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Which we devise him.
Com. Our spoils he kick'd at,
Men. He's right Noble.
Sen, Call Coriolanus.
Cor. I do owe them ftill
1 Than Misery itself would short with,--to end it. i.e. to end
give,-) Misery, for ava- this long discourse in one word, rice; because a Mifer signifies an be's right noble. Let him be caled Avaricious. WARBURTON. for. This is exactly in charac
2 Com. -and is content ter, and restores the passage to To spind his time to end it. sense.
WARBURTON Men. He's right nolle ] The I know not whether my conlast words of Cominius's speech ceit will be approved, but I canare altogether unintelligible. not forbear to think that our Shakespear, I suppose, wrote the authour wrote thas, passage thus,
-he rewards and is content
His deeds witb dang them, and
To do great acts for the sake of
3 It then remains, warm friend Menenius, impatient That do speak to th' Peoto come to the subject of the ple.] Coriolanus was bahonours designed him, inter- nished U. C. 262. But till the rupts Com nius, and takes him time of Manlius Torquatus U. C.
That you do speak to th' People.
Cor. I beseech you,
Sic. Sir, the People must have their voices,
Cor. It is a Part
Bru. Mark you That ?
Cor. To brag unto them, thus I did, and thus,
Men. Do not stand upon't.
[Flourish Cornet. Then Exeunt.
393, the Senate chose borb the ceeded from the too powerful Consuls : And then the people, blaze of his imagination, which affifted by the feditious temper of when once lighted up, made all the Tribunes, got the choice of acquired knowledge fade and one. But if he makes Rome a disappear before it. For fomeDemocracy, which at this time times again we find him, when was a perfect Aristocracy; he occasion serves, not only writing sets the balance even in his li- up to the truch of history, but mon, and turns Athens, which fitting his sentiments to the nicest was a perfect Democracy, into manners of his peculiar subject, an Aristocracy. But it would be as well to the dignity of his chaunjust to attribute this entirely to racters, or the dictates of nature his ignorance ; it sometimes pro- in general. WARBURTON.
Manent Sicinius and Brutus.
Bru. You see how he intends to use the People.
Bru. Come, we'll inform them
I Cit. 4
Enter seven or eight Citizens.
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 Thew us his wounds, and tell us his deeds, we are to put our tongues into those wounds, and speak for them: so, if he tells 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
4 Once ;] Once here means the A ridicule may be intended, same as when we say, once for all. but the sense is clear enough.
WARBURTON. Power first signifies natural pouer 5 We have Power in or force, and then moral power selves to do it, but it is a Power or right. Davies has used the that we have no power to do ;] same word with great variety of I am persuaded this was intended meaning. as a ridicule on the Augustine Use all thy powers that beavermanner of defining free-vill at ly power to praise, that time in the schools. WARB. That
power to do.
being Members, should bring our selves to be monftrous Members.
i 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 manyheaded multitude.
3 Cit. We have been call’d so of many; not that our heads are some brown, fome black, some auburn, fome bald ; but that our wits are so diversy colour'd; and truly, I think, 7 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 would be at once to all Points o’th' Compass. 2 Cit. Think you so ?
you judge, my wit would fly?
3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's will, 'tis strongly wedg’d up in a blockhead; but if it were at liberty, 'would, sure, southward.
2 Cit. Why that way?
3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where being three parts melted away with rotten dews,
8 the fourth would return for conscience fake, to help to get thee a Wife. 2 Cit. You are never without
tricks You may, you may
many-headed multitude.] Han- thus,
WARBURTON. mary-beaded includes monstron- 8 the fourth would return for nefi.
conscience fake, to help to get ibee 7 if all our wits were to issue à Wife.] A fly satirical insinuout of one scull, &c.] Meaning, ation how small a capacity of though our having but one inte. wit is necessary for that purpose : rest was most 'apparent, yet our But every day's experience of the wishes and projects wocld be in- Sex's prudent disposal of themfinitely discordant. This mean- felves, may be sufficient to ining the Oxford Editor has totally form us how unjust it is, discharged, by changing the text
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 in a Gown, with Menenius. Here he comes, and in the Gown of Humility; mark his behaviour. We are not to stay altogether, but to come by him where he stands, 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
All. Content, content.
Men. Oh, Sir, you are not right; have you not known the worthiest Men have done't ?
Cor. What must I say ?
Men. Oh me, the Gods !
Cor. Think upon me? hang 'em.
Men. You'll mar all.