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1 Witch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath eaten
Come, high, or low;
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.
Macb. Then live, Macduff; What need I fear of
Thunder. An Apparition of a Child crowned, with a
Tree in his Hand, rises.
That rises like the issue of a king;
Listen, but speak not.
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 :-
i Witch, Ay, sir, all this is so :-But why
9 The dissolution of nature. 1 Besmeared with blood. 2 i, e, Spirits.
I'll charm the air to give a sound,
[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!
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
purpose But no more sights !~Where are these gentlemen! Come, bring me where they are.
Fife. A Room in Macduff's Castle.
Enter Lady MACDUFF, her Son, and Rosse.
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.
5i.e. Our flight is considered as evidence of our
6 Natural affection. 7 Fight for.