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They'll roar him in again. Tullus Aufidius,
The second name of men, obeys his points
As if he were his officer: Desperation
Is all the policy, strength, and defence,
That Rome can make against them.

Enter a troop of Citizens.
Men. Here come the clusters.-
And is Aufidius with him !--- You are they,
That made the air unwholsome, when you caÅ
Your stinking, greasy caps, in hooting at
Coriolanus' exile. Now he's coming,
And not a hair upon a soldier's head,
Which will not prove a whip: as many coxc

xcombs, As you threw caps up, will he tumble down,


voices. 'Tis no matter.
If he should burn us all into one coal,
We have deserved it.

Omnes. Faith, we hear fearful news.

i Cit. For mine own part, When I said, banish him, I said, 'twas pity.

2 Cit. And so did I.

3 Cit. And so did I; and, to say the truth, fo did very many

of that we did, we did for the best : and though we willingly confented to his banishment, yet it was against our will.

Com. Y’are goodly things; you voices !

Men. You have made good work,
You and your cry. Skali's to the capitol ?
Com. Oh, ay, what else?

Sic. Go, masters, get you home, be not dismayed.
These are a fide that would be glad to have
This true, which they so seem to fear. Go home,
And shew no sign of fear.

i Cit. The gods be good to us: come, masters, let's home. I ever said, we were i'ch' wrong when we banished him.


2 Cit. So did we all; but come, let's home.

[Exeunt Citizens,
Bru. I do not like this news.
Sii. Nor I.
Bru. Lets to the capitol; would half my

Would buy this for a lie !
Sic. Pray, let us go.

[Exeunt Tribunes.

SCENE, a Camp, at a small distance from Rome.

Enter AUFIDIUS, with his Lieutenant.
Auf. Do they still fly to the Roman?

Lieu. I do not know what witchcraft's in him ;
Your foldiers use him as the grace 'fore meat, [but
Their talk at table, and their thanks at end;
And you are darkened in this action, Sir,
Even by your own.

Auf. I cannot help it now,
Unless, by using means, I lame the foot
Of our design. He bears himself more proudly
Even to my person, than, I thought, he would
When firit I did embrace him. Yet his nature
In that's no changling, and I must excuse
What cannot be amended.

Lieu. Yet I wish, Sir,
(I mean for your particular) you had not
Joined in commission with him ; but had borne
The action of yourself, or else to him
Had left it folely.

iuf. I understand thee well; and be thon sure,
When he shall come to his account, he knows not
What I can urge against him; though it seems,
And so he thinks, and is no less apparent
To th' vulgar eye, that he bears all things fairly,
And shews good husbandry for the Volscian state,
Fights dragon-like, and does atchieve as soon



As draw his sword : yet he hath left undone That which shall break his neck or hazard mine, Whene'er we come to our account.

Lieu. Sir, I beseech, think you, he'll carry Rome?

Auf. All places yield to him ere he fits down, And the nobility of Rome are his : The senators and patricians love him too: The tribunes are no soldiers; and their people Will be as rash in the repeal, as hasty Toexpel him thence. (35) I think, he'll be to Rome (35)

- I think, he'll be to Rome As is the aspray to the fish, who takes it

By sovereignty of nature.) Though one's search might have been very vain to find any fuch word as aspray, yet I easily imagined, something must be couched under the corruption, in its nature destructive to filh, and that made a prey of them. And this suspicion led me to the discovery. The osprey is a species of the eagle, of a strong make, that haunts the sea and lakes for its food, and altogether preys on fith. It is called the άλιαίελος, , or equila marina, as also avis olifraga; thence contracted first, perhaps, into osphreä, and then, with regard to the case of pronunciation, osprey. Pliny gives us this description of its acute fight, and eagerness after its prey. Haliætus, clarissima cculorum acie, librans ex alto lese, visnin mari pisce, præceps in mare ruens, et discussis pectore aquis, rapiens. It may not be difagrecable to go a little farther to explain the propriety of the Poet's allufion. Why will Coriolanus be to Rome, as the oprey to the fish ?

- he'll take it By sovereignty of nature. Shakespeare, 'tis well known, bas a peculiarity in thinking, and wherever he is acquainted with nature, is sure to allude to her most uncominon effects and operations. apt to imagine, therefore, that the Poet meant Coriolanus would take Rome by the very opinion and terror of his name. as fish are taken by the osprev, through an instinctive fear they have of him. " The fiflıermen, (says our old naturalist William Turner) are used to anoint their baits with o prey's fat, thinking thereby to make them the more effica. cious; because when that bird is hovering in the air, all the

I am very

As is the Osprey to the fish, who takes it
By sovereignty of nature. First, he was

A noble servant to them, but he could not
Carry his honours even; whether pride,
(Which out of daily fortune ever taints
The happy man) whether defect of judgment,
(To fail in the disposing of those chances
iVhereof he was the Lord) or whether nature,
(Not to be other than one thing; not moving
From the cask to the cuthion; but commanding peace
Even with the same austerity and garb
As he controlled the war;) but one of thele,
(As he hath spices of them all) not all,
For ( dare so far free him, made him feared,
So hated, and to banished; but lie has inerit
To choak it in the utterance : fo our virtues
Ly in th' interpretation of the time;
And power, unto itself most commendable, (39)
fish that are beneath him, (the nature of the eagle, as it is
believed, compelling them to it) turn up their bellies, alid as
it were, give him his choice which he will take of them.
Gesner goes a litile farther in support of this odit initinct,
telling us, “that while this bird flutters in the air, and fome-
time, as it were, ieems suspended there, he drops a certain
quantity of his fat, by the indluence whereof the title are to
a frighted and confounded, that they immediately tura
themselves belly upwards; upon which he fovies down per-
pendicularly like a stone, and seizes them in his talons.”.
To this I dare fay Shakespeare alludes in this expreffion of
the fovereignty of nature This very thought is again
touched by Beaumont and Fletcher, in their Two Nobie
Kinsmen; a play in which there is a tradition of our All-
shor having been jointly concerned :

-But, oh Jove! your actions,
Soon as they move, as aj prazs to the filli,

Subdue before they touch.
For here again we must read ospreys.
(36) Ana power, it feif mifi commerdable,
Haib not a toint so eviderit, is a chair

Hath not a tomb so evident, as a chair
Textol what it hach done.
One fire drives out one fire; one nail, one nail;
Right's by right fouler, strengths by strengths do

fail, Come, let's away; when, Caius, Rome is thine, Thou’rt poorest of all, then shortly art thou mine.


А сту.

SCENI, a public place in Rome.


with others.

O, I'll not go: you hear what he hath said,
Which was sometime his general; who loved

lim In a most dear particular. He called me father: But what o' that? go you, that banished him, A mile before his tent, fall down, and knee 1 he way into his mercy: nay, if he coyed To hear Cominius fpeak, I'll keep at home.

Corr. He would not seem to know me.

7 "extol what it heth donc.) This is a very common sentiment, but most obfcurely expiefied. This is the sense: That virtue, which delights to comincod itself, will find the certainest tomb in that chair, in which it holds forth on its own commendation; i la Nothing so readily throws our own virtue into oblivion, as the practice of commending one's felf. That power which is most jealous of competitors, (unto itself must commendable] hath no certainer grave than that chair in which it extols its own worth.

Mr Warburton,

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