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Their mercy at the price of one fair word;


It shall be so, it shall be so. Nor check my courage for what they can give, Cor. You common cry 9 of curs ! whose breath I To have't with saying, Good morrow.

hate Sic.

For that he has As reek 'o' the rotten fens, whose loves I prize (As much as in him lies) from time to time As the dead carcasses of unburied men Envied 5 against the people, seeking means That do corrupt my air, I banish you; To pluck away their power; as now at last And here remain with your uncertainty ! Given hostile strokes, and that not 6 in the presence Let every feeble rumour shake your hearts ! Of dreaded justice, but on the ministers

Your enemies with nodding of their plumes, That do distribute it; In the name o' the people, Fan you into despair! have the power still And in the power of us the tribunes, we,

To banish your defenders ; till, at length, Even from this instant, banish him our city ; Your ignorance, (which finds not, till it feels) In peril of precipitation

Making not reservation of yourselves, From off the rock Tarpeian, never more

(Still your own foes,) deliver you, as most
To enter our Rome's gates : l'the people's name, Abated ? captives, to some nation
I say, it shall be so.

That won you without blows ! despising,
It shall be so,

For you, the city, thus I turn my back :
It shall be so; let him away : he's banish'd, There is a world elsewhere.
And so it shall be.

[Exeunt CORIOLANUS, COMINIUS, MENENIUS, Com. Hear me, my masters, and my common

Senators, and Patricians. friends;

Æd. The people's enemy is gone, is gone! Sic. He's sentenc'd: no more hearing,

Cit. Our enemy's banish'd! he is gone! Hoo! Com.

Let me speak:

hoo! I have been consul, and can show from 7 Rome,

[The people shout, and throw up their Caps. Her enemies' marks upon me.

I do love

Sic. Go, see him out at gates, and follow him, My country's good, with a respect more tender, As he hath follow'd you, with all despite ; More holy, and profound, than mine own life, Give him deserv'd vexation. Let a guard My dear wife's estimate $, than if I would

Attend us through the city. Speak that

Cit. Come, come, let us see him out at gates; Sic. We know your drift: Speak what ?

Bru. There's no more to be said, but he is banished, The gods preserve our noble tribunes ! Come. As enemy to the people, and his country:

[Ereunt It shall be so.




SCENE I. Before a Gate of the City. I'll do well yet. - Thou old and true Menenius,

Thy tears are salter than a younger man's, Enter CORIOLANUS, VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, MENE

And venomous to thine eyes. -My sometime general NIUS, COMInius, and several young Patricians.

I have seen thee stern, and thou hast oft beheld Cor. Come leave your tears; a brief farewell :: Heart-hard’ning spectacles; tell these sad women, the beast

'Tis fond 3 to wail inevitable strokes, With many heads butts me away. - Nay, mother, As 'tis to laugh at them. — My mother, you wot Where is your ancient courage ? you were us'd

well, To say, extremity was the trier of spirits ;

My hazards still have been your solace: and That common chances common men could bear; Believe't not lightly, (though I go alone That, when the sea was calm, all boats alike Like to a lonely dragon, that his fen, Show'd mastership in floating : fortune's blows, Makes fear'd, and talk'd of more than seen,) your son When most struck home, being gentle wounded, Will, or exceed the common, or be caught

With cautelous 4 baits and practice. A noble cunning : you were us’d to load me


My first 5 son, With precepts, that would make invincible

Whither wilt thou go? Take good Cominius The heart that conn'd them.

With thee a while: Determine on some course, Vir. O heavens! O heavens!

More than a wild exposture 6 to each chance Cor.

Nay, I prythee, woman, That starts i' the way before thee. Vol. Now the red pestilence strike all trades in Cor.

O the gods ! Rome,

Com. I'll follow thee a month, devise with thee And occupations perish!

Where thou shalt rest, that thou mayst hear of us, Cor.

