Act I, Scene 4 Before Corioli.
Enter, with drum and colours, MARCIUS, TITUS
|MARCIUS||Yonder comes news. A wager they have met.|
|LARTIUS||My horse to yours, no.|
|MARCIUS||Say, has our general met the enemy?|
|Messenger||They lie in view; but have not spoke as yet.|
|LARTIUS||So, the good horse is mine.|
|MARCIUS||I'll buy him of you.|
|LARTIUS||No, I'll nor sell nor give him: lend you him I will
For half a hundred years. Summon the town.
|MARCIUS||How far off lie these armies?|
|Messenger||Within this mile and half.|
|MARCIUS||Then shall we hear their 'larum, and they ours.
Now, Mars, I prithee, make us quick in work,
That we with smoking swords may march from hence,
To help our fielded friends! Come, blow thy blast.
|[They sound a parley. Enter two Senators with others
on the walls]
|Tutus Aufidius, is he within your walls?|
|First Senator||No, nor a man that fears you less than he,
That's lesser than a little.
|[Drums afar off]|
|Hark! our drums
Are bringing forth our youth. We'll break our walls,
Rather than they shall pound us up: our gates,
Which yet seem shut, we, have but pinn'd with rushes;
They'll open of themselves.
|[Alarum afar off]|
|Hark you. far off!
There is Aufidius; list, what work he makes
Amongst your cloven army.
|MARCIUS||O, they are at it!|
|LARTIUS||Their noise be our instruction. Ladders, ho!|
|[Enter the army of the Volsces]|
|MARCIUS||They fear us not, but issue forth their city.
Now put your shields before your hearts, and fight
With hearts more proof than shields. Advance,
They do disdain us much beyond our thoughts,
Which makes me sweat with wrath. Come on, my fellows:
He that retires I'll take him for a Volsce,
And he shall feel mine edge.
|[Alarum. The Romans are beat back to their
trenches. Re-enter MARCIUS cursing]
|MARCIUS||All the contagion of the south light on you,
You shames of Rome! you herd of--Boils and plagues
Plaster you o'er, that you may be abhorr'd
Further than seen and one infect another
Against the wind a mile! You souls of geese,
That bear the shapes of men, how have you run
From slaves that apes would beat! Pluto and hell!
All hurt behind; backs red, and faces pale
With flight and agued fear! Mend and charge home,
Or, by the fires of heaven, I'll leave the foe
And make my wars on you: look to't: come on;
If you'll stand fast, we'll beat them to their wives,
As they us to our trenches followed.
|[Another alarum. The Volsces fly, and MARCIUS
follows them to the gates]
|So, now the gates are ope: now prove good seconds:
'Tis for the followers fortune widens them,
Not for the fliers: mark me, and do the like.
|[Enters the gates]|
|First Soldier||Fool-hardiness; not I.|
|Second Soldier||Nor I.|
|[MARCIUS is shut in]|
|First Soldier||See, they have shut him in.|
|All||To the pot, I warrant him.|
|[Re-enter TITUS LARTIUS]|
|LARTIUS||What is become of Marcius?|
|All||Slain, sir, doubtless.|
|First Soldier||Following the fliers at the very heels,
With them he enters; who, upon the sudden,
Clapp'd to their gates: he is himself alone,
To answer all the city.
|LARTIUS||O noble fellow!
Who sensibly outdares his senseless sword,
And, when it bows, stands up. Thou art left, Marcius:
A carbuncle entire, as big as thou art,
Were not so rich a jewel. Thou wast a soldier
Even to Cato's wish, not fierce and terrible
Only in strokes; but, with thy grim looks and
The thunder-like percussion of thy sounds,
Thou madst thine enemies shake, as if the world
Were feverous and did tremble.
|[Re-enter MARCIUS, bleeding, assaulted by the enemy]|
|First Soldier||Look, sir.|
Let's fetch him off, or make remain alike.
|[They fight, and all enter the city]|
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 3 The same. The Forum|
|Act I, Scene 1 Rome. A street.||Act IV, Scene 1 Rome. Before a gate of the city.|
|Act I, Scene 2 Corioli. The Senate house.||Act IV, Scene 2 The same. A street near the gate.|
|Act I, Scene 3 A room in Marcius' house.||Act IV, Scene 3 A highway between Rome and Antium/Act IV, Scene 4 Antium. Before Aufidius' house.|
|Act I, Scene 4 Before Corioli.||Act IV, Scene 5 The same. A hall in Aufidius's house.|
|Act I, Scene 5 Corioli. A street./Act I, Scene 6 Near the camp of Cominius.||Act IV, Scene 6 Rome. A public place.|
|Act I, Scene 7The gates of Corioli/Act I, Scene 8 A field of battle.||Act IV, Scene 7 A camp, at a small distance from Rome.|
|Act I, Scene 9 The Roman camp. /Act I, Scene 10 The camp of the Volsces.||Act V, Scene 1 Rome. A public place.|
|Act II, Scene 1 Rome. A public place.||Act V, Scene 2 Entrance of the Volscian camp before Rome. Two Sentinels on guard.|
|Act II, Scene 2 The same. The Capitol.||Act V, Scene 3 The tent of Coriolanus.|
|Act II, Scene 3 The same. The Forum.||Act V, Scene 4 Rome. A public place, /Act V, Scene 5 The Same. A street near the gate.|
|Act III, Scene 1 Rome. A street.||Act V, Scene 6 A public place.|
|Act III, Scene 2 A room in Coriolanus' house.|
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