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SCENE I.-Rome. A Street.
Enter a company of mutinous Citizens, with staves, clubs, and other weapons.
1 Cit. Before we proceed any farther, hear me speak.
Cit. Speak, speak.
(Several speaking at once.) 1 Cit. You are all resolved rather to die, than to famish?
1 Cit. Let us kill him, and we'll have corn at our own price. Is't a verdict?
Cit. No more talking on't; let it be done: away, 2 Cit. One word, good citizens.
1 Cit. We are accounted poor citizens; the patricians, good: What authority surfeits on, would relieve us; If they would yield us but the superfluity, while it were wholesome, we might guess, they relieved us humanely; but they think, we are too dear: the leanness that afflicts us, the object of our misery, is as an inventory to particularize their abundance; our sufferance is a gain to them.-Let us revenge this with our pikes, ere we become rakes: for the gods know, I speak this in hunger for bread, not in thirst for revenge.
2 Cit. Would you proceed especially against Caius Marcius? [commonalty. Cit. Against him first; he's a very dog to the 2 Cit. Consider you what services he has done for his country?
1 Cit. Very well; and could be content to give him good report for't, but that he pays himself with being proud.
Act IV. Scene 5.
Conspirators with Aufidius.
2 Cit. Nay, but speak not maliciously.
1 Cit. I say unto you, what he hath done fascienc'd men can be content to say, it was for his mously, he did it to that end: though soft concountry, he did it to please his mother, and to be partly proud; which he is, even to the altitude of
2 Cit. What he cannot help in his nature, you account a vice in him: You must in no way say, he is covetous.
Cit. Resolved, resolved.
1 Cit. If I must not, I need not be barren of ac
1 Cit. First yon know, Caius Marcius is chief casations; he hath faults, with surplus, to tire in enemy to the people.
Cit, We know't, we know't.
repetition. (Shouts within.) What shouts are these?
1 Cit. Soft; who comes here?
Enter MENENIUS AGRIPPA.
2 Cit. Worthy Menenius Agrippa; one that hath always loved the people.
1 Cit. He's one honest enough; 'Would, all the rest were so!
Men. What work's, my countrymen, in hand? Where go you [you.
With bats and clubs? The matter? Speak, I pray 1 Cit. Our business is not unknown to the senate; they have had inkling, this fortnight, what we intend to do, which now we'll shew 'em in deeds. They say, poor suitors have strong breaths; they shall know, we have strong arms too.
Men. Why, masters, my good friends, mine hoWill you undo yourselves? [nest neighbours, 1 Cit. We cannot, sir, we are undone already. Men. I tell you, friends, most charitable care Have the patricians of you. For your wants, Your suffering in this dearth, you may as well
Did see, and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel,
1 Cit. Well, sir, what answer made the belly?
Your belly's answer: What! The kingly-crowned head, the vigilant eye, The counsellor heart, the arm our soldier, Our steed the leg, the tongue our trumpeter, With other muniments and petty helps In this our fabric, if that they
What then?'Fore me, this fellow speaks!-what then? what
1 Cit. Should by the cormorant belly be restrain'd, Who is the sink o'the body,
Well, what then? 1 Cit. The former agents, if they did complain, What could the belly answer?
Whereby they live: And though that all at once,
1 Cit. I the great toe? Why the great toe?
Men. I will tell you; If you'll bestow a small (of what you have little) Patience, a while, you'll hear the belly's answer. 1 Cit. You are long about it. Men. Note me this, good friend; Your most grave belly was deliberate, Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer'd. True is it, my incorporate friends, quoth he, That I receive the general food at first, Which you do live upon: and fit it is; Because I am the store-house, and the shop Of the whole body: But if you do remember, I send it through the rivers of your blood, Even to the court, the heart,-to the seat o'the brain; And, through the cranks and offices of man, The strongest nerves, and small inferior veins From me receive that natural competenc
Of this most wise rebellion, thou go'st foremost:
Mar. Thanks.-What's the matter, you dissentious rogues, That rubbing the poor itch of your opinion, Make yourselves scabs?
We have ever your good word. Mar. He that will give good words to thee, will flatter [cars, Beneath abhorring.-What would you have, you That like nor peace, nor war? the one affrights you, The other makes you proud. He that trusts you, Where he should find you lions, finds you hares; Where foxes, geese: You are no surer, no, Than is the coal of fire upon the ice, Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is, To make him worthy, whose offence subdues him, And curse that justice did it. Who deserves great
Deserves your hate: and your affections are
Mar. 'Hang em! they say? They'll sit by the fire, and presume to know What's done i'the Capitol: who's like to rise, Who thrives, and who declines: side factions, and give out
Conjectural marriages: making parties strong, And feebling such as stand not in their liking, Below their cobbled shoes. They say, there's grain enough?
