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1 Witch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath eaten
Her nine farrow; grease, that's sweaten
From the murderer's. gibbet, throw
Into the flame.

Come, high, or low;
Thyself, and office, deftly 4 show.

Thunder. An Apparition of an Armed Head rises. Macb. Tell me, thou unknown power, 1 Witch.

He knows thy thought; Hear his speech, but say thou nought. App. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware

Macduff; Beware the thane of Fife.-Dismiss me :-Enough.

[Descends. Macb. Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution,

thanks; Thou hast harp'ds my fear aright :-But one word


1 Witch. He will not be commanded : Here's

another, More potent than the first.

Thunder. An Apparition of a bloody Child rises, App.

Macbeth! Macbeth ! Macbeth! Macb. Had I three ears, I'd hear thee. App.

Be bloody, bold, And resolute : laugh to scorn the power

of man, For none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.


4 Adroitly.
s Touched on a passion as a harper touches a string.

Macb. Then live, Macduff; What need I fear of

But yet I'll make assurance double sure,
And take a bond of fate : thou shalt not live;
That I may tell pale-hearted fear, it lies,
And sleep in spite of thunder.- What is this,

Thunder. An Apparition of a Child crowned, with a

Tree in his Hand, rises.

That rises like the issue of a king;
And wears upon his baby brow the round
And top of sovereignty ? 6

Listen, but speak not.
App. Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care
Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are :
Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be, until
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
Shall come against him.

[Descends. Macb.

That will never be; Who can impress the forest ;? bid the tree Unfix his earth-bound root ? sweet bodements ? good! Rebellious head, rise never, till the wood Of Birnam rise, and our high-plac'd Macbeth Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath To time, and mortal custom.-Yet


heart Throbs to know one thing; Tell me, (if your art Can tell so much,) shall Banquo's issue ever Reign in this kingdom?

6 The round is that part of a crown which encircles the head : the top is the ornament which rises above it.

7 Who can command the forest to serve him like a soldier impressed.


Seek to know no more. Macb. I will be satisfied: deny me this, And an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know:Why sinks that cauldron? and what noise is this?

[Hautboys. 1 Witch. Show! 2 IVitch. Show ! 3 Witch. Show!

All. Show his eyes, and grieve his heart; Come like shadows, so depart.

Eight King's appear, and pass over the Stage in order;

the last with a Glass in his Hand; BANQUO following Macb, Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo;

down! Thy crown does sear mine eye-balls :--And thy hair, Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first :A third is like the former :-Filthy hags!

Why do you show me this ?-A fourth ?-Start, eyes! | What! will the line stretch out to the crack of doom?9

Another yet ?-A seventh ?--I'll see no more :-
And yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass,
Which shows me many more; and some I see,
That two-fold balls and treble scepters carry :
Horrible sight !-Ay, now, I see, 'tis true;
For the blood-bolter'd' Banquo smiles upon me,
And points at them for his. What, is this so?

i Witch, Ay, sir, all this is so :-But why
Stands Macbeth thus amazedly ?-
Come, sisters, cheer we up his sprights, 2
And show the best of our delights;

8 Music.

9 The dissolution of nature. 1 Besmeared with blood. 2 i, e, Spirits.

I'll charm the air to give a sound,
While you perform your antique round:
That this great king may kindly say,
Our duties did his welcome pay.

[Musick. The Witches dance, and ranish. Macb. Where are they? Gone ?-Let this per

nicious hour Stand


accursed in the calendar!Come in, without there!

Enter Lenox.

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What's your grace's will ? Macb. .Saw you the weird sisters ? Len.

No, my lord. Macb. Came they not by you? Len.

No, indeed, my lord. Macb. Infected be the air whereon they ride; And damn'd, all those that trust them!—I did hear The galloping of horse: Who was't came by ?

Len. 'Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word, Macduff is fled to England. Macb.

Fled to England ? Len. Ay, my good lord.

Macb. Time, thou anticipat’st? my dread exploits : The flighty purpose never is o'ertook, Unless the deed go with it : From this moment, The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand. And even now To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and

done : The castle of Macduff I will surprize;

3 Preventest, by taking away the opportunity.

Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o'the sword
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls
That trace+ his line. No boasting like a fool;
This deed I'll do, before this

purpose But no more sights !~Where are these gentlemen! Come, bring me where they are.


cool :


Fife. A Room in Macduff's Castle.

Enter Lady MACDUFF, her Son, and Rosse.
L. Macd. What had he done, to make him fly the

land ?
Rosse. You must have patience, madam.
L. Macd.

He had none : His flight was madness : When our actions do not, Our fears do make us traitors. 5 Rosse.

You know not, Whether it was his wisdom, or his fear. L. Macd. Wisdom! to leave his wife, to leave his

babes, His mansion, and his titles, in a place From whence himself does fly? He loves us not; He wants the natural touch:6 for the poor wren, The most diminutive of birds, will fight,? Her young ones in her nest, against the owl. All is the fear, and nothing is the love; As little is the wisdom, where the flight So runs against all reason.

4 Follow.

5i.e. Our flight is considered as evidence of our

6 Natural affection. 7 Fight for.


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