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He aud Aufidius can no more atone,
Enter another Messenger.
Mess. You are sent for to the senate: A fearful army, led by Caius Marcius, Associated with Aufidius, rages Upon our territories; and have already O'erborne their way, consum'd with fire, and took What lay before them.
Com. O, you have made good work!
What news? what news! Com. You have holp to ravish your own daugh.
ters, and To melt the city leads upon your pates; To see your wives dishonour'd to your noses ;
Men. What's the news? what's the news?
Com. Your temples burned in their cement; and Your franchises, whereon you stood, confin'd Into an augre's boret. Men.
Pray now, your news ?You have made fair work, I fear me:- Pray, your
news? If Marçius should be join'd with Volcians,Com.
If! He is their god; he leads them like a thing Made by sonie other deity than nature, That shapes nian better: and they follow him, Against us brats, with no less confidence, Than boys pursuing summer butterflies, Or butchers killing flies. Men.
You have made good work, You, and your apron men; you that stood so much
Uvite. + Asmall round hole; an augre is a carpenter's tool.
Upon the voice of occupation*, and
He will shake
work ! Bru. But is this true, sir? Com.
Ay; and you'll look pale
Men. We are all undone, unless
Who shall ask it?
'Tis true: If he were putting to my house the brand That should consume it, I have not the face To say, 'Beseech you, cease.—You have made fair
hands, You, and your crafts ! you have crafted fair! Com.
You have brought A trembling upon Rome, such as was vever So incapable of help. Tri.
Say not, we brought it. Men. How! Was it we? We lov'd him; but, like
beasts, And cowardly nobles, gave way to your clusters, Who did hoot him out o'the city.
But, I fear,
Enter a troop of Citizens.
Here come the clusters. And is Aufidius with him ?-You are they That made the air unwholesome, when you cast Your stinking, greasy caps, in hooting at Coriolanus' exile. Now he's coming; And not a hair upon a soldier's head, Which will not prove a whip; as many coxcombs, As you threw caps up, will he tumble down, And pay you for your voices. 'Tis no matter; If he could burn us all into one coal, We have deserv'd it.
Cit. 'Faith, we hear fearful news. 1 Cit.
For mipe own part, When I said, Banish him, I said, 'twas pity.
4 Cit. And so did I.
3 Cit. And so did I; and, to say the truth, so did very many of us : That we did, we did for the best: and though we willingly consented to his banishment, yet it was against our will.
Com. You are goodly things, you voices!
You have made Good work, you and your cry*!-Shall us to the
[Ereunt Com. and Men,
* Pack, alluding to a pack of hounds.
1 Cit. The gods be good to us! Come, masters, let's home. I ever said, we were i'the wrong, when we banished him. 2 Cit. So did we all. But come, let's home.
[E.reunt Citizens. Bru. I do not like this news. Sic. Nor I. Bru. Let's to the Capitol:~Would, half my
wealth Would buy this for a lie ! Sic.
Pray, let us go.
A camp; at a small distance from Rome.
Enter Aufidius, and his Lieutenant.
Auf. Do they still fly to the Roman ?
Lieu. I do not know what witchcraft's in him; but Your soldiers use him as the grace 'fore meat, Their talk at table, and their thanks at end; And you are darken'd in this action, sir, Even by your own. Auf
I cannot help it now; Unless, by using means, I lame the foot Of our design. He bears himself more proudlier Even to my person, than I thought he would, When first I did embrace him: Yet his pature In that's no changeling; and I must excuse What cannot be amended. Lieu.
Yet I wish, sir (I mean for your particular), you had not Join'd in commission with him : but either Had borne the action of yourself, or else To him had left it solely. Auf. I understand thee well; and be thou sure,
When he shall come to his account, he knows not
First he was
• Ar eagle that preys on fish.
The chair of civil authority.