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Gon. Holloa, holloa!
That eye that told you so, look'd but a-squint. •
Gon. Mean you to enjoy him?
Alb. The let-alone + lies not in your good will.
Edm. Nor in thine, lord.
Alb. Half-blooded fellow, yes.
On capital treason; and, in thy arrest,
I bar it in the interest of my wife;
Gon. An interlude!
Alb. Thou art arm'd,
Reg. Sick, O, sick!
Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poison.
Alb. A herald, ho!
Edm. A herald, ho, a herald !
diers, All levied in my name, have in my name Took their discharge.
Reg. This sickness grows upon me.
Enter a HERALD.
Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent. [Exit REGAN, led. Come hither, herald,-Let the trumpet sound,— And read out this.
Off. Sound, trumpet. [A Trumpet sounds.
If any man of quality or degree, within the lists of the army, will maintain upon EDMUND, supposed earl of GLOSTER, that he is a manifold traitor, let him appear at the third sound of the trumpet: He is bold in his defence.
I come to cope withal.
Alb. Which is that adversary?
Edm. In wisdom I should ask thy name : → But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, [breathes, And that thy tongue some 'say of breeding What safe and nicely I might well delay the By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn: Back do I toss these treasons to thy head; With the heli-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart; Which, (for they yet glance by, and scarcely bruise,) [way, This sword of mine shall give them instant Where they shall rest for ever.-Trumpets,
Edg. What's he, that speaks for Edmund earl of Gloster ?
Your name, your quality? and why you answer
Edg. Know, my name is lost;
By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and cankerbit:
Alluding to the proverb: "Love being jealous makes a good eye look a-squint.”
11. c. Valour.
To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak
[Alarums.-They fight.-EDMUND falls. Alb. O save him, save him!
Gon. This is mere practice, § Gloster:
By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to answer
An unknown opposite: thou art not vanquish'd,
Alb. Shut your mouth, dame,
Or with this paper shall I stop it :-Hold, Sir:Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil:
Edg. Let's exchange charity.
I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund;
2 Trumpet. The dark and vicious place where thee he got,
3 Trumpet. Cost him his eyes. [Trumpet answers within. Enter EDGAR, armed, preceded by a Trumpet. Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears Upon this call o'the trumpet.
Her. What are you?
No tearing, lady; I perceive, you know it.
Gon. Ask me not what I know.
[Exit GONERIL. Alb. Go after her: she's desperate; govern her. [To an OFFICER, who goes out. Edm. What you have charg'd me with, that have I done; [out; And more, much more: the time will bring it 'Tis past, and so am 1: But what art thou, That hast this fortune on me? if thou art noble, I do forgive thee.
Edm. Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true;
Alb. Methought, thy very gait did prophesy
And, when 'tis told, O that my heart would | Speak, Edmund, where's the king? and where's
The bloody proclamation to escape,
That follow'd me so near, (0 our lives' sweetness!
That with the pain of death we'd hourly die, Rather than die at once!) taught me to shift luto a madman's rags; to assume
That very dogs disdain'd: and in this habit
(Alack, too weak the conflict to support!) Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, Burst smilingly.
Edm. This speech of your's hath mov'd me, do good: but speak And shall, perchance, you on; You look as you had something more to say. Alb. If there be more, more woeful, hold it in;
See'st thou this object, Kent?
[The Bodies of GONERIL and REGAN
Alb. Even so.-Cover their faces.
Edm. I pant for life :-Some good I mean to
Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send,-
For I am almost ready to dissolve,
Edg. This would have seem'd a period
. For ever.
Thy token of reprieve.
Edm. Well thought on; take my sword,
Alb. Haste thee, for thy life.
[Erit EDGAR. Edm. He hath commission from thy wife and me
He fasten'd on my neck, and bellow'd out
Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him,.
And there I left him tranc'd.
Alb. Run, run, O run
Edg. To who, my lord ?-Who has the office? send
To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him hence
Lear. Howl, howl, howl, howl!-O you are men of stones;
Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so
I know when one is dead, and when one lives;
Kent. Is this the promis'd end ? +
Alb. But who was this?
Edg. Kent, Sir, the banish'd Kent: who in
Enter a GENTLEMAN hastily, with a bloody
Edg. What kind of help?
Eg. What means that bloody knife?
It came even from the heart of
Edg. Or image of that horror?
Alb. Fall, and cease! ‡
Lear. This feather stirs : she lives! if it be so,
Kent. O my good master!
Lear. Pr'ythee, away.
Edg. 'Tis noble Kent, your friend. Lear. A plague upon you, murderers, traitors [ever!all! I might have sav'd her; now she's gone for Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha! What is't thou say'st ?-Her voice was [man :soft, Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woI kill'd the slave that was a hanging thee. Off. 'Tis true, my lords, he did. Lear. Did I not, fellow?
I have seen the day, with my good biting faul-
Lear. I'll see that straight.
