here. Sic. Have with you.
(Exeunt. Sic. We are convented SCENE II.-The same - The Capitol.
Upon a pleasing treaty; and have hearts
Inclinable to honour and advance
The theme of our assembly.
Bru. Which the rather 1 Of. Come, come, they are almost here : We shall be bless'd to do, if he remember How niany stand for consulships ?
A kinder value of the people, than 2 Off. Three, they say: but 'tis thought of He hath hereto priz'd them at. every one, Coriolanus will carry it.
Men. That's off, that's off,* i Of. That's a brave fellow; but he's ven- I would you rather had been silent: Please you geance proud, and loves not the common peo- To hear Cominius speak ? ple.
Bru. Most willingly: 2 Of. 'Faith, there have been many greatmen But yet my caution was more pertinent, that bave flatter'd the people, who ne'er loved Than the rebuke you give it. them; and there be many that they have loved, Men. He loves your people;. they know not wherefore: so that, if they love But tie bim not to be their bedfellow.they know not why, they hate upon no better Worthy Cominius, speak.-Nay, keep your a ground: Therefore, for Coriolanus neither to
place. care whether they love or hate him, manifests
(CORIOLANUS rises, and offers to go uruy. the true knowledge he has in their disposition;
1 Sen. Sit, Coriolanus; Dever shame to bear and, out of his noble carelessness, let's them what you have nobly done. plainly see't.
Cor. Your honours' pardon; 1 of. If he did not care whether he had their I had rather have my wounds to heal again, love, or no, he waved indifferently 'twixt doing Than bear say how I got them. them neither good, nor harm; but he seeks Bru. Sir, I hope, their hate with greater devotion than they can My words disbench'd you not. renderit him; and leaves nothing undone, that Cor. No, Sir: yet oft,
[words. may fully discover him their opposite. Now, When blows have made me stay, I fled from to seem to affect the malice and displeasure of You sooth'd not, therefore hurt not: But, your the people, is as bad as that which he dislikes, I love them as they weigh.
(people, to flatter them for their love.
Men. Pray now, sit down. 2 Off. He hath deserved worthily of his coun- Cor. I had rather have one scratch my head try: And his ascent is not by such easy degrees
i'the sun, as those, who, having been supple and cour- When the alarum were struck,t than idly sit teous to the people, bonnetted, without any To hear my nothings monster d. further deed to heave them at all into their es
[Exit CORIOLANUS. timation and report: but he hath so planted Men. Masters o'the people,
Your multiplying spawn how can he flatter,
• Nilling to the purpose. + Summons to battle.
(That's thousand to one good one,) when you ! Men. It then remains, now see,
That you do speak to the people. - He had rather venture all his limbs for honour, Cor. I do beseech you, Than one of his ears to hear it?-Proceed, Co. Let me o'erleap that custom ; for I cannot minius.
Put on the gown, stand naked, and entreat Com. I shall lack voice: the deeds of Corio
For my wounds' sake, to give their suffrage: Should not be utter'd feebly.--It is held,
please you, That valour is the chiefest virtue, and
That I may pass this doing.
Sic. Sir, the people
Pray you, go fit you to the custom; and
Of their breath only:
Men. Do not stand upon't.-
(Flourish. Then exeunt SENATORS.
Bru. You see how he intends to use the peoAnd, by his rare example, made the coward
ple. Turn terror into sport: as waves before
Sic. May they perceive his intent! He that A vessel under sail, so men obey'd, (stamp;)
will require them, And fell below his stem : his sword (death's As if he did contemn what he requested Where it did mark, it took ; from face to foot Should be in them to give. He was a thing of blood, whose every motion** Bru. Come, we'll inform them Was timedit with dying cries: alone he en- of our proceedings here : on the market-place, ter'd
I know, they do attend us.
(Exeunt. The mortal gate o'the city, which he painted With shunless destiny, aidless came off,
SCENE 111.- The same.-The Forum.
Enter sereral CITIZENS.
2 Cit. We may, Sir, if we will.
his noble deeds, we must also tell him our noMen. Worthy man!
ble acceptance of them. Ingratitude is mon1 Sen. He cannot but with measure fit the strous: and for the multitude to be ingrateful, Which we devise him.
[honours were to make a monster of the multitude; of Com. Our spoils he kick'd at;
the which, we, being members, should bring
to call us the many-headed multitude. Men. He's right noble ;
3 Cit. We have been called so of many; not Let him be call'd for.
that our heads are some brown, some black, 1 Sen. Call for Coriolanus.
some auburn, some bald, but that our wits are Of. He doth appear.
so diversly coloured: and truly I think, if all
our wits were to issue out of one scull, they Re-enter CORIOLANUS.
would fly east, west, north, south; and their
consent of one direct way should be at once Men. The senate, Coriolanus, are well pleas'd to all the points o'the compass. To make thee consul.
