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Coriolanus

Act III, Scene 1

Rome. A street.
 
[Cornets. Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, all the Gentry, COMINIUS, TITUS LARTIUS, and other Senators]
 
CORIOLANUS
       ,    2    ,  2      ,          T   T    T
      Tullus Au|fidius | then had | made new head.
 
LARTIUS
          ,         ,          ,        ,             ,
      He had,| my lord,| and that | it was | which caused
            ,       ,    ,
      Our swif|ter com|posi|tion.  \\
 
CORIOLANUS
           ,         ,        ,          ,        ,
      So then | the Vol|ces stand | but as | at first,
       ,             ,             ,                  ,    ,
      Ready | when time | shall prompt | them, to / make road
          x        ,
      Upon us | again.
 
COMINIUS
                           2      ,          ,        ,
                       They are worn |(lord^con|sul) so,
            ,           ,      ,       ,      ,
      That we | shall hard|ly in | our a|ges see
             ,         ,       ,
      Their ban|ners wave | again.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                   ,     2    ,  2
                                  Saw you Au|fidius?
 
LARTIUS
           ,    ,          ,            ,          ,
      On safe|guard he | came to | me, and | did curse
          ,          ,        ,        2     ,     ,
      Against | the Vol|ces, for | they had so | vilely
        ,             ,     ,   2     ,         ,  2
      Yielded | the town:| he is re|tired to | Antium.
 
CORIOLANUS
        ,     2      ,
      Spoke he of | me?
 
LARTIUS
                              ,          T
                        He | did, my | lord.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                               T     T
                                              How? What?
 
LARTIUS
           ,      ,        ,          ,          ,
      How of|ten he | had met | you sword | to sword:
          2    ,       ,      ,          ,         ,
      That of all | things u|pon the | earth he | hated
        T    Tx     T      ,    2          ,         ,
      Your person most:| that he would | pawn his | fortunes
           ,        ,     ,        ,        ,
      To hope|less res|titu|tion, so | he might
            ,           ,       ,
      Be called | your van|quisher.  \\
 
CORIOLANUS
          ,   ,      ,
      At An|tium | lives he?
 
LARTIUS
                               ,  ,
                              At An/tium.
 
CORIOLANUS
          ,       ,        ,          ,          ,
      I wish | I had | a cause | to seek | him there,
        2    ,         ,       ,       ,         ,
      To oppose | his ha|tred ful|ly. Wel|come home.
          ,      ,              ,    ,             ,      o
      Behold,| these are | the tri|bunes of | the peo|ple,
             ,        2     ,        ,        ,       ,           o
      The tongues | of the com|mon mouth.| I do | despise | them:    (hex with prev)
            ,         ,           ,       ,    ,
      For they | do prank | them in | autho|rity,
          ,      T   Tx    T    2
      Against | all noble suf|ferance.
 
[Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS]
 
SICINIUS
                                        ,        ,       ->
                                      Pass | no fur||ther.
 
CORIOLANUS
       ,       2     ,
      Ha?| What is that?  (pickup)
 
BRUTUS
       ,     2      ,   2          ,    ,         ,
      It will be | dangerous | to go | on-- no | further.
 
CORIOLANUS
             ,             ,
      What makes | this change?
 
MENENIUS
                                       x
                                The matter?  (picked up)
 
COMINIUS
        ,              ,           x      ,         ,
      Hath he | not passed | the noble | and the | common?
 
BRUTUS
         ,  2     ,
      Comi|nius, no.
 
CORIOLANUS
                       ,   2        ,           ,
                     Have I had | children's | voices?
 
FIRST SENATOR
       ,               ,         ,       2     ,        ,
      Tribunes*| give^way,| he shall | to the mar|ket-place.
 
BRUTUS
           ,       ,         ,         ,
      The peo|ple are | incensed | against | him.
 
SICINIUS
      <-  ,         ,           ,         ,
        Stop,|| or all | will fall | in broil.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                                    ,            ,
                                              Are these | your herd?
             ,           ,         ,          ,           ,
      Must^these | have^voi|ces, that | can yield | them now,
              ,           ,              ,        ,     2        ,  2
      And straight | disclaim | their tongues?| What are your | offices?
             x              ,           ,         ,            ,
      You* being | their mouths,| why rule | you not | their teeth?
        ,             ,          ,
      Have you | not set | them on?
 
MENENIUS
                                        ,         ,
                                   Be calm,| be calm.
 
