Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

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BRUTUS

Aediles, seize him!
BRUTUS
Aediles, seize him!

CITIZENS

265Yield, Martius, yield!

CITIZENS

Surrender, Martius, surrender!

MENENIUS

Hear me one word;
Beseech you, tribunes, hear me but a word.

MENENIUS

Let me say one thing. Please, tribunes, let me say just one thing.

AEDILE

Peace, peace!

AEDILE

Peace, peace!

MENENIUS

[To BRUTUS] Be that you seem, truly your
270country’s friend,
And temperately proceed to what you would
Thus violently redress.

MENENIUS

(to Brutus) Act as you should if you’re a true servant of your country. Proceed moderately, not with the violent solution you have in mind.

BRUTUS

Sir, those cold ways,
That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous
275Where the disease is violent. Lay hands upon him,
And bear him to the rock.

BRUTUS

Sir, those moderate ways that seem prudent are actually poisonous when the problem is serious. Grab him and take him to the rock.

CORIOLANUS

No, I’ll die here.

CORIOLANUS

No, I’ll die here.
Drawing his sword
He draws his sword.
There’s some among you have beheld me fighting:
Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen me.
There’s some among you who have seen me fight. Come, try for yourselves to do what you’ve seen me do in battle.

MENENIUS

280Down with that sword! Tribunes, withdraw awhile.

MENENIUS

Put that sword down! Tribunes, go away for a while.

BRUTUS

Lay hands upon him.

BRUTUS

Grab him.

COMINIUS

Help Martius, help,
You that be noble; help him, young and old!

COMINIUS

Help Martius, help him, you who are noble. Help him, whether you’re young or old!

CITIZENS

Down with him, down with him!

CITIZENS

Down with him, down with him!
In this mutiny, the Tribunes, the Aediles, and the People, are beat in
In this mutiny, the tribunes, the Aediles and the people, are forced off-stage.