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3 Cit. You have deserved nobly of your country, and you have not deserved nobly.
Cor. Your euigma?
3 Cit. You have been a scourge to her enemies, you have been a rod to her friends; you have not, indeed, loved the common people.
Cor. You should account me the more virtuous that I have not been common in my love. I will, sir, flatter my sworn brother the people, to earn a dearer estimation of them; 'tis a condition they ac. count gentle: and since the wisdom of their choice is rather to have my hat than my heart, I will prac. tise the insinuating nod, and be off to them most counterfeitly; that is, sir, I will counterfeit the be witchinent of some popular man, and give it boun. tifully to the desirers. Therefore, beseech you, I may be consul.
4 Cit. We hope to find you our friend; and therefore give you our voices heartily.
3 Cit. You have received many wounds for your country.
Cor. I will not seal your knowledge with showing them. I will make much of your voices, and so trou. ble you no further. Both Cit. The gods give you joy, sir, heartily!
[Ereunt. Cor. Most sweet voices! Better it is to die, better to starve, Than crave the hire, which first we do deserve. Why in this woolvish gowo should I stand here, To beg of Hob and Dick, that do appear, Their needless couches? Custom calls me to't: What custom wills, in all things should we do't, The dust on antique time would lie unswept, . And mountainous error be too bighly heap'd For truth to over.peer-Rather than fool it so, Let the bigh offices and the honour go
To one that would do thus.--I am half through;
Enter three other Citizens,
Here come more voices,
5 Cit. He has done nobly, and cannot go without any honest mau's voice.
6 Cit. Therefore let him be consul: The gods give him joy, and make bim good friend to the people!
All. Amen, Amen. God save thee, noble consul! (Ereunt Citizens. Cor.
Worthy voices !
Re-enter Menenius, with Brutus, and Sicinius.
Men. You have stood your limitation; and the
Is this done?
Cor. Where? at the senate house?
You may, sir,
Cor. That I'll straight do; and, knowing myself
again, Repair to the senate-house. Men. I'll keep you company. Will you along? bru. We stay here for the people. Sic.
Fare you well.
[Exeunt Coriol. and Menen. He has it now; and by his looks, methinks, 'Tis warm at his heart, Bru.
With a proud heart he wore His humble weeds: Will you dismiss the people?
Sic. How now, my masters? have you chose this
man? 1 Cit. He has our voices, sir. Bru. We pray the gods, he may deserve your
loves. 2 Cit. Amen, sir: To my poor unworthy notice, He mock'd us, when he begg'd our voices. 3 Cit.
Certainly, He fouted us down-right.
1 Cit. No, 'tis his kind of speech, he did not mock
2 Cit. Not one amongst us save yourself, but says, He us'd us scornfully : he should have show'd us His marks of merit, wounds receiv'd for his country.
Sic. Why, so he did, I am sure.
No; no man saw 'em.
[Several speak. 3 Cit. He said, he had wounds, which he could
show in private; And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn, I would be consul, says he: aged custom, But by your voices, will not so permit me; Your voices therefore: When we granted that, Here was, I thunk you for your voices,-thank
Your most sweet voices :-now you have left your
voices, I have no further with you :- Was not this
Could you not have told him,
Thus to have said, As you were fore-advis'd, had touch'd his spirit, And try'd his inclination ; from him pluck'd Either bis gracious promise, which you might, As cause had call'd you up, have held him to; Or else it would have gall'd his surely nature, Which easily endures not article Tying him to aught; so, putting him to rage, You should have ta'en the advantage of his choler, And pass'd him unelected. Bru.
Did you perceive, He did solicit you in free contempt, When he did need your loves; and do you think, That his contempt shall not be bruising to you, When he hath power to crush? Why, had your bodies
• Plebeians, common
No heart among you? Or had you tongues, to cry
3 Cit. He's not confirm’d, we may deny him yet. • 2 Cit. And will deny him: I'll have five hundred voices of that sound. 1 Cit. I twice five bundred, and their friends to
piece 'em. Bru. Get you hence instantly; and tell those
· Let them assemble;
Say, you chose him