Page images
[ocr errors][merged small]
[ocr errors]

[ters, and

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

Guevara. It appears also, that garlick was once much used in England, and afterwards as much polt smilingly, is to revolt with signs of pleasure, or with marks of contempt.


Sic. This is a happier and more comely time, The young'st and oldest thing,
Than when these fellows ravi about the streets, Sic. This is most likely!
Crying, Confusion.

Bru. Rais'd only, that the weaker sort may wish
Bru. Caius Marcius was

Good Marcius home again.
A worthy officer i' the war; but insolent, 5 Sic. The very trick on't.
O'crcome with pride, ambitious past all thinking, Men. This is unlikely:

le and Aufidius can no more atone',
Sic. And affecting one sole throne,

Than violentest contrariety.
Without assistance

Enter another Messenger.
Ven. I think not so.

101 Mes. You are sent for to the senate :
Sic. We had by this, to all our lamentation, fearful army, led by Caius Marcius,
lí he had gone forth corsul, found it so.

Associated with Aufidius, rages
Bru. The gods have well prevented it, and Rome Cpon our territories; and have already
Sits safe and still without him.

O'er-borne their way, consun'd with fire, and took
Enter Ædile.

15Fhat lay before them,

Entir Cominius.
- Edile, Worthy tribunes,
There is a slave, whom we have put in prison,

Com. O, you have made good work!

Men. What news? what news?
Reports,—tle Vulces with two several powers
Are enter'd in the Roman territories;

Com. You have holp to ravish your own daugh-
And with the deepest malice of the war

20 To melt the city leads upon your pates;
Destroy what lies before 'em.

To see your wives dishonour'd to your noses;-
Men. 'Tis Aufidius,

Men. What's the news? what's the news?
Who, hearing of our Marcius' banishment,

Com. Your temples burned in their cement; and
Thrusts forth his horns again into the world;

Your franchises, whereon you stood, confin'd
Which were in-shell’d, when Marcius stood for 25 Into an augre's bore.
And durst not once peep out.

Men. Pray now, the news ? -

. Come, what talk you of Marcius?

You have made tair work, I fear me:-Pray, your

Bru. Go, see this rumourer whipp'd.—It cannot

If Marcius should be joined with the Volces, —
The Volces dare break with us.

Com, It!
Ven. Cannot be!

30 He is their god; he leads them like a thing
We have record, that very well it can;

Made by some other deity than nature,
And three examples of the like have been

That shapes man better: and they follow him,
i my age. But reason with the fellow,

Against us brats, with no less conlidence,
Before you punish him, where he heard this;

Than boys pursuing summer butter-flies,
List you shall chance to w hip your information, 35 Or butchers killing flies,
And beat the messenger who bids beware

Men. You have made good work,
Of what is to be dreaded.

You, and your apron-men; you that stood so much

Upon the voice of occupation “, and
I know, this cannot be.

The breath of garlick-eaters' !
40 Com. He'll shake your Rome about your ears.

Men. As Hercules did shake down mellow
You have made fair work!

Mes. The nobles, in great earnestness, are going

Bru. But is this true, sir?
All to the senate-house; some news is come,

Com. Ay; and you'll look pale

45 Before you find it other. All the regions
Go whip him 'fore the people's eyes:-his raising!

Do smilingly' revolt; and, who resist,
Are mock'd for valiant ignorance, [him?

And perish constant fools. Who is't can blame
The slave's report is seconded; and more,

Your enemies, and his, find something in him.
50 Men. We are all undone, unless
The noble inan have mercy.

Com. Who shall ask it ?
Mes. It is spoke freely out of many mouths,
(How probable, I do not know) that Marcius,

The tribunes cannot do't for slame; the people lang'e with Autidius, lcads a power gainst Rome 353 Does of the shepherds: for his best


, if they And vows revenge as spacious, as between

Should say,Begoodto Rome,theycharg'd him even That is, any suffrage.