CORIOLANUS
       ,         ,          ,           ,          ,
      It is | a pur|posed thing,| and grows | by plot,
           ,          ,     ,          ,    ,
      To curb | the will | of the | nobi|lity:
       ,    2           ,           ,        ,        ,
      Suffer it,| and live | with such | as can|not rule
          ,       ,         ,
      Nor e|ver will | be ruled.
 
BRUTUS
                                    x            ,
                                Call it not^|a plt:
           ,       ,           ,            ,          ,
      The peo|ple cry | you mocked | them: and | of late,
             ,          x           ,        ,        ,
      When corn | was given | them gra|tis, you | repined;
        ,              ,     2      ,         ,          ,          ->
      Scandaled | the sup|pliants: for | the peo|ple, called || them
        ,     ,          ,   2        ,         x
      Time-|pleasers,| flatterers,| foes to | nobleness.
 
CORIOLANUS
            ,          ,         ,
      Why this | was known | before.
 
BRUTUS
                                      ,             ,
                                     Not to | them all.
 
CORIOLANUS
        ,             ,            ,
      Have you | informed | them sith|ence?
 
BRUTUS
                                             ,   ,       ,       ->
                                           How?| I in||form them?
 
CORIOLANUS
       ,          ,        ,        ,
      You are | like to | do such^|business.
 
BRUTUS
       ,       T    T   T        ,        ,
      Not un|like each way | to bet|ter yours.
 
CORIOLANUS
       ,                ,       ,              ,     ,
      Why then | should I | be con|sul? By / yond clouds
       ,    2     ,         ,        ,           ,
      Let me de|serve so | ill as | you, and | make me
            ,       ,       2
      Your fel|low tri|bune*.
 
SICINIUS
                                    ,          ,         ,
                              You show | too much | of that,
            ,          ,        ,     ,              ,
      For which | the peo|ple stir:| if you | will pass
           ,        2      ,           ,        ,           ,
      To where | you are bound,| you must | inquire | your way,
        ,              ,     ,             ,         x
      Which you | are out | of, with | a gent|ler spirit,
          ,      ,    ,  ,       2     ,
      Or ne|ver be | so no/ble as a | consul,
            ,          ,          ,
      Nor yoke | with him | for tri|bune*.
 
MENENIUS
                                            ,          ,
                                          Let's | be calm.
 
COMINIUS
           ,       ,        ,         ,         ,     3   3->
      The peo|ple are | abused:| set^on,| this pal||tering
          ,           ,     ,     2    ,   ,
      Becomes | not Rome,| nor has Co|rio|lanus
           ,           ,       ,        ,            ,      3->
      Deserved | this so | disho|nored rub,| laid* false||ly
        3      ,      ,    2       ,
      In the plain | way of his | merit.
 
CORIOLANUS
      <-  ,            ,           ,          ,   ->
        Tell me | of corn:|| this was | my speech,
          ,          ,       2   ,
      And I | will speak | it again.
 
MENENIUS
           ,         ,
      Not^now,| not^now.
 
FIRST SENATOR
                         ,    2         T    T    T
                        Not in this | heat, sir, now.
 
CORIOLANUS
       ,           ,        ,
      Now as | I live,| I will.  \\
          ,         ,          ,            ,        o
      My no|bler friends,| I crave | their par|dons:
       ,         ,          ,     ,        ,
      For the | muta|ble, rank-|scented | many,
       ,      2     ,          ,       ,     ,
      Let them re|gard me | as I | do not | flatter,
            ,     2    ,           ,        ,       ,
      And there|in behold | themselves:| I say | again,
          ,          ,        ,      2    ,          ,      2->
      In soo|thing them,| we nou|rish against | our se||nate
              x      2   ,         ,   x          ,
      The cockle | of rebel|lion, in|solence, se|dition,
        ,     2       ,             ,           ,           ,
      Which we our|selves have | plowed for,| sowed and | scattered,
           ,      2       ,     ,         ,         ,
      By ming|ling them with | us, the | honored | number,
            ,         ,        ,         x           ,
      Who lack | not vir|tue, no,| nor power,| but that
              ,           x         ,
      Which they | have given | to beg|gars.
 
MENENIUS
                                               ,         ,
                                             Well,| no more.
 
FIRST SENATOR
       T   T    T       2    ,
      No more words,| we beseech | you.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                         ,          ,
                                        How?| No* more?
          ,         ,      ,          ,         ,
      As for | my coun|try I | have shed | my blood,
           ,        ,         ,          ,          ,
      Not fea|ring out|ward force,| so shall | my lungs
        ,    ,               2    ,        ,           ,
      Coin words / till their de|cay, a|gainst those^|measles,
             ,        ,            ,            ,     ,
      Which we | disdain | should tat|ter us,/ yet sought
           ,     ,         ,
      The ve|ry way | to catch | them.
 
