Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 2

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Enter the two Tribunes, Sicinius, and Brutus.

Sicin. We heare not of him, neither need we fear him,

Critical Apparatus2His remedies are tame, the present peace,

3And quietnesse of the people, which before

4Were in wilde hurry. Heere do we make his Friends

5Blush, that the world goes well: who rather had,

6Though they themselues did suffer by't, behold

7Dissentious numbers pestring streets, then see

8Our Tradesmen singing in their shops, and going

9About their Functions friendly.

Enter Menenius.

Bru. We stood too't in good time. Is this Menenius?


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

Critical Apparatus12Haile Sir.


Mene. Haile to you both.

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Sicin. Your Coriolanus is not [now] much mist,

15But with his Friends: the Commonwealth doth stand,

16And so would do, were he more angry at it.

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Mene. All's well, and might haue bene much better, if

18He could haue temporiz'd.


Sicin. Where is he, heare you?

Mene. Nay I heare nothing:

20His Mother and his wife, heare nothing from him.

Enter three or foure Citizens.

All. The Gods preserue you both.

Sicin. Gooden our Neighbours.


Bru. Gooden to you all, gooden to you all.


1 Our selues, our wiues, and children, on our knees,

24Are bound to pray for you both.

Sicin. Liue, and thriue.

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Bru. Farewell kinde [Neighbours]:

26We wisht Coriolanus had lou'd you as we did.


All. Now the Gods keepe you.


Both Tri. Farewell, farewell.

Exeunt Citizens

Sicin. This is a happier and more comely time,

30Then when these Fellowes ran about the streets,

31Crying Confusion.


Bru. Caius Martius was

33A worthy Officer i'th'Warre, but Insolent,

34O'recome with Pride, Ambitious, past all thinking


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Sicin. And affecting one sole Throne,

Critical Apparatus37Without assistāce.

Mene. I thinke not so.

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Sicin. We should by this, to all our [Lamentation],

Critical Apparatus39If he had gone forth Consull, found it so.


Bru. The Gods haue well preuented it, and Rome

41Sits safe and still, without him.

Enter an Aedile.

Aedile. Worthy Tribunes,

42There is a Slaue whom we haue put in prison,

43Reports the Volces with two seuerall Powers

44Are entred in the Roman Territories,

45And with the deepest malice of the Warre,

46Destroy, what lies before 'em.

Mene. 'Tis Auffidius,

47Who hearing of our Martius Banishment,

48Thrusts forth his hornes againe into the world

bb6v49Which were In-shell'd, when Martius stood for Rome,

Link 50And durst not once peepe out.


Sicin. Come, what talke you of Martius.


Bru. Go see this Rumorer whipt, it cannot be,

53The Volces dare breake with vs.

Mene. Cannot be?

54We haue Record, that very well it can,

Critical Apparatus55And three examples of the like, hath beene

56Within my Age. But reason with the fellow

57Before you punish him, where he heard this,

58Least you shall chance to whip your Information,

59And beate the Messenger, who bids beware

Critical Apparatus60Of what is to be dreaded.

Sicin. Tell not me:

61I know this cannot be.

Bru. Not possible.

Enter a Messenger.
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Mes. The Nobles in great earnestnesse are going

Critical Apparatus63All to the Senate-house: some newes is [come]

64That turnes their Countenances.

Sicin. 'Tis this Slaue:

65Go whip him fore the peoples eyes: His raising,

66Nothing but his report.

Mes. Yes worthy Sir,

67The Slaues report is seconded, and more

68More fearfull is deliuer'd.

Sicin. What more fearefull?


Mes. It is spoke freely out of many mouths,

70How probable I do not know, that Martius

71Ioyn'd with Auffidius, leads a power 'gainst Rome,

72And vowes Reuenge as spacious, as betweene

73The yong'st and oldest thing.

Sicin. This is most likely.


Bru. Rais'd onely, that the weaker sort may wish

75Good Martius home againe.

Sicin. The very tricke on't.

Mene. This is vnlikely,

76He, and Auffidius can no more attone

Critical Apparatus77Then violent'st Contrariety.

Enter Messenger.

Mes. You are sent for to the Senate:

79A fearefull Army, led by Caius Martius,

80Associated with Auffidius,Rages

81Vpon our Territories, and haue already

82O're-borne their way, consum'd with fire, and tooke

83What lay before them.

Enter Cominius.

Com. Oh you haue made good worke.


Mene. What newes? What newes?


Com. You haue holp to rauish your owne daughters, &

87To melt the Citty Leades vpon your pates,

88To see your Wiues dishonour'd to your Noses.


Mene. What's the newes? What's the newes?


Com. Your Temples burned in their Ciment, and

91Your Franchises, whereon you stood, confin'd

92Into an Augors boare.

Mene. Pray now, your Newes:

93You haue made faire worke I feare me: pray your newes,

94If Martius should be ioyn'd with Volceans.


Com. If? He is their God, he leads them like a thing

96Made by some other Deity then Nature,

97That shapes man Better: and they follow him

98Against vs Brats, with no lesse Confidence,

99Then Boyes pursuing Summer Butter-flies,

pg 2912Critical Apparatus100Or Butchers killing Flyes.

Mene. You haue made good worke,

Critical Apparatus101You and your Apron men: you, that stood so much

102Vpon the voyce of occupation, and

103The breath of Garlicke-eaters.


Com. Hee'l shake your Rome about your eares.


Mene. As Hercules did shake downe Mellow Fruite:

106You haue made faire worke.


Brut. But is this true sir?


Com. I, and you'l looke pale

109Before you finde it other. All the Regions

110Do smilingly Reuolt, and who resists

111Are mock'd for valiant Ignorance,

112And perish constant Fooles: who is't can blame him?

