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I care not if thou dost for me as much.-
And wish the estate o' the world were now undone.-
SCENE VI. The same. A Plain before the Castle.
Enter, with drums and colors, MALCOLM, Old SIWARD, MACDUFF, &c. and their Army, with boughs.
1 Harness, armor. VOL. III.
Mal. Now near enough; your leavy screens throw down,
And show like those you are.-You, worthy uncle,
Fare you well.Do we but find the tyrant's power to-night, Let us be beaten, if we cannot fight.
Macd. Make all our trumpets speak; give them all
Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death. [Exeunt. Alarums continued.
2 The first folio reads upon's.
SCENE VII. The same.
Another Part of the Plain.
Macb. They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly,
Enter Young SIWARD.
Yo. Siw. What is thy name?
Than any is in hell.
Thou'lt be afraid to hear it. Yo. Siw. No; though thou call'st thyself a hotter
My name's Macbeth.
Yo. Siw. The devil himself could not pronounce a
More hateful to mine ear.
Yo. Siw. Thou liest,
No, nor more fearful. abhorred tyrant; with my
I'll prove the lie thou speak'st.
[They fight, and Young Siward is slain.
Alarums. Enter MACDUff.
Macd. That way the noise is.-Tyrant, show thy face:
If thou be'st slain, and with no stroke of mine,
1 "But, bearlike, I must fight the course." This was a phrase at bearbaiting. "Also you shall see two ