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They stared, and were distracted ; no man's life
Entor Macperg. Was to be trusted with them.
How goes the world, Sir, now ? Macb. O, yet I do repént me of my fary,
Macd. Why, see you uot! That I did kill them.
Rosse. Is't known, who did this more than bloody Macd. Wherefore did you so 1
deed ? Macb. Who can be wise, amazed, temperate, and Macd. Those that Macbeth bath slain. furious,
Rosse. Alas, the day! Loyal and neutral, in a moment ? No man :
What good could they pretend ! The expedition of my violent love
Macd. They were suborn'd; Out-ran the pauser reason.-Here lay Duncan, Malcolm, and Donalbain, the king's two sons, His silver skin laced with his golden blood ; Are stolen away and fled; which puts upon them And his gash'd stabs look'd like a breach in nature, Suspicion of the deed. For ruiu's wasteful entrance: there, the murderers, Rosse. 'Gainst nature still : Steep'd in the colours of their trade, their daggers Thriftless ambition, that will ravin up Unmannerly breech'd with gore. ; who could re Thine own life's means !-Then 'uis most like, refrain,
The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth. That had a heart to love, and in that heart,
Macd. He is already named ; and gone to Scone, Courage, to make his love known
To be invested. Lady M. Help me hence, ho !
Rosse. Where is Duncan's body? Macd. Look to the lady.
Macd. Carried to Colmes-kill;
The sacred storehouse of his predecessors,
Rosse. Will you wo Scone !
Macd. No, cousin, l'Il to Fife.
Macd. Well, may you see things well done there ; Hal. Nor our strong sorrow on
adieu ! The foot of motion.
Lest our old robes sit easier than our new ! Ban. Look to the laily :
Rosse. Father, farewell. (Lady Macbeth is carried out. Old M. God's benison go with you; and with thuse And when we have our naked frailties hid, That would make good of bad, and friends of fues ! That suffer in exposure, let us ineet,
(Ereunt. And question this most bloody piece of work, To know it further. Fears and scruples shake us :
SCENE 1.-Fores.-A Room in the Palace. of treasonous malice. Macb. And so do 1.
Enter BasQUO. All. So all.
Ban. Thou hast it now, King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, Blacb. Let's briefly put on manly readiness, As the weird women promised; and, I fear, And weet i'the hall together.
Thou play'dst most foully tor't : yet it was said, AU. Well contented.
It should not stand in thy posterity; (Exeunt all but Mal. and Don.
But that myself should be the root, and father Mal. What will you do ? Let's not consort with of many kings. If there come truth from them, them:
(As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine,) To shew an unfelt sorrow, is an office
Why, by the verities on thee made good,
Don. To Ireland, I; our separated fortune And set me up in hope! But, hush ; no more.
MACBETH, as Queen ; LEXOX, Rosse, Lords, LuMal. This murderous shaft that's shot,
dies, and Attendants. Hath not yet lighted; and our safest way
Macb. Here's our chief guest. Is, to avoid the aim. Therefore, to horse ;
Lady M. If he had been forgotten, And let us not be dainty of leave taking,
It had been as a gap in our great feast, But shitt away: there's warrant in that theft And all-things anbecoming. Which steals itself, when there's no mercy left. Macb. To-night we hold a solemn supper, Sin
(Exeunt. And I'll request your presence.
Ban. Let your highvess
Command upon me; to the which, my duties
Are with a most indissoluble tie
For ever knit.
advice Huth tritled former knowings.
(Whieh still hath been both grave and prosperous,) Posse. Ah, good father,
In this day's council; but we'll take lo-morrow. Thou see'st, the heavens, as troubled with man's Is't far you ride 1 act,
Ban. As far, my lord, as will fill up the time Threaten his bloody stage : by the clock 'uis day, Twixt this and supper : go not my horse the bet. And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp:
Macb. Fail not our feast.
Ban. My lord, I will not.
In England, and in Ireland ; not confessing Was by a mousing owl hawk'd at, and kill'd. Their crnel parricide, filling their hearers Rosse. And Duncan's horses, (a thing most strange With strange invention : but of that to-morrow; and certain,)
When, therewithal, we shall have cause of state, Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race, Craving us jointly. Hie you to horse : adieu, Turn'd wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out, Till you return at night. Goes Fleance witli yon 3 Contending 'gainst obedience, as they would make Bun. Ay, my good lord : our time dues call upon War with mankind, Old M. 'l'is said, they eat each other.
