Macbeth

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Synopsis

Macbeth, set primarily in Scotland, mixes witchcraft, prophecy, and murder. Three “Weïrd Sisters” appear to Macbeth and his comrade Banquo after a battle and prophesy that Macbeth will be king and that the descendants of Banquo will also reign. When Macbeth arrives at his castle, he and Lady Macbeth plot to assassinate King Duncan, soon to be their guest, so that Macbeth can become king.

After Macbeth murders Duncan, the king’s two sons flee, and Macbeth is crowned. Fearing that Banquo’s descendants will, according to the Weïrd Sisters’ predictions, take over the kingdom, Macbeth has Banquo killed. At a royal banquet that evening, Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost appear covered in blood. Macbeth determines to consult the Weïrd Sisters again. They comfort him with ambiguous promises.

Another nobleman, Macduff, rides to England to join Duncan’s older son, Malcolm. Macbeth has Macduff’s wife and children murdered. Malcolm and Macduff lead an army against Macbeth, as Lady Macbeth goes mad and commits suicide.

Macbeth confronts Malcolm’s army, trusting in the Weïrd Sisters’ comforting promises. He learns that the promises are tricks, but continues to fight. Macduff kills Macbeth and Malcolm becomes Scotland’s king.


Characters in the Play
Three Witches, the Weïrd Sisters
Duncan, king of Scotland
Malcolm, his elder son
Donalbain, Duncan’s younger son
Macbeth, thane of Glamis
Lady Macbeth
Seyton, attendant to Macbeth
Three Murderers in Macbeth’s service
A Doctor
A Gentlewoman
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both attending upon Lady Macbeth
A Porter
Banquo, commander, with Macbeth, of Duncan’s army
Fleance, his son
Macduff, a Scottish noble
Lady Macduff
Their son
Lennox
Ross
Angus
Menteith
Caithness
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Scottish Nobles
Siward, commander of the English forces
Young Siward, Siward’s son
A Captain in Duncan’s army
An Old Man
A Doctor at the English court
Hecate
Apparitions: an Armed Head, a Bloody Child, a Crowned Child,
 and eight nonspeaking kings
Three Messengers, Three Servants, a Lord, a Soldier
Attendants, a Sewer, Servants, Lords, Thanes, Soldiers (all nonspeaking)

ACT 1
Scene 1
Thunder and Lightning. Enter three Witches.

FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 0001 When shall we three meet again?
FTLN 0002 In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
SECOND WITCH 
FTLN 0003 When the hurly-burly’s done,
FTLN 0004 When the battle’s lost and won.
THIRD WITCH 
FTLN 00055 That will be ere the set of sun.
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 0006 Where the place?
SECOND WITCH  FTLN 0007 Upon the heath.
THIRD WITCH 
FTLN 0008 There to meet with Macbeth.
FIRST WITCH  FTLN 0009I come, Graymalkin.
editorial emendationSECOND WITCHeditorial emendation  FTLN 001010Paddock calls.
editorial emendationTHIRD WITCHeditorial emendation  FTLN 0011Anon.
ALL 
FTLN 0012 Fair is foul, and foul is fair;
FTLN 0013 Hover through the fog and filthy air.
They exit.



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Scene 2
Alarum within. Enter King editorial emendationDuncan,editorial emendation Malcolm,
Donalbain, Lennox, with Attendants, meeting a bleeding
Captain.


DUNCAN 
FTLN 0014 What bloody man is that? He can report,
FTLN 0015 As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
FTLN 0016 The newest state.
MALCOLM  FTLN 0017 This is the sergeant
FTLN 00185 Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought
FTLN 0019 ’Gainst my captivity.—Hail, brave friend!
FTLN 0020 Say to the King the knowledge of the broil
FTLN 0021 As thou didst leave it.
CAPTAIN  FTLN 0022Doubtful it stood,
FTLN 002310 As two spent swimmers that do cling together
FTLN 0024 And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald
FTLN 0025 (Worthy to be a rebel, for to that
FTLN 0026 The multiplying villainies of nature
FTLN 0027 Do swarm upon him) from the Western Isles
FTLN 002815 Of kerns and editorial emendationgallowglasseseditorial emendation is supplied;
FTLN 0029 And Fortune, on his damnèd editorial emendationquarreleditorial emendation smiling,
FTLN 0030 Showed like a rebel’s whore. But all’s too weak;
FTLN 0031 For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name),
FTLN 0032 Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel,
FTLN 003320 Which smoked with bloody execution,
FTLN 0034 Like Valor’s minion, carved out his passage
FTLN 0035 Till he faced the slave;
FTLN 0036 Which ne’er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
FTLN 0037 Till he unseamed him from the nave to th’ chops,
FTLN 003825 And fixed his head upon our battlements.
DUNCAN 
FTLN 0039 O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman!
CAPTAIN 
FTLN 0040 As whence the sun ’gins his reflection
FTLN 0041 Shipwracking storms and direful thunders editorial emendationbreak,editorial emendation

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FTLN 0042 So from that spring whence comfort seemed to
FTLN 004330 come
FTLN 0044 Discomfort swells. Mark, King of Scotland, mark:
FTLN 0045 No sooner justice had, with valor armed,
FTLN 0046 Compelled these skipping kerns to trust their heels,
FTLN 0047 But the Norweyan lord, surveying vantage,
FTLN 004835 With furbished arms and new supplies of men,
FTLN 0049 Began a fresh assault.
DUNCAN 
FTLN 0050 Dismayed not this our captains, Macbeth and
FTLN 0051 Banquo?
CAPTAIN 
FTLN 0052 Yes, as sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion.
FTLN 005340 If I say sooth, I must report they were
FTLN 0054 As cannons overcharged with double cracks,
FTLN 0055 So they doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe.
FTLN 0056 Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds
FTLN 0057 Or memorize another Golgotha,
FTLN 005845 I cannot tell—
FTLN 0059 But I am faint. My gashes cry for help.
DUNCAN 
FTLN 0060 So well thy words become thee as thy wounds:
FTLN 0061 They smack of honor both.—Go, get him surgeons.
editorial emendationThe Captain is led off by Attendants.editorial emendation

Enter Ross and Angus.

FTLN 0062 Who comes here?
MALCOLM  FTLN 006350 The worthy Thane of Ross.
LENNOX 
FTLN 0064 What a haste looks through his eyes!
FTLN 0065 So should he look that seems to speak things
FTLN 0066 strange.
ROSS  FTLN 0067God save the King.
DUNCAN  FTLN 006855Whence cam’st thou, worthy thane?
ROSS  FTLN 0069From Fife, great king,
FTLN 0070 Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky

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FTLN 0071 And fan our people cold.
FTLN 0072 Norway himself, with terrible numbers,
FTLN 007360 Assisted by that most disloyal traitor,
FTLN 0074 The Thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict,
FTLN 0075 Till that Bellona’s bridegroom, lapped in proof,
FTLN 0076 Confronted him with self-comparisons,
FTLN 0077 Point against point, rebellious arm ’gainst arm,
FTLN 007865 Curbing his lavish spirit. And to conclude,
FTLN 0079 The victory fell on us.
DUNCAN  FTLN 0080 Great happiness!
ROSS  FTLN 0081That now Sweno,
FTLN 0082 The Norways’ king, craves composition.
FTLN 008370 Nor would we deign him burial of his men
FTLN 0084 Till he disbursèd at Saint Colme’s Inch
FTLN 0085 Ten thousand dollars to our general use.
DUNCAN 
FTLN 0086 No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive
FTLN 0087 Our bosom interest. Go, pronounce his present
FTLN 008875 death,
FTLN 0089 And with his former title greet Macbeth.
ROSS  FTLN 0090I’ll see it done.
DUNCAN 
FTLN 0091 What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.
They exit.


Scene 3
Thunder. Enter the three Witches.

FIRST WITCH  FTLN 0092Where hast thou been, sister?
SECOND WITCH  FTLN 0093Killing swine.
THIRD WITCH  FTLN 0094Sister, where thou?
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 0095 A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap
FTLN 00965 And munched and munched and munched. “Give
FTLN 0097 me,” quoth I.
FTLN 0098 “Aroint thee, witch,” the rump-fed runnion cries.

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FTLN 0099 Her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o’ th’ Tiger;
FTLN 0100 But in a sieve I’ll thither sail,
FTLN 010110 And, like a rat without a tail,
FTLN 0102 I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do.
SECOND WITCH 
FTLN 0103 I’ll give thee a wind.
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 0104 Th’ art kind.
THIRD WITCH 
FTLN 0105 And I another.
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 010615 I myself have all the other,
FTLN 0107 And the very ports they blow;
FTLN 0108 All the quarters that they know
FTLN 0109 I’ th’ shipman’s card.
FTLN 0110 I’ll drain him dry as hay.
FTLN 011120 Sleep shall neither night nor day
FTLN 0112 Hang upon his penthouse lid.
FTLN 0113 He shall live a man forbid.
FTLN 0114 Weary sev’nnights, nine times nine,
FTLN 0115 Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine.
FTLN 011625 Though his bark cannot be lost,
FTLN 0117 Yet it shall be tempest-tossed.
FTLN 0118 Look what I have.
SECOND WITCH  FTLN 0119Show me, show me.
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 0120 Here I have a pilot’s thumb,
FTLN 012130 Wracked as homeward he did come. Drum within.
THIRD WITCH 
FTLN 0122 A drum, a drum!
FTLN 0123 Macbeth doth come.
ALL , editorial emendationdancing in a circleeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0124 The Weïrd Sisters, hand in hand,
FTLN 0125 Posters of the sea and land,
FTLN 012635 Thus do go about, about,
FTLN 0127 Thrice to thine and thrice to mine

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FTLN 0128 And thrice again, to make up nine.
FTLN 0129 Peace, the charm’s wound up.

Enter Macbeth and Banquo.

MACBETH 
FTLN 0130 So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
BANQUO 
FTLN 013140 How far is ’t called to editorial emendationForres?editorial emendation—What are these,
FTLN 0132 So withered, and so wild in their attire,
FTLN 0133 That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ Earth
FTLN 0134 And yet are on ’t?—Live you? Or are you aught
FTLN 0135 That man may question? You seem to understand
FTLN 013645 me
FTLN 0137 By each at once her choppy finger laying
FTLN 0138 Upon her skinny lips. You should be women,
FTLN 0139 And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
FTLN 0140 That you are so.
MACBETH  FTLN 014150 Speak if you can. What are you?
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 0142 All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
SECOND WITCH 
FTLN 0143 All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!
THIRD WITCH 
FTLN 0144 All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!
BANQUO 
FTLN 0145 Good sir, why do you start and seem to fear
FTLN 014655 Things that do sound so fair?—I’ th’ name of truth,
FTLN 0147 Are you fantastical, or that indeed
FTLN 0148 Which outwardly you show? My noble partner
FTLN 0149 You greet with present grace and great prediction
FTLN 0150 Of noble having and of royal hope,
FTLN 015160 That he seems rapt withal. To me you speak not.
FTLN 0152 If you can look into the seeds of time
FTLN 0153 And say which grain will grow and which will not,
FTLN 0154 Speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear
FTLN 0155 Your favors nor your hate.

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FIRST WITCH  FTLN 015665Hail!
SECOND WITCH  FTLN 0157Hail!
THIRD WITCH  FTLN 0158Hail!
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 0159 Lesser than Macbeth and greater.
SECOND WITCH 
FTLN 0160 Not so happy, yet much happier.
THIRD WITCH 
FTLN 016170 Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.
FTLN 0162 So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 0163 Banquo and Macbeth, all hail!
MACBETH 
FTLN 0164 Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more.
FTLN 0165 By Sinel’s death I know I am Thane of Glamis.
FTLN 016675 But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives
FTLN 0167 A prosperous gentleman, and to be king
FTLN 0168 Stands not within the prospect of belief,
FTLN 0169 No more than to be Cawdor. Say from whence
FTLN 0170 You owe this strange intelligence or why
FTLN 017180 Upon this blasted heath you stop our way
FTLN 0172 With such prophetic greeting. Speak, I charge you.
Witches vanish.
BANQUO 
FTLN 0173 The earth hath bubbles, as the water has,
FTLN 0174 And these are of them. Whither are they vanished?
MACBETH 
FTLN 0175 Into the air, and what seemed corporal melted,
FTLN 017685 As breath into the wind. Would they had stayed!
BANQUO 
FTLN 0177 Were such things here as we do speak about?
FTLN 0178 Or have we eaten on the insane root
FTLN 0179 That takes the reason prisoner?
MACBETH 
FTLN 0180 Your children shall be kings.
BANQUO  FTLN 018190 You shall be king.

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MACBETH 
FTLN 0182 And Thane of Cawdor too. Went it not so?
BANQUO 
FTLN 0183 To th’ selfsame tune and words.—Who’s here?

Enter Ross and Angus.

ROSS 
FTLN 0184 The King hath happily received, Macbeth,
FTLN 0185 The news of thy success, and, when he reads
FTLN 018695 Thy personal venture in the rebels’ fight,
FTLN 0187 His wonders and his praises do contend
FTLN 0188 Which should be thine or his. Silenced with that,
FTLN 0189 In viewing o’er the rest o’ th’ selfsame day
FTLN 0190 He finds thee in the stout Norweyan ranks,
FTLN 0191100 Nothing afeard of what thyself didst make,
FTLN 0192 Strange images of death. As thick as tale
FTLN 0193 editorial emendationCameeditorial emendation post with post, and every one did bear
FTLN 0194 Thy praises in his kingdom’s great defense,
FTLN 0195 And poured them down before him.
ANGUS  FTLN 0196105 We are sent
FTLN 0197 To give thee from our royal master thanks,
FTLN 0198 Only to herald thee into his sight,
FTLN 0199 Not pay thee.
ROSS 
FTLN 0200 And for an earnest of a greater honor,
FTLN 0201110 He bade me, from him, call thee Thane of Cawdor,
FTLN 0202 In which addition, hail, most worthy thane,
FTLN 0203 For it is thine.
BANQUO  FTLN 0204 What, can the devil speak true?
MACBETH 
FTLN 0205 The Thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me
FTLN 0206115 In borrowed robes?
ANGUS  FTLN 0207 Who was the Thane lives yet,
FTLN 0208 But under heavy judgment bears that life
FTLN 0209 Which he deserves to lose. Whether he was
FTLN 0210 combined

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FTLN 0211120 With those of Norway, or did line the rebel
FTLN 0212 With hidden help and vantage, or that with both
FTLN 0213 He labored in his country’s wrack, I know not;
FTLN 0214 But treasons capital, confessed and proved,
FTLN 0215 Have overthrown him.
MACBETH , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0216125 Glamis and Thane of Cawdor!
FTLN 0217 The greatest is behind.  editorial emendationTo Ross and Angus.editorial emendation Thanks
FTLN 0218 for your pains.
FTLN 0219  editorial emendationAside to Banquo.editorial emendation Do you not hope your children
FTLN 0220 shall be kings,
FTLN 0221130 When those that gave the Thane of Cawdor to me
FTLN 0222 Promised no less to them?
BANQUO  FTLN 0223 That, trusted home,
FTLN 0224 Might yet enkindle you unto the crown,
FTLN 0225 Besides the Thane of Cawdor. But ’tis strange.
FTLN 0226135 And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
FTLN 0227 The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
FTLN 0228 Win us with honest trifles, to betray ’s
FTLN 0229 In deepest consequence.—
FTLN 0230 Cousins, a word, I pray you. editorial emendationThey step aside.editorial emendation
MACBETH , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0231140 Two truths are told
FTLN 0232 As happy prologues to the swelling act
FTLN 0233 Of the imperial theme.—I thank you, gentlemen.
FTLN 0234  editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation This supernatural soliciting
FTLN 0235 Cannot be ill, cannot be good. If ill,
FTLN 0236145 Why hath it given me earnest of success
FTLN 0237 Commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor.
FTLN 0238 If good, why do I yield to that suggestion
FTLN 0239 Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
FTLN 0240 And make my seated heart knock at my ribs
FTLN 0241150 Against the use of nature? Present fears
FTLN 0242 Are less than horrible imaginings.
FTLN 0243 My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
FTLN 0244 Shakes so my single state of man
FTLN 0245 That function is smothered in surmise,
FTLN 0246155 And nothing is but what is not.

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BANQUO  FTLN 0247Look how our partner’s rapt.
MACBETH , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0248 If chance will have me king, why, chance may
FTLN 0249 crown me
FTLN 0250 Without my stir.
BANQUO  FTLN 0251160 New honors come upon him,
FTLN 0252 Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mold
FTLN 0253 But with the aid of use.
MACBETH , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0254 Come what come may,
FTLN 0255 Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.
BANQUO 
FTLN 0256165 Worthy Macbeth, we stay upon your leisure.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0257 Give me your favor. My dull brain was wrought
FTLN 0258 With things forgotten. Kind gentlemen, your pains
FTLN 0259 Are registered where every day I turn
FTLN 0260 The leaf to read them. Let us toward the King.
FTLN 0261170  editorial emendationAside to Banquo.editorial emendation Think upon what hath chanced,
FTLN 0262 and at more time,
FTLN 0263 The interim having weighed it, let us speak
FTLN 0264 Our free hearts each to other.
BANQUO  FTLN 0265Very gladly.
MACBETH  FTLN 0266175Till then, enough.—Come, friends.
They exit.


Scene 4
Flourish. Enter King editorial emendationDuncan,editorial emendation Lennox, Malcolm,
Donalbain, and Attendants.


