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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Coriolanus at Antium
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
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  Coriolanus.—Hear’st thou, Mars!
  Aufidius.—Name not the god, thou boy of tears—
  Cor.—            Ha!
  Auf.—No more.
  Cor.—Measureless liar, thou hast made my heart
Too great for what contains it. Boy! O slave!—        5
Pardon me, lords, ’tis the first time that ever
I was forced to scold. Your judgments, my grave lords,
Must give this cur the lie: and his own notion
(Who wears my stripes impressed on him; that must bear
My beating to his grave) shall join to thrust        10
The lie unto him.
Cut me to pieces, Volsces; men and lads,
Stain all your edges on me.—Boy! False hound!
If you have writ your annals true, ’tis there,
That like an eagle in a dove-cote, I        15
Fluttered your Volsces in Corioli:
Alone I did it.—Boy!
 
 
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