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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,
Enter Three other Citizens.
Here come more voices,
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 !
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.
I'll keep you company.-Will you along?
With a proud heart he wore mble weeds: Will you dismiss the people?
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.
No; no man saw 'em.
[Several speak. 3 Cit. He said, he had wounds, which he could
show in private;
Sic. Why, either, you were ignorant to see't ?
you not have told him,
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;
Did you perceive,
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.