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Enter Cominius, Titus Lartius, and other Senators;
Junius Brutus, and Sicinius Velutus. , , i Sen. Marcius, 'tis true, that you have lately
told us; The Volces are in arms. Mar.
They have a leader, Tullus Aufidius, that will put you to't. :'! I sin in envying his nobility: And were I any thing but what I am, I would wish me only he. - Com. ... You have fought together. Mar. Were half to half the world by the ears,
and he Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make Only my wars with him: he is a lion That I am proud to hunt. i Sen.
Then, worthy Marcius,
Com. It is your former promise.
Sir, it is;
No, Caius Marcius; I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the other, Ere stay behind this business.
Men. . . . . . . O, true bred! I i Sen. Your company to the Capitol; where, I.
know, .. . Frides. Our greatest friends attend us. I to Tit.
Lead you on :--
Follow, Cominius; we must follow you;
To the Citizens. Mar.
Nay, let them follow: The Volces have much corn; take these rats thither, To gnaw their garners:—Worshipful mutineers, Your valour puts well forth: ’pray, follow. [Exeunt Senators, Com. Mar. Tit. and Menen.
Citizens steal away. Sic. Was ever man so proud as is this Marcius? Bru. He has no equal. Sic. When we were chosen tribunes for the peo
ple,-. Bru. Mark'd you his lip, and eyes? Sic.
Nay, but his taunts.
Bru. The present wars devour him: he is grown
Such a nature,
Fame, at the which he aims, ---
To the utmost of a man; and giddy censure
Besides, if things go well,
Let's hence, and hear
Let's along. [E.reunt.
CORIOLI. THE SENATE-HOUSE.
Enter Tullus Aufidius, and certain Senators. 1 Sen. So, your opinion is, Aufidius, That they of Rome are enter'd in our counsels, And know how we proceed. Auf.
Is it not yours? What ever hath been thought on in this state, That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome Had circumvention? 'Tis not four days gone, Since I heard thence; these are the words: I think,
I have the letter here; yes, here it is; [reads.
1 Sen. Our army's in the field:
Auf Nor did you think it folly, To keep your great pretences veil'd, till when They needs must show themselves; which in the
hatching, It seem’d, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery, We shall be shorten’d in our aim; which was, To take in many towns, ere, almost, Rome Should know we were afoot. 2 Sen.
Noble Aufidius, Take your commission; hie you to your bands; Let us alone to guard Corioli: If they set down before us, for the remove, Bring up your army; but, I think, you'll find They have not prepar'd for us. Auf
O, doubt not that; I speak from certainties. Nay, more, Some parcels of their powers are forth already. And only hitherward. I leave your honours. If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet,
'Tis sworn between us, we shall ever strike 11:1 Till one can do no more. All.
The gods assist you! .,! Auf. And keep your honours safe! 1 Sen.
Farewel..! 2 Sen.
... Farewel. All. Farewel.
ROME. AN APARTMENT IN MARCIUS' HOUSE.
Enter Volumnia, and Virgilia : They sit down on
two low stools, and sew Vol. I pray you, daughter, sing; or express yourself in a more comfortable sort: If my son were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour, than in the embracements of his bed, where he would show most love. When yet he was but tender-body'd, and the only son of my womb; when youth with comeliness pluck'd all gaze his way; when, for a day of kings' entreaties, a mother should not sell him an hour from her beholding; I, --considering how honour would become such a person; that it was no better than picture-like to hang by the wall, if renown made it not stir, -was pleased to let him seek danger where he was like to find fame. - To a cruel war I sent himn; from whence he return'd, his brows bound with oak. I tell thee, daughter, I sprang not more in joy at first hearing he was a man-child,