Would the nobility lay aside their ruth,
Men. Nay, these are almost thoroughly persuaded;
O, true bred!
1 Sen. Your company to the capitol; where, I Our greatest friends attend us. [know, Tit. Lead you on: Follow, Cominius; we must follow you; Right worthy you priority.
Noble Lartius! 1 Sen. Hence! To your homes, be gone. (To the Citizens.) Nay, let them follow: The Volces have much corn; take these rats thither, To gnaw their garners :-Worshipful mutineers, Your valour puts well forth: pray, follow.
[Exeunt Senators, Com, Mar. Tit. and Menen. Citizens steal away. Sic. Was ever man so proud as is this Marcius? Bru. He has no equal. [ple,Sic. When we were chosen tribunes for the peoBru. Mark'd you his lip, and eyes? Sic. Nay, but his taunts. Bru. Being mov'd, he will not spare to gird the Sic. Be-mock the modest moon. [gods. Bru. The present wars devour him: he is grown Too proud to be so valiant.
Sic. Such a nature, Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow
SCENE II Corioli. The Senate-House. Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS, and certain Senators. 1 Sen. So, your opinion is, Aufidius, That they of Rome are enter'd in our counsels, And know how we proceed.
Is it not yours?
(Who is of Rome worse hated than of you,)
Nor did you think it folly, To keep your great pretences veil'd, till when They needs must shew themselves; which in the hatching,
It seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery
Noble Aufidius, Take your commission: hie you to your bands: Let us alone to guard Corioli:
If they set down before us, for the remove Bring up your army; but, I think, you'll find They have not prepar'd for us.
O, doubt not that; Some parcels of their powers are forth already, I speak from certainties. Nay, more, And only hitherward. I leave your honours. If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet,
'Tis sworn between us, we shall never strike,
Till one can do no more.
SCENE III.-Rome. An Apartment in Marcius'
self in a more comfortable sort: If my son were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour, than in the embracements of his bed, where he would shew most love. When yet he was but tender-bodied, and the only son of my womb; when youth with comeliness plucked all gaze his way; when, for a day of kings' entreaties, a mother should not sell him an hour from her beholding; I,-considering how honour would become such a person; that it was no better than picture-like to hang by the wall, if renown made it not stir,—was pleased to let him seek danger where he was like to find fame. To a cruel war I sent him; from whence he returned, his brows bound with oak. I tell thee, daughter,-I sprang not more in joy at first hearing he was a man-child, than now in first seeing he had proved himself a man.
Vir. But had he died in the business, madam? how then?
Vol. Then his good report should have been my son; I therein would have found issue. Hear me profess sincerely-Had I a dozen sons,-each in my love alike, and none less dear than thine and my good Marcius,-I had rather had eleven die nobly for their country, than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.
Enter a Gentlewoman.
Gent. Madam, the lady Valeria is come to visit [self.
Vir. 'Beseech you, give me leave to retire myVol. Indeed, you shall not. Methinks I hear hither your husband's drum; See him pluck Aufidius down by the hair; As children from a bear, the Volces shunning him: Methinks, I see him stamp thus, and call thus,Come on, you cowards, you were got in fear, Though you were born in Rome: His bloody brow With his mail'd hand then wiping, forth he goes; Like to a harvest-man, that's task'd to mow Or all, or lose his hire.
Vir. His bloody brow! O, Jupiter, no blood! Vol. Away, you fool! it more becomes a man, Than gilt his trophy: the breasts of Hecuba, When she did suckle Hector, look'd not lovelier Than Hector's forehead, when it spit forth blood At Grecian swords contending.-Tell Valeria, We are fit to bid her welcome. [Exit Gent. Vir. Heavens bless my lord from fell Aufidius! Vol. He'll beat Aufidius' head below his knee, And tread upon his neck.
Re-enter Gentlewoman, with VALERIA and her Usher.
Vir. I am glad to see your ladyship.
Val. How do you both? you are manifest housekeepers. What, are you sewing here? A fine spot, in good faith.-How does your little son?
Vir. I thank your ladyship; well, good madam. Vol. He had rather see the swords, and hear a drum, than look upon his school-master.
Val. O' my word, the father's son: I'll swear, 'tis a very pretty boy. O' my troth, I looked upon him o' Wednesday half an hour together: he has such a confirmed countenance. saw him run after a gilded butterfly; and when he caught it, he let it go again; and after it again; and over and over he comes, and up again; catched it again: or whether his fall enraged him, or how 'twas, he did so set his teeth, and tear it; O, I warrant, how he mammocked it!
Vol. One of his father's moods.
Val. Indeed la, 'tis a noble child.
Val. Come, lay aside your stitchery; I must have you play the idle huswife with me this afternoon. Vir. No, good madam; I will not out of doors. Val. Not out of doors!
