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By th' blood wave shed together, by the vows
W'ave made to endure friends, that you directly
Set me against Aufidius, and his Antiates;
And that you not delay the present, but
Filling the air with swords advanc'd, and darts,
We prove this very hour. -

Com. Though I could wish,
You were conducted to a gentle bath,
And balms applied to you, yet dare I never
Deny your asking; take your choice of those,
That best can aid your action.

Mar. Those are they,
That most are willing; If any such be here,
(As it were fin to doubt) that love this Painting,
Wherein you see me smear'd ; if any fear
Less for his person than an ill report :
If any think, brave death out-weighs bad life,
And that his country's dearer than himself,
Let him, alone, (or many, if so minded)
Wave thus, t'express his disposition,
And follow Marcius.
[They all mout, and wave their swords, take him up

in their arms, and cast up their caps.
Oh! me alone, make you a sword of me:
If these shews be not outward, which of you
But is four Volscians? none of you, but is
Able to bear against the great Aufidius
A shield as hard as his. A certain number
(Tho' thanks to all) must I select from all:
The rest shall bear the business in some other fight,
As cause will be obey'd ; please you to march,
And four shall quickly draw out my Command,
Which men are best inclin'd.

Com. March on, my fellows:
Make good thịs oftentation, and you shall
Divide in all with us,

men are bel my vou thall



SCENE changes to CORIOLI.

Titus Lartius having set a guard upon Corioli, going

with drum and trumpet toward Cominius and Caius Marcius; Enter with a lieutenant, other foldiers, and

a scout. Lart. CO, let the Ports be guarded; keep your duties, D As I have set them down. If I do fend, dir

Those Centries to our aid; the rest will serve
For a short holding; if we lose the field,
We cannot keep the town.

We can Fear not our hut your gates mo condu& usunt.

Lieu. Hence, and oth Roman Ca

Lart. Hence, and thut your gates upon's :
Our guider, come! to th’ Roman Camp conduct us.


SCENE changes to the Roman Camp,
Alarum, as in battel. Enter Marcius and Aufidius,

at several doors. Mar. Y'LL fight with none but thee, for I do hate

Worse than a promise-breaker.

Auf. We hate alike:
Nor Africk owns a ferpent I abhor
More than thy Fame, and envy; fix thy foot.

Mar. Let the first budger die the other's flavc,
And the Gods doom him after!

Auf. If I fly, Marcius,
Hollow me like a Hare.

Mar. Within these three hours, Tullus,.
Alone I fought in your Corioli walls,
And made what work I pleas'd: 'tis not my blood,

Wherein thou see'st me mask'd; for thy revenge,
· Wrench up thy power to th' highest.
Auf. Wert thou the Heator,


That was the whip of your bragg'd Progeny, Thou should'st not ’scape me here. [Here they fight, and certain Volscians come to the

aid of Aufidius. Marcius fights, 'till they be driven

in breathless. Officious, and not valiant!— you have sham'd me In your condemned Seconds. Flourish. Alarum. A retreat is founded. Enter at one

door, Cominius with the Romans ; at another door, Marcius, with his arm in a scarf.

Com. If I should tell thee o'er this thy day's work, Thou’lt not believe thy deeds: but I'll report it, Where Senators shall mingle tears with smiles; Where great Patricians shall attend and shrug; I'th' end, admire; where ladies shall be frighted, And gladly quak’d, hear more; where the dull Trie

That with the fusty Plebeians, hate thine honours,
Shall say against their hearts, — We thank the Gods,
Our Rome hath such a Soldier!
Yeç cam'ft thou to a morsel of this feast,
Having fully din'd before. .
Enter Titus Lartius with his Power, from the pursuit.

Lart. O General, i
Here is the steed, we the caparison :
Hadst thou beheld

Mar. Pray now, no more: my Mother,
Who has a charter to extol her blood,
When she does praise me, grieves me :
I have done as you have done; that's, what I can;
Induc'd, as you have been; that's, for my Country ;
He, that has but effected his good will,
Hath overta'en mine act.

