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In human action and capacity,
Of no more foul nor fiiness for the world,
Than camels in their war, who have their provender
Only for bearing burdens, and fore blows
For finking under them.

Sic. (15) This, as you say, fuggested
At some time, when his soaring intolence
Shall reach the people, (which time shall not want,
If he be put upon't; and that's as easy
As to fet dogs on sheep) will be the fire
To kindle their dry stubble; and their blaze
Shall darken him for ever.

-This, as you fav, suggesied
At some tine, when his fouring in bence
Shail teach ihi pe ple, which, (time jhali rot want;
If he be put ipin's, and ihat's as elv,
415 to set dogs on sheep) will be the fire
To kinale their dry 1# ble ; and their blaze

Shall darken him for ever.] As nominatives are fometimes wanting to the verb, fo, on the other hand, as this passage has been all along pointed, we have a redundance : for two relative pronouns, this and which, stand as nominatives to will be. There is, besides, one word fill in this fentence, which, notwithstanding the concurrence of the printed copies, I suspect to have admitted a small corruption.. Why thould it be imputed as a crime to Coriolanus, that he was prompt to teach the people? Or how was it any Toaring insolence in a patrician to aitempt this? The l'oet mult certainly have wrote ;

When his Soaring infolence Shall reach the people ; i. e. When it shall extend to impeach the conduct, or touch the character of the people. A like mistake, upon this word, has pofseffed the vivia's Tragedy in all the copies :

If'tby hot foul had fubitance with thy blood,
I would kill that 100; which, being past my steel,

My tongue Ball teach. For here tvo we must correct, reach. I regulated and amende ed this paffage in the appendix to my Shakespeare Restored'; aod Mr Pope has reformed it, with me, in his last edition.

Enter a Messenger. Bru. What's the matter?

Mef. You're sent for to the capitol: 'tis thought
That Marcius shall be conful: I have seen
The dumb men throng to see him, and the blind
To hear him speak; the matrons flung their gloves,
Ladies and maids their scarfs and handkerchiefs,
Upon him as he passed; the nobles bended
As to Jove's statue, and the commons made
A shower and thunder with their caps and shouts :
I never saw the like.

Bru. Let's to the capitol,
And carry with us ears and eyes for the time,
But hearts for the event.
Sic. Have with you.


SCENE changes to the Capitol.

Enter two Officers, to lay Cushions. i Off

. Come, come, they are almost here; how many stand for confulfhips?

2 Off. Three, they say; but 'tis thought of every one, Coriolanus will carry it.

i Off. That's a brave fellow, but he's vengeance proud, and loves not the common people.

2 Off. Faith, there have been many great men that have fattered the people, who never loved them; and there be many that they have ioved, they know not wherefore; so that if they love they know not why, they hate upon no better a ground. Therefore, for Coriolanus neither to care whether they love or hate him, manifests the true knowledge he has in their disposition, and out of his noble carelessness lets them plainly fee't.

I Oft. If he did not care whether he had their love or no, he waved indifferently 'twixt doing thein neither good nor harın: but he seeks their hate with greater devotion than they can render it him; and leaves nothing undone, that may fully discover him their opposite. Now to seem to affect the malice and displeasure of the people, is as bad as that which he dislikes, to flatter them for their love.

20ff. He hath deserved worthily of his country: and his ascent is not by such easy degrees as those who have been supple and courteous to the people; bonnetted, without any further deed to heave them at all into their eitimation and report: but he hath fo planted his honours in their eyes, and his actions in iheir hearts, that for their tongues to be silent, and not confess so much, were a kind of ingrateful injury; to report otherwise, were a malice, that, giving itself the lye, would pluck reproof and rebuke from every ear that heard it.

1 Of. No more of him, he is a worthy man: make way, they are coming. Enter the Patricians, and the Tribunes of the People,

Liitors before them; CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, COMINIUS the Consul: sicINIUS and BRUTUS take their places by themselves.

Men. Having determined of the Volscians, and
To fend for Titus Lartius, it remains,
As the main point of this our after-meeting,
To gratify his noble service, that
Hath thus trod for his country. Therefore,

please you,
Most reverend and grave elders, to desire
The present consul, and last General,
In our well-found successes, to report
A little of that worthy work performed

By Caius Marcius Coriolanus; whom
We met here, both to thank, and to remember
With honours like himself.

i Sen. Speak, good Cominius :
Leave nothing out for length, and make us think
Rather our state's defective for requital,
Than we to stretch it out. Masters o'th' people,
We do request your kindest ear; and, after,
Your loving motion toward the common body,
To yield what paties here.

Sic. We are convented
Upon a pleating treaty; (16) and have hearts
Inclinable to honour and advance
The theme of our assembly.

Bru. Which the rather
We shall be blest to do, if he remember
A kinder value of the people, than
He hath hitherto prized them at.

Men. That's off, that's off:
I vrould you rather had been filent: please you
To hear Cominius speak?

Brit. Most willingly:
But yet my cantion was more pertinent
Than the rebuke you give it.


and have hearts Irclinable to hont ur and advance

The theme of our ajjemhly.) Without doubt it would have been more proper for the tribune, who is here addresling hipfelf to the fenate, to have said:

The theme of your cfembly. But Shakespeare, contrary to the truth of history, makes the tribunes fit in the Senate, as part of that body. For 'till the Lex Attinia (which Attinius is supposed by Sigonius, De Vetere. Italiæ jure, to have been contemporary with Quintus Metcllus Macedonicus ;) the tribunes had not the privilege of entering the senate, but had feats placed for them near the door, on the outside of the house.

Mr Warburt0% 2

Men. He loves your people,
But tie him not to be their bed-fellow:
Worthy Cominius, speak.

[Coriolanus rises and offers to go away. Nay, keep your place.

i Sen. Sit, Coriolanus; never shame to hear What you have nobly done.

Cor. Your Honour's pardon:
I had rather have my wounds to heal again,
Than hear fay how I got

Bru. Sir, I hope
My words disbenched you not?

Cor. No, Sir; yet oft,
When blows have made me stay, I fled from words.
You footh not, therefore hurt not: but your people,
I love them as they weigh,

Men. Pray now, sit down.
Cor. I had rather have one fcratch my head i'

th' sun, When the alarm were struck, than idly fit To hear my nothings monstered. [Exit Coriolonus.

Men. Masters of the people, Your multiplying spawn how can he flatter, That's thousand to one good one? when you see He had rather venture all his limhs for honour, Than one of's ears to hear't. Proceed, Cominius.

Com. I shall lack voice; the deeds of Coriolanus Should not be uttered feebly. It is held, That valour is the chiefest virtue, and Moit dignifies the haver: if it be, The man I speak of cannot in the world Be singly counterpoised. At fixteen years, When Tarquin made a head for Rome, he fought Beyond the mark of others: our then dictator, Whom with all praise I point at, saw hini fight, When with his Amazonian chin he drove VOL. XI.


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