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Enter Menenius to the Watch or Guard.Enter Menenius to the Watch on guard Cor V.ii.1
1. Wat. FIRST WATCH 
Stay: whence are you.Stay. Whence are you? Cor V.ii.1.1
2. Wat. SECOND WATCH 
Stand, and go backe.Stand, and go back. Cor V.ii.1.2
Me. MENENIUS 
You guard like men, 'tis well. But by your leaue,You guard like men, 'tis well. But, by your leave, Cor V.ii.2
I am an Officer of State, & come I am an officer of state and come Cor V.ii.3
to speak with CoriolanusTo speak with Coriolanus. Cor V.ii.4.1
1 FIRST WATCH 
From whence? From whence? Cor V.ii.4.2
Mene. MENENIUS 
From Rome.From Rome. Cor V.ii.4.3
1 FIRST WATCH 
You may not passe, you must returne: our GenerallYou may not pass, you must return. Our general Cor V.ii.5
will no more heare from thence.Will no more hear from thence. Cor V.ii.6
2 SECOND WATCH 
You'l see your Rome embrac'd with fire, beforeYou'll see your Rome embraced with fire before Cor V.ii.7
You'l speake with Coriolanus.You'll speak with Coriolanus. Cor V.ii.8.1
Mene. MENENIUS 
Good my Friends,Good my friends, Cor V.ii.8.2
If you haue heard your Generall talke of Rome,If you have heard your general talk of Rome, Cor V.ii.9
And of his Friends there, it is Lots to Blankes,And of his friends there, it is lots to blankslots to blanks
old form: Blankes
[in a lottery] drawing of a winning ticket rather than a blank ticket
Cor V.ii.10
My name hath touch't your eares: it is Menenius.My name hath touched your ears: it is Menenius. Cor V.ii.11
1 FIRST WATCH 
Be it so, go back: the vertue of your name,Be it so; go back. The virtue of your name Cor V.ii.12
Is not heere passable.Is not here passable. Cor V.ii.13.1
Mene. MENENIUS 
I tell thee Fellow,I tell thee, fellow, Cor V.ii.13.2
Thy Generall is my Louer: I haue beeneThy general is my lover. I have beenlover (n.)
old form: Louer
companion, comrade, dear friend
Cor V.ii.14
The booke of his good Acts, whence men haue readThe book of his good acts whence men have read Cor V.ii.15
His Fame vnparalell'd, happely amplified:His fame unparalleled haply amplified.haply (adv.)
old form: happely
perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck
Cor V.ii.16
For I haue euer verified my Friends,For I have ever varnished my friends – verify (v.)support, back up, bolsterCor V.ii.17
(Of whom hee's cheefe) with all the size that verityOf whom he's chief – with all the size that verityverity (n.)truth, truthfulness, veracityCor V.ii.18
Would without lapsing suffer: Nay, sometimes,Would without lapsing suffer. Nay, sometimes,lapsing (n.)slipping, collapsing, failingCor V.ii.19
Like to a Bowle vpon a subtle groundLike to a bowl upon a subtle ground,subtle, subtile (adj.)tricky, deceptive, treacherousCor V.ii.20
ground (n.)green, surface, lawn
like to / unto (conj./prep.)similar to, comparable with
I haue tumbled past the throw: and in his praiseI have tumbled past the throw, and in his praisetumble (v.)[bowling] overshoot, move too farCor V.ii.21
throw (n.)throwing distance, mark
Haue (almost) stampt the Leasing. Therefore Fellow,Have almost stamped the leasing. Therefore, fellow,stamp (v.)
old form: stampt
authenticate, endorse, validate
Cor V.ii.22
leasing (n.)lie, falsehood, untruth
I must haue leaue to passe.I must have leave to pass. Cor V.ii.23
1 FIRST WATCH 
Faith Sir, if you had told as many lies in Faith, sir, if you had told as many lies in Cor V.ii.24
his behalfe, as you haue vttered words in your owne, you his behalf as you have uttered words in your own, you Cor V.ii.25
should not passe heere: no, though it were as vertuous to should not pass here; no, though it were as virtuous to Cor V.ii.26
lye, as to liue chastly. Therefore go backe.lie as to live chastely. Therefore go back. Cor V.ii.27
Men. MENENIUS 
Prythee fellow, remember my name is Menenius,Prithee, fellow, remember my name is Menenius, Cor V.ii.28
alwayes factionary on the party of your Generall.always factionary on the party of your general.party (n.)side, faction, campCor V.ii.29
factionary (n.)activist, partisan, champion
2 SECOND WATCH 
Howsoeuer you haue bin his Lier, as Howsoever you have been his liar, as Cor V.ii.30
you say you haue, I am one that telling true vnder him, you say you have, I am one that, telling true under him, Cor V.ii.31
must say you cannot passe. Therefore go backe.must say you cannot pass. Therefore, go back. Cor V.ii.32
Mene. MENENIUS 
Ha's he din'd can'st thou tell? For I would notHas he dined, canst thou tell? For I would not Cor V.ii.33
speake with him, till after dinner.speak with him till after dinner. Cor V.ii.34
1 FIRST WATCH 
You are a Roman, are you?You are a Roman, are you? Cor V.ii.35
Mene. MENENIUS 
I am as thy Generall is.I am, as thy general is. Cor V.ii.36
1 FIRST WATCH 
Then you should hate Rome, as he do's. Then you should hate Rome, as he does. Cor V.ii.37
Can you, when you haue pusht out your gates, the very Can you, when you have pushed out your gates the very Cor V.ii.38
Defender of them, and in a violent popular ignorance, defender of them, and in a violent popular ignoranceignorance (n.)negligence, obtuseness, lack of understandingCor V.ii.39
giuen your enemy your shield, thinke to front his reuenges given your enemy your shield, think to front his revengesfront (v.)confront, face, meetCor V.ii.40
with the easie groanes of old women, the Virginall Palms of with the easy groans of old women, the virginal palms ofeasy (adj.)
