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Macbeth

1605–1606

William Shakespeare's signature

William Shakespeare


This is the Bookwise complete ebook of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, available to read online as an alternative to epub, mobi, kindle, pdf or text only versions. For information about the status of this work, see Copyright Notice.


Summary

Macbeth, a Scottish noble, is urged by his wife to kill King Duncan to take the throne for himself. He covers the king's guards in blood to frame them for the deed, and is appointed King of Scotland. However, people suspect his sudden power, and he finds it necessary to commit more and more murders to maintain power, believing himself invincible so long as he is bloody. Finally, the old king's son Malcolm besieges Macbeth's castle, and Macduff slays Macbeth in armed combat.

Source: Wikipedia

Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ

Three Witches, the Weïrd Sisters

Duncan, king of Scotland

Malcolm, his elder son

Donalbain, Duncan’s younger son

Macbeth, thane of Glamis

Lady Macbeth

Seyton, attendant to Macbeth

Three Murderers in Macbeth’s service

A Doctor

A Gentlewoman

both attending upon Lady Macbeth

A Porter

Banquo, commander, with Macbeth, of Duncan’s army

Fleance, his son

Macduff, a Scottish noble

Lady Macduff

Their son

Lennox

Ross

Angus

Menteith

Caithness

Scottish Nobles

Siward, commander of the English forces

Young Siward, Siward’s son

A Captain in Duncan’s army

An Old Man

A Doctor at the English court

Hecate

Apparitions: an Armed Head, a Bloody Child, a Crowned Child, and eight nonspeaking kings

Three Messengers, Three Servants, a Lord, a Soldier

Attendants, a Sewer, Servants, Lords, Thanes, Soldiers (all nonspeaking)


ACT 1


Scene 1

Thunder and Lightning. Enter three Witches.

FIRST WITCH
line 0001When shall we three meet again?
line 0002In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
SECOND WITCH
line 0003When the hurly-burly’s done,
line 0004When the battle’s lost and won.
THIRD WITCH
5line 0005That will be ere the set of sun.
FIRST WITCH
line 0006Where the place?
line 0007SECOND WITCHUpon the heath.
THIRD WITCH
line 0008There to meet with Macbeth.
line 0009FIRST WITCHI come, Graymalkin.
10line 0010SECOND WITCHPaddock calls.
line 0011THIRD WITCHAnon.
ALL
line 0012Fair is foul, and foul is fair;
line 0013Hover through the fog and filthy air.

They exit.

Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 9

Scene 2

Alarum within. Enter King Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Lennox, with Attendants, meeting a bleeding Captain.

DUNCAN
line 0014What bloody man is that? He can report,
line 0015As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
line 0016The newest state.
line 0017MALCOLMThis is the sergeant
5line 0018Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought
line 0019’Gainst my captivity.—Hail, brave friend!
line 0020Say to the King the knowledge of the broil
line 0021As thou didst leave it.
line 0022CAPTAINDoubtful it stood,
10line 0023As two spent swimmers that do cling together
line 0024And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald
line 0025(Worthy to be a rebel, for to that
line 0026The multiplying villainies of nature
line 0027Do swarm upon him) from the Western Isles
15line 0028Of kerns and gallowglasses is supplied;
line 0029And Fortune, on his damnèd quarrel smiling,
line 0030Showed like a rebel’s whore. But all’s too weak;
line 0031For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name),
line 0032Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel,
20line 0033Which smoked with bloody execution,
line 0034Like Valor’s minion, carved out his passage
line 0035Till he faced the slave;
line 0036Which ne’er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
line 0037Till he unseamed him from the nave to th’ chops,
25line 0038And fixed his head upon our battlements.
DUNCAN
line 0039O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman!
CAPTAIN
line 0040As whence the sun ’gins his reflection
line 0041Shipwracking storms and direful thunders break,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 11 line 0042So from that spring whence comfort seemed to
30line 0043come
line 0044Discomfort swells. Mark, King of Scotland, mark:
line 0045No sooner justice had, with valor armed,
line 0046Compelled these skipping kerns to trust their heels,
line 0047But the Norweyan lord, surveying vantage,
35line 0048With furbished arms and new supplies of men,
line 0049Began a fresh assault.
DUNCAN
line 0050Dismayed not this our captains, Macbeth and
line 0051Banquo?
CAPTAIN
line 0052Yes, as sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion.
40line 0053If I say sooth, I must report they were
line 0054As cannons overcharged with double cracks,
line 0055So they doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe.
line 0056Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds
line 0057Or memorize another Golgotha,
45line 0058I cannot tell—
line 0059But I am faint. My gashes cry for help.
DUNCAN
line 0060So well thy words become thee as thy wounds:
line 0061They smack of honor both.—Go, get him surgeons.

The Captain is led off by Attendants.

Enter Ross and Angus.

line 0062Who comes here?
50line 0063MALCOLMThe worthy Thane of Ross.
LENNOX
line 0064What a haste looks through his eyes!
line 0065So should he look that seems to speak things
line 0066strange.
line 0067ROSSGod save the King.
55line 0068DUNCANWhence cam’st thou, worthy thane?
line 0069ROSSFrom Fife, great king,
line 0070Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 13 line 0071And fan our people cold.
line 0072Norway himself, with terrible numbers,
60line 0073Assisted by that most disloyal traitor,
line 0074The Thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict,
line 0075Till that Bellona’s bridegroom, lapped in proof,
line 0076Confronted him with self-comparisons,
line 0077Point against point, rebellious arm ’gainst arm,
65line 0078Curbing his lavish spirit. And to conclude,
line 0079The victory fell on us.
line 0080DUNCANGreat happiness!
line 0081ROSSThat now Sweno,
line 0082The Norways’ king, craves composition.
70line 0083Nor would we deign him burial of his men
line 0084Till he disbursèd at Saint Colme’s Inch
line 0085Ten thousand dollars to our general use.
DUNCAN
line 0086No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive
line 0087Our bosom interest. Go, pronounce his present
75line 0088death,
line 0089And with his former title greet Macbeth.
line 0090ROSSI’ll see it done.
DUNCAN
line 0091What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.

They exit.


Scene 3

Thunder. Enter the three Witches.

line 0092FIRST WITCHWhere hast thou been, sister?
line 0093SECOND WITCHKilling swine.
line 0094THIRD WITCHSister, where thou?
FIRST WITCH
line 0095A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap
5line 0096And munched and munched and munched. “Give
line 0097me,” quoth I.
line 0098“Aroint thee, witch,” the rump-fed runnion cries.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 15 line 0099Her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o’ th’ Tiger;
line 0100But in a sieve I’ll thither sail,
10line 0101And, like a rat without a tail,
line 0102I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do.
SECOND WITCH
line 0103I’ll give thee a wind.
FIRST WITCH
line 0104Th’ art kind.
THIRD WITCH
line 0105And I another.
FIRST WITCH
15line 0106I myself have all the other,
line 0107And the very ports they blow;
line 0108All the quarters that they know
line 0109I’ th’ shipman’s card.
line 0110I’ll drain him dry as hay.
20line 0111Sleep shall neither night nor day
line 0112Hang upon his penthouse lid.
line 0113He shall live a man forbid.
line 0114Weary sev’nnights, nine times nine,
line 0115Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine.
25line 0116Though his bark cannot be lost,
line 0117Yet it shall be tempest-tossed.
line 0118Look what I have.
line 0119SECOND WITCHShow me, show me.
FIRST WITCH
line 0120Here I have a pilot’s thumb,
30line 0121Wracked as homeward he did come.Drum within.
THIRD WITCH
line 0122A drum, a drum!
line 0123Macbeth doth come.
ALLdancing in a circle
line 0124The Weïrd Sisters, hand in hand,
line 0125Posters of the sea and land,
35line 0126Thus do go about, about,
line 0127Thrice to thine and thrice to mine
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 17 line 0128And thrice again, to make up nine.
line 0129Peace, the charm’s wound up.

Enter Macbeth and Banquo.

MACBETH
line 0130So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
BANQUO
40line 0131How far is ’t called to Forres?—What are these,
line 0132So withered, and so wild in their attire,
line 0133That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ Earth
line 0134And yet are on ’t?—Live you? Or are you aught
line 0135That man may question? You seem to understand
45line 0136me
line 0137By each at once her choppy finger laying
line 0138Upon her skinny lips. You should be women,
line 0139And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
line 0140That you are so.
50line 0141MACBETHSpeak if you can. What are you?
FIRST WITCH
line 0142All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
SECOND WITCH
line 0143All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!
THIRD WITCH
line 0144All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!
BANQUO
line 0145Good sir, why do you start and seem to fear
55line 0146Things that do sound so fair?—I’ th’ name of truth,
line 0147Are you fantastical, or that indeed
line 0148Which outwardly you show? My noble partner
line 0149You greet with present grace and great prediction
line 0150Of noble having and of royal hope,
60line 0151That he seems rapt withal. To me you speak not.
line 0152If you can look into the seeds of time
line 0153And say which grain will grow and which will not,
line 0154Speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear
line 0155Your favors nor your hate.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 19 65line 0156FIRST WITCHHail!
line 0157SECOND WITCHHail!
line 0158THIRD WITCHHail!
FIRST WITCH
line 0159Lesser than Macbeth and greater.
SECOND WITCH
line 0160Not so happy, yet much happier.
THIRD WITCH
70line 0161Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.
line 0162So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!
FIRST WITCH
line 0163Banquo and Macbeth, all hail!
MACBETH
line 0164Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more.
line 0165By Sinel’s death I know I am Thane of Glamis.
75line 0166But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives
line 0167A prosperous gentleman, and to be king
line 0168Stands not within the prospect of belief,
line 0169No more than to be Cawdor. Say from whence
line 0170You owe this strange intelligence or why
80line 0171Upon this blasted heath you stop our way
line 0172With such prophetic greeting. Speak, I charge you.

Witches vanish.

BANQUO
line 0173The earth hath bubbles, as the water has,
line 0174And these are of them. Whither are they vanished?
MACBETH
line 0175Into the air, and what seemed corporal melted,
85line 0176As breath into the wind. Would they had stayed!
BANQUO
line 0177Were such things here as we do speak about?
line 0178Or have we eaten on the insane root
line 0179That takes the reason prisoner?
MACBETH
line 0180Your children shall be kings.
90line 0181BANQUOYou shall be king.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 21 MACBETH
line 0182And Thane of Cawdor too. Went it not so?
BANQUO
line 0183To th’ selfsame tune and words.—Who’s here?

Enter Ross and Angus.

ROSS
line 0184The King hath happily received, Macbeth,
line 0185The news of thy success, and, when he reads
95line 0186Thy personal venture in the rebels’ fight,
line 0187His wonders and his praises do contend
line 0188Which should be thine or his. Silenced with that,
line 0189In viewing o’er the rest o’ th’ selfsame day
line 0190He finds thee in the stout Norweyan ranks,
100line 0191Nothing afeard of what thyself didst make,
line 0192Strange images of death. As thick as tale
line 0193Came post with post, and every one did bear
line 0194Thy praises in his kingdom’s great defense,
line 0195And poured them down before him.
105line 0196ANGUSWe are sent
line 0197To give thee from our royal master thanks,
line 0198Only to herald thee into his sight,
line 0199Not pay thee.
ROSS
line 0200And for an earnest of a greater honor,
110line 0201He bade me, from him, call thee Thane of Cawdor,
line 0202In which addition, hail, most worthy thane,
line 0203For it is thine.
line 0204BANQUOWhat, can the devil speak true?
MACBETH
line 0205The Thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me
115line 0206In borrowed robes?
line 0207ANGUSWho was the Thane lives yet,
line 0208But under heavy judgment bears that life
line 0209Which he deserves to lose. Whether he was
line 0210combined
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 23 120line 0211With those of Norway, or did line the rebel
line 0212With hidden help and vantage, or that with both
line 0213He labored in his country’s wrack, I know not;
line 0214But treasons capital, confessed and proved,
line 0215Have overthrown him.
125line 0216MACBETHaside Glamis and Thane of Cawdor!
line 0217The greatest is behind. To Ross and Angus. Thanks
line 0218for your pains.
line 0219Aside to Banquo. Do you not hope your children
line 0220shall be kings,
130line 0221When those that gave the Thane of Cawdor to me
line 0222Promised no less to them?
line 0223BANQUOThat, trusted home,
line 0224Might yet enkindle you unto the crown,
line 0225Besides the Thane of Cawdor. But ’tis strange.
135line 0226And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
line 0227The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
line 0228Win us with honest trifles, to betray ’s
line 0229In deepest consequence.—
line 0230Cousins, a word, I pray you.They step aside.
140line 0231MACBETHaside Two truths are told
line 0232As happy prologues to the swelling act
line 0233Of the imperial theme.—I thank you, gentlemen.
line 0234Aside. This supernatural soliciting
line 0235Cannot be ill, cannot be good. If ill,
145line 0236Why hath it given me earnest of success
line 0237Commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor.
line 0238If good, why do I yield to that suggestion
line 0239Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
line 0240And make my seated heart knock at my ribs
150line 0241Against the use of nature? Present fears
line 0242Are less than horrible imaginings.
line 0243My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
line 0244Shakes so my single state of man
line 0245That function is smothered in surmise,
155line 0246And nothing is but what is not.
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 25 line 0247BANQUOLook how our partner’s rapt.
MACBETHaside
line 0248If chance will have me king, why, chance may
line 0249crown me
line 0250Without my stir.
160line 0251BANQUONew honors come upon him,
line 0252Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mold
line 0253But with the aid of use.
line 0254MACBETHaside Come what come may,
line 0255Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.
BANQUO
165line 0256Worthy Macbeth, we stay upon your leisure.
MACBETH
line 0257Give me your favor. My dull brain was wrought
line 0258With things forgotten. Kind gentlemen, your pains
line 0259Are registered where every day I turn
line 0260The leaf to read them. Let us toward the King.
170line 0261Aside to Banquo. Think upon what hath chanced,
line 0262and at more time,
line 0263The interim having weighed it, let us speak
line 0264Our free hearts each to other.
line 0265BANQUOVery gladly.
175line 0266MACBETHTill then, enough.—Come, friends.

They exit.


Scene 4

Flourish. Enter King Duncan, Lennox, Malcolm, Donalbain, and Attendants.

DUNCAN
line 0267Is execution done on Cawdor? Are not
line 0268Those in commission yet returned?
line 0269MALCOLMMy liege,
line 0270They are not yet come back. But I have spoke
5line 0271With one that saw him die, who did report
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 27 line 0272That very frankly he confessed his treasons,
line 0273Implored your Highness’ pardon, and set forth
line 0274A deep repentance. Nothing in his life
line 0275Became him like the leaving it. He died
10line 0276As one that had been studied in his death
line 0277To throw away the dearest thing he owed
line 0278As ’twere a careless trifle.
line 0279DUNCANThere’s no art
line 0280To find the mind’s construction in the face.
15line 0281He was a gentleman on whom I built
line 0282An absolute trust.

