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Men. What then? 'Fore me, this fellow speaks!-what then? what then?
2 Cit. Should by the cormorant belly be restrain'd, Who is the sink o'the body,
Men. Well, what then?
2 Cit. The former agents, if they did complain, What could the belly answer ?
Men. I will tell you ;
2 Cit. You are long about it.
Men. Note me this, good friend ;
you do live upon : and fit it is ;
Even to the court, the heart, to the seat, the brain. He uses seat for throne, the royal seat, which the first editors probably not apprehending, corrupted the passage. It is thus used in Richard II. act III. sc. iv:
" Yea, diftafi-women manage rusty bills
66 Againit thy feat.",
The kingly-crotuned head, the vigilant eye,
2 Cit. Ay, fir; well, well.
Men. Though all at once cannot
2 Cit. It was an answer : How apply you this?
Men. The senators of Rome are this good belly, And you
the mutinous members : For examine Their counsels, and their cares; digest things rightly, Touching the weal o’the common; you shall find, No publick benefit, which you receive, But it proceeds, or comes, from them to you, And no way from yourselves.-What do you think? You, the great toe of this assembly?
2 Cit. I the great toe? Why the great toe? Men. For that, being one o'the lowest, baseft,
poorest, Of this most wise rebellion, thou go'st foremost : 3 Thou rascal, that art worst in blood, to run Lead'It first, to win some vantage. But make you ready your stiff bats and clubs; Rome and her rats are at the point of battle,
3 Thou rascal, that art worst in blood, to run
Lead'i first, to win some 'vantage. —] I think, we may better read, by an easy change,
Thou rascal that art worji, in blood, to ruin
Lead'l firft, to win, &c. Thou that art the meanest by birth, art the foremost to lead thy fellows to ruin, in hope of some advantage. The meaning, however, is perhaps only this, Thou that art a hound, or running dog of the lowest breed, lead'st the pack, when any thing is to be gotten. Johnson. Worst in blood may be the true reading. In K. Henry VI. P.I;
“ If we bee English deer, be then in blood,”. ise, high spirits. Again, in this play of Coriolanus, act IV. sc.v." But when they shall see his creft up again, and the man in blood, &c." STEEVENS,
To win some vantage, is to get the start, or to begin the chace before another dog. TOLLET,
+ The one fide must have bale.-Hail, noble Mar
Enter Caius Marcius.
Mar. Thanks. What's the matter, you diffentious
2 Cit. We have ever your good word.
+ The one fide muf have bale.-] Bale is an old Saxon word, for misery or calamity, “ For light she hated as the deadly balc.”
Spenser's Fairy Queen.
STEEVENS. 5 That like nor peace, nor war? The one afrights you,
The other makes you proud -] That they did not like war is evident from the reason affigned, of its frighting them ; but why they should not like peace (and the reason of that too is ailigned) will be very hard to conceive. Peace, he says, made them proud, by bringing with it an increase of wealth and power, for those are what make a people proud; but then those are what they like but too well, and so must needs like peace the parent of them. This being contrary to what the text says, we may be assured it is corrupt, and that Shakespeare
That likes not peace, nor war ?.
The other makes you proud. He that trusts sto jyoti,
With every minute you do change a mind ; tilts
hely, it d pieal is as hard to say why peace should not like the people, as, in the other
sense, why the people hould not like peace. The truth is, that Coriolanus does not use the two sentences consequentially, but first reproaches them with unsteadiness, then with their other occasional vices. Johnson.
Your virtue is,
And curse that justice did it.) .e. Your virtue is to speak well of him whom his own offences have subjected to justice; and to rail at those laws by which he whom you praise was punished. STEEVENS. ? What's their feeking?] I believe Shakespeare wrote: What is’t they are seeking ?
FOR which from the fimilarity of found might easily have been confounded with the present text. Had seeking been used fubftantively, the answer would have been, not-for corn but coridit
,270 Nena For corn at their own rates ; whereof, they
aoud faybrit eros The city is well stor’d.
Mar. Hang 'em !: They say ? They'll fit by the fire, and presume to know What's done i' the Capitol : who's like to rise, Who thrives, and who declines : side factions, and
give out Conjectural marriages ; making parties strong, And feebling such, as stand not in their liking, Below their cobled shoes. They say, there's grain
enough? Would the nobility lay aside their ruth®, And let me use my sword, 'I'd make a quarry With thousands of these quarter'd Naves, as high As I could pitch my lance',
Men. Nay, these are almost thoroughly persuaded; For though abundantly they lack discretion, Yet are they passing cowardly. But, I beseech you, What says the other troop?
Mar. They are diffolv’d: Hang 'em ! They said, they were an-hungry ; figh’d forth pro
verbs; That, hunger broke stone walls; that, dogs must
eat ; That, meat was made for mouths; that, the gods
8their ruth,] i.e. their pity, compaffion. Fairfax and Spenser often use the word. STEEVENS.
I'd make a quarry
With thousands ] Why a quarry? I suppose, not because he would pile thein square, but because he would give them for carrion to the birds of prey.
JOHNSON. So, in the Miracles of Mofes, by Drayton :
66 And like a quarry cast them on the land.” Steevens.
-pitch my lance.] The old copy reads-picke my lance: and fo the word is still pronounced in Staffordshire, where they say--picker me such a thing, that is, throw any thing that the demander wants. Tollet.