Speeches (Lines) for Junius Brutus in "The Tragedy of Coriolanus"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 1
  • He has no equal.
  • He has no equal.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Was ever man so proud as is this CORIOLANUS?

    Junius Brutus. He has no equal.

2 I / 1
  • Mark'd you his lip and eyes?
  • Mark'd you his lip and eyes?
  • Sicinius Velutus. When we were chosen tribunes for the people,--

    Junius Brutus. Mark'd you his lip and eyes?

3 I / 1
  • Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.
  • Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Nay. but his taunts.

    Junius Brutus. Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.

4 I / 1
  • The present wars devour him: he is grown
    Too proud to be so valiant.
  • The present wars devour him: he is grown
    Too proud to be so valiant.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Be-mock the modest moon.

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

5 I / 1
  • Fame, at the which he aims,
    In whom already he's well graced, can not
    Be...
  • Fame, at the which he aims,
    In whom already he's well graced, can not
    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 CORIOLANUS 'O if he
    Had borne the business!'
  • Sicinius Velutus. 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.

    Junius Brutus. Fame, at the which he aims,
    In whom already he's well graced, can not
    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 CORIOLANUS 'O if he
    Had borne the business!'

6 I / 1
  • Come:
    Half all Cominius' honours are to CORIOLANUS.
    Though CORIOLANUS ea...
  • Come:
    Half all Cominius' honours are to CORIOLANUS.
    Though CORIOLANUS earned them not, and all his faults
    To CORIOLANUS shall be honours, though indeed
    In aught he merit not.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Besides, if things go well,
    Opinion that so sticks on CORIOLANUS shall
    Of his demerits rob Cominius.

    Junius Brutus. Come:
    Half all Cominius' honours are to CORIOLANUS.
    Though CORIOLANUS earned them not, and all his faults
    To CORIOLANUS shall be honours, though indeed
    In aught he merit not.

7 I / 1
  • Lets along.
  • Lets along.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Let's hence, and hear
    How the dispatch is made, and in what fashion,
    More than his singularity, he goes
    Upon this present action.

    Junius Brutus. Lets along.

8 II / 1
  • Good or bad?
  • Good or bad?
  • Menenius Agrippa. The augurer tells me we shall have news to-night.

    Junius Brutus. Good or bad?

9 II / 1
  • He's a lamb indeed, that baes like a bear.
  • He's a lamb indeed, that baes like a bear.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Ay, to devour him; as the hungry plebeians would the
    noble CORIOLANUS.

    Junius Brutus. He's a lamb indeed, that baes like a bear.

10 II / 1
  • He's poor in no one fault, but stored with all.
  • He's poor in no one fault, but stored with all.
  • Menenius Agrippa. In what enormity is CORIOLANUS poor in, that you two
    have not in abundance?

    Junius Brutus. He's poor in no one fault, but stored with all.

11 II / 1
  • And topping all others in boasting.
  • And topping all others in boasting.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Especially in pride.

    Junius Brutus. And topping all others in boasting.

12 II / 1
  • We do it not alone, sir.
  • We do it not alone, sir.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Why, 'tis no great matter; for a very little thief of
    occasion will rob you of a great deal of patience:
    give your dispositions the reins, and be angry at
    your pleasures; at the least if you take it as a
    pleasure to you in being so. You blame CORIOLANUS for
    being proud?

    Junius Brutus. We do it not alone, sir.

13 II / 1
  • What then, sir?
  • What then, sir?
  • Menenius Agrippa. I know you can do very little alone; for your helps
    are many, or else your actions would grow wondrous
    single: your abilities are too infant-like for
    doing much alone. You talk of pride: O that you
    could turn your eyes toward the napes of your necks,
    and make but an interior survey of your good selves!
    O that you could!

    Junius Brutus. What then, sir?

14 II / 1
  • Come, sir, come, we know you well enough.
  • Come, sir, come, we know you well enough.
  • Menenius Agrippa. I am known to be a humorous patrician, and one that
    loves a cup of hot wine with not a drop of allaying
    Tiber in't; said to be something imperfect in
    favouring the first complaint; hasty and tinder-like
    upon too trivial motion; one that converses more
    with the buttock of the night than with the forehead
    of the morning: what I think I utter, and spend my
    malice in my breath. Meeting two such wealsmen as
    you are--I cannot call you Lycurguses--if the drink
    you give me touch my palate adversely, I make a
    crooked face at it. I can't say your worships have
    delivered the matter well, when I find the ass in
    compound with the major part of your syllables: and
    though I must be content to bear with those that say
    you are reverend grave men, yet they lie deadly that
    tell you you have good faces. If you see this in
    the map of my microcosm, follows it that I am known
    well enough too? what barm can your bisson
    conspectuities glean out of this character, if I be
    known well enough too?