Enter Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, and Angus.

line 0283O worthiest cousin,
line 0284The sin of my ingratitude even now
line 0285Was heavy on me. Thou art so far before
20line 0286That swiftest wing of recompense is slow
line 0287To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved,
line 0288That the proportion both of thanks and payment
line 0289Might have been mine! Only I have left to say,
line 0290More is thy due than more than all can pay.
MACBETH
25line 0291The service and the loyalty I owe
line 0292In doing it pays itself. Your Highness’ part
line 0293Is to receive our duties, and our duties
line 0294Are to your throne and state children and servants,
line 0295Which do but what they should by doing everything
30line 0296Safe toward your love and honor.
line 0297DUNCANWelcome hither.
line 0298I have begun to plant thee and will labor
line 0299To make thee full of growing.—Noble Banquo,
line 0300That hast no less deserved nor must be known
35line 0301No less to have done so, let me enfold thee
line 0302And hold thee to my heart.
line 0303BANQUOThere, if I grow,
line 0304The harvest is your own.
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 29 line 0305DUNCANMy plenteous joys,
40line 0306Wanton in fullness, seek to hide themselves
line 0307In drops of sorrow.—Sons, kinsmen, thanes,
line 0308And you whose places are the nearest, know
line 0309We will establish our estate upon
line 0310Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
45line 0311The Prince of Cumberland; which honor must
line 0312Not unaccompanied invest him only,
line 0313But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine
line 0314On all deservers.—From hence to Inverness
line 0315And bind us further to you.
MACBETH
50line 0316The rest is labor which is not used for you.
line 0317I’ll be myself the harbinger and make joyful
line 0318The hearing of my wife with your approach.
line 0319So humbly take my leave.
line 0320DUNCANMy worthy Cawdor.
MACBETHaside
55line 0321The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step
line 0322On which I must fall down or else o’erleap,
line 0323For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
line 0324Let not light see my black and deep desires.
line 0325The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be
60line 0326Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.

He exits.

DUNCAN
line 0327True, worthy Banquo. He is full so valiant,
line 0328And in his commendations I am fed:
line 0329It is a banquet to me.—Let’s after him,
line 0330Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome.
65line 0331It is a peerless kinsman.

Flourish. They exit.

Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 31

Scene 5

Enter Macbeth’s Wife, alone, with a letter.

line 0332LADY MACBETHreading the letter They met me in the
line 0333day of success, and I have learned by the perfect’st
line 0334report they have more in them than mortal knowledge.
line 0335When I burned in desire to question them further, they
5line 0336made themselves air, into which they vanished.
line 0337Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it came missives
line 0338from the King, who all-hailed me “Thane of Cawdor,”
line 0339by which title, before, these Weïrd Sisters saluted me
line 0340and referred me to the coming on of time with “Hail,
10line 0341king that shalt be.” This have I thought good to deliver
line 0342thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou
line 0343might’st not lose the dues of rejoicing by being ignorant
line 0344of what greatness is promised thee. Lay it to thy
line 0345heart, and farewell.
15line 0346Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be
line 0347What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature;
line 0348It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness
line 0349To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great,
line 0350Art not without ambition, but without
20line 0351The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst
line 0352highly,
line 0353That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false
line 0354And yet wouldst wrongly win. Thou ’dst have, great
line 0355Glamis,
25line 0356That which cries “Thus thou must do,” if thou have
line 0357it,
line 0358And that which rather thou dost fear to do,
line 0359Than wishest should be undone. Hie thee hither,
line 0360That I may pour my spirits in thine ear
30line 0361And chastise with the valor of my tongue
line 0362All that impedes thee from the golden round,
line 0363Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem
line 0364To have thee crowned withal.
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 33

Enter Messenger.

line 0365What is your tidings?
MESSENGER
35line 0366The King comes here tonight.
line 0367LADY MACBETHThou ’rt mad to say it.
line 0368Is not thy master with him, who, were ’t so,
line 0369Would have informed for preparation?
MESSENGER
line 0370So please you, it is true. Our thane is coming.
40line 0371One of my fellows had the speed of him,
line 0372Who, almost dead for breath, had scarcely more
line 0373Than would make up his message.
line 0374LADY MACBETHGive him tending.
line 0375He brings great news.Messenger exits.
45line 0376The raven himself is hoarse
line 0377That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
line 0378Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
line 0379That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
line 0380And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
50line 0381Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood.
line 0382Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse,
line 0383That no compunctious visitings of nature
line 0384Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
line 0385Th’ effect and it. Come to my woman’s breasts
55line 0386And take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers,
line 0387Wherever in your sightless substances
line 0388You wait on nature’s mischief. Come, thick night,
line 0389And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
line 0390That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
60line 0391Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark
line 0392To cry “Hold, hold!”

Enter Macbeth.

line 0393Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor,
line 0394Greater than both by the all-hail hereafter!
Act 1 Scene 6 - Pg 35 line 0395Thy letters have transported me beyond
65line 0396This ignorant present, and I feel now
line 0397The future in the instant.
line 0398MACBETHMy dearest love,
line 0399Duncan comes here tonight.
line 0400LADY MACBETHAnd when goes hence?
MACBETH
70line 0401Tomorrow, as he purposes.
line 0402LADY MACBETHO, never
line 0403Shall sun that morrow see!
line 0404Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
line 0405May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
75line 0406Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye,
line 0407Your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent
line 0408flower,
line 0409But be the serpent under ’t. He that’s coming
line 0410Must be provided for; and you shall put
80line 0411This night’s great business into my dispatch,
line 0412Which shall to all our nights and days to come
line 0413Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.
MACBETH
line 0414We will speak further.
line 0415LADY MACBETHOnly look up clear.
85line 0416To alter favor ever is to fear.
line 0417Leave all the rest to me.

They exit.


Scene 6

Hautboys and Torches. Enter King Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Banquo, Lennox, Macduff, Ross, Angus, and Attendants.

DUNCAN
line 0418This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air
line 0419Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
line 0420Unto our gentle senses.
Act 1 Scene 6 - Pg 37 line 0421BANQUOThis guest of summer,
5line 0422The temple-haunting martlet, does approve,
line 0423By his loved mansionry, that the heaven’s breath
line 0424Smells wooingly here. No jutty, frieze,
line 0425Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird
line 0426Hath made his pendant bed and procreant cradle.
10line 0427Where they most breed and haunt, I have
line 0428observed,
line 0429The air is delicate.

Enter Lady Macbeth.

line 0430DUNCANSee, see our honored hostess!—
line 0431The love that follows us sometime is our trouble,
15line 0432Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you
line 0433How you shall bid God ’ild us for your pains
line 0434And thank us for your trouble.
line 0435LADY MACBETHAll our service,
line 0436In every point twice done and then done double,
20line 0437Were poor and single business to contend
line 0438Against those honors deep and broad wherewith
line 0439Your Majesty loads our house. For those of old,
line 0440And the late dignities heaped up to them,
line 0441We rest your hermits.
25line 0442DUNCANWhere’s the Thane of Cawdor?
line 0443We coursed him at the heels and had a purpose
line 0444To be his purveyor; but he rides well,
line 0445And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath helped
line 0446him
30line 0447To his home before us. Fair and noble hostess,
line 0448We are your guest tonight.
line 0449LADY MACBETHYour servants ever
line 0450Have theirs, themselves, and what is theirs in compt
line 0451To make their audit at your Highness’ pleasure,
35line 0452Still to return your own.
line 0453DUNCANGive me your hand.
Act 1 Scene 7 - Pg 39

Taking her hand.

line 0454Conduct me to mine host. We love him highly
line 0455And shall continue our graces towards him.
line 0456By your leave, hostess.

They exit.


Scene 7

Hautboys. Torches. Enter a Sewer and divers Servants with dishes and service over the stage. Then enter Macbeth.

MACBETH
line 0457If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well
line 0458It were done quickly. If th’ assassination
line 0459Could trammel up the consequence and catch
line 0460With his surcease success, that but this blow
5line 0461Might be the be-all and the end-all here,
line 0462But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,
line 0463We’d jump the life to come. But in these cases
line 0464We still have judgment here, that we but teach
line 0465Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
10line 0466To plague th’ inventor. This even-handed justice
line 0467Commends th’ ingredience of our poisoned chalice
line 0468To our own lips. He’s here in double trust:
line 0469First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
line 0470Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
15line 0471Who should against his murderer shut the door,
line 0472Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan
line 0473Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
line 0474So clear in his great office, that his virtues
line 0475Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
20line 0476The deep damnation of his taking-off;
line 0477And pity, like a naked newborn babe
line 0478Striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubin horsed
Act 1 Scene 7 - Pg 41 line 0479Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
line 0480Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
25line 0481That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur
line 0482To prick the sides of my intent, but only
line 0483Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself
line 0484And falls on th’ other—

Enter Lady Macbeth.

line 0485How now, what news?
LADY MACBETH
30line 0486He has almost supped. Why have you left the
line 0487chamber?
MACBETH
line 0488Hath he asked for me?
line 0489LADY MACBETHKnow you not he has?
MACBETH
line 0490We will proceed no further in this business.
35line 0491He hath honored me of late, and I have bought
line 0492Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
line 0493Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
line 0494Not cast aside so soon.
line 0495LADY MACBETHWas the hope drunk
40line 0496Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
line 0497And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
line 0498At what it did so freely? From this time
line 0499Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
line 0500To be the same in thine own act and valor
45line 0501As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that
line 0502Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life
line 0503And live a coward in thine own esteem,
line 0504Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would,”
line 0505Like the poor cat i’ th’ adage?
50line 0506MACBETHPrithee, peace.
line 0507I dare do all that may become a man.
line 0508Who dares do more is none.
Act 1 Scene 7 - Pg 43 line 0509LADY MACBETHWhat beast was ’t,
line 0510then,
55line 0511That made you break this enterprise to me?
line 0512When you durst do it, then you were a man;
line 0513And to be more than what you were, you would
line 0514Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place
line 0515Did then adhere, and yet you would make both.
60line 0516They have made themselves, and that their fitness
line 0517now
line 0518Does unmake you. I have given suck, and know
line 0519How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me.
line 0520I would, while it was smiling in my face,
65line 0521Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums
line 0522And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you
line 0523Have done to this.
line 0524MACBETHIf we should fail—
line 0525LADY MACBETHWe fail?
70line 0526But screw your courage to the sticking place
line 0527And we’ll not fail. When Duncan is asleep
line 0528(Whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey
line 0529Soundly invite him), his two chamberlains
line 0530Will I with wine and wassail so convince
75line 0531That memory, the warder of the brain,
line 0532Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason
line 0533A limbeck only. When in swinish sleep
line 0534Their drenchèd natures lies as in a death,
line 0535What cannot you and I perform upon
80line 0536Th’ unguarded Duncan? What not put upon
line 0537His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt
line 0538Of our great quell?
line 0539MACBETHBring forth men-children only,
line 0540For thy undaunted mettle should compose
85line 0541Nothing but males. Will it not be received,
line 0542When we have marked with blood those sleepy two
line 0543Of his own chamber and used their very daggers,
line 0544That they have done ’t?
Act 1 Scene 7 - Pg 45 line 0545LADY MACBETHWho dares receive it other,
90line 0546As we shall make our griefs and clamor roar
line 0547Upon his death?
line 0548MACBETHI am settled and bend up
line 0549Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.
line 0550Away, and mock the time with fairest show.
95line 0551False face must hide what the false heart doth
line 0552know.

They exit.


ACT 2


Scene 1

Enter Banquo, and Fleance with a torch before him.

line 0553BANQUOHow goes the night, boy?
FLEANCE
line 0554The moon is down. I have not heard the clock.
line 0555BANQUOAnd she goes down at twelve.
line 0556FLEANCEI take ’t ’tis later, sir.
BANQUO
5line 0557Hold, take my sword.He gives his sword to Fleance.
line 0558There’s husbandry in heaven;
line 0559Their candles are all out. Take thee that too.
line 0560A heavy summons lies like lead upon me,
line 0561And yet I would not sleep. Merciful powers,
10line 0562Restrain in me the cursèd thoughts that nature
line 0563Gives way to in repose.

Enter Macbeth, and a Servant with a torch.

line 0564Give me my sword.—Who’s
line 0565there?
line 0566MACBETHA friend.
BANQUO
15line 0567What, sir, not yet at rest? The King’s abed.
line 0568He hath been in unusual pleasure, and
line 0569Sent forth great largess to your offices.
line 0570This diamond he greets your wife withal,
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 51 line 0571By the name of most kind hostess, and shut up
20line 0572In measureless content.

He gives Macbeth a jewel.

line 0573MACBETHBeing unprepared,
line 0574Our will became the servant to defect,
line 0575Which else should free have wrought.
line 0576BANQUOAll’s well.
25line 0577I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters.
line 0578To you they have showed some truth.
line 0579MACBETHI think not of
line 0580them.
line 0581Yet, when we can entreat an hour to serve,
30line 0582We would spend it in some words upon that
line 0583business,
line 0584If you would grant the time.
line 0585BANQUOAt your kind’st leisure.
MACBETH
line 0586If you shall cleave to my consent, when ’tis,
35line 0587It shall make honor for you.
line 0588BANQUOSo I lose none
line 0589In seeking to augment it, but still keep
line 0590My bosom franchised and allegiance clear,
line 0591I shall be counseled.
40line 0592MACBETHGood repose the while.
line 0593BANQUOThanks, sir. The like to you.

Banquo and Fleance exit.

MACBETH
line 0594Go bid thy mistress, when my drink is ready,
line 0595She strike upon the bell. Get thee to bed.

Servant exits.

line 0596Is this a dagger which I see before me,
45line 0597The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch
line 0598thee.
line 0599I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
line 0600Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
line 0601To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 53 50line 0602A dagger of the mind, a false creation
line 0603Proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?
line 0604I see thee yet, in form as palpable
line 0605As this which now I draw.He draws his dagger.
line 0606Thou marshal’st me the way that I was going,
55line 0607And such an instrument I was to use.
line 0608Mine eyes are made the fools o’ th’ other senses
line 0609Or else worth all the rest. I see thee still,
line 0610And, on thy blade and dudgeon, gouts of blood,
line 0611Which was not so before. There’s no such thing.
60line 0612It is the bloody business which informs
line 0613Thus to mine eyes. Now o’er the one-half world
line 0614Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse
line 0615The curtained sleep. Witchcraft celebrates
line 0616Pale Hecate’s off’rings, and withered murder,
65line 0617Alarumed by his sentinel, the wolf,
line 0618Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his stealthy pace,
line 0619With Tarquin’s ravishing strides, towards his
line 0620design
line 0621Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth,
70line 0622Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
line 0623Thy very stones prate of my whereabouts
line 0624And take the present horror from the time,
line 0625Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, he lives.
line 0626Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.

