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PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Duncan, king of Scotland.
Malcolm,

bis sons. DONALBAIN,

MacBet, } generals of the king's army.

MACDUFF,
Lenox,
Rosse,

> noblemen of Scotland.
MENTETH,
ANGUS,
CATHNESS,
FLEANCE, son to Banquo.
SIWARD, earl of Northumberland, general of the English

forces.
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 Max.

LADY MACBETH.
LADY MACDUFF.
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.

MACBETH.

ACT 1.

SCENE I.

An open place. Thunder and lightniny.

Enter THREE WITCHES. 1 Witch. When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain ?

2 Witch. When the hurlyburly's 1 done; When the battle's lost and won.

3 Witch. That will be ere the 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

| Tumult.

SCENE II.

A camp near Fores. Alarum within. Enter DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, LENOX, with

Attendants, meeting a bleeding SOLDIER.
Dun. What bloody man is that? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state.
Mal.

This is the sergeant,
Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought
'Gainst my captivity.--Hail, brave friend !
Say to the king the knowlege of the broil,
As thou didst leave it.
Sol.

Doubtful it stood;
As two spent swimmers, that do cling together,
And choke their art. Thé 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 is supplied ;
And Fortune, on his damned quarrel 3 smiling,
Show'd like a rebel's whore: but all 's too weak:
For brave Macbeth, (well he deserves that name)
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,

1 In addition to that. ? j. e. is supplied with light and heavy-armed infantry. 3 Cause.

Like Valor's minion,
Carved out his passage, till he faced 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.

Dun. O, valiant cousin! worthy gentleman !

Sol. 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 valor 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.
Dun.

Dismay'd not this
Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo ?

Sol.
As sparrows, eagles; or the hare, the lion.
If I say sooth, I must report they were
As cannons overcharged with double cracks,

Yes;

So they

Doubly redoubled strokes upon

the foe:
Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds,
Or memorise another Golgotha,
I cannot tell

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1 Truth.

But I am faint; my gashes cry for help.
Dun. So well thy words become thee as thy

wounds; They smack of honor both.-Go, get him surgeons.

[Exit Soldier, attended.

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Who comes here?
Mal.

The worthy thane of Rosse.
Len. What a haste looks through his eyes! So

should he look, That seems to speak things strange. Rosse.

God save the king! Dun. Whence camest thou, worthy thane? Rosse.

From Fife, great king, Where the Norweyan banners flout 1 the sky, And fan our people cold. Norway himself, with terrible numbers, Assisted by that most disloyal traitor, The thane of Cawdor, 'gan a dismal conflict; Till that Bellona’s bridegroom,2 lapp'd in proof,3 Confronted him with self-comparisons, Point against point rebellious, arm 'gainst arm, Curbing his lavish spirit: and, to conclude, The victory fell on us ;Dun.

Great happiness!

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1 Mock, defy.

Macbeth. 3 Defended by armour of proof. * Showed he was his equal.

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