    Junius Brutus. Come, sir, come, we know you well enough.

15 II / 1
  • Come, come, you are well understood to be a
    perfecter giber for the table th...
  • Come, come, you are well understood to be a
    perfecter giber for the table than a necessary
    bencher in the Capitol.
  • Menenius Agrippa. You know neither me, yourselves nor any thing. You
    are ambitious for poor knaves' caps and legs: you
    wear out a good wholesome forenoon in hearing a
    cause between an orange wife and a fosset-seller;
    and then rejourn the controversy of three pence to a
    second day of audience. When you are hearing a
    matter between party and party, if you chance to be
    pinched with the colic, you make faces like
    mummers; set up the bloody flag against all
    patience; and, in roaring for a chamber-pot,
    dismiss the controversy bleeding the more entangled
    by your hearing: all the peace you make in their
    cause is, calling both the parties knaves. You are
    a pair of strange ones.

    Junius Brutus. Come, come, you are well understood to be a
    perfecter giber for the table than a necessary
    bencher in the Capitol.

16 II / 1
  • All tongues speak of him, and the bleared sights
    Are spectacled to see him:...
  • All tongues speak of him, and the bleared sights
    Are spectacled to see him: your prattling nurse
    Into a rapture lets her baby cry
    While she chats him: the kitchen malkin pins
    Her richest lockram 'bout her reechy neck,
    Clambering the walls to eye him: stalls, bulks, windows,
    Are smother'd up, leads fill'd, and ridges horsed
    With variable complexions, all agreeing
    In earnestness to see him: seld-shown flamens
    Do press among the popular throngs and puff
    To win a vulgar station: or veil'd dames
    Commit the war of white and damask in
    Their nicely-gawded cheeks to the wanton spoil
    Of Phoebus' burning kisses: such a pother
    As if that whatsoever god who leads him
    Were slily crept into his human powers
    And gave him graceful posture.
  • Cominius. On, to the Capitol!
    [Flourish. Cornets. Exeunt in state, as before.]
    BRUTUS and SICINIUS come forward]

    Junius Brutus. All tongues speak of him, and the bleared sights
    Are spectacled to see him: your prattling nurse
    Into a rapture lets her baby cry
    While she chats him: the kitchen malkin pins
    Her richest lockram 'bout her reechy neck,
    Clambering the walls to eye him: stalls, bulks, windows,
    Are smother'd up, leads fill'd, and ridges horsed
    With variable complexions, all agreeing
    In earnestness to see him: seld-shown flamens
    Do press among the popular throngs and puff
    To win a vulgar station: or veil'd dames
    Commit the war of white and damask in
    Their nicely-gawded cheeks to the wanton spoil
    Of Phoebus' burning kisses: such a pother
    As if that whatsoever god who leads him
    Were slily crept into his human powers
    And gave him graceful posture.

17 II / 1
  • Then our office may,
    During his power, go sleep.
  • Then our office may,
    During his power, go sleep.
  • Sicinius Velutus. On the sudden,
    I warrant him consul.

    Junius Brutus. Then our office may,
    During his power, go sleep.

18 II / 1
  • In that there's comfort.
  • In that there's comfort.
  • Sicinius Velutus. He cannot temperately transport his honours
    From where he should begin and end, but will
    Lose those he hath won.

    Junius Brutus. In that there's comfort.

19 II / 1
  • I heard him swear,
    Were he to stand for consul, never would he
    Appear i'...
  • I heard him swear,
    Were he to stand for consul, never would he
    Appear i' the market-place nor on him put
    The napless vesture of humility;
    Nor showing, as the manner is, his wounds
    To the people, beg their stinking breaths.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Doubt not
    The commoners, for whom we stand, but they
    Upon their ancient malice will forget
    With the least cause these his new honours, which
    That he will give them make I as little question
    As he is proud to do't.

    Junius Brutus. I heard him swear,
    Were he to stand for consul, never would he
    Appear i' the market-place nor on him put
    The napless vesture of humility;
    Nor showing, as the manner is, his wounds
    To the people, beg their stinking breaths.

20 II / 1
  • It was his word: O, he would miss it rather
    Than carry it but by the suit of...
  • It was his word: O, he would miss it rather
    Than carry it but by the suit of the gentry to him,
    And the desire of the nobles.
  • Sicinius Velutus. 'Tis right.

    Junius Brutus. It was his word: O, he would miss it rather
    Than carry it but by the suit of the gentry to him,
    And the desire of the nobles.

21 II / 1
  • 'Tis most like he will.
  • 'Tis most like he will.
  • Sicinius Velutus. I wish no better
    Than have him hold that purpose and to put it
    In execution.

    Junius Brutus. 'Tis most like he will.

