Obrázky na stránke
PDF
ePub

cularize their abundance ; our sufferance is a gain think to fob off our disgrace with a tale : but, to them.--Let us revenge this with our pikes, an't please yon, deliver. ere we become rakes ;* for the gods know, I speak Alen. There was a time, when all the body's this in hunger for bread, not in thirst for revenge.

members 1 Cit. Would you proceed especially against Rebell'd against the belly; thus accus'd it :Caius Marcius

That only like a gulf it did remain Cit. Against him arst: he's a very dög to the l'the midst o'the body, idle and inactive, commonalty.

Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing 2 Cit. Consider you what services he has done Like labour with the rest ; where the other for his country ?

instruments 1 ('it. Very well; and could be content to Did see, and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel, give him good report for'l, but that he pays him. And, mutually participate,t did minister self with being proud.

Unto the appetite and affection common 2 Cit. Nay, but speak not maliciously. of the whole body. The belly answered,

1 Cit. I say unto you, what he hath done 1 Cit. Well, Sir, what answer made the belly? famously, he did it to that end ; though soft-con Men. Sir, I shall tell you.-With a kind of scienc'd men can be content to say it was for his smile, country, he did it to please his mother, and to be which ne'er came from the lungs, but even thus, partly prouil ; which he is, eveu to the altitude (For, look you, I may make the belly smile of his virtue.

As well as speak,) it tauntingly replied 2 Cit. What he cannot help in his nature, you to the discontented members, the mutinous parts account a vice in him: You must in no way say That envied bis receipt ; even so most titlyi he is covetous.

As you malign our senators, for that i Cit. If I must not, I need not be barten of They are not such as you— accusations; he hath faults, with surplus, to tire i Cit. Your belly's answer : What! in repetition. (Shouts within.) What shouts The kingly-crowned head, the vigilant eye, are these ? The other side o'the city is risen : The counsellor heart, the arm our soldier, Why stay we prating here? to the Capitol ! Our steed the leg, the tongue our trumpeter, Cit. Come, come.

With other muniments and petty helps i Cit. Soft ; who comes here?

In this our fabric, if that they

Men. What then I
Enter MENENTUS AGRIPPA.

'Fore me, this fellow speaks !-what then what 2 Cit, Worthy Menenins Agrippa : one that

then ? bath always loved the people.

I Cit. Should by the cormorant belly be re. I Cit. He's one honest enough ; 'Would, all

strain'd, the rest were so!

Who is the sink o'the body,Men. What work's, my countrymen, in hand! Men. Well, what then? Where go you

i Cit. The former agents, if they did complain, With bars and clubs ? The matter? Speak, I what could the belly answer? pray you.

Men. I will tell yoll; i Cit. Our business is not unknown to the If you'll bestow a small (of what you have little,) senate ; they have had inkling,t this fortnight Patience, a while, you'll hear the belly's answer. what we intend to do, which now we'll show 'em 1 Cit. You are long about it. in deeds. They say, poor suitors have strong Men. Note me this, good friend ; breaths; they shall kuiow we have strong arms Your most grave belly was deliberate, too.

Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer'd. Men. Why, masters, my good friends, mine True is it, my incorporate friends, quoth be, honest neighbours,

That I receive the general food at first, Will you undo yourselves ?

Which you do live upon : and fit it is ; i Cit. We cannot, Sir, we are undone al. Becuuse I am the store-house, and the shop ready.

Of the whole body : But if you do remember, Men. I tell you, friends, most charitable care I send it through the rivers of your blood, Have the patricians of you. For your wants, Even to the court, the heart,--to the seat Your suffering in this dearth, you may as well

o'the brain; Strike at the heaven with your staves, as lin And, through the cranks g and offices of man, them

The strongest nerves, and small inferior veins, Against the Roman state ; whose course will on From me receive that natural competency. The way it takes, cracking ten thousand curbs Whereby they live. And though that all at of more strong link asmder, that can ever

once, Appear in your impediment : For the dearth, You, my good friends, (this says the belly, mark The gods, not the patricians, make it ; and

me, Your knees to them, not arms, must help. i Cit. Ay, Sir; well, well. Alack !