What, what, what! And we of thee : so if the time thrust forth
I shall be lov'd when I am lack’d! Nay, mother, A cause for thy repeal, we shall not send
Resume that spirit, when you were wont to say, O'er the vast world, to seek a single man
If you had been the wife of Hercules,

And lose advantage, which doth ever cool
Six of his labours you'd have done and sav'd I'the absence of the needer.
Your husband so much sweat. Cominius,

Fare ye well : Droop not; adieu : Farewell, my wife! my Thou hast years upon thee; and thou art too ivli mother!


9 Pack. i Vapour.

Subdued. 3 Foolish Showcd hatred, 6 Not only.

7 For.
8 Value. 4 Insidious,

8 Noblest. 6 Exposure.

Of the war's surfeits, to go rove with one

Sic. I would he had continu'd to his country, That’s yet unbruis'd; bring me but out at gate. - As he began ; and not unknit himself Come, my sweet wife, my dearest mother, and The noble knot he made. My friends of noble touch 7, when I am forth,


I would he had. Bid me farewell, and smile. I pray you, come. Vol. I would he had ? 'Twas you incens'd the While I remain above the ground, you shall

rabble : Hear from me still; and never of me aught Cats, that can judge as fitly of his worth But what is like me formerly.

As I can of those mysteries which heaven Men.

That's worthily Will not have earth to know. As any ear can hear. — Come, let's not weep. - Bru.

Pray, let us go If I could shake off but one seven years

Vol. Now, pray, sir, get you gone : From these old arms and legs, by the good gods, You have done a brave deed. Ere you go, hear this: I'd with thee every foot.

As far as doth the Capitol exceed Cor.

Give me thy hand;- The meanest house in Rome: so far, my son, Come.

[Exeunt. (This lady's husband here, this, do you see,)

Whom you have banishid, does exceed you all. SCENE II. – A Street near the Gate.

Bru. Well, well, we'll leave you.

Why stay we to be baited Enter Sicinius, Brutus, and an Ædile.

With one that wants her wits? Sic. Bid them all home; he's gone, and we'll no Vol.

Take my prayers with you. further.

I would the gods had nothing else to do, The nobility are vex'd, who, we see, have sided

[Exeunt Tribunes. In his behalf.

But to confirm my curses! Could I meet them Bru. Now we have shown our power, But once a day, it would unclog my heart Let us seem humbler after it is done,

Of what lies heavy to't. Than when it was a doing.


You bave told them home, Sic.

Bid them home : And, by my troth, you have cause. You'll sup with Say, their great enemy is gone, and they

me ? Stand in their ancient strength.

Vol. Anger's my meat ; I sup upon myself, Bru.

Dismiss them home. And so shall starve with feeding. - Come, let's go : [Exit Ædile. Leave this faint puling, and lament as I do,

In anger, Juno-like. Come, come, come. Enter VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and MENENIUS.

Men. Fye, fye, fye!

(Ereunt. Here comes his mother. Sic. Let's not meet her.

SCENE III. A Highway between Rome and Bru.


Sic. They say, she's mad.
They have ta'en note of us :

Enter a Roman and a Volce, meeting.
Keep on your way.

Rom. I know you well, sir, and you know me : Vol. O, you're well met: The hoarded plague your name, I think, is Adrian. o the gods

Vol. It is so, sir : truly, I have forgot you. Requite your love!

Rom. I am a Roman; and my services are, as Men.

Peace, peace; be not so loud. you are, against them : Know you me yet? Vol. If that I could for weeping, you should Vol. Nicanor ? No. hear,

Rom. The same, sir. Nay, and you shall hear some.— Will you be gone? Vol. You had more beard, when I last saw you ;

(To BRUTUS. but your favour 8 is well appeared by your tongue. Vir. You shall stay too: [To Sicin.] I would, What's the news in Rome? I have a note from the I had the power

Volscian state, to find you out there: You have well To say so to my husband.

saved me a day's journey. Sic.

Are you mankind ? Rom. There hath been in Rome strange insurVol. Ay, fool ; is that a shame? - Note but this rection: the people against the senators, patricians, fool.

and nobles. Was not a man my father? Hadst thou foxship Vol. Hath been! Is it ended then ? Our state To banish him that struck more blows for Rome, thinks not so; they are in a most warlike preparThan thou hast spoken words?

ation, and hope to come upon them in the heat of Sic.

