Speeches (Lines) for Sicinius Velutus in "The Tragedy of Coriolanus"

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1 I / 1
  • Was ever man so proud as is this CORIOLANUS?
  • Was ever man so proud as is this CORIOLANUS?
  • Coriolanus. Nay, let them follow:
    The Volsces have much corn; take these rats thither
    To gnaw their garners. Worshipful mutiners,
    Your valour puts well forth: pray, follow.
    [Citizens steal away. Exeunt all but SICINIUS]
    and BRUTUS]

    Sicinius Velutus. Was ever man so proud as is this CORIOLANUS?

2 I / 1
  • When we were chosen tribunes for the people,--
  • When we were chosen tribunes for the people,--
  • Junius Brutus. He has no equal.

    Sicinius Velutus. When we were chosen tribunes for the people,--

3 I / 1
  • Nay. but his taunts.
  • Nay. but his taunts.
  • Junius Brutus. Mark'd you his lip and eyes?

    Sicinius Velutus. Nay. but his taunts.

4 I / 1
  • Be-mock the modest moon.
  • Be-mock the modest moon.
  • Junius Brutus. Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.

    Sicinius Velutus. Be-mock the modest moon.

5 I / 1
  • Such a nature,
    Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow
    Which he t...
  • 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. The present wars devour him: he is grown
    Too proud to be so valiant.

    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.

6 I / 1
  • Besides, if things go well,
    Opinion that so sticks on CORIOLANUS shall
    O...
  • Besides, if things go well,
    Opinion that so sticks on CORIOLANUS shall
    Of his demerits rob 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!'

    Sicinius Velutus. Besides, if things go well,
    Opinion that so sticks on CORIOLANUS shall
    Of his demerits rob Cominius.

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

8 II / 1
  • Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.
  • Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Not according to the prayer of the people, for they
    love not CORIOLANUS.

    Sicinius Velutus. Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.

9 II / 1
  • The lamb.
  • The lamb.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Pray you, who does the wolf love?

    Sicinius Velutus. The lamb.

10 II / 1
  • Especially in pride.
  • Especially in pride.
  • Junius Brutus. He's poor in no one fault, but stored with all.

    Sicinius Velutus. Especially in pride.

11 II / 1
  • Menenius, you are known well enough too.
  • Menenius, you are known well enough too.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Why, then you should discover a brace of unmeriting,
    proud, violent, testy magistrates, alias fools, as
    any in Rome.

    Sicinius Velutus. Menenius, you are known well enough too.

12 II / 1
  • On the sudden,
    I warrant him consul.
  • On the sudden,
    I warrant him consul.
  • 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.

    Sicinius Velutus. On the sudden,
    I warrant him consul.

13 II / 1
  • He cannot temperately transport his honours
    From where he should begin and e...
  • He cannot temperately transport his honours
    From where he should begin and end, but will
    Lose those he hath won.
  • Junius Brutus. Then our office may,
    During his power, go sleep.

    Sicinius Velutus. He cannot temperately transport his honours
    From where he should begin and end, but will
    Lose those he hath won.

14 II / 1
  • Doubt not
    The commoners, for whom we stand, but they
    Upon their ancient...
  • 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. In that there's comfort.

    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.

15 II / 1
  • 'Tis right.
  • 'Tis right.
  • 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.

    Sicinius Velutus. 'Tis right.

16 II / 1
  • I wish no better
    Than have him hold that purpose and to put it
    In execut...
  • I wish no better
    Than have him hold that purpose and to put it
    In execution.
  • 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.

    Sicinius Velutus. I wish no better
    Than have him hold that purpose and to put it
    In execution.

17 II / 1
  • It shall be to him then as our good wills,
    A sure destruction.
  • It shall be to him then as our good wills,
    A sure destruction.
  • Junius Brutus. 'Tis most like he will.

    Sicinius Velutus. It shall be to him then as our good wills,
    A sure destruction.

18 II / 1
  • This, as you say, suggested
    At some time when his soaring insolence
    Shal...
  • 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. 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. 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.

19 II / 1
  • Have with you.
  • Have with you.
  • Junius Brutus. Let's to the Capitol;
    And carry with us ears and eyes for the time,
    But hearts for the event.

    Sicinius Velutus. Have with you.

20 II / 2
  • We are convented
    Upon a pleasing treaty, and have hearts
    Inclinable to h...
  • We are convented
    Upon a pleasing treaty, and have hearts
    Inclinable to honour and advance
    The theme of our assembly.
  • First Senator. Speak, good Cominius:
    Leave nothing out for length, and make us think
    Rather our state's defective for requital
    Than we to stretch it out.
    [To the Tribunes]
    Masters o' the people,
    We do request your kindest ears, and after,
    Your loving motion toward the common body,
    To yield what passes here.

    Sicinius Velutus. We are convented
    Upon a pleasing treaty, and have hearts
    Inclinable to honour and advance
    The theme of our assembly.

