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For 'twould have anger'd any heart alive
To hear the men deny 't. So that, I say,
He has born all things well; and I do think,
That had he Duncan's sons under * his key,
(As, an 't please heaven, he shall not) they • should find
What 'twere to kill a father : so should Fleance.
But peace! for from broad words, and 'cause he fail'd
His presence at the tyrant's feast, I hear,
Macdaff lives in disgrace. Sir, can you tell
Where he beftows himself?

Lord. The b son of Duncan,
From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth,
• Lives in the English court, and is receiv'd
Of the most pious Edward with such grace,
That the malevolence of fortune nothing
Takes from his high respect. Thither Macduf
Is gone to pray the holy King, upon his aid
To wake Northumberland, and warlike & Seyward;
That by the help of these (with Him above
To ratify the work) we may again
Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights,
Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives;

* The three last fo's and R. tbe for and P. Live for Lives; the rest read as bis.

the first f. a The three last fo's, fhall for pould. d So the fo's; R. and P.. are for is ;

b All before T. fons for fon; but this the rest as in fo's. appears to have been only an error of e P. and all after, except C. omit the press in the first f. by the two fol. boly. ewing notes.

fc. on for upon. - So the first fi the other fo's, R. & T.'s duodecimo, and all after, ex

cept C, Siward,

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Do faithful homage, and receive free honours,
All which we pine for now.

And this report
Hath so exasperated ' the king, that he
Prepares for some attempt k of war,

Len. Sent he to Macduff?

Lord. He did; and with an absolute, Sir, not 1,
The cloudy messenger turns me his back,
And hums, as who should say, You 'll rue the time,
That clogs me with this answer.

Len, And that well might
Advise him to 'a caution, thold what distance
His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel
Fly to the court of England, and unfold
His message ere he come; that a swift blessing
May soon return to this our suffering country,
Under a hand accurft !

Lord. I'll send my prayers with him, [Exeunt,

The fo's, R.'s octayo and C. read * P. H. and C. omit of war. exasperate.

1 P. and all after, except C. a čare to i So H. and C; the rest, ebeir for bold, &c. ibe,

ACT

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A dark Cave; in the middle, a great Cauldron " boiling,

Thunder. Enter the three Witches,

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1 Witch.THRICE the brinded cat hath mew'd.

2 Witch. "Thrice and once the P hedge

pig whin'd. 3 Witch. 9 Harpier cries, 'tis time, 'tis time,

1 Witch. Round about the cauldron go, In the poison'd' entrails throw. [. They march round the cauldron, and throw in the several

ingredients as for the preparation of their charm.

This description of the scene first 9 P. and all after, Harper. put in by R.

r W. proposes for extrails, entremes, n boiling an emendation of C; R. had an old word, (says he) used for ingreput burning.

dients. Sce Skinner's Etymologicon, T. and all after, except C. Twice where Entremeffe is explained a mix. for Tbrice.

ture. p The three laft fo's and Ri's o&avo, $ This dire&tion first put in by R. Dedges pig, &c.

Toad,

Toad, that i under cold stone,
Days and nights has, thirty one,
Swelter'd venom sleeping got;
Boil thou first i' th' charmed pot.

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

u 2 Witch Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's fting,
Lizard's leg, and w how let'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 gulph.
Of the * ravening falt sea shark;
Root of hemlock, digg'd i' th' 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 drah;
Make the gruel thick, and fab.

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1 R.'s duodecimo and all after, under * P. and all after, ow let's. the cold Hone, &c.

x All before P. ravin'd for raven. u Pi's duodecimo, T.W. and I. give ing. this speech to the firf Witch.

y R. filver'd for fiverid,

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Add thereto a tiger's chawdron,
For a th' ingredients of our a cauldron,

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

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

Enter Hecate, and other three Witches,
Hec. O well done! I commend your pains,
And every one shall share i’ th’ gains.
And now about the cauldron sing,
Like elves and fairies in a ring
Inchanting all that you put in,

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Music and a Song:
• Black spirits and white,

Blue spirits and grey,
Mingle, mingle, mingle,

You that mingle may.

2 Witch. By the pricking of my thunbs Something wicked this way comes : Open locks, whoever knocks,

7 The fo's and C. ingredience. : The two first fo's, cawdron,

The fo's, and tbe orber, &c.

e Only the two first words of this song are inserted in the fo’s, whence R. got the remaining words we are not in, formed.

SCENE

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