O blessed heavens! their division. Vol. More noble blows, than ever thou wise words; Rom. The main blaze of it is past, but a small And for Rome's good. — I'll tell thee what ; thing would make it flame again. For the nobles

receive so to heart the banishment of that worthy Nay but thou shalt stay too: - I would my son Coriolanus, that they are in a ripe aptness, to take Were in Arabia, and thy tribe before him,

all power from the people, and to pluck from them His good sword in his hand.

their tribunes for ever. This lies glowing, I can Sic.

What then ? tell you, and is almost mature for the violent Vir.

What then? breaking out. He'd make an end of thy posterity.

Vol. Coriolanus banished ? Vol. Good man, the wounds that he does bear Rom. Banished, sir. for Rome!

Vol. You will be welcome with this intelligence, Men. Come, come, peace.

Yet go :

Nicanor, 7 True metal

8 Countenance.

Rom. The day serves well for them now. I have

Enter another Servant. heard it said, the fittest time to corrupt a man's wife,

2 Serv. Where's Cotus ? my master calls for him. is when she's fallen out with her husband. Your Cotus !

[Ent noble Tullus Aufidius will appear well in these wars, his great opposer, Coriolanus, being now in

Enter CORIOLANUS. no request of his country.

Cor. A goodly house: The feast smells well: Vol. He cannot choose. I am most fortunate,

but I thus accidentally to encounter you: You have Appear not like a guest. ended my business, and I will merrily accompany you home.

Re-enter the first Servant. Rom. I shall, between this and supper, tell you

1 Serv. What would you have, friend? Whence most strange things from Rome ; all tending to the

are you? Here's no place for you : Pray, go to the good of their adversaries. Have you an army ready, door. say you ?

Cor. I have deserved no better entertainment, vol. A most royal one: the centurions, and their In being Coriolanus. charges, distinctly billeted, already in the entertainment 9, and to be on foot at an hour's warning.

Re-enter second Servant. Rom. I am joyful to hear of their readiness, and

2 Serv. Whence are you, sir? Has the porter his am the man, I think, that shall set them in present action. So, sir, heartily well met, and most glad of eyes in his head, that he gives entrance to such com

panions? Pray, get you out your company.

Cor. Away! Vol. You take my part from me, sir; I have the

2 Serv. Away ? Get you away. most cause to be glad of yours.

Cor. Now thou art troublesome. Rom. Well, let us go together. [Exeunt.

1 Serv. Are you so brave? I'll have you talked

with anon. SCENE IV. - Antium. Before Aufidius's House.

Enter a third Servant. The first meets him. Enter CORIOLANUS, in mean Apparel, disguised and

3 Serv. What fellow's this? muffled.

1 Serv. A strange one as ever I looked on: I Cor. A goodly city is this Antium: City, cannot get him out o' the house; Pr'ythee, call my 'Tis I that made thy widows; many an heir master to him. Of these fair edifices 'fore my wars

3 Serv. What have you to do here, fellow ? Pray Have I heard groan, and drop: then know me not; you, avoid the house. Lest that thy wives with spits, and boys with stones, Cor. Let me but stand ; I will not hurt your

hearth. Enter a Citizen.

3 Serv. What are you? In puny battle slay me. — - Save you, sir.

Cor. A gentleman. Cit. And you.

3 Serv. A marvellous poor one. Cor.

Direct me, if it be your will, Cor. True, so I am. Where great Aufidius lies : Is he in Antium ? 3 Serv. Pray you, poor gentleman, take up some

Cit. He is, and feasts the nobles of the state, other station; here's no place for you ; pray you, At his house this night.

avoid : come. Cor.

Which is his house, 'beseech you? Cor. Follow your function, go! Cit. This, here, before you.

And batten? on cold bits. (Pushes him away. Cor.

