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* CORIOLANUS.] This play I conjecture to have been written in the year 1609. See An Attempt to ascertain the Order of Shakspeare's Plays, Vol. II.
It comprehends a period of about four years, commencing with the secession to the Mons Sacer in the year of Rome 262, and ending with the death of Coriolanus, A. U. C. 266.
The whole history is exactly followed, and many of the principal speeches exactly copied, from the Life of Coriolanus in Plutarch.
Caius Marcius Coriolanus, a noble Roman.
Titus Lartius, }G
Generals against the Volscians.
Menenius Agrippa, Friend to Coriolanus.
} Tribunes of the People.
Young Marcius, Son to Coriolanus.
A Roman Herald.
Tullus Aufidius, General of the Volscians.
A Citizen of Antium.
Two Volscian Guards.
Volumnia, Mother to Coriolanus,
Virgilia, Wife to Coriolanus.
Valeria, Friend to Virgilia.
Gentlewoman, attending Virgilia.
Roman and Volscian Senators, Patricians, Ediles, Lictors, Soldiers, Citizens, Messengers, Servants to Aufidius, and other Attendants.
SCENE, partly in Rome; and partly in the Territories of the Volscians and Antiates.
ACT I. SCENE I.
Rome. A Street.
Enter a Company of mutinous Citizens, with Staves, Clubs, and other Weapons.
1 CIT. Before we proceed any further, hear me speak.
CIT. Speak, speak.
[Several speaking at once. 1 CIT. You are all resolved rather to die, than to famish?
CIT. Resolved, resolved.
1 CIT. First you know, Caius Marcius is chief enemy to the people.
CIT. We know't, we know't.
1 CIT. Let us kill him, and we'll have corn at our own price. Is't a verdict?
CIT. No more talking on't; let it be done: away,
2 CIT. One word, good citizens.
1 CIT. We are accounted poor citizens; the