BRUTUS
      <- ,      ,     2        ,           ,         ,       ,
        You | speak of the || people,| as if | you were | a god,
      <-    ,         ,       ,         ,        ,     ,
        To pun||ish; not | a man,| of their | infir|mity.
 
SICINIUS
               ,        ,         ,          x
      'Twere well | we let | the peo|ple know it.
 
MENENIUS
      <-        ,          ,      ->
        What, what?|| His cho|ler?
 
CORIOLANUS
       ,         ,     2    ,        ,         ,          ,   ->
      Cho|ler? Were | I as pa|tient as || the mid|night sleep,
           ,             ,        ,
      By Jove,| 'twould be | my mind.
 
SICINIUS
       ,   2      ,           ,        ,       ,
      It is a | mind that | shall re|main a | poison
        ,         ,         ,       ,      ,
      Where it | is: not | poison | any | further.
 
CORIOLANUS
       ___        ,
      Shall | remain?  \\
        ,              ,   ,    2       ,          ,
      Hear you | this Tri|ton of the | minnows?| Mark you
           ,     ,      ,
      His ab|solute | shall?
 
COMINIUS
                                      ,         ,
                            'Twas | from the | canon.
 
CORIOLANUS
        T    T  T          ,        ,        ,         ,
      Shall? O God!| But most | unwise | patri|cians: why
            ,           ,        ,     ,      T   T    T
      You grave,| but reck|less sen|ators,| have you thus  (hex with prev)
       ,       ,        ,          ,         ,  2
      Given | Hydra | here to | choose an | officer,
        ,               x             ,     ,      ,
      That with | his peremp|tory / shall, be|ing but
            ,          ,       2     ,            ,            x
      The horn,| and noise | of the mon|ster's, wants | not spirit
          ,            ,          ,        ,       ,
      To say,| he'll turn | your cur|rent in | a ditch,
            ,           ,       ,        ,          x
      And make | your chan|nel his?| If he | have power,
             ,          ,     ,          ,       ,
      Then vail | your ig|norance:| if none,| awake
            ,    2     ,    ,       ,            ,
      Your dan|gerous le|nity.| If you | are learned,
          ,        ,        ,         ,         ,
      Be not | as com|mon fools;| if you | are not,
       ,                ,        ,         ,       2     x
      Let them | have cush|ions by | you. You | are plebeians,
           ,        ,   2      ,                ,   ,
      If they | be se|nators: and | they are / no less,
             ,          ,        ,                ,      ,
      When both | your voi|ces blen|ded, the / greatst taste
            ,          ,             ,            ,      ,
      Most^pa|lates theirs.| They choose | their ma|gistrate,
            ,       ,        ,         ,          ,
      And such | a one | as he,| who puts | his shall,
           ,   2     ,         ,        ,        ,
      His pop|ular shall,| against | a gra|ver bench
           ,       ,           ,          ,         ,
      Than e|ver frown | in Greece.| By Jove | himself,
           ,          ,         ,               ,    ,
      It makes | the con|suls base;| and my / soul aches
           ,          ,       ,      ,         ,
      To know,| when two | autho|rities | are up,
       ,            ,           ,        ,     2
      Neither | supreme,| how soon | confu|sion
      <-     ,         ,          ,         ,          ,
        May en||ter 'twixt | the gap | of both | and take
      <-     ,       2    ,
        The one || by the o|ther.
 
COMINIUS
                                    ,     ,           ,        ,
                                  Well,| on to | the mar|ket-place.
 
CORIOLANUS
         ,       ,           ,              ,    ,
      Whoe|ver gave | that coun|sel, to / give forth
            ,      2      ,           ,        ,          ,
      The corn | of the store|house* gra|tis, as |'twas used
            ,          ,
      Sometime | in Greece.
 
MENENIUS
                                   ,         ,         ,
                            Well well,| no more | of that.
 
CORIOLANUS
               ,            x           ,     ,           x
      Though there | the people | had more | abso|lute* power
         ,          ,          ,    ,  2       ,            x             ,   ->
      I say | they nou|rished diso|bedience:| fed, the || ruin of | the state.
 
BRUTUS
       ,               ,        ,
      Why shall | the peo|ple give
       ,                  ,            ,
      One that | speaks^thus,| their voice?
 
