The same. The Forum.
Enter seven or eight Citizens
Once, if he do require our voices, we ought not to deny him.
We may, sir, if we will.
We have power in ourselves to do it, but it is a
power that we have no power to do; for if he show us
5his wounds and tell us his deeds, we are to put our
tongues into those wounds and speak for them; so, if
he tell us his noble deeds, we must also tell him
our noble acceptance of them. Ingratitude is
monstrous, and for the multitude to be ingrateful,
10were to make a monster of the multitude: of the
which we being members, should bring ourselves to be
And to make us no better thought of, a little help
will serve; for once we stood up about the corn, he
15himself stuck not to call us the many-headed multitude.
We have been called so of many; not that our heads
are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald,
but that our wits are so diversely coloured: and
truly I think if all our wits were to issue out of
20one skull, they would fly east, west, north, south,
and their consent of one direct way should be at
once to all the points o’ the compass.