Men. Though all at once cannot You are transported by calamity

See what I do deliver out to each ; Thither where more attends you; and you slander | Yet I can make my audit up, that all The helms o'the state, who care for you like From me do back receive the four of all, When yori curse them as enemies. (fatiers,|And leave me but the bran. what say you to'ı?

1 Cit. Care for us ! Trne, indeed! They I Cit. It was an answer : How apply you this ? ne'er cared for is yet. Suffer us to famish, and Men. The senators of Rome are this good their store-honses crammed with grain; make

belly, edicts for usury, to support usurers ; repeal daily and you the mutinous members : For examine auy wholesome act established against the rich; Their counsels and their cares ; digest things and provide more piercing statutes daily, to rightly, chain up and restrain the poor. If the wars eat Touching the weal o'the common ; you shall find us not up, they will ; and there's all the love No public benefit which you receive, they bear us.

But it proceeds, or comes, from them to you, Msen. Either you nust

And no way from yourselves.- What do you Confess yourselves wondrous malicious,

think? Or be accus'd of folly. I shall tell you

You the great toe of this assembly ? A pretty tale ; it may be, you have heard it: I Cit. I the great toe? Why the great toe? But, since it serves' my purpose, I will venture Men. For that, being one o’the lowest, basest, To scale't I a little more.

poorest, i Cit. Well, I'll hear it, Sir ; yet you must not

• Whereas, + Participating, ? Exactly. • Thin as rakes. 1 A hiut. i Spread it.

6 ludings.

of this most wise rebellion, thon go'st foremost ; | The rabble should have first unroord the city, Thou rascal, that art worse in blood to run, Ere so prevail'd with me : it will in time Lead'st first to win some vantage.

Win upon power, and throw forth greater themes
Bat make you ready your stiff bats and clubs; For insurrection's arguing. *
Rome and her rats are at the point of battle, Men. This is strange.
The one side must have bail.. Hail, noble Mar. Go, get you home, yon fragments !
Marcius 1

Enter a MESSENGER.
Enter CAJUS MARCIUS.

Mes, Where's Caius Marcius 1 Mar. Thanks. What's the matter, you dissen Mar. Here: What's the matter? tious rogues,

Mes. The news, is, Sir, the Volsces are in arms. That rubbing the poor itch of your opinion,

Mar. I am glad on't ; then we shall have Make yourselves scabs ?

means to Vent i cil. We have ever your good word,

Our musty superfluity :-See, our best elders. Mar. He that will give good words to thee, will flatter

Enter 'ÇOMINIUS, Titus LARTIUS, and other Beneath abborring. What would you have, you SENATORS; JUNIUS BRUTUS and SICINIUS curs,

(you, VELUTUS. That like nor peace, nor war the one affrights

1 Sen. Marcius, 'tis true that you have lately The other makes you proud. He that trusts you,

told us : Where he should and you lions, finds you hares;

The Volsces are in arms. Where foxes, geese : You are so surer, do,

Mar. They have a leader,
Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,

Tullus Autidins, that will put you to't.
Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is,
To make him worthy whose offence subdues him, And were 1 any thing but what I am,

I sin in envying his nobility :
And curse that justice did it. Who deserves

I would wish me only he. greatness,

Com. Yon bave fought together. Deserves your hate : and your affections are

Mar. Were half to balf the world by the ears, A sick man's appetite, who desires most that

and he
Which would increase his evil. He that depends Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make
Upan your favours, swims with fins of lead,
And hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye only my wars with him : he is a lion

That I am proud to hunt.
Trust ye?

1 Sen. Then, worthy Marcius, With every minute yon do change a mind ;

Attend upon Cominius to these wars. And call himn poble, that was now your hate,

Com. It is your former promise. Hin vile, that was your garland. What's the

Mar. Sir, it is ; matter,

And I am constant.-Titus Lartius, thou That in these several places of the city

Shalt see me once more strike at Tullus' face You try against the noble senate, who,

What, art thou stiff? stand'st out? Under the gods, keep you in awe, which else

Tit. No, Caius Marcius ;

[other, Would feed on one another 1--What's their 1 lean upon one crutch, and fight with the

seeking? Men. For com at their own rates ; whereor, Ere stay behind this business.

