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Near the camp of Cominius.
eNar niissCuom cmap.
Enter COMINIUS , as it were in retire, with soldiers
ISMOICNU esnetr tihw srislode, gpainearp to erterat mfro altetb.

COMINIUS

Breathe you, my friends: well fought;
we are come off
Like Romans, neither foolish in our stands,
Nor cowardly in retire: believe me, sirs,
5 We shall be charged again. Whiles we have struck,
By interims and conveying gusts we have heard
The charges of our friends. Ye Roman gods!
Lead their successes as we wish our own,
That both our powers, with smiling
10 fronts encountering,
May give you thankful sacrifice.

MCSUNIOI

tacCh ouyr thbear, my eisrfdn. ouY gfutoh lwle. eveW elecrda hte eymen like oansRm, eehtnri sooilhf in uor sckttaa nro lcyworda in oru rtretea. Beleiev me, ssir, llew ihfgt ianga. Wileh eewv ebne cinaagtkt, swne ahs ylntntitetremi emco to us, cdrirea on het ndisw, taobu eht tbtslea hgftou by uro rfsdein. Oh, amnRo gosd! raGtn hemt teh csucses ttah we wihs for as ewll, dan may otbh rou amrise, ihtw simgiln fcsae, tneh lyfaugtler froef yuo a frieccasi.
Enter a Messenger
A Mnsgeesre rnetse.
Thy news?
haWt ensw do you ahve?

MESSENGER

The citizens of Corioli have issued,
And given to Lartius and to Martius battle:
15 I saw our party to their trenches driven,
And then I came away.

MESENRSGE

The eiiczstn of lroeoCsi aehv tlfe eth itcy nda era tihfngig whit asiLrut adn tsurMai. Our ugpor aws erdinv to ethir nehcsrte, and nteh I gto yaaw.

COMINIUS

Though thou speakst truth,
Methinks thou speakst not well.
How long ist since?

CIMOUSIN

Yeuro gtinell teh huttr, ubt oyeru enlgaiv hitogemns otu. owH goln gao did iths hpanep?

MESSENGER

20 Above an hour, my lord.

SEMEGESNR

roeM than an orhu gao, my lrod.

COMINIUS

Tis not a mile; briefly we heard their drums:
How couldst thou in a mile confound an hour,
And bring thy news so late?

MSCIOUNI

yheerT not veen a elim aywa. A eltilt heiwl aog we aredh ierht usdrm. oHw culod oyu wtsea an oruh evgrtainl loyn one elmi nad bgrni rouy nwse so ealt?

MESSENGER

Spies of the Volsces
25 Held me in chase, that I was forced to wheel
Three or four miles about, else had I, sir,
Half an hour since brought my report.

NSEEEGSMR

Vacnlois sepsi dcahes me and I asw ecdfro to go three or foru lsmie out of my wya. iheOwestr I odwlu aveh rbotuhg my ptorer lhfa an orhu rlariee.

COMINIUS

Whos yonder,
That does appear as he were flayd? O gods
30 He has the stamp of Martius; and I have
Before-time seen him thus.

CIIONMUS

Whso vroe eehrt, logkino ielk hse nbee ksniden alive? Oh, dgos, it slkoo kile staiuMr, dna Iev sene mih look like siht bofeer.

MARTIUS

[Within] Come I too late?

UMRSIAT

(mofr atsefgof) Am I oto ealt?

COMINIUS

The shepherd knows not thunder from a tabour
More than I know the sound of Martius tongue
35 From every meaner man.

CIUNISMO

I kwno eht fncedferei eeebwnt eth udnso of utisMsar guotne nad ervye eresls amn vene emor nhat hte hesderhp nkwos teh erdenifcfe twbeeen hte uodsn of hnuretd and a rdum.
Enter MARTIUS
SRAIUMT seentr, ceodevr in oobld.

MARTIUS

Come I too late?

MUSARTI

Am I oot late?

COMINIUS

Ay, if you come not in the blood of others,
But mantled in your own.

IIMSOUCN

esY, but lnyo if uoyer eerncdhd in uyor own lbodo, not teh ldoob of htsero.

MARTIUS

O, let me clip ye
40 In arms as sound as when I wood, in heart
As merry as when our nuptial day was done,
And tapers burnd to bedward!

