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SCENE III.

The same.

A Park or Lawn, with a Gate leading

to the Palace.

Enter three Murderers, 1 Mur. But who did bid thee join with us? 3 Mur.

Macbeth. 2 Mur. He needs not our mistrust; since he de

livers
Our offices, and what we have to do,
To the direction just.
1 Mur.

Then stand with us.
The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day:
Now
spurs

the lated' traveller apace,
To gain the timely inn; and near approaches
The subject of our watch.
3 Mur.

Hark! I hear horses. Ban. [Within.] Give us a light there, ho! 2 Mur.

Then it is he; the rest That are within the note of expectation, Already are i’the court. 1 Mur.

His horses

go

about. 3 Mur. Almost a mile; but he does usually, So all men do, from hence to the palace gate Make it their walk.

Enter Banquo and Fleance, a Servant with a torch

preceding them. 2 Mur.

A light, a light! 3 Mur.

'Tis he.

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1-lated -] i. e. belated, benighted.

the note of expectation,] i. e. they who are set down in the list of guests, and expected to supper.

1 Mur. Stand to't.
Ban. It will be rain to-night.
1 Mur.

Let it come down.

Assaults BANQUO. Ban. O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly,

fly; Thou may'st revenge.-— slave!

Dies. FLEANCE and Servant escape. 3 Mur. Who did strike out the light? 1 Mur.

Was't not the way?" 3 Mur. There's but one down; the son is fled. 2 Mur. We have lost best half of our affair. i Mur. Well, let's away, and say how much is done.

[Exeunt.

SCENE IV.

A Room of State in the Palace.

A Banquet prepared. Enter Macbeth, Lady

Macbeth, Rosse, LENOX, Lords, and Attendants. Macb. You know your own degrees, sit down:

at first And last, the hearty welcome. Lords.

Thanks to your majesty. Macb. Ourself will mingle with society,

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Fleance, fc. escape.] Fleance, after the assassination of his father, fled into Wales, where, by the daughter of the prince of that country, he had a son named Walter, who afterwards became Lord High Steward of Scotland, and from thence assumed the name of Walter Steward. From him, in a direct line, King James I. was descended; in compliment to whom our author has chosen to describe Banquo, who was equally concerned with Macbeth in the murder of Duncan, as innocent of that crime.

9 Wus't not the way?] i. e. the best means we could take to evade discovery; or, perhaps, to effect our purpose.

And play the humble host.
Our hostess keeps her state;' but, in best time,
We will require her welcome.
Lady M. Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our

friends;
For my heart speaks, they are welcome.

Enter first Murderer, to the door.

Macb. See, they encounter thee with their hearts'

thanks:
Both sides are even: Here I'll sit i'the midst:
Be large in mirth; anon, we'll drink a measure
The table round. There's blood upon thy face.

Mur. 'Tis Banquo's then.

Macb. 'Tis better thee without, than he within. Is he despatchd? Mur. My lord, his throat is cut; that I did for

him. Macb. Thou art the best o'the cut-throats: Yet

he's good,
That did the like for Fleance: if thou didst it,
Thou art the nonpareil.
Mur.

Most royal sir,
Fleance is 'scap'd.
Macb. Then comes my fit again: I had else been

perfect; Whole as the marble, founded as the rock; As broad, and general, as the casing air: But now, I am cabin'd, cribb’d, confin’d, bound

in To saucy doubts and fears. But Banquo's safe? Mur. Ay, my good lord: safe in a ditch he

bides,

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And play the humble host.
Our hostess keeps her state;' but, in best time,
We will require her welcome.
Lady M. Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our

friends;
For my heart speaks, they are welcome.

Enter first Murderer, to the door.

Macb. See, they encounter thee with their hearts'

thanks:
Both sides are even: Here I'll sit i'the midst:
Be large in mirth; anon, we'll drink a measure
The table round.—There's blood upon thy face.

Mur. 'Tis Banquo's then.

Macb. 'Tis better thee without, than he within. Is he despatch'd ? Mur. My lord, his throat is cut; that I did for

him. Macb. Thou art the best o'the cut-throats: Yet

he's good,
That did the like for Fleance: if thou didst it,
Thou art the nonpareil.
Mur.

Most royal sir,
Fleance is 'scap'd.
Macb. Then comes my fit again: I had else been

perfect; Whole as the marble, founded as the rock; As broad, and general, as the casing air: But now, I am cabin'd, cribb’d, confin'd, bound

in To saucy doubts and fears. But Banquo's safe? Mur. Ay, my good lord: safe in a ditch he

bides,

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