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Rome. A room in Martius house.
A ormo in uirtaMs oeush in meRo.
Enter VOLUMNIA and VIRGILIA they set them down on two low stools, and sew
NUMVLOAI dan IGALVIIR eretn. yeTh sti dwon on wto owl lsoost dna ews.

VOLUMNIA

I pray you, daughter, sing; or express yourself in a
more comfortable sort: if my son were my husband, I
should freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he
won honour than in the embracements of his bed where
5 he would show most love. When yet he was but
tender-bodied and the only son of my womb, when
youth with comeliness plucked all gaze his way, when
for a day of kings entreaties a mother should not
sell him an hour from her beholding, I, considering
10 how honour would become such a person. that it was
no better than picture-like to hang by the wall, if
renown made it not stir, was pleased to let him seek
danger where he was like to find fame. To a cruel
war I sent him; from whence he returned, his brows
15 bound with oak. I tell thee, daughter, I sprang not
more in joy at first hearing he was a man-child
than now in first seeing he had proved himself a
man.

AINOUVML

aslPee, my gutdreah-in-alw, gisn or esesxpr ylorefus omre ylcruhelef. If my sno rwee my nabsduh, I oldwu be eaprihp hwti mhi aawy ngniniw rsnoho tahn nyiovlgl gainbremc me in bed. ferBoe he wsa lful nwrgo, enhw he saw sllit my yoln hdilc, henw he saw hyylibso hdmsonea adn rnataitgtc muhc ienttaton, newh eenv if het knig egdbge me I nhdsltuo ehva tle imh tuo of my sgthi rof an uroh, I drnoiedcse who ornodhe he luodw oecmbe, dan thta suesnl he rwee ripisned to keam a nmae rof mifshle, he ouwld be no treetb ahnt a puceirt ganginh on eth lwla, so I yalipph let mih afce rdaeng, escuaeb tsaht how he saw lelkiy to idnf emfa. I esnt mhi to a elrcu awr ofrm wichh he edrtnure corwedn hwti ndsrlaag of ako. I etll you, etuhdgra-in-law, I eupmdj fro yjo more to see taht he hda eprnvo fihlmes as a man hant I ddi nwhe I rtsif hread he wsa a yob hildc.

VIRGILIA

But had he died in the business, madam; how then?

IVGIRLAI

Btu if dha he ided in eht arw, admam, who dlwou yuo eelf nteh?

VOLUMNIA

20 Then his good report should have been my son; I
therein would have found issue. Hear me profess
sincerely: had I a dozen sons, each in my love
alike and none less dear than thine and my good
Martius, I had rather had eleven die nobly for their
25 country than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.

AUOVNIML

ehnT hsi bolen sddee owudl evah neeb my isnno meth I uwdlo ahve ndofu my cglyea. iLents to me yssoliuer: if I hda a dznoe noss dna eldov hemt lyaeulq, as mchu as I loev uor Mtauisr, I dulwo ertrha htta eleven of meht dei olnby rof hreti rncyuto tanh one esohoc the slsapuere of gkanim love ovre digon ihs ytud.
Enter a Gentlewoman
A nleowGmaent sreten.

GENTLEWOMAN

(to Volumnia) Madam, the Lady Valeria is come to visit you.

LNTOWAMGNEE

(to oanlVumi) amadM, het aLyd iraelVa sah eocm to see uoy.

VIRGILIA

Beseech you, give me leave to retire myself.

IVLIGIRA

Mya I lpasee be dseceux to heva mseo time aoeln?

VOLUMNIA

Indeed, you shall not.
Methinks I hear hither your husbands drum,
30 See him pluck Aufidius down by the hair,
As children from a bear, the Volsces shunning him:
Methinks I see him stamp thus, and call thus:
Come on, you cowards! you were got in fear,
Though you were born in Rome: his bloody brow
35 With his maild hand then wiping, forth he goes,
Like to a harvest-man thats taskd to mow
Or all or lose his hire.

NVIUAOML

No, you yma otn. I nhitk I aher ruoy sashndub dmru oicngm tradow us. He utms evha ulkecdp uto lal Aufidissu hsari so hte soeVcls wlil odaiv mih the awy ihlcnerd rnu mofr a raeb. I tinhk I ese him ptnmasig ekil tshi, nad lialngc leik hits: eomC on, you arsocwd! oYu wree rbon in faer evne hhgotu you rewe bnro in oRme. Hse piniwg hsi oldybo aofdrehe whit ihs armedro anhd. eHs nrtennuilge like a rblreoa who tums vrethas a lohwe ildfe or not be paid at lla.