DUNCAN 
FTLN 0267 Is execution done on Cawdor? editorial emendationAreeditorial emendation not
FTLN 0268 Those in commission yet returned?
MALCOLM  FTLN 0269 My liege,
FTLN 0270 They are not yet come back. But I have spoke
FTLN 02715 With one that saw him die, who did report

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FTLN 0272 That very frankly he confessed his treasons,
FTLN 0273 Implored your Highness’ pardon, and set forth
FTLN 0274 A deep repentance. Nothing in his life
FTLN 0275 Became him like the leaving it. He died
FTLN 027610 As one that had been studied in his death
FTLN 0277 To throw away the dearest thing he owed
FTLN 0278 As ’twere a careless trifle.
DUNCAN  FTLN 0279 There’s no art
FTLN 0280 To find the mind’s construction in the face.
FTLN 028115 He was a gentleman on whom I built
FTLN 0282 An absolute trust.

Enter Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, and Angus.

FTLN 0283 O worthiest cousin,
FTLN 0284 The sin of my ingratitude even now
FTLN 0285 Was heavy on me. Thou art so far before
FTLN 028620 That swiftest wing of recompense is slow
FTLN 0287 To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved,
FTLN 0288 That the proportion both of thanks and payment
FTLN 0289 Might have been mine! Only I have left to say,
FTLN 0290 More is thy due than more than all can pay.
MACBETH 
FTLN 029125 The service and the loyalty I owe
FTLN 0292 In doing it pays itself. Your Highness’ part
FTLN 0293 Is to receive our duties, and our duties
FTLN 0294 Are to your throne and state children and servants,
FTLN 0295 Which do but what they should by doing everything
FTLN 029630 Safe toward your love and honor.
DUNCAN  FTLN 0297 Welcome hither.
FTLN 0298 I have begun to plant thee and will labor
FTLN 0299 To make thee full of growing.—Noble Banquo,
FTLN 0300 That hast no less deserved nor must be known
FTLN 030135 No less to have done so, let me enfold thee
FTLN 0302 And hold thee to my heart.
BANQUO  FTLN 0303 There, if I grow,
FTLN 0304 The harvest is your own.

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DUNCAN  FTLN 0305 My plenteous joys,
FTLN 030640 Wanton in fullness, seek to hide themselves
FTLN 0307 In drops of sorrow.—Sons, kinsmen, thanes,
FTLN 0308 And you whose places are the nearest, know
FTLN 0309 We will establish our estate upon
FTLN 0310 Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
FTLN 031145 The Prince of Cumberland; which honor must
FTLN 0312 Not unaccompanied invest him only,
FTLN 0313 But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine
FTLN 0314 On all deservers.—From hence to Inverness
FTLN 0315 And bind us further to you.
MACBETH 
FTLN 031650 The rest is labor which is not used for you.
FTLN 0317 I’ll be myself the harbinger and make joyful
FTLN 0318 The hearing of my wife with your approach.
FTLN 0319 So humbly take my leave.
DUNCAN  FTLN 0320 My worthy Cawdor.
MACBETH , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 032155 The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step
FTLN 0322 On which I must fall down or else o’erleap,
FTLN 0323 For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
FTLN 0324 Let not light see my black and deep desires.
FTLN 0325 The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be
FTLN 032660 Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.
He exits.
DUNCAN 
FTLN 0327 True, worthy Banquo. He is full so valiant,
FTLN 0328 And in his commendations I am fed:
FTLN 0329 It is a banquet to me.—Let’s after him,
FTLN 0330 Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome.
FTLN 033165 It is a peerless kinsman.
Flourish. They exit.




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Scene 5
Enter Macbeth’s Wife, alone, with a letter.

LADY MACBETH , editorial emendationreading the lettereditorial emendation  FTLN 0332They met me in the
FTLN 0333 day of success, and I have learned by the perfect’st
FTLN 0334 report they have more in them than mortal knowledge.
FTLN 0335 When I burned in desire to question them further, they
FTLN 03365 made themselves air, into which they vanished.
FTLN 0337 Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it came missives
FTLN 0338 from the King, who all-hailed me “Thane of Cawdor,”
FTLN 0339 by which title, before, these Weïrd Sisters saluted me
FTLN 0340 and referred me to the coming on of time with “Hail,
FTLN 034110 king that shalt be.” This have I thought good to deliver
FTLN 0342 thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou
FTLN 0343 might’st not lose the dues of rejoicing by being ignorant
FTLN 0344 of what greatness is promised thee. Lay it to thy
FTLN 0345 heart, and farewell.

FTLN 034615 Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be
FTLN 0347 What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature;
FTLN 0348 It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness
FTLN 0349 To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great,
FTLN 0350 Art not without ambition, but without
FTLN 035120 The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst
FTLN 0352 highly,
FTLN 0353 That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false
FTLN 0354 And yet wouldst wrongly win. Thou ’dst have, great
FTLN 0355 Glamis,
FTLN 035625 That which cries “Thus thou must do,” if thou have
FTLN 0357 it,
FTLN 0358 And that which rather thou dost fear to do,
FTLN 0359 Than wishest should be undone. Hie thee hither,
FTLN 0360 That I may pour my spirits in thine ear
FTLN 036130 And chastise with the valor of my tongue
FTLN 0362 All that impedes thee from the golden round,
FTLN 0363 Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem
FTLN 0364 To have thee crowned withal.

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Enter Messenger.

FTLN 0365 What is your tidings?
MESSENGER 
FTLN 036635 The King comes here tonight.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0367 Thou ’rt mad to say it.
FTLN 0368 Is not thy master with him, who, were ’t so,
FTLN 0369 Would have informed for preparation?
MESSENGER 
FTLN 0370 So please you, it is true. Our thane is coming.
FTLN 037140 One of my fellows had the speed of him,
FTLN 0372 Who, almost dead for breath, had scarcely more
FTLN 0373 Than would make up his message.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0374 Give him tending.
FTLN 0375 He brings great news. Messenger exits.
FTLN 037645 The raven himself is hoarse
FTLN 0377 That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
FTLN 0378 Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
FTLN 0379 That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
FTLN 0380 And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
FTLN 038150 Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood.
FTLN 0382 Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse,
FTLN 0383 That no compunctious visitings of nature
FTLN 0384 Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
FTLN 0385 Th’ effect and it. Come to my woman’s breasts
FTLN 038655 And take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers,
FTLN 0387 Wherever in your sightless substances
FTLN 0388 You wait on nature’s mischief. Come, thick night,
FTLN 0389 And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
FTLN 0390 That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
FTLN 039160 Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark
FTLN 0392 To cry “Hold, hold!”

Enter Macbeth.

FTLN 0393 Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor,
FTLN 0394 Greater than both by the all-hail hereafter!

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FTLN 0395 Thy letters have transported me beyond
FTLN 039665 This ignorant present, and I feel now
FTLN 0397 The future in the instant.
MACBETH  FTLN 0398 My dearest love,
FTLN 0399 Duncan comes here tonight.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0400 And when goes hence?
MACBETH 
FTLN 040170 Tomorrow, as he purposes.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0402 O, never
FTLN 0403 Shall sun that morrow see!
FTLN 0404 Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
FTLN 0405 May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
FTLN 040675 Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye,
FTLN 0407 Your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent
FTLN 0408 flower,
FTLN 0409 But be the serpent under ’t. He that’s coming
FTLN 0410 Must be provided for; and you shall put
FTLN 041180 This night’s great business into my dispatch,
FTLN 0412 Which shall to all our nights and days to come
FTLN 0413 Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0414 We will speak further.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0415 Only look up clear.
FTLN 041685 To alter favor ever is to fear.
FTLN 0417 Leave all the rest to me.
They exit.


Scene 6
Hautboys and Torches. Enter King editorial emendationDuncan,editorial emendation Malcolm,
Donalbain, Banquo, Lennox, Macduff, Ross, Angus, and
Attendants.


DUNCAN 
FTLN 0418 This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air
FTLN 0419 Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
FTLN 0420 Unto our gentle senses.

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BANQUO  FTLN 0421 This guest of summer,
FTLN 04225 The temple-haunting editorial emendationmartlet,editorial emendation does approve,
FTLN 0423 By his loved editorial emendationmansionry,editorial emendation that the heaven’s breath
FTLN 0424 Smells wooingly here. No jutty, frieze,
FTLN 0425 Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird
FTLN 0426 Hath made his pendant bed and procreant cradle.
FTLN 042710 Where they editorial emendationmosteditorial emendation breed and haunt, I have
FTLN 0428 observed,
FTLN 0429 The air is delicate.

Enter Lady editorial emendationMacbeth.editorial emendation

DUNCAN  FTLN 0430See, see our honored hostess!—
FTLN 0431 The love that follows us sometime is our trouble,
FTLN 043215 Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you
FTLN 0433 How you shall bid God ’ild us for your pains
FTLN 0434 And thank us for your trouble.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0435 All our service,
FTLN 0436 In every point twice done and then done double,
FTLN 043720 Were poor and single business to contend
FTLN 0438 Against those honors deep and broad wherewith
FTLN 0439 Your Majesty loads our house. For those of old,
FTLN 0440 And the late dignities heaped up to them,
FTLN 0441 We rest your hermits.
DUNCAN  FTLN 044225 Where’s the Thane of Cawdor?
FTLN 0443 We coursed him at the heels and had a purpose
FTLN 0444 To be his purveyor; but he rides well,
FTLN 0445 And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath helped
FTLN 0446 him
FTLN 044730 To his home before us. Fair and noble hostess,
FTLN 0448 We are your guest tonight.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0449 Your servants ever
FTLN 0450 Have theirs, themselves, and what is theirs in compt
FTLN 0451 To make their audit at your Highness’ pleasure,
FTLN 045235 Still to return your own.
DUNCAN  FTLN 0453 Give me your hand.


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editorial emendationTaking her hand.editorial emendation
FTLN 0454 Conduct me to mine host. We love him highly
FTLN 0455 And shall continue our graces towards him.
FTLN 0456 By your leave, hostess.
They exit.


Scene 7
Hautboys. Torches. Enter a Sewer and divers Servants
with dishes and service over the stage.
 Then enter
Macbeth.


MACBETH 
FTLN 0457 If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well
FTLN 0458 It were done quickly. If th’ assassination
FTLN 0459 Could trammel up the consequence and catch
FTLN 0460 With his surcease success, that but this blow
FTLN 04615 Might be the be-all and the end-all here,
FTLN 0462 But here, upon this bank and editorial emendationshoaleditorial emendation of time,
FTLN 0463 We’d jump the life to come. But in these cases
FTLN 0464 We still have judgment here, that we but teach
FTLN 0465 Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
FTLN 046610 To plague th’ inventor. This even-handed justice
FTLN 0467 Commends th’ ingredience of our poisoned chalice
FTLN 0468 To our own lips. He’s here in double trust:
FTLN 0469 First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
FTLN 0470 Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
FTLN 047115 Who should against his murderer shut the door,
FTLN 0472 Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan
FTLN 0473 Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
FTLN 0474 So clear in his great office, that his virtues
FTLN 0475 Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
FTLN 047620 The deep damnation of his taking-off;
FTLN 0477 And pity, like a naked newborn babe
FTLN 0478 Striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubin horsed

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FTLN 0479 Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
FTLN 0480 Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
FTLN 048125 That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur
FTLN 0482 To prick the sides of my intent, but only
FTLN 0483 Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself
FTLN 0484 And falls on th’ other—

Enter Lady editorial emendationMacbeth.editorial emendation

FTLN 0485 How now, what news?
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 048630 He has almost supped. Why have you left the
FTLN 0487 chamber?
MACBETH 
FTLN 0488 Hath he asked for me?
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0489 Know you not he has?
MACBETH 
FTLN 0490 We will proceed no further in this business.
FTLN 049135 He hath honored me of late, and I have bought
FTLN 0492 Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
FTLN 0493 Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
FTLN 0494 Not cast aside so soon.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0495 Was the hope drunk
FTLN 049640 Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
FTLN 0497 And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
FTLN 0498 At what it did so freely? From this time
FTLN 0499 Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
FTLN 0500 To be the same in thine own act and valor
FTLN 050145 As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that
FTLN 0502 Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life
FTLN 0503 And live a coward in thine own esteem,
FTLN 0504 Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would,”
FTLN 0505 Like the poor cat i’ th’ adage?
MACBETH  FTLN 050650 Prithee, peace.
FTLN 0507 I dare do all that may become a man.
FTLN 0508 Who dares editorial emendationdoeditorial emendation more is none.

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LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0509 What beast was ’t,
FTLN 0510 then,
FTLN 051155 That made you break this enterprise to me?
FTLN 0512 When you durst do it, then you were a man;
FTLN 0513 And to be more than what you were, you would
FTLN 0514 Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place
FTLN 0515 Did then adhere, and yet you would make both.
FTLN 051660 They have made themselves, and that their fitness
FTLN 0517 now
FTLN 0518 Does unmake you. I have given suck, and know
FTLN 0519 How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me.
FTLN 0520 I would, while it was smiling in my face,
FTLN 052165 Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums
FTLN 0522 And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you
FTLN 0523 Have done to this.
MACBETH  FTLN 0524 If we should fail—
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0525 We fail?
FTLN 052670 But screw your courage to the sticking place
FTLN 0527 And we’ll not fail. When Duncan is asleep
FTLN 0528 (Whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey
FTLN 0529 Soundly invite him), his two chamberlains
FTLN 0530 Will I with wine and wassail so convince
FTLN 053175 That memory, the warder of the brain,
FTLN 0532 Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason
FTLN 0533 A limbeck only. When in swinish sleep
FTLN 0534 Their drenchèd natures lies as in a death,
FTLN 0535 What cannot you and I perform upon
FTLN 053680 Th’ unguarded Duncan? What not put upon
FTLN 0537 His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt
FTLN 0538 Of our great quell?
MACBETH  FTLN 0539 Bring forth men-children only,
FTLN 0540 For thy undaunted mettle should compose
FTLN 054185 Nothing but males. Will it not be received,
FTLN 0542 When we have marked with blood those sleepy two
FTLN 0543 Of his own chamber and used their very daggers,
FTLN 0544 That they have done ’t?

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LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0545 Who dares receive it other,
FTLN 054690 As we shall make our griefs and clamor roar
FTLN 0547 Upon his death?
MACBETH  FTLN 0548 I am settled and bend up
FTLN 0549 Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.
FTLN 0550 Away, and mock the time with fairest show.
FTLN 055195 False face must hide what the false heart doth
FTLN 0552 know.
They exit.




ACT 2
Scene 1
Enter Banquo, and Fleance with a torch before him.

BANQUO  FTLN 0553How goes the night, boy?
FLEANCE 
FTLN 0554 The moon is down. I have not heard the clock.
BANQUO  FTLN 0555And she goes down at twelve.
FLEANCE  FTLN 0556I take ’t ’tis later, sir.
BANQUO 
FTLN 05575 Hold, take my sword. editorial emendationHe gives his sword to Fleance.editorial emendation
FTLN 0558 There’s husbandry in heaven;
FTLN 0559 Their candles are all out. Take thee that too.
FTLN 0560 A heavy summons lies like lead upon me,
FTLN 0561 And yet I would not sleep. Merciful powers,
FTLN 056210 Restrain in me the cursèd thoughts that nature
FTLN 0563 Gives way to in repose.

Enter Macbeth, and a Servant with a torch.

FTLN 0564 Give me my sword.—Who’s
FTLN 0565 there?
MACBETH  FTLN 0566A friend.
BANQUO 
FTLN 056715 What, sir, not yet at rest? The King’s abed.
FTLN 0568 He hath been in unusual pleasure, and
FTLN 0569 Sent forth great largess to your offices.
FTLN 0570 This diamond he greets your wife withal,
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FTLN 0571 By the name of most kind hostess, and shut up
FTLN 057220 In measureless content.
editorial emendationHe gives Macbeth a jewel.editorial emendation
MACBETH  FTLN 0573 Being unprepared,
FTLN 0574 Our will became the servant to defect,
FTLN 0575 Which else should free have wrought.
BANQUO  FTLN 0576All’s well.
FTLN 057725 I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters.
FTLN 0578 To you they have showed some truth.
MACBETH  FTLN 0579 I think not of
FTLN 0580 them.
FTLN 0581 Yet, when we can entreat an hour to serve,
FTLN 058230 We would spend it in some words upon that
FTLN 0583 business,
FTLN 0584 If you would grant the time.
BANQUO  FTLN 0585 At your kind’st leisure.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0586 If you shall cleave to my consent, when ’tis,
FTLN 058735 It shall make honor for you.
BANQUO  FTLN 0588 So I lose none
FTLN 0589 In seeking to augment it, but still keep
FTLN 0590 My bosom franchised and allegiance clear,
FTLN 0591 I shall be counseled.
MACBETH  FTLN 059240 Good repose the while.
BANQUO  FTLN 0593Thanks, sir. The like to you.
Banquo editorial emendationand Fleanceeditorial emendation exit.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0594 Go bid thy mistress, when my drink is ready,
FTLN 0595 She strike upon the bell. Get thee to bed.
editorial emendationServanteditorial emendation exits.
FTLN 0596 Is this a dagger which I see before me,
FTLN 059745 The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch
FTLN 0598 thee.
FTLN 0599 I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
FTLN 0600 Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
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FTLN 060250 A dagger of the mind, a false creation
FTLN 0603 Proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?
FTLN 0604 I see thee yet, in form as palpable
FTLN 0605 As this which now I draw. editorial emendationHe draws his dagger.editorial emendation
FTLN 0606 Thou marshal’st me the way that I was going,
FTLN 060755 And such an instrument I was to use.
FTLN 0608 Mine eyes are made the fools o’ th’ other senses
FTLN 0609 Or else worth all the rest. I see thee still,
FTLN 0610 And, on thy blade and dudgeon, gouts of blood,
FTLN 0611 Which was not so before. There’s no such thing.
FTLN 061260 It is the bloody business which informs
FTLN 0613 Thus to mine eyes. Now o’er the one-half world
FTLN 0614 Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse
FTLN 0615 The curtained sleep. Witchcraft celebrates
FTLN 0616 Pale Hecate’s off’rings, and withered murder,
FTLN 061765 Alarumed by his sentinel, the wolf,
FTLN 0618 Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his stealthy pace,
FTLN 0619 With Tarquin’s ravishing editorial emendationstrides,editorial emendation towards his
FTLN 0620 design
FTLN 0621 Moves like a ghost. Thou editorial emendationsureeditorial emendation and firm-set earth,
FTLN 062270 Hear not my steps, which editorial emendationway theyeditorial emendation walk, for fear
FTLN 0623 Thy very stones prate of my whereabouts
FTLN 0624 And take the present horror from the time,
FTLN 0625 Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, he lives.
FTLN 0626 Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.
A bell rings.
FTLN 062775 I go, and it is done. The bell invites me.
FTLN 0628 Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell
FTLN 0629 That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
He exits.