Macb. I wish your horses swift, and sure of fuot; Rosse. They did so; to the amazemeat of mine And so I de commend you to their backs. eyes,
(Exil Danquo. That look'd upon't. Here comes the good Macduff: Let every mau be master of his time
Till seven at night; to make society,
The gwcetes welcome, we will keep ourself
| Mur. And I another,
(Errunt Lady Mucbeth, Lords, That I would sel my life on any chance,
To mend it, or be rid on't.
Atten. They are, my lord, withont the palace gate. Know, Banquo was your enemy.
Macb. So is he mine : and in such bloody dis-
tancet, brick deep ; and in his royalty of nature
That every ininute of his being thrusts, Reigns that, which would be lear'd : ’lis much he Against my near’st of life: and though I could dares;
With bare faced power sweep him from my sight,
And bid my will avouch it ; yet I must nor,
Whose loves I may not drop, but wail his fal!
Whom I myself struck down : and thence it is,
That I to your assistance do make love ;
Perform what you comniand tis.
Macb. Your spirits shine through you. Within
this hour, at most, No son of mine succeeding. If it be so,
I will advise you where to plant yourselres. Por Banquo's issue have I filed + my mind;
Acquaint you with the perfect spy o' the time, For them the gracious Duncan have I mnrder'd ; The moment on'ı; for'ı must be done to-ni;ht, Put rancours in the vessel of my peace
And something froin the palace; always thought, Only for them: and mine eternal jewel
That I require a clearness: and with him, Given to the common enemy of man,
(To leave po rubs, nor botches, in the work) To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings ! Fleance his son, that keeps him company, Rather than so, conie, l'ale, into the list,
Whose absence is no less material to me And champion me to the utterance ! -Who's Than is his father's, must embrace the fate there?
Of that dark hour. Resolve yourselves apart;
I'll come to yon anon.
2. Jur. We are resolred, my lord.
Macb. I'll call upon you suaight; abide within.
(Exit Attendant. It is concluded :--Banquo, thy soul's night, Was it not yesterday we spoke together?
It it tind heaven, must find it out lo-night.
SCENE II.-The same.- Another Room.
Enter Lady MACBETH, and a SERVANT.
Lady M. Is Banquo gone from court? In our last coference ; pass'd in probation g with Serv. Ay, madam ; but returns again io-night. you,
Lady M. Say to the king, I would attend his How you were borne in hand |; how cross'd ; the
For a few words.
Lady M. Nought's had, all's spent,
Where our desire is got withont content:
"Tis safer to be that which we destroy,
Than, by destruction, dwell in doubiful joy.
Using those thoughts, which should indeed have
died And beggard yours for ever!
With them they think on? Things withont remedy, I Mur. We are men, my liege.
Should be without regard : wbal's done, is done Mucb. Ay, in the catalogue ye go for men ;
Macb. We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it; As hounds, and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, She'll close, and be herself; whilst our pour malice curs,
Remains in danger of her former tooth.
The frame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,
Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep
In the affliction of these terrible dreams,
That shake us nightly: better be with the dead,
In restless ecstacy H. Duncan is in his grave;
After life's fitful lever, he sleeps well;
Treason has done his worst: nor steel, nor poison,
Cun touch him further!
Lady M. Come on;
Gentle my lord, sleek o'er your rugged looks;
Mucb. So shall l, love; and so, I pray,
be 2 Mur. I am one, my liege,
Let your remembrance apply to Banquo;
Must lave our honours in these flattering streams ;
And make our faces vizards to our hearts,
# For defiled. Disquising what they are.
i Deluded. Are you so ubedient to the precept
• Worried. + Mortal enmity.
1 Because of * Wol-dogs. 11 Called. Titie, description. Must melanchoix.
i Agouy, Creien
Ś Du kain the highest honours.
Macb. O, full of scorpions is my mind, denr wife ! Enter Arst MURDERTR, to the Door.
Macb. See, they encounter thee with their hearts'
thanks :Macb. There's comfort yet, they are assailable;
Both sides are even: Here l'll sit i' the midst :
Be large in mirth; anon, we'll drink a measure
The table round. There's blood upon thy face. mons, The shard-borne beetlet, with his drowsy hums,
Mur. 'Tis Banquo's then. Hath rung night's yawning peal, tbere shall be done
Macb. 'Tis better thee without, than he within. A deed of dreadtul note.
