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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 enigina?

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


I may be consul.

4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend; and therefore give you our voices heartily.

3 Cit. You have received many wounds for your country.

Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with showing them. I will make much of your voices, and so trouble you no further. Both Cit. The gods give you joy, sir, heartily!

[Exeunt. Cor. Most sweet voices !

I will not seal your knowledge - ] I will not strengthen or complete your knowledge. The seal is that which gives authenticity to a writing

Better it is to die, better to starve,
Than crave the hire which first we do deserve.
Why in this woolvish gown should I stand here,
To beg of Hob and Dick, that do appear,
Their needless vouches ? Custom calls me to't:-
What custom wills, in all things should we do't,
The dust on antique time would lie unswept,
And mountainous error be too highly heap'd
For truth to over-peer.-Rather than fool it so,
Let the high office and the honour go
To one that would do thus.-I am half through;
The one part suffer'd, the other will I do.

Enter Three other Citizens.

Here come more voices,
Your voices: for your voices I have fought;
Watch'd for your voices; for your voices, bear
Of wounds two dozen odd; battles thrice six
I have seen, and heard of; for your voices, have
Done many things, some less, some more: your

Indeed, I would be consul.

5 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go without any honest man's voice.

6 Cit. Therefore let him be consul: The gods give him joy, and make him good friend to the people!

All. Amen, amen,-God save thee, noble consul! (Exeunt Citizens. Cor.

Worthy voices !
Re-enter Menenius, with Brutus, and Sicinius.
Men. You have stood your limitation; and the

Endue you with the people's voice: Remains,
That, in the official inarks invested, you
Anon do meet the senate.

Is this done? The custom of request you have discharg'd: cople do admit you; and are summon'd et anon, upon your approbation. Where? at the senate-house?

There, Coriolanus. May I then change these garments?

You may, sir.
That I'll straight do; and, knowing myself

to the senate-house.

I'll keep you company.-Will you along?
We stay here for the people.

[Exeunt Coriol. and Menen.
it now; and by his looks, methinks,
Tm at his heart.

With a proud heart he wore mble weeds: Will you dismiss the people?

you well.

Re-enter Citizens.

How now, my masters ? have you chose this

man? t. He has our voices, sir. We pray the gods, he may deserve your

loves. t. Amen, sir: To my poor unworthy notice, ck'd us, when he begg'd our voices.

Certainly, uted us down-right. t. No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not

mock us. it. Not one amongst us, save yourself, but says, ,

d us scornfully: he should have show'd us arks of merit, wounds receiv'd for his country. Why, so he did, I am sure.

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No; no man saw 'em.

[Several speak. 3 Cit. He said, he had wounds, which he could

show in private;
And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn,
I would be consul, says he: aged custom,
But by your voices, will not so permit me;
Your voices therefore: When we granted that,
Here was,- Ithank you for your voices,—thank you,
Your most sweet voices : -now you have left your voices,
I have no further with you:--Was not this mockery?

Sic. Why, either, you were ignorant to see't ?
Or, seeing it, of such childish friendliness
To yield your voices?


you not have told him,
As you were lesson'd,—When he had no power,
But was a petty servant to the state,
He was your enemy; ever spake against
Your liberties, and the charters that you

l' the body of the weal: and now, arriving
A place of potency, and sway o'the state,
If he should still malignantly remain
Fast foe to the plebeii, your voices might
Be curses to yourselves? You should have said,
That, as his worthy deeds did claim no less
Than what he stood for; so his gracious nature
Would think upon you for your voices, and
Translate his malice towards


into love, Standing your friendly lord. Sic.

Thus to have said, As you were fore-advisd, had touch'd his spirit, And try'd his inclination; from him pluck'd Either his gracious promise, which you might,

ignorant to see't?] Were you ignorant to see it, is, did you want knowledge to discern it ?

? Would think upon you — Would retain a grateful remem. brance of you, &c.


As cause had call'd you up, have held him to;
Or else it would have gall’d his surly nature,
Which easily endures not article
Tying him to aught; so, putting him to rage,
You should have ta'en the advantage of his choler,
And pass'd him unelected.

Did you perceive,
He did solicit you in free contempt,
When he did need your loves; and do you think,
That his contempt shall not be bruising to you,
When he hath power to crush? Why, had your

bodies No heart among you? Or had you tongues, to cry Against the rectorship of judgment? Sic.

Have you, Ere now, deny'd the asker? and, now again, On him, that did not ask, but mock, bestow Your su’d-for tongues ?

3 Cit. He's not confirm’d, we may deny him yet.

2 Cit. And will deny him: I'll have five hundred voices of that sound. i Cit. I twice five hundred, and their friends to

piece 'em. Bru. Get you hence instantly; and tell those

friends, They have chose a consul, that will from them take Their liberties; make them of no more voice Than dogs, that are as often beat for barking, As therefore kept to do so. Sic.

Let them assemble; And, on a safer judgment, all revoke Your ignorant election: Enforce his pride, And his old hate unto you: besides, forget not

8 free contempt,] That is, with contempt open and unrestrained.

' Enforce his pride,] Object his pride, and enforce the objection.


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