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The Tragedie of Coriolanus. Their needlesse Vouches: Custome calls me too't. What Custome wills in all things, should we doo't? The Dust on antique Time would lye vnswept, And mountainous Error be too highly heapt,
[1420]
For Truth to o're‑peere. Rather then foole it so, Let the high Office and the Honor go To one that would doe thus. I am halfe through, The one part suffered, the other will I doe. Enter three Citizens more. Here come moe Voyces.
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Your Voyces? for your Voyces I haue fought, Watcht for your Voyces: for your Voyces, beare Of Wounds, two dozen odde: Battailes thrice six I haue seene, and heard of: for your Voyces, Haue done many things, some lesse, some more:
[1430]
Your Voyces? Indeed I would be Consull.
1. Cit.

Hee ha's done Nobly, and cannot goe without

any honest mans Voyce.

2. Cit.

Therefore let him be Consull: the Gods giue

him ioy, and make him good friend to the People.

All.
[1435]

Amen, Amen. God saue thee, Noble Consull.

Corio.

Worthy Voyces.

Enter Menenius, with Brutus and Scicinius. Mene. You haue stood your Limitation: And the Tribunes endue you with the Peoples Voyce, Remaines, that in th'Officiall Markes inuested,
[1440]
You anon doe meet the Senate.
Corio.

Is this done?

Scicin. The Custome of Request you haue discharg'd: The People doe admit you, and are summon'd To meet anon, vpon your approbation. Corio.
[1445]

Where? at the Senate‑house?

Scicin.

There, Coriolanus.

Corio.

May I change these Garments?

Scicin.

You may, Sir.

Cori. That Ile straight do: and knowing my selfe again,
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Repayre toth' Senate‑house.
Mene.

Ile keepe you company. Will you along?

Brut.

We stay here for the People.

Scicin. Fare you well. Exeunt. Coriol. and Mene. He ha's it now: and by his Lookes, me thinkes,
[1455]
'Tis warme at's heart.
Brut. With a prowd heart he wore his humble Weeds: Will you dismisse the People? Enter the Plebeians. Scici.

How now, my Masters, haue you chose this man?

1. Cit.

He ha's our Voyces, Sir.

Brut.
[1460]

We pray the Gods, he may deserue your loues.

2. Cit. Amen, Sir: to my poore vnworthy notice, He mock'd vs, when he begg'd our Voyces. 3. Cit.

Certainely, he flowted vs downe‑right.

1. Cit.

No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not mock vs.

2. Cit.
[1465]
Not one amongst vs, saue your selfe, but says He vs'd vs scornefully: he should haue shew'd vs His Marks of Merit, Wounds receiu'd for's Countrey.
Scicin.

Why so he did, I am sure.

All.

No, no: no man saw 'em.

3. Cit.
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Hee said hee had Wounds, Which he could shew in priuate: And with his Hat, thus wauing it in scorne, I would be Consull, sayes he: aged Custome, But by your Voyces, will not so permit me.
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Your Voyces therefore: when we graunted that, Here was, I thanke you for your Voyces, thanke you

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Your most sweet Voyces: now you haue left your Voyces, I haue no further with you. Was not this mockerie? Scicin. Why eyther were you ignorant to see't?
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Or seeing it, of such Childish friendlinesse, To yeeld your Voyces?
Brut. Could you not haue told him, As you were lesson'd: When he had no Power, But was a pettie seruant to the State,
[1485]
He was your Enemie, euer spake against Your Liberties, and the Charters that you beare I'th'Body of the Weale: and now arriuing A place of Potencie, and sway o'th' State, If he should still malignantly remaine
[1490]
Fast Foe toth' Plebeij, your Voyces might Be Curses to your selues. You should haue said, That as his worthy deeds did clayme no lesse Then what he stood for: so his gracious nature Would thinke vpon you, for your Voyces,
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And translate his Mallice towards you, into Loue, Standing your friendly Lord.
Scicin. Thus to haue said, As you were fore‑aduis'd, had toucht his Spirit, And try'd his Inclination: from him pluckt
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Eyther his gracious Promise, which you might As cause had call'd you vp, haue held him to; Or else it would haue gall'd his surly nature, Which easily endures not Article, Tying him to ought, so putting him to Rage,
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You should haue ta'ne th'aduantage of his Choller, And pass'd him vnelected.
Brut. Did you perceiue, He did sollicite you in free Contempt, When he did need your Loues: and doe you thinke,
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That his Contempt shall not be brusing to you, When he hath power to crush? Why, had your Bodyes No Heart among you? Or had you Tongues, to cry Against the Rectorship of Iudgement?
Scicin. Haue you, ere now, deny'd the asker:
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And now againe, of him that did not aske, but mock, Bestow your su'd‑for Tongues?
3. Cit.