2 Cit. Think you so? Which way, do you Cor. I do owe them still
judge, my wit would fly? My life, and services.
3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as
another man's will, 'tis strongly wedged up in Possessor, + Without a beard. | Bearded. Smooth-faced enough to act a woman's part,
a block-head: but if it were at liberty, 'twould. ! Reward.
sure, southward. tt Followed. 11 Weariod.
2 Cit. Why that way?
3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where being
Enter two other Citizens. three parts melted away with rotten dews, the fourth would return for conscience sake, to Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with the help to get thee a wife.
tune of your voices, that I may be consul, I 2 Cit. You are never without your tricks :- have here the customary gown. You may, you may.
3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your 3 Cit. Are you all resolved to give your country, and you have not deserved nobly. voices? But that's no matter, the greater part
Cor. Your enigma ? carries it. I say, if he would incline to the 3 Cit. You have been a scourge to her enepeople, there was never a worthier man. mies, you have been a rod to her friends; you
have not, indeed, loved the common people. Enter CorioLANUS und MENENIUS.
Cor. You should account me the more virHere he comes, and in the gown of humility; I will, Sir, flatter my sworn brother the peo
thous, that I have not been common in my love. mark his behaviour. We are not to stay alto- ple, to earn a dearer estimation of them; 'tis yether, but to come by him where he stands, a condition they account gentle: and since by ones, by twos, and by threes. He's to the wisdom of their choice is rather to have niake his requests by particulars: wherein my hat than my heart, I will practise the inevery one of us has a single honour, in giving sinuating nod, and be off to them most counhim our own voices with our own tongues : terfeitly; that is, Sir, I will counterfeit the therefore follow me, and I'll direct you how bewitchment of some popular man, and give it you shall go by him. Au. Content, content,
[Exeunt. seech you, I may be consul.
bountifully to the desirers. Therefore, beMen. 0, Sir, you are not right: have you
4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend; and not known
therefore give you our voices beartily. The wortbiest men have done it? Cor. What must I say?
3 Cit. You have received many wounds for
your country: I pray, Sir,-Plague upon't! I cannot bring
Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with My tongue to such a pace: Look, Sir;
showing them. I will make much of your my wounds;
voices, and so trouble you no further. I got them in my country's service, when Some certain of your brethren roar’d, and ran heartily!
Both Cit. The gods give you joy, Sir,
[Exeunt. From the noise of our own drums.
Cor. Most sweet voices ! Men. () me, the gods !
Better it is to die, better to starve, You must not speak of that; you must desire Than crave the hire which first we do deserve. To think upon you.
Why in this woolvish gown should I stand Cor. Think upon me? Hang 'em! I would they would forget me, like the virtues to beg of Hob and Dick, that do appear,
here, Which our divines lose by them. Men. You'll mar all;
Their needless vouches: Custom calls me
to't:I'll leave you: Pray you, speak to them, I What custom wills, in all things should, we
[do't; pray you,
The dust on antique time would lie unswept, In wholesoine manner.
[Exit. And mountainous error be too highly heap d' Enter tuo Citizens.
For truth to over-peer.*--Rather than fool it
Let the high office and the honour go [so, Cor. Bid them wash their faces,
To one that would do thus.- 1am half through; And keep their teeth clean.-So, here comes The one part suffer'd, the other will I do.
a brace, You know the cause, Sir, of my standing here.
Enter three other CITIZENS. 1 Cit. We do, Sir; tell us what hath brought you to't.
Here come more voices,Cor. Mine own desert.
Your voices: for your voices I have fought; 2 Cit. Your own desert?
Watch'd for your voices ; for your voices, bear Cor. Ay, not
Of wounds two dozen odd; battles thrice six, Mine own desire.
I have seen and have heard of; for your voices, 1 Cit. How! not your own desire ?
Done many things, some less, some more : Cor. No, Sir: 'Twas never my desire yet,
Indeed, I would be consul. To trouble the poor with begging.
5 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go 1 Cit. You must think, if we give you any
without any honest man's voice. We hope to gain by you.
6 Cit. Therefore let him be consul: The gods Cor. Well then, I pray, your price o'the give him joy, and make him good friend to the consulship?
people! 1 Cit. The price is, Sir, to ask it kindly.
All. Amen, Amen. Cor. Kindly?