CORIOLANUS
                                                   ,        ,       ->
                                            I'll give | my rea||sons,
        ,   ,                   ,             ,        ,
      More worthier than their voices. They know the corn  ????
           ,         ,      ,      ,            2    ,
      Was not | our re|compense,| resting | well^assured
             ,       ,         x      2      ,        2     ,
      That nere did service for it; being pressed | to the war,
      ,        ,         ,        2      ,            ,
      Even | when the | navel | of the state | was touched,
          2       ,       ,           ,            ,        ,
      They would not | thread the | gates: this^|kind of | service
           ,        ,       ,   ,          ,
      Did not | deserve | corn gra/tis. Being in the war,  ????
             ,     ,       2    ,           ,           ,
      Their mu|tinies | and revolts,| wherein | they showed
            ,       ,      ,     2          x      ,
      Most va|lor spoke | not for them.| The accu|sation
        ,       2        ,        ,       ,          ,
      Which they have | often | made a|gainst the | senate,
       T    T    T   ,             x     2       ,
      All cause un|born, could | never be the | native
        2     ,     ,       ,         T     T    T
      Of our so | frank do|nation.| Well, what then?
       ,                ,      ,      ,         ,
      How shall | this bo|som-mul|tiplied,| digest
           ,          ,     ,         ,         ,
      The se|nate's cour|tesy?| Let^deeds | express
               ,        ,           ,         ,           x
      What's^like | to be | their words,| we did | request it,
       ,             ,        ,               ,    ,
      We are | the grea|ter poll,| and in / true fear
             ,        ,        ,       ,           ,
      They gave | us our | demands.| Thus we | debase
           ,       ,         ,           ,           x
      The na|ture of | our seats,| and make | the rabble
        ,          T      T      T       T   T   T
      Call our | cares, fears; which | will in time
             ,          ,       2     ,               ,    ,
      Break^ope | the locks | of the se|nate, and / bring in
            ,          ,         ,
      The crows | to peck | the ea|gles.
 
MENENIUS
                                          ,       ,
                                        Come | enough.
 
BRUTUS
         ,           ,     ,
      Enough,| with ov|er-mea|sure.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                     ,          ,
                                    No,| take^more.
            ,         ,           ,        ,         ,      ->
      What may | be sworn | by, both | divine | and hu||man,
        ,        2   ,        ,          ,       ,        ->
      Seal | what I end | withal.| This dou|ble wor||ship,
        ,        ,      ,        ,            ,          ,
      Where|on part | does dis|dain, with | cause, the | other  (hex with next)
          ,       2     ,     ,              ,        ,       ,      ->
      Insult | without^all | reason:| where gen|try, ti|tle, wis||dom
       ,     2     ,          ,        ,         ,
      Can|not conclude,| but by | the yea | and no
          ,   2    ,     ,          ,      ,
      Of ge|neral ig|norance,| it must | omit
        ,      ,                   ,   ,          ,
      Real ne|cessi|ties*, and / give way | the while
        2   ,         ,          ,      2      ,         ,        ->
      To unsta|ble slight|ness: pur|pose so barred,| it fol||lows,
       ,      2     ,        ,          ,       2    ,         ->
      No|thing is done | to pur|pose. There|fore beseech || you,
       ,        2      ,          ,        ,         ,
      You | that will be | less^fear|ful than | discreet,
             ,         ,     ,        ,         ,
      That love | the fun|damen|tal part | of state
        ,               ,            ,       x               ,
      More than | you doubt | the change | on it: that | prefer
         ,       ,        ,        ,          ,
      A no|ble life,| before | a long,| and wish,
           ,       ,  ,     2     ,   2       ,
      To jump | a bo|dy with a | dangerous | physic.
               ,         ,            x          ,           ,
      That's sure | of death | without it,| at once | pluck^out
           ,     ,   2       ,      ,               ,
      The mul|titu|dinous tongue;| let them | not^lick
            ,            ,          ,         ,        ,     ->
      The sweet | which^is | their poi|son. Your | disho||nor
       ,         ,     ,            2     ,           ,
      Man|gles true | judgment,| and bereaves | the state
           ,       ,     ,            ,           x
      Of that | integ|rity | which should | become it:
           ,     2      x         ,         ,         ,
      Not ha|ving the power | to do | the good | it would
         2     ,            ,           x
      For the ill | which doth | control it.
 
BRUTUS
                                                   ,       ,
                                             Has said | enough.
 
SICINIUS
           ,        ,        ,        ,           ,      2->
      Has spo|ken like | a trai|tor, and | shall an||swer
           ,        ,
      As trai|tors do.
 