Vol. She shall, she shall.
over the threshold, till my lord return from the
Val. Fy, you confine yourself most unreasonably; Come, you must go visit the good lady that lies in.
Vir. I will wish her speedy strength, and visit her with my prayers; but I cannot go thither. Vol. Why, I pray you?
Vir. 'Tis not to save labour, nor that I want love. Val. You would be another Penelope: yet, they say, all the yarn she spun, in Ulysses' absence, did but fill Ithaca full of moths. Come; I would your cambric were sensible as your finger, that you might leave pricking it for pity. Come, you shall go with [will not forth. 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.
Vir. O, good madam, there can be none yet. Val. Verily, I do not jest with you; there came news from him last night.
Vir. Indeed, madam?
Val. In earnest, it's true; I heard a senator speak it. Thus it is :-The Volces have an army forth; against whom Cominius the general is gone, with one part of our Roman power: your lord, and Titus Lartius, are set down before their city Corioli; they nothing doubt prevailing, and to make it brief wars. This is true, on mine honour; and so, I pray, go with ns.
Vir. Give me excuse, good madam; I will obey you in every thing hereafter.
Vol. Let her alone, lady; as she is now, she will but disease our better mirth.
Val. In troth, I think, she would:-Fare you well then.-Come, good sweet lady.-Pr'ythee, Virgilia, turn thy solemness out o'door, and go along with us.
Vir. No: at a word, madam; indeed, I must not. I wish you much mirth. Val. Well, then farewell.
SCENE IV. Before Corioli. Enter, with drum and colours, MARCIUS, TITUS LARTIUS, Officers, and Soldiers. To them a Mɛssenger.
Mar. Yonder comes news:-A wager, they have Lart. My horse to yours, no. [met.
Mar. Say, has our general met the enemy?
I'll buy him of you. Lart. No, I'll nor sell, nor give him: lend you him, I will,
For half a hundred years.-Summon the town.
Within this mile and half. Mar. Then shall we hear their 'larum, and they
Now, Mars, I pr'ythee, make us quick in work; That we with smoking swords may march from hence,
To help our fielded friends!—Come, blow thy blast.
1 Sen. No, nor a man that fears you less than he ; That's lesser than a little. Hark, our drums (Alarums afar of.) Are bringing forth our youth: We'll break our wails, Rather than they shall pound us up: our gates, Which yet seem shut, we have but pinn'd with rushes; They'll open of themselves.
There is Aufidius; list, what Amongst your cloven army.
Hark you, far off; (Other Alarums.) work he makes
Plaster you o'er; that you may be abhorr'd Further than seen, and one infect another
Against the wind a mile! You souls of geese,
Another alarum. The Volces and Romans Re-enter, and the fight is renewed. The Volces retire into Corioli, and MARCIUS follows them to the gates. So, now the gates are ope: Now prove good seconds: 'Tis for the followers fortune widens them, Not for the flyers: mark me, and do the like. (He enters the gates, and is shut in.) 1 Sol. Fool-hardiness; not I. 2 Sol.
Have shut him in.
1 Sol. Following the fliers at the very heels,
O noble fellow! Who, sensible, outdares his senseless sword, And, when it bows, stands up! Thou art left, MarA carbuncle entire, as big as thou art, [cius: Were not so rich a jewel. Thou wast a soldier Even to Cato's wish, not fierce and terrible Only in strokes; but, with thy grim looks, and The thunder-like percussion of thy sounds, Thou mad'st thine enemies shake, as if the world Were feverous, and did tremble. Re-enter MARCIUS, bleeding, assaulted by the enemy. 1 Sol. Look, sir. Lart.
'Tis Marcius: Let's fetch him off, or make remain alike. (They fight, and all enter the city.) SCENE V. Within the Town. A Street. Enter certain Romans, with spoils.
1 Rom. This will I carry to Rome.
2 Rom. And I this.
3 Rom. A murrain on't! I took this for silver. (Alarum still continues afar off.) Enter MARCIUS and TITUS LARTIUS, with a
Mar. See here these movers, that do prize their hours
At a crack'd drachm! Cushions, leaden spoons, Irons of a doit, doublets that hangmen would Bury with those that wore them, these base slaves,
Ere yet the fight be done, pack up :-Down with
Mar. Thy friend no less Than those she placeth highest! So, farewell. Lart. Thou worthiest Marcius! [Exit Marcius. Go, sound thy trumpet in the market-place; Call thither all the officers of the town, Where they shall know our mind: Away. [Exeunt.
Com. Ay, if you come not in the blood of others, But mantled in your own.
O! let me clip you In arms as sound, as when I woo'd; in heart As merry, as when our nuptial day was done, And tapers burn'd to bedward.
Flower of warriors,
How is't with Titus Lartius?