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What news? what news?
ters, and To melt the city leads upon your pates; To see your wives dishonour'd to your noses;
Men. What's the news? what's the news?
Com. Your temples burned in their cement; and Your franchises, whereon you stood, confin'd Into an augre's bore. Men.
Pray now, your news? You have made fair work, I fear me:- Pray, your
news? If Marcius should be join'd with Volscians, Com.
If! He is their god; he leads them like a thing Made by some other deity than nature, That shapes man better: and they follow him, Against us brats, with no less confidence, Than boys pursuing summer butterflies, Or butchers killing flies. Men.
You have made good work,
He will shake
"Upon the voice of occupation) Occupation is here used for mechanicks, men occupied in daily business.
· As Hercules, &c.) A ludicrous allusion to the apples of the Hesperides.
Bru. But is this true, sir?
Ay; and you'll look pale
Men. We are all undone, unless
Who shall ask it?
Men. If he were putting to my house the brand That should consume it, I have not the face To say, 'Beseech you, cease. You have made fair
hands, You, and your crafts! you have crafted fair! Com.
You have brought A trembling upon Rome, such as was never So incapable of help. Tri.
Say not, we brought it. Men. How! Was it we? We lov'd him; but,
But, I fear
3 Do smilingly revolt;] To revolt smilingly is to revolt with signs of pleasure, or with marks of contempt.
Is all the policy, strength, and defence,'
* Enter a Troop of Citizens. - Men.
Here come the clusters.-
Cit. 'Faith, we hear fearful news.
For mine own part, When I said, banish him, I said, 'twas pity.
2 Cit. And so did I. : 3 Cit. And so did I; and, to say the truth, so did very many of us: That we did, we did for the best: and though we willingly consented to his banishment, yet it was against our will.
Com. You are goodly things, you voices!
You have made Good work, you and your cry!—Shall us to the
.: Capitol ?
(Exeunt Com. and Men.
.— you and your cry!] Alluding to a pack of hounds. So, in Hamlet, a company of players are contemptuously called a cry of players.
i Cit. The gods be good to us! Come, masters, let's home. I ever said, we were i'the wrong, when we banished him. 2 Cit. So did we all. But come, let's home.
[Exeunt Citizens. Bru. I do not like this news. Sic. Nor I. Bru. Let's to the Capitol:—'Would, half my
wealth Would buy this for a lie! Sic.
Pray, let us go.
Enter Aufidius, and his Lieutenant.
Lieu. I do not know what witchcraft's in him; but
I cannot help it now;
Yet I wish, sir,
Auf. I understand thee well; and be thou sure,
When he shall come to his account, he knows not
As is the osprey -] Osprey, a kind of eagle, ossifraga. 6- whether 'twas pride, Which out of daily fortune ever taints
The happy man; whether, &c.] Aufidius assigns three probable reasons of the miscarriage of Coriolanus; pride, which easily follows an uninterrupted train of success; unskilfulness to regulate the consequences of his own victories; a stubborn uniformity of nature, which could not make the proper transition from the casque or helmet to the cushion or chair of civil authority; but acted with the same despotism in peace as in war.