Hee's not confirm'd, we may deny him yet.

2. Cit. And will deny him: Ile haue fiue hundred Voyces of that sound. 1. Cit.
[1520]

I twice fiue hundred, & their friends, to piece 'em.

Brut. Get you hence instantly, and tell those friends, They haue chose a Consull, that will from them take Their Liberties, make them of no more Voyce Then Dogges, that are as often beat for barking,
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As therefore kept to doe so.
Scici. Let them assemble: and on a safer Iudgement, All reuoke your ignorant election: Enforce his Pride, And his old Hate vnto you: besides, forget not With what Contempt he wore the humble Weed,
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How in his Suit he scorn'd you: but your Loues, Thinking vpon his Seruices, tooke from you Th'apprehension of his present portance, Which most gibingly, vngrauely, he did fashion After the inueterate Hate he beares you.
Brut.
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Lay a fault on vs, your Tribunes, That we labour'd (no impediment betweene) But that you must cast your Election on him.
Scici. Say you chose him, more after our commandment, Then as guided by your owne true affections, and that
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Your Minds pre‑occupy'd with what you rather must do, Then what you should, made you against the graine To Voyce him Consull. Lay the fault on vs.
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[Act 2, Scene 3] Enter seuen or eight Citizens. 1. Cit.

Once if he do require our voyces, wee ought

not to deny him.

2. Cit.
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We may Sir if we will.

3. Cit.

We haue power in our selues to do it, but it is

a power that we haue no power to do: For, if hee shew vs

his wounds, and tell vs his deeds, we are to put our ton­

gues into those wounds, and speake for them: So if he tel

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vs his Noble deeds, we must also tell him our Noble ac­

ceptance of them. Ingratitude is monstrous, and for the

multitude to be ingratefull, were to make a Monster of

the multitude; of the which, we being members, should

bring our selues to be monstrous members.

1. Cit.
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And to make vs no better thought of a little

helpe will serue: for once we stood vp about the Corne,

he himselfe stucke not to call vs the many‑headed Multi­

tude.

3. Cit.

We haue beene call'd so of many, not that our

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heads are some browne, some blacke, some Abram, some

bald; but that our wits are so diuersly Coulord; and true­

ly I thinke, if all our wittes were to issue out of one Scull,

they would flye East, West, North, South, and their con­

sent of one direct way, should be at once to all the points

[1320]

a'th Compasse.

2. Cit.

Thinke you so? Which way do you iudge my

wit would flye.

3. Cit.

Nay your wit will not so soone out as another

mans will, 'tis strongly wadg'd vp in a blocke‑head: but

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if it were at liberty, 'twould sure Southward.

2 Cit.

Why that way?

3 Cit.

To loose it selfe in a Fogge, where being three

parts melted away with rotten Dewes, the fourth would

returne for Conscience sake, to helpe to get thee a Wife.

2 Cit.
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You are neuer without your trickes, you may,

you may.

3 Cit.

Are you all resolu'd to giue your voyces? But

that's no matter, the greater part carries it, I say. If hee

would incline to the people, there was neuer a worthier

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man.

Enter Coriolanus in a gowne of Humility, with Menenius.

Heere he comes, and in the Gowne of humility, marke

his behauiour: we are not to stay altogether, but to come

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by him where he stands, by ones, by twoes, & by threes.

He's to make his requests by particulars, wherein euerie

one of vs ha's a single Honor, in giuing him our own voi­

ces with our owne tongues, therefore follow me, and Ile

direct you how you shall go by him.

All.
[1345]

Content, content.

Men.

Oh Sir, you are not right: haue you not knowne

The worthiest men haue done't?

Corio. What must I say, I pray Sir? Plague vpon't, I cannot bring
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My tongue to such a pace. Looke Sir, my wounds, I got them in my Countries Seruice, when Some certaine of your Brethren roar'd, and ranne From th'noise of our owne Drummes.
Menen. Oh me the Gods, you must not speak of that,
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You must desire them to thinke vpon you.
Coriol. Thinke vpon me? Hang 'em, I would they would forget me, like the Vertues Which our Diuines lose by em. Men. You'l marre all,
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Ile leaue you: Pray you speake to em, I pray You In wholsome manner.
Exit Enter three of the Citizens. Corio. Bid them wash their Faces, And keepe their teeth cleane: So, heere comes a brace, You know the cause (Sir) of my standing heere. 3 Cit.
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We do Sir, tell vs what hath brought you too't.

Corio.

Mine owne desert.

2 Cit.

Your owne desert.

Corio.

I, but mine owne desire.

3 Cit.

How not your owne desire?

