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of the multitude ; of the which, we being members, should bring ourselves to be monstrous members.
1 Cit. And to make us no better thought of, a little help will serve: for once, when we stood up about the corn, he himself stuck not to call us the many-headed multitude.
3 Cit. We have been called so of many ; not that our heads are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald, but that our wits are so diversly coloured : and truly I think, if all our wits were to issue out of one skull, they would fy east, west, north, south ;8 and their consent of one direct way should be at once to all the points of the compass.
2 Cit. Think you so ? Which way, do you judge, my wit would fly ?
3 Cit. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's will, 'tis strongly wedged up in a block-head: but if it were at liberty, 't would, sure, southward.
2 Cit. Why that way?
3 Cit. To lose itself in a fog; where, being three parts melted away with rotten dews, the fourth would return for conscience sake, to help to get thee a wife.
2 Cit. You are never without your tricks :-You may, you may
3 Cit. 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 and MENENIUS. Here he comes, and in the gown of humility ; mark his behaviour. We are not to stay altogether, but to come by him where he stands, by ones, by twos, and by threes. 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 direct you how you shall go by him. All. Content, content.
[Exeunt. Men. O, sir, you are not right : have you not knowo The worthiest men have done it?
Cor. What must I say I
pray, sir, -Plague upon't ! I cannot bring My tongue to such a pace :-Look, sir ;-my wounds ;
(8) To suppose all their wits to issue from one scull, and that their common consent and agreement to go all one way, should end in their flying to every point of the compass, is a just description of the variety and inconsis. tency of the opinions, wishes, and actions of the multitude. M. MASON.
I got them in my country's service, when
Men. () me, the gods !
Cor. Think upon me? Hang 'em !
Men. You'll mar all ;
1 Cit. We do, sir ; tell us what hath brought you to't. Cor. Mine own desert. 2 Cit. Your own desert ?
Cor. Ay, not Mine own desire.
1 Cit. How ! not your own desire ?
Cor. No, sir : 'Twas never my desire yet, To trouble the poor with begging.
1 Cit. You must think, if we give you any thing, we. hope to gain by you.
Cor. Well then, I pray, your price o'the consulship? 1 Cit. The price is, sir, to ask it kindly.
Cor. Kindly? Sir, I pray, let me ha't: I have wounds to show you, Which shall be your's in private.-Your good voice, sir ; What say you ?
2 Cit. You shall have it, worthy sir.
Cor. A match, sir :
1 Cit. But this is something odd.
[Ex. two Citizens. Enter 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 customary gown. .
3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your country, and you have not deserved nobly. Cor. Your enigma ?
3 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. I will, sir, flatter my sworn brother the people, to earn a dear estimation of them; 'tis a condition they account gentle : and since the wisdom of their choice is rather to have my hat than my heart, I will practise the insinuating nod, and be off to them most counterfeitly ; that is, sir, I will counterfeit the bewitchments of some popular man, and give it bountifully to the desirers. Therefore, beseech you, I may be consul.
4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend ; and therefore give you our voices heartily. 3Cit. You have received many wounds for your country.
Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with showing them. I will make much of your voices, and so trouble you no further.
Both Cit. The gods give you joy, sir, heartily! [Exe.
Cor. Most sweet voices !
Enter three other Citizens.
(9) I will not strengthen or complete your knowledge. The seal is that which gives authenticity to a writing. JOHNS.
 Mr. Steevens is clearly right, in supposing the allusion to be to the ** wolf in sheep's clothing ;* not indeed that Coriolanus means to call him. self a wolf; but merely to say, “Why should I stand here playing the hypocrite,and simulating the humility which is not in my nature.' KITSON.
Indeed, I would be consul.
5 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go without any honest man's voice.
6 Cit. Therefore let him be consul : The gods give him joy, and make him good friend to the people !
All.Amen, amen. God save thee, noble consul ! [ Exeunt Citizens. Cor. Worthy voices !
Enter MENENIUS, with BRUTUS, and SICINIUS. Mon. You have stood your limitation; and the tribunes Endue you with the people's voice : Remains, That, in the official marks invested, you Anon do meet the senate.
Cor. Is this done ?
Sic. The custom of request you have discharg'd :
Cor. Where at the senate-house ?
Cor. That l'íl straight do; and, knowing myself again, Repair to the senate-house.
Men. I'll keep you company.-Will you along?
Sic. Fare you well. [Exeunt Cor. and Men. -He has it now ; and, by his looks, methinks, 'Tis warm at his heart.
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 flouted us down-right.
2 Cit. Not one amongst is, save yourself, but says
Sic. Why, so he did, I am sure.
3 Cit. He said, he had wounds, which he could show
in private ;
Sic. Why, either, you were ignorant to see't ??
Bru. Could you not have told him,
Sic. Thus to have said,
Bru. Did you perceive,