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Re-enter Ædile, with Citizens.
Well, say.- Peace, ho.
sent? Must all determine here? Sic.
I do demand,
you to the people's voices,
I am content.
Scratches with briars,
Well, well, no more.
Answer to us.
Ratker than envy you.] Rather than import ill will to you.
Sic. We charge you, that you have contrivd to
Cor. How! Traitor?
Nay; temperately: Your promise, Cor. The fires i' the lowest hell fold in the people! Call me their traitor!
-Thou injurious tribune! Within thine eyes sat twenty thousand deaths, In thy hands clutch'd as many millions, in Thy lying tongue both numbers, I would say,
Thou liest, unto thee, with a voice as free As I do
the gods. Sic.
Mark you this, people? Cit. To the rock with him; to the rock with him!
Sic. Peace. We need not put new matter to his charge: What you have seen him do, and heard him speak, Beating your officers, cursing yourselves, Opposing laws with strokes, and here defying Those whose great power must try him; even this, So criminal, and in such capital kind, Deserves the extremest death. Bru.
But since he hath Sery'd well for Rome,: Cor.
What do you prate of service? Bru. I talk of that, that know it. Cor.
Is this The promise that you
season'd office,] All office established and settled by time, and made familiar to the people by long use.
clutch's--] i. e. grasp'd.
I'll know no further:
For that he has
It shall be so, It shall be so; let him away; he's banish'd, And so it shall be. Com. Hear me, my masters, and my common
friends; Sic. He's sentenc'd; no more hearing, Com.
Let me speak: I have been consul, and can show from Rome, Her enemies' marks upon me. I do love My country's good, with a respect more tender, More holy, and profound, than mine own life, My dear wife's estimate,* her womb's increase, And treasure of my loins; then if I would
* Envied against the people,] i, e. behaved with signs of hatred to the people.
+ My dear wife's estimate,] I love my country beyond the rate at which I value my dear wife.
We know your drift: Speak what?
It shall be so, it shall be so.
you into despair! Have the power still
you, the city, thus I turn my back:
s You common cry of curs !] Cry here signifies a troop or pack, Have the
Your ignorance, (which finds not, till it feels,) &c.] Still retain the power of banishing your defenders, till your undiscerning folly, which can foresee no consequences, leave none in the city but yourselves, who are always labouring your own destruction. ?
It is remarkable, that, among the political maxims of the speculative Harrington, there is one which he might have borrowed from this speech. The people, says he, cannot see, but they can feel. It is not much to the honour of the people, that they have the same character of stupidity from their enemy and their friend! Such was the power of our author's mind, that he looked through life in all its relations private and civil. Johnson.
? Abated captives,] Abated is dejected, subdued, depressed in spirit.
There is a world elsewhere.
[Exeunt CORIOLANUS, COMINIUS, Meve
NIUS, Senators, and Patricians. Æd. The people's enemy is gone, is gone! Cit. Our enemy's banish'd! he is gone! Hoo!
[The People shout, and throw up their. Caps. Sic Go, see him out at gates, and follow
As he hath follow'd you, with all despite;
Cit. Come, come, let us see him out at gates;
The gods preserve our noble tribunes !--Come.
SCENE I. The same. Before a Gate of the City.
Enter CORIOLANUS, VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, MeNENIUS, COMINIUS, and several
Cor. Come, leave your tears; a brief farewell:
the beast With
many heads butts me away.Nay, mother, Where is your ancient courage? you were us’d To say, extremity was the trier of spirits; That cominon chances common men could bear;. That, when the sea was calm, all boats alike Show'd mastership in floating: fortune's blows, When most struck home, being gentle wounded,