Corio.
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No Sir, 'twas neuer my desire yet to trouble the

poore with begging.

3 Cit.

You must thinke if we giue you any thing, we

hope to gaine by you.

Corio.

Well then I pray, your price a'th'Consulship.

1 Cit.
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The price is, to aske it kindly.

Corio.

Kindly sir, I pray let me ha't: I haue wounds to

shew you, which shall bee yours in priuate: your good

voice sir, what say you?

2 Cit.

You shall ha't worthy Sir.

Corio.
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A match Sir, there's in all two worthie voices

begg'd: I haue your Almes, Adieu.

3 Cit.

But this is something odde.

2 Cit.

And 'twere to giue againe: but 'tis no matter.

Exeunt. Enter two other Citizens. Coriol.

Pray you now, if it may stand with the tune

[1385]

of your voices, that I may bee Consull, I haue heere the

Customarie Gowne.

1.

You haue deserued Nobly of your Countrey, and

you haue not deserued Nobly.

Coriol.

Your Ænigma.

1.
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You haue bin a scourge to her enemies, you haue

bin a Rod to her Friends, you haue not indeede loued the

Common people.

Coriol.

You should account mee the more Vertuous,

that I haue not bin common in my Loue, I will sir flatter

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my sworne Brother the people to earne a deerer estima­

tion of them, 'tis a condition they account gentle: & since

the wisedome of their choice, is rather to haue my Hat,

then my Heart, I will practice the insinuating nod, and be

off to them most counterfetly, that is sir, I will counter­

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fet the bewitchment of some popular man, and giue it

bountifull to the desirers: Therefore beseech you, I may

be Consull.

2.

Wee hope to finde you our friend: and therefore

giue you our voices heartily.

1.
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You haue receyued many wounds for your Coun­

trey.

Coriol.

I wil not Seale your knowledge with shewing

them. I will make much of your voyces, and so trouble

you no farther.

Both.
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The Gods giue you ioy Sir heartily.

Coriol. Most sweet Voyces: Better it is to dye, better to sterue, Then craue the higher, which first we do deserue. Why in this Wooluish tongue should I stand heere,
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To begge of Hob and Dicke, that does appeere Their needlesse Vouches: Custome calls me too't. What Custome wills in all things, should we doo't? The Dust on antique Time would lye vnswept, And mountainous Error be too highly heapt,
[1420]
For Truth to o're‑peere. Rather then foole it so, Let the high Office and the Honor go To one that would doe thus. I am halfe through, The one part suffered, the other will I doe. Enter three Citizens more. Here come moe Voyces.
[1425]
Your Voyces? for your Voyces I haue fought, Watcht for your Voyces: for your Voyces, beare Of Wounds, two dozen odde: Battailes thrice six I haue seene, and heard of: for your Voyces, Haue done many things, some lesse, some more:
[1430]
Your Voyces? Indeed I would be Consull.
1. Cit.

Hee ha's done Nobly, and cannot goe without

any honest mans Voyce.

2. Cit.

Therefore let him be Consull: the Gods giue

him ioy, and make him good friend to the People.

All.
[1435]

Amen, Amen. God saue thee, Noble Consull.

Corio.

Worthy Voyces.

Enter Menenius, with Brutus and Scicinius. Mene. You haue stood your Limitation: And the Tribunes endue you with the Peoples Voyce, Remaines, that in th'Officiall Markes inuested,
[1440]
You anon doe meet the Senate.
Corio.

Is this done?

Scicin. The Custome of Request you haue discharg'd: The People doe admit you, and are summon'd To meet anon, vpon your approbation. Corio.
[1445]

Where? at the Senate‑house?

Scicin.

There, Coriolanus.

Corio.

May I change these Garments?

Scicin.

You may, Sir.

Cori. That Ile straight do: and knowing my selfe again,
[1450]
Repayre toth' Senate‑house.
Mene.

Ile keepe you company. Will you along?

Brut.

We stay here for the People.

Scicin. Fare you well. Exeunt. Coriol. and Mene. He ha's it now: and by his Lookes, me thinkes,
[1455]
'Tis warme at's heart.
Brut. With a prowd heart he wore his humble Weeds: Will you dismisse the People? Enter the Plebeians. Scici.

How now, my Masters, haue you chose this man?

1. Cit.

He ha's our Voyces, Sir.

Brut.
[1460]

We pray the Gods, he may deserue your loues.

2. Cit. Amen, Sir: to my poore vnworthy notice, He mock'd vs, when he begg'd our Voyces. 3. Cit.

Certainely, he flowted vs downe‑right.

1. Cit.

No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not mock vs.

2. Cit.
[1465]
Not one amongst vs, saue your selfe, but says He vs'd vs scornefully: he should haue shew'd vs His Marks of Merit, Wounds receiu'd for's Countrey.
Scicin.

