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Seru. Madam, I will.

Lady. Nought 's had, all 's spent,
Where our desire is got without content.
Tis - safer to be that which we destroy,
Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.

Enter Macbeth.
How now, my Lord, why do you keep alone,
Of sorryest fancies your companions making,
Using those thoughts, which should, indeed, have dy'd
With them they think on? Things without all remedy
Should be without regard. What 's done, is done.

Macb. We haye - scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it:
She 'll close, and be herself; whilft our poor malice
Remains in danger of her former tooth.
°But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,
Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep
In the affliction of these terrible dreams,
That shake us nightly. Better be with the dead,
Whom we, to gain our place, have sent to peace,
Than on the torture of the mind to lie
In restless ecstasy. - Duncan is in his grave;
After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well;
Treason has done his worft; nor steel, nor poison,
Malice domeftic, foreign levy, nothing
Can touch him further,

Lady. Come on;

H. better for safer.

Bue lee borb worlds disjoint, and all things Al before 7. scorsbid for fcotcb'd. Suffer, &c. • P. and all after, except f. read, p The firft f. peace for places


Gentle my Lord, sleek o'er your rugged hooks;
Be bright and jovial a'among your guests to-night.

Macb. So shall I, love, and so, I pray, be you;
Let your remembrance ' ftill apply to Banquo.
Present himn eminence, both with eye and tongue :
Unsafe the while, that we must lave our honours
In these flattering streams, and make our faces":
: Vizards to our hearts, disguising what they are.

Lady. You must leave this.

Macb. O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife; Thou know’ft that Banquo, and his Fleance, " lives,

Lady. But in them nature's copy 's not wéterne.

Macb. There's comfort yet; tliey are affailable;
Then, be thou jocund. Ere thë bat hath flown
His cloyster'd flight; cere to black Hecate's summons
The * shard-born beetle with his drowsy hums
Hath rung night's yawning peal, there shall be done
A deed of dreadful note.

Lady. What's to be done?',

Macb. Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, 'Till thou applaud the deed. Come, y feeling night,

grave. Heatb.

. So the first f. and C; the rest, * Shards are properly rubbish. Coca 'mong for among r The firft f. and omit fill.

y R. and P. Sealing. Seeling is blinda s R. and all after, except C. add so ing; a term in falconry, when they run after obefe.

a thread through the eyelids of a hawk t T. and all after, except H. and C. first taken, so that the may see very litt*vizor's.

tle, or not at all, to make her the better H. live for lives.

endure the hood. This they call feeling w P. and all after, except C. eternal a hawk. T. for eterne


Skarf up the tender eye of pitiful day,
And with thy bloody and invisible hand
Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond,
Which keeps me pale. ' z Light thickens, and the crow
Makes wing to th' rocky wood :
Good things of day begin to droop and drowze,
Whiles nights black agents to their prey do rowze.
Thou marvell’ft at my words; but hold thee ftill;
Things, bad begun, make strong themselves by ill.
Sc, pr’ythee go with me.


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1 Mur. But who did bid thee join with us? 3 Mur. Macbeth.

2 Mur. He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers Our offices, and what we have to do, To the direction juft.

2 W. proposes Nigbe for Ligbr. it evidently refers to the 3d murtherer, * The fo's, R. and C preys for prey. whose account of the directions Mocb.

b This is scene 3d. in the fo's and G; had given regarding the murther, agreed in R. scene zde

with those of the other two, and took < The Scene not described in the forse off all reason for their difrust. This was

· P. so for our ; whereby he supposes taken notice of by 7. He, ia this speech, to refer to Masb. but

1 Mur. Then stand with us. The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day: Now fpurs the e lated traveller apace, To gain the timely inn; ' and near approaches The subject of our watch.

3 Mur. Hark, I hear horses. Banquo within. Give B us a light there, ho!

2 Mur, Then 'tis he; the rest That are within the note of expectation, Already are i' th' court. 1 Mur. His horses


about. 3 Mur. Almost a mile; but he does usually, So all men do, from hence to th' Palace gate Make it their walk.

Enter Banquo and Fleance with a Torch. 2 Mur. A light, a light. 3 Mur. 'Tis he. 1 Mur. Stand to 'c. Ban. It will be rain to-night. 1 Mur. Let it come down. [k They afault Banquo,

Ban. O, treachery! Fly 'good Fleance, fly, fly, fly, Thou may'st revenge. - flave. [* Dies. Fleance escapese

3 Mur. Who did strike out the light! I 1 Mur. Was 't not the way?

• The three laft fo's and R. leteft i C. omits t'ben. for lared.

k No direction in fo's. f firft f. end for and.

I P. and all after, except C. omit & H. omits us.

good h P. and all after, except C. omit a.

3 Mur. There's but one down; the fon Is fled.

2 Mur. We have loft best half of our affair. 1 Mur. Well, let's away, and say how much is done.


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A Room of State in the Castle.

A Banquet prepared. Enter Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Rosse,

Lenox, Lords and Attendants.

Macb. You know your own degrees, fit down: * At first and laft, the hearty welcome.

Lords. Thanks to your Majesty.

Macb. Ourself will mingle with society,
And play the humble hoft;
Our hoftess keeps her state, but in best time
We will require her welcome.

They fit. Lady. Pronounce it for me, Sir, to all our friends; For my heart speaks, they are welcome.

Enter first Murtherer. Macb. See, they encounter thee with their hearts' thanks.

* This in the fo's and C. is scene · P. H. and Go And for d; I. proA; in R. Scene 3. The Scene por den poses To. fcribed in fo's.

• No dist Stion in fo's.


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