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To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings! | For* certain friends that are both his and
Re-enter ATTENDANT, with two MURDERERS.
Now to the door, and stay there till we call. [Exit ATTENDANT. Was it not yesterday we spoke together? 1 Mur. It was, so please your highness. Macb. Well then, now Have you consider'd of my speeches? Know, That it was he, in the times past, which held [been So under fortune; which, you thought, had Our innocent self: this I made good to you In our last conference; pass'd in probation with you,
How you were borne in hand; how cross'd; the instruments;
Who wrought with them; and all things else, that might,
To half a soul, and a notion craz'd,
I Mur. You made it known to us.
Macb. I did so; and went further, which is
Our point of second meeting. Do you find Your patience so predominant in your nature, That you can let this go? Are you so gospell'd,§
To pray for that good man, and for his issue, Whose heavy hand hath bow'd you to the grave, And beggar'd yours for ever?
1 Mur. We are men, my liege.
Macb. Ay, in the catalogue ye go for men;
That writes them all alike: and so of men.
2 Mur. I am one, my liege,
Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world
1 Mur. And I another,
So weary with disasters, tugg'd‡‡ with fortune,
Macb. Both of you
Know, Banquo was your enemy.
2 Mur. True, my lord.
Macb. So is he mine: and in such bloody distance,
That every minute of his being thrusts [could Against my near'st of life: And though I With bare-fac'd power sweep him from my sight,
And bid my will avouch it; yet I must not,
* Challenge me to extremities. † Proved. 1 Deluded.
H Careless. ‡‡ Worried. }} Mortal enmity.
Whose loves I may not drop, but wail his fall Whom I myself struck down: and thence it is, That I to your assistance do make love; Masking the business from the common eye, For sundry weighty reasons.
2 Mur. We shall, my lord, Perform what you command us.
1 Mur. Though our lives
Mach. Your spirits shine through you. Within this hour, at most,
I will advise you where to plant yourselves.
That I require a clearness: And with him,
2 Mur. We are resolv'd, my lord.
Macb. I'll call upon you straight; abide with
in. It is concluded:
-Banquo, thy soul's flight, If it find heaven, must find it out to-night.
How now, my lord? why do you keep alone, Of sorriest fancies your companions making? Using those thoughts, which should indeed have died [remedy, With them they think on? Things without Should be without regard: what's done, is done.
Macb. We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it; [malice She'll close, and be herself; whilst our poor Remains in danger of her former tooth. But let
[suffer, The frame of things disjoint, both the worlds Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep In the affliction of these terrible dreams, That shake us nightly: Better be with the
SCENE III.-The same.-A Park or Lawn, with a Gate leading to the Palace.
Enter three MURDERERS.
1 Mur. But who did bid thee join with us? 3 Mur. Macbeth.
2 Mur. He needs not our mistrust; since he delivers
Our offices, and what we have to do,
1 Mur. Then stand with us.
The west yet glimmers with some streaks of
3 Mur. Hark! I hear horses.
Ban. [Within.] Give us a light there, ho! 2 Mur. Then it is 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.
Ban. O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, Thou may'st revenge. O slave! [fly, fly; [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 half of our affair. 1 Mur. Well, let's away, and say how much is done. [Exeunt.
SCENE IV.—A Room of State in the Palace. A Banquet prepared. Enter MACBETH, Lady MACBETH, ROSSE, LENOX, LORDS, and AT
Mach. You know your own degrees, sit down: at first
And last, the hearty welcome.
Lords. Thanks to your majesty.
And play the humble host.
Our hostess keeps her state ;* but in best time,
Lady M. Pronounce it for me, Sir, to all our For my heart speaks, they are welcome. friends;
Enter first MURDERER, to the door. Macb. See, they encounter thee with their hearts' thanks:
Both sides are even: Here I'll sit i'the midst : The table round.-There's blood upon thy face. Be large in mirth; anon, we'll drink a measure Mur. 'Tis Banquo's then.
Macb. 'Tis better thee without, than he withIs he despatch'd?
Mur. My lord, his throat is cut; that I did for him.
Macb. 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;
With twenty trenched gashes on his head;
Macb. Thanks for that :There the grown serpent lies; the worm, that's Hath nature that in time will venom breed, No teeth for the present.-Get thee gone;.to
We'll hear, ourselves again. [Exit MURDERER, Lady M. My royal lord,
You do not give the cheer: the feast is sold, That is not often vouch'd, while 'tis a making,
Enter BANQUO and FLEANCE, a Servant with a "Tis given with welcome: To feed, were best
torch preceding them.
2 Mur. A light, a light!
3 Mur. "Tis he.
From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremony; Meeting were bare without it.
Macb. Sweet remembrancer!
Now, good digestion wait on appetite,
Len. May it please your highness sit?
[The Ghost of BANQUO rises, and sits in MACBETH'S place.
Mucb. Here had we now our country's ho
Were the grac'd person of our Banquo pre
* Continues in her chair of state.
Who may I rather challenge for unkindness, Than pity for mischance!
Rosse. His absence, Sir,
Lays blame upon his promise. Please it your
Len. Here's a place reserv'd, Sir.
Len. Here, my lord. What is't that moves your highness?
Macb. Which of you have done this?