old form: easie
slight, petty, insignificant
Cor V.ii.41
virginal (adj.)
old form: Virginall
of young girls
your daughters, or with the palsied intercession of such your daughters, or with the palsied intercession of such Cor V.ii.42
a decay'd Dotant as you seeme to be? Can you think to a decayed dotant as you seem to be? Can you think todotant (n.)dotard, dullard, one whose mind is impaired by ageCor V.ii.43
blow out the intended fire, your City is ready to flame in, blow out the intended fire your city is ready to flame in Cor V.ii.44
with such weake breath as this? No, you are deceiu'd, with such weak breath as this? No, you are deceived, Cor V.ii.45
therfore backe to Rome, and prepare for your execution: therefore back to Rome and prepare for your execution. Cor V.ii.46
you are condemn'd, our Generall has sworne you out of You are condemned, our general has sworn you out of Cor V.ii.47
repreeue and pardon.reprieve and pardon. Cor V.ii.48
Mene. MENENIUS 
Sirra, if thy Captaine knew I were heere, / He Sirrah, if thy captain knew I were here, he Cor V.ii.49
would vse me with estimation.would use me with estimation.estimation (n.)
old form: vse
esteem, respect, reputation
Cor V.ii.50
use (v.)treat, deal with, manage
1 FIRST WATCH 
Come, my Captaine knowes you not.Come, my captain knows you not. Cor V.ii.51
Mene. MENENIUS 
I meane thy Generall.I mean thy general. Cor V.ii.52
1 FIRST WATCH 
My Generall cares not for you. Back I say, My general cares not for you. Back, I say, Cor V.ii.53
go: least I let forth your halfe pinte of blood. Backe, that's go, lest I let forth your half-pint of blood. Back – that's Cor V.ii.54
the vt- most of your hauing, backe.the utmost of your having. Back. Cor V.ii.55
Mene. MENENIUS 
Nay but Fellow, Fellow.Nay, but fellow, fellow –  Cor V.ii.56
Enter Coriolanus with Auffidius.Enter Coriolanus with Aufidius Cor V.ii.57
Corio.CORIOLANUS 
What's the matter?What's the matter? Cor V.ii.57
Mene. MENENIUS 
Now you Companion: Ile say an arrant for you:Now, you companion, I'll say an errand forerrand (n.)
old form: arrant
message, report, news
Cor V.ii.58
say (v.)deliver, report, tell
companion (n.)rogue, rascal, fellow
you shall know now that I am in estimation: you you. You shall know now that I am in estimation. Youestimation (n.)esteem, respect, reputationCor V.ii.59
shall perceiue, that a Iacke gardant cannot office me from shall perceive that a Jack guardant cannot office me fromoffice (v.)officiously withhold, use petty authority to blockCor V.ii.60
Jack (n.)
old form: Iacke
Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave
guardant (n.)
old form: gardant
guard, protector, keeper
my Son Coriolanus, guesse but my entertainment with my son Coriolanus. Guess but by my entertainment withentertainment (n.)pleasant reception, favourable welcomeCor V.ii.61
him: if thou stand'st not i'th state of hanging, or of him. If thou stand'st not i'th' state of hanging, or of Cor V.ii.62
some death more long in Spectatorship, and crueller in some death more long in spectatorship and crueller inspectatorship (n.)presentation to onlookers, display before spectatorsCor V.ii.63
suffering, behold now presently, and swoond for what's to suffering, behold now presently and swoon for what's topresently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceCor V.ii.64
swound (v.)
