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Who, like a boar too savage, doth root up Flav. Trouble him no further, thus you still His country's peace.
shall find him. 2 Sen. And shakes his threat'ning sword Tim. Come not to me again : but say to Athens, Against the walls of Athens.
Timon hath made his everlasting mansion 1 Sen. Therefore, Timon,
Upon the beached verge of the salt flood; Tim. Well, sir, I will ; therefore, I will, sir; Which once a day with his embossed froth Thus,
The turbulent surge shall cover ; thither come, If Alcibiades kill my countrymen,
And let my grave-stone be your oracle.Let Alcibiades know this of Timon,
Lips, let sour words go by, and language end : That-Timon cares not. But if he sack fair What is amiss, plague and infection mend ! Athens,
Graves only be men's works; and death, their And take our goodly aged men by the beards,
gain! Giving our holy virgins to the stain
Sun, hide thy beams! Timon hath done his Of contumelious, beastly, mad-brain'd war ;
[Exit Timon. Then, let him know,-and tell him, Timon 1 Sen. His discontents are unremoveably speaks it,
Coupled to nature. In pity of our aged, and our youth,
2 Sen. Our hope in him is dead : let us return, I cannot choose but tell him, that I care not, And strain what other means is left unto us And let him take't at worst; for their knives In our dear peril. care not,
1 Sen. It requires swift foot. [Ereunt. While you have throats to answer : for myself, There's not a whittle in the unruly camp,
SCENE III.-The walls of Athens.
Enter two Senators, and a Messenger.
his files Flav. Stay not, all's in vain.
As full as thy report? Tim. Why, I was writing of my epitaph, Mess. I have spoke the least : It will be seen to-morrow; My long sickness Besides, his expedition promises Of health, and living, now begins to mend, Present approach. And nothing brings me all things. Go, live still ; 2 Sen. We stand much hazard, if they bring Be Alcibiades your plague, you his,
not Timon. And last so long enough!
Mess. I met a courier, one mine ancient 1 Sen. We speak in vain.
friend ;-Tim. But yet I love my country; and am not Whom, though in general part we were oppos’d, One that rejoices in the common wreck, Yet our old love made a particular force, As common bruit doth put it.
And made us speak like friends :-this man was 1 Sen. That's well spoke.
riding Tim. Commend me to my loving country- From Alcibiades to Timon's cave, men,
With letters of entreaty, which imported 1 Sen. These words become your lips as they His fellowship i'the cause against your city, pass through them.
In part for his sake mov'd. 2 Sen. And enter in our ears like great triúmphers
Enter Senators from Timon. In their applauding gates.
1 Sen. Here come our brothers. Tim. Commend me to them;
3 Sen. No talk of Timon, nothing of him exAnd tell them, that, to ease them of their griefs, pect. -Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses, The enemies' drum is heard, and fearful scouring Their pangs of love, with other incident throes Doth choke the air with dust: In, and prepare ; That nature's fragile vessel doth sustain Ours is the fall, I fear, our foes the snare. In life's uncertain voyage, I will some kindness
[Ereunt. do them : 111 teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades' wrath. SCENE IV.-The woods. Timon's cave, and a 2 Sen. I like this well, he will return again.
tomb-stone seen. Tim. I have a tree, which grows here in my close,
Enter a Soldier, seeking Timon. That mine own use invites me to cut down, Sold. By all description this should be the place. And shortly must I fell it ; Tell my friends, Who's here? speak, ho!-No answer?-What Tell Athens, in the sequence of degree,
is this? From high to low throughout, that
whoso please Timon is dead, who hath outstretch'd his span : To stop affliction, let him take his haste, Some beast rear'd this; there does not live a man. Come hither, ere my tree hath felt the axe, Dead, sure ; and this his grave. And hang himself :--) pray you, do my greeting. What's on this tomb I cannot read; the character
I'll take with wax:
Which, in the bluster of thy wrath, must fall Our captain hath in every figure skill; With those that have offended : like a shepherd, An ag'd interpreter, though young in days: Approach the fold, and cull the infected forth, Before proud Athens he's set down by this, But kill not altogether. Whose fall the mark of his ambition is. [Erit. 2 Sen. What thou wilt,
Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile, SCENE V.-Before the walls of Athens Than hew to't with thy sword.
