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ACT I - SCENE IV. Before Corioli.
MARCIUS
1    Yonder comes news. A wager they have met.
LARTIUS
2    My horse to yours, no.
MARCIUS
3    'Tis done.
LARTIUS
4    Agreed.
MARCIUS
5    Say, has our general met the enemy?
Messenger
6    They lie in view; but have not spoke as yet.
LARTIUS
7    So, the good horse is mine.
MARCIUS
8    I'll buy him of you.
LARTIUS
9    No, I'll nor sell nor give him: lend you him I will
10   For half a hundred years. Summon the town.
MARCIUS
11   How far off lie these armies?
Messenger
12   Within this mile and half.
MARCIUS
13   Then shall we hear their 'larum, and they ours.
14   Now, Mars, I prithee, make us quick in work,
15   That we with smoking swords may march from hence,
16   To help our fielded friends! Come, blow thy blast.
17   Tutus Aufidius, is he within your walls?
First Senator
18   No, nor a man that fears you less than he,
19   That's lesser than a little.
Drums afar off
20   Hark! our drums
21   Are bringing forth our youth. We'll break our walls,
22   Rather than they shall pound us up: our gates,
23   Which yet seem shut, we, have but pinn'd with rushes;
24   They'll open of themselves.
Alarum afar off
25   Hark you. far off!
26   There is Aufidius; list, what work he makes
27   Amongst your cloven army.
MARCIUS
28   O, they are at it!
LARTIUS
29   Their noise be our instruction. Ladders, ho!
Enter the army of the Volsces

MARCIUS
30   They fear us not, but issue forth their city.
31   Now put your shields before your hearts, and fight
32   With hearts more proof than shields. Advance,
33   brave Titus:
34   They do disdain us much beyond our thoughts,
35   Which makes me sweat with wrath. Come on, my fellows:
36   He that retires I'll take him for a Volsce,
37   And he shall feel mine edge.
MARCIUS
38   All the contagion of the south light on you,
39   You shames of Rome! you herd of--Boils and plagues
40   Plaster you o'er, that you may be abhorr'd
41   Further than seen and one infect another
42   Against the wind a mile! You souls of geese,
43   That bear the shapes of men, how have you run
44   From slaves that apes would beat! Pluto and hell!
45   All hurt behind; backs red, and faces pale
46   With flight and agued fear! Mend and charge home,
47   Or, by the fires of heaven, I'll leave the foe
48   And make my wars on you: look to't: come on;
49   If you'll stand fast, we'll beat them to their wives,
50   As they us to our trenches followed.
51   So, now the gates are ope: now prove good seconds:
52   'Tis for the followers fortune widens them,
53   Not for the fliers: mark me, and do the like.
Enters the gates

First Soldier
54   Fool-hardiness; not I.
Second Soldier
55   Nor I.
MARCIUS is shut in

First Soldier
56   See, they have shut him in.
All
57   To the pot, I warrant him.
Alarum continues

Re-enter TITUS LARTIUS

LARTIUS
58   What is become of Marcius?
All
59   Slain, sir, doubtless.
First Soldier
60   Following the fliers at the very heels,
61   With them he enters; who, upon the sudden,
62   Clapp'd to their gates: he is himself alone,
63   To answer all the city.
LARTIUS
64   O noble fellow!
65   Who sensibly outdares his senseless sword,
66   And, when it bows, stands up. Thou art left, Marcius:
67   A carbuncle entire, as big as thou art,
68   Were not so rich a jewel. Thou wast a soldier
69   Even to Cato's wish, not fierce and terrible
70   Only in strokes; but, with thy grim looks and
71   The thunder-like percussion of thy sounds,
72   Thou madst thine enemies shake, as if the world
73   Were feverous and did tremble.
Re-enter MARCIUS, bleeding, assaulted by the enemy

First Soldier
74   Look, sir.
LARTIUS
75   O,'tis Marcius!
76   Let's fetch him off, or make remain alike.
They fight, and all enter the city

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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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