22 II / 1
  • So it must fall out
    To him or our authorities. For an end,
    We must sugge...
  • So it must fall out
    To him or our authorities. For an end,
    We must suggest the people in what hatred
    He still hath held them; that to's power he would
    Have made them mules, silenced their pleaders and
    Dispropertied their freedoms, holding them,
    In human action and capacity,
    Of no more soul nor fitness for the world
    Than camels in the war, who have their provand
    Only for bearing burdens, and sore blows
    For sinking under them.
  • Sicinius Velutus. It shall be to him then as our good wills,
    A sure destruction.

    Junius Brutus. So it must fall out
    To him or our authorities. For an end,
    We must suggest the people in what hatred
    He still hath held them; that to's power he would
    Have made them mules, silenced their pleaders and
    Dispropertied their freedoms, holding them,
    In human action and capacity,
    Of no more soul nor fitness for the world
    Than camels in the war, who have their provand
    Only for bearing burdens, and sore blows
    For sinking under them.

23 II / 1
  • What's the matter?
  • What's the matter?
  • Sicinius Velutus. This, as you say, suggested
    At some time when his soaring insolence
    Shall touch the people--which time shall not want,
    If he be put upon 't; and that's as easy
    As to set dogs on sheep--will be his fire
    To kindle their dry stubble; and their blaze
    Shall darken him for ever.

    Junius Brutus. What's the matter?

24 II / 1
  • Let's to the Capitol;
    And carry with us ears and eyes for the time,
    But...
  • Let's to the Capitol;
    And carry with us ears and eyes for the time,
    But hearts for the event.
  • Messenger. You are sent for to the Capitol. 'Tis thought
    That CORIOLANUS shall be consul:
    I have seen the dumb men throng to see him and
    The blind to bear him speak: matrons flung gloves,
    Ladies and maids their scarfs and handkerchers,
    Upon him as he pass'd: the nobles bended,
    As to Jove's statue, and the commons made
    A shower and thunder with their caps and shouts:
    I never saw the like.

    Junius Brutus. Let's to the Capitol;
    And carry with us ears and eyes for the time,
    But hearts for the event.

25 II / 2
  • Which the rather
    We shall be blest to do, if he remember
    A kinder value...
  • Which the rather
    We shall be blest to do, if he remember
    A kinder value of the people than
    He hath hereto prized them at.
  • Sicinius Velutus. We are convented
    Upon a pleasing treaty, and have hearts
    Inclinable to honour and advance
    The theme of our assembly.

    Junius Brutus. Which the rather
    We shall be blest to do, if he remember
    A kinder value of the people than
    He hath hereto prized them at.

26 II / 2
  • Most willingly;
    But yet my caution was more pertinent
    Than the rebuke yo...
  • Most willingly;
    But yet my caution was more pertinent
    Than the rebuke you give it.
  • Menenius Agrippa. That's off, that's off;
    I would you rather had been silent. Please you
    To hear Cominius speak?

    Junius Brutus. Most willingly;
    But yet my caution was more pertinent
    Than the rebuke you give it.

27 II / 2
  • Sir, I hope
    My words disbench'd you not.
  • Sir, I hope
    My words disbench'd you not.
  • Coriolanus. Your horror's pardon:
    I had rather have my wounds to heal again
    Than hear say how I got them.

    Junius Brutus. Sir, I hope
    My words disbench'd you not.

28 II / 2
  • Mark you that?
  • Mark you that?
  • Coriolanus. It is apart
    That I shall blush in acting, and might well
    Be taken from the people.

    Junius Brutus. Mark you that?

29 II / 2
  • You see how he intends to use the people.
  • You see how he intends to use the people.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Do not stand upon't.
    We recommend to you, tribunes of the people,
    Our purpose to them: and to our noble consul
    Wish we all joy and honour.Senators. To Coriolanus come all joy and honour!
    [Flourish of cornets. Exeunt all but SICINIUS]
    and BRUTUS]

    Junius Brutus. You see how he intends to use the people.

30 II / 2
  • Come, we'll inform them
    Of our proceedings here: on the marketplace,
    I k...
  • Come, we'll inform them
    Of our proceedings here: on the marketplace,
    I know, they do attend us.
  • Sicinius Velutus. May they perceive's intent! He will require them,
    As if he did contemn what he requested
    Should be in them to give.

    Junius Brutus. Come, we'll inform them
    Of our proceedings here: on the marketplace,
    I know, they do attend us.

31 II / 3
  • We stay here for the people.
  • We stay here for the people.
  • Menenius Agrippa. I'll keep you company. Will you along?

    Junius Brutus. We stay here for the people.

32 II / 3
  • With a proud heart he wore his humble weeds.
    will you dismiss the people?
  • With a proud heart he wore his humble weeds.
    will you dismiss the people?
  • Sicinius Velutus. Fare you well.
    [Exeunt CORIOLANUS and MENENIUS]
    He has it now, and by his looks methink
    'Tis warm at 's heart.