Is he despatch'd ? Lady M. What's to be done?
Niur. My lord, his throat is cut; that I did for
him. Mucb. Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chucki,
Macb. Thou art the best o' the cut-throats: yet Till thou appland the deed. Come, seeling $ night, That did the like'for Fleance: if thou didst it,
he's good, Skarf up the tender eye of pitiful day ;
Thou art the nonpareil. And, with thy bloody and invisible hand,
Mur. Most royal Sir, Cancel, and iear to pieces, that great bond
Fleance is 'scaped.
Macb. Then comes my fit again: I had else bern
perfect; Good things of day begin lo droop and drowse ;
Whole as the marble, founded as the rock; Whiies night's black agents to their prey do rouse.
As broad, and general, as the casing air: Thou marvell'st at my words : but hold thee still ;
But now, I'm cabin'd, cribb’d, confined, bound in Things, bad begun, make strong themselves by ill :
To saucy doubts and fears. But Banquo's safe? So, pr'ythee, go with me.
Mur. Ay, my good lord : safe in a ditch he bides,
With twenty trenched gashes on his head; SCENE III.-The same.- A Park or Lawn, with a
The least a death to nature.
Macb. Thanks for that:-
Hath nature that in time will venom breed, 1 Mur. But who did bid thee join with us!
No teeth for the present.-Get thee gone ; to-mor3 Mur. Macbeth.
row 2 Mur. He needs not our mistrust; sinco he de
Well hear, ourselves again. (Erit Murderer.
Lady M. My royal lord,
You do not give the cheer: the feast is sold, To the direction just.
That is not often vouch'd, while 'lis a making, 1 Mur. Then stand with 18.
'Tis given with welcome: to feed, were best at
home; The west yet gliminers with some streaks of day : Now spurs the lated traveller apace.
From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremouy ;
Meeting were bare without it. To gain the timely inn; and near approaches
Macb. Sweet remembrancer !The subject of our watch. 3 Mur. Hark, I hear horses.
Now, good digestion wait on appetite,
And health on both! Ban. (Within.) Give us a light there, ho! 2 Mur. Then it is he ; the rest
Len. May it please your highness sit! That are within the note of expectation I,
(The Ghost of Bunquo rises, and sits in
Macbeth's place. Already are i’ the court. 1 Mur. His horses go about.
Macb. Here had we now our country's honour 3 Mur. Almost a mile : but he does usually,
root'd, So all men do, from hence to the palace gate,
Were the graced person of our Banquo present; Make it their walk.
Who may I rather challenge for unkindness,
Than pity for mischance! Enter BANQOO, and FLBANCE ; a Servant with a Rosse. "His absence, Sir, Torch preceding them.
Lays blame upon his promise. Please it your high2 Mur. A light, a light ! 3 Mur. "Tis he.
To grace us with your royal company? 1 Mur. Stand to't.
Macb. The table's full, Ban. It will be rain to-night.
Len. Here's a place reserved, Sir.
Macb. Where 1 Mur. Let it come down. (Assaults Banquo. Ban. O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, tly;
Len. Here, my lord. What is't that moves your Thou may'st revenge.- O slave!
highness (Dies.- Fleance and Servant escape.
Macb. Which of you have done this? 3 Mur. Who did strike out the light?
Lords. What, my good lord !
Macb. Thou canst not say, I did it: nerer shake 1 Mur. Was 't not the way? 3 Mur. There's but one down; the son is fled.
Thy gory locks at me. 2 Mur, We have lost best half of our aflair.
Rosse. Gentlemen, rise ; his highness is not well. 1 Mur. Well, let's away, and say how much is
Lady M. Sit, worthy friends :--My lord is often done.
And hath been from his youth : pray you, keep seat, SCENE IV-A Room of State in the Palace.
The fit is momentary, upon a thought.
He will again be well : if much you note him,
BETH, Rosse, LENOX, LORDS, and Attendants. Feed, and regard him not.--Are you a mans
Macb. Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that
Which might appal the devil. And last, the hearty welcome.
Lady M. O proper stuff! Lords. Thanks to your majesty.
This is the very painting of your fear : Macb. Ourself will mingle with society,
This is the air-drawn dagger, which, you said, And play the humble host.
