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Your most sweet voices :—now you have left your
voices, I have no further with you :
-Was pot this mockery? Sic. Why, either, you were ignorant to see't? Or, seeing it, of such childish friendliness To yield your voices? Bru.
Could you not have told him, As you were lesson'd,-When he had no power, But was a petty servant to the state, He was your enemy; ever spake against Your liberties, and the charters that you bear I'the body of the weal: and now, arriving A place of potency, and sway o'the state, If he should still malignantly remain Fast foe to the plebeii*, your voices might Be curses to yourselves? You should have said, That, as his worthy deeds did claim no less Than what he stood for; so his gracious nature Would think upon you for your voices, and Translate his malice towards you into love, Standing your friendly lord. Sic.
Thus to have said,
Did you perceive,
No heart among you? Or had you tongues, to cry
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 sonnd. 1 Cit. I twice five bundred, 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;
Say, you chose him
Bru. Ay, spare us not. Say, we read lectures to
One thus descended,
Say, you ne'er had done't,
We will so: almost all
[Severul speak. Repent in their election.
(Exeunt Citizens. Bru.
Let them go on;
To the Capitol ::
SCENE I. The same. A street.
Cornets. Entér Coriolanus, Menenius, 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 staud but as at first; Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make road 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
Cor. Spoke he of me?
He did, my lord.
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.
* With a guard.
Cor. I wish, I had a cause to seek him there, To oppose his hatred fully.--Welcome home.
[To Lartius Enter Sicinius and Brutus.
Behold! these are the tribunes of the people,
Pass no further.
It will be dangerous to
What makes this change? Men.
The matter? Com. Hath he not pass'd the nobles, and the
commons? Bru. Cominius, no. Cor.
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.
Stop 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
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: