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And take my milk for gall, you murth'ring ministers,
Where-ever in your sightless substances
You wait on nature's mischief. Come, thick night!
And pall thee in the dunneft smoak of hell,
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes;
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,
To cry, Hold, hold!

Enter Macbeth,
Great Glamis! worthy Cawdor ! '[Embracing hima
Greater than both, by the all-hajl hereafter !
Thy letters have transported me beyond
This ignorant present, and I feel now
The future in the instant.

Mac. ' My dearest love,
Duncan comes here to-night.

Lady. And when goes hence?
Mac. To-inorrow, as he purposes.

Lady. O never
Shall fun that morrow see,
Your face, my Thane, is as a book where men
May read ftrange matters'. To beguile the time,
Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
Your hand, your tongue; look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under 't. He, that's coming,
Must be provided for; and you


put This night's great business into my dispatch,

This dire&tion firft given by R. I P. and all after, except C. omit 4 After prefeni P. and all after add Dy. time.

$ The period is placed at the end of this line, in the fo's, R. and P.

Which shall to all our nights and days to come
Give solely fovereign fway and masterdom.

Mac. We will speak further.

Lady. Only look up clear: To alter favour ever is to fear : Leave all the rest to me.


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Hautboys and Torches. Enter King, Malcolm, Donalbain,

Banquo, Lenox, Macduff, Rosse, Angus, and Attendants.

King. This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air
Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
Unto our gentle " senses.

Ban. This guest of summer,
The temple-haunting "martlet, does approve
By his lov'd * manfionry that 'the heaven's breath
Smells wooingly here. No ? jutty frieze,
Buttrice, nor coigne of 'vantage, but this bird
Hath made his pendant bed, and procreant cradle;

• This is Scene VI. in the fo's, R. and C.

The scene not described in the fo's. + W. general sense. E C. fenje.

The fo's, baniel,

* The fo's, R. and P.'s quarto, mono Sonry; P.', duodecimo and H. masonry

P. and all after, except C. omit ibe.

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Where they must breed and haunt, I have observ'd,
The air is delicate,

Euter Lady Macbeth.
King. See, see! our honour'd hostess !
The love that follows us, sometimes is our trouble,
Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you
How you shall bid God-eyld us for your pains,
And thank us for your trouble.

Lady. All our service,
In every point twice done, and then done double,
Were poor and single business to contend
Against those honours deep and broad, wherewith
Your Majesty loads our house. For those of old, “
And the late dignities hcap'd up to them,
We reft your hermits.

King. Where 's the Thane of Cawdar?
We cours'd him at the heels, and had a purpose
To be his purveyor; but he rides well,
And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath holp him
To his home before us, Fair and noble hostess,
We are your guest to-night..

Lady. Your servants ever
Have theirs, themselves, and what is theirs in compt,
To make their audit at your Highness

' pleasure,
Still to return your own.

King, Give me your hand,

* So the fo's; the reft, moft for muft. . c So the fo's, R.'s octavo, H. and C;

• The fo's, R. and C. sometime is our, the rest, pould for fall, 6. P. Sometime's out, &c.

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Conduct me to mine hoft, we love him highly;
And shall continue our graces towards himn.
By your leave, hostess,


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Hautboys, Torches. Enter a 8 Sewer, and divers Servants

with dishes and service over the stage. Then enter Macbeth.

Mac. If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly; if th' assassination Could trammel up the conséquence, and catch, With his surcease, success; that but this blow

« In the fo's, R. and C. Scene VII. would secure me the consequence I aim

i No description of the scene in the at, viz. the quiet poffeffion of his crown, fo'e,

and procure me with his furcease, or & None but the fo's and C. mention death, success to my ambitious designs ; • fewer.

that but this one blow might be all I b So all before P; he and all after, bad to do, and that nothing was to be except C. read its for bis; whereby the feared here, in this life, afterwards ; paslage is obscured, and J. has been led we'd jump the life to come; I would to propose an emendation, viz. With its skip over those thoughts that regard a Juccess, furcease, &c. i. e, with success fate beyond the grave, I would venture in the affassination, a furcease of farther the future judgment. But in these cases fear and anxiety. This I suppose is 7.'s of murther, we still have judgment bere. meaning. But had the modern editors And this is agreeable to the common setained the old reading bis, they would opinion, that murder will out, fome have met with no difficulty herein: for time or other, and receive its punishbis refers to Duncan; and the meaning meat in this world. is this, If the aflaffination of Duncan

Might be the Be-all and the End-all here,
But here, upon this bank and k school 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 th' inventor; " this even-handed justice
- Commends oth' ingredients of our poison'd chalice
To our own lips. He's here in double truft:
First, as I am his kinsinan and his subje&,
Strong both against the deed; then, as his hoft,
Who should against his murderer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan
Hath borne P his 9 faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead, like angels, trumpet-tongu'd, ' against
The deep damnation of his taking off;
And Pity, like a naked, new-born babe,
Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubim, hors'd
Upon the fightless couriers of the air,
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
That tears shall drown the wind. -- I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
And falls on th' other


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i R. End of all, &c.

• The fo's, R. and C. «n' ingre: * T. H. J. and C. fooal; W. Shelve. dience.

| The three lat fo's and R. omit this p The three last fo's, ibis for bis. line.

? The cwo la& fo's, R. and P. for m P. T. H. and W. omit rbis. culty. * So the 18 f. 3. and C; the other

| J. again. fo's and R. To plague for Commends; P. • The fo's, currjers; I. H and W. and the rea, Returns for Commends, courfers.


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