Thunder. Enter the three Witches
||Why, how now, Hecate! you look angerly.
||Have I not reason, beldams as you are,
Saucy and overbold? How did you dare
To trade and traffic with Macbeth
In riddles and affairs of death;
And I, the mistress of your charms,
The close contriver of all harms,
Was never call'd to bear my part,
Or show the glory of our art?
And, which is worse, all you have done
Hath been but for a wayward son,
Spiteful and wrathful, who, as others do,
Loves for his own ends, not for you.
But make amends now: get you gone,
And at the pit of Acheron
Meet me i' the morning: thither he
Will come to know his destiny:
Your vessels and your spells provide,
Your charms and every thing beside.
I am for the air; this night I'll spend
Unto a dismal and a fatal end:
Great business must be wrought ere noon:
Upon the corner of the moon
There hangs a vaporous drop profound;
I'll catch it ere it come to ground:
And that distill'd by magic sleights
Shall raise such artificial sprites
As by the strength of their illusion
Shall draw him on to his confusion:
He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear
He hopes 'bove wisdom, grace and fear:
And you all know, security
Is mortals' chiefest enemy.
||[Music and a song within: 'Come away, come
||Hark! I am call'd; my little spirit, see,
Sits in a foggy cloud, and stays for me.
||Come, let's make haste; she'll soon be back again.
Enter LENNOX and another Lord
||My former speeches have but hit your thoughts,
Which can interpret further: only, I say,
Things have been strangely borne. The
Was pitied of Macbeth: marry, he was dead:
And the right-valiant Banquo walk'd too late;
Whom, you may say, if't please you, Fleance kill'd,
For Fleance fled: men must not walk too late.
Who cannot want the thought how monstrous
It was for Malcolm and for Donalbain
To kill their gracious father? damned fact!
How it did grieve Macbeth! did he not straight
In pious rage the two delinquents tear,
That were the slaves of drink and thralls of sleep?
Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely too;
For 'twould have anger'd any heart alive
To hear the men deny't. So that, I say,
He has borne all things well: and I do think
That had he Duncan's sons under his key--
As, an't please heaven, he shall not--they
What 'twere to kill a father; so should Fleance.
But, peace! for from broad words and 'cause he fail'd
His presence at the tyrant's feast, I hear
Macduff lives in disgrace: sir, can you tell
Where he bestows himself?
||The son of Duncan,
From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth
Lives in the English court, and is received
Of the most pious Edward with such grace
That the malevolence of fortune nothing
Takes from his high respect: thither Macduff
Is gone to pray the holy king, upon his aid
To wake Northumberland and warlike Siward:
That, by the help of these--with Him above
To ratify the work--we may again
Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights,
Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,
Do faithful homage and receive free honours:
All which we pine for now: and this report
Hath so exasperate the king that he
Prepares for some attempt of war.
||Sent he to Macduff?
||He did: and with an absolute 'Sir, not I,'
The cloudy messenger turns me his back,
And hums, as who should say 'You'll rue the time
That clogs me with this answer.'
||And that well might
Advise him to a caution, to hold what distance
His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel
Fly to the court of England and unfold
His message ere he come, that a swift blessing
May soon return to this our suffering country
Under a hand accursed!
||I'll send my prayers with him.
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A park near the palace./Act III, Scene 4 The same. A hall in the palace.
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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
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Act II, Scene 3
Act V, Scene 4Country
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Act II, Scene 4
Outside Macbeth's castle.
Act V, Scene 6
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Act III, Scene 1
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Act V, Scene 8
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Act III, Scene 2
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