CORIOLANUS
                               ,         ,          ,           ->
                       Thou wretch,| despite | orewhelm || thee:
        ,          2     ,       ,       2        ,         ,
      What | should the peo|ple do | with these bald | tribunes?
           ,       ,          ,       ,   2      ,
      On whom | depen|ding, their | obe|dience fails
       ,         ,         ,     ,         ,
      To the | greater | bench, in / a re|bellion:
              ,           ,          ,          ,         ,
      When what's | not meet,| but what | must be,| was law,
        ,               ,        ,      ,        ,
      Then were | they cho|sen: in | a bet|ter hour,
            ,         ,         ,         ,         ,
      Let what | is meet,| be said | it must | be meet,
            ,             x       2      ,
      And throw | their power | in the dust.
 
BRUTUS
                                              ,  2        ,
                                             Manifest | treason.
 
SICINIUS
        ,       ,       __
      This a | consul?| No.    (tri with next three feet)
 
BRUTUS
       ,      ,      __     ,     2      ,     ,
      The ae|diles | ho:|| let him be | appre|hended:  \\
 
SICINIUS
           ,         ,        ,           ,        ,
      Go call | the peo|ple, in | whose^name | myself
          ,      ,    2      ,   2       ,    ,
      Attach | thee as a | traitorous | inno|vator:
         ,      2     ,        ,      ,         ,        ,  ->
      A foe | to the pub|lic weal.| Obey | I charge || thee,
             ,         2       ,
      And | follow | to thine an|swer.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                        ,           ,
                                      Hence | old^goat.
 
SENATORS
              ,      ,
      We'll sure|ty him.
 
COMINIUS
                          T   T     T     ___
                        Aged sir, hands | off.
 
CORIOLANUS
        T     Tx     T      ,             ,           ,
      Hence rotten thing,| or I | shall shake | thy bones
       ,            ,
      Out of | thy gar|ments.
 
SICINIUS
                               ,        ,     ,
                             Help | ye ci|tizens.
 
[Enter a rabble of Citizens (Plebeians), with the Aediles]
 
MENENIUS
On both sides more respect.
 
SICINIUS
Here's he that would take from you all your power.
 
BRUTUS
Seize him. AEdiles.
 
CITIZENS
Down with him, down with him.
 
SENATORS
[They all bustle about CORIOLANUS, crying]
Weapons, weapons, weapons: Tribunes, Patricians, Citizens: What ho: Sicinius, Brutus, Coriolanus, Citizens.
 
ALL
Peace, peace, peace, stay, hold, peace.
 
MENENIUS
        ,    2    ,        ,          ,          ,
      What is a|bout to | be? I | am out | of breath,
          ,          ,       ,        ,      T    T   T
      Confu|sion's near,| I can|not speak.| You, tribunes  (hex?)
        2     ,        ,  2  ,       ,           ,          2   ,   2
      To the peo|ple: Co|riola|nus, pa|tience: speak | good* Sici||nius.  ????
 
SICINIUS
Hear me, people peace.
 
CITIZENS
Let's hear our tribune: peace, speak, speak, speak.
 
SICINIUS
       ,             ,          ,          ,      ,
      You are | at point | to lose | your li|berties:
       ,          T     T   T          ,     ,
      Martius | would have all | from you;| Martius,
        T    T   T           ,          ,      o
      Whom late you | have named | for con|sul.
 
MENENIUS
Fie, fie, fie, this is the way to kindle, not to quench.
 
FIRST SENATOR
To unbuild the city, and to lay all flat.
 
SICINIUS
What is the city, but the people?
 
CITIZENS
True, the people are the city.
 
BRUTUS
By the consent of all, we were established the people's magistrates.
 
CITIZENS
You so remain.
 
MENENIUS
And so are like to do.
 
COMINIUS
        ,            ,        ,         ,      ,
      That is | the way | to lay | the ci|ty flat,
           ,           ,     ,         ,  ,
      To bring | the roof | to the | founda/tion,
      <-        ,      ,           ,        ,        ,
        And || bury | all, which^|yet dis|tinctly | ranges
           ,           ,          x
      In heaps,| and piles | of ruin.
 
SICINIUS
                                                ,     ,
                                     This^de/serves death.
 
BRUTUS
          ,         ,         ,       ,     ,
      Or let | us stand | to our | autho|rity,
          ,         ,         ,        ,          ,
      Or let | us lose | it. We | do here | pronounce,
        ,          ,      2     ,              ,     x
      Upon | the part | of the peo|ple, in / whose power
       ,     2   ,          ,     ,             ,
      We were e|lected | theirs, Mar/tius is | worthy
          ,         ,
      Of pre|sent death.
 
