A highway between Rome and Antium.
Enter a Roman and a Volsce, meeting
I know you well, sir, and you know
me: your name, I think, is Adrian.
It is so, sir: truly, I have forgot you.
I am a Roman; and my services are,
5as you are, against ’em: know you me yet?
You had more beard when I last saw you; but your
favour is well approved by your tongue. What’s the
10news in Rome? I have a note from the Volscian state,
to find you out there: you have well saved me a
There hath been in Rome strange insurrections; the
people against the senators, patricians, and nobles.
15Hath been! is it ended, then? Our state thinks not
so: they are in a most warlike preparation, and
hope to come upon them in the heat of their division.
The main blaze of it is past, but a small thing
would make it flame again: for the nobles receive
20so to heart the banishment of that worthy
Coriolanus, that they are in a ripe aptness to take
all power from the people and to pluck from them
their tribunes for ever. This lies glowing, I can
tell you, and is almost mature for the violent