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And carry with us ears and eyes for th' time,
But hearts for the event.
Sic. Have with you.


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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

2 Off.

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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.

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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
To send for Titus Lartius, it remains,
As the main point of this our after-meeting,
To gratify his noble service, that
Hach thús stood for his Country. Therefore, please

Most reverend and grave Elders, to desire
The present Conful, and last General
Ta our well-found successes, to report
s little of that worthy Work perform'd
By Caius Marcius Coriolanus; whom
We meet here, both to thank, and to remember
With honours like himself.

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 ;
Leave nothing out for length, and make us think,
Rather our State's defective for requiral,
Than we to stretch it out. Masters o'th' People,
We do request your kindest ear; and, after,
3 Your loving motion toward the common Body,
To yield what passes here.

Sic. We are convented
Upon a pleasing Treaty; and have bearts
Inclinable to honour and advance
+ The Theam of our Affembly.

Bru. Which the rather
We shall be bleft to do, if he remember
A kinder value of the People, than
He hath hitherto priz'd them at.

Men. That's off, that's off.
I would, you rather had been filent. Please you
To hear Cominius speak ?

Bru. Most willingly;
But yet my caution was more pertinent,
Than the rebuke you give it.

Men. He loves your People,
But tye him not to be their bed-fellow.
Worthy Cominius, speak.

[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.
I had rather have my wounds to heal again,
Than hear say, how I got them.

Bru. Sir, I hope,
My words dif-bench'd you not?

Cor. No, Sir; yet oft,
When blows have made me stay, I fed from words,
You footh not, therefore hurt not; but your people,
I love them as they weigh.

Men. Pray now, sit down.

Cor. I had rather have one scratch my head i'th' Sun,
When the Alarum were struck, than idly sit
To hear my Nothings monster'd. [Exit Coriolanus,

Men. Masters of the People,
Your multiplying spawn how can he flatter,
That's thousand to one good one? when you see,
He had rather venture all his limbs for honour,
Than one of's ears to hear't. Proceed, Cominius.

Com. I shall lack voice; the Deeds of Coriolanus
Should not be utter'd feebly. It is held,
That valour is the chiefest virtue, and
Most dignifies the Haver ; if it be,
The Man, I speak of, cannot in the world
Be singly counter-pois'd. At sixteen years,
* When Tarquin made a head for Rome, he fought
Beyond the mark of others; our then Dictator,
Whom with all praise I point at, saw him fight,
When with his Amazonian chin he drove
The bristled lips before him ; he bestrid
An o'er-prest Roman, and i'th' Consul's view
Slew three Opposers ; Tarquin's felf he met,

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,
When he might act the Woman in the Scene,
He prov'd th' best Man i'th' field, and for his meed
Was brow-bound with the oak. His pupil age
Man-enter'd thus, he waxed like a Sea ;
And, in the brunt of seventeen battles since,
He lurcht all swords o'th' garland. For this last,
Before and in Corioli, let me fay,
I cannot speak him home; he stopt the fliers,
And by his rare example made the coward
Turn terror into sport. As waves before
A vessel under fail, fo Men obey'd,
And fell below his stern. His sword, death's stamp,
Where it did mark, it took from face to foot.
He was a thing of blood, whose ? every motion
Was tim’d with dying cries. Alone he enter'd
8 The mortal Gate oth' City, which he painted
With shunless destiny ; aidless came off,
And with a sudden re-enforcement struck
Corioli, like a planet. Nor all's this ;
For by and by the din of war 'gain pierce
His ready sense, when straight his doubled spirit
Requicken'd what in flesh was fatigate,
And to the battle came he, where he did
Run reeking o'er the lives of men, as if
'Twere a perpetual spoil ; and 'till we callid
Both Field and City ours, he never stood
To ease his breast with panting.

Men. Worthy Man!
I Sen. 'He cannot but with measure fit the Ho.



every motion

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.


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