21 II / 2
  • Sir, the people
    Must have their voices; neither will they bate
    One jot o...
  • Sir, the people
    Must have their voices; neither will they bate
    One jot of ceremony.
  • Coriolanus. I do beseech you,
    Let me o'erleap that custom, for I cannot
    Put on the gown, stand naked and entreat them,
    For my wounds' sake, to give their suffrage: please you
    That I may pass this doing.

    Sicinius Velutus. Sir, the people
    Must have their voices; neither will they bate
    One jot of ceremony.

22 II / 2
  • May they perceive's intent! He will require them,
    As if he did contemn what...
  • 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. You see how he intends to use the people.

    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.

23 II / 3
  • The custom of request you have discharged:
    The people do admit you, and are...
  • The custom of request you have discharged:
    The people do admit you, and are summon'd
    To meet anon, upon your approbation.
  • Coriolanus. Is this done?

    Sicinius Velutus. The custom of request you have discharged:
    The people do admit you, and are summon'd
    To meet anon, upon your approbation.

24 II / 3
  • There, Coriolanus.
  • There, Coriolanus.
  • Coriolanus. Where? at the senate-house?

    Sicinius Velutus. There, Coriolanus.

25 II / 3
  • You may, sir.
  • You may, sir.
  • Coriolanus. May I change these garments?

    Sicinius Velutus. You may, sir.

26 II / 3
  • Fare you well.
    [Exeunt CORIOLANUS and MENENIUS]
    He has it now, and by hi...
  • Fare you well.
    [Exeunt CORIOLANUS and MENENIUS]
    He has it now, and by his looks methink
    'Tis warm at 's heart.
  • Junius Brutus. We stay here for 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.

27 II / 3
  • How now, my masters! have you chose this man?
  • How now, my masters! have you chose this man?
  • Junius Brutus. With a proud heart he wore his humble weeds.
    will you dismiss the people?

    Sicinius Velutus. How now, my masters! have you chose this man?

28 II / 3
  • Why, so he did, I am sure.
  • Why, so he did, I am sure.
  • 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.

    Sicinius Velutus. Why, so he did, I am sure.

29 II / 3
  • Why either were you ignorant to see't,
    Or, seeing it, of such childish frien...
  • Why either were you ignorant to see't,
    Or, seeing it, of such childish friendliness
    To yield your voices?
  • Third Citizen. He said he had wounds, which he could show
    in private;
    And with his hat, thus waving it in scorn,
    'I would be consul,' says he: 'aged custom,
    But by your voices, will not so permit me;
    Your voices therefore.' When we granted that,
    Here was 'I thank you for your voices: thank you:
    Your most sweet voices: now you have left
    your voices,
    I have no further with you.' Was not this mockery?

    Sicinius Velutus. Why either were you ignorant to see't,
    Or, seeing it, of such childish friendliness
    To yield your voices?

30 II / 3
  • Thus to have said,
    As you were fore-advised, had touch'd his spirit
    And...
  • 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. 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. 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.

31 II / 3
  • Have you
    Ere now denied the asker? and now again
    Of him that did not ask...
  • Have you
    Ere now denied the asker? and now again
    Of him that did not ask, but mock, bestow
    Your sued-for tongues?
  • 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?

    Sicinius Velutus. Have you
    Ere now denied the asker? and now again
    Of him that did not ask, but mock, bestow
    Your sued-for tongues?

32 II / 3
  • Let them assemble,
    And on a safer judgment all revoke
    Your ignorant elec...
  • 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. 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.

    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.

33 II / 3
  • Say, you chose him
    More after our commandment than as guided
    By your own...
  • 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. Lay
    A fault on us, your tribunes; that we laboured,
    No impediment between, but that you must
    Cast your election on him.

    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.

34 II / 3
  • One thus descended,
    That hath beside well in his person wrought
    To be se...
  • 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. 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. 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.

35 II / 3
  • To the Capitol, come:
    We will be there before the stream o' the people;
    ...
  • To the Capitol, come:
    We will be there before the stream o' the people;
    And this shall seem, as partly 'tis, their own,
    Which we have goaded onward.
  • 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.

    Sicinius Velutus. To the Capitol, come:
    We will be there before the stream o' the people;
    And this shall seem, as partly 'tis, their own,
    Which we have goaded onward.

36 III / 1
  • Pass no further.
  • Pass no further.
  • Coriolanus. I wish I had a cause to seek him there,
    To oppose his hatred fully. Welcome home.
    [Enter SICINIUS and BRUTUS]
    Behold, these are the tribunes of the people,
    The tongues o' the common mouth: I do despise them;
    For they do prank them in authority,
    Against all noble sufferance.

    Sicinius Velutus. Pass no further.

37 III / 1
  • Stop,
    Or all will fall in broil.
  • Stop,
    Or all will fall in broil.
  • Junius Brutus. The people are incensed against him.