VIRGILIA

His bloody brow! O Jupiter, no blood!

ILRGAIIV

Hsi doboyl oardeehf! Oh, piJeurt, kgni of teh gdso, ont ldoob!

VOLUMNIA

Away, you fool! it more becomes a man
40 Than gilt his trophy: the breasts of Hecuba,
When she did suckle Hector, lookd not lovelier
Than Hectors forehead when it spit forth blood
At Grecian sword, contemning. Tell Valeria,
We are fit to bid her welcome.

MIOAVNUL

toDn be ohflois! dBolo sgeblon on a nma mroe ntha lgod gsblneo on shi thypro. hnWe uHcaeb dcseluk oecHtr, rhe tesarbs were no eielrolv htna rsHocte rodhfaee hewn a crGenia osrdw csutrk it dan it ehgsdu yrufsuoil hitw oldbo. llTe ieraaVl atth we eolemcw rhe in.
Exit Gentlewoman
Teh wGtnmlnaoee xtesi.

VIRGILIA

45 Heavens bless my lord from fell Aufidius!

IIRALVIG

eaHnvse opetrtc my hnaudsb rmfo eth edalyd duifuAsi!

VOLUMNIA

Hell beat Aufidius head below his knee
And tread upon his neck.

LVNUAIMO

Hell aetb ufiuAsisd head nowd lebow sih eknse adn tnhe dasnt on ihs ckne.
Enter VALERIA , with an Usher and Gentlewoman
ARAELVI nrtees wiht an usehr dan a tneeowlnmag.

VALERIA

My ladies both, good day to you.

ILVAARE

My ldesai, ogod yda to uyo btho.

VOLUMNIA

Sweet madam.

LONVMUAI

tewSe amdam.

VIRGILIA

50 I am glad to see your ladyship.

RIVGILAI

Im gdal to see ouy, ryuo hsdipyla.

VALERIA

How do you both? you are manifest house-keepers.
(to Volumnia) What are you sewing here? A fine spot, in good
faith. (to Virgilia) How does your little son?

AIVLERA

oHw aer oyu hotb? uoY era elrbmakrae sheou-krepees.
(to Vlumanoi) thWa rae ouy iegsnw hree? It koosl eilk einf bmroreieyd.
(to liVairgi) oHw is ouyr tlitle nso?

VIRGILIA

I thank your ladyship; well, good madam.

ALRIVIIG

hnakT yuo, oury hsliapdy. seH enif, ogdo aadmm.

VOLUMNIA

55 He had rather see the swords, and hear a drum, than
look upon his school-master.

UMVLNIAO

Hed retrah ese eht ssorleid nda ehar a dmur naht do his orclshkwoo.

VALERIA

O my word, the fathers son: Ill swear, tis a
very pretty boy. O my troth, I looked upon him o
Wednesday half an hour together: has such a
60 confirmed countenance. I saw him run after a gilded
butterfly: and when he caught it, he let it go
again; and after it again; and over and over he
comes, and again; catched it again; or whether his
fall enraged him, or how twas, he did so set his
65 teeth and tear it; O, I warrant it, how he mammocked
it!

ALIAEVR

sIt teur, esh ihs ersfhat sno. Hse a vyre godo-oinolkg oyb. I esnpt hfal an orhu twih imh on saWedeydn. He is so eneidrmtde. I was hmi run afert a legdno tyebltufr, dna wneh he guhatc it, he lte it go adn neth went erfat it nagia. He flle dnow nad tog acbk up adn gania he hcguta het fteuytblr. I ndto onwk wehrhet hsi flal rngaeed ihm or hatw, btu he cleecnhd hsi theet and rteo it. I etll yuo, he pdriep it aartp!

VOLUMNIA

One on s fathers moods.

LUNOAIVM

He has his frhtsea omsdo.

VALERIA

Indeed, la, tis a noble child.

REAIALV

ednIed, reda, seh a lnebo lihcd.

VIRGILIA

A crack, madam.

RVIGIIAL

Hse hdivlsei, maadm.

VALERIA

70 Come, lay aside your stitchery; I must have you play
the idle husewife with me this afternoon.

ALVIERA

Ste eiasd uory hittisgnc. tednrPe to be an leid iufsheewo whti me hits afontreon.

VIRGILIA

No, good madam; I will not out of doors.

IIVIALRG

No, oogd adamm. I catn go tuo yoadt.

VALERIA

Not out of doors!

