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Coriolanus

Act III, Scene 3

The same. The Forum.
 
[Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS]
 
BRUTUS
       .   T    T      T           ,      ,           ,
      In this point charge | him home,| that he | affects
         ,    2     x      ,         ,         ,
      Tyran|nical power:| if he | evade | us there,
          ,      ,      2       ,      ,        ,
      Enforce | him with his | envy | to the | people,
       ,               ,      ,            ,     ,
      And that | the spoil | got on | the An|tiates
            ,        ,     ,      ,               ,
      Was nere | distri|buted.| What, will | he come?
 
[Enter an Aedile]
 
AEDILE
            ,
      He's co|ming.
 
BRUTUS
                    ,       ,      ,
                   How | accom|panied?
 
AEDILE
      <-      ,        ,   2    ,           ,     ,
        With old || Mene|nius, and | those se|nators
      <-      ,        ,        ,
        That al||ways fa|vored him.
 
SICINIUS
                                      ,           ,     ,
                                    Have you | a cat|alogue
          ,         ,        ,         ,         ,
      Of all | the voi|ces that | we have | procured,
       ,    ,               ,
      Set down / by the | poll?
 
AEDILE
                                      ,           ,
                                I | have: 'tis | ready.
 
SICINIUS
        ,            ,        ,          ,
      Have you | collec|ted them | by tribes?
 
AEDILE
                                                  ,
                                              I have.
 
SICINIUS
         ,       ,      ,         ,       ,       ->
      Assem|ble pre|sently | the peo|ple hi||ther:
       ,        2       ,        ,         ,         ,
      And | when they hear | me say,| it shall | be so,
        2      ,             ,        2     ,         ,       ,      2->
      In the right | and strength | of the com|mons: be | it ei||ther
            ,           ,        ,     2        ,     ,
      For death,| for fine,| or ba|nishment*, then | let them
       . T  T    T     T    T    .   T            ,
      If I say fine,| cry Fine; if death,| cry* death,  ??
         ,        ,        ,        ,     ,
      Insis|ting on | the old | prero|gative
            x       2      ,      2      ,
      And power | in the truth |of the cause.
 
AEDILE
                                              ,      2     ,
                                              I shall in|form them.
 
BRUTUS
       .    T    T    T           ,       ,        ,
      And when such time | they have | begun | to cry,
       ,               ,      ,            ,         ,
      Let them | not cease,| but with | a din | confused
          ,          ,        ,   ,   ,
      Enforce | the pre|sent ex|ecu|tion  ??
           ,          ,         ,
      Of what | we chance | to sen|tence.
 
AEDILE
                                          ,      ,
                                         Ve|ry well.
 
SICINIUS
        ,               ,          ,      ,           ,
      Make them | be strong,| and rea|dy for | this hint,
            ,          ,           x
      When we | shall hap | to give it | them.
 
BRUTUS
                                               ,        x
                                              Go | about it,
       ,            ,          ,           ,           ,
      Put him | to cho|ler straight,| he hath | been used
      ,          ,         ,         ,          ,
      Ever | to con|quer, and | to have | his worth
          ,      ,          x             ,         ,      2->
      Of con|tradic|tion. Being | once^chafed,| he can||not
            ,        ,        ,    2        ,          ,
      Be reined | again | to tem|perance, then | he speaks
              ,         ,           ,         ,             ,
      What's in | his heart,| and that | is there | which looks
            ,        ,           ,
      With us | to break | his neck.
 
SICINIUS
                                       ,              ,
                                     Well, here^|he comes.
 
[Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, and COMINIUS, with Senators and Patricians]
 
MENENIUS
        ,         ,       ,
      Calmly,| I do | beseech | you.
 
CORIOLANUS
      <- ,      2    ,                  ,     ,        ,
        Aye,| as an os||tler, that / fourth poor|est piece
             ,          ,                ,  ,    oo
      Will bear | the knave || by the / volume:|
      <-     ,         ,
        The ho|nored gods
             ,         ,   ,     2         ,         ,
      Keep^Rome | in safe|ty, and the | chairs of | justice
           ,           ,       ,      T     T  .   Tx
      Supplied | with wor|thy men,| plant love among us
         ,            ,    ,                    ,        ,
      Through our | large tem/ples with | the shows of peace,
           ,           ,            ,
      And not | our streets | with war.
 
