Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

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SENATORS, & C

We’ll surety him.

ALL NOBLES

We stand behind him.

COMINIUS

220Aged sir, hands off.

COMINIUS

Old man, take your hands off him.

CORIOLANUS

Hence, rotten thing! or I shall shake thy bones
Out of thy garments.

CORIOLANUS

Get off me, you rotten thing! Or I’ll shake your bones out of your clothes.

SICINIUS

Help, ye citizens!

SICINIUS

Help, you citizens!
Enter a rabble of Citizens (Plebeians), with the Aediles
A rowdy gang of Citizens enter, with the aediles.

MENENIUS

On both sides more respect.

MENENIUS

Both of you, show more respect.

SICINIUS

225Here’s he that would take from you all your power.

SICINIUS

Here’s the man who would take all your power away from you.

BRUTUS

Seize him, Aediles!

BRUTUS

Seize him, aediles!

CITIZENS

Down with him! down with him!

CITIZENS

Down with him! Down with him!

SENATORS, & C

Weapons, weapons, weapons!

ALL NOBLES

Weapons, weapons, weapons!
They all bustle about CORIOLANUS, crying
They all crowd around Coriolanus, shouting.
Tribunes! Patricians! Citizens! What, ho!
230Sicinius! Brutus! Coriolanus! Citizens!
‘Peace, peace, peace!’ ‘Stay, hold, peace!’
Tribunes! Noblemen! Citizens! What’s happening! Sicinius! Brutus! Coriolanus! Citizens! Peace, peace, peace! Stay, wait, peace!

MENENIUS

What is about to be? I am out of breath;
Confusion’s near; I cannot speak. You, tribunes
To the people! Coriolanus, patience!
235Speak, good Sicinius.

MENENIUS

What’s going to happen? I’m out of breath. Chaos is near. I can’t speak. You tribunes, talk to the people! Coriolanus, be patient! Speak, good Sicinius.

SICINIUS

Hear me, people; peace!

SICINIUS

Hear me, people. Be calm!

CITIZENS

Let’s hear our tribune: peace! Speak, speak, speak.

CITIZENS

Let’s hear our tribune. Please speak, speak, speak.

SICINIUS

You are at point to lose your liberties:
Martius would have all from you; Martius,
240Whom late you have named for consul.

SICINIUS

You’re about to lose your freedom. Martius will take everything from you. Martius, who you have just selected for consul.