Men. Oh! true bred !

1 Sen. Your company to the Capitol ; where The city is well stor'd.

I know, Mar. Hang 'em! They say

Our greatest friends attend us.
They'll sit by the fire, and presume to know

Tit. Lead you on :
What's done i'the Capitol who's like to rise,
Who thrives, and who declines : side factions, Right worthy you priority.

Follow, Cominius ; we must follow yon ;
and give out

Com. Noble Lartius! Conjectaral marriages ; making parties strong, 1 Sen. Hence! To your homes, be gone. Aud feebling such as stand not in their liking,

[To the CITIZEKS. Below their cobbled shoes. They say, there's grain enough?

Mar. Nay, let then follow:

The Volsces have much corn; take these rats Would the nobility lay aside their rath, And let me nse my sword, P'd make a quarry I

thither, With thousande of these quarter'd slaves, as high To gnaw their garner3 : Worshipful mutineers, As I could pick ý my lance.

Your valour pits + well forth : pray follow. Mer, Nay, these are almost thoroughly per

(Exeunt SENATORS, COM. MAR. Tit. and

MENEN. CITIZENS steal away. suaded : For though abundantly they lack discretion,

Sic. Was ever man so proud as is this MarYet are they passing cowardly. But, I beseech

cius? What says the other troop?

(you,

Bru. He has no equal. Mar. They are dissolved : Hang 'em !

Sic. When we were chosen tribunes for the They said they were an hungry : sigtr’d forth people, proverbs

(eat ;

Bru. Mark'd you his lip, and eyes ?
That hunger broke stone walls; that dogs must Sic. Nay; but his taunts.
That meat was made for months, that the gods

Bru. Being inov'd, he will not spare to girdi sent pot

the gods. Com for the rich men only :-With these shreds Sic. Be-mock the modest moon. They vented their complainings ; which, being

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

[grown And a petition granted them, a strange one,

Sie. Such a nature (To break the heart of generosity,

Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow And make bold power look pale) they threw their which he treads on at noon: But I do wonder, caps

His insolence can brook to be commanded
As they would bang them on the horns o'the Under Cominius.
Shouting their emulation.

(moon Bru. Pame, at the which he aims,-Men. What is granted them

In whom already he is well grac'd--cannot Mar. Five wibunes to defend their vulgar Better be held, nor more attain'd, than by of their own choice: One's Junius Brutas,

A place below the first : for wbat miscarries

Shall be the general's fault, though be perform Bicinius Velutus, and I know not Sdeath!

To the utinost of a man ; and giddy censure Dizage. Compassion. Hoap of dead. $ Pitch.

. For insurgents to debate upon. Showe itself Faction.

they say,

[ocr errors]

answerd,

wisdoms,

[ocr errors]

visit you.

will then cry out of Marcius, Oh! If he bodied, and the only son of my womb : when Had borne the business !

youth with coineliness pluck'd all gaze his way; Sic. Besides, if things go well,

When, for a day of kings' entreaties, a mother Opinion, that so sticks on Marcius, sball should not sell him an bour from her beholding of his demerits o rob Cominius.

1,--considering how honour would become such Bru. Come :

a person ; that it was no better than picture-like Half all Cominius' honours are to Marcius, to hang by the wall, if renown made it not stir, Though Marcius earu'd them not; and all his was pleased to let him seek dauger where he was faults

like to find fame. To a cruel war I sent him ; To Marcius shall be honours, though, indeed, from whence he returned, his brows bound with In aught he merit not.

oak.+ I tell thee, daughter, I sprang not more Sic. Let's hence, and hear

in joy at first hearing he was a man-child, than How the dispatch is made ; and ia what fashion, now in first seeing he had proved himself á More than in singularity,t he goes

man. Upon his present action.

