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Which we devise him.
Com.

Our spoils he kick'd at;
And look'd upon things precious, as they were
The common muck o'the world; he covets less
Than misery itself would give; rewards
His deeds with doing them; and is content
To spend the time, to end it.
Men.

* He's right noble;
Let him be callid for.
1 Sen.

Call for Coriolanus. Off. He doth appear.

Re-enter CORIOLANUS.
Men. The senate, Coriolanus, are well pleasd
To make thee consul.
Cor.

I do owe them still
My life, and services.
Men.

It then remains,
That you do speak to the people.
Cor.

I do beseech you,
Let me o'erleap that custom; for I cannot
Put on the gown, stand naked, and entreat them,
For my wounds' sake, to give their suffrage: please

you,
That I may pass this doing.
Sic.

Sir, the people
Must have their voices; neither will they bate
One jot of ceremony.
Men.

Put them not to't:-
Pray you, go fit you to the custom; and
Take to you, as your predecessors have,
Your honour with your form.

honour will be too great for him; he will show a mind equal to any elevation.

? Than misery -] Misery for avarice; because a miser signifies avaricious.

Cor.

It is a part
That I shall blush in acting, and might well
Be taken froin the people.
Bru.

Mark you that?
Cor. To brag unto them,—Thus I did, and thus;
Show them the unaking scars which I should hide,
As if I had receiv'd them for the hire
Of their breath only:-
Men.

Do not stand upon't.We recomiend to you, tribunes of the people, Our purpose to them ;-—and to our noble consul Wish we all joy and honour. Sen. To Coriolanus come all joy and honour !

[Flourish. Then exeunt Senators. Bru. You see how he intends to use the people. Sic. May they perceive his intent! He that will

require them,
As if he did contemn what he requested
Should be in them to give.
Bru.

Come, we'll inform them
Of our proceedings here: on the market-place,
I know, they do attend us.

[Exeunt.

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Enter several Citizens. 1 Cit. Once, if he do require our voices, we ought not to deny him.

* Your honour with your form.] Your form, may mean the form which custona prescribes to you. *We recommend to you, tribunes of the people,

Our purpose to them;] We entreat you, tribunes of the people, to recommend and enforce to the plebeians, what we propose to them for their approbation; namely the appointment of Coriolanus to the consulship.

2 Cit. We inay, sir, if we will.

3 Cit. We have power in ourselves to do it, but it is a power that we have no power to do: for if he show us his wounds, and tell us his deeds, we are to put our tongues into those wounds, and speak for them; so, if he tell us his noble deeds, we must also tell him our noble acceptance of them. Ingratitude is monstrous: and for the multitude to be ingrateful, were to make a monster of the multitude; of the which, we being members, should bring ourselves to be monstrous members.

i Cit. And to make us no better thought of, a little help will serve: for once, when we stood up about the corn, he himself stuck not to call us the many-headed multitude.

3 Cit. We have been called so of many; not that our heads are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald, but that our wits are so diversly coloured: and truly I think, if all our wits were to issue out of one skull, they would fly east, west, north, south; and their consent of one direct way should be at once to all points o'the compass.

2 Cit. Think you so? Which way, do you judge, my wit would fly?

3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's will, 'tis strongly wedged up in a block-head: but if it were at liberty, 'twould, sure, southward.

2 Cit. Why that way?

3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where being three parts melted away with rotten dews, the fourth would return for conscience sake, to help to get thee a wife.

2 Cit. You are never without your tricks:-You may, you may.

3 Cit. Are you all resolved to give your voices? But that's no matter, the greater part carries it. I say, if he would incline to the people, there was never a worthier man.

Enter CORIOLANUS and MENENTUS.

Here he comes, and in the gown of humility; mark his behaviour. We are not to stay altogether, but to come by him where he stands, by ones, by twos, and by threes. He's to make his requests by particulars: wherein every one of us has a single honour, in giving him our own voices with our own tongues: therefore follow me, and I'll direct you

how

you shall go by him. All. Content, content.

(Exeunt. Men. O sir, you are not right: have you not

known The worthiest men have done it? Cor.

What must I say?I pray, sir,-Plague upon't! I cannot bring My tongue to such a pace: Look, sir;

-my wounds; I got them in my country's service, when Some certain of your brethren roar'd, and ran From the noise of our own drums. Men.

O me, the gods! You must not speak of that; you must desire them To think upon you. Cor.

Think upon me? Hang 'em! I would they would forget me, like the virtues Which our divines lose by them. Men.

You'll mar all;

* I would they would forget me, like the virtues

Which our divines lose by them.) i.e. I wish they would forget me as they do those virtuous precepts, which the divines preach up to them, and lose by them, as it were, by their neglecting the practice.

I'll leave you: Pray you, speak to them, I pray you, In wholesome manner.

[Éxit.

Enter Two Citizens. Cor.

Bid them wash their faces, And keep their teeth clean.—So, here comes a brace, You know the cause, sir, of my standing here. i Cit. We do, sir; tell us what hath brought you

to't. Cor. Mine own desert. 2 Cit.

Your own desert? Cor.

Ay, not Mine own desire. 1 Cit.

How! not your own desire?
Cor. No, sir:
'Twas never my desire yet,
To trouble the poor with begging.

Į Cit. You must think, if we give you any thing,
We hope to gain by you.
Cor. Well then, I pray, your price o'the consul-

ship? i Cit. The price is, sir, to ask it kindly. Cor.

Kindly? Sir, I pray, let me ha't: I have wounds to show

you, Which shall be yours in private.-Your good voice,

sir; What say you? 2 Cit.

You shall have it, worthy sir.
Cor. A match, sir :-
There is in all two worthy voices begg’d:-
I have your alms; adieu.
1 Cit.

But this is something odd. 2 Cit. An'twere to give again,-But 'tis no matter.

[Exeunt Two Citizens.

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