I Sen. Set but thy foot Trumpets sound. Enter ALCIBIADES, and
Against our rampir'd gates, and they shall ope; Forces.
So thou wilt send thy
gentle heart before, Alcib. Sound to this coward and lascivious town To say, thou'lt enter friendly. Our terrible approach. [A parley sounded. 2 Sen. Throw thy glove,
Or any token of thine honour else,
That thou wilt use the wars as thy redress,
Those eneinies of Timon's, and mine own, Our sufferance vainly: Now the time is flush, Whom you yourselves shall set out for reproof, When crouching marrow, in the bearer strong, Fall, and no more: and, -to atone your fears Cries, of itself, No more : now breathless wrong with my more noble meaning, -not a man Shall sit and pant in your great chairs of ease; Shall pass his quarter, or offend the stream And pursy indolence shall break his wind Of regular justice in your city's bounds, With fear, and horrid Aight.
But shall be remedied, to your public laws 1 Sen. Noble, and young,
At heaviest answer.
The Senators descend, and open the gates. Above their quantity. 2 Sen. So did we woo
Enter a Soldier. Transformed Timon to our city's love,
Sold. My noble general, Timon is dead; By humble message, and by promis'd means : Entomb'd
upon the very hem o'the sea : We were not all unkind, nor all deserve And, on his grave stone, this insculpture ; which The common stroke of war.
With wax I brought away, whose soft impression 1 Sen. These walls of ours
Interprets for my poor ignorance. Were not erected by their hands, from whom Alcib. [Reads.] Here lies a wretched corse, of You have receiv'd your griefs: nor are they such, wretched soul bereft: That these great towers, trophies, and schools Seek not my name : A plague consume you
wicked should fall
caitiff's left! For private faults in them.
Here lie I Timon ; who, alive, all living men did 2 Sen. Nor are they living, Who were the motives that you first went out; | Pass by, and curse thy fill ; but pass, and stay not Shame, that they wanted cunning, in excess
here thy gait. Hath broke their hearts. March, noble lord, These well express in thee thy latter spirits : Into our city with thy banners spread : Though thou abhorr’dst in us our human griefs, By decimation, and a tithed death,
Scorn'dst our brain's flow, and those our drop(If thy revenges hunger for that food,
lets which Which nature loaths,) take thou the destin'd From niggard nature fall, yet rich conceit tenth;
Taught thee to make vast Neptune weep for aye And by the hazard of the spotted die,
On thy low grave, on faults forgiven. Dead Let die the spotted.
Is noble Timon; of whose memory 1 Sen. All have not offended;
Hereafter more.—Bring me into your city, For those that were, it is not square to take, And I will use the olive with my sword: On those that are, revenges : crimes, like lands, Make war breed peace; make peace stint war ; Are not inherited. Then, dear countryman,
make each Bring in thy ranks, but leave without thy rage : Prescribe to other, as each other's leech.Spare thy Athenian cradle, and those kin, Let our drums strike.
PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.
Caius MARCIUS CORIOLANUS, a noble Roman. A Citizen of Antium.
VIRGILIA, wife to Coriolanus.
VALERIA, friend to Virgilia. Young MARCIUS, son to Coriolanus.
Gentlewoman attending Virgilia. A Roman Herald. Tullus AUFIDIUS, general of the Volscians. Roman and Volscian Senators, Patricians, Ædiles, Lieutenant to Aufidius.
Lictors, Soldiers, Citizens, Messengers, SerConspirators with Aufidius.
vants to Aufidius, and other Attendants.
SCENE,-parlly in Rome ; and partly in the territories of the Volscians and Antiates.
SCENE I.-Rome. A street.
Cit. No more talking on't; let it be done :
away, away. Enter a Company of mutinous Citizens, with
2 Cit. One word, good citizens. staves, clubs, and other weapons.
1 Cit. We are accounted poor citizens ; the 1 Cit. Before we proceed any er, hear me patricians, good: What authority surfeits on, speak.
would relieve us ; If they would yield us but the Cit. Speak, speak. [Several speaking at once. superfluity, while it were wholesome, we might
1 Cit. You are all resolved rather to die, than guess, they relieved us humanely; but they to famish?
think, we are too dear : the leanness that afCit. Resolved, resolved.
flicts us, the object of our misery, is as an in1 Cit. First you know, Caius Marcius is chief ventory to particularize their abundance ; our enemy to the people.
sufferance is a gain to them.--Let us revenge Cit. We know't, we know't.
this with our pikes, ere we become rakes : for 1 Cit
. Let us kill him, and we'll have corn at the gods know, I speak this in hunger for bread, our own price. Is't a verdict ?
not in thirst for revenge.