A bell rings.

75line 0627I go, and it is done. The bell invites me.
line 0628Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell
line 0629That summons thee to heaven or to hell.

He exits.

Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 55

Scene 2

Enter Lady Macbeth.

LADY MACBETH
line 0630That which hath made them drunk hath made me
line 0631bold.
line 0632What hath quenched them hath given me fire.
line 0633Hark!—Peace.
5line 0634It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,
line 0635Which gives the stern’st good-night. He is about it.
line 0636The doors are open, and the surfeited grooms
line 0637Do mock their charge with snores. I have drugged
line 0638their possets,
10line 0639That death and nature do contend about them
line 0640Whether they live or die.
line 0641MACBETHwithin Who’s there? what, ho!
LADY MACBETH
line 0642Alack, I am afraid they have awaked,
line 0643And ’tis not done. Th’ attempt and not the deed
15line 0644Confounds us. Hark!—I laid their daggers ready;
line 0645He could not miss ’em. Had he not resembled
line 0646My father as he slept, I had done ’t.

Enter Macbeth with bloody daggers.

line 0647My husband?
MACBETH
line 0648I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?
LADY MACBETH
20line 0649I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
line 0650Did not you speak?
line 0651MACBETHWhen?
line 0652LADY MACBETHNow.
line 0653MACBETHAs I descended?
25line 0654LADY MACBETHAy.
line 0655MACBETHHark!—Who lies i’ th’ second chamber?
line 0656LADY MACBETHDonalbain.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 57 line 0657MACBETHThis is a sorry sight.
LADY MACBETH
line 0658A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.
MACBETH
30line 0659There’s one did laugh in ’s sleep, and one cried
line 0660“Murder!”
line 0661That they did wake each other. I stood and heard
line 0662them.
line 0663But they did say their prayers and addressed them
35line 0664Again to sleep.
line 0665LADY MACBETHThere are two lodged together.
MACBETH
line 0666One cried “God bless us” and “Amen” the other,
line 0667As they had seen me with these hangman’s hands,
line 0668List’ning their fear. I could not say “Amen”
40line 0669When they did say “God bless us.”
line 0670LADY MACBETHConsider it not so deeply.
MACBETH
line 0671But wherefore could not I pronounce “Amen”?
line 0672I had most need of blessing, and “Amen”
line 0673Stuck in my throat.
45line 0674LADY MACBETHThese deeds must not be thought
line 0675After these ways; so, it will make us mad.
MACBETH
line 0676Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!
line 0677Macbeth does murder sleep”—the innocent sleep,
line 0678Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
50line 0679The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
line 0680Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
line 0681Chief nourisher in life’s feast.
line 0682LADY MACBETHWhat do you mean?
MACBETH
line 0683Still it cried “Sleep no more!” to all the house.
55line 0684“Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore
line 0685Cawdor
line 0686Shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more.”
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 59 LADY MACBETH
line 0687Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane,
line 0688You do unbend your noble strength to think
60line 0689So brainsickly of things. Go get some water
line 0690And wash this filthy witness from your hand.—
line 0691Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
line 0692They must lie there. Go, carry them and smear
line 0693The sleepy grooms with blood.
65line 0694MACBETHI’ll go no more.
line 0695I am afraid to think what I have done.
line 0696Look on ’t again I dare not.
line 0697LADY MACBETHInfirm of purpose!
line 0698Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead
70line 0699Are but as pictures. ’Tis the eye of childhood
line 0700That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed,
line 0701I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal,
line 0702For it must seem their guilt.

She exits with the daggers. Knock within.

line 0703MACBETHWhence is that
75line 0704knocking?
line 0705How is ’t with me when every noise appalls me?
line 0706What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes.
line 0707Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
line 0708Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
80line 0709The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
line 0710Making the green one red.

Enter Lady Macbeth.

LADY MACBETH
line 0711My hands are of your color, but I shame
line 0712To wear a heart so white.Knock.
line 0713I hear a knocking
85line 0714At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.
line 0715A little water clears us of this deed.
line 0716How easy is it, then! Your constancy
line 0717Hath left you unattended.Knock.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 61 line 0718Hark, more knocking.
90line 0719Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us
line 0720And show us to be watchers. Be not lost
line 0721So poorly in your thoughts.
MACBETH
line 0722To know my deed ’twere best not know myself.

Knock.

line 0723Wake Duncan with thy knocking. I would thou
95line 0724couldst.

They exit.


Scene 3

Knocking within. Enter a Porter.

line 0725PORTERHere’s a knocking indeed! If a man were
line 0726porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the
line 0727key. Knock. Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there, i’
line 0728th’ name of Beelzebub? Here’s a farmer that hanged
5line 0729himself on th’ expectation of plenty. Come in time!
line 0730Have napkins enough about you; here you’ll sweat
line 0731for ’t. Knock. Knock, knock! Who’s there, in th’
line 0732other devil’s name? Faith, here’s an equivocator
line 0733that could swear in both the scales against either
10line 0734scale, who committed treason enough for God’s
line 0735sake yet could not equivocate to heaven. O, come in,
line 0736equivocator. Knock. Knock, knock, knock! Who’s
line 0737there? Faith, here’s an English tailor come hither for
line 0738stealing out of a French hose. Come in, tailor. Here
15line 0739you may roast your goose. Knock. Knock, knock!
line 0740Never at quiet.—What are you?—But this place is
line 0741too cold for hell. I’ll devil-porter it no further. I had
line 0742thought to have let in some of all professions that go
line 0743the primrose way to th’ everlasting bonfire. Knock.
20line 0744Anon, anon!

The Porter opens the door to Macduff and Lennox.

line 0745I pray you, remember the porter.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 63 MACDUFF
line 0746Was it so late, friend, ere you went to bed
line 0747That you do lie so late?
line 0748PORTERFaith, sir, we were carousing till the second
25line 0749cock, and drink, sir, is a great provoker of three
line 0750things.
line 0751MACDUFFWhat three things does drink especially
line 0752provoke?
line 0753PORTERMarry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine.
30line 0754Lechery, sir, it provokes and unprovokes. It provokes
line 0755the desire, but it takes away the performance.
line 0756Therefore much drink may be said to be an
line 0757equivocator with lechery. It makes him, and it
line 0758mars him; it sets him on, and it takes him off; it
35line 0759persuades him and disheartens him; makes him
line 0760stand to and not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates
line 0761him in a sleep and, giving him the lie, leaves
line 0762him.
line 0763MACDUFFI believe drink gave thee the lie last night.
40line 0764PORTERThat it did, sir, i’ th’ very throat on me; but I
line 0765requited him for his lie, and, I think, being too
line 0766strong for him, though he took up my legs sometime,
line 0767yet I made a shift to cast him.
line 0768MACDUFFIs thy master stirring?

Enter Macbeth.

45line 0769Our knocking has awaked him. Here he comes.

Porter exits.

LENNOX
line 0770Good morrow, noble sir.
line 0771MACBETHGood morrow, both.
MACDUFF
line 0772Is the King stirring, worthy thane?
line 0773MACBETHNot yet.
MACDUFF
50line 0774He did command me to call timely on him.
line 0775I have almost slipped the hour.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 65 line 0776MACBETHI’ll bring you to him.
MACDUFF
line 0777I know this is a joyful trouble to you,
line 0778But yet ’tis one.
MACBETH
55line 0779The labor we delight in physics pain.
line 0780This is the door.
line 0781MACDUFFI’ll make so bold to call,
line 0782For ’tis my limited service.Macduff exits.
line 0783LENNOXGoes the King hence today?
60line 0784MACBETHHe does. He did appoint so.
LENNOX
line 0785The night has been unruly. Where we lay,
line 0786Our chimneys were blown down and, as they say,
line 0787Lamentings heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of
line 0788death,
65line 0789And prophesying, with accents terrible,
line 0790Of dire combustion and confused events
line 0791New hatched to th’ woeful time. The obscure bird
line 0792Clamored the livelong night. Some say the Earth
line 0793Was feverous and did shake.
70line 0794MACBETH’Twas a rough night.
LENNOX
line 0795My young remembrance cannot parallel
line 0796A fellow to it.

Enter Macduff.

line 0797MACDUFFO horror, horror, horror!
line 0798Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee!
75line 0799MACBETH AND LENNOXWhat’s the matter?
MACDUFF
line 0800Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.
line 0801Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
line 0802The Lord’s anointed temple and stole thence
line 0803The life o’ th’ building.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 67 80line 0804MACBETHWhat is ’t you say? The life?
line 0805LENNOXMean you his Majesty?
MACDUFF
line 0806Approach the chamber and destroy your sight
line 0807With a new Gorgon. Do not bid me speak.
line 0808See and then speak yourselves.

Macbeth and Lennox exit.

85line 0809Awake, awake!
line 0810Ring the alarum bell.—Murder and treason!
line 0811Banquo and Donalbain, Malcolm, awake!
line 0812Shake off this downy sleep, death’s counterfeit,
line 0813And look on death itself. Up, up, and see
90line 0814The great doom’s image. Malcolm, Banquo,
line 0815As from your graves rise up and walk like sprites
line 0816To countenance this horror.—Ring the bell.

Bell rings.

Enter Lady Macbeth.

line 0817LADY MACBETHWhat’s the business,
line 0818That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley
95line 0819The sleepers of the house? Speak, speak!
line 0820MACDUFFO gentle lady,
line 0821’Tis not for you to hear what I can speak.
line 0822The repetition in a woman’s ear
line 0823Would murder as it fell.

Enter Banquo.

100line 0824O Banquo, Banquo,
line 0825Our royal master’s murdered.
line 0826LADY MACBETHWoe, alas!
line 0827What, in our house?
line 0828BANQUOToo cruel anywhere.—
105line 0829Dear Duff, I prithee, contradict thyself
line 0830And say it is not so.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 69

Enter Macbeth, Lennox, and Ross.

MACBETH
line 0831Had I but died an hour before this chance,
line 0832I had lived a blessèd time; for from this instant
line 0833There’s nothing serious in mortality.
110line 0834All is but toys. Renown and grace is dead.
line 0835The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
line 0836Is left this vault to brag of.

Enter Malcolm and Donalbain.

line 0837DONALBAINWhat is amiss?
line 0838MACBETHYou are, and do not know ’t.
115line 0839The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood
line 0840Is stopped; the very source of it is stopped.
MACDUFF
line 0841Your royal father’s murdered.
line 0842MALCOLMO, by whom?
LENNOX
line 0843Those of his chamber, as it seemed, had done ’t.
120line 0844Their hands and faces were all badged with blood.
line 0845So were their daggers, which unwiped we found
line 0846Upon their pillows. They stared and were distracted.
line 0847No man’s life was to be trusted with them.
MACBETH
line 0848O, yet I do repent me of my fury,
125line 0849That I did kill them.
line 0850MACDUFFWherefore did you so?
MACBETH
line 0851Who can be wise, amazed, temp’rate, and furious,
line 0852Loyal, and neutral, in a moment? No man.
line 0853Th’ expedition of my violent love
130line 0854Outrun the pauser, reason. Here lay Duncan,
line 0855His silver skin laced with his golden blood,
line 0856And his gashed stabs looked like a breach in nature
line 0857For ruin’s wasteful entrance; there the murderers,
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 71 line 0858Steeped in the colors of their trade, their daggers
135line 0859Unmannerly breeched with gore. Who could refrain
line 0860That had a heart to love, and in that heart
line 0861Courage to make ’s love known?
line 0862LADY MACBETHHelp me hence, ho!
MACDUFF
line 0863Look to the lady.
140line 0864MALCOLMaside to Donalbain Why do we hold our
line 0865tongues,
line 0866That most may claim this argument for ours?
DONALBAINaside to Malcolm
line 0867What should be spoken here, where our fate,
line 0868Hid in an auger hole, may rush and seize us?
145line 0869Let’s away. Our tears are not yet brewed.
MALCOLMaside to Donalbain
line 0870Nor our strong sorrow upon the foot of motion.
line 0871BANQUOLook to the lady.

Lady Macbeth is assisted to leave.

line 0872And when we have our naked frailties hid,
line 0873That suffer in exposure, let us meet
150line 0874And question this most bloody piece of work
line 0875To know it further. Fears and scruples shake us.
line 0876In the great hand of God I stand, and thence
line 0877Against the undivulged pretense I fight
line 0878Of treasonous malice.
155line 0879MACDUFFAnd so do I.
line 0880ALLSo all.
MACBETH
line 0881Let’s briefly put on manly readiness
line 0882And meet i’ th’ hall together.
line 0883ALLWell contented.

All but Malcolm and Donalbain exit.

MALCOLM
160line 0884What will you do? Let’s not consort with them.
line 0885To show an unfelt sorrow is an office
line 0886Which the false man does easy. I’ll to England.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 73 DONALBAIN
line 0887To Ireland I. Our separated fortune
line 0888Shall keep us both the safer. Where we are,
165line 0889There’s daggers in men’s smiles. The near in blood,
line 0890The nearer bloody.
line 0891MALCOLMThis murderous shaft that’s shot
line 0892Hath not yet lighted, and our safest way
line 0893Is to avoid the aim. Therefore to horse,
170line 0894And let us not be dainty of leave-taking
line 0895But shift away. There’s warrant in that theft
line 0896Which steals itself when there’s no mercy left.

They exit.


Scene 4

Enter Ross with an Old Man.

OLD MAN
line 0897Threescore and ten I can remember well,
line 0898Within the volume of which time I have seen
line 0899Hours dreadful and things strange, but this sore
line 0900night
5line 0901Hath trifled former knowings.
line 0902ROSSHa, good father,
line 0903Thou seest the heavens, as troubled with man’s act,
line 0904Threatens his bloody stage. By th’ clock ’tis day,
line 0905And yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp.
10line 0906Is ’t night’s predominance or the day’s shame
line 0907That darkness does the face of earth entomb
line 0908When living light should kiss it?
line 0909OLD MAN’Tis unnatural,
line 0910Even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last
15line 0911A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place,
line 0912Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed.
ROSS
line 0913And Duncan’s horses (a thing most strange and
line 0914certain),
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 75 line 0915Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race,
20line 0916Turned wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,
line 0917Contending ’gainst obedience, as they would
line 0918Make war with mankind.
line 0919OLD MAN’Tis said they eat each
line 0920other.
ROSS
25line 0921They did so, to th’ amazement of mine eyes
line 0922That looked upon ’t.

