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SCENE I.-An open Place. Thunder and Lightning.
Enter three Witches. 1st Witch. When shall we In thunder, lightning, or in rain ?
2nd Witch. When the hurlyburly's done, When the battle's lost and won:
3rd Witch. That will be ere set of sun.
1st Witch. Where the place ?
Upon the heath :
3rd Witch. There to meet with Macbeth.
1st Witch. I come, Graymalkin!
All. Paddock calls :-Anon.-
Fair is foul, and foul is fair :
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
SCENE II.-A Camp near Fores. Alarum within
Enter King DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, LENOX, with Attendants
meeting a bleeding Soldier.
Dun. What bloody man is that ? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state.
This is the sergeant,
Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought
'Gainst my captivity :-Hail, brave friend !
Say to the king the knowledge of the broil,
As thou didst leave it.
Doubtfully it stood;
As two spent swimmers, that do cling together,
And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald
(Worthy to be a rebel ; for, to that,
The multiplying villanies of nature
Do swarm upon him,) from the western isles
Of Kernes and Gallowglasses is supplied ;
But all's too weak :
For brave Macbeth, (well he deserves that naime,)
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smok’d with bloody execution,
Like valor's minion,
Carv'd out his passage, till he fac'd the slave ;
And ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to hirn,
Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,
And fix'd his head upon our battlements.
Dur. O, valiant colisin! worthy gentleman !
Sol. As whence the sun 'gins his reflection
Shipwrecking storms and direful th'uders break;
So from that spring, whence comfi t seem'd to come,
Discomfort swells. Mark, king o. Scotland, mark,
No sooner justice had, with valor arm’d,
Compellid these skipping kernes to trust their heels :
But the Norweyan lord, surveying vantage,
With furbish'd arms, and new supplies of men,
Began a fresh assault.
Dismay'd not this
Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo ?
As sparrows, eagles; or the hare, the lion.
But I am faint, my gashes cry for help.
Dun. So well thy words become thee, as thy wounds; They smack of honor both :-Go, get him surgeons.
(Exit Soldier, attendech
Who comes here?
The worthy thane of Rosse,
Len. What a haste looks through his eyes! So should he look,
That seems to speak things strange.
God save the king!
Dun. Whence cam'st thou, worthy thane ?
From Fife, great king,
Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky,
And fan our people cold.
Norway himself, with terrible numbers,
Assisted by that most disloyal traitor
The thane of Cawdor, 'gan a dismal conflict :
Till that Bellona's bridegroom, lapp'd in proof,
Confronted him with self-comparisons,
Point against point rebellious, arm 'gainst arm,
Curbing his lavish spirit : And, to conclude,
The victory fell on us ;-
Rosse. That now
Sweno, the Norways' king, craves composition;
Nor would we deign him burial of his men,
Till he disbursed, at(Saint Colmes' inch,
Ten thousand dollars to our general use.
Dun. No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive
Our bo som interest.-Go, pronounce his present death,
And with his former title greet Macbeth.
Rosse. I'll see it done.
Dun. What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won, [ Exeunt
SCENE III.-A Heath. Thunder
Enter the three Witches. 1st Witch. Where hast thou been, sister ? 2nd Witch. Killing swine. 3rd Witch. Sister, where thou ?
1st Witch. A sailor's wife had chestnuts in her lap,
And mounch'd and mounch'd and mounch'd ;-Give me, quoth 1.
Aroint thee, witch ! the rump-fed ronyon cries.
Her husband's to Aleppo gone, master o’the Tiger:
But in a sieve I'll thither sail,
And, like a rat without a tail,
I'll do, I'll do, and I'll do.
2nd Witch. I'll give thee a wind.
1st Witch. Thou art kind.
3rd Witch. And I another.
1st Witch. I myself have all the other •
And the very ports they blow,
All the quarters that they know
I’the shipman's card.
I will drain him dry as hay :
Sleep shall, neither night nor day,
Hang upon his pent-house lid;
He shall live a man forbid :
Weary sev’n-nights, nine times nine,
Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine :
Though this bark cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be tempest-toss'd.
Look what I have.
2nd Witch. Show me, show me.
1st Witch. Here I have a pilot's thum, Wreck'd as homeward he did come.
[Drum within 3rd Witch. A drum, a drum : Macbeth doth come.
