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Ban. And she goes down at twelve.
Ban. There's husbandry in Heaven,
Enter Seyton, with a Torch, and Macbeth.
Macb. A friend.
Macb. Being unprepar'd,
Ban. All's well.
Macb. I think not of them :
that business, If you would grant the time. Ban. At
kind'st leisure. Macb. If you shall cleave to my consent, when 'tis, It shall make honour for you.
Ban. So I lose none,
Macb. Good repose, the while?
[Exeunt Fleance and Banquo. Macb. Go, bid thy mistress, when my drink is
ready, She strike upon the bell. Get thee to bed.
[Exit Seyton. Is this a dagger, which I see before me, The handle toward my hand ? Come, let me clutch
pace, Towards his design Moves like a ghost.- Thou sure and firm set earth, Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear Thy very stones prate of my where-about, And take the present horror from the time, Which now suits with it, [A Clock strikes 7:20.
I go, and it is done; the bell invites me.
[Thunder and Lightning.
made me bold; What hath quench'd them, hath given me fire :
Hark?—Peace! It was the owl that shriek'd, the fatal bell-man, Which gives the stern'st good-night. He is about it; The doors are open; and the surfeited grooms Do mock their charge with snores: I have drugg'd
That death and nature do contend about them,
Macb. [Within.] Who's there ?—what, ho !
Lady. Alack! I am afraid they have awak'd, And 'tis not done :—the attempt, and not the deed, Confounds us : Hark!—I laid their daggers ready, He could not miss them.—Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done't.—My husband?
Macb. There's one did laugh in his sleep, and one
cry'd, " Murder !" That they did wake each other; I stood and heard
them : But they did their prayers,
and address'd them Again to sleep. Lady. There are two lodged together. Macb. One cry'd, “ God bless us :" and " Amen,"
the other; As they had seen me, with these hangman's hands, Listening their fear. I could not say, amen, When they did say, God bless us.
Lady. Consider it not so deeply.
Macb. But wherefore could not I pronounce, amen? I had most need of blessing, and amen Stuck in
throat. Lady. These deeds must not be thought After these ways; so, it will make us mad. Macb. Methought, I heard a voice cry,“ Sleep no
more !" To all the house, Glamis hath murder'd sleep; and therefore Cawdor “ Shall sleep no more, Macbeth shall sleep no more!" Lady. Who was it, that thus cry'd? Why, worthy
Macb. I'll go no more:
Lady. Infirm of purpose !
I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal,
[Knocking within. Macb. Whence is that knocking! How is't with
every noise appalls me? What hands are here? Ha! they pluck out mine
Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Enter Lady Macbeth.
ing At the south entry:—retire we to our chamber : A little water clears us of this deed : How easy
is it then? Your constancy Hath left you unattended.—[Knock.]—Hark! more
knocking: Get on your night-gown, lest occasion call us, And show us to be watchers :—Be not lost So poorly in your thoughts. Macb. To know my deed,—'Twere best not know myself.
Knock. Wake, Duncan, with this knocking! Oh, 'would thou could'st!
[Exeunt.—Knock. Enter Macduff, Lenox, and Seyton. Macd. Was it so late, friend, ere you went to bed, That you
do lie so late? Sey. 'Faith, sir, we were carousing till the second cock.
Macd. Is thy master stirring ?-