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Coriolanus

Act IV, Scene 6

Rome. A public place.
 
[Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS]
 
SICINIUS
           ,     ,    2       ,          ,         ,
      We hear | not of him,| neither | need we | fear him;
           ,     ,          ,      2     ,         ,
      His re|medies | are tame,| in the pre|sent peace,
           ,      ,      2     ,         ,         ,
      And qui|etness | of the peo|ple, which | before
                  ,   ,        ,      2     ,           ,
      Were in / wild hur|ry. Here | do we make | his friends
        ,        2        T     T    T         ,       ,
      Blush, that the | world goes well,| who ra|ther had,
               ,           ,          ,        x         ,
      Though they | themselves | did suf|fer by it,| behold
          ,         ,        ,    2       ,            ,
      Dissen|tious num|bers pes|tering streets,| than see
             ,         ,       ,           ,          ,     2->
      Our trades|men sing|ing in | their shops,| and go||ing
         ,            ,           ,     2->
      About | their func|tions friend|ly.
 
BRUTUS
           ,      ,   2             ,     ,          ,  2
      We stood | to it in || good^time.| Is this^Me|nenius?
 
SICINIUS
      <-      ,         ,    ,   2       T     T    T         ,
        'Tis he,| 'tis he:|| O he is | grown most kind | of late.
 
TRIBUNES
                                                                    ,
                                                                  Hail sir.
 
MENENIUS
Hail to you both.
 
SICINIUS
Your Coriolanus is not much missed, but with his friends: the commonwealth doth stand, and so would do, were he more angry at it.
 
MENENIUS
All's well; and might have been much better, if he could have temporized.
 
SICINIUS
             ,         ,
      Where is | he, hear | you?
 
MENENIUS
                                  ,        ,     ,
                                 Nay | I hear | nothing:
           ,         2        ,     ,     ,          ,
      His mo|ther and his / wife, hear | nothing | from him.
 
[Enter three or four Citizens]
 
CITIZENS
            ,         ,           ,
      The gods | preserve | you both.
 
SICINIUS
                                        x           ,
                                     Gooden our | neighbors.
 
BRUTUS
         x             ,       x             ,    oo
      Gooden to | you all,| gooden to | you all.|
 
FIRST CITIZEN
            ,           ,           ,         ,         ,
      Ourselves,| our wives,| and chil|dren, on | our knees,
            ,          ,                ,
      Are bound | to pray | for you / both.
 
SICINIUS
                                              ,           ,
                                            Live,| and thrive.
 
BRUTUS
        T   T     T      ,
      Farewell, kind | neighbors:
      <-     ,         ,    ,             ,    ,     T  T  T
        We wished | Cori||ola|nus had / loved you | as we did.
 
CITIZENS
       ,          T    T   T
      Now the | gods keep you.
 
TRIBUNES
                                    ,          ,
                              Farewell,| farewell.
 
[Exeunt Citizens]
 
SICINIUS
        ,          ,    2          ,    ,       ,
      This is | a hap|pier and / more come|ly time,
             ,           ,        ,       ,           ,
      Than when | these fel|lows ran | about | the streets,
       ,           ,
      Crying | confu|sion.
 
BRUTUS
                            ,        ,      ,
                           Mar|tius Cai|us was
         ,       ,   2     2       ,    ,     ,  2
      A wor|thy of|ficer in the / war, but | insolent*,
           ,           ,        ,          ,           ,
      Orecome | with pride,| ambi|tious, past | all* think||ing
        ,     ,    3
      Self | loving.
 
SICINIUS
      <-3   3    ,         T    T     T           ,       ,       ->
         And af|fecting | one sole throne,|| without | assis|tance.
 
MENENIUS
      ,     T    T   T
      I | think not so.
 
SICINIUS
            ,          ,        ,         ,     ,      ->
      We should | by this,| to all | our la|menta||tion,
       ,     2      ,           ,         ,         ,
      If | he had gone | forth^con|sul, found | it so.
 
BRUTUS
            ,           ,        ,       ,         ,
      The gods | have well | preven|ted it,| and Rome
             ,          ,         ,
      Sits^safe | and still | without | him.
 
