Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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COMINIUS

You have fought together.

COMINIUS

You’ve fought each other?

MARTIUS

Were half to half the world by the ears and he.
240Upon my party, I’ld revolt to make
Only my wars with him: he is a lion
That I am proud to hunt.

MARTIUS

If a quarter of the world were fighting and he were on my side, I’d revolt to fight only him. He’s a lion that I am proud to hunt.

FIRST SENATOR

Then, worthy Martius,
Attend upon Cominius to these wars.

FIRST SENATOR

Then, worthy Martius, help Cominius with these wars.

COMINIUS

245It is your former promise.

COMINIUS

As you promised earlier.

MARTIUS

Sir, it is;
And I am constant. Titus Lartius, thou
Shalt see me once more strike at Tullus’ face.
What, art thou stiff? stand’st out?

MARTIUS

Sir, I did, and I’ll keep my word. Titus Lartius, you’ll see me strike at Tullus’s face once more. Are you hesitating? Do you not want to fight?

TITUS

250No, Caius Martius;
I’ll lean upon one crutch and fight with t’other,
Ere stay behind this business.

LARTIUS

No, Caius Martius, I’ll lean upon one crutch and fight with the other before I stay out of this business.

MENENIUS

O, true-bred!

MENENIUS

Oh, you were raised to fight!

FIRST SENATOR

Your company to the Capitol; where, I know,
255Our greatest friends attend us.

FIRST SENATOR

Let’s go to the capitol. I know our greatest friends wait for us there.

TITUS

[To COMINIUS] Lead you on.

LARTIUS

(to Cominius) Take the lead.
To MARTIUS
To Martius
Right worthy you priority.
Follow Cominius, and we’ll follow you. You deserve to go before us.

COMINIUS

Noble Martius!

COMINIUS

Noble Martius!

FIRST SENATOR

[To the Citizens] Hence to your homes; be gone!

FIRST SENATOR

(to the citizens) Go now to your homes, be gone.