Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches
Act I, Scene 2 A camp near Forres.
Alarum within. Enter DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN,
|DUNCAN||What bloody man is that? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state.
|MALCOLM||This is the sergeant
Who like a good and hardy soldier fought
'Gainst my captivity. Hail, brave friend!
Say to the king the knowledge of the broil
As thou didst leave it.
|Sergeant||Doubtful it stood;
As two spent swimmers, that do cling together
And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald--
Worthy to be a rebel, for to that
The multiplying villanies of nature
Do swarm upon him--from the western isles
Of kerns and gallowglasses is supplied;
And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling,
Show'd like a rebel's whore: but all's too weak:
For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name--
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valour's minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave;
Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,
And fix'd his head upon our battlements.
|DUNCAN||O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!|
|Sergeant||As whence the sun 'gins his reflection
Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break,
So from that spring whence comfort seem'd to come
Discomfort swells. Mark, king of Scotland, mark:
No sooner justice had with valour arm'd
Compell'd these skipping kerns to trust their heels,
But the Norweyan lord surveying vantage,
With furbish'd arms and new supplies of men
Began a fresh assault.
|DUNCAN||Dismay'd not this
Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?
As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion.
If I say sooth, I must report they were
As cannons overcharged with double cracks, so they
Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe:
Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds,
Or memorise another Golgotha,
I cannot tell.
But I am faint, my gashes cry for help.
|DUNCAN||So well thy words become thee as thy wounds;
They smack of honour both. Go get him surgeons.
|[Exit Sergeant, attended]|
|Who comes here?|
|MALCOLM||The worthy thane of Ross.|
|LENNOX||What a haste looks through his eyes! So should he look
That seems to speak things strange.
|ROSS||God save the king!|
|DUNCAN||Whence camest thou, worthy thane?|
|ROSS||From Fife, great king;
Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky
And fan our people cold. Norway himself,
With terrible numbers,
Assisted by that most disloyal traitor
The thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict;
Till that Bellona's bridegroom, lapp'd in proof,
Confronted him with self-comparisons,
Point against point rebellious, arm 'gainst arm.
Curbing his lavish spirit: and, to conclude,
The victory fell on us.
Sweno, the Norways' king, craves composition:
Nor would we deign him burial of his men
Till he disbursed at Saint Colme's inch
Ten thousand dollars to our general use.
|DUNCAN||No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive
Our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death,
And with his former title greet Macbeth.
|ROSS||I'll see it done.|
|DUNCAN||What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won.|
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 3 A park near the palace./Act III, Scene 4 The same. A hall in the palace.|
|Act I, Scene 1 A desert place./Act I, Scene 2 A camp near Forres.||Act III, Scene 5 A heath./Act III, Scene 6 Forres. The palace.|
|Act I, Scene 3 A heath near Forres.||Act IV, Scene 1 A cavern in the middle a boiling cauldron|
|Act I, Scene 4 Forres. The palace.||Act IV, Scene 2 Fife. Macduff's castle.|
|Act I, Scene 5 Inverness Macbeth's castle.||Act IV, Scene 3 England, Before the King's palace.|
|Act I, Scene 6 Before Macbeth's castle. /Act I, Scene 7 Macbeth's castle.||Act V, Scene 1 Dunsinane. Anteroom in the castle.|
|Act II, Scene 1 Court of Macbeth's castle./Act II, Scene 2 The same.||Act V, Scene 2 The country near Dunsinane/Act V, Scene 3 Dunsinane. A room in the castle.|
|Act II, Scene 3 The same.||Act V, Scene 4Country near Birnam wood./Act V, Scene 5 Dunsinane. Within the castle.|
|Act II, Scene 4 Outside Macbeth's castle.||Act V, Scene 6 Dunsinane. Before the castle./Act V, Scene 7 Another part of the field.|
|Act III, Scene 1 Forres. The castle.||Act V, Scene 8 Another part of the field.|
|Act III, Scene 2 The palace.|
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