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Vir. No: at a word, madam; indeed, I must not. I wish you much mirth. Val. Well, then farewell.



Before Corioli.

Enter, with drum and colours, Marcius, Titus

Lartius, Officers and Soldiers. To them a Mes. senger. Mar. Yonder comes news :-A wager, they have

met. Lart. My horse to yours, no. Mar.

'Tis done. Lart.

Agreed. Mar. Say, has our general met the enemy? Mess. They lie in view; but have not spoke as yet. Lart. So, the good horse is mine. Mar.

I'll buy him of you. Lart. No, I'll nor sell, nor give him : lend you

him, I will,
For half a hundred years.-Summon the town.

Mar. How far off lie the armies ?

Within this mile and half, Mar. Then shall we hear their larum, and they


Now, Mars, I pr’ythee make us quick in work; That we with smoking swords may march from

hence, To help our fielded* friends!-Come, blow thy blast.

They sound a parley. Enter, on the walls, some

Senators, and others. Tullus Aufidius, is he within your walls ?

* In the field of battle.

1 Sen. No, nor a man that fears you less than he, That's lesser than a little. Hark, our drums

[Alarums afar off. Are bringing forth our youth : We'll break our walls, Rather than they shall pound us up: our gates, Which yet seem shut, we have but pinn'd with


They'll open of themselves. Hark you, far off;

[Other alarums. There is Aufidius; list, what work he makes Amongst your cloven army. Mar.

O, they are at it! Lart. Their noise be our instruction. Ladders,


The Volces enter, and pass over the stage.

Mar. They fear us not, but issue forth their city. Now put your shields before your hearts, and fight With hearts more proof than shields.-Advance,

brave Titus: They do disdain us much beyond our thoughts, Which makes me sweat with wrath.-Come on, my

fellows; He that retires, I'll take him for a Volce, And he shall feel mine edge.

Alarum, and exeunt Romans and Volces, fighting.

The Romans are beaten back to their trenches. Re-enter Marcius.

Mar. All the contagion of the south light on you, You shames of Rome! you herd of-Boils and

Plaster you o'er; that you may be abhorr'd
Further than seen, and one infect another
Against the wind a mile!

You souls of geese,
That bear the shapes of men, how have you run
From slaves that apes would beat? Pluto and hell !
All hurt behind; backs red, and faces pale

With fight and agued fear! Mend, and charge

home, Os, by the fires of heaven, I'll leave the foe, And make my wars on you: look to't: Come on; If you'll stand fast, we'll beat them to their wives, As they us to our trenches followed.

Another alarum. The Volces and Romans re

enter, and the fight is renewed. The Volces retire into Corioli, and Marcius follows them to

the gates. So, now the gates are ope :-Now prove good se.

conds : 'Tis for the followers fortune widens them, Not for the fiers: mark me, and do the like.

[He enters the gates, and is shut in. 1 Sol. Fool-hardiness ; not I. % Sol.

Nor I. 3 Sol.

See, they Have shut him in.

[Alarum continues. All

To the pot, I warrant him.

Enter Titus Lartius.

Lart. What is become of Marcius?

Slain, sir, doubtless.
1 Sol. Following the fliers at the very heels,
With them he enters: who, upon the sudden,
Clapp'd to their gatos ; he is himself alone,
To auswer all the city.

O noble fellow !
Who, sensible*, outdares his senseless, sword,
And, when it bowst, stands up! Thou art left,

Marcius :
A carbuncle entire, as big as thou art,
Were not so rich a jewel. Thou wast a soldier
Even to Cato's wish, not fierce and terrible

* Having sensation, feeling.

+ When it is bent.

Only in strokes ; but, with thy grim looks, and
The thunder-like percussion of thy sounds,
Thou mad'st thine enemies shake, as if the world
Were feverous and did tremble.

Re-enter Marcius bleeding, assaulted by the enemy.

1 Sol.

Look, sir, Lart.

'Tis Marcius : Let's fetch him off, or make remain alike.

[They fight, and all enter the city.


Within the town. A street.

Enter certain Romans, with spoils. 1 Rom. This I will carry to Rome. 2 Rom. And I this. 3 Rom. A murrain on't! I took this for silver.

[Alarum continues still afar off.

Enter Marcius, and Titus Lartius, with a trumpet, Mar. See here these movers, that do prize their

hours At a crack'd drachm*! Cushions, leaden spoons, Irous of a doit, doublets that hangmen would Bury with those that wore them, these base slaves, Ere yet the fight be done, pack up :-Down with

them.And hark, what noise the general makes !—To

him > There is the man of my soul's hate, Aufidius, Piercing our Romans: Then, valiant Titus, take

# A Roman coin.


Convenient numbers to make good the city;
Whilst I, with those that have the spirit, will hasta
To help Cominius.

Worthy sir, thou bleed'st;
Thy exercise hath been too violent for
A second course of fight.

Sir, praise me not:
My work hath yet not warm’d me : Fare you well.
The blood I drop is rather physical
Than dangerous to me: To Aufidius thus
I will appear, and fight.

Now the fair goddess, Fortune, Fall deep in love with thee; and her great charms Misguide thy opposer's swords! Bold gentleman, Prosperity be thy page! Mar.

Thy friend no less Than those she placeth highest! So farewell. Lart. Thou worthiest Marcius !

[Erit Marcius. Go, sound thy trumpet in the market-place; Call thither all the officers of the town, Where they shall know our mind. Away.



Near the camp of Cominius.

Enter Cominius and forces, retreating.
Com. Breathe you, my friends; well fought, we

are come off
Like Romans, neither foolish in our stands,
Nor cowardly in retire: believe me, sirs,
We shall be charg'd again. Whiles we have struck,
By interiins, and conveying gusts, we have heard
The charges of our friends :- The Roman gods
Lead their successes as we wish our own;

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