Speeches (Lines) for Second Citizen in "The Tragedy of Coriolanus"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 1
  • One word, good citizens.
  • One word, good citizens.
  • All. No more talking on't; let it be done: away, away!

    Second Citizen. One word, good citizens.

2 I / 1
  • Would you proceed especially against Caius CORIOLANUS?
  • Would you proceed especially against Caius CORIOLANUS?
  • First Citizen. We are accounted poor citizens, the patricians good.
    What authority surfeits on would relieve us: if they
    would yield us but the superfluity, while it were
    wholesome, we might guess they relieved us humanely;
    but they think we are too dear: the leanness that
    afflicts us, the object of our misery, is as an
    inventory to particularise their abundance; our
    sufferance is a gain to them Let us revenge this with
    our pikes, ere we become rakes: for the gods know I
    speak this in hunger for bread, not in thirst for revenge.

    Second Citizen. Would you proceed especially against Caius CORIOLANUS?

3 I / 1
  • Consider you what services he has done for his country?
  • Consider you what services he has done for his country?
  • All. Against him first: he's a very dog to the commonalty.

    Second Citizen. Consider you what services he has done for his country?

4 I / 1
  • Nay, but speak not maliciously.
  • Nay, but speak not maliciously.
  • First Citizen. Very well; and could be content to give him good
    report fort, but that he pays himself with being proud.

    Second Citizen. Nay, but speak not maliciously.

5 I / 1
  • What he cannot help in his nature, you account a
    vice in him. You must in no...
  • What he cannot help in his nature, you account a
    vice in him. You must in no way say he is covetous.
  • First Citizen. I say unto you, what he hath done famously, he did
    it to that end: though soft-conscienced men can be
    content to say it was for his country he did it to
    please his mother and to be partly proud; which he
    is, even till the altitude of his virtue.

    Second Citizen. What he cannot help in his nature, you account a
    vice in him. You must in no way say he is covetous.

6 I / 1
  • Worthy Menenius Agrippa; one that hath always loved
    the people.
  • Worthy Menenius Agrippa; one that hath always loved
    the people.
  • First Citizen. Soft! who comes here?

    Second Citizen. Worthy Menenius Agrippa; one that hath always loved
    the people.

7 II / 3
  • We may, sir, if we will.
  • We may, sir, if we will.
  • First Citizen. Once, if he do require our voices, we ought not to deny him.

    Second Citizen. We may, sir, if we will.

8 II / 3
  • Think you so? Which way do you judge my wit would
    fly?
  • Think you so? Which way do you judge my wit would
    fly?
  • Third Citizen. We have been called so of many; not that our heads
    are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald,
    but that our wits are so diversely coloured: and
    truly I think if all our wits were to issue out of
    one skull, they would fly east, west, north, south,
    and their consent of one direct way should be at
    once to all the points o' the compass.

    Second Citizen. Think you so? Which way do you judge my wit would
    fly?

9 II / 3
  • Why that way?
  • Why that way?
  • Third Citizen. Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man's
    will;'tis strongly wedged up in a block-head, but
    if it were at liberty, 'twould, sure, southward.

    Second Citizen. Why that way?

10 II / 3
  • You are never without your tricks: you may, you may.
  • You are never without your tricks: you may, you may.
  • Third Citizen. To lose itself in a fog, where being three parts
    melted away with rotten dews, the fourth would return
    for conscience sake, to help to get thee a wife.

    Second Citizen. You are never without your tricks: you may, you may.

11 II / 3
  • Your own desert!
  • Your own desert!
  • Coriolanus. Mine own desert.

    Second Citizen. Your own desert!

12 II / 3
  • You shall ha' it, worthy sir.
  • You shall ha' it, worthy sir.
  • Coriolanus. Kindly! Sir, I pray, let me ha't: I have wounds to
    show you, which shall be yours in private. Your
    good voice, sir; what say you?

    Second Citizen. You shall ha' it, worthy sir.

13 II / 3
  • An 'twere to give again,--but 'tis no matter.
  • An 'twere to give again,--but 'tis no matter.
  • Third Citizen. But this is something odd.

    Second Citizen. An 'twere to give again,--but 'tis no matter.

14 II / 3
  • Amen, sir: to my poor unworthy notice,
    He mock'd us when he begg'd our voice...
  • Amen, sir: to my poor unworthy notice,
    He mock'd us when he begg'd our voices.
  • Junius Brutus. We pray the gods he may deserve your loves.

    Second Citizen. Amen, sir: to my poor unworthy notice,
    He mock'd us when he begg'd our voices.

15 II / 3
  • Not one amongst us, save yourself, but says
    He used us scornfully: he should...
  • Not one amongst us, save yourself, but says
    He used us scornfully: he should have show'd us
    His marks of merit, wounds received for's country.
  • First Citizen. No,'tis his kind of speech: he did not mock us.

    Second Citizen. Not one amongst us, save yourself, but says
    He used us scornfully: he should have show'd us
    His marks of merit, wounds received for's country.

16 II / 3
  • And will deny him:
    I'll have five hundred voices of that sound.
  • And will deny him:
    I'll have five hundred voices of that sound.
  • Third Citizen. He's not confirm'd; we may deny him yet.

    Second Citizen. And will deny him:
    I'll have five hundred voices of that sound.

17 IV / 6
  • And so did I.
  • And so did I.
  • First Citizen. For mine own part,
    When I said, banish him, I said 'twas pity.

    Second Citizen. And so did I.

18 IV / 6
  • So did we all. But, come, let's home.
  • So did we all. But, come, let's home.
  • First Citizen. The gods be good to us! Come, masters, let's home.
    I ever said we were i' the wrong when we banished
    him.

    Second Citizen. So did we all. But, come, let's home.

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