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Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS,
Enter an Ædile.
What, will he come?
you a catalogue
I have; 'tis ready, herei-
I shall inform them.
envy.-) i. e. malice, hatred.
Let them not cease, but with a din confus'd
Go about it.
Erit Ædile. Put him to choler straight: ITe hath been usd Ever to conquer, and to have his worth Of contradiction: Being once chafRd, he cannot Be rein'd again to temperance; then he speaks What's in his heart: and that is there, which looks With us to break his neck.?
Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENTUS, COMINIUS, Sena
tors, and Patricians.
Sic. Well, here he comes.
Calmly, I do bescech you. Cor. Ay, as an ostler, 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 Supplied with worthy men! plant love among us! Throng our large temples with the shows of
peace, And not our streets with war! 1 Sen.
Amen, amen! Men. A noble wish.
and to have his worth Of contradiction :) He has been used to have his worth, or (as we should now say) his pennyworth of contradiction; his. full quota or proportion.
n_The sentiments of Coriolanus's heart are our coadjutors, and look to have their share in promoting his destruction.
• Will bear the knave by the volume,] i. e. would bear being called a knave as often as would fill out a volume.
Re-enter Ædile, with Citizens.
Sic. Draw near, ye people.
Well, say.—Peace, ho. Cor. Shall I be charg'd no further than this pre
I do demand,
I am content.
Scratches with briars,
Well, well, no more.
hour You take it off again? Sic.
Answer to us. .: Cor. Say then : 'tis true, I ought so.
· Rather than envy you.] Rather than import ill will to you.
Sic. We charge you, that you have contriv'd to
Cor. How ! Traitor ?
Cor. The fires i 'the lowest hell fold in the people!
Mark you this, people? Cit. To the rock with him; to the rock with him!
Sic. Peace. We need not put new matter to his charge: What you have seen him do, and heard him speak, Beating your officers, cursing yourselves, Opposing laws with strokes, and here defying Those whose great power must try him ; even this, So criminal, and in such capital kind, Deserves the extremest death. Bru.
But since he hath Serv'd well for Rome, Cor.
What do you prate of service? Bru. I talk of that, that know it. Cor.
You : Men.
Is this The promise that you
Know, I pray you,
season'd office,) All office established and settled by time, and made familiar to the people by long use.
clutch'd-] i. e. grasp’d.
I'll know no further:
For that he has
presence Of dreaded justice, but on the ministers That do distribute it: In the name o'the people, And in the power of us the tribunes, we, Even, from this instant banish him our city'; In peril of precipitation From off: the rock Tarpeian, never more Tosenter our Rome gates: l’ the people's name, I say, it shall be so. Cit.
It shall be so, It shall be so;. let him away: he's banishid, And so it shall be. Com. Hear me, my masters, and my common
friends Sic. He's sentenc'd; no-more hearing. Com.
Let me speak:
I do love
3 Envied against the people,] i. e. behaved with signs of hatred to the people
* My dear wife's estimate,] I love my country beyond the rate at which I value my dear wife.