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Glamis hath murder'd sleep; and therefore Cawdor 129
Re-enter Lady MACBETH.
Lady. My hands are of your colour; but I shame To wear a heart so white. I hear a knocking [Knock.
At the south entry:-retire we to our chamber:
[Knocking within..] Port. Here's a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key. [Knock.] Knock, knock, knock : Who's there, i' the name of Belzebub Here's a farmer, that hang'd himself on the expe&tation of plenty: come in time; have napkins enough about you ; here you’ll sweat for’t. [Knock.] Knock, knock : Who's there, i' the other devil's name * 'Faith, here's an equivocator, that could swear in both the scales against either scale; who committed treason enough for God's sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven: oh, come in, equivocator. [Knock.j Knock, knock, knock : Who's there 'Faith, here's an English taylor come hither, hither, for stealing out of a French hose : come in, taylor; here you may roast your goose. [Knock.] Knock, knock: Never at quiet! What are you ? But this place is too cold for hell. I'll devil-porter it no further: I had thought to have let in some of all professions, that go the primrose-way to the everlasting bonfire. [Knock] Anon, anon; I pray you, remember the porter. 176
Enter MAcDuff, and LENox.
Macd. Was it so late, friend, ere you went to-bed, That you do lie so late . Port. 'Faith, sir, we were carousing 'till the second cock : and drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things. o Macd. What three things doth drink especially provoke Port. Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance: therefore, much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery : it makes him, and it mars him; it sets him on, and it takes him off : it persuades him, and disheartens him; makes him stand to, and not stand to : in conclusion, equivocates him in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him. Macd. I believe drink gave thee the lie last night. Port. That it did, sir, i'the very throat o’me : but I requited him for his lie; and I think, being D i ij to Q