Macb. Thou canst not say, I did it: never Thy gory locks at me. [shake Rosse. Gentlemen, rise; his highness is not well.
Lady M. Sit, worthy friends :-my lord is often thus, [seat; And hath been from his youth: 'pray you, keep The fit is momentary; upon a thought* He will again be well: If much you note him, You shall offend him, and extend his passion;+ Feed, and regard him not.-Are you a man? Macb. Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on Which might appal the devil. [that
Lady M. O proper stuff!
This is the very painting of your fear:
(Impostors to true fear,) would well become
Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak
Macb. Blood hath been shed ere now, i'the olden time,
Ere human statute purg'd the gentle weal; Ay, and since too, murders have been per
Macb. Avaunt! and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee!
Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold; Thou hast no speculation in those eyes Which thou dost glare with!
Lady M. Think of this, good peers, But as a thing of custom: 'tis no other; Only it spoils the pleasure of the time.
Macb. What man dare, I dare: Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear, The arm'd rhinoceros, or the Hyrcan tiger, Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves Shall never tremble: Or, be alive again, And dare me to the desert with thy sword; If trembling I inhibit thee, protest me The baby of a girl. Hence, horrible shadow ! [Ghost disappears. Unreal mockery, hence!-Why, so;-being
I am a man again.-Pray you, sit still.
With most admir'd disorder.
And overcomet us like a summer's cloud, Without our special wonder? You make me strange
Even to the disposition that I owe,‡
Rosse. What sights, my lord?
Lady M. I pray you, speak not; he grows worse and worse;
Question enrages him: at once, good night:-
Len. Good night, and better health
Lady M. A kind good night to all!
[Exeunt LORDS and ATTENDANTS. Macb. It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood: [speak; Stones have been known to move, and trees to Augurs, and understood relations, have By magot-pies, and choughs, and rooks, brought forth [night? The secret'st man of blood.-What is the Lady M. Almost at odds with morning,
which is which.
Macb. How say'st thou, that Macduff denies his person,
At our great bidding?
Lady M. Did you send to him, Sir?
Macb. I hear it by the way; but I will send: There's not a one of them, but in his house I keep a servant fee'd. I will to-morrow, (Betimes will,) unto the weird sisters: More shall they speak; for now I am bent to [good, By the worst means, the worst: for mine own All causes shall give way; I am in blood Stepped in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er: Strange things I have in head, that will to hand;
Which must be acted, ere they may be scann'd.¶ Lady M. You lack the season of all natures
Macb. Come, we'll to sleep: My strange and self-abuse
Is the initiate fear, that wants hard use:-
+ Pass over. Magpies. Examined nicely.
SCENE V.-The Heath.
Thunder. Enter HECATE, meeting the three
1 Witch. Why, how now, Hecate? you look
Hec. Have I not reason, beldams, as you are,
Your vessels, and your spells, provide,
Great business must be wrought ere noon:
There hangs a vaporous drop profound ;*
Is mortal's chiefest enemy.
Song. [Within.] Come away, come away, &c. Hark, I am call'd; my little spirit, see, Sits in a foggy cloud, and stays for me. [Exit. 1 Witch. Come, let's make haste; she'll soon be back again. [Exeunt.
SCENE VI.-Fores.-A Room in the Palace. Enter LENOx and another LORD.
Len. My former speeches have but hit your thoughts,
Which can interpret further: only, I say, Things have been strangely borne: The gracious Duncan [dead:
Was pitied of Macbeth :-marry, he was
For Fleance fled. Men must not walk too late.
Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely too;
What 'twere to kill a father; so should Fleance. But, peace! for from broad words, and 'cause
His presence at the tyrant's feast, I hear,
* I. e. A drop that has deep or hidden qualities.
SCENE 1.-A dark Cave.-In the middle, a Cauldron boiling.
Thunder. Enter the three WITCHES.
1 Witch. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd. 2 Witch. Thrice; and once the hedge-pig whin'd.
3 Witch. Harper cries:-'Tis time, 'tis time.
All. Double, double toil and trouble;
All. Double, double toil and trouble;
3 Witch. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf;
Honours freely bestowed, + For exasperated. This word is employed to signify that the animal was hot and sweating with venom, although sleeping under a cold stone.
But yet I'll make assurance double sure,
That rises like the issue of a king;
And wears upon his baby brow the round
All. Listen, but speak not.
App. Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no
Macb. How now, you secret, black, and Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are:
What is't you do?
All. 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 topples on their warders' heads;
Though palaces, and pyramids, do slope
Of nature's germins tumble all together, Even till destruction sicken, answer me To what I ask you.
1 Witch. Speak.
2 Witch. Demand.
3 Witch. We'll answer.
1 Witch. Say, if thoud'st rather hear it from
Or from our masters'?
Macb. Call them, let me see them.
1 Witch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath
Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be, until
Macb. That will never be;
Can tell so much,) shall Banquo's issue ever Reign in this kingdom?
All. Seek to know no more.
Macb. I will be satisfied: deny me this, And an eternal curse fall on you! Let me
Why sinks that cauldron? and what noise is [Hautboys.
1 Witch. Show! 2 Witch. Show! 3 Witch.
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 hair,
Thunder.-An APPARITION of an Armed Head Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the