Why so he did, I am sure.

All.

No, no: no man saw 'em.

3. Cit.
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Hee said hee had Wounds, Which he could shew in priuate: And with his Hat, thus wauing it in scorne, I would be Consull, sayes he: aged Custome, But by your Voyces, will not so permit me.
[1475]
Your Voyces therefore: when we graunted that, Here was, I thanke you for your Voyces, thanke you Your most sweet Voyces: now you haue left your Voyces, I haue no further with you. Was not this mockerie?
Scicin. Why eyther were you ignorant to see't?
[1480]
Or seeing it, of such Childish friendlinesse, To yeeld your Voyces?
Brut. Could you not haue told him, As you were lesson'd: When he had no Power, But was a pettie seruant to the State,
[1485]
He was your Enemie, euer spake against Your Liberties, and the Charters that you beare I'th'Body of the Weale: and now arriuing A place of Potencie, and sway o'th' State, If he should still malignantly remaine
[1490]
Fast Foe toth' Plebeij, your Voyces might Be Curses to your selues. You should haue said, That as his worthy deeds did clayme no lesse Then what he stood for: so his gracious nature Would thinke vpon you, for your Voyces,
[1495]
And translate his Mallice towards you, into Loue, Standing your friendly Lord.
Scicin. Thus to haue said, As you were fore‑aduis'd, had toucht his Spirit, And try'd his Inclination: from him pluckt
[1500]
Eyther his gracious Promise, which you might As cause had call'd you vp, haue held him to; Or else it would haue gall'd his surly nature, Which easily endures not Article, Tying him to ought, so putting him to Rage,
[1505]
You should haue ta'ne th'aduantage of his Choller, And pass'd him vnelected.
Brut. Did you perceiue, He did sollicite you in free Contempt, When he did need your Loues: and doe you thinke,
[1510]
That his Contempt shall not be brusing to you, When he hath power to crush? Why, had your Bodyes No Heart among you? Or had you Tongues, to cry Against the Rectorship of Iudgement?
Scicin. Haue you, ere now, deny'd the asker:
[1515]
And now againe, of him that did not aske, but mock, Bestow your su'd‑for Tongues?
3. Cit.

Hee's not confirm'd, we may deny him yet.

2. Cit. And will deny him: Ile haue fiue hundred Voyces of that sound. 1. Cit.
[1520]

I twice fiue hundred, & their friends, to piece 'em.

Brut. Get you hence instantly, and tell those friends, They haue chose a Consull, that will from them take Their Liberties, make them of no more Voyce Then Dogges, that are as often beat for barking,
[1525]
As therefore kept to doe so.
Scici. Let them assemble: and on a safer Iudgement, All reuoke your ignorant election: Enforce his Pride, And his old Hate vnto you: besides, forget not With what Contempt he wore the humble Weed,
[1530]
How in his Suit he scorn'd you: but your Loues, Thinking vpon his Seruices, tooke from you Th'apprehension of his present portance, Which most gibingly, vngrauely, he did fashion After the inueterate Hate he beares you.
Brut.
[1535]
Lay a fault on vs, your Tribunes, That we labour'd (no impediment betweene) But that you must cast your Election on him.
Scici. Say you chose him, more after our commandment, Then as guided by your owne true affections, and that
[1540]
Your Minds pre‑occupy'd with what you rather must do, Then what you should, made you against the graine To Voyce him Consull. Lay the fault on vs.
Brut. I, spare vs not: Say, we read Lectures to you, How youngly he began to serue his Countrey,
[1545]
How long continued, and what stock he springs of, The Noble House o'th' Martians: from whence came That Ancus Martius, Numaes Daughters Sonne: Who after great Hostilius here was King, Of the same House Publius and Quintus were,
[1550]
That our best Water, brought by Conduits hither, And Nobly nam'd, so twice being Censor, Was his great Ancestor.
Scicin. One thus descended, That hath beside well in his person wrought,
[1555]
To be set high in place, we did commend To your remembrances: but you haue found, Skaling his present bearing with his past, That hee's your fixed enemie; and reuoke Your suddaine approbation.
Brut.
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Say you ne're had don't, (Harpe on that still) but by our putting on: And presently, when you haue drawne your number, Repaire toth'Capitoll.
All.

We will so: almost all repent in their election.

Exeunt Plebeians. Brut.
[1565]
Let them goe on: This Mutinie were better put in hazard, Then stay past doubt, for greater: If, as his nature is, he fall in rage With their refusall, both obserue and answer
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The vantage of his anger.
Scicin. Toth'Capitoll, come: We will be there before the streame o'th' People: And this shall seeme, as partly 'tis, their owne, Which we haue goaded on‑ward. Exeunt.
 