Enter Macduff.

line 0923Here comes the good
line 0924Macduff.—
line 0925How goes the world, sir, now?
30line 0926MACDUFFWhy, see you not?
ROSS
line 0927Is ’t known who did this more than bloody deed?
MACDUFF
line 0928Those that Macbeth hath slain.
line 0929ROSSAlas the day,
line 0930What good could they pretend?
35line 0931MACDUFFThey were suborned.
line 0932Malcolm and Donalbain, the King’s two sons,
line 0933Are stol’n away and fled, which puts upon them
line 0934Suspicion of the deed.
line 0935ROSS’Gainst nature still!
40line 0936Thriftless ambition, that will ravin up
line 0937Thine own lives’ means. Then ’tis most like
line 0938The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.
MACDUFF
line 0939He is already named and gone to Scone
line 0940To be invested.
45line 0941ROSSWhere is Duncan’s body?
line 0942MACDUFFCarried to Colmekill,
line 0943The sacred storehouse of his predecessors
line 0944And guardian of their bones.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 77 line 0945ROSSWill you to Scone?
MACDUFF
50line 0946No, cousin, I’ll to Fife.
line 0947ROSSWell, I will thither.
MACDUFF
line 0948Well, may you see things well done there. Adieu,
line 0949Lest our old robes sit easier than our new.
line 0950ROSSFarewell, father.
OLD MAN
55line 0951God’s benison go with you and with those
line 0952That would make good of bad and friends of foes.

All exit.


ACT 3


Scene 1

Enter Banquo.

BANQUO
line 0953Thou hast it now—king, Cawdor, Glamis, all
line 0954As the Weïrd Women promised, and I fear
line 0955Thou played’st most foully for ’t. Yet it was said
line 0956It should not stand in thy posterity,
5line 0957But that myself should be the root and father
line 0958Of many kings. If there come truth from them
line 0959(As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine)
line 0960Why, by the verities on thee made good,
line 0961May they not be my oracles as well,
10line 0962And set me up in hope? But hush, no more.

Sennet sounded. Enter Macbeth as King, Lady Macbeth, Lennox, Ross, Lords, and Attendants.

MACBETH
line 0963Here’s our chief guest.
line 0964LADY MACBETHIf he had been forgotten,
line 0965It had been as a gap in our great feast
line 0966And all-thing unbecoming.
MACBETH
15line 0967Tonight we hold a solemn supper, sir,
line 0968And I’ll request your presence.
line 0969BANQUOLet your Highness
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 83 line 0970Command upon me, to the which my duties
line 0971Are with a most indissoluble tie
20line 0972Forever knit.
line 0973MACBETHRide you this afternoon?
line 0974BANQUOAy, my good lord.
MACBETH
line 0975We should have else desired your good advice
line 0976(Which still hath been both grave and prosperous)
25line 0977In this day’s council, but we’ll take tomorrow.
line 0978Is ’t far you ride?
BANQUO
line 0979As far, my lord, as will fill up the time
line 0980’Twixt this and supper. Go not my horse the better,
line 0981I must become a borrower of the night
30line 0982For a dark hour or twain.
line 0983MACBETHFail not our feast.
line 0984BANQUOMy lord, I will not.
MACBETH
line 0985We hear our bloody cousins are bestowed
line 0986In England and in Ireland, not confessing
35line 0987Their cruel parricide, filling their hearers
line 0988With strange invention. But of that tomorrow,
line 0989When therewithal we shall have cause of state
line 0990Craving us jointly. Hie you to horse. Adieu,
line 0991Till you return at night. Goes Fleance with you?
BANQUO
40line 0992Ay, my good lord. Our time does call upon ’s.
MACBETH
line 0993I wish your horses swift and sure of foot,
line 0994And so I do commend you to their backs.
line 0995Farewell.Banquo exits.
line 0996Let every man be master of his time
45line 0997Till seven at night. To make society
line 0998The sweeter welcome, we will keep ourself
line 0999Till suppertime alone. While then, God be with you.

Lords and all but Macbeth and a Servant exit.

Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 85 line 1000Sirrah, a word with you. Attend those men
line 1001Our pleasure?
SERVANT
50line 1002They are, my lord, without the palace gate.
MACBETH
line 1003Bring them before us.Servant exits.
line 1004To be thus is nothing,
line 1005But to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo
line 1006Stick deep, and in his royalty of nature
55line 1007Reigns that which would be feared. ’Tis much he
line 1008dares,
line 1009And to that dauntless temper of his mind
line 1010He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor
line 1011To act in safety. There is none but he
60line 1012Whose being I do fear; and under him
line 1013My genius is rebuked, as it is said
line 1014Mark Antony’s was by Caesar. He chid the sisters
line 1015When first they put the name of king upon me
line 1016And bade them speak to him. Then, prophet-like,
65line 1017They hailed him father to a line of kings.
line 1018Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown
line 1019And put a barren scepter in my grip,
line 1020Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,
line 1021No son of mine succeeding. If ’t be so,
70line 1022For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind;
line 1023For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered,
line 1024Put rancors in the vessel of my peace
line 1025Only for them, and mine eternal jewel
line 1026Given to the common enemy of man
75line 1027To make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings.
line 1028Rather than so, come fate into the list,
line 1029And champion me to th’ utterance.—Who’s there?

Enter Servant and two Murderers.

line 1030To the Servant. Now go to the door, and stay there
line 1031till we call.Servant exits.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 87 80line 1032Was it not yesterday we spoke together?
MURDERERS
line 1033It was, so please your Highness.
line 1034MACBETHWell then, now
line 1035Have you considered of my speeches? Know
line 1036That it was he, in the times past, which held you
85line 1037So under fortune, which you thought had been
line 1038Our innocent self. This I made good to you
line 1039In our last conference, passed in probation with you
line 1040How you were borne in hand, how crossed, the
line 1041instruments,
90line 1042Who wrought with them, and all things else that
line 1043might
line 1044To half a soul and to a notion crazed
line 1045Say “Thus did Banquo.”
line 1046FIRST MURDERERYou made it known to us.
MACBETH
95line 1047I did so, and went further, which is now
line 1048Our point of second meeting. Do you find
line 1049Your patience so predominant in your nature
line 1050That you can let this go? Are you so gospeled
line 1051To pray for this good man and for his issue,
100line 1052Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave
line 1053And beggared yours forever?
line 1054FIRST MURDERERWe are men, my liege.
MACBETH
line 1055Ay, in the catalogue you go for men,
line 1056As hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels,
105line 1057curs,
line 1058Shoughs, water-rugs, and demi-wolves are clept
line 1059All by the name of dogs. The valued file
line 1060Distinguishes the swift, the slow, the subtle,
line 1061The housekeeper, the hunter, every one
110line 1062According to the gift which bounteous nature
line 1063Hath in him closed; whereby he does receive
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 89 line 1064Particular addition, from the bill
line 1065That writes them all alike. And so of men.
line 1066Now, if you have a station in the file,
115line 1067Not i’ th’ worst rank of manhood, say ’t,
line 1068And I will put that business in your bosoms
line 1069Whose execution takes your enemy off,
line 1070Grapples you to the heart and love of us,
line 1071Who wear our health but sickly in his life,
120line 1072Which in his death were perfect.
line 1073SECOND MURDERERI am one, my liege,
line 1074Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world
line 1075Hath so incensed that I am reckless what
line 1076I do to spite the world.
125line 1077FIRST MURDERERAnd I another
line 1078So weary with disasters, tugged with fortune,
line 1079That I would set my life on any chance,
line 1080To mend it or be rid on ’t.
line 1081MACBETHBoth of you
130line 1082Know Banquo was your enemy.
line 1083MURDERERSTrue, my lord.
MACBETH
line 1084So is he mine, and in such bloody distance
line 1085That every minute of his being thrusts
line 1086Against my near’st of life. And though I could
135line 1087With barefaced power sweep him from my sight
line 1088And bid my will avouch it, yet I must not,
line 1089For certain friends that are both his and mine,
line 1090Whose loves I may not drop, but wail his fall
line 1091Who I myself struck down. And thence it is
140line 1092That I to your assistance do make love,
line 1093Masking the business from the common eye
line 1094For sundry weighty reasons.
line 1095SECOND MURDERERWe shall, my lord,
line 1096Perform what you command us.
145line 1097FIRST MURDERERThough our lives—
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 91 MACBETH
line 1098Your spirits shine through you. Within this hour at
line 1099most
line 1100I will advise you where to plant yourselves,
line 1101Acquaint you with the perfect spy o’ th’ time,
150line 1102The moment on ’t, for ’t must be done tonight
line 1103And something from the palace; always thought
line 1104That I require a clearness. And with him
line 1105(To leave no rubs nor botches in the work)
line 1106Fleance, his son, that keeps him company,
155line 1107Whose absence is no less material to me
line 1108Than is his father’s, must embrace the fate
line 1109Of that dark hour. Resolve yourselves apart.
line 1110I’ll come to you anon.
line 1111MURDERERSWe are resolved, my lord.
MACBETH
160line 1112I’ll call upon you straight. Abide within.

Murderers exit.

line 1113It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul’s flight,
line 1114If it find heaven, must find it out tonight.

He exits.


Scene 2

Enter Macbeth’s Lady and a Servant.

line 1115LADY MACBETHIs Banquo gone from court?
SERVANT
line 1116Ay, madam, but returns again tonight.
LADY MACBETH
line 1117Say to the King I would attend his leisure
line 1118For a few words.
5line 1119SERVANTMadam, I will.He exits.
line 1120LADY MACBETHNaught’s had, all’s spent,
line 1121Where our desire is got without content.
line 1122’Tis safer to be that which we destroy
line 1123Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 93

Enter Macbeth.

10line 1124How now, my lord, why do you keep alone,
line 1125Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
line 1126Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
line 1127With them they think on? Things without all remedy
line 1128Should be without regard. What’s done is done.
MACBETH
15line 1129We have scorched the snake, not killed it.
line 1130She’ll close and be herself whilst our poor malice
line 1131Remains in danger of her former tooth.
line 1132But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds
line 1133suffer,
20line 1134Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep
line 1135In the affliction of these terrible dreams
line 1136That shake us nightly. Better be with the dead,
line 1137Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,
line 1138Than on the torture of the mind to lie
25line 1139In restless ecstasy. Duncan is in his grave.
line 1140After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well.
line 1141Treason has done his worst; nor steel nor poison,
line 1142Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing
line 1143Can touch him further.
30line 1144LADY MACBETHCome on, gentle my lord,
line 1145Sleek o’er your rugged looks. Be bright and jovial
line 1146Among your guests tonight.
line 1147MACBETHSo shall I, love,
line 1148And so I pray be you. Let your remembrance
35line 1149Apply to Banquo; present him eminence
line 1150Both with eye and tongue: unsafe the while that we
line 1151Must lave our honors in these flattering streams
line 1152And make our faces vizards to our hearts,
line 1153Disguising what they are.
40line 1154LADY MACBETHYou must leave this.
MACBETH
line 1155O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!
line 1156Thou know’st that Banquo and his Fleance lives.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 95 LADY MACBETH
line 1157But in them nature’s copy’s not eterne.
MACBETH
line 1158There’s comfort yet; they are assailable.
45line 1159Then be thou jocund. Ere the bat hath flown
line 1160His cloistered flight, ere to black Hecate’s summons
line 1161The shard-born beetle with his drowsy hums
line 1162Hath rung night’s yawning peal, there shall be done
line 1163A deed of dreadful note.
50line 1164LADY MACBETHWhat’s to be done?
MACBETH
line 1165Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,
line 1166Till thou applaud the deed.—Come, seeling night,
line 1167Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day
line 1168And with thy bloody and invisible hand
55line 1169Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond
line 1170Which keeps me pale. Light thickens, and the crow
line 1171Makes wing to th’ rooky wood.
line 1172Good things of day begin to droop and drowse,
line 1173Whiles night’s black agents to their preys do
60line 1174rouse.—
line 1175Thou marvel’st at my words, but hold thee still.
line 1176Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.
line 1177So prithee go with me.

They exit.


Scene 3

Enter three Murderers.

FIRST MURDERER
line 1178But who did bid thee join with us?
line 1179THIRD MURDERERMacbeth.
SECOND MURDERERto the First Murderer
line 1180He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers
line 1181Our offices and what we have to do
5line 1182To the direction just.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 97 line 1183FIRST MURDERERThen stand with us.—
line 1184The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day.
line 1185Now spurs the lated traveler apace
line 1186To gain the timely inn, and near approaches
10line 1187The subject of our watch.
line 1188THIRD MURDERERHark, I hear horses.
line 1189BANQUOwithin Give us a light there, ho!
line 1190SECOND MURDERERThen ’tis he. The rest
line 1191That are within the note of expectation
15line 1192Already are i’ th’ court.
line 1193FIRST MURDERERHis horses go about.
THIRD MURDERER
line 1194Almost a mile; but he does usually
line 1195(So all men do) from hence to th’ palace gate
line 1196Make it their walk.

Enter Banquo and Fleance, with a torch.

20line 1197SECOND MURDERERA light, a light!
line 1198THIRD MURDERER’Tis he.
line 1199FIRST MURDERERStand to ’t.
line 1200BANQUOto Fleance It will be rain tonight.
line 1201FIRST MURDERERLet it come down!

The three Murderers attack.

BANQUO
25line 1202O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!
line 1203Thou mayst revenge—O slave!

He dies. Fleance exits.

THIRD MURDERER
line 1204Who did strike out the light?
line 1205FIRST MURDERERWas ’t not the way?
line 1206THIRD MURDERERThere’s but one down. The son is
30line 1207fled.
line 1208SECOND MURDERERWe have lost best half of our
line 1209affair.
FIRST MURDERER
line 1210Well, let’s away and say how much is done.

They exit.

Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 99

Scene 4

Banquet prepared. Enter Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Ross, Lennox, Lords, and Attendants.

MACBETH
line 1211You know your own degrees; sit down. At first
line 1212And last, the hearty welcome.They sit.
line 1213LORDSThanks to your Majesty.
MACBETH
line 1214Ourself will mingle with society
5line 1215And play the humble host.
line 1216Our hostess keeps her state, but in best time
line 1217We will require her welcome.
LADY MACBETH
line 1218Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our friends,
line 1219For my heart speaks they are welcome.

Enter First Murderer to the door.

