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The Tragedie of Coriolanus.
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The rabble should haue first vnroo'st the City Ere so preuayl'd with me; it will in time Win vpon power, and throw forth greater Theames For Insurrections arguing.
Menen.

This is strange.

Mar.
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Go get you home you Fragments.

Enter a Messenger hastily. Mess.

Where's Caius Martius?

Mar.

Heere: what's the matter?

Mes.

The newes is sir, the Volcies are in Armes.

Mar.

I am glad on't, then we shall ha meanes to vent

[235]

Our mustie superfluity. See our best Elders.

Enter Sicinius Velutus, Annius Brutus Cominisu Cominius , Titus Lartius, with other Senatours. 1. Sen.

Martius 'tis true, that you haue lately told vs,

The Volces are in Armes.

Mar. They haue a Leader, Tullus Auffidius that will put you too't:
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I sinne in enuying his Nobility: And were I any thing but what I am, I would wish me onely he.
Com.

You haue fought together?

Mar. Were halfe to halfe the world by th'eares, & he
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vpon my partie, I'de reuolt to make Onely my warres with him. He is a Lion That I am proud to hunt.
1. Sen. Then worthy Martius, Attend vpon Cominius to these Warres. Com.
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It is your former promise.

Mar. Sir it is, And I am constant: Titus Lucius, thou Shalt see me once more strike at Tullus face. What art thou stiffe? Stand'st out? Tit.
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No Caius Martius, Ile leane vpon one Crutch, and fight with tother, Ere stay behinde this Businesse.
Men.

Oh true‑bred.

Sen. Your Company to'th'Capitoll, where I know
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Our greatest Friends attend vs.
Tit. Lead you on: Follow Cominius, we must followe you, right worthy your Priority. Com.

Noble Martius.

Sen.

Hence to your homes, be gone.

Mar.
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Nay let them follow, The Volces haue much Corne: take these Rats thither, To gnaw their Garners. Worshipfull Mutiners, Your valour puts well forth: Pray follow.
Exeunt. Citizens steale away. Manet Sicin. & Brutus. Sicin.

Was euer man so proud as is this Martius?

Bru.
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He has no equall.

Sicin.

When we were chosen Tribunes for the people.

Bru.

Mark'd you his lip and eyes.

Sicin.

Nay, but his taunts.

Bru.

Being mou'd, he will not spare to gird the Gods.

Sicin.
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Bemocke the modest Moone.

Bru.

The present Warres deuoure him, he is growne

Too proud to be so valiant.

Sicin.

Such a Nature, tickled with good successe, dis­

daines the shadow which he treads on at noone, but I do

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wonder, his insolence can brooke to be commanded vn­

der Cominius?

Bru. Fame, at the which he aymes, In whom already he's well grac'd, cannot Better be held, nor more attain'd then by

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A place below the first: for what miscarries Shall be the Generals fault, though he performe To th'vtmost of a man, and giddy censure Will then cry out of Martius: Oh, if he Had borne the businesse.
Sicin.
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Besides, if things go well, Opinion that so stickes on Martius, shall Of his demerits rob Cominius.
Bru. Come: halfe all Cominius Honors are to Martius Though Martius earn'd them not: and all his faults
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To Martius shall be Honors, though indeed In ought he merit not.
Sicin. Let's hence, and heare How the dispatch is made, and in what fashion More then his singularity, he goes
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Vpon this present Action.
Bru.

Let's along.

Exeunt.
[Act 1, Scene 2] Enter Tullus Auffidius with Senators of Coriolus. 1. Sen. So, your opinion is Auffidius, That they of Rome are entred in our Counsailes, And know how we proceede, Auf.
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Is it not yours? What euer haue bin thought one in this State That could be brought to bodily act, ere Rome Had circumuention: 'tis not foure dayes gone Since I heard thence, these are the words, I thinke
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I haue the Letter heere: yes, heere it is; They haue prest a Power, but it is not knowne Whether for East or West: the Dearth is great, The people Mutinous: And it is rumour'd, Cominius, Martius your old Enemy
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(Who is of Rome worse hated then of you) And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman, These three leade on this Preparation Whether 'tis bent: most likely, 'tis for you: Consider of it.
1. Sen.
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Our Armie's in the Field: We neuer yet made doubt but Rome was ready To answer vs.
Auf. Nor did you thinke it folly, To keepe your great pretences vayl'd, till when
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They needs must shew themselues, which in the hatching It seem'd appear'd to Rome. By the discouery, We shalbe shal be shortned in our ayme, which was To take in many Townes, ere (almost) Rome Should know we were a‑foot.
2. Sen.
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Noble Auffidius, Take your Commission, hye you to your Bands, Let vs alone to guard Corioles If they set downe before's: for the remoue Bring vp your Army: but (I thinke) you'l finde
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Th'haue not prepar'd for vs.
Auf. O doubt not that, I speake from Certainties. Nay more, Some parcels of their Power are forth already, And onely hitherward. I leaue your Honors.
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If we, and Caius Martius chance to meete, 'Tis sworne betweene vs, we shall euer strike Till one can do no more.
All.

The Gods assist you.

Auf.

And keepe your Honors safe.

1. Sen.
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Farewell

2. Sen.

Farewell.

All.

Farewell.

Exeunt. omnes. aa2 Enter

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[Act 1, Scene 2] Enter Tullus Auffidius with Senators of Coriolus. 1. Sen. So, your opinion is Auffidius, That they of Rome are entred in our Counsailes, And know how we proceede, Auf.
[305]
Is it not yours? What euer haue bin thought one in this State That could be brought to bodily act, ere Rome Had circumuention: 'tis not foure dayes gone Since I heard thence, these are the words, I thinke
[310]
I haue the Letter heere: yes, heere it is; They haue prest a Power, but it is not knowne Whether for East or West: the Dearth is great, The people Mutinous: And it is rumour'd, Cominius, Martius your old Enemy
[315]
(Who is of Rome worse hated then of you) And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman, These three leade on this Preparation Whether 'tis bent: most likely, 'tis for you: Consider of it.
1. Sen.
[320]
Our Armie's in the Field: We neuer yet made doubt but Rome was ready To answer vs.
Auf. Nor did you thinke it folly, To keepe your great pretences vayl'd, till when
[325]
They needs must shew themselues, which in the hatching It seem'd appear'd to Rome. By the discouery, We shalbe shal be shortned in our ayme, which was To take in many Townes, ere (almost) Rome Should know we were a‑foot.
2. Sen.
[330]
Noble Auffidius, Take your Commission, hye you to your Bands, Let vs alone to guard Corioles If they set downe before's: for the remoue Bring vp your Army: but (I thinke) you'l finde
[335]
Th'haue not prepar'd for vs.
Auf. O doubt not that, I speake from Certainties. Nay more, Some parcels of their Power are forth already, And onely hitherward. I leaue your Honors.
[340]
If we, and Caius Martius chance to meete, 'Tis sworne betweene vs, we shall euer strike Till one can do no more.
All.

The Gods assist you.

Auf.

And keepe your Honors safe.

1. Sen.
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Farewell

2. Sen.

Farewell.

All.

Farewell.

Exeunt. omnes.
 

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