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is to come.

(Unless wesweep them from the door with cannons) to endure. I have some of 'em in Limbo Patrum, To ftatter 'em, as 'tis to make 'em sleep

and there they are like to dance these three days ; On May-day morning'; which will never be : besides the 8 running banquet of two beadles, that We may as well puih against Paul's, as ftir 'em. Port. How got they in, and he hang'd?

Enter tlc Lord Chamberl xin. Man. Alas, I know not; How gets the tide in ? Char. Mercy o' me, what a multitude are here! As much as one found cudgel of four foot

They grow still too, from all parts they are coming, (You see the poor remainder) could distribute, As if we kept a fair! Where are these porters, I mide no, fir.

Thele lazy knaves ? - Ye have made a fine hand, Port. You did nothing, sir.

follows. Man. I am not Sampfon, nor Sir Guy, nor Col- There's a trim rabble let in : Are all there have brand 2, to mow 'em down before me : but, if I Your faithful friends on the tuburbs ? We shall íparid any, that had a head to hit, either young or Great store of room, no doubt, left for the ladies, old, he or ihe, cuckold or cuckold-maker, let me when they pats back from the christening. never hope to lee a chine again ; and that I woulu Port. Pleate your honour, not for a cow, God lave her.

We are but men; and what to many may do, Fitbin. Do you hear, master Porter?

Not being torn 2-pieces, we have done : Port. I thall be with you prelently, good master An army cannot rule 'em. purpy.--Keep the door cloie, firrah.

Cham. As I live, Man. What would you have me do?

If the king blame me for 't, I'll lay ye ali Pore. What should you do, but knock 'em By the heels, and luddenly; and on your heads down by the dozens? Is this Morefields to mutter Clap round fines, for neglect: You are lazy knaves; in? or have we fome Itrange Indian with the And here ye lie baiting of bumbards, when great tool come to court, the women fo beriege Ye thould do lervice. Hirk, the trumpets sound ; us? Bless me, what a fry of foruication is at door! They are come already from the christening : O my christian conscience, this one christening Go, break among the prefi, and find a way out will beget a thousand: here will be father, god- ; To let the troop pais fairiy; or l’il find failer, and all together.

A Marthallea, thall hold you play thefetwo months. Man. The ipouns will be the bigger, sır. There Pore. Make way there for the princess. is a fellow somewhat near the door, he thould be Man. You greit fellow, stand close up, or I'll a brafier 3 by his face, for, o' my conicience, make your Head ake. twenty of the dog-days now reign in's note; all Pore. You i'the camblet, get up o'the rail; I'll that stand about him are under the line, they need peck you o'er the pales elle.

[Excurt. no other penance : that fire-drake + did 1 lit three

SCEN E IV. times on the head, and three times was his nose

The Palace. discharg'd against me; he atands there like a mor-Enter Trump?ts, founding; ibin two dildermen, Lord tar-piece, to blow us. There was a haberdasher's Mayor, Gartir, Cranmer, Duke of Norfolk with wite of small wil near him, that rail'd upon me bis slurful's jutt, Dicke of Suffolk, two Noile'till her pink'd porringer fell off her head, for men bearing tovo g eat jumiling bowls for the kindling such a combuftion in the state. I mitsu

cbriftening gifes; ibin four Noblemen bearing a the müteors


and hit that woman, who cry'd candy, urder whicbebe Duitbefs of Norfolk, gode out, clubs! when I miglit see from far fome forty mother, bearing the child richly babirou in a 2.611?, truncheoneers draw to her luccour, which were &c. Train borne by a Ludy: tben follozu's ile the hope of the itrand, where the was quarter'd. Marchionefs of Dorji, the other godmother, and They fell on; I made good my place ; at length Ludies. Tbilion pays once about the jiage, ard they came to the broomitatf with me, I defy d'en Garter jpcaks. 1till; when suddenly a file of boys behind 'em, looie Gart. Heaven, from thy endless goodness, send fhof, deliver'd fucli a fhower of pebbles, that 1 prosperous life, love, and ever happy, to the high was tain to draw mine honour in, and le: 'em win and nighty princets of England, Elizabeth! the work : The devil was amongst 'em, I think, Flourish. Enter hing, and Tivin. surely.