MACBETH
10line 1220See, they encounter thee with their hearts’ thanks.
line 1221Both sides are even. Here I’ll sit i’ th’ midst.
line 1222Be large in mirth. Anon we’ll drink a measure
line 1223The table round. He approaches the Murderer. There’s
line 1224blood upon thy face.
15line 1225MURDERER’Tis Banquo’s then.
MACBETH
line 1226’Tis better thee without than he within.
line 1227Is he dispatched?
MURDERER
line 1228My lord, his throat is cut. That I did for him.
MACBETH
line 1229Thou art the best o’ th’ cutthroats,
20line 1230Yet he’s good that did the like for Fleance.
line 1231If thou didst it, thou art the nonpareil.
MURDERER
line 1232Most royal sir, Fleance is ’scaped.
MACBETHaside
line 1233Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect,
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 101 line 1234Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,
25line 1235As broad and general as the casing air.
line 1236But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in
line 1237To saucy doubts and fears.—But Banquo’s safe?
MURDERER
line 1238Ay, my good lord. Safe in a ditch he bides,
line 1239With twenty trenchèd gashes on his head,
30line 1240The least a death to nature.
line 1241MACBETHThanks for that.
line 1242There the grown serpent lies. The worm that’s fled
line 1243Hath nature that in time will venom breed,
line 1244No teeth for th’ present. Get thee gone. Tomorrow
35line 1245We’ll hear ourselves again.Murderer exits.
line 1246LADY MACBETHMy royal lord,
line 1247You do not give the cheer. The feast is sold
line 1248That is not often vouched, while ’tis a-making,
line 1249’Tis given with welcome. To feed were best at home;
40line 1250From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremony;
line 1251Meeting were bare without it.

Enter the Ghost of Banquo, and sits in Macbeth’s place.

line 1252MACBETHto Lady Macbeth Sweet remembrancer!—
line 1253Now, good digestion wait on appetite
line 1254And health on both!
45line 1255LENNOXMay ’t please your Highness sit.
MACBETH
line 1256Here had we now our country’s honor roofed,
line 1257Were the graced person of our Banquo present,
line 1258Who may I rather challenge for unkindness
line 1259Than pity for mischance.
50line 1260ROSSHis absence, sir,
line 1261Lays blame upon his promise. Please ’t your
line 1262Highness
line 1263To grace us with your royal company?
MACBETH
line 1264The table’s full.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 103 55line 1265LENNOXHere is a place reserved, sir.
line 1266MACBETHWhere?
LENNOX
line 1267Here, my good lord. What is ’t that moves your
line 1268Highness?
MACBETH
line 1269Which of you have done this?
60line 1270LORDSWhat, my good lord?
MACBETHto the Ghost
line 1271Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake
line 1272Thy gory locks at me.
ROSS
line 1273Gentlemen, rise. His Highness is not well.
LADY MACBETH
line 1274Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thus
65line 1275And hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat.
line 1276The fit is momentary; upon a thought
line 1277He will again be well. If much you note him
line 1278You shall offend him and extend his passion.
line 1279Feed and regard him not.Drawing Macbeth aside.
70line 1280Are you a man?
MACBETH
line 1281Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that
line 1282Which might appall the devil.
line 1283LADY MACBETHO, proper stuff!
line 1284This is the very painting of your fear.
75line 1285This is the air-drawn dagger which you said
line 1286Led you to Duncan. O, these flaws and starts,
line 1287Impostors to true fear, would well become
line 1288A woman’s story at a winter’s fire,
line 1289Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself!
80line 1290Why do you make such faces? When all’s done,
line 1291You look but on a stool.
MACBETH
line 1292Prithee, see there. Behold, look! To the Ghost. Lo,
line 1293how say you?
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 105 line 1294Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too.—
85line 1295If charnel houses and our graves must send
line 1296Those that we bury back, our monuments
line 1297Shall be the maws of kites.Ghost exits.
line 1298LADY MACBETHWhat, quite unmanned in folly?
MACBETH
line 1299If I stand here, I saw him.
90line 1300LADY MACBETHFie, for shame!
MACBETH
line 1301Blood hath been shed ere now, i’ th’ olden time,
line 1302Ere humane statute purged the gentle weal;
line 1303Ay, and since too, murders have been performed
line 1304Too terrible for the ear. The time has been
95line 1305That, when the brains were out, the man would die,
line 1306And there an end. But now they rise again
line 1307With twenty mortal murders on their crowns
line 1308And push us from our stools. This is more strange
line 1309Than such a murder is.
100line 1310LADY MACBETHMy worthy lord,
line 1311Your noble friends do lack you.
line 1312MACBETHI do forget.—
line 1313Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends.
line 1314I have a strange infirmity, which is nothing
105line 1315To those that know me. Come, love and health to
line 1316all.
line 1317Then I’ll sit down.—Give me some wine. Fill full.

Enter Ghost.

line 1318I drink to th’ general joy o’ th’ whole table
line 1319And to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss.
110line 1320Would he were here! To all, and him we thirst,
line 1321And all to all.
line 1322LORDSOur duties, and the pledge.

They raise their drinking cups.

MACBETHto the Ghost
line 1323Avaunt, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee.
line 1324Thy bones are marrowless; thy blood is cold;
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 107 115line 1325Thou hast no speculation in those eyes
line 1326Which thou dost glare with.
line 1327LADY MACBETHThink of this, good
line 1328peers,
line 1329But as a thing of custom. ’Tis no other;
120line 1330Only it spoils the pleasure of the time.
line 1331MACBETHto the Ghost What man dare, I dare.
line 1332Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
line 1333The armed rhinoceros, or th’ Hyrcan tiger;
line 1334Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
125line 1335Shall never tremble. Or be alive again
line 1336And dare me to the desert with thy sword.
line 1337If trembling I inhabit then, protest me
line 1338The baby of a girl. Hence, horrible shadow!
line 1339Unreal mock’ry, hence!Ghost exits.
130line 1340Why so, being gone,
line 1341I am a man again.—Pray you sit still.
LADY MACBETH
line 1342You have displaced the mirth, broke the good
line 1343meeting
line 1344With most admired disorder.
135line 1345MACBETHCan such things be
line 1346And overcome us like a summer’s cloud,
line 1347Without our special wonder? You make me strange
line 1348Even to the disposition that I owe
line 1349When now I think you can behold such sights
140line 1350And keep the natural ruby of your cheeks
line 1351When mine is blanched with fear.
line 1352ROSSWhat sights, my
line 1353lord?
LADY MACBETH
line 1354I pray you, speak not. He grows worse and worse.
145line 1355Question enrages him. At once, good night.
line 1356Stand not upon the order of your going,
line 1357But go at once.
line 1358LENNOXGood night, and better health
line 1359Attend his Majesty.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 109 150line 1360LADY MACBETHA kind good night to all.

Lords and all but Macbeth and Lady Macbeth exit.

MACBETH
line 1361It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.
line 1362Stones have been known to move, and trees to
line 1363speak.
line 1364Augurs and understood relations have
155line 1365By maggot pies and choughs and rooks brought
line 1366forth
line 1367The secret’st man of blood.—What is the night?
LADY MACBETH
line 1368Almost at odds with morning, which is which.
MACBETH
line 1369How say’st thou that Macduff denies his person
160line 1370At our great bidding?
line 1371LADY MACBETHDid you send to him, sir?
MACBETH
line 1372I hear it by the way; but I will send.
line 1373There’s not a one of them but in his house
line 1374I keep a servant fee’d. I will tomorrow
165line 1375(And betimes I will) to the Weïrd Sisters.
line 1376More shall they speak, for now I am bent to know
line 1377By the worst means the worst. For mine own good,
line 1378All causes shall give way. I am in blood
line 1379Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
170line 1380Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
line 1381Strange things I have in head that will to hand,
line 1382Which must be acted ere they may be scanned.
LADY MACBETH
line 1383You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
MACBETH
line 1384Come, we’ll to sleep. My strange and self-abuse
175line 1385Is the initiate fear that wants hard use.
line 1386We are yet but young in deed.

They exit.

Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 111

Scene 5

Thunder. Enter the three Witches, meeting Hecate.

FIRST WITCH
line 1387Why, how now, Hecate? You look angerly.
HECATE
line 1388Have I not reason, beldams as you are?
line 1389Saucy and overbold, how did you dare
line 1390To trade and traffic with Macbeth
5line 1391In riddles and affairs of death,
line 1392And I, the mistress of your charms,
line 1393The close contriver of all harms,
line 1394Was never called to bear my part
line 1395Or show the glory of our art?
10line 1396And which is worse, all you have done
line 1397Hath been but for a wayward son,
line 1398Spiteful and wrathful, who, as others do,
line 1399Loves for his own ends, not for you.
line 1400But make amends now. Get you gone,
15line 1401And at the pit of Acheron
line 1402Meet me i’ th’ morning. Thither he
line 1403Will come to know his destiny.
line 1404Your vessels and your spells provide,
line 1405Your charms and everything beside.
20line 1406I am for th’ air. This night I’ll spend
line 1407Unto a dismal and a fatal end.
line 1408Great business must be wrought ere noon.
line 1409Upon the corner of the moon
line 1410There hangs a vap’rous drop profound.
25line 1411I’ll catch it ere it come to ground,
line 1412And that, distilled by magic sleights,
line 1413Shall raise such artificial sprites
line 1414As by the strength of their illusion
line 1415Shall draw him on to his confusion.
30line 1416He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear
line 1417His hopes ’bove wisdom, grace, and fear.
Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 113 line 1418And you all know, security
line 1419Is mortals’ chiefest enemy.

Music and a song.

line 1420Hark! I am called. My little spirit, see,
35line 1421Sits in a foggy cloud and stays for me.Hecate exits.

Sing within “Come away, come away,” etc.

FIRST WITCH
line 1422Come, let’s make haste. She’ll soon be back again.

They exit.


Scene 6

Enter Lennox and another Lord.

LENNOX
line 1423My former speeches have but hit your thoughts,
line 1424Which can interpret farther. Only I say
line 1425Things have been strangely borne. The gracious
line 1426Duncan
5line 1427Was pitied of Macbeth; marry, he was dead.
line 1428And the right valiant Banquo walked too late,
line 1429Whom you may say, if ’t please you, Fleance killed,
line 1430For Fleance fled. Men must not walk too late.
line 1431Who cannot want the thought how monstrous
10line 1432It was for Malcolm and for Donalbain
line 1433To kill their gracious father? Damnèd fact,
line 1434How it did grieve Macbeth! Did he not straight
line 1435In pious rage the two delinquents tear
line 1436That were the slaves of drink and thralls of sleep?
15line 1437Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely, too,
line 1438For ’twould have angered any heart alive
line 1439To hear the men deny ’t. So that I say
line 1440He has borne all things well. And I do think
line 1441That had he Duncan’s sons under his key
20line 1442(As, an ’t please heaven, he shall not) they should
line 1443find
line 1444What ’twere to kill a father. So should Fleance.
Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 115 line 1445But peace. For from broad words, and ’cause he
line 1446failed
25line 1447His presence at the tyrant’s feast, I hear
line 1448Macduff lives in disgrace. Sir, can you tell
line 1449Where he bestows himself?
line 1450LORDThe son of Duncan
line 1451(From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth)
30line 1452Lives in the English court and is received
line 1453Of the most pious Edward with such grace
line 1454That the malevolence of fortune nothing
line 1455Takes from his high respect. Thither Macduff
line 1456Is gone to pray the holy king upon his aid
35line 1457To wake Northumberland and warlike Siward
line 1458That, by the help of these (with Him above
line 1459To ratify the work), we may again
line 1460Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights,
line 1461Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,
40line 1462Do faithful homage, and receive free honors,
line 1463All which we pine for now. And this report
line 1464Hath so exasperate the King that he
line 1465Prepares for some attempt of war.
line 1466LENNOXSent he to Macduff?
LORD
45line 1467He did, and with an absolute “Sir, not I,”
line 1468The cloudy messenger turns me his back
line 1469And hums, as who should say “You’ll rue the time
line 1470That clogs me with this answer.”
line 1471LENNOXAnd that well might
50line 1472Advise him to a caution t’ hold what distance
line 1473His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel
line 1474Fly to the court of England and unfold
line 1475His message ere he come, that a swift blessing
line 1476May soon return to this our suffering country
55line 1477Under a hand accursed.
line 1478LORDI’ll send my prayers with him.

They exit.


ACT 4


Scene 1

Thunder. Enter the three Witches.

FIRST WITCH
line 1479Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed.
SECOND WITCH
line 1480Thrice, and once the hedge-pig whined.
THIRD WITCH
line 1481Harpier cries “’Tis time, ’tis time!”
FIRST WITCH
line 1482Round about the cauldron go;
5line 1483In the poisoned entrails throw.
line 1484Toad, that under cold stone
line 1485Days and nights has thirty-one
line 1486Sweltered venom sleeping got,
line 1487Boil thou first i’ th’ charmèd pot.

The Witches circle the cauldron.

ALL
10line 1488Double, double toil and trouble;
line 1489Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
SECOND WITCH
line 1490Fillet of a fenny snake
line 1491In the cauldron boil and bake.
line 1492Eye of newt and toe of frog,
15line 1493Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
line 1494Adder’s fork and blindworm’s sting,
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 121 line 1495Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
line 1496For a charm of powerful trouble,
line 1497Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL
20line 1498Double, double toil and trouble;
line 1499Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
THIRD WITCH
line 1500Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
line 1501Witch’s mummy, maw and gulf
line 1502Of the ravined salt-sea shark,
25line 1503Root of hemlock digged i’ th’ dark,
line 1504Liver of blaspheming Jew,
line 1505Gall of goat and slips of yew
line 1506Slivered in the moon’s eclipse,
line 1507Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips,
30line 1508Finger of birth-strangled babe
line 1509Ditch-delivered by a drab,
line 1510Make the gruel thick and slab.
line 1511Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron
line 1512For th’ ingredience of our cauldron.
ALL
35line 1513Double, double toil and trouble;
line 1514Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
SECOND WITCH
line 1515Cool it with a baboon’s blood.
line 1516Then the charm is firm and good.

Enter Hecate to the other three Witches.

HECATE
line 1517O, well done! I commend your pains,
40line 1518And everyone shall share i’ th’ gains.
line 1519And now about the cauldron sing
line 1520Like elves and fairies in a ring,
line 1521Enchanting all that you put in.

Music and a song: “Black Spirits,” etc. Hecate exits.

Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 123 SECOND WITCH
line 1522By the pricking of my thumbs,
45line 1523Something wicked this way comes.
line 1524Open, locks,
line 1525Whoever knocks.

Enter Macbeth.

MACBETH
line 1526How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags?
line 1527What is ’t you do?
50line 1528ALLA deed without a name.
MACBETH
line 1529I conjure you by that which you profess
line 1530(Howe’er you come to know it), answer me.
line 1531Though you untie the winds and let them fight
line 1532Against the churches, though the yeasty waves
55line 1533Confound and swallow navigation up,
line 1534Though bladed corn be lodged and trees blown
line 1535down,
line 1536Though castles topple on their warders’ heads,
line 1537Though palaces and pyramids do slope
60line 1538Their heads to their foundations, though the
line 1539treasure
line 1540Of nature’s germens tumble all together
line 1541Even till destruction sicken, answer me
line 1542To what I ask you.
65line 1543FIRST WITCHSpeak.
line 1544SECOND WITCHDemand.
line 1545THIRD WITCHWe’ll answer.
FIRST WITCH
line 1546Say if th’ hadst rather hear it from our mouths
line 1547Or from our masters’.
70line 1548MACBETHCall ’em. Let me see ’em.
FIRST WITCH
line 1549Pour in sow’s blood that hath eaten
line 1550Her nine farrow; grease that’s sweaten
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 125 line 1551From the murderers’ gibbet throw
line 1552Into the flame.
75line 1553ALLCome high or low;
line 1554Thyself and office deftly show.

