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It was the tragedy of Macbeth, which conferred upon Shakspeare the distinguished honour of receiving a letter, written with his sovereign's own hand, James the First, in testimony of his high admiration of the world Steevens calls this play, " The first of all dramatic enjoyments." Johnson says, in apology for some occurrences contained in it, “ I know not whether it may not be said, in defence of some parts which now seem improbable, that, in Shakspeare's timer it was necessary to warn credulity against vain and delusive predictions.”
Lady Macbeth Gentlewoman
C. Kemble. Menage. Kemble. Cooke. Murray. T.Blanchard Creswell. Brunton. Chapman. Claremont. Davenport. Klanert. Wilde. Field, 4-c. Incledon. Btanchard. Emery. Simmons.
Mr. De Camp. Mr. Tokeley. Mr. Elliston. Mr. Raymond. Mr. H. Siddons. Master West. Mr. Bartley. Mr. Holland. Mr.Sparks. Mr. Fisher.
Mrs. Siddons. Mrs. Powell.
Mrs. Humphries. Miss Tidswell.
SCENE,—In Scotland, and in England.
ACT THE FIRST.
The open Country.
Thunder and Lightning.
Three Witches discovered.
1 Witch. When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
2 Witch. When the hurly-burly's done, When the battle's lost and won.
3 Witch. That will be ere th' set of sun.
1 Witch. Where the place?
2 Witch. Upon the heath.
3 Witch. There to meet with
1 Witch. Whom?
2 Witch. Macbeth. [Noise of a Cat.
1 Witch. I come, Gray-malkin. [Noise of a Toad.
2 Witch. Paddock calls. 1 Witch. Anon.
All. Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.
[Thunder and Lightning.—Exeunt severally.
The Palace at Fores.
Flourish of Trumpets and Drums.
Enter King Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, LeNox, Rosse, and Attendants, meeting a bleeding Officer.
King. What bloody man is that? He can report,
Mal. This is the sergeant,
Off. Doubtfully it stood;
Carv'd out his passage, till he fac'd the slave;
King. O,' valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!
King. Disma/d not this
King. So well thy words become thee, as thy
Mal. The worthy thane of Fife.
Len. What a haste looks through his eyes!
Rosse. So should he look,
Macd. God save the king!
King. Whence cam'st thou,,worthy thane?
Macd. From Fife, great king,
King. Great happiness!
Macd. That now