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Coriolanus

Coriolanus Translation Act 1, Scene 4

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Enter, with drum and colours, MARCIUS, TITUS LARTIUS, Captains and Soldiers. To them a Messenger

MARCIUS

Yonder comes news. A wager they have met.

MARCIUS

Here comes some news. I bet our other force has begun to fight the Volsces.

LARTIUS

My horse to yours, no.

LARTIUS

I bet my horse against yours they haven't.

MARCIUS

'Tis done.

MARCIUS

Done.

LARTIUS

Agreed.

LARTIUS

Agreed.

MARCIUS

Say, has our general met the enemy?

MARCIUS

[To the MESSENGER] Hey, has our general started fighting?

MESSENGER

They lie in view; but have not spoke as yet.

MESSENGER

The two forces have seen each other, but haven't begun fighting yet. 

LARTIUS

So, the good horse is mine.

LARTIUS

So, the good horse is mine.

MARCIUS

I'll buy him of you.

MARCIUS

I'll just buy him back.

LARTIUS

No, I'll nor sell nor give him: lend you him I willFor half a hundred years. Summon the town.

LARTIUS

No, I won't sell him or give him to you; I'll lend him to you for fifty years, though. 

MARCIUS

How far off lie these armies?

MARCIUS

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MESSENGER

Within this mile and half.

MESSENGER

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MARCIUS

Then shall we hear their 'larum, and they ours. Now, Mars, I prithee, make us quick in work, That we with smoking swords may march from hence, To help our fielded friends! Come, blow thy blast.

MARCIUS

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They sound a parley. Enter two Senators with others on the walls

MARCIUS

Tutus Aufidius, is he within your walls?

MARCIUS

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FIRST SENATOR

No, nor a man that fears you less than he,That's lesser than a little.

FIRST SENATOR

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Drums afar off

FIRST SENATOR

Hark! our drums Are bringing forth our youth. We'll break our walls, Rather than they shall pound us up: our gates, Which yet seem shut, we, have but pinn'd with rushes; They'll open of themselves.

FIRST SENATOR

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Alarum afar off

FIRST SENATOR

Hark you. far off!There is Aufidius; list, what work he makesAmongst your cloven army.

FIRST SENATOR

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MARCIUS

O, they are at it!

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LARTIUS

Their noise be our instruction. Ladders, ho!

LARTIUS

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Enter the army of the Volsces

MARCIUS

They fear us not, but issue forth their city. Now put your shields before your hearts, and fight With hearts more proof than shields. Advance, brave Titus: They do disdain us much beyond our thoughts, Which makes me sweat with wrath. Come on, my fellows: He that retires I'll take him for a Volsce, And he shall feel mine edge.

MARCIUS

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Alarum. The Romans are beat back to their trenches. Re-enter MARCIUS cursing

MARCIUS

All the contagion of the south light on you, You shames of Rome! you herd of— Boils and plagues Plaster you o'er, that you may be abhorr'd Further than seen and one infect another Against the wind a mile! You souls of geese, That bear the shapes of men, how have you run From slaves that apes would beat! Pluto and hell! All hurt behind; backs red, and faces pale With flight and agued fear! Mend and charge home, Or, by the fires of heaven, I'll leave the foe And make my wars on you: l ook to't: come on; If you'll stand fast, we'll beat them to their wives, As they us to our trenches followed.

MARCIUS

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Another alarum. The Volsces fly, and MARCIUS follows them to the gates

MARCIUS

So, now the gates are ope: now prove good seconds:'Tis for the followers fortune widens them,Not for the fliers: mark me, and do the like.

MARCIUS

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Enters the gates

FIRST SOLDIER

Fool-hardiness; not I.

FIRST SOLDIER

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SECOND SOLDIER

Nor I.

SECOND SOLDIER

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MARCIUS is shut in

FIRST SOLDIER

See, they have shut him in.

FIRST SOLDIER

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ALL

To the pot, I warrant him.

ALL

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Alarum continues

Re-enter TITUS LARTIUS

LARTIUS

What is become of Marcius?

LARTIUS

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ALL

Slain, sir, doubtless.

ALL

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FIRST SOLDIER

Following the fliers at the very heels, With them he enters; who, upon the sudden, Clapp'd to their gates: he is himself alone, To answer all the city.

FIRST SOLDIER

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LARTIUS

O noble fellow! Who sensibly outdares his senseless sword, And, when it bows, stands up. Thou art left, Marcius: A carbuncle entire, as big as thou art, Were not so rich a jewel. Thou wast a soldier Even to Cato's wish, not fierce and terrible Only in strokes; but, with thy grim looks and The thunder-like percussion of thy sounds, Thou madst thine enemies shake, as if the world Were feverous and did tremble.

LARTIUS

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Re-enter MARCIUS, bleeding, assaulted by the enemy

FIRST SOLDIER

Look, sir.

FIRST SOLDIER

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LARTIUS

O,'tis Marcius!Let's fetch him off, or make remain alike.

LARTIUS

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They fight, and all enter the city

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