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And fo fhall flarve with feeding.-Come, let's go:
Leave this faint puling, and lament as I do,
In anger, Juno-like. Come, come, come.
MEN. Fie, fie, fie!



A Highway between Rome and Antium.

Enter a Roman and a Volce, meeting.

ROM. I know you well, fir, and you know me: your name, I think, is Adrian.

VOL. It is fo, fir: truly, I have forgot you. ROM. I am a Roman; and my fervices are, as you are, against them: Know you me yet? VOL. Nicanor? No.

ROMм. The fame, fir.

VOL. You had more beard, when I laft faw you; but your favour is well appear'd by your tongue."

And fo fhall starve with feeding.] This idea is repeated in Antony and Cleopatra, Ad II. fc. ii. and in Pericles;

"Who ftarves the ears the feeds," &c. STEEVENS.

but your favour is well appear'd by your tongue.] This is Arange nonfenfe. We fhould read:

is well appeal'd,

i. e. brought into remembrance.

I would read:

is well affear'd.


That is, firengthened, attefted, a word used by our author.

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To repeal may be to bring to remembrance, but appeal has another meaning. JOHNSON.

What's the news in Rome? I have a note from the Volcian ftate, to find you out there: You have well faved me a day's journey.

ROM. There hath been in Rome ftrange infurrection: the people against the fenators, patricians, and nobles.

VOL. Hath been! Is it ended then? Our ftate thinks not fo; they are in a moft warlike preparation, and hope to come upon them in the heat of their divifion.

Roм. The main blaze of it is past, but a small thing would make it flame again. For the nobles receive fo to heart the banishment of that worthy Coriolanus, that they are in a ripe aptnefs, to take all power from the people, and to pluck from them their tribunes for ever. This lies glowing, I can tell you, and is almoft mature for the violent breaking


VOL. Coriolanus banish'd?

I would read:

Your favour is well approv'd by your tongue,

i. e. your tongue confirms the evidence of your face. So, in Hamlet, fc. i:

"That if again this apparition come,

"He may approve our eyes, and fpeak to it."


If there be any corruption in the old copy, perhaps it rather is in a preceding word. Our author might have written-your favour has well appear'd by your tongue: but the old text may, in Shakfpeare's licentious diale&, be right. Your favour is fully manifefted, or rendered apparent, by your tongue.

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In fupport of the old copy it may be observed, that becomed was formerly used as a participle. So, in North's tranflation of Plutarch, Life of Sylla, p. 622. edit. 1575; which perhaps would not have becomed Pericles or 'Ariftides." We have, I think, the fame participle in Timon of Athens.

So Chaucer ufes difpaired:

"Alas, quod Pandarus, what may this be
That thou difpaired art," &c. MALONE.

ROM. Banifh'd, fir.

VOL. You will be welcome with this intelligence, Nicanor.

ROM. The day ferves well for them now. I have heard it faid, The fitteft time to corrupt a man's wife, is when he's fallen out with her husband. Your noble Tullus Aufidius will appear well in thefe wars, his great oppofer Coriolanus being now in no request of his country.

VOL. He cannot choofe. I am moft fortunate, thus accidentally to encounter you: You have ended my business, and I will merrily accompany you home.

ROM. I fhall, between this and fupper, tell you moft ftrange things from Rome; all tending to the good of their adverfaries. Have you an army ready, fay you?


VOL. A moftroyal one: the centurions, and their charges, diftinctly billeted, already in the entertainment, and to be on foot at an hour's warning. ROM. I am joyful to hear of their readiness, and am the man, I think, that fhall fet them in prefent action. So, fir, heartily well met, and moft glad of your company.

VOL. You take my part from me, fir; I have the moft caufe to be glad of yours.

ROM. Well, let us go together.


already in the entertainment,] That is, though not actually encamped, yet already in pay. To entertain an army is to take them into pay. JOHNSON.

See Vol. V. p. 40, n. 8. MALONE,




Antium. Before Aufidius's House.

Enter CORIOLANUS, in mean apparel, difguifed, and muffled.

COR. A goodly city is this Antium: City, 'Tis I that made thy widows; many an heir Of these fair edifices 'fore my wars

Have I heard groan, and drop: then know me not; Left that thy wives with fpits, and boys with ftones,

Enter a Citizen.

In puny battle flay me.-Save you, fir.

CIT. And you.


Direct me, if it be your will,

Where great Aufidius lies: Is he in Antium?

CIT. He is, and feasts the nobles of the state, At his house this night.


Which is his houfe, 'befeech you?

CIT. This, here, before you.


Thank you, fir; farewell.

[Exit Citizen.

O, world, thy flippery turns! Friends now fast


O, world, thy flippery turns! &c.] This fine picture of com. mon friendships, is an artful introduction to the fudden league, which the poet made him enter into with Aufidius, and no lefs artful an apology for his commencing enemy to Rome.


Whose double bofoms feem to wear one heart, Whofe hours, whofe bed, whofe meal, and exercise, Are ftill together, who twin, as 'twere, in love 3 Unfeparable, fhall within this hour,

On a diffention of a doit, break out

To bittereft enmity: So, felleft foes,

Whose paffions and whose plots have broke their



To take the one the other, by fome chance,

Some trick not worth an egg, fhall grow dear friends, And interjoin their iffnes. So with me:

My birth-place hate 1,4 and


love's upon

This enemy town.-I'll enter:5 if he flay me,

3 Whofe hours, whofe bed, whose meal, and exercife,

Are fill together, who twin, as 'twere, in love] Our author has again used this verb in Cthello:

"And be that is approv'd in this offence,

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Though he had twinn'd with me," &c.

Part of this defcription naturally reminds us of the following lines in A Midsummer Night's Dream:

We, Hermia, like two artificial gods,

"Have with our neelds created both one flower,
"Both on one fampler, fitting on one cushion,
"Both warbling of one fong, both in one key:
"As if our hands, our fides, voices, and minds,
Had been incorporate. So we grew together,
"Like to a double cherry, feeming parted;

But yet a union in partition,

"Two lovely berries molded on one ftem:
"So, with two feeming bodies, but one heart;
"Two of the firft," &c. MALONE.

4 hate 1,] The old copy instead of hate reads have. The emendation was made by Mr. Steevens.

enter the houfe of Aufidius. MALONE.

"I'll enter," means I'll

5 This enemy town. I'll enter :] Here, as in other places, our author is indebted to Sir Thomas North's Plutarch:

"For he disguised him felfe in fuche arraye and attire, as he thought no man could euer haue knowen him for the perfone he was, fecing him in that apparell he had vpon his backe: and as Homer fayed of Vlyffes,

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