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When now I think you can behold such sights,
What sights, my
lord? Lady M. I pray you, speak not; he grows worse
Good night, and better health
A kind good night to all!
[Exeunt Lords and Attendants. Macb. It will have blood; they say, blood will
have blood: Stones have been known to move, and trees to
speak; Augurs, and understood relations, have By magot-pies, and choughs, and rooks, brought
forth The secret'st man of blood.—What is the night? Lady M. Almost at odds with morning, which is
which. Macb. How say'st thou, that Macduff denies his
person, At our great bidding?4
these words thus:-You prove to me that I am a stranger even to my own disposition, when I perceive that the very object which steals the colour from my cheek, permits it to remain in yours. In other words, -You prove to me how false an opinion I have hitherto maintained of my own courage, when yours, on the trial, is found to exceed it.
3 Augurs, and understood relations, &c.] Perhaps we should read, auguries, i. e. prognostications by means of omens and prodigies. These, together with the connection of effects with causes, being understood, (says he,) have been instrumental in divulging the most secret murders. Magot-pie is the original name of the bird; Magot being the familiar appellation given to pies, of which the modern mag is the abbreviation. 4 How say'st thou, &c.] i.e. What do you think of this circum
Did send to him, sir? Macb. I hear it by the way; but I will send: There's not a one of them, but in his house I keep a servant fee'd. I will to-morrow, (Betimes I will,) unto the weird sisters: More shall they speak; for now I am bent to know, By the worst means, the worst : for mine own good, All causes shall give way; I am in blood Stept in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er: Strange things I have in head, that will to hand; Which must be acted, ere they may be scann'd. Lady M. You lack the season of all natures,
sleep. Macb. Come, we'll to sleep: My strange and
self-abuse Is the initiate fear, that wants hard use :We are yet but young in deed.
stance, that Macduff denies to come at our great bidding? What do you infer from thence? What is your opinion of the matter? The circumstance on which this question is founded, took its rise from the old history. Macbeth sent to Macduff to assist in building the castle of Dunsinane. Macduff sent workmen, &c. but did not choose to trust his person in the tyrant's power. From that time he resolved on his death. STEEVENS.
be scann'd.] To scan is to examine nicely. 6 You lack the season of all natures, sleep.] i. e. you stand in need of the time or season of sleep, which all natures require.
Thunder. Enter HECATE, meeting the three
1 Witch. Why, how now, Hecate ?
vaporous drop profound;] This vaporous drop seems to have been meant for the same as the virus lunare of the ancients, being a foam which the moon was supposed to have shed on particular herbs, or other objects, when strongly solicited by enchantment.
I'll catch it ere it come to ground:
all know, security Is mortal's chiefest enemy.
Song. [Within.] Come away, come away, &c. Hark, I am call’d; my little spirit, see, Sits in a foggy cloud, and stays for me. [Exit. 1 Witch. Come, let's make haste: she'll soon be back again.
Fores. A Room in the Palace.
Enter Lenox, and another Lord.
thoughts, Which can interpret further: only, I say, Things have been strangely borne: The gracious
Duncan Was pitied of Macbeth:-marry, he was dead:And the right-valiant Banquo walk'd too late; Whom, you may say, if it please you, Fleance
For Fleance fled. Men must not walk too late.
slights,] Arts; subtle practices.
How it did grieve Macbeth! did he not straight,
find What 'twere to kill a father; so should Fleance. But, peace !--for from broad words, and 'cause he
The son of Duncan,
9 Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives;] The construction is—Free our feasts and banquets from bloody knives.
and receire free honours,] Free may be either honours freely bestowed, not purchased by crimes; or honours without slavery, without dread of a tyrant. JOHNSON,
the king,] i. e. Macbeth.