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Men. O, true bred !

[know, that could be brought to bolily act ere Rome i Sen. Your company to the Capitol ; where, 1 Had circumvention ? 'Tis not four days gone, Our greatest friends attend us.

Since I heard thience; there are the words: I think,
Tit. Lead you on :

I have the letter here; yes, here it is :
Follow, Cominius ; we must follow you ; “ They have prefs'd a power, but it is not known
Right worthy you priority..

[Reading Com. Noble Lartius !

“ Whether for east, or west: The dearth is great ; I Sen. Hence ! To your homes, be gone. “ The people mutinous: and it is rumour'd,

(To the Citizens. “ Cominius, Marcius your old enemy,
Mar. Nay, let them follow:

“ (Who is of Rome worfe hated than of you)
The Volces have much corn ; take these rats thither," And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman,
To gnaw their garners :- Worthipfui mutineers, “ These three lead on this preparation
Your valour puts well forth: pray, follow. “ Whither 'tis bent: most likely, 'tis for you:

[Exeunt.“ Consider of it.”
Citizens fival away. Manent Sivinius, and Brutus. i Son. Our army's in the field :
Sic. Was ever inan so proud as is this Marcius ? We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready
Bru. He has no equal.

(ple, To antiver us.
Sic. When we were chosen tribunes for the peo Auf. Nor did you think it folly,
Bru. Mark'd you his lip, and eyes ?

To keep your great pretences veil’d, 'till when
Sic. Nay, but his taunts.

[gous. They needs mult thew themselves; which in the bru. Being mov'd, he will not spare to ' giid the

hatching, Sic. Be-mock the modest moon.

It seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery,
Bru. The present wars devour him ?! he is grown We ihall he shorten’d in our aim ; which was,
Too proud to be lo valiant.

To tåke in many towns, ere, almost, Rome
Sic. Such a nature,

Should know we were afoot.
Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow 2 Sen. Noble Aufidius,
Which he treads on at noon : But I do wonder, Take your commillion; hie you to your bands;
His infolence can brook to be commanded Let us alone to guard Corioli :
Under Cominius.

If they set down before us, for the remove
Bru. Fame, at the which he aims,

Bring up your army s ; but, I think, you'll find
In whom already he is well graciocannot They have not prepar'd for us.
Better be held, nor more attain'd, than by

Auf. O, doubt not that's
A place below the first: for what miscarries I speak from certainties. Nay, more,
Shall be the general's fault, though he perform Some parcels of their power are forth already,
To the utmost of a man ; and giddy centure And only hitherward. I leave your honours
Will then cry out on Marcius, 0, if be

If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet,
Huld borne ble bufiness!

'Tis sworn between us, we shall ever strike
Sic. Besides, if things go well,

'Till one can do no more.
Opinion, that so sticks on Marcius, shall

All. The gods atlift you!
Of bis demerits 3 rob Cominjus.

ciuf. And keep your honours fafe!
Bru. Come :

I Sen. Farewel.
Half all Cominius' honours are to Marcius,

2 Sen. Farewel.
Though Marcius earn’d them not; and all his faults All. Farewel.
To Marcius Thall be honours, though indeed,

In aught he merit not.
Sic. Let's hence, and hear

Caius Marcius' House in Rome.
How the diípach is made; and in what fashion, Enter Volumnia, and Virgilia : They fit docva sa t***
More than his fingularity, he goes

lo:v pools, and feru.
Upon this present action 4,

Pol. I pray you, daughter, fing; or express Bru. Let's along.

[Excunt. yourself in a more comfortable furt: If my fon

were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in that SCENE II.

abience wherein he won honour, than in the emThe Senate-House in Corioli.

bracements of his bed, where he would new moft Enter Tullus Aufidius, with Sena!ors. love. When yet he was but tender-body'd, and. I Sen. So, your opinion is, Aufidius,

the only fon of my womb; wlien youth with That they of Rome are enter'd in our counsels, comeliness pluck'd all gaze his way; when, for a And know how we proceed.

day of king's entreaties, a mother should not sell suf. Is it not yours?

him an hour from her beholding; 1,—considering What ever hatlı been thought on in this itate, how honour would become such a person ; that it

1 To freer, to gibe. 2 The sense is, that the present wars annihilatelis gentler qualities. 3 Meries and demerits had anciently the same meaning. 41. c. We will learn what he is to do, besides ng himself; what are his powers, and what is his appointinent. s That is, If the Romans besiego us, bring hp your army to remove then,



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was no better than picture-like to hang by the let it go again ; and after it again ; and over and
wall, if renown made it not ftir,—was pleas'd to over he comes, and up again ; catch'd it again :
let him feek danger where he was like to find fame. or whether his fall enrag'd him, or how 'twas, he
To a cruel war I sent hiin; from whence he re- did so set his teeth, and tear it ; 0), I warrant, how
turned, his brows bound with oak: I tell thee, he mammock'}} it!
daughter,---I sprang not more in joy at first hear Vol. One of his father's moods.
ing he was man-child, than now in first seeing Val. Indeed la, 'tis a noble child.
he had proved himself a man.

