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Aius Martinus Coriolanus, a Noble Roman,

hated by the Common People. Titus Lartius, Generals against the Volscians,and

Friends to Coriolanus.
Menenius Agrippa, Friend to Coriolanus.
Sicinius Velutus, } Tribunes of the People, and E.
Junius Brutus, I nemies to Coriolanus.
Tullus Aufidius, General of the Volscians.
Lieutenant to Aufidius.
Young Martius, Son to Coriolanus.

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Roman and Volscian Senators, Ædiles, Lictors,

Soldiers, Common People, Servants to Aufidius, and other Attendants.

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The SCENE is partly in Rome and partly

in the Territory of the Volscians.


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. Enter a Company of Mutinous Citizens, with Staves,

Clubs, and other Weapons.


EFORE we proceed any further, hear me
All. Speak, speak.

I Cit. You are all resolv'd rather to die than to famish?

All. Resolv’d, resolv'd. i Cit. First, you know, Caius Martins is chief Enemy to the People.

All. We know't.

i Cit. Let us kill him, and we'll have Corn at our own Price. Is't a Verdiet ?

All. No more talking on't, let be done, away, away. 2 Cit. One word, good Citizens.

I Cit. We are accounted poor Citizens; the Patricians good: What Authority surfeits on, would relieve us: If they would yield us but the superfluiry, while it were wholsome, we might guess they relieved us humanly: But they think we are too dear; the leanness that afflict us, the object of our Misery, is as an Inventory to particularize their Abundance; VOL. IV.

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Our sufferance is a gain to them. Let us revenge this with

a our Pikes, e'er 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 again ft Gaius Martius?

All. Against him first : He's a very Dog to the Commonalty

2 Cit. Consider you what Services he has done for his Country?

i Cit. Very well : and could be content to give him good Report for's; but that he pays himself with being proud.

All. Nay, but speak not-maliciously.

1 Cit. I say unto you, what he hath done famously, he' did it to that end ; though soft conscienc'd Men can be content to say it was for his Country, he did it to please his Mother, and to be partly-proud, which he is, even to the altitude of his Virtue.

2. Cit. What he cannot help in his Nature, you account a Vice in him : You must in no way lay, he is Covetous.

1 Cit. If I must not, I need not be barren of Accusations; he hath Faults, with surplus, to tire in Repetition.

. [Shouts within. What Shouts are those ? The other side o'ch City is rifen, why stay we prating here? To th'Capitol

All. Come, some.
i Cit. Soft- who comes here?

Enter Menenius Agrippa.
2 Cit. Worthy Menenius. Agrippa ; one that hath always
lov'd 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 with your Bats and Clubs? The Matter
Speak, I pray you.

2 Cit. Our Business is not unknown to the Senate, they have had ickling, this Fortnight, what we intended to do, which now we'll shew 'em in Deeds : They say, poor Suita ers have strong Breaths, they shall know we have strong Arms too.

Meń. Why Masters, my good friends, mine honest Neighbours, will you undo your felves?


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