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This mutiny were better put in hazard,
To the Capitol :
SCENE I. The same.
Cornets. Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, Co
MINIUS, Titus LARTIUS, Senators, and Pa-
Cor. So then the Volces stand but as at first; Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make road Upon us again.
Com. They are worn, lord consul", so,
Aufidius? Lart. On safeguard he came to me; and did curse i Shakspeare has here again given the usage of England to Rome. In his time the title of lord was given to many officers of state wbo were not peers, as lords of the council, lord ambassador, lord general, &c.
? That is, with a convoy, a guard appointed to protect him.
Against the Volces, for they had so vilely
Cor. Spoke he of me?
He did, my lord.
How? what? Lart. How often he had met you, sword to sword: That, of all things upon the earth, he hated Your person most: that he would pawn his fortunes To hopeless restitution, so he might Be call’d your vanquisher. Cor.
At Antium lives he ? Lart. At Antium.
Cor. I wish, I had cause to seek him there, To oppose his hatred fully.--Welcome home.
Pass no further.
It will be dangerous to
What makes this change? Men.
The matter? Com. Hath he not pass'd the nobles, and the com
mons ? Bru. Cominius, no. Cor.
Have I had children's voices? 1 Sen. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the market
place. Bru. The people are incens'd against him. 3 So in Measure for Measure, Act ii. Sc. 2:
• Drest in a little brief authority.'
Stop, Or all will fall in broil.; Cor.
herd ?Must these have voices, that can yield them now, And straight disclaim their tongues ?—What are
your offices ?
You being their mouths, why rule you not their
not set them on? Men.
Be calm, be calm. Cor. It is a purpos'd thing, and grows by plot, To curb the will of the nobility:Suffer it, and live with such as cannot rule, Nor ever will be rul’d. Bru.
Call’t not a plot:
Cor. Why, this was known before.
Not to them all. Cor. Have
inform'd them since? Bru.
How ! I inform them ! Cor. You are like to do such business. Bru.
Not unlike, Each
way Cor. Why then should I be consul? By yon clouds, Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me Your fellow tribune. Sic.
You show too much of that, For which the people stir: If you will pass To where you are bound, you must inquire your way, Which you are out of, with a gentler spirit;
4 i. e. likely to provide better for the security of the commonwealth than you (whose business it is) will do. To which the reply is pertinent, ' Why then should I be consul?'.
to better yours *
Or never be so noble as a consul,
Let's be calm.
Tell me of corn!
Men. Not now, not now. 1 Sen.
Not in this heat, sir, now.
Well, no more. 1 Sen. No more words, we beseech you. Cor.
How ! no more? As for my country I have shed my blood,
5 Paltering is shuffling. 6 i. e. treacherously. The metaphor is from a rub at bowls.
7 i. e. the populace. The Greeks used or rolloi exactly in the same sense.
8 Cockle is a weed which grows up with and chokes the corn. The thoaght is from North’s Plutarch :— Moreover, he said, that they nourished against themselves the naughty seed and cockle of insolency and sedition, which had been sowed and scattered abroad among the people,' &c.
Not fearing outward force, so shall my lungs
You speak o'the people,
What, what? his choler?
It is a mind,
Shall remain !
this Triton of the minnows 10? mark you, His absolute shall ? Com.
'Twas from the canon. Cor.
Shall! O good "1, but most unwise patricians, why, You grave, but reckless 12 senators, have you
thus Given Hydra here to choose an officer, That with his peremptory shall, being but The horn and noise 13 o'the monsters, wants not spirit
he'll turn your current in a ditch, And make your channel his ?. If he have power,
9 Meazel, or mesell, is the old term for a leper, from the Fr. meselle.
10 So in Love's Labour's Lost :- That base minnow of thy mirth.'
11 The old copy has' O God, but,' &c. The emendation was made by Theobald.
13 • The horn and noise,' alluding to his having called him Triton of the minnows before.