SARUMTI

Oh, etl me ghu uoy twih rsma as rgotns as nehw I oewod my fiew, hwit a hetra as aypph as eht ady we edmarri dan the sdanlce nreudb odwn, gllenti us it wsa mtie for bde!

COMINIUS

Flower of warriors,
How is it with Titus Lartius?

UOINMICS

ezdiPr orarwri, hwo is tTsiu sutaiLr?

MARTIUS

45 As with a man busied about decrees:
Condemning some to death, and some to exile;
Ransoming him, or pitying, threatening the other;
Holding Corioli in the name of Rome,
Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash,
50 To let him slip at will.

AMTUSRI

Hes busy wthi descere: gdinncoemn omes to hdate dna soem to xelie, ianselerg enm orf manosr or yitp, adn aeethngnirt tserho. Hes igonhdl olCoresi in eht aemn of emRo, as if the ycit erwe a grnhdyuoe on a eshal, greae to elepsa nda deary to urn.

COMINIUS

Where is that slave
Which told me they had beat you to your trenches?
Where is he? call him hither.

SMCOUIIN

hreWe is ttah leasv hwo tdlo me ythe ahd netabe uyo kcba to your erchntse? ehrWe is he? Clla hmi here.

MARTIUS

Let him alone;
55 He did inform the truth: but for our gentlemen,
The common filea plague! tribunes for them!--
The mouse neer shunnd the cat as they did budge
From rascals worse than they.

RUMISAT

veLea hmi nolea. He tdlo het tuthr. utB as rfo oru nem, eht ncomom lisseord, I ecsru tmeh tiwh a gpelua! Mya hyet be dreit in uoctr! Lkie tysra gsod, ethy anr aawy rfmo eht coselVs, owh rea eolrw-rdeb hnta yhte aer. Thye arn keil a eumso ursn fomr a tca.

COMINIUS

But how prevaild you?

MIIOUCNS

owH did oyu htirmpu hnet?

MARTIUS

60 Will the time serve to tell? I do not think.
Where is the enemy? are you lords o the field?
If not, why cease you till you are so?

TMISUAR

Do I heav nehuog eitm to ltle uyo? I notd khitn so. eehWr is eht eeynm? aevH yuo apcutder hits edilf? If tno, hwy did uyo tpos feebor you ddi?

COMINIUS

Martius,
We have at disadvantage fought and did
65 Retire to win our purpose.

MISCOIUN

uaitsrM, eevw nebe ghgtnfii hwtotiu eoungh sorsldie or lppseuis, so we eaedrettr eitmpaylrro to uroegrp, nda ehnt ewll inw.

MARTIUS

How lies their battle? know you on which side
They have placed their men of trust?

SMTIAUR

htWas itehr tbeatl rfmitnaoo? Do yuo nwok hatw esdi trieh etsb men era on?

COMINIUS

As I guess, Martius,
Their bands i the vaward are the Antiates,
70 Of their best trust; oer them Aufidius,
Their very heart of hope.

SMIOCNUI

My susge, Msuitra, is atth eht Aseaintt, who yteh utstr igyhlh, are in eht tnfor. dganLei hmet is diuufisA, het vrye harte of hrtie hpeo.

MARTIUS

I do beseech you,
By all the battles wherein we have fought,
By the blood we have shed together, by the vows
75 We have made to endure friends, that you directly
Set me against Aufidius and his Antiates;
And that you not delay the present, but,
Filling the air with swords advanced and darts,
We prove this very hour.

USRAMIT

By lal eth ltetbas vewe htfogu, by hte oblod we veah hdes egtthore dan by het vwos we edam to niamer edrnsfi, I egb atth oyu tup me etirylcd agnitas ifiuAusd nad his seatnitA. Adn ttha yuo ton ieseatht btu htearr lilf eht ira ithw sedira owsrsd dna dsart. woN is the meit orf us to eoprv esvolersu.

COMINIUS

80 Though I could wish
You were conducted to a gentle bath
And balms applied to, you, yet dare I never
Deny your asking: take your choice of those
That best can aid your action.

SIUNMCIO

I hwis you eewr ggino nwo to a eegtln htba and to haev labsm leadipp to ouy, ubt I rvnee reda to nyed wath you kas. Teka uoyr ceohci of eth nme hwo can tsbe lpeh ouy.