    Sicinius Velutus. Stop,
    Or all will fall in broil.

38 III / 1
  • You show too much of that
    For which the people stir: if you will pass
    To...
  • You show too much of that
    For which the people stir: if you will pass
    To where you are bound, you must inquire your way,
    Which you are out of, with a gentler spirit,
    Or never be so noble as a consul,
    Nor yoke with him for tribune.
  • Coriolanus. Why then should I be consul? By yond clouds,
    Let me deserve so ill as you, and make me
    Your fellow tribune.

    Sicinius Velutus. You show too much of that
    For which the people stir: if you will pass
    To where you are bound, you must inquire your way,
    Which you are out of, with a gentler spirit,
    Or never be so noble as a consul,
    Nor yoke with him for tribune.

39 III / 1
  • 'Twere well
    We let the people know't.
  • 'Twere well
    We let the people know't.
  • Junius Brutus. You speak o' the people,
    As if you were a god to punish, not
    A man of their infirmity.

    Sicinius Velutus. 'Twere well
    We let the people know't.

40 III / 1
  • It is a mind
    That shall remain a poison where it is,
    Not poison any furt...
  • It is a mind
    That shall remain a poison where it is,
    Not poison any further.
  • Coriolanus. Choler!
    Were I as patient as the midnight sleep,
    By Jove, 'twould be my mind!

    Sicinius Velutus. It is a mind
    That shall remain a poison where it is,
    Not poison any further.

41 III / 1
  • Has spoken like a traitor, and shall answer
    As traitors do.
  • Has spoken like a traitor, and shall answer
    As traitors do.
  • Junius Brutus. Has said enough.

    Sicinius Velutus. Has spoken like a traitor, and shall answer
    As traitors do.

42 III / 1
  • This a consul? no.
  • This a consul? no.
  • Junius Brutus. Manifest treason!

    Sicinius Velutus. This a consul? no.

43 III / 1
  • Go, call the people:
    [Exit AEdile]
    in whose name myself
    Attach thee...
  • Go, call the people:
    [Exit AEdile]
    in whose name myself
    Attach thee as a traitorous innovator,
    A foe to the public weal: obey, I charge thee,
    And follow to thine answer.
  • Junius Brutus. The aediles, ho!
    [Enter an AEdile]
    Let him be apprehended.

    Sicinius Velutus. Go, call the people:
    [Exit AEdile]
    in whose name myself
    Attach thee as a traitorous innovator,
    A foe to the public weal: obey, I charge thee,
    And follow to thine answer.

44 III / 1
  • Help, ye citizens!
    [Enter a rabble of Citizens (Plebeians), with]
    the AE...
  • Help, ye citizens!
    [Enter a rabble of Citizens (Plebeians), with]
    the AEdiles]
  • Coriolanus. Hence, rotten thing! or I shall shake thy bones
    Out of thy garments.

    Sicinius Velutus. Help, ye citizens!
    [Enter a rabble of Citizens (Plebeians), with]
    the AEdiles]

45 III / 1
  • Here's he that would take from you all your power.
  • Here's he that would take from you all your power.
  • Menenius Agrippa. On both sides more respect.

    Sicinius Velutus. Here's he that would take from you all your power.

46 III / 1
  • Hear me, people; peace!
  • Hear me, people; peace!
  • Menenius Agrippa. What is about to be? I am out of breath;
    Confusion's near; I cannot speak. You, tribunes
    To the people! Coriolanus, patience!
    Speak, good Sicinius.

    Sicinius Velutus. Hear me, people; peace!

47 III / 1
  • You are at point to lose your liberties:
    CORIOLANUS would have all from you;...
  • You are at point to lose your liberties:
    CORIOLANUS would have all from you; CORIOLANUS,
    Whom late you have named for consul.
  • Citizens. Let's hear our tribune: peace Speak, speak, speak.

    Sicinius Velutus. You are at point to lose your liberties:
    CORIOLANUS would have all from you; CORIOLANUS,
    Whom late you have named for consul.

48 III / 1
  • What is the city but the people?
  • What is the city but the people?
  • First Senator. To unbuild the city and to lay all flat.

    Sicinius Velutus. What is the city but the people?

49 III / 1
  • This deserves death.
  • This deserves death.
  • Cominius. That is the way to lay the city flat;
    To bring the roof to the foundation,
    And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges,
    In heaps and piles of ruin.

    Sicinius Velutus. This deserves death.

50 III / 1
  • Therefore lay hold of him;
    Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence
  • Therefore lay hold of him;
    Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence
    Into destruction cast him.
  • 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.

    Sicinius Velutus. Therefore lay hold of him;
    Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence
    Into destruction cast him.