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   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <l n="1348">What must I say, I pray Sir?</l>
      <l n="1349">Plague vpon't, I cannot bring</l>
      <l n="1350">My tongue to such a pace. Looke Sir, my wounds,</l>
      <l n="1351">I got them in my Countries Seruice, when</l>
      <l n="1352">Some certaine of your Brethren roar'd, and ranne</l>
      <cb n="2"/>
      <l n="1353">From th'noise of our owne Drummes.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-men">
      <speaker rend="italic">Menen.</speaker>
      <l n="1354">Oh me the Gods, you must not speak of that,</l>
      <l n="1355">You must desire them to thinke vpon you.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Coriol.</speaker>
      <l n="1356">Thinke vpon me? Hang 'em,</l>
      <l n="1357">I would they would forget me, like the Vertues</l>
      <l n="1358">Which our Diuines lose by em.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-men">
      <speaker rend="italic">Men.</speaker>
      <l n="1359">You'l marre all,</l>
      <l n="1360">Ile leaue you: Pray you speake to em, I pray You</l>
      <l n="1361">In wholsome manner.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="exit">Exit</stage>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter three of the Citizens.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <l n="1362">Bid them wash their Faces,</l>
      <l n="1363">And keepe their teeth cleane: So, heere comes a brace,</l>
      <l n="1364">You know the cause (Sir) of my standing heere.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.3">
      <speaker rend="italic">3 Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1365">We do Sir, tell vs what hath brought you too't.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <p n="1366">Mine owne desert.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.2">
      <speaker rend="italic">2 Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1367">Your owne desert.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <p n="1368">I, but mine owne desire.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.3">
      <speaker rend="italic">3 Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1369">How not your owne desire?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <p n="1370">No Sir, 'twas neuer my desire yet to trouble the
      <lb n="1371"/>poore with begging.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.3">
      <speaker rend="italic">3 Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1372">You must thinke if we giue you any thing, we
      <lb n="1373"/>hope to gaine by you.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <p n="1374">Well then I pray, your price a'th'Consulship.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.1">
      <speaker rend="italic">1 Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1375">The price is, to aske it kindly.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <p n="1376">Kindly sir, I pray let me ha't: I haue wounds to
      <lb n="1377"/>shew you, which shall bee yours in priuate: your good
      <lb n="1378"/>voice sir, what say you?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.2">
      <speaker rend="italic">2 Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1379">You shall ha't worthy Sir.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <p n="1380">A match Sir, there's in all two worthie voices
      <lb n="1381"/>begg'd: I haue your Almes, Adieu.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.3">
      <speaker rend="italic">3 Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1382">But this is something odde.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.2">
      <speaker rend="italic">2 Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1383">And 'twere to giue againe: but 'tis no matter.</p>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="exit">Exeunt.</stage>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="entrance">Enter two other Citizens.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Coriol.</speaker>
      <p n="1384">Pray you now, if it may stand with the tune
      <lb n="1385"/>of your voices, that I may bee Consull, I haue heere the
      <lb n="1386"/>Customarie Gowne.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.1">
      <speaker>1.</speaker>
      <p n="1387">You haue deserued Nobly of your Countrey, and
      <lb n="1388"/>you haue not deserued Nobly.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Coriol.</speaker>
      <p n="1389">Your Ænigma.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.1">
      <speaker rend="italic">1.</speaker>
      <p n="1390">You haue bin a scourge to her enemies, you haue
      <lb n="1391"/>bin a Rod to her Friends, you haue not indeede loued the
      <lb n="1392"/>Common people.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Coriol.</speaker>
      <p n="1393">You should account mee the more Vertuous,
      <lb n="1394"/>that I haue not bin common in my Loue, I will sir flatter
      <lb n="1395"/>my sworne Brother the people to earne a deerer estima­
      <lb n="1396"/>tion of them, 'tis a condition they account gentle: &amp; since
      <lb n="1397"/>the wisedome of their choice, is rather to haue my Hat,
      <lb n="1398"/>then my Heart, I will practice the insinuating nod, and be