Vir. But had be died in the business, madam, 'Bru. Let's along.

(Ereunt. how then?

Vol. Then his good report should have been SCENE II.-Corioli.-The Senate-House. my son: I therein would have found issue.

Hear me profess sincerely : Had I a dozen sons, Enter TULLUS Aufidius, and certain SEÑA- each in my love alike, and none less dear than TORS.

thine and my good Marcius, I had rather had I Sen. So, your opinion is, Aufidius, eleven die nobly for their country, than one That they of Rome are enter'd in our counsels, voluptuously surfeit out of action. And know how we proceed.

Enter a GENTLEWOMAN. Auf. Is it not yours? . What ever hath been thought on in this state, Gent. Madam, tbe lady Valeria is come to That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome Had circumvention ! I 'Tis not four days gone,

Vir. 'Beseech you, give me leave to retire Since I heard thence-these are the words : 1

myself. think

Vol. Indeed, you shall not. I have the letter here ; yes, here it is, (Reads. Methinks, I bear hither your husband's drum; They have press'd a power, but it is not See him pluck Autidius down by the hair ; known

As children from a bear the Volsces shunning Whether for east or west: The dearth is great ;

biin ; The people mutinous : and it is rumour'd,

Methinks, I see him stamp tous, and call thus, Cominius, Marcius your old enemy,

Come on, you couards, you were got in jeur, (Who is of Rome worse hated thun of you,) Though you were born in Rome : His bloody And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman,

brow These three lead on this preparation

With his mail'd hand then wiping, forth he goes, Whither 'tis bent : most likely, 'tis for you :

Like to a barvest-man, that's task'd to mow Consider of it.

Or all, or lose bis hire. 1 Sen. Our army's in the field :

Vir: His bloody brow! 0 Jupiter, no blood ! We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready

Vol. Away, you fool ! it more becomes a man, To answer us.

Than gilt his trophy : The breasts of Hecuba, Auf. Nor did you think it folly,

When she did suckle Hector, look'd not lovelier To keep your great pretences veil'd, till when Than Hector's forehead, when it spit forth blood They needs must shew themselves; which in the At Grecian swords' contending.--Tell Valeria hatching,

We are fit to bid ber welcome. (Exit GENT. It seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery,

Vir. Heavens bless my lord from fell Aufidius ! We sball be shorteu'd in our aim, which was,

Vol. He'll beat Autidius' bead below his knee, To take in 5 many towns, ere, almost, Rome

And tread upon his neck. Should know we were afoot.

Re-enter GENTLEWOMAN, with VALERIA and 2 Sen. Noble Aufidius,

her USHER. Take your commission ; hie you to your bands : Let us alone to guard Corioli:

Val. My ladies both, good day to you.
If they set down before us, for the remove

Vol. Sweet inadam,
Bring up your army; but, I think, you'll find Vir. I am glad to see your ladyship.
They have not prepar'd for us.

Val. How do you both! you are manifest Auf. Oh ! doubt not that:

house-keepers. Wbat, are you sewing here! I speak from certainties. Nay, more

A fine spot, in good faith.-How does your little Some parcels of their powers are forth already, And only hitherward. I leave your honours.

Vir. I thank your ladyship; well, good madam. If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet,

Vol. He had rather see the swords, and hear Tis sworn between us, we shall never strike a drum, than look upon his school-uiaster. Till one can do no inore.

Val, O' my word, the father's son : P'll swear, AN. The gods assist you !

'tis a very pretty boy. O' my troth, I looked Auf. And keep your honours sase I

upon himn o'Wednesday half an hour together : 1 Sen. Farewell.

he has such a confirmed countenance. I saw 2 Sen. Farewell.

him run after a gilded buttertly; and when he Al. Farewell.

(Exeunt. caught it, he let it go again ; and after it again;

and over and over he comes, and up again; SCENE III.-Rome.-An Apartment in catched it again: or whether his fall enraged MARCIUS' House

him, or bow 'twas, he did so set his teeth,

and tear it ; Oh! I warrant how he mammockedi Enter VOLUYNIA and VIRGILIA: They sit down on two low stools, and sew.

