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Both field and city ours, he never stood
• Worthy man! 1 Sen. He cannot but with measure fit the honours Which we devise him. Com.
Our spoils he kick'd at;
He's right noble; Let him be call’d for. 1 Sen.
Call for Coriolanus.
I do owe them still
It then remains,
. I do beseech you, Let me o’erleap that custom; for I cannot Put on the gown, stand naked, and entreat them, For my wounds sake, to give their suffrage: please That I may pass this doing
Sir, the people
Put them not to’t:
1 i. e. avarice. • To do great acts, for the sake of doing them; to spend his life, for the sake of spending it.
3 Warburton observes, that it was not till 131 years after this that the plebeians had the power of electing one of the consuls, both consuls till then being appointed by the senate.
Pray you, go fit you to the custom; and
It is a part
Mark you that?
Do not stand upon'tWe recommend to you, tribunes of the people, Our purpose to them ;-and to our noble consul Wish we all joy and honour. Sen. To Čoriolanus come all joy and honour!
[Flourish. Then exeunt Senators. Bru. You see how he intends to use the people.
Sic. May they perceive his intent! He that will reAs if he did contemn what he requested [quire them, Should be in them to give. Bru.
Come, we'll inform them Of our proceedings here: on th' market-place, I know, they do attend us.
SCENE III.—The same. The Forum.
Enter several Citizens. 1 Cit. Once,' if he do require our voices, we ought not to deny him.
2 Cit. We may, sir, if we will.
3 Cit. We have power in ourselves to do it, but it is a power that we have no power to do: for if he shows us his wounds, and tell us his deeds, we are to put our tongues into those wounds, and speak for
· If he require our voices only.
them; so, if he tell us his noble deeds, we must also tell him our noble acceptance of them. Ingratitude is monstrous: and for the multitude to be ingrateful, were to make a monster of the multitude; of the which, we being members, should bring ourselves to be monstrous members.
1 Cit. And to make us no better thought of, a little help will serve: for once, when we stood up about the corn, he himself stuck not to call us the manyheaded multitude.
3 Cit. We have been called so of many; not that our heads are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald, but that our wits are so diversely coloured : and truly I think, if all our wits were to issue out of one skull, they would fly east, west, north, south; and their consent of one direct way should be at once to all the points o'th' compass.
2 Cit. Think you so? Which way do you judge, my wit would fly?
3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's will, 'tis strongly wedged up in a blockhead: but if it were at liberty, 'twould, sure, south2 Cit. Why that way?
[ward. 3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where being three parts melted away with rotten dews, the fourth would return for conscience sake, to help to get thee a wife.
2 Cit. You are never without your tricks:—You may, you may.
3 Cit. Are you all resolved to give your voices? But that's no matter, the greater part carries it. I say, if he would incline to the people, there was never a worthier man.
Enter CORIOLANUS and MENENIUS. Here he comes, and in the gown of humility; mark his behavior. We are not to stay all together, but to come by him where he stands, by ones, by twos, and by threes. He's to make his requests by particulars : wherein every one of us has a single honour, in giving
him our own voices with our own tongues: therefore follow me, and I'll direct you how you shall go by him. All. Content, content.
[Exeunt. Men. O sir, you are not right: have you not known The worthiest men have done it? Cor.
What must I say?-
O me, the gods!
Think upon me; Hang'em!
You'll mar all;
(Éxit. Enter two Citizens. Cor.
Bid them wash their faces, And keep their teeth clean.--So, here comes a brace, You know the cause, sir, of my standing here.
1 Cit. We do, sir; tell us what hath brought you
Your own desert?
Ay, not Mine own desire. 1 Cit.
How! not your own desire ?
· Throw away upon them, in recommending what their hearers do not practise.
1 Cit. You must think, if we give you any thing, We hope to gain by you.
Cor, Well then, I pray, your price o’th'consulship?
Kindly? Sir, I pray, let me ha't: I have wounds to show you, Which shall be yours in private.—Your good voice, What say you?
[sir; 2 Cit. You shall have it, worthy sir.
Cor. A match, sir :-
But this is something odd. 2 Cit. An 'twere to give again,-But’tis no matter.
[Exeunt two Citizens.
Enter two other Citizens. Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with the tune of your voices, that I may be consul, I have here the customary gown.
3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your country, and you have not deserved nobly.
Cor. Your enigma?
3 Cit. You have been a scourge to her enemies, you have been a rod to her friends; you have not, indeed, loved the common people.
Cor. You should account me the more virtuous, that I have not been common in my love. I will, sir, flatter my sworn brother the people, to earn a dearer estimation of them ; 'tis a condition they account gentle : and since the wisdom of their choice is rather to have my hat than my heart, I will practise the insinuating nod, and be off to them most counterfeitly; that is, sir, I will counterfeit the bewitchment of some popular man, and give it bountifully to the desirers. Therefore, beseech you, I may be consul.
4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend ; and therefore give you our voices heartily.