No Fear Act 2 Scene 1
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Flourish
Trumpets sound.

ALL

Welcome to Rome, renowned Coriolanus!

ALL

Welcome to Rome, renowned Coriolanus!

CORIOLANUS

No more of this; it does offend my heart:
Pray now, no more.

CORIOLANUS

No more praise. I don’t like it. Please now, no more.

COMINIUS

165Look, sir, your mother!

COMINIUS

Look, sir, your mother!

CORIOLANUS

O,
You have, I know, petition’d all the gods
For my prosperity!

CORIOLANUS

You have, I know, begged all the gods to grant me victory!
Kneels
He kneels.

VOLUMNIA

Nay, my good soldier, up;
170My gentle Martius, worthy Caius, and
By deed-achieving honour newly named,—
What is it?—Coriolanus must I call thee?—
But O, thy wife!

VOLUMNIA

No, my good soldier, get up. My gentle Martius, worthy Caius, and through your honor achieved by your actions, newly named—what is it?—Coriolanus must I call thee? (Coriolanus rises) But oh, your wife!

CORIOLANUS

My gracious silence, hail!
175Wouldst thou have laugh’d had I come coffin’d home,
That weep’st to see me triumph? Ay, my dear,
Such eyes the widows in Corioli wear,
And mothers that lack sons.

CORIOLANUS

There you are, my lovely silent wife! Would you have laughed if I had come home in a coffin, since you are crying to see me come home in victory? Ah, my dear, your eyes look like the widows and the mothers who have lost sons in Corioles.

MENENIUS

Now, the gods crown thee!

MENENIUS

Now, the gods crown you!

CORIOLANUS

180And live you yet?
(To VALERIA) O my sweet lady, pardon.

CORIOLANUS

Are you still alive?
(to Valeria) I’m sorry, my sweet lady.

VOLUMNIA

I know not where to turn: O, welcome home:
And welcome, general: and ye’re welcome all.

VOLUMNIA

I don’t know where to turn. Oh, welcome home! And welcome, general! Welcome all!