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CAIUS MARCIUS CORIOLANUS, a noble Roman.
Generals against the Volscians.
Tribunes of the People.
VOLUMNIA, Mother to Coriolanus.
Roman and Volscian Senators, Patricians, Ædiles, Lictors,
Soldiers, Citizens, Messengers, Servants to Aufidius, and other Attendants.
SCENE-Partly in Rome, and partly in the Territories
of the Volscians and Antiates.
SCENE I.-ROME. A Street.
Enter a Company of mutinous CITIZENS, with Staves,
Clubs, and other Weapons. 1 Citizen. Before we proceed any further, hear me
speak. Citizens. Speak, speak. [Several speaking at once.
1 Citizen. You are all resolved rather to die, than to famish?
Citizens. Resolved, resolved.
1 Citizen. First, you know, Caius Marcius is chief enemy to the people.
Citizens. We know't, we know't.
1 Citizen. Let us kill him, and we'll have corn at our own price. Is't a verdict ?
Citizens. No more talking on't; let it be done: away, away.
2 Citizen. One word, good citizens.
1 Citizen. We are accounted poor citizens; the patricians, good:1 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 an inventory to particularize their abundance; our sufferance is a gain to them.—Let us revenge this with our pikes, ere