      <lb n="1399"/>off to them most counterfetly, that is sir, I will counter­
      <lb n="1400"/>fet the bewitchment of some popular man, and giue it
      <lb n="1401"/>bountifull to the desirers: Therefore beseech you, I may
      <lb n="1402"/>be Consull.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.2">
      <speaker rend="italic">2.</speaker>
      <p n="1403">Wee hope to finde you our friend: and therefore
      <lb n="1404"/>giue you our voices heartily.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.1">
      <speaker rend="italic">1.</speaker>
      <p n="1405">You haue receyued many wounds for your Coun­
      <lb n="1406"/>trey.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Coriol.</speaker>
      <p n="1407">I wil not Seale your knowledge with shewing
      <lb n="1408"/>them. I will make much of your voyces, and so trouble
      <lb n="1409"/>you no farther.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.1 #F-cor-cit.2">
      <speaker rend="italic">Both.</speaker>
      <p n="1410">The Gods giue you ioy Sir heartily.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Coriol.</speaker>
      <l n="1411">Most sweet Voyces:</l>
      <l n="1412">Better it is to dye, better to sterue,</l>
      <l n="1413">Then craue the higher, which first we do deserue.</l>
      <l n="1414">Why in this Wooluish tongue should I stand heere,</l>
      <l n="1415">To begge of Hob and Dicke, that does appeere</l>
      <pb facs="FFimg:axc0631-0.jpg" n="13"/>
      <cb n="1"/>
      <l n="1416">Their needlesse Vouches: Custome calls me too't.</l>
      <l n="1417">What Custome wills in all things, should we doo't?</l>
      <l n="1418">The Dust on antique Time would lye vnswept,</l>
      <l n="1419">And mountainous Error be too highly heapt,</l>
      <l n="1420">For Truth to o're‑peere. Rather then foole it so,</l>
      <l n="1421">Let the high Office and the Honor go</l>
      <l n="1422">To one that would doe thus. I am halfe through,</l>
      <l n="1423">The one part suffered, the other will I doe.</l>
      <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter three Citizens more.</stage>
      <l n="1424">Here come moe Voyces.</l>
      <l n="1425">Your Voyces? for your Voyces I haue fought,</l>
      <l n="1426">Watcht for your Voyces: for your Voyces, beare</l>
      <l n="1427">Of Wounds, two dozen odde: Battailes thrice six</l>
      <l n="1428">I haue seene, and heard of: for your Voyces,</l>
      <l n="1429">Haue done many things, some lesse, some more:</l>
      <l n="1430">Your Voyces? Indeed I would be Consull.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.1">
      <speaker rend="italic">1. Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1431">Hee ha's done Nobly, and cannot goe without
      <lb n="1432"/>any honest mans Voyce.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.2">
      <speaker rend="italic">2. Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1433">Therefore let him be Consull: the Gods giue
      <lb n="1434"/>him ioy, and make him good friend to the People.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-all">
      <speaker rend="italic">All.</speaker>
      <p n="1435">Amen, Amen. God saue thee, Noble Consull.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <p n="1436">Worthy Voyces.</p>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Menenius, with Brutus and Scicinius.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-cor-men">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mene.</speaker>
      <l n="1437">You haue stood your Limitation:</l>
      <l n="1438">And the Tribunes endue you with the Peoples Voyce,</l>
      <l n="1439">Remaines, that in th'Officiall Markes inuested,</l>
      <l n="1440">You anon doe meet the Senate.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <p n="1441">Is this done?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scicin.</speaker>
      <l n="1442">The Custome of Request you haue discharg'd:</l>
      <l n="1443">The People doe admit you, and are summon'd</l>
      <l n="1444">To meet anon, vpon your approbation.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <p n="1445">Where? at the Senate‑house?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scicin.</speaker>
      <p n="1446">There,<hi rend="italic">Coriolanus</hi>.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Corio.</speaker>
      <p n="1447">May I change these Garments?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scicin.</speaker>
      <p n="1448">You may, Sir.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cor">
      <speaker rend="italic">Cori.</speaker>
      <l n="1449">That Ile straight do: and knowing my selfe again,</l>
      <l n="1450">Repayre toth' Senate‑house.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-men">
      <speaker rend="italic">Mene.</speaker>
      <p n="1451">Ile keepe you company. Will you along?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-bru">
      <speaker rend="italic">Brut.</speaker>
      <p n="1452">We stay here for the People.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scicin.</speaker>
      <l n="1453">Fare you well.</l>
      <stage rend="italic inline" type="exit">Exeunt. Coriol. and Mene.</stage>
      <l n="1454">He ha's it now: and by his Lookes, me thinkes,</l>