Vir. A crack 4, madam.
Vir. But had he died in the business, madam?

Vul. Come, lay afide your stitchery ; I must how then ?

have you play the idle huswife with me this afterVol. Then his good report should have been my noon. son ; I therein would have found itsue. Hear me Vir. No, good madam ; I will not out of profefs fincerely :--Had I a dozen fons each indoors. my love alike, and none less dear than thine and Val. Not out of doors ! my good Marcius,--I had rather had eleven die Vol. She shall, the shall. nobly for their country, than one voluptuously Vir. Indeed; mo; bý your patience: I will not surfeit out of action.

over the threshold, 'till my lord return from the Erter a Gentlewoman. Gene. Mašam, the lady Valeria is come to visit ably : Come, you must go visit the good lady that

Val. Fie, you confine yourself most unreason: you.

lies in. Vi'. 'Beseech you, give me leave to retire myself.

Vir. I will with her speedy ftrength, and visit Vol. Indeed, you thall not.

her with my prayers ; but I cannot go thither. Methinks, 1 hither hear your husband's drum;

Vol. Why, I pray you?
See him pluck down Aufidius by the hair;

Vir. 'Tis not to live labour, nor that I want
As children from a bear, the Volces shpinning him:

love. Methinks, I see him Itamp thus, and call thus, Val. You would be another Penelope : yet, Come on, you cowards ; you reere got in fear,

they say, all the yarn, she spun in Ulyties' abfence, T borob you were born in Rome: His bloody brow

did but fill Ithaca full of moths. Come; I would, With his mail'd hand then wiping, forth he goes ; your cambrick were fenfibte as your finger, that Like to a harveft-man, that's talk'd to mow

you might leave pricking it for pity. Come, you Or all, or lose his hire.

Thall go with us.
Vir. His bloody brow! 0, Jupiter, no blood !

Vir. No, good madam, pardon me; indeed, I
Vol. Away, you fool! it more becomes a man, will not furthi.
Than gilt 2 his trophy : The breasts of Hecuba,

Val. In truth la, go with me; and I'll tell you
When she did fuckle Hector, look'd not lovelier

excellent news of your husband. Tiian Hector's forehead, when it spit forth blood

Vir. O, good madam, there can be none yet. At Grecian (words' contending.-Tell Valeria,

Val. Verily, I do not jest with you; there came We are fit to bid her welcome. [Exit Gent.

news from him last night.
Vir. Heavens bless my lord from fell Aufidius!

Vir. Indeed, m adam?
Vol. He'll beat Aufidius' read below his knee,

Val. In earnest, it's true; I held a senator
And tread upon his neck.

fpeak it. Thus it is :--The Voices have an a my Enter l'aleria, with an Usher, and a Gentlewoman. forth ; against whom Cominius the general is gone, Val. My ladies both, good day to you.

with one part of our Roman power : your lord 11. Siveet madan,

and Titus Lartius are set down before their city Vir. I am glad to see your ladyship.

Corioli; they nothing doubt prevailing, and to Val. How do you both ? you are manifest make it brief wars. This is true, on mine how house-keepers. What, are you sewing here? A nour ; and fo, 1 pray, go with us. fine spot, in good faith.---How does your little Vir. Give me excule, good madam ; I will fon?

obey you in every thing here.fter. Vir. I thank your ladymip ; well, good madam. Vol. Let her alone, lady ; 2s the is low, the will Vol. He had rather see the swords, and hear a but difefe our better mith. drum,

Vol. In troth, I think, the would :---Fare you Than look upon his school-master.

well then.--Come, good sweet 1zdy: ---Prythes, Val. O my word, the father's fon : I'll swear, Virgilia, turn thy folemnness out o' door, and go 'tis a very pretty boy. Omy troth, I look'd upon along with us. him o' Wednesday half an hour together : he has Vir. No: at a word, madam ; indeed, I mult such a confirm'd countenance. I saw him run not. I tvish you much mith: after a gilded butterfly ; and when be caught it, he Val. Well, then farewel.

I The crown given by the Romans to him that saved the life of a citizen, and was a counted more honourable than any other. 2. Gilt is an obiulete word, maning a superficial display of gold. 3 To mammock is a phrale still used in Siafforddhire, and implies to cut in pieces, or to tear. 4 Craft significs a boy child.

