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Cor.! . I'll know no further: .
For that he has
It shall be so,
Com. Hear me, my masters, and my common
Let me speak; , I have been consul, and can show from Rome,
Her enemies' marks upon me. I do love
Envied against the people,] i. e. behaved with signs of hatred to the people.
4 My dear wife's estimate,] I love my country beyond the rate at which I value my dear wife,
We know your drift: Speak what?
It shall be so, it shall be so.. · Cor. You common cry of curs !" whose breath I
.. hate As reek o'the rotten fens, whose loves I prize As the dead carcasses of unburied men That do corrupt my air, I banish you;. ; And here remain with your uncertainty! Let every feeble rumour shake your hearts! Your enemies, with nodding of their plumes, in Fan you into despair! Have the power still To banish your defenders; till, at length, Your ignorance, (which finds not, till it feels,') Making not reservation of yourselves, (Still your own foes,) de'iver you, as most . Abated captives, to some nation That won you without blows! Despising, For you, the city, thus I turn my back:
s You common cry of curs !] Cry here signifies a troop or pack, 6 — Have the power still
To banish your defenders ; till, at length, ' i
Your ignorance, (which finds not, till it feels,) &c.] Still re.. tain the power of banishing your defenders, till your undiscerning folly, which can foresee no consequences, leave none in the city but yourselves, who are always labouring your own destruction,
It is remarkable, that, among the political maxims of the speculative Harrington, there is one which he might have borrowed from this speech. The people, says he, cannot see, but they can feel. It is not much to the honour of the people, that they have the same character of stupidity from their enemy and their friend! Such was the power of our author's mind, that he looked through life in all its relations private and civil. Johnson.
Abated captives,] Abated is dejected, subdued, depressed in spirit.
There is a world elsewhere.
(Exeunt CORIOLANUS, CÓMINIUS, MENE..
NIUS, Senators, and Patricians.
him, As he hath follow'd you, with all despite; Give him deserv'd vexation. Let a guard Attend us through the city. . . . Cit. Come, come, let us see him out at gates; .
come: The gods preserve our noble tribunes ! Come.
*ACTIV. SCENE I. The same. Before a Gate of the City.
Enter CORIOLANUS, VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, Me
NENIUS, COMINIUS, and several young Patri-
A noble cunning:8 you were us'd to load me
Vir. O heavens! O heavens!
What; what, what!
8 fortune's blows,
A noble cunning :] This is the ancient and authentick reading. The modern editors have, for gentle wounded, silently substituted gently warded, and Dr. Warburton has explained gently by nobly. It is good to be sure of our author's words before we go to explain their meaning. :,:
The sense is, when Fortune strikes her hardest blows, to be wounded, and yet continue calm, requires a generous policy. He calls this calmness cunning, because it is the effect of reflection and philosophy. Perhaps the first emotions of nature are nearly uni. form, and one man differs from another in the powers of endu. rance, as he is better regulated by precept and instruction. “They bore as heroes, but they felt as men.”
Jo Inson. 'Tis fond - i. e. 'tis foolish.
. . . . . . .
Believe't not lightly, (though I go alone,
Will, or exceed the common, or be caught
My first son,
.O the gods!
Fare ye well:
2 - cautelous ---] Cautelous, in the present instance, signi fies--insidious.
2 My first son,] First, i. e. noblest, and most eminent of men.
3 More than a wild exposture - I know not whether the word exposture be found in any other author. If not, I should incline to read exposure. MALONE. : *My friends of noble touch,] i. e. of true metal unallayed. Mea taphor from trying gold on the touchstone.