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Enter Coriolanus and Auffidius.Enter Coriolanus and Aufidius with others. They sit Cor V.iii.1
We will before the walls of Rome to morrowWe will before the walls of Rome tomorrow Cor V.iii.1
Set downe our Hoast. My partner in this Action,Set down our host. My partner in this action, Cor V.iii.2
You must report to th' Volcian Lords, how plainlyYou must report to th' Volscian lords how plainlyplainly (adv.)
openly, straightforwardly, without reserve
Cor V.iii.3
I haue borne this Businesse.I have borne this business. Cor V.iii.4.1
Onely their ends Only their endsend (n.)
purpose, aim, design
Cor V.iii.4.2
you haue respected, / Stopt your eares against You have respected; stopped your ears againststop (v.)

old form: Stopt
stop up, close (up), shut
Cor V.iii.5
the generall suite of Rome: / Neuer admitted The general suit of Rome; never admittedsuit (n.)

old form: suite
formal request, entreaty, petition
Cor V.iii.6
a priuat whisper, no not with such frendsA private whisper – no, not with such friends Cor V.iii.7
That thought them sure of you.That thought them sure of you. Cor V.iii.8.1
This last old man,This last old man, Cor V.iii.8.2
Whom with a crack'd heart I haue sent to Rome,Whom with a cracked heart I have sent to Rome, Cor V.iii.9
Lou'd me, aboue the measure of a Father,Loved me above the measure of a father,measure (n.)
extent, size, amount, quantity, mass
Cor V.iii.10
Nay godded me indeed. Their latest refugeNay, godded me indeed. Their latest refugerefuge (n.)
resource, last defence, final recourse
Cor V.iii.11
latest (adj.)
last, final
god (v.)
make a god of, idolize
Was to send him: for whose old Loue I haueWas to send him; for whose old love I have –  Cor V.iii.12
(Though I shew'd sowrely to him) once more offer'dThough I showed sourly to him – once more offered Cor V.iii.13
The first Conditions which they did refuse,The first conditions, which they did refuse Cor V.iii.14
And cannot now accept, to grace him onely,And cannot now accept, to grace him onlygrace (v.)
favour, add merit to, do honour to
Cor V.iii.15
That thought he could do more: A very littleThat thought he could do more. A very little Cor V.iii.16
I haue yeelded too. Fresh Embasses, and Suites,I have yielded to. Fresh embassies and suits,suit (n.)

old form: Suites
formal request, entreaty, petition
Cor V.iii.17
Nor from the State, nor priuate friends heereafterNor from the state nor private friends, hereafter Cor V.iii.18
Will I lend eare to. Ha? what shout is this? Shout withinWill I lend ear to. (Shouts within) Ha! What shout is this? Cor V.iii.19
Shall I be tempted to infringe my vow(aside) Shall I be tempted to infringe my vow Cor V.iii.20
In the same time 'tis made? I will not.In the same time 'tis made? I will not. Cor V.iii.21
Enter Virgilia, Volumnia, Valeria, yong Martius,Enter Virgilia, Volumnia, Valeria, young Martius, Cor V.iii.22.1
with Attendants.with Attendants Cor V.iii.22.2
My wife comes formost, then the honour'd mouldMy wife comes foremost, then the honoured mould Cor V.iii.22
Wherein this Trunke was fram'd, and in her handWherein this trunk was framed, and in her hand Cor V.iii.23
The Grandchilde to her blood. But out affection,The grandchild to her blood. But out, affection! Cor V.iii.24
All bond and priuiledge of Nature breake;All bond and privilege of nature, break!bond (n.)
tie, binding, obligation
Cor V.iii.25
Let it be Vertuous to be Obstinate.Let it be virtuous to be obstinate.obstinate (adj.)
unyielding, inflexible, hard-hearted
Cor V.iii.26
What is that Curt'sie worth? Or those Doues eyes,What is that curtsy worth? Or those dove's eyes, Cor V.iii.27
Which can make Gods forsworne? I melt, and am notWhich can make gods forsworn? I melt, and am notforsworn (adj.)