Cran. [Anceling:] And to your royal grace, and Port. These are the youths that thunder at a play

the good queoil, houte, and fight for bitten apples Ø ; that no audi- My noble partners, and myself, thus pray ;ence, but the tribulation of Tower-hill?, or the All comfort, joy, in this most gracious lady, limbs of Limehouse, their dear brothers, are ubie, Heaven ever laid up to make parents happy,

1 It was anciently the custom for all ranks of people to go out a Mírying on the first of May. 2 Of Guy of Warwick every one has heard. Colbrand was the Danish giant. whom Guy fuhdid at Winchefter. 3 A brafier lignifies a man that manufactures brass, and a reservoir for charcoal occasionally heated to conver warmth. Both these senfes are here underttood. 4 A fire-drake is both a ferpent. ancientiy called a brenning-drake, or dirfas, and a name formely given to all'il o'th'tils, or is siis fatuus, A fire-drake was likewise an artificial firework. ś i. c. the brafier. © The prices of lears too ile vulgar in our ancient theatres were lo very low (viz. a penny, tu'ofence, and fixpence, each, for the ground, gallery, and rooms:-the boxes were somewhat higher, being a frilling and half--cv\wn), that we cana not wonder if they were filled with the tumultuous company defcribed by Shaksps are in this ferne; especiaily when it is added, that tołacco was finoaked, and ale drank in them.

? Dr. Johninn late pects the Tribulation to have been a puritanical meeting-house. 8 A publick whipping. 9 TL it' bumbards is to ripple, co lic at the forgot. Bumbards were large veffods in which the beer was caricd to foldiers upon duty. They releinbled bluck jacks of leather.


May hourly fall upon ye !

As great in admiration as herself ;
King. Thank you, good lord arclibishop: So Thall the leave her blessedness to one,
What is her name?

(When heaven shall call her from this cloud of Cran. Elizabeth.

King. Stand up, lord. [The King kisses the child. Who, from the sacred ashes of her honour,
With this kiss take my bleiling: God protect thee! Shall star-like rise, as great in fame as she was,
Into whose hand I give thy life.

And so stand fix'd: Peace, plenty, lore; truth, terror; Gran. Amen.

[digal: That were the servants to this chosen infant, K'ing. My noble gossips, ye have been too pro- Shall then be his, and like a vine grow to him; I thank ye heartily; so thall this lady,

Wherever the bright sun of heaven shall shine, When the has so much English.

His honour, and the greatness of his name Cran. Let me speak, sir,

Shall be, and make new nations : He shall fouría, For heaven now bids me; and the words I utter And, like a mountain cedar, reach his branches Let none think flattery, for they'll find 'em truth. To all the plains about him :- Our children's children This royal infant, (heaven still move about her!) Shall see this, and bless heaven, Though in her cradle, yet now promises

King. Thou speakest wonders.] Upon this land a thousand thovíand bleilings, Cran. She shall be, to the happiness of England, Which time shall bring to ripencis: She thall be An aged princeis ? ; many days thall see her, (But few now living can behold that goodness) And yet no day without a deed to crown it. A pattern to all princes living with her,

Would I had known no more! but the mult die, And all that Mall succeed : Sheba was never She must, the saints must have her ; yet a virgin, More covetous of wisdom, and fair virtue,

