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if he had staid by him, I would not have been so fidius'd for all the chests in Corioli, and the gold that's in them. Is the Senate pofseft of this ?
Vol. Good Ladies, let's go. Yes, yes, yes: the Senate has letters from the General, wherein he gives my son the whole name of the war : he hath in this action out-done his former deeds doubly.
Val. In troth, there's wondrous things spoke of him.
Men. Wondrous ! ay, I warrant you, and not without his true purchasing.
Vir. The Gods grant them true!
Men. True ? I'll be sworn they are true. Where is he wounded ? God save their good Worships * ! Martius is coming home; he has more cause to be proud : - - where is he wounded?
Val. I'th' shoulder, and i'th' left arm; there will be large cicatrices to thew the people, when he shall stand for his place. He receiv'd in the repulse of Tarquin seven hurts i'th' body.
Men, One i’th' neck, and one too i'th' thigh ; there's nine that I know.
Vol. He had, before his last expedition, twenty five wounds upon him.
Men. Now 'tis twenty seven : every galh was an enemy's grave. Hark, the trumpets. [A fout and Aouris.
Vol. These are th' ushers of Martius ; before him
Lartius ; between them Coriolanus, crown'd with an oaken
Her. Know, Rome, that all alone Martius did fight
• Meaning the Tribunes.
With fame, a name to Caius Martius.
All. Welcome to Rome, renown's Coriolanus !
Cor. No more of this, it does offerd my heart; Pray now, no more.
Com, Look, Sir, your mother. '
Cor. My gracious filence, hail !
Men. Now the Gods crown thee!
Vol. I know not where to turn. O welcome home;
Men. A hundred thousand welcomes : I could weep,
Com. Ever right.
Cor. Your hand, and yours.
But with them, charge of honour.
Vol. I have lived,
Cor. Know, good mother, I
(Exeunt in fate, as before. SCEN E IV. Enter Brutus and Sicinius. Bru. All tongues speak of him, and the bleared lights Are spectacled to see him. Your pratling nurse Into a rapture lets her baby cry, While she chats him: the kitchen maukin pins Her richest lockram 'bout her reechy neck, Clambring the walls to eye him ; stalls, hulks, windows, Are (mother'd up, leads fill'd, and ridges hors'd With variable complexions; all agreeing In earneftness to see him : seld-fhown Flamens Do press among the popular throngs, and puff To win a vulgar station ; our veild dames Commit the war of white and damask in Their nicely gawded cheeks, to th' wanton spoil Of Pbebus' burning kisses ; such a pother, As if that whatsoever God who leads him, Were Nily crept into his human powers, And gave him graceful posture.
Sic. On the sudden, I warrant him Conful.
Bru. Then our office may,
Sic. He cannot temp'rately transport his honours,
Bru. In that there's comfort.
Sic, Doubt not
With the least cause these his new honours ; which
Bru. I heard him swear,
Sic. 'Tis right.
Bru. It was his word: oh, he would miss it, rather
Sic. I wish no better,
Bru. 'Tis most like he will.
Sic. It shall be to him then, as our good wills ;
Bru. So it must fall out
Sic. This, as you say, suggested
Enter a Messenger.
That Martius shall be Conful : I have seen
Bru. Let's to the Capitol,
[Exewito SCENE V. The Capitol.
Enter two Officers, to lay cushions. i Off. Come, come, they are almost here ; how many stand for Consulships ?
2 Off. Three they say; but 'tis thought of every one, Coriolanus will carry it.
i Off. That's a brave fellow, but he's vengeance proud, and loves not the common people.
2 Off. 'Faith, there have been many great men that have fatter'd the people, who ne'er lov'd them, and there be many that they have loved they know not wherefore ; so that if they love they know not why, they hate upon no better a ground. Therefore, for Coriolanus neither to care whether they love, or hate him, manifests the true knowledge he has in their disposition, and out of his noble carelessness he let's them plainly see't.
i Off. If he did not care whether he had their love or no, he waved indifferently 'twixt doing them neither good, nor harm : but he seeks their hate with greater devotion than they can render it him ; and leaves nothing undone, that may fully discover him their opposite. Now to seem to affect the malice and displeasure of the people, is as bad as that which he disikes, to flatter them for their love.
2 Off. He hath deserved worthily of his country : and his ascent is not by such easy degrees as theirs who have been supple and courteous to the people bonneted, without any further deed to heave them at all into their eftimation and report ; but he hath so planted his honours in their