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That hunger broke stone walls; that, dogs must eat: That meat was made for mouths; that, the gods sent

not Corn for the rich men only: With these shreds They vented their complainings; which being an.

swer'd, And a petition granted them, a strange one (To break the heart of generosity, And make bold power look pale), they threw their

caps As they would havg them on the horns o'the moon. Shouting their emulation. Men.

What is granted them?
Mar. Five tribunes to defend their vulgar wisdoms,
Of their own choice: Ope's Juvius Brutus,
Sicinius Velutus, and I know not-'Sdeath !
The rabble should have first unroof'd the city;
Ere so prevail'd with me: it will in time
Win upon power, and throw forth greater themes
For insurrection's arguing t.
Men.

This is strange.
Mar. Go, get you home, you fragments !

Enter a Messenger.

Mes. Where's Caius Marcius?
Mar.

Here: What's the matter?
Mes. The news is, sir, the Volces are in arins.
Mar. I am glad on't; then we shall have means

to vent Our musty superfluity :-See, our best elders.

Enter Cominius, Titus Lartius, and other Senators:

Jupius Brutus, and Sicinius Velutus.

1 Sen. Marcius, 'tis true, that you have lately

told us; The Volces are in arms.

Faction.

For insurgents to debate upon.

Mar.

They have a leader, Tullus Aufidius, that will put you to't. I sin in envying his nobility: And were I any thing but what I am, I would wish me only he. Com.

You have fought together. Mar. Were half to balf the world by the ears, and he Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make Only my wars with him, he is a lion That I am proud to hunt. 1 Sen.

Then, worthy Marcius, Attend upon Cominius to these wars.

Com. It is your former promise. .
Mar.

Sir, it is;
And I am constant.-Titus Lartius, thou
Shalt see me once more strike at Tullus face:
What, art thou stiff? stand'st out?
Tit.

No, Caius Marcius;
I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the other,
Ere stay behind this business.
Men.

o, true bred! 1 Sen. Your company to the Capitol; where I

know,
Our greatest friends attend us.
Tit.

Lead you on :
Follow, Cominius; we must follow you;
Right worthy you priority*.
Com.

Noble Lartius! 1 Sen. Hence! To your homes, be gone.

[To the Citizens. Mar.

Nay, let them follow: The Volces have much corn; take these rats thither, To gnaw their garnerst-Worshipful inutiueers, Your valour puts I well forth: pray follow.

[Exeunt Senators, Com. Mar. Tit. and

Menen. Citizens steal away.
Sic. Was ever man so proud as is this Marcius?

• Right worthy of precedence,

Shows itself.

+ Granaries,

Sic.

Bru. He has no equal.
Sic. When we were chosen tribunes for the peo.

ple,
Bru. Mark'd you his lip, and eyes?

Nay, but his taunts.
Bru. Being mov'd, he will not spare to gird* the

gods.
Sic. Be-mock the modest moon.

Bru. The present wars devour him : he is grown
Too proud to be so valiant.
Sic.

Such a nature,
Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow
Which he treads on at noon : But I do wonder,
His insolence can brook to be commanded
Under Cominius.
Bru.

Fame, at the which he aims,
In whom already he is well graced,--cannot
Better be held, nor more attain'd, than by
A place below the first; for what miscarries
Shall be the general's fault, though he perform
To the utmost of a man; and giddy censure
Will then cry out of Marcius, o, if he
Had borne the business!
Sic.

Besides, if things go well, Opinion, that so sticks on Marcius, shall Of his demerits t rob Cominius. Bru.

Come:
Haif all Cominius' honours are to Marcius,
Though Marcius earn'd them not; and all his faults
To Marcius shall be honours, though, indeed,
In aught he merit not.
Sic.

Let's hence, and hear
How the despatch is made; and in what fashion,
More than in singularity, he goes
Upon his present action.
Bru.

Let's along. (Ereunt.

• Sneer.

+ Demerits and merits had anciently the same meaning.

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Enter Tullus Aufidius, and certain Senators.

1 Sen. So, your opinion is, Aufidius,
That they of kome are enter'd in our counsels,
And know how we proceed.
Auf.

Is it not yours?
What ever hath been thought on in this state,
That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome
Had circumvention*? 'Tis not four days gone,
Since I heard thence; these are the words : I think,
I have the letter here ; yes, here it is : [Reads.
They have press'd a power, but it is not known
Whether for east, or west : The dearth is great ;
The people mutinous: and it is rumour'd,
Cominius, Marcius your old enemy,
(Who is of Rome worse hated than of you),
And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman,
These three lead on this preparation
Whither 'tis bent: most likely, 'tis for you :
Consider of it.
1 Sen.

Our army's in the field:
We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready
To answer us.
Auf.

Nor did you think it folly,
To keep your great pretences veil'd, till when
They needs must show themselves; which in the

hatching, It seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery, We shall be shorten'd in our aim; which was, To take int many towns, ere, almost, Rome Should know we were afoot.

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2 Sen.

Noble Aufidius,
Take your commission; hie you to your bands:
Let us alone to guard Corioli:
If they set down before us, for the remove
Bring up your army ; but, I think, you'll find
They have not prepard for us.
Auf

0, doubt not that;
I speak from certainties. Nay, more.
Some parcels of their powers are forth already,
And only hitherward. I leave your honours.
If we and Caius Marcias chance to meet,
'Tis sworn between us, we shall never strike
Till one can do no more,
А .

The gods assist you ! Auf. And keep your honours safe! 1 Sen.

Farewell. 2 Sen.

Farewell. All. Farewell.

[Ereunt.

SCENE III.

Rome. An apartment in Marcius' house.

Enter Volumnia, and Virgilia: They sit down on

two low stools, and sew.

Vol. I pray you, daughter, sing; or express your self in a more comfortable sort: If my son were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour, than in the embracements of his bed, where he would show most love. When yet he was but tender bodied, and the only son of my womb; when youth with comeliness plucked all gaze bis way*; when, for a day of king's entreaties, a mother should not sell him an hour from her be. holding; 1,-considering how honour would become

* Attracted attention.

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