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As the weird women promised; and, I fear,
ATTENDANTS, M. D.
Ban. Let your highness
Macb. Ride you this afternoon ?
Macb. We should have else desired your good advice
Macb. Fail not our feast.
Macb. We hear, our bloody cousins are bestowed
Ban. Ay, my good lord; our time does call
upon us. Macb. I wish your horses swift, and sure of foot; And so I do commend you to their backs. Farewell.
[Exeunt Banquo and Fleance, L. Let every man be master of his time Till seven at night: to make society The sweeter welcome, we will keep ourself Till supper-time alone : while then, Heaven be with you!
[Exeunt all but Macbeth and Seyton, m. D. Sirrah, a word : Attend those men our pleasure ?
Sey. They are, my lord, without the palace gate.
Mach. Bring them before us.- (Exit Seyton, L.
ceeding. If it be so,
Enter Seyron, with two OFFICERS, L.- -Exit Seyton, L. Was it not yesterday we spoke together ?
1st Off: It was, so please your highness.
Macb. Well then, now,
pray for this good man, and for his issue, Wise heavy band bath bowed you to the grave,
And beggared yours forever?
2d Off. I am one, my liege.
1st OfAnd I another,
Macb. Both of you
1st Of. True, my lord.
Macb. So is he mine ; and in such bloody distance That every minute of his being thrusts Against my near'st of life: and though I could With bare-faced power sweep him from my sight, And bid my will avouch it, yet I must not, For sundry weighty reasons.
21 Of: We shall, my lord, Perform what you command us
1st Off. Though our lives--
hour, at most,
1st Off. We are resolved, my lord.
Exeunt Officers, L
Enter Lady MACBETH, as Queen, and Sexton, R. Lały M. Is Banquo gone from court ?
Sey. Ay, madam; but returns again to-night.
Lady M. Say to the King, I would attend bis leisure For a few words. Sey. Madam, I will.
[Exit, L. Lady M. Naught's had, all's spent, Where our desire is got without content: 'Tis safer to be that which we destroy, Than, by destruction, dwell in doubtful joy.
Enter MACBETH, L.
Macb. We have scotched the snake, not killed it;
Macb. Oh, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! Thou know'st that Banquo and his Fleance live.
Lady M. But in them nature's copy's not eterne.
Mach. There's comfort yet : they are assailable. Then be thou jocund; ere the bat hath flown His cloistered Hight; ere, to black Hecate's summons, The shard-bone beetle, with his drowsy hums, Hath rung night's yawning peal, there shall be done A deed of dreadful note.
Lady M. What's to be done ?
Mach. Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, Till thou applaud the deed.—Come, seel'ng* night, Skarf
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 crow Makes wing to the rooky wood : Good things of day begin to droop and drowse, While night's black agents to their prey
do rouse. Thou marvell’st at my words : but hold thee still ; Things, bad begun, make strong themselves by ill.
[Exeunt, L. Scene III.-A Park, near the Palace, at Fores.
Enter the Two OFFICERS, L. 1st Of The west yet glimmers with some streaks of
day : Now spurs
the lated traveller apace,
2d Off. Hark! I hear horses.
1st Off. Then it is he; the rest
about. 1st Of. Almost a mile; bu
he does usually, So all men do, from hence to the palace gate, lake it their walk.
2d Off: A light, a light ! 1st Of: 'Tis he.
Enter FLEANCE, with a Torch, and BANQUO, R. Ban. It will be rain to-night.
[Exeunt Fleance and Banquo, L. 1st Off. Let it come down.
[Ereunt, L. Ban. [Within.] Oh, treachery! Fly, good Fleance,
fly, fly, fly!Fle. ( Within, L.] Murder! murder! murder !
* Seeler (French) to seal, to close the eyes,