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Then vail your ignorance 14: if none, awake
your voices blended, the greatest taste
Well-on to the market-place.
Well, well, no more of that. Cor. (Though there the people had more absolute
Why, shall the people give
I'll give my reasons, More worthier than their voices. They know, the corn Was not our recompense; resting well assur’d
14 • If this man has power, let the ignorance that gave it him vail or bow down before him.'
15 • The plebeians are no less than senators, when, the voices of the senate and the people being blended, the predominant taste of the compound smacks more of the populace than the senate.'
16 • The mischief and absurdity of what is called imperium in imperio is here finely expressed,' says Warburton.
They ne'er did service fort: Being press'd to the war,
No, take more: What
may be sworn by, both divine and human, Seal what I end withal 20 !—This double worship, Where one part does disdain with cause, the other Insult without all reason; where gentry, title, wisdom
17 To thread the gates is to pass through them. So en King Lear:-* Threading dark-ey'd night.'
18 Native, if it be not a corruption of the text, must be pat for native cause, the producer, or bringer forth. Mason's proposed emendation of motive would be very plausible, were it not that the poet seems to have intended a kind of antithesis between cause unborn apd native cause.
19 • This bosom multiplied,' is this multitudinous bosom, the bosom of that many-headed monster the people.
20 • No, let me add this further, and may every thing divine and human that can give force to an oath, bear witness to the truth of what I shall conclude with.'
Cannot conclude, but by the yea
He has said enough. Sic. He has spoken like a traitor, and shall answer As traitors do.
Cor. Thou wretch! despite o’erwhelm thee! What should the people do with these bald tribunes? On whom depending, their obedience fails
21 To doubt is to fear.
22 To jump a body is apparently' to risk or hazard a body.' So in Holland's Pliny, b. xxv. ch. v. p. 219:— If we looke for good successe in our cure by ministring bellebore, &c. for certainly it putteth the patient to a jumpe or greate hazard. So in Macbeth:-
• We'd jump the life to come.' And in Antony and Cleopatra, Act iii. Sc. viii:
our fortune lies
Of that integrity which should become it.' Judgment is the faculty by which right is distinguished from wrong. Integrity is in this place soundness, uniformity, consistency.
To the greater bench : In a rebellion,
i' the dust.
This a consul? no.
whose name, myself
Hence, old goat !
Aged sir, hands off.
Help, ye citizens.
Here's he, that would
your power. Bru.
Seize him, Ædiles. Cit. Down with him, down with him!
[Several speak. 2 Sen. Weapons, weapons, weapons
! [They all bustle about CORIOLANUS. 24 • Let it be said by you that what is meet to be done, must be meet, i. e. shall be done, and put an end at once to the tribunitian power, which was established when irresistible violence, not a regard to propriety, directed the legislature.'
bere's a stay,
Tribunes, patricians, citizens what ho !
Cit. Peace, peace, peace; stay, hold, peace!
Men. What is about to be? I am out of breath; Confusion's near: I cannot speak :-You, tribunes To the people,-Coriolanus, patience: Speak, good Sicinius. Sic.
Hear me, people;-Peace. Cit. Let's hear our tribune :-Peace. Speak,
speak, speak. Sic. You are at point to lose your
liberties: Marcius would have all from you; Marcius, Whom late
have nam'd for consul. Men.
Fye, fye, fye! This is the way to kindle, not to quench.
1 Sen. To unbuild the city, and to lay all flat. Sie. What is the city, but the people? Cit.
True, The people are the city.
Bru. By the consent of all, we were establish'd The people's magistrates. Cit.
You so remain
Cor. That is the way to lay the city flat;
This deserves death.
Therefore, lay hold of him; Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence Into destruction cast him.