Led yon to Duncan. O, these flaws t, and starts, Our hostess keeps her statel ; but, in best time,
(linpostors to true fear',) would well become We will require her, weicome.
A woman's story, at a winter's fire, Lady M. Pronounce it for me, Sir, to all our
Authorised by her grandam. Shame itself! friends;
Why do you make such faces? When all's done, For my heart speuks, they are welcome.
You look but on a stool.
- Macb. Prythee, see there! Behold! Look! Lo ! • 1. e. The copy, the lease, by which they hold
How say you !
* The beetle borne in rhe air by its shards or sealy Those that we bury, back, our monuments
Shall be the maws of kites. (Ghost disappears. 1 1. e. They wlu are set down in the list of guests, and expected to supper.
• As quick as thought. * Prolong his sufferings Continues in her chair of state.
Lady M. What ! Quite unmann'd in folly? Strange things I have in head, that will to hand;
Which must be acted, ere they may be scann'd
Lady M. You lack the season of all natures, sleep. Macb. Blood hath been shed ere now, I the Macb. Come, we'll to sleep: my strange and self olden time,
SCENE V.-The Heath.
Thunder.- Enter HECATE, meeting the three
I W'ilch. Why, how now, Hecate! You look
angerly. Lady M. My worthy lord,
llec. Have I not reason, bedlams, as yon are, Your noble friends do lack you. Macb. I do forget:
Saucy, and overbold How did you dare
To trade and traffic with Macbeth,
In riddles, and affairs of death ;
Mas never call'd to bear my part,
Or shew the glory of our art i
And, which is worse, all you have done
Hath been but for a wayward son,
But make amends now: get you gone,
And at the pit of Acheron
Will come to know his destiny.
Your charms, and every thing beside:
I am for the air ; this night l'il spend
Unto a dismal-fatal end.
Great business must be wrought cre noon :
Upon the corner of the moon
There hangs a vaporous drop profound t;
As, by the strength of their illusion,
He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear
(Ghost disappears. And you all know, security
Is mortals' chiefest enemy.
Song, (Within.) Come aray, come atray, &c.
Sils in a foggy cloud, and stays for me. (Ezil. With most admired disorder.
i Witik. Come, let's make haste; she'll snon be Macb. Can such things be,
SCENE VI.- Fores.- A Room in the Palace.
Enter LENOX, and another LORD.
Len. My former speeches hare but hit your When mine are blanch'd with fear,
thoughts, Rosse. What sights, ny lord ?
Which can interpret further: only, I say,
And the right valiant Banquo walk'd too late ;
Whom, you may say, if it please yon, Fleance Len. Good night, and better health
killid, Attend his majesty!
For Fleance fied. Men must not walk too late ; Lady M. A kind good night to all!
Who cannot want the thought, how monstrous (Ereunt Lords and Attendants. It was for Malcolm, and for Donalbain, Macb. It will have blood;
they say, blood will To kill their gracious father ! Damned fact! have blood :
How it did grieve Macbeth I Did he not straight,
That were the slaves of drink, and thralls of sleep? By magni-pies ll, and choughs, and rooks, brought was not that nobly done ? Ay, and wisely too ; forth
For 'twould have anger'd any heart alive, The secret'st man of blood.--What is the night! To hear the men deny it. So that, I say, Lady M. Almost at odds with morning, which is He has borne all things well: and I do think, which
That, had he Dancan's sons under his key, Macb. How say'st thou, that Macduff denies his (As, 'an't please heaven, he shall not,) they should person,
find At our great bidding?
What 'twere to kill a father ; ko should Fleance. Lady M. D d you send to him, Sir
But, peace !--For from broad words, and 'cause he
Macduff lives in disgrace :-Sir, can you tell (Betimes I will,) unto the weird sisters :
Where he bestows himself
Lives in the English court; and is received
That the malevolence of fortune nothing
Takes from his high respect :--Thither Macduf
• Examined nicely. Magpies.
An individual. + 1.6. A drop that has deep or hidden qualities.
Is gone to pray the holy king, on his aid
AU. A deed withont name.
Though you untie the winds, and let thein tight
down; Hatlı so exasperate the king, that he
Though castles topple on their warder's heads; Prepares for some attempt of war.
Thongh palaces, and pyramids, do slope Len. Sent he to Macduft?
Their heads to their foundations; though the trea. Lord. He did : and with an absolute, Sir, not 1,
sure The cloudy messenger turns une huis back,
Of nature's germins $ tumble all together, And hums; as who should say, You'll rue the time Even till destruction sicken, answer me That clogs me with this answer.
