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We must suggest the people, in what hatred He still hath held them; that, to his power, he would [and Have made them mules, silenced their pleaders, Dispropertied their freedoms: holding them, In hunian action and capacity,
Of no more soul, nor fitness for the world, Than camels in their war; who have their provandt
Only for bearing burdens, and sore blows
Sic. This, as you say, suggested
At some time when his soaring insolence Shall teach the people, (which time shall not want,
If he be put upon't; and that's as easy,
And carry with us ears and eyes for the time,
But hearts for the event.
SCENE II.-The same.-The Capitol.
1 Of. Come, come, they are almost here: How many stand for consulships?
2 Off. Three, they say: but 'tis thought of every one, Coriolanus will carry it.
his honours in their eyes, and his actions in their hearts, that for their tongues to be silent, and not confess so much, were a kind of ingrateful injury; to report otherwise were a malice, that, giving itself the lie, would pluck reproof and rebuke from every ear that heard it.
1 Of. No more of him; he is a worthy man: Make way, they are coming.
A Sennet. Enter, with LICTORS before them, CoMINIUS, the Consul, MENENIUS, CORIOLANUS, many other SENATORS, SICINIUS, and BRUTUS. The SENATORS take their places; the TRIBUNES take theirs also by themselves.
Men. Having determin'd of the Volces, and
The present consul, and last general
1 Sen. Speak, good Cominius: Leave nothing out for length, and make us think,
Than we to stretch it out.
Your loving motion toward the common body, We do request your kindest ears: and, after, To yield what passes here.
Sic. We are convented
Upon a pleasing treaty; and have hearts
Bru. Which the rather
We shall be bless'd to do, if he remember
Men. That's off, that's off,*
1 Off. That's a brave fellow; but he's vengeance proud, and loves not the common peo-To hear Cominius speak?
I would you rather had been silent: Please you
2 Off. 'Faith, there have been many great men that have flatter'd the people, who ne'er loved them; and there be many that they have loved, they know not wherefore: so that, if they love they know not why, they hate upon no better a ground: Therefore, for Coriolanus neither to care whether they love or hate him, manifests the true knowledge he has in their disposition; and, out of his noble carelessness, let's them plainly see't.
1 Off. If he did not care whether he had their love, or no, he waved indifferently 'twixt doing them neither good, nor harm; but he seeks their hate with greater devotion than they can renderit him; and leaves nothing undone, that may fully discover him their opposite. Now, to seem to affect the malice and displeasure of the people, is as bad as that which he dislikes, to flatter them for their love.
2 Off. He hath deserved worthily of his country: And his ascent is not by such easy degrees as those, who, having been supple and courteous to the people, bonnetted, without any further deed to heave them at all into their estimation and report: but he hath so planted
But yet my caution was more pertinent,
But tie him not to be their bedfellow.-
[CORIOLANUS rises, and offers to go away.
What you have nobly done.
I had rather have my wounds to heal again,
When blows have made me stay, I filed from
Men. Pray now, sit down.
When the alarum were struck, than idly sit To hear my nothings monster'd.
Men. Masters o'the people, Your multiplying spawn how can he flatter, *Nothing to the purpose. + Summons to battle.
(That's thousand to one good one,) when you
He had rather venture all his limbs for honour, Than one of his ears to hear it?-Proceed, Cominius.
Com. I shall lack voice: the deeds of Corio-
Should not be utter'd feebly.-It is held,
Beyond the mark of others: our then dictator,
When he might act the woman in the scene,
Was brow-bound with the oak. His pupil age
I cannot speak him home: He stopp'd the
And, by his rare example, made the coward
The mortal gate o'the city, which he painted
Re-quicken'd what in flesh was fatigate,‡‡
Men. Worthy man!
1 Sen. He cannot but with measure fit the
Com. Our spoils he kick'd at;
Men. He's right noble ;
Let him be call'd for.
1 Sen. Call for Coriolanus.
Of. He doth appear.
Bru. Mark you that!
Cor. To brag unto them,-Thus I did, and
Show them the unaking scars which I should
Men. Do not stand upon't.
We recommend to you, tribunes of the people.
Sen. To Coriolanus come all joy and honour!
Sic. May they perceive his intent! He that
As if he did contemn what he requested
Bru. Come, we'll inform them
SCENE 111.-The same.-The Forum.
Enter several CITIZENS.
1 Cit. Once, if he do require our voices, we ought not to deny him.
2 Cit. We may, Sir, if we will.
3 Cit. We have power in ourselves to do it, but it is a power that we have no power to do: for if he show us his wounds, and tell us his deeds, we are to put our tongues into those wounds, and speak for them; so, if he tell us his noble deeds, we must also tell him our noble acceptance of them. Ingratitude is monstrous: and for the multitude to be ingrateful, were to make a monster of the multitude; of the which, we, being members, should bring ourselves to be monstrous members.
1 Cit. And to make us no better thought of, a little help will serve: for once, when we stood up about the corn, he himself stuck not to call us the many-headed multitude.
3 Cit. We have been called so of many; not that our heads are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald, but that our wits are so diversly coloured: and truly I think, if all our wits were to issue out of one scull, they 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 judge, my wit would fly?
3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's will, 'tis strongly wedged up in a block-head: but if it were at liberty, 'twould. sure, southward.