51 III / 1
  • Where is this viper
    That would depopulate the city and
    Be every man hims...
  • Where is this viper
    That would depopulate the city and
    Be every man himself?
  • Menenius Agrippa. I would they were in Tiber! What the vengeance!
    Could he not speak 'em fair?

    Sicinius Velutus. Where is this viper
    That would depopulate the city and
    Be every man himself?

52 III / 1
  • He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian rock
    With rigorous hands: he hath resis...
  • He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian rock
    With rigorous hands: he hath resisted law,
    And therefore law shall scorn him further trial
    Than the severity of the public power
    Which he so sets at nought.
  • Menenius Agrippa. You worthy tribunes,--

    Sicinius Velutus. He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian rock
    With rigorous hands: he hath resisted law,
    And therefore law shall scorn him further trial
    Than the severity of the public power
    Which he so sets at nought.

53 III / 1
  • Peace!
  • Peace!
  • Menenius Agrippa. Sir, sir,--

    Sicinius Velutus. Peace!

54 III / 1
  • Sir, how comes't that you
    Have holp to make this rescue?
  • Sir, how comes't that you
    Have holp to make this rescue?
  • Menenius Agrippa. Do not cry havoc, where you should but hunt
    With modest warrant.

    Sicinius Velutus. Sir, how comes't that you
    Have holp to make this rescue?

55 III / 1
  • Consul! what consul?
  • Consul! what consul?
  • Menenius Agrippa. Hear me speak:
    As I do know the consul's worthiness,
    So can I name his faults,--

    Sicinius Velutus. Consul! what consul?

56 III / 1
  • Speak briefly then;
    For we are peremptory to dispatch
    This viperous trai...
  • Speak briefly then;
    For we are peremptory to dispatch
    This viperous traitor: to eject him hence
    Were but one danger, and to keep him here
    Our certain death: therefore it is decreed
    He dies to-night.
  • Menenius Agrippa. If, by the tribunes' leave, and yours, good people,
    I may be heard, I would crave a word or two;
    The which shall turn you to no further harm
    Than so much loss of time.

    Sicinius Velutus. Speak briefly then;
    For we are peremptory to dispatch
    This viperous traitor: to eject him hence
    Were but one danger, and to keep him here
    Our certain death: therefore it is decreed
    He dies to-night.

57 III / 1
  • He's a disease that must be cut away.
  • He's a disease that must be cut away.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Now the good gods forbid
    That our renowned Rome, whose gratitude
    Towards her deserved children is enroll'd
    In Jove's own book, like an unnatural dam
    Should now eat up her own!

    Sicinius Velutus. He's a disease that must be cut away.

58 III / 1
  • This is clean kam.
  • This is clean kam.
  • Menenius Agrippa. O, he's a limb that has but a disease;
    Mortal, to cut it off; to cure it, easy.
    What has he done to Rome that's worthy death?
    Killing our enemies, the blood he hath lost--
    Which, I dare vouch, is more than that he hath,
    By many an ounce--he dropp'd it for his country;
    And what is left, to lose it by his country,
    Were to us all, that do't and suffer it,
    A brand to the end o' the world.

    Sicinius Velutus. This is clean kam.

59 III / 1
  • What do ye talk?
    Have we not had a taste of his obedience?
    Our aediles s...
  • What do ye talk?
    Have we not had a taste of his obedience?
    Our aediles smote? ourselves resisted? Come.
  • Junius Brutus. If it were so,--

    Sicinius Velutus. What do ye talk?
    Have we not had a taste of his obedience?
    Our aediles smote? ourselves resisted? Come.

60 III / 1
  • Noble Menenius,
    Be you then as the people's officer.
    Masters, lay down y...
  • Noble Menenius,
    Be you then as the people's officer.
    Masters, lay down your weapons.
  • First Senator. Noble tribunes,
    It is the humane way: the other course
    Will prove too bloody, and the end of it
    Unknown to the beginning.

    Sicinius Velutus. Noble Menenius,
    Be you then as the people's officer.
    Masters, lay down your weapons.

61 III / 1
  • Meet on the market-place. We'll attend you there:
    Where, if you bring not CO...
  • Meet on the market-place. We'll attend you there:
    Where, if you bring not CORIOLANUS, we'll proceed
    In our first way.
  • Junius Brutus. Go not home.

    Sicinius Velutus. Meet on the market-place. We'll attend you there:
    Where, if you bring not CORIOLANUS, we'll proceed
    In our first way.

62 III / 3
  • Have you a catalogue
    Of all the voices that we have procured
    Set down by...
  • Have you a catalogue
    Of all the voices that we have procured
    Set down by the poll?
  • Aedile. With old Menenius, and those senators
    That always favour'd him.

    Sicinius Velutus. Have you a catalogue
    Of all the voices that we have procured
    Set down by the poll?

63 III / 3
  • Have you collected them by tribes?
  • Have you collected them by tribes?
  • Aedile. I have; 'tis ready.

    Sicinius Velutus. Have you collected them by tribes?

