Coriolanus In Plain and Simple English (A Modern Translation and the Original Version)
T.S. Eliot said Coriolanus was superior to even Hamlet; Ralph Fiennes loved it so much he directed, produced, and starred in modern telling of the play. So if everyone loves it so much, why is it so hard to understand? Let's face it...Shakespeare can be difficult to read! Let BookCaps help with this easy to read modern retelling.
If you have struggled in the past reading Shakespeare, then BookCaps can help you out. This book is a modern translation of Coriolanus.
The original text is also presented in the book, along with a comparable version of both text.
If you have struggled in the past reading Shakespeare, then BookCaps can help you out. This book is a modern translation of Coriolanus.
The original text is also presented in the book, along with a comparable version of both text.
Excerpt from the First Act
SCENE I. Rome. A street. [Enter a company of mutinous citizens, with staves, clubs, and other weapons.]
Before we proceed any further, hear me speak. Before anything else happens, listen to me!
Speak, speak. Speah, speech!
You are all resolved rather to die than to famish? Is everyone here ready to die fighting instead of starving to death?
Resolved, resolved. Hell yes!
First, you know Caius Marcius is chief enemy to First of all, as you all know, Cauius Marcius
the people. is Public Enemy #1.
We know't, we know't. You said it!
Let us kill him, and we'll have corn at our own price. Let’s kill him, and then we’ll buy grain for
Is't a verdict? however much we want to pay! Agreed?
No more talking on't; let it be done: away, away! Let’s stopping talking about it and do it! C’mon, let’s go!
One word, good citizens. Hold up a minute, folks.
We are accounted poor citizens; the patricians good. They say we’re poor, and the noblemen are rich.
What authority surfeits on would relieve us; if they What the powers that be gorge on would keep us
would yield us but the superfluity, while it were from starving; if they just gave us their extra food,
wholesome, we might guess they relieved us as long it’s not spoiled, we would think that they
humanely; but they think we are too dear: the saving us for humanitarian reasons; but they think
leanness that afflicts us, the object of our misery, is as we’re too expensive: our suffering, our misery
an inventory to particularize their abundance; our makes them feel richer; our suffering is their gain.
sufferance is a gain to them.--Let us revenge this Let’s get even by killing them with our pitchforks
with our pikes ere we become rakes: for the gods before we become skinny as a rake: the gods know
know I speak this in hunger for bread, not in thirst I’m only saying this stuff because I’m hungry, not
for revenge. because I’m bloodthirsty.
Would you proceed especially against Caius Marcius? Would you go after Caius Marcius more than the other noblemen?
Against him first: he's a very dog to the commonalty. Yes, he’d be first: he’s a dog that attacks the common people.
Consider you what services he has done for his Have you thought about everything he’s done for country? this country?
Very well; and could be content to give him good Yeah, I thought about, and I would praise him for
report for't, but that he pays himself with being proud. it, but I don’t need to because he’s proud of himself for doing it.
Nay, but speak not maliciously. Don’t be so nasty.
I say unto you, what he hath done famously he did it I’m telling you, all that famous stuff he did, he did
to that end: though soft-conscienced men can be to stroke his own ego: maybe men without
content to say it was for his country, he did it to consciences are happy to say he did it for his
please his mother, and to be partly proud; which he is, country, I know he did it to make his mama proud,
even to the altitude of his virtue. and in part to make himself proud, which he is, at least as proud as he is good.
What he cannot help in his nature you account a vice You blame him for it, but he can’t help it—that’s
in him. You must in no way say he is covetous. just his nature. But at least you can’t call him greedy.
If I must not, I need not be barren of accusations; Even if I can’t call him greedy, I can call him
he hath faults, with surplus, to tire in repetition. plenty of other names; he has so many faults that I’d get tired of naming them, and have more to spare.
[Shouts within.] [Shouts inside.]
What shouts are these? The other side o' the city is Who’s shouting? The other side of the city [Rome]
risen: why stay we prating here? to the Capitol! is revolting, why are we standing around talking? To the Capitoline Hill! [Location of the main temple.]
Come, come. C’mon, let’s go.
Soft! who comes here? Shut up! Who’s that?
Worthy Menenius Agrippa; That’s Menenius Agrippa.
one that hath always loved the people. He’s cool, he’s always been a friend to the working man.
He's one honest enough; would all the rest were so! Yeah, he’s alright; I wish the rest of the ruling class was like him!
