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Coriolanus

Coriolanus Translation Act 1, Scene 8

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Alarum as in battle. Enter, from opposite sides, MARCIUS and AUFIDIUS

MARCIUS

I'll fight with none but thee; for I do hate theeWorse than a promise-breaker.

MARCIUS

I'll fight with no one but you, for I hate you worse than a promise-breaker.

AUFIDIUS

We hate alike:Not Afric owns a serpent I abhorMore than thy fame and envy. Fix thy foot.

AUFIDIUS

I hate you just as much: there's not a snake in all of Africa I hate more than you and your fame. Stand and fight!

MARCIUS

Let the first budger die the other's slave,And the gods doom him after!

MARCIUS

Let the first man to budge die as the other's slave, and the gods doom him!

AUFIDIUS

If I fly, Marcius,Holloa me like a hare.

AUFIDIUS

If I run, Marcius, lasso me like a hare. 

MARCIUS

Within these three hours, Tullus, Alone I fought in your Corioli walls, And made what work I pleased: 'tis not my blood Wherein thou seest me mask'd; for thy revenge Wrench up thy power to the highest.

MARCIUS

Not three hours ago, Tullus, I fought alone inside Corioli, and did whatever I wanted. The blood you see on me is not my own, I'll tell you that—if you want revenge, you'll have to fight better than you ever have before.

AUFIDIUS

Wert thou the HectorThat was the whip of your bragg'd progeny,Thou shouldst not scape me here.

AUFIDIUS

Even if you were Hector, the whip of your ancestors, you wouldn't escape me here.

They fight, and certain Volsces come to the aid of AUFIDIUS. MARCIUS fights till they be driven in breathless

AUFIDIUS

Officious, and not valiant, you have shamed meIn your condemned seconds.

AUFIDIUS

[To the Volsces] You groveling, cowardly idiots! You've interfered in our fight and brought terrible shame on me. 

Exeunt

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