Speeches (Lines) for Junius Brutus
in "Coriolanus"

Total: 91

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1

I,1,276

He has no equal.

2

I,1,278

Mark'd you his lip and eyes?

3

I,1,280

Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.

4

I,1,282

The present wars devour him: he is grown
Too proud to be so valiant.

5

I,1,289

Fame, at the which he aims,
In whom already he's well graced, can not
Better be held nor more attain'd than by
A place below the first: for what miscarries
Shall be the general's fault, though he perform
To the utmost of a man, and giddy censure
Will then cry out of CORIOLANUS 'O if he
Had borne the business!'

6

I,1,300

Come:
Half all Cominius' honours are to CORIOLANUS.
Though CORIOLANUS earned them not, and all his faults
To CORIOLANUS shall be honours, though indeed
In aught he merit not.

7

I,1,309

Lets along.

8

II,1,919

Good or bad?

9

II,1,927

He's a lamb indeed, that baes like a bear.

10

II,1,933

He's poor in no one fault, but stored with all.

11

II,1,935

And topping all others in boasting.

12

II,1,948

We do it not alone, sir.

13

II,1,956

What then, sir?

14

II,1,981

Come, sir, come, we know you well enough.

15

II,1,996

Come, come, you are well understood to be a
perfecter giber for the table than a necessary
bencher in the Capitol.

16

II,1,1143

All tongues speak of him, and the bleared sights
Are spectacled to see him: your prattling nurse
Into a rapture lets her baby cry
While she chats him: the kitchen malkin pins
Her richest lockram 'bout her reechy neck,
Clambering the walls to eye him: stalls, bulks, windows,
Are smother'd up, leads fill'd, and ridges horsed
With variable complexions, all agreeing
In earnestness to see him: seld-shown flamens
Do press among the popular throngs and puff
To win a vulgar station: or veil'd dames
Commit the war of white and damask in
Their nicely-gawded cheeks to the wanton spoil
Of Phoebus' burning kisses: such a pother
As if that whatsoever god who leads him
Were slily crept into his human powers
And gave him graceful posture.

17

II,1,1162

Then our office may,
During his power, go sleep.

18

II,1,1167

In that there's comfort.

19

II,1,1174

I heard him swear,
Were he to stand for consul, never would he
Appear i' the market-place nor on him put
The napless vesture of humility;
Nor showing, as the manner is, his wounds
To the people, beg their stinking breaths.

20

II,1,1181

It was his word: O, he would miss it rather
Than carry it but by the suit of the gentry to him,
And the desire of the nobles.

21

II,1,1187

'Tis most like he will.

22

II,1,1190

So it must fall out
To him or our authorities. For an end,
We must suggest the people in what hatred
He still hath held them; that to's power he would
Have made them mules, silenced their pleaders and
Dispropertied their freedoms, holding them,
In human action and capacity,
Of no more soul nor fitness for the world
Than camels in the war, who have their provand
Only for bearing burdens, and sore blows
For sinking under them.

23

II,1,1209

What's the matter?

24

II,1,1219

Let's to the Capitol;
And carry with us ears and eyes for the time,
But hearts for the event.

25

II,2,1292

Which the rather
We shall be blest to do, if he remember
A kinder value of the people than
He hath hereto prized them at.

26

II,2,1299

Most willingly;
But yet my caution was more pertinent
Than the rebuke you give it.

27

II,2,1312

Sir, I hope
My words disbench'd you not.

28

II,2,1405

Mark you that?

29

II,2,1416

You see how he intends to use the people.

30

II,2,1420

Come, we'll inform them
Of our proceedings here: on the marketplace,
I know, they do attend us.

31

II,3,1589

We stay here for the people.

32

II,3,1594

With a proud heart he wore his humble weeds.
will you dismiss the people?

33

II,3,1599

We pray the gods he may deserve your loves.

34

II,3,1623

Could you not have told him
As you were lesson'd, when he had no power,
But was a petty servant to the state,
He was your enemy, ever spake against
Your liberties and the charters that you bear
I' the body of the weal; and now, arriving
A place of potency and sway o' the state,
If he should still malignantly remain
Fast foe to the plebeii, your voices might
Be curses to yourselves? You should have said
That as his worthy deeds did claim no less
Than what he stood for, so his gracious nature
Would think upon you for your voices and
Translate his malice towards you into love,
Standing your friendly lord.

35

II,3,1648

Did you perceive
He did solicit you in free contempt
When he did need your loves, and do you think
That his contempt shall not be bruising to you,
When he hath power to crush? Why, had your bodies
No heart among you? or had you tongues to cry
Against the rectorship of judgment?

36

II,3,1663

Get you hence instantly, and tell those friends,
They have chose a consul that will from them take
Their liberties; make them of no more voice
Than dogs that are as often beat for barking
As therefore kept to do so.

37

II,3,1678

Lay
A fault on us, your tribunes; that we laboured,
No impediment between, but that you must
Cast your election on him.