2 i. e. talk. 3 Dr. Johnson reniarks, the neutral sense, to come to reconciliation. To atone is to unite. mechanicks, nien occupied in daily business.

* Occupation is here used for Elity , that garlick was a food forbidden to an ancient order of Spanish knights, mentioned by

• To smell of garlick was once such a brand of vulleft to suffer without friends to assist him.

• Alluding to the apples of the Hesperides. '? To re




Sic. Tell not me:

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

Bru. Not possible.

Enter a Alessenger.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

That turns their countenances.

Sic. 'Tis this slave :

Nothing but his report!

Mes. Ves, worthy sir,
More fearful, is deliver'd.
Sic. What more fearful?

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors]



the heatone, in the active sense, is to reconcite, eran

finanses used by ourl'author

. To atone here is, in

tim doo

car, inzleriz

[ocr errors]




As those should do that had deserv'd his hate, Lieut. I do not know what witchcraft's in him; And therein shew'd like enemies.

but Men. 'Tis true:

Your soldiers use him as the grace 'fore meat,
If he were putting to my house the brand Their talk at table, and their thanks at end;
That should consume it, I have not the face [hands, 5 And you are darken'd in this action, sir,
To say,'Beseech you, cease.--You have made fair

Even by your own.
You, and your crafts! you have crafted fair ! Auf. I cannot help it now;
Cóm. You have brought

l'nless by using means, I lame the foot A trembling upon Rome, such as was never Of our design. He bears himself more proudly So incapable of help.

10 Even to my person, than I thought he would, Tri. Say not, we brought it. [like beasts, When first I did embrace him: vet his nature

Men. How! Was it we? We lov'd him; but, In that's no changeling; and I inust excuse And cowardly nobles, gave way to your clusters,

What cannot be anended. Who did hoot him out o' the city.

Lieut. Yet I wish, sir, Com. But, I fear,

15/(I mean, for your particular) you had not They'll roar him in again'. Tullus Aufidius, Join'd in commission with him; but either borne The second name of men, obeys his points The action of yourself, or else to him As if he were his officer:--desperation

Had left it solely. Is all the policy, strength, and defence,

Auf: I understand thee well; and be thou sure, That Rome can make against them.

20 When he shall come to his account, he knows pot Enter a Troop of Citizens.

What I can urge against him. Although it seems, Men. Here come the clusters.

And so he thinks, and is no less apparent And is Aufidius with him?-You are they To the vulgar eye, that he bears all things fairly, 'That made the air unwholesoine, when

you And shews good husbandry for the Volcian state; Your stinking, greasy caps, in hooting at 125 Fights dragon-like, and does atchieve as soon Coriolanus' exile. Now he's coming ;

As draw his sword: yet he hath left undone
And not a hair upon a soldier's head,

That, which shall break his neck, or hazard mine,
Which will not prove a whip; as many coxcombs, Whene'er we come to our account. [Rome:

threw caps up, will he tumble down, Lieut. Sir, I beseech you, think you he'll carry And pay you for

your voices. "Tis no matter; 30. duf. All places yield to himn ere he sits down; If he could burn us all into one coal,

And the nobility of Rome are his : We have deserv'd it.

The senators, and patricians, love him too: Omnes. 'Faith, we hear fearful news.

The tribunes are no soldiers; and their people i Cit. For mine own part,

Will be as rash in the repeal, as hasty. When I said, banish him, I said, 'twas pity. 35 To expel him thence. I think, he'll be to Rome 2 Cit. And so did I.

As is the osprey? to the fish, who takes it 3 Cit. And so did I; and, to say the truth, so By sovereignty of nature. First he was did very many of us: That we did, we did for A noble servant to them; but he could not the best; and though we willingly consented to Carry his honours even: whether 'twas pride, his banishnient, yet it was against our will. 40 Which out of daily fortune ever taints

Com. You are goodly things, you voices! The happy man; whether defect of judgement,

Men. You have made you (Capitol? To fail in the disposing of those chances
Good work, you and your cry!-Shall us to the Which he was lord of; or whether nature,

Com. O, ay; what else? [Èxe. Com. and Men. Not to be other than one thing, not moving
Sic. Go, masters, get you home, be not dismay'd;45 From the casque to the cushion, but commanding
These are a side, that would be glad to have

This true, which they so seem to fear. Go home, Even with the same austerity and garb
And shew no sign of fear.