[Enter an Aedile]
 
AEDILE
                                              ,     2     ,
                                             Wor|thy tribunes,
             ,       ,       ,    2        ,        ,
      There^is | a slave,| whom we have | put in | prison,
          ,          ,              ,   ,   2      x
      Reports | the Vol|ces with / two se|veral powers
           ,        ,        ,      ,      x
      Are en|tered in | the Ro|man ter|ritories,
            ,         ,        ,       ,        ,
      And with | the dee|pest ma|lice of | the war,
          ,            ,        ,
      Destroy,| what lies | before |'em.
 
MENENIUS
                                          ,       ,    2 ->
                                        'Tis | Aufi||dius,
       ,      ,         2     ,         ,       ,
      Who | hearing | of our Mar|tius' ba|nishment,
         T      T    .    T        ,       ,         ,
      Thrusts forth his horns | again | into | the world;
        ,               ,            ,         ,           ,
      Which were | inshelled,| when Mar|tius stood | for Rome,
            ,           ,          ,
      And durst | not once | peep^out.
 
SICINIUS
        ,            ,     2      , 
      Come, what | talk you of | Martius.   (tri with prev)
 
BRUTUS
          ,          ,   2      ,          ,       ,
      Go see | this ru|morer whipped,| it can|not be,
           ,        ,      ,
      The Vol|ces dare | break with | us.
 
MENENIUS
                                           ,       ,
                                          Can|not be?
       ,         ,             ,      ,        ,
      We have | record,| that ve|ry well | it can,
            ,       ,        ,         ,           ,
      And three | exam|ples of | the like,| have been
          ,        ,     ,   ,            2       ,
      Within | my age.| But rea/son | with the | fellow,
          ,         ,       ,                 ,     ,
      Before | you pu|nish him,| where he / heard this,
        ,                 ,          ,          ,     ,      2->
      Lest you | shall chance | to whip | your in|forma||tion
            ,         ,      ,          ,        ,
      And beat | the mes|senger | who bids | beware
           ,        ,        ,
      Of what | is to | be drea|ded.
 
SICINIUS
      <-  ,         ,        ,          ,       ,
        Tell | not me:|| I know | this can|not be.
 
BRUTUS
                                                    ,   ,
                                                   Not pos/sible.
 
[Enter a MESSENGER]
 
MESSENGER
           ,             ,    ,        ,         ,     ->
      The no|bles in / great ear|nestness | are go||ing
       ,      2     ,        ,            ,        ,      2->
      All | to the se|nate-house:| some news | is co||ming
             ,             ,         ,
      That turns | their count|enan/ces.
 
SICINIUS
                                           ,           ,
                                         'Tis | this slave:
           ,           ,         ,          ,         ,       ->
      Go whip | him 'fore | the peo|ple's eyes:| his rai||sing,
       ,        ,       2    ,
      No|thing but | his report.  ????
 
MESSENGER
       ,   ,      ,
      Yes worthy sir,  ????
             ,          ,        ,     ,          ,
      The slave's | report | is se|conded,| and more
              ,   ,    2    ,
      More* fear|ful is de|livered.
 
SICINIUS
                                      ,           ,
                                    What more*| fearful?
 
MESSENGER
                ,     ,      ,        ,       ,
      It is / spoke free|ly out | of ma|ny mouths,
           ,     ,     2    ,      ,           ,
      How pro|bable | I do not | know, that | Martius,
         ,       2    , 2       ,         Tx      T     T
      Joined with Au|fidius,| leads a | power 'gainst Rome,
            ,        ,         ,          ,       ,
      And vows | revenge | as spa|cious, as | between
            ,      2     ,        ,
      The young|est and ol|dest thing.
 
SICINIUS
                                          2     ,      ,
                                      This is most | likely.
 
BRUTUS
         ,    ,                 ,        ,          ,
      Raised on/ly, that | the wea|ker sort | may wish
             ,         ,       ,
      Good* Mar|tius home | again.  \\
 
SICINIUS
           ,      ,       x
      The ve|ry trick | on it.
 
MENENIUS
                                          ,   ,
                               This | is un|likely,
       ,          ,   2   ,         ,       ,
      He and | Aufi|dius can | no more | atone
            ,     ,      ,      ,  __
      Than vi|olentst | contra|rie|ty.
 