64 III / 3
  • Assemble presently the people hither;
    And when they bear me say 'It shall be...
  • Assemble presently the people hither;
    And when they bear me say 'It shall be so
    I' the right and strength o' the commons,' be it either
    For death, for fine, or banishment, then let them
    If I say fine, cry 'Fine;' if death, cry 'Death.'
    Insisting on the old prerogative
    And power i' the truth o' the cause.
  • Aedile. I have.

    Sicinius Velutus. Assemble presently the people hither;
    And when they bear me say 'It shall be so
    I' the right and strength o' the commons,' be it either
    For death, for fine, or banishment, then let them
    If I say fine, cry 'Fine;' if death, cry 'Death.'
    Insisting on the old prerogative
    And power i' the truth o' the cause.

65 III / 3
  • Make them be strong and ready for this hint,
    When we shall hap to give 't th...
  • Make them be strong and ready for this hint,
    When we shall hap to give 't them.
  • Aedile. Very well.

    Sicinius Velutus. Make them be strong and ready for this hint,
    When we shall hap to give 't them.

66 III / 3
  • Well, here he comes.
    [Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, and COMINIUS,]
    with Se...
  • Well, here he comes.
    [Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, and COMINIUS,]
    with Senators and Patricians]
  • 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.

    Sicinius Velutus. Well, here he comes.
    [Enter CORIOLANUS, MENENIUS, and COMINIUS,]
    with Senators and Patricians]

67 III / 3
  • Draw near, ye people.
  • Draw near, ye people.
  • Menenius Agrippa. A noble wish.

    Sicinius Velutus. Draw near, ye people.

68 III / 3
  • I do demand,
    If you submit you to the people's voices,
    Allow their offic...
  • I do demand,
    If you submit you to the people's voices,
    Allow their officers and are content
    To suffer lawful censure for such faults
    As shall be proved upon you?
  • Coriolanus. Shall I be charged no further than this present?
    Must all determine here?

    Sicinius Velutus. I do demand,
    If you submit you to the people's voices,
    Allow their officers and are content
    To suffer lawful censure for such faults
    As shall be proved upon you?

69 III / 3
  • Answer to us.
  • Answer to us.
  • Coriolanus. What is the matter
    That being pass'd for consul with full voice,
    I am so dishonour'd that the very hour
    You take it off again?

    Sicinius Velutus. Answer to us.

70 III / 3
  • We charge you, that you have contrived to take
    From Rome all season'd office...
  • We charge you, that you have contrived to take
    From Rome all season'd office and to wind
    Yourself into a power tyrannical;
    For which you are a traitor to the people.
  • Coriolanus. Say, then: 'tis true, I ought so.

    Sicinius Velutus. We charge you, that you have contrived to take
    From Rome all season'd office and to wind
    Yourself into a power tyrannical;
    For which you are a traitor to the people.

71 III / 3
  • Mark you this, people?
  • Mark you this, people?
  • Coriolanus. The fires i' the lowest hell fold-in the people!
    Call me their traitor! Thou injurious tribune!
    Within thine eyes sat twenty thousand deaths,
    In thy hand clutch'd as many millions, in
    Thy lying tongue both numbers, I would say
    'Thou liest' unto thee with a voice as free
    As I do pray the gods.

    Sicinius Velutus. Mark you this, people?

72 III / 3
  • Peace!
    We need not put new matter to his charge:
    What you have seen him...
  • 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.
  • Citizens. To the rock, to the rock with him!

    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.

73 III / 3
  • For that he has,
    As much as in him lies, from time to time
    Envied agains...
  • For that he has,
    As much as in him lies, from time to time
    Envied against the people, seeking means
    To pluck away their power, as now at last
    Given hostile strokes, and that not in the presence
    Of dreaded justice, but on the ministers
    That do distribute it; in the name o' the people
    And in the power of us the tribunes, we,
    Even from this instant, banish him our city,
    In peril of precipitation
    From off the rock Tarpeian never more
    To enter our Rome gates: i' the people's name,
    I say it shall be so.
  • Coriolanus. I know no further:
    Let them pronounce the steep Tarpeian death,
    Vagabond exile, raying, pent to linger
    But with a grain a day, I would not buy
    Their mercy at the price of one fair word;
    Nor cheque my courage for what they can give,
    To have't with saying 'Good morrow.'

    Sicinius Velutus. For that he has,
    As much as in him lies, from time to time
    Envied against the people, seeking means
    To pluck away their power, as now at last
    Given hostile strokes, and that not in the presence
    Of dreaded justice, but on the ministers
    That do distribute it; in the name o' the people
    And in the power of us the tribunes, we,
    Even from this instant, banish him our city,
    In peril of precipitation
    From off the rock Tarpeian never more
    To enter our Rome gates: i' the people's name,
    I say it shall be so.

