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My voice is in my sword; thou bloodier villain Than terms can give thee out ! [They fight. Macb.
Thou losest labour: As easy may'st thou the intrenchant air With thy keen sword impress, as make me bleed : Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests; I bear a charmed life, which must not yield To one of woman born. Macd.
Despair thy charm And let the angel, whom thou still hast serv'd, Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb Untimely ripp'd.
Macb. Accursed be that tongue that tells me so,
Macd. Then yield thee, coward,
I'll not yield,
3 As easy may'st thou the intrenchant air-] That is, air which cannot be cut.
palter with us in a double sense ;] That shuffle with ambiguous expressions.
Retreat. Flourish. Re-enter with Drum and
Colours, MALCOLM, old SIWARD, Rosse, LENOX, Angus, CATHNESS, MENTETH, and Soldiers.
Mal. I would, the friends we miss were safe
arriv’d. Siw. Some must go off; and yet, by these I see, So great a day as this is cheaply bought.
Mal. Macduff is missing, and your noble son.
Then he is dead?
Had he his hurts before ?
Why then, God's soldier be he!
He's worth more sorrow,
He's worth no more; They say, he parted well, and paid his score: So, God be with him !-Here comes newer comfort.
Re-enter MacDUFF, with MACBETH's Head on a
Macd. Hail, king! for so thou art: Behold,
The usurper's cursed head : the time is free:
King of Scotland, hail!
[Flourish. E.reunt. thy kingdom's pearl,] Thy kingdom's pearl means thy kingdom's wealth, or rather ornament.
• This play is deservedly celebrated for the propriety of its fictions, and solemnity, grandeur, and variety of its action ; but it has no nice discriminations of character; the events are too great to admit the influence of particular dispositions, and the course of the action necessarily determines the conduct of the agents.
The danger of ambition is well described; and I know not whether it may not be said, in defence of some parts which now seem improbable, that, in Shakspeare's time, it was necessary to warn credulity against vain and illusive predictions.
The passions are directed to their true end. Lady Macbeth is merely detested; and though the courage of Macbeth preserves some esteem, yet every reader rejoices at his fall. JOHNSON.
*** The following Songs are found in Sir William D'Avenant's alteration of this play, printed in 1674. The first and second of them were, I believe, written by him, being introduced at the end of the second Act, in a scene of which he undoubtedly was the author. Of the other song, which is sung in the third Act, the first words (Come away) are in the original copy of Macbeth, and the whole is found at length in Middleton's play, entitled The Witch, which has been lately printed from a manuscript in the collection of Major Pearson. Whether this song was written by Shakspeare, and omitted, like many others, in the printed copy cannot now be ascertained. MALONE.
FIRST SONG BY THE WITCHES.
1 Witch. Speak, sister, speak; is the deed done?
3 Witch. Ill deeds are seldom slow;
2 Witch. He will
3 Witch. He must spill much more blood; And become worse, to make his title good.
1 Witch. Now let's dance.
Chor. We should rejoice when good kings bleed.
Let's have a dance upon the heath;
Sometimes we dance in some old mill,
MUSICK AND SONG.
[Within.) Hecate, Hecate, Hecate! O come away!
Hec. Hark, I am call'd, my little spirit, see, Sits in a foggy cloud, and stays for me.
[Within.] Come away, Hecate, Hecate! O come away!
Hec. I come, I come, with all the speed I may,
2. Here. [within.
3. Here; [within.]
the count. Hec. I will but ’noint, and then I mount: I will but ’noint, &c. [Within.] Here comes down one to fetch his dues,
[A Machine with Malkin in it descends. A kiss, a coll, a sip of blood; And why thou stay’st so long, I muse, Since the air's so sweet and good.
Hec. 0, art thou come? What news?
[Within.] All goes fair for our delight: Either come, or else refuse. Hec. Now I'm furnish'd for the flight;
[Hecate places herself in the Machine.