Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 3

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SIXTH CITIZEN

He has done nobly, and cannot go without any honest
man’s voice.

SIXTH CITIZEN

He has served nobly and must win any honest man’s vote.

SEVENTH CITIZEN

135Therefore let him be consul: the gods give him joy,
and make him good friend to the people!

SEVENTH CITIZEN

Therefore let him be the consul. May the gods give him joy and make him be good to the people!

ALL CITIZENS

Amen, amen. God save thee, noble consul!

ALL CITIZENS

Amen, amen. God save thee, noble consul
Exeunt
Citizens all exit.

CORIOLANUS

Worthy voices!

CORIOLANUS

Worthy voters!
Re-enter MENENIUS, with BRUTUS and SICINIUS
MENENIUS re-enters, with BRUTUS and SICINIUS.

MENENIUS

You have stood your limitation; and the tribunes
140Endue you with the people’s voice: remains
That, in the official marks invested, you
Anon do meet the senate.

MENENIUS

You’ve stood here for the time required, and the tribunes approve you with the people’s endorsement. All that remains is to make it official. We must go now to the senators.

CORIOLANUS

Is this done?

CORIOLANUS

It’s over?

SICINIUS

The custom of request you have discharged:
145The people do admit you, and are summon’d
To meet anon, upon your approbation.

SICINIUS

You’ve done the required custom, and the people admit you to the consul. Go meet the senators so they can approve your election.

CORIOLANUS

Where? at the senate-house?

CORIOLANUS

Where? At the Senate house?

SICINIUS

There, Coriolanus.

SICINIUS

Yes, Coriolanus.

CORIOLANUS

May I change these garments?

CORIOLANUS

May I change out of these clothes?

SICINIUS

150You may, sir.

SICINIUS

You may, sir.

CORIOLANUS

That I’ll straight do; and, knowing myself again,
Repair to the senate-house.

CORIOLANUS

I’ll do that first, and once I feel like myself again, I’ll go to the Senate house.

MENENIUS

I’ll keep you company. Will you along?

MENENIUS

I’ll keep you company. Will you come, too?