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Scene 2
Enter Lady editorial emendationMacbeth.editorial emendation

LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 0630 That which hath made them drunk hath made me
FTLN 0631 bold.
FTLN 0632 What hath quenched them hath given me fire.
FTLN 0633 Hark!—Peace.
FTLN 06345 It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,
FTLN 0635 Which gives the stern’st good-night. He is about it.
FTLN 0636 The doors are open, and the surfeited grooms
FTLN 0637 Do mock their charge with snores. I have drugged
FTLN 0638 their possets,
FTLN 063910 That death and nature do contend about them
FTLN 0640 Whether they live or die.
MACBETH , editorial emendationwithineditorial emendation  FTLN 0641 Who’s there? what, ho!
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 0642 Alack, I am afraid they have awaked,
FTLN 0643 And ’tis not done. Th’ attempt and not the deed
FTLN 064415 Confounds us. Hark!—I laid their daggers ready;
FTLN 0645 He could not miss ’em. Had he not resembled
FTLN 0646 My father as he slept, I had done ’t.

Enter Macbeth editorial emendationwith bloody daggers.editorial emendation

FTLN 0647 My husband?
MACBETH 
FTLN 0648 I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 064920 I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
FTLN 0650 Did not you speak?
MACBETH  FTLN 0651 When?
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0652 Now.
MACBETH  FTLN 0653 As I descended?
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 065425Ay.
MACBETH  FTLN 0655Hark!—Who lies i’ th’ second chamber?
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0656Donalbain.

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MACBETH  FTLN 0657This is a sorry sight.
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 0658 A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.
MACBETH 
FTLN 065930 There’s one did laugh in ’s sleep, and one cried
FTLN 0660 “Murder!”
FTLN 0661 That they did wake each other. I stood and heard
FTLN 0662 them.
FTLN 0663 But they did say their prayers and addressed them
FTLN 066435 Again to sleep.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0665 There are two lodged together.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0666 One cried “God bless us” and “Amen” the other,
FTLN 0667 As they had seen me with these hangman’s hands,
FTLN 0668 List’ning their fear. I could not say “Amen”
FTLN 066940 When they did say “God bless us.”
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0670Consider it not so deeply.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0671 But wherefore could not I pronounce “Amen”?
FTLN 0672 I had most need of blessing, and “Amen”
FTLN 0673 Stuck in my throat.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 067445 These deeds must not be thought
FTLN 0675 After these ways; so, it will make us mad.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0676 Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!
FTLN 0677 Macbeth does murder sleep”—the innocent sleep,
FTLN 0678 Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
FTLN 067950 The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
FTLN 0680 Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
FTLN 0681 Chief nourisher in life’s feast.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0682 What do you mean?
MACBETH 
FTLN 0683 Still it cried “Sleep no more!” to all the house.
FTLN 068455 “Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore
FTLN 0685 Cawdor
FTLN 0686 Shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more.”

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LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 0687 Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane,
FTLN 0688 You do unbend your noble strength to think
FTLN 068960 So brainsickly of things. Go get some water
FTLN 0690 And wash this filthy witness from your hand.—
FTLN 0691 Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
FTLN 0692 They must lie there. Go, carry them and smear
FTLN 0693 The sleepy grooms with blood.
MACBETH  FTLN 069465 I’ll go no more.
FTLN 0695 I am afraid to think what I have done.
FTLN 0696 Look on ’t again I dare not.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0697 Infirm of purpose!
FTLN 0698 Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead
FTLN 069970 Are but as pictures. ’Tis the eye of childhood
FTLN 0700 That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed,
FTLN 0701 I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal,
FTLN 0702 For it must seem their guilt.
She exits editorial emendationwith the daggers.editorial emendation Knock within.
MACBETH  FTLN 0703 Whence is that
FTLN 070475 knocking?
FTLN 0705 How is ’t with me when every noise appalls me?
FTLN 0706 What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes.
FTLN 0707 Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
FTLN 0708 Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
FTLN 070980 The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
FTLN 0710 Making the green one red.

Enter Lady editorial emendationMacbeth.editorial emendation

LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 0711 My hands are of your color, but I shame
FTLN 0712 To wear a heart so white. Knock.
FTLN 0713 I hear a knocking
FTLN 071485 At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.
FTLN 0715 A little water clears us of this deed.
FTLN 0716 How easy is it, then! Your constancy
FTLN 0717 Hath left you unattended. Knock.

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FTLN 0718 Hark, more knocking.
FTLN 071990 Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us
FTLN 0720 And show us to be watchers. Be not lost
FTLN 0721 So poorly in your thoughts.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0722 To know my deed ’twere best not know myself.
Knock.
FTLN 0723 Wake Duncan with thy knocking. I would thou
FTLN 072495 couldst.
They exit.


Scene 3
Knocking within. Enter a Porter.

PORTER  FTLN 0725Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were
FTLN 0726 porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the
FTLN 0727 key.  (Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there, i’
FTLN 0728 th’ name of Beelzebub? Here’s a farmer that hanged
FTLN 07295 himself on th’ expectation of plenty. Come in time!
FTLN 0730 Have napkins enough about you; here you’ll sweat
FTLN 0731 for ’t.  (Knock.) Knock, knock! Who’s there, in th’
FTLN 0732 other devil’s name? Faith, here’s an equivocator
FTLN 0733 that could swear in both the scales against either
FTLN 073410 scale, who committed treason enough for God’s
FTLN 0735 sake yet could not equivocate to heaven. O, come in,
FTLN 0736 equivocator.  (Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Who’s
FTLN 0737 there? Faith, here’s an English tailor come hither for
FTLN 0738 stealing out of a French hose. Come in, tailor. Here
FTLN 073915 you may roast your goose.  (Knock.) Knock, knock!
FTLN 0740 Never at quiet.—What are you?—But this place is
FTLN 0741 too cold for hell. I’ll devil-porter it no further. I had
FTLN 0742 thought to have let in some of all professions that go
FTLN 0743 the primrose way to th’ everlasting bonfire.  (Knock.)
FTLN 074420 Anon, anon!

editorial emendationThe Porter opens the door toeditorial emendation Macduff and Lennox.

FTLN 0745 I pray you, remember the porter.

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MACDUFF 
FTLN 0746 Was it so late, friend, ere you went to bed
FTLN 0747 That you do lie so late?
PORTER  FTLN 0748Faith, sir, we were carousing till the second
FTLN 074925 cock, and drink, sir, is a great provoker of three
FTLN 0750 things.
MACDUFF  FTLN 0751What three things does drink especially
FTLN 0752 provoke?
PORTER  FTLN 0753Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine.
FTLN 075430 Lechery, sir, it provokes and unprovokes. It provokes
FTLN 0755 the desire, but it takes away the performance.
FTLN 0756 Therefore much drink may be said to be an
FTLN 0757 equivocator with lechery. It makes him, and it
FTLN 0758 mars him; it sets him on, and it takes him off; it
FTLN 075935 persuades him and disheartens him; makes him
FTLN 0760 stand to and not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates
FTLN 0761 him in a sleep and, giving him the lie, leaves
FTLN 0762 him.
MACDUFF  FTLN 0763I believe drink gave thee the lie last night.
PORTER  FTLN 076440That it did, sir, i’ th’ very throat on me; but I
FTLN 0765 requited him for his lie, and, I think, being too
FTLN 0766 strong for him, though he took up my legs sometime,
FTLN 0767 yet I made a shift to cast him.
MACDUFF  FTLN 0768Is thy master stirring?

Enter Macbeth.

FTLN 076945 Our knocking has awaked him. Here he comes.
editorial emendationPorter exits.editorial emendation
LENNOX 
FTLN 0770 Good morrow, noble sir.
MACBETH  FTLN 0771 Good morrow, both.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 0772 Is the King stirring, worthy thane?
MACBETH  FTLN 0773 Not yet.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 077450 He did command me to call timely on him.
FTLN 0775 I have almost slipped the hour.

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MACBETH  FTLN 0776 I’ll bring you to him.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 0777 I know this is a joyful trouble to you,
FTLN 0778 But yet ’tis one.
MACBETH 
FTLN 077955 The labor we delight in physics pain.
FTLN 0780 This is the door.
MACDUFF  FTLN 0781 I’ll make so bold to call,
FTLN 0782 For ’tis my limited service. Macduff exits.
LENNOX  FTLN 0783Goes the King hence today?
MACBETH  FTLN 078460He does. He did appoint so.
LENNOX 
FTLN 0785 The night has been unruly. Where we lay,
FTLN 0786 Our chimneys were blown down and, as they say,
FTLN 0787 Lamentings heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of
FTLN 0788 death,
FTLN 078965 And prophesying, with accents terrible,
FTLN 0790 Of dire combustion and confused events
FTLN 0791 New hatched to th’ woeful time. The obscure bird
FTLN 0792 Clamored the livelong night. Some say the Earth
FTLN 0793 Was feverous and did shake.
MACBETH  FTLN 079470 ’Twas a rough night.
LENNOX 
FTLN 0795 My young remembrance cannot parallel
FTLN 0796 A fellow to it.

Enter Macduff.

MACDUFF  FTLN 0797 O horror, horror, horror!
FTLN 0798 Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee!
MACBETH AND LENNOX  FTLN 079975What’s the matter?
MACDUFF 
FTLN 0800 Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.
FTLN 0801 Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
FTLN 0802 The Lord’s anointed temple and stole thence
FTLN 0803 The life o’ th’ building.

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MACBETH  FTLN 080480 What is ’t you say? The life?
LENNOX  FTLN 0805Mean you his Majesty?
MACDUFF 
FTLN 0806 Approach the chamber and destroy your sight
FTLN 0807 With a new Gorgon. Do not bid me speak.
FTLN 0808 See and then speak yourselves.
Macbeth and Lennox exit.
FTLN 080985 Awake, awake!
FTLN 0810 Ring the alarum bell.—Murder and treason!
FTLN 0811 Banquo and Donalbain, Malcolm, awake!
FTLN 0812 Shake off this downy sleep, death’s counterfeit,
FTLN 0813 And look on death itself. Up, up, and see
FTLN 081490 The great doom’s image. Malcolm, Banquo,
FTLN 0815 As from your graves rise up and walk like sprites
FTLN 0816 To countenance this horror.—Ring the bell.
Bell rings.

Enter Lady editorial emendationMacbeth.editorial emendation

LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0817What’s the business,
FTLN 0818 That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley
FTLN 081995 The sleepers of the house? Speak, speak!
MACDUFF  FTLN 0820O gentle lady,
FTLN 0821 ’Tis not for you to hear what I can speak.
FTLN 0822 The repetition in a woman’s ear
FTLN 0823 Would murder as it fell.

Enter Banquo.

FTLN 0824100 O Banquo, Banquo,
FTLN 0825 Our royal master’s murdered.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0826 Woe, alas!
FTLN 0827 What, in our house?
BANQUO  FTLN 0828 Too cruel anywhere.—
FTLN 0829105 Dear Duff, I prithee, contradict thyself
FTLN 0830 And say it is not so.

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Enter Macbeth, Lennox, and Ross.

MACBETH 
FTLN 0831 Had I but died an hour before this chance,
FTLN 0832 I had lived a blessèd time; for from this instant
FTLN 0833 There’s nothing serious in mortality.
FTLN 0834110 All is but toys. Renown and grace is dead.
FTLN 0835 The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
FTLN 0836 Is left this vault to brag of.

Enter Malcolm and Donalbain.

DONALBAIN  FTLN 0837What is amiss?
MACBETH  FTLN 0838You are, and do not know ’t.
FTLN 0839115 The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood
FTLN 0840 Is stopped; the very source of it is stopped.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 0841 Your royal father’s murdered.
MALCOLM  FTLN 0842 O, by whom?
LENNOX 
FTLN 0843 Those of his chamber, as it seemed, had done ’t.
FTLN 0844120 Their hands and faces were all badged with blood.
FTLN 0845 So were their daggers, which unwiped we found
FTLN 0846 Upon their pillows. They stared and were distracted.
FTLN 0847 No man’s life was to be trusted with them.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0848 O, yet I do repent me of my fury,
FTLN 0849125 That I did kill them.
MACDUFF  FTLN 0850 Wherefore did you so?
MACBETH 
FTLN 0851 Who can be wise, amazed, temp’rate, and furious,
FTLN 0852 Loyal, and neutral, in a moment? No man.
FTLN 0853 Th’ expedition of my violent love
FTLN 0854130 Outrun the pauser, reason. Here lay Duncan,
FTLN 0855 His silver skin laced with his golden blood,
FTLN 0856 And his gashed stabs looked like a breach in nature
FTLN 0857 For ruin’s wasteful entrance; there the murderers,

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FTLN 0858 Steeped in the colors of their trade, their daggers
FTLN 0859135 Unmannerly breeched with gore. Who could refrain
FTLN 0860 That had a heart to love, and in that heart
FTLN 0861 Courage to make ’s love known?
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0862 Help me hence, ho!
MACDUFF 
FTLN 0863 Look to the lady.
MALCOLM , editorial emendationaside to Donalbaineditorial emendation  FTLN 0864140 Why do we hold our
FTLN 0865 tongues,
FTLN 0866 That most may claim this argument for ours?
DONALBAIN , editorial emendationaside to Malcolmeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0867 What should be spoken here, where our fate,
FTLN 0868 Hid in an auger hole, may rush and seize us?
FTLN 0869145 Let’s away. Our tears are not yet brewed.
MALCOLM , editorial emendationaside to Donalbaineditorial emendation 
FTLN 0870 Nor our strong sorrow upon the foot of motion.
BANQUO  FTLN 0871Look to the lady.
editorial emendationLady Macbeth is assisted to leave.editorial emendation
FTLN 0872 And when we have our naked frailties hid,
FTLN 0873 That suffer in exposure, let us meet
FTLN 0874150 And question this most bloody piece of work
FTLN 0875 To know it further. Fears and scruples shake us.
FTLN 0876 In the great hand of God I stand, and thence
FTLN 0877 Against the undivulged pretense I fight
FTLN 0878 Of treasonous malice.
MACDUFF  FTLN 0879155 And so do I.
ALL  FTLN 0880 So all.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0881 Let’s briefly put on manly readiness
FTLN 0882 And meet i’ th’ hall together.
ALL  FTLN 0883 Well contented.
editorial emendationAll but Malcolm and Donalbaineditorial emendation exit.
MALCOLM 
FTLN 0884160 What will you do? Let’s not consort with them.
FTLN 0885 To show an unfelt sorrow is an office
FTLN 0886 Which the false man does easy. I’ll to England.

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DONALBAIN 
FTLN 0887 To Ireland I. Our separated fortune
FTLN 0888 Shall keep us both the safer. Where we are,
FTLN 0889165 There’s daggers in men’s smiles. The near in blood,
FTLN 0890 The nearer bloody.
MALCOLM  FTLN 0891 This murderous shaft that’s shot
FTLN 0892 Hath not yet lighted, and our safest way
FTLN 0893 Is to avoid the aim. Therefore to horse,
FTLN 0894170 And let us not be dainty of leave-taking
FTLN 0895 But shift away. There’s warrant in that theft
FTLN 0896 Which steals itself when there’s no mercy left.
They exit.


Scene 4
Enter Ross with an Old Man.

OLD MAN 
FTLN 0897 Threescore and ten I can remember well,
FTLN 0898 Within the volume of which time I have seen
FTLN 0899 Hours dreadful and things strange, but this sore
FTLN 0900 night
FTLN 09015 Hath trifled former knowings.
ROSS  FTLN 0902 Ha, good father,
FTLN 0903 Thou seest the heavens, as troubled with man’s act,
FTLN 0904 Threatens his bloody stage. By th’ clock ’tis day,
FTLN 0905 And yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp.
FTLN 090610 Is ’t night’s predominance or the day’s shame
FTLN 0907 That darkness does the face of earth entomb
FTLN 0908 When living light should kiss it?
OLD MAN  FTLN 0909 ’Tis unnatural,
FTLN 0910 Even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last
FTLN 091115 A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place,
FTLN 0912 Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed.
ROSS 
FTLN 0913 And Duncan’s horses (a thing most strange and
FTLN 0914 certain),

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FTLN 0915 Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race,
FTLN 091620 Turned wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,
FTLN 0917 Contending ’gainst obedience, as they would
FTLN 0918 Make war with mankind.
OLD MAN  FTLN 0919 ’Tis said they eat each
FTLN 0920 other.
ROSS 
FTLN 092125 They did so, to th’ amazement of mine eyes
FTLN 0922 That looked upon ’t.

