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His fellowship i'the cause against your city, (If thy revenges hunger for that food,
In part for his sake mov'd.

Which nature loaths,) take thou the destin'd tenth ;

And by the hazard of the spotted die,
Enter Senators from Timon.'

Let die the spotted.
I Sen.
Here come our brothers. 1 Sen.

All have not offended; 3 Sen. No talk of Timon, nothing of him ex- For those that were, it is not square, to take, pect.

On those that are, revenges : crimes, like lands, The enemies' drum is heard, and fearful scouring Are not inherited. Then, dear countryman, Doch choke the air with dust: In, and prepare ; Bring in thy ranks, but leave without thy rage : Ours is the fall, I fear; our foes the snare. (Ereunt. Spare thy Athenian cradle, and those kin,

Which, in the bluster of thy wrath, must fall SCENE IV. - The Woods. Timon's Cave, and with those that have offended : like a shepherd, a Tomb-stone seen.

Approach the fold, and cull the infected forth,

But kill not all together.
Enter a Soldier, seeking Trmon.

.2 Sen.

What thou wilt,
Sold. By all description this should be the place, Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile,
Who's here ? speak, ho! - No answer? - What is Than hew to't with thy sword.
this?

1 Sen.

Set but thy foot Timon is dead, who hath outstretch'd his span : Against our rampir'd gates, and they shall ope ; Some beast rear'd this; there does not live a man. So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before, Dead, sure; and this his grave.

To say thou'lt enter friendly. What's on this tomb I cannot read; the character 2 Sen.

Throw thy glove; I'll take with wax :

Or
any

token of thine honour else, Our captain hath in every figure skill ;

That thou wilt use the wars as thy redress,
An ag'd interpreter, though young in days : And not as our confusion, all thy powers
Before proud Athens he's set down by this, Shall make their harbour in our town, till we
Whose fall the mark of his ambition is. (E.cit. Have seal'd thy full desire.

Alcib.

Then there's my glove) SCENE V.- Before the Walls of Athens.' Descend, and open your uncharged ports; Trumpets sound. Enter ALCIBIADES and Forces.

Those enemies of Timon's, and mine own,

Whom you yourselves shall set out for reproof, Alcib. Sound to this coward and lascivious town Fall, and no more : and, - to atone your fears Our terrible approach.

[4 parley sounded. With my more noble meaning, - not a man Enter Senators on the walls.

Shall pass his quarter, or offend the stream

Of regular justice in your city's bounds,
Till now you have gone on, and fill’d the time

But shall be remedied, to your publick laws,
With all licentious measure, making your wills At heaviest answer.
The scope of justice; till now, myself, and such

Both.

"Tis most nobly spoken. As slept within the shadow of your power,

Alcib. Descend, and keep your words.
Have wander'd with our travers'd arms, and breath'd
Our sufferance vainly: Now the time is flush,

The Senators descend, and open the gates.
When crouching marrow, in the bearer strong,

Enter a Soldier.
Cries, of itself, No more : now breathless wrong
Shall sit and pant in your great chairs of ease; Sol. My noble general, Timon is dead;
And pursy insolence shall break his wind,

Entomb'd upon the very hem o'the sea :
With fear, and horrid flight.

And, on his grave-stone, this insculpture ; which 1 Sen.

Noble, and young,

With wax I brought away, whose soft impression When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit, Interprets for my poor ignorance. Ere thou hadst power, or we had cause of fear, Alcib. [Reads.] Here lies a wretched corse, of We sent to thee; to give thy rages balm,

wretched soul bereft: To wipe out our ingratitude with loves

Seek not my name : 4 plague consume you wicked Above their quantity,

caitiff's left ! ? Sen. So did we woo

Here lie I Timon ; who, alive, all living men did hate : Transformed Timon to our city's love,

Pass by, and curse thy fill; but pass and stay not By humble message, and by promis'd means;

here thy gait. We were not all unkind, nor all deserve

These will express in thee thy latter spirits : The common stroke of war,

Though thou abhorr’dst in us our human griefs, 1 Sen.

These walls of ours Scorn'dst our brain's flow, and those our droplets Were not erected by their hands, from whom

which You have receiv'd your griefs: nor are they such From niggard nature fall, yet rich conceit That these great towers, trophies, and schools should Taught thee to make vast Neptune weep for aye fall

On thy low grave, on faults forgiven. Dead For private faults in them.