Thank you, sir; farewell. 3 Sero. What, will you not? Pr’ythee, tell my

[Exit Citizen. master what a strange guest he has here. O, world, thy slippery turns! Friends now fast sworn, 2 Serv. And I shall.

(Exit. Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart, 3 Serv. Where dwellest thou. Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal, and exercise, Cor. Under the canopy. Are still together, who twin, as 'twere, in love 3 Serv. Under the canopy? Unseparable, shall within this hour,

Cor. Ay. On a dissension of a doit !, break out

3 Serv. Where's that? To bitterest enmity: So, fellest foes,

Cor. I'the city of kites and crows. Whose passions and whose plots have broke their 3 Serv. l’the city of kites and crows ? — What an sleep

ass it is! - Then thou dwellest with daws too ? To take the one the other, by some chance,

Cor. No, I serve not thy master. Sume trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends, S Serv. How, sir! Do you meddle with my And interjoin their issues. So with me: - master? My birth-place hate I, and my love's upon

Cor. Thou prat'st, and prat’st ; serve with thy This enemy town. I'll enter: if he slay me,

trencher, hence !

(Beats him away. He does fair justice: if he give me way, I'll do his country service.


Enter AUFIDIUS, and the second Servant.

Auf. Where is this fellow? SCENE V. - A Hall in Aufidius's House. 2 Serv. Here, sir; I'd have beaten him like a

dog, but for disturbing the lords within. Musick within. Enter a Servant.

Auf. Whence comest thou ? what wouldest thou ? 1 Serv. Wine, wine, wine! What service is here!

Thy name? I think our fellows are asleep.


. Why speak’st not? Speak, man : What's thy name ? I A small coin,

2 Feed

9 In pay


If, Tullus, [Unmuffling. , I love the maid I married ; never man Not yet thou know'st me, and seeing me, dost not Sigh'd truer breath ; but that I see thee here, Think me for the man I am, necessity

Thou noble thing ! more dances my rapt heart, Commands me name myself.

Than when I first my wedded mistress saw Auf

What is thy name? Bestride my threshold. Why, thou Mars! I tell thee,

[Servants retire. We have a power on foot ; and I had purpose Cor. A name unmusical to the Volscians' ears, Once more to hew thy target from thy brawn 7, And harsh in sound to thine.

Or lose mine arm fort: Thou hast beat me out Auf:

Say, what's thy name ? | Twelve several times, and I have nightly since Thou hast a grim appearance, and thy face Dreamt of encounters 'twixt thyself and me; Bears a command in't ; though thy tackle's torn, We have been down together in my sleep, Thou show'st a noble vessel : What's thy name? Unbuckling helms, fisting each other's throat, Cor. Prepare thy brow to frown : Know'st thou And wak'd half dead with nothing. Worthy Marcius me yet?

Had we 'no quarrel else to Rome, but that Auf. I know thee not. - · Thy name?

Thou art hence banish'd, we would muster all
Cor. My name is Caius Marcius, who hath done From twelve to seventy; and, pouring war
To thee particularly, and to all the Volces, Into the bowels of ungrateful Rome,
Great hurt and mischief ; thereto witness may

Like a bold food o'er-beat. O, come, go in,
My surname, Coriolanus : The painful service, And take our friendly senators by the hands;
The extreme dangers, and the drops of blood Who now are here, taking their leaves of me,
Shed for my thankless country, are requited Who am prepar'd against your territories,
But with that surname; a good memory,

Though not for Rome itself.
And witness of the malice and displeasure


You bless me, gods! Which thou shouldst bear me: only that name Auf. Therefore, most absolute sir, if thou wilt have remains;

The leading of thine own revenges, take The cruelty and envy of the people,

The one half of my commission; and set down, Permitted by our dastard nobles, who

As best thou art experienc'd, since thou know'st Have all forsook me, hath devour'd the rest ; Thy country's strength and weakness, - thine own And suffer’d me by the voice of slaves to be

Whoop'd out of Rome. Now, this extremity Whether to knock against the gates of Rome,
Hath brought me to thy hearth ; Not out of hope, Or rudely visit them in parts remote,
Mistake me not, to save my life; for if