old form: forsworne
perjured, falsely swearing
Cor V.iii.28
Of stronger earth then others: my Mother bowes,Of stronger earth than others. My mother bows, Cor V.iii.29
As if Olympus to a Mole-hill shouldAs if Olympus to a molehill shouldOlympus (n.)
mountainous region of N Greece; the home of the gods
Cor V.iii.30
In supplication Nod: and my yong BoyIn supplication nod, and my young boy Cor V.iii.31
Hath an Aspect of intercession, whichHath an aspect of intercession whichaspect (n.)
[of a human face] look, appearance, expression
Cor V.iii.32
Great Nature cries, Deny not. Let the VolcesGreat Nature cries ‘ Deny not.’ Let the Volsces Cor V.iii.33
Plough Rome, and harrow Italy, Ile neuerPlough Rome and harrow Italy! I'll never Cor V.iii.34
Be such a Gosling to obey instinct; but standBe such a gosling to obey instinct, but standgosling (n.)
beginner, greenhorn, novice
Cor V.iii.35
As if a man were Author of himself, As if a man were author of himself Cor V.iii.36
& knew no other kinAnd knew no other kin. Cor V.iii.37.1
My Lord and Husband.My lord and husband! Cor V.iii.37.2
These eyes are not the same I wore in Rome.These eyes are not the same I wore in Rome. Cor V.iii.38
The sorrow that deliuers vs thus chang'd,The sorrow that delivers us thus changeddeliver (v.)

old form: deliuers
present, show, display
Cor V.iii.39
Makes you thinke so.Makes you think so. Cor V.iii.40.1
(aside) Cor V.iii.40
Like a dull Actor now, Like a dull actor now Cor V.iii.40.2
I haue forgot my part, / And I am out, I have forgot my part and I am out,out (adv.)
at a loss, put out, nonplussed; unable to remember one's lines
Cor V.iii.41
euen to a full Disgrace. Best of my Flesh,Even to a full disgrace. (Rising and going to her) Best of my flesh, Cor V.iii.42
Forgiue my Tyranny: but do not say,Forgive my tyranny; but do not saytyranny (n.)
cruelty, barbarity, unmerciful violence
Cor V.iii.43
For that forgiue our Romanes. O a kisseFor that, ‘ Forgive our Romans.’ O, a kiss Cor V.iii.44
Long as my Exile, sweet as my Reuenge!Long as my exile, sweet as my revenge! Cor V.iii.45
Now by the iealous Queene of Heauen, that kisseNow, by the jealous queen of heaven, that kiss Cor V.iii.46
I carried from thee deare; and my true LippeI carried from thee, dear, and my true lip Cor V.iii.47
Hath Virgin'd it ere since. You Gods, I pray,Hath virgined it e'er since. You gods! I pray,virgin (v.)

old form: Virgin'd
remain a virgin, stay chaste
Cor V.iii.48
And the most noble Mother of the worldAnd the most noble mother of the world Cor V.iii.49
Leaue vnsaluted: Sinke my knee i'th' earth, Leave unsaluted. Sink, my knee, i'th' earth; Cor V.iii.50
KneelesHe kneels Cor V.iii.
Of thy deepe duty, more impression shewOf thy deep duty more impression showimpression (n.)
indentation, depth of presence
Cor V.iii.51
Then that of common Sonnes.Than that of common sons. Cor V.iii.52.1
Oh stand vp blest!O, stand up blest!blessed, blest (adj.)
lucky, fortunate, happy
Cor V.iii.52.2
He rises Cor V.iii.53
Whil'st with no softer Cushion then the FlintWhilst with no softer cushion than the flint Cor V.iii.53
I kneele before thee, and vnproperlyI kneel before thee, and unproperlyunproperly (adv.)