? Cit. Would you proceed especially against | ne'er cared for us yet. Suffer us to famish, and Caius Marcius ?
their store-houses crammed with grain; make Cit. Against him first ; he's a very dog to the edicts for usury, to support usurers; repeal daily commonalty.
any wholesome act established against the rich; 2 Cit. Consider you what services he has done and provide more piercing statutes daily, to chain for his country?
up and restrain the poor. If the wars eat us not 1 Cit. Very well ; and could be content to up, they will ; and there's all the love they bear give him good report for't, but that he pays himself with being proud.
Men. Either you must 2 Cit. Nay, but speak not maliciously. Confess yourselves wondrous malicious,
1 Cit. I say unto you, what he hath done fa- Or be accus'd of folly. I shall tell you mously, he did it to that end: though soft con- A pretty tale; it may be, you have heard it; scienc'd men can be content to say, it was for his But, since it serves my purpose, I will venture country, he did it to please his mother, and to To scale't a little more. be partly proud; which he is, even to the alti- i Cit. Well, I'll hear it, sir : yet you must tude of his virtue.
not think to fob off our disgrace with a tale: but, 2 Cit. What he cannot help in his nature, an't please you, deliver. you account a vice in him : You must in no way Men. There was a time, when all the body's say, he is covetous.
members i Cit. If I must not, I need not be barren of Rebell’d against the belly; thus accus'd it:accusations ; he hath faults, with surplus, to That only like a gulf it did remain tire in repetition. [Shouts within.] What shouts I'the midst o'the body, idle and inactive, are these? The other side o’the city is risen : Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing Why stay we prating here? to the Capitol. Like labour with the rest; where the other inCit. Come, come.
struments 1 Cit. Soft; who comes here?
Did see, and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel,
And, mutually participate, did minister
Unto the appetite and affection common 2 Cit
. Worthy Menenius Agrippa ; one that of the whole body. The belly answer’d, hath always loved the people.
1 Cit. Well, sir, what answer made the belly? 1 Cit. He's one honest enough ; 'Would, all Men. Sir, I shall tell you. With a kind of the rest were so !
smile, Men. What work's, my countrymen, in hand? Which ne'er came from the lungs, but even thus,
(For, look you, I may make the belly smile, With bats and clubs ? The matter? Speak, I Às well as speak,) it tauntingly replied pray you.
To thediscontented members, the mutinous parts 1 Cit. Our business is not unknown to the That envied his receipt; even so most fitly senate; they have had inkling, this fortnight, As you malign our senators, for that what we intend to do, which now we'll show They are not such as you. 'em in deeds. They say, poor suitors have strong i Cit. Your belly's answer: What! breaths; they shall know, we have strong arms The kingly-crowned head, the vigilant eye, too.
The counsellor heart, the arm our soldier, Men. Why, masters, my good friends, mine Our steed the leg, the tongue our trumpeter, honest neighbours,
With other muniments and petty helps Will you undo yourselves ?
In this our fabric, if that they1 Cit. We cannot, sir, we are undone already. Men. What then ? Men. I tell you, friends, most charitable care 'Fore me, this fellow speaks !—what then? what Have the patricians of you. For your wants,
then ? Your suffering in this dearth, you may as well i Cit. Should by the cormorant belly be reStrike at the heaven with your staves, as lift them strain's, Against the Roman state'; whose course will on Who is the sink o’the body,The way it takes, cracking ten thousand curbs Men. Well, what then? Of more strong link asunder, than can ever i Cit. The former agents, if they did complain, Appear in your impediment: For the dearth, What could the belly answer? The gods, not the patricians, make it ; and Men. I will tell you ; Your knees to them, not arms, must help. Alack, If you'll bestow a small (of what you have little) You are transported by calamity
Patience, a while, you'll hear the belly's answer. Thither where more attends you; slan- 1 Cit
. You are long about it. der
Men. Note me this, good friend ; The helms o'the state, who care for you like fa- Your most grave belly was deliberate, thers,
Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer'd. When you curse them as enemies.
