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Then I'll sit down.- -Give me some wine; fill full:
Lords. Our duties, and the pledge.
Think of this, good peers,
Macb. What man dare, I dare :
good meeting, With most admired disorder. Macb.
Can such things be, And overcome us like a summer's cloud, Without our special wonder? You make me strange Even to the disposition that I owe,
1 That is, “ we desire drink" all good wishes to all. 2 - Thou hast no speculation in those eyes.” Bullokar, in his Expositor, 1616, explains speculation, the inward knowledge or beholding of a thing."
3 “Dare me to the desert with thy sword; if then I do not meet thee there; if, trembling, I stay in my castle, or any habitation ; if I then hide my head, or dwell in any place through fear,-protest me the baby of a girl."
4 i. e. possess.
When now I think you can behold such sights,
What sights, my lord ?
and worse ;
him. At once, good night.-
Good night, and better health
A kind good night to all !
[Exeunt Lords and Attendants. Macb. It will have blood; they say, blood will bave
Did you send to him, sir ?
1 i. e. auguries, divinations ; formerly spelled angures, as appears by Florio in voce augurio. By understood relations, probably, connected circumstances relating to the crime are meant. In all the modern editions we have it, erroneously, augurs. Magot-pie is the original name of the magpie: stories, such as Shakspeare alludes to, are to be found in Lupton's Thousand Notable Things, and in Goulart's Admirable Histories.
2 i. e. what say'st thou to this circumstance? Thus, in Macbeth's address to his wife, on the first appearance of Banquo's ghost :
“ Behold! look! lo! how say you ?
Stepped in so far, that, should I wade no more,
Lady M. You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
abuse Is the initiate fear, that wants hard use.We are yet but young in deed.”
The Heath. Thunder.
Enter HECATE, meeting the three Witches. 1 Witch. Why, how now, Hecate? you
look angerly. Hec. Have I not reason, beldames, as you are, Saucy, and overbold? How did
How did you dare
1 “ You stand in need of the time or season of sleep which all natures require.” The editions previous to Theobald's read
“We're but young indeed." The initiate fear is the fear that always attends the first initiation into guilt, before the mind becomes callous and insensible by hard use or frequent repetition of it.
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Your vessels, and your spells, provide,
Song. [Within.] Come away, come away, &c.? Hark, I am called ; my little spirit, see, Sits in a foggy cloud, and stays for me. [Exit. 1 Witch. Come, let's make haste; she'll soon be back again.
SCENE VI. Fores. A Room in the Palace.
Enter Lenox and another Lord. Len. My former speeches have but hit your
thoughts, Which can interpret further: only, I say, Things have been strangely borne.
The gracious Duncan Was pitied of Macbeth :-marry, he was dead.And the right valiant Banquo walked too late ; Whom you may say, if it please you, Fleance killed,
1 The vaporous drop profound seems to have been meant for the same as the virus lunare of the ancients, being a foam which the moon was supposed to shed on particular herbs, or other objects, when strongly solicited by enchantment.
2 This song is to be found entire, in The Witch, by Middleton.
For Fleance fled. Men must not walk too late.
The son of Duncan,
And this report
1 “Who cannot want the thought,” &c. The sense requires “ who can want the thought;” but it is probably a lapse of the Poet's pen.
? It has been shown that free sometimes meant pure, chaste, consequently unspotted, which may be its meaning here. Free also meant noble.
3 Erasperate, for exasperated.