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[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,
I have the letter here; yes, here it is :
[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,
“ (Who is of Rome worfe hated than of you)
[Exeunt.“ Consider of it.”
(ple, To antiver us.
To keep your great pretences veil’d, 'till when
[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,
To tåke in many towns, ere, almost, Rome
Should know we were afoot.
If they set down before us, for the remove
Bring up your army s ; but, I think, you'll find
Auf. O, doubt not that's
If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet,
'Tis sworn between us, we shall ever strike
'Till one can do no more.
All. The gods atlift you!
ciuf. And keep your honours fafe!
I Sen. Farewel.
2 Sen. Farewel.
Caius Marcius' House in Rome.
lo:v pools, and feru.
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,
was no better than picture-like to hang by the let it go again ; and after it again ; and over and
Vir. A crack 4, 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?
Vir. 'Tis not to live labour, nor that I want
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. No, good madam, pardon me; indeed, I
Val. In truth la, go with me; and I'll tell you
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. Indeed, m adam?
Val. In earnest, it's true; I held a senator
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.
SC EN E' IV.
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.
Enter Titus Lartius.
Lart. What is become of Marcius ?
All. Sian, fir, doubtless.
I Sul. Following the fliers at the very heels,
With them he enters: whe, upon the sudden,
To anfri er all the city.
Lui. ( noble fellow!
And, when it bows, stands up! Thou art let,
Were not so rich a jewel. Thou wat a soidier
[Drum afar off. Even to Cato's with : not fierce and terrible
The thunder-like percution of thy founds,
Thou mai'lt thine ernries Thike, as if the world
Re-enter Mircius bleeding, afaulted by tbe ene zy. They'll open of themselves. Hark you, far off;
I Sol. Look, fir.
Lart. 0, 'tis Marcius :
Let's fetch him off, or make remain ? alike.
[They fight, and ali enter the city.
Within ibe Tow.
Enter ces sain Romans, wirb spoils.
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
[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.
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.
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?
Com. As I guels, Marcius,
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,
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.
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,
Leller his person than an ill report;
If any think, brave death outweighs bad life,
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,
Though thanks to all, must I select from all : Thou’lt not believe thy deeds : but I'll report it,
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
Lari. O general,
Had it thou behold
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,
Well might they feíter 'gainst ingratitude,
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,
We render you the tenth; to be ta'en forth,
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
A bribe, to pay my sword: 1 do refuse it ;
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.
[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.