Page images
PDF
EPUB

Might have been mine! only I have left to say, More is thy due than more than all can pay.

Mac. The service and the loyalty I owe, In doing it, pays itself. Your highness' part Is to receive our duties; and our duties Are to your throne and state, children, and servants; Which do but what they should, by doing every

thing Safe toward your love and honour. Dun.

Welcome hither:
I have begun to plant thee, and will labour
To make thee full of growing.–Noble Banquo,
That hast no less deserv’d, nor must be known
No less to have done so, let me infold thee,
And hold thee to my heart.
Ban. .

There if I grow,
The harvest is your own.
Dun.

My plenteous joys,
Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves
In drops of sorrow.--Sons, kinsmen, thanes,
And
you

whose places are the nearest, know,
We will establish our estate upon
Our eldest, Malcolm; whom we name hereafter,
The prince of Cumberland: which honour must
Not, unaccompanied, invest him only,
But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine
On all deservers.—From hence to Inverness,
And bind us further to you.
Mac. The rest is labour, which is not usid for

you: I'll be myself the harbinger, and make joyful The hearing of my wife with your approach;

So, humbly take

my

leave. Dun.

My worthy Cawdor! Mac. The prince of Cumberland !—That is a

step, On which I must fall down, or else o'er-leap,

[Aside. For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires ! Let not light see my black and deep desires : The eye wink at the hand! yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.

[Exit. Dun. True, worthy Banquo; he is full so va

liant;
And in his commendations I am fed;
It is a banquet to me. Let us after him,
Whose care is

gone

before to bid us welcome: It is a peerless kinsman. [Flourish. Exeunt.

SCENE V.

INVERNESS.

A ROOM IN MACBETH'S CASTLE.

Enter Lady Macbeth, reading a letter. Lady M.They met me in the day of success; and I have learned by the perfectest report, they have more in them than mortal knowledge. When I burn'd in desire to question them further, they made themselves -air, into which they vanish'd. Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, cume missives from the king, who allhaild me, Thane of Cawdor; by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referr'd me to the coming on of time, withHail, king that shalt be! This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness; that thou might'st not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee. Lay it to thy heart, and farewel. Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be What thou art promis’d:—Yet do I fear thy na

ture; It is too full o'the milk of human kindness, To catch the nearest way: Thou would'st be great; Art not without ambition; but without The illness should attend it. What thou would'st

highly, That would'st thou holily; would'st not play false, And yet would'st wrongly win: thou'd'st have, great

Glamis, That which cries, Thus thou must do, if thou have it; And that which rather thou dost fear to do, Than wishest should be undone. Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear; And chastise with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem To have thee crown'd withal.

-- What is your tidings?

Enter an Attendant. Atten. The king comes here to-night.

Thou’rt mad to say it: Is not thy master with him? who, wer't so, Would have inform'd for preparation.

Lady. M.

Atten. So please you, it is true; our thane is

coming:
One of my fellows had the speed of him;
Who, almost dead for breath, had scarcely more
Than would make

up
his

message. Lady M.

Give him tending, He brings great news. The raven himself is hoarse,

[Erit Attendant. That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here; And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty! make thick my blood, Stop up the access and passage to remorse; That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect, and it! Come to my woman's breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murd’ring minis

ters, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature's mischief Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell! That my keen knife see not the wound it makes; Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cry, Hold, hold !--Great Glamis! worthy

Cawdor!

Enter Macbeth.

Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter!
Thy letters have transported me beyond
This ignorant present, and I feel now

Lady M.

Lady M.

The future in the instant.
Mac.

My dearest love,
Duncan comes here to-night.

And when goes hence? Mac. To-morrow,-as he purposes.

O, never Shall sun that morrow see! Your face, my thane, is as a book, where men May read strange matters:—To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent

flower, But be the serpent under it. He that's coming Must be provided for: and you shall put This night's great business into my despatch; Which shall to all our nights and days to come Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom. Mac. We will speak further.

Only look up clear; To alter favour ever is to fear: Leave all the rest to me.

[Ereunt.

Lady M.

SCENE. VI.

THE SAME.

BEFORE TIIE CASTLE,

Hautboys. Servants of Macbeth attending.

Enter Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Banquo, Lenor,

Macduff, Rosse, Angus, and Attendants. Dun. This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself

« PreviousContinue »