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Thy letters have transported me beyond
Your face, my thane, is as a book, where men
To alter favour ever is to fear:
Leave all the rest to me.
Only look up clear;
SCENE VI.-The same.
Before the castle.
Hautboys. Servants of Macbeth attending.
Enter DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, BANQUO, LENOX, MACDUFF, ROSSE, ANGUS, and Attendants.
Dun. This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air
Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
Unto our gentle senses.
His pendent bed, and procreant cradle: Where they Most breed and haunt, I have observ'd, the air
Enter Lady МАСВЕТН.
See, see! our honour'd hostess ! The love that follows us, sometime is our trouble, Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you, How you shall bid God yield us for your pains, And thank us for your trouble. Lady M.
All our service
Against those honours deep and broad, wherewith
We rest your hermits.'
Where's the thane of Cawdor? We cours'd him at the heels, and had a purpose To be his purveyor: but he rides well;
And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath holp him To his home before us: Fair and noble hostess,
We are your guest to-night.
Your servants ever
Have theirs, themselves, and what is theirs, in compt,' To make their audit at your highness' pleasure,
Still to return your own.
Give me your hand:
Conduct me to mine host; we love him highly,
By your leave, hostess.
1i. e. as hermits shall always pray for you.
subject to account.
SCENE VII.-The same. A room in the castle.
Hautboys and torches. Enter, and pass over the stage, a Sewer, and divers Servants with dishes and service. Then enter MACBETH.
Macb. If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere
But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,—
Hath borne his faculties1 so meek, hath been
And pity, like a naked new-born babe,
3 We might more advantageously read-thus, even-handed
faculties, for dignities.
5 the winds.
6 Alluding to the remission of the wind in a shower.
Vaulting ambition, which o'er-leaps itself,
Enter Lady MАСВЕТН.
Lady M. He has almost supp'd; Why have you Macb. Hath he ask'd for me? [left the chamber? Lady M. Know you not, he has? Macb. We will proceed no further in this business; He hath honour'd me of late; and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
Not cast aside so soon.
Was the hope drunk,
To be the same in thine own act and valour,
I dare do all that may become a man;
The proverb alluded to is," The cat loves fish, but dares not
wet her feet."
Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,
If we should fail,
But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
Bring forth men-children only!
For thy undaunted mettle should compose
Who dares receive it other,
As we shall make our griefs and clamour roar
Upon his death?
I am settled, and bend up
Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.
Away, and mock the time with fairest show:
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
2 guard, sentinel.
4 The limbeck is the vessel through which the distilled liquors pass into the recipient. So shall it be with memory, through which every thing shall pass, and nothing remain.
5 quell is murder.