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For insurrection's arguing.
Men. This is strange.
Enter a Messenger.
Mar. I am glad on't; then we shall have means to vent
NIUS BRUTUS, and SICINIUS VELUTUS. 1 Sen. Marcius, 'tis true, that you have lately told us ; The Volces are in arms.9
Mar. They have a leader,
Com. You have fought together.
Mar. Were half to half the world by the ears, and he Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make Only my wars with him : he is a lion That I am proud to hunt.
1 Sen. Tben, worthy Marcius, Attend upon Cominius to these wars.
Com. It is your former promise.
Mar. Sir, it is ;
Tit. No, Caius Marcius ;
Men. O, true bred !
1 Sen. Your company to the Capitol'; where, I know, Our greatest friends attend us.
Tit. Lead you on : -Follow, Cominius ; we must follow you ; Right worthy you priority. Com. Noble Lartius ! 1 Sen. Hence! To your homes, begone. [To the citizens. Mar. Nay, let them follow :  The meaning is, The intelligence which you gave us some little time ago of the designs of the Voices is now verified; they are in arms. JOHNSON VOL. V.
The Volces have much corn; take these rats thither,
their garners :-Worshipful mutineers,
Citizens steal away.
Bru. The present wars devour him : he is grown
Sic. Such a nature,
Bru. Fame, at the which he aims,
Sic. Besides, if things go well,
Bru. Come :
Sic. Let's hence, and hear
SCENE II. Corioli. The Senate-house. Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS, and
certain Senators. 1 Sen. So, your opinion is, Aufidius, That they of Rome are enter'd in our coun
unsels, And know how we proceed.
Auf. Is it not yours? What ever hath been thought on in this state, That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome Had circumvention ? 'Tis not four days gone, Since I heard thence ; these are the words : I think, I have the letter here ; yes, here it is : [Reads. They have press'd a power, but it is not known Whether for east, or west: The dearth is great ; The people mutinous : and it is rumour'd, Cominius, Marcius your old enemy, , (Who is of Rome worse hated than of you,) And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Romun, These three lead on this preparation Whither 'tis bent : most likely, 'tis for you : Consider of it.
1 Sen. Our army's in the field : We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready To answer us.
Auf. Nor did you think it folly, To keep your great pretences veil'd, till when They needs must show themselves ; which in the hatching, i't seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery, We shall be shorten'd in our aim i To take in many towns, ere, almost, Rome Should know we were afoot.
2 Sen. Noble Aufidius,
Auf. O, doubt not that ;
All. The gods assist you !
[Exeunt. SCENE III. Rome. An Apartment in Marcius' house. Enter VOLUMNIA,
and VIRGILIA: They sit down on two low stools, and sew.
Vol. I pray you, daughter, sing; or express yourself in a more comfortable sort : If my son were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour, than in the embracements of his bed, where he would show most love. When yet he was but tenderbodied, and the only son of my womb ; when youth with comeliness plucked all gaze his way ;s when, for a day of kings' entreaties, a mother should not sell him an hour from her beholding ; 1,-considering how honour would become such a person ; that it was no better than picture-like to hang by the wall, if renown made it not stir,- -was pleased to let him seek danger where he was like to find fame. To a cruel war I sent him; from whence he returned, his brows bound with oak. I tell thee, daughter, I sprang not more in joy at first hearing he was a man-child, than now in first seeing he had proved himself a man.
Vir. But had he died in the business, madam ? how then ?
Vol. Then his good report should have been my son ; I therein would have found issue. Hear me profess sincerely :-Had I a dozen sons,-each in my love alike, and none less dear than thine and my good Marcius,--I had rather had eleven die nobly for their country, than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.
Enter a Gentlewomnan.
Vol. Indeed, you shall not.
which was accounted more honourable than any other.
Though you were born in Rome : His bloody brow
Vir. His bloody brow! 0, Jupiter, no blood!
[Exit Gent. Vir. Heavens bless my lord from fell Aufidius'
Vol. He'll beat Aufidius' head below his knee,
Re-enter Gentlewoman, with. VALERIA and her Usher,
Val. How do you both ? you are manifest house-keepers. What, are you sewing here ? A fine spot, in good faith.-How does
little Vir. I thank your ladyship; well, good madam.
Vol. He had rather see the swords, and hear a drum, Than look upon his school-master.
Val. O’my word, the father's son : I'll swear, very pretty boy. O'my troth, I looked upon him o'Wed. nesday half an hour together : he has such a confirmed
a countenance. I saw him run after a gilded butterfly ; and when he caught it, he let it go again; and after it again ; and over and over he comes, and up again ; catched it again : or whether his fall enraged him, or how 'twas, he did so set his teeth, and tear it; 0, I warrant, how he mammock'd it !
Vol. One of his father's moods.
Vir. No, good madam ; I will not out of doors.
Gilt means a superficial display of gold, a word now obsolete. 87 To mammock is to cut in pieces, or to tear. STEEVENS. 191 Crack signifies a boy child. STEEVENS.