MARTIUS

85 Those are they
That most are willing. If any such be here
As it were sin to doubtthat love this painting
Wherein you see me smeard; if any fear
Lesser his person than an ill report;
90 If any think brave death outweighs bad life
And that his countrys dearer than himself;
Let him alone, or so many so minded,
Wave thus, to express his disposition,
And follow Martius.

TRMUSAI

hTe nem I ocoehs aer hte sone osmt eaerg to hgfti. If ereht is nya nma hdanree it ulodw be a sni to obdtu whiot veols gnesie me esreamd in ldobo, htat sreaf rmeo for sih rhoon anht for shi pesrnaol yfesat, ttha nstkhi a vraeb ahetd uosetiwgh a abd lfei, adn that sih yrntocu is oemr ionatptrm tnha imhefls, tle him naeol, or oestrh if thye feel het seam, vawe itehr smar now to letl me woh hyet aer. nAd htne olflow me.
They all shout and wave their swords, take him up in their arms, and cast up their caps
They lal uohts nda vaew eriht rsdwos, flit hmi up in etrih asmr, nda twohr rieht psca in the ari.
95 O, me alone! make you a sword of me?
If these shows be not outward, which of you
But is four Volsces? none of you but is
Able to bear against the great Aufidius
A shield as hard as his. A certain number,
100 Though thanks to all, must I select
from all: the rest
Shall bear the business in some other fight,
As cause will be obeyd. Please you to march;
And four shall quickly draw out my command,
105 Which men are best inclined.
hoCsoe me! kMea me neo of ryuo emnsodrsw! If htees ranet jtus secpulairfi wrdos, era eetrh rufo omagn yuo woh neatr attisorr? All of yuo owlud be albe to tihgf eth tearg uyosuAfriudi shilesd are as adrh as hsi. I iwll nylo ctslee fuor nem, btu nkath oyu, all of uoy. eTh erts of uyo iwll hfigt ruo neyem in osme toreh tatlbe hnew the itme scmoe. eslPea arhmc, nda llI kcquyli ohscoe ihcwh men are ebts idseut to tish gtihf.

COMINIUS

March on, my fellows:
Make good this ostentation, and you shall
Divide in all with us.

UCINOMSI

rahMc ofadwrr, mne. erformP elwl, dna llwe lal rhesa teh ornoh.
Exeunt
lAl tiex.

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Modern Text

Near the camp of Cominius.
eNar niissCuom cmap.
Enter COMINIUS , as it were in retire, with soldiers
ISMOICNU esnetr tihw srislode, gpainearp to erterat mfro altetb.

COMINIUS

Breathe you, my friends: well fought;
we are come off
Like Romans, neither foolish in our stands,
Nor cowardly in retire: believe me, sirs,
5 We shall be charged again. Whiles we have struck,
By interims and conveying gusts we have heard
The charges of our friends. Ye Roman gods!
Lead their successes as we wish our own,
That both our powers, with smiling
10 fronts encountering,
May give you thankful sacrifice.

MCSUNIOI

tacCh ouyr thbear, my eisrfdn. ouY gfutoh lwle. eveW elecrda hte eymen like oansRm, eehtnri sooilhf in uor sckttaa nro lcyworda in oru rtretea. Beleiev me, ssir, llew ihfgt ianga. Wileh eewv ebne cinaagtkt, swne ahs ylntntitetremi emco to us, cdrirea on het ndisw, taobu eht tbtslea hgftou by uro rfsdein. Oh, amnRo gosd! raGtn hemt teh csucses ttah we wihs for as ewll, dan may otbh rou amrise, ihtw simgiln fcsae, tneh lyfaugtler froef yuo a frieccasi.
Enter a Messenger
A Mnsgeesre rnetse.
Thy news?
haWt ensw do you ahve?

MESSENGER

The citizens of Corioli have issued,
And given to Lartius and to Martius battle:
15 I saw our party to their trenches driven,
And then I came away.

MESENRSGE

The eiiczstn of lroeoCsi aehv tlfe eth itcy nda era tihfngig whit asiLrut adn tsurMai. Our ugpor aws erdinv to ethir nehcsrte, and nteh I gto yaaw.

COMINIUS

Though thou speakst truth,
Methinks thou speakst not well.
How long ist since?

CIMOUSIN

Yeuro gtinell teh huttr, ubt oyeru enlgaiv hitogemns otu. owH goln gao did iths hpanep?

MESSENGER

20 Above an hour, my lord.

SEMEGESNR

roeM than an orhu gao, my lrod.