FIRST SENATOR
                                          ,      ,
                                        Amen,| amen.
 
MENENIUS
                                           ,       ,
                                        A no|ble wish.  (overlapping)
 
[Re-enter AEdile, with Citizens]
 
SICINIUS
       __     __    __    ,       oo
      Draw | near | ye | people.|
 
AEDILE
        ,    2        ,           ,  2        T   T  T
      List to your | tribunes*.| Audience:| Peace I say.
 
CORIOLANUS
        T     T   T     ,
      First hear me | speak.
 
TRIBUNES
                                       T     T    T
                             Well*, | say. Peace ho.
 
CORIOLANUS
        ,    2        T     T  T      2       ,     ,
      Shall I be | charged no fur|ther than this | present?
            ,       ,         ,
      Must all | deter|mine here?
 
SICINIUS
                                     ,       ,
                                  I do | demand,
          ,        ,     ,    2       ,          ,
      If you | submit | you to the | people's | voices,
         ,           ,     ,         ,         ,
      Allow | their of|ficers | and are | content
          ,       ,       ,               ,     ,
      To suf|fer law|ful cen|sure for / such faults
           ,           ,       ,        2
      As shall | be proved | upon | you?
 
CORIOLANUS
                                            ,        ,
                                         I am | content.
 
MENENIUS
       ,  ,               ,        ,        ,
      Lo ci/tizens,| he says | he is | content.
       .   T   T   T      3  3     ,         ,        ,
      The warlike ser|vice he has done,| consi|der; think
        ,           ,          ,      ,             ,
      Upon | the wounds | his bo|dy bears,| which show
        T     T    T        ,       ,    __
      Like graves in | the ho|ly church|yard.
 
CORIOLANUS
         ,              ,         ,          ,
      Scratches | with bri|ers, scars | to move
        ,         ,  2
      Laughter | only.
 
MENENIUS
                            ,       ,
                       Con|sider | further:  (tetra with prev)
             ,          ,      T    T  .  T    ,
      That when | he speaks | not like a ci|tizen,
            ,          ,       ,         ,         ,
      You find | him like | a sol|dier: do | not^take
            ,       ,   ,            ,          ,
      His rough|er ac|cents for | mali|cious sounds,
           ,      ,      ,    2     ,       ,
      But as | I say,| such as be|come a | soldier,
       ,             ,     ,
      Rather | than en|vy you.
 
COMINIUS
                                      ,         ,
                               Well well,| no more.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                 ,    2       ,
                               What is the | matter,  (overlapping?)
            ,        ,          ,               ,    ,
      That be|ing passed | for con|sul with / full voice,
       2    ,       ,         ,         ,      ,
      I am so | disho|nored that | the ve|ry hour
            ,        ,       ,
      You take | it off | again?
 
SICINIUS
                                  ,           ,
                                 Answer | to us.
 
CORIOLANUS
       ,                ,        ,
      Say then:| 'tis true,| I ought so.  ????
 
SICINIUS
           ,       ,           ,               ,          ,
      We charge | you, that | you have | contrived | to take
             ,          ,         ,        ,         ,
      From Rome | all* sea|soned of|fice, and | to wind
            ,     ,         x        ,     ,
      Yourself | into | a power | tyran|nical,
            ,          ,        ,       ,        ,      ->
      For which | you are | a trai|tor to | the peo||ple.
 
CORIOLANUS
       ,      ,     2
      How?| Traitor?
 
MENENIUS
                            ,   2     ,          ,
                     Nay | temperate|ly: your | promise.
 