[Enter a second MESSENGER]
 
SECOND MESSENGER
       ,          ,   ,              ,       oo
      You are | sent for / to the | senate:|
          ,       ,      ,        ,      ,        o
      A fear|ful ar|my, led | by Cai|us Mar||tius,
         ,   ,     3   3   ,   2    ,     2->
      Asso|cia|ted with Aufi|dius, ra||ges
        ,         ,      x            ,       ,     2->
      Upon | our ter|ritories,| and have | alrea||dy
           ,            ,         ,            ,          ,
      Oreborne | their way,| consumed | with fire,| and took
            ,        ,
      What lay | before | them.
 
[Enter COMINIUS]
 
COMINIUS
                                 ,      2       ,            ,
                                Oh | you have made | good* work.
 
MENENIUS
       __     __     __     __
      What | news?| What | news?
 
COMINIUS
      <- ,            ,        ,         T   T    T          ,
        You have || holp to | ravish | your own daugh|ters, and
           ,         ,      ,       ,           ,
      To melt | the ci|ty leads | upon | your pates,
          ,           ,         ,   ,     2        ,
      To see | your wives | disho|nored to your | noses.
 
MENENIUS
         ,          __       ,          __    oo
      What's the | news?| What's the | news?|
 
COMINIUS
            ,          ,          ,         ,    ___
      Your tem|ples burned | in their | cement,| and
             ,   ,             ,         ,          ,
      Your fran|chises,| whereon | you stood,| confined
       ,  2      ,          T
      Into an | auger's | bore.
 
MENENIUS
                                 T   T           ,
                               Pray now,| your news:
         2       ,            ,        ,          ,           ,
      You have made | fair* work | I fear | me: Pray | your news,
          ,          ,           ,           ,
      If Mar|tius should | be joined | with Vol|scians.
 
COMINIUS
      <-  ,     ,             ,         ,            ,        ,
         If?|| He is | their god,| he leads | them like | a thing
        ,     2      ,        ,   ,         ,
      Made by* some^|other | dei|ty than | nature,  ??
              ,      ,   ,                   ,       ,
      That shapes | man bet/ter: and | they fol|low him
          ,          ,           ,         ,      ,
      Against | us brats,| with no | less^con|fidence
             ,        ,      ,       ,       ,
      Than boys | pursu|ing sum|mer but|terflies,
          ,         ,         ,
      Or but|chers kil|ling flies.
 
MENENIUS
                                     2       ,            ,
                                  You have made | good* work,
       ,     2        ,           ,           ,          ,
      You and your | apron|men*; you,| that stood | so much
         ,         ,         ,    ,        ,
      Upon | the voice | of oc|cupa|tion, and
             ,         ,       ,       o
      The breath | of gar|lic-ea|ters.
 
COMINIUS
              ,            ,       ,           ,
      He'll shake | your Rome | about | your ears.
 
MENENIUS
      <-    ,     ,           ,           ,        ,
        As Her|cules || did shake | down^mel|low fruit:
         2       ,            ,
      You have made | fair* work.
 
BRUTUS
           ,          ,
      But is | this true | sir?
 
COMINIUS
                                 ,                  ,    ,
                                Aye,| and you'll^/look pale
          ,            x     ,        ,         ,
      Before | you find it | other.| All the | regions
          ,       ,       ,         ,        ,
      Do smi|lingly | revolt,| and who | resist
             ,          ,   2    ,     ,
      Are mocked | for va|liant ig|norance,
      <-     ,        ,          ,           x           ,
        And pe||rish con|stant fools:| who is it | can blame | him?
      <-   ,     ,     ,         ,            ,          ,
         Your || ene|mies and | his, find | something | in him.
 
MENENIUS
       ,        T   T  T        ,    oo
      We are | all undone,| unless |
            x      ,          ,
      The noble | man have | mercy.
 
COMINIUS
                                     ,           ,
                                    Who shall | ask it?
           ,          ,        x           ,          ,      2->
      The tri|bunes* can|not do it | for shame;| the peo||ple
          ,           ,     ,         ,         ,
      Deserve | such pi|ty of | him, as | the wolf
        ,    2        ,                     ,     ,           ,
      Does of the | shepherds:| for his / best friends,| if they
              ,         ,         ,            ,           ,     2->
      Should say | be good | to Rome,| they charged | him, e||ven
           ,             ,         ,         ,           ,
      As those | should do | that had | deserved | his hate,
               x       T     T  T     ,
      And therein | showed like e|nemies.
 
