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By th' blood wave shed together, by the vows
Com. Though I could wish,
Mar. Those are they,
in their arms, and cast up their caps.
Com. March on, my fellows:
men are bel my fellows.id 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
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 :
SCENE changes to the Roman Camp,
at several doors. Mar. Y'LL fight with none but thee, for I do hate
Auf. We hate alike:
Mar. Let the first budger die the other's flavc,
Auf. If I fly, Marcius,
Mar. Within these three hours, Tullus,.
Wherein thou see'st me mask'd; for thy revenge,
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
Lart. O General, i
Mar. Pray now, no more: my Mother,
Com. You shall not be
Which, to the spire and top of praises vouch'd,
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
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
Com. Too modeft are you :
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 E“ mendation 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,