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Ay, traitor, Marcius.
Marcius! Auf. Ay, Marcius, Caius Marcius; Dost thou
Hear’st thou, Mars?
lords, Must give this cur the lie: and his own notion (Who wears my stripes impressid on him; that must
bear My beating to his grave;) shall join to thrust The lie unto him.
i Lord. Peace, both, and hear me speak.
Cor. Cut me to pieces, Volces; men and lads, Stain all your edges on me.- Boy! False hound! If you have writ your annals true, 'tis there,
& For certain drops of salt,] For certain tears.
9 Auf. No more.] By these words Aufidius does not mean to put a stop to the altercation ; but to tell Coriolanus that he was no more than a “boy of tears."
That like an eagle in a dove-cote, I
Why, noble lords,
Con. Let him die for't. Several speak at once.
Cit. [Speaking promiscuously.] Tear him to pieces, do it presently. He killed my son ;-my daughter; -He killed my cousin Marcus ;—He killed my father.
2 Lord. Peace, ho;-no outrage;—peace.
O, that I had him,
CORIOLANUS, who falls, and AUFIDIUS
stands on him. Lords.
Hold, hold, hold, hold. Auf. My noble masters, hear me speak. i Lord.
O Tullus,2 Lord. Thou hast done a deed whereat valour
will weep. 3 Lord. Tread not upon him.-Masters all, be quiet; Put up your swords.
T his fame folds in
This orb o'the earth.] His fame overspreads the world.
- judicious hearing.] Perhaps judicious, in the present instance, signifies judicial; such a hearing as is allowed to criminals in courts of judicature. Thus imperious is used by our author for imperial.
Auf. My lords, when you shall know (as in this
rage, Provok'd by him, you cannot,) the great danger Which this man's life did owe you, you'll rejoice That he is thus cut off. Please it your honours To call me to your senate, I'll deliver Myself your loyal servant, or endure Your heaviest censure. 1 Lord
Bear from hence his body,
His own impatience
My rage is gone,
NUS. A dead March soundedes
that ever herald Did follow to kis urn.) This allusion is to a custom unknown, I believe, to the ancients, but observed in the publick funerals of English princes, at the conclusion of which a herald proclaims the style of the deceased. STEEVENS.
- a noble memory.] Memory for memorial.
The tragedy of Coriolanus is one of the most amusing of our author's performances. The old man's merriment in Menenius; the lofty lady's dignity in Volumnia ; the bridal modesty in Virgilia; the patrician and military haughtiness in Coriolanus; the plebeian malignity and tribunitian insolence in Brutus and Sicinius, make a very pleasing and interesting variety : and the various revolutions of the hero's fortune fill the mind with anxious curiosity. There is, perhaps, too much bustle in the first Act, and too little in the last. Johnson.