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And carry with us ears and eyes for th' time,
Changes to the Capitol.
Enter two Officers, to lay cushions. 10 Off OME, come, they are almost here. How
many stand for Consulships? ż Of Three, they say ; but 'tis thought of every one Coriolanus will carry it.
i Off. That's a brave Fellow, but he's vengeance proud, and loves not the common People.
2 Off. 'Faith, there have been many great Men that have fatter'd the People, who ne'er lov'd 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 difposition, and out of his noble carelessness lets them plainly see't.
i Of. If he did not care whether he had their love or no, "he war'd indifferently 'twixt doing them neither good, nor harm; but he seeks their hate with greater devotion than they can render it 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 disikes, to flatter them for their love.
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ears and crushing Coriolanus. eyes, &c.] That is, let us i he wav'd] That is, he would observe what passes, but keep wave indifferently. our hearts fixed on our design of
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2 Of. He hath deserved worthily of his Country, and his ascent is not by such easy degrees as those, who have been a 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 his honours in their eyes, and his actions in their hearts, that for their tongues to be filent, and not confefs 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.
i Off. No more of him, he is a worthy man. Make way, they are coming.
Enter the Patricians, and the Tribunes of the People
, Liktors before them; Coriolanus, Menenius, Cominius the Consul: Sicinius and Brutus take their places ly themselves.
Men. Having determin'd of the Volfiians, and
2 supple and courteous to the risen only by pulling of their bats prople, bornetted,] The sense, ! to the people. Bonnetted may think, requires that we thould relate to people, but not without read, unbonneited. Who have harshne s.
i Sen. Speak, good Cominius ;
Sic. We are convented
Bru. Which the rather
Men. That's off, that's off.
Bru. Most willingly;
Men. He loves your People,
[Coriolanus rises, and offers to go away. Nay, keep your place.
I Sen. Sir, Coriolanus ; never shame to hear
3 Your loving motion toward For 'till the Lex fittin'a (the authe common Body] Your kind inter- thor of which is supposed by Siposition with the common people. gonius, [De vetere Italiæ jue] The Theam of our il mblı.] to have been contenporary
with Here is a fault in the expression: Quintus Metellus Macedonicus ) the And had it affected our Author's Tribunes had not the privilege knowledge of nature, I fould of entring the Senate, but had have adjudged it to his transcrib. seats placed for them near the ers or editors; but as it affets door on the outside of the house. only his knowledge in history, I
WAPBURTON. suppose it to be his own.
He 5 Tlat's off, that's of ] That Nould have said your Affembly. is, that is nothing to the purpose.
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What you have nobly done.
Cor. Your Honours' pardon.
Bru. Sir, I hope,
Cor. No, Sir; yet oft,
Men. Pray now, sit down.
Cor. I had rather have one scratch my head i'th' Sun,
Men. Masters of the People,
Com. I shall lack voice; the Deeds of Coriolanus
6 how can he flatter,] The self. reasoning of Menenius is this : • When Tarquin made a bead How can he be expected to prac- for Rome, -] When Tar. tise flattery to others, who ab- quin, who had been expelled, hors it so much, that he cannot raised a power to recover Rome. hear it even when offered to him.
And struck him on his knee; in that day's feats,
Men. Worthy Man!
Gate that was made the scene of Was rim'd with dying cries.-) death. The cries of the slaughtered re- 9 He cannot but with measure gularly followed his motions, as fit the Honours,] That is, mufick and a dancer accompany no honour will be too great for each other.
him; he will sew a mind equal 3 The mortal Gate] The
to any elevation.