old form: swoond
faint, swoon
come vpon thee. The glorious Gods sit in come upon thee. (To Coriolanus) The glorious gods sit in Cor V.ii.65
hourely Synod about thy particular prosperity, and loue hourly synod about thy particular prosperity and loveparticular (adj.)personal, special, privateCor V.ii.66
synod (n.)assembly, council, gathering
thee no worse then thy old Father Menenius do's. O my thee no worse than thy old father Menenius does! O my Cor V.ii.67
Son, my Son! thou art preparing fire for vs: looke thee, son, my son, thou art preparing fire for us. Look thee, Cor V.ii.68
heere's water to quench it. I was hardly moued to come here's water to quench it. I was hardly moved to comehardly (adv.)with great difficulty, only with difficultyCor V.ii.69
to thee: but beeing assured none but my selfe could moue to thee; but being assured none but myself could move Cor V.ii.70
thee, I haue bene blowne out of your Gates with sighes: thee, I have been blown out of your gates with sighs, Cor V.ii.71
and coniure thee to pardon Rome, and thy petitionary and conjure thee to pardon Rome and thy petitionarypetitionary (adj.)imploring, suppliant, entreatingCor V.ii.72
Countrimen. The good Gods asswage thy wrath, and turne countrymen. The good gods assuage thy wrath and turn Cor V.ii.73
the dregs of it, vpon this Varlet heere: This, who like a the dregs of it upon this varlet here – this, who, like avarlet (n.)knave, rogue, rascal, ruffianCor V.ii.74
blocke hath denyed my accesse to thee.block, hath denied my access to thee.block (n.)
old form: blocke
blockhead
Cor V.ii.75
Corio. CORIOLANUS 
Away.Away! Cor V.ii.76
Mene. MENENIUS 
How? Away?How? Away? Cor V.ii.77
Corio. CORIOLANUS 
Wife, Mother, Child, I know not. My affairesWife, mother, child, I know not. My affairs Cor V.ii.78
Are Seruanted to others: Though I oweAre servanted to others. Though I oweowe (v.)own, possess, haveCor V.ii.79
servant (v.)
old form: Seruanted
put in service, make submissive
My Reuenge properly, my remission liesMy revenge properly, my remission liesproperly (adv.)privately, personallyCor V.ii.80
remission (n.)power to pardon, inclination to forgive
In Volcean brests. That we haue beene familiar,In Volscian breasts. That we have been familiar, Cor V.ii.81
Ingrate forgetfulnesse shall poison ratherIngrate forgetfulness shall poison ratheringrate (adj.)ungrateful, unthankful, unappreciativeCor V.ii.82
Then pitty: Note how much, therefore be gone.Than pity note how much. Therefore be gone. Cor V.ii.83
Mine eares against your suites, are stronger thenMine ears against your suits are stronger thansuit (n.)
old form: suites
formal request, entreaty, petition
Cor V.ii.84
Your gates against my force. Yet for I loued thee,Your gates against my force. Yet, for I loved thee, Cor V.ii.85
Take this along, I writ it for thy sake,Take this along. I writ it for thy sake  Cor V.ii.86
(gives a letter) Cor V.ii.86
And would haue sent it. Another word Menenius,And would have sent it. Another word, Menenius, Cor V.ii.87
I will not heare thee speake. This man AuffidiusI will not hear thee speak. This man, Aufidius, Cor V.ii.88
Was my belou'd in Rome: yet thou behold'st.Was my beloved in Rome; yet thou behold'st. Cor V.ii.89
Auffid. AUFIDIUS 
You keepe a constant temper. You keep a constant temper.temper (n.)frame of mind, temperament, dispositionCor V.ii.90
Exeunt Exeunt Cor V.ii.90
Manet the Guard and Menenius.The Guard and Menenius stay behind Cor V.ii.91
1 FIRST WATCH 
Now sir, is your name Menenius?Now, sir, is your name Menenius? Cor V.ii.91
2 SECOND WATCH 
'Tis a spell you see of much power:'Tis a spell, you see, of much power. Cor V.ii.92
You know the way home againe.You know the way home again. Cor V.ii.93
1 FIRST WATCH 
Do you heare how wee are shent for keeping Do you hear how we are shent for keepingshent (v.)[from earlier verb ‘shend’] blamed, rebuked, reproachedCor V.ii.94
your greatnesse backe?your greatness back? Cor V.ii.95
2 SECOND WATCH 
What cause do you thinke I haue to What cause do you think I have to Cor V.ii.96
swoond?swoon?swound (v.)
old form: swoond
faint, swoon
Cor V.ii.97
Menen. MENENIUS 
I neither care for th' world, nor your General:I neither care for th' world nor your general. Cor V.ii.98
for such things as you. I can scarse thinke ther's any, For such things as you, I can scarce think there's any, Cor V.ii.99
y'are so slight. He that hath a will to die by himselfe, feares y'are so slight. He that hath a will to die by himself fearsslight (adj.)worthless, insignificant, good-for-nothingCor V.ii.100
die by oneself
old form: himselfe
die by one's own hand, commit suicide
it not from another: Let your Generall do his worst. Forit not from another. Let your general do his worst. For Cor V.ii.101
you, bee that you are, long; and your misery encreaseyou, be that you are, long; and your misery increase Cor V.ii.102
with your age. I say to you, as I was said to, Away. with your age! I say to you, as I was said to, Away! Cor V.ii.103
Exit Exit Cor V.ii.103
1 FIRST WATCH 
A Noble Fellow I warrant him.A noble fellow, I warrant him. Cor V.ii.104
2 SECOND WATCH 
The worthy Fellow is our General. He's The worthy fellow is our general. He's Cor V.ii.105
the Rock, / The Oake not to be winde-shaken. the rock, the oak not to be wind-shaken. Cor V.ii.106
Exit Watch. Exit Watch Cor V.ii.106
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