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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,
Bru. Rais'd only, that the weaker sort may wish
Good Marcius home again.
le and Aufidius can no more atone',
Than violentest contrariety.
Enter another Messenger.
101 Mes. You are sent for to the senate :
Associated with Aufidius, rages
O'er-borne their way, consun'd with fire, and took
15Fhat lay before them,
Com. O, you have made good work!
Men. What news? what news?
Com. You have holp to ravish your own daugh-
20 To melt the city leads upon your pates;
To see your wives dishonour'd to your noses;-
Men. What's the news? what's the news?
Com. Your temples burned in their cement; and
Your franchises, whereon you stood, confin'd
You have made tair work, I fear me:-Pray, your
If Marcius should be joined with the Volces, —
30 He is their god; he leads them like a thing
Made by some other deity than nature,
That shapes man better: and they follow him,
Against us brats, with no less conlidence,
Than boys pursuing summer butter-flies,
Men. You have made good work,
You, and your apron-men; you that stood so much
Upon the voice of occupation “, and
The breath of garlick-eaters' !
Men. As Hercules did shake down mellow
Bru. But is this true, sir?
Com. Ay; and you'll look pale
45 Before you find it other. All the regions
Do smilingly' revolt; and, who resist,
And perish constant fools. Who is't can blame
Your enemies, and his, find something in him.
Com. Who shall ask it ?
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:
Bru. Not possible.
Enter a Alessenger.
That turns their countenances.
Sic. 'Tis this slave :
Nothing but his report!
Mes. Ves, worthy sir,
the heatone, in the active sense, is to reconcite, eran
finanses used by ourl'author
. To atone here is, in
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,
Even by your own.
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
That, which shall break his neck, or hazard mine,
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
Com. O, ay; what else? [Èxe. Com. and Men. Not to be other than one thing, not moving
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.
Es a ad;
Return me, as Cominius is return'd,
Unheard; what then?
But as a discontented friend, grief-shot
(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.
To give or to forgive; but when we have stuff'd
15 These pipes, and these conveyances of our blood
20 Bru. You know the very road into his kindness,
Men. Good faith, I'll prove him,
[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?
Com. I tell you, he does sit in gold, his eye
Red as 'twould burn Rome: and his injury
The gaoler to his pity. I kneel'd before him;
30'Twas very faintly he said, Rise; dismiss'd me. Could he say less ?
Thus, with his speechless hand: What he would do,
He sent in writing after ine; what he would noi,
For mercy to his country--Therefore, let's hence,
And with our fair entreaties haste them on.
[Exeunt. And this brave fellow too, we are the grains :
The Volcian Camp.
Enter Menenius to the Watch, or Guard.
1 Watch. Stay: whence are you?
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
To speak with Coriolanus.
1 Watch. From whence?
50 Men. From Rome,
i Watch, You may not pass, you must return; Bru. Only make trial what your love can do
Will no more hear from thence.
2 Watch. You'll see your Rome embrac'd with Mer. Well, and say that Marcius
could not s 'twas prike tants
of judgemes, chances ca nature, not moring put comments
ne of these ot all
, him fear'd, me has a mente o our virtus ime: mendable, chair
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;
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
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.
are, long; and your misery increase with your age! Even to a full disgrace.-Best of my flesh,
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
Leave unsaluted: Sink, my knee, i' the earth:
[Kneels. Cor. We will before the walls of Rome to Of the deep duty more impression shew
Than that of common sons.
150 kneel before thee; and unproperly
Shew duty, as mistaken all the while [K'necls.
Cor. What is this?
20 Then let the pebbles on the hungry beech
Fillop the stars; then let the mutinous winds
[Pointing to l'aleria
(Shewing young Narcirs. Shall I be tempted to infringe my vow
Which by the interpretation of full time
Cor. The god of soldiers,
Thy thoughts with nobleness : that thou may's
Vol. Your knee, sirrah.
Are suitors to you.
Cor. I beseech you, peace:
Or, if you'd ask, remember this before ;
Wherein I seem unnatural: Desire not
155To allay my rages and revenges, with
Your colder reasons,
Vol. Oh, no more, no more!
You have said, you will not grant us any thing;
For we have nothing else to ask, but that
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.