To fright them, ere destroy. But come in :
I had fear'd death, of all the men i' the world Let me commend thee first to those, that shall
I would have 'voided thee : but in mere spite, Say, yea, to thy desires. A thousand welcornes !
To be full quit of those my banishers,

And more a friend than e'er an enemy. Stand I before thee here. Then if thou hast Yet, Marcius, that was much. Your hand! Most A heart of wreak 4 in thee, that will revenge

welcome! Thine own particular wrongs, and stop those maims

(Exeunt CORIOLANUS and AUFIDIUS. Of shame seen through thy country, speed thee 1 Serv. (Advancing.] Here's a strange alteration! straight,

2 Serv. By my hand, I had thought to have And make my misery serve thy turn; so use it, strucken him with a cudgel; and yet my mind gave That my revengeful services may prove

me, his clothes made a false report of him. As benefits to thee; for I will fight

I Serv. What an arm he has ! He turned me Against my canker'd country with the spleen about with liis finger and his thumb, as one would Of all the under 5 fiends. But if so be

set up a top. Thou dar'st not this, and that to prove more fortunes 2 Serv. Nay, I knew by his face that there was Thou art tir'd, then, in a word, I also am

something in him: He had, sir, a kind of face, meLonger to live most weary, and present

thought, —- I cannot tell how to term it. My throat to thee, and to thy ancient malice: 1 Serv. He had so : looking, as it were, - 'Would Which not to cut, would show thee but a fool; I were hanged, but I thought there was more in him Since I have ever follow'd thee with hate,

than I could think. Drawn tuns of blood out of thy country's breast, 2 Serv. So did I, I'll be sworn : He is simply And cannot live but to thy shame, unless

the rarest man i' the world. It be to do thee service.

1 Sery. I think, he is : but a greater soldier than Auf

O Marcius, Marcius, he, you wot 9 one. Each word thou hast spoke hath weeded from my 2 Serv. Who? my master ? heart

Serv. Nay, it's no matter for that. A root of ancient envy. If Jupiter

2 Serv. Worth six of him. Should from yon cloud speak divine things, and say, 1 Serv. Nay, not so neither; but I take him to 'Tis true; I'd not believe them more than thee, be the greater soldier. All noble Marcius. O let me twine

2 Serv. Faith, look you, one cannot tell how to
Mine arms about that body, where against say that: for the defence of a town, our general is
My grained ash an hundred times hath broke, excellent.
And scar'd the moon with splinters! Here I clip 6 1 Serv. Ay, and for an assault too.
The anvil of my sword; and do contest

Re-enter third Servant.
As hotly and as nobly with thy love,
As ever in ambitious strength I did

3 Serv. O, slaves, I can tell you news, news, you

rascals. Contend against thy valour. Know thou first,

1, 2 Serv. What, what, what? let's partake. 3 Memorial,

8 Full

5 Infernal

4 Resentment,
6 Embrace.

7 Arm.

9 Know

3 Serv. I would not be a Roman, of all nations; | Blush, that the world goes well; who rather had, I had as lieve be a condemned man.

Though they themselves did suffer by't, behold 1, 2 Sery. Wherefore? wherefore ?

Dissentious numbers pestering streets, than see 3 Serv. Why, here's he that was wont to thwack Our tradesmen singing in their shops, and going our general, Caius Marcius.

About their functions friendly. 1 Serv. Why do you say, thwack our general ? 3 Serv. I do not say, thwack our general; but he

Enter MENENIUS. was always good enough for him.

Bru. We stood to't in good time. Is this Me 2 Serv. Come, we are fellows and friends : he

nenius? was ever too hard for him ; I have heard him say Sic. 'Tis he, 'tis he: 0, he is grown most kind so himself.

Of late. - Hail, sir ! 1 Sery. He was too hard for him directly, to say Men.

Hail to you both! the truth on't: before Corioli, he scotched him and Sic. Your Coriolanus, sir, is not much missid, notched him like a carbonado.'