God save thee, noble consul! Sir, I pray let me ba't: I have wounds to
Cor. Worthy voices ! Which shall be yours in private. Your good
Re-enter MENENIUS, with BRUTUS, and voice, Sir;
SICINIUS. What say you ? 2 Cit. You shall have it, worthy Sir.
Men. You have stood your limitation; and Cor. A match, Sir:
the tribunes There is in all two worthy voices begg'd :- Endue you with the people's voice : Remains, 1 have your alms; adieu.
That, in the official marks invested, you 1 Cil. But this is something odd.
Anco do meet the senate. 2 Cit. An 'lwere to give agaiv,-But 'tis po matter. [Exeunt iuco CITIZENS.
Cor. Is this done?
Either his gracious promise, which you might, Sic. The custom of request you have dis- As cause had call’d you up, have held him to; charg'd:
Or else it would have galld his surly nature, The people do admit you ; and are summon'd Which easily endures not article To meet anon, upon your approbation. Tying him to aught; so, putting him to rage, Cor. Where? at the senate-house?
You should have ta'en the advantage on his Sic. There, Coriolanus.
And pass'd him unelected.
(choler, Cor. May I then change these garments ? Bru. Did you perceive, Sic, You may, Sir.
He did solicit you in free contempt, [think, Cor. That I'll straight do; and, knowing my. When he did need your loves; and do you self again,
That his contempt shall not be bruising to you, Repair to the senate-house.
When he hath power to crush? Why, had your Men. I'll keep you company. Will you along?
bodies Bru. We stay here for the people.
No heart among you ? Or had you tougues, to Sic. Fare you well.
Against the rectorship of judgement? (Exeunt CORIOL. and Menen. Sic. Have you, He has it now; and by his looks, methinks, Ere now, denied the asker? and, now again, "Tis warm at his heart.
On him, that did not ask, but mock, bestow Bru. With a proud heart he wore
Your su'd-for tongues ? His humble weeds: Will you dismiss the 3 Cit. He's not confirm’d, we may deny him people?
2 Cit. And will deny him : Re-enter CITIZENS.
I'll have five hundred voices of that sound. Sic. How now, my masters ? have you chose
1 Cit. I twice five hundred, and their friends this man?
to piece 'em. 1 Cit. He has our voices, Sir.
Bru. Get you hence instantly; and tell those Bru. We pray the gods, he may deserve your They have chose a consul, that will from them
(take loves. 2 Cit. Amen, Sir: To my poor unworthy no- Their liberties; make them of no more voice tice,
Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking, He mock'd us, when he begg'd our voices. As therefore kept to do so. 3 Cit. Certainly,
Sic. Let them assemble; He flouted us downright.
And, on a safer judgement, all revoke 1 Cit. No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not Your ignorant election : Enforce* his pride, mock us.
And his old bate unto you: besides, forget not 2 Cit. Not one amongst us save yourself, With what contempt he wore the humble weed;
(už How in his suit he scorn’d you: but your loves, He us'd us scornfully: he should have show'd Thinking upon his services, took from you His marks of merit, wounds receiv'd for his The apprehension of his present portance, country:
Which gibingly, ungravely he did fashion Sic. Why, so he did, I am sure.
After the inveterate hate he bears you. Cit. No; no man saw 'em. [Several speak.
Bru. Lay 3 Cit. He said, he had wounds, which he A fault on us, your tribunes; that we labour'd could show in private ;
(No impediment between) but that you must And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn, Cast your election on him. I would be consul, says he : aged custom,
Sic. Say, you chose him But by your voices, will not so permit me ;
More after our commandment, than as guided Your voices therefore: When we granted that, By your own true affections: and that, your Here was,-1 thank you for your voices,-thank
(voices, Pre-occupied with what you rather must do Your most sweet voices :—now you huve left your Than what you should, made you against the I have no further with you :
-Was not this
To voice him consul : Lay the fault on us. Sic. Why, either, you were ignorant to see't? Bru. Ay, spare us not. Say, we read lecOr, seeing it, of such childish friendliness
tures to you, To yield your voices ?
How youngly he began to serve bis country, Bru. Could you not have told bim,
How long continued: and what stock he As you were lesson'd,- When he had no power, the noble house o'the Marcians; from whence
(came But was a petty servant to the state, He was your enemy; ever spake against
That Ancus Marcius, Numa's daughter's son, Your liberties, and the charters that you bear Who, after great Hostilius, here was king: I'the body of the weal: and now, arriving
Of the same house Publius and Quintus were, A place of potency, and sway o’the state,
That our best water brought by conduits hither; If he should still malignantly remain
And Censorinus, darling of the people, Fast foe to the plebeii,* your voices might And nobly nam'd so, being Censor twice, Be curses to yourselves? You should have said, Was his great ancestor. That, as his worthy deeds did claim no less Sic. One thus descended, Than what he stood for; so bis gracions nature That hath beside well in his person wrought Would think upon you for your voices, and To be set high in place, we did commend Translate his malice towards you into love, To your remembrances : but you have found, Standing your friendly lord.
