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It was the tragedy of Macbeth, which conferred upon Shakspeare the distinguished honour of receiving a letter, written with his sovereign's own hand, James the First, in testimony of his high admiration of the work!
Steevens calls this play, " The first of all dramatic enjoyments."
Johnson says, in apology for some occurrences contained in it, "I know not whether it may not be said, in defence of some parts which now seem improbable, that, in Shakspeare's timer it was necessary to warn credulity against vain arid delusive predictions,”
Duncan, KING OF
Mr. Powell. Mr. C. Kemble. Mr. De Camp. Mr. Menage.
Mr. Tokeley. Mr. Kemble. Mr. Elliston. Mr. Cooke. Mr. Raymond. Mr. Murray
Mr. H. Siddons. Mr.T.Blanchard Master West. Mr. Creswell. Mr. Bartley. Mr. Brunton. Mr. Holland. Mr. Chapmun.
Mr. Wewitzer. Mr. Simmons. Mr. Cherry
LADY MACBETH GENTLEWOMAN
Mrs. Siddons. Mrs. Powell. Mrs. Humphries. Miss Tidswell.
SCENE,- In Scotland, and in England.
ACT THE FIRST.
The open Country.
Three Witches discovered.
1 Witch. When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain ?
2 Witch. When the hurly-burly's done, When the battle's lost and won.
3 Witch. That will be ere th' set of sun.
[Noise of a Cat. 1 Witch. I come, Gray-malkin. [Noise of a Toad. 2 Witch. Paddock calls. 1 Witch. Anon.
All. Fair is foul, and foul is fair : Hover through the fog and filthy air.
[Thunder and Lightning.--Exeunt severally.
The Palace at Fores.
Flourish of Trumpets and Drums. Enter KING DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, LE
NOX, Rosse, and Attendants, meeting a bleeding Officer.
King. What bloody man is that? He can report,
Mal. This is the sergeant,
Off. Doubtfully it stood;
King. O, valiant cousin! worthy gentleman !
Of. Mark, king of Scotland, mark: No sooner justice had, with valour arm'd, Compell'd these skipping Kernes to trust their heels;
But the Norweyan lord, surveying vantage,
King. Dismay'd not this
wounds; They smack of honour both :—Go, get him surgeons.
[Exeunt Officer, and two Attendants. Who comes here?
Mal. The worthy thane of Fife.
Rosse. So should he look,
Macd. From Fife, great king,
King. Great happiness!
Macd. That now