Enter Macduff.

FTLN 0923 Here comes the good
FTLN 0924 Macduff.—
FTLN 0925 How goes the world, sir, now?
MACDUFF  FTLN 092630 Why, see you not?
ROSS 
FTLN 0927 Is ’t known who did this more than bloody deed?
MACDUFF 
FTLN 0928 Those that Macbeth hath slain.
ROSS  FTLN 0929 Alas the day,
FTLN 0930 What good could they pretend?
MACDUFF  FTLN 093135 They were suborned.
FTLN 0932 Malcolm and Donalbain, the King’s two sons,
FTLN 0933 Are stol’n away and fled, which puts upon them
FTLN 0934 Suspicion of the deed.
ROSS  FTLN 0935 ’Gainst nature still!
FTLN 093640 Thriftless ambition, that will ravin up
FTLN 0937 Thine own lives’ means. Then ’tis most like
FTLN 0938 The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 0939 He is already named and gone to Scone
FTLN 0940 To be invested.
ROSS  FTLN 094145 Where is Duncan’s body?
MACDUFF  FTLN 0942Carried to Colmekill,
FTLN 0943 The sacred storehouse of his predecessors
FTLN 0944 And guardian of their bones.

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ROSS  FTLN 0945 Will you to Scone?
MACDUFF 
FTLN 094650 No, cousin, I’ll to Fife.
ROSS  FTLN 0947 Well, I will thither.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 0948 Well, may you see things well done there. Adieu,
FTLN 0949 Lest our old robes sit easier than our new.
ROSS  FTLN 0950Farewell, father.
OLD MAN 
FTLN 095155 God’s benison go with you and with those
FTLN 0952 That would make good of bad and friends of foes.
All exit.




ACT 3
Scene 1
Enter Banquo.

BANQUO 
FTLN 0953 Thou hast it now—king, Cawdor, Glamis, all
FTLN 0954 As the Weïrd Women promised, and I fear
FTLN 0955 Thou played’st most foully for ’t. Yet it was said
FTLN 0956 It should not stand in thy posterity,
FTLN 09575 But that myself should be the root and father
FTLN 0958 Of many kings. If there come truth from them
FTLN 0959 (As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine)
FTLN 0960 Why, by the verities on thee made good,
FTLN 0961 May they not be my oracles as well,
FTLN 096210 And set me up in hope? But hush, no more.

Sennet sounded. Enter Macbeth as King, Lady
editorial emendationMacbeth,editorial emendation Lennox, Ross, Lords, and Attendants.


MACBETH 
FTLN 0963 Here’s our chief guest.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 0964 If he had been forgotten,
FTLN 0965 It had been as a gap in our great feast
FTLN 0966 And all-thing unbecoming.
MACBETH 
FTLN 096715 Tonight we hold a solemn supper, sir,
FTLN 0968 And I’ll request your presence.
BANQUO  FTLN 0969 Let your Highness
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FTLN 0970 Command upon me, to the which my duties
FTLN 0971 Are with a most indissoluble tie
FTLN 097220 Forever knit.
MACBETH  FTLN 0973Ride you this afternoon?
BANQUO  FTLN 0974Ay, my good lord.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0975 We should have else desired your good advice
FTLN 0976 (Which still hath been both grave and prosperous)
FTLN 097725 In this day’s council, but we’ll take tomorrow.
FTLN 0978 Is ’t far you ride?
BANQUO 
FTLN 0979 As far, my lord, as will fill up the time
FTLN 0980 ’Twixt this and supper. Go not my horse the better,
FTLN 0981 I must become a borrower of the night
FTLN 098230 For a dark hour or twain.
MACBETH  FTLN 0983 Fail not our feast.
BANQUO  FTLN 0984My lord, I will not.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0985 We hear our bloody cousins are bestowed
FTLN 0986 In England and in Ireland, not confessing
FTLN 098735 Their cruel parricide, filling their hearers
FTLN 0988 With strange invention. But of that tomorrow,
FTLN 0989 When therewithal we shall have cause of state
FTLN 0990 Craving us jointly. Hie you to horse. Adieu,
FTLN 0991 Till you return at night. Goes Fleance with you?
BANQUO 
FTLN 099240 Ay, my good lord. Our time does call upon ’s.
MACBETH 
FTLN 0993 I wish your horses swift and sure of foot,
FTLN 0994 And so I do commend you to their backs.
FTLN 0995 Farewell. Banquo exits.
FTLN 0996 Let every man be master of his time
FTLN 099745 Till seven at night. To make society
FTLN 0998 The sweeter welcome, we will keep ourself
FTLN 0999 Till suppertime alone. While then, God be with you.
Lords editorial emendationand all but Macbeth and a Servanteditorial emendation exit.

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FTLN 1000 Sirrah, a word with you. Attend those men
FTLN 1001 Our pleasure?
SERVANT 
FTLN 100250 They are, my lord, without the palace gate.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1003 Bring them before us. Servant exits.
FTLN 1004 To be thus is nothing,
FTLN 1005 But to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo
FTLN 1006 Stick deep, and in his royalty of nature
FTLN 100755 Reigns that which would be feared. ’Tis much he
FTLN 1008 dares,
FTLN 1009 And to that dauntless temper of his mind
FTLN 1010 He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor
FTLN 1011 To act in safety. There is none but he
FTLN 101260 Whose being I do fear; and under him
FTLN 1013 My genius is rebuked, as it is said
FTLN 1014 Mark Antony’s was by Caesar. He chid the sisters
FTLN 1015 When first they put the name of king upon me
FTLN 1016 And bade them speak to him. Then, prophet-like,
FTLN 101765 They hailed him father to a line of kings.
FTLN 1018 Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown
FTLN 1019 And put a barren scepter in my grip,
FTLN 1020 Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,
FTLN 1021 No son of mine succeeding. If ’t be so,
FTLN 102270 For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind;
FTLN 1023 For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered,
FTLN 1024 Put rancors in the vessel of my peace
FTLN 1025 Only for them, and mine eternal jewel
FTLN 1026 Given to the common enemy of man
FTLN 102775 To make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings.
FTLN 1028 Rather than so, come fate into the list,
FTLN 1029 And champion me to th’ utterance.—Who’s there?

Enter Servant and two Murderers.

FTLN 1030  editorial emendationTo the Servant.editorial emendation Now go to the door, and stay there
FTLN 1031 till we call. Servant exits.

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FTLN 103280 Was it not yesterday we spoke together?
editorial emendationMURDERERSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1033 It was, so please your Highness.
MACBETH  FTLN 1034 Well then, now
FTLN 1035 Have you considered of my speeches? Know
FTLN 1036 That it was he, in the times past, which held you
FTLN 103785 So under fortune, which you thought had been
FTLN 1038 Our innocent self. This I made good to you
FTLN 1039 In our last conference, passed in probation with you
FTLN 1040 How you were borne in hand, how crossed, the
FTLN 1041 instruments,
FTLN 104290 Who wrought with them, and all things else that
FTLN 1043 might
FTLN 1044 To half a soul and to a notion crazed
FTLN 1045 Say “Thus did Banquo.”
FIRST MURDERER  FTLN 1046 You made it known to us.
MACBETH 
FTLN 104795 I did so, and went further, which is now
FTLN 1048 Our point of second meeting. Do you find
FTLN 1049 Your patience so predominant in your nature
FTLN 1050 That you can let this go? Are you so gospeled
FTLN 1051 To pray for this good man and for his issue,
FTLN 1052100 Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave
FTLN 1053 And beggared yours forever?
FIRST MURDERER  FTLN 1054 We are men, my liege.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1055 Ay, in the catalogue you go for men,
FTLN 1056 As hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels,
FTLN 1057105 curs,
FTLN 1058 Shoughs, water-rugs, and demi-wolves are clept
FTLN 1059 All by the name of dogs. The valued file
FTLN 1060 Distinguishes the swift, the slow, the subtle,
FTLN 1061 The housekeeper, the hunter, every one
FTLN 1062110 According to the gift which bounteous nature
FTLN 1063 Hath in him closed; whereby he does receive

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FTLN 1064 Particular addition, from the bill
FTLN 1065 That writes them all alike. And so of men.
FTLN 1066 Now, if you have a station in the file,
FTLN 1067115 Not i’ th’ worst rank of manhood, say ’t,
FTLN 1068 And I will put that business in your bosoms
FTLN 1069 Whose execution takes your enemy off,
FTLN 1070 Grapples you to the heart and love of us,
FTLN 1071 Who wear our health but sickly in his life,
FTLN 1072120 Which in his death were perfect.
SECOND MURDERER  FTLN 1073 I am one, my liege,
FTLN 1074 Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world
FTLN 1075 Hath so incensed that I am reckless what
FTLN 1076 I do to spite the world.
FIRST MURDERER  FTLN 1077125 And I another
FTLN 1078 So weary with disasters, tugged with fortune,
FTLN 1079 That I would set my life on any chance,
FTLN 1080 To mend it or be rid on ’t.
MACBETH  FTLN 1081 Both of you
FTLN 1082130 Know Banquo was your enemy.
editorial emendationMURDERERSeditorial emendation  FTLN 1083 True, my lord.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1084 So is he mine, and in such bloody distance
FTLN 1085 That every minute of his being thrusts
FTLN 1086 Against my near’st of life. And though I could
FTLN 1087135 With barefaced power sweep him from my sight
FTLN 1088 And bid my will avouch it, yet I must not,
FTLN 1089 For certain friends that are both his and mine,
FTLN 1090 Whose loves I may not drop, but wail his fall
FTLN 1091 Who I myself struck down. And thence it is
FTLN 1092140 That I to your assistance do make love,
FTLN 1093 Masking the business from the common eye
FTLN 1094 For sundry weighty reasons.
SECOND MURDERER  FTLN 1095 We shall, my lord,
FTLN 1096 Perform what you command us.
FIRST MURDERER  FTLN 1097145 Though our lives—

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MACBETH 
FTLN 1098 Your spirits shine through you. Within this hour at
FTLN 1099 most
FTLN 1100 I will advise you where to plant yourselves,
FTLN 1101 Acquaint you with the perfect spy o’ th’ time,
FTLN 1102150 The moment on ’t, for ’t must be done tonight
FTLN 1103 And something from the palace; always thought
FTLN 1104 That I require a clearness. And with him
FTLN 1105 (To leave no rubs nor botches in the work)
FTLN 1106 Fleance, his son, that keeps him company,
FTLN 1107155 Whose absence is no less material to me
FTLN 1108 Than is his father’s, must embrace the fate
FTLN 1109 Of that dark hour. Resolve yourselves apart.
FTLN 1110 I’ll come to you anon.
editorial emendationMURDERERSeditorial emendation  FTLN 1111We are resolved, my lord.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1112160 I’ll call upon you straight. Abide within.
editorial emendationMurderers exit.editorial emendation
FTLN 1113 It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul’s flight,
FTLN 1114 If it find heaven, must find it out tonight.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation


Scene 2
Enter Macbeth’s Lady and a Servant.

LADY MACBETH  FTLN 1115Is Banquo gone from court?
SERVANT 
FTLN 1116 Ay, madam, but returns again tonight.
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 1117 Say to the King I would attend his leisure
FTLN 1118 For a few words.
SERVANT  FTLN 11195Madam, I will. He exits.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 1120Naught’s had, all’s spent,
FTLN 1121 Where our desire is got without content.
FTLN 1122 ’Tis safer to be that which we destroy
FTLN 1123 Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.

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Enter Macbeth.

FTLN 112410 How now, my lord, why do you keep alone,
FTLN 1125 Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
FTLN 1126 Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
FTLN 1127 With them they think on? Things without all remedy
FTLN 1128 Should be without regard. What’s done is done.
MACBETH 
FTLN 112915 We have scorched the snake, not killed it.
FTLN 1130 She’ll close and be herself whilst our poor malice
FTLN 1131 Remains in danger of her former tooth.
FTLN 1132 But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds
FTLN 1133 suffer,
FTLN 113420 Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep
FTLN 1135 In the affliction of these terrible dreams
FTLN 1136 That shake us nightly. Better be with the dead,
FTLN 1137 Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,
FTLN 1138 Than on the torture of the mind to lie
FTLN 113925 In restless ecstasy. Duncan is in his grave.
FTLN 1140 After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well.
FTLN 1141 Treason has done his worst; nor steel nor poison,
FTLN 1142 Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing
FTLN 1143 Can touch him further.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 114430 Come on, gentle my lord,
FTLN 1145 Sleek o’er your rugged looks. Be bright and jovial
FTLN 1146 Among your guests tonight.
MACBETH  FTLN 1147 So shall I, love,
FTLN 1148 And so I pray be you. Let your remembrance
FTLN 114935 Apply to Banquo; present him eminence
FTLN 1150 Both with eye and tongue: unsafe the while that we
FTLN 1151 Must lave our honors in these flattering streams
FTLN 1152 And make our faces vizards to our hearts,
FTLN 1153 Disguising what they are.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 115440 You must leave this.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1155 O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!
FTLN 1156 Thou know’st that Banquo and his Fleance lives.

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LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 1157 But in them nature’s copy’s not eterne.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1158 There’s comfort yet; they are assailable.
FTLN 115945 Then be thou jocund. Ere the bat hath flown
FTLN 1160 His cloistered flight, ere to black Hecate’s summons
FTLN 1161 The shard-born beetle with his drowsy hums
FTLN 1162 Hath rung night’s yawning peal, there shall be done
FTLN 1163 A deed of dreadful note.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 116450 What’s to be done?
MACBETH 
FTLN 1165 Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,
FTLN 1166 Till thou applaud the deed.—Come, seeling night,
FTLN 1167 Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day
FTLN 1168 And with thy bloody and invisible hand
FTLN 116955 Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond
FTLN 1170 Which keeps me pale. Light thickens, and the crow
FTLN 1171 Makes wing to th’ rooky wood.
FTLN 1172 Good things of day begin to droop and drowse,
FTLN 1173 Whiles night’s black agents to their preys do
FTLN 117460 rouse.—
FTLN 1175 Thou marvel’st at my words, but hold thee still.
FTLN 1176 Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.
FTLN 1177 So prithee go with me.
They exit.


Scene 3
Enter three Murderers.

FIRST MURDERER 
FTLN 1178 But who did bid thee join with us?
THIRD MURDERER  FTLN 1179 Macbeth.
SECOND MURDERER , editorial emendationto the First Murderereditorial emendation 
FTLN 1180 He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers
FTLN 1181 Our offices and what we have to do
FTLN 11825 To the direction just.

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FIRST MURDERER  FTLN 1183 Then stand with us.—
FTLN 1184 The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day.
FTLN 1185 Now spurs the lated traveler apace
FTLN 1186 To gain the timely inn, editorial emendationandeditorial emendation near approaches
FTLN 118710 The subject of our watch.
THIRD MURDERER  FTLN 1188Hark, I hear horses.
BANQUO , within  FTLN 1189Give us a light there, ho!
SECOND MURDERER  FTLN 1190Then ’tis he. The rest
FTLN 1191 That are within the note of expectation
FTLN 119215 Already are i’ th’ court.
FIRST MURDERER  FTLN 1193His horses go about.
THIRD MURDERER 
FTLN 1194 Almost a mile; but he does usually
FTLN 1195 (So all men do) from hence to th’ palace gate
FTLN 1196 Make it their walk.

Enter Banquo and Fleance, with a torch.

SECOND MURDERER  FTLN 119720A light, a light!
THIRD MURDERER  FTLN 1198’Tis he.
FIRST MURDERER  FTLN 1199Stand to ’t.
BANQUO , editorial emendationto Fleanceeditorial emendation  FTLN 1200It will be rain tonight.
FIRST MURDERER  FTLN 1201Let it come down!
editorial emendationThe three Murderers attack.editorial emendation
BANQUO 
FTLN 120225 O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!
FTLN 1203 Thou mayst revenge—O slave!
editorial emendationHe dies. Fleance exits.editorial emendation
THIRD MURDERER 
FTLN 1204 Who did strike out the light?
FIRST MURDERER  FTLN 1205 Was ’t not the way?
THIRD MURDERER  FTLN 1206There’s but one down. The son is
FTLN 120730 fled.
SECOND MURDERER  FTLN 1208We have lost best half of our
FTLN 1209 affair.
FIRST MURDERER 
FTLN 1210 Well, let’s away and say how much is done.
They exit.




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Scene 4
Banquet prepared. Enter Macbeth, Lady editorial emendationMacbeth,editorial emendation
Ross, Lennox, Lords, and Attendants.


MACBETH 
FTLN 1211 You know your own degrees; sit down. At first
FTLN 1212 And last, the hearty welcome. editorial emendationThey sit.editorial emendation
LORDS  FTLN 1213Thanks to your Majesty.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1214 Ourself will mingle with society
FTLN 12155 And play the humble host.
FTLN 1216 Our hostess keeps her state, but in best time
FTLN 1217 We will require her welcome.
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 1218 Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our friends,
FTLN 1219 For my heart speaks they are welcome.