old form: vnproperly
improperly, unfittingly, against all propriety
Cor V.iii.54
Shew duty as mistaken, all this while,Show duty as mistaken all this while Cor V.iii.55
Betweene the Childe, and Parent.Between the child and parent. Cor V.iii.56.1
She kneels Cor V.iii.56
What's this? What's this? Cor V.iii.56.2
your knees to me? / To your Corrected Sonne?Your knees to me? To your corrected son?corrected (adj.)
chastised, rebuked, reprimanded
Cor V.iii.57
He raises her Cor V.iii.58.1
Then let the Pibbles on the hungry beachThen let the pebbles on the hungry beachhungry (adj.)
barren, sterile, unfertile
Cor V.iii.58
Fillop the Starres: Then, let the mutinous windesFillip the stars. Then let the mutinous windsfillip, fillop (v.)
strike smartly against, tap against, touch
Cor V.iii.59
Strike the proud Cedars 'gainst the fiery Sun:Strike the proud cedars 'gainst the fiery sun, Cor V.iii.60
Murd'ring Impossibility, to makeMurdering impossibility, to make Cor V.iii.61
What cannot be, slight worke.What cannot be slight work. Cor V.iii.62.1
Thou art my Warriour, Thou art my warrior; Cor V.iii.62.2
I hope to frame thee / Do you know this Lady?I holp to frame thee. Do you know this lady? Cor V.iii.63
The Noble Sister of Publicola;The noble sister of Publicola,Publicola (n.)
[pron: pub'likola] one of the first consuls of Rome, 6th-c BC
Cor V.iii.64
The Moone of Rome: Chaste as the IsicleThe moon of Rome, chaste as the icicle Cor V.iii.65
That's curdied by the Frost, from purest Snow,That's curdied by the frost from purest snowcurdy (v.)
congeal, solidify
Cor V.iii.66
And hangs on Dians Temple: Deere Valeria.And hangs on Dian's temple – dear Valeria!Diana, Dian (n.)
Roman goddess associated with the Moon, chastity, and hunting
Cor V.iii.67
(indicating young Martius) Cor V.iii.68.1
This is a poore Epitome of yours,This is a poor epitome of yours,epitome (n.)
miniature, abridgement, abstract
Cor V.iii.68
Which by th' interpretation of full time,Which by th' interpretation of full timeinterpretation (n.)
rendering, treatment, execution
Cor V.iii.69
May shew like all your selfe.May show like all yourself. Cor V.iii.70.1
The God of Souldiers:The god of soldiers, Cor V.iii.70.2
With the consent of supreame Ioue, informeWith the consent of supreme Jove, informJove (n.)
[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme god
Cor V.iii.71
Thy thoughts with Noblenesse, that thou mayst proueThy thoughts with nobleness, that thou mayst prove Cor V.iii.72
To shame vnvulnerable, and sticke i'th WarresTo shame unvulnerable, and stick i'th' warsstick (v.)

old form: sticke
shine out, stand out, be prominent
Cor V.iii.73
unvulnerable (adj.)

old form: vnvulnerable
invulnerable, unassailable
Like a great Sea-marke standing euery flaw,Like a great sea-mark, standing every flaw,sea-mark (n.)

old form: Sea-marke
prominent landmark used as a guide for sailors, beacon
Cor V.iii.74
stand (v.)
make a stand [against], fight, resist
flaw (n.)
gust, squall, blast
And sauing those that eye thee.And saving those that eye thee! Cor V.iii.75.1
Your knee, Sirrah.Your knee, sirrah.sirrah (n.)
sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]
Cor V.iii.75.2
That's my braue Boy.That's my brave boy!brave (adj.)

old form: braue
fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
Cor V.iii.76
Euen he, your wife, this Ladie, and my selfe,Even he, your wife, this lady, and myself Cor V.iii.77
Are Sutors to you.Are suitors to you.suitor (n.)

old form: Sutors
petitioner, supplicant, entreater
Cor V.iii.78.1
I beseech you peace:I beseech you, peace! Cor V.iii.78.2
Or if you'ld aske, remember this before;Or, if you'd ask, remember this before: Cor V.iii.79
The thing I haue forsworne to graunt, may neuerThe thing I have forsworn to grant may neverforswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore

old form: forsworne
abandon, renounce, reject, give up
Cor V.iii.80
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore

old form: forsworne
deny, repudiate, refuse to admit
Be held by you denials. Do not bid meBe held by you denials. Do not bid me Cor V.iii.81
Dismisse my Soldiers, or capitulateDismiss my soldiers, or capitulatecapitulate (v.)
bargain, parley, treat
Cor V.iii.82
Againe, with Romes Mechanickes. Tell me notAgain with Rome's mechanics. Tell me notmechanic (n.)