[Enter MENENIUS AGRIPPA.]
What work's, my countrymen, in hand? where go you What’s going on here? Where are you going
With bats and clubs? the matter? speak, I pray you. with those bats and sticks? What’s the matter? Please, tell me.
Our business is not unknown to the senate; they have The Senate knows what we’re doing; they’ve
had inkling this fortnight what we intend to do, which known what we were going to do for two weeks
now we'll show 'em in deeds. They say poor suitors now, and now we’ll do exactly what they expected.
have strong breaths; they shall know we have strong They say we poor dudes can’t get a date because
arms too. we smell bad, but they’re going to find out that we are strong.
Why, masters, my good friends, mine honest Hey, fellas, my friends, my neighbors,
Will you undo yourselves? will you give up and go home?
We cannot, sir; we are undone already. No, we can’t take it any more!
I tell you, friends, most charitable care I’m telling you, my friends,
Have the patricians of you. For your wants, the noblemen take good care of you. If you want to blame someone
Your suffering in this dearth, you may as well for your problems and your hunger, you’d be better off
Strike at the heaven with your staves as lift them attacking heaven with all your weapons than using them
Against the Roman state; whose course will on against the Roman government, which is so strong
The way it takes, cracking ten thousand curbs that it would crush you even if you had ten thousand
Of more strong link asunder than can ever more ways to block it than you could ever
Appear in your impediment: for the dearth, possibly have. This recession
The gods, not the patricians, make it; and was caused by the gods, not the rich, and
Your knees to them, not arms, must help. Alack, praying to the gods, not fighting, is the only thing that will help. I’m sorry
You are transported by calamity that times are so tough that you people all lost your minds,
Thither where more attends you; and you slander and are therefore even worse off, and that you’re all so crazy that you’re attacking
The helms o' th' state, who care for you like fathers, the good people who run this country, and who love you like they were your fathers,
When you curse them as enemies. even though you curse at them like enemies.
Care for us! True, indeed! They ne'er cared for us yet. Yeah, right, they care sure care about us!
Suffer us to famish, and their storehouses crammed They never care about us yet. They let us starve,
with grain; make edicts for usury, to support usurers; even though they have buildings full of extra food;
they made laws about loan-sharking, but they benefit the loan-sharks;
repeal daily any wholesome act established against the they undo any good law that was designed to hurt
rich, and provide more piercing statutes daily to chain the rich, and make more bad laws every day to
up and restrain the poor. punish and enslave the poor.
If the wars eat us not up, they will; and there's all the If the wars don’t take all our money, they will;
love they bear us. that’s how much they love us.
Either you must You have to admit
Confess yourselves wondrous malicious, that either you’re all just making trouble,
Or be accus'd of folly. I shall tell you or you’re just stupid. Let me tell you
A pretty tale: it may be you have heard it; a little story: maybe you’ve heard it before,
But, since it serves my purpose, I will venture but since it supports my point, I think I’ll just
To stale't a little more. bore you with it one more time.
Well, I'll hear it, sir; yet you must not think to fob off OK, I’ll listen; but don’t think you can make us
our disgrace with a tale: but, an't please you, deliver. forget our troubles with a story. But, if you want you, go ahead and say it.
There was a time when all the body's members Once upon a time, all the organs in the human
Rebell'd against the belly; thus accus'd it:-- body rebelled against the belly, and accused it of
That only like a gulf it did remain of just sitting like a whirlpool
I' the midst o' the body, idle and unactive, in the middle of the body, not doing anything
Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing but sucking up food and never doing any real
Like labour with the rest; where th' other instruments work like the other organs; whereas the other organs
Did see and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel, did things like seeing, hearing, thinking, teaching, walking, feeling,
And, mutually participate, did minister and, working together, did the bidding
Unto the appetite and affection common of the appetites and inclinations
Of the whole body. The belly answered,-- of the body as a whole. The belly answered:
Well, sir, what answer made the belly? Well, what did the belly answer?
Sir, I shall tell you.--With a kind of smile, I will tell you. It replied with a smile
Which ne'er came from the lungs, but even thus,-- that wasn’t an ordinary smile, but was like this--
For, look you, I may make the belly smile look, I’m making my belly smile
As well as speak,--it tauntingly replied as we speak—a smile that taunted
To the discontented members, the mutinous parts the angry organs
That envied his receipt; even so most fitly that were jealous of what he received; just like
As you malign our senators for that you people trash talk the rich senators because
They are not such as you. they’re not like you.
