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Would the nobility lay aside their ruth,
lance. Menenius. Nay, these are almost thoroughly per
suaded; For though abundantly they lack discretion, Yet are they passing cowardly. But, I beseech you, What
the other troop? Marcius.
They are dissolved: Hang 'em! They said they were an hungry; sigh'd forth proverbs; That, hunger broke stone walls; that, dogs must eat; That, meat was made for mouths; that, the gods sent
not Corn for the rich men only :-With these shreds They vented their complainings; which, being answer'd, And a petition granted them, a strange one, (To break the heart of generosity, And make bold power look pale,) they threw their caps, As they would hang them on the horns o' the moon, Shouting their emulation.2 Menenius.
What is granted them ? Marcius. Five tribunes to defend their vulgarwisdoms, Of their own choice: One's Junius Brutus, Sicinius Velutus, and I know not—'Sdeath! The rabble should have first unroof'd the city, Ere so prevailid with me: it will in time Win upon power, and throw forth greater themes For insurrection's arguing. Menenius.
This is strange. Marcius. Go, get you home, you fragments!
Enter a MESSENGER. Messenger. Where's Caius Marcius? Marcius.
Here, what's the matter? Messenger. Th news is, sir, the Volces are in arms, 8 Pity, compassion.
9 Heap of dead. I Pitch.
Marcius. I am glad on't, then we shall have means
to vent Our musty superfluity :—See, our best elders.
Enter COMINIUS, TITUS LARTIUS, and other SENATORS ;
JUNIUS BRUTUS, and SICINIUS VELUTUS. 1 Senator. Marcius, 'tis true, that you have lately
They have a leader,
You have fought together. Marcius. Were half to half the world by the ears,
and he Upon my party, I'd revolt to make Only my wars with him: he is a lion That I am proud to hunt. 1 Senator.
Then, worthy Marcius,
Cominius. It is your former promise.
Sir, it is;
No, Caius Marcius,
O, true bred! 1 Senator. Your company to the Capitol; where, I
1 Senator. Hence! To your homes, be gone.
[To the CITIZENS. Marcius
Nay, let them follow: The Volces have much corn; take these rats thither, To gnaw their garners:8_Worshipful mutineers, Your valour puts well forth: pray, follow.
[Exeunt SENATORS, COMINIUS, MARCIUS, TITUS,
and MENENIUS. CITIZENS steal away. Sicinius. Was ever man so proud as is this Marcius? Brutus. He has no equal. Sicinius. When we were chosen tribunes for the
people, Brutus. Mark'd you his lip, and eyes? Sicinius.
Nay, but his taunts. Brutus. Being mov'd, he will not spare to gird* the
gods. Sicinius. Bemock the modest moon.
Brutus. The present wars devour him: he is grown
Such a nature,
Fame, at the which he aims,-
Besides, if things go well,
Come: Half all Cominius' honours are to Marcius, 3 Granaries.
4 Sneer. 5 Demerits and merits had anciently the same meaning. VOL. y.
Though Marcius earn’d them not; and all his faults
Let's hence, and hear
SCENE II.-CORIOLI. The Senate-House.
Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS, and certain SENATORS.
Is it not yours?
1 Senator. Our army's in the field: We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready To answer us.
Aufidius. Nor did you think it folly, To keep your great pretences veil’d, till when They needs must show themselves; which, in the hatching, It seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery, We shall be shorten’d in our aim; which was,
To take in 6 many towns, ere, almost, Rome
O, doubt not that;
The gods assist you! Aufidius. And keep your honours safe! 1 Senator.
Farewell. 2 Senator.
Farewell. All. Farewell.
SCENE III.- ROME.
An Apartment in MARCIUS'
Enter VOLUMNIA and VIRGILIA: They sit down on two
low Stools, and sew. Volumnio. I pray you, daughter, sing; or express yourself in a more comfortable sort: If my son were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour, than in the embracements where he would show most love. When yet he was but tenderbodied, and was my only son; when youth with comeliness plucked all gaze his way; when for a day of kings' entreaties, a mother should not sell him an hour from her beholding; 1,—considering how honour would become such a person; that it was no better than picturelike to hang by the wall, if renown made it not stir,was pleased to let him seek danger where he was like to
6 To subdue.