Com. You shall not be
The Grave of your Deserving : Rome must know,
The value of her own: 'twere a concealment
Worse than a theft, no less than a traducement,
To hide your Doings, and to filence that,


Which, to the spire and top of praises vouch'd,
Would seem but modest: therefore, I beseech you,
In sign of what you are, not to reward
What you have done, before our army hear me.

Mar. I have some wounds upon me, and they smart, To hear themselves remembred.

Com. Should they not, Well might they fester 'gainst ingratitude, And tent themselves with death: Of all the horses, Whereof we have ta'en good, and good store, of all » The treasure in the field atchiev'd, and city, We render you the tenth, to be ta'en forth,. Before the common distribution, at Your only choice.

Mar. I thank you, General: But cannot make my heart consent to take A bribe, to pay my sword: I do refuse it, And stand upon my common part with those That have beheld the doing. [ A long flourish. They all cry, Marcius! - Marcius!

cast up their caps and launces : Cominius and Lar,

tius ftand bare. . Mar. May these famę Instruments, which you pro fane, (10)



(10) May these fame Infruments, which you profane,

Never found more: when Drums and Trumpets Mall
I'th' field prove Flatterers, let Courts and Cities
Be made all of false-faced foothing. ,
When Steel grows soft, as the Parasite's Silk,
Let him be made an Overture for th' Wars:
No more I fay; for that I have not wash'd
My Nose that bled, or foild some debile Wretch,
Which without Note bere's Many else have done,

You shout me forth in Acclamations hyperbolical, &c.] Many of the Verses in this truly fine Passage are dismounted, unnume. tous, and imperfeet : and the Last is no less than two foot and a half too long. For this Reason I have ventur'd to transpose them to their Measure ; And the Sense, 'tis plain, has been no less maim'd than the Numbers. To remedy This Part, I have had the Alliftance of my ingenious Friend Mr. Warburton ; and with the Benefit of his happy Conjectures, which I have inserted in the Text, the Whole, I hope, is restor’d to that Purity, which was quite loft in the Corruptions. !


Never sound more! when drums and trumpets shall
I'th' field prove flatterers, let camps, as cities,
Be made of false-fac'd soothing! When Steel grows
Soft, as the parasite's lilk, let Hymns be made
An overture for th' wars! No more, I say;
For that I have not wash'd my Nose that bled,
Or foil'd some debile wretch, which, without note
Here's many else have done ; you shout me forth
In acclamations hyperbolical;
As if I loy'd, my little should be dieted
In praises, sauc'd with lies.

Com. Too modeft are you :
More cruel to your good report, than grateful
To us, that give you truly : by your patience,
If 'gainst your self you be incens'd, we'll put you
(Like one, that means his proper harm) in manacles ;
Then reason safely with you: therefore be it known,
As to us, to all the world, that Caius Marcius
Wears this war's garland : in token of the which,
My noble steed, known to the Camp, I give him,
With all his trim belonging; and from this time,
For what he did before Corioli, call him,
With all th' applause and clamour of the Host,

shall now subjoin his Comment, in Proof of the Emendations. “ The Meaning, that Sense requires in the Antithesis evidently defign'd “ here, is This. If One change its usual Nature to a Thing moft “ opposite, then let the Other do so too. But Courts and Cities, being “ made all of smooth-fac'd Soothing, remain in their proper Na“ ture. In the second part of the Sentence, the Antithesis between Steel and the Parasite's Silk does not indeed labour with this Ab“ surdity : but it labours with another equally bad, and That is, Non“ sense in the Expression. The Poet's whole Thought seems to be " This. If Drums and Trumpets change their Nature preposterously, let Camps do fo too: And in the latter part of the Sentence, the Emendation seems to give a particular Beauty to the Expression. He “ had said before, If Drums and Trumpets prove Flatterers ; now here, “ alluding to the fame Thought, he says, Then let Hymns, foft Musick deftin'd to the praises of Gods and Heroes, be an Overture for the Wars: Where the Overture is used with great technical Pro“ priety. I hould observe one Thing, that the Members of " these two Antitheses are confounded One with Another, which is a Practice common with the best Authors: and it is a Figure the " Rhetoricians have found a Name for,

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