Your belly's answer? What! What! That was your belly’s answer?
The kingly crowned head, the vigilant eye, The awesome, king-like head, the ever-watchful eye,
The counselor heart, the arm our soldier, the wise heart, the arm our which is like our soldier,
Our steed the leg, the tongue our trumpeter, the leg that carries us like a horse, the tongue that acts as our trumpet,
With other muniments and petty helps and all the other furniture and little touches
Is this our fabric, if that they,-- is what makes us, as people, and if they--
What then?-- What then?
'Fore me, this fellow speaks!--what then? what then? I do declare, this guy’s talking! What then? What then?
Should by the cormorant belly be restrain'd, …if all our body parts are held back by the greedy
Who is the sink o' the body,-- belly, which is the sewer of the body--
Well, what then? Well, what then?
The former agents, if they did complain, If all those organs complained,
What could the belly answer? what could the belly actually say?
I will tell you; I’ll tell you;
If you'll bestow a small,--of what you have little,-- If you could just have a little—and I know you only have a little--
Patience awhile, you'll hear the belly's answer. patience for a while, you’ll hear the belly’s answer.
You are long about it. You’re taking too long.
Note me this, good friend; Listen close, my good friend:
Your most grave belly was deliberate, This belly was careful,
Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer'd: not reckless like the other organs, and so he answered:
'True is it, my incorporate friends,' quoth he, “It’s true, my friends,” he said,
'That I receive the general food at first “That I’m the one that gets the food first,
Which you do live upon; and fit it is, “though you all live on it; and it’s only fair,
Because I am the storehouse and the shop “because I’m the warehouse and the factory
Of the whole body: but, if you do remember, “of the whole body: but, as you may recall,
I send it through the rivers of your blood, “I send it out through the arteries of your blood,
Even to the court, the heart,--to the seat o' the brain; “and even to the heart, to the brain;
And, through the cranks and offices of man, “and down the winding paths and through the workshops of a body,
The strongest nerves and small inferior veins “the tendons and the smallest veins
From me receive that natural competency “all get a supply adequate to their natural needs,
Whereby they live: and though that all at once “which they live on. And even though all of you organs,
You, my good friends,'--this says the belly,-- “you, my good friends—” This is all still the belly mark me,-- talking, mind you--
Ay, sir; well, well. Yes, we get it, go on.
'Though all at once cannot “…Even though all of you organs can’t
See what I do deliver out to each, “tell how I deliver all the food to each of you,
Yet I can make my audit up, that all “I can prove that all of you
From me do back receive the flour of all, “get your food from me,
And leave me but the bran.' What say you to't? “and leave me with the scraps.” What do you think of that?
It was an answer: how apply you this? I admit it was answer, but what does it have to do anything?
The senators of Rome are this good belly, The Senators of Rome are like the belly,
And you the mutinous members; for, examine and you are like the rebellious organs; take a look
Their counsels and their cares; digest things rightly at their advice and their concerns: they deal with
Touching the weal o' the common; you shall find the welfare of the public; you won’t find
No public benefit which you receive any benefit that you receive
But it proceeds or comes from them to you, that doesn’t come from them to you,
And no way from yourselves.--What do you think, and from you yourselves.—What do you think,
You, the great toe of this assembly? you there, the big toe of this crowd?
I the great toe? why the great toe? I’m the big toe? Why the big toe?
For that, being one o' the lowest, basest, poorest, Because, even though you are one of the lowest, worst, poorest members
Of this most wise rebellion, thou go'st foremost: of this wise rebellion, you are leading this whole group:
Thou rascal, that art worst in blood to run, You, the hunting dog with the worst breeding,
Lead'st first to win some vantage.— are in the lead in this hunt, trying to win some advantage.
But make you ready your stiff bats and clubs: Anyway, get ready with your big bats and clubs:
Rome and her rats are at the point of battle; Rome and her rats are about to do battle,
The one side must have bale.-- and one side is going to lose--
[Enter CAIUS MARCIUS.]
Hail, noble Marcius! Hail, noble Marcius!
Thanks.--What's the matter, you dissentious rogues Thanks.—What’s the matter, you disagreeable bastards?
That, rubbing the poor itch of your opinion, Have you complained so much
Make yourselves scabs? that you’ve made yourselves ugly?
