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3 Witch. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf; Witches' mummy; maw, and gulf," Of the ravin'd? salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock, digg'd i'the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
All. Double, double toil and trouble;
2. Witch. Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is firm and good.
Enter HECATE, and the other Three Witches.
Hec. O, well done ! I commend your pains;
And every one shall share i'the gains.
* The throat. 7 Ravenous. * Entrails,
2 Witch. By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes :Open, locks, whoever knocks.
Macb. How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags 2 What is't you do All. A deed without a name, Macb. I cónjure you, by that which you profess, (Howe'er you come to know it,) answer me: Though you untie the winds, and let them fight Against the churches; though the yesty” waves Confound and swallow navigation up; Though bladed corn be lodg'd, and trees blown down; Though castles topple” on their warders' heads; Though palaces, and pyramids, do slope Their heads to their foundations; though the treasure Of nature's germins” tumble all together, Even till destruction sicken, answer me To what I ask you.
1 JWitch. Speak. 2 JWitch. Demand. 3 JWitch. We'll answer. 1 Witch. Say, if thoud'st rather hear it from our mouths,
Or from our masters' 2 Macb. Call them, let me see them. 9 Frothy. * Laid flat by wind or rain. * Tumble.
3 Seeds which have begun to sprout.
1 JWitch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath eaten
All. Come, high, or low;
Thunder. An Apparition of an Armed Head rises.
Macb. Tell me, thou unknown power,
1. Witch. He knows thy thought; Hear his speech, but say thou nought.
App. Macbeth ! Macbeth Macbeth beware
Macduff; Beware the thane of Fife.—Dismiss me:—Enough, [Descends. Macb. Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution, thanks; Thou hast harp'do my fear aright:—But one word more :1 JWitch. He will not be commanded : Here's another,
App. Macbeth ! Macbeth ! Macbeth -
And resolute : laugh to scorn the power of man, For none of woman born shall harm Macbeth. [Descends,
- 4 Adroitly.
Macb. Then live, Macduff; What need I fear of thee 2 But yet I'll make assurance double sure, And take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live; That I may tell pale-hearted fear, it lies, And sleep in spite of thunder.—What is this,
Thunder. An Apparition of a Child crowned, with a Tree in his Hand, rises.
That rises like the issue of a king; -
All. Listen, but speak not.
App. Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be, until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill Shall come against him. [Descends.
Macb. That will never be; Who can impress the forest; 7 bid the tree Unfix his earth-bound root? sweet bödements? good! Rebellious head, rise never, till the wood Of Birnam rise, and our high-plac'd Macbeth Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath To time, and mortal custom.—Yet my heart Throbs to know one thing; Tell me, (if your art Can tell so much,) shall Banquo's issue ever Reign in this kingdom
* The round is that part of a crown which encircles the head: the top is the ornament which rises above it.
7 Who can command the forest to serve him like a soldier impressed.
All. Seek to know no more. Macb. I will be satisfied: deny me this, And an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know:— Why sinks that cauldron and what noise” is this? [Hautboys. 1 JWitch. Show! 2 JWitch. Show ! 3 Witch. Show! All. Show his eyes, and grieve his heart; Come like shadows, so depart.
Eight Kings appear, and pass over the Stage in order; the last with a Glass in his Hand; BAN quo following.
Macb. Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo; down |
Thy crown does sear mine eye-balls:–And thy hair,
I Witch. Ay, sir, all this is so —But why
8 Music. 9 The dissolution of nature. * Besmeared with blood. * i. e. Spirits.