All. The weird sisters, hand in hand,
Posters of the sea and land,
Thus do go about, about;
'Thrice to thine, and thrice to mine,
And thrice again, to make up nine :
Peace !-the charm's wound up.
Enter MACBETH and BANQUO.
Macb. Să fiul and fair a day I have not seen.
Ban. How far is't call'd to Fores?-_What are these,
So wither'd, and so wiid in their attire;
That look not like the inhabitants o'the earth,
And yet are on't ? Live you ? or are you aught
That man may question? You scem to understand me,
By each at once her choppy finger laying
Upon her skinny lips :-You should be women,
And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
That you are so.
Macb. Speak, if you can ;-What are you? 1st Witch. All hail, Macbeth ! hail to thee, thane of Glan.is ! 2nd Witch. All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Cawdor ! 3rd Witch. All hail, Macbeth ! that shalt be king hereafter. Ban. Good sir, why do you start ; and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair ?—I' the name of truth, Are ye fantastical, or that indeed Which outwardly ye show? My noble partner You greet with present grace, and great prediction Of noble having, and of royal hope, That he seems wrapt withal ; to me you speak not: If you can look into the seeds of time, And say,
which grain will grow, and which will not ;
Speak then to me, who neither beg, nor fear,
Your favors, nor your hate.
1st Witch. Hail !
2nd Wilch. Hail !
3rd Witch. Hail !
1st Witch. Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.
2nd Witch. Not so happy, yet much happier.
3rd Wilch. Thy children shall be kings, though thou be ncne: So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo !
1st Witch. Banquo, and Macbeth, all hail !
Macb. Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more :
By Sinel's death, I know, I am thane of Glamis;
But how of Cawdor ? the thane of Cawdor lives,
A prosperous gentleman ; and, to be king,
Stands not within the prospect of belief,
No more than to be Cawdor. Say, from whence
You owe this strange intelligence ? or why
Upon this blasted heath you stop our way
With such prophetic greeting ? ---Speak, I charge you.
[Witches varrisk Ban. The earth hath bubbles, as the water has, And these are of them: Whither are they vanish'd ?
Macb. Into the air : and what seem'd corporal, melted
As breath into the wind.—'Would they had staid !
Ban. Were such things here, as we do speak about ?
Or have we eaten of the insane root,
That takes the reason prisoner ?
Macb. Your children shall be kings.
You shall be king.
Macb. And thane of Cawdor, too; went it not so?
Ban. To the self-same tune, and words. Who's here?
Enter Rosse and ANGUS.
Rosse. The king hath happily received, Macbeth,
The news of thy success: and when he reads
Thy personal venture in the rebels' fight,
His wonders and his praises do contend,
Which should be thine, or his : Silenc'd with that,
In viewing o'er the rest o' the self-same day,
He finds thee in the stout Norweyan ranks,
Nothing afеard of what thyself didst make,
Strange images of death." As thick as hail,
Came post with post; and every one did bear
Thy praises in his kingdom's great defence,
And pour'd them down before him.
We are sent,
To give thee; from our royal master, thanks ;
To herald thee into his sight, not pay thee.
Rosse. And, for an earnest of a greater honor,
He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor :
In which addition, hail, most worthy thane !
For it is thine.
What, can the devil speak true ?
Macb. The thane of Cawdor lives; Why do you dress
In borrowed robes ?
Who was the thane, lives yet;
But under heavy judgment bears that life
Which he deserves to lose. Whether he was
Combin’d with Norway; or did line the rebel
With hidden help and vantage; or that with both
He labor'd in his co ry's wreck, I know not
But treasons capital, confess’d, and prov’d,
Have overthrown him.
Glamis, and thane of Cawdor:
The greatest is behind.—Thanks for your pains.-
Do you not hope your children shall be kings,
When those that gave the thane of Cawdor te me
Promis'd no less to them ?
That, trusted homo
Might yet enkindle you unto the crown,
Besides the thane of Cawdor. But 'tis strange
And oftentimes to win us to our harm,
The instrumente of da ness tell us truths;
Win us with honest trifles, to betray us
In deepest consequences.-
Cousins, a word, I pray you.
Two truths are told,
As happy prologues to the swelling act
Of the imperial theme. I thank you, gentlemen.-
This supernatural soliciting