Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
Editor’s NoteEnter Aufidius, with Senators of Corioles1
first senator So, your opinion is, Aufidius,
2That they of Rome are entered in our counsels
3And know how we proceed.
aufidius Is it not yours?
Editor’s Note4What ever have been thought on in this state
5That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome
Editor’s Note6Had circumvention? 'Tis not four days gone
7Since I heard thence. These are the words. I think
8I have the letter here—[produces letter] yes, here it is.[He reads the letter]
Editor’s Note9'They have pressed a power, but it is not known
10Whether for east or west. The dearth is great,
11The people mutinous, and it is rumoured
12Cominius, Martius your old enemy—
13Who is of Rome worse hated than of you—
14And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman,
Editor’s Note15These three lead on this preparatïon
Editor’s Note16Whither 'tis bent. Most likely, 'tis for you.
17Consider of it.'
first senator Our army's in the field.
18We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready
19To answer us.
aufidius Nor did you think it folly
Editor’s Note20To keep your great pretences veiled, till when
21They needs must show themselves, which in the hatching
pg 273522It seemed, appeared to Rome. By the discovery,
Editor’s Note23We shall be shortened in our aim, which was
Editor’s Note24To take in many towns, ere, almost, Rome
25Should know we were a-foot.
second senator Noble Aufidius,
Editor’s Note26Take your commission, hie you to your bands;
27Let us alone to guard Corioles.
Editor’s Note28If they set down before's, for the remove
29Bring up your army; but, I think, you'll find
30Th'have not prepared for us.
aufidius O doubt not that;
31I speak from certainties. Nay more,
32Some parcels of their power are forth already,
Editor’s Note33And only hitherward. I leave your honours.
34If we and Caius Martius chance to meet,
35'Tis sworn between us, we shall ever strike
36Till one can do no more.37
senators The gods assist you.
aufidius And keep your honours safe.38
first senator Farewell.39
second senator Farewell.40
all Farewell.Exeunt [Aufidius at one door, Senators at another door]