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With fight and gued fear! Mend, and charge Refore Corioli.

Or, by the fires of heaven, I'll leave the foe, (home,

And make my wars on you: lock to 't: Come on; Enter Marcius, Titus Larties, with drume and co- If you'll stand fait, we'll beat them to their wires, 'Dours, Captains, and Soldiers. To ibem a Mef. As they us to our trenches followed. friger.

Another Alarum, and Marius follows them is tée Mir. Yonder comes news :-A wager, they

gates. have met.

So, now the giltes are ope :

-Now prove good Lart. My horie to yours, no.

seconds : Mur, 'Tis done.

'Tis for the followers fortune widens them, La loi Igrecu.

Not for the fliers : Mark me, and do the like. M.7. say, has our general met the enemy?

[He enters tbe sates. Mf. They lie in view; but have not ípoke as yet.

I Sol. Fool-hardiness; not i. lait. So, the good horse is mine.

2 Sal. Nor I. Mir. I'll buy him of you.

3 Sol. See, they have thut him in. Lu. No, I'll not fell, nor give him : lend you

(alarum cenizatie him, I will,

All. To the pot, I warrant him.
For half a hundred years.--Summon the town.

Enter Titus Lartius.
Mar. How far off lie these armies?

Lart. What is become of Marcius ?
Mof. Within this mile and half. (ours.

All. Sian, fir, doubtless.
Mar. Then thall we hear their 'larum, and they

I Sul. Following the fliers at the very heels,
Now, Mars, I pryclee, make us quick in work;

With them he enters: whe, upon the sudden,
That we with smoking swords may march from Clapt-to their gates; he is himself alone,

To anfri er all the city.
To help our fielded friends !--Come, blow thy blast.

Lui. ( noble fellow!
They jound a purley. Enter Senators, with otbers, on Who, fenible, out-cures his senseless fword,
ibe walls.

And, when it bows, stands up! Thou art let,
Tullus Aufidius, is he within your walls ?

Marcius :
I Sen. No, nor a man that fears you less than he, A carbuncle entire, as big as thou art,
That's lefer than a little. Hark, our drums

Were not so rich a jewel. Thou wat a soidier

[Drum afar off. Even to Cato's with : not fierce and terrible
Are bringing forth our youth: We'll break our Only in strokes; but, with thy grim looks, and

The thunder-like percution of thy founds,
Rather than they shall pound us up : our gates,

Thou mai'lt thine ernries Thike, as if the world
Which yet seem fut, we have but pinu'd with were forcrous, and did tremble.
rulhes ;

Re-enter Mircius bleeding, afaulted by tbe ene zy. They'll open of themselves. Hark you, far off;

I Sol. Look, fir.
[olarum, far of

Lart. 0, 'tis Marcius :
There is Aufidius: lift, what work he makes

Let's fetch him off, or make remain ? alike.
Amongst your cloven army.

[They fight, and ali enter the city.
Mar. O, they are at it!
Lart. Their noile be our intruction.--Ladlers, ho!

Enter the l'o!c:s.

Within ibe Tow.
Mar. They fear us not, but iilue forth their city.
Now put your shields before your ficarts, and night

Enter ces sain Romans, wirb spoils.
With hearts more proof than thields.-Advance, i Rom. This will I carry to Rome.
brave Titus :

2 Rom. And I this. They do disdain us much beyond our thoughts, 3 Rom. A murrain on't! I took this for filver. Which makes me sweat with wrath.-Come on,

[24/12m continues fill afar . my fellows;

Enter Marcius, and Titus La: tius, with a trumpei. He that retires, I'll take him for a Volce,

Mar. See here these movers, that do prize the.r And he shall feel mine edge.

hours [Alarum; the Romans bear back to their trenches. At a crack'd drachm! Cushions, le aden spoons, Re-inter Niarcius.

Irons of a doit, doublets that hangmen would Mar. All the contagion of the south light on you, Bu with those that wore them, theie baie flares, You Thames of Rome, you! Herds of boils and Ere yet the tight be done, pack up :--Diwa plagues

with them.

[him : Plafter you o'er; that you may be abhorr'd And hark, what noise the general makes To Farther than feen, and one infect another

There is the man of my soul's hate, Aufidius, Againit the wind a mile! You Touls of geele, Piercing our Romans : Then, valiant Titus, take That bear the hapes of men, how diave you run Convenient numbers to make good the city ; [hatte From Alaves that apes would beat : Pluto and hell! Whilft 1, with those that have the spirit, will All hurt behind; backs red, and faces pale To help Cominius.

