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Mal. We have met with foes
Re-enter MACDUFF. Macd. Turn, hell-hound, turn.
Macb. Of all men else I have avoided thee:
Macd. I have no words,
Macd. Despair thy charm; And let the angel,
whom thou still hast serv'd, Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb Untimely ripp'd.
Macb. Accursed be that tongue that tells me so,
Macd. Then yield thee, coward,
Macb. i'll not yield,
(1) Alluding, perhaps, to the suicide of Cato l'licensis. STEEVENS. (2) That is, air, which cannot be cut. JOHNSON.
13) In the days of chivalry, the champion's arms being ceremoniously blessed, each took an oath that he used no charmed weapons Macheth, according to the law of arms, or perhaps only in allusion to the custom, tells Macduff of the security be had in the prediction of the spirit. UPTON.
 That shuffle with ambiguous expressions. JOHNSON
To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet,
[Exeunt, fighting Retreat. Flourish. Re-enter, with Drum and Colours,
MALCOLM, old SIWARD, Rosse, Lenox, ANGUS, CATHNESS,
Siw. Some must go off : and yet, by these I see,
Mal. Macduff is missing, and your noble son.
Rosse. Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt :
Siw. Then he is dead ?
Must not be measur'd by his worth, for then
Siw. Had he his hurts before ?
Siw. Why then, God's soldier be he!
Mal. He's worth more sorrow,
Siw. He's worth no more ;
(5) This inrident is thus related from Henry of Huntington, by Camden, in bis Remains, from which our author probably copied it :-When Siward, the martial ear! of Northumberland, understood that his son, whom he had sent in service against the Scotchmen, was slain, be demanded whether his wound were in the fore part or hioder part of his body. When it was answered, in the fore part, he replied, “I am right glad; neither wish I any other death to me or mine."
Re-enter MacDUFF, with Macbeth's Head on a Pole.
It may be worth while to remark, that Milton, who left behind him a list of Do less than CIY. dramatic subjects, had fixed on the story of this play among the rest. His intention was to have begun with the arrival of Malcolm at Macduf's castle. “The matter of Duncan (says he) may be expressed by the appearing of his gbost.” It should seem froin this last memorandum, that Milton disliked the license bis predecessor had taken in comprehending a history of such length within the short compass of a play, and would have uew written the whole on the plan of the ancient drama. He could not surely have indulged so vain a bope, as that of excelling Sbakespeare in tbe tragedy of Macbeth. STEEVENS
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