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    Act 4. Scene II

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    SCENE II. The same. A street near the gate.

    Enter SICINIUS, BRUTUS, and an AEdile
    SICINIUS
    Bid them all home; he's gone, and we'll no further.
    The nobility are vex'd, whom we see have sided
    In his behalf.

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

    SICINIUS
    Bid them home:
    Say their great enemy is gone, and they
    Stand in their ancient strength.

    BRUTUS
    Dismiss them home.

    Exit AEdile

    Here comes his mother.

    SICINIUS
    Let's not meet her.

    BRUTUS
    Why?

    SICINIUS
    They say she's mad.

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

    Enter VOLUMNIA, VIRGILIA, and MENENIUS

    VOLUMNIA
    O, ye're well met: the hoarded plague o' the gods
    Requite your love!

    MENENIUS
    Peace, peace; be not so loud.

    VOLUMNIA
    If that I could for weeping, you should hear,--
    Nay, and you shall hear some.

    To BRUTUS

    Will you be gone?

    VIRGILIA
    [To SICINIUS] You shall stay too: I would I had the power
    To say so to my husband.

    SICINIUS
    Are you mankind?

    VOLUMNIA
    Ay, fool; is that a shame? Note but this fool.
    Was not a man my father? Hadst thou foxship
    To banish him that struck more blows for Rome
    Than thou hast spoken words?

    SICINIUS
    O blessed heavens!

    VOLUMNIA
    More noble blows than ever thou wise words;
    And for Rome's good. I'll tell thee what; yet go:
    Nay, but thou shalt stay too: I would my son
    Were in Arabia, and thy tribe before him,
    His good sword in his hand.

    SICINIUS
    What then?

    VIRGILIA
    What then!
    He'ld make an end of thy posterity.

    VOLUMNIA
    Bastards and all.
    Good man, the wounds that he does bear for Rome!

    MENENIUS
    Come, come, peace.

    SICINIUS
    I would he had continued to his country
    As he began, and not unknit himself
    The noble knot he made.

    BRUTUS
    I would he had.

    VOLUMNIA
    'I would he had'! 'Twas you incensed the rabble:
    Cats, that can judge as fitly of his worth
    As I can of those mysteries which heaven
    Will not have earth to know.

    BRUTUS
    Pray, let us go.

    VOLUMNIA
    Now, pray, sir, get you gone:
    You have done a brave deed. Ere you go, hear this:--
    As far as doth the Capitol exceed
    The meanest house in Rome, so far my son--
    This lady's husband here, this, do you see--
    Whom you have banish'd, does exceed you all.

    BRUTUS
    Well, well, we'll leave you.

    SICINIUS
    Why stay we to be baited
    With one that wants her wits?

    VOLUMNIA
    Take my prayers with you.

    Exeunt Tribunes

    I would the gods had nothing else to do
    But to confirm my curses! Could I meet 'em
    But once a-day, it would unclog my heart
    Of what lies heavy to't.

    MENENIUS
    You have told them home;
    And, by my troth, you have cause. You'll sup with me?

    VOLUMNIA
    Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself,
    And so shall starve with feeding. Come, let's go:
    Leave this faint puling and lament as I do,
    In anger, Juno-like. Come, come, come.

    MENENIUS
    Fie, fie, fie!

    Exeunt
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