Enter First Murderer editorial emendationto the door.editorial emendation

MACBETH 
FTLN 122010 See, they encounter thee with their hearts’ thanks.
FTLN 1221 Both sides are even. Here I’ll sit i’ th’ midst.
FTLN 1222 Be large in mirth. Anon we’ll drink a measure
FTLN 1223 The table round.  editorial emendationHe approaches the Murderer.editorial emendation There’s
FTLN 1224 blood upon thy face.
MURDERER  FTLN 122515’Tis Banquo’s then.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1226 ’Tis better thee without than he within.
FTLN 1227 Is he dispatched?
MURDERER 
FTLN 1228 My lord, his throat is cut. That I did for him.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1229 Thou art the best o’ th’ cutthroats,
FTLN 123020 Yet he’s good that did the like for Fleance.
FTLN 1231 If thou didst it, thou art the nonpareil.
MURDERER 
FTLN 1232 Most royal sir, Fleance is ’scaped.
MACBETH , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1233 Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect,

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FTLN 1234 Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,
FTLN 123525 As broad and general as the casing air.
FTLN 1236 But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in
FTLN 1237 To saucy doubts and fears.—But Banquo’s safe?
MURDERER 
FTLN 1238 Ay, my good lord. Safe in a ditch he bides,
FTLN 1239 With twenty trenchèd gashes on his head,
FTLN 124030 The least a death to nature.
MACBETH  FTLN 1241 Thanks for that.
FTLN 1242 There the grown serpent lies. The worm that’s fled
FTLN 1243 Hath nature that in time will venom breed,
FTLN 1244 No teeth for th’ present. Get thee gone. Tomorrow
FTLN 124535 We’ll hear ourselves again. Murderer exits.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 1246 My royal lord,
FTLN 1247 You do not give the cheer. The feast is sold
FTLN 1248 That is not often vouched, while ’tis a-making,
FTLN 1249 ’Tis given with welcome. To feed were best at home;
FTLN 125040 From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremony;
FTLN 1251 Meeting were bare without it.

Enter the Ghost of Banquo, and sits in Macbeth’s place.

MACBETH , editorial emendationto Lady Macbetheditorial emendation  FTLN 1252Sweet remembrancer!—
FTLN 1253 Now, good digestion wait on appetite
FTLN 1254 And health on both!
LENNOX  FTLN 125545 May ’t please your Highness sit.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1256 Here had we now our country’s honor roofed,
FTLN 1257 Were the graced person of our Banquo present,
FTLN 1258 Who may I rather challenge for unkindness
FTLN 1259 Than pity for mischance.
ROSS  FTLN 126050 His absence, sir,
FTLN 1261 Lays blame upon his promise. Please ’t your
FTLN 1262 Highness
FTLN 1263 To grace us with your royal company?
MACBETH 
FTLN 1264 The table’s full.

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LENNOX  FTLN 126555 Here is a place reserved, sir.
MACBETH  FTLN 1266Where?
LENNOX 
FTLN 1267 Here, my good lord. What is ’t that moves your
FTLN 1268 Highness?
MACBETH 
FTLN 1269 Which of you have done this?
LORDS  FTLN 127060 What, my good lord?
MACBETH , editorial emendationto the Ghosteditorial emendation 
FTLN 1271 Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake
FTLN 1272 Thy gory locks at me.
ROSS 
FTLN 1273 Gentlemen, rise. His Highness is not well.
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 1274 Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thus
FTLN 127565 And hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat.
FTLN 1276 The fit is momentary; upon a thought
FTLN 1277 He will again be well. If much you note him
FTLN 1278 You shall offend him and extend his passion.
FTLN 1279 Feed and regard him not. editorial emendationDrawing Macbeth aside.editorial emendation
FTLN 128070 Are you a man?
MACBETH 
FTLN 1281 Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that
FTLN 1282 Which might appall the devil.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 1283 O, proper stuff!
FTLN 1284 This is the very painting of your fear.
FTLN 128575 This is the air-drawn dagger which you said
FTLN 1286 Led you to Duncan. O, these flaws and starts,
FTLN 1287 Impostors to true fear, would well become
FTLN 1288 A woman’s story at a winter’s fire,
FTLN 1289 Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself!
FTLN 129080 Why do you make such faces? When all’s done,
FTLN 1291 You look but on a stool.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1292 Prithee, see there. Behold, look!  editorial emendationTo the Ghost.editorial emendation Lo,
FTLN 1293 how say you?

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FTLN 1294 Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too.—
FTLN 129585 If charnel houses and our graves must send
FTLN 1296 Those that we bury back, our monuments
FTLN 1297 Shall be the maws of kites. editorial emendationGhost exits.editorial emendation
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 1298What, quite unmanned in folly?
MACBETH 
FTLN 1299 If I stand here, I saw him.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 130090 Fie, for shame!
MACBETH 
FTLN 1301 Blood hath been shed ere now, i’ th’ olden time,
FTLN 1302 Ere humane statute purged the gentle weal;
FTLN 1303 Ay, and since too, murders have been performed
FTLN 1304 Too terrible for the ear. The editorial emendationtimeeditorial emendation has been
FTLN 130595 That, when the brains were out, the man would die,
FTLN 1306 And there an end. But now they rise again
FTLN 1307 With twenty mortal murders on their crowns
FTLN 1308 And push us from our stools. This is more strange
FTLN 1309 Than such a murder is.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 1310100 My worthy lord,
FTLN 1311 Your noble friends do lack you.
MACBETH  FTLN 1312 I do forget.—
FTLN 1313 Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends.
FTLN 1314 I have a strange infirmity, which is nothing
FTLN 1315105 To those that know me. Come, love and health to
FTLN 1316 all.
FTLN 1317 Then I’ll sit down.—Give me some wine. Fill full.

Enter Ghost.

FTLN 1318 I drink to th’ general joy o’ th’ whole table
FTLN 1319 And to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss.
FTLN 1320110 Would he were here! To all, and him we thirst,
FTLN 1321 And all to all.
LORDS  FTLN 1322 Our duties, and the pledge.
editorial emendationThey raise their drinking cups.editorial emendation
MACBETH , editorial emendationto the Ghosteditorial emendation 
FTLN 1323 Avaunt, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee.
FTLN 1324 Thy bones are marrowless; thy blood is cold;

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FTLN 1325115 Thou hast no speculation in those eyes
FTLN 1326 Which thou dost glare with.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 1327 Think of this, good
FTLN 1328 peers,
FTLN 1329 But as a thing of custom. ’Tis no other;
FTLN 1330120 Only it spoils the pleasure of the time.
MACBETH , editorial emendationto the Ghosteditorial emendation  FTLN 1331What man dare, I dare.
FTLN 1332 Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
FTLN 1333 The armed rhinoceros, or th’ Hyrcan tiger;
FTLN 1334 Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
FTLN 1335125 Shall never tremble. Or be alive again
FTLN 1336 And dare me to the desert with thy sword.
FTLN 1337 If trembling I inhabit then, protest me
FTLN 1338 The baby of a girl. Hence, horrible shadow!
FTLN 1339 Unreal mock’ry, hence! editorial emendationGhost exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 1340130 Why so, being gone,
FTLN 1341 I am a man again.—Pray you sit still.
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 1342 You have displaced the mirth, broke the good
FTLN 1343 meeting
FTLN 1344 With most admired disorder.
MACBETH  FTLN 1345135 Can such things be
FTLN 1346 And overcome us like a summer’s cloud,
FTLN 1347 Without our special wonder? You make me strange
FTLN 1348 Even to the disposition that I owe
FTLN 1349 When now I think you can behold such sights
FTLN 1350140 And keep the natural ruby of your cheeks
FTLN 1351 When mine is blanched with fear.
ROSS  FTLN 1352 What sights, my
FTLN 1353 lord?
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 1354 I pray you, speak not. He grows worse and worse.
FTLN 1355145 Question enrages him. At once, good night.
FTLN 1356 Stand not upon the order of your going,
FTLN 1357 But go at once.
LENNOX  FTLN 1358 Good night, and better health
FTLN 1359 Attend his Majesty.

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LADY MACBETH  FTLN 1360150A kind good night to all.
Lords editorial emendationand all but Macbeth and Lady Macbetheditorial emendation exit.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1361 It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.
FTLN 1362 Stones have been known to move, and trees to
FTLN 1363 speak.
FTLN 1364 Augurs and understood relations have
FTLN 1365155 By maggot pies and choughs and rooks brought
FTLN 1366 forth
FTLN 1367 The secret’st man of blood.—What is the night?
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 1368 Almost at odds with morning, which is which.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1369 How say’st thou that Macduff denies his person
FTLN 1370160 At our great bidding?
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 1371 Did you send to him, sir?
MACBETH 
FTLN 1372 I hear it by the way; but I will send.
FTLN 1373 There’s not a one of them but in his house
FTLN 1374 I keep a servant fee’d. I will tomorrow
FTLN 1375165 (And betimes I will) to the Weïrd Sisters.
FTLN 1376 More shall they speak, for now I am bent to know
FTLN 1377 By the worst means the worst. For mine own good,
FTLN 1378 All causes shall give way. I am in blood
FTLN 1379 Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
FTLN 1380170 Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
FTLN 1381 Strange things I have in head that will to hand,
FTLN 1382 Which must be acted ere they may be scanned.
LADY MACBETH 
FTLN 1383 You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1384 Come, we’ll to sleep. My strange and self-abuse
FTLN 1385175 Is the initiate fear that wants hard use.
FTLN 1386 We are yet but young in deed.
They exit.




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Scene 5
Thunder. Enter the three Witches, meeting Hecate.

FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 1387 Why, how now, Hecate? You look angerly.
HECATE 
FTLN 1388 Have I not reason, beldams as you are?
FTLN 1389 Saucy and overbold, how did you dare
FTLN 1390 To trade and traffic with Macbeth
FTLN 13915 In riddles and affairs of death,
FTLN 1392 And I, the mistress of your charms,
FTLN 1393 The close contriver of all harms,
FTLN 1394 Was never called to bear my part
FTLN 1395 Or show the glory of our art?
FTLN 139610 And which is worse, all you have done
FTLN 1397 Hath been but for a wayward son,
FTLN 1398 Spiteful and wrathful, who, as others do,
FTLN 1399 Loves for his own ends, not for you.
FTLN 1400 But make amends now. Get you gone,
FTLN 140115 And at the pit of Acheron
FTLN 1402 Meet me i’ th’ morning. Thither he
FTLN 1403 Will come to know his destiny.
FTLN 1404 Your vessels and your spells provide,
FTLN 1405 Your charms and everything beside.
FTLN 140620 I am for th’ air. This night I’ll spend
FTLN 1407 Unto a dismal and a fatal end.
FTLN 1408 Great business must be wrought ere noon.
FTLN 1409 Upon the corner of the moon
FTLN 1410 There hangs a vap’rous drop profound.
FTLN 141125 I’ll catch it ere it come to ground,
FTLN 1412 And that, distilled by magic sleights,
FTLN 1413 Shall raise such artificial sprites
FTLN 1414 As by the strength of their illusion
FTLN 1415 Shall draw him on to his confusion.
FTLN 141630 He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear
FTLN 1417 His hopes ’bove wisdom, grace, and fear.

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FTLN 1418 And you all know, security
FTLN 1419 Is mortals’ chiefest enemy.
Music and a song.
FTLN 1420 Hark! I am called. My little spirit, see,
FTLN 142135 Sits in a foggy cloud and stays for me. editorial emendationHecate exits.editorial emendation
Sing within Come away, come away, etc.
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 1422 Come, let’s make haste. She’ll soon be back again.
They exit.


Scene 6
Enter Lennox and another Lord.

LENNOX 
FTLN 1423 My former speeches have but hit your thoughts,
FTLN 1424 Which can interpret farther. Only I say
FTLN 1425 Things have been strangely borne. The gracious
FTLN 1426 Duncan
FTLN 14275 Was pitied of Macbeth; marry, he was dead.
FTLN 1428 And the right valiant Banquo walked too late,
FTLN 1429 Whom you may say, if ’t please you, Fleance killed,
FTLN 1430 For Fleance fled. Men must not walk too late.
FTLN 1431 Who cannot want the thought how monstrous
FTLN 143210 It was for Malcolm and for Donalbain
FTLN 1433 To kill their gracious father? Damnèd fact,
FTLN 1434 How it did grieve Macbeth! Did he not straight
FTLN 1435 In pious rage the two delinquents tear
FTLN 1436 That were the slaves of drink and thralls of sleep?
FTLN 143715 Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely, too,
FTLN 1438 For ’twould have angered any heart alive
FTLN 1439 To hear the men deny ’t. So that I say
FTLN 1440 He has borne all things well. And I do think
FTLN 1441 That had he Duncan’s sons under his key
FTLN 144220 (As, an ’t please heaven, he shall not) they should
FTLN 1443 find
FTLN 1444 What ’twere to kill a father. So should Fleance.

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FTLN 1445 But peace. For from broad words, and ’cause he
FTLN 1446 failed
FTLN 144725 His presence at the tyrant’s feast, I hear
FTLN 1448 Macduff lives in disgrace. Sir, can you tell
FTLN 1449 Where he bestows himself?
LORD  FTLN 1450 The editorial emendationsoneditorial emendation of Duncan
FTLN 1451 (From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth)
FTLN 145230 Lives in the English court and is received
FTLN 1453 Of the most pious Edward with such grace
FTLN 1454 That the malevolence of fortune nothing
FTLN 1455 Takes from his high respect. Thither Macduff
FTLN 1456 Is gone to pray the holy king upon his aid
FTLN 145735 To wake Northumberland and warlike Siward
FTLN 1458 That, by the help of these (with Him above
FTLN 1459 To ratify the work), we may again
FTLN 1460 Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights,
FTLN 1461 Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,
FTLN 146240 Do faithful homage, and receive free honors,
FTLN 1463 All which we pine for now. And this report
FTLN 1464 Hath so exasperate editorial emendationtheeditorial emendation King that he
FTLN 1465 Prepares for some attempt of war.
LENNOX  FTLN 1466Sent he to Macduff?
LORD 
FTLN 146745 He did, and with an absolute “Sir, not I,”
FTLN 1468 The cloudy messenger turns me his back
FTLN 1469 And hums, as who should say “You’ll rue the time
FTLN 1470 That clogs me with this answer.”
LENNOX  FTLN 1471 And that well might
FTLN 147250 Advise him to a caution editorial emendationt’ holdeditorial emendation what distance
FTLN 1473 His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel
FTLN 1474 Fly to the court of England and unfold
FTLN 1475 His message ere he come, that a swift blessing
FTLN 1476 May soon return to this our suffering country
FTLN 147755 Under a hand accursed.
LORD  FTLN 1478I’ll send my prayers with him.
They exit.




ACT 4
Scene 1
Thunder. Enter the three Witches.

FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 1479 Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed.
SECOND WITCH 
FTLN 1480 Thrice, and once the hedge-pig whined.
THIRD WITCH 
FTLN 1481 Harpier cries “’Tis time, ’tis time!”
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 1482 Round about the cauldron go;
FTLN 14835 In the poisoned entrails throw.
FTLN 1484 Toad, that under cold stone
FTLN 1485 Days and nights has thirty-one
FTLN 1486 Sweltered venom sleeping got,
FTLN 1487 Boil thou first i’ th’ charmèd pot.
editorial emendationThe Witches circle the cauldron.editorial emendation
ALL 
FTLN 148810 Double, double toil and trouble;
FTLN 1489 Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
SECOND WITCH 
FTLN 1490 Fillet of a fenny snake
FTLN 1491 In the cauldron boil and bake.
FTLN 1492 Eye of newt and toe of frog,
FTLN 149315 Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
FTLN 1494 Adder’s fork and blindworm’s sting,
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FTLN 1495 Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
FTLN 1496 For a charm of powerful trouble,
FTLN 1497 Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL 
FTLN 149820 Double, double toil and trouble;
FTLN 1499 Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
THIRD WITCH 
FTLN 1500 Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
FTLN 1501 Witch’s mummy, maw and gulf
FTLN 1502 Of the ravined salt-sea shark,
FTLN 150325 Root of hemlock digged i’ th’ dark,
FTLN 1504 Liver of blaspheming Jew,
FTLN 1505 Gall of goat and slips of yew
FTLN 1506 Slivered in the moon’s eclipse,
FTLN 1507 Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips,
FTLN 150830 Finger of birth-strangled babe
FTLN 1509 Ditch-delivered by a drab,
FTLN 1510 Make the gruel thick and slab.
FTLN 1511 Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron
FTLN 1512 For th’ ingredience of our cauldron.
ALL 
FTLN 151335 Double, double toil and trouble;
FTLN 1514 Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
SECOND WITCH 
FTLN 1515 Cool it with a baboon’s blood.
FTLN 1516 Then the charm is firm and good.

Enter Hecate editorial emendationtoeditorial emendation the other three Witches.

HECATE 
FTLN 1517 O, well done! I commend your pains,
FTLN 151840 And everyone shall share i’ th’ gains.
FTLN 1519 And now about the cauldron sing
FTLN 1520 Like elves and fairies in a ring,
FTLN 1521 Enchanting all that you put in.
Music and a song: Black Spirits, etc. editorial emendationHecate exits.editorial emendation

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SECOND WITCH 
FTLN 1522 By the pricking of my thumbs,
FTLN 152345 Something wicked this way comes.
FTLN 1524 Open, locks,
FTLN 1525 Whoever knocks.

Enter Macbeth.