Scaling; his present bearing with bis past, Sic. Thus to have said,
That he's your fixed enemy, and revoke As you were fore-advis'd, had touch'd his Your sudden approbation. spirit,
Bru. Say, you ne'er had done't, And tried his inclination; from him pluck'd (Harp on that still,) but by our putting on : * Picbeians, common people.
* Object. + Carriage. Waighing
And presently, when you have drawn your Cor. Are these your herd ?-
(number, Must these have voices, that can yield them Cit. We will so: almost all [Severul speak.
now, Repent in their election. (Exeunt Crrizens. And straight disclaim their tongues ?-What Bru. Let them go on;
are your offices ? This mutiny were better put in hazard, You being their mouths, why rule you not Than stay, past doubt, for greater:
their teeth? If, as his nature is, he fall in rage
Have you not set them on? With their retusal, both observe and answer Men. Be calm, be calm. The vantage* of his anger.
Cor. It is a purpos'd thing, and grows by Sic. To the Capitol :
(people; To curb the will of the nobility :- (plot, Come; we'll be there before the stream o'the Suffer it, and live with such as cannot rule, And this shall seem, as partly 'tis, their own, Nor ever will be rul'd. Which we have goadedi onward. [Exeunt. Bru. Call't not a plot :
The people cry, you mock'd them; and, of late, ACT III. .
When corn was given them gratis, you reSCENE 1.- The same.- A Street,
pin'd; Cornets. Enter CoriolanUS, MENENius, Co-Scandal d the suppliants for the people ; MINIUS, Titus Lartius, Senators, and PA- Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness. Cor. Tullus Aufidius then had made new
Cor. Why, this was known before.
Bru. Not to them all. head? Lurt. He had, my lord; and that it was,
Cor. Have you inform’d them since?
Bru. How ! I inform them! which caus'd Our swifter composition.
Cor. You are like to do such business.
Bru. Not unlike,
Cor. Why then should I be consul? By yon
[road Com. They are worn, lord consul, so,
clouds, That we shall hardly in our ages sec
Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me
Your fellow-tribune. Their banners wave again.
Sic. You show too much of that, Cor. Saw you Aufidius? Lart. On safe-guardt he came to me ; and To where you are bound, you must inquire
For which the people stir: If you will pass did curse Against the Volces, for they had so vilely
your way, Yielded the town: he is retir'd to Antium.
Which you are out of, with a gentler spirit;
Or never be so noble as a consul,
Nor yoke with him for tribune.
Men. Let's be calm.
Com. The people are abus'd :-Set on.sword :
Becomes not Rome; nor bas Coriolanus
Deserv'd this so dishonour'd rub, laid falselyt fortunes
Cor. Tell me of corn!
This was my speech, and I will speak't again;
Men. Not now, not now. Cor. At Antium lives he?
1 Sen. Not in this heat, Sir, now. Lart. At Antium. Cor. I wish, I had a cause to seek him there, I crave their pardons :
Cor. Now, as I live, I will.-My nobler
[friends, To oppose his hatred fully.-Welcome home.
For the mutable, rank-scented many, let [To Lartius. Regard me as I do not flatter, and
(them Therein behold themselves : I say again, Enter SICINIUS and BRUTU3.
In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our se. Behold! these are the tribunes of the people, The tougues o'the common mouth. I'do de- | The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition, spise them ;
Which we ourselves have plough'd for, sow'd For they do pranks them in authority,
and scatter'd, Against all noble sufferance.
By mingling them with us, the honour'd numSic. Pass no farther.
Who lack not virtue, no, nor power, but that Cor. Ha! what is that ?
Which they have given to beggars. Bru. It will be dangerous to
Men. Well, no more. Go on; no farther.
1 Sen. No more words, we beseech you. Cor. What makes this change ?
Cor. How! no more? Men. The matter?
As for my country I have shed my blood, Com. Hath he not pass'd the nobles, and the Not fearing outward force, so shall my lungs commons ?
Coin words till their decay, against thuse Bru. Cominius, no.
meazels Cor. Have I had children's voices ?
Which we disdain should tetter|| us, yet sought 1 Sen. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the The very way to catch them. market-place.
Bru. You speak o'the people,
A man of their infirmity.
SI:filing + Treacherously. Populace.
+ Driven * Advantage. 1 With a guard. 19 Plume, deck