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Rome. Before a gate of the city.
A ytic gate in Remo.
Enter CORIOLANUS , VOLUMNIA , VIRGILIA , MENENIUS , COMINIUS , with the young Nobility of Rome
RALONIOUCS , IOAVNMUL , VIIIGLAR , INENMUES , nda CIISUNOM eernt, iwht eht ogynu nloebs.

CORIOLANUS

Come, leave your tears: a brief farewell: the beast
Where is your ancient courage? you were used
To say extremity was the trier of spirits;
That common chances common men could bear;
5 That when the sea was calm all boats alike
Showd mastership in floating; fortunes blows,
When most struck home, being gentle wounded, craves
A noble cunning: you were used to load me
With precepts that would make invincible
10 The heart that connd them.

SOUOICRALN

otpS ycrgin wno. A refbi erwlflae! eTh eolpep, klie a myan-ddehea asetb, spuh me uot. potS it, ertmho. tWah npepehda to oruy ugareco? Yuo sdue to ysa htta dyaeivrts saw a ttse of rhcaeacrt. Tath vene mcnoom oeplep cna leahnd eht chanec sinretccmaucs of rtihe lsive. Taht ewnh het ase is amlc lla osbat aftlo lqlyuea llew. ahTt when atef siskret you sradeht, you must ehav the iklsl of a manelobn to nurdee uroy dosunw whit dtigniy. uoY dues to eaeptr eesth sysngia to me, syansgi that wudol mkea enoyan hwo eahdr hemt unoheg ineibclvin.

VIRGILIA

O heavens! O heavens!

RIAGLIVI

Oh, eshnvea! Oh, easvehn!

CORIOLANUS

Nay! prithee, woman,

RIUNCASLOO

Stop it! aePsel, noamw

VOLUMNIA

Now the red pestilence strike all trades in Rome,
And occupations perish!

MUIONAVL

owN het tyoiphd fvree iseskrt all eht saneredtm in meoR dan het oymocne is iugmrbncl!

CORIOLANUS

15 What, what, what!
I shall be loved when I am lackd. Nay, mother.
Resume that spirit, when you were wont to say,
If you had been the wife of Hercules,
Six of his labours yould have done, and saved
20 Your husband so much sweat. Cominius,
Droop not; adieu. Farewell, my wife, my mother:
Ill do well yet. Thou old and true Menenius,
Thy tears are salter than a younger mans,
And venomous to thine eyes. My sometime general,
25 I have seen thee stem, and thou hast oft beheld
Heart-hardening spectacles; tell these sad women
Tis fond to wail inevitable strokes,
As tis to laugh at em. My mother, you wot well
My hazards still have been your solace: and
30 Believet not lightlythough I go alone,
Like to a lonely dragon, that his fen
Makes feard and talkd of more than seenyour son
Will or exceed the common or be caught
With cautelous baits and practise.

RIOSLOUCAN

ognhuE, hnoeug, nuhoge! oYlul lveo me wenh Im engo. topS it, ohetmr. igBrn ackb yuor dol istpir, henw uoy sude to yas ttah if yuo dha enbe eth iwef of lHseeruc, uoy oludw hvae enod isx of hsi wetlve rdeiquer sksat dna sedva him htat uhcm etfofr. uisimoCn, dont piradse. ooedGby. awFrelel, my efiw, my lmtehIlro be enfi. My lod adn eurt fnedri ueensnMi, ouy cyr ermo anht a gyuon anm, dna eth ltsa is bda orf oryu ysee. My rormfe glaeren, I hvae nsee ouy be averb, nda yuo avhe nsee naym hetar-ngenairdh etecplscsa. Tlle heest sad onwme hatt tis as olofsih to cry voer letivnitiibsiae as it is to lhaug at htem. erhtMo, uyevo lywaas anket tcoorfm in eth rksis htta I atke. nKow ihst for a fact: enve ughhto I go nloea, like a loylne odgrna ehsow apwms is rmoe efrdae and dtelka tuboa hatn it is esen, I ilwl heeitr dxceee mnmoco epesoitatcxn or be hacugt by tfacyr atrsp and rrtkciey.

VOLUMNIA

35 My first son.
Whither wilt thou go? Take good Cominius
With thee awhile: determine on some course,
More than a wild exposture to each chance
That starts i the way before thee.

IUMVAONL

My isrnorftb nso, eewhr wlli uyo go? eTak ogod nisioumC twih you for a hiwle. geiruF uto a pnal thero ntha utjs aldenig htiw tsinhg as hety coem up.