Is noble Timon ; of whose memory

Nor are they living, Hereafter more. - Bring me into your city, Who were the motives that you first went out; And I will use the olive with my sword : Share that they wanted cunning, in excess Make war breed peace; make peace sunt war; Hath broke their hearts. March, noble lord,,

make each Into our city with thy banners spread :

Prescribe to other, as each other's leech. By decimation, and a tithed death,

Let our drums strike,

[Exeunte

2 Sen.

CORIOLANUS.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Cars Marcius CORIOLANUS, a noble Roman. A Citizen of Antium.
Tous LTIUS} generals against the Volscians.

Two Volscian Guards.
MENENIUS Agrippa, friend to Coriolanus.' VOLUMNIA, mother to Coriolanus.
Sicinius
VELUTUS, } tribunes of the people.

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, xdizes, Lieutenant to Aufidius.

Lictors, Soldiers, Citizens, Messengers, Servants Conspirators with Aufidius.

to Aufidius, and other Attendants. SCENE, – partly in Romz; and partly in the territories of the VOLSCLANS and ASTIATES.

ACT I.

2 Cit. Would you proceed especially against SCENE I. - Rome. A Street.

Caius Marcius ? Enter a company of mutinous Citizens, with staves,

Cit. Against him first; he's a very dog to the clubs, and other weapons.

commonalty.

2 Cit. Consider you what services he has done for 1 . Before we proceed any further, hear me his country? speak.

1 Cit. Very well ; and could be content to give Cit. Speak, speak. Several speaking at once. him good report for't, but that he pays himself ::

i Cit. You are all resolved rather to die, than to being proud. famish?

2 Cit. Nay, but speak not maliciously. Cit. Resolved, resolved.

1 Cit. I say unto you, what he hath done fti Cit. First you know, Caius Marcius is chief mously, he did it to that end ; ' though soft en enemy to the people.

scienc'd men can be content to say, it was for bus Cit. We know't, we know't.

country, he did it to please his mother, and to be 1 Cit. Let us kill him, and we'll have corn at our partly proud ; which he is, even to the altitude of own price. Is't a verdict ?

his virtue. Cit. No more talking on't: let it be done : away, 2 Cit. What he cannot help in his nature, you away.

account a vice in him: You must in no way say, be 2 Cit. One word, good citizens.

is covetous. 1 Cit. We are accounted poor citizens; the pa- i Cit. If I must not, I need not be barnen i tricians, good : What authority surfeits on, would accusations ; he hath faults, with surplus, to tire ng relieve us ; If they would yield us but the super repetition. (Shouts within.) What shouts are they fluity, while it were wholesome, we might guess, | The other side o'the city is risen : Why stay ** they relieved us humanely; but they think, we are prating here ? to the Capitol. too dear : the leanness that afflicts us, the object Cit. Come, come. of our misery, is an inventory to particularize i Cit. Soft ; who comes here? their abundance ; our sufferance is a gain to them. - Let as revenge this with our pikes, ere we be

Enter MEXENIUS AGRIPPA. come rakes : for the gods know, I speak this in 2 Cit. Worthy Menenius Agrippa ; one that hatta hunger for bread, not in thirst for revenge. always loved the people.

1 Cit. He's one honest enough; 'Would, all the Our steed the leg, the tongue our trumpeter, rest were so !

With other muniments and petty helps
Men. What work's, my countrymen, in hand ? In this our fabrick, if that they
Where go you

Men.

What then? With bats and clubs? The matter? Speak, I pray Fore me, this fellow speaks ! — what then? what you.

then ? I Cit. Our business is not unknown to the senate; 1 Cit. Should by the cormorant belly be restrain'd, they have had inkling, this fortnight, what we in- Who is the sink o' the body, tend to do, which now we'll show 'em in deeds. Men.

Well, what then? They say, poor suitors have strong breaths; they 1 Cit. The former agents, if they did complain, shall know, we have strong arms too.

What could the belly answer ? Men. Why, masters, my good friends, mine honest Men.

I will tell you ; neighbours,

If you'll bestow a small (of what you have little,) Will you undo yourselves ?

Patience, a while, you'll hear the belly's answer. I čit. We cannot, sir, we are undone already. I C'it. You are long about it. Men. I tell you, friends, most charitable care Men.

