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2 Mur. He needs not our mistrust; since he delivers
Then stand with us.
the lated traveller apace,
Hark! I hear horses. Ban. [Within.] Give us a light there, hoa ! 2 Mur.
Then 'tis he; the rest That are within the note of expectation,' Already are i' the court. 1 Mur.
His horses go about. 3 Mur. Almost a mile; but he does usually, So all men do, from hence to the palace gate Make it their walk. Enter BANQUO and FLEANCE, a Servant with a torch preceding
them. 2 Mur.
A light, a light! 3 Mur.
'Tis be. 1 Mur. Stand to't. Ban. It will be rain to-night. 1 Mur.
Let it come down.
[Assaults BANQUO. Ban. O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly; Thou may'st revenge.- slave!
[Dies. FLEANCE and Servant escape.? 3 Mur. Who did strike out the light? 1 Mur.
Was't not the way ? 3 Mur. There's but one down; the son is fled. 2 Mur. We have lost best balf of our affair. 1 Mur. Well, let's away, and say how much is done.
SCENE IV.-A Room of State in the Palace. A Banquet
prepared. Enter MACBETH, LADY MACBETH, ROSSE, LENOX, Lords and
(1) The note of expectation, i. e. who are expected at Macbeth's supper.
(2) Fleance escaped into Wales, where he married the daughter of the prince of that country, and had by her a son named Walter, who afterwards was made High Steward of Scotland, and assumed the title of Walter the Steward. From him was descended the royal line of STEWART.
Thanks to your majesty.
Lady M. Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our friends ;
Enter first Murderer the door. Mach. See, they encounter thee with their hearts' thanks: Both sides are even : Here I'll sit i' the midst : Be large in mirth; anon, we'll drink a measure The table round.—There's blood upon thy face.
[To the Murderer, aside. Mur. 'Tis Banquo's then.
Macb. 'Tis better thee without, than he within.' Is he despatch'd ?
Mur. My lord, bis throat is cut; that I did for him. Mucb. Thou art the best o' the cut-throats: Yet he's good,, That did the like for Fleance: if thou didst it, Thou art the nonpareil. Mur.
Most royal sir, Fleance is 'scap'd.
Macb. Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect; Whole as the marble, founded as the rock : As broad and general as the casing air:
am cabin'd, cribb’d, confin'd, bound in To saucy doubts and fears. But Banquo's safe?
Mur. Ay, my good lord: safe in a ditch he bides,
Thanks for that:
[Exit Murderer. Lady M.
My royal lord,
(1) 'Tis better thee without, than he within. The meaning of this seems to be, It is better that the blood of Banquo should be without (on the outside of) thee, than within him.
(2) The feast is sold, i.e. is uncheerful, as if it were sold and paid for, and not gratuitous.
May it please your highness, sit?
His absence, sir,
his promise. Please it your highness To grace us with your royal company?
Macb. The table's full.
Here, my good lord. What is 't that moves
What, my good lord ? Macb. Thou canst not say I did it: never shake Thy gory locks at me.
Rosse. Gentlemen, rise; his higbness is not well.
Lady M. Sit, worthy friends :-my lord is often thus,
Macb. Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on tha:
O proper stuff!
Macb. Prithee, see there! behold! look! lo! how say you?
(1) Upon a thought, i.e. immediately, as quick as thought. (2) Extend his passion, i.e. prolong his fit.
(3) 0, these flaws and starts, &c. i. e. O, these sudden gusts and outbreaks, (mere impostors when compared to true fear.).
Those that we bury, back, our monuments
[Ghost vanishes. Lady M.
What! quite unmanu'd in folly?
Fie, for shame!
• My worthy lord,
I do forget
Lords. Our duties, and the pledge. [Ghost rises again.
Think of this, good peers,
Macb. What man dare, I dare:
(1) We thirst, i.e. desire to drink.
Unreal mockery, hence!—Why, so;-being gone,
Can such things be,
What sights, my lord ?
Good night, and better health
[Exeunt Lords and Attendants.
Lady M. Almost at odds with morning, which is which.
Macb. How say'st thou, that Macduff denies his person,
Did you send to him, sir ?
(1) And overcome us like a summer's cloud. He does not mean that these things are like a summer's cloud; on the contrary, he asks if it be possible that such fearful things should happen and be only like a passing summer's cloud. (2)
You make me strange Even to the disposition that I oweYou produce madness in me: or it may mean, you show me that I have hitherto been a stranger to my real disposition, which I supposed to be courageous, but which now fails me.
(3) Understood relations, i.e. the understanding of the relation of cause and effect.