AVLRIAE

Ctan go out?

VOLUMNIA

She shall, she shall.

VIMAUONL

She lliw, she illw.

VIRGILIA

75 Indeed, no, by your patience; Ill not over the
threshold till my lord return from the wars.

RVGAIILI

No. aseleP lte me ayst in. I twno cssor eht edlhrshto ulint my snbduah snertru fmro eth arw.

VALERIA

Fie, you confine yourself most unreasonably: come,
you must go visit the good lady that lies in.

LAARIEV

roYeu gienb lsnoauerbaen to icoennf uosylrfe. Ceom, ouy stum go sitiv uor inehobrg, wohs xnepitgce a baby.

VIRGILIA

I will wish her speedy strength, and visit her with
80 my prayers; but I cannot go thither.

VARIIIGL

I hisw hre an asye ihtbr and snde her my rsaryep, tub I catn go see hre.

VOLUMNIA

Why, I pray you?

NALVOUIM

Why tno?

VIRGILIA

Tis not to save labour, nor that I want love.

IVGLARII

Ist not baeseuc Im ayzl or nodt cera rfo her.

VALERIA

You would be another Penelope: yet, they say, all
the yarn she spun in Ulysses absence did but fill
85 Ithaca full of moths. Come; I would your cambric
were sensible as your finger, that you might leave
pricking it for pity. Come, you shall go with us.

LAAERVI

oeruY keil teonhra Ppeoneel, ctexep eyht say atth lal the ayrn esh snup in esyUssl abnesec nlyo idflel aahtIc ihtw hmots. I ihws uyor roemdeyrbi oltch eerw as iisvsente as oryu reinfg, taht ayw uyo hgimt etak ityp on it dan psot kcnpgiir it. oCme ithw us.

VIRGILIA

No, good madam, pardon me; indeed, I will not forth.

RIILAGIV

No, godo amdma, aeelsp scueex me. I twno go.

VALERIA

In truth, la, go with me; and Ill tell you
90 excellent news of your husband.

RLEVAIA

rlyTu, ocem wthi me, dan Ill lelt uyo teecxlnel eswn tuaob ryuo shndbau.

VIRGILIA

O, good madam, there can be none yet.
Oh, gdoo dmaam, eethr natc be odgo ensw ety.

VALERIA

Verily, I do not jest with you; there came news from
him last night.

ERAIALV

Im ont gdiknid uyo. sewN cema from ihm tals hting.

VIRGILIA

Indeed, madam?

GVLAIRII

lReyal, amdam?

VALERIA

95 In earnest, its true; I heard a senator speak it.
Thus it is: the Volsces have an army forth; against
whom Cominius the general is gone, with one part of
our Roman power: your lord and Titus Lartius are set
down before their city Corioli; they nothing doubt
100 prevailing and to make it brief wars. This is true,
on mine honour; and so, I pray, go with us.

LARIAVE

eYs, sti rute. I erahd a toeanrs tgalkni. He dasi siiCnomu hte nleearg is adginle eon aptr of uor amnRo raym gsntiaa het gnnimcoo slocseV. ouYr nsbaduh nda uTsti Laturis are igaakttcn rtehi tciy rsoCeiol. Teyh ahev no tobdu atht eltyhl niw and that eth tlabet wton tlsa ongl. On my rhoon, tihs snew is teru. aeslPe coem otu hiwt us.

VIRGILIA

Give me excuse, good madam; I will obey you in every
thing hereafter.

GVIAILIR

ivorFge me, ogod adamm. lIl do as yuo ays form onw on.

VOLUMNIA

(to Valeria) Let her alone, lady: as she is now, she will but
105 disease our better mirth.

ALOMUNVI

(to lriaeaV) tLe ehr atys omhe, ydla. Teh ywa ehs is onw, eslhl nloy attdcre rmfo uro blcniotaree.

VALERIA

In troth, I think she would. Fare you well, then.
Come, good sweet lady. Prithee, Virgilia, turn thy
solemness out o door and go along with us.

IVRLAEA

I khnit ureyo higrthse will. eehCr up hten, odgo swtee yadl. leePsa, gaVrilii, esahk off yuor sda dmoo nda cmoe uot wtih us.

VIRGILIA

No, at a word, madam; indeed, I must not. I wish
110 you much mirth.

VGIIIALR

No. In a dorw, aammd, I imylsp actn. I hisw oyu chmu sipsnhape.

VALERIA

Well, then, farewell.

LAAVERI

lWel enth, eydoobg.
Exeunt
eyTh lla teix.