old form: Mechanickes
workman, handicraftsman
Cor V.iii.83
Wherein I seeme vnnaturall: Desire not t'allayWherein I seem unnatural. Desire not Cor V.iii.84
My Rages and Reuenges, withT' allay my rages and revenges with Cor V.iii.85
your colder reasons.Your colder reasons. Cor V.iii.86.1
Oh no more, no more:O, no more, no more! Cor V.iii.86.2
You haue said you will not grant vs any thing:You have said you will not grant us any thing –  Cor V.iii.87
For we haue nothing else to aske, but thatFor we have nothing else to ask but that Cor V.iii.88
Which you deny already: yet we will aske,Which you deny already. Yet we will ask, Cor V.iii.89
That if you faile in our request, the blameThat, if you fail in our request, the blamefail (v.)

old form: faile
fall short, let down, disappoint
Cor V.iii.90
May hang vpon your hardnesse, therefore heare vs.May hang upon your hardness. Therefore hear us. Cor V.iii.91
Auffidius, and you Volces marke, for wee'lAufidius, and you Volsces, mark; for we'llmark (v.)

old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
Cor V.iii.92
Heare nought from Rome in priuate. Your request?Hear nought from Rome in private. (He sits) Your request? Cor V.iii.93
Should we be silent & not speak, our RaimentShould we be silent and not speak, our raimentraiment (n.)

old form: Raiment
clothing, clothes, dress
Cor V.iii.94
And state of Bodies would bewray what lifeAnd state of bodies would bewray what lifebewray (v.)
betray, reveal, expose
Cor V.iii.95
We haue led since thy Exile. Thinke with thy selfe,We have led since thy exile. Think with thyself Cor V.iii.96
How more vnfortunate then all liuing womenHow more unfortunate than all living women Cor V.iii.97
Are we come hither; since that thy sight, which shouldAre we come hither; since that thy sight, which should Cor V.iii.98
Make our eies flow with ioy, harts dance with comforts,Make our eyes flow with joy, hearts dance with comforts, Cor V.iii.99
Constraines them weepe, and shake with feare & sorow,Constrains them weep and shake with fear and sorrow, Cor V.iii.100
Making the Mother, wife, and Childe to see,Making the mother, wife, and child to see Cor V.iii.101
The Sonne, the Husband, and the Father tearingThe son, the husband, and the father tearing Cor V.iii.102
His Countries Bowels out; and to poore weHis country's bowels out. And to poor we Cor V.iii.103
Thine enmities most capitall: Thou barr'st vsThine enmity's most capital. Thou barr'st uscapital (adj.)

old form: capitall
worthy of the death penalty, punishable by death
Cor V.iii.104
Our prayers to the Gods, which is a comfortOur prayers to the gods, which is a comfort Cor V.iii.105
That all but we enioy. For how can we?That all but we enjoy. For how can we, Cor V.iii.106
Alas! how can we, for our Country pray?Alas, how can we for our country pray, Cor V.iii.107
Whereto we are bound, together with thy victory:Whereto we are bound, together with thy victory, Cor V.iii.108
Whereto we are bound: Alacke, or we must looseWhereto we are bound? Alack, or we must lose Cor V.iii.109
The Countrie our deere Nurse, or else thy personThe country, our dear nurse, or else thy person, Cor V.iii.110
Our comfort in the Country. We must findeOur comfort in the country. We must find Cor V.iii.111
An euident Calamity, though we hadAn evident calamity, though we hadevident (adj.)

old form: euident
inevitable, certain, inescapable
Cor V.iii.112
Our wish, which side should win. For either thouOur wish, which side should win. For either thou Cor V.iii.113
Must as a Forraine Recreant be ledMust, as a foreign recreant be ledrecreant (n.)
deserter, renegade, villain
Cor V.iii.114
With Manacles through our streets, or elseWith manacles through our streets, or else Cor V.iii.115
Triumphantly treade on thy Countries ruine,Triumphantly tread on thy country's ruin, Cor V.iii.116
And beare the Palme, for hauing brauely shedAnd bear the palm for having bravely shedpalm (n.)