Vol. One of his father's moods. Vol. I pray you, daughter, sing; or express Val. Indeed la, 'tis a noble child. yourself in a more comfortable sort: If my son Vir. A crack,g madam. were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in Val. Come, lay aside your stichery; I must that absence wherein he won honour, than in have you play the idle buswife with me this asthe embracements of his bed, where he would ternoon. show most love. When yet he was but tender- Vir. No, good madam ; I will not out of doors. Demerits and merits had anciently the same mean- • Attracted universal attention. + The most hon

Let us also learn what are his powers, &c. ourable crown of all---given to him who saved the life of i Tuformation of it. To subdue.

a citizen. Tore it. Boy.

son ?

23.

run

Val. Not out of doors 1

They't open of themselves. Hark you, far off ; Vol. Skve shall, she shall.

[Other Alarums. Vir. Indeer, no, by your patience : 1 will not There is Aufidius ; list, what work he makes over the tbreshold, till my lord returu from the Amongst your cloven army,

Mar. Oh I they are at it! Val. Fie, you confine yourself most unrea Lart. Their noise be our instruction.-Ladtonably : Come, you must go visit the good lady

ders bo! that lies in.

Vir. I will wish her speedy strength, and visit The Volsces enter and pass over the Stage. her with my prayers ; but I cannot go thither. Mar. They fear us bot, but issue forth their Vol. Why, I pray you ?

city.

(tight Vir. 'Tis not to save labour, nor that I want Now put your shields before your hearts, and love.

With hearts more proof than shields.--Advance, Vol. You would be another Penelope : yet,

brave Titus : they say, all the yarn she spuu iu Ulysses' ab: They do disdain us much beyond our thonghts, sence did but fill ithaca full of moths. Come; I which makes me sweat with wrath.-Come on, Foald your cambric were sensible as your finger,

my fellows; that you might leave pricking it for pity. Come, He that retires, P'll take him for a Volsce, you shall go with us.

And he shall feel mine edge. Fir. No, good madam, pardon me; Indeed, Alarum, and ereunt Romans and VOLSCES, I will not forth. Vel. la truth, la, go with me; and I'll tell

fighting. The ROMANS are beaten back to you excellent news of your busband.

their trenches. Re-enter MARCIUS, Pir. O good madam, there can be none yet. Fal. Verily, I do not jest with you ; there

Mar. All the contagion of the south light on came news from him last night.

you !

(plagues

You shaines of Rome! you herd of-Boils and Vir. Indeed, madam!

Val. In earnest, it's true ; I heard a senator Plaster you o'er ; that you may be abhorr'd speak it. Thus it is :--The Volsces have an Further than sees, and one infect another army forth; against whom Comining the gene- Against the wind a mile! You souls of geese, ral is gone, with one part of our Roman power: That bear the shapes of inen, how have you

[hell ! your lord, and Titus Lartius, are set down before their city Corioli ; they nothing doubt prevailing, From slaves that apes would beat ? Pluto and and to make it brief wars. This is true, on mine All hurt bebind; backs red, a:ad faces pale bononr; and so, I pray, go with us.

04:

With flight and agued fear I Mend, and charge

home, Pir. Give me escuse, good madam; I will obey you in every thing hereaster.

Or, by the fires of heaven, i'll leave the foe, Vol. Let her alone, lady; as she is now, she and make my wars on you: look to't: Come will bat disease oor better wirth,

(wives, Val, la troth, I think she would :-Fare you If you'll stand fast, we'll beat them to their well then.--Come, good sweet lady:--Prøythee, as they us to eur trenches followed. Virgilia, lara thy solemness out o'loor, and go Another Alarum. The Volsces and ROMANS along with us.

re-enter, and the night is renewed. The Fir. No, at a word, madam : indeed, I must

Volsces retire into Corioli, and MARCIUS not. I wish you much mirth.

follows them to the gates. Val. Well, then, farewell. (Ersunt.

