Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

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FIRST SENATOR

50Speak, good Cominius:
Leave nothing out for length, and make us think
Rather our state’s defective for requital
Than we to stretch it out.
(To the Tribunes)
55Masters o’ the people,
We do request your kindest ears, and after,
Your loving motion toward the common body,
To yield what passes here.

FIRST SENATOR

Speak as long as you need, good Cominius. Leave nothing out. Better that he think we don’t have the resources to reward to him than that we don’t have the patience to listen to the full report. (to the tribunes) Representatives of the people, we request you to listen kindly, and afterward to convince the people to agree to what we suggest.

SICINIUS

We are convented
60Upon a pleasing treaty, and have hearts
Inclinable to honour and advance
The theme of our assembly.

SICINIUS

We’ve come here to consider this question, and we’re inclined to honor and advance the cause of our constituents.

BRUTUS

Which the rather
We shall be blest to do, if he remember
65A kinder value of the people than
He hath hereto prized them at.

BRUTUS

Which we’ll happily do, and soon, if he can remember to value the people more highly than he has previously.

MENENIUS

That’s off, that’s off;
I would you rather had been silent. Please you
To hear Cominius speak?

MENENIUS

That’s not the point. I wish you had been silent. Please, will you let Cominius speak?

BRUTUS

70Most willingly;
But yet my caution was more pertinent
Than the rebuke you give it.

BRUTUS

Most willingly. But my caution was more important than you realize.