To what I ask you. Len. And that well might
I Witch. Speak. Advise him to a caution, to hold what distance 2 Il'itch. Demand. His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel
3 Witch. We'll answer. Fly to the court of England, and unfold
1 Witch. Say, if thoud'st rather liear it from our His message ere he come ; that a swift blessing
mouths, May soon return to this our suffering country Or from our masters ? Under a hand accursed !
Macb. Call them, let me see them. Lord. My prayers with him!
(Eseunt. 1 Witch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath eaten
Her nine farrow; grease, that's sweaten
From the niurderer's gibbet, throw
All. Come, high, or low; Thunder. -Enter the Three WITCHES.
Thyself, and oftice, deftly if shew. 1 Witch. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd. Thunder.-An Apparition of an armed Head rises. 2 Wuch. Thrice ; and once the bedge-pig whined. Macb. Tell me, thou unknown power,8 Witch. Harper cries :-'Tis time, 'tis time. 1 Witch. He knows thy thought; I Witch. Round about the cauldron go ;
Hear his speech, but say thon nought, In the poison's entrails throw..
App. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Toad, that under coldest stone,
Macduff; Days and nights hast thirty-one
Beware the thane of Fife.- Dismiss me :-Enough. Sweller'di venom sleeping got,
(Descenas. Bojl thou first i'the charmed pot!
Macb. Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution, All. Double, double toil and trouble ;
thanks ; Fire, burn; and, cauldron, bubble.
Thou hast harp'dr my fear aright :-But one word 2 Witch. Fillet of a fenny snake,
more In the cauldron boil and bake :
i Witch. He will not be commanded : here's anoEye of newt, and toe of frog,
ther, Wonl of bat, and tongue of dog,
More potent than the first.
Thunder.-- An Apparition of a bloody Child rises.
App. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Macb. Had I three ears, I'd hear thee. All. Double, double toil and trouble ;
App. Be bloody, bold, and resolute : laugli to scorn Pire, barn; and, cauldron, bubble.
The power of man; for none of woman born 3 Witch. Scale of dragon, looth of wulf;
Shali harm Macbeth.
(Descends. Witches' mummy; maw, and gulf 3.
Macb. Then live, Macduft; what need I fear of Of the ravin'd || 'salt sea-shark ;
thee 1 Root of hemlock, digg'd i'the dark ;
But yet I'll make assurance double sure, Liver of blaspheming Jew;
And take a bond of fate : thou shalt not live ; Call of goat, and slips of yew,
That I may tell pale-hearted fear, it lies,
And sleep in spite of thunder. What is tbis,
Thunder.-An Apparition of a Child crowned, with a
Tree in his tand, rises. Make the gruel thick and slab :
That rises like the issue of a king; Add thereto a tiger's chaudron ,
And wears upon his baby brow the round For the ingredients of our cauldron.
Aud top of sovereignty "? AU. Double, double toil and trouble ;
All. Listen, but speak not. Fire, burn; and, cauldron, bublile.
App. Be lion-metiled, proud ; and take no care 2 Witch. Cool' it with a baboon's blood,
Who chafes, who trets, or where conspirers are. Then the charm is firm and good,
Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be, antil
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
Who can impress the forest tt; bid the tree
Unix his earth-bound root? Sweet bodements Like elves and fairies in a ring,
Good ! Enchanting all that you put in.
(Music. Rebellions head, rise nerer, till the wood
Of Birnam rise, and our high-placed Macbeth
Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath
To time, and mortal custom-Yet my heart
Throbs to know one thing ; tell me, (it your art
Can tell so much,) shall Banquo's issuie ever 2 Witch. By the pricking of my thumba,
Reign in this kingdom
All. Seek to know no more.
• Frothy. + Laid fat by wind or rain. Macb. How now, you secret, black, and midnight
Tumbie. $ Seeds which have began to sprout, hags?
Touched on a passion as a harper touches a
string. • Honours freely testowed. *For exasperated, ** The round is that part of a crown which enThus word is eruployed to signify that the animal circles the lead: the top is the ornament which was hot and sweating with venom although sleep rises abose it. ing under a cold stone.
++ Who can conmand the forest to serve him The throat.
1 Ravenous Entrails. like a soldier impressed?
What is't you do!