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As 'tis to laugh at 'em. Mother, you wot,
Vol. My first son,
Cor. O the Gods!
Com. I'll follow thee a month, devise with thee
shall Hear from me ftill, and never of me ought But what is like me formerly..
Men. That's worthily
Bru. Now we have shewn our power,
Sic. Bid them home;
Bru. Dismiss them home.
Enter Volumnia, Virgilia, and Menenius.
Vol. Oh, y' are well met:
Men. Peace, peace; be not fo loud.
Vol. If that I could for weeping, you should hearNay, and you shall hear some.-Will you be gone?
Vir. You shall stay too :-I would I had the power To say so to my husband.
Sic. Are you man-kind ?
Vol. Ay, fool : is that a shame? note but this fool.
Sic. Oh blessed heav'ns!
Vol. More noble blows, than ever thou wise words,
Sic. What then?
Vol. Bastards, and all.
Men. Come, come, peace.
Sic. I would, he had continued to his country
Bru. I would, he had.
Vol. I would, he had !- 'twas you incens'd the rabble : Cats, that can judge as fitly of his worth, As I can of those mysteries which heav'n Will not have earth to know.
Bru. Pray let us go.
Vol. Now, pray, Sir, get you gone.
fon, This Lady's husband here, this, (do you see), Whom
have banilh'd, does exceed you all. Bru. Well, well, we'll leave you.
Sic. Why stay you to be baited With one that wants her wits ?
Men. You've told them home,
Vol. Anger's my meat, I fup upon myself,
SCENE changes to Antium.
Enter a Roman and a Volscian.
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Rom. I am a Roman, but my services are as you are,
Vol. You had more beard when I last saw you, but your favour is well appear'd by your tongue.
What's the news in Rome? I have a note from the Volscian
ftate to find you out there. You have well saved me a day's journey.
Rom. There hath been in Rome strange insurrections: the people against the senators, patricians, and nobles.
Vol. Hath been! is it ended then ? our state thinks not fo: they are in a most warlike preparation, and hope to come upon them in the heat of their divifion.
Rom. The main blaze of it is paft, but a small thing would make it flame again. For the nobles receive so to heart the banishment of that worthy Coriolanus, that they are in a ripe aptness to take all power from ihe people, and to pluck' from them their tribunes for ever. This lies glowing, I can tell you! and is almost mature for the violent breaking out.
Vol. Coriolanus banish'd?
Vol. You will be welcome with this intelligence, Nicanor.
Rom. The day serves well for them now. I have heard it said, the fittest time to corrupt a man's wife, is when she's fall'n out with her husband. Your noble Tullus Aufidius will appear well in these wars, his great oppofer Coriolanus being now in no request of his country.
Vol. He cannot chuse. I am most fortunate, thus accidentally to encounter you.
You have ended my business, and I will merrily accompany you home.
Rom. I shall between this and fupper tell you most strange things from Rome; all tending to the good of their adverfaries. Have you an army ready, say you?
Vol. A most royal one. The centurions and their charges diftin&tly billetted, already in the entertainment, and to be on foot at an hour's warning.
Rom. I am joyful to hear of their readiness, and am the man, I think, that shall set them in present action. So, Sir, heartily well met, and most glad of your company:
Vol. You take my part from me, Sir, I have the most. cause to be glad of yours. Rom. Well, let us go together.
Enter Coriolanus in mean apparel, disguis'd and
Enter a Citizen.
Cor. Direct me, if it be your will, where great Aufidius lies; Is he in Antium ?
Cit. He is, and feasts the nobles of the state, at his house this night.
Cor. Which is his honse, I beseech you ?
Gor. Thank you, Sir: Farewel. [Exit Citizen.