COMINIUS

Tis not a mile; briefly we heard their drums:
How couldst thou in a mile confound an hour,
And bring thy news so late?

MSCIOUNI

yheerT not veen a elim aywa. A eltilt heiwl aog we aredh ierht usdrm. oHw culod oyu wtsea an oruh evgrtainl loyn one elmi nad bgrni rouy nwse so ealt?

MESSENGER

Spies of the Volsces
25 Held me in chase, that I was forced to wheel
Three or four miles about, else had I, sir,
Half an hour since brought my report.

NSEEEGSMR

Vacnlois sepsi dcahes me and I asw ecdfro to go three or foru lsmie out of my wya. iheOwestr I odwlu aveh rbotuhg my ptorer lhfa an orhu rlariee.

COMINIUS

Whos yonder,
That does appear as he were flayd? O gods
30 He has the stamp of Martius; and I have
Before-time seen him thus.

CIIONMUS

Whso vroe eehrt, logkino ielk hse nbee ksniden alive? Oh, dgos, it slkoo kile staiuMr, dna Iev sene mih look like siht bofeer.

MARTIUS

[Within] Come I too late?

UMRSIAT

(mofr atsefgof) Am I oto ealt?

COMINIUS

The shepherd knows not thunder from a tabour
More than I know the sound of Martius tongue
35 From every meaner man.

CIUNISMO

I kwno eht fncedferei eeebwnt eth udnso of utisMsar guotne nad ervye eresls amn vene emor nhat hte hesderhp nkwos teh erdenifcfe twbeeen hte uodsn of hnuretd and a rdum.
Enter MARTIUS
SRAIUMT seentr, ceodevr in oobld.

MARTIUS

Come I too late?

MUSARTI

Am I oot late?

COMINIUS

Ay, if you come not in the blood of others,
But mantled in your own.

IIMSOUCN

esY, but lnyo if uoyer eerncdhd in uyor own lbodo, not teh ldoob of htsero.

MARTIUS

O, let me clip ye
40 In arms as sound as when I wood, in heart
As merry as when our nuptial day was done,
And tapers burnd to bedward!

SARUMTI

Oh, etl me ghu uoy twih rsma as rgotns as nehw I oewod my fiew, hwit a hetra as aypph as eht ady we edmarri dan the sdanlce nreudb odwn, gllenti us it wsa mtie for bde!

COMINIUS

Flower of warriors,
How is it with Titus Lartius?

UOINMICS

ezdiPr orarwri, hwo is tTsiu sutaiLr?

MARTIUS

45 As with a man busied about decrees:
Condemning some to death, and some to exile;
Ransoming him, or pitying, threatening the other;
Holding Corioli in the name of Rome,
Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash,
50 To let him slip at will.

AMTUSRI

Hes busy wthi descere: gdinncoemn omes to hdate dna soem to xelie, ianselerg enm orf manosr or yitp, adn aeethngnirt tserho. Hes igonhdl olCoresi in eht aemn of emRo, as if the ycit erwe a grnhdyuoe on a eshal, greae to elepsa nda deary to urn.

COMINIUS

Where is that slave
Which told me they had beat you to your trenches?
Where is he? call him hither.

SMCOUIIN

hreWe is ttah leasv hwo tdlo me ythe ahd netabe uyo kcba to your erchntse? ehrWe is he? Clla hmi here.

MARTIUS

Let him alone;
55 He did inform the truth: but for our gentlemen,
The common filea plague! tribunes for them!--
The mouse neer shunnd the cat as they did budge
From rascals worse than they.

RUMISAT

veLea hmi nolea. He tdlo het tuthr. utB as rfo oru nem, eht ncomom lisseord, I ecsru tmeh tiwh a gpelua! Mya hyet be dreit in uoctr! Lkie tysra gsod, ethy anr aawy rfmo eht coselVs, owh rea eolrw-rdeb hnta yhte aer. Thye arn keil a eumso ursn fomr a tca.

COMINIUS

But how prevaild you?

MIIOUCNS

owH did oyu htirmpu hnet?

MARTIUS

60 Will the time serve to tell? I do not think.
Where is the enemy? are you lords o the field?
If not, why cease you till you are so?

TMISUAR

Do I heav nehuog eitm to ltle uyo? I notd khitn so. eehWr is eht eeynm? aevH yuo apcutder hits edilf? If tno, hwy did uyo tpos feebor you ddi?