    Junius Brutus. With a proud heart he wore his humble weeds.
    will you dismiss the people?

33 II / 3
  • We pray the gods he may deserve your loves.
  • We pray the gods he may deserve your loves.
  • First Citizen. He has our voices, sir.

    Junius Brutus. We pray the gods he may deserve your loves.

34 II / 3
  • Could you not have told him
    As you were lesson'd, when he had no power,
    ...
  • Could you not have told him
    As you were lesson'd, when he had no power,
    But was a petty servant to the state,
    He was your enemy, ever spake against
    Your liberties and the charters that you bear
    I' the body of the weal; and now, arriving
    A place of potency and sway o' the state,
    If he should still malignantly remain
    Fast foe to the plebeii, your voices might
    Be curses to yourselves? You should have said
    That as his worthy deeds did claim no less
    Than what he stood for, so his gracious nature
    Would think upon you for your voices and
    Translate his malice towards you into love,
    Standing your friendly lord.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Why either were you ignorant to see't,
    Or, seeing it, of such childish friendliness
    To yield your voices?

    Junius Brutus. Could you not have told him
    As you were lesson'd, when he had no power,
    But was a petty servant to the state,
    He was your enemy, ever spake against
    Your liberties and the charters that you bear
    I' the body of the weal; and now, arriving
    A place of potency and sway o' the state,
    If he should still malignantly remain
    Fast foe to the plebeii, your voices might
    Be curses to yourselves? You should have said
    That as his worthy deeds did claim no less
    Than what he stood for, so his gracious nature
    Would think upon you for your voices and
    Translate his malice towards you into love,
    Standing your friendly lord.

35 II / 3
  • Did you perceive
    He did solicit you in free contempt
    When he did need yo...
  • 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
    No heart among you? or had you tongues to cry
    Against the rectorship of judgment?
  • Sicinius Velutus. Thus to have said,
    As you were fore-advised, had touch'd his spirit
    And tried his inclination; from him pluck'd
    Either his gracious promise, which you might,
    As cause had call'd you up, have held him to
    Or else it would have gall'd his surly 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.

    Junius Brutus. 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
    No heart among you? or had you tongues to cry
    Against the rectorship of judgment?

36 II / 3
  • Get you hence instantly, and tell those friends,
    They have chose a consul th...
  • Get you hence instantly, and tell those friends,
    They have chose a consul that will from them take
    Their liberties; make them of no more voice
    Than dogs that are as often beat for barking
    As therefore kept to do so.
  • First Citizen. I twice five hundred and their friends to piece 'em.

    Junius Brutus. Get you hence instantly, and tell those friends,
    They have chose a consul that will from them take
    Their liberties; make them of no more voice
    Than dogs that are as often beat for barking
    As therefore kept to do so.

37 II / 3
  • Lay
    A fault on us, your tribunes; that we laboured,
    No impediment betwee...
  • Lay
    A fault on us, your tribunes; that we laboured,
    No impediment between, but that you must
    Cast your election on him.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Let them assemble,
    And on a safer judgment all revoke
    Your ignorant election; enforce his pride,
    And his old hate unto you; besides, forget not
    With what contempt he wore the humble weed,
    How in his suit he scorn'd you; but your loves,
    Thinking upon his services, took from you
    The apprehension of his present portance,
    Which most gibingly, ungravely, he did fashion
    After the inveterate hate he bears you.

    Junius Brutus. Lay
    A fault on us, your tribunes; that we laboured,
    No impediment between, but that you must
    Cast your election on him.

38 II / 3
  • Ay, spare us not. Say we read lectures to you.
    How youngly he began to serve...
  • Ay, spare us not. Say we read lectures to you.
    How youngly he began to serve his country,
    How long continued, and what stock he springs of,
    The noble house o' the Marcians, from whence came
    That Ancus CORIOLANUS, Numa's daughter's son,
    Who, after great Hostilius, here was king;
    Of the same house Publius and Quintus were,
    That our beat water brought by conduits hither;
    And [Censorinus,] nobly named so,
    Twice being [by the people chosen] censor,
    Was his great ancestor.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Say, you chose him
    More after our commandment than as guided
    By your own true affections, and that your minds,
    Preoccupied with what you rather must do
    Than what you should, made you against the grain
    To voice him consul: lay the fault on us.

    Junius Brutus. Ay, spare us not. Say we read lectures to you.
    How youngly he began to serve his country,
    How long continued, and what stock he springs of,
    The noble house o' the Marcians, from whence came
    That Ancus CORIOLANUS, Numa's daughter's son,
    Who, after great Hostilius, here was king;
    Of the same house Publius and Quintus were,
    That our beat water brought by conduits hither;
    And [Censorinus,] nobly named so,
    Twice being [by the people chosen] censor,
    Was his great ancestor.

