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K. Henry. I thank you: God be with you! Bates. He may shew what outward courage he Pist. My name is Pistol calld. [Erit. will: but, I believe, as cold a night as ’tis, he K. Henry. It sorts' weil with your fierceness. could wish himself in the Thames up to the neck;
Enter Fluellen, and Gower, seterully. and so I would he were, and I by him, at all adGow. Captain Fluellen,
5 ventures, so we were quit bere. Flu. So in the name Cheshu Christ, speak K. Henry. By my troth, I will speak my confewer. It is the greatest admiration in the uni- science of the king; I think, he would not wish versal 'orld, when the tr..e and auncient preroga- Jhimself any where but where he is. tifes and laws of the wars is not kept : if you Baues. Then, 'would be were here alone ; so would take the pains but to examine the wars of 10 should he be sure to be ransom’d, and a piany poor Pompey the great, you shall nind, I warrant you, men's lives sav'd. that there is no tittle tattle, nor piible pabble, in K. Henry. I dare say, you love him not so ill, Pompey's camp: I warrant you, you shail tind 10 wish him here alone; howsoever you speak the ceremonies of the wars, and the cares of it, this, to feel other men's minds: Methinks, I and the forms of it, and the sobriety of it, and the 15 could not die any where so contented, as in the modesty of it, to be otherwise.
king's company; his cause being just, and his Gow. Why, the enemy is loud; you beard him Jquarrel honourable. all night.
Will. That's more than we know. Flu. If the enemy is an ass and a fool, and a Bates. Ay, or more than we should seek after; prating ccxcomb, is it meet, think you, that we 20 for we know enough, if we know we are the should also, look you, be an ass and a fool, and King's subjects: If his cause be wrong, our obedia prating coxcomb; in your own conscience now: ence to the king wipes the crime ot it out of us. Gow. I will speak lower.
Will. But if the cause be not good, the king Flu. I pray you, and beseech you, that you himself hath a heavy, reckoning to make; when will.
[Errunt. 25 all those legs, and arms, and heads, chopp'd oil in K. Henry. Though it appear a little out of a battle, shall join together at the latter day, and fashion, there is much care and valvur in this cry all,- We dy'd in such a place; some, swearing; Welshman.
somne, crying for a surgeon; some, upon their Enter three Soldiers ; John Bates, Alexander wives leit poor behind them; some, upon the Court, and Michael Williams.
30 debts they owe; some, upon their children rawly' Court. Brother John Bates, is not that the morn- left. I am afeard there are few die well, that die ing which breaks yonder?
in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of Bates. I think it be: but we have no great cause any thing, when blood is their argument. Now, to desire the approach of day.
fif these men do not die well, it will be a black Will. We see yonder the beginning of the day, 35 matter for the king that led them to it; whom but, I think, we shall never see the end of it.- to disobey, were against all proportion of subjecWho goes there?
Ition. K. Henry. A friend.
K. Henry. So, if a son, that is hy his father sent Hill. Under what captain serve you?
about merchandize, co sinfully miscarry upon the K Henry. Under Sir Thomas Erpingham. 40 ea, the imputation of his wickedness, by your rule,
fill. A good old coinmander, and a mosi kind should be imposed upon his father that sent him; gentleman : I pray you, what thinks he of our or, if a servant, under his master's conimand, transestate?
porting a sum of money, be assaild by robbers, K. Henry. Even as men wreck'd upon the sand, fand die in many irreconcil'd iniquities, you may that look to be wash'd off the next tide.
45 call the business of the master the author of the Butes. He hath not told his thought to the servant's damnation:-But this is not so: the king king?
is not bound to answer the particular endings of X. Henry. No; nor it is not meet he should.- his soldiers, the father of his son, nor the master For, though I speak it to you, I think, the king of his servant; for they purpose not their death, is but a man, as I am: the violet smells to him, 50 when they purpose their services. Besides, there as it doth to me; the element shews to him, as it is no king, be his cause never so spotless, if it doth to me; all his senses have but human condi- come to the arbitrement of swords, can try it out tions": his ceremonies laid by, in his nakedness le with all unspotted soldiers. Some, peradventure, appears but a man; and though his affections are have on them the guilt of pernicditated and conhigher mounted than ours, yet, when they stoop, 55 trived murder; some, of beguiling virgins with they stoop with the like wing; therefore, when he the broken seals of perjury; soine, making the sees reason of fears, as we do, his fears, out of doubt, wars their bulwark, that have before gored the be of the same relish as ours are: Yet, in reason, Igentle bosom of peace with pillage and robbery. no man should possess him with any appearance of Now if these inan have defeated the law and out. fear, lest he, by shewing it, should dishearten his 60 run native punishment', though they can out-strip army.