Thunder. First Apparition, an Armed Head.

MACBETH
line 1555Tell me, thou unknown power—
line 1556FIRST WITCHHe knows thy
line 1557thought.
80line 1558Hear his speech but say thou naught.
FIRST APPARITION
line 1559Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff!
line 1560Beware the Thane of Fife! Dismiss me. Enough.

He descends.

MACBETH
line 1561Whate’er thou art, for thy good caution, thanks.
line 1562Thou hast harped my fear aright. But one word
85line 1563more—
FIRST WITCH
line 1564He will not be commanded. Here’s another
line 1565More potent than the first.

Thunder. Second Apparition, a Bloody Child.

line 1566SECOND APPARITIONMacbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth!—
line 1567MACBETHHad I three ears, I’d hear thee.
SECOND APPARITION
90line 1568Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
line 1569The power of man, for none of woman born
line 1570Shall harm Macbeth.He descends.
MACBETH
line 1571Then live, Macduff; what need I fear of thee?
line 1572But yet I’ll make assurance double sure
95line 1573And take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live,
line 1574That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies,
line 1575And sleep in spite of thunder.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 127

Thunder. Third Apparition, a Child Crowned, with a tree in his hand.

line 1576What is this
line 1577That rises like the issue of a king
100line 1578And wears upon his baby brow the round
line 1579And top of sovereignty?
line 1580ALLListen but speak not to ’t.
THIRD APPARITION
line 1581Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care
line 1582Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are.
105line 1583Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
line 1584Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
line 1585Shall come against him.He descends.
line 1586MACBETHThat will never be.
line 1587Who can impress the forest, bid the tree
110line 1588Unfix his earthbound root? Sweet bodements, good!
line 1589Rebellious dead, rise never till the Wood
line 1590Of Birnam rise, and our high-placed Macbeth
line 1591Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath
line 1592To time and mortal custom. Yet my heart
115line 1593Throbs to know one thing. Tell me, if your art
line 1594Can tell so much: shall Banquo’s issue ever
line 1595Reign in this kingdom?
line 1596ALLSeek to know no more.
MACBETH
line 1597I will be satisfied. Deny me this,
120line 1598And an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know!

Cauldron sinks. Hautboys.

line 1599Why sinks that cauldron? And what noise is this?
line 1600FIRST WITCHShow.
line 1601SECOND WITCHShow.
line 1602THIRD WITCHShow.
ALL
125line 1603Show his eyes and grieve his heart.
line 1604Come like shadows; so depart.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 129

A show of eight kings, the eighth king with a glass in his hand, and Banquo last.

MACBETH
line 1605Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo. Down!
line 1606Thy crown does sear mine eyeballs. And thy hair,
line 1607Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first.
130line 1608A third is like the former.—Filthy hags,
line 1609Why do you show me this?—A fourth? Start, eyes!
line 1610What, will the line stretch out to th’ crack of doom?
line 1611Another yet? A seventh? I’ll see no more.
line 1612And yet the eighth appears who bears a glass
135line 1613Which shows me many more, and some I see
line 1614That twofold balls and treble scepters carry.
line 1615Horrible sight! Now I see ’tis true,
line 1616For the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me
line 1617And points at them for his.

The Apparitions disappear.

140line 1618What, is this so?
FIRST WITCH
line 1619Ay, sir, all this is so. But why
line 1620Stands Macbeth thus amazedly?
line 1621Come, sisters, cheer we up his sprites
line 1622And show the best of our delights.
145line 1623I’ll charm the air to give a sound
line 1624While you perform your antic round,
line 1625That this great king may kindly say
line 1626Our duties did his welcome pay.

Music. The Witches dance and vanish.

MACBETH
line 1627Where are they? Gone? Let this pernicious hour
150line 1628Stand aye accursèd in the calendar!—
line 1629Come in, without there.

Enter Lennox.

line 1630LENNOXWhat’s your Grace’s will?
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 131 MACBETH
line 1631Saw you the Weïrd Sisters?
line 1632LENNOXNo, my lord.
MACBETH
155line 1633Came they not by you?
line 1634LENNOXNo, indeed, my lord.
MACBETH
line 1635Infected be the air whereon they ride,
line 1636And damned all those that trust them! I did hear
line 1637The galloping of horse. Who was ’t came by?
LENNOX
160line 1638’Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word
line 1639Macduff is fled to England.
line 1640MACBETHFled to England?
line 1641LENNOXAy, my good lord.
MACBETHaside
line 1642Time, thou anticipat’st my dread exploits.
165line 1643The flighty purpose never is o’ertook
line 1644Unless the deed go with it. From this moment
line 1645The very firstlings of my heart shall be
line 1646The firstlings of my hand. And even now,
line 1647To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and
170line 1648done:
line 1649The castle of Macduff I will surprise,
line 1650Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword
line 1651His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls
line 1652That trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool;
175line 1653This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool.
line 1654But no more sights!—Where are these gentlemen?
line 1655Come bring me where they are.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 133

Scene 2

Enter Macduff’s Wife, her Son, and Ross.

LADY MACDUFF
line 1656What had he done to make him fly the land?
ROSS
line 1657You must have patience, madam.
line 1658LADY MACDUFFHe had none.
line 1659His flight was madness. When our actions do not,
5line 1660Our fears do make us traitors.
line 1661ROSSYou know not
line 1662Whether it was his wisdom or his fear.
LADY MACDUFF
line 1663Wisdom? To leave his wife, to leave his babes,
line 1664His mansion and his titles in a place
10line 1665From whence himself does fly? He loves us not;
line 1666He wants the natural touch; for the poor wren,
line 1667The most diminutive of birds, will fight,
line 1668Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.
line 1669All is the fear, and nothing is the love,
15line 1670As little is the wisdom, where the flight
line 1671So runs against all reason.
line 1672ROSSMy dearest coz,
line 1673I pray you school yourself. But for your husband,
line 1674He is noble, wise, judicious, and best knows
20line 1675The fits o’ th’ season. I dare not speak much
line 1676further;
line 1677But cruel are the times when we are traitors
line 1678And do not know ourselves; when we hold rumor
line 1679From what we fear, yet know not what we fear,
25line 1680But float upon a wild and violent sea
line 1681Each way and move—I take my leave of you.
line 1682Shall not be long but I’ll be here again.
line 1683Things at the worst will cease or else climb upward
line 1684To what they were before.—My pretty cousin,
30line 1685Blessing upon you.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 135 LADY MACDUFF
line 1686Fathered he is, and yet he’s fatherless.
ROSS
line 1687I am so much a fool, should I stay longer
line 1688It would be my disgrace and your discomfort.
line 1689I take my leave at once.Ross exits.
35line 1690LADY MACDUFFSirrah, your father’s dead.
line 1691And what will you do now? How will you live?
SON
line 1692As birds do, mother.
line 1693LADY MACDUFFWhat, with worms and flies?
SON
line 1694With what I get, I mean; and so do they.
LADY MACDUFF
40line 1695Poor bird, thou ’dst never fear the net nor lime,
line 1696The pitfall nor the gin.
SON
line 1697Why should I, mother? Poor birds they are not set
line 1698for.
line 1699My father is not dead, for all your saying.
LADY MACDUFF
45line 1700Yes, he is dead. How wilt thou do for a father?
line 1701SONNay, how will you do for a husband?
LADY MACDUFF
line 1702Why, I can buy me twenty at any market.
line 1703SONThen you’ll buy ’em to sell again.
line 1704LADY MACDUFFThou speak’st with all thy wit,
50line 1705And yet, i’ faith, with wit enough for thee.
line 1706SONWas my father a traitor, mother?
line 1707LADY MACDUFFAy, that he was.
line 1708SONWhat is a traitor?
line 1709LADY MACDUFFWhy, one that swears and lies.
55line 1710SONAnd be all traitors that do so?
line 1711LADY MACDUFFEvery one that does so is a traitor
line 1712and must be hanged.
line 1713SONAnd must they all be hanged that swear and lie?
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 137 line 1714LADY MACDUFFEvery one.
60line 1715SONWho must hang them?
line 1716LADY MACDUFFWhy, the honest men.
line 1717SONThen the liars and swearers are fools, for there
line 1718are liars and swearers enough to beat the honest
line 1719men and hang up them.
65line 1720LADY MACDUFFNow God help thee, poor monkey! But
line 1721how wilt thou do for a father?
line 1722SONIf he were dead, you’d weep for him. If you would
line 1723not, it were a good sign that I should quickly have a
line 1724new father.
70line 1725LADY MACDUFFPoor prattler, how thou talk’st!

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER
line 1726Bless you, fair dame. I am not to you known,
line 1727Though in your state of honor I am perfect.
line 1728I doubt some danger does approach you nearly.
line 1729If you will take a homely man’s advice,
75line 1730Be not found here. Hence with your little ones!
line 1731To fright you thus methinks I am too savage;
line 1732To do worse to you were fell cruelty,
line 1733Which is too nigh your person. Heaven preserve
line 1734you!
80line 1735I dare abide no longer.Messenger exits.
line 1736LADY MACDUFFWhither should I fly?
line 1737I have done no harm. But I remember now
line 1738I am in this earthly world, where to do harm
line 1739Is often laudable, to do good sometime
85line 1740Accounted dangerous folly. Why then, alas,
line 1741Do I put up that womanly defense
line 1742To say I have done no harm?

Enter Murderers.

line 1743What are these faces?
line 1744MURDERERWhere is your husband?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 139 LADY MACDUFF
90line 1745I hope in no place so unsanctified
line 1746Where such as thou mayst find him.
line 1747MURDERERHe’s a traitor.
SON
line 1748Thou liest, thou shag-eared villain!
line 1749MURDERERWhat, you egg?
95line 1750Stabbing him. Young fry of treachery!
line 1751SONHe has killed
line 1752me, mother.
line 1753Run away, I pray you.

Lady Macduff exits, crying “Murder!” followed by the Murderers bearing the Son’s body.


Scene 3

Enter Malcolm and Macduff.

MALCOLM
line 1754Let us seek out some desolate shade and there
line 1755Weep our sad bosoms empty.
line 1756MACDUFFLet us rather
line 1757Hold fast the mortal sword and, like good men,
5line 1758Bestride our downfall’n birthdom. Each new morn
line 1759New widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows
line 1760Strike heaven on the face, that it resounds
line 1761As if it felt with Scotland, and yelled out
line 1762Like syllable of dolor.
10line 1763MALCOLMWhat I believe, I’ll wail;
line 1764What know, believe; and what I can redress,
line 1765As I shall find the time to friend, I will.
line 1766What you have spoke, it may be so, perchance.
line 1767This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues,
15line 1768Was once thought honest. You have loved him well.
line 1769He hath not touched you yet. I am young, but
line 1770something
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 141 line 1771You may deserve of him through me, and wisdom
line 1772To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb
20line 1773T’ appease an angry god.
MACDUFF
line 1774I am not treacherous.
line 1775MALCOLMBut Macbeth is.
line 1776A good and virtuous nature may recoil
line 1777In an imperial charge. But I shall crave your
25line 1778pardon.
line 1779That which you are, my thoughts cannot transpose.
line 1780Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.
line 1781Though all things foul would wear the brows of
line 1782grace,
30line 1783Yet grace must still look so.
line 1784MACDUFFI have lost my hopes.
MALCOLM
line 1785Perchance even there where I did find my doubts.
line 1786Why in that rawness left you wife and child,
line 1787Those precious motives, those strong knots of love,
35line 1788Without leave-taking? I pray you,
line 1789Let not my jealousies be your dishonors,
line 1790But mine own safeties. You may be rightly just,
line 1791Whatever I shall think.
line 1792MACDUFFBleed, bleed, poor country!
40line 1793Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure,
line 1794For goodness dare not check thee. Wear thou thy
line 1795wrongs;
line 1796The title is affeered.—Fare thee well, lord.
line 1797I would not be the villain that thou think’st
45line 1798For the whole space that’s in the tyrant’s grasp,
line 1799And the rich East to boot.
line 1800MALCOLMBe not offended.
line 1801I speak not as in absolute fear of you.
line 1802I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.
50line 1803It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash
line 1804Is added to her wounds. I think withal
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 143 line 1805There would be hands uplifted in my right;
line 1806And here from gracious England have I offer
line 1807Of goodly thousands. But, for all this,
55line 1808When I shall tread upon the tyrant’s head
line 1809Or wear it on my sword, yet my poor country
line 1810Shall have more vices than it had before,
line 1811More suffer, and more sundry ways than ever,
line 1812By him that shall succeed.
60line 1813MACDUFFWhat should he be?
MALCOLM
line 1814It is myself I mean, in whom I know
line 1815All the particulars of vice so grafted
line 1816That, when they shall be opened, black Macbeth
line 1817Will seem as pure as snow, and the poor state
65line 1818Esteem him as a lamb, being compared
line 1819With my confineless harms.
line 1820MACDUFFNot in the legions
line 1821Of horrid hell can come a devil more damned
line 1822In evils to top Macbeth.
70line 1823MALCOLMI grant him bloody,
line 1824Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
line 1825Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
line 1826That has a name. But there’s no bottom, none,
line 1827In my voluptuousness. Your wives, your daughters,
75line 1828Your matrons, and your maids could not fill up
line 1829The cistern of my lust, and my desire
line 1830All continent impediments would o’erbear
line 1831That did oppose my will. Better Macbeth
line 1832Than such an one to reign.
80line 1833MACDUFFBoundless intemperance
line 1834In nature is a tyranny. It hath been
line 1835Th’ untimely emptying of the happy throne
line 1836And fall of many kings. But fear not yet
line 1837To take upon you what is yours. You may
85line 1838Convey your pleasures in a spacious plenty
line 1839And yet seem cold—the time you may so hoodwink.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 145 line 1840We have willing dames enough. There cannot be
line 1841That vulture in you to devour so many
line 1842As will to greatness dedicate themselves,
90line 1843Finding it so inclined.
line 1844MALCOLMWith this there grows
line 1845In my most ill-composed affection such
line 1846A stanchless avarice that, were I king,
line 1847I should cut off the nobles for their lands,
95line 1848Desire his jewels, and this other’s house;
line 1849And my more-having would be as a sauce
line 1850To make me hunger more, that I should forge
line 1851Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,
line 1852Destroying them for wealth.
100line 1853MACDUFFThis avarice
line 1854Sticks deeper, grows with more pernicious root
line 1855Than summer-seeming lust, and it hath been
line 1856The sword of our slain kings. Yet do not fear.
line 1857Scotland hath foisons to fill up your will
105line 1858Of your mere own. All these are portable,
line 1859With other graces weighed.
MALCOLM
line 1860But I have none. The king-becoming graces,
line 1861As justice, verity, temp’rance, stableness,
line 1862Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness,
110line 1863Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
line 1864I have no relish of them but abound
line 1865In the division of each several crime,
line 1866Acting it many ways. Nay, had I power, I should
line 1867Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,
115line 1868Uproar the universal peace, confound
line 1869All unity on earth.
line 1870MACDUFFO Scotland, Scotland!
MALCOLM
line 1871If such a one be fit to govern, speak.
line 1872I am as I have spoken.
120line 1873MACDUFFFit to govern?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 147 line 1874No, not to live.—O nation miserable,
line 1875With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered,
line 1876When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again,
line 1877Since that the truest issue of thy throne
125line 1878By his own interdiction stands accursed
line 1879And does blaspheme his breed?—Thy royal father
line 1880Was a most sainted king. The queen that bore thee,
line 1881Oft’ner upon her knees than on her feet,
line 1882Died every day she lived. Fare thee well.
130line 1883These evils thou repeat’st upon thyself
line 1884Hath banished me from Scotland.—O my breast,
line 1885Thy hope ends here!
line 1886MALCOLMMacduff, this noble passion,
line 1887Child of integrity, hath from my soul
135line 1888Wiped the black scruples, reconciled my thoughts
line 1889To thy good truth and honor. Devilish Macbeth
line 1890By many of these trains hath sought to win me
line 1891Into his power, and modest wisdom plucks me
line 1892From overcredulous haste. But God above
140line 1893Deal between thee and me, for even now
line 1894I put myself to thy direction and
line 1895Unspeak mine own detraction, here abjure
line 1896The taints and blames I laid upon myself
line 1897For strangers to my nature. I am yet
145line 1898Unknown to woman, never was forsworn,
line 1899Scarcely have coveted what was mine own,
line 1900At no time broke my faith, would not betray
line 1901The devil to his fellow, and delight
line 1902No less in truth than life. My first false speaking
150line 1903Was this upon myself. What I am truly
line 1904Is thine and my poor country’s to command—
line 1905Whither indeed, before thy here-approach,
line 1906Old Siward with ten thousand warlike men,
line 1907Already at a point, was setting forth.
155line 1908Now we’ll together, and the chance of goodness
line 1909Be like our warranted quarrel. Why are you silent?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 149 MACDUFF
line 1910Such welcome and unwelcome things at once
line 1911’Tis hard to reconcile.

