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Glamis, and thane of Cawdor;
That, trusted home,
Two truths are told
Look, how our partner's rapt.
may crown me, Without my stir. Вап.
New honors come upon him Like our strange garments; cleave not to their mould, But with the aid of use.
1 i. e. entirely, thoroughly relied on.
3 By his single state of man, Macbeth means his simple condition of human nature.
Come what come may; Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.
Ban. Worthy Macbeth, we stay upon your leisure. Macb. Give me your favor ; -my dull brain was
wrought With things forgotten. Kind gentlemen, your pains Are registered where every day I turn The leaf to read them.-Let us toward the king.-Think upon what hath chanced; and, at more times, The interim having weighed it, let us speak Our free hearts each to other. Ban.
Very gladly. Macb. Till then, enough.-Come, friends.
SCENE IV. Fores. A Room in the Palace.
Enter Duncan, Malcolm, DONALBAIN, LENOx, and
Dun. Is execution done on Cawdor? Are not
There's no art,
1 Favor is countenance, good will, and not pardon, as it has been here interpreted. Vide Hamlet, Act v. Sc. 2.
2 Studied in his death, is instructed in the art of dying. 3 Owed, owned, possessed.
4 We cannot construe the disposition of the mind by the lineaments of the face.
He was a gentleman on whom I built
Enter MACBETH, BANQUO, Rosse, and ANGUS. The sin of my ingratitude even now Was heavy on me; thou art so far before, That swiftest wing of recompense is slow To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved That the proportion both of thanks and payment Might have been mine! Only I have left to say, More is thy due than more than all can pay.
Macb. The service and the loyalty I owe,
Dun. Welcome hither;
There if I
My plenteous joys,
1 Holinshed says, “ Duncan having two sons, &c. he made the elder of them, called Malcolm, prince of Cumberland, as it was thereby to appoint him his successor in his kingdome immediatelie after his decease. Macbeth sorely troubled herewith, for that he saw by this means his hope sore hindered (where, by the old laws of the realme the ordinance was, that if he that should succeed were not of able age to take the charge upon himself, he that was next of blood unto him should be admitted), he began to take counsel how he might usurpe the kingdome by force, having a just quarrel so to doe (as he tooke the matter) for that Duncane did what in him lay to defraud him of all manner of title and claime, which he might in time to come pretend, unto the crowne.'
Not, unaccompanied, invest him only,
Macb. The rest is labor, which is not used for you.
My worthy Cawdor! Macb. The prince of Cumberland !—That is a step, On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,
[Aside. For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires ! Let not light see my black and deep desires.
wink at the hand! yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.
[Exit. Dun. True, worthy Banquo; he is full so valiant; And in his commendations I am fed; It is a banquet to me. Let us after him, Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome. It is a peerless kinsman. [Flourish. Exeunt.
SCENE V. Inverness. A Room in Macbeth's Castle.
Enter Lady MACBETH, reading a letter. Lady M. They met me in the day of success; and I have learned by the perfectest report, they have more in them than mortal knowledge. When I burned in desire to question them further, they made themselves air, into which they vanished. Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-hailed me, Thane of Cawdor ; by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with, Hail, king that shalt be! This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of great
ness ; that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing,
highly, That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win; thou’dst have, great
Glamis, That which cries, Thus thou must do, if thou have it ; And that which rather thou dost fear to do, Than wishest should be undone. Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear;? And chastise with the valor of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical 2 aid doth seem To have thee crowned withal.—What is your tidings ?
Enter an Attendant.
Attend. The king comes here to-night.
Thou’rt mad to say it.
Give him tending;
1 6 That I may pour my spirits in thine ear.” So in Lord Sterline's Julius Cæsar, 1607:
6 Thou in my bosom used to pour thy spright.” 2 “Which fate and metaphysical aid,” &c. ; i. e. supernatural aid. We find metaphysics explained things supernatural” in the old dictionaries. “ To have thee crowned," is to desire that you should be crowned.