MACBETH 
FTLN 1526 How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags?
FTLN 1527 What is ’t you do?
ALL  FTLN 152850 A deed without a name.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1529 I conjure you by that which you profess
FTLN 1530 (Howe’er you come to know it), answer me.
FTLN 1531 Though you untie the winds and let them fight
FTLN 1532 Against the churches, though the yeasty waves
FTLN 153355 Confound and swallow navigation up,
FTLN 1534 Though bladed corn be lodged and trees blown
FTLN 1535 down,
FTLN 1536 Though castles topple on their warders’ heads,
FTLN 1537 Though palaces and pyramids do slope
FTLN 153860 Their heads to their foundations, though the
FTLN 1539 treasure
FTLN 1540 Of nature’s editorial emendationgermenseditorial emendation tumble editorial emendationall togethereditorial emendation
FTLN 1541 Even till destruction sicken, answer me
FTLN 1542 To what I ask you.
FIRST WITCH  FTLN 154365 Speak.
SECOND WITCH  FTLN 1544 Demand.
THIRD WITCH  FTLN 1545 We’ll answer.
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 1546 Say if th’ hadst rather hear it from our mouths
FTLN 1547 Or from our masters’.
MACBETH  FTLN 154870 Call ’em. Let me see ’em.
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 1549 Pour in sow’s blood that hath eaten
FTLN 1550 Her nine farrow; grease that’s sweaten

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FTLN 1551 From the murderers’ gibbet throw
FTLN 1552 Into the flame.
ALL  FTLN 155375 Come high or low;
FTLN 1554 Thyself and office deftly show.

Thunder. First Apparition, an Armed Head.

MACBETH 
FTLN 1555 Tell me, thou unknown power—
FIRST WITCH  FTLN 1556 He knows thy
FTLN 1557 thought.
FTLN 155880 Hear his speech but say thou naught.
FIRST APPARITION 
FTLN 1559 Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff!
FTLN 1560 Beware the Thane of Fife! Dismiss me. Enough.
He descends.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1561 Whate’er thou art, for thy good caution, thanks.
FTLN 1562 Thou hast harped my fear aright. But one word
FTLN 156385 more—
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 1564 He will not be commanded. Here’s another
FTLN 1565 More potent than the first.

Thunder. Second Apparition, a Bloody Child.

SECOND APPARITION  FTLN 1566Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth!—
MACBETH  FTLN 1567Had I three ears, I’d hear thee.
SECOND APPARITION 
FTLN 156890 Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
FTLN 1569 The power of man, for none of woman born
FTLN 1570 Shall harm Macbeth. editorial emendationHeeditorial emendation descends.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1571 Then live, Macduff; what need I fear of thee?
FTLN 1572 But yet I’ll make assurance double sure
FTLN 157395 And take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live,
FTLN 1574 That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies,
FTLN 1575 And sleep in spite of thunder.

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Thunder. Third Apparition, a Child Crowned, with a tree
in his hand.


FTLN 1576 What is this
FTLN 1577 That rises like the issue of a king
FTLN 1578100 And wears upon his baby brow the round
FTLN 1579 And top of sovereignty?
ALL  FTLN 1580Listen but speak not to ’t.
THIRD APPARITION 
FTLN 1581 Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care
FTLN 1582 Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are.
FTLN 1583105 Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
FTLN 1584 Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
FTLN 1585 Shall come against him. editorial emendationHeeditorial emendation descends.
MACBETH  FTLN 1586 That will never be.
FTLN 1587 Who can impress the forest, bid the tree
FTLN 1588110 Unfix his earthbound root? Sweet bodements, good!
FTLN 1589 Rebellious dead, rise never till the Wood
FTLN 1590 Of Birnam rise, and our high-placed Macbeth
FTLN 1591 Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath
FTLN 1592 To time and mortal custom. Yet my heart
FTLN 1593115 Throbs to know one thing. Tell me, if your art
FTLN 1594 Can tell so much: shall Banquo’s issue ever
FTLN 1595 Reign in this kingdom?
ALL  FTLN 1596 Seek to know no more.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1597 I will be satisfied. Deny me this,
FTLN 1598120 And an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know!
editorial emendationCauldron sinks.editorial emendation Hautboys.
FTLN 1599 Why sinks that cauldron? And what noise is this?
FIRST WITCH  FTLN 1600Show.
SECOND WITCH  FTLN 1601Show.
THIRD WITCH  FTLN 1602Show.
ALL 
FTLN 1603125 Show his eyes and grieve his heart.
FTLN 1604 Come like shadows; so depart.

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A show of eight kings, editorial emendationthe eighth kingeditorial emendation with a glass in
his hand, and Banquo last.


MACBETH 
FTLN 1605 Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo. Down!
FTLN 1606 Thy crown does sear mine eyeballs. And thy hair,
FTLN 1607 Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first.
FTLN 1608130 A third is like the former.—Filthy hags,
FTLN 1609 Why do you show me this?—A fourth? Start, eyes!
FTLN 1610 What, will the line stretch out to th’ crack of doom?
FTLN 1611 Another yet? A seventh? I’ll see no more.
FTLN 1612 And yet the eighth appears who bears a glass
FTLN 1613135 Which shows me many more, and some I see
FTLN 1614 That twofold balls and treble scepters carry.
FTLN 1615 Horrible sight! Now I see ’tis true,
FTLN 1616 For the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me
FTLN 1617 And points at them for his.
editorial emendationThe Apparitions disappear.editorial emendation
FTLN 1618140 What, is this so?
FIRST WITCH 
FTLN 1619 Ay, sir, all this is so. But why
FTLN 1620 Stands Macbeth thus amazedly?
FTLN 1621 Come, sisters, cheer we up his sprites
FTLN 1622 And show the best of our delights.
FTLN 1623145 I’ll charm the air to give a sound
FTLN 1624 While you perform your antic round,
FTLN 1625 That this great king may kindly say
FTLN 1626 Our duties did his welcome pay.
Music. The Witches dance and vanish.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1627 Where are they? Gone? Let this pernicious hour
FTLN 1628150 Stand aye accursèd in the calendar!—
FTLN 1629 Come in, without there.

Enter Lennox.

LENNOX  FTLN 1630 What’s your Grace’s will?

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MACBETH 
FTLN 1631 Saw you the Weïrd Sisters?
LENNOX  FTLN 1632 No, my lord.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1633155 Came they not by you?
LENNOX  FTLN 1634 No, indeed, my lord.
MACBETH 
FTLN 1635 Infected be the air whereon they ride,
FTLN 1636 And damned all those that trust them! I did hear
FTLN 1637 The galloping of horse. Who was ’t came by?
LENNOX 
FTLN 1638160 ’Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word
FTLN 1639 Macduff is fled to England.
MACBETH  FTLN 1640 Fled to England?
LENNOX  FTLN 1641Ay, my good lord.
MACBETH , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 1642 Time, thou anticipat’st my dread exploits.
FTLN 1643165 The flighty purpose never is o’ertook
FTLN 1644 Unless the deed go with it. From this moment
FTLN 1645 The very firstlings of my heart shall be
FTLN 1646 The firstlings of my hand. And even now,
FTLN 1647 To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and
FTLN 1648170 done:
FTLN 1649 The castle of Macduff I will surprise,
FTLN 1650 Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword
FTLN 1651 His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls
FTLN 1652 That trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool;
FTLN 1653175 This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool.
FTLN 1654 But no more sights!—Where are these gentlemen?
FTLN 1655 Come bring me where they are.
They exit.




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Scene 2
Enter Macduff’s Wife, her Son, and Ross.

LADY MACDUFF 
FTLN 1656 What had he done to make him fly the land?
ROSS 
FTLN 1657 You must have patience, madam.
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 1658 He had none.
FTLN 1659 His flight was madness. When our actions do not,
FTLN 16605 Our fears do make us traitors.
ROSS  FTLN 1661 You know not
FTLN 1662 Whether it was his wisdom or his fear.
LADY MACDUFF 
FTLN 1663 Wisdom? To leave his wife, to leave his babes,
FTLN 1664 His mansion and his titles in a place
FTLN 166510 From whence himself does fly? He loves us not;
FTLN 1666 He wants the natural touch; for the poor wren,
FTLN 1667 The most diminutive of birds, will fight,
FTLN 1668 Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.
FTLN 1669 All is the fear, and nothing is the love,
FTLN 167015 As little is the wisdom, where the flight
FTLN 1671 So runs against all reason.
ROSS  FTLN 1672 My dearest coz,
FTLN 1673 I pray you school yourself. But for your husband,
FTLN 1674 He is noble, wise, judicious, and best knows
FTLN 167520 The fits o’ th’ season. I dare not speak much
FTLN 1676 further;
FTLN 1677 But cruel are the times when we are traitors
FTLN 1678 And do not know ourselves; when we hold rumor
FTLN 1679 From what we fear, yet know not what we fear,
FTLN 168025 But float upon a wild and violent sea
FTLN 1681 Each way and move—I take my leave of you.
FTLN 1682 Shall not be long but I’ll be here again.
FTLN 1683 Things at the worst will cease or else climb upward
FTLN 1684 To what they were before.—My pretty cousin,
FTLN 168530 Blessing upon you.

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LADY MACDUFF 
FTLN 1686 Fathered he is, and yet he’s fatherless.
ROSS 
FTLN 1687 I am so much a fool, should I stay longer
FTLN 1688 It would be my disgrace and your discomfort.
FTLN 1689 I take my leave at once. Ross exits.
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 169035Sirrah, your father’s dead.
FTLN 1691 And what will you do now? How will you live?
SON 
FTLN 1692 As birds do, mother.
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 1693 What, with worms and flies?
SON 
FTLN 1694 With what I get, I mean; and so do they.
LADY MACDUFF 
FTLN 169540 Poor bird, thou ’dst never fear the net nor lime,
FTLN 1696 The pitfall nor the gin.
SON 
FTLN 1697 Why should I, mother? Poor birds they are not set
FTLN 1698 for.
FTLN 1699 My father is not dead, for all your saying.
LADY MACDUFF 
FTLN 170045 Yes, he is dead. How wilt thou do for a father?
SON  FTLN 1701Nay, how will you do for a husband?
LADY MACDUFF 
FTLN 1702 Why, I can buy me twenty at any market.
SON  FTLN 1703Then you’ll buy ’em to sell again.
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 1704Thou speak’st with all thy wit,
FTLN 170550 And yet, i’ faith, with wit enough for thee.
SON  FTLN 1706Was my father a traitor, mother?
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 1707Ay, that he was.
SON  FTLN 1708What is a traitor?
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 1709Why, one that swears and lies.
SON  FTLN 171055And be all traitors that do so?
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 1711Every one that does so is a traitor
FTLN 1712 and must be hanged.
SON  FTLN 1713And must they all be hanged that swear and lie?

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LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 1714Every one.
SON  FTLN 171560Who must hang them?
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 1716Why, the honest men.
SON  FTLN 1717Then the liars and swearers are fools, for there
FTLN 1718 are liars and swearers enough to beat the honest
FTLN 1719 men and hang up them.
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 172065Now God help thee, poor monkey! But
FTLN 1721 how wilt thou do for a father?
SON  FTLN 1722If he were dead, you’d weep for him. If you would
FTLN 1723 not, it were a good sign that I should quickly have a
FTLN 1724 new father.
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 172570Poor prattler, how thou talk’st!

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 
FTLN 1726 Bless you, fair dame. I am not to you known,
FTLN 1727 Though in your state of honor I am perfect.
FTLN 1728 I doubt some danger does approach you nearly.
FTLN 1729 If you will take a homely man’s advice,
FTLN 173075 Be not found here. Hence with your little ones!
FTLN 1731 To fright you thus methinks I am too savage;
FTLN 1732 To do worse to you were fell cruelty,
FTLN 1733 Which is too nigh your person. Heaven preserve
FTLN 1734 you!
FTLN 173580 I dare abide no longer. Messenger exits.
LADY MACDUFF  FTLN 1736 Whither should I fly?
FTLN 1737 I have done no harm. But I remember now
FTLN 1738 I am in this earthly world, where to do harm
FTLN 1739 Is often laudable, to do good sometime
FTLN 174085 Accounted dangerous folly. Why then, alas,
FTLN 1741 Do I put up that womanly defense
FTLN 1742 To say I have done no harm?

Enter Murderers.

FTLN 1743 What are these faces?
MURDERER  FTLN 1744Where is your husband?

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LADY MACDUFF 
FTLN 174590 I hope in no place so unsanctified
FTLN 1746 Where such as thou mayst find him.
MURDERER  FTLN 1747 He’s a traitor.
SON 
FTLN 1748 Thou liest, thou shag-eared villain!
MURDERER  FTLN 1749 What, you egg?
FTLN 175095  editorial emendationStabbing him.editorial emendation Young fry of treachery!
SON  FTLN 1751 He has killed
FTLN 1752 me, mother.
FTLN 1753 Run away, I pray you. editorial emendationLady Macduffeditorial emendation exits, crying “Murder!” editorial emendationfollowed by the
Murderers bearing the Son’s body.editorial emendation



Scene 3
Enter Malcolm and Macduff.

MALCOLM 
FTLN 1754 Let us seek out some desolate shade and there
FTLN 1755 Weep our sad bosoms empty.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1756 Let us rather
FTLN 1757 Hold fast the mortal sword and, like good men,
FTLN 17585 Bestride our editorial emendationdownfall’neditorial emendation birthdom. Each new morn
FTLN 1759 New widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows
FTLN 1760 Strike heaven on the face, that it resounds
FTLN 1761 As if it felt with Scotland, and yelled out
FTLN 1762 Like syllable of dolor.
MALCOLM  FTLN 176310What I believe, I’ll wail;
FTLN 1764 What know, believe; and what I can redress,
FTLN 1765 As I shall find the time to friend, I will.
FTLN 1766 What you have spoke, it may be so, perchance.
FTLN 1767 This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues,
FTLN 176815 Was once thought honest. You have loved him well.
FTLN 1769 He hath not touched you yet. I am young, but
FTLN 1770 something

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FTLN 1771 You may editorial emendationdeserveeditorial emendation of him through me, and wisdom
FTLN 1772 To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb
FTLN 177320 T’ appease an angry god.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 1774 I am not treacherous.
MALCOLM  FTLN 1775 But Macbeth is.
FTLN 1776 A good and virtuous nature may recoil
FTLN 1777 In an imperial charge. But I shall crave your
FTLN 177825 pardon.
FTLN 1779 That which you are, my thoughts cannot transpose.
FTLN 1780 Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.
FTLN 1781 Though all things foul would wear the brows of
FTLN 1782 grace,
FTLN 178330 Yet grace must still look so.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1784 I have lost my hopes.
MALCOLM 
FTLN 1785 Perchance even there where I did find my doubts.
FTLN 1786 Why in that rawness left you wife and child,
FTLN 1787 Those precious motives, those strong knots of love,
FTLN 178835 Without leave-taking? I pray you,
FTLN 1789 Let not my jealousies be your dishonors,
FTLN 1790 But mine own safeties. You may be rightly just,
FTLN 1791 Whatever I shall think.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1792 Bleed, bleed, poor country!
FTLN 179340 Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure,
FTLN 1794 For goodness dare not check thee. Wear thou thy
FTLN 1795 wrongs;
FTLN 1796 The title is affeered.—Fare thee well, lord.
FTLN 1797 I would not be the villain that thou think’st
FTLN 179845 For the whole space that’s in the tyrant’s grasp,
FTLN 1799 And the rich East to boot.
MALCOLM  FTLN 1800 Be not offended.
FTLN 1801 I speak not as in absolute fear of you.
FTLN 1802 I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.
FTLN 180350 It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash
FTLN 1804 Is added to her wounds. I think withal

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FTLN 1805 There would be hands uplifted in my right;
FTLN 1806 And here from gracious England have I offer
FTLN 1807 Of goodly thousands. But, for all this,
FTLN 180855 When I shall tread upon the tyrant’s head
FTLN 1809 Or wear it on my sword, yet my poor country
FTLN 1810 Shall have more vices than it had before,
FTLN 1811 More suffer, and more sundry ways than ever,
FTLN 1812 By him that shall succeed.
MACDUFF  FTLN 181360 What should he be?
MALCOLM 
FTLN 1814 It is myself I mean, in whom I know
FTLN 1815 All the particulars of vice so grafted
FTLN 1816 That, when they shall be opened, black Macbeth
FTLN 1817 Will seem as pure as snow, and the poor state
FTLN 181865 Esteem him as a lamb, being compared
FTLN 1819 With my confineless harms.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1820 Not in the legions
FTLN 1821 Of horrid hell can come a devil more damned
FTLN 1822 In evils to top Macbeth.
MALCOLM  FTLN 182370 I grant him bloody,
FTLN 1824 Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
FTLN 1825 Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
FTLN 1826 That has a name. But there’s no bottom, none,
FTLN 1827 In my voluptuousness. Your wives, your daughters,
FTLN 182875 Your matrons, and your maids could not fill up
FTLN 1829 The cistern of my lust, and my desire
FTLN 1830 All continent impediments would o’erbear
FTLN 1831 That did oppose my will. Better Macbeth
FTLN 1832 Than such an one to reign.
MACDUFF  FTLN 183380 Boundless intemperance
FTLN 1834 In nature is a tyranny. It hath been
FTLN 1835 Th’ untimely emptying of the happy throne
FTLN 1836 And fall of many kings. But fear not yet
FTLN 1837 To take upon you what is yours. You may
FTLN 183885 Convey your pleasures in a spacious plenty
FTLN 1839 And yet seem cold—the time you may so hoodwink.

