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England. *Enter Malcolm, and Macduff.
Mal. Let us seek out some desolate shade, and
there Weep our sad bosoms empty. Macd. *Let us rather
27.0 Hold fast the mortal sword; " and, like good men, $ *Bestride our down-faln birthdom :" Each new
morn, New widows howl; new orphans cry; new sorrows Strike heaven on the face, that it resounds As if it felt with Scotland, *and yelld out Like syllable of dolour.
“ Mal. What I believe, I'll wail ; Ś What know, believe ; and, what I can redress, “ As I shall find the time to friend", I will. “ What you have spoke, it may
so, perchance. This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues, Was once thought honest : you have lov'd him well; He hath not touch'd you yet. I am young; byt something
283 *You may deserve of him through me: and wisdom To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb, To appease an angry god.
Macd. I am not treacherous.
Mal. But Macbeth is. *A good and virtuous nature may recoil,
In an imperial charge, “but I shall crave your pardon;
290 " That which you are, my thoughts cannot transposes,
Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell :
must still look so." Macd. I have lost my hopes. Mal. Perchance, even there, where I did find my
*Why in that rawness left you wife, and child,
Macd. Bleed, bleed, poor country! rë: Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure; For goodness dares not check thee !-*Wear thou thy
wrongs, *His title is affear’dl-Fare thee well, lord : I would not be the villain that thou think'st, For the whole space that's in the tyrant's grasp, And the rich East to boot. Mal. Be not offended :
310 I speak not as in absolute fear of you. I think, our country sinks beneath the yoke; It weeps, it bleeds; and each new day a gash Is added to her wounds : I think, withal,
There would be hands uplifted in my right;
326 More suffer, and more sundry ways than ever, By him that shall succeed.
< Macd. What should he be ?
“ Mal. *It is myself I mean: in whom I know “ All the particulars of vice so grafted, « That when they shall be open'd, black Macbeth “ Will seem as pure as snow; and the poor state 6. Esteem him as a lamb, being compard « With my confineless harms." Macd. Not in the legions
330 Of horrid hell, can come a devil more damn'd, In evils, to top Macbeth.
Mal. I grant him bloody, Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful, « *Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin 66 That has a name : But there's no bottom, none, In my voluptuousness: "your wives, your daughters, “ Your matrons, and your maids, could not fill up • The cistern of my lust; and my desire « All continent impediments would o'er-bear,
340 « That did oppose my will : better Macbeth,
Than such a one to reign.
“ Macd. Boundless intemperance “ In nature is a tyranny it hath been
" The untimely emptying of the happy throne,
351 "As will to greatness dedicate themselves,
Finding it so inclin’d.
" Mal. With this, there grows, “ In my most ill-compos’d affection, such “ A stanchless avarice, that, were I king, “ I should cut off the nobles for their lands; “ Desire his jewels, and this other's house : “ And my more-having would be as a sauce “ To make me hunger more; that I should forge 360
Quarrels unjust against the good, and loyal,
" Macd. This avarice
379 “ As justice, verity, temperance, stableness, “ Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, 1
« Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
Mal. If such a one be fit to govern, speak : " I am as I have spoken."
Macd. Fit to govern!
-Thy royal father
Mal. Macduff, this noble passion,
391 is ha