Kent. That, from your first of difference and
All. Who, man? speak.
Gent. Your lady, Sir, your lady: and her By her is poison'd; she confesses it.
Edm. I was coutracted to them both; all Now marry in an instant.
Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or
Touches us not with pity. [Exit GENTLEMAN.
Edg. Here comes Kent, Sir.
Abb. O it is be.
The time will not allow the compliment,
Which very manners urges.
A ́ent. I am come
To bid my king and master aye good night;
Alb. Great thing of us forgot !—
• Destroyed herself.
The end of the world, or the horrible circumstan
Kent. Nor no man else; all's cheerless, dark, | And thou no breath at all? O thou wilt com
Your eldest daughters have fore-doom'd them-Never, never, never, never, never!—
And desperately are dead.
Alb. He knows not what he says; and vain
Pray you, undo this button: Thank you, Sir.-Do you see this? Look on her,-look,—ber lips,
Look there, look there!-
Kent. Vex not his ghost: O let him pass!⚫
That would upon the rack of this tough world
Edg. O he is gone, indeed.
Kent. The wouder is, he hath endur'd so long: He but usurp'd his life.
Alb. Bear them from hence.-Our present
Is general woe. Friends of my soul, you twain
Alb. The weight of this sad time we must obey;
LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE.
IN this matchless tragedy Shakspeare has closely adhered to historical fact, excepting that Banquo, out of com
DUNCAN, King of Scotland.
DONALBAIN, his Sons.
MACBETH, Generals of the King's Army.
FLEANCE, Son to Banquo.
Noblemen of Scotland.
of the English Forces. YOUNG SIWARD, his Son.
SEYTON, an Officer attending on Macbeth.
An English Doctor.-A Scotch Doctor.
SCENE 1.-An open Place.
2 Witch. When the hurlyburly's
The Ghost of Banquo, and several other
SCENE, in the end of the fourth act, lies in England; through the rest of the play, in Scotland; and, chiefly, at Macbeth's Castle.
3 Witch. That will be ere set of sun.
1 Witch. Where the place?
2 Witch. Upon the heath:
3 Witch. There to meet Macbeth.
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt The newest state.
SCENE II.-A Camp near Fores.
Alarum within. Enter King DUNCAN, MAL-
Rosse. That now
Dun. What bloody man is that? He can report,
Mal. This is the sergeant,
Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought 'Gainst my captivity :-Hail, brave friend! Say to the king the knowledge of the broil, As thou didst leave it.
Sold. Doubtfully it stood;
As two spent swimmers, that do cling together, And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald
(Worthy to be a rebel; for to that
The multiplying villanies of nature
Do swarm upon him,) from the western isles,
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Carv'd out his passage, till he fac'd the slave; And ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till be unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps, And fix'd his head upon our battlements.
Dun. O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman! Sold. As whence the sun 'gins his reflection Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break; So from that spring, whence comfort seem'd to come,
Discomfort swells. Mark, king of Scotland,
No sooner justice had, with valour arm'd, Compell'd these skipping kernes to trust their
But the Norweyan lord, surveying vantage, With furbish'd arms and new supplies of men, Began fresh assault.
Dun. Dismay'd not this
Our captains, Macbeth and Bauquo? Sold. Yes;
As sparrows, eagles; or the hare, the lion.
I cannot tell :
But I am faint, my gashes cry for help.
wounds; They smack of honour both :-Go, get him surgeons. [Exit SOLDIER, attended.
Who comes here?
Len. What a haste looks through his eyes!
Dun. Whence cam'st thou, worthy thane ? Rosse. From Fife, great king, Where the Norweyan banners flout** the sky, And fan our people cold.
Norway himself, with terrible numbers,
Confronted him with self-comparisons,
Sweno, the Norways' king, craves composition;
Dun. No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive
Our bosom interest :-Go, pronounce his death,
Dun. What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath [Exeunt.
SCENE III-A Heath-Thunder.
Enter the three WITCHES.
1 Witch. Where hast thou been, sister? 2 Witch. Killing swine.
3 Witch. Sister, where thou?
1 Witch. A Sailor's wife had chesnuts in her lap,
And mounch'd, and mounch'd, and mounch'd:Give me, quoth 1:
Aroint thee, witch! the rump-fed ronyon cries.
Her husband's to Aleppo gone, master o'the
2 Witch. I'll give thee a wind.
1 Witch. Thou art kind.
3 Witch. And I another.
1 Witch. I myself have all the other;
I will drain him dry as hay:
2 Witch. Show me, show me. 1 Witch. Here I have a pilot's thumb, Wreck'd, as homeward he did come.
Macb. Speak, if you can ;-What are you? 1 Witch. All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis !
• A small island in the Frith of Edinburgh.
A scabby woman.
Sailor's chart. Prophetic sisters: the fates of the northern nations, the three hand-maids of Odin.