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FTLN 1840 We have willing dames enough. There cannot be
FTLN 1841 That vulture in you to devour so many
FTLN 1842 As will to greatness dedicate themselves,
FTLN 184390 Finding it so inclined.
MALCOLM  FTLN 1844 With this there grows
FTLN 1845 In my most ill-composed affection such
FTLN 1846 A stanchless avarice that, were I king,
FTLN 1847 I should cut off the nobles for their lands,
FTLN 184895 Desire his jewels, and this other’s house;
FTLN 1849 And my more-having would be as a sauce
FTLN 1850 To make me hunger more, that I should forge
FTLN 1851 Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,
FTLN 1852 Destroying them for wealth.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1853100 This avarice
FTLN 1854 Sticks deeper, grows with more pernicious root
FTLN 1855 Than summer-seeming lust, and it hath been
FTLN 1856 The sword of our slain kings. Yet do not fear.
FTLN 1857 Scotland hath foisons to fill up your will
FTLN 1858105 Of your mere own. All these are portable,
FTLN 1859 With other graces weighed.
MALCOLM 
FTLN 1860 But I have none. The king-becoming graces,
FTLN 1861 As justice, verity, temp’rance, stableness,
FTLN 1862 Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness,
FTLN 1863110 Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
FTLN 1864 I have no relish of them but abound
FTLN 1865 In the division of each several crime,
FTLN 1866 Acting it many ways. Nay, had I power, I should
FTLN 1867 Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,
FTLN 1868115 Uproar the universal peace, confound
FTLN 1869 All unity on earth.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1870 O Scotland, Scotland!
MALCOLM 
FTLN 1871 If such a one be fit to govern, speak.
FTLN 1872 I am as I have spoken.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1873120 Fit to govern?

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FTLN 1874 No, not to live.—O nation miserable,
FTLN 1875 With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered,
FTLN 1876 When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again,
FTLN 1877 Since that the truest issue of thy throne
FTLN 1878125 By his own interdiction stands editorial emendationaccursededitorial emendation
FTLN 1879 And does blaspheme his breed?—Thy royal father
FTLN 1880 Was a most sainted king. The queen that bore thee,
FTLN 1881 Oft’ner upon her knees than on her feet,
FTLN 1882 Died every day she lived. Fare thee well.
FTLN 1883130 These evils thou repeat’st upon thyself
FTLN 1884 Hath banished me from Scotland.—O my breast,
FTLN 1885 Thy hope ends here!
MALCOLM  FTLN 1886 Macduff, this noble passion,
FTLN 1887 Child of integrity, hath from my soul
FTLN 1888135 Wiped the black scruples, reconciled my thoughts
FTLN 1889 To thy good truth and honor. Devilish Macbeth
FTLN 1890 By many of these trains hath sought to win me
FTLN 1891 Into his power, and modest wisdom plucks me
FTLN 1892 From overcredulous haste. But God above
FTLN 1893140 Deal between thee and me, for even now
FTLN 1894 I put myself to thy direction and
FTLN 1895 Unspeak mine own detraction, here abjure
FTLN 1896 The taints and blames I laid upon myself
FTLN 1897 For strangers to my nature. I am yet
FTLN 1898145 Unknown to woman, never was forsworn,
FTLN 1899 Scarcely have coveted what was mine own,
FTLN 1900 At no time broke my faith, would not betray
FTLN 1901 The devil to his fellow, and delight
FTLN 1902 No less in truth than life. My first false speaking
FTLN 1903150 Was this upon myself. What I am truly
FTLN 1904 Is thine and my poor country’s to command—
FTLN 1905 Whither indeed, before editorial emendationthy here-approach,editorial emendation
FTLN 1906 Old Siward with ten thousand warlike men,
FTLN 1907 Already at a point, was setting forth.
FTLN 1908155 Now we’ll together, and the chance of goodness
FTLN 1909 Be like our warranted quarrel. Why are you silent?

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MACDUFF 
FTLN 1910 Such welcome and unwelcome things at once
FTLN 1911 ’Tis hard to reconcile.

Enter a Doctor.

MALCOLM  FTLN 1912 Well, more anon.—
FTLN 1913160 Comes the King forth, I pray you?
DOCTOR 
FTLN 1914 Ay, sir. There are a crew of wretched souls
FTLN 1915 That stay his cure. Their malady convinces
FTLN 1916 The great assay of art, but at his touch
FTLN 1917 (Such sanctity hath heaven given his hand)
FTLN 1918165 They presently amend.
MALCOLM  FTLN 1919 I thank you, doctor.
editorial emendationDoctoreditorial emendation exits.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 1920 What’s the disease he means?
MALCOLM  FTLN 1921 ’Tis called the evil:
FTLN 1922 A most miraculous work in this good king,
FTLN 1923170 Which often since my here-remain in England
FTLN 1924 I have seen him do. How he solicits heaven
FTLN 1925 Himself best knows, but strangely visited people
FTLN 1926 All swoll’n and ulcerous, pitiful to the eye,
FTLN 1927 The mere despair of surgery, he cures,
FTLN 1928175 Hanging a golden stamp about their necks,
FTLN 1929 Put on with holy prayers; and, ’tis spoken,
FTLN 1930 To the succeeding royalty he leaves
FTLN 1931 The healing benediction. With this strange virtue,
FTLN 1932 He hath a heavenly gift of prophecy,
FTLN 1933180 And sundry blessings hang about his throne
FTLN 1934 That speak him full of grace.

Enter Ross.

MACDUFF  FTLN 1935 See who comes here.
MALCOLM 
FTLN 1936 My countryman, but yet I know him editorial emendationnot.editorial emendation

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MACDUFF 
FTLN 1937 My ever-gentle cousin, welcome hither.
MALCOLM 
FTLN 1938185 I know him now.—Good God betimes remove
FTLN 1939 The means that makes us strangers!
ROSS  FTLN 1940 Sir, amen.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 1941 Stands Scotland where it did?
ROSS  FTLN 1942 Alas, poor country,
FTLN 1943190 Almost afraid to know itself. It cannot
FTLN 1944 Be called our mother, but our grave, where nothing
FTLN 1945 But who knows nothing is once seen to smile;
FTLN 1946 Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rent the air
FTLN 1947 Are made, not marked; where violent sorrow seems
FTLN 1948195 A modern ecstasy. The dead man’s knell
FTLN 1949 Is there scarce asked for who, and good men’s lives
FTLN 1950 Expire before the flowers in their caps,
FTLN 1951 Dying or ere they sicken.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 1952 O relation too nice and yet too true!
MALCOLM  FTLN 1953200What’s the newest grief?
ROSS 
FTLN 1954 That of an hour’s age doth hiss the speaker.
FTLN 1955 Each minute teems a new one.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1956 How does my wife?
ROSS  FTLN 1957Why, well.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1958205And all my children?
ROSS  FTLN 1959Well too.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 1960 The tyrant has not battered at their peace?
ROSS 
FTLN 1961 No, they were well at peace when I did leave ’em.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 1962 Be not a niggard of your speech. How goes ’t?
ROSS 
FTLN 1963210 When I came hither to transport the tidings

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FTLN 1964 Which I have heavily borne, there ran a rumor
FTLN 1965 Of many worthy fellows that were out;
FTLN 1966 Which was to my belief witnessed the rather
FTLN 1967 For that I saw the tyrant’s power afoot.
FTLN 1968215 Now is the time of help. Your eye in Scotland
FTLN 1969 Would create soldiers, make our women fight
FTLN 1970 To doff their dire distresses.
MALCOLM  FTLN 1971 Be ’t their comfort
FTLN 1972 We are coming thither. Gracious England hath
FTLN 1973220 Lent us good Siward and ten thousand men;
FTLN 1974 An older and a better soldier none
FTLN 1975 That Christendom gives out.
ROSS  FTLN 1976 Would I could answer
FTLN 1977 This comfort with the like. But I have words
FTLN 1978225 That would be howled out in the desert air,
FTLN 1979 Where hearing should not latch them.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1980 What concern
FTLN 1981 they—
FTLN 1982 The general cause, or is it a fee-grief
FTLN 1983230 Due to some single breast?
ROSS  FTLN 1984 No mind that’s honest
FTLN 1985 But in it shares some woe, though the main part
FTLN 1986 Pertains to you alone.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1987 If it be mine,
FTLN 1988235 Keep it not from me. Quickly let me have it.
ROSS 
FTLN 1989 Let not your ears despise my tongue forever,
FTLN 1990 Which shall possess them with the heaviest sound
FTLN 1991 That ever yet they heard.
MACDUFF  FTLN 1992 Hum! I guess at it.
ROSS 
FTLN 1993240 Your castle is surprised, your wife and babes
FTLN 1994 Savagely slaughtered. To relate the manner
FTLN 1995 Were on the quarry of these murdered deer
FTLN 1996 To add the death of you.
MALCOLM  FTLN 1997 Merciful heaven!—

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FTLN 1998245 What, man, ne’er pull your hat upon your brows.
FTLN 1999 Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak
FTLN 2000 Whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids it break.
MACDUFF  FTLN 2001My children too?
ROSS 
FTLN 2002 Wife, children, servants, all that could be found.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 2003250 And I must be from thence? My wife killed too?
ROSS  FTLN 2004I have said.
MALCOLM  FTLN 2005Be comforted.
FTLN 2006 Let’s make us med’cines of our great revenge
FTLN 2007 To cure this deadly grief.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 2008255 He has no children. All my pretty ones?
FTLN 2009 Did you say “all”? O hell-kite! All?
FTLN 2010 What, all my pretty chickens and their dam
FTLN 2011 At one fell swoop?
MALCOLM  FTLN 2012Dispute it like a man.
MACDUFF  FTLN 2013260I shall do so,
FTLN 2014 But I must also feel it as a man.
FTLN 2015 I cannot but remember such things were
FTLN 2016 That were most precious to me. Did heaven look on
FTLN 2017 And would not take their part? Sinful Macduff,
FTLN 2018265 They were all struck for thee! Naught that I am,
FTLN 2019 Not for their own demerits, but for mine,
FTLN 2020 Fell slaughter on their souls. Heaven rest them now.
MALCOLM 
FTLN 2021 Be this the whetstone of your sword. Let grief
FTLN 2022 Convert to anger. Blunt not the heart; enrage it.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 2023270 O, I could play the woman with mine eyes
FTLN 2024 And braggart with my tongue! But, gentle heavens,
FTLN 2025 Cut short all intermission! Front to front
FTLN 2026 Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself.
FTLN 2027 Within my sword’s length set him. If he ’scape,
FTLN 2028275 Heaven forgive him too.

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MALCOLM  FTLN 2029 This editorial emendationtuneeditorial emendation goes manly.
FTLN 2030 Come, go we to the King. Our power is ready;
FTLN 2031 Our lack is nothing but our leave. Macbeth
FTLN 2032 Is ripe for shaking, and the powers above
FTLN 2033280 Put on their instruments. Receive what cheer you
FTLN 2034 may.
FTLN 2035 The night is long that never finds the day.
They exit.




ACT 5
Scene 1
Enter a Doctor of Physic and a Waiting-Gentlewoman.

DOCTOR  FTLN 2036I have two nights watched with you but can
FTLN 2037 perceive no truth in your report. When was it she
FTLN 2038 last walked?
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 2039Since his Majesty went into the field, I
FTLN 20405 have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown
FTLN 2041 upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper,
FTLN 2042 fold it, write upon ’t, read it, afterwards seal it, and
FTLN 2043 again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast
FTLN 2044 sleep.
DOCTOR  FTLN 204510A great perturbation in nature, to receive at
FTLN 2046 once the benefit of sleep and do the effects of
FTLN 2047 watching. In this slumb’ry agitation, besides her
FTLN 2048 walking and other actual performances, what at any
FTLN 2049 time have you heard her say?
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 205015That, sir, which I will not report after
FTLN 2051 her.
DOCTOR  FTLN 2052You may to me, and ’tis most meet you
FTLN 2053 should.
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 2054Neither to you nor anyone, having no
FTLN 205520 witness to confirm my speech.

Enter Lady editorial emendationMacbetheditorial emendation with a taper.

FTLN 2056 Lo you, here she comes. This is her very guise and,
FTLN 2057 upon my life, fast asleep. Observe her; stand close.
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DOCTOR  FTLN 2058How came she by that light?
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 2059Why, it stood by her. She has light by
FTLN 206025 her continually. ’Tis her command.
DOCTOR  FTLN 2061You see her eyes are open.
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 2062Ay, but their sense are shut.
DOCTOR  FTLN 2063What is it she does now? Look how she rubs
FTLN 2064 her hands.
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 206530It is an accustomed action with her to
FTLN 2066 seem thus washing her hands. I have known her
FTLN 2067 continue in this a quarter of an hour.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 2068Yet here’s a spot.
DOCTOR  FTLN 2069Hark, she speaks. I will set down what comes
FTLN 207035 from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more
FTLN 2071 strongly.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 2072Out, damned spot, out, I say! One. Two.
FTLN 2073 Why then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my
FTLN 2074 lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear
FTLN 207540 who knows it, when none can call our power to
FTLN 2076 account? Yet who would have thought the old man
FTLN 2077 to have had so much blood in him?
DOCTOR  FTLN 2078Do you mark that?
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 2079The Thane of Fife had a wife. Where is
FTLN 208045 she now? What, will these hands ne’er be clean? No
FTLN 2081 more o’ that, my lord, no more o’ that. You mar all
FTLN 2082 with this starting.
DOCTOR  FTLN 2083Go to, go to. You have known what you should
FTLN 2084 not.
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 208550She has spoke what she should not,
FTLN 2086 I am sure of that. Heaven knows what she has
FTLN 2087 known.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 2088Here’s the smell of the blood still. All
FTLN 2089 the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little
FTLN 209055 hand. O, O, O!
DOCTOR  FTLN 2091What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely
FTLN 2092 charged.
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 2093I would not have such a heart in my
FTLN 2094 bosom for the dignity of the whole body.

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DOCTOR  FTLN 209560Well, well, well.
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 2096Pray God it be, sir.
DOCTOR  FTLN 2097This disease is beyond my practice. Yet I have
FTLN 2098 known those which have walked in their sleep,
FTLN 2099 who have died holily in their beds.
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 210065Wash your hands. Put on your nightgown.
FTLN 2101 Look not so pale. I tell you yet again, Banquo’s
FTLN 2102 buried; he cannot come out on ’s grave.
DOCTOR  FTLN 2103Even so?
LADY MACBETH  FTLN 2104To bed, to bed. There’s knocking at the
FTLN 210570 gate. Come, come, come, come. Give me your
FTLN 2106 hand. What’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to
FTLN 2107 bed, to bed. Lady editorial emendationMacbetheditorial emendation exits.
DOCTOR  FTLN 2108Will she go now to bed?
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 2109Directly.
DOCTOR 
FTLN 211075 Foul whisp’rings are abroad. Unnatural deeds
FTLN 2111 Do breed unnatural troubles. Infected minds
FTLN 2112 To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.
FTLN 2113 More needs she the divine than the physician.
FTLN 2114 God, God forgive us all. Look after her.
FTLN 211580 Remove from her the means of all annoyance
FTLN 2116 And still keep eyes upon her. So, good night.
FTLN 2117 My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight.
FTLN 2118 I think but dare not speak.
GENTLEWOMAN  FTLN 2119 Good night, good doctor.
They exit.


Scene 2
Drum and Colors. Enter Menteith, Caithness, Angus,
Lennox, editorial emendationandeditorial emendation Soldiers.


MENTEITH 
FTLN 2120 The English power is near, led on by Malcolm,
FTLN 2121 His uncle Siward, and the good Macduff.

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FTLN 2122 Revenges burn in them, for their dear causes
FTLN 2123 Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm
FTLN 21245 Excite the mortified man.
ANGUS  FTLN 2125 Near Birnam Wood
FTLN 2126 Shall we well meet them. That way are they coming.
CAITHNESS 
FTLN 2127 Who knows if Donalbain be with his brother?
LENNOX 
FTLN 2128 For certain, sir, he is not. I have a file
FTLN 212910 Of all the gentry. There is Siward’s son
FTLN 2130 And many unrough youths that even now
FTLN 2131 Protest their first of manhood.
MENTEITH  FTLN 2132 What does the tyrant?
CAITHNESS 
FTLN 2133 Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies.
FTLN 213415 Some say he’s mad; others that lesser hate him
FTLN 2135 Do call it valiant fury. But for certain
FTLN 2136 He cannot buckle his distempered cause
FTLN 2137 Within the belt of rule.
ANGUS  FTLN 2138 Now does he feel
FTLN 213920 His secret murders sticking on his hands.
FTLN 2140 Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach.
FTLN 2141 Those he commands move only in command,
FTLN 2142 Nothing in love. Now does he feel his title
FTLN 2143 Hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe
FTLN 214425 Upon a dwarfish thief.
MENTEITH  FTLN 2145 Who, then, shall blame
FTLN 2146 His pestered senses to recoil and start
FTLN 2147 When all that is within him does condemn
FTLN 2148 Itself for being there?
CAITHNESS  FTLN 214930 Well, march we on
FTLN 2150 To give obedience where ’tis truly owed.
FTLN 2151 Meet we the med’cine of the sickly weal,
FTLN 2152 And with him pour we in our country’s purge
FTLN 2153 Each drop of us.
LENNOX  FTLN 215435 Or so much as it needs

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FTLN 2155 To dew the sovereign flower and drown the weeds.
FTLN 2156 Make we our march towards Birnam.
They exit marching.


Scene 3
Enter Macbeth, editorial emendationtheeditorial emendation Doctor, and Attendants.