74 III / 3
  • He's sentenced; no more hearing.
  • He's sentenced; no more hearing.
  • Cominius. Hear me, my masters, and my common friends,--

    Sicinius Velutus. He's sentenced; no more hearing.

75 III / 3
  • We know your drift: speak what?
  • We know your drift: speak what?
  • Cominius. Let me speak:
    I have been consul, and can show for Rome
    Her enemies' marks upon me. I do love
    My country's good with a respect more tender,
    More holy and profound, than mine own life,
    My dear wife's estimate, her womb's increase,
    And treasure of my loins; then if I would
    Speak that,--

    Sicinius Velutus. We know your drift: speak what?

76 III / 3
  • Go, see him out at gates, and follow him,
    As he hath followed you, with all...
  • Go, see him out at gates, and follow him,
    As he hath followed you, with all despite;
    Give him deserved vexation. Let a guard
    Attend us through the city.
  • Citizens. Our enemy is banish'd! he is gone! Hoo! hoo!

    Sicinius Velutus. Go, see him out at gates, and follow him,
    As he hath followed you, with all despite;
    Give him deserved vexation. Let a guard
    Attend us through the city.

77 IV / 2
  • Bid them all home; he's gone, and we'll no further.
    The nobility are vex'd,...
  • 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.
  • Coriolanus. Give me thy hand: Come.

    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.

78 IV / 2
  • Bid them home:
    Say their great enemy is gone, and they
    Stand in their an...
  • Bid them home:
    Say their great enemy is gone, and they
    Stand in their ancient strength.
  • Junius Brutus. Now we have shown our power,
    Let us seem humbler after it is done
    Than when it was a-doing.

    Sicinius Velutus. Bid them home:
    Say their great enemy is gone, and they
    Stand in their ancient strength.

79 IV / 2
  • Let's not meet her.
  • Let's not meet her.
  • Junius Brutus. Dismiss them home.
    [Exit AEdile]
    Here comes his mother.

    Sicinius Velutus. Let's not meet her.

80 IV / 2
  • They say she's mad.
  • They say she's mad.
  • Junius Brutus. Why?

    Sicinius Velutus. They say she's mad.

81 IV / 2
  • Are you mankind?
  • Are you mankind?
  • Virgilia. [To SICINIUS] You shall stay too: I would I had the power
    To say so to my husband.

    Sicinius Velutus. Are you mankind?

82 IV / 2
  • O blessed heavens!
  • O blessed heavens!
  • Volumnia. Ay, fool; is that a shame? Note but this fool.
    Was not a man my father? Hadst thou foxship
    To banish him that struck more blows for Rome
    Than thou hast spoken words?

    Sicinius Velutus. O blessed heavens!

83 IV / 2
  • What then?
  • What then?
  • Volumnia. More noble blows than ever thou wise words;
    And for Rome's good. I'll tell thee what; yet go:
    Nay, but thou shalt stay too: I would my son
    Were in Arabia, and thy tribe before him,
    His good sword in his hand.

    Sicinius Velutus. What then?

84 IV / 2
  • I would he had continued to his country
    As he began, and not unknit himself...
  • I would he had continued to his country
    As he began, and not unknit himself
    The noble knot he made.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Come, come, peace.

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

85 IV / 2
  • Why stay we to be baited
    With one that wants her wits?
  • Why stay we to be baited
    With one that wants her wits?
  • Junius Brutus. Well, well, we'll leave you.

    Sicinius Velutus. Why stay we to be baited
    With one that wants her wits?

86 IV / 6
  • We hear not of him, neither need we fear him;
    His remedies are tame i' the p...
  • 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.
  • All. In, in, in, in!

    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.

87 IV / 6
  • 'Tis he,'tis he: O, he is grown most kind of late.
  • 'Tis he,'tis he: O, he is grown most kind of late.
  • Junius Brutus. We stood to't in good time.
    [Enter MENENIUS]
    Is this Menenius?

    Sicinius Velutus. 'Tis he,'tis he: O, he is grown most kind of late.

88 IV / 6
  • Your Coriolanus
    Is not much miss'd, but with his friends:
    The commonweal...
  • Your Coriolanus
    Is not much miss'd, but with his friends:
    The commonwealth doth stand, and so would do,
    Were he more angry at it.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Hail to you both!

    Sicinius Velutus. Your Coriolanus
    Is not much miss'd, but with his friends:
    The commonwealth doth stand, and so would do,
    Were he more angry at it.

89 IV / 6
  • Where is he, hear you?
  • Where is he, hear you?
  • Menenius Agrippa. All's well; and might have been much better, if
    He could have temporized.

    Sicinius Velutus. Where is he, hear you?

90 IV / 6
  • God-den, our neighbours.
  • God-den, our neighbours.
  • Citizens. The gods preserve you both!

    Sicinius Velutus. God-den, our neighbours.