As he controll'd the war: but, one of these, i Cit. The gods be good to us! Come, masters, (As he hath spices of them all, not all, let's home. I cver said, we were i’ the wrong, 50 For I dare so far free hiin) made him feard, when we banish's him.

So hated, and so banish'd: but he has a merit, 2 Cit. So did we all. But come, let's home. To choak it in the utterance. So our virtues

[Exeunt Citizens. Lie in the interpretation of the time: Bru. I do not like this news.

And power, unto itself most commendable, Sic. Nor I.

[wealth 55 Hath not a tomb so evident as a chair Bru. Let's to the Capitol:—'Would, half

my To extol what it hath done!. Would buy this for a lie!

One fire drives out one fire; one nail, one nail; Sic. Pray, let us go [Ereunt Tribunes. Right's by right fouler *, strengths by strength do SCENE VII.

fail, A Camp; at a small distance fram Rome. 60 Come, let's away. When, Caius, Rome is thine, Enter Aufidius, with his Lieutenant.

Thou art poor'st of all; then shortly art thou mine, Auf. Do they still fly to the Roman?


el ' i.e. As they hooted at his departure, they will roar at his return; as he went out with scoffs, he will come back with lamentations.

2 Á kind of eagle.

3 The sense is, The virtue which delights to commend itself, will find the surest tomb in that chair wherein it holds forth its own commendations,

i e. What is already right, and received as such, becomes less clear when supported by super: muinerary proofs.


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

Es a ad;

[ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors]


Return me, as Cominius is return'd,

Unheard; what then?
A public Place in Rome.

But as a discontented friend, grief-shot
Enter Menenius, Cominius, Sicinius, and Brutus, With his unkindness ? Say't be so ?
with others.
5 Sic. Yet your good will

(sure Men. No, I'll not go : you hear, what he hath Must have that thanks from Rome, after the inea said,

As vou intended well.
Which was sometime bis general; who lov'd him Nlen. I'll undertake it:
In a niost dear particular. He call’d me father: I think he'll hear me. Yet to bitc his lip,
But what o' that? Go, you that banish'd him, 10 And hum at good Cominius, much unhearts me.
A mile before his tent tall down, and knee He was not taken well; he had not din'd:
The way into his mercy: nay, if he coy'd The veins unfill'd, our blood is cold, and then
To hear Cominius speak, I'll keep at home. We pout upon the morning, are unapt
Com. He would not seem to know me.

To give or to forgive; but when we have stuff'd
Men. Do


15 These pipes, and these conveyances of our blood
Com. Yet one time he did call me by my name: With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls [him
I urg'd our old acquaintance, and the drops Than in our priest-like fasts: therefore I'll watch
That we have bled together. Coriolanus "Till he be dieted to my request,
He would not answer to: forbad all names; And then I'll set upon him.
He was a kind of nothing, titleless,

20 Bru. You know the very road into his kindness,
Till he had forg'd himself a name i' the fire And cannot lose your way.
Of burning Rome.

Men. Good faith, I'll prove him,
Men. Why, so; you have made good work : Speed how it will. I shall ere long have knowledge
A pair of tribunes, that have rack'd for Rome, Of my success.

[Esit. To make coals cheap: a noble memory?! 25 Con. He'll never hear him.

Com. I minded him, how royal 'twas to pardon Sic. Not?
When least it was expected: he replied,

Com. I tell you, he does sit in gold, his eye
It was a bare' petition of a state,

Red as 'twould burn Rome: and his injury
To one whom they had punish'd.

The gaoler to his pity. I kneel'd before him;
Men. Very well:

30'Twas very faintly he said, Rise; dismiss'd me. Could he say less ?