old form: Palme
palm leaf as a symbol of victory
Cor V.iii.117
bravely (adv.)

old form: brauely
splendidly, worthily, excellently
Thy Wife and Childrens blood: For my selfe, Sonne,Thy wife and children's blood. For myself, son, Cor V.iii.118
I purpose not to waite on Fortune, tillI purpose not to wait on fortune tillpurpose (v.)
intend, plan
Cor V.iii.119
These warres determine: If I cannot perswade thee,These wars determine. If I cannot persuade theedetermine (v.)
be decided, be concluded, make an end
Cor V.iii.120
Rather to shew a Noble grace to both parts,Rather to show a noble grace to both partsgrace (n.)
favour, good will
Cor V.iii.121
Then seeke the end of one; thou shalt no soonerThan seek the end of one, thou shalt no sooner Cor V.iii.122
March to assault thy Country, then to treadeMarch to assault thy country than to tread –  Cor V.iii.123
(Trust too't, thou shalt not) on thy Mothers wombeTrust to't, thou shalt not – on thy mother's wombtrust (v.)
depend, be sure, rely
Cor V.iii.124
That brought thee to this world.That brought thee to this world. Cor V.iii.125.1
I, and mine, Ay, and mine, Cor V.iii.125.2
that brought you forth this boy, / To keepe your name That brought you forth this boy to keep your name Cor V.iii.126
liuing to time.Living to time. Cor V.iii.127.1
Boy. BOY 
A shall not tread on me: 'A shall not tread on me! Cor V.iii.127.2
Ile run away / Till I am bigger, but then Ile fight.I'll run away till I am bigger, but then I'll fight. Cor V.iii.128
Not of a womans tendernesse to be,Not of a woman's tenderness to be Cor V.iii.129
Requires nor Childe, nor womans face to see:Requires nor child nor woman's face to see. Cor V.iii.130
I haue sate too long.I have sat too long. Cor V.iii.131.1
He rises Cor V.iii.131
Nay, go not from vs thus:Nay, go not from us thus. Cor V.iii.131.2
If it were so, that our request did tendIf it were so that our request did tend Cor V.iii.132
To saue the Romanes, thereby to destroyTo save the Romans, thereby to destroy Cor V.iii.133
The Volces whom you serue, you might condemne vsThe Volsces whom you serve, you might condemn us Cor V.iii.134
As poysonous of your Honour. No, our suiteAs poisonous of your honour. No, our suitsuit (n.)

old form: suite
formal request, entreaty, petition
Cor V.iii.135
Is that you reconcile them: While the VolcesIs that you reconcile them, while the Volsces Cor V.iii.136
May say, this mercy we haue shew'd: the Romanes,May say ‘ This mercy we have showed,’ the Romans Cor V.iii.137
This we receiu'd, and each in either side‘ This we received,’ and each in either side Cor V.iii.138
Giue the All-haile to thee, and cry be BlestGive the all-hail to thee and cry ‘ Be blestall-hail (n.)

old form: All-haile
acclamation, salutation, praise
Cor V.iii.139
For making vp this peace. Thou know'st (great Sonne)For making up this peace!’ Thou know'st, great son, Cor V.iii.140
The end of Warres vncertaine: but this certaine,The end of war's uncertain; but this certain, Cor V.iii.141
That if thou conquer Rome, the benefitThat, if thou conquer Rome, the benefit Cor V.iii.142
Which thou shalt thereby reape, is such a nameWhich thou shalt thereby reap is such a name Cor V.iii.143
Whose repetition will be dogg'd with Curses:Whose repetition will be dogged with curses, Cor V.iii.144
Whose Chronicle thus writ, The man was Noble,Whose chronicle thus writ: ‘ The man was noble, Cor V.iii.145
But with his last Attempt, he wip'd it out:But with his last attempt he wiped it out, Cor V.iii.146
Destroy'd his Country, and his name remainesDestroyed his country, and his name remains Cor V.iii.147
To th' insuing Age, abhorr'd. Speake to me Son:To the ensuing age abhorred.’ Speak to me, son. Cor V.iii.148
Thou hast affected the fiue straines of Honor,Thou hast affected the fine strains of honour,affect (v.)
cultivate, aim at, seek out
Cor V.iii.149
affect (v.)
assume, display, put on, practise in an artificial way
To imitate the graces of the Gods.To imitate the graces of the gods, Cor V.iii.150
To teare with Thunder the wide Cheekes a'th' Ayre,To tear with thunder the wide cheeks o'th' air, Cor V.iii.151
And yet to change thy Sulphure with a BoultAnd yet to charge thy sulphur with a boltsulphur (n.)

