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ACT IV - SCENE II. The same. A street near the gate.
Enter SICINIUS, BRUTUS, and an AEdile

SICINIUS
1    Bid them all home; he's gone, and we'll no further.
2    The nobility are vex'd, whom we see have sided
3    In his behalf.
BRUTUS
4    Now we have shown our power,
5    Let us seem humbler after it is done
6    Than when it was a-doing.
SICINIUS
7    Bid them home:
8    Say their great enemy is gone, and they
9    Stand in their ancient strength.
BRUTUS
10   Dismiss them home.
Exit AEdile
11   Here comes his mother.
SICINIUS
12   Let's not meet her.
BRUTUS
13   Why?
SICINIUS
14   They say she's mad.
BRUTUS
15   They have ta'en note of us: keep on your way.
Enter VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and MENENIUS

VOLUMNIA
16   O, ye're well met: the hoarded plague o' the gods
17   Requite your love!
MENENIUS
18   Peace, peace; be not so loud.
VOLUMNIA
19   If that I could for weeping, you should hear,--
20   Nay, and you shall hear some.
To BRUTUS
21   Will you be gone?
VIRGILIA
To SICINIUS
22    You shall stay too: I would I had the power
23   To say so to my husband.
SICINIUS
24   Are you mankind?
VOLUMNIA
25   Ay, fool; is that a shame? Note but this fool.
26   Was not a man my father? Hadst thou foxship
27   To banish him that struck more blows for Rome
28   Than thou hast spoken words?
SICINIUS
29   O blessed heavens!
VOLUMNIA
30   More noble blows than ever thou wise words;
31   And for Rome's good. I'll tell thee what; yet go:
32   Nay, but thou shalt stay too: I would my son
33   Were in Arabia, and thy tribe before him,
34   His good sword in his hand.
SICINIUS
35   What then?
VIRGILIA
36   What then!
37   He'ld make an end of thy posterity.
VOLUMNIA
38   Bastards and all.
39   Good man, the wounds that he does bear for Rome!
MENENIUS
40   Come, come, peace.
SICINIUS
41   I would he had continued to his country
42   As he began, and not unknit himself
43   The noble knot he made.
BRUTUS
44   I would he had.
VOLUMNIA
45   'I would he had'! 'Twas you incensed the rabble:
46   Cats, that can judge as fitly of his worth
47   As I can of those mysteries which heaven
48   Will not have earth to know.
BRUTUS
49   Pray, let us go.
VOLUMNIA
50   Now, pray, sir, get you gone:
51   You have done a brave deed. Ere you go, hear this:--
52   As far as doth the Capitol exceed
53   The meanest house in Rome, so far my son--
54   This lady's husband here, this, do you see--
55   Whom you have banish'd, does exceed you all.
BRUTUS
56   Well, well, we'll leave you.
SICINIUS
57   Why stay we to be baited
58   With one that wants her wits?
VOLUMNIA
59   Take my prayers with you.
Exeunt Tribunes
60   I would the gods had nothing else to do
61   But to confirm my curses! Could I meet 'em
62   But once a-day, it would unclog my heart
63   Of what lies heavy to't.
MENENIUS
64   You have told them home;
65   And, by my troth, you have cause. You'll sup with me?
VOLUMNIA
66   Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself,
67   And so shall starve with feeding. Come, let's go:
68   Leave this faint puling and lament as I do,
69   In anger, Juno-like. Come, come, come.
MENENIUS
70   Fie, fie, fie!
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX
  • SCENE X


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE III


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI

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