Imen, they have no wings to fly from God: war ?i. e. it agrees., Conditions means qualities. 'j. e. hastily, suddenly. That is, punishment in their native country: or, such as they are born to if they offerid.
Sic. Go, call the people: [Exit Brutus.] in Bru. Ædiles, seize him. whose name, myself
All. Yield, Marcius, yield. Attach thee, as a traitorous innovator,
Men. Hear me one word.
(triends, Cor. Hence, old goat !
Men. Be that you seem, truly your country's All . We'll surety him.
And temperately proceed to what you would Com. Aged sir, hands off.
[bones Thus violently redress. Cor. Hence, rotten thing, or I shall shake thy Bru. Sir, those cold ways, Out of thy garinents.
10 That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous Sic. Help me, citizens.
Where the disease is violent:-Lay hands upon Re-enter Brutus with a rabble of Citizens, with And bear him to the rock.
[him, the Ædiles.
[Coriolanus draws his sword. Men. On both sides more respect.
Cor. No; I'll die here. Sic. Here's he, that would
15 There's someamong you have beheld me fighting; Take from you all your power.
Come, try upon yourselves whatyou have seen me. Bra. Seize him, ædiles.
Men. Down with that sword;-Tribunes, withAll. Down with bim, down with him!
Bru. Lay hands upon him. [draw a while. 2 Sen. Weapons, weapons, weapons !
Men. Help, Marcius! help, [They all bustle about Coriolanus. 20 You that be noble; help him, young and old! Tribunes, patricians, citizens !--what, ho!
All. Down with him, down with him! (Exeunt. Sicinius, Brutus, Coriolanus, citizens !
[In this mutiny, the Tribunes, the Ædiles, All. Peace, peace, peace: stay, hold, peace !
and the People are beut in. Men What is about to be? -I am out of Men.Go, get you to your house; be gone away, breath;
[bunes 25 All will be naught else. Confusion 's near ; I cannot speak:- -You, tri
2 Sen. Get you gone. To the people,-Coriolanus, patience :
Cor. Stand fast; Speak, good Sicinius.
We have as many friends as enemics. Sic. Hear me, people:- Peace.
Mlen. Shall it be put to that? All. Let's hear our tribunes :—Peace. Speak, 30 I Sun. The gods forbid ! speak, speak.
I pr’ythee, noble friend, home to thy house ; Sic. You are at point to lose
liberties : Leave us to cure this cause. Marcius would have all from you; Marcius, Men. For 'tis a sore upon us, Whom late you nam’d for consul.
You cannot tent yourself: Be gone,'beseech you. Men: Fie, fie, fie!
135) Com. Come, sir, along with us. This is the way to kindle, not to quench.
Cor. I would they were barbarians, (as they are, 1 Sen. To unbuild the city, and to lay all flat. Though in Rome litter'd;) not Romans, as they Sic. What is the city, but the people ?
[gone. All. True,
Though calv'd i' the porch o' the Capitol.)--Be The people are the city.
40 Men.Put not your worthy rage into your tongue; Bru. By the consent of all, we were establish'd One time will owe' another. The people's magistrates.
Cor. On fair ground, Ali. You so remain.
I could beat forty of them. Men. And so are like to do.
Men. I could myself
(tribunes. Cor. That is the way to lay the city flat; 45 Take
a brace of the best of them; yca, the two To bring the roof to the foundation ;
Com. But now 'tis odds beyond arithmetick; And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges, And manhood is call'd foolery, when it stands In heaps and piles of ruin.
Against a falling fabrick.- Will Sic. This deserves death.
Before the tag return? whose rage doth rend Bru. Or let us stand to our authority, 50 Like interrupted waters, and o'erbear Or let us lose it: We do here pronounce, What they are us'd to bear. Upon the part o' the people, in whose power Men. Pray you, be gone: We were elected theirs, Marcius is worthy I'll try whether my old wit be in request Of present death.
With those that have but little; this must be Sic. Therefore, lay hold of him ;
55 With cloth of colour.
(patch'd Bear hiin to the rock Tarpeïan, and from thence Com. Nay, coine away. Into destruction cast him.
