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There's not a Thane of them, but in his house (28)
Eady. You lack the season of all natures, fleep.
Macb. Come, we'll to sleep; my strange and self abuse Is the initiate fear, that wants hard use: We're yet but young in deed. (29)
[Exeunt. (28) There is not one of them,] Thus the modern editors. But, one of whom? Macbeth has just said, that he heard, Macduff meant to disobey his susmons: and he would immediately subjoin, that there is not a man of Macduff's quality in the kingdom, but he has a spy under his roof. This is understood, not express'd, as the texas as yet has stood. The old folio's gives us the passage thus;
There's not a one of themHere we again meet with a deprav'd reading; but it is such a one, as, I am persuaded, has led me to the poet's true word and meaning.
There's not a Thane of them, i. e. a nobleman : and so the Peers of Scotland were all call'd, 'tilt Earls were created by Malcolm the son of Duncan. The etymology of the word is to be found in Spelman's Saxon glossary, Wormius's Danish history, Casaubon de Linguá Saxonica, &c. And my emendation, I conceive, is sufficiently confirm’d by what Holingshead, from whom our author has extracted fo many particulars of history, expressly says in proof of this circumstance. For Macbeth had in every nobleman's bouse one Ny fellow or other, in fee with him; to reveal all that was said or done, within the same: by which Night he oppress’d the molt part of the nobles of his realm.
(29) We're yet but young indeed.] If we tranfpose these words, we fliall find, they amount ts no more than this, we are yet indeed tut young. But this is far from comprizing either the poet's, or Macbeth's meaning. I read,—in deed, i. e. but little inur’d yet to acts of blood and cruelty: for time and practice harden villains. in their trade, who are timorous 'till so harden'd. So Macbetb says before :
Things bad begun strengthen themselves in ill, So, afterwards,