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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
Shall come against him.
That will never be;
Who can impress1 the forest; bid the tree
Unfix his earth-bound root? sweet bodements! good!
Of Birnam rise, and our high-plac'd Macbeth
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,
Why do you show me this?-A fourth? Start, eyes!
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.
Horrible sight!-Ay, now, I see, 'tis true;
1 Witch. Ay, sir, all this is so :-But why
[Musick. The Witches dance, and vanish. Macb. Where are they? Gone?-Let this perStand aye accursed in the calendar!
Come in, without there!
Macb. Infected be the air whereon they ride: And damn'd, all those that trust them!-I did hear The galloping of horse: Who was't came by?
Len. 'Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you Macduff is fled to England.
Len. Ay, my good lord.
Fled to England?
Macb. Time, thou anticipat'st3 my dread exploits.
The flighty purpose never is o'ertook,
Unless the deed go with it: From this moment,
The very firstlings of my heart shall be
The firstlings of my hand.
And even now
To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and
The castle of Macduff I will surprise;
i. e. whose blood hath issued out at many wounds.
antique for antic. 3 To anticipate, in the sense of, to outstrip.
Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o' th' sword
SCENE II.-Fife. A room in Macduff's castle.
Enter Lady MACDUFF, her Son, and Rosse. L. Macd. What had he done, to make him fly the Rosse. You must have patience, madam. [land? L. Macd. He had none : His flight was madness: When our actions do not, Our fears do make us traitors.
You know not, Whether it was his wisdom, or his fear.
L. Macd. Wisdom! to leave his wife, to leave his His mansion, and his titles, in a place [babes, From whence himself does fly? He loves us not; He wants the natural touch: for the poor wren, The most diminutive of birds, will fight, Her young ones in her nest, against the owl. All is the fear, and nothing is the love; As little is the wisdom, where the flight So runs against all reason.
My dearest coz,
The fits o' th' season. I dare not speak much further:
And are not conscious of guilt.