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Enter MACBETH. Macb. They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly, But, bear-like, I must fight the course.—What's he, That was not born of woman? Such a one Am I to fear, or none.
Enter young SIWARD.
Thou'lt be afraid to hear it.
name Than any is in hell. Macb.
My name's Macbeth.
No, nor more fearful.
[They fight, and young Siward is slain. Macb.
Thou wast born of woman.But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn, Brandish'd by man that's of a woman born.
Alarums. Enter Macduff.
I cannot strike at wretched kernes, whose arms
Enter Malcolm and old SIWARD.
We have met with foes
Enter, sir, the castle.
Re-enter MACBETH. Macb. Why should I play the Roman fool, and
die On mine own sword? whiles I see lives, the gashes Do better upon them.
Re-enter MACDUFF. Macd.
Turn, hell-hound, turn. Macb. Of all men else I have avoided thee: But get thee back, my soul is too much charg'd With blood of thine already. Macd.
I have no words,
? Seems bruited:) From bruit, Fr. clamour; to noise.
To bruit is to report with
My voice is in my sword; thou bloodier villain
They fight. Macb.
Thou losest labour: As easy may'st thou the intrenchant air With thy keen sword impress, as make me bleed: Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests; I bear a charmed life, which must not yield To one of woman born. Macd.
Despair thy charm; And let the angel, whom thou still hast serv’d, Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb Untimely ripp'd.
Macb. Accursed be that tongue that tells me so,
Macd. Then yield thee, coward,
I'll not yield,
As easy may'st thou the intrenchant air -] That is, air which cannot be cut.
- palter with us in a double sense ;] That shuffle with ambiguous expressions.
Retreat. Flourish. Re-enter, with Drum and
Colours, MALCOLM, old SIWARD, Rosse, Lenox,
arriv'd. Siw. Some must go off; and yet, by these I see, So great a day as this is cheaply bought.
Mal. Macduff is missing, and your noble son.
Then he is dead?
Siw. Had he his hurts before?
Why then, God's soldier be he!
He's worth more sorrow, And that I'll spend for him. Siw.
He's worth no more; They say, he parted well, and paid his score : So, God be with him!-Here comes newer comfort.
Re-enter MACDUFF, with MACBETH's Head on a
Pole. Macd. Hail, king! for so thou art: Behold,
The usurper's cursed head: the time is free:
King of Scotland, hail !
and tod at Sconc. Exeunt.
'- thy kingdom's Pearl,] Thy kingdom's pearl means thy kingdom's wealth, or rather ornament.
This play is deservedly celebrated for the propriety of its fictions, and solemnity, grandeur, and variety of its action ; but it has no nice discriminations of character; the events are too great to admit the influence of particular dispositions, and the course of the action necessarily determines the conduct of the agents.
The danger of ambition is well described; and I know not whether it may not be said, in defence of some parts which now seem improbable, that, in Shakspeare's time, it was necessary to warn credulity against vain and illusive predictions.
The passions are directed to their true end. Lady Macbeth is merely detested ; and though the courage of Macbeth preserves some esteem, yet every reader rejoices at his fall. Johnson,