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The city ports 6 by this hath enter'd, and
[Exeunt ATTENDANTS. Enter three or four CONSPIRATORS of AUFIDIUS'
Faction. Most welcome!
1 Conspirator. How is it, with our general ?
Most noble sir,
Sir, I cannot tell;
3 Conspirator. The people will remain uncertain, whilst 'Twixt
you there's difference; but the fall of either Makes the survivor heir of all. Aufidius.
I know it; And my pretext to strike at him admits A good construction. I rais'd him, and I pawn'd Mine honour for his truth: Who being so heighten'd, He water'd his new plants with dews of flattery, Seducing so my friends: and, to this end, He bow'd his nature, never known before But to be rough, unswayable, and free.
3 Conspirator. Sir, his stoutness, When he did stand for consul, which he lost By lack of stooping,
Aufidius. That I would have spoke of: Being banish'd for’t, he came unto my hearth; Presented to my knife his throat: I took him; Made him joint servant with me; gave
way In all his own desires; nay, let him choose Out of my files, his projects to accomplish,
My best and freshest men; serv'd his designments
1 Conspirator. So he did, my lord :
marvell’d at it. And, in the last,
There was it;
him. At a few drops of women's rheum, which are As cheap as lies, he sold the blood and labour Of our great action; Therefore shall be die, And I'll renew me in his fall. But, hark ! [Drums and Trumpets sound, with great Shouts
of the People. 1 Conspirator. Your native town you enter'd like a
post, And had no welcomes home; but he returns, Splitting the air with noise. 2 Conspirator.
And patient fools, Whose children he hath slain, their base throats tear, With giving him glory.
3 Conspirator. Therefore, at your 'vantage,
Say no more;
Enter the LORDS of the City. Lords. You are most welcome home,
? Thought me rewarded with good looks.
I have not deservd it, But worthy lords, have you with heed perus'd What I have written to you? Lords.
We have. 1 Lord.
And grieve to hear it. What faults he made before the last, I think, Might have found
but there to end,
Aufidius. He approaches, you shall hear him.
of CITIZENS with him.
We have made peace
Read it not, noble lords;
Coriolanus. Traitor!-How now?
Ay, traitor, Marcius. Coriolanus.
Marcius! Aufidius. Ay, Marcius, Caius Marcius; Dost thou think I'll grace thee with that robbery, thy stoln name, Coriolanus, in Corioli?
* Rewarding us with our own expenses.
You lords and heads of the state, perfidiously
Hear'st thou, Mars? Aufidius. Name not the god, thou boy of tears, Coriolanus.
Ha! Aufidius. No more. Coriolanus. Measureless liar, thou hast made my
heart Too great for what contains it. Boy! O slave! Pardon me, lords, 'tis the first time that ever I was forc'd to scold. Your judgments, my grave lords, Must give this cur the lie: and his own notion (Who wears my stripes impressid on him; that must
bear My beating to his grave;) shall join to thrust The lie unto him. 1 Lord.
Peace, both, and hear me speak Coriolanus. Cut me to pieces, Volces; men and lads, Stain all your edges on me.--Boy! False hound ! If
you have writ your annals true, 'tis there, That like an eagle in a dove-cote, I Flutter'd
Volces in Corioli:
Why, noble lords,
Conspirators. Let him die fort. [Several speak at once.
Citizens. [Speaking promiscuously.] Tear him to pieces, do it presently. He killed my son ;-my daughter; -He killed my cousin Marcus;He killed father.2 Lord. Peace, ho ;-no outrage ;-peace.
The man, is noble, and his fame folds in
O, that I had him,
Insolent villain! Conspirators. Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill him. (AUFIDIUS and the CONSPIRATORS draw, and kill
CORIOLANUS, who falls, and AUFIDIUS stands
Hold, hold, hold, hold. Aufidius. My noble masters, hear me speak. 1 Lord.
O Tullus, 2 Lord. Thou hast done a deed whereat valour will
weep. 3 Lord. Tread not upon him.-Masters all, be quiet; Put up your swords. Aufidius. My lords, when you shall know (as in this
Bear from hence his body,
His own impatience
gone, And I am struck with sorrow.-Take him up: Help, three o’the chiefest soldiers: I'll be one.