91 IV / 6
  • Live, and thrive!
  • Live, and thrive!
  • First Citizen. Ourselves, our wives, and children, on our knees,
    Are bound to pray for you both.

    Sicinius Velutus. Live, and thrive!

92 IV / 6
  • This is a happier and more comely time
    Than when these fellows ran about the...
  • This is a happier and more comely time
    Than when these fellows ran about the streets,
    Crying confusion.
  • "Both Tribunes". Farewell, farewell.

    Sicinius Velutus. This is a happier and more comely time
    Than when these fellows ran about the streets,
    Crying confusion.

93 IV / 6
  • And affecting one sole throne,
    Without assistance.
  • And affecting one sole throne,
    Without assistance.
  • Junius Brutus. Caius CORIOLANUS was
    A worthy officer i' the war; but insolent,
    O'ercome with pride, ambitious past all thinking,
    Self-loving,--

    Sicinius Velutus. And affecting one sole throne,
    Without assistance.

94 IV / 6
  • We should by this, to all our lamentation,
    If he had gone forth consul, foun...
  • We should by this, to all our lamentation,
    If he had gone forth consul, found it so.
  • Menenius Agrippa. I think not so.

    Sicinius Velutus. We should by this, to all our lamentation,
    If he had gone forth consul, found it so.

95 IV / 6
  • Come, what talk you
    Of CORIOLANUS?
  • Come, what talk you
    Of CORIOLANUS?
  • Menenius Agrippa. 'Tis Aufidius,
    Who, hearing of our CORIOLANUS' banishment,
    Thrusts forth his horns again into the world;
    Which were inshell'd when CORIOLANUS stood for Rome,
    And durst not once peep out.

    Sicinius Velutus. Come, what talk you
    Of CORIOLANUS?

96 IV / 6
  • Tell not me:
    I know this cannot be.
  • Tell not me:
    I know this cannot be.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Cannot be!
    We have record that very well it can,
    And three examples of the like have been
    Within my age. But reason with the fellow,
    Before you punish him, where he heard this,
    Lest you shall chance to whip your information
    And beat the messenger who bids beware
    Of what is to be dreaded.

    Sicinius Velutus. Tell not me:
    I know this cannot be.

97 IV / 6
  • 'Tis this slave;--
    Go whip him, 'fore the people's eyes:--his raising;
    N...
  • 'Tis this slave;--
    Go whip him, 'fore the people's eyes:--his raising;
    Nothing but his report.
  • Messenger. The nobles in great earnestness are going
    All to the senate-house: some news is come
    That turns their countenances.

    Sicinius Velutus. 'Tis this slave;--
    Go whip him, 'fore the people's eyes:--his raising;
    Nothing but his report.

98 IV / 6
  • What more fearful?
  • What more fearful?
  • Messenger. Yes, worthy sir,
    The slave's report is seconded; and more,
    More fearful, is deliver'd.

    Sicinius Velutus. What more fearful?

99 IV / 6
  • This is most likely!
  • This is most likely!
  • Messenger. It is spoke freely out of many mouths--
    How probable I do not know--that CORIOLANUS,
    Join'd with Aufidius, leads a power 'gainst Rome,
    And vows revenge as spacious as between
    The young'st and oldest thing.

    Sicinius Velutus. This is most likely!

100 IV / 6
  • The very trick on't.
  • The very trick on't.
  • Junius Brutus. Raised only, that the weaker sort may wish
    Good CORIOLANUS home again.

    Sicinius Velutus. The very trick on't.

101 IV / 6
  • Go, masters, get you home; be not dismay'd:
    These are a side that would be g...
  • Go, masters, get you home; be not dismay'd:
    These are a side that would be glad to have
    This true which they so seem to fear. Go home,
    And show no sign of fear.
  • Cominius. O, ay, what else?

    Sicinius Velutus. Go, masters, get you home; be not dismay'd:
    These are a side that would be glad to have
    This true which they so seem to fear. Go home,
    And show no sign of fear.

102 IV / 6
  • Nor I.
  • Nor I.
  • Junius Brutus. I do not like this news.

    Sicinius Velutus. Nor I.

103 IV / 6
  • Pray, let us go.
  • Pray, let us go.
  • Junius Brutus. Let's to the Capitol. Would half my wealth
    Would buy this for a lie!

    Sicinius Velutus. Pray, let us go.

104 V / 1
  • Nay, pray, be patient: if you refuse your aid
    In this so never-needed help,...
  • Nay, pray, be patient: if you refuse your aid
    In this so never-needed help, yet do not
    Upbraid's with our distress. But, sure, if you
    Would be your country's pleader, your good tongue,
    More than the instant army we can make,
    Might stop our countryman.
  • Menenius Agrippa. For one poor grain or two!
    I am one of those; his mother, wife, his child,
    And this brave fellow too, we are the grains:
    You are the musty chaff; and you are smelt
    Above the moon: we must be burnt for you.

