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Whether I blush or no. Howbeit, I thank you.'
I mean to stride your steed/ and at all times
To undercrest your good addition,
To th’ fairness of my power.

Corn. So, to our tent :
Where, ere we do repose us, we will write
To Rome of our success : you, Titus Lartius,
Must to Corioli back; send us to Rome
The belt, with whom we may articulate,
For their own good, and ours.

Lar. shall, my Lord.

Mar. The Gods begin to mock me: I that but now
Refus’d most princely gifts, am bound to beg
Of my Lord-General.

Com. Take't, 'tis yours : what is’t ?

Mar. I sometime lay here in Corioli,
And at a poor man's house : he us’d me kindly.
He cry'd to me: I saw him prisoner :
But then Aufidius was within my view,
And wrath o'er-whelm’d my pity : I request you
To give my poor host freedom,

Com. O well begg'd!
Were he the butcher of my son, he should
Be free as is the wind : deliver him, Titus,

Lar. Martius, his name?

Mar. By Jupiter, forgot :
I'm weary ; yea, my memory is tir’d :-
Have we no wine here?

Com. Go we to our tent ;
The blood upon your visage dries ; 'tis time
It should be look'd too: come.

[Exeunt. SCENE XII. The Camp of the Volici. A flourish. Cornets. Enter Tullus Autidius bloody, wib

two or tbree Soldiers.
Auf The town is ta’en.
Sol. 'Twill be deliver’d back on good condition.

Auf. Condition !
I would I were a Roman, for I cannot,
Being a Volscian, be that I am. Condition ?
What good condition can a treaty find

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I'th' part that is at mercy ? Five times, Martius,
I have fought with thee, so often hast thou beat me :
And would'st do so, I think, should we encounter-
As often as we eat. By th' elements,
3f e'er again I meet him beard to beard,
He's mine, or I am his : mine emulation
Hath not that honour in't it had ; for where
I thought to crush him in an equal force,
True sword to sword, 'll patch at him some way;
Or wrath, or craft may get him.

Sol, He's the devil.
Auf. Bolder, tho' not fo fubtle : my valour (poison'd
With only suffering stain by him) for him
Shall fie out of it felf: not deep, nor sanctuary,
Being naked, fick, nor fane, nor Capitol,
The prayers of priests, nor times of sacrifice,
Embankments all of fury, shall lift up
Their rotten privilege and custom 'gainst
My hate to Martius.

Where I find him, were it
At home, upon my brother's guard, even there,
Against the hospitable canon, would I
Wash my fierce hand in's heart. Go you to th' city,
Learn how 'tis held, and what they are that must
Be hostages for Rome.

Sol. Will not you go?
Auf. I am attended at the cypress grove.

I pray you,
('Tis South the city mills) bring me word thither
How the world goes, that to the pace of it
I may spur on my journey.
Sol. I shall, Sir.

[Exeunt.

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Enter Menenius with Sicinius and Brutus.

HE Augur tells me, we shall have news to

Mer. 1 night

Bru. Good or bad?

М. Not according to the prayer of the people, for they love not Martius, Sic. Nature tcaches beasts to know their friends.

Mena

you two

you not be

Men. Pray you, whom does the wolf love?
Sic. The lamb.

Men. Ay, to devour him, as the hungry Plebeians would the noble Martius.

Bru. He's a lamb indeed, that baes like a bear.

Men. He's a bear indeed, that lives like a lamb. You two are old men, tell me one thing that I shall ask you.

Borb. Well, Sir.
Men. In what enormity is Martius poor,

that have not in abundance ?

Bru. He's poor in no one fault, but stor’d with all.
Sic. Especially in pride.
Bru. And topping all others in boast.

Men. This is strange now! do you two know how you are censur'd here in the city, I mean of us o'th' right-band file, do you? Bru. Why

- how are we censur'd ? Men. Because you talk of pride now, will angry?

Borb. Well, well, Sir, well.

Men. Why, 'tis no great matter ; for a very little thief of occasion will rob you of a great deal of patience — give your dispositions the reins, and be angry at your pleasures ; at the least if you take it as a pleasure to you in being so you blame Martius for being proud.

Bru. We do it not alone, Sir.

