Rome. A public place.
Enter MENENIUS with the two Tribunes of the people, SICINIUS and BRUTUS.
The augurer tells me we shall have news to-night.
Not according to the prayer of the people, for they
love not Martius.
5Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.
Pray you, who does the wolf love?
Ay, to devour him; as the hungry plebeians would the
10He’s a lamb indeed, that baes like a bear.
He’s a bear indeed, that lives like a lamb. You two
are old men: tell me one thing that I shall ask you.
In what enormity is Martius poor in, that you two
15have not in abundance?
He’s poor in no one fault, but stored with all.
Especially in pride.
And topping all others in boasting.
This is strange now: do you two know how you are
20censured here in the city, I mean of us o’ the
right-hand file? do you?