Coriolanus

  • Coriolanus: Act 1, Scene 1

  • Rome. A street.

  • (Roman Citizens; Menenius Agrippa; Martius; First Messenger; Sicinius Velutus; Junius Brutus; Cominius; Titus Lartius; Roman Senators)

  • Enter a company of mutinous Roman Citizens with staves, clubs, and other weapons.

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    First Roman Citizen

    Before we proceed any further, hear me speak.

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    All Roman Citizens

    Speak, speak.

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    First Roman Citizen

    You are all resolv'd rather to die than to famish?

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    All Roman Citizens

    Resolv'd, resolv'd.

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    First Roman Citizen

    First, you know Caius Martius is chief enemy to the people.

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    All Roman Citizens

    We know't, we know't.

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    First Roman Citizen

    Let us kill him, and we'll have corn at our own price. Is't a verdict?

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    All Roman Citizens

    No more talking on't; let it be done. Away, away!

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    Second Roman Citizen

    One word, good citizens.

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    First Roman Citizen

    We are accounted poor citizens, the patricians good. What authority surfeits on would relieve us. If they would yield us but the superfluity while it were wholesome, we might guess they reliev'd us humanely; but they think we are too dear. The leanness that afflicts us, the object of our misery, is as an inventory to particularize their abundance; our sufferance is a gain to them. Let us revenge this with our pikes, ere we become rakes; for the gods know I speak this in hunger for bread, not in thirst for revenge.

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    Second Roman Citizen

    Would you proceed especially against Caius Martius?

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    First Roman Citizen

    Against him first; he's a very dog to the commonalty.

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    Second Roman Citizen

    Consider you what services he has done for his country?

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    First Roman Citizen

    Very well, and could be content to give him good report for't, but that he pays himself with being proud.

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    Second Roman Citizen

    Nay, but speak not maliciously.

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    First Roman Citizen

    I say unto you, what he hath done famously, he did it to that end. Though soft-conscienc'd men can be content to say it was for his country, he did it to please his mother, and to be partly proud, which he is, even to the altitude of his virtue.