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1 Make romain is an old manner of speaking, which means no more than remain.

Lart. Worthy fir, thou bleed'st;

Mar. O! let me clip you Thy exercise hath been too violent for

In arms as sound, as when I woo'd; in heart A second course of tiglit.

As merry, as when our nuptial day was done, Mar. Sır, praise me not :

And tapers burnt to bedward. My work hath yet not warm u me: Fare you well. Com. Flower of warriors, The blood I drop is rather physical

How is't with Titus Lartius ! Than dangerous to me : To Aufidius thus

Mar. As with a man busied about decrees : I will appear, and fight.

Condemning some to death, and some tv exile ; Lurt. Now the fair goddess, Fortune, Ransoming him?, or pitying, threatening the other ; Fall deep in love with thee; 290 her great charms Holding Corioli in the name of Rome, Misguide thy oppofers’ swords ! Bold gentleman, Even like a fawning greyhound in the leath, Prosperity be thy page!

To let him 1ip at will. Mar. Thy friend no less

Com. Where is that Nave, Than those the places highest! So, farewel. Which told me they had beat you to your trenches? Lart. Thou worthieit Marcius !

Where is he? Call him hither. Go, found thy trumpet in the market-place;

Mar. Let him alone, Call thither all the officers of the town,

He did inform the truth : But for our gentlemen, Where they thall know our mind : Away. The common file, (A plague ! Tribunes for them!)

[Exeunt. The mouse ne'er Thunn'd the cat, as they did budge S C Ε Ν Ε VI.

From raicals worse than they.
Com. But how prevail'd you?

The Roinn Camp

Mar. Will the time serve to tell? I do not Enter Caminius retreating, with feidiers.

Where is the enemy? Are you lords o'the tield?

If not, why cease you 'till you are so ? Cum. Breathe you, my friends; well fought : Com. Marcius, we have at disadvantage fought, we ricone of And did retire, to win our purpose.

1.de Like Romal, nurter folith in our stands,

Mar. How lies their bacrle ? know you on what Nor cowardly in ritiiv i believe me, fir's,

They have plac'd their men of trust?
We thall be charg'd again. Whiles we have struck,

Com. As I guels, Marcius,
By interims, and conveying guits, we have heard Their bands i' the vawaru are the Antiates,
The charges of our friends :-Ye Roman gods, Of their best trult : o'er them Aufidius,
Lead their fuccelles as we with our own;

Their very heart of hope. That both our powers, with smiling fronts en Mar. I do beseech you, countring,

By all the battles wherein we have fought,
Enter a Medenger.

By the blood we have thed together, by the vous May give you thankful facrifice :--Thy news? We have made to endure friends, that you directly

Mef. The citizens of Corioli have iflued, Set me against Aufidius, and his Antiates : And given to Lirtius and to Marcius battle : And that you not delay · the present; but, I saw our party to the trenches driven,

Filling the air with twords advanc'd", and Jarts, And then i came away.

We prove this very hour.
Com. Though thou speak'st truth, [since ? Com. Though I could with
Muthinks, thou speak’ít not well. How long is't You were conducted to a gentle bath,

Mej. Above an hour, my lord. [drums : And balms applied to you, yet dare I never

Com. 'Tis not a mile; briefly we heard their Deny your asking ; take your choice of those How could'st thou in a mile con found ' an hour, That bett can aid your

action. And bring thy news fo late ?

Mar. Those are they Mef. Spies of the Volces

That most are willing :-If any such be here,
Held me in chase, that I was forc'd to wheel (As it were lin to dubt) that love this painting
Three or four miles about ; elle bad i, fir, Wherein you see me smear'd; if any fear
Half an hour fince brought my report.

Leller his person than an ill report;
Enter Marcius.

If any think, brave death outweighs bad life,
Com. Who's yonder,

And that his country's dearer than himself; That does appear as he were flay'd : O gods ! Let him, alune, or so many, so minded, He has the Itamp of Marcius; and I have Ware thus, to expreis his difpofition, Before-time seen him thus.

And follow Marcius.

[Waving bis hand. Mar. Come I too late :


(Tbey all jhout, and wave ibeir swords, take bim Con. The shepherd know's not thunder from a

up in ibeir arms, and cast up


caps. More than I know the found of Marcius' tongue O me, alone! Make you a sword of me? From every meaner man's.

If there thew's be not outward, which of you Mar. Come I too late?

But is four Volces ? None of you, but is Con. Ay, if you come not in the blood of others, ! Able to bear against the great Aufidius But mantled in your own.

