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Soft as the parasite's silk, let him be made
Too modest are you;
cles, Then reason safely with you.—Therefore, be it
known, As to us, to all the world, that Caius Marcius Wears this war's garland: in token of the which My noble steed, known to the camp, I give him, With all his trim belonging; and, from this time, For what he did before Corioli, call him, With all the applause and clamour of the host, Caius Marcius CORIOLANUS.
used by the writers of Shakspeare's time in the sense of prelude or preparation. It is so used by Sir John Davies and Philemon Holland. MALONE.
9 For what he did &c.] So, in the old translation of Plutarch: “ After this showte and noyse of the assembly was somewhat appeased, the consul Cominius beganne to speake in this sorte. We cannot compell Martius to take these giftes we offer him, if he will not receaue them: but we will geue him suche a rewarde for the noble seruice he hath done, as he cannot refuse. Therefore we doe order and decree, that henceforth he be called Coriolanus, onles his valiant acts haue wonne him that name bea fore our nomination." STEEVENS.
The folio Marcus Caius Coriolanus. STEEVENS.
Bear the addition nobly ever!
[Flourish. Trumpets sound, and Drums. ALL. Caius Március Coriolanus ! Cor. I will go wash; And when my face is fair, you shall perceive Whether I blush, or no: Howbeit, I thank you :I mean to stride your steed; and, at all times, To undercrest your good addition, To the fairness of my power.? COM. .
So, to our tent: Where, ére we do repose us, we will write To Rome of our success. You, Titus Lartius, Must to Corioli back: send us to Rome The best, with whom we may articulate, For their own good, and ours.
? To undercrest your good addition,
To the fairness of my power.] A phrase from heraldry, sige nifying, that he would endeavour to support his good opinion of him. WARBURTON.
I understand the meaning to be, to illustrate this honourable distinction you have conferred on me by fresh deservings to the extent of my power. To undercrest, I should guess, signifies properly, to wear beneath the crest as a part of a coat of arms. The name or títle now given seems to be considered as the crest; the promised future achievements as the future additions to that coat. HEATH.
When two engage on equal terms, we say it is fair; fairness may therefore be equality ; in proportion equal to my power.
JOHNSON, “ To the fairness of my power”-is, as fairly as I can.
M. MASON. * The best, ] The chief men of Corioli. JOHNSỒN.
with whom we may articulate,] i. e. enter into articles. This word occurs again in King Henry IV. Act V. se. i:
“ Indeed these things you have articulated.” i. e. set down article by article. So, in Holinshed's Chronicles of Ireland, p. 163: “ The earl of Desmond's treasons articulated.” STEEVENS..
I shall, my lord. Cor. The gods begin to mock me.
I that now Refus’d most princely gifts, am bound to beg Of my lord general.
Сом. . Take it: 'tis yours. What is’t ?
Cor. I sometime lay, here in Corioli, At a poor man's house;' he us'd me kindly: He cried to me; I saw him prisoner; But then Aufidius was within my view, And wrath o'erwhelm'd my pity: I request you To give my poor host freedom. COM.
O, well begg'd!
LART. Marcius, his name?
By Jupiter, forgot:
Go we to our tent: The blood upon your visage dries : 'tis time It should be look'd to: come.
* At a poor man's house ;] So, in the old translation of Plutarch: “ Only this grace (said he) I craue, and beseeche you to grant me. Among the Volces there is an old friende and hoste of mine, an honest wealthie man, and now a prisoner, who liuing before in great wealthe in his owne countrie, liueth now a poore prisoner in the handes of his enemies: and yet notwithstanding all this his miserie and misfortune, it would doe me great pleasure if I could saue him from this one daunger ; to keepe him from being solde as a slaue.” SteeveNS. free, as is the wind.1 So, in As you like it :
I must have liberty, “ Withal, as large a charter as the wind.” MALONE.
The Camp of the Volces.
A Flourish. Cornets.
Cornets. Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS, bloody, with Two or Three Soldiers.
AUF. The town is ta'en ! i Sol. 'Twill be deliver'd back on good condi
tion. AUF. Condition ?I would, I were a Roman; for I cannot, Being a Volce, be that I am.-Condition!' What good condition can a treaty find I'the part that is at mercy ? Five times, Marcius, I have fought with thee; so often hast thou beat
me; And would'st do so, I think, should we encounter As often as we eat.-By the elements, If e'er again I meet him beard to beard,8 He is mine, or I am his: Mine emulation Hath not that honour in't, it had; for where
Being a Volce, &c.] It may be just observed, that Shakspeare calls the Volci, Volces, which the modern editors have changed to the modern termination (Volcian.] I mention it here, because here the change has spoiled the measure:
Being a Volce, be that I am.- .-Condition ! JOHNSON. The Volci are called Volces in Sir Thomas North's Plutarch, and so I have printed the word throughout this tragedy.
STEEVENS. meet him beard to beard,] So, in Macbeth : “ We might have met them dareful, beard to beard—”
STEEVENS. - for where--] Where is used here, as in
other places, for whereas. MALONE.
I thought to crush him in an equal force, (True sword to sword,) I'll potch at him some
Or wrath, or craft, may get him. 1 Sol.
He's the devil. AUF. Bolder, though not so subtle: My valour's
poison'd, With only suffering stain by him ; for him Shall fly out of itself :: nor sleep, nor sanctuary, Being naked, sick: nor fane, nor Capitol, The prayers of priests, nor times of sacrifice, Embarquements all of fury,* shall lift up
I'll potch at him some way;] Mr. Heath reads poach ; but potch, to which the objection is made as no English word, is used in the midland counties for a rough, violent push.
STEEVENS, Cole, in his DICTIONARY, 1679, renders “to poche," fundum explorare. The modern word poke is only a hard pronunciation of this word. So to eke was formerly written to ech.
MALONE. In Carew's Survey of Cornwall, the word potch is used in almost the same sense, p. 31: “ They use also to poche them (fish) with an instrument somewhat like a salmon-speare.” TOLLET.
My valour's poison'd, &c.] The construction of this passage would be clearer, if it were written thus : my valour, poison'd
How To With only suffering stain by him, for him to stot Vou Shall
fly out of itself. TYRWHITT. The amendment proposed by Tyrwhitt would make the construction clear; but I think the passage will run better thus, and with as little deviation from the text:
my valour's poison'd;
Shall fly out of itself:] To mischief him, my valour should deviate from its own native generosity. Johnson.
nor sleep, nor sanctuary, &c. Embarquements all of fury, &c.] The word, in the old