Note me this, good friend; Have the patricians of you. For your wants, Your most grave belly was deliberate, Your suffering in this dearth, you may as well

Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer'd. Strike at the heaven with your staves, as lift them True is it, my incorporate friends, quoth he, Against the Roman state; whose course will on That I receive the general food at first, The way it takes, cracking ten thousand curbs Which you do live upon : and fit it is ; Of more strong link asunder, than can ever

Because I am the slore-house, and the shop Appear in your impediment: For the dearth, of the whole body : But if you do remember, The gods, not the patricians, make it; and

I send it through the rivers of your blood, Your knees to them, not arms, must help. Alack, Even to the court, the heart, to the seat o'the brain : You are transported by calamity

And, through the cranks and offices of man, Thither where more attends you ; and you slander The strongest nerves, and small inferior veins, The helms o'the state, who care for you like fathers, From me receive that natural competency When you curse them as enemies.

Whereby they live : And though that all at once, 1 Cit

. Care for us !-- True, indeed !-- They ne'er You, my good friends, (this says the belly), mark cared for us yet. Suffer us to famish, and their

me, store-houses crammed with grain; make edicts for 1 Cit. Ay, sir ; well, well. usury, to support usurers : repeal daily any whole- Men.

Though all at once cannot some act established against the rich; and provide See what I do deliver out to each ; more piercing statutes daily, to chain up and re- Yet I can make my audit up, that all strain the poor. If the wars eat us not up, they From me do back receive the flower of all, will; and there's all the love they bear us.

And leave me but the bran. What say you to't? Men. Either you must

1 Cit. It was an answer : How apply you this? Confess yourselves wondrous malicious,

Men. The senators of Rome are this good belly, Or be accus'd of folly. I shall tell you

And you the mutinous members : For examine A pretty tale; it may be, you have heard it ; Their counsels, and their cares ; digest things rightly, But, since it serves my purpose, I will venture Touching the weal o'the common; you shall find, To scale 't a little more.

No publick benefit, which you receive, 1 Cit. Well, I'll hear it, sir : yet you must not But it proceeds, or comes, from them to you, think to fob off our disgrace with a tale : but, an't And no way from yourselves. — What do you think? please you, deliver.

You, the great toe of this assembly? Men. There was a time, when all the body's i Cit. I the great toe? Why the great toe ? members

Men. For that being one o'the lowest, basest, Rebell'd against the belly; thus accus'd it :

poorest, That only like a gulf it did remain

Of this most wise rebellion, tbou go'st foremost : I' the midst o'the body, idle and inactive,

Thou rascal, that art worst in blood, to run Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing

Lead'st first, to win some vantage. Like labour with the rest ; where the other instru- But make you ready your stiff bats and clubs ; ments

Rome and her rats are at the point of battle, Did see, and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel, The one side must have bale. ---Hail, noble Marcius ! And, mutually participate, did minister Unto the appetite and affection common

Enter Cajus MARCIUS. Of the whole body. The belly answered,

Mar. Thanks. — What's the matter, you dissenI Cit. Well, sir, what answer made the belly? Men. Sir, I shall tell you.— With a kind of smile, That rubbing the poor itch of your opinion, Which ne'er came from the lungs, but even thus, Make yourselves scabs ? (For, look you, I may make the belly smile,

1 Cit.

We have ever your good word. As well as speak,) it tauntingly replied

Mar. He that will give good words to thee, will To the discontented members, the mutinous parts

flatter That envied his receipt ; even so most fitly Beneath abhorring. – What would you have, you As you malign our senators, for that

curs, They are not such as you.

That like nor peace, nor war? the one affrights you, 1 Cil.

Your belly's answer : What! The other makes you proud. He that trusts you, The kingly-crowned head, the vigilant eye, Where he should find you lions, finds you hares ; The counsellor heart, the arm our soldier,

Where foxes, geese : You are no surer, no,

tious rogues,

to vent

Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,

Mar. I am glad on't; then we shall have means Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is, To make him worthy, whose offence subdues him, Our musty superfluity : - See, our best elders. And curse that justice did it. Who deserves great- Enter Cominiųs, Titus LARTius, and other Senators; ness,

Junius BRUTUS, and Socinius VELUTOS. Deserves your hate : and your affections are A siek man's appetite, who desires most that

1 Sen. Marcius, 'uis true, that you have lately told Which would increase his evil. He that depends

us ; Upon your favours, swims with fins of lead,

The Yolces are in arms. And hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye ! Trust Mar.

They have a leader, ye?

