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Siward, Earl of Northumberland, General of the English
Young Siward, his Son.
Seyton, an Officer attending on Macbeth.
Son to Macduff.
An English Doctor. A Scotch Doctor.
A Soldier. A Porter. An old Man.
Gentlewoman attending on Lady Macbeth.
Hecate, and three Witches.
Lords, Gentlemen, Officers, Soldiers, Murderers, Attendants, and Meffengers.
The Ghoft of Banquo, and feveral other Apparitions.
SCENE, in the end of the fourth act, lies in England; through the rest of the play, in Scotland; and, chiefly, at Macbeth's castle.
Thunder and Lightning. Enter three WITCHES.
I WITCH. When fhall we three meet again, In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
2 WITCH. When the hurlyburly's done,
When the battle's loft and won:
3 WITCH. That will be ere set of fun. I WITCH. Where the place?
2 WITCH. Upon the heath:
3 WITCH. There to meet with Macbeth. 1 WITCH. I come, Graymalkin!
ALL. Paddock calls :-Anon.
Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air. [WITCHES vanish.
SCENE II. A Camp near Fores.
Alarum within. Enter King DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DoNALBAIN, LENOX, with Attendants, meeting a bleeding SOLDIER.
DUN. What bloody man is that? He can report, As feemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state.
MAL. This is the fergeant,
Who, like a good and hardy foldier, fought
SOLD. Doubtfully 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 fwarm upon him,) from the western isles
Like valour's minion,
Carv'd out his passage, till he fac'd the flave;
And ne'er fhook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
DUN. O, valiant coufin! worthy gentleman!
Compell'd these skipping Kernes to truft their heels;
DUN. Difmay'd not this
Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?
As fparrows, eagles; or the hare the lion.
As cannons overcharg'd with double cracks;
Doubly redoubled ftrokes upon the foe:
Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds,
I cannot tell :
But I am faint, my gafhes cry for help.
DUN. So well thy words become thee, as thy wounds; They fmack of honour both :-Go, get him furgeons. [Exit SOLDIER, attended,
Who comes here?
MAL. The worthy thane of Roffe.
LEN. What a hafte looks through his eyes! So should
That seems to speak things strange.
ROSSE. God fave the king!
DUN. Whence cam'ft thou, worthy thane?
ROSSE. From Fife, great king,
Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky,
And fan our people cold.
Norway himself, with terrible numbers,
Affifted by that most disloyal traitor
The thane of Cawdor, 'gan a dismal conflict.
Point against point rebellious, arm 'gainst arm,
DUN. Great happiness!
ROSSE. That now
Sweno, the Norways' king, craves compofition;
Till he difburfed, at Saint Colmes' inch,
Ten thousand dollars to our general use.
DUN. No more that thane of Cawdor fhall deceive Our bofom intereft :-Go, pronounce his death,
And with his former title
ROSSE. I'll fee it done.
DUN. What he hath loft, noble Macbeth bath won.
SCENE III. A Heath.
Thunder. Enter the three WITCHES.
I WITCH. Where haft thou been, sister?
2 WITCH. Killing fwine.
3 WITCH. Sifter, where thou?
1 WITCH. A failor's wife had chefnuts in her lap, And mounch'd, and mounch'd, and mounch'd :-Give me, quoth I:
Aroint thee, witch! the rump-fed ronyon cries.
Her husband's to Aleppo gone, master o'the Tiger :
But in a fieve I'll thither fail,
And, like a rat without a tail,
2 WITCH. I'll give thee a wind.
1 WITCH. Thou art kind.
3 WITCH. And I another.
1 WITCH. I myself have all the other;
And the very ports they blow,
All the quarters that they know
I' the fhipman's card.
I will drain him dry as hay: