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Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
All. Double, double toil and trouble ;
Fire, burn; and, cauldron, bubble.
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;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew,
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse ;
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe,
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chauldron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.

All. Double, double toil and trouble :
Fire, burn ; and, cauldron, bubble.

1 Witch. Cool it with a baboon's blood,

Then the charm is firm and good.
Enter HECATE, Spirits, and the Chorus of WITCHES

Kec. O, well done! I commend your pains ;
And every one shall share i’ the gains.
And now about the cauldron sing,
Like elves and fairies in a ring,
Enchanting all that you put in.

Music and Song
Hec. Black spirits and white,

Red spirits and grey,
Mingle, mingle, mingle,

You that mingle may,

1 Spir. Tiffin, Tiffin, Keep it stiff in.

2 Spir. Firedrake, Puckey, Make it lucky.

3 Spir. Liard, Robin, You must bob in.

Chor. Around, around, around, about, about ;
All ill come running in, all good keep out !

4 Spir. Here's the blood of a bat.
Hec. Put in that, put in that.
5 Spir. Here's Libbara's brain.
Hec. Put in a grain.

6 Spir.Here's juice of toad, and oil of adder ; Those will make the charm grow madder.

Hec. Put in all these ; 'twill raise a pois' nous stench! Hold-here's three ounces of a red-hair'd wench.

Chor. Around, around, around, about, about ; All ill come running in, all good keep out !

Hec. By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes :

(Noise without. Open, locks, whoever knocks.

[Exeunt all but the three Witches.

Mach. How now, you secret, black, and midnight

hags? What is't


do? All. A deed without a narne. Macb. I conjure you, by that which you profess, (Howe'er you come to know it,) answer me To what I ask you.

1 Witch. Speak.
2 Witch. Demand.
3 Witch. We'll answer.
1 Witch. Say, if thou’dst rather hear it from our

Or from our masters'?

Macb. Call them, let me see them.

1 Witch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath eaten
Her nine farrow:-Grease, that's sweaten
From the murderer's gibbet throw
Into the flame.

All. Come, high, or low;
Thyself, and office, deftly show.

[Thunder. FIRST APPARITION, 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 Mac

duff: Beware the thane of Fife.--Dismiss me— Enough.

[Descends. Macb. Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution

thanks; Thou hast harp'd my fear aright: But one word


1 Witch. He will not be commanded : Here's an

other, More potent than the first.

[Thunder. SECOND APPARITION, a bloody Child, rises. App. Macbeth ! Macbeth! Macbeth ! Macb. Had I three ears, I'd hear thee. App. Be bloody, bold, and resolute : laugh to scorn The

power of man ; for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth.

[Descends. Macb. Then live, Macduff; what need I fear of


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.


THIRD APPARITIon, a Child crowned, with a Tree

in his Hand, riscs.
What is this,
That rises like the issue of a king,
And wears upon his baby brow the round
And top of sovereignty?

All. Listen, but speak not to't.
App. Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care
Who chales, 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, bid the tree Unfixhisearth-bound root? sweet bodements! good!-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 ?

All. Seek to know no more.

Macb. I will be satisfy'd : deny me this, And an eternal curse fall on you!

[Thunder - The Cauldron sinks. Let me know, Why sinks that cauldron ?

[A Groan. And what noise is this?

1 Witch. Show ! 2 Witch. Show! 3 Witch. Show!

All, Show his eyes, and grieve his heart; Come, like shadows, so depart

[ Apparitions of Eight Kings, the last with a

Glass in his Hand; and BANQUO, pass


Macb. Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo ;


Thy crown does sear mine eye-balls ;-and thy air,
Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first :-
A third is like the former :--Filthy hags,
Why do you show me this ?-A fourth? Start eyes !
What! will the line stretch out to the crack of

Another yet?--A seventh ?-_I'll see no more :-
And yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass,
Which shows me many more :-

Enter BANQUO,--The WITCHES vanish.
Horrible sight!--Now, I see, 'tis true;
For the blood-bolter'd Banquo smiles upon me,
And points at them for his. What? is this so?
Where are they? Gone ?-Let this pernicious hour


accursed in the calendar! Come in, without there!

Sey. What's your grace's will ?
Macb. Saw you the weird sisters ?
Sey. No, my lord.
Macb. Came they not by you?
Sey. No, indeed, my lord.

Macb. Infected be the air whereon they ride ;
And damn'd all those that trust them! I did hear
The galloping of horse : Who was't came by?
Sey. 'Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you

word, Macduff is fled to England.

Macb. Fled to England ? Sey. Ay, my good lord. Macb. Time, thou anticipat'st my dread exploits : The flighty purpose never is o’ertook, Unless the deed go with it: From this moment, The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand. And even now,

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