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SIWARD, Earl of Northumberianul, General of the English



SEYTON, an Officer attending on Macbeth.


An English Doctor. A Scotch Doctor. Soldier. A Porter. An Old Man.



GENTLEWOMAN, attending on Lady Macbeth.

HECATE, and three Witches.

Lords, Gentlemen, Officers, Soldiers, Murderers,
Attendants, and Messengers.

The Ghost of Banquo, and several 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.

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Thunder and lightning. Enter three WITCHES.

1 Witch. When shall we three meet again,

In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

2 Witch. When the hurlyburly's' done,

When the battle's lost and won.

3 Witch. That will be ere set of sun.

1 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 bealing SOLDIER.

Duncan. What bloody man is that? He can report. As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt

The newest state.


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.


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 swarm upon him,) from the western isles
Of Kernes and Gallowglasses was supplied;2
And fortune on him smil'd, but all too weak:
For brave Macbeth, (well he deserves that name,)
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smok'd with bloody execution,
Like valour's minion,

Carv'd out his passage, till he fac'd the slave,
And 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.

Duncun. O, valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!
Soldier. As whence the sun 'gins his reflexion,
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 Kernes to trust their heels;
But the Norweyan lord, surveying vantage,

With furbish'd arms, and new supplies of men,
Began a fresh assault.


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

Supplied with light and heavy armed troops.

3 Truth


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