Enter a Doctor.

line 1912MALCOLMWell, more anon.—
160line 1913Comes the King forth, I pray you?
DOCTOR
line 1914Ay, sir. There are a crew of wretched souls
line 1915That stay his cure. Their malady convinces
line 1916The great assay of art, but at his touch
line 1917(Such sanctity hath heaven given his hand)
165line 1918They presently amend.
line 1919MALCOLMI thank you, doctor.

Doctor exits.

MACDUFF
line 1920What’s the disease he means?
line 1921MALCOLM’Tis called the evil:
line 1922A most miraculous work in this good king,
170line 1923Which often since my here-remain in England
line 1924I have seen him do. How he solicits heaven
line 1925Himself best knows, but strangely visited people
line 1926All swoll’n and ulcerous, pitiful to the eye,
line 1927The mere despair of surgery, he cures,
175line 1928Hanging a golden stamp about their necks,
line 1929Put on with holy prayers; and, ’tis spoken,
line 1930To the succeeding royalty he leaves
line 1931The healing benediction. With this strange virtue,
line 1932He hath a heavenly gift of prophecy,
180line 1933And sundry blessings hang about his throne
line 1934That speak him full of grace.

Enter Ross.

line 1935MACDUFFSee who comes here.
MALCOLM
line 1936My countryman, but yet I know him not.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 151 MACDUFF
line 1937My ever-gentle cousin, welcome hither.
MALCOLM
185line 1938I know him now.—Good God betimes remove
line 1939The means that makes us strangers!
line 1940ROSSSir, amen.
MACDUFF
line 1941Stands Scotland where it did?
line 1942ROSSAlas, poor country,
190line 1943Almost afraid to know itself. It cannot
line 1944Be called our mother, but our grave, where nothing
line 1945But who knows nothing is once seen to smile;
line 1946Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rent the air
line 1947Are made, not marked; where violent sorrow seems
195line 1948A modern ecstasy. The dead man’s knell
line 1949Is there scarce asked for who, and good men’s lives
line 1950Expire before the flowers in their caps,
line 1951Dying or ere they sicken.
MACDUFF
line 1952O relation too nice and yet too true!
200line 1953MALCOLMWhat’s the newest grief?
ROSS
line 1954That of an hour’s age doth hiss the speaker.
line 1955Each minute teems a new one.
line 1956MACDUFFHow does my wife?
line 1957ROSSWhy, well.
205line 1958MACDUFFAnd all my children?
line 1959ROSSWell too.
MACDUFF
line 1960The tyrant has not battered at their peace?
ROSS
line 1961No, they were well at peace when I did leave ’em.
MACDUFF
line 1962Be not a niggard of your speech. How goes ’t?
ROSS
210line 1963When I came hither to transport the tidings
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 153 line 1964Which I have heavily borne, there ran a rumor
line 1965Of many worthy fellows that were out;
line 1966Which was to my belief witnessed the rather
line 1967For that I saw the tyrant’s power afoot.
215line 1968Now is the time of help. Your eye in Scotland
line 1969Would create soldiers, make our women fight
line 1970To doff their dire distresses.
line 1971MALCOLMBe ’t their comfort
line 1972We are coming thither. Gracious England hath
220line 1973Lent us good Siward and ten thousand men;
line 1974An older and a better soldier none
line 1975That Christendom gives out.
line 1976ROSSWould I could answer
line 1977This comfort with the like. But I have words
225line 1978That would be howled out in the desert air,
line 1979Where hearing should not latch them.
line 1980MACDUFFWhat concern
line 1981they—
line 1982The general cause, or is it a fee-grief
230line 1983Due to some single breast?
line 1984ROSSNo mind that’s honest
line 1985But in it shares some woe, though the main part
line 1986Pertains to you alone.
line 1987MACDUFFIf it be mine,
235line 1988Keep it not from me. Quickly let me have it.
ROSS
line 1989Let not your ears despise my tongue forever,
line 1990Which shall possess them with the heaviest sound
line 1991That ever yet they heard.
line 1992MACDUFFHum! I guess at it.
ROSS
240line 1993Your castle is surprised, your wife and babes
line 1994Savagely slaughtered. To relate the manner
line 1995Were on the quarry of these murdered deer
line 1996To add the death of you.
line 1997MALCOLMMerciful heaven!—
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 155 245line 1998What, man, ne’er pull your hat upon your brows.
line 1999Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak
line 2000Whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids it break.
line 2001MACDUFFMy children too?
ROSS
line 2002Wife, children, servants, all that could be found.
MACDUFF
250line 2003And I must be from thence? My wife killed too?
line 2004ROSSI have said.
line 2005MALCOLMBe comforted.
line 2006Let’s make us med’cines of our great revenge
line 2007To cure this deadly grief.
MACDUFF
255line 2008He has no children. All my pretty ones?
line 2009Did you say “all”? O hell-kite! All?
line 2010What, all my pretty chickens and their dam
line 2011At one fell swoop?
line 2012MALCOLMDispute it like a man.
260line 2013MACDUFFI shall do so,
line 2014But I must also feel it as a man.
line 2015I cannot but remember such things were
line 2016That were most precious to me. Did heaven look on
line 2017And would not take their part? Sinful Macduff,
265line 2018They were all struck for thee! Naught that I am,
line 2019Not for their own demerits, but for mine,
line 2020Fell slaughter on their souls. Heaven rest them now.
MALCOLM
line 2021Be this the whetstone of your sword. Let grief
line 2022Convert to anger. Blunt not the heart; enrage it.
MACDUFF
270line 2023O, I could play the woman with mine eyes
line 2024And braggart with my tongue! But, gentle heavens,
line 2025Cut short all intermission! Front to front
line 2026Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself.
line 2027Within my sword’s length set him. If he ’scape,
275line 2028Heaven forgive him too.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 157 line 2029MALCOLMThis tune goes manly.
line 2030Come, go we to the King. Our power is ready;
line 2031Our lack is nothing but our leave. Macbeth
line 2032Is ripe for shaking, and the powers above
280line 2033Put on their instruments. Receive what cheer you
line 2034may.
line 2035The night is long that never finds the day.

They exit.


ACT 5


Scene 1

Enter a Doctor of Physic and a Waiting-Gentlewoman.

line 2036DOCTORI have two nights watched with you but can
line 2037perceive no truth in your report. When was it she
line 2038last walked?
line 2039GENTLEWOMANSince his Majesty went into the field, I
5line 2040have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown
line 2041upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper,
line 2042fold it, write upon ’t, read it, afterwards seal it, and
line 2043again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast
line 2044sleep.
10line 2045DOCTORA great perturbation in nature, to receive at
line 2046once the benefit of sleep and do the effects of
line 2047watching. In this slumb’ry agitation, besides her
line 2048walking and other actual performances, what at any
line 2049time have you heard her say?
15line 2050GENTLEWOMANThat, sir, which I will not report after
line 2051her.
line 2052DOCTORYou may to me, and ’tis most meet you
line 2053should.
line 2054GENTLEWOMANNeither to you nor anyone, having no
20line 2055witness to confirm my speech.

Enter Lady Macbeth with a taper.

line 2056Lo you, here she comes. This is her very guise and,
line 2057upon my life, fast asleep. Observe her; stand close.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 163 line 2058DOCTORHow came she by that light?
line 2059GENTLEWOMANWhy, it stood by her. She has light by
25line 2060her continually. ’Tis her command.
line 2061DOCTORYou see her eyes are open.
line 2062GENTLEWOMANAy, but their sense are shut.
line 2063DOCTORWhat is it she does now? Look how she rubs
line 2064her hands.
30line 2065GENTLEWOMANIt is an accustomed action with her to
line 2066seem thus washing her hands. I have known her
line 2067continue in this a quarter of an hour.
line 2068LADY MACBETHYet here’s a spot.
line 2069DOCTORHark, she speaks. I will set down what comes
35line 2070from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more
line 2071strongly.
line 2072LADY MACBETHOut, damned spot, out, I say! One. Two.
line 2073Why then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my
line 2074lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear
40line 2075who knows it, when none can call our power to
line 2076account? Yet who would have thought the old man
line 2077to have had so much blood in him?
line 2078DOCTORDo you mark that?
line 2079LADY MACBETHThe Thane of Fife had a wife. Where is
45line 2080she now? What, will these hands ne’er be clean? No
line 2081more o’ that, my lord, no more o’ that. You mar all
line 2082with this starting.
line 2083DOCTORGo to, go to. You have known what you should
line 2084not.
50line 2085GENTLEWOMANShe has spoke what she should not,
line 2086I am sure of that. Heaven knows what she has
line 2087known.
line 2088LADY MACBETHHere’s the smell of the blood still. All
line 2089the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little
55line 2090hand. O, O, O!
line 2091DOCTORWhat a sigh is there! The heart is sorely
line 2092charged.
line 2093GENTLEWOMANI would not have such a heart in my
line 2094bosom for the dignity of the whole body.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 165 60line 2095DOCTORWell, well, well.
line 2096GENTLEWOMANPray God it be, sir.
line 2097DOCTORThis disease is beyond my practice. Yet I have
line 2098known those which have walked in their sleep,
line 2099who have died holily in their beds.
65line 2100LADY MACBETHWash your hands. Put on your nightgown.
line 2101Look not so pale. I tell you yet again, Banquo’s
line 2102buried; he cannot come out on ’s grave.
line 2103DOCTOREven so?
line 2104LADY MACBETHTo bed, to bed. There’s knocking at the
70line 2105gate. Come, come, come, come. Give me your
line 2106hand. What’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to
line 2107bed, to bed.Lady Macbeth exits.
line 2108DOCTORWill she go now to bed?
line 2109GENTLEWOMANDirectly.
DOCTOR
75line 2110Foul whisp’rings are abroad. Unnatural deeds
line 2111Do breed unnatural troubles. Infected minds
line 2112To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.
line 2113More needs she the divine than the physician.
line 2114God, God forgive us all. Look after her.
80line 2115Remove from her the means of all annoyance
line 2116And still keep eyes upon her. So, good night.
line 2117My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight.
line 2118I think but dare not speak.
line 2119GENTLEWOMANGood night, good doctor.

They exit.


Scene 2

Drum and Colors. Enter Menteith, Caithness, Angus, Lennox, and Soldiers.

MENTEITH
line 2120The English power is near, led on by Malcolm,
line 2121His uncle Siward, and the good Macduff.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 167 line 2122Revenges burn in them, for their dear causes
line 2123Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm
5line 2124Excite the mortified man.
line 2125ANGUSNear Birnam Wood
line 2126Shall we well meet them. That way are they coming.
CAITHNESS
line 2127Who knows if Donalbain be with his brother?
LENNOX
line 2128For certain, sir, he is not. I have a file
10line 2129Of all the gentry. There is Siward’s son
line 2130And many unrough youths that even now
line 2131Protest their first of manhood.
line 2132MENTEITHWhat does the tyrant?
CAITHNESS
line 2133Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies.
15line 2134Some say he’s mad; others that lesser hate him
line 2135Do call it valiant fury. But for certain
line 2136He cannot buckle his distempered cause
line 2137Within the belt of rule.
line 2138ANGUSNow does he feel
20line 2139His secret murders sticking on his hands.
line 2140Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach.
line 2141Those he commands move only in command,
line 2142Nothing in love. Now does he feel his title
line 2143Hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe
25line 2144Upon a dwarfish thief.
line 2145MENTEITHWho, then, shall blame
line 2146His pestered senses to recoil and start
line 2147When all that is within him does condemn
line 2148Itself for being there?
30line 2149CAITHNESSWell, march we on
line 2150To give obedience where ’tis truly owed.
line 2151Meet we the med’cine of the sickly weal,
line 2152And with him pour we in our country’s purge
line 2153Each drop of us.
35line 2154LENNOXOr so much as it needs
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 169 line 2155To dew the sovereign flower and drown the weeds.
line 2156Make we our march towards Birnam.

They exit marching.


Scene 3

Enter Macbeth, the Doctor, and Attendants.

