Imatges de pÓgina

Enter Roffe and Angus.

f Who comes here?

Mal. The worthy Thane of Roffe.

Len. & What hafte looks through his eyes?

So fhould he look, that feems to fpeak things ftrange.
Roffe. God fave the King!

King. Whence cam'ft thou, worthy Thane?

Roffe. From Fife, great king,

Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky,

And fan our people cold.

Norway himself, with terrible numbers,

Affifted by that moft difloyal traytor,

The Thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict,
'Till that Bellona's bridegroom, lapt in proof,
Confronted him with felf-comparisons,

Point against point rebellious ", arm 'gainst arm,
Curbing his lavish fpirit. And to conclude,

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Sweno, the Norway's king, craves compofition:

f P. and all after, read But before numbers terrible, affified, &c. followed by abo.

g First f. What a bafte, &c.

all after.

1 So all before P; he and all after,

h Upton thinks this line fhould be except C. 'gan. given to Malcolme.

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m In all editions before T. the com. ma is placed after point.

n P. and all after, except C. om


• P. and all after, omit That as the.

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Nor would we deign him burial of his men,
Till he disbursed, at Saint P Colmkil-isle,
Ten thousand dollars, to our general ufe.

King. No more that Thane of Cawdor fhall deceive Our bosom intereft. Go, pronounce his 1 present death; And with his former title "

Roffe. I'll fee it done.

greet Macbeth.

King. What he hath loft, noble Macbeth hath won.




Changes to the Heath.

Thunder. Enter the three Witches.

1 Witch. Where haft thou been, fifter?

2 Witch. Killing fwine.

3 Witch. Sifter, where thou?

1 Witch. A failor's wife had chefnuts in her lap, And mouncht, and mouncht, and mouncht.

quoth I.

Give me,

Aroynt thee, witch, the rump-fed ronyon cries. Her husband's to Aleppo gone, mafter o' th' Tiger:

9 P. and all after, except C. omit prefent.

The three laft fo's, great.
The 3d and 4th fo's, Anoynt for

p The 1ft f. Colmes yncb; the other fo's, R. and C. Colmes bill; the rest, Colmes-kill-ifle, except H. who reads as in the text, and gives the following note: "Celmkil is one of the Western ifles of Aroynt "Scotland, otherwise call'd Jena."


But in a fieve I'll thither fail,

And like a rat without a tail,
I'll do, I'll do, and I'll do.

2 Witch. I'll give thee a wind.
Witch. Thou 'rt kind.

3 Witch. And I another.

1 Witch. I myself have all the other.

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All the quarters that they know,
I' th' fhip-man's card.

I'll drain him dry as hay,

Sleep fhall neither night nor day
Hang upon his pent-house lid;
He fhall live a man forbid;
Weary fev'n-nights nine times nine,
Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine;
Though his bark cannot be loft,
Yet it fhall be tempeft-toft.
Look, what I have.

2 Witch. Shew me, fhew me.

1 Witch. Here, I have a pilot's thumb, Wrackt as homeward he did come.

3 Witch. A drum, a drum! Macbeth doth come!

[Drum within.

So the fo's, R. and C; the reft, Thou art for Thou'rt.

J. propoles, various for very, All before P, read ports for points, * So all before P; he and all after, except C. I will for I'll.

yi. e. interdicted. As the Pope's legate told K. John, "He (the Pope) "hath wholly interdicted and curfed "you, for the wrongs you have done "unto the holy church." Fox, Vol. I. P 285. Upton's Crit. Ob,


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All. The weird fifters, hand in hand,

Pofters of the fea and land,

Thus do go about, about,

Thrice to thine, and thrice to mine,
And thrice again to make up nine.
Peace, the charm's wound up.


Enter Macbeth and Banquo*..

Mac. So foul and fair a day I have not feen. Ban. How far is 't call'd to Foris?-What are thefe, So wither'd and fo wild in their attire?

That look not like th' inhabitants o' th' earth,


And yet are on 't? Live you, or are you aught
That man may queftion? You feem to understand me,
By each at once her choppy finger laying

Upon her skinny lips. You should be women,


z So T. H. and C; the rest, wyward. · fendis that fuld be wit. And hence comes "Be aventure Makbeth and Banquho wizard. Upton, Crit. Obf. were paffand to Fores, qubair king Duncane bapnit to be for the tyme, and met be ye gait thre women clothit in elrage and uncouth weid. They wer jugit be the pepill to be weird fifteris. The old Seatifh

chron. fol. c. LXXIII. From the Anglo-Sax. Wyrd, fatum, comes, weird fifters, parca. So Douglass in his tranf lation of Virgil, Æn. III. Probibent nam cætera parcæ fcire. The weird fifteris de


a R. and all after add, with foldiers and other attendants, (except C. who directs, Enter Macb. and Banq, journeying i foldiers, and others, at a distance). But, as it does not appear that there is any need of them in the fcene, fo it is likewife improper there fhould be any witneffes to what paffed in it.

b All before P. Soris for Foris.


And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
That you are fo.

Mac. Speak; if you can; what are you?

1 Witch. All-hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis !

2 Witch. All-hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of

3 Witch. All-hail, Macbeth! that fhalt be king hereafter.
Ban. Good fir, why do you start, and seem to fear
Things that do found fo fair?-I' th' name of truth,
Are ye fantastical, or that indeed

Which outwardly ye fhew? My noble partner
You greet with prefent grace, and great prediction
Of noble Having, and of royal hope,

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That he feems rapt withal; to me you speak not.
If you can look into the feeds of time,

And fay which grain will grow and which will not;
Speak then to me, who neither beg, nor fear,"
Your favours, nor your hate.

1 Witch. Hail!

2 Witch. Hail!

3 Witch. Hail!


1 Witch. Leffer than Macbeth, and greater.

2 Witch. Not fo happy, yet much happier.


Witch. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none; So, all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!

1 Witch. Banquo and Macbeth, all hail!

Mac. Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more;

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