39 II / 3
  • Say, you ne'er had done't--
    Harp on that still--but by our putting on;
    A...
  • Say, you ne'er had done't--
    Harp on that still--but by our putting on;
    And presently, when you have drawn your number,
    Repair to the Capitol.
  • Sicinius Velutus. One thus descended,
    That hath beside well in his person wrought
    To be set high in place, we did commend
    To your remembrances: but you have found,
    Scaling his present bearing with his past,
    That he's your fixed enemy, and revoke
    Your sudden approbation.

    Junius Brutus. Say, you ne'er had done't--
    Harp on that still--but by our putting on;
    And presently, when you have drawn your number,
    Repair to the Capitol.

40 II / 3
  • Let them go on;
    This mutiny were better put in hazard,
    Than stay, past d...
  • Let them go on;
    This mutiny were better put in hazard,
    Than stay, past doubt, for greater:
    If, as his nature is, he fall in rage
    With their refusal, both observe and answer
    The vantage of his anger.
  • All. We will so: almost all
    Repent in their election.

    Junius Brutus. Let them go on;
    This mutiny were better put in hazard,
    Than stay, past doubt, for greater:
    If, as his nature is, he fall in rage
    With their refusal, both observe and answer
    The vantage of his anger.

41 III / 1
  • It will be dangerous to go on: no further.
  • It will be dangerous to go on: no further.
  • Coriolanus. Ha! what is that?

    Junius Brutus. It will be dangerous to go on: no further.

42 III / 1
  • Cominius, no.
  • Cominius, no.
  • Cominius. Hath he not pass'd the noble and the common?

    Junius Brutus. Cominius, no.

43 III / 1
  • The people are incensed against him.
  • The people are incensed against him.
  • First Senator. Tribunes, give way; he shall to the market-place.

    Junius Brutus. The people are incensed against him.

44 III / 1
  • Call't not a plot:
    The people cry you mock'd them, and of late,
    When cor...
  • Call't not a plot:
    The people cry you mock'd them, and of late,
    When corn was given them gratis, you repined;
    Scandal'd the suppliants for the people, call'd them
    Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness.
  • Coriolanus. It is a purposed thing, and grows by plot,
    To curb the will of the nobility:
    Suffer't, and live with such as cannot rule
    Nor ever will be ruled.

    Junius Brutus. Call't not a plot:
    The people cry you mock'd them, and of late,
    When corn was given them gratis, you repined;
    Scandal'd the suppliants for the people, call'd them
    Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness.

45 III / 1
  • Not to them all.
  • Not to them all.
  • Coriolanus. Why, this was known before.

    Junius Brutus. Not to them all.

46 III / 1
  • How! I inform them!
  • How! I inform them!
  • Coriolanus. Have you inform'd them sithence?

    Junius Brutus. How! I inform them!

47 III / 1
  • Not unlike,
    Each way, to better yours.
  • Not unlike,
    Each way, to better yours.
  • Coriolanus. You are like to do such business.

    Junius Brutus. Not unlike,
    Each way, to better yours.

48 III / 1
  • You speak o' the people,
    As if you were a god to punish, not
    A man of th...
  • You speak o' the people,
    As if you were a god to punish, not
    A man of their infirmity.
  • Coriolanus. How! no more!
    As for my country I have shed my blood,
    Not fearing outward force, so shall my lungs
    Coin words till their decay against those measles,
    Which we disdain should tatter us, yet sought
    The very way to catch them.

    Junius Brutus. You speak o' the people,
    As if you were a god to punish, not
    A man of their infirmity.

49 III / 1
  • Why, shall the people give
    One that speaks thus their voice?
  • Why, shall the people give
    One that speaks thus their voice?
  • Coriolanus. Though there the people had more absolute power,
    I say, they nourish'd disobedience, fed
    The ruin of the state.

    Junius Brutus. Why, shall the people give
    One that speaks thus their voice?

50 III / 1
  • Enough, with over-measure.
  • Enough, with over-measure.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Come, enough.

    Junius Brutus. Enough, with over-measure.

51 III / 1
  • Has said enough.
  • Has said enough.
  • Coriolanus. No, take more:
    What may be sworn by, both divine and human,
    Seal what I end withal! This double worship,
    Where one part does disdain with cause, the other
    Insult without all reason, where gentry, title, wisdom,
    Cannot conclude but by the yea and no
    Of general ignorance,--it must omit
    Real necessities, and give way the while
    To unstable slightness: purpose so barr'd,
    it follows,
    Nothing is done to purpose. Therefore, beseech you,--
    You that will be less fearful than discreet,
    That love the fundamental part of state
    More than you doubt the change on't, that prefer
    A noble life before a long, and wish
    To jump a body with a dangerous physic
    That's sure of death without it, at once pluck out
    The multitudinous tongue; let them not lick
    The sweet which is their poison: your dishonour
    Mangles true judgment and bereaves the state
    Of that integrity which should become't,
    Not having the power to do the good it would,
    For the in which doth control't.