A moft unspotted lily shall the pats Than this pure foul Mall be: all princely graces, To the ground, and all the world thall mourn her. That mould up such a mighty piece as this is, King. O lord archbishop, With all the virtues that attend the good, Thou last made me now a man ; never, before Shall Itill be doubled on hier : truth Mhall nurse her, This happy child, did I get any thing : Holy and heavenly thoughts still counsel her: This oracle of comfort has so pleas'd me, She shall be lov’d, and fear'd : Her own shall bless | That, when I am in heaven, I shall deve Her foes thake like a field of beaten corn, [her, To see what this child does, and praise my Maker.-And hang their heads with forrow : Good grows I thank ye all.---To you, my good lord mayor, with her :

And your good brethren, 1 am much beholden ; In her days, every man Mall eat in safety,

I have receiv'd much honour by your presence, Under his own vine, what he plants ; and Ying And ye shall find me thankful. Lead the way, The merry longs of peace to all his neighbours : God shall be truly known; and thote about her Te muft all see the queen, and the must thank ye, From her ihall read the perfect way of honcur, She will be fick elle. This day, no man think And by those claim their greatness, not by blood. He has business at his houle; for all thall stay, [ Nor shall this peace Neep with her: But as when This little one thall make it holiday. The bird of wonder dies, the maiden phoenix,

[Ertu! Her afhes new create another heir,

lords ;



'Tisten to one this play can never please For this piary at this time, is only in

d! :hat are bere : Some come to take their paje, Tl, merciful conjufiim, of good wo11:00 ;
And fieep an act or rivo; but thoje, we fear, Por such a one que ji-eou'd'em*: If iby filc,
We have frighted with our trum.pits; ja, 'tis clear, 1 <iri jay, 'trvill di, I kr.cau, within a quale
They'll say, 'tis naught: others, to bear the city

be ?

men are ours; for 'tis ill buip,
Abus'd extremely, and to cry,--that's witty! If ibey buld, ben their ladies bid'cm clip.
Which we have not done neither : ibi, I fear,
All obe expected good we are like to bear

I These lines, to the interruption by the king, seem to have been inforted at some revisal of the play, after ihe acceflion of king james. 2 Theobaid remarks, that the tranfition here from the complimentary address to king Guines the first is to abrupe, that it feems to him, that compliment was interted after the acceflion ot inat prince. If this play was wroie, as in his opinion it was, in the reign of queen Elizabeth, we may ealily determine where Cranmer's eulogium of that princess concluded. He anakes no qucftion but the poet relled here :

And claim by thoje their greatness, not by Llood. All that the bishop says after this, was an occalional homage paid to her fuccellor, and evidentiy inserted after her demise. 3 Dr. Johnson is o: opinion, with other Crities, that both ihe Proliske and I prlogue to Henry VIII. were written by con Junjon. In the character of Katharine.


Tutus LaRTIUS, Generals against tbe Volfcians. Conspirators with Aufidises,

Carus MARCIUS CORIOLANUS, a noble Roman. Young Marcius, Son to Coriolanus.

MEXENIUS AGRIPPA, friend to Coriolanus.
Sversius VELUTUS;} Tribunes of the people.
TULLUS Aufidius, General of the Volscians.
Lieutenant to Aufidius.

, Mother to Coriolanus.
VIRGILIA, Wife io Coriolanus.

Valeria, Friend 10 Virgilia.
Roman and Volscian Senators, Ædiles, Liftors, Sol-

diers, Common People, Servant; to Aufidius,
and other Attendants.

The SCENE! is partly in Rome ; and partly in the Territories of the Volfrians and Antiates.


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we become rakes 3 : for the gods know, I speak

this in hurger for bread, not in thirt for revenge. A Street in Rome.

2 Cit. Would you procecil especially against Enter a Company of mutiruits Citizins, zitb fluves, Caius Marcius ? clubs, and other weapons.

All. Against him first ; he's a very dog to the

EFORE we proceed any further, commonally.
hear me speak.

