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Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

All. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and, cauldron, bubble.

3 Witch. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf;
Witches' mummy; maw, and gulf,
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock, diggfd i'the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew,
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe,
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.

All. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and, cauldron, bubble.

1 Witch. Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Enter Hecate, Spirits, and the Chorus of Witches.

Hec. O, well done! I commend your pains;

And every one shall share i'the gains.

And now about the cauldron sing,

Like elves and fairies in a ring,

Enchanting all that you put in.

Music and Song.

Hec. Black spirits and white,
Red spirits and grey;
Mingle, mingle, mingle,
You that mingle may.

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Chor. Around, around, around, about, about; All ill come running in, all good keep out! 4 Spir. Here's the blood of a bat.

Hec. Put in that, put in that.

5 Spir. Here's Libbard's brain.
Hec. Put in a grain.

6 Spir. Here's juice of toad, and oil of adder; Those will make the charm grow madder.

Hec. Put in all these; 'twill raise a pois'novs stench! Hold—here's three ounces of a red hair'd wench. Chor. Around, around, around, about, about; All ill come running in, all good keep out! Hec. By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes:

Open, locks, whoever knocks.

[Noise without.

[Exeunt all but the Three Witches.

Enter Macbeth.

Macb. How now, you secret, black, and midnight


What is't you


All. A deed without a name.

Macb. I conjure you, by that which you profess, (Howe'er you come to know it,) answer me

To what I ask you.

1 Witch. Speak.

2 Witch. Demand.

3 Witch. We'll answer.

1 Witch. Say, if thou'dst rather hear it from our


Or from our masters'?

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Mach. Call them, let me see them.

1 Witch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath eaten Her nine farrow :—Grease, that's sweaten

From the murderer's gibbet, throw

Into the flame.

All. Come, high, or low;

Thyself, and office, deftly show.


First Apparition, an armed Head, rises.

Macb. Tell me, thou unknown power,-
1 Witch. He knows thy thought;

Hear his speech, but say thou nought.

App. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff;

Beware the thane of Fife.—Dismiss me:—Enough. [Descends. Macb. Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution


Thou hast harp'd my fear aright:—But one word


1 Witch. He will not be commanded: Here's an


More potent than the first.


Second Apparition, a bloody Child, rises.

App. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth !—

Macb. Had I three ears, I'd hear thee.

App. Be bloody, bold, and resolute: laugh to scorn The power of man; for none of woman born

Shall harm Macbeth.


Macb. Then live, Macduff; What need I fear of thee?

But yet I'll make assurance double sure,

And take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live;
That I may tell pale-hearted fear, it lies,

And sleep in spite of thunder.


THIRD APPARITION, a Child crowned, with a Tree in his Hand, rises.

What is this,

That rises like the issue of a king;

And wears upon his baby brow the round
And top of sovereignty?

All. Listen, but speak not to't.

App. Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care
Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are:
Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be, until

Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
Shall come against him.

Macb. That will never be :

Who can impress the forest; bid the tree


Unfix his earth-bound root? sweet bodements! good!—

Yet my heart

Throbs to know one thing; Tell me, (if your art

Can tell so much,) shall Banquo's issue ever

Reign in this kingdom?

All. Seek to know no more.

Macb. I will be satisfy'd: deny me this,

And an eternal curse fall on you !—

[Thunder. The Cauldron sinks.

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3 Witch. Show!

All. Show his eyes, and grieve his heart; Come like shadows, so depart.

[Apparitions of Eight Kings, the last with a Glass in his Hand; and Banquo, pass


Macb. Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo; down!

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Thy crown does sear mine eye-balls:-And thy air,
Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first :—
A third is like the former :—Filthy hags!

Why do you show me this?—A fourth? Start eyes!— What! will the line stretch out to the crack of doom?—

Another yet?—A seventh ?—I'll see no more :—
And yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass,
Which shows me many more :—

Enter Banquo.—The Witches vanish.

Horrible sight!—Now, I see, 'tis true;

For the blood-bolter'd Banquo smiles upon me, And points at them for his.—What? is this so?— Where are they? Gone?—Let this pernicious hour Stand aye accursed in the calendar!—

Come in, without there!

Enter Seyton.

Sey. What's your grace's will?
Macb. Saw you the weird sisters?
Sey. No, my lord.

Macb. Came they not by you?

Sey. No, indeed, my lord.

Macb. Infected be the air whereon they ride; And damn'd all those that trust them!—I did hear

The galloping of horse: Who was't came by!

Sey. 'Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word,

Macduff is fled to England.

Macb. Fled to England?
Sey. Ay, my good lord.

Macb. Time, thou anticipat'st my dread exploits The flighty purpose never is o'er-took,

Unless the deed go with it: From this moment,
The very firstlings of my heart shall be

The firstlings of my hand. And even now

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