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And power, unto itself most commendable,
Hath not a tomb so evident as a chair
To extol what it hath done.
One fire drives out one fire; one nail, one nail

Rights by rights fouler, strengths by strengths do fail.
Come, let's away. When, Caius, kome is thine,
Thou art poor'st of all; then shortly art thou mine.



SCENE 1. Rome. A public place.

Enter Menenius, Cominius, Sicinius, Brutus, and


Men. No, I'll not go: you hear, what he hath said,
Which was sometime his general; who lov'd him
In a most dear particular. He call’d me, father:
But what o'that? Go, you that banish'd him,
A mile before his tent fall down, and kneel
The way into his mercy: Nay, if he coy'd*
To hear Comivius speak, I'll keep at home.

Com. He would not seem to know me.

Do you hear?
Com. Yet one time he did call me by my name:
I urg'd our old acquaintance, and the drops
That we have bled together. Coriolanus
He would not answer to : forbad all names;
He was a kind of nothing, titleless,
Till he had forg'd himself a name i' the fire
Of burning Rome.

Men. Why, so; you have made good work:
A pair of tribunes that have rack’dt for Rome,
To make coals cheap: A noble memory f!

• Condescended unwillingly.
+ Harassed by exactions.

Memorial. Com. I minded him, how royal 'twas to pardon When it was less expected: He replied, It was a bare petition of a state To one whom they had punish'd. Men.

Very well :
Could he say less ?

Com. I offer'd to awaken his regard
For his private friends: His answer to me was,
He could not stay to pick them in a pile
Of noisome, musty chaff: He said, 'twas folly,
For one poor grain or two, to leave unburnt,
And still to nose the offence.

For one poor grain
Or two? I am one of those; his mother, wife,
His child, and this brave fellow too, we are the grains :
You are the musty chaff; and you are smelt
Above the moon: We must be burnt for you.

Sic. Nay, pray, be patient: If you refuse your aid
In this so never-heeded help, yet do not
Upbraid us with our distress. But, sure, if you
Would be your country's pleader, your good tongue,
More than the instant army we can make,
Might stop our countryman.

No; I'll not meddle.
Sic. I pray you, go to him,

What should I do?
Bru. Only make trial what your love can do
For Rome towards Marcius.

Well, and say that Marcius Return me, As Cominius is return'd, Unheard; what then ?But as a discontented friend, grief-shot With his unkindness? Say't be so? Sic.

Yet your good will
Must have that thanks from Rome, after the measure
As you intended well.

I'll undertake it.
I think, he'll hear me. Yet to bile his lip,
And hum at good Cominjus, niuch unhearts me.
He was not taken well; he had not din'd:


The veins unfill’d, our blood is cold, and then
We pout upon the morning, are unapt
To give or to forgive; but when we have stuff'd
These pipes and these conveyances of our blood
With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls
Than in our priest-like fasts: therefore I'll watch him
Till he be dieted to my request,
And then I'll set upon him.

Bru. You know the very road into his kindness,
And cannot lose your way.

Good faith, I'll prove him, Speed ho it will. I shall ere long bave knowledge of my success.

[Exit. Com.

He'll never hear him.

Com. I tell you, he does sit in goid, his eye
Red as 'twould burn Rome; and his injury
The gaoler to his pity. I kneel'd before him;
'Twas very faintly he said, Rise; dismiss'd me
Thus, with his speechless hand : What he would do,
He sent in writing after me; what be would not,
Bound with an oath, lo yieid to his conditions:
So, that all hope is vain,
Unless his noble niother, and his wife;
Who, as I hear, mean to solicit him
For mercy to his country. Therefore, let's hence,
And with our fair entreaties haste them on.

(Ereunt. SCENE II.

An adoanced post of the Volcian camp before

Rome. The Guard at their stations.

Enter to them, Menenius.

1 G. Stay: Whence are you? 2 G.

Stand, and go back. Men. You guard like men; 'tis well : But, by

your leave, I am an officer of state, and come To speak with Coriolanus. 1 G.

From whence? Men.

From Rome. 1 G. You may not pass, you must return: our

general Will no more hear from thence. 2 G. You'll see your Rome embrac'd with fire,

before You'll speak with Coriolanus. Men.

Good my friends, If

you have heard your general talk of Rome, And of his friends there, it is lots* to blanks, My name hath touch'd your ears: it is Menenius.

1 G. Be it so; go back: the virtue of your name Is not here passable. Men.

I tell thee, fellow, Thy general is my lovert: I have been The book of his good acts, whence men have read His fame unparallel'd, haply, amplified ; For I have ever verifiedt my friends (Of whom he's chief), with all the size that verity ý Would without lapsing suffer: nay, sometimes,

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Like to a bowl upou a subtle* ground,
I have tumbled past the throw; and in his praise
Have, almost, stamp'd the leasing t: Therefore, fel.

I must have leave to pass.

1 G. 'Faith, sir, if you had told as many lies in his behalf, as you have uttered words in your own, you should not pass here : no, though it were as virtuous to lie, as to live chastely, Therefore, go back.

Men. Pr'ytbee, fellow, remember my name is Menerius, always factionary on the party of your general.

2 G. Howsoever you have been his liar (as you say, you have), ( am one that, telling true under him, must say, you cannot pass. Therefore, go back.

Men. Has he dined, canst thou tell? for I would not speak with him till after dinner.

1 G. You are a Roman, are you? Men. I am as thy general is.

1 G. Then you should hate Romne, as he does. Can you, when you have pushed out your gates the very defender of them, and, in a violent popular ig. norance, given your enemy your shield, think to front his revenges with the easy groans of old women, the virginal palms of your daughters, or with the palsied intercession of such a decayed dotant as you seem to be? Can you think to blow out the intended fire your city is ready to flame in, with such weak breath as this? No, you are deceived; therefore, back to Rome, and prepare for your execution: you are condemned, our general has sworn you out of reprieve and pardon.

Men. Sirrah, if thy captain knew I were here, he would use me with estimation.

2 G. Come, my captain knows you not. Men. I mean, thy general. 1 G. My general cares not for you. Back, I say,

* Deceitful.


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