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The locks o'the senate, and bring in the crows
To peck the eagles.-

Come, enough.
Bru. Enough, with over-measure.

No, take more: What may be sworn by, both divine and human, Seal what I end withal!3—This double worship,Where one part4 does disdain with cause, the other Insult without all reason; where gentry, title, wis

dom Cannot conclude, but by the yea and no Of general ignorance,-it must omit Real necessities, and give way the while To unstable slightness : purpose so barr'd, it fol

lows, Nothing is done to purpose: Therefore, beseech

you, You that will be less fearful than discreet; That love the fundamental part of state, More than you doubt the change of't;5 that prefer


Come, enough.] Perhaps this imperfect line was originally completed by a repetition of enough. STEEVENS.

No, take more :

may be sworn by, both divine and human, Seal what I end withal !] The sense is, No, let me add this further;


may every thing divine and human which can give force to an oath, bear witness to the truth of what I shall conclude with.

The Romans swore by what was human as well as divine; by their head, by their eyes, by the dead bones and ashes of their parents, &c. See Brisson de formulis, p. 808-817. HEATH.

* Where one part-] In the old copy, we have here, as in many other places, on instead of one. The correction was made by Mr. Rowe. See Vol. X. p. 443, n. 6. MALONE. * That love the fundamental part of state,

More than you doubt the change of"t;] To doubt is to fear. The meaning is, You whose zeal predominates over your terrors;

A noble life before a long, and wish
To jump a body with a dangerous physick
That's sure of death without it,--at once pluck out
The multitudinous tongue, let them not lick
The sweet which is their poison:' your dishonour
Mangles true judgment, and bereaves the state
Of that integrity which should become it;'

you who do not so much fear the danger of violent measures, as wish the good to which they are necessary,

the preservation of the original constitution of our government. Johnson.

To jump a body-] Thus the old copy. Modern editors read:

To vamp

To jump anciently signified to jolt, to give a rude concussion to any thing. To jump a body may therefore mean, to put it into a violent agitation or commotion. Thus, Lucretius, III. 452.quassatum est corpus.

So, in Phil. Holland's translation of Pliny's Natural History, B. XXV. ch. v. p. 219: “ If we looke for good successe in our cure by ministring ellebore, &c. for certainly it putteth the patient to a jumpe, or great hazard." STEEVENS.

From this passage in Pliny, it should seem that “ to jump a body," meant to risk a body; and such an explication seems to me to be supported by the context in the passage before us. So, in Macbeth:

“We'd jump the life to come.”
Again, in Antony and Cleopatra, Act III. sc. viii:

our fortune lies
Upon this jump.” MALONE.

let them not lick
The sweet which is their poison :] So, in Measure for Mea-



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STEEVENS, 8 Mangles true judgment, ] Judgment is the faculty by which right is distinguished from wrong. JOHNSON.

Of that integrity which should become it;] Integrity is in this place soundness, uniformity, consistency, in the same sense as Dr. Warburton often uses it, when he mentions the integrity of a metaphor. To become, is to suit, to befit. Johnson.



Not having the power to do the good it would,
For the ill which doth control it.

He has said enough. Sic. He has spoken like a traitor, and shall an

swer As traitors do.

Cor. Thou wretch! despite o'erwhelm thee !
What should the people do with these bald tribunes?
On whom depending, their obedience fails
To the greater bench: In a rebellion,
When what's not meet, but what must be, was law,
Then were they chosen ; in a better hour,
Let what is meet, be said it must be meet,
And throw their power i’ the dust.

BRU. Manifest treason.

This a consul? no. BRU. The Ædiles, ho!-Let him be appre

hended.: Sic. Go, call the people ; [Exit Brutus.] in

whose name, myself Attach thee, as a traitorous innovator, A foe to the publick weal: Obey, I charge thee, And follow to thine answer. COR.

Hence, old goat! SEN. & PAT. We'll surety him. Сом.

Aged sir, hands off. Cor. Hence, rotten thing, or I shall shake thy


Let what is meet, be said it must be meet,] Let it be said by you, that what is meet to be done, must be meet, i. e. shall be done, and put an end at once to the tribunitian power,

which was established, when irresistible violence, not a regard to propriety, directed the legislature. Malone. VOL. XVI.


Out of thy garments.?

Help, ye citizens.

Re-enter Brutus, with the Ædiles, and a Rabble

of Citizens.

MEN. On both sides more respect.

Here's he, that would
Take from you all your power.

Seize him, Ædiles. CIT. Down with him, down with him!

[Several speak. 2 SEN.

Weapons, weapons, weapons !

[They all bustle about CORIOLANUS. Tribunes, patricians, citizens !-what ho! Sicinius, Brutus, Coriolanus, citizens !

Cit. Peace, peace, peace; stay, hold, peace! MEN. What is about to be?

I am out of breath; Confusion's near : I cannot speak :---You, tribunes To the people, Coriolanus, patience : Speak, good Sicinius.

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shake thy bones
Out of thy garments.] So, in King John :

here's a stay,
« That shakes the rotten carcase of old death

Out of his rags !". STEEVENS.
* To the people, Coriolanus, patience :] I would read:

Speak to the people.-Coriolanus, patience :

Speak, good Sicinius. TYRWHITT. Tyrwhitt proposes an amendment to this passage, but nothing is necessary except to point it properly:

Confusion's near,-- I cannot. Speak you, tribunes,

To the people. He desires the tribunes to speak to the people, because he was


Hear me, people ;-Peace. Cit. Let's hear our tribüne : Peace. Speak,

speak, speak.
SIC. You are at point to lose your liberties :
Marcius would have all from you, Marcius,
Whom late you have nam'd for consul.

Fye, fye, fye! This is the way to kindle, not to quench.

1 SEN. To unbuild the city, and to lay all flat. Sic. What is the city, but the people ? CIT.

True, The people are the city.

BRU. By the consent of all, we were establish'd The people's magistrates, Ст.

You so remain.
MEN. And so are like to do.

Cor. That is the way to lay the city flat;
To bring the roof to the foundation;
And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges,
In heaps and piles of ruin.

This deserves death.
BRU. Or let us stand to our authority,
Or let us lose it :- We do here pronounce,
Upon the part o'the people, in whose power
We were elected theirs, Marcius is worthy
Of present death.

Therefore, lay hold of him; Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence Into destruction cast him.

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not able; and at the end of the speech repeats the same request to Sicinius in particular. M. MASON.

I see no need of any alteration. MALONE.

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