113Your Enemies and his, finde something in him.


Mene. We are all vndone, vnlesse

115The Noble man haue mercy.

Com. Who shall aske it?

116The Tribunes cannot doo't for shame; the people

117Deserue such pitty of him, as the Wolfe

118Doe's of the Shepheards: For his best Friends, if they

119Should say be good to Rome, they charg'd him, euen

120As those should do that had deseru'd his hate,

Critical Apparatus121And therein shew'd like Enemies.

Me. 'Tis true,

122If he were putting to my house, the brand

123That should consume it, I haue not the face

124To say, beseech you cease. You haue made faire hands,

125You and your Crafts, you haue crafted faire.

Com. You haue brought

126A Trembling vpon Rome, such as was neuer

127S'incapeable of helpe.

Tri. Say not, we brought it.


Mene. How? Was't we? We lou'd him,

129But like Beasts, and Cowardly Nobles,

130Gaue way vnto your Clusters, who did hoote

131Him out o'th'Citty.

Com. But I feare

132They'l roare him in againe. Tullus Auffidius,

133The second name of men, obeyes his points

134As if he were his Officer: Desperation,

135Is all the Policy, Strength, and Defence

136That Rome can make against them.

Enter a Troope of Citizens.

Mene. Heere come the Clusters.

137And is Auffidius with him? You are they

138That made the Ayre vnwholsome, when you cast

Critical Apparatus139Your stinking, greasie Caps, in hooting

140At Coriolanus Exile. Now he's comming,

pg 2913141And not a haire vpon a Souldiers head

142Which will not proue a whip: As many Coxcombes

143As you threw Caps vp, will he tumble downe,

144And pay you for your voyces. 'Tis no matter,

Critical Apparatus145If he could burne vs all into [one] coale,

146We haue deseru'd it.


Omnes. Faith, we heare fearfull Newes.


1 Cit. For mine owne part,

149When I said banish him, I said 'twas pitty.


2 And so did I.


3 And so did I: and to say the truth, so did very many 152of vs, that we did we did for the best, and though wee willingly consented 153to his Banishment, yet it was against our will.


Com. Y'are goodly things, you Voyces.

Mene. You haue made good worke

155You and your cry. Shal's to the Capitoll?


Com. Oh I, what else?

Exeunt both.

Sicin. Go Masters get you home, be not dismaid,

158These are a Side, that would be glad to haue

159This true, which they so seeme to feare. Go home,

160And shew no signe of Feare.

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1 Cit. The Gods bee good to vs: Come Masters let's home, I 162euer said we were i'th wrong, when we banish'd him.


2 Cit. So did we all. But come, let's home.

Exit Cit.

Bru. I do not like this Newes.

Sicin. Nor I.


Bru. Let's to the Capitoll: would halfe my wealth

166Would buy this for a lye.

Sicin. Pray let's go.

Exeunt Tribunes.

Notes Settings


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4.6.2 tame, the jaggard; tame^ i'th' theobald; ta'en, the conj. johnson. The punctuation in jaggard renders the passage ambiguous, but it is usually taken to mean something like, 'our remedy, banishing Coriolanus, does not threaten us', or 'his potential for retaliation is weak'.
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4.6.12–13 Haile Sir … both. 1 line jaggard
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4.6.14 not now parker (Hinman); not jaggard. A metrically anomalous nine-syllable line. holland suggests pronouncing 'Coriolanus' as five syllables instead of four. Hinman's conjecture better regularizes the meter, and can be explained as an accidental omission of one of two graphically similar words.
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4.6.14–16 Your … it. capell; prose jaggard
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4.6.17–18 All's … temporiz'd capell; prose jaggard
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4.6.25 Neighbours allot; Neighhours jaggard
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4.6.36–7 And … assistēce theobald; 1 line jaggard
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4.6.37 assistāce. chetwinde; ~^ jaggard. As the macron indicates, the compositor ran out of space on the measure, which he rectified in part by dropping the period.
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4.6.38 Lamentation allot; Lamention jaggard. Dropped letters ('at').
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4.6.39 found jaggard; find hanmer (conj. Malone, also proposing 'should have'). jaggard is grammatical: Abbot (415) points out that the conditional clause ('If … Consull') semantically renders 'should' as 'should have'.
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4.6.55 hath jaggard; have herringman
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4.6.60–1 Tell … be. pope; 1 line jaggard
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4.6.63 come rowe; comming jaggard; come in malone. 'Is come' is a fairly common Shakespearean phrase. The compositor (or a scribe) may have picked up '-ing' from the parallel word 'going' in the previous line.
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4.6.77 Contrariety jaggard; contrarieties hanmer; contraries capell. brockbank argues that, though a plural is expected, the word is more dramatic in the singular, and that Shakespeare may have picked up the singular form of the word from one of his possible sources, William Averell's A Meruailous Combat of Contrarieties (1588, STC 981): 'no shew of contrarietie' (D1r).
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4.6.100 Flyes jaggard; sheep conj. capell; pigs conj. leo. The conjecturing editors find the metaphor wanting, and believe the compositor repeated 'Flyes' from 'Butterflies' in the previous line. holland explains: 'the metaphor is of the butcher killing the flies that land on the meat'.
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4.6.101 you, that jaggard; that pope
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4.6.121–2 'Tis … brand pope; 1 line jaggard
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4.6.139–40 Your … comming, jaggard; at| pope
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4.6.145 one allot; oue jaggard
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4.6.161 1 Cit. jaggard (text); 1. Cit. jaggard (catchword)
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4.6.161 The catchword reads '1. Cit.' for '1 Cit.'
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