    Junius Brutus. Has said enough.

52 III / 1
  • Manifest treason!
  • Manifest treason!
  • Coriolanus. Thou wretch, despite o'erwhelm thee!
    What should the people do with these bald tribunes?
    On whom depending, their obedience fails
    To the greater bench: in a rebellion,
    When what's not meet, but what must be, was law,
    Then were they chosen: in a better hour,
    Let what is meet be said it must be meet,
    And throw their power i' the dust.

    Junius Brutus. Manifest treason!

53 III / 1
  • The aediles, ho!
    [Enter an AEdile]
    Let him be apprehended.
  • The aediles, ho!
    [Enter an AEdile]
    Let him be apprehended.
  • Sicinius Velutus. This a consul? no.

    Junius Brutus. The aediles, ho!
    [Enter an AEdile]
    Let him be apprehended.

54 III / 1
  • Seize him, AEdiles!
  • Seize him, AEdiles!
  • Sicinius Velutus. Here's he that would take from you all your power.

    Junius Brutus. Seize him, AEdiles!

55 III / 1
  • By the consent of all, we were establish'd
    The people's magistrates.
  • By the consent of all, we were establish'd
    The people's magistrates.
  • Citizens. True,
    The people are the city.

    Junius Brutus. By the consent of all, we were establish'd
    The people's magistrates.

56 III / 1
  • Or let us stand to our authority,
    Or let us lose it. We do here pronounce, <...
  • Or let us stand to our authority,
    Or let us lose it. We do here pronounce,
    Upon the part o' the people, in whose power
    We were elected theirs, CORIOLANUS is worthy
    Of present death.
  • Sicinius Velutus. This deserves death.

    Junius Brutus. Or let us stand to our authority,
    Or let us lose it. We do here pronounce,
    Upon the part o' the people, in whose power
    We were elected theirs, CORIOLANUS is worthy
    Of present death.

57 III / 1
  • AEdiles, seize him!
  • AEdiles, seize him!
  • Sicinius Velutus. Therefore lay hold of him;
    Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence
    Into destruction cast him.

    Junius Brutus. AEdiles, seize him!

58 III / 1
  • Sir, those cold ways,
    That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous
    W...
  • Sir, those cold ways,
    That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous
    Where the disease is violent. Lay hands upon him,
    And bear him to the rock.
  • Menenius Agrippa. [To BRUTUS] Be that you seem, truly your
    country's friend,
    And temperately proceed to what you would
    Thus violently redress.

    Junius Brutus. Sir, those cold ways,
    That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous
    Where the disease is violent. Lay hands upon him,
    And bear him to the rock.

59 III / 1
  • Lay hands upon him.
  • Lay hands upon him.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Down with that sword! Tribunes, withdraw awhile.

    Junius Brutus. Lay hands upon him.

60 III / 1
  • He consul!
  • He consul!
  • Menenius Agrippa. The consul Coriolanus.

    Junius Brutus. He consul!

61 III / 1
  • Merely awry: when he did love his country,
    It honour'd him.
  • Merely awry: when he did love his country,
    It honour'd him.
  • Sicinius Velutus. This is clean kam.

    Junius Brutus. Merely awry: when he did love his country,
    It honour'd him.

62 III / 1
  • We'll hear no more.
    Pursue him to his house, and pluck him thence:
    Lest...
  • We'll hear no more.
    Pursue him to his house, and pluck him thence:
    Lest his infection, being of catching nature,
    Spread further.
  • Menenius Agrippa. The service of the foot
    Being once gangrened, is not then respected
    For what before it was.

    Junius Brutus. We'll hear no more.
    Pursue him to his house, and pluck him thence:
    Lest his infection, being of catching nature,
    Spread further.

63 III / 1
  • If it were so,--
  • If it were so,--
  • Menenius Agrippa. One word more, one word.
    This tiger-footed rage, when it shall find
    The harm of unscann'd swiftness, will too late
    Tie leaden pounds to's heels. Proceed by process;
    Lest parties, as he is beloved, break out,
    And sack great Rome with Romans.

    Junius Brutus. If it were so,--

64 III / 1
  • Go not home.
  • Go not home.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Noble Menenius,
    Be you then as the people's officer.
    Masters, lay down your weapons.

    Junius Brutus. Go not home.

65 III / 3
  • In this point charge him home, that he affects
    Tyrannical power: if he evade...
  • In this point charge him home, that he affects
    Tyrannical power: if he evade us there,
    Enforce him with his envy to the people,
    And that the spoil got on the Antiates
    Was ne'er distributed.
    [Enter an AEdile]
    What, will he come?
  • Coriolanus. Well, mildly be it then. Mildly!

