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Sent he to Macduff?
Lord. He did and with an absolute, Sir, not I, The cloudy messenger turns me his back, And hums; as who should say, You'll rue the time, That clogs me with this answer.
Len. And that well might Advise him to a caution, to hold what distance His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel Fly to the court of England, and unfold His message ere he come; that a swift blessing May soon return to this our suffering country Under a hand accurs'd!
My prayers with him! [Exeunt.
SCENE I. A dark cave. In the middle, a cauldron
Enter the three Witches.
1 Witch. Thrice the brinded' cat hath mew'd.
In the poison'd entrails throw.
Harper, some imp.
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
All. Double, double toil and trouble
3 Witch. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf;
All. Double, double toil and trouble;
2 Witch. Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is firm and good.
Enter HECATE and the other three Witches.
Black spirits and white,
gulf, the swallow, the throat. 3 To sliver is to cut, or slice.
5 chaudron, entrails.
2 ravin'd, glutted with prey. 4 drab, a common woman.
2 Witch. By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes: Open, locks, whoever knocks.
Macb. How now, you secret, black, and midnight you do?
A deed without a name.
Macb. I conjure you, by that which you profess, (Howe'er you come to know it,) answer me: Though you untie the winds, and let them fight Against the churches: though the yesty' waves Confound and swallow navigation up;
Though bladed corn be lodg'd, and trees blown down; Though castles topple on their warders' heads; Though palaces, and pyramids, do slope
Their heads to their foundations; though the treasure Of nature's germins' tumble all together,
Even till destruction sicken, answer me
To what I ask you.
1 Witch. Say, if thou'dst rather hear it from our
Or from our masters'.
Call them, let me see them.
I Witch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath eaten
Her nine farrow; grease, that's sweaten
From the murderer's gibbet, throw
Into the flame.
Come, high, or low;
Thyself, and office, deftly 3 show.
Thunder. An Apparition of an armed Head rises.
Macb. Tell me, thou unknown power,
frothy or foaming.
2 i. e. seeds which have begun to germinate or sprout.
He knows thy thought:
1 Witch. Hear his speech, but say thou nought. App. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff;
Beware the thane of Fife.-Dismiss me:-Enough.
Macb. What-e'er thou art, for thy good caution,
Thou hast harp'd' my fear aright:-But one word
1 Witch. He will not be commanded: Here's anMore potent than the first.
[other, Thunder. An Apparition of a bloody Child rises. App. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth!— Macb. Had I three ears, I'd hear thee. App. Be bloody, bold, And resolute: laugh to scorn the power of man, For none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.
[Descends. Macb. Then live, Macduff; What need I fear of
But yet I'll make assurance double sure,
And take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live;
That I may tell pale-hearted fear, it lies,
Thunder. An Apparition of a Child crowned, with a tree in his hand, rises.
That rises like the issue of a king;
And wears upon his baby brow the round'
And top of sovereignty?
Listen, but speak not. App. Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be, until
To harp, is to touch on a passion as a harper touches a string. 2 The round is that part of the crown that encircles the head. The top is the ornament that rises above it.-JOHNSON.
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
Seek to know no more. Macb. I will be satisfied: deny me this, And an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know :Why sinks that cauldron? and what noise is this?
[Hautboys. 1 Witch. Show! 2 Witch. Show! 3 Witch. Show! All. Show his eyes, and grieve his heart; Come like shadows, so depart.
Eight Kings appear, and pass over the stage in order, the last with a glass in his hand; BANQUO following.
Macb. Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo; down!
Thy crown does sear mine eye-balls:-And thy air,
1i. e. command to service like an impressed soldier.
A compliment to James I., who first united the two islands,
and the three kingdoms, under one head; whose house too was said to be descended from Banquo.-WARBURton.