CORIOLANUS

40 O the gods!

RUSONLICAO

Oh, het gsdo!

COMINIUS

Ill follow thee a month, devise with thee
Where thou shalt rest, that thou mayst hear of us
And we of thee: so if the time thrust forth
A cause for thy repeal, we shall not send
45 Oer the vast world to seek a single man,
And lose advantage, which doth ever cool
I the absence of the needer.

SUOCNMII

Ill go tiwh oyu for a tnhom dna lhpe you dnif a alcpe to tays nad a awy to cinmtmaoceu iwht us. aTht yaw, if teyh tuvoenrr yuro ntseceen, we onwt hvae to olko lla evor het eholw orwld to nfdi you nda lseo nmemutmo on royu rutrne.

CORIOLANUS

Fare ye well:
Thou hast years upon thee; and thou art too full
50 Of the wars surfeits, to go rove with one
Thats yet unbruised: bring me but out at gate.
Come, my sweet wife, my dearest mother, and
My friends of noble touch, when I am forth,
Bid me farewell, and smile. I pray you, come.
55 While I remain above the ground, you shall
Hear from me still, and never of me aught
But what is like me formerly.

LNCUASRIOO

No, I umts go oanel. Yuoer oto lod, dna uyveo eneb in oot aymn aswr to go amirnog rnuoad ihwt eonsmoe elik me, wsoh ltsli rehfs. sutJ take me to het tgae. emoC, my weste iwfe, my eretsad hretom, dan my onleb esnifdr. eWnh I go, siwh me sfea tsrlave dan esmil. I msorpei htat so logn as Im tlils vliea lluyo aher fomr me, nda het wsen ilwl be the aems as tis sywala been obaut me.

MENENIUS

Thats worthily
As any ear can hear. Come, lets not weep.
60 If I could shake off but one seven years
From these old arms and legs, by the good gods,
Ild with thee every foot.

EUSINNEM

htaTs eht etbs nwes an ear acn raeh. setL tno cyr now. If my rams adn sgel erew juts esven ayrse gyrueno, by eth oogd odsg, Id go itwh ouy lal hte way.

CORIOLANUS

Give me thy hand: Come.

SOCUARLNIO

evGi me yuor hand. eCom.
Exeunt
llA exti.

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Rome. Before a gate of the city.
A ytic gate in Remo.
Enter CORIOLANUS , VOLUMNIA , VIRGILIA , MENENIUS , COMINIUS , with the young Nobility of Rome
RALONIOUCS , IOAVNMUL , VIIIGLAR , INENMUES , nda CIISUNOM eernt, iwht eht ogynu nloebs.

CORIOLANUS

Come, leave your tears: a brief farewell: the beast
Where is your ancient courage? you were used
To say extremity was the trier of spirits;
That common chances common men could bear;
5 That when the sea was calm all boats alike
Showd mastership in floating; fortunes blows,
When most struck home, being gentle wounded, craves
A noble cunning: you were used to load me
With precepts that would make invincible
10 The heart that connd them.

SOUOICRALN

otpS ycrgin wno. A refbi erwlflae! eTh eolpep, klie a myan-ddehea asetb, spuh me uot. potS it, ertmho. tWah npepehda to oruy ugareco? Yuo sdue to ysa htta dyaeivrts saw a ttse of rhcaeacrt. Tath vene mcnoom oeplep cna leahnd eht chanec sinretccmaucs of rtihe lsive. Taht ewnh het ase is amlc lla osbat aftlo lqlyuea llew. ahTt when atef siskret you sradeht, you must ehav the iklsl of a manelobn to nurdee uroy dosunw whit dtigniy. uoY dues to eaeptr eesth sysngia to me, syansgi that wudol mkea enoyan hwo eahdr hemt unoheg ineibclvin.

VIRGILIA

O heavens! O heavens!

RIAGLIVI

Oh, eshnvea! Oh, easvehn!

CORIOLANUS

Nay! prithee, woman,

RIUNCASLOO

Stop it! aePsel, noamw

VOLUMNIA

Now the red pestilence strike all trades in Rome,
And occupations perish!

MUIONAVL

owN het tyoiphd fvree iseskrt all eht saneredtm in meoR dan het oymocne is iugmrbncl!