We have ever your good word. We trust you’re dealing in good faith.
He that will give good words to thee will flatter He who treats you with good faith will flatter
Beneath abhorring.--What would you have, you curs, anything. What do you want, you dogs,
That like nor peace nor war? The one affrights you, who don’t like peace or war? Peace scares you,
The other makes you proud. He that trusts to you, and war makes you proud. Whoever puts his trust in you,
Where he should find you lions, finds you hares; expecting to find that you are brave as lions, instead finds out you are cowardly rabbits;
Where foxes, geese: you are no surer, no, Instead of being like cunning foxes, you’re like stupid geese; you are no more dependable
Than is the coal of fire upon the ice, than a fire burning on top of ice,
Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is or a snowball in hell. You think highly of people
To make him worthy whose offence subdues him, who have gotten in trouble for breaking the law,
And curse that justice did it. Who deserves greatness and curse the good people who enforced those laws.
Deserves your hate; and your affections are You hate great people, and the things you like
A sick man's appetite, who desires most that are the things a sick man would want if he wanted
Which would increase his evil. He that depends to make himself worse. Whoever depends on you
Upon your favours swims with fins of lead, is going to sink like a metal fish,
And hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye! Trust ye! and he might as well try to chop down a tree with a blade of grass. Screw you!
With every minute you do change a mind; You change your minds every minute,
And call him noble that was now your hate, you praise people you used to hate,
Him vile that was your garland. What's the matter, and hate people you used to love. What’s the matter?
That in these several places of the city All over town
You cry against the noble senate, who, you’re complaining about the senate,
Under the gods, keep you in awe, which else which keeps you all in line, because otherwise
Would feed on one another?--What's their seeking? you would eat each other? What do they want?
For corn at their own rates; whereof they say They want to buy grain at their own prices, and
The city is well stor'd. they say the city is full of it.
Hang 'em! They say! Screw ‘em! “They say…”!
They'll sit by th' fire and presume to know They sit around at home and think they know
What's done i' the Capitol; who's like to rise, what’s going on in high politics: who’s on his way up,
Who thrives and who declines; side factions, and give who is doing well, and who is headed downhill;
out Conjectural marriages; they join political parties and try to join parties making parties strong, together (in a bad way);they make some parties
And feebling such as stand not in their liking and weaken the ones they don’t like by
Below their cobbled shoes. trampling them underfoot.
They say there's grain enough! They say there’s enough grain!
Would the nobility lay aside their ruth If only the noblemen would stop being so nice
And let me use my sword, I'd make a quarry and let me get violent, I’d make a pile of dead bodies
With thousands of these quarter'd slaves, as high out of thousands of these slaves, a pile as high off the ground
As I could pick my lance. as I can lift my spear.
Nay, these are almost thoroughly persuaded; No, don’t worry about these idiots here.
For though abundantly they lack discretion, They may be stupid,
Yet are they passing cowardly. But, I beseech you, but they’re also a bunch of cowards. But, please tell me,
What says the other troop? what does the other gang of rioters want?
They are dissolved: hang 'em! They dispersed: damn ‘em!
They said they were an-hungry; sigh'd forth proverbs,-- They said they were hungry. They babbled on in hick clichés:
That hunger broke stone walls, that dogs must eat, “Hunger is strong enough to break stone wall,” “Even dogs have to eat,”
That meat was made for mouths, that the gods sent not “Food was made to be eaten,” “The gods didn’t
Corn for the rich men only:--with these shreds make food only for rich people.” They complained
They vented their complainings; which being answer'd, using those silly old sayings, and when they heard the government’s response,
And a petition granted them,--a strange one, that a new law had been made in their favor—a strange law,
To break the heart of generosity, that’s going to destroy the generous noblemen,
And make bold power look pale,--they threw their caps and make the powerful look weak—they threw their hats up in celebration,
As they would hang them on the horns o' the moon, so high that it was as if they wanted to hang them on the crescent moon,
Shouting their emulation. all while shouting in support of the new law.
What is granted them? What did the law give them?
Five tribunes, to defend their vulgar wisdoms, Five representatives of the people, who will talk all kinds of ghetto nonsense.
Of their own choice: one's Junius Brutus, The people got to choose these representative: one of them is Junius Brutus,
Sicinius Velutus, and I know not.--'Sdeath! one is Sicinius Velutus, and I don’t who the rest are. This is terrible!