2 Cit. Why that way?
3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where being three parts melted away with rotten dews, the fourth would return for conscience sake, to help to get thee a wife.
2 Cit. You are never without your tricks :You may, you may.
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 and MENENIUS.
Enter 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.
3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your country, and you have not deserved nobly. Cor. Your enigma?
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. Here he comes, and in the gown of humility; I will, Sir, flatter my sworn brother the peomark his behaviour. We are not to stay alto-ple, to earn a dearer estimation of them; 'tis gether, 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 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 direct you how you shall go by him.
All. Content, content.
[Exeunt. Men. O, Sir, you are not right: have you not known
The worthiest men have done it?
Cor. What must I say?—
I pray, Sir,-Plague upon't! I cannot bring
I got them in my country's service, when
Men. O me, the gods!
You must not speak of that; you must desire
Cor. Think upon me? Hang 'em!
the wisdom of their choice is rather to have my hat 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.
4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend; and therefore give you our voices heartily.
3 Cit. You have received many wounds for your country.
Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with showing them. I will make much of your voices, and so trouble you no further.
Both Cit. The gods give you joy, Sir,
Cor. Most sweet voices!-
I would they would forget me, like the virtues To beg of Hob and Dick, that do appear,
Men. You'll mar all;
I'll leave you: Pray you, speak to them, I
There is 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
Their needless vouches: Custom calls me
Here come more voices,
Your voices: for your voices I have fought;
5 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go without any honest man's voice.
6 Cit. Therefore let him be consul: The gods give him joy, and make him good friend to the people!
All. Amen, Amen.-
Cor. Worthy voices!
Cor. Is this done?
Sic. The custom of request you have charg'd:
Either his gracious promise, which you might, dis-As cause had call'd you up, have held him to; Or else it would have gall'd his surly nature, Which easily endures not article Tying him to aught; so, putting him to rage, You should have ta'en the advantage of his And pass'd him unelected. [choler,
The people do admit you; and are summon'd
Cor. May I then change these garments?
Cor. That I'll straight do; and, knowing self again,
Repair to the senate-house.
Bru. Did you perceive, He did solicit you in free contempt, [think, my-When he did need your loves; and do you That his contempt shall not be bruising to you, When he hath power to crush? Why, had your
Men. I'll keep you company.-Will you along?
[Exeunt CORIOL. and MENEN. He has it now; and by his looks, methinks, "Tis warm at his heart.
Bru. With a proud heart he wore His humble weeds: Will you dismiss the people?
2 Cit. Not one amongst us save yourself, but says, [us He us'd us scornfully: he should have show'd His marks of merit, wounds receiv'd for his country.
Sic. Why, so he did, I am sure.
[Several speak. 3 Cit. He said, he had wounds, which he could show in private; And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn, I would be consul, says he: aged custom, But by your voices, will not so permit me; Your voices therefore: When we granted that, Here was, I thank you for your voices,-thank you,[voices, Your most sweet voices:-now you have left your I have no further with you:- -Was not this
Sic. Why, either, you were ignorant to see't? Or, seeing it, of such childish friendliness To yield your voices?
Bru. Could you not have told him, As you were lesson'd,-When he had no power, But was a petty servant to the state, He was your enemy; ever spake against Your liberties, and the charters that you bear I'the body of the weal: and now, arriving A place of potency, and sway o'the state, If he should still malignantly remain Fast foe to the plebeii,* your voices might Be curses to yourselves? You should have said, That, as his worthy deeds did claim no less Than what he stood for; so his gracious nature Would think upon you for your voices, and Translate his malice towards you into love, Standing your friendly lord.
Sic. Thus to have said,
As you were fore-advis'd, had touch'd his spirit,
And tried his inclination; from him pluck'd
* Picbeians, common people.
No heart among you? Or had you tongues, to Against the rectorship of judgement? [cry Sic. Have you,
Ere now, denied the asker? and, now again, On him, that did not ask, but mock, bestow Your su'd-for tongues?
3 Cit. He's not confirm'd, we may deny him yet.
2 Cit. And will deny him:
I'll have five hundred voices of that sound. 1 Cit. I twice five hundred, and their friends to piece 'em.
Bru. Get you hence instantly; and tell those
[take They have chose a consul, that will from them Their liberties; make them of no more voice Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking, As therefore kept to do so.
Sic. Let them assemble;
And, on a safer judgement, all revoke
A fault on us, your tribunes; that we labour'd (No impediment between) but that you must Cast your election on him.
Sic. Say, you chose him
More after our commandment, than as guided By your own true affections: and that, your
Pre-occupied with what you rather must do Than what you should, made you against the grain
To voice him consul: Lay the fault on us. Bru. Ay, spare us not. Say, we read lectures to you,
How youngly he began to serve his country,
Sic. One thus descended,
That hath beside well in his person wrought
Bru. Say, you ne'er had done't, (Harp on that still,) but by our putting on:
* Object. 4 Carriage. ↑ Weighing
The people cry, you mock'd them; and, of late, When corn was given them gratis, you repin'd;
Scandal'd the suppliants for the people;
Cor. Have you inform'd them since?
Cor. You are like to do such business.
Each way to better yours.
Cor. Why then should I be consul? By yon clouds,
Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me
Sic. You show too much of that,
To where you are bound, you must inquire For which the people stir: If you will pass