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Call our cares, fears: which will in time
No, take more:
He has said enough. Sic. He has spoken like a traitor, and shall answer As traitors do.
Cor. Thou wretch! despite o'erwhelm thee ! What should the people do with these bald tribunes ? On whom depending, their obedience fails To the greater bench: In a rebellion, When what 's not meet, but what must be, was law, Then were they chosen; in a better hour,
a Jump-in the sense of risk.
Let what is meet be said, it must be meet,
Bru. Manifest treason!
This a consul ? no.
Hence, old goat !
Aged sir, hands off.
Help, ye citizens ! Re-enter Brutus, with the Ædiles, and a rabble of
Citizens. Men. On both sides more respect. Sic. Here 's he that would take from you all your
power. Bru. Seize him, Ædiles! Cit. Down with him, down with him!
[Scveral speak. 2 Sen. Weapons, weapons, weapons !
[They all bustle about CoRIOLANUS. Tribunes, patricians, citizens !—what, ho! Sicinius, Brutus, Coriolanus, citizens !
Cit. Peace, peace, peace; stay, hold, peace!
Men. What is about to be ?-I am out of breath;
Hear me, people ;-Peace!
Sic. You are at point to lose your liberties :
Fie, fie, fie!
1 Sen. To unbuild the city, and to lay all flat.
Bru. By the consent of all, we were establish'd
You so remain.
Com. That is the way to lay the city flat;
This deserves death,
Sic. Therefore lay hold of him; a We give this speech, as in the original, to the calm and reverend Cominius. Coriolanus is standing apart, in proud and sullen rage; and vet the modern editors put these four lines in his mouth, as if it was any part of his character to argue with the people about the prudence of their conduct. The editors continue this change in the persons to whom the speeches are assigned, without the slightest regard, as it appears to us, to the exquisite characterisation of the poet. Amidst all this tumult the first words which Coriolanus utters, according to the original copy, are, “No, I'll die here.” Ile again continnes silent; but the modern editors must have him talking: and so they put in his month the calculating sentence, “ We have as many friends as enemies," and the equally character. istic talking of Menenius-" I would they were barbarians." We have left all these passages precisely as they are in the origical.
Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence
Ædiles, seize him!
Hear me one word.
Ædi. Peace, peace!
Men. Be that you seem, truly your country's friend, And temperately proceed to what you would Thus violently redress. Bru.
Sir, those cold ways, That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous Where the disease is violent :-Lay hands upon him, And bear him to the rock.
Cor. No; I 'll die here. [Drawing his sword. There 's some among you have beheld me fighting; Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen me. Men. Down with that sword !-Tribunes, withdraw
Help Marcius; help,
[In this mutiny, the Tribunes, the Ædiles,
and the people are beat in. Men. Go, get you to your house; be gone, away; All will be naught else. 2 Sen.
Get you gone.
Men. Shall it be put to that?
The gods forbid !
For 't is a sore upon us, You cannot tent yourself: Begone, 'beseech you.
Com. Come, sir, along with us.
Men. I would they were barbarians, (as they are, Though in Rome litter'd,) not Romans, (as they are
not, Though calv'd i' the porch o' the Capitol.)-Be gone; Put not your worthy rage into your tongue; One time will owe another.
Cor. On fair ground I could beat forty of them.
Men. I could myself take up a brace of the best of them; yea, the two tribunes.
Com. But now 't is odds beyond arithmetic;
Pray you, be gone :
Nay, come away. [Exeunt CORIOLANUS, COMINIUS, and others. 1 Pat. This man has marr'd his fortuné.
Men. His nature is too noble for the world: He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, Or Jove for his power to thunder. His heart 's his
mouth : What his breast forges that his tongue must vent; And, being angry, does forget that ever He heard the name of death. [A noise within Here 's goodly work! 2 Pat.
I would they were a-bed! Men. I would they were in Tyber What, the
Re-enter Brutus and SICINIUS, with the rabble.
Where is this viper,