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Coriolanus

Act IV, Scene 1

Rome. Before a gate of the city.
 
[Enter CORIOLANUS, VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, MENENIUS, COMINIUS, with the young Nobility of Rome]
 
CORIOLANUS
             ,            ,         ,           ,          ,
      Come^leave | your tears:| a brief | farewell:| the beast
            ,      ,       ,     2   ,          ,
      With ma|ny heads | butts me a|way. Nay*| mother,
        ,              ,          ,         ,           ,
      Where is | you’re an|cient cou|rage? You | were used
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      To say,| extre|mity | was the trier | of spirits,
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      That com|mon chan|ces. Com|mon men | could bear,
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      That when | the sea | was calm | all boats alike
         ,    ,                ,         ,           ,
      Showed mas/tership^|in floa|ting. For|tune's blows,
             ,             ,      2    ,        ,          ,
      When most | struck^home,| being gen|tle woun|ded, craves
         ,      ,         ,           ,         ,       2->
      A no|ble cun|ning: you | were used | to load || me
            ,    ,                  ,       ,     ,
      With pre|cepts that | would make | invin|cible
            ,             ,
      The heart | that conned | them.
 
VIRGILIA
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                                       Oh | heavens! O heavens!
 
CORIOLANUS
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      Nay, I | prithee | woman.
 
VOLUMNIA
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        Now the | red^pes||tilence | strike all trades | in Rome,
      <-     ,     ,         x
        And oc||cupa|tions perish.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                      T     T     T
                                    What, what, what:
      <- ,      2        ,          ,         ,           ,
         I shall be || loved when | I am | lacked. Nay*| mother,  ??
          ,            x           ,           ,        ,
      Resume | that spirit,| when you | were wont | to say,
          ,          ,          ,        ,     ,
      If you | had been | the wife | of Her|cules,
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      Six of | his la|bors you'd | have done,| and saved
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      Your hus|band so | much^sweat.| Comi|nius,
      <-  ,       ,       ,          ,         ,         ,
        Droop || not, a|dieu. Fare|well my | wife, my | mother,
            ,         ,          ,          ,       ,    2  ->
      I'll do | well^yet.| Thou old | and true | Menen||ius,
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      Thy | tears are | salter | than a youn|ger man's,
           ,   2     ,           ,         ,          ,
      And ve|nomous to | thine^eyes.| My sometime general,  ????
       2       ,           ,          ,          ,        ,
      I have seen | thee stem,| and thou | hast oft | beheld
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      Heart-har/dening | specta|cles; tell these sad women,  ????
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      'Tis fond | to wail | ine|vita|ble strokes,
           ,         ,       2      ,         ,          ,
      As 'tis | to laugh | at 'em. My | mother, you wot well  ????
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      My ha|zards still | have been | your so|lace: and
             x      ,    ,                   ,      ,
      Believe it | not light/ly, though | I go | alone,
        ,           ,      ,         ,         ,
      Like to | a lone|ly dra|gon, that | his fen
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      Makes^feared,| and talked | of more | than seen:| your son
        ,           ,         ,        ,         ,
      Will or | exceed | the com|mon, or | be caught
            ,    2      ,           ,
      With cau|telous baits | and prac|tice.
 
VOLUMNIA
                                                    ,    ,
                                             My / first son,
       ,          ,          ,          ,      , 2
      Whither | wilt thou | go? Take^|good Co|minius
             ,       ,        ,              ,     ,
      With thee | awhile:| deter|mine on / some course
        ,             ,       ,         ,           ,
      More than | a wild | expos|ture, to | each^chance
              ,       2     ,        ,
      That starts | in the way | before | thee.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                                ,         ,
                                                O | the gods!
 
COMINIUS
            ,        ,        ,         ,           ,
      I'll fol|low thee | a month,| devise | with thee
              ,            ,           ,            ,        ,
      Where thou | shalt rest,| that thou | mayst hear | of us,
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      And we | of thee.| So if the | time thrust forth
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      A cause | for thy | repeal,| we shall | not send
                  ,    ,          ,       ,       ,
      Ore the / vast world,| to seek | a sin|gle man,
            ,       ,          ,          ,       ,
      And lose | advan|tage, which | doth e|ver cool
        2     ,        ,        ,
      In the ab|sence^of | the nee|der.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                         ,         ,
                                       Fare | ye well:
        ,           ,      ,            2      ,           ,
      Thou hast | years u|pon thee,| and thou art | too* full
                 ,    ,               ,   ,          ,
      Of the / wars' sur|feits, to / go rove | with one
              ,         ,        ,             ,         ,
      That's yet | unbruised:| bring me | but out | at gate.
        ,                ,        ,        ,        ,
      Come my | sweet* wife,| my dea|rest mot|her, and
            ,          ,       ,          ,        ,
      My friends | of no|ble touch,| when I | am forth,
       ,             ,          ,         ,          ,
      Bid me | farewell,| and smile.| I pray | you come:
            ,       ,       ,           ,      ,
      While I | remain | above | the ground,| you shall
        ,              ,          ,      ,        ,
      Hear from | me still,| and ne|ver of | me aught
       ,      2       ,        ,    2
      But what is | like me | formerly*.
 
MENENIUS
                                                 ,      ,
                                         That's^wor|thily
         ,     ,          ,      ,                ,
      As a|ny ear | can hear.| Come, let's^|not weep.  ??
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      If I | could shake | off but | one seven years
                    ,    ,          ,               ,    ,
      From these / old arms | and legs,| by the / good gods,
            ,          ,       ,
      I'd with | thee ev|ery foot.
 
CORIOLANUS
                                     ,             ,      __
                                   Give me | thy hand,|| come.  \\
 
[Exeunt]

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