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Ere so prevail'd with me! it will in time
Men. This is strange.
Enter a Messenger.
Mar. I'm glad on't, then we shall have means to vent Our mufty superfluity. See, our best Elders
S CE N E IV. Enter Sicinius Velutus, Junius Brutus, Cominius,
Titus Lartius, with other Senators. 1 Sen.
TARCIUS, 'tis true, that you have lately The Volscians are in arms.
Mar. They have a Leader,
Com. You have fought together?
Mar. Were halfto half the world by th'ears, and he Upon my Party, I'd revolt, to make Only my wars with him. He is a lion, That I am proud to hunt.
i Sat. Then, worthy Marcius, Attend
Cominius to these wars.
Mar. Sir, it is;
I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with t'other;
Men. O true bred !
1 Sen. Your company to th' Capitol; where, I know, Our greatest Friends attend us.
Tit. Lead you on;
Com. Noble Lartius.
[To the Citizens.
(Exeunt. [Citizens seal away. Manent Sicinius and Brutus. Sic. Was ever man so proud, as is this M ius? Bru. He has no equal. Sic. When we were chosen Tribunes for the
Bru. The present wars devour him! He is grown Too proud, to be so valiant.
Sic. Such a nature,
Bru. Fame, at the which he aims,
To the utmost of a man; and giddy censure
Sic. Besides, if things go well,
Sic. Let's hence, and hear
[Exeunt. S CE NE V.
Changes to Corioli.
That theyof Rome are entred in our Counsels, And know how we proceed.
Auf Is it not yours? Whatever hath been thought on in this State, That could be brought to bodily a&t, ere Rome Had circumvention ? 'tis not four days gone, Since I heard thence these are the words—I think, I have the letter here; yes-here it is; They have prest a Power, but it is not known
[Reading Whether for East or West; the Dearth is great, The People mutinous; and it is rumour'd, Cominius, Marcius your old enemy, (Who is of Rome worse hated than of you) And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman, These three lead on this preparation
S our Counsels,
Whither 'tis bent-most likely, 'tis for you:
i Sen. Our Army's in the Field :
Auf. Nor did you think it folly,
Sen. Noble Aufidius,
Auf. O, dout not that,
All. The Gods assist you !
Jools, and few. Vil. in more
I pray you. Daughter, lang; or express yourself
my Husband, I would freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour, than in the embracements of his bed, where he would shew most love. When yet he was but tender-bodied, and the only Son of my womb; when youth with comeliness plucked all gaze his way; when, for a day of Kings' entreaties, a Mother should not sell him an hour from her beholding; I, confidering how Honour would become such a perfon, that it was no better than picture like to hang by th' wall, if Renown made it not stir, was pleas'd to let him seek Danger where he was like to find Fame: to a cruel war I sent him, from whence he return’d, his brows bound with Oak. I tell thee, Daughter, I sprang not inore in joy at first hearing he was a man-child, than now in first seeing he had proved himself a Man.
Vir. But had he died in the business, Madam ; how then ?
Vol. Then his good Report should have been my Son; I therein would have found issue. Hear me profess fincerely: had I a dozen Sons each in my love alike, and none less dear than thine and my good Marcius, I had rather eleven die nobly for their Country,than one volumptuously surfeit,out of action.
Enter a Gentlewoman. Gent. Madam, the Lady Valeria is come to visit you. Vir. 'Beseech you, give me leave to retire myself.
Vol. Indeed, thou shalt not: Methinks, I hither hear your Husband's Drum : I see him pluck Aufidius down by th' hair : (As children from a bear) the Volsci shunning him: Methinks, I see him ftamp thus--and call thusCome on, ye cowards, ye were got in fear, Though ye were born in Rome; his bloody brow With his mail'd hand then wiping, forth he goes Like to a harvest man, that's task'd to mow Or all, or lose his hire.