« PreviousContinue »
Macb. Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest
chuck,* Till thou applaud the deed. Come, seelingt night, Skarf up the tender eye of pitiful day; And, with thy bloody and invisible hand, Cancel, and tear to pieces, that great bond Which' keeps me pale!
-Light thickens; and the
Makes wing to the rooky wood:
THE BANQUET SCENE,
My royal lord,
May it please your highness sit? [The Ghost of Banquo rises, and sits
in MACBETH's place. Macb. Here had. we now our country's honour
His absence, sir,
Macb. The table's full.
Here's a place reserv'd, sir.
highness Macb. Which of you have done this? * A term of endearment, † Blinding
Lords. What, my good lord? Macb. Thou can't not say, I did it: never shake Thy gory locks at me.
Rosse. Gentlemen, rise; his highness is not well, Lady M. Sit, worthy friends my lord is often
thus, And hath been from his youth: 'pray you keep seat; The fit is momentary; upon a thought He will again be well: If much you note him, You shall offend him, and extend his passion;* Feed, and regard him not.-Are you a man?
Macb. Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that Which might appal the devil. Lady M.
proper stuff: This the very painting of your fear: This is the air-drawn dagger, which, you said, Led you to Duncan. 0, these flaws.f and starts, (Impostors to true fear) would well become A woman's story, at a winter's fire, Authoriz'd by her grandam. Shame itself! Why do you make such faces? When all's done, You look but on a stool. Macb. Prythee, see there! behold! look! lo! how
say you?Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too. If charnel-houses, and our graves, must send Those that we bury, back, our monuments Shall be the maws of kites [Ghost disappears
What! quite unmann'd in folly? Macb. If I stand here, I saw him. Lady M.
Fie, for shame! Macb. Blood hath been shed ere now, i' the olden
time, Ere human statute purg'd the gentle weal; Ay, and since too, murders have been perform’d Too terrible for the ear: the times have been, That when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end: but now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, * Prolong his suffering.
And push us from our stools: This is more strange
My worthy lord,
I do forget:
all; Then I'll sit down :-Give me some wine, fill full:I drink to the general joy of the whole table,
Our duties, and the pledge. Macb. Avaunt! and quit my sight! Let the earth
Think of this, good peers,
Macb. What man dare, I dare:
the good meeting, With most admir'd disorder. Macb.
Can such things be, * Wonder.
tie. All good wishes to all. Forbid
And overcome us like a summer's cloud,
What sights, my lord?
Good night and better health Attend his majesty! Lady M.
A kind good night to all!
[Exeunt Lords and Attendants. Macb. It will have blood; they say, blood will have
blood: Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak Augurs, and understood relations, have By magot-piest and choughs, and rooks, brought
forth The secret'st man of blood.
THE POWER OF WITCHES.
I conjure you, by that which you profess, (Howe'er you come to know it) answer me: Though you untie the winds, and let them fight Against the churches; though the yesty waves Confound and swallow navigation up; Though bladed corn be lodg’d|| and trees blown
down; Though castles topple T on their warders' heads; Though palaces, and pyramids, do slope Their heads to their foundations; though the treasure Of nature's germins** tumble all together,
* Pass over. + Possess. # Magpies. § Frothy Il Laid flat by wind or rain. | Tumble. ** Seeds which have begun to sprout.
Even till destruction sicken, answer me
MALCOLM'S CHARACTER OF HIMSELF.
O Scotland! Scotland!
Fit to govern!
her knees than on her feet,
Macduff, this noble passion,
* Over-hasty credulity