Tullus Aufidius, that will put you to't.
With every minute you do change a mind; I sin in envying his nobility :
And call him noble, that was now your hate, And were I any thing but what I am,
Him vile, that was your garland. What's the I would wish me only he.
matter,

Com.

You have fought togetljer. That in these several places of the city

Mar. Were half to half the world by the ears, You cry against the noble senate, who,

and he Under the gods, keep you in awe, which else Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make Would feed on one another ? - What's their seeking? Only my wars with him: he is a lion Men. For corn at their own rates; whereof, they That I am proud to hunt. say,

1 Sen.

Then, worthy Marcius, The city is well stor'd.

Attend upon Cominius to these wars. Mar.

Hang 'em! They say ? Com. It is your former promise. They'll sit by the fire, and presume to know

Mar.

Sir, it is; What's done i'the Capitol : who's like to rise,

And I am constant. Titus Lartius, thou Who thrives, and who declines : side factions, and Shalt see me once more strike at Tullus' face : give out

What, art thou stiff? stand'st out? Conjectural marriages ; making parties strong, Tit.

No, Caius Marcius; And feebling such as stand not in their liking, I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the other, Below their cobbled shoes. They say, there's grain Ere stay behind this business. enough?

Men.

0, true bred! Would the nobility lay aside their ruth,

i Sen. Your company to the Capitol; where, I And let me use my sword, I'd make a quarry

know, With thousands of these quarter'd slaves, as high Our greatest friends attend us. As I could pick my lance.

Tit.

Lead you on : Men. Nay, these are almost thoroughly persuaded; Follow, Cominius; we must follow you ; For though abundantly they lack discretion, Right worthy you priority. Yet are they passing cowardly. But, I beseech you,

Com.

Noble Lartius! What says the other troop ?

i Sen. Hence! To your homes, be gone. Mar. They are dissolved : Hang 'em !

[To the Citizens They said, they were an-hungry; sigh'd forth pro

Mar.

Nay, let then follow : verbs;

The Volces have much corn; take these rats thithet, That, hunger broke stone walls; that, dogs must eat; To gnaw their garners : — Worshipful mutineers, That, meat was made for mouths; that, the gods Your valour puts well forth : pray, follow.

[Ereunt Senators, Con. Mar. Tar, er Corn for the rich men only: — With these shreds

MENEX. Citizens steal auszy They vented their complainings; which being an

Sic. Was ever man so proud as is this Marcius? swer'd,

Bru. He has no equal. And a petition granted them, a strange one,

Sic. When we were chosen tribunes for the peo (To break the heart of generosity,

ple, And make bold power look pale,) they threw their Bru. Mark'd you his lip, and eyes? caps

Sic.

Nay, but his taunts. As they would hang them on the horns o'the moon, Bru. Being mov'd, he will not spare to gird the Shouting their emulation.

gods. Men. What is granted them?

Sic. Be-mock the modest moon. Mar. Five tribunes to defend their vulgar wis- Bru. The present wars devour him : he is gruan doms,

Too proud to be so valiant. Of their own choice : One's Junius Brutus,

Sic.

Such a nature, Sicinius Velutus, and I know not - 'Sdeath! Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow The rabble should have first unroof'd the city, Which he treads on at noon : But I do wonder, Ere so prevail'd with me; it will in time

His insolence can brook to be commanded Win upon power, and throw forth greater themes

Under Cominius. For insurrection's arguing.

Bru.

Fame, at the which he aims, Men.

This is strange.

In whom already be is well grac'd, - canvat Mar. Go, get you home, you fragments !

Better be held, nor more attain'd, than by

A place below the first : for what iniscarries
Enter a Messenger.

Shall be the general's fault, though he perform Mess. Where's Caius Marcius ?

To the utmost of a man; and giddy censure Mar.

Here: What's the matter? Will then cry out of Marcius, 0, if he Mess. The news is, sir, the Volces are in arms. Had borne the business!

sent not

Sic.

Besides, if things go well, self in a more comfortable sort : If my son were my Opinion, that so sticks on Marcius, shall

husband, I should freelier rejoice in that absence Of his demerits rob Cominius.

wherein he won honour, than in the embracements Bru.

Come:

of his bed, where he would show most love. When Half all Cominius' honours are to Marcius, yet he was but tender-bodied, and the only son of Though Marcius earn'd them not; and all his faults my womb; when youth with comeliness plucked all To Marcius shall be honours, though, indeed, gaze his way; when, for a day of kings' entreaties, In aught he merit not.

a mother should not sell him an hour from her beSie.