CORIOLANUS
            ,       2     ,        ,      ,    2       ,
      The fires | in the low|est hell,| fold in the | people:
        ,    2          ,         ,      ,  2      ,
      Call me their | traitor,| Thou in|jurious | tribune,
          ,            ,          ,       ,          ,
      Within | thine^eyes | sat^twen|ty thou|sand deaths
                 ,       ,          ,     ,         ,
      In thy / hands clutched:| as ma|ny mil|lions in
           ,        ,       ,   ,                   ,
      Thy ly|ing tongue,| both num/bers. I | would say
            ,      ,      ,        2    ,          ,
      Thou lie|st un|to thee,| with a voice | as free,
         ,        ,          ,
      As I | do pray | the gods.
 
SICINIUS
                                  ,     2        ,
                                Mark you this | people?
 
CITIZENS
       ,         ,              ,          ,
      To the | rock, to | the rock | with him.
 
SICINIUS
                                                ___
                                               Peace:
           ,         ,     ,   ,                 ,
      We need | not put | new matter to / his charge:
        ,               ,         ,         ,           ,
      What you | have seen | him do,| and heard | him speak:
        ,             ,     ,     ,               ,
      Beating | your of|ficers,| cursing | yourselves,
         ,        ,            ,            ,       ,     ->
      Oppo|sing laws | with strokes,| and here | defy||ing
        ,             ,       x           ,
      Those | whose great | power must | try him.
      <- ,         ,        ,     ,    ,              ,         ,
         Even || this so | crimi|nal, and / in such^|capi|tal kind,
           ,        2   ,         ,
      Deserves | the extre|mest death.
 
BRUTUS
      <- ,    ,                 ,         ,          ,  ->
        But since / he hath || served | well for | Rome.
 
CORIOLANUS
        ,              ,           ,      ->
      What / do you | prate of || service.
 
BRUTUS
          ,         ,           ,
      I talk | of that,| that know | it.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                          ,
                                         You?
 
MENENIUS
           ,         ,         ,          ,          ,       ->
      Is this | the pro|mise that | you made | your mo||ther?
 
COMINIUS
        ,        ,
      Know,| I pray | you.
 
CORIOLANUS
                             ,      ,        ,
                           I'll | know no | further:
       ,               ,           ,         ,       ,
      Let them | pronounce | the steep | Tarpei|an death,
       ,  2      T T     T         ,        ,      ->
      Vagabond^|exile, flee|ing, pent | to lin||ger
       ,        2    ,        ,        ,          ,
      But | with a grain | a day,| I would | not buy
             ,       ,         ,      .  T    T    T
      Their mer|cy, at | the price | of one fair word;
            ,         ,        ,           ,          ,
      Nor check | my cou|rage for | what they | can give,
             x             x            ,
      To have it | with saying,| good* mor|row.
 
SICINIUS
                                                 ,        2    ,
                                                For | that he has
            ,        ,         ,           ,         ,
      (As much | as in | him lies)| from time | to time
       ,           ,          ,         ,        ,
      Envied | against | the peo|ple, seek|ing means
           ,       ,            x         ,         ,
      To pluck | away | their power,| as now | at last,
        2    ,           ,            ,     ,    2       ,
      Given hos|tile* strokes,| and that | not in the | presence
           ,       ,         ,      2     ,     ,
      Of drea|ded jus|tice, but | on the mi|nisters
            ,       ,        ,     2      ,      2     ,      ->
      That do | distri|bute it.| In the name | of the peo||ple,
       ,      2      x         ,        ,           ,
      And | in the power | of us | the tri|bunes*, we
         ,      2       ,          ,        ,         ,
      (Eene from this^|instant*,| banish | him our | city
          ,      ,       ,    ,   ,
      In pe|ril of | preci|pita|tion  ??
            ,          ,        ,      ,       ,
      From off | the rock | Tarpei|an ne|ver more
          ,             ,    ,       2     ,          ,
      To en|ter our / Rome gates:| in the peo|ple's name,
         ,         ,         ,
      I say | it shall | be so.  \\
 
CITIZENS
           ,         ,        ,         ,    ,           ,  ->
      It shall | be so,| it shall | be so:| let him || away:
            ,          ,         ,         ,
      He's ba|nished, and | it shall | be so.
 
