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MACBETH's Castle at Inverness.


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Macb. If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere

It were done quickly, if the assassination
Could trammel up the consequence, and catch,
With his surcease, success.—That but this blow
Might be the be-all, and the end all, here,
But here, upon this bank and shoal of time!
We'd jump the life to come.-But, in these cases,
We still have judgment here, that we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague the inventor: This even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice
To our own lips. He's here in double trust:
First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
Who should against his murderer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself.-Besides, this Duncan
Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
The deep damnation of his taking off:

I have no spur

To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
Aud falls on the other-How now! what news.

Enter Lady MACBETH.
Lady. He has almost supp'd: Why have you left

the chamber?
Macb. Hath he ask'd for me?

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Lady. Know you not, he has ?

Macb. We will proceed no further in this business : He hath honour'd me of late; and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people, Which would be worn, now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon.

Lady. Was the hope drunk,
Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since,
And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
At what it did so freely? From this time,
Such I account thy love.---Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valour,
As thou art in desire? Would'st thou have that
Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,-
Letting, I dare not, wait upon, I would,
Like the poor cat i' th' adage ?

Macb. "Prythee, peace :
I dare do all that may become a man,
Who dares do more, is none.

Lady. What beast was it then,
That made

you break this enterprise to me? When


durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more than man. Nor time, nor place, Did then adhere, and yet you would make both : They have made themselves, and that their fitness

now Does unmake

you. I have given suck; and know How tender 'tis, to love the babe that milks me : I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I but so sworn As you have done to this.

Macb. If we should fail.

Lady. We fail :-
But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we'll not fail. When Duncan is asleep,

(Whereto the rather shall his day's hard journey
Soundly invite him,) his two chamberlains
Will I with wine and wassel so convince,
That memory, the warder of the brain,
Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason
A limbeck only : When in swinish sleep
Their drenched natures lie, as in a death,
What cannot you and I perform upon
The unguarded Duncan? what not put upon
His spungy officers; who shall bear the guilt
Of our great quell?

Macb. Bring forth men children only!
For thy undaunted mettle should compose
Nothing but males. Will it not be received,
When we have mark'd with blood those sleepy two
Of his own chamber, and used their very daggers,
That they have done't?

Lady. Who dares receive it other,
As we shall make our griefs and clamour roar
Upon his death

Macb. I am settled, and bend up
Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.
Away, and mock the time with fairest show
False face must hide what the false heart doth know,




MACBETH's Castle at Inverness.

The Gallery
Enter BANQUO and FLEANCE, with a Torch.
Ban. How goes the night, boy?
Fle. The moon is down ; I have not heard the


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