2 Cit. Consider you what services he has done All. Speak, tpeak.

for his country? i Cit. You are refolu'd rather to die, than to i Cit. Very well ; and could be content to give famiin?

him good report for't, but that he pays himself All. Refolv'd, refolvid.

with being prouci.
i Cit. First, you kuovi, Caius Marcius is chief All. Nay, but speak not maliciously.
themy to the people.

I Cir. I lay unto you, what he hath done fa-
A!!. We know't, we know't.

mously, he did it to that er: though soft-coni Cit. Let us kill him, and we'll have corn at scienc'd men can be content tu lay, it was for his our own price. I't a verdict ?

country, he did it to please his mother, and to be All. No more talking on't ; let it be done : partly proud; which he is even to the altitude

of his virtue. 2 Cit. One word, good 2 citizens.

2 Cit. What be cannot help in his nature, you 1 Cie. We are accounted poor citizens ; the pa- account a vice in him: You muit in no way fay, tricians, gxml: What authority furfeits on, would he is covetous. Telieve us : If they would yield us but the supera i Cis. If I must not, I need not be barren of acAnty, while it were wholesome, we might guess, cusations ; he hath faults, with furplus, to tire in they relieved us humanely : but they think, we repetition. (Shauts within.) What thouts are there! are too dear : the leanness that atitiets us, the The other side the city is rilen ; Why itay we object of our misery, is as an inventory to particu- prating here to the Capitol : Huize their abundance; our sufferance is a gain to All. Come, come. them.--Let us revenge this with our pikes, erel i Cit. Soft; who comes here !

au ly, away.

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The whale liistory is exactly followed, and many of the principal Speeches exactly copied from ihe Life of Coriolanus in Pluinish. 2 Cood is here uled in the mercentile fenie. 3 Alluding to the proverb, as bean as a rake; which perhaps owes its origin to the chin taper form of the inima ment made use of b; hay-makers. Dr. Johnson observes, that Reked in Landeck is faid to mean a cur-dug, and this was probably the first ule among us of the word ruke. ds lean as a rake', therefore, as lean as a dog 100 worthlets to be fed.

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Enter Menenius Agrippa.

And mutually participate, did minister 2 Cit. Worthy Menenius Agrippa ; one that Unto the appetite and aftection common hah always lov'd the people.

Of the whole body. The belly answer'd,-1 Cit. He's one honeft enough; 'Would, all the 2 Cit. Well, fir, what answer made the belly ! reft were fo!

Men. Sir, I shall tell you.-With a kind of Men. What work's, my countrymen, in hand ?

smile, Where go you

Which ne'er came from the lungs 4, but even thus, With bats and clubs ? The matter? Speak, 1 (For, look you, I may make the belly írnile, pray you.

As well as speak) it tauntingly reply'd z Cit. Our business is not unknown to the To the discontented members, the mutinous parts fonate ; they have had inkling, this fortnight, what That envy'd his receipe ; even so mott fitly s we intend to do, which now we'll thew 'em in As you malign our senators, for that deeds. They say, poor suitors have strong breaths ; They are not such as you. they shall know, we have strong arms too.

2 Cit. Your belly's answer: What! Men. Why, masters, my good friends, mine ho- The kingly-crowned head, the vigilant eye, neft neighbour,

The counsellor heart 6, the arm vur foldier, Will you undo yourselves ?

Our iteed the leg, the tongue our trumpeter, 2 Cit. We cannot, sir, we are undone already. With other muniments and petty helps

Men. I tell you, friends, most charitable care In this our fabrick, if that they Have the patricians of you. For your wants, Men, What then? Your suffering in this dearth, you may 26 well 'Fore me, this fellow speaks !—what then what Strike at the heaven with your ftaves, as lift them

then ? Against the Roman itate; whose course will on 2 Cit. Should by the cormorant belly be restrain'd, The way it takes, cracking ten thousand curbs

Who is the link o'the body, Of more strong link afunder, than can erer

Min. Well, what then? Appear in your impediment: For the dearth, 2 Cit. The former agents, if they did complain, The gods, not the patricians, make it; and What could the belly answer ? Your knees to them, not arms, must help. Alack,

Men. I will tell you; You are transported by calamity

If you'll bestow a small (of what you have little) Thither where more attends you; and you Nander Patience, a while, you'll hear the belly's aniwer. The helms o'the state, who care for you like fathers, 2 Cit. You are long about it. When you curse them as enemies.