[Ereunt Coriclanus and Cuminius.
· Dr. Johnson on this passage, remarks, that he knows not whether to orre in this place ineans to possess by right, or to be indebted. Either sense may be admitted. One time, in which the people are seditious, will give us power in some other time: or, this time of the people's predominance will run them in debt; that is, will say them open to the law, and expose them hereafter to more servile subjection. * The lowest of the populace are still denominated by those a little above thein, Tug, rag, anel bobtail.
I Sen. This man has marr'd his fortune. By many an ounce) he dropp'd it for his country:
Men. His nature is too noble for the world: And, what is left, to lose it by his country, He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, Were to us all, that do't, and suffer it, Or Jove for his power to thunder. His heart's A brand to the end o' the world. his mouth: 5 Sic. This is clean kam?.
(try, What his breast forges, that his tongue niust vent; Bru. Merely awry: When he did love his counAnd, being angry, doth forget that ever
It honour'd him.
Being once gangren’d, is not then respected 2 Sen. I would they were a-bed! [vengeance, 10 For what betore it was.
Men. I would they were in Tiber!-What, the Bru. We'll hear no more: Could he not speak 'em fair ?
Pursue him to his house, and pluck him thence; Enter Brutus and Sicinius, with the rabble again. Lest bis infection, being of catching nature, Sic. Where is this viper,
Spread further. That will depopulate the city, and
15 Men. One word more, one word. Be every man himself?
This tyger-footed rage, when it shall find Men. You worthy tribunes,-
The harm of unscann'd swiftness, will, too late, Sic. He shall be thrown downthe Tarpeian rock Tie leaden pounds to his heels. Proceed by process; With rigorous hands; he hath resisted law, Lest parties (as he is belov'd) break out, And therefore law shall scorn bim further trial 20 And sack great Rome with Romans. Than the severity of publick power,
Bru. If it were som Which he so sets at nought.
Sic. What do ye talk? 1 Cit. He shall well know,
Have we not had a taste of his obedience? The noble tribunes are the people's mouths, Our ædjles smote? ourselves resisted? Come And we their hands.
125 Men. Consider this ;-He hath been bred i' the All. He shall sure out. Men. Sir, sir,
Since he could draw a sword, and is ill school'd Sic. Peace.
[but hunt In boulted language; meal and bran together Men. Do not cry, havock', where you should He throws without distinction. Give me leave, With modest warrant.
30 I'll go to him, and undertake to bring him Sic. Sir, how comes it, that you
Where he shall answer, by a lawful form, Have holp to make this rescue?
|(In peace) to his utmost peril. Men. Hear me speak :
i Sen. Noble tribunes, As I do know the consul's worthiness,
It is the humane way: the other course So can I name his faults:
|35 Will prove too bloody; and the end of it Sic. Consul !—what consul?
Unknown to the beginning. Mer. The consul Coriolanus.
Sic. Noble llenenius, Bru. He consul!
you then as the people's officer: All. No, no, no, no, no.
[people, Masters, lay down your weapons. Men. If, bythe tribunes' leave, and yours, good 40 Bru. Go not home.
(you there: I may be heard, I'd crave a word or two; Sic. Meet on the market-place:-Vellattend The which shall turn you to no further harm, Where, it you bring not Marcius, we'll proceed Than so much loss of time.
in our first way. Sic. Speak briefly then;
Mien. I'll bring him to you: (must come, For we are peremptory, to dispatch
43 Let me desire your company. [To the Senators.]lie This viperous traitor: to eject him hence, Or what is worst will follow. Were but one danger; and, to keep him here, 1 Sen. Pray you, let's to him. [Ereunt. Our certain death; therefore, it is decreed, He dies to-night.
SCENE II. Men. Now the good gods forbid,
Coriolanus's House. That our renowned Ronie, whose gratitude
Enter Coriolanus, with Patricians. Towards her deserved children is enroll'd
Cor. Let them pull all about mine ears; présent In Jove's own book, like an unnatural dain Should now eat up her own!
Death on the wheel, or at wild horses' heels; Sic. He's a disease that must be cut away. 55 Or pile ten hills on the Tarpežan roc
Mlen. O, he's a limb, that has but a disease; That the precipitation might down stretch
Below the beam of sight, yet will I still
Enter Volumnia. (Which, I dare vouch, is more than that he hath,lool Pat. You do the nobler.
