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Your sudden approbation.
Bru.

Say, you ne’er had done't.
(Harp on that still,) but by our putting on :3
And presently, when you have drawn your number,
Repair to the Capitol. -

Cit. We will so: almost all [Several speak. Repent in their election.

unt Citizens, Bru.

Let them go on;
This mutiny were better put in hazard,
Than stay, past doubt, for greater:
If, as his nature is, he fall in rage
With their refusal, both observe and answer
The vantage of his anger. 4

To the Capitol:
Come; we'll be there before the stream o'the people;
And this shall seem, as partly 'tis, their own,
Which we have goaded onward. . [Exeunt.

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Sic.

ACT III.
SCENE I. The same. A Street.
Cornets. Enter CORIOLANUS, MÆNENIUS, Cominius,

Titus LARTIUS, Senators, and Patricians.
Cor. Tullus Aufidius then had made new head?
Lart. He had, my lord; and that it was, which

** caus'd
Our swifter composition.'

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?
Lart. On safe-guard he came to me;' and did curse
Against the Volces, for they had so vilely
Yielded the town: he is retir'd to Antium.

Cor. Spoke he of me?
Lart.

He did, my lord.
Cor.

How? what?
· Lart. How often he had met you, sword to sword:
That, of all things upon the earth, he hated
Your person most: that he would pawn his fortunes
To hopeless restitution, so he might
Be call'd your vanquisher.
Cor.

At Antium lives he?
Lart. At Antium.

Cor. I wish, I had a cause to seek him there,
To oppose his hatred fully. Welcome home.

. ; (To LARTIUS,

ated

Enter Sicinius and BRUTUS. Behold! these are the tribunes of the people, · The tongues o'the common mouth. I do despise

them;
For they do prank them in authority,
Against all noble sufferance.
Sic.

Pass no further.
Cor. Ha! what is that?
Bru.

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.

Stop:

Cor. What makes this change?
Men..

The matter?
Com. Hath he not pass'd the nobles, and the

I commons?
Bru. Cominius, no.

Have I had children's voices? 1 Sen. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the mar

ket-place.
Bru. The people are incens'd against him.

Sic.
Or all will fall in broil.
Cor.

Are these your herd?
Must these have voices, that can yield them now,
And straight disclaim their tongues? - What are

your offices? You being their mouths, why rule you not their ,

. : teeth?
Have you not set them on?
Men.

Be calm, be calm.
Cor. It is a purpos'd thing, and grows by plot,
To curb the will of the nobility:
Suffer it, and live with such as cannot'rule,
Nor ever will be ruld.
Bru.

Call’t not a plot:
The people cry, you inock'd them; and, of late,
When corn was given them gratis, you repin'd;
Scandal'd the suppliants for the people; call'd them
Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness.

Cor. Why, this was known before.
Bru.

Not to them all.
Cor. Have you inform'd them since?
Bru.

How! I inform them!
Cor. You are like to do such business.
Bru.

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.
Sic.

You show too much of that,
For which the people stir: If you will pass
To where you are bound, you must inquire your way,
Which you are out of, with a gentler spirit;
Or never be so noble as a consul,
Nor yoke with him for tribune,
Men.

. 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.
I let them
Regard me as I do not flatter, and

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."
Which they have given to beggars.
Men.

Well, no more.
1 Sen. No more words, we beseech you.
Cor.

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?
Cor. Choler!
Were I as patient as the midnight sleep,
By Jove, 'twould be my mind.
Sic.

It is a mind,
That shall remain a poison where it is,
Not poison any further.
Cor.

Shall remain !- .
Hear you this Triton of the minnows?4 mark
His absolute shall?
Com.

'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.

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