Thus, with his speechless hand: What he would do,
Com. I offer'd to awaken his regard

He sent in writing after ine; what he would noi,
For his private friends : his answer to me was, Bound with an oath, to yield to his conditions * :
He could not stay to pick them in a pile So that all hope is vain;
Of noisome, musty chaff: he said, 'twas folly, 35 Unless his noble mother, and his wife,
For one poor grain or two, to leave unburnt, Who, as I hear, mean to solicit him
And still to nose the offence.

For mercy to his country--Therefore, let's hence,
Men. For one poor grain or two?

And with our fair entreaties haste them on.
I am one of those; his mother, wife, his child,

[Exeunt. And this brave fellow too, we are the grains :

You are the musty chaff; and you are smelt
Ahore the moon: Wemust be burnt for you. said

The Volcian Camp.
. Nay, pray, be patient: If you refuse your

Enter Menenius to the Watch, or Guard.
In this so never-needed help, yet do not

1 Watch. Stay: whence are you?
Upbraid us with our distress. But sure, if you 45 2 Watch. Stand, and go

back. Wouldbeyourcountry'spleader, yourgoodtoifgue, Men. You guard like men; 'tis well: But, by More than the instant army we can make,

I am an officer of state, and come
Might stop our countrymen.

To speak with Coriolanus.
Men. No; I'll not meddle.

1 Watch. From whence?
. Pray you, go to him.

50 Men. From Rome,
Men. What should I do?

i Watch, You may not pass, you must return; Bru. Only make trial what your love can do

Will no more hear from thence.
For Rome, towards Marcius.

2 Watch. You'll see your Rome embrac'd with Mer. Well, and say that Marcius

fire, before

[blocks in formation]

could not s 'twas prike tants

of judgemes, chances ca nature, not moring put comments


[your leave,

ne of these ot all

, him fear'd, me has a mente o our virtus ime: mendable, chair

[our general

ca mail, one nal; zs by strength as, Rome is this, tly art thoumise



* To rack means to harass by eractions.—The meaning is, You that have been such good stewards for the Roman people, as to get their houses burnt over their heads, to save them the expence of

Memory for memorial. ' A bare petition means only a mere petition. son is of opinion, that here is a ciasm.-The speaker's purpose seems to be this: To yield to his condition is ruin, and better cannot be obtained; so that all hope is vain.

4 Dr. John


t with scoli, ki e which delictes commendations orted by super




You'll speak with Coriolanus.

I say, go, lest I let forth your half pint of blood; Men. Good my friends,

|-back, that's the utmost of your having:-bach. If you have heard your general talk of Rome, Men. Nay, but fellow, fellow,-. And of his friends there, it is lots' to blanks, My name hath touch'd your ears: it is Menenius. 5

Enter Coriolanus, with Aufidius. i Watch. Be it so; go back: the virtue of your

Cor. What's the matter?

Men. Now, you companion, I'll say an errand Is not here passable.

for you: you shall know now, that I am in estiMen. I tell thee, fellow,

mation: you shall perceive that a Jack guardant Thy general is my lover: I have been

cannot office me from my son Coriolanus: guess, The book of his good acts, whence men have read

by my entertainment with him, if thou stand’st not His fame unparallel'd, happily, amplitied;

the state of hanging, or of some death more For I have ever verified my friends,

long in spectatorship, and crucllerin suilering; be(Of whom he's chief) with all the size that verity

hold now presently, and swoon for what's to come Would without lapsing sutier?: nay, sometimes, 15 upon thee. The glorious gods sit in hourly synod Like to a bowl upon a subtle ground,

about thy particular prosperity, and love thee no I have tumbled past the throw; and in his praise

worse than thy old father Menenius does! O, my Have, almost, stamp'd the leasing: Therefore,

son, my son! thou art preparing fire for us;

look fellow,

thee, here's water to quench it. I was hardly I must have leave to pass.

moved to come to thee: but being assur'd, none

20 1 ij'utch. 'Faith, sir, if you had told as many

but myself could move thee, I have been blown lies in his behalf, as you have utterd words in out of your gates with sighs; and conjure thee to your own, you should not pass here: no, though pardon Rome, and thy petitionary countrymer. it were as virtucus to lie, as to live chastely.