MACBETH 
FTLN 2157 Bring me no more reports. Let them fly all.
FTLN 2158 Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane
FTLN 2159 I cannot taint with fear. What’s the boy Malcolm?
FTLN 2160 Was he not born of woman? The spirits that know
FTLN 21615 All mortal consequences have pronounced me thus:
FTLN 2162 “Fear not, Macbeth. No man that’s born of woman
FTLN 2163 Shall e’er have power upon thee.” Then fly, false
FTLN 2164 thanes,
FTLN 2165 And mingle with the English epicures.
FTLN 216610 The mind I sway by and the heart I bear
FTLN 2167 Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.

Enter Servant.

FTLN 2168 The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!
FTLN 2169 Where got’st thou that goose-look?
SERVANT  FTLN 2170There is ten thousand—
MACBETH  FTLN 217115Geese, villain?
SERVANT  FTLN 2172Soldiers, sir.
MACBETH 
FTLN 2173 Go prick thy face and over-red thy fear,
FTLN 2174 Thou lily-livered boy. What soldiers, patch?
FTLN 2175 Death of thy soul! Those linen cheeks of thine
FTLN 217620 Are counselors to fear. What soldiers, whey-face?
SERVANT  FTLN 2177The English force, so please you.
MACBETH 
FTLN 2178 Take thy face hence. editorial emendationServant exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 2179 Seyton!—I am sick at heart
FTLN 2180 When I behold—Seyton, I say!—This push

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FTLN 218125 Will cheer me ever or editorial emendationdisseateditorial emendation me now.
FTLN 2182 I have lived long enough. My way of life
FTLN 2183 Is fall’n into the sere, the yellow leaf,
FTLN 2184 And that which should accompany old age,
FTLN 2185 As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends,
FTLN 218630 I must not look to have, but in their stead
FTLN 2187 Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honor, breath
FTLN 2188 Which the poor heart would fain deny and dare
FTLN 2189 not.—
FTLN 2190 Seyton!

Enter Seyton.

SEYTON 
FTLN 219135 What’s your gracious pleasure?
MACBETH  FTLN 2192 What news more?
SEYTON 
FTLN 2193 All is confirmed, my lord, which was reported.
MACBETH 
FTLN 2194 I’ll fight till from my bones my flesh be hacked.
FTLN 2195 Give me my armor.
SEYTON  FTLN 219640’Tis not needed yet.
MACBETH  FTLN 2197I’ll put it on.
FTLN 2198 Send out more horses. Skirr the country round.
FTLN 2199 Hang those that talk of fear. Give me mine
FTLN 2200 armor.—
FTLN 220145 How does your patient, doctor?
DOCTOR  FTLN 2202Not so sick, my lord,
FTLN 2203 As she is troubled with thick-coming fancies
FTLN 2204 That keep her from her rest.
MACBETH  FTLN 2205 Cure editorial emendationhereditorial emendation of that.
FTLN 220650 Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
FTLN 2207 Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
FTLN 2208 Raze out the written troubles of the brain,
FTLN 2209 And with some sweet oblivious antidote
FTLN 2210 Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff
FTLN 221155 Which weighs upon the heart?

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DOCTOR  FTLN 2212 Therein the patient
FTLN 2213 Must minister to himself.
MACBETH 
FTLN 2214 Throw physic to the dogs. I’ll none of it.—
FTLN 2215 Come, put mine armor on. Give me my staff.
editorial emendationAttendants begin to arm him.editorial emendation
FTLN 221660 Seyton, send out.—Doctor, the thanes fly from
FTLN 2217 me.—
FTLN 2218 Come, sir, dispatch.—If thou couldst, doctor, cast
FTLN 2219 The water of my land, find her disease,
FTLN 2220 And purge it to a sound and pristine health,
FTLN 222165 I would applaud thee to the very echo
FTLN 2222 That should applaud again.—Pull ’t off, I say.—
FTLN 2223 What rhubarb, senna, or what purgative drug
FTLN 2224 Would scour these English hence? Hear’st thou of
FTLN 2225 them?
DOCTOR 
FTLN 222670 Ay, my good lord. Your royal preparation
FTLN 2227 Makes us hear something.
MACBETH  FTLN 2228 Bring it after me.—
FTLN 2229 I will not be afraid of death and bane
FTLN 2230 Till Birnam Forest come to Dunsinane.
DOCTOR , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 223175 Were I from Dunsinane away and clear,
FTLN 2232 Profit again should hardly draw me here.
They exit.


Scene 4
Drum and Colors. Enter Malcolm, Siward, Macduff,
Siward’s son, Menteith, Caithness, Angus, and Soldiers,
marching.


MALCOLM 
FTLN 2233 Cousins, I hope the days are near at hand
FTLN 2234 That chambers will be safe.

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MENTEITH  FTLN 2235 We doubt it nothing.
SIWARD 
FTLN 2236 What wood is this before us?
MENTEITH  FTLN 22375 The Wood of Birnam.
MALCOLM 
FTLN 2238 Let every soldier hew him down a bough
FTLN 2239 And bear ’t before him. Thereby shall we shadow
FTLN 2240 The numbers of our host and make discovery
FTLN 2241 Err in report of us.
SOLDIER  FTLN 224210 It shall be done.
SIWARD 
FTLN 2243 We learn no other but the confident tyrant
FTLN 2244 Keeps still in Dunsinane and will endure
FTLN 2245 Our setting down before ’t.
MALCOLM  FTLN 2246 ’Tis his main hope;
FTLN 224715 For, where there is advantage to be given,
FTLN 2248 Both more and less have given him the revolt,
FTLN 2249 And none serve with him but constrainèd things
FTLN 2250 Whose hearts are absent too.
MACDUFF  FTLN 2251 Let our just censures
FTLN 225220 Attend the true event, and put we on
FTLN 2253 Industrious soldiership.
SIWARD  FTLN 2254 The time approaches
FTLN 2255 That will with due decision make us know
FTLN 2256 What we shall say we have and what we owe.
FTLN 225725 Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate,
FTLN 2258 But certain issue strokes must arbitrate;
FTLN 2259 Towards which, advance the war.
They exit marching.




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Scene 5
Enter Macbeth, Seyton, and Soldiers, with Drum and
Colors.


MACBETH 
FTLN 2260 Hang out our banners on the outward walls.
FTLN 2261 The cry is still “They come!” Our castle’s strength
FTLN 2262 Will laugh a siege to scorn. Here let them lie
FTLN 2263 Till famine and the ague eat them up.
FTLN 22645 Were they not forced with those that should be
FTLN 2265 ours,
FTLN 2266 We might have met them dareful, beard to beard,
FTLN 2267 And beat them backward home.
A cry within of women.
FTLN 2268 What is that noise?
SEYTON 
FTLN 226910 It is the cry of women, my good lord. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
MACBETH 
FTLN 2270 I have almost forgot the taste of fears.
FTLN 2271 The time has been my senses would have cooled
FTLN 2272 To hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hair
FTLN 2273 Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir
FTLN 227415 As life were in ’t. I have supped full with horrors.
FTLN 2275 Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts,
FTLN 2276 Cannot once start me.

editorial emendationEnter Seyton.editorial emendation

FTLN 2277 Wherefore was that cry?
SEYTON  FTLN 2278The Queen, my lord, is dead.
MACBETH  FTLN 227920She should have died hereafter.
FTLN 2280 There would have been a time for such a word.
FTLN 2281 Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
FTLN 2282 Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
FTLN 2283 To the last syllable of recorded time,
FTLN 228425 And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
FTLN 2285 The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

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FTLN 2286 Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
FTLN 2287 That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
FTLN 2288 And then is heard no more. It is a tale
FTLN 228930 Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
FTLN 2290 Signifying nothing.

Enter a Messenger.

FTLN 2291 Thou com’st to use thy tongue: thy story quickly.
MESSENGER  FTLN 2292Gracious my lord,
FTLN 2293 I should report that which I say I saw,
FTLN 229435 But know not how to do ’t.
MACBETH  FTLN 2295 Well, say, sir.
MESSENGER 
FTLN 2296 As I did stand my watch upon the hill,
FTLN 2297 I looked toward Birnam, and anon methought
FTLN 2298 The Wood began to move.
MACBETH  FTLN 229940 Liar and slave!
MESSENGER 
FTLN 2300 Let me endure your wrath if ’t be not so.
FTLN 2301 Within this three mile may you see it coming.
FTLN 2302 I say, a moving grove.
MACBETH  FTLN 2303 If thou speak’st false,
FTLN 230445 Upon the next tree shall thou hang alive
FTLN 2305 Till famine cling thee. If thy speech be sooth,
FTLN 2306 I care not if thou dost for me as much.—
FTLN 2307 I pull in resolution and begin
FTLN 2308 To doubt th’ equivocation of the fiend,
FTLN 230950 That lies like truth. “Fear not till Birnam Wood
FTLN 2310 Do come to Dunsinane,” and now a wood
FTLN 2311 Comes toward Dunsinane.—Arm, arm, and out!—
FTLN 2312 If this which he avouches does appear,
FTLN 2313 There is nor flying hence nor tarrying here.
FTLN 231455 I ’gin to be aweary of the sun
FTLN 2315 And wish th’ estate o’ th’ world were now
FTLN 2316 undone.—

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FTLN 2317 Ring the alarum bell!—Blow wind, come wrack,
FTLN 2318 At least we’ll die with harness on our back.
They exit.


Scene 6
Drum and Colors. Enter Malcolm, Siward, Macduff, and
their army, with boughs.


MALCOLM 
FTLN 2319 Now near enough. Your leafy screens throw down
FTLN 2320 And show like those you are.—You, worthy uncle,
FTLN 2321 Shall with my cousin, your right noble son,
FTLN 2322 Lead our first battle. Worthy Macduff and we
FTLN 23235 Shall take upon ’s what else remains to do,
FTLN 2324 According to our order.
SIWARD  FTLN 2325 Fare you well.
FTLN 2326 Do we but find the tyrant’s power tonight,
FTLN 2327 Let us be beaten if we cannot fight.
MACDUFF 
FTLN 232810 Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,
FTLN 2329 Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
They exit.
Alarums continued.


Scene 7
Enter Macbeth.

MACBETH 
FTLN 2330 They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly,
FTLN 2331 But, bear-like, I must fight the course. What’s he
FTLN 2332 That was not born of woman? Such a one
FTLN 2333 Am I to fear, or none.

Enter young Siward.

YOUNG SIWARD  FTLN 23345What is thy name?

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MACBETH  FTLN 2335Thou ’lt be afraid to hear it.
YOUNG SIWARD 
FTLN 2336 No, though thou call’st thyself a hotter name
FTLN 2337 Than any is in hell.
MACBETH  FTLN 2338 My name’s Macbeth.
YOUNG SIWARD 
FTLN 233910 The devil himself could not pronounce a title
FTLN 2340 More hateful to mine ear.
MACBETH  FTLN 2341 No, nor more fearful.
YOUNG SIWARD 
FTLN 2342 Thou liest, abhorrèd tyrant. With my sword
FTLN 2343 I’ll prove the lie thou speak’st.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation fight, and young Siward editorial emendationiseditorial emendation slain.
MACBETH  FTLN 234415 Thou wast born of
FTLN 2345 woman.
FTLN 2346 But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,
FTLN 2347 Brandished by man that’s of a woman born.
He exits.

Alarums. Enter Macduff.

MACDUFF 
FTLN 2348 That way the noise is. Tyrant, show thy face!
FTLN 234920 If thou beest slain, and with no stroke of mine,
FTLN 2350 My wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me still.
FTLN 2351 I cannot strike at wretched kerns, whose arms
FTLN 2352 Are hired to bear their staves. Either thou, Macbeth,
FTLN 2353 Or else my sword with an unbattered edge
FTLN 235425 I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be;
FTLN 2355 By this great clatter, one of greatest note
FTLN 2356 Seems bruited. Let me find him, Fortune,
FTLN 2357 And more I beg not. He exits. Alarums.

Enter Malcolm and Siward.

SIWARD 
FTLN 2358 This way, my lord. The castle’s gently rendered.
FTLN 235930 The tyrant’s people on both sides do fight,

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FTLN 2360 The noble thanes do bravely in the war,
FTLN 2361 The day almost itself professes yours,
FTLN 2362 And little is to do.
MALCOLM  FTLN 2363 We have met with foes
FTLN 236435 That strike beside us.
SIWARD  FTLN 2365 Enter, sir, the castle.
They exit. Alarum.


editorial emendationScene 8editorial emendation
Enter Macbeth.

MACBETH 
FTLN 2366 Why should I play the Roman fool and die
FTLN 2367 On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes
FTLN 2368 Do better upon them.

Enter Macduff.

MACDUFF  FTLN 2369 Turn, hellhound, turn!
MACBETH 
FTLN 23705 Of all men else I have avoided thee.
FTLN 2371 But get thee back. My soul is too much charged
FTLN 2372 With blood of thine already.
MACDUFF  FTLN 2373 I have no words;
FTLN 2374 My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain
FTLN 237510 Than terms can give thee out. Fight. Alarum.
MACBETH  FTLN 2376 Thou losest labor.
FTLN 2377 As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
FTLN 2378 With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed.
FTLN 2379 Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;
FTLN 238015 I bear a charmèd life, which must not yield
FTLN 2381 To one of woman born.
MACDUFF  FTLN 2382 Despair thy charm,
FTLN 2383 And let the angel whom thou still hast served
FTLN 2384 Tell thee Macduff was from his mother’s womb
FTLN 238520 Untimely ripped.

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MACBETH 
FTLN 2386 Accursèd be that tongue that tells me so,
FTLN 2387 For it hath cowed my better part of man!
FTLN 2388 And be these juggling fiends no more believed
FTLN 2389 That palter with us in a double sense,
FTLN 239025 That keep the word of promise to our ear
FTLN 2391 And break it to our hope. I’ll not fight with thee.
MACDUFF  FTLN 2392Then yield thee, coward,
FTLN 2393 And live to be the show and gaze o’ th’ time.
FTLN 2394 We’ll have thee, as our rarer monsters are,
FTLN 239530 Painted upon a pole, and underwrit
FTLN 2396 “Here may you see the tyrant.”
MACBETH  FTLN 2397 I will not yield
FTLN 2398 To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet
FTLN 2399 And to be baited with the rabble’s curse.
FTLN 240035 Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane
FTLN 2401 And thou opposed, being of no woman born,
FTLN 2402 Yet I will try the last. Before my body
FTLN 2403 I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,
FTLN 2404 And damned be him that first cries “Hold! Enough!”
They exit fighting. Alarums.

editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation enter fighting, and Macbeth editorial emendationiseditorial emendation slain. editorial emendationMacduff
exits carrying off Macbeth’s body.editorial emendation Retreat and flourish.

Enter, with Drum and Colors, Malcolm, Siward, Ross,
Thanes, and Soldiers.


MALCOLM 
FTLN 240540 I would the friends we miss were safe arrived.
SIWARD 
FTLN 2406 Some must go off; and yet by these I see
FTLN 2407 So great a day as this is cheaply bought.
MALCOLM 
FTLN 2408 Macduff is missing, and your noble son.
ROSS 
FTLN 2409 Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier’s debt.
FTLN 241045 He only lived but till he was a man,

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FTLN 2411 The which no sooner had his prowess confirmed
FTLN 2412 In the unshrinking station where he fought,
FTLN 2413 But like a man he died.
SIWARD  FTLN 2414 Then he is dead?
ROSS 
FTLN 241550 Ay, and brought off the field. Your cause of sorrow
FTLN 2416 Must not be measured by his worth, for then
FTLN 2417 It hath no end.
SIWARD  FTLN 2418 Had he his hurts before?
ROSS 
FTLN 2419 Ay, on the front.
SIWARD  FTLN 242055 Why then, God’s soldier be he!
FTLN 2421 Had I as many sons as I have hairs,
FTLN 2422 I would not wish them to a fairer death;
FTLN 2423 And so his knell is knolled.
MALCOLM 
FTLN 2424 He’s worth more sorrow, and that I’ll spend for
FTLN 242560 him.
SIWARD  FTLN 2426He’s worth no more.
FTLN 2427 They say he parted well and paid his score,
FTLN 2428 And so, God be with him. Here comes newer
FTLN 2429 comfort.

Enter Macduff with Macbeth’s head.

MACDUFF 
FTLN 243065 Hail, King! for so thou art. Behold where stands
FTLN 2431 Th’ usurper’s cursèd head. The time is free.
FTLN 2432 I see thee compassed with thy kingdom’s pearl,
FTLN 2433 That speak my salutation in their minds,
FTLN 2434 Whose voices I desire aloud with mine.
FTLN 243570 Hail, King of Scotland!
ALL  FTLN 2436Hail, King of Scotland! Flourish.
MALCOLM 
FTLN 2437 We shall not spend a large expense of time
FTLN 2438 Before we reckon with your several loves
FTLN 2439 And make us even with you. My thanes and
FTLN 244075 kinsmen,

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FTLN 2441 Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland
FTLN 2442 In such an honor named. What’s more to do,
FTLN 2443 Which would be planted newly with the time,
FTLN 2444 As calling home our exiled friends abroad
FTLN 244580 That fled the snares of watchful tyranny,
FTLN 2446 Producing forth the cruel ministers
FTLN 2447 Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen
FTLN 2448 (Who, as ’tis thought, by self and violent hands,
FTLN 2449 Took off her life)—this, and what needful else
FTLN 245085 That calls upon us, by the grace of grace,
FTLN 2451 We will perform in measure, time, and place.
FTLN 2452 So thanks to all at once and to each one,
FTLN 2453 Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.
Flourish. All exit.