'i.e. Do not give the signal for unlimited slaughter, &c.-To cry havock, was, I beliere, originally a sporting phrase, froin hajoc, which in Saxon signifies a hawk. It was afterwards used in war, and seeins to have been the signal for general slaughter. 2 i. e. Awry. Hence a kumbrel for a crooked stick, or the bend in a horse's hinder leg.-The Welch word for crooked is kum,
Cor. I muse', my mother
Cor. Why force you
this? Does not approve me further, who was wont Vol. Because, To call them woollen vassals, things created That now it lies on you to speak to the people : To buy or sell with groats; to shew bare heads Not by your own instruction, nor by the matter In congregations, to yawn, be still, and wonder, 5 Which your heart prompts you to; but with such When one but of my ordinance stood up
words To speak of peace, or war. [To l'ol.] I talk of you; That are but roated in your tongue, but bastards, Why did you wish me milder? Would you have
and syllables False to my nature? Rather say, I play [me Of no allowance', to your boson's truth. The man I am.
10 Now, this no more dishonours you at all, Vol. O, sir, sir, sir,
Than to take in a town with gentle words, I would have had you put your power well on, Which else would put you to your fortune, and Before you had worn it out.
The hazard of much blood.Cor. Let go
[are, I would dissemble with my nature, where Vol. You might have been enough the man you 15 y fortunes, and my friends, at stake, required, With striving less to be so: Lesser had been I should do so in honour: I am in this, The thwartings of your dispositions, if
Your wife, your son, these senators, the nobles; You had not shew'd them how you were dispos’d And
will rather shew our general lowts Ere they lack'd power to cross you.
How you can frown, than spend a fawn upon 'em, Cor. Let them hang.
120 For the inheritance of their loves, and safeguard Vol. Ay, and burn too.
Of what that want ' might ruin.
Men. Noble lady!-
Come, go with us; speak fair: you may salve so, Men. Come, come, you have been too rough, Not what is dangerous present, but the loss something too rough;
| 25 Of what is past. You must return and mend it.
Vol. I prythee now, my son, Sen. There's no remedy;
Go to them, with this bonnet in thy hand; Unless, by not so doing, our good city
And thus far having stretch'd it, (here be with Cleave in the midst, and perish.
them) Vol. Pray, be counsellid:
30 Thy knee bussing the stones, (for in such business I have a heart as little apt as yours,
Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant But yet a brain, that leads my use of anger, More learned than the ears) waving thy head, To better vantage.
With often, thus, correcting thy stout heart, Men. Well said, noble woman:
Now humble as the ripest mulberry, Before he should thus stoop to the herd', but that 35 Chat will not hold the handling: Or, say to them, The violent fit o' the time craves it as physick Thou art their soldier, and being bred in broils, For the whole state, I would put mine armour on, Hast not the soft way, which, thou dost coniess, Which I can scarcely bear.
Were fit for thee to use, as they to claim, Cor. What must I do?
In asking their good loves; but thou wilt frame Alen. Return to the tribunes.
40 Thyself, forsooth, hereafter theirs, so far Cor. Well, what then? what then?
As thou hast power and person. Men. Repent what you have spoke.
Men. This but done, Cor. For them? I cannot do it to the gods; Even as she speaks, why, their hearts were yours: Must I then do't to them?
For they have pardons, being ask'd, as free Vol. You are too absolute;
45 As words to little purpose. Though therein you can never be too noble.
Vol. Pr’ythee now,
frather But when extremities speak, I have heard you say, Go, and be ruld: although, I know, thou hadst Honour and policy, like unsever'd friends, Follow thine enemy in a tiery gulf, l' the war do grow together: Grant that, and Than tlatter him in a bower. Here is Cominius.
50 In peace, what each of them by the other lose,
Enter Cominius. That they combine not there?
Com. I have been i’ the market-place: and, sir, Cor. T'ush, tush!
'tis fit Men. A good demand.
You make strong party, or defend yourself Vol. If it be honour, in your wars, to seem 55 By calmness, or by absence; all's in anger. The same you are not, (which, for your best ends, Men. Only fair speech. You adopt your policy) how is it less, or worse, Com. I think, 'twill serve, if he That it shall hold companionship in peace Can thereto frame his spirit. With honour, as in war; since that to both
Vol. He must, and will:It stands in like request ?