The good gods assuage thy wrath, and turn the Therefore, go back.

25 dregs of it upon this varlet here; this, who, like Men. Pr’ythee, fellow, remember my name

a block, hath denied my access to thee. is Menenius, always factionary on the party of

Cor. Away!

Alen. How! away! your general. 2 Watch. Howsoever you have been his liar,

Cor. Wife, mother, child, I know not. My affairs

Are servanted to others: Though I owe (as you say, you have) I am one that, telling 301 true under him, must say, you cannot pass.

My revenge properly, my remission lies Therefore, go back.

In Volcian breasts". That we have been familiar, Alen. Has he din'd, canst thou tell: for I would

Ingrate forgetfulness shall poison, rather not speak with him 'till after dinner.

Than pity note how much. Therefore be gone. Uyatch. You are a Roman, are you?


Mine ears against your suits are stronger, than dien. I am as thy general is.

Your gates against iny torce. Yet, for I lov’dthee, i Ilutch. Then you should hate Rome, as he

Take this along; I writ it for thy sake, does. Can you, when you have push'd out of your

[Gires him a letter.

And would have sentit. Another word, Menenius, gates the very defender of them, and, in a violent popularignorance, given your enemy your shield, 40 I will not hear thee speak. This man, Autidius, think to iront his revenges with the easy groans

Was my belov'd in Rome: yet thou behold'stof old women, the virginal palms * of your

Auf: 'You keep a constant temper. [Exeunt. daughters, or with the palsy'd intercession of such Manent the Guard, and Menenius. a decay'd dotant as you seem to be? Can you think i Ilatch. Now, sir, is your name Venenius? to blow out the intended fire your city is ready to +5.2 l'atch. 'Tis a spell

, you see, of much power: Alame in, with such weak breath as this? No, you You know the way home again. are deceiv'd; therefore, back to Rome, and 1 l'utch. Do you hear how we are shent for prepare for your execution: you are condemn’d, keeping your greatness back? our general has sworn you out of reprieve and 21latch. What cause, do you think, I have to pardon.

50 swoon? Mlen. Siiralı, if thy captain knew I were here, Men. I neither care for the world, nor your he would use me with estimation.

general: for such things as you, I can scarce think 2 Wutch. Come, my captain knows you not. there's any, you are so slight. He that hath a will Men. I mean, thy general.

to die by himself, fears it not froin another. Let 1 Hatch. My general cares not for you. Back,55|your general do his worst. For you, be that you

· A lot here is a prize. · Dr. Johnson explains this passage thus: To verify is to establish by testimony. One may say with propriety, he brought false uitnesses to verify his title.-Shakspeare considered the word with his usual laxity, as importing rather testimony than truth, and only meant to say, I bore witness to my friends with all the size that verity would suffer. Subtle means smooth, lerc * By virginal palms may be understood the holding up the hands in supplication. si.e. Though I have a peculiar right in revenge, in the power of forgiveness the Volcians are conjoined. • Shent means stumed, disgraced, made ashamed of ourseltes.



[ocr errors][ocr errors]

are, long; and your misery increase with your age! Even to a full disgrace.-Best of my flesh,
I say to you, as I was said to, Away! [Exit. Forgive my tyranny; but do not say,

1 Watch. A noble fellow, I warrant him. For that, Forgive our Romans.-0, a kiss

3 Watch. The worthy fellow is our general: Long as my exile, sweet as my revenge! He is the rock, the oak not to be wind-shaken. 5 Now by the jealous queen of heaven”, that kiss

[Ereunt. I carried froni thee, dear; and by my true lip SCENE III.

Hath virgin’d it e'er since.-You gods! I prate,

And the inost noble mother of the world
A Tent.

