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Thine own particular wrongs, and stop those maims Of shame seen through thy country, speed thee
straight, And make my misery serve thy turn; so use it, Thạt my revengeful services may prove As benefits to thee; for I will fight Against my canker'd country with the spleen Of all the under fiends. But if so be Thou dar'st not this, and that to prove more fortunes Thou art tir'd, then, in a word, I also am Longer to live most weary, and present My throat to thee, and to thy ancient malice: Which not to cut, would show thee but a fool ; Since I have ever follow'd thee with hate, Drawn tuns of blood out of thy country's breast, And cannot live but to thy shame, unless It be to do thee service. Auf.
O Marcius, Marcius, Each word thou hast spoke hath weeded from my
heart A root of ancient envy. If Jupiter Should from yon cloud speak divine things, and say, 'Tis true ; I'd not believe them more than thee, All noble Marcius.-0, let me twine Mine arms about that body, where against My grained ash an hundred times hath broke, And scard the moon' with splinters! Here I clip
maims Of shame - ] That is, disgraceful diminutions of territory.
with the spleen Of all the under fiends.] Shakspeare, by imputing a stranger degrce of inveteracy to subordinate fiends, seems to intimate, and very justly, that malice of revenge is more predominant in the lower than the upper classes of society. This circumstance is repeatedly exemplified in the conduct of Jack Cade and other heroes of the mob. STEEVENS.
s And scar'd the moon -] that is, frightened. .—Here I clip-] To clip is to embrace.
The anvil of my sword; and do contest
You bless me, Gods ! Auf. Therefore, most absolute sir, if thou wilt
have The leading of thine own revenges, take The one half of my commission; and set down,As best thou art experienc'd, since thou know'st Thy country's strength and weakness,-thine own
Thou hast beat me out
Whether to knock against the gates of Rome,
[Exeunt CORIOLANUS and AUFIDIUS. i Serv. [Advancing.] Here's a strange alteration!
2 Sero. By my hand, I had thought to have strucken him with a cudgel; and yet my mind gave me, his clothes made a false report of him.
1 Serv. What an arm he has! He turned me about with his finger and his thumb, as one would set up a top.
2 Serv. Nay, I knew by his face that there was something in him: He had, sir, a kind of face, methought,–I cannot tell how to term it.
i Sero: He had so; looking as it were, 'Would I were hanged, but I thought there was more in him than I could think.
2 Serv. So did I, I'll be sworn : He is simply the rarest man i' the world.
i Sero. I think, he is : but a greater soldier than he, you wot one.
2 Serv. Who? my master?
1 Serv. Nay, not so neither; but I take him to be the greater soldier.
2 Serv. 'Faith, look you, one cannot tell how to say that: for the defence of a town, our general is excellent.
1 Sero. Ay, and for an assault too.
Re-enter third Servant. 3 Serv. O, slaves, I can tell you news; news, you rascals.
1. 2. Serv. What, what, what? let's partake.
3 Serv I would not be a Roman, of all nations; I had as lieve be a condemned man.
1. 2. Serv. Wherefore? wherefore?
3 Serv. Why, here's he that was wont to thwack our general,-Caius Marcius.
1 Serv. Why do you say, thwack our general?
3 Sero. I do not say, thwack our general; but he was always good enough for him.
2 Sero. Come, we are fellows, and friends: he was ever too hard for him ; I have heard him say so himself.
1 Sero. He was too hard for him directly, to say the truth on't: before Corioli, le scotched him and notched him like a carbonado.
2 Serv. An he had been cannibally given, he might have broiled and eaten him too.
i Serv. But, more of thy news?
3 Serv. Why, he is so made on here within, as if he were son and heir to Mars : set at
end o'the table: no question asked him by any of the senators, but they stand bald before him: Our
general himself makes a mistress of him; sanctifies himself with's hand, and turns up the white o’the eye to his discourse. But the bottom of the news is, our general is cut i' the middle, and but one half of what he was yesterday; for the other has half, by the entreaty and grant of the whole table. He'll
he says, and sowle the porter of Rome -sanctifies himself with's hand,] Perhaps the allusion is (however out of place) to the degree of sanctity anciently supposed to be derived from touching the corporal relick of a saint or a martyr.
gates by the ears : ' He will mow down all before him, and leave his passage polled."
2 Sero. And he's as like to do't, as any man I can imagine.
3 Sero. Do't? he will do't: For, look you, sir, he has as many friends as enemies : which friends, sir, (as it were,) durst not (look you, sir,) show themselves (as we term it,) his friends, whilst he's in directitude.
1 Sero. Directitude! what's that?
3 Sero. But when they shall see, sir, his crest up again, and the man in blood, they will out of their burrows, like conies after rain, and revel all with him.
1 Sero. But when goes this forward ?
3 Sero. To-morrow; to-day; presently. You shall have the drum struck up this afternoon: 'tis, as it were, a parcel of their feast, and to be executed ere they wipe their lips.
2 Sero. Why, then we shall have a stirring world again. This
This peace is nothing, but to rust iron, increase tailors, and breed ballad-makers.
i Sero. Let me have war, say I; it exceeds peace, as far as day does night; it's spritely, waking, audible, and full of vent.? Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy; mulled, deaf, sleepy, insensible; a getter of more bastard children, than wars a destroyer of men.
2 Sero. "Tis so: and as wars, in some sort, may be said to be a ravisher; so it cannot be denied, but peace is a great maker of cuckolds.
· He'll_sowle the --) Skinner says this word is derived from sow, i. e. to take hold of a person by the ears, as a dog seizes one of these animals.
his passage polled.] That is, bared, cleared.
full of vent.] Fulí of rumour, full of materials for discourse.
mulled,] i. e. softened and dispirited, as wine is when burnt and sweetened.