Men. I know you can do very little alone, for your helps are many, or else your actions would grow wondrous fingle ; your abilities are too infant-like, for doing much alone. You talk of pride - oh that you could turn your eyes towards the napes of your necks, and make but an interior survey of your good felves! Oh that

you

could! Bru. What then, Sir?

Men. Why then you should discover a brace of as unmeriting, proud, violent, testy magistrates, alias fools, as any in Rome.

Sic. Menenius, you are knowa well enough too.

Men. I am known to be a humorous Patrician, and one that loves a cup of hot wine with not a drop of allaying Tiber in't: said to be something imperfect in favouring the

firft complaint, hasty and tinder-like, upon too trivial mo-
tion: one that converses more with the buttock of the
night, than with the forehead of the morning. What I
think I utter, and spend my malice in my breath. Meeting
two such weals-men as you are (I cannot call you Lycur-
guljes) if the drink you give me touch my palate adversely,
I make a crooked face at it. I can't say, your Worships
haye deliver'd the matter well, when I find the ass in com-
pound with the major part of your fyllables; and tho' I.
must be content to bear with those that say you are reverend
grave men, yet they lie deadly that tell you, you have good
faces; if you see this in the map of my microcosm, fol-
lows it that I am known well enough too ? what harm can
your biffon conspectuities glean out of this character, if I
be known well enough too?

Bru. Come, Sir, come, we know you well enough.

Men. You know neither me, your selves, nor any thing; you are ambitious for poor knaves caps and legs : you wear out a good wholesome forenoon, in hearing a cause between an orange-wife and a foflet-feller, and then adjourn a controversy of three-pence to a second day of audience.

When you are hearing a matter between party and party, if you chance to be pinch'd with the cholick, you make faces like mummers, set up the bloody flag against all patience, and in roaring for a chamber-pot, dismiss the controversy bleeding, the more intangled by your hearing : all the peace you make in their cause, is calling both the parties knayes. You are a pair of Atrange

Bru. Come, come, you are well understood to be a perfecter gyber for the table, than a necessary bencher in the Capitol.

Men. Our very priests must become mockers, if they shall encounter such ridiculous subjects as you are; when you speak best unto the purpofe, it is not worth the wagging of your beards, and your beards deserve not so honourable a grave as to stuff a botcher's cushion, or to be intomb’d in an ass's pack-saddle. Yet you must be saying, Martius is proud; who in a cheap estimation, is worth all your predecessors fince Deucalion, though peradventure some VOL. VII,

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of the best of them were hereditary hangmen. Good-e'en to your Worships ; more of your conversation would infect my brain, being the herdsmen of the beastly Plebeians. Iwill be bold to take my leave of you.

[Exeunt Brutus and Sicinius. SCENE II. Enter Volumnia, Virgilia, and Valeria. How now, my as fair as noble Ladies, and the moon, were fre earthly, no nobler; whither do you follow your eyes so faft?

Vol. Honourable Menenius, my boy Martius approaches ; for the love of Juno let's go.

Men. Ha! Martius coming home ?

Vol. Ay, worthy Menenius, and with most prosperous approbation.

Men. Take my cap, Jupiter, and I thank thee - hoo, Martius coming home!

Botb. Nay, 'tis true.

Vol. Look, here's a letter from him, the State hath another, his wife anether, and I think there's one at home

for you.

Men. I will make my very house reel to-night: A letter for me! Vir. Yes, certain, there's a letter for

you,

I saw't. Men. A letter for me! it gives me an estate of seven years health ;

in which time I will make a lip at the phylician: the most sovereign prescription in Galen is but Eni. peric, and to this preservative of no better report than a horse-drench. Is he not wounded ? he was wont to come home wounded.

Vir. Oh no, no, no.
Vol. Oh, he is wounded, I thank the Gods for’t.

Men. So do I too, if he be not too much ; brings he a victory in his pocket, the wounds become him.

Vol. On's brows, Menenius; he comes the third time home with the oaken garland.

Men. Hath he disciplin'd Aufidius soundly?

Vol. Titus Lartius writes, they fought together, but Axfidius got off.

Men. And 'twas time for him too, I'll warrant him that:

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