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Your sudden approbation.
Say, you ne’er had done't.
Cit. We will so: almost all [Several speak. Repent in their election.
unt Citizens, Bru.
Let them go on;
To the Capitol:
Titus LARTIUS, Senators, and Patricians.
Cor. So then the Volces stand but as at first; Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make road
3 by our putting on:] i. e. incitation. 4 observe and answer
The vantage of his anger.] Mark, catch, and improve the op portunity, which his hasty anger will afford us.
Upon us again.
*Com. They are worn, lord consul, so, That we shall hardly in our ages see Their banners wave again. Cor. .
Saw you Aufidius?
Cor. Spoke he of me?
He did, my lord.
At Antium lives he?
Cor. I wish, I had a cause to seek him there,
. ; (To LARTIUS,
Enter Sicinius and BRUTUS. Behold! these are the tribunes of the people, · The tongues o'the common mouth. I do despise
Pass no further.
It will be dangerous to Go on: no further.
5 On safe-guard he came to me;] i. e. with a convoy, a guard appointed to protect him.
O prank them in authority,] Plume, deck, dignify theme selves.
Cor. What makes this change?
Have I had children's voices? 1 Sen. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the mar
Are these your herd?
your offices? You being their mouths, why rule you not their ,
. : teeth?
Be calm, be calm.
Call’t not a plot:
Cor. Why, this was known before.
Not to them all.
How! I inform them!
Not unlike, Each way, to better yours.
Cor. Why then should I be consul? By yon clouds, Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me
Your fellow tribune.
You show too much of that,
. Let's be calm. Com. The people are abus'd:-Set on.This
palt'ring Becomes not Rome;& nor has Coriolanus Deserv'd this so dishonour'd rub, laid falsely l' the plain way of his merit. Cor. .
Tell me of corn! This was my speech, and I will speak't again;- . Men, Not now, not now. i Sen.
Not in this heat, sir, now, Cor. Now, as I live, I will.-My nobler friends, I crave their pardons:For the mutable, rank-scented many, let them Regard me as I do not flatter, and Therein behold themselves:' I say again, In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition, Which we ourselves have plough'd for, sow'd and
: scatter'd, By mingling them with us, the honour'd number;
8 This palt'ring
Becomes nat Rome;] That is, this trick of dissimulation; this shuffling.
9- rub, laid fulsely, &c.] Falsely for treacherousły.
Therein bchold themselves:] Let then look in the mirror which I hold up to them, a mirror which does not flatter, and see them. selves. Johnson.
? The cocklę of rebellion,] Cockle is a weed which grows up with the corn,
Who lack not virtue, no, nor power, but that."
Well, no more.
How! no more? As for my country I have shed my blood, Not fearing outward force, so shall my lungs Coin words till their decay, against those meazels, Which we disdain should tetter us, yet sought. The very way to catch them. Bru.
You speak o'the people, As if you were a god to punish, not A man of their infirmity. Sic.
'Twere well, We let the people know't. Men.
: What, what? his choler?
It is a mind,
Shall remain !- .
'Twas from the canon. Cor.
Shall! O good, but most unwise patricians, why, You grave, but reckless senators, have you thus Given Hydrá here to choose an officer, That with his peremptory shall, being but
3_ meazels,] Mesell is used in Pierce Plowman's Vision, for a leper.
i minnows?] A minnow is one of the smallest river fish, called in some counties 'a pink.
5 'Twas from the canon,] Was contrary to the established rule; it was a form of speech to which he has no right; but Mr. Mason thinks these words imply the very reverse.