But with his friends: the commonwealth doth stand; 2 Serv. An he had been cannibally given, he might And so would do, were he more angry at it. have broiled and eaten him too.

Men. All's well; and might have been much 1 Serv. But, more of thy news?

better, if 3 Serv. Why, he is so made on here within, as He could have temporiz'd. if he were son and heir to Mars : set at upper end Sic.

Where is he, hear you? o'the table : no question asked him by any of the Men. Nay, I hear nothing; his mother and his wife senators, but they stand bald before him: Our Hear nothing from him. general himself makes a mistress of him ; sanctifies himself with's hand, and turns up the white o' the

Enter three or four Citizens. eye to his discourse. But the bottom of the news Cit. The gods preserve you both! is, our general is cut i' the middle, and but one half Sic.

Good e'en, our neighbours. of what he was yesterday; for the other has half, by Bru. Good e'en to you all, good e'en to you all. the entreaty and grant of the whole table. He'll 1 Cit. Ourselves, our wives, and children, on our go, he says, and sowle ? the porter of Rome gates by

knees, the ears : He will mow down all before him, and Are bound to pray for you both. leave his passage polled. 3


Live and thrive! 2 Serv. And he's as like to do't, as any man I can Bru. Farewell, kind neighbours: we wish'd Coimagine.

riolanus 3 Serv. Do't? he will do't: For, look you, sir, Had lov'd you as we did. he has as many friends as enemies : which friends, Cit.

Now the gods keep you. sir, (as it were,) durst not (look you, sir,) show them- Both Tri. Farewell, farewell. (Ereunt Citizens. selves (as we term it) his friends, whilst he's in Sic. This is a happier and more comely time, directitude.

Than when these fellows ran about the streets, 1 Serv. Directitude! what's that?

Crying, Confusion. 3 Serv. But when they shall see, sir, his crest up Bru.

Caius Marcius was again, and the man in blood, they will out of their A worthy officer i' the war; but insolent, burrows, like rabbits after rain, and revel all with him. O'ercome with pride, ambitious past all thinking, 1 Serv. But when goes this forward ?

Self-loving, 3 Serv. To-morrow; to-day; presently. You shall Sic.

And affecting one sole throne, have the drum struck up this afternoon : ’tis, as it without assistance.6 were, a parcel of their feast, and to be executed ere Men.

I think not so. they wipe their lips.

Sic. We should by this, to all our lamentation, 2 Serv. Why then we shall have a stirring world | If he had gone forth consul, found it so. again. This peace is nothing, but to rust iron, in- Bru. The gods have well prevented it, and Rome crease tailors, and breed ballad-makers.

Sits safe and still without him. I Serv. Let me have war, say I; it exceeds peace, as far as day does night; its sprightly, waking, audi

Enter Ædile. ble, and full of vent. 4 Peace is a very apoplexy,


Worthy tribunes, lethargy; mulled", deaf, sleepy, insensible. There is a slave, whom we have put in prison, 2 Serv. 'Tis so.

Reports, the Volces with two several powers 1 Serv. Ay, and it makes men hate one another. Are enter'd in the Roman territories;

3 Serv. Reason; because they then less need one And with the deepest malice of the war another.

The wars, for my money. I hope to see Destroy what lies before them. Romans as cheap as Volscians. They are rising, they


'Tis Aufidius, are rising.

Who, hearing of our Marcius' banishment, All. In, in, in, in.

(Exeunt. Thrusts forth his horns again into the world:

Which were inshell’d, when Marcius stood for Rome, SCENE VI. · Rome. A publick Place.

And durst not once peep out.

Come, what talk you
Enter Sicinius and Brutus.

Of Marcius? Sic. We hear not of him, neither need we fear him: Bru. Go see this rumourer whipp'd. — It cannot His remedies are tame i' the present peace

be, And quietness o' the people, which before

'The Volces dare break with us. Were in wild hurry. Here do we make his friends


Cannot be! I Meat cut across to be broiled.

We have record, that very well it can ; 4 Rumour. 5 Softened.

2 Pull

6 Suffrage

3 Cut clear,

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