The rabble should have first unroof'd the city The mob might as well as have taken all of the roofs in town,
Ere so prevail'd with me: it will in time that’s what I think. The mob will eventually
Win upon power, and throw forth greater themes defeat the rich and powerful, and come up with bigger issues
For insurrection's arguing. for the rebels to debate.
This is strange. That is strange.
Go get you home, you fragments! Oh, go home, you worthless people!
[Enter a MESSENGER, hastily.]
Where's Caius Marcius? Where’s Caius Marcius?
Here: what's the matter? I’m here, what’s the matter?
The news is, sir, the Volsces are in arms. The news is, the Volscians [an Italian tribe south of Rome] are getting ready to attack us.
I am glad on't: then we shall ha' means to vent I’m glad of it. Now I’ll have a way to get rid of
Our musty superfluity.--See, our best elders. our extra stuff, and extra people.—Look, here come my favorite old men.
[Enter COMINIUS, TITUS LARTIUS, and other SENATORS; JUNIUS BRUTUS and SICINIUS VELUTUS.]
Marcius, 'tis true that you have lately told us:-- Marcius, you were right when you warned us recently about the Volscians--
The Volsces are in arms. Now they want to fight us.
They have a leader, They have a leader,
Tullus Aufidius, that will put you to't. Tullus Aufidius, who is going to put up a good fight.
I sin in envying his nobility; I know it’s wrong, but I wish I worked for him,
And were I anything but what I am, and if I could be anyone but who I am,
I would wish me only he. I would want to be him.
You have fought together. You fought him before.
Were half to half the world by the ears, and he If the world was upside down, and he
Upon my party, I'd revolt, to make was on my side, I’d switch sides,
Only my wars with him: he is a lion and only fight him.
That I am proud to hunt. He is a worthy opponent.
Then, worthy Marcius, So, good Marcius,
Attend upon Cominius to these wars. you are now working for Cominius [a top general] while you fight this war.
It is your former promise. That’s what you promised.
Sir, it is; Yes, you’re right,
And I am constant.--Titus Lartius, thou and I’m keeping my word. Titus Lartius, you
Shalt see me once more strike at Tullus' face. will see me beat the leader of the Volscians yet again.
What, art thou stiff? stand'st out? What, are not fighting? Staying home?
No, Caius Marcius; No, Caius Marcius.
I'll lean upon one crutch and fight with the other I’d use on of my crutches to stand up and I’ll fight with the other one,
Ere stay behind this business. rather than stay behind on this one.
O, true bred! You’re true blue!
Your company to the Capitol; where, I know, Come with us to the Capitol, where
Our greatest friends attend us. our most important friends are waiting for us.
Lead you on. Lead on!
Follow, Cominius; we must follow you; C’mon Cominius; we have to do what you say,
Right worthy your priority. because you deserve to be the boss.
Noble Marcius! You rock, Marcius!
Hence to your homes; be gone! Go home, get out of here!
[To the Citizens.] [To the crowd.]
Nay, let them follow: No, let them come with us to war:
The Volsces have much corn; take these rats thither The Volscians have plenty of grain; bring these hungry, rat-like poor people
To gnaw their garners.--Worshipful mutineers, to eat the Volscians’ food.—My dear rebels,
Your valour puts well forth: pray follow. you bravery is promising: come with us, please.
[Exeunt Senators, COM., MAR, TIT., and MENEN. Citizens steal away.]
Was ever man so proud as is this Marcius? Man, did you ever see anyone as cocky as that Marcius?
He has no equal. There’s no one like him.
When we were chosen tribunes for the people,-- When the people chose us to represent them--
Mark'd you his lip and eyes? Did you see his face?
Nay, but his taunts! No, but I heard his insults!
Being mov'd, he will not spare to gird the gods. If provoked, he would insult the gods.
Bemock the modest moon. He’d even make fun of the moon.
The present wars devour him: he is grown This war is all he cares about, but for someone so
Too proud to be so valiant. violent, he is too proud for his own good—he’s going to do something stupid.
Such a nature, A jerk like that,
Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow if they have some success, they think they’re too
Which he treads on at noon: but I do wonder good for everyone. What I wonder about
His insolence can brook to be commanded is how someone so insolent is going to feel about Under Cominius. taking orders from Cominius.
