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Sic. (15) This, as you say, fuggested
-This, as you fav, suggesied
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,
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
Bru. Let's to the capitol,
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
By Caius Marcius Coriolanus; whom
i Sen. Speak, good Cominius :
Sic. We are convented
Bru. Which the rather
Men. That's off, that's off:
Brit. Most willingly:
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.
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Men. He loves your people,
[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:
Cor. No, Sir; yet oft,
Men. Pray now, sit down.
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.