ACT V. SCENE
THE TENT OF CORIOLANUS.
CORIOLANUS, AUFIDIUS, VIRGILIA, VOLUMNIA, YOUNG MARCIUS,
VALERIA, AND ATTENDANTS.
Volumnia. SAY, my request's unjust,
And spurn me back: But, if it be not so,
Thou art not honest; and the gods will plague thee,
That thou restrain'st from me the duty which
To a mother's part belongs.He turns away:
Down, ladies! let us shame him with our knees.
To his surname Coriolanus 'longs more pride
Than pity to our prayers. Down: An end:
This is the last:So we will home to Rome,
And die among our neighbours.Nay, behold us:
This boy, that cannot tell what he would have,
But kneels, and holds up hands, for fellowship,
Does reason our petition with more strength
Than thou hast to deny't.Come, let us go.
Painted by Gavin Hamilton. Engraved by James Caldwall.