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He brings great news.
Give him tending; [Exit Attendant.
The raven himself is hoarse
That croaks the fatal entrance2 of Duncan 40
Wherever in your sightless substances
But be the serpent under't. He that's coming
You wait on nature's mischief! Come, thick
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
To cry "Hold, hold!"
Great Glamis! worthy Cawdor! Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter!
1 Metaphysical, supernatural.
2 Entrance, pronounced here as a trisyllable.
4 Remorse, pity.
Sightless substances, invisible forms.
Only look up clear;
To alter favour ever is to fear:
SCENE VI. The same. Before Macbeth's
Hautboys. Servants of MACBETH attending,
Dun. This castle hath a pleasant seat; the
Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
This guest of summer,
The temple-haunting martlet, does approve
Where they most breed and haunt, I have
The air is delicate.
6 To alter favour, i.e. to change countenance. 7 Approve, prove.
8 Jutty, i.e. jetty, a projection in buildings.
9 Coign of vantage, convenient corner.
Enter LADY MACBETH.
With his surcease, success; that but this blow
Dun. See, see, our honour'd hostess! The love that follows us sometime is our
trouble, Which still we thank as love. [Herein I teach
you How you shall bid God 'ild us for your pains, And thank us for your trouble. ] Lady M.
All our service In every point twice done, and then done
double, Were poor and singlel business to contend Against those honours deep and broad where
with Your majesty loads our house: for those of old, And the late dignities heap'd up to them, a We rest your hermits.3
Dun. Where's the thane of Cawdor? We cours'd him at the heels, and had a purpose To be his púrveyor: but he rides well, And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath
holp him To his home before us. Fair and noble hostess, We are your guest to-night. Lady M.
Your servants ever Have theirs, themselves, and what is theirs, in
compt, To make their audit at your highness' pleasure, Still to return your own. Dun.
Give me your hand; Conduct me to mine host: we love him highly, And shall continue our graces towards him. By your leave, hostess.
We still have judgment here; that we but teach Bloody instructions, which, being taught, re
turn To plague th' inventor: this even - handed
justice Commends th' ingredients of our poison'd
chalice To our own lips. He's here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Whoshould against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this
Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtues Will plead like angels, trumpet - tongued,
A lobby in Macbeth's castle.
Enter LADY MACBETH.
How now! what news? Lady M. He has almost supp'd: why have
you left the chamber? Macb. Hath he ask'd for me? Lady M.
Know you not he has? Macb. We will proceed no further in this
business: He hath honour'd me of late; and I have
bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people, Which would be worn now in their newest
Hautboys and torches. Enter and pass over, a
Sewer, and divers Servants with dishes and
service. Then enter MACBETH. Macb. If it were done when 't is done, then
't were well. It were done quickly if th'assassination Could trammel upó the consequence, and catch,
1 Single, slight, weak.
6 Surcease, cessation.
i Jump, hazard. 8 Faculties, powers, prerogatives.
But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
Bring forth men-children only! For thy undaunted mettle should compose Nothing but males. Will it not be receiv'd, When we have mark'd with blood those sleepy two
Of his own chamber, and us'd their very daggers,
That they have done 't?
SCENE I. Inverness. Court of Macbeth's castle.
Enter BANQUO, preceded by FLEANCE
Ban. How goes the night, boy?
Fle. The moon is down; I have not heard
Ban. And she goes down at twelve.
I take 't, 't is later, sir.
1 Adhere, i.e. cohere.
Ban. Hold, take my sword. There's husbandry in heaven,
Their candles are all out. Take thee that too. A heavy summons lies like lead upon me, And yet I would not sleep. Merciful powers, Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that
Gives way to in repose!
4 Receipt, receptacle.
5 Limbeck, alembic.
7 Husbandry, economy
Macb. Go bid thy mistress, when my drink is ready,
She strike upon the bell. Get thee to bed. [Exit Servant.
Is this a dagger which I see before me,
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
As this which now I draw.
Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going; And such an instrument I was to use.
go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
SCENE II. The same.
Enter LADY MACBETH.
Lady M. That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold;
What hath quench'd them hath given me fire.-Hark-Peace!
It was the owl that shriek'd, the fatal bellman, Which gives the stern'st good-night.—He is
The doors are open; and the surfeited grooms3 Do mock their charge with snores: I have drugg'd their possets,
That' death and nature do contend about them, Whether they live or die.
1 Dudgeon, handle.
3 Grooms, servants.
2 Gouts, drops (Fr. gouttes).
4 That, i.e. so that.
Lady M. There are two lodg'd together. Macb. One cried "God bless us!" and "Amen!" the other;
As they had seen me, with these hangman's hands,
Listening their fear: I could not say "Amen!" When they did say "God bless us!"
Lady M. Consider it not so deeply. Macb. But wherefore could not I pronounce "Amen?"
[Looking on his hands.
Lady M. A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.
Mach. There's one did laugh in 's sleep, and one cried "Murder!"
That they did wake each other: I stood and
But they did say their prayers, and address'd
I had most need of blessing, and "Amen"
Lady M. These deeds must not be thought
Macb. Methought I heard a voice cry "Sleep no more!