old form: Sulphure
Cor V.iii.152
bolt (n.)

old form: Boult
That should but riue an Oake. Why do'st not speake?That should but rive an oak. Why dost not speak?rive (v.)

old form: riue
split, rend, cleave
Cor V.iii.153
Think'st thou it Honourable for a NoblemanThink'st thou it honourable for a nobleman Cor V.iii.154
Still to remember wrongs? Daughter, speake you:Still to remember wrongs? Daughter, speak you:still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
Cor V.iii.155
He cares not for your weeping. Speake thou Boy,He cares not for your weeping. Speak thou, boy. Cor V.iii.156
Perhaps thy childishnesse will moue him morePerhaps thy childishness will move him more Cor V.iii.157
Then can our Reasons. There's no man in the worldThan can our reasons. There's no man in the world Cor V.iii.158
More bound to's Mother, yet heere he let's me prateMore bound to's mother, yet here he lets me prateprate (v.)
prattle, chatter, blather
Cor V.iii.159
Like one i'th' Stockes. Thou hast neuer in thy life,Like one i'th' stocks. Thou hast never in thy life Cor V.iii.160
Shew'd thy deere Mother any curtesie,Showed thy dear mother any courtesy, Cor V.iii.161
When she (poore Hen) fond of no second brood,When she, poor hen, fond of no second brood,fond (adj.)
eager [for], desirous [of]
Cor V.iii.162
Ha's clock'd thee to the Warres: and safelie homeHas clucked thee to the wars, and safely home, Cor V.iii.163
Loden with Honor. Say my Request's vniust,Loaden with honour. Say my request's unjust, Cor V.iii.164
And spurne me backe: But, if it be not soAnd spurn me back. But if it be not so,spurn (v.)

old form: spurne
reject, scorn, despise, treat with contempt
Cor V.iii.165
Thou art not honest, and the Gods will plague theeThou art not honest, and the gods will plague theehonest (adj.)
honourable, respectable, upright
Cor V.iii.166
That thou restrain'st from me the Duty, whichThat thou restrain'st from me the duty whichrestrain (v.)

old form: restrain'st
withhold, keep back, hold back
Cor V.iii.167
To a Mothers part belongs. He turnes away:To a mother's part belongs. He turns away. Cor V.iii.168
Down Ladies: let vs shame him with him with our kneesDown ladies! Let us shame him with our knees. Cor V.iii.169
To his sur-name Coriolanus longs more prideTo his surname Coriolanus 'longs more pride Cor V.iii.170
Then pitty to our Prayers. Downe: an end,Than pity to our prayers. Down! An end; Cor V.iii.171
The four kneel Cor V.iii.172
This is the last. So, we will home to Rome,This is the last. So, we will home to Rome, Cor V.iii.172
And dye among our Neighbours: Nay, behold's,And die among our neighbours. Nay, behold 's! Cor V.iii.173
This Boy that cannot tell what he would haue,This boy, that cannot tell what he would have Cor V.iii.174
But kneeles, and holds vp hands for fellowship,But kneels and holds up hands for fellowship, Cor V.iii.175
Doe's reason our Petition with more strengthDoes reason our petition with more strengthreason (v.)
argue for, plead for, support
Cor V.iii.176
Then thou hast to deny't. Come, let vs go:Than thou hast to deny't. Come, let us go. Cor V.iii.177
They rise Cor V.iii.178
This Fellow had a Volcean to his Mother:This fellow had a Volscian to his mother; Cor V.iii.178
His Wife is in Corioles, and his ChildeHis wife is in Corioles, and his child Cor V.iii.179
Like him by chance: yet giue vs our dispatch:Like him by chance. Yet give us our dispatch.dispatch, despatch (n.)
dismissal, leave to go
Cor V.iii.180
I am husht vntill our City be afire, I am hushed until our city be afire, Cor V.iii.181
& then Ile speak a litleAnd then I'll speak a little. Cor V.iii.182
Holds her by the hand silent. Holds her by the hand, silent Cor V.iii.183
O Mother, Mother!O mother, mother! Cor V.iii.183
What haue you done? Behold, the Heauens do ope,What have you done? Behold, the heavens do ope,ope (v.)
Cor V.iii.184
The Gods looke downe, and this vnnaturall SceneThe gods look down, and this unnatural scene Cor V.iii.185
They laugh at. Oh my Mother, Mother: Oh!They laugh at. O my mother, mother! O! Cor V.iii.186
You haue wonne a happy Victory to Rome.You have won a happy victory to Rome. Cor V.iii.187
But for your Sonne, beleeue it: Oh beleeue it,But for your son – believe it, O believe it –  Cor V.iii.188
Most dangerously you haue with him preuail'd,Most dangerously you have with him prevailed, Cor V.iii.189
If not most mortall to him. But let it come:If not most mortal to him. But let it come.mortal (adv.)