    Junius Brutus. In this point charge him home, that he affects
    Tyrannical power: if he evade us there,
    Enforce him with his envy to the people,
    And that the spoil got on the Antiates
    Was ne'er distributed.
    [Enter an AEdile]
    What, will he come?

66 III / 3
  • How accompanied?
  • How accompanied?
  • Aedile. He's coming.

    Junius Brutus. How accompanied?

67 III / 3
  • And when such time they have begun to cry,
    Let them not cease, but with a di...
  • And when such time they have begun to cry,
    Let them not cease, but with a din confused
    Enforce the present execution
    Of what we chance to sentence.
  • Aedile. I shall inform them.

    Junius Brutus. And when such time they have begun to cry,
    Let them not cease, but with a din confused
    Enforce the present execution
    Of what we chance to sentence.

68 III / 3
  • Go about it.
    [Exit AEdile]
    Put him to choler straight: he hath been used...
  • Go about it.
    [Exit AEdile]
    Put him to choler straight: he hath been used
    Ever to conquer, and to have his worth
    Of contradiction: being once chafed, he cannot
    Be rein'd again to temperance; then he speaks
    What's in his heart; and that is there which looks
    With us to break his neck.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Make them be strong and ready for this hint,
    When we shall hap to give 't them.

    Junius Brutus. Go about it.
    [Exit AEdile]
    Put him to choler straight: he hath been used
    Ever to conquer, and to have his worth
    Of contradiction: being once chafed, he cannot
    Be rein'd again to temperance; then he speaks
    What's in his heart; and that is there which looks
    With us to break his neck.

69 III / 3
  • But since he hath
    Served well for Rome,--
  • But since he hath
    Served well for Rome,--
  • Sicinius Velutus. Peace!
    We need not put new matter to his charge:
    What you have seen him do and heard him speak,
    Beating your officers, cursing yourselves,
    Opposing laws with strokes and here defying
    Those whose great power must try him; even this,
    So criminal and in such capital kind,
    Deserves the extremest death.

    Junius Brutus. But since he hath
    Served well for Rome,--

70 III / 3
  • I talk of that, that know it.
  • I talk of that, that know it.
  • Coriolanus. What do you prate of service?

    Junius Brutus. I talk of that, that know it.

71 III / 3
  • There's no more to be said, but he is banish'd,
    As enemy to the people and h...
  • There's no more to be said, but he is banish'd,
    As enemy to the people and his country:
    It shall be so.
  • Sicinius Velutus. We know your drift: speak what?

    Junius Brutus. There's no more to be said, but he is banish'd,
    As enemy to the people and his country:
    It shall be so.

72 IV / 2
  • Now we have shown our power,
    Let us seem humbler after it is done
    Than w...
  • Now we have shown our power,
    Let us seem humbler after it is done
    Than when it was a-doing.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Bid them all home; he's gone, and we'll no further.
    The nobility are vex'd, whom we see have sided
    In his behalf.

    Junius Brutus. Now we have shown our power,
    Let us seem humbler after it is done
    Than when it was a-doing.

73 IV / 2
  • Dismiss them home.
    [Exit AEdile]
    Here comes his mother.
  • Dismiss them home.
    [Exit AEdile]
    Here comes his mother.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Bid them home:
    Say their great enemy is gone, and they
    Stand in their ancient strength.

    Junius Brutus. Dismiss them home.
    [Exit AEdile]
    Here comes his mother.

74 IV / 2
  • Why?
  • Why?
  • Sicinius Velutus. Let's not meet her.

    Junius Brutus. Why?

75 IV / 2
  • They have ta'en note of us: keep on your way.
  • They have ta'en note of us: keep on your way.
  • Sicinius Velutus. They say she's mad.

    Junius Brutus. They have ta'en note of us: keep on your way.

76 IV / 2
  • I would he had.
  • I would he had.
  • Sicinius Velutus. I would he had continued to his country
    As he began, and not unknit himself
    The noble knot he made.

    Junius Brutus. I would he had.

77 IV / 2
  • Pray, let us go.
  • Pray, let us go.
  • Volumnia. 'I would he had'! 'Twas you incensed the rabble:
    Cats, that can judge as fitly of his worth
    As I can of those mysteries which heaven
    Will not have earth to know.

    Junius Brutus. Pray, let us go.

78 IV / 2
  • Well, well, we'll leave you.
  • Well, well, we'll leave you.
  • Volumnia. Now, pray, sir, get you gone:
    You have done a brave deed. Ere you go, hear this:--
    As far as doth the Capitol exceed
    The meanest house in Rome, so far my son--
    This lady's husband here, this, do you see--
    Whom you have banish'd, does exceed you all.

    Junius Brutus. Well, well, we'll leave you.