So, now the gates are ope --Now prove good

seconds : SCENE IV.-Before Corioli.

'Tis for the followers fortune widens them, Enter with Drums, and Colours, MARCIUS, Not for the diers : make me, and do the like. Titus LARTIUS, Officers and Soldiers. 70 them a MESSENGER.

(He enters the gates, and is shut in. Har. Yonder comes news:-A wager, they 1 Sol. Fool-hardiness 1 Dot l.

2 Sol. Nor 1. Lart. My borse to yours, no.

3 Sol. See, they Nar, Tis done,

Have sbut him in.

(Alarunt continues.

All. To the pot, I warrant bim. Nar. Say, has one general met the enemy

Enter TITUS LARTIUS. Mess. They lie in view ; but have not spoke

Lart. What is become of Marcius : as yet. Lart. So, the good horse is mine.

All. Slain, Sir, doubtless. Mar. I'll buy bim of yoni.

I Sol. Following the fliers at the very beels, Lart. Na, i'll nor sell, nor give blm : lend with them he enters: who, upon the sudden, you bim, I will,

Clapp'd-to their gates : he is himself alone, for half a hundred years. Summon the town.

To answer all the city. Mar. How far off lie these arinies 1

Lart. O noble fellow ! Mess, within this mile and half.

Wbu, sensible, outdares his senseless sword, Mar. Then shall we hear their larum, and And, when it bows,* stands up! Thou art left, they ours.

Marcius : Now, Wars, 1 pr’ythee make us quick in work: A carbuncle entire, as big as thou art, That we, with smoking swords, may march from were not so rich a jewel. Thou wast a soldier hence,

{blast Even to Cato's wish, not fierce and terrible To help our fielded friends l_Come, blow thy Only in strokes; but, with thy grim looks, and

The thunder-like percussion of thy sounds, They sound a parley. Enter on the walls, Thou mad'st thine enemies shake, as if the world some SENATORS, and others.

Were feverous and did treinble.
Tallus Anfidius, is be within your walls ?
Sen. No, nor a man that fears yon less than he,

Re-enter MARCIUS bleeding, assaulted by That's lesser thau a little.

Hark, our druins

[Alarums afar off. i Sol. Look, Sir. Are bringing forth our youth : We'll break our

Lart. 'Tis Marcius : walls,

Let's fetch him off, or make remain alike. Rather than they shall pound as up: our gates,

[They fight, and alt enter the city. Which yet seen shut, we bave but piuu'd with

• When it is bent.

have met.

Lart. Agreed.

the enemy

rushes;

SCENE 1.-Within the town.-A Street. He has the stamp of Marcius ; and I have

Beforetime seen him thus. Enter certain Romans, with spoils.

Mar. Come I too late 1 1 Rom. This I will carry to Rome.

Com. The shepherd knows tot thunder from 2 Rom. And I this.

a tabor, 3 Rom. A inurrain on't! I took this for silver. More than I know the sound of Marcius' tongue [Alarum continues still afar off. From every meaner man's.

Mar. Come I too late ? Enter MARCIOS, and TITUS LARTIUS, with a

Com. Ay, if you come not in the blood of trumpet. But mantled in your own.

(others, Mar. See here these movers, that do prize Mar. Oh! let me clip you their hours

In arms as souud, as when I woo'd ; in beart At a crack'u drachm! Cushions, leaden spoons, As merry as when our nuptial day was done, Irons of doit, doublets that hangmen would And tapers buru'd to hedward. Bury with those that wore thein, these base slaves, Com. Flower of warriors, Ere yet the fight be done, pack up :-Down with How is't with Titus Lartius ? them.

Mar. As with a man busied about decrees : And hark, what noise the general inakes! To Condemning some to death, and some to exile ; him :

Ransoming him, or pitying, threat'ning the other; There is the man of my sont's hate, Aufidius, Holding Corioli in the name of Rome, Piercing our Romans : 'Then, valiant Titus, lake Even like a fawuing greyhound in the leash, Convenient numbers to make good the city; To let him slip at will. Wbilst I, with those that have the spirit, will Com. Where is that slave, To help Cominius.