38

II,3,1688

Ay, spare us not. Say we read lectures to you.
How youngly he began to serve his country,
How long continued, and what stock he springs of,
The noble house o' the Marcians, from whence came
That Ancus CORIOLANUS, Numa's daughter's son,
Who, after great Hostilius, here was king;
Of the same house Publius and Quintus were,
That our beat water brought by conduits hither;
And [Censorinus,] nobly named so,
Twice being [by the people chosen] censor,
Was his great ancestor.

39

II,3,1706

Say, you ne'er had done't—
Harp on that still—but by our putting on;
And presently, when you have drawn your number,
Repair to the Capitol.

40

II,3,1713

Let them go on;
This mutiny were better put in hazard,
Than stay, past doubt, for greater:
If, as his nature is, he fall in rage
With their refusal, both observe and answer
The vantage of his anger.

41

III,1,1758

It will be dangerous to go on: no further.

42

III,1,1762

Cominius, no.

43

III,1,1765

The people are incensed against him.

44

III,1,1779

Call't not a plot:
The people cry you mock'd them, and of late,
When corn was given them gratis, you repined;
Scandal'd the suppliants for the people, call'd them
Time-pleasers, flatterers, foes to nobleness.

45

III,1,1785

Not to them all.

46

III,1,1787

How! I inform them!

47

III,1,1789

Not unlike,
Each way, to better yours.

48

III,1,1829

You speak o' the people,
As if you were a god to punish, not
A man of their infirmity.

49

III,1,1876

Why, shall the people give
One that speaks thus their voice?

50

III,1,1900

Enough, with over-measure.

51

III,1,1924

Has said enough.

52

III,1,1935

Manifest treason!

53

III,1,1937

The aediles, ho!
[Enter an AEdile]
Let him be apprehended.

54

III,1,1956

Seize him, AEdiles!

55

III,1,1978

By the consent of all, we were establish'd
The people's magistrates.

56

III,1,1987

Or let us stand to our authority,
Or let us lose it. We do here pronounce,
Upon the part o' the people, in whose power
We were elected theirs, CORIOLANUS is worthy
Of present death.

57

III,1,1995

AEdiles, seize him!

58

III,1,2004

Sir, those cold ways,
That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous
Where the disease is violent. Lay hands upon him,
And bear him to the rock.

59

III,1,2013

Lay hands upon him.

60

III,1,2091

He consul!

61

III,1,2119

Merely awry: when he did love his country,
It honour'd him.

62

III,1,2124

We'll hear no more.
Pursue him to his house, and pluck him thence:
Lest his infection, being of catching nature,
Spread further.

63

III,1,2134

If it were so,—

64

III,1,2152

Go not home.

65

III,3,2341

In this point charge him home, that he affects
Tyrannical power: if he evade us there,
Enforce him with his envy to the people,
And that the spoil got on the Antiates
Was ne'er distributed.
[Enter an AEdile]
What, will he come?

66

III,3,2349

How accompanied?

67

III,3,2366

And when such time they have begun to cry,
Let them not cease, but with a din confused
Enforce the present execution
Of what we chance to sentence.

68

III,3,2373

Go about it.
[Exit AEdile]
Put him to choler straight: he hath been used
Ever to conquer, and to have his worth
Of contradiction: being once chafed, he cannot
Be rein'd again to temperance; then he speaks
What's in his heart; and that is there which looks
With us to break his neck.

69

III,3,2448

But since he hath
Served well for Rome,—

70

III,3,2451

I talk of that, that know it.

71

III,3,2488

There's no more to be said, but he is banish'd,
As enemy to the people and his country:
It shall be so.

72

IV,2,2591

Now we have shown our power,
Let us seem humbler after it is done
Than when it was a-doing.

73

IV,2,2597

Dismiss them home.
[Exit AEdile]
Here comes his mother.

74

IV,2,2601

Why?

75

IV,2,2603

They have ta'en note of us: keep on your way.

76

IV,2,2634

I would he had.

77

IV,2,2639

Pray, let us go.

78

IV,2,2646

Well, well, we'll leave you.

79

IV,6,3015

We stood to't in good time.
[Enter MENENIUS]
Is this Menenius?

80

IV,6,3033

God-den to you all, god-den to you all.

81

IV,6,3037

Farewell, kind neighbours: we wish'd Coriolanus
Had loved you as we did.

82

IV,6,3045

Caius CORIOLANUS was
A worthy officer i' the war; but insolent,
O'ercome with pride, ambitious past all thinking,
Self-loving,—

83

IV,6,3054

The gods have well prevented it, and Rome
Sits safe and still without him.

84

IV,6,3070

Go see this rumourer whipp'd. It cannot be
The Volsces dare break with us.

85

IV,6,3082

Not possible.

86

IV,6,3100

Raised only, that the weaker sort may wish
Good CORIOLANUS home again.

87

IV,6,3142

But is this true, sir?

88

IV,6,3210

I do not like this news.

89

IV,6,3212

Let's to the Capitol. Would half my wealth
Would buy this for a lie!

90

V,1,3324

Only make trial what your love can do
For Rome, towards CORIOLANUS.

91

V,1,3346

You know the very road into his kindness,
And cannot lose your way.

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