MACBETH
line 2157Bring me no more reports. Let them fly all.
line 2158Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane
line 2159I cannot taint with fear. What’s the boy Malcolm?
line 2160Was he not born of woman? The spirits that know
5line 2161All mortal consequences have pronounced me thus:
line 2162“Fear not, Macbeth. No man that’s born of woman
line 2163Shall e’er have power upon thee.” Then fly, false
line 2164thanes,
line 2165And mingle with the English epicures.
10line 2166The mind I sway by and the heart I bear
line 2167Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.

Enter Servant.

line 2168The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!
line 2169Where got’st thou that goose-look?
line 2170SERVANTThere is ten thousand—
15line 2171MACBETHGeese, villain?
line 2172SERVANTSoldiers, sir.
MACBETH
line 2173Go prick thy face and over-red thy fear,
line 2174Thou lily-livered boy. What soldiers, patch?
line 2175Death of thy soul! Those linen cheeks of thine
20line 2176Are counselors to fear. What soldiers, whey-face?
line 2177SERVANTThe English force, so please you.
MACBETH
line 2178Take thy face hence.Servant exits.
line 2179Seyton!—I am sick at heart
line 2180When I behold—Seyton, I say!—This push
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 171 25line 2181Will cheer me ever or disseat me now.
line 2182I have lived long enough. My way of life
line 2183Is fall’n into the sere, the yellow leaf,
line 2184And that which should accompany old age,
line 2185As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends,
30line 2186I must not look to have, but in their stead
line 2187Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honor, breath
line 2188Which the poor heart would fain deny and dare
line 2189not.—
line 2190Seyton!

Enter Seyton.

SEYTON
35line 2191What’s your gracious pleasure?
line 2192MACBETHWhat news more?
SEYTON
line 2193All is confirmed, my lord, which was reported.
MACBETH
line 2194I’ll fight till from my bones my flesh be hacked.
line 2195Give me my armor.
40line 2196SEYTON’Tis not needed yet.
line 2197MACBETHI’ll put it on.
line 2198Send out more horses. Skirr the country round.
line 2199Hang those that talk of fear. Give me mine
line 2200armor.—
45line 2201How does your patient, doctor?
line 2202DOCTORNot so sick, my lord,
line 2203As she is troubled with thick-coming fancies
line 2204That keep her from her rest.
line 2205MACBETHCure her of that.
50line 2206Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
line 2207Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
line 2208Raze out the written troubles of the brain,
line 2209And with some sweet oblivious antidote
line 2210Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff
55line 2211Which weighs upon the heart?
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 173 line 2212DOCTORTherein the patient
line 2213Must minister to himself.
MACBETH
line 2214Throw physic to the dogs. I’ll none of it.—
line 2215Come, put mine armor on. Give me my staff.

Attendants begin to arm him.

60line 2216Seyton, send out.—Doctor, the thanes fly from
line 2217me.—
line 2218Come, sir, dispatch.—If thou couldst, doctor, cast
line 2219The water of my land, find her disease,
line 2220And purge it to a sound and pristine health,
65line 2221I would applaud thee to the very echo
line 2222That should applaud again.—Pull ’t off, I say.—
line 2223What rhubarb, senna, or what purgative drug
line 2224Would scour these English hence? Hear’st thou of
line 2225them?
DOCTOR
70line 2226Ay, my good lord. Your royal preparation
line 2227Makes us hear something.
line 2228MACBETHBring it after me.—
line 2229I will not be afraid of death and bane
line 2230Till Birnam Forest come to Dunsinane.
DOCTORaside
75line 2231Were I from Dunsinane away and clear,
line 2232Profit again should hardly draw me here.

They exit.


Scene 4

Drum and Colors. Enter Malcolm, Siward, Macduff, Siward’s son, Menteith, Caithness, Angus, and Soldiers, marching.

MALCOLM
line 2233Cousins, I hope the days are near at hand
line 2234That chambers will be safe.
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 175 line 2235MENTEITHWe doubt it nothing.
SIWARD
line 2236What wood is this before us?
5line 2237MENTEITHThe Wood of Birnam.
MALCOLM
line 2238Let every soldier hew him down a bough
line 2239And bear ’t before him. Thereby shall we shadow
line 2240The numbers of our host and make discovery
line 2241Err in report of us.
10line 2242SOLDIERIt shall be done.
SIWARD
line 2243We learn no other but the confident tyrant
line 2244Keeps still in Dunsinane and will endure
line 2245Our setting down before ’t.
line 2246MALCOLM’Tis his main hope;
15line 2247For, where there is advantage to be given,
line 2248Both more and less have given him the revolt,
line 2249And none serve with him but constrainèd things
line 2250Whose hearts are absent too.
line 2251MACDUFFLet our just censures
20line 2252Attend the true event, and put we on
line 2253Industrious soldiership.
line 2254SIWARDThe time approaches
line 2255That will with due decision make us know
line 2256What we shall say we have and what we owe.
25line 2257Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate,
line 2258But certain issue strokes must arbitrate;
line 2259Towards which, advance the war.

They exit marching.

Act 5 Scene 5 - Pg 177

Scene 5

Enter Macbeth, Seyton, and Soldiers, with Drum and Colors.

MACBETH
line 2260Hang out our banners on the outward walls.
line 2261The cry is still “They come!” Our castle’s strength
line 2262Will laugh a siege to scorn. Here let them lie
line 2263Till famine and the ague eat them up.
5line 2264Were they not forced with those that should be
line 2265ours,
line 2266We might have met them dareful, beard to beard,
line 2267And beat them backward home.

A cry within of women.

line 2268What is that noise?
SEYTON
10line 2269It is the cry of women, my good lord.He exits.
MACBETH
line 2270I have almost forgot the taste of fears.
line 2271The time has been my senses would have cooled
line 2272To hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hair
line 2273Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir
15line 2274As life were in ’t. I have supped full with horrors.
line 2275Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts,
line 2276Cannot once start me.

Enter Seyton.

line 2277Wherefore was that cry?
line 2278SEYTONThe Queen, my lord, is dead.
20line 2279MACBETHShe should have died hereafter.
line 2280There would have been a time for such a word.
line 2281Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
line 2282Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
line 2283To the last syllable of recorded time,
25line 2284And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
line 2285The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Act 5 Scene 5 - Pg 179 line 2286Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
line 2287That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
line 2288And then is heard no more. It is a tale
30line 2289Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
line 2290Signifying nothing.

Enter a Messenger.

line 2291Thou com’st to use thy tongue: thy story quickly.
line 2292MESSENGERGracious my lord,
line 2293I should report that which I say I saw,
35line 2294But know not how to do ’t.
line 2295MACBETHWell, say, sir.
MESSENGER
line 2296As I did stand my watch upon the hill,
line 2297I looked toward Birnam, and anon methought
line 2298The Wood began to move.
40line 2299MACBETHLiar and slave!
MESSENGER
line 2300Let me endure your wrath if ’t be not so.
line 2301Within this three mile may you see it coming.
line 2302I say, a moving grove.
line 2303MACBETHIf thou speak’st false,
45line 2304Upon the next tree shall thou hang alive
line 2305Till famine cling thee. If thy speech be sooth,
line 2306I care not if thou dost for me as much.—
line 2307I pull in resolution and begin
line 2308To doubt th’ equivocation of the fiend,
50line 2309That lies like truth. “Fear not till Birnam Wood
line 2310Do come to Dunsinane,” and now a wood
line 2311Comes toward Dunsinane.—Arm, arm, and out!—
line 2312If this which he avouches does appear,
line 2313There is nor flying hence nor tarrying here.
55line 2314I ’gin to be aweary of the sun
line 2315And wish th’ estate o’ th’ world were now
line 2316undone.—

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line 2317Ring the alarum bell!—Blow wind, come wrack,
line 2318At least we’ll die with harness on our back.

They exit.


Scene 6

Drum and Colors. Enter Malcolm, Siward, Macduff, and their army, with boughs.

MALCOLM
line 2319Now near enough. Your leafy screens throw down
line 2320And show like those you are.—You, worthy uncle,
line 2321Shall with my cousin, your right noble son,
line 2322Lead our first battle. Worthy Macduff and we
5line 2323Shall take upon ’s what else remains to do,
line 2324According to our order.
line 2325SIWARDFare you well.
line 2326Do we but find the tyrant’s power tonight,
line 2327Let us be beaten if we cannot fight.
MACDUFF
10line 2328Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,
line 2329Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.

They exit.

Alarums continued.


Scene 7

Enter Macbeth.

MACBETH
line 2330They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly,
line 2331But, bear-like, I must fight the course. What’s he
line 2332That was not born of woman? Such a one
line 2333Am I to fear, or none.

Enter young Siward.

5line 2334YOUNG SIWARDWhat is thy name?
Act 5 Scene 7 - Pg 183 line 2335MACBETHThou ’lt be afraid to hear it.
YOUNG SIWARD
line 2336No, though thou call’st thyself a hotter name
line 2337Than any is in hell.
line 2338MACBETHMy name’s Macbeth.
YOUNG SIWARD
10line 2339The devil himself could not pronounce a title
line 2340More hateful to mine ear.
line 2341MACBETHNo, nor more fearful.
YOUNG SIWARD
line 2342Thou liest, abhorrèd tyrant. With my sword
line 2343I’ll prove the lie thou speak’st.

They fight, and young Siward is slain.

15line 2344MACBETHThou wast born of
line 2345woman.
line 2346But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,
line 2347Brandished by man that’s of a woman born.

He exits.

Alarums. Enter Macduff.

MACDUFF
line 2348That way the noise is. Tyrant, show thy face!
20line 2349If thou beest slain, and with no stroke of mine,
line 2350My wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me still.
line 2351I cannot strike at wretched kerns, whose arms
line 2352Are hired to bear their staves. Either thou, Macbeth,
line 2353Or else my sword with an unbattered edge
25line 2354I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be;
line 2355By this great clatter, one of greatest note
line 2356Seems bruited. Let me find him, Fortune,
line 2357And more I beg not.He exits. Alarums.

Enter Malcolm and Siward.

SIWARD
line 2358This way, my lord. The castle’s gently rendered.
30line 2359The tyrant’s people on both sides do fight,
Act 5 Scene 8 - Pg 185 line 2360The noble thanes do bravely in the war,
line 2361The day almost itself professes yours,
line 2362And little is to do.
line 2363MALCOLMWe have met with foes
35line 2364That strike beside us.
line 2365SIWARDEnter, sir, the castle.

They exit. Alarum.


Scene 8

Enter Macbeth.

MACBETH
line 2366Why should I play the Roman fool and die
line 2367On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes
line 2368Do better upon them.

Enter Macduff.

line 2369MACDUFFTurn, hellhound, turn!
MACBETH
5line 2370Of all men else I have avoided thee.
line 2371But get thee back. My soul is too much charged
line 2372With blood of thine already.
line 2373MACDUFFI have no words;
line 2374My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain
10line 2375Than terms can give thee out.Fight. Alarum.
line 2376MACBETHThou losest labor.
line 2377As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
line 2378With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed.
line 2379Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;
15line 2380I bear a charmèd life, which must not yield
line 2381To one of woman born.
line 2382MACDUFFDespair thy charm,
line 2383And let the angel whom thou still hast served
line 2384Tell thee Macduff was from his mother’s womb
20line 2385Untimely ripped.
Act 5 Scene 8 - Pg 187 MACBETH
line 2386Accursèd be that tongue that tells me so,
line 2387For it hath cowed my better part of man!
line 2388And be these juggling fiends no more believed
line 2389That palter with us in a double sense,
25line 2390That keep the word of promise to our ear
line 2391And break it to our hope. I’ll not fight with thee.
line 2392MACDUFFThen yield thee, coward,
line 2393And live to be the show and gaze o’ th’ time.
line 2394We’ll have thee, as our rarer monsters are,
30line 2395Painted upon a pole, and underwrit
line 2396“Here may you see the tyrant.”
line 2397MACBETHI will not yield
line 2398To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet
line 2399And to be baited with the rabble’s curse.
35line 2400Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane
line 2401And thou opposed, being of no woman born,
line 2402Yet I will try the last. Before my body
line 2403I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,
line 2404And damned be him that first cries “Hold! Enough!”

They exit fighting. Alarums.

They enter fighting, and Macbeth is slain. Macduff exits carrying off Macbeth’s body. Retreat and flourish.

Enter, with Drum and Colors, Malcolm, Siward, Ross, Thanes, and Soldiers.

MALCOLM
40line 2405I would the friends we miss were safe arrived.
SIWARD
line 2406Some must go off; and yet by these I see
line 2407So great a day as this is cheaply bought.
MALCOLM
line 2408Macduff is missing, and your noble son.
ROSS
line 2409Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier’s debt.
45line 2410He only lived but till he was a man,
Act 5 Scene 8 - Pg 189 line 2411The which no sooner had his prowess confirmed
line 2412In the unshrinking station where he fought,
line 2413But like a man he died.
line 2414SIWARDThen he is dead?
ROSS
50line 2415Ay, and brought off the field. Your cause of sorrow
line 2416Must not be measured by his worth, for then
line 2417It hath no end.
line 2418SIWARDHad he his hurts before?
ROSS
line 2419Ay, on the front.
55line 2420SIWARDWhy then, God’s soldier be he!
line 2421Had I as many sons as I have hairs,
line 2422I would not wish them to a fairer death;
line 2423And so his knell is knolled.
MALCOLM
line 2424He’s worth more sorrow, and that I’ll spend for
60line 2425him.
line 2426SIWARDHe’s worth no more.
line 2427They say he parted well and paid his score,
line 2428And so, God be with him. Here comes newer
line 2429comfort.

Enter Macduff with Macbeth’s head.

MACDUFF
65line 2430Hail, King! for so thou art. Behold where stands
line 2431Th’ usurper’s cursèd head. The time is free.
line 2432I see thee compassed with thy kingdom’s pearl,
line 2433That speak my salutation in their minds,
line 2434Whose voices I desire aloud with mine.
70line 2435Hail, King of Scotland!
line 2436ALLHail, King of Scotland!Flourish.
MALCOLM
line 2437We shall not spend a large expense of time
line 2438Before we reckon with your several loves
line 2439And make us even with you. My thanes and
75line 2440kinsmen,
Act 5 Scene 8 - Pg 191 line 2441Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland
line 2442In such an honor named. What’s more to do,
line 2443Which would be planted newly with the time,
line 2444As calling home our exiled friends abroad
80line 2445That fled the snares of watchful tyranny,
line 2446Producing forth the cruel ministers
line 2447Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen
line 2448(Who, as ’tis thought, by self and violent hands,
line 2449Took off her life)—this, and what needful else
85line 2450That calls upon us, by the grace of grace,
line 2451We will perform in measure, time, and place.
line 2452So thanks to all at once and to each one,
line 2453Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.

Flourish. All exit.


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