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That you can let this go? Are you so gospellid,
We are men, my liege.
I am one, my liege, Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world
i- Are you so gospell’d,] Are you of that degree of precise virtue? Gospeller was a name of contempt given by the Papists to the Lollards, the puritans of early times, and the precursors of protestantism. JOHNSON.
9 Shoughs,] Shoughs are probably what we now call shocks, demi-wolves, lyciscæ; dogs bred between wolves and dogs.
4- the valued file-] In this speech the word file occurs twice. The valued file is the file or list where the value and peculiar qualities of every thing is set down, in contradistinction to what he immediately mentions, the bill that writes them all alike. File, in the second instance, is used in the same sense as in this, and with a reference to it: Now if you belong to any class that deserres a place in the valued file of man, and are not of the lowest rank, the common herd of mankind, that are not worth distinguishing from each other.
Have so incens'd, that I am reckless what
And I another,
Both of you
True, my lord. Macb. So is he mine: and in such bloody dis
That I to your assistance do make love;
We shall, my lord, Perform what you command us. 1 Mur.
Though our lives Macb. Your spirits shine through you. Within
this hour, at most,
5— in such bloody distance,] By bloody distance is here meant, such a distance as mortal enemies would stand at from each other, when their quarrel must be determined by the sword. This sense seems evident from the continuation of the metaphor, where every minute of his being is represented as thrusting at the nearest part where life resides.
o For certain friends-] For, in the present instance, signifies because of ? Acquaint you with the perfect spy o'the time,
The moment on't;] i, e, in ancient language, “ acquaint
And something from the palace; always thought,
We are resolv’d, my lord.
[Exit. Lady M.
Nought's had, all's spent, Where our desire is got without content: 'Tis safer to be that which we destroy, Than, by destruction, dwell in doubtful joy.
yourselves" with the exact time most favourable to your purposes ; for such a moment must be spied out by you, be selected by your own attention and scrupulous observation.—You is ungrammatically employed, instead of yourselves. * always thought,
That I require a clearness: ] i. e. you must manage matters so, that throughout the whole transaction I may stand clear of suspicion. Enter MACBETH.
Should be withey think on ch should indeaking?
How now, my lord? why do you keep alone,
Macb. We have scotch'd' the snake, not kill'd it;
Lady M. Come on;
Macb. So shall I, love; and so, I pray, be you:
9- sorriest fancies - ) i. e. worthless, ignoble, vile. I- scotch'd-] i.e. cut slightly. . In restless ecstacy.) Ecstacy, for madness, or agony. * Present him eminence,] i. e. do him the highest honours.
You must leave this. Macb. O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! Thou know'st, that Banquo, and his Fleance, lives.
Lady M. But in them nature's copy's not eterne.“ Macb. There's comfort yet; they are assailable; Then be thou jocund: Ere the bat hath flown His cloister'd flight; ere, to black Hecate's sum.
mons, The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums, Hath rung night's yawning peal, there shall be done A deed of dreadful note. Lady M.
What's to be done? Macb. Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest
chuck, Till thou applaud the deed. Come, seeling night, Skarf up the tender eye of pitiful day; And, with thy bloody and invisible hand, Cancel, and tear to pieces, that great bond Which keeps me pale!-Light thickens; and the
crow Makes wing to the rooky wood: Good things of day begin to droop and drowse; Whiles night's black agents to their prey do rouse. Thou marvell’st at my words: but hold thee still; Things, bad begun, make strong themselves by ill: So, pr’ythee, go with me.
- nature's copy's not eterne.] The copy, the lease, by which they hold their lives from nature, has its time of termination limited. Johnson.
5 The shard-borne beetle,] The shard-borne beetle is the beetle borne along the air by its shards or scaly wings.
- Come, seeling night,] Seeling, i. e. blinding. It is a term in falconry.