      <l n="1455">'Tis warme at's heart.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-bru">
      <speaker rend="italic">Brut.</speaker>
      <l n="1456">With a prowd heart he wore his humble Weeds:</l>
      <l n="1457">Will you dismisse the People?</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter the Plebeians.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scici.</speaker>
      <p n="1458">How now, my Masters, haue you chose this man?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.1">
      <speaker rend="italic">1. Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1459">He ha's our Voyces, Sir.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-bru">
      <speaker rend="italic">Brut.</speaker>
      <p n="1460">We pray the Gods, he may deserue your loues.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.2">
      <speaker rend="italic">2. Cit.</speaker>
      <l n="1461">Amen, Sir: to my poore vnworthy notice,</l>
      <l n="1462">He mock'd vs, when he begg'd our Voyces.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.3">
      <speaker rend="italic">3. Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1463">Certainely, he flowted vs downe‑right.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.1">
      <speaker rend="italic">1. Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1464">No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not mock vs.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.2">
      <speaker rend="italic">2. Cit.</speaker>
      <l n="1465">Not one amongst vs, saue your selfe, but says</l>
      <l n="1466">He vs'd vs scornefully: he should haue shew'd vs</l>
      <l n="1467">His Marks of Merit, Wounds receiu'd for's Countrey.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scicin.</speaker>
      <p n="1468">Why so he did, I am sure.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-all">
      <speaker rend="italic">All.</speaker>
      <p n="1469">No, no: no man saw 'em.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.3">
      <speaker rend="italic">3. Cit.</speaker>
      <l n="1470">Hee said hee had Wounds,</l>
      <l n="1471">Which he could shew in priuate:</l>
      <l n="1472">And with his Hat, thus wauing it in scorne,</l>
      <l n="1473">I would be Consull, sayes he: aged Custome,</l>
      <l n="1474">But by your Voyces, will not so permit me.</l>
      <l n="1475">Your Voyces therefore: when we graunted that,</l>
      <l n="1476">Here was, I thanke you for your Voyces, thanke you</l>
      <cb n="2"/>
      <l n="1477">Your most sweet Voyces: now you haue left your Voyces,</l>
      <l n="1478">I haue no further with you. Was not this mockerie?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scicin.</speaker>
      <l n="1479">Why eyther were you ignorant to see't?</l>
      <l n="1480">Or seeing it, of such Childish friendlinesse,</l>
      <l n="1481">To yeeld your Voyces?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-bru">
      <speaker rend="italic">Brut.</speaker>
      <l n="1482">Could you not haue told him,</l>
      <l n="1483">As you were lesson'd: When he had no Power,</l>
      <l n="1484">But was a pettie seruant to the State,</l>
      <l n="1485">He was your Enemie, euer spake against</l>
      <l n="1486">Your Liberties, and the Charters that you beare</l>
      <l n="1487">I'th'Body of the Weale: and now arriuing</l>
      <l n="1488">A place of Potencie, and sway o'th' State,</l>
      <l n="1489">If he should still malignantly remaine</l>
      <l n="1490">Fast Foe toth'<hi rend="italic">Plebeij</hi>, your Voyces might</l>
      <l n="1491">Be Curses to your selues. You should haue said,</l>
      <l n="1492">That as his worthy deeds did clayme no lesse</l>
      <l n="1493">Then what he stood for: so his gracious nature</l>
      <l n="1494">Would thinke vpon you, for your Voyces,</l>
      <l n="1495">And translate his Mallice towards you, into Loue,</l>
      <l n="1496">Standing your friendly Lord.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scicin.</speaker>
      <l n="1497">Thus to haue said,</l>
      <l n="1498">As you were fore‑aduis'd, had toucht his Spirit,</l>
      <l n="1499">And try'd his Inclination: from him pluckt</l>
      <l n="1500">Eyther his gracious Promise, which you might</l>
      <l n="1501">As cause had call'd you vp, haue held him to;</l>
      <l n="1502">Or else it would haue gall'd his surly nature,</l>
      <l n="1503">Which easily endures not Article,</l>
      <l n="1504">Tying him to ought, so putting him to Rage,</l>
      <l n="1505">You should haue ta'ne th'aduantage of his Choller,</l>
      <l n="1506">And pass'd him vnelected.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-bru">
      <speaker rend="italic">Brut.</speaker>
      <l n="1507">Did you perceiue,</l>
      <l n="1508">He did sollicite you in free Contempt,</l>
      <l n="1509">When he did need your Loues: and doe you thinke,</l>
      <l n="1510">That his Contempt shall not be brusing to you,</l>
      <l n="1511">When he hath power to crush? Why, had your Bodyes</l>
      <l n="1512">No Heart among you? Or had you Tongues, to cry</l>
      <l n="1513">Against the Rectorship of Iudgement?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scicin.</speaker>
      <l n="1514">Haue you, ere now, deny'd the asker:</l>
