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(As, an't please heaven, he shall not), they should find 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 470 Where he bestows himself ?

Lord. The son of Duncan, From whoin this tyrant holds the due of birth, Lives in the English court; and is receivid Of the most pious Edward with such grace, That the malevolence of fortune nothing Takes froin 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

489 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,

Len. Sent he to Macduff?

Lord. He did : and with an absolute, Sir, not I, The cloudy messenger turns me his back, 490 And hums; as, who should say, You'll rue the time That clogs me with this answer.

Len. 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 accurs'd!

499 Lord. I'll send my prayers with him. [Exeunt.

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Thunder. Enter the three Witches.

1 Witch. THRICE the brinded cat hath mew'd.

2 Witch. Thrice; and once the hedge-pig whin'd. 3 Witch. Harper cries:-—'tis time, 'tis time.

1 Witch. Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.
Toad, that under the cold stone,
Days and nights hast thirty-one,
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!

All. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and, cauldron, bubble.

1 Witch. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake :
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.


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All. Double, double toil and trouble ;
Fire, burn; and, cauldron, bubble.

3 Witch. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf ;
Witches' mummy : maw, and gulf,
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock, digg'd i' the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew :
Gall of goat, and slips of yew,
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse ;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips ;
Finger of birth-strangled babe,
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab :
Add thereto a tyger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.

All. Double, double toil and trouble ;
Fire, burn; and, cauldron, bubble.

2 Witch. Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is firm and good.

Enter HECATE, and other three Witches.
Hec. Oh, well done! I cominend your pains ;
And every one shall share i'the gains.
And now about the cauldron sing,
Like elves and fairies in a ring,
Inchanting all that you put in.

Black spirits and white,

Blue spirits and grey';
Mingle, mingle, mingle,

You that mingle may.

2 Witch.

2 Witch. By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes :
Open, locks, whoever knocks.




Mac. How now, you secret, black, and midnight

What is't you

do ?
All. A deed without a name.

Mac. I conjure you by that which you profess,
(Howe'er you come to know it) answer me:
Though you untie the winds, and let them fight
Against the churches ; though the yesty waves
Confound and swallow navigation up;
Though bladed corn' be lodg'd, and trees blown

Though castles topple on their warder's heads; 60
Though palaces, and pyramids, do slope
Their heads to their foundations; though the treasure
Of nature's germins tumble all together,
Even 'till destruction sicken, answer me
To what I ask you.

1 Witch. Speak.
2 Witch. Demand.
3 Witch. We'll answer.
1 Witch. Say, if thoud'st rather hear it from our

Or from our masters'?

Mac. Call them, let me see them.
1 Witch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath eaten


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Her nine farrow; grease, that's sweaten
From the murderer's gibbet, throw
Into the flame.

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

[Thunder. 1st Apparition, an armed Head. Mac. Tell me, thou unknown pow'r,

1 Witch. He knows thy thought; Hear his speech, but say thou nought.

80 App Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware

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

[ Descends, Mac. What-e'er thou art, for thy good caution,

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

more 1 Witch. He will not be commanded: here's ano

ther, More potent than the first.


2d Apparition, a bloody Child. App. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth!Mac. Had I three ears, I'd hear thee.

App. Be bloody, bold, and resolute: laugh to scorn The power of man; for none of woman born

90 Shall harin Macbeth,

[Descends. Mac. Then live, Macduff, what need I fear of thee? But yet I'll make assurance double sure,


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