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3 Cit. Are you all resolved to give your voices ? but that's no matter, the greater part carries it : I say if he would incline to the people, there was never a worthier man.
Enter Coriolanus in a gown, witb Menenius. Here he comes, and in the gown of humility; mark his behaviour: we are not to stay all together, but to come by him where he stands, by one's, by two's, and by three's. He's to make his requests by particulars, wherein every one of us has a single honour, in giving him our own voices with our own tongues : therefore follow me, and I'll di. rect you how you shall go by him.
All. Content, content.
Cor. What must I say?
Men. Oh me, the Gods !
Cor. Think upon me ? hang 'em.
Men. You'll mar all.
[Exit. Two Citizens approach. Cor. Bid them wash their faces, And keep their teeth clean so, here comes a brace : You know the cause, Sirs, of my standing here.
i Cit. We do, Sir ; tell us what hath brought you to’t. Cor. Mine own desert. 2 Ci:. Your own desert ? Cor. Ay, not mine own desire. 1 Cit. How, not your own defire ?
Cor. No, Sir, 'twas never my desire yet to trouble the poor with begging. VOL. VII,
1 Cit. You must think, if we give you any thing, we hope to gain by you.
Cor. Well then ; I pray, your price o' th’ Consullhip? i Cit. The price is, to ask it kindly. Cor. Kindly, Sir, I pray let me ha't : I have wounds to
which shall be yours in private : your good voice, Sir ; what say you ?
2 Cit. You shall ha't, worthy Sir.
Cor. A match, Sir; there's in all two worthy voices begg’d: I have your alms, adieu.
1 Cit. But this is something odd. 2 Cit. An 'twere to give again : but 'tis no matter.
[Exeant, Two other Citizens. Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with the tune of your voices, that I may be Consul, I have here the customary gown.
i Cit. You have deserved nobly cf your country, and you have not deseryed nobly:
Cor. Your ænigma ?
I Cit. You have been a scourge to her enemies ; you have been a rod to her friends ; you have not indeed loved the common people.
Cor. You should account me the more virtuous, that I have not been common in my love ; but I will, Sir, flatter my sworn brother, the people, to earn a dearer estimation of them, for 'tis a condition they account gentle : and fince the wisdom of their choice is rather to have my cap than my heart, I will practise the insinuating nod, and be off to them most counterfeitly ; that is, Sir, I will counterfeit the bewitchment of some popular man, and give it bountifully to the desirers : therefore, 'beseech you I may be Consul,
2 Cit. We hope to find you our friend ; and therefore give yoų our voices heartily.
i Cit. You have received many wounds for your country.
Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with thewing them. I will make much of your voices, and so trouble you no further.
Botb. The Gods give you joy, Şir, heartily! [Exeunt.
Better it is to die, better to starve,
Three Citizens more.
i Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go without any honeft man's voice.
2 Cie. Therefore let him be Consul : the Gods give him
Enter Menenius, with Brutus and Sicinius.
Cor. Is this done ?
Sic. The custom of request you have discharg'd :
Cor. Where? at the senate-house ?
... we do deserve.
Repair to th' senate-house.
Men. I'll keep you company. Will you along?
Bru. With a proud heart he wore
2 Cit. Amen, Sir : to my poor unworthy notice, He mock'd us, when he begg’d our voices.
3 Cit. Certainly he fouted us down-right.
2 Cit. Not one amongst us, save your self, but says
Sic. Why so he did, I am sure.
3 Cit. He said he'd wounds, which he could shew in private :
Wa’n't this mockery ?
Bru. Could you not have told him,
- thank you
If he should still malignantly remain
Sic. Thus to have said,
Bru. Did you perceive,
Sic. Have you
3 Cit. He's not confirm’d, we may Deny him yet.
2 Cit. Ay and we will deny him : I'll have five hundred voices of that found.
1 Cit. Ay, twice five hundred, and theirfriends to piece'emi,
Bru. Get you hence instantly, and tell those friends,