      <l n="1515">And now againe, of him that did not aske, but mock,</l>
      <l n="1516">Bestow your su'd‑for Tongues?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.3">
      <speaker rend="italic">3. Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1517">Hee's not confirm'd, we may deny him yet.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.2">
      <speaker rend="italic">2. Cit.</speaker>
      <l n="1518">And will deny him:</l>
      <l n="1519">Ile haue fiue hundred Voyces of that sound.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-cit.1">
      <speaker rend="italic">1. Cit.</speaker>
      <p n="1520">I twice fiue hundred, &amp; their friends, to piece 'em.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-bru">
      <speaker rend="italic">Brut.</speaker>
      <l n="1521">Get you hence instantly, and tell those friends,</l>
      <l n="1522">They haue chose a Consull, that will from them take</l>
      <l n="1523">Their Liberties, make them of no more Voyce</l>
      <l n="1524">Then Dogges, that are as often beat for barking,</l>
      <l n="1525">As therefore kept to doe so.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scici.</speaker>
      <l n="1526">Let them assemble: and on a safer Iudgement,</l>
      <l n="1527">All reuoke your ignorant election: Enforce his Pride,</l>
      <l n="1528">And his old Hate vnto you: besides, forget not</l>
      <l n="1529">With what Contempt he wore the humble Weed,</l>
      <l n="1530">How in his Suit he scorn'd you: but your Loues,</l>
      <l n="1531">Thinking vpon his Seruices, tooke from you</l>
      <l n="1532">Th'apprehension of his present portance,</l>
      <l n="1533">Which most gibingly, vngrauely, he did fashion</l>
      <l n="1534">After the inueterate Hate he beares you.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-bru">
      <speaker rend="italic">Brut.</speaker>
      <l n="1535">Lay a fault on vs, your Tribunes,</l>
      <l n="1536">That we labour'd (no impediment betweene)</l>
      <l n="1537">But that you must cast your Election on him.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scici.</speaker>
      <l n="1538">Say you chose him, more after our commandment,</l>
      <l n="1539">Then as guided by your owne true affections, and that</l>
      <l n="1540">Your Minds pre‑occupy'd with what you rather must do,</l>
      <l n="1541">Then what you should, made you against the graine</l>
      <l n="1542">To Voyce him Consull. Lay the fault on vs.</l>
   </sp>
   <pb facs="FFimg:axc0632-0.jpg" n="14"/>
   <cb n="1"/>
   <sp who="#F-cor-bru">
      <speaker rend="italic">Brut.</speaker>
      <l n="1543">I, spare vs not: Say, we read Lectures to you,</l>
      <l n="1544">How youngly he began to serue his Countrey,</l>
      <l n="1545">How long continued, and what stock he springs of,</l>
      <l n="1546">The Noble House o'th'<hi rend="italic">Martians</hi>: from whence came</l>
      <l n="1547">That<hi rend="italic">Ancus Martius, Numaes</hi>Daughters Sonne:</l>
      <l n="1548">Who after great<hi rend="italic">Hostilius</hi>here was King,</l>
      <l n="1549">Of the same House<hi rend="italic">Publius</hi>and<hi rend="italic">Quintus</hi>were,</l>
      <l n="1550">That our best Water, brought by Conduits hither,</l>
      <l n="1551">And Nobly nam'd, so twice being Censor,</l>
      <l n="1552">Was his great Ancestor.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scicin.</speaker>
      <l n="1553">One thus descended,</l>
      <l n="1554">That hath beside well in his person wrought,</l>
      <l n="1555">To be set high in place, we did commend</l>
      <l n="1556">To your remembrances: but you haue found,</l>
      <l n="1557">Skaling his present bearing with his past,</l>
      <l n="1558">That hee's your fixed enemie; and reuoke</l>
      <l n="1559">Your suddaine approbation.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-bru">
      <speaker rend="italic">Brut.</speaker>
      <l n="1560">Say you ne're had don't,</l>
      <l n="1561">(Harpe on that still) but by our putting on:</l>
      <l n="1562">And presently, when you haue drawne your number,</l>
      <l n="1563">Repaire toth'Capitoll.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-all">
      <speaker rend="italic">All.</speaker>
      <p n="1564">We will so: almost all repent in their election.</p>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="exit">Exeunt Plebeians.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-cor-bru">
      <speaker rend="italic">Brut.</speaker>
      <l n="1565">Let them goe on:</l>
      <l n="1566">This Mutinie were better put in hazard,</l>
      <l n="1567">Then stay past doubt, for greater:</l>
      <l n="1568">If, as his nature is, he fall in rage</l>
      <l n="1569">With their refusall, both obserue and answer</l>
      <l n="1570">The vantage of his anger.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-cor-sic">
      <speaker rend="italic">Scicin.</speaker>
      <l n="1571">Toth'Capitoll, come:</l>
      <l n="1572">We will be there before the streame o'th' People:</l>
      <l n="1573">And this shall seeme, as partly 'tis, their owne,</l>
      <l n="1574">Which we haue goaded on‑ward.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic inline" type="exit">Exeunt.</stage>
   <cb n="1"/>
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