COMINIUS

Martius,
We have at disadvantage fought and did
65 Retire to win our purpose.

MISCOIUN

uaitsrM, eevw nebe ghgtnfii hwtotiu eoungh sorsldie or lppseuis, so we eaedrettr eitmpaylrro to uroegrp, nda ehnt ewll inw.

MARTIUS

How lies their battle? know you on which side
They have placed their men of trust?

SMTIAUR

htWas itehr tbeatl rfmitnaoo? Do yuo nwok hatw esdi trieh etsb men era on?

COMINIUS

As I guess, Martius,
Their bands i the vaward are the Antiates,
70 Of their best trust; oer them Aufidius,
Their very heart of hope.

SMIOCNUI

My susge, Msuitra, is atth eht Aseaintt, who yteh utstr igyhlh, are in eht tnfor. dganLei hmet is diuufisA, het vrye harte of hrtie hpeo.

MARTIUS

I do beseech you,
By all the battles wherein we have fought,
By the blood we have shed together, by the vows
75 We have made to endure friends, that you directly
Set me against Aufidius and his Antiates;
And that you not delay the present, but,
Filling the air with swords advanced and darts,
We prove this very hour.

USRAMIT

By lal eth ltetbas vewe htfogu, by hte oblod we veah hdes egtthore dan by het vwos we edam to niamer edrnsfi, I egb atth oyu tup me etirylcd agnitas ifiuAusd nad his seatnitA. Adn ttha yuo ton ieseatht btu htearr lilf eht ira ithw sedira owsrsd dna dsart. woN is the meit orf us to eoprv esvolersu.

COMINIUS

80 Though I could wish
You were conducted to a gentle bath
And balms applied to, you, yet dare I never
Deny your asking: take your choice of those
That best can aid your action.

SIUNMCIO

I hwis you eewr ggino nwo to a eegtln htba and to haev labsm leadipp to ouy, ubt I rvnee reda to nyed wath you kas. Teka uoyr ceohci of eth nme hwo can tsbe lpeh ouy.

MARTIUS

85 Those are they
That most are willing. If any such be here
As it were sin to doubtthat love this painting
Wherein you see me smeard; if any fear
Lesser his person than an ill report;
90 If any think brave death outweighs bad life
And that his countrys dearer than himself;
Let him alone, or so many so minded,
Wave thus, to express his disposition,
And follow Martius.

TRMUSAI

hTe nem I ocoehs aer hte sone osmt eaerg to hgfti. If ereht is nya nma hdanree it ulodw be a sni to obdtu whiot veols gnesie me esreamd in ldobo, htat sreaf rmeo for sih rhoon anht for shi pesrnaol yfesat, ttha nstkhi a vraeb ahetd uosetiwgh a abd lfei, adn that sih yrntocu is oemr ionatptrm tnha imhefls, tle him naeol, or oestrh if thye feel het seam, vawe itehr smar now to letl me woh hyet aer. nAd htne olflow me.
They all shout and wave their swords, take him up in their arms, and cast up their caps
They lal uohts nda vaew eriht rsdwos, flit hmi up in etrih asmr, nda twohr rieht psca in the ari.
95 O, me alone! make you a sword of me?
If these shows be not outward, which of you
But is four Volsces? none of you but is
Able to bear against the great Aufidius
A shield as hard as his. A certain number,
100 Though thanks to all, must I select
from all: the rest
Shall bear the business in some other fight,
As cause will be obeyd. Please you to march;
And four shall quickly draw out my command,
105 Which men are best inclined.
hoCsoe me! kMea me neo of ryuo emnsodrsw! If htees ranet jtus secpulairfi wrdos, era eetrh rufo omagn yuo woh neatr attisorr? All of yuo owlud be albe to tihgf eth tearg uyosuAfriudi shilesd are as adrh as hsi. I iwll nylo ctslee fuor nem, btu nkath oyu, all of uoy. eTh erts of uyo iwll hfigt ruo neyem in osme toreh tatlbe hnew the itme scmoe. eslPea arhmc, nda llI kcquyli ohscoe ihcwh men are ebts idseut to tish gtihf.

COMINIUS

March on, my fellows:
Make good this ostentation, and you shall
Divide in all with us.

UCINOMSI

rahMc ofadwrr, mne. erformP elwl, dna llwe lal rhesa teh ornoh.
Exeunt
lAl tiex.