160 Prythee, now, say, you will, and go about it. Tj.e. I wonder. ? i, e. my rank. 3 j.e. the people.
Si. e. of no established rank, or settled authority. i. e. our common clozins. ?i.e. the rant of their loves. . In this place, not seems to signify not only. 3A2
* i. e. urge.
Cor. Must I goshew them my unbarb’d'sconceil Cor. The word is mildly:-Pray you, let us go :
Let them accuse me by invention, I
[Exeunt. And throw it against the wind.—To the marketplace:
SCENE III. You have put me now to such a part, which never
The Forum. I shall discharge to the life.
En'er Sicinius, and Brutus. Com. Come, come, we'll prompt you,
Bru. In this point charge him home, that he Vol. I pr’ythee now, sweet son; as thou hast
Tyrannical power: If he evade us there, My praises made thee first a soldier, so,
Inforce him with his envy to the people; To have my praise for this, perform a part 15 And that the spoil, got on the Antiates, Thou hast not done before.
Was ne'er distributed.—What, will he come? Cor. Well, I must do't:Away, my disposition, and possess me
Enter an Edile. Some harlot's spirit! My throat of war be turn'd,
Æd. He's coming. Which quired with my drum, into a pipe 20
Bru. How accompanied ? Small as an eunuch, or the virgin voice
Ad. With old Menenius, and those senators That babies lulls asleep! The smiles of knaves
That always favour'd him. Tent in my cheeks; and school-boys'tears take up
Sic. Have you a catalogue The glasses of my sight! A beggar's tongue
Of all the voices that we have procur’d, Make motion through my lips; and my arm’d2; Set down by the poll? knees,
Æd. I have; 'tis ready. Who bow'd but in my stirrup, bend like his Sic. Have you collected them by tribes? That hath receiv'd an alms - I will not do't;
Æd. I have. Lest I surcease to honour mine own truth,
Sic. Assemble presently the people hither; And, by my body's action, teach
And when they hear me say, It shall be so, A most inherent baseness.
l'the right and strength o' the commons, beit either Vol. At thy choice then:
For death, for fine, or banishment, then let them, To beg of thee, it is my more dishonour,
If I say fine, cry fine; if death, cry death; Than thou of them. Come all to ruin; let
Insisting on the old prerogative
Ad. I shall inform them.
[to cry, With as big heart as thou. Do as thou list.
Bru. And when such time they have begun
Let them not cease, Thy valiantness was mine, thou suck’dsi it from
but with a din confus'd But own thy pride thyself.
Inforce the present execution Cor. Pray, be content ;
Of what we chance to sentence. Mother, I ain going to the market-place;
Ed. Very well. Chide me no more. I'll inountebank their loves,
Sic. Make them be strong, and ready for this Cog their hearts from them, and come home be
When we shall hap to give't them. Of all the trades in Rome. Look, I am going : 45
Bru. Go about it.
[Erit Ædile. Commend me to my wife. I'll return consul;
Put him to choler straight: He hath been us'd Or never trust to what my tongue can do
Ever to conquer, and to have his worth l'the way of flattery, further.
Of contradiction: Being once chaf'd, he cannot Fol. Do your wiil.
[Exit Volumnia. Be reiu’d again to temperance; then he speaks Com. Away; the tribunes do attend you: arm: What's in his heart; and that is there, which lookss
With us to break his neck. yourself To answer mildly; for they are prepar'd
Enter Coriolanus, Menenius, and Cominius, With accusations, as I hear, inore strong
with others. Than are upon you yet.
Sic. Well, here he comes. Mr. Hawkins explains unbarbed by bare, uncovered; and adds, that in the times of chivalry, when a horse was fully armed and accoutered for the encounter, he was said to be barbed; probably from the old word barbe, which Chaucer uses for a veil or covering. Mr. Steevens, however, says, unbarbed sconce is untrimni'd or unshaven head.-To barb a man was to shave him.
2 j. e. piece, portion; applied to a piece of earth, and here elegantly transferred to the body, carcase. ii. e. whicli plaujid in concert with my drum. * To tent is to take up residence. s i.e. according to Mr. Matone, Jle has been used to his worth, or (as we should now say) his penniworth of contradiction; his full quota or proportion. 6.To look is to wait or expect. --The sense, I believe, is, li hut he has in his hearl, is waiting there to help us to break his neck.