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Duncan, King of Scotland:
Fo noblemen of Scotland.
} generals of the King's army.
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 Man.
Lords, Gentlemen, Qficers, 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.
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 JWitch. That will be ere set of sun. 1 Witch. Where the place? 2 JWitch. 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: Hoyer through the fog and filthy air. [Witches vanish.
Alarum within. Enter King DUNCAN, MALcol M, DoN ALBAIN, LENox, with Attendants, meeting a bleeding Soldier. "
Dun. What bloody man is that? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
Mal. This is the sergeant,
Sold. 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 villainies of nature Bo swarm upon him,) from the western isles Of Kernes and Gallowglasses is supplied;” And fortune, on his damned quarrel" 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 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.
Dun. O, valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!
Sold. As whence the sun 'gins his reflexion Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break; So from that spring, whence comfort seem'd to come, Discomfort4 swells. Mark, king of Scotland, mark: No sooner justice had, with valour arm’d,
* i. e. Supplied with light and heavy armed troops. 3 Cause. 4 The opposite to comfort.