COMINIUS
        ,           ,         ,        ,         ,
      Hear me | my mas|ters, and | my com|mon friends.
 
SICINIUS
            ,           ,          ,
      He's sen|tenced: no | more* hea|ring.
 
COMINIUS
                                             ,         ,
                                            Let | me speak:
      ,              ,        ,          ,          ,
      I have | been con|sul, and | can show | for Rome
           ,   2      ,       ,        ,        ,
      Her en|emies'^marks | upon | me. I | do love
           ,          ,      ,   2     ,           ,
      My coun|try's good,| with a re|spect more | tender,
            ,     ,         ,                 ,    ,
      More ho|ly and | profound,| than mine^/own life,
           ,       ,    ,                 ,          ,
      My dear | wife's es/timate,| her womb's | increase,
            ,        ,        ,       ,       ,
      And trea|sure of | my loins:| then if | I would
        T     T
      Speak that.
 
SICINIUS
                  T     ,           T      T     T
                 We | know your | drift. Speak what?
 
BRUTUS
         ,           ,    2       ,          ,       ,
      There's no | more to be | said, but | he is | banished
         ,    ,     2     ,        ,          ,       ->
      As e|nemy | to the peo|ple, and | his coun||try:
       ,     T    T  T
      It | shall be so.  \\
 
CITIZENS
           ,         ,        ,         ,   oo
      It shall | be so,| it shall | be so.|
 
CORIOLANUS
           ,       ,         ,             ,         ,
      You com|mon cry | of curs,| whose breath | I hate,
           ,      2     ,        ,            ,         ,
      As reek | of the rot|ten fens:| whose^loves | I prize,
                 ,   ,      ,      2   ,       ,
      As the / dead car|casses | of unbu|ried men,
            ,        ,        ,       ,       ,
      That do | corrupt | my air:| I ban|ish you,
            ,        ,           ,       ,       ,
      And here | remain | with your | uncer|tainty.
           ,      ,       ,       ,             ,
      Let ev|ery fee|ble ru|mor shake | your hearts:
           ,     ,          ,        ,            ,
      Your e|nemies,| with nod|ding of | their plumes
       ,         ,  2     ,                ,       ,
      Fan you | into de|spair: Have | the po|wer still
          ,        ,       ,          ,          ,
      To ba|nish your | defen|ders, till | at length
            ,     ,             ,      ,              ,
      Your ig|norance |(which finds | not till | it feels,
       ,            ,     ,       ,          ,
      Making | not re|serva|tion of | yourselves,
        ,           T    T    . T      ,
      Still your | own foes) deli|ver you
      <-     ,       ,      ,    ,               ,      2->
        As most || aba|ted cap|tives, to | some^na||tion
            ,              ,    ,        ,       2->
      That won | you with/out blows,| despi||sing     (tetra with prev)
           ,         ,       ,        ,         ,
      For you | the ci|ty. Thus | I turn | my back;
        ,     2      T     T    T
      There is a | world elsewhere.  \\
 
[Exeunt CORIOLANUS, COMINIUS, MENENIUS, Senators, and Patricians]
 
AEDILE
           ,        ,    ,        ,         ,
      The peo|ple's e|nemy | is gone,| is gone.
 
CITIZENS
          ,     x      ,           2     ,          ,
      Our e|nemy is | banished,| he is gone:| Hoo,^oo.
 
[Shouting, and throwing up their caps]
 
SICINIUS
          ,         ,         ,          ,       ,
      Go see | him out | at gates,| and fol|low him
          ,         ,         ,          ,        ,
      As he | hath fol|lowed you,| with all | despite
        ,             ,        ,        ,        ,
      Give him | deserved | vexa|tion. Let | a guard
          ,          ,           ,
      Attend | us through | the ci|ty.
 
CITIZENS
      <-  ,     __            ,         ,         ,      __    oo
        Come,| come,|| let's see | him out | at gates,| come:|
            ,         ,          ,      ,            ,
      The gods | preserve | our no|ble tri|bunes*, come.
 
[Exeunt]

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