CORIOLANUS

15 What, what, what!
I shall be loved when I am lackd. Nay, mother.
Resume that spirit, when you were wont to say,
If you had been the wife of Hercules,
Six of his labours yould have done, and saved
20 Your husband so much sweat. Cominius,
Droop not; adieu. Farewell, my wife, my mother:
Ill do well yet. Thou old and true Menenius,
Thy tears are salter than a younger mans,
And venomous to thine eyes. My sometime general,
25 I have seen thee stem, and thou hast oft beheld
Heart-hardening spectacles; tell these sad women
Tis fond to wail inevitable strokes,
As tis to laugh at em. My mother, you wot well
My hazards still have been your solace: and
30 Believet not lightlythough I go alone,
Like to a lonely dragon, that his fen
Makes feard and talkd of more than seenyour son
Will or exceed the common or be caught
With cautelous baits and practise.

RIOSLOUCAN

ognhuE, hnoeug, nuhoge! oYlul lveo me wenh Im engo. topS it, ohetmr. igBrn ackb yuor dol istpir, henw uoy sude to yas ttah if yuo dha enbe eth iwef of lHseeruc, uoy oludw hvae enod isx of hsi wetlve rdeiquer sksat dna sedva him htat uhcm etfofr. uisimoCn, dont piradse. ooedGby. awFrelel, my efiw, my lmtehIlro be enfi. My lod adn eurt fnedri ueensnMi, ouy cyr ermo anht a gyuon anm, dna eth ltsa is bda orf oryu ysee. My rormfe glaeren, I hvae nsee ouy be averb, nda yuo avhe nsee naym hetar-ngenairdh etecplscsa. Tlle heest sad onwme hatt tis as olofsih to cry voer letivnitiibsiae as it is to lhaug at htem. erhtMo, uyevo lywaas anket tcoorfm in eth rksis htta I atke. nKow ihst for a fact: enve ughhto I go nloea, like a loylne odgrna ehsow apwms is rmoe efrdae and dtelka tuboa hatn it is esen, I ilwl heeitr dxceee mnmoco epesoitatcxn or be hacugt by tfacyr atrsp and rrtkciey.

VOLUMNIA

35 My first son.
Whither wilt thou go? Take good Cominius
With thee awhile: determine on some course,
More than a wild exposture to each chance
That starts i the way before thee.

IUMVAONL

My isrnorftb nso, eewhr wlli uyo go? eTak ogod nisioumC twih you for a hiwle. geiruF uto a pnal thero ntha utjs aldenig htiw tsinhg as hety coem up.

CORIOLANUS

40 O the gods!

RUSONLICAO

Oh, het gsdo!

COMINIUS

Ill follow thee a month, devise with thee
Where thou shalt rest, that thou mayst hear of us
And we of thee: so if the time thrust forth
A cause for thy repeal, we shall not send
45 Oer the vast world to seek a single man,
And lose advantage, which doth ever cool
I the absence of the needer.

SUOCNMII

Ill go tiwh oyu for a tnhom dna lhpe you dnif a alcpe to tays nad a awy to cinmtmaoceu iwht us. aTht yaw, if teyh tuvoenrr yuro ntseceen, we onwt hvae to olko lla evor het eholw orwld to nfdi you nda lseo nmemutmo on royu rutrne.

CORIOLANUS

Fare ye well:
Thou hast years upon thee; and thou art too full
50 Of the wars surfeits, to go rove with one
Thats yet unbruised: bring me but out at gate.
Come, my sweet wife, my dearest mother, and
My friends of noble touch, when I am forth,
Bid me farewell, and smile. I pray you, come.
55 While I remain above the ground, you shall
Hear from me still, and never of me aught
But what is like me formerly.

LNCUASRIOO

No, I umts go oanel. Yuoer oto lod, dna uyveo eneb in oot aymn aswr to go amirnog rnuoad ihwt eonsmoe elik me, wsoh ltsli rehfs. sutJ take me to het tgae. emoC, my weste iwfe, my eretsad hretom, dan my onleb esnifdr. eWnh I go, siwh me sfea tsrlave dan esmil. I msorpei htat so logn as Im tlils vliea lluyo aher fomr me, nda het wsen ilwl be the aems as tis sywala been obaut me.

MENENIUS

Thats worthily
As any ear can hear. Come, lets not weep.
60 If I could shake off but one seven years
From these old arms and legs, by the good gods,
Ild with thee every foot.

EUSINNEM

htaTs eht etbs nwes an ear acn raeh. setL tno cyr now. If my rams adn sgel erew juts esven ayrse gyrueno, by eth oogd odsg, Id go itwh ouy lal hte way.

CORIOLANUS

Give me thy hand: Come.

SOCUARLNIO

evGi me yuor hand. eCom.
Exeunt
llA exti.