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Macb. Bring it after me.-

I will not be afraid of death and bane,
Till Birnam forest come to Dunsinane.


Doct. Were I from Dunsinane away and clear, Profit again should hardly draw me here. [Exit.

SCENE IV.-Country near Dunsinane: a Wood in view.

Enter, with Drum and Colours, MALCOLM, Old S1WARD, and his Son, MACDUFF, MENTETH, CATHNESS, ANGUS, LENOX, RossE, and SOLDIERS, marching.

Mal. Cousins, I hope, the days are near at hand, That chambers will be safe.

Ment. We doubt it nothing.

Siw. What wood is this before us?
Ment. The wood of Birnam.

Mal. Let every soldier hew him down a bough, And bear't before him, thereby shall we shadow The numbers of our host, and make discovery Err in report of us.

Sold. It shall be done.

Siw. We learn no other, but the confident tyrant Keeps still in Dunsinane, and will endure Our setting down before't.

Mal. 'Tis his main hope:

For where there is advantage to be given,

Both more and less have given him the revolt; And none serve with him but constrained things, Whose hearts are absent too.

Macd. Let our just censures

Attend the true event, and put we on

Industrious soldiership.

Siw. The time approaches,

That will with due decision make us know What we shall say we have, and what we owe. Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate; But certain issue strokes must arbitrate +: Towards which, advance the war.

[Exeunt marching.

SCENE V.-Dunsinane.-Within the Castle.

Enter, with Drums and Colours, MACBETH, SEYTON, and SOLDIERS.

Macb. Hang out our banners on the outward


i. e. Greater and less.

+ Determine.

The cry is still, They come our castle's strength
Will laugh a siege to scorn: here let them lie,
Till famine, and the ague, eat them up:

Were they not forced with those that should be. ours,

We might have met them dareful, beard to beard, And beat them backward home. What is that noise? [A cry within of Women.

Sey. It is the cry of women, my good lord. Macb. I have almost forgot the taste of fears: The time has been, my senses would have cool'd To hear a night-shriek; and my fell of hair Would at a dismal treatise rouse, and stir

As life were in't: I have supp'd full with horrors; Direness, familiar to my slaught'rous thoughts, Cannot once start me.-Wherefore was that cry? Sey. The queen, my lord, is dead.

Macb. She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more: it is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.-


Thou comest to use thy tongue; thy story quickly.
Mes. Gracious my lord,

I shall report that which I say I saw,
But know not how to do it.

Macb. Well, say, Sir.

Mes. As I did stand my watch upon the hill, I look'd toward Birnam, and anon, methought, The wood began to move.

Macb. Liar, and slave!

[Striking him.

Mes. Let me endure your wrath, if't be not so: Within this three mile may you see it coming: I say, a moving grove.

Macb. If thou speak'st false,

Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive,

Till famine cling thee: if thy speech be sooth, I care not if thou dost for me as much.

• Skin.

+ Shrivel.

I pull in resolution; and begin

To doubt the equivocation of the fiend,

That lies like truth: fear not, till Birnam wood
Do come to Dunsinane;-and now a wood

Comes toward Dunsinane.-Arm, arm, and out!-
If this, which he avouches, does appear,
There is nor flying hence, nor tarrying here.
I 'gin to be a-weary of the sun,

And wish the estate o' the world were now undone.
Ring the alarum bell:-Blow, wind! Come, wrack!
At least we'll die with harness on our back.


SCENE VI-The same.-A Plain before the Castle.
Enter, with Drums and Colours, MALCOLM, old SI
WARD, MACDUFF, &c., and their Army, with Boughs.
Mal. Now near enough; your leavy screens
throw down,

And shew like those you are:-You, worthy uncle,
Shall, with my cousin, your right noble son,
Lead our first battle: worthy Macduff, and we,
Shall take upon us what else remains to do,
According to our order.

Siw. Fare you well.

Do we but find the tyrant's power to-night,
Let us be beaten if we cannot fight.

Macd. Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,

Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death. [Exeunt.-Alarums continued.

SCENE VII.-The same.-Another part of the Plain.


Macb. They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly But bear-like, I must fight the course.-What's he, That was not born of woman? Such a one

Am I to fear, or none.

Enter young SIWARD.

Yo. Siw. What is thy name?

Macb. Thou'lt be afraid to hear it.

Yo. Siw. No; though thou call'st thyself a hotter


Than any is in hell.

Macb. My name's Macbeth.*

• Armour.

Yo. Siw. The devil himself could not pronounce

a title

More hateful to mine ear.

Macb. No, nor more fearful.

Yo. Siw. Thou liest, abhorred tyrant; with my sword

I'll prove the lie thou speak'st.

[They fight, and young Siward is slain.

Macb. Thou wast born of woman.

But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn, Brandish'd by man that's of a woman born. [Exit. Alarums.-Enter MACDUFF.

Macd. That way the noise is :-Tyrant, shew thy face:

If thou be'st slain, and with no stroke of mine,
My wife and children's ghosts will haunt me still.
I cannot strike at wretched Kernes, whose arms
Are hired to bear their staves; either thou, Macbeth,
Or else my sword, with an unbatter'd age,

I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be
By this great clatter, one of greatest note
Seems bruited+: let me find him, fortune!
And more I beg not.

[Exit Alarum.

Enter MALCOLM and old SIWARD.

Siw. This way, my lord; the castle's gently render'd:

The tyrant's people on both sides do fight;
The noble thanes do bravely in the war;
The day almost itself professes yours,

And little is to do.

Mal. We have met with foes.

That strike beside us.

Siw. Enter, Sir, the castle.


Re-enter MACBETH.

Macb. Why should I play the Roman fool, and die On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes Do better upon them.

Re-enter MACDUFF.

Macd. Turn, hell-hound, turn.

Macb. Of all men else I have avoided thee: But get thee back, my soul is too much charged With blood of thine already.

Macd. I have no words,

* Soldiers.

+ Reported with clamour.

My voice is in my sword; thou bloodier villain
Than terms can give thee out!

Macb. Thou losest labour:

As éasy may'st thou the intrenchant air

[They fight.

With thy keen sword impress, as make me bleed:
Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;

I bear a charmed life, which must not yield
To one of woman born.

Macd. Despair thy charm;

And let the angel, whom thou still hast served,
Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb
Untimely ripp'd.

Macb. Accursed be that tongue that tells me so, For it hath cow'd my better part of man!

And be these juggling fiends no more believed,
That palter with us in a double sense;
That keep the word of promise to our ear,
And break it to our hope.-I'll not fight with thee.
Macd. Then yield thee, coward,

And live to be the show and gaze o' the time,
We'll have thee, as our rarer monsters are,
Painted upon a pole; and underwrit,
Here may you see the tyrant.

Macb. I'll not yield,

To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet, And to be baited with the rabble's curse. Though Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane, And thou opposed, being of no woman born, Yet I will try the last: before my body

I throw my warlike shield: lay on, Macduff; And damn'd be him that first cries, Hold, enough. [Exeunt, fighting.

Retreat.-Flourish.-Re-enter with Drum and Colours, MALCOLM, Old SIWARD, ROSSE, LENOX, ANGUS, CATHNESS, MENTETH, and Soldiers.

Mal. I would the friends we miss, were safe arrived.

Siw. Some must go off: and yet, by these I see, So great a day as this is cheaply bought.

Mal. Macduff is missing, and your noble son. Rosse. Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt:

He only lived but till he was a man;

The which no sooner had his prowess confirm'd
In the unshrinking station where he fought,
But like a man he died.

The air, which cannot be eut.


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