SICINIUS
                          ,          ,    ,
                        Therefore | lay hold / of him:
        ,          2      ,       ,               ,     ,
      Bear him | to the rock | Tarpe|ian, and / from thence
       ,  2     ,           ,
      Into de|struction | cast him.
 
BRUTUS
                                     ,          ,
                                    Aediles | seize him.
 
CITIZENS
Yield Martius, yield.
 
MENENIUS
Hear me one word, beseech you tribunes, hear me but a word.
 
AEDILE
Peace, peace.
 
MENENIUS
           ,          ,     ,             ,           ,
      Be that | you seem,| truly | your coun|try's friend,
           ,    2    ,        ,         ,          ,
      And tem|perately | proceed | to what | you would
            ,   2   ,       ,
      Thus^vi|olently | redress.
 
BRUTUS
      ___     T     T    T
      Sir,| those cold ways,   (tri with prev)
             ,          ,         ,          ,     ,      ,
      That seem | like pru|dent helps,| are ve|ry poi|sonous,
        ,             ,         ,  2      ,      ,      ,
      Where the | disease | is vi|olent. Lay | hands u|pon him, (hex with prev)
            ,          2        ,
      And bear | him to the / rock.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                     ,     T   T    T
                                    No,| I'll die here:
                ,       ,     ,      2     ,         ,
      There's^some | among | you have be|held me | fighting:
        T   T  . T           ,       ,     2         ,
      Come try upon | yourselves,| what you have | seen me.
 
MENENIUS
Down with that sword, tribunes withdraw awhile.
 
BRUTUS
Lay hands upon him.
 
COMINIUS
Help Martius, help: you that be noble, help him young and old.
 
CITIZENS
Down with him, down with him.
 
[In this mutiny, the Tribunes, the AEdiles, and the People, are beat in]
 
MENENIUS
       T   T   T      2       ,          ,      ,
      Go, get you | to your house:| be gone,| away.
       ,      2        T     T
      All will be | naught else.
 
SECOND SENATOR
                                  T          ,
                                 Get | you gone.
 
COMINIUS
      <-        ,      ,            ,       ,         ,     ,
        Stand^fast,|| we have | as ma|ny friends | as e|nemies.
 
MENENIUS
        ,            ,         ,
      Shall it | be put | to that?
 
FIRST SENATOR
                                        ,        ,
                                  The gods | forbid:
         ,         ,        ,       ,             ,
      I pri|thee, no|ble friend,| home to | thy house,
        ,             ,           ,
      Leave us | to cure | this cause.
 
MENENIUS
            ,      ,      x
      For 'tis a sore upon us,   (tri with prev)
           ,        ,          ,         ,        ,
      You can|not tent | yourself:| be gone,| beseech you.
 
COMINIUS
Come sir, along with us.
 
MENENIUS
          ,            ,        ,   2     ,         ,
      I would | they were | barbar|ians, as | they are,
                  ,   ,             ,       ,           ,
      Though in Rome littered: not Romans, as they are not,
                ,            ,           ,    ,
      Though calved in the porch of the Capitol:
           ,        ,        ,       ,   ,           ,
      Be gone, put not your worthy rage into your tongue,
        ,         ,         ,         ,          ,
      One time will owe another.
 
CORIOLANUS
        ,         ,         ,         ,          ,
      On fair ground, I could beat forty of them.
 
MENENIUS
I could myself take up a brace of the best of them, yea, the two tribunes.
 
COMINIUS
           ,          ,        ,       ,     ,
      But now |'tis odds | beyond | arith|metic;
           ,       2      ,      ,          ,          ,
      And man|hood* is called | foole|ry, when | it stands
          ,        ,        ,         ,          ,
      Against | a fal|ling fab|ric. Will | you hence,
          ,         ,        ,            ,           ,
      Before | the tag | return?| Whose^rage | doth^rend
            ,     ,       ,        ,         ,
      Like^in|terrup|ted wa|ters, and | orebear
             ,          ,         ,
      What they | are used | to bear.
 
MENENIUS
                                        ,             ,
                                      Pray you | be gone:
            ,     ,     2      T   T   T     2    ,
      I'll try | whether my | old wit be | in request
             ,            ,           x            ,          ,
      With those | that have | but little:| this must | be patched
             ,        ,     ,
      With cloth | of a|ny co|lor.
 
COMINIUS
                                    ,        2  ,
                                   Nay,| come^away.
 