Men. Note me this, good friend ; 2 Cie. Care for us !—True, indeed !—They Your most grave belly was deliberate, ne'er card for us yet. Suffer us to famith, and Not rash like his accusers, and thus antwer'd: their store-houses cramm'd with grain ; make " True is it, my incorporate friends," quoth he, edicts for usury, to support usurers ; repeal daily f“ That I receive the general food at firit, any wholsome act established against the rich; and " Which you do live upon . and fit it is ; provide more piercing Itatutes daily, to chain up “ Because I am the store-house, and the shop and restrain the poor. If the wars cat us not up,“ Of the whole body : But, if you do remember, they will; and there's all the love they bear us. “ I send it through the rivers of your blood, Men. Either you must

“ Even to the court, the heart, to the seat 7 o' the Confess yourselves wond'rous malicious,

brain ; Or be accus d of folly. I shall tell you

“ And, through the cranks and offices of man, A pretty tale ; it may be, you have heard it ; “ The strongest nerves, and small inferior veins, But, since it serves my purpose, I will venture “ From me receive that natural competency To scale 't I a little more.

“ Whereby they live : And though that all at once, 2 Cie. Well, I'll hear it, sır; yet you must not " You, my good friends,” (this says the belly) mark think to fob off our disgrace 2 with a lale : but, an't 2 Cit. Ay, sir ; well, well.

[me;please you, deliver.

Men. “ Though all at once cannot Men. There was a time, when all the body's See what I do deliver out to each ; members

“ Yet I can make my audit up, that all Rebell'd against the belly; thus accus'd it :

From me do back receive the four of all, That only like a gulf it did remain

« And leave me but the bran." What say you to't? l' the midft o' the body, idle and unactive, 2 Cit. It was an answer : How apply you this? Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing

Mer. The senators of Rome are this good belly, Like labour with the rest ; where 3 the other in- And you the mutinous members: For examine struments

Their counsels, and their cares ; digeft things Did see, and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel,


1 To si ale is to disperse. The word is fill used in the North. The meaning is, Though fome of you

have heard the story, I will spread it yet wider, and diffute it among the reft 2 Disgraces are hardships, injuries. 3 II here for whereas. 4 1. . with a smile not indicating pleasure, but contempi. si. e. exactly. 6 The heart was ancient); esteemed the scat of prudence, Seat for threre.


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Touching the weal o'the coinmon; you shall find, Men. Nay, these are almost thoroughly persuaded;
No publick beneat, which you receive,

For though abundantly they lack diicretion,
But it proceeds, or comes, from them to you, Yet are they palling cowardly. But, I beseech you,
And no way from yourselves:---\Vhat do you think? What says the other troop :
You, the great toe of this assembly ?-

Mar. They are dittolv'd: Hang 'em! {verbs ; 2 Cit. I the great toe? Why the great toe? They said, they were an-hungry ; ogh'd forth proMen. For that, being one o' the lowest, bafest, Tha', lunger brke stone walis; that, doys mult poorest,

cat ;

[sent not of this most wise rebellion, thou go'st foremost: That, meat was made for mouths ; that, the gods Thou rascal, that art worst in blood, to run Corn for the rich men only :-With these shreds Lead's first, to win some vantage'.

They vented ther complainings; which being anBut make you ready your stiff bats and clubs ;

wer'd, Rome and her rats are at the point of battle,

And a petition granted them, a strange one, The one fide must have bale 2.-Hail, noble Mar. (To break the heart of generosity S, [caps cius!

