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Not, unaccompanied, invest him only,
But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine
On all deservers.--From hence to Inverness,
And bind us further to you. -
Macb. The rest is labour, which is not us'd for
you :
I'll be myself the harbinger, and make joyful
The hearing of my wife with your approach ;
So, humbly take my leave.
Dun. - My worthy Cawdor!
Macb. The prince of Cumberland!—That is a step,
On which I must fall down, or else o'er-leap, [Aside.
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires'
Let not light see my black and deep desires:
The eye wink at the hand! yet let that be,
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. [Erit.
Dun. True, worthy Banquo; he is full so valiant;"
And in his commendations I am fed;
It is a banquet to me. Let us after him,
Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome:
It is a peerless kinsman. [Flourish. Ereunt.

Inverness. A Room in Macbeth's Castle.

Enter Lady MACBETH, reading a letter.

Lady M. They met me in the day of success; and I have learned by the perfectest report,” they have more in them than mortal knowledge. IWhen I burned in desire to question them further, they made themselves— air, into which they canished. Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives 3 from the king, who all-hailed me, Thane of Cawdor; by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with, Hail, king that shalt be! This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness; that thou mightest not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee. Lay it to thy heart, and farewell.

* Full as valiant as described. * The best intelligence. 3 Messengers. 4 Diadem. 5 Supernatural.

Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be
What thou art promis'd :—Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness,
To catch the nearest way: Thou would'st be great;
Art not without ambition; but without
The illness should attend it. What thou would'st
highly, -
That would'st thou holily; would'st not play false,
And yet would'st wrongly win: thou'd'st have, great
That which cries, Thus thou must do, if thou have it;
And that which rather thou dost fear to do,
Than wishest should be undone. Hie thee hither,
That I may pour my spirits in thine ear;
And chastise with the valour of my tongue
All that impedes thee from the golden round,”
Which fate and metaphysical; aid doth seem
To have thee crown'd withal. What is your
tidings 2

Enter an Attendant.

Attend. The King comes here to-night.

Lady M. Thou'rt mad to say it: Is not thy master with him? who, wer’t so, Would have inform'd for preparation.

Attend. So pleaseyou, itis true; our thane iscoming: One of my fellows had the speed of him; Who, almost dead for breath, had scarcely more Than would make up his message.

Lady M. Give him tending, He brings great news. The raven himself is hoarse, [Erit Attendant.

That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, come, you spirits
That tend on mortal" thoughts, unsex me here;
And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full
Of direst cruelty make thick my blood,
Stop up the access and passage to remorse;7
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
The effect, and it! Come to my woman's breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers,
Wherever in your sightless substances
You wait on nature's mischief! Come, thick night,
And pall* thee in the dunnest smoke of hell!
That my keen knife” see not the wound it makes;
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,
To cry, Hold, Hold! Great Glamis worthy

* Murderous. 7 Pity. * Wrap as in a mantle. * Knife anciently meant a sword or dagger.

Enter MAC BET H.

Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter!
Thy letters have transported me beyond
This ignorant present," and I feel now
The future in the instant.

Mach. My dearest love,
Duncan comes here to-night.

Lady M. And when goes hence!

Macb. To-morrow, as he purposes.

Lady M. O, never Shall sun that morrow see : Your face, my thane, is as a book, where men May read strange matters:—To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent


But be the serpent under it. He that's coming
Must be provided for: and you shall put
This night's great business into my despatch;
Which shall to all our nights and days to come
Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.

Macb. We will speak further.

Lady M. Only look up clear; To alter favour” ever is to fear: Leave all the rest to me. [Ereunt.

* i. e. Beyond the present time, which is according to the process of nature ignorant of the future. * Look, countenarsce.

The same. Before the Castle.
Hautboys. Servants of Macbeth attending.

Enter DUN CAN, MALcol M, Don ALBA IN, BANQUo, LEN ox, MACDUFF, Ross E, ANG Us, and Attendants.

Dun. This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air
Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
Unto our gentle senses.

Ban. This guest of summer,
The temple-haunting martlet, does approve,
By his lov'd mansionry, that the heaven's breath,
Smells wooingly here: no jutty, frieze, buttress,
Nor coigne of vantage,” but this bird hath made
His pendent bed, and procreant cradle: Where they
Most breed and haunt, I have observ'd, the air
Is delicate.

* Enter Lady MACBETH.

Dun. See, see our honour'd hostess The love that follows us, sometime is our trouble, Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you, How you shall bid God yield* us for your pains, And thank us for your trouble. ,

Lady M. . All our service In every point twice done, and then done double, Were poor and single business, to contend

3 Convenient corner. * Reward.

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