Let's hence, and hear holding; 1,-considering how honour would become How the despatch is made ; and in what fashion, such a person; that it was no better than pieture-like More than in singularity, he goes

to hang by the wall, if renown made it not stir,Upon his present action.

was pleased to let him seek danger where he was like Bru.

Let's along

[Ereunt. to find fame. To a cruel war I sent him; from

whence he returned, his brows bound with oak. I SCENE II. Corioli. The Senate House. tell thee, daughter, I sprang not more in joy at first

hearing he was a man-child, than now in first seeing Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS, and certain Senators.

he had proved himself a man. I Sen. So, your opinion is, Aufidius,

Vir. But had he died in the business, madam? That they of Rome are enter'd in our counsels, how then ? And know how we proceed.

Vol. Then his good report should have been my Auf

Is it not yours? son ; I therein would have found issue. Hear me What ever hath been thought on in this state, profess sincerely :-Had I a dozen sons, -cach in That could be brought to bodily aet ere Rome my love alike, and none less dear than thine and my Had circumvention ? 'Tis not four days gone, good Marcius, - I had rather had eleven die nobly Since I heard thence ; these are the words : I think, for their country, than one voluptuously surfeit out I have the letter here; yes, here it is : (Reads. of action, They have press'd a power, but it is not known \Whether for east, or west : The dearth is great ;

· Enter a Gentlewoman. The people mutinous : and it is rumour'd,

Gent. Madam, the lady Valeria is come to visit Corninius, Marcius your old enemy,

you. (Who is of Rome worse hated than of you,)

Vir. 'Beseech you, give me leave to retire myAnd Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman,

self. These three lead on this preparation

Vol. Indeed, you shall not. Whither 'tis bent : most likely, 'tis for you :

Methinks, I hear hither your husband's drum; Consider of it.

See him pluck Aufidius down by the hair ; 1 Sen. Our army's in the field :

As children from a bear, the Volces shunning him : We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready Methinks, I see him stamp thus, and call thus, To answer us.

Come on, you cowards, you were got in fear, Auf. Nor did you think it folly, Though you were born in Rome : His bloody brow To keep your great pretences veil'd, till when With bis mail'd hand then wiping, forth he goes ; They needs must show themselves; which in the Like to a harvest-man, that's task'd to mow hatching,

Or all, or lose his hire. It seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery, Vir. His bloody brow! O, Jupiter, no blood ! We shall be shorten'd in our aim; which was,

Vol. Away, you fool! it more becomes a man, To take in many towns, ere, almost, Rome Than gilt his trophy : The breasts of Hecuba, Should know we were afoot.

When she did suckle Hector, look'd not lovelier 2 Sen.

Noble Aufidius, Than Hector's forehead, when it spit forth blood Take your commission; hie you to your bands : At Grecian swords' contending. - Tell Valeria, Let us alone to guard Corioli :

We are fit to bid her welcome. (Exit Gent. If they set down before us, for the remove

Vir. Heavens bless my lord from fell Aufidius ! Bring up your army ; but, I think, you'll find Vol. He'll beat Aufidius' head below his knee, They have not prepar'd for us.

And tread upon his neck. Auf.

0, doubt not that; I speak from certainties. Nay, more.

Re-enter Gentlewoman, with Valeria and her

Usher.
Somne pareels of their powers are forth already,
And only hitherward." I leave your honours. Val. My ladies both, good day to you.
If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet,

Vol. Sweet madam, 'Tis sworn between us, we shall never strike

Vir. I am glad to see your ladyship. Till one can do no more.

Val. How do you both ? you are manifest houseAll.

The gods assist you ! keepers. What are you sewing here? A fine spot, Auf. And keep your honours safe!

in good faith. — How does your little son ? 1 Sen.

Farewell.

Vir. I thank your ladyship ; well, good madam. 2 Sen.

Farewell.

Vol. He had rather see the swords, and hear a AN. Farewell.

[Exeunt. drum, than look upon his school-master, SCENE III. ---Rome. An Apartment in Marcius' | 'tis a very pretty boy. O' my troth, I looked upon

Val. O'my word, the father's son: I'll swear, House.

him o' Wednesday half an hour together : he has Enter VOLUMNLA and Virgilia: They sit down on such a confirmed countenance. I saw him run two love stools, and sew.

after a gilded butterfly; and when he caught it, he Vol. I pray you, daughter, sing; or express your let it go again ; and after it again ; and over and over

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