MENENIUS
      <-       ,         ,         ,             ,   ,           ,
        'Tis true,|| if he | were put|ting to / my house,| the brand
              ,          ,        ,         ,          ,
      That should | consume | it, I | have not | the face
          ,        ,           ,        2       ,            ,
      To say,| beseech | you cease.| You have made | fair* hands,
       ,                ,        2       ,        ,
      You and | your crafts,| you have craf|ted fair.
 
COMINIUS
                                                         2        ,
                                                      You have brought
          ,       2  ,      ,     ,              ,
      A trem|bling upon | Rome, such / as was | never
        2   ,    ,         ,
      So inca|pable | of help.
 
TRIBUNES
                                   ,              x
                              Say not,| we brought it.
 
MENENIUS
       ,      2      ,         ,
      How? Was it | we? We | loved him,  ????
       T    T     T         ,        ,
      But like beasts, and cowardly nobles,  ????
            ,     ,        ,        ,           , ->
      Gave way unto your clusters, who || did hoot
           ,      2     ,
      Him out | of the ci|ty.
 
COMINIUS
                               ,        ,
                              But | I fear
                ,         ,      ,     ,    2    , 2
      They'll roar | him in | again.| Tullus Au|fidius,
           ,        ,        ,       ,           ,
      The se|cond name | of men,| obeys | his points
          ,        ,         ,    ,          ,
      As if | he were | his of|ficer: desperation,
          ,         ,    ,       ,              ,
      Is all | the po|licy,| strength and | defense,
             ,          ,        ,          2
      That Rome | can make | against | them.
 
[Enter a troop of Citizens]
 
MENENIUS
                                                     ,          ,       ->
                                              Here come | the clus||ters.
       ,      2   ,   2    ,          ,          ,
      And | is Aufi|dius with | him? You | are they
             ,         ,        ,           ,          ,
      That made | the air | unwhole|some, when | you cast
             ,          ,       ,         ,
      Your stin|king, grea|sy caps,| in hoot|ing
      <- ,       ,   ,       ,  ,       2        ,
        At || Cori|ola|nus' ex|ile. Now* he's | coming;  ??
           ,        ,      ,       ,           ,
      And not | a hair | upon | a sol|dier's head
              ,          ,         ,     ,   2     ,
      Which^will | not prove | a whip:| as many | coxcombs*
                 ,     ,     ,            ,        ,
      As you / threw caps | up will | he tum|ble down,
           ,         ,          ,         ,        ,      ->
      And pay | you for | your voi|ces. 'Tis | no mat||ter,
       ,     2        ,        ,            ,    ,
      If | he could burn | us all | into / one coal,
       ,                x
      We have | deserved it.
 
CITIZENS
                              ,                 ,        ,
                            Faith, we | hear* fear|ful news.
 
FIRST CITIZEN
For mine own part, when I said banish him, I said 'twas pity.
 
SECOND CITIZEN
And so did I.
 
THIRD CITIZEN
And so did I; and, to say the truth, so did very many of us: that we did, we did for the best; and though we willingly consented to his banishment, yet it was against our will.
 
COMINIUS
               ,        ,          ,     3
      You're good|ly things,| you voi|ces.
 
MENENIUS
                                              3       ,            ,
                                           You have made | good* work
       ,              ,         x             ,    ,
      You and | your cry.| Shall us to | the Ca|pitol?
 
COMINIUS
          ,           ,
      Oh aye,| what else?   \\
 
[Exeunt COMINIUS and MENENIUS]
 
SICINIUS
           ,         ,          ,        ,         ,
      Go* mas|ters, get | you home,| be not | dismayed,
        ,             ,           ,          ,         ,
      These are | a side,| that would | be glad | to have
             ,            ,         ,         ,          ,
      This true,| which they | so seem | to fear.| Go* home,
            ,         ,         ,
      And show | no sign | of fear.  \\
 
FIRST CITIZEN
The gods be good to us: Come masters let's home. I ever said we were in the wrong when we banished him.
 
SECOND CITIZEN
So did we all. But, come, let's home.
 
[Exeunt Citizens]
 
BRUTUS
         ,         ,           ,
      I do | not like | this news.
 
SICINIUS
                                      ,   oo
                                  Nor I.|
 
BRUTUS
        ,             ,    ,            ,          ,
      Let's to | the Ca|pitol:| would half | my wealth
             ,          ,       ,
      Would buy | this for | a lie.
 
SICINIUS
                                      T    T    T
                                    Pray let's go.
 
[Exeunt]

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