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3 Cir. Are you all resolved to give your voices ? but that's no matter, the greater part carries it : I say if he would incline to the people, there was never a worthier man.
Enter Coriolanus in a gown, with Menenius. Here he comes, and in the gown of humility; mark his behaviour : : we are not to stay all together, but to come by him where he stands, by one's, by two's, and by three's.,
He's to make his requests by particulars, wherein every | one of us has a single honour, in giving him our own voices
with our own tongues : therefore follow me, and I'll din rect you how
you shall go by him. All. Content, content.
Men. Oh Sir, you are not right ; have you not known The worthiest men have don't ?
Cor. What must I say?
Men. Oh me, the Gods !
Cor. Think upon me? hang 'em.
Men. You'll mar all.
i Cit. We do, Sir ; tell us what hath brought you to't.
Cor. No, Sir, 'twas never my desire yet to trouble the poor with begging. VOL. VII,
1 Cit. You must think, if we give you any thing, we hope to gain by you. Cor. Well then ; f pray, your price o' th’ Consullhip?
Cit. The price is, to ask it kindly. Cor. Kindly, Sir, I pray let me ha’t : I have wounds to Thew you, which shall be yours in private : your good voice, Sir ; what say you ?
2 Cit. You shall ha't, worthy Sir,
Cor. A match, Sir; there's in all two worthy voices begg’d: I have your alms, adieu.
i Cit. But this is something odd. 2 Cit. An 'twere to give again :
but 'tis no matter.
[Exeunt, Two other Citizens. Cor. Pray you now, if it may stand with the tune of your voices, that I may be Consul, I have here the custo, mary gown.
i Cit. You have deserved nobly of your country, and you have not deserved nobly.
Cor. Your ænigma ?
i Cit. You have been a scourge to her enemies ; you have been a rod to her friends ; you have not indeed loved the common people.
Cor. You should account me the more virtuous, that I have not been common in my love ; but I will, Sir, flatter my sworn brother, the people, to earn a dearer eftimation of them, for 'tis a condition they account gentle : and fince the wisdom of their choice is rather to have my cap than my heart, I will practise the insinuating nod, and be off to them most counterfeitly ; that is, Sir, I will counterfeit the bewitchment of some popular man, and give it bountifully to the defirers : therefore, 'beseech you I may be Consul.
2 Cie. We hope to find you our friend ; and therefore give you our voices heartily.
i Cit. You have received many wounds for your country.
Cor, I will not seal your knowledge with thewing them. I will make much of your voices, and so trouble you no further.
Both. The Gods give you joy, Sir, heartily! [Exeunt. Cor. Moft sweet voices
Better it is to die, better to starve,
Tbree Citizens more.
I've seen, and heard of : for your voices, have
i Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go without any honeft man's voice.
2 Git. Therefore let him be Consul : the Gods give him joy, and make him a good friend to the people ! All. Amen, amen. God save thee, noble Consul! (Exeunt. Cor. Worthy voices !
Enter Menenius, witb Brutus, and Sicinius. Men. You've stood your limitation : and the Tribunes Endue you with the people's voice. Remains,. That in th’official marks invested, you Anon do meet the Senate.
Cor. Is this done?
Sic. The custom of request you have discharg'd : 5 The people do admit you, and are summon'd
To meet anon upon your approbation.
--.. we do deserve.
Three citizens, &c.
Repair to th' senate-house.
Men. I'll keep you company. Will you along ?
[Exeunt Coriol. and Men,
Bru. With a proud heart he wore
2 Cit. Amen, Sir: to my poor unworthy notice, He mock'd us, when he begg’d our voices.
3 Cit. Certainly he fouted us down-right: I Cit. No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not mock us.
2 Cit. Not one amongst us, save your self, but says
Sic. Why so he did, I am sure.
3 Cit. He said he'd wounds, which he could hewin private :
Sic. Why either were you impotent to see’t,
Bru. Could you not have told him,
If he should still malignantly remain
Sic. Thus to have said,
Either his gracious promise, which you might,
Bru. Did you, perceive,
Sic, Have you
3 Cit. He's not confirm’d, we may Deny him yet.
2 Cit. Ay and we will deny him : I'll have five hundred voices of that found.
1 Cit. Ay, twice five hundred, and theirfriends to piece'ema
Bru. Get you hence instantly, and tell those friends, They've chose a Conful that will from them take Their liberties, make them of no more voice Than dogs that are as often beat for barking, As therefore kept to do fo. Sic. Let them assemble ; and one fafer judgment,