79 IV / 6
  • We stood to't in good time.
    [Enter MENENIUS]
    Is this Menenius?
  • We stood to't in good time.
    [Enter MENENIUS]
    Is this Menenius?
  • Sicinius Velutus. We hear not of him, neither need we fear him;
    His remedies are tame i' the present peace
    And quietness of the people, which before
    Were in wild hurry. Here do we make his friends
    Blush that the world goes well, who rather had,
    Though they themselves did suffer by't, behold
    Dissentious numbers pestering streets than see
    Our tradesmen with in their shops and going
    About their functions friendly.

    Junius Brutus. We stood to't in good time.
    [Enter MENENIUS]
    Is this Menenius?

80 IV / 6
  • God-den to you all, god-den to you all.
  • God-den to you all, god-den to you all.
  • Sicinius Velutus. God-den, our neighbours.

    Junius Brutus. God-den to you all, god-den to you all.

81 IV / 6
  • Farewell, kind neighbours: we wish'd Coriolanus
    Had loved you as we did.
  • Farewell, kind neighbours: we wish'd Coriolanus
    Had loved you as we did.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Live, and thrive!

    Junius Brutus. Farewell, kind neighbours: we wish'd Coriolanus
    Had loved you as we did.

82 IV / 6
  • Caius CORIOLANUS was
    A worthy officer i' the war; but insolent,
    O'ercome...
  • Caius CORIOLANUS was
    A worthy officer i' the war; but insolent,
    O'ercome with pride, ambitious past all thinking,
    Self-loving,--
  • Sicinius Velutus. This is a happier and more comely time
    Than when these fellows ran about the streets,
    Crying confusion.

    Junius Brutus. Caius CORIOLANUS was
    A worthy officer i' the war; but insolent,
    O'ercome with pride, ambitious past all thinking,
    Self-loving,--

83 IV / 6
  • The gods have well prevented it, and Rome
    Sits safe and still without him.
  • The gods have well prevented it, and Rome
    Sits safe and still without him.
  • Sicinius Velutus. We should by this, to all our lamentation,
    If he had gone forth consul, found it so.

    Junius Brutus. The gods have well prevented it, and Rome
    Sits safe and still without him.

84 IV / 6
  • Go see this rumourer whipp'd. It cannot be
    The Volsces dare break with us.
  • Go see this rumourer whipp'd. It cannot be
    The Volsces dare break with us.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Come, what talk you
    Of CORIOLANUS?

    Junius Brutus. Go see this rumourer whipp'd. It cannot be
    The Volsces dare break with us.

85 IV / 6
  • Not possible.
  • Not possible.
  • Sicinius Velutus. Tell not me:
    I know this cannot be.

    Junius Brutus. Not possible.

86 IV / 6
  • Raised only, that the weaker sort may wish
    Good CORIOLANUS home again.
  • Raised only, that the weaker sort may wish
    Good CORIOLANUS home again.
  • Sicinius Velutus. This is most likely!

    Junius Brutus. Raised only, that the weaker sort may wish
    Good CORIOLANUS home again.

87 IV / 6
  • But is this true, sir?
  • But is this true, sir?
  • Menenius Agrippa. As Hercules
    Did shake down mellow fruit.
    You have made fair work!

    Junius Brutus. But is this true, sir?

88 IV / 6
  • I do not like this news.
  • I do not like this news.
  • Second Citizen. So did we all. But, come, let's home.

    Junius Brutus. I do not like this news.

89 IV / 6
  • Let's to the Capitol. Would half my wealth
    Would buy this for a lie!
  • Let's to the Capitol. Would half my wealth
    Would buy this for a lie!
  • Sicinius Velutus. Nor I.

    Junius Brutus. Let's to the Capitol. Would half my wealth
    Would buy this for a lie!

90 V / 1
  • Only make trial what your love can do
    For Rome, towards CORIOLANUS.
  • Only make trial what your love can do
    For Rome, towards CORIOLANUS.
  • Menenius Agrippa. What should I do?

    Junius Brutus. Only make trial what your love can do
    For Rome, towards CORIOLANUS.

91 V / 1
  • You know the very road into his kindness,
    And cannot lose your way.
  • You know the very road into his kindness,
    And cannot lose your way.
  • Menenius Agrippa. I'll undertake 't:
    I think he'll hear me. Yet, to bite his lip
    And hum at good Cominius, much unhearts me.
    He was not taken well; he had not dined:
    The veins unfill'd, our blood is cold, and then
    We pout upon the morning, are unapt
    To give or to forgive; but when we have stuff'd
    These and these conveyances of our blood
    With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls
    Than in our priest-like fasts: therefore I'll watch him
    Till he be dieted to my request,
    And then I'll set upon him.

    Junius Brutus. You know the very road into his kindness,
    And cannot lose your way.

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