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And take my milk for gall, you murth'ring ministers,
Where-ever in your fightless substances

You wait on nature's mifchief. Come, thick night!
And pall thee in the dunnest smoak of hell,

That my keen knife fee 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 him.

Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter !

Thy letters have transported me beyond
This ignorant prefent, and I feel now
The future in the inftant.


Mac. My deareft love,

Duncan comes here to-night.

Lady. And when

goes hence?

Mac. To-morrow, as he purposes.
Lady. O never

Shall fun that morrow fee.

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 ferpent under 't. He, that's coming,
Must be provided for; and you fhall put

This night's great business into my dispatch,

▷ This direction first given by R.
¶ After present P. "and all after add



r P. and all after, except G. omit

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


Which fhall to all our nights and days to come
Give folely fovereign sway and mafterdom.

Mac. We will fpeak further.

Lady. Only look up clear:

To alter favour ever is to fear:

Leave all the reft to me.


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Hautboys and Torches. Enter King, Malcolm, Donalbain, Banquo, Lenox, Macduff, Roffe, Angus, and Atten


King. This caftle hath a pleasant feat; the air
Nimbly and fweetly recommends itself
Unto our gentle " fenfes.

Ban. This gueft 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;

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Where they must breed and haunt, I have observ'd,

The air is delicate.

Euter Lady Macbeth.

King. See, fee! our honour'd hostess!



The love that follows us, fometimes is our trouble,
Which ftill we thank as love. Herein I teach
How you fhall bid God-cyld us for your pains,
And thank us for your trouble.

Lady. All our fervice,

In every point twice done, and then done double,
Were poor and fingle business to contend

Against thofe honours deep and broad, wherewith
Your Majefty loads our house. For those of old,
And the late dignities heap'd up to them,

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King. Where's the Thane of Cawdor?

We cours'd him at the heels, and had a purpofe
To be his purveyor; but he rides well,

And his great love, fharp as his fpur, hath holp him
To his home before us, Fair and noble hoftefs,
We are your guest to-night..

Lady. Your fervants 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, most for mufi. b The fo's, R. and C. fometime is our, ff, P. Sometime's our, &c,

c So the fo's, R.'s octavo, H, and C; the reft, fhould for shall,

d The sft f. Ermites.



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


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Hautboys, Torches. Enter a Sewer, and divers Servants

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

Mac. If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly; if th' affaffination

Could trammel up the conféquence, and catch,
With his furceafe, fuccefs; that but this blow

* In the fo's, R, and C. Scene VII.
f No defcription of the scene in the


would fecure me the confequence I aim at, viz. the quiet poffeffion of his crown, and procure me with his furceafe, or

None but the fo's and C. mention death, fuccefs to my ambitious defigns;

• fewer.

h So all before P; he and all after, except C. read its for bis; whereby the passage is obfcured, and J. has been led to propose an emendation, viz. With its fuccefs, furcease, &c. i. e, with fuccefs in the affaffination, a furceafe of farther fear and anxiety. This I fuppofe is 7.'s meaning. But had the modern editors retained the old reading bis, they would have met with no difficulty herein: for bis refers to Duncan; and the meaning is this, If the afsassination of Duncan

that but this one blow might be all I had to do, and that nothing was to be feared here, in this life, afterwards; we'd jump the life to come; I would skip over those thoughts that regard a ftate beyond the grave, I would venture the future judgment. But in these cafes of murther, we still have judgment bere. And this is agreeable to the common opinion, that murder will out, fome time or other, and receive its punifhment in this world.

Might be the Be-all and the

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End-all here, But here, upon this bank and school of time, We'd jump the life to come.-But in these cases, We still have judgment here, that we but teach Bloody inftructions, which, being taught, return 'To plague th' inventor; m this even-handed justice " Commends th' ingredients of our poifon'd chalice To our own lips. He's here in double truft: Firft, as I am his kinfiman and his fubject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his hoft, Who should against his murderer fhut the door, Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan Hath borne P his faculties fo 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 blaft, or heaven's cherubim, hors'd Upon the fightless' couriers of the air,

Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,

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That tears fhall drown the wind. I have no fpur To prick the fides of my intent, but only

Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
And falls on th' other-

i R. End of all, &c.
*T. H. J. and C. foal; W. fhelve.
1 The three laft fo's and R. omit this

m P. T. H. and W. omit this. n So the ft f. J. and C; the other fo's and R. To plague for Commends; P. and the reft, Returns for Commends.

• The fo's, R. and C. th' ingre dience.

P The three laft fo's, this for bis.
1 The two laft fo's, R. and P. fa-

1 J. again.

• The fo's, curriers; T. H. and W. courfers.


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