old form: mortall
fatally, lethally, destructively
Cor V.iii.190
Auffidius, though I cannot make true Warres,Aufidius, though I cannot make true wars,true (adj.)
true to one's promise, faithful to one's undertaking
Cor V.iii.191
Ile frame conuenient peace. Now good Auffidius,I'll frame convenient peace. Now, good Aufidius,convenient (adj.)

old form: conuenient
fitting, suitable, appropriate
Cor V.iii.192
Were you in my steed, would you haue heardWere you in my stead, would you have heard Cor V.iii.193
A Mother lesse? or granted lesse Auffidius?A mother less? Or granted less, Aufidius? Cor V.iii.194
I was mou'd withall.I was moved withal. Cor V.iii.195.1
I dare be sworne you were:I dare be sworn you were! Cor V.iii.195.2
And sir, it is no little thing to makeAnd, sir, it is no little thing to make Cor V.iii.196
Mine eyes to sweat compassion. But (good sir)Mine eyes to sweat compassion. But, good sir, Cor V.iii.197
What peace you'l make, aduise me: For my part,What peace you'll make, advise me. For my part, Cor V.iii.198
Ile not to Rome, Ile backe with you, and pray youI'll not to Rome, I'll back with you, and pray you, Cor V.iii.199
Stand to me in this cause. Oh Mother! Wife!Stand to me in this cause. O mother! Wife!stand to (v.)
stand by, side with, support
Cor V.iii.200
(aside) Cor V.iii.201
I am glad thou hast set thy mercy, & thy HonorI am glad thou hast set thy mercy and thy honour Cor V.iii.201
At difference in thee: Out of that Ile workeAt difference in thee. Out of that I'll workdifference (n.)
quarrel, disagreement, dispute
Cor V.iii.202
My selfe a former Fortune.Myself a former fortune. Cor V.iii.203.1
(to the ladies) Cor V.iii.203
I by and by; Ay, by and by. Cor V.iii.203.2
But we will drinke together: / And you shall beareBut we will drink together; and you shall bear Cor V.iii.204
A better witnesse backe then words, which weA better witness back than words, which we, Cor V.iii.205
On like conditions, will haue Counter-seal'd.On like conditions, will have (adj.)
same, similar, alike, equal
Cor V.iii.206
counter-seal (v.)

old form: Counter-seal'd
provide with an additional seal, countersign
Come enter with vs: Ladies you deserueCome, enter with us. Ladies, you deserve Cor V.iii.207
To haue a Temple built you: All the SwordsTo have a temple built you. All the swords Cor V.iii.208
In Italy, and her Confederate ArmesIn Italy, and her confederate arms, Cor V.iii.209
Could not haue made this peace. Could not have made this peace. Cor V.iii.210
Exeunt. Exeunt Cor V.iii.210
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