[Exeunt] CORIOLANUS, COMINIUS, and others
 
PATRICIAN
            ,           ,          ,        o   oo
      This^man | has marred | his for|tune.   |
 
MENENIUS
           ,            ,   ,      ,          ,
      His na|ture is / too no|ble for | the world:
           ,           ,       ,    ,     2       ,
      He would | not flat|ter Nep|tune for his | trident,
           ,       2      x            x            ,            ,
      Or Jove | for his power | to thunder:| his heart's | his mouth:
                    ,    ,         ,           ,            ,
      What his / breast for|ges, that | his tongue | must vent,
           ,      ,        ,        ,         ,     2->
      And be|ing an|gry, does | forget | that e||ver
           ,           ,         ,              ,       ,
      He heard | the name | of death.| Here's^good|ly work.
 
SECOND PATRICIAN
          ,            ,      ,
      I would | they were | abed.
 
MENENIUS
          ,       ,      2      ,
      I would | they were in | Tiber.  (tri with prev)
        ,         ,            ,              ,          ,
      What the | vengeance,| could he | not speak |'em fair?
 
[Re-enter BRUTUS and SICINIUS, with the rabble]
 
SICINIUS
        T    T   T     ,
      Where is this | viper,
      <-  ,             ,      ,         ,      ,        ,      ,          ,  ->
        That would | depop||ulate | the ci|ty, and | be ev|ery man || himself?
 
MENENIUS
           ,       ,   ___
      You wor|thy tri|bunes.  (cut off)
 
SICINIUS
       ,               ,       ,            ,       ,
      He shall | be thrown | down the | Tarpei|an rock
            ,   2      ,      ,           ,       ,
      With rig|orous hands:| he hath | resis|ted law,
            ,         ,            ,          ,         ,
      And there|fore law | shall scorn | him fur|ther trial
        ,           ,    ,     2     ,        x
      Than the | seve|rity | of the pub|lic power,
             ,        ,          ,
      Which^he | so sets | at nought.
 
FIRST CITIZEN
                                                  ,    ,
                                     He shall / well know
           ,      ,         ,         ,           ,
      The no|ble tri|bunes are | the peo|ple's mouths,
           ,           ,
      And we | their hands.
 
CITIZENS
                                 ,            x
                            He shall | sure^on it.
 
MENENIUS
                                                         ,
                                                   Sir, sir.
 
SICINIUS
                                                      ___
                                                     Peace. (overlapping)
 
MENENIUS
                ,   ,        ,            ,           ,
      Do not / cry ha|voc, where | you should | but hunt
            ,       ,
      With mo|dest war|rant.
 
SICINIUS
                             ,             x           ,
                            Sir,| how comes it | that you
             ,         ,          ,
      Have holp | to make | this res|cue?
 
MENENIUS
                                            ,         ,
                                          Hear | me speak?
         ,        ,         ,         ,       ,
      As I | do know | the con|sul's wor|thiness,
       ,    2      ,           ,
      So can I | name his | faults.
 
SICINIUS
                                    ,               ,
                                   Con/sul? What | consul?
 
MENENIUS
           ,     2   ,   ,
      The con|sul Cori|ola|nus.
 
BRUTUS
                                 ,    ,
                                He | consul.
 
CITIZENS
      __   __   __   __   __
      No,| no,| no,| no,| no.
 
MENENIUS
       ,   2       ,           ,            ,           ,
      If by the | tribunes'| leave, and | yours good*| people,
         ,         ,      2        ,         ,        ,
      I may | be heard,| I would crave | a word | or two,
            ,             ,              ,  ,         ,
      The which | shall turn | you to / no fur|ther harm
            ,          ,         ,
      Than so | much loss | of time.
 
SICINIUS
                                              ,        ,
                                     Speak* brief|ly then,
       ,        ,      ,      ,           ,
      For we | are pe|rempto|ry to | dispatch
            ,   2      ,        ,      ,          ,
      This vi|perous trai|tor: to | eject | him hence
                  ,   ,        ,         ,          ,
      Were but / one dan|ger, and | to keep | him here
           ,         ,            ,        ,       ,
      Our cer|tain death:| therefore | it is | decreed,
           ,        ,
      He dies | tonight.
 
MENENIUS
                          ,                ,        ,
                         Now the | good* gods | forbid,
            ,       ,        ,           ,      ,
      That our | renow|ned Rome,| whose^gra|titude
         ,             ,        ,        ,        ,
      Towards her | deser|ved chil|dren is | enrolled
            ,      T    T     T      2   ,   2    ,
      In Jove's | own book, like | an unna|tural dam
              ,         ,        ,
      Should now | eat^up | her^own.  \\
 
SICINIUS
        ,          ,            ,        ,      ,
      He's a | disease | that must | be cut | away.
 