(baste which told me they had beat you to your trenches! Lari. Worthy Sir, thon bleed'st;

Where is he? Call him hither. Thy exercise hath been too violent for

Mar. Let him alone, A second course of fight.

He did inform the truth : But for our gentlemen, Mar. Sir, praise me not:

(well. The common file, (a plague I-tribunes for them !) My work hath yet not warnd me : Fare you the mouse ne'er shunu'd the cat, as they did The blood I drop is rather physical

budge Than dangerous to me : To Autidius thus

From rascals worse than they. I will appear, and fight.

Com. But how prevail'd you ! bart. Now the fair goddess, Fortune,

Mar. Will the time serve to tell ? I do not Fall deep in love with thee : and her great

thinkcharms

Where is the enemy? Are you lords o'the field I Misguide thy opposers' swords ! Bold gentleman, If not, why cease you till you are so ? Prosperity be thy page!

Com. Marcius,
Mur. Thy friend no less

We have at disadvantage fought, and did
Than those she placeth highest ! So farewell. Retire, to win our purpose.
Lart. Thou Wurthiest Marcins !--

Mar. How lies their battle! Know you on (Exit MARCIUS.

which side Go, sound thy trumpet in the market-place; They have plac'd their men of trust? Call thither all the officers of the town,

Com. As I guess, Marcius, Where they shall kuow our mind. Away. Their bands in the vawards are the Antiates,

(Ereunt. or their best trust : o'er them Aufidius,

Their very heart of hope. SCENE VI.-Near the Camp of COMINIUS. Mar. I do beseech you,

By all the battles wherein we have fought, Enter COMISTUS and forces, retreating.

By the blood we have shed together, by the vows Com. Breathe you, my friends ; well fought, We have made to endure friends, that you di. we are come oft

rectly Like Romans, neither foolish in our stands, Set me against Aufidius and his Antiates : Nor cowardly in retire ; believe me, Sirs, And that you not delay the present; but, We shall be charg'd again. Whiles we have filling the air with swords advanc'd, and darts, struck,

(heard We prove this very hour. By interims, and conveying gusts, we have Com. Though I could wish The charges of our friends :- The Roman gods You were conducted to a gentle hath, Lead their successes as we wish our own ; And balms applied to you, yet dare I never That both our powers, with smiling fronts en. Deny your asking: take your choice of those countering.

That best can aid your action.

Mar. Those are they
Enter a MESSENGER.

That most are willing :-If any such be here, May give yoti thankful sacrifice !-Thy news ? (As it were sin to doubt,) that love this painting

Mers. The citizens of Corioli have issued, Wherein you see me sineard ; if any fear
And given to Lartius and to Marcius battle : Lesser his person than an ill report ;
I saw ons party to their trenches driven,

If any think brave death outweighs bad life,
And then I came away.

And that his country's dearer than hinself; Com. Though thou speak'st truth,

Let him, alone, or so many, so minded, Methinks, tfiou speak'st not well. How long is't wave thus (waving his hand) to express his since ?

disposition, Mess. Above an hour, my lord.

And follow Marcius, Com. "Tis not a mile ; briefly we heard their druins :

(They all shout and rave their swords ; take How could'st thou in a mile confound • an hour,

him up in their arms, and cast up their And bring thy news so late ?

caps. Mess. Spies of the Volsces

o me, alone! Make you a sword of me? Held me in chase, that I was forc'd to wheel If these shows be not outward, which of you Three or four miles about; else trad 1, Sir, But is four Volsces? None of you but is Half an hour since brougbt my report.

Able to bear against the great Aufidius

A shield as liard as his. A certain number, Enter MARCIUS.

Though thanks to all, must I select: the rest Com. Who's yonder,

Shall bear the business in some other fight, Tbat does appear as he were fay'd 1 o gods ! As cause will be obey'd. Please you to inarch, • Expend.

Front. + Soldiers of Antium,

« PredošláPokračovať »