Fame, at the which he aims,-- He wants to be more famous--
In whom already he is well grac'd,--cannot even though he already he is famous—and there’s
Better be held, nor more attain'd, than by no better way to get really famous than by
A place below the first: for what miscarries being the second in command, because if something goes wrong,
Shall be the general's fault, though he perform people will blame the commander in chief, even if
To th' utmost of a man; and giddy censure he did nothing wrong; and then
Will then cry out of Marcius 'O, if he Marcius will tell everyone, “If I had been
Had borne the business!' in charge, everything would have been better!”
Besides, if things go well, Besides, if things go well,
Opinion, that so sticks on Marcius, shall Everyone will give credit to Marcius
Of his demerits rob Cominius. for Cominius’ success.
Half all Cominius' honours are to Marcius, Marcius gets credit for half the great stuff that Cominius has done,
Though Marcius earn'd them not; and all his faults though Marcius didn’t earn it, and everything Cominius does wrong
To Marcius shall be honours, though, indeed, will make Marcius look good, even though
In aught he merit not. he doesn’t really deserve it.
Let's hence and hear Let’s go find out
How the dispatch is made; and in what fashion, how this war is going to be fought, and in what
More than in singularity, he goes way, other than his usual bizarre methods,
Upon this present action. Marcius is going to plan this military action.
Let's along. Let’s go.
SCENE II. Corioli. The Senate House. [Enter TULLUS AUFIDIUS and certain Vulscian SENATORS.]
So, your opinion is, Aufidius, So, your opinion is, Aufidius,
That they of Rome are enter'd in our counsels that the Romans are aware of what we’ve been And know how we proceed. discussing and know our plans.
Is it not yours? Isn’t that your opinion, too?
What ever have been thought on in this state, When have we ever talked about attacking Rome in this country
That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome and managed to pull it off before Rome
Had circumvention? 'Tis not four days gone found out about it and foiled us? Just four day
Since I heard thence; these are the words: I think ago I heard from a spy in Rome, and I quote:
I have the letter here; yes, here it is: (If I can find the letter—yes, here it is:)
[Reads.] [Reads from the letter]
'They have pressed a power, but it is not known “The Romans have massed an army, but I don’t know
Whether for east or west: the dearth is great; whether they intend to march east or west. The famine is bad,
The people mutinous: and it is rumour'd, the people are getting ready to revolt, and the rumor is
Cominius, Marcius your old enemy,-- that Cominius, Marcius (your old enemy,
Who is of Rome worse hated than of you,-- who the Romans hate more than you do),
And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman, and Titus Lartius (a very brave Roman general),
These three lead on this preparation are all three in charge of organizing this expedition,
Whither 'tis bent: most likely 'tis for you: wherever it’s going, though most likely it’s headed
Consider of it.' your way.Think about it.”
Our army's in the field: Our army’s in the field.
We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready We’ve never been able to prepare an attack before To answer us. was ready to counterattack.
Nor did you think it folly And you tried
To keep your great pretences veil'd till when to keep our grand plans secret until they
They needs must show themselves; which in the had to be revealed, but it seems the Romans found
hatching, out about them
It seem'd, appear'd to Rome. By the discovery during the early planning stages. Because they found out,
We shall be shorten'd in our aim; which was, we won’t be able to do what we hoped, which was
To take in many towns ere, almost, Rome to make a surprise attack and capture
Should know we were afoot. a lot of small towns under Roman control before Rome knew what was up.
Noble Aufidius, My man Aufidius,
Take your commission; hie you to your bands; you’re job is to the lead the army in war with Rome: go to your soldiers.
Let us alone to guard Corioli: Leave us here to guard Corioles [a Volscian city].
If they set down before's, for the remove If the Roman come and besiege us,
Bring up your army; but I think you'll find you can come back and relieve us, but I think you’ll find
They've not prepared for us. that they’re not prepared for the fight we’re going to give them.
O, doubt not that; Oh, I don’t doubt that.
I speak from certainties. Nay, more, I’m sure of it. No, more than sure.
Some parcels of their power are forth already, Some Volscian units have already been deployed, but only
And only hitherward. I leave your honours. to attack us here, not to defend themselves. I’m out of here, gentlemen.
If we and Caius Marcius chance to meet, If I happen to run into Caius Marcius,
'Tis sworn between us we shall ever strike I promise I’ll fight him
Till one can do no more. to the death.
The gods assist you! Good luck!
And keep your honours safe! And y’all be careful now!
Farewell. Good bye.
Farewell. Good bye.
Farewell. Good bye.