Leave unsaluted: Sink, my knee, i' the earth:
Enter Coriolanus and Aufidius.

[Kneels. Cor. We will before the walls of Rome to Of the deep duty more impression shew

Than that of common sons.
Set down our host.—My partner in this action, Pol. O, stand up blest!
You must report to the Volciau lords, how plainly Whilst, with no solter cushion than the flint,
I have borne this business.

150 kneel before thee; and unproperly
Auf. Only their ends

Shew duty, as mistaken all the while [K'necls.
You have respected; stopp'd your ears against Between the child and parent.
The general suit of Rome; never admitted

Cor. What is this?
A private whisper, no, not with such friends Your knees to me? to your corrected son?
That thought them sure of you.

20 Then let the pebbles on the hungry beech
Cor. This last old man,

Fillop the stars; then let the mutinous winds
Whom with a crack'd heart I have sent to Rome, Strike the proud cedars 'gainst the fiery sun;
Lov'd me above the measure of a father; Murd'ring impossibility, to make
Nay, godded me, indeed. Their latest refuge What cannot be, slight work.
Was to send him: for wbose old love, I have 1231 Vol. Thou art my warrior!
(Though I shew'd sourly to him)once morvotter'd I holp to frame thee. Do you know this lady?
The tirst conditions, which they did resuse,

[Pointing to l'aleria
And cannot now accept, to grace him only, Cor. The noble sister of Publicola,
That thought he could do more; a very little The moon of Rome; chaste as the isicle
I have yielded too: Fresh embassies, and suits, 30 That's curdled by the frost from purest snow,
Nor from the state, nor private friends, hereafter And hangs on Dian's temple: Dear Vales
Will I lend earto. Ila! What shout is this? Fol. This is a poor epitome of yours,
[Shout within.

(Shewing young Narcirs. Shall I be tempted to infringe my vow

Which by the interpretation of full time
In the same tiine 'tis made? I will not. 35 May shew like all yourself.

Cor. The god of soldiers,
Enter Virgilia, l’olumnia, Valeria, young Mar With the consent of supreme Jove, inform
cius, with Attendants, all in mourning.

Thy thoughts with nobleness : that thou may's
My wife comes foremost; then the honour'dmola
Wherein this trunk was fram’d, and in her hand 40 To shame invulnerable, and stick i' the wars
The grandchild to her blood. But, out, affection! Like a great sea-mark, standing every tiaw!,
All bond and privilege of nature, break! And saving those that eye thee!
Let it be virtuous, to be obstinate.-

Vol. Your knee, sirrah.
What is that curt'sy worth? or those dove's eyes, Cor. That's my brave boy.
Which can make gods forswom?-I melt, and 45 Vol. Even he, your wife, this lady, and my-
am not

Of stronger earth than others.My mother bows ;)

Are suitors to you.
As if Olympus to a mole-hill should

Cor. I beseech you, peace:
In supplication nod: and my young boy

Or, if you'd ask, remember this before ;
Hath an aspect of intercession, which 30 The things, I have forsworn to grant, may never
Great Nature cries, Deny nat.-Let the Volces Be held by you denials. Do not bid me
Plough Rome, and harrow Italy; I'll never Dismiss my soldiers, or capitulate
Be such a gosling to obey instinct; but stand, Again with Rome's mechanics:-Tell me not
As if a man were author of himself,

Wherein I seem unnatural: Desire not
And knew no other kin.

155To allay my rages and revenges, with
Virg. My lord and husband !

Your colder reasons,
Cor. These eyes are not the samelwore in Rome.

Vol. Oh, no more, no more!
Virg. The sorrow, that delivers us thus chang'd,

You have said, you will not grant us any thing;
Makes you think so.

For we have nothing else to ask, but that
Cor. Like a dull actor now,

60 Which you deny already: Yet, we will ask; I have forgot my part, and I am out,

That, if we fail in our request, the blame die bow openly. ? i.e. Juno.

Si. e. every gust, every storm.


[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]


« PreviousContinue »