And make bold power louk pale) they threw their

As they would hang them on ihe horns o' the moon,
Enter Caius Marcius.

Shouting their emulation.
Mar. Thanks.--What's the matter, you dissen Mon. What is granted them?

[ doms, tious rogues,

Mar. Five tribunes, to defend their vulgar wit:
That, rubbing the poor itch of your opinion, Of their own choice : One's Junius Brutus,
Make yourselves scabs ?

Sicinius Velutus, and I know not - death! 2 Cie. We have ever your good word. [Aatter The rabble should have finit unroof'd the city,

Mar. He that will give good words to thee, will Ere so prevail'd with me : it will in time
Pineath abhorring. What would have, you curs, | Win upon power, and throw forth greater themes
That like nor peace, nor w ar ? the one atirights you, For iuturrection's arguing.
The orher makes you proud. He that truts to you, Men. This is Itrange.
Where he should find you lions, finds you hares ; Mar. Go, get you home, you fragments !
Where foxes, geese : You we no lurer, no,

Enter a Mefingers
Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,

Mel. Where's Caius Marcius?
Or luilftone in the fun. Your virtue is,

Mar. Here : What's the matter?
To make him worthy, whose ofience subdues him,

Mej. The news is, fır, the volces are in arms.
And curse that justice did it. Who deserves great-
Decrves your hute: and your affections are (ness,

Mar. I am glad on't ; then we thall have means

to vent
A fick man's appetite, who delires most that
Which would increae his evil. He that depends

Our musty fuperfluity :~-See, our best elders.
Upon your favours, swims with fis of lead, ive? Enter Cominius, Titus Lartius, with other Senators ;
And hews down oaks with rathes. Hang ye ! Truit Junius butus, an! Sicinius Vilutus.
With every minute vou dio change a mind;

i Sin. Maicius, 'tis true, that you have Lately And call him noble, that was now your hate,

The Volces are in arms.

[told us;
Him vile, that was your garland. What's the matter, Mar. They have a leader,
That in these several places of the city

Tullus Aufidius, that will put you to't.
You cry against the noble fencie, who,

I sin in envying his nobility :
Under the gods, keep you in awe, wlich else And were l any thing but what I am,
Would feed on one another i-What's their feek- I would with me only he.

Com. You have fought together.

[and he Men. For corn at their own rates; whereof, Mar. Were half to half the world by the ears, The city is well stor d.

(they tay, Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make
Mar. Hang'en! They say ?

Only my wars with him : He is a lion
They'll sit by the fire, and presume to know That I am proud to hunt.
What's done i' the Capitol : who's like to rise, 1 Sen. Then, worthy Marcius,
Who thrives, and who declines : fide factions, and Attend upon Cominius to t'cie wars.
give out

Com. It is your former promise.
Conjectural marriages ; making parties strong, Mar. Sir, it is;
And feebling such as stand not in their liking, And I am constant.---Titus Lartius, thou
Below their cobbled shoes. They fay, there's grain Shalt see me once more ftrike at Tullus' face :
Would the nobility lay aside their ruch 3, {enough: What, art thou stiff? Itand'st out ?
And let me use my sword, I'd make a quarry

Tit. No, Caius Marcius ;
With thousands of thele quarter'd flaves, as isigh I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the other,
As I could pitch + my lance.

Ere Itay behind this business.


The meaning is, Thou that art a hound, or running dog of the lowest breed, lead'a the pack, when any thing is to be gotten, 2 Bale is an old Saxon word for a. fcry or calamity.

3 i. e. incit pity, compaflion. 4 The old copy reads--picke my lance; and to the word is still pronounced in Staffordshire, where they say- picke me fuchi a thing, that is, throw any thing that the demander

6 viz. that s Meaning, To give the final blow to the nobles. Generality is love birth. the Vulces are in kiint.

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