True is it, my incorporate friends, quoth he, 1 Cit. Care for us!--True, indeed !--They ! That I receive the general food at first,
Where go you
Which you do live upon : and fit it is;
Which would increase his evil. He, that dea Because I am the storehouse, and the shop
pends Of the whole body: But if you do remember, Upon your favours, swims with fins of lead, I send it through the rivers of your blood, And hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye ! Even to the court, the heart,-to the seat o'the
Trust' ye? brain ;
With every minute you do change a mind; And, through the cranks and offices of man, And call him noble, that was now your bate, The strongest nerves, and small inferior veins, Him vile, that was your garland. What's the From me receive that natural competency,
matter, Whereby they live : And though that all at once, That in these several places of the city You, my good friends, (this says the belly,) mark You cry against the noble senate, who, me,
Under the gods, keep you in awe, which else 1 Cit. Ay, sir; well, well.
Would feed on one another? - What's their Men. Though all at once cannot
seeking? See what I do deliver out to each ;
Men. For corn at their own rates ; whereof, Yet I can make my audit up, that all From me do back receive the flower of all, The city is well stor’d. And leave me but the bran. What say you to't? Mar. ang 'em! They say ?
1 Cit. It was an answer: How apply you this? They'll sit by the fire, and presume to know Men. The senators of Rome are this good What's done i'the Capitol : who's like to rise, belly,
Who thrives, and who declines : side factions, And you the mutinous members : For examine and give out Their counsels, and their cares; digest things Conjectural marriages : making parties strong, rightly,
And feebling such as stand not in their liking, Touching the weal o'the common; you shall find, Below their cobbled shoes. They say, there's No public benefit which you receive,
grain enough? But it proceeds, or comes, from them to you, Would the nobility lay aside their ruth, And no way from yourselves.-What do you And let me use my sword, I'd make a quarry think?
With thousands of these quarter'd slaves, as high You, the great toe of this assembly?
As I could pick my lance. 1 Cit. I the great toe? Why the great toe? Men. Nay, these are almost thoroughly perMen. For that being one o'the lowest, basest, suaded; poorest,
For though abundantly they lack discretion, Of this most wise rebellion, thou go'st foremost : Yet are they passing cowardly. But, I beseech Thou rascal, that art worst in blood, to run
you, Lead'st first to win some vantage.
What says the other troop? But make you ready your stiff bats and clubs ; Mar. They are dissolv'd : Hang 'em ! Rome and her rats are at the point of battle, They said, they were an-hungry; sigh'd forth The one side must have bale.—Hail, noble Mar- proverbs; cius!
That, hunger broke stone walls; that, dogs
must eat ; Enter Caius MARCIUS.
That, meat was made for mouths; that, the Mar. Thanks.—What's the matter, you dis- gods sent not sentious rogues,
Corn for the rich men only :-With these shreds That rubbing the poor itch of your opinion, They vented their complainings; which being Blake yourselves scabs ?
answer'd, 1 Cit. We have ever your good word. And a petition granted them, a strange one, Mar. He, that will give good words to thee, (To break the heart of generosity, will flatter
Ànd make bold power look pale,) they threw Beneath abhorring--What would you have, you curs,
As they would hang them on the horns o'the That like nor peace, nor war ? the one affrights moon, you,
Shouting their emulation. The other makes you proud. He that trusts you, Men. What is granted them ? Where he should find you lions, finds you hares ; Mar. Five tribunes, to defend their vulgar Where foxes, geese : You are no surer, no,
wisdoms, Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,
Of their own choice: One's Junius Brutus, Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is, Sicinius Velutus, and I know not-'Sdeath! Tomake him worthy, whose offence subdues him, The rabble should have first unroof'd the city, And curse that justice did it. Who deserves Ere so prevail'd with me: it will in time greatness,
Win upon power, and throw forth greater themes Deserves your hate : and your affections are For insurrection's arguing. A sick man's appetite, who desires most that, Men. This is strange.