MENENIUS
           ,        ,          ,     ,          ,
      Oh he's | a limb,| that has | but a | disease
       ,           ,        ,           x      ,
      Mortal,| to cut | it off:| to cure it,| easy.
        ,             ,         ,            ,        ,
      What has | he done | to Rome | that's wor|thy death?
       ,             ,    ,          ,       2       ,
      Killing | our en|emies,| the blood | he hath lost
         T   .   T    T          ,           ,         ,
      (Which I dare vouch,| is more | than that | he hath
           x         ,           ,       ,    2        ,
      By many | an ounce)| he dropped | it for his | country:
           ,         ,          ,        ,         ,       ->
      And what | is left,| to lose | it by | his coun||try,
        ,      2    ,           x          ,       ,
      Were | to us all,| that do it,| and suf|fer it
          ,       2     ,      2      ,
      A brand | to the end | of the world.
 
SICINIUS
                                                       ,    ,
                                           This is / clean kam.
 
BRUTUS
        ,         ,     ,    2        ,          ,
      Merely | awry:| when he did | love his | country,
          ,        ,
      It ho|nored him.
 
MENENIUS
                            ,        ,         ,
                       The ser|vice of | the foot
        2     ,          ,         ,      ,       ,
      Being once | gangrened,| is not | then re|spected
            ,        ,        ,
      For what | before | it was.
 
BRUTUS
                                          ,         ,
                                  We'll hear | no more:
          ,     ,             ,           ,            ,
      Pursue | him to | his house,| and pluck | him thence,
        ,     2    ,          x         ,          ,
      Lest his in|fection,| being of | catching | nature,
         T    T   T
      Spread further.
 
MENENIUS
                       T    T    T          ,
                      One word more,| one^word:
            ,      ,        ,          ,           ,
      This ti|ger-foo|ted rage,| when it | shall find
            ,     .  T   T      T           ,           ,
      The harm | of unscanned swift|ness, will |(too* late)
       T    Tx     T        2      ,          ,        ,        ->
      Tie leaden pounds | to his heels.| Proceed | by pro||cess;
        ,     ,          2    ,       ,            ,
      Lest | parties |(as he is | beloved)| break^out,
            ,            ,          ,
      And sack | great^Rome | with Ro|mans.  \\
 
BRUTUS
       ,            ,
      If it | were so?
 
SICINIUS
        ,            ,
      What do | ye talk?  (di with prev)
        ,            ,        ,         ,          ,
      Have we | not had | a taste | of his | obedience?
           ,          ,           ,        ,         ,
      Our ae|diles* smote?| Ourselves | resis|ted? Come.
 
MENENIUS
          ,       ,     ,              ,      2      ,
      Consi|der this:| he has | been bred | in the wars
             ,           ,        ,               ,      ,
      Since^he | could draw | a sword,/ and is / ill schooled
          ,       ,           ,          ,       ,      2->
      In bol|ted lan|guage; meal | and bran | toge||ther
            ,         ,         ,           ,         ,
      He throws | without | distinc|tion. Give | me leave,
            ,       ,         ,      ,         ,         2     ,  ->
      I'll go | to him,| and un|dertake | to bring || him in peace,
        ,     2         ,         2   ,        ,
      Where he shall | answer | by a law|ful form
            ,       2     ,       ,
      (In peace)| to his ut|most^pe|ril.
 
FIRST SENATOR
                                          x      ,
                                        Noble | tribunes,
          ,            ,   ,        ,         ,
      It is | the hu/mane way:| the o|ther course
             ,      ,    ,                 ,        ,
      Will prove | too bloo/dy, and | the end | of it
       ,  ,       2        ,
      Unknown / to the be|ginning.
 
SICINIUS
      <-  x       ,  2      ,         ,            ,         ,    ,
        Noble Me|nenius,|| be you | then as | the peo|ple's of|ficer:
       ,               ,          ,
      Masters,| lay* down | your wea|pons.
 
BRUTUS
                                            ,         ,
                                           Go | not home.
 
SICINIUS
        ,            ,        ,          2    ,          ,
      Meet on | the mar|ket-place.| We'll attend | you there:
        ,     2        T    T   T          ,          ,
      Where if you | bring not Mar|tius, we'll | proceed
        2      ,      T
      In our first | way.
 
MENENIUS
                           T    T          ,
                         I'll bring | him to | you.
      <- ,      ,      ,          ,               ,    ,
        Let || me de|sire your | compa|ny: he / must come,
       ,     2       ,           ,
      Or what is | worst will | follow.
 
FIRST SENATOR
                                          ,     2        ,
                                        Pray you let's^|to him.
 
[Exeunt]

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