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VOL. I'the shoulder, and i' the left arm : There will be large cicatrices to show the people, when he shall stand for his place. He received in the repulse of Tarquin, seven hurts i' the body.
Men. One in the neck, and two in the thigh,there's nine that I know.9
Vol. He had, before this last expedition, twentyfive wounds upon him.
MEN. Now it's twenty-seven: every gash was an enemy's grave: [A Shout, and Flourish.] Hark! the trumpets.
Vol. These are the ushers of Marcius: before him He carries noise, and behind him he leaves tears; Death, that dark spirit, in's nervy arm doth lie; Which being advanc'd, declines;' and then men
seven hurts &c.] Old copy-seven hurts i' the body. Men. One i the neck, and two i the thigh;-there's nine that I know. Seven,-one-and two, and these make but nine? Surely, we may safely assist Menenius in his arithmetick. This is a stupid blunder ; but wherever we can account by a probable reason for the cause of it, that directs the emendation. Here it was easy for a negligent transcriber to omit the second one, as a needless repetition of the first, and to make a numeral word of too. WARBURTON.
The old man, agreeable to his character, isminutely particular: Seven wounds ? let me see; one in the neck, two in the thighNay, I am sure there are more ; there are nine that I know of.
UPTON. Which being advanc'd, declines ; ] Volumnia, in her boasting strain, says, that her son, to kill his enemy, has nothing to do but to lift his hand up and let it fall. JOHNSON.
A Sennet. Trumpets sound. Enter COMINIUS and
Titus LARTIUS; between them, CORIOLANUS, crowned with an oaken Garland ; with Captains, Soldiers, and a Herald.
HER. Know, Rome, that all alone Marcius did
[Flourish. ALL. Welcome to Rome, renowned Coriolanus!
Cor. No more of this, it does offend my heart; Pray now, no more. Сом.
Look, sir, your mother, COR.
0! You have, I know, petition'd all the gods For my prosperity.
Nay, my good soldier, up; My gentle Marcius, worthy Caius, and By deed-achieving honour newly nam’d, What is it? Coriolanus, must I call thee? But 0, thy wife COR.
My gracious silence, hail !!
Coriolanus ;] The old copy-Martius Caius Coriolanus.
STEEVENS. The compositor, it is highly probable, caught the words Martius Caius from the preceding line, where also in the old copy the original names of Coriolanus are accidentally transposed. The correction in the former line was made by Mr. Rowe; in the latter by Mr. Steevens. MALONE.
* My gracious silence, hail !] The epithet to silence shows it not to proceed from reserve or sullenness, but to be the effect of
Would'st thou have laugh'd, had I come coffin'd
home, That weep'st to see me triumph? Ah, my dear, Such eyes the widows in Corioli wear, And mothers that lack sons. MEN.
Now the gods crown thee! Cor. And live you yet?-O my sweet lady, pardon.
[To VALERIA. VOL. I know not where to turn :-O welcome
a virtuous mind possessing itself in peace. The expression is extremely sublime; and the sense of it conveys the finest praise that can be given to a good woman. WARBURTON.
By my gracious silence, I believe, the poet meant, thou whose silent tears are more eloquent and grateful to me, than the clamorous applause of the rest! So, Crashaw:
6 Sententious show'rs! O! let them fall!
" Their cadence is rhetorical.” Again, in Love's Cure, or the Martial Maid of Beaumont and Fletcher:
“ A lady's tears are silent orators,
“ The honey-tongued rhetorician.”
“ Ah beauty, syren, fair enchanting good!
“ More than the words, or wisdom of the wise !" Again, in Every Man out of his Humour :
“ You shall see sweet silent rhetorick, and dumb eloquence speaking in her eye." STEVENS.
I believe, “ My gracious silence," only means “ My beauteous silence," or my
silent Grace.” Gràciòus seems to have had the same meaning formerly that graceful has at this day. So, in The Merchant of Venice :
“ But being season'd with a gracious voice." Again, in King John:
“ There was not such a gracious creature born.” Again, in Marston's Malcontent, 1604:-“he is the most exquisite in forging of veines, sprightning of eyes, dying of haire, sleeking of skinnes, blushing of cheekes, &c. that ever made an old lady gracious by torchlight.” MALONE.
And welcome, general ;-And you are welcome all. MEN. A hundred thousand welcomes : I could
weep, And I could laugh; I am light, and heavy: Wel
A curse begin at very root of his heart,
men, We have some old crab-trees here at home, that
Your hand, and yours:
[To his Wife and Mother. Ere in our own house I do shade my head, The good patricians must be visited i ' From whom I have receiv'd not only greetings,
+ Com. Ever right.
Cor. Menenius, ever, ever.] Rather, I think :
Com. Ever right Menenius.
Cor. Ever, ever. Cominius means to say, that-Menenius is always the same ; -retains his old humour. So, in Julius Cæsar, Act V. sc. i. upon a speech from Cassius, Antony only says-Old Cassius still.
THEOBALD. By these words, as they stand in the old copy, I believe, Coriolanus means to say—Menenius is still the same affectionate friend as formerly. So, in Julius Cæsar : “ - for always I am Cæsar," MALONE.
But with them change of honours.5
I have lived
Know, good mother, I had rather be their servant in my way, Than sway with them in theirs. COM.
On, to the Capitol. [Flourish. Cornets. Exeunt in state as before.
The Tribunes remain. BRU. All tongues speak of him, and the bleared
. sights Are spectacled to see him: Your pratling nurse Into a rapture lets her baby cry,
5 But with them change of honours.] So all the editions read. But Mr. Theobald has ventured (as he expresses it) to substitute charge. For change, he thinks, is a very poor expression, and communicates but a very poor idea. He had better have told the plain truth, and confessed that it communicated none at all to him. However, it has a very good one in itself; and signifies variety of honours; as change of rayment, among the writers of that time, signified variety of rayment. WARBURTON.
Change of raiment is a phrase that occurs not unfrequently in the Old Testament. STEEVENS.
Into a rapture-] Rapture, a common term at that time used for a fit, simply. So, to be rap'd, signified, to be in a fit.
WARBURTON. If the explanation of Bishop Warburton be allowed, a rapture means a fit; but it does not appear from the note where the word is used in that sense. The right word is in all probability rupture, to which children are liable from excessive fits of crying. This emendation was the property of a very ingenious scholar long before I had any claim to it. S. W.
That a child will “cry itself into fits,” is still a common phrase among nurses.
That the words fit and rapture, were once synonymous, may