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Coriolanus: Act IV, Scene 7

Coriolanus
Act IV, Scene 7

A camp near Rome.

  1. Enter Aufidius with his Lieutenant.

Aufidius

1
  1. Do they still fly to th’ Roman?

Lieutenant to Aufidius

2 - 6
  1. I do not know what witchcraft’s in him, but
  2. Your soldiers use him as the grace ’fore meat,
  3. Their talk at table, and their thanks at end;
  4. And you are dark’ned in this action, sir,
  5. Even by your own.

Aufidius

7 - 13
  1.                   I cannot help it now,
  2. Unless by using means I lame the foot
  3. Of our design. He bears himself more proudlier,
  4. Even to my person, than I thought he would
  5. When first I did embrace him; yet his nature
  6. In that’s no changeling, and I must excuse
  7. What cannot be amended.

Lieutenant to Aufidius

14 - 18
  1.                         Yet I wish, sir
  2. (I mean for your particular), you had not
  3. Join’d in commission with him; but either
  4. Have borne the action of yourself, or else
  5. To him had left it solely.

Aufidius

19 - 28
  1. I understand thee well, and be thou sure,
  2. When he shall come to his account, he knows not
  3. What I can urge against him. Although it seems,
  4. And so he thinks, and is no less apparent
  5. To th’ vulgar eye, that he bears all things fairly,
  6. And shows good husbandry for the Volscian state,
  7. Fights dragon-like, and does achieve as soon
  8. As draw his sword; yet he hath left undone
  9. That which shall break his neck, or hazard mine,
  10. When e’er we come to our account.

Lieutenant to Aufidius

29
  1. Sir, I beseech you, think you he’ll carry Rome?

Aufidius

30 - 59
  1. All places yields to him ere he sits down,
  2. And the nobility of Rome are his.
  3. The senators and patricians love him too;
  4. The tribunes are no soldiers, and their people
  5. Will be as rash in the repeal, as hasty
  6. To expel him thence. I think he’ll be to Rome
  7. As is the osprey to the fish, who takes it
  8. By sovereignty of nature. First he was
  9. A noble servant to them, but he could not
  10. Carry his honors even. Whether ’twas pride,
  11. Which out of daily fortune ever taints
  12. The happy man; whether defect of judgment,
  13. To fail in the disposing of those chances
  14. Which he was lord of; or whether nature,
  15. Not to be other than one thing, not moving
  16. From th’ casque to th’ cushion, but commanding peace
  17. Even with the same austerity and garb
  18. As he controll’d the war; but one of these
  19. (As he hath spices of them all, not all,
  20. For I dare so far free him) made him fear’d,
  21. So hated, and so banish’d; but he has a merit
  22. To choke it in the utt’rance. So our virtues
  23. Lie in th’ interpretation of the time,
  24. And power, unto itself most commendable,
  25. Hath not a tomb so evident as a chair
  26. T’ extol what it hath done.
  27. One fire drives out one fire; one nail, one nail;
  28. Rights by rights fouler, strengths by strengths do fail.
  29. Come, let’s away. When, Caius, Rome is thine,
  30. Thou art poor’st of all; then shortly art thou mine.
  1. Exeunt.
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