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Exit Ædile,

Inforce the present execution -.. !.:
Of what we chance to sentence.

Æd. Very well.

Sic. Make themi be strong, and ready for this hint, When we shall hap to give’t them. "

Bru. Go about it. Put him to choler streight; he hath been usd Ever to conquer, and to have his word . . Of contradiction. Being once chaft, he cannot Be rein'd again to temp'rance, then he fpeaks. What's in his heart; and That is there, which looks With us to break his neck. ."

... 1.0 Enter Coriolanus, Menenius, and Cominius,

with others. *** Sic. Well, here he comes. ..

' Sie Men. Calmly, I do beseech võu.'.

Cor. Ay, as an hoitler, that for the poorest piece Will bear the Knave by the volume: -The honour'd

Gods . Keep Rome in safety, and the Chairs of Justice Supply with worthy men, (30) plant love amongst you, Throng our large Temples with the thews of peace, And not our streets with war!

i Sen. Amen, amen. Men. A noble with.

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. Cor: First, hear me fpeak. !!!

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And not our Streets with War.] Though this be the Reading of all the Copies, it is flat Nonsense. There is no Verb either expreft, or understood, that can govern the latter Part of the Sentence. I have no Doubt of my Emendation restoring the Text rightly, because Mr. Warburton started the fame Conjecture, unknowing that had meddled With the Passage.


Cor. Shall I be charg'd no farther than this present? Must all determine here?

Sic. I do demand,
If you submit you co the People's voice
Allow their Officers, and are content:
To fuffer lawful Censure for such faults,
As shall be prov'd upon you ? .

Cor. I am content..

Men. Lo, Citizens, he fays, he is content:
The warlike service he has done, consider;
Think on the wounds his body bears, which shew
Like Graves i'ch' holy Church-yard.
Cor. Scratches with briars, scars to move Laughter
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Men. Consider further :-)
That when he speaks not like a Citizen,
You find him like a Soldier ; (31) do not take
His rougher accents for malicious sounds ::
But, as I say, such as become a Soldier, ;
Rather than envy, you

Com. Well, well, no more,

Cor. What is the matter,
That being past for Consul with full voice, .
I'm so dishonour'd, that the very,
You take it off again?

Sic. Answer to us.
Cor. Say then: 'tis true, I ought so,

Sic. We charge you, that you have contriv'd to take
From Rome all season'd Office, and to.wind: -
Your self unto a Power tyrannical for sele;
For which you are a traitor to the People. :

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Cor. How Traitor ?

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Men. Nay, temperately: your promise.

Cor. The fires i'th' lowest hell fold in the people!
Call me their traitor ! thou injurious Tribune!
Within thine eyes fate twenty thousand deaths,
In thy hands clutch'd as many millions, in
Thy lying tongue both numbers; I would say,
Thou liest, unto thee, with a voice as free,
As I do pray the Gods. “C's

Sic. Mark you this, people?.
All. To th' Rock with him.

Sic. Peace: "
We need not put new matter to his Charge:
What you have seen him do, and heard him sp
Beating your Officers, cursing your selves,
Opposing laws with stroaks, and here defying
Those whose great Power must try him, even this
So criminal, and in such capital kind, i
Deserves th' extreameft deach. " i s 'n

Bru. But since he hath
Serv'd well for Rome :11

Cor. What do you prate of service?
Bru. I talk of That; that know it. :. .....:;
Cor. You ?
Men. Is this the promise, that you made your Mo-

ther ? !
Com. Know, I pray you !

Cor. l'll know no farther:. . . . : . Let them pronounce the steep. Tarpeian death, Vagabond exile, fleaing, pent to linger But with a grain a-day, I would not buy .. ., Their mercy at the price of one fair word; Nor check my courage for what they can give, To have't with saying, good morroweld won

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That do distribute it; in the Name o'ch' People,
And in the Power of us the Tribunes, we
(Ev'n from this inftant) bapish him pur City;
În peril of precipitation
From off the Rock Tarpeian, never mare ; ...; i
To enter our Rome's Gates. I'th' People's Name,
I say, iç thall be so.

Áli. It shall be fo, it shall be so ; let him away;
He's banish'd, and it shall be so.
Com. Hear me, my Masters, and my common

Friends Sic. He's fentenc'd: no more hearing. Com. Let me speak : isi (32) I have been Consul, and can Thew for Rema... Her Enemies Marks upon me.. I do love...irst My Country's Good, with a respect more tender, . More holy, and profound, than mine own life, v t My dear Wife's estimatç, her womb's increase, And treasure of my loins: chen if I would n '! Speak that I was

time Ihr e Sic. We know your drift. Speak what?

Bru. There's no more to be laid, but he is banish'd As enemy to the People, and his Country, : It shall be so.

All. It shall be fo, it shall be fo..

Cor. You common cry of curs, whose breath I hate, As reek o'th' rotten fenns; whose loves I prize, As the dead carkasses of unburied men, That do corrupt my air: I banish you..

. And here remain with your uncertainty ;. Let every feeble rumpur Thake your hearts ; ; (32) I have been Consul, and can shew from Rome

Her Eremies Marks upon me?] How, from Rome? Did 'he re ceive hoftile Marks from his own Country? No such Thing : He res ceiv'd them in the Service of Rome. So, twice in the Beginning of next Act, it is said of Coriolanus ; sic ": nin

- Had's Thou Foxlaip
To banish him, that struck more Blogs for Rome,

Than Thou haft spoken Words? .
And again
** Good Man! the Waunds that he does bear før Rome!


Your enemies, with nodding of their plumes,
Fan you into Despair: have the Power still
To banith your Defenders, till at length,
Your ignorance (which finds not, till it feels;
Making but reservation of your selves
Still your own enemies) deliver you,
As most abated caprives, to some Nation
That won you without blows. Despising then
For you, the City, thus I turn my back:
There is a world elsewhere

[Exeunt Coriolanus, Cominius, and others.

[The people shout, and throw up their caps. Ædile. The people's enemy is gone, is gone! All. Our enemy is banish'd; he is gone! Hoo!

hoo! : : is Sic. Go see him out at gates, and follow him As he hath follows you with all despight . Give him delery'd vexation, Let a Guard ; Attend us through the City. Voi, All. Come, come; let's see him qut at the gates;

come.z ip; ;. . ; The Gods preserve our noble Tribunes ! --- come.

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