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Coriolanus: Act I, Scene 5

Act I, Scene 5

Corioli. A street.

  1. Enter certain Romans with spoils.

First Roman

  1. This will I carry to Rome.

Second Roman

  1. And I this.

Third Roman

  1. A murrain on’t! I took this for silver.
  1. Exeunt.
  1. Alarum continues still afar off.
  1. Enter Martius and Titus Lartius with a Trumpet.

Caius Martius

4 - 14
  1. See here these movers that do prize their hours
  2. At a crack’d drachme! Cushions, leaden spoons,
  3. Irons of a doit, doublets that hangmen would
  4. Bury with those that wore them, these base slaves,
  5. Ere yet the fight be done, pack up. Down with them!
  6. And hark, what noise the general makes! To him!
  7. There is the man of my soul’s hate, Aufidius,
  8. Piercing our Romans; then, valiant Titus, take
  9. Convenient numbers to make good the city,
  10. Whilst I, with those that have the spirit, will haste
  11. To help Cominius.


15 - 17
  1.                   Worthy sir, thou bleed’st,
  2. Thy exercise hath been too violent for
  3. A second course of fight.

Caius Martius

18 - 22
  1.                           Sir, praise me not;
  2. My work hath yet not warm’d me. Fare you well.
  3. The blood I drop is rather physical
  4. Than dangerous to me. To Aufidius thus
  5. I will appear, and fight.


23 - 26
  1.                           Now the fair goddess Fortune
  2. Fall deep in love with thee, and her great charms
  3. Misguide thy opposers’ swords! Bold gentleman!
  4. Prosperity be thy page.

Caius Martius

27 - 28
  1.                         Thy friend no less
  2. Than those she placeth highest! So farewell.


29 - 32
  1. Thou worthiest Martius!
  2. Exit Martius.
  3. Go sound thy trumpet in the market-place;
  4. Call thither all the officers a’ th’ town,
  5. Where they shall know our mind. Away!
  1. Exeunt.
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