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In mine own person; holp to reap the fame,
The army marvell'd at it.
So he did, my lord:
And, in the last,
When he had carried Rome; and that we look'd
There was it;
For which my sinews shall be stretch'd upon him.
[Drums and Trumpets sound, with great Shouts
1 Con. Your native town you enter'd like a post, And had no welcomes home; but he returns,
Splitting the air with noise.
And patient fools,
Whose children he hath slain, their base throats tear, With giving him glory.
Ere he express himself, or move the people
With what he would say,
Which we will second.
Therefore, at your vantage,
let him feel your sword,
When he lies along,
After your way his tale pronounc'd shall bury
His reasons with his body.
Here come the lords.
Say no more;
5 He wag'd me with his countenance,] This is obscure. The mean. ing, I think, is, he prescribed to me with an air of authority, and gave me his countenance for my wages; thought me sufficiently rewarded with good looks. JOHNSON.
6 For which my sinews shall be stretch'd — ] This is the point or which I will attack him with my utmost abilities.
Enter the Lords of the City.
Lords. You are most welcome home.
I have not deserv'd it,
But, worthy lords, have you with heed perus'd
And grieve to hear it.
What faults he made before the last, I think,
With our own charge7; making a treaty, where
Enter CORIOLANUS, with Drums and Colours; a Croud of Citizens with him.
Cor. Hail, lords! I am returned your soldier; No more infected with my country's love, Than when I parted hence, but still subsisting Under your great command. You are to know, That prosperously I have attempted, and With bloody passage, led your wars, even to The gates of Rome. Our spoils we have brought home, Do more than counterpoise, a full third part,
The charges of the action.
We have made peace,
With no less honour to the Antiates,
Than shame to the Romans: and we here deliver,
Together with the seal o'the senate, what
We have compounded on.
Read it not, noble lords;
But tell the traitor, in the highest degree
With our own charge;] That is, rewarding us with our own expences; making the cost of war its recompence.
Auf. Ay, Marcius, Caius Marcius; Dost thou think I'll grace thee with that robbery, thy stol'n name Coriolanus in Corioli?
You lords and heads of the state, perfidiously
Hear'st thou, Mars?
Auf. Name not the god, thou boy of tears,-
Auf. No more. 9
Cor. Measureless liar, thou hast made my heart Too great for what contains it. Boy! O slave! Pardon me, lords, 'tis the first time that ever
I was fore'd to scold. Your judgments, my grave lords, Must give this cur the lie: and his own notion
(Who wears my stripes impress'd on him; that must bear My beating to his grave;) shall join to thrust
The lie unto him.
Peace, both, and hear me speak.
Cor. Cut me to pieces, Volces; men and lads, Stain all your edges on me. Boy! False hound!
If you have writ your annals true, 'tis there,
8 For certain drops of salt,] For certain tears.
9 Auf. No more.] By these words Aufidius does not mean to put a stop to the altercation; but to tell Coriolanus that he was no more than a "boy of tears."
Why, noble lords,
Con. Let him die for't.
Cit. [speaking promiscuously.]
[Several speak at once.
Tear him to pieces,
do it presently. He killed my son; - my daughter; He killed my cousin Marcus;- He killed my father.2 Lord. Peace, ho;
The man is noble, and his fame folds in
This orb o'the earth.1
no outrage; - peace.
His last offence to us
Shall have judicious hearing. 2-Stand, Aufidius,
O, that I had him,
With six Aufidiuses, or more, his tribe,
To use my lawful sword!
Insolent villain !
Con. Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill him.
[AUFIDIUS and the Conspirators draw, and kill CORIOLANUS, who falls, and AUFIDIUS stands on him.
Hold, hold, hold, hold.
Auf. My noble masters, hear me speak.
2 Lord. Thou hast done a deed whereat valour will
3 Lord. Tread not upon him. - Masters all, be quiet; Put up your swords.
Auf. My lords, when you shall know (as in this rage, Provok'd by him, you cannot,) the great danger Which this man's life did owe you, you'll rejoice, That he is thus cut off. Please it your honours To call me to your senate, I'll deliver
his fame folds in
This orb o'the earth.] His fame overspreads the world.
judicious hearing.] Perhaps judicious, in the present instance, signifies judicial; such a hearing as is allowed to criminals in courts of judicature. Thus imperious is used by our author for imperial.
Myself your loyal servant, or endure
Your heaviest censure.
Bear from hence his body,
And mourn you for him: let him be regarded
Did follow to his urn. 3
"His own impatience
Takes from Aufidius a great part of blame.
My rage is gone,
Which to this hour bewail the injury,
[Exeunt, bearing the Body of Coriolanus. A Dead March sounded.
that ever herald
Did follow to his urn.] This allusion is to a custom unknown, I believe, to the ancients, but observed in the publick funerals of English princes, at the conclusion of which a herald proclaims the style of the deceased. STEEVENS.
a noble memory.] Memory for memorial.
The tragedy of Coriolanus is one of the most amusing of our author's performances. The old man's merriment in Menenius; the lofty lady's dignity in Volumnia; the bridal modesty in Virgilia; the patrician and military haughtiness in Coriolanus; the plebeian malignity and tribunitian insolence in Brutus and Sicinius, make a very pleasing and interesting variety: and the various revolutions of the hero's fortune fill the mind with anxious curiosity. There is, perhaps, too much bustle in the first Act, and too little in the last. JOHNSON.
END OF THE SIXTH VOLUME.