A Thield as hard as his. A certain uumber,

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“ gods,

your duties,


Though thanks to all, must I select from all : Thou’lt not believe thy deeds : but I'll report it,
The rest thall bear the business in some other fight, Where senators Thall mingle tears with smiles ;
As caufe will be obey’d. Please you to march ; Where great patricians Thall attend, and ihrug,
And fourshil quickly draw out my command, I'the end, admire; where larlies th :ill be fright,
Which men are best inclin'd.

And, gladly quak'd 3, hear more; where the dull Cons. March on, my fellow's :

Tribunes, Make good this oftentation, and you shall That, with the fusty plebeians, hate thine honours, I'wide in all with us.

[Excunt. Shall say, against their hearts,—“ We thank the Sc Ε Ν Ε VII.

“ Our Rome hath such a soldier !"The Gates of Corioli.

Yet cam it thou to a morfel of this fest, Titus Lartius, having let a guard upon Corioli, going Having fully din'd before.

with a drum and trumpit romvas de Cominius and
Caius Marcius, enters with a Lieutenani, other sal-|Enter Titus Lartiu-, with his power, from obe parfait,
diers, and a scout.

Lari. O general,
Lart. So, ict the ports 2 be guarded : Keep Here is the iteed, we the caparisons + !

Had it thou behold
As I have set them down. If I do send, dispatch Mar. Pray now, no more: my mother,
Those ceaturies to our aid; the rest will serve Who has a charter to extol her blood,
For a short holding : if we lose the field, When she does praise me, grieves me.
We cannot keep the town.

I have done as you have done ; that's, what I can; Licü. Fear not our care, fir.

Induc'd, as you have been ; that's for my country : Lurt. Hence, and shut your gates upon us. He, that has but effected his good will, Our guider, come ; to the Roman camp conduct Hath overta'en mine act.

[Excunt. Com. You shall not be SCENE VIII.

The grave of your deserving ; Rome must know The Field of Batile.

The value of her own: 'twere a concealment Alarum. Enter Marcius, and Aufidius.

Worse than a theft, no less than a traducement, Mar. I'll fight with none but thee; for I do which to the spire and top of praites vouchd,

To hide your doings; and to silence that, hate thee

Would seem but modeft ; Therefore, I b:fece 1 Worse than a promise-breaker.

you, Auf. We hate alike; Not Africk owns a ferpent, I ahhor

(In sign of what you are, not to reward More than thy fame aıd envy: Fix thy foot.

What you have done) before our army her me. Mar. Let the first budger die the other's Nave, To hear themselves remember'd.

Mur. I have some wounds upon me, and they

[[mait Ana mne gods doom him after !

Com. Should they not,
Suf. If I fly, Marcius,
Halloo me like a hare.

Well might they feíter 'gainst ingratitude,
Mar. Within these three hours, Tullus,

And tent themselves with death. Of all the horses, Alone I fought in your Corioli walls,

(Whereof we have ta'en good, and good store (blood,

of all
And made what work I pleas'a : 'Tis not my The treasure, in the held atchijev’d, and city,
Wherein thou seest me mask'd; for thy revenge,
Wrench up thy power to the highest.

We render you the tenth; to be ta'en forth,
Auf. Wert thou the Hector,

Before the common duttribution, at That was the whip of your braggid progeny,

Your only choice. Thou should'st not scape me here.

Mar. I thank you, general;

But cannot make my heart content to take
[Here they fgbt, end certain Volces come to
ibe aid of Bifidius. Mirrcius fights sil!

A bribe, to pay my sword: 1 do refuse it ;
they le driven in brea:b!efs.

And Itand upon my common part with thule

That have beheld the doing. Officious, and not valiant '--you have sham'd me 11 your condemned seconds.

[Exeunt obting

[4 long flourish. They all cry, Marcius! Mare SCENE IX.

cius! (aft up their caps and lances : Ciminius Tbc Roman Camp.

and Lartius stand bure. Flourish. Alarum. A retreat is fowded. Enter Mar. May these same instruments, which you at 'one door, Cominius with the Romans; at another


[thill door, Marcius, with his arm in a farf, &c.

Never found more! When drums and trumpets Oom. If I should tell thee o'er this thy day's I' the field prove fatterers, let courts and cities be work,

Made all of false-fuc'd soothing! When iteel grow's

i Coriolanus may mean, that as all the soldiers have offered to attend him on this expeditira, and he wants only a part of them, he will submit the selection to four indifierent persons, that he himself may cícape the charge of partiality. 2 j. e. the gates.

3 i.c. thrown into grateful irea pidation. 4 'i he meaning is, -This man performed the action, and we only filled up the show: $ That is, not be remembered.


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