    Sicinius Velutus. Nay, pray, be patient: if you refuse your aid
    In this so never-needed help, yet do not
    Upbraid's with our distress. But, sure, if you
    Would be your country's pleader, your good tongue,
    More than the instant army we can make,
    Might stop our countryman.

105 V / 1
  • Pray you, go to him.
  • Pray you, go to him.
  • Menenius Agrippa. No, I'll not meddle.

    Sicinius Velutus. Pray you, go to him.

106 V / 1
  • Yet your good will
    must have that thanks from Rome, after the measure
    As...
  • Yet your good will
    must have that thanks from Rome, after the measure
    As you intended well.
  • Menenius Agrippa. Well, and say that CORIOLANUS
    Return me, as Cominius is return'd,
    Unheard; what then?
    But as a discontented friend, grief-shot
    With his unkindness? say't be so?

    Sicinius Velutus. Yet your good will
    must have that thanks from Rome, after the measure
    As you intended well.

107 V / 1
  • Not?
  • Not?
  • Cominius. He'll never hear him.

    Sicinius Velutus. Not?

108 V / 4
  • Why, what of that?
  • Why, what of that?
  • Menenius Agrippa. See you yond coign o' the Capitol, yond
    corner-stone?

    Sicinius Velutus. Why, what of that?

109 V / 4
  • Is't possible that so short a time can alter the
    condition of a man!
  • Is't possible that so short a time can alter the
    condition of a man!
  • Menenius Agrippa. If it be possible for you to displace it with your
    little finger, there is some hope the ladies of
    Rome, especially his mother, may prevail with him.
    But I say there is no hope in't: our throats are
    sentenced and stay upon execution.

    Sicinius Velutus. Is't possible that so short a time can alter the
    condition of a man!

110 V / 4
  • He loved his mother dearly.
  • He loved his mother dearly.
  • Menenius Agrippa. There is differency between a grub and a butterfly;
    yet your butterfly was a grub. This CORIOLANUS is grown
    from man to dragon: he has wings; he's more than a
    creeping thing.

    Sicinius Velutus. He loved his mother dearly.

111 V / 4
  • Yes, mercy, if you report him truly.
  • Yes, mercy, if you report him truly.
  • Menenius Agrippa. So did he me: and he no more remembers his mother
    now than an eight-year-old horse. The tartness
    of his face sours ripe grapes: when he walks, he
    moves like an engine, and the ground shrinks before
    his treading: he is able to pierce a corslet with
    his eye; talks like a knell, and his hum is a
    battery. He sits in his state, as a thing made for
    Alexander. What he bids be done is finished with
    his bidding. He wants nothing of a god but eternity
    and a heaven to throne in.

    Sicinius Velutus. Yes, mercy, if you report him truly.

112 V / 4
  • The gods be good unto us!
  • The gods be good unto us!
  • Menenius Agrippa. I paint him in the character. Mark what mercy his
    mother shall bring from him: there is no more mercy
    in him than there is milk in a male tiger; that
    shall our poor city find: and all this is long of
    you.

    Sicinius Velutus. The gods be good unto us!

113 V / 4
  • What's the news?
  • What's the news?
  • Messenger. Sir, if you'ld save your life, fly to your house:
    The plebeians have got your fellow-tribune
    And hale him up and down, all swearing, if
    The Roman ladies bring not comfort home,
    They'll give him death by inches.

    Sicinius Velutus. What's the news?

114 V / 4
  • Friend,
    Art thou certain this is true? is it most certain?
  • Friend,
    Art thou certain this is true? is it most certain?
  • Second Messenger. Good news, good news; the ladies have prevail'd,
    The Volscians are dislodged, and CORIOLANUS gone:
    A merrier day did never yet greet Rome,
    No, not the expulsion of the Tarquins.

    Sicinius Velutus. Friend,
    Art thou certain this is true? is it most certain?

115 V / 4
  • First, the gods bless you for your tidings; next,
    Accept my thankfulness.
  • First, the gods bless you for your tidings; next,
    Accept my thankfulness.
  • Menenius Agrippa. This is good news:
    I will go meet the ladies. This Volumnia
    Is worth of consuls, senators, patricians,
    A city full; of tribunes, such as you,
    A sea and land full. You have pray'd well to-day:
    This morning for ten thousand of your throats
    I'd not have given a doit. Hark, how they joy!

    Sicinius Velutus. First, the gods bless you for your tidings; next,
    Accept my thankfulness.

116 V / 4
  • They are near the city?
  • They are near the city?
  • Second Messenger. Sir, we have all
    Great cause to give great thanks.

    Sicinius Velutus. They are near the city?

117 V / 4
  • We will meet them,
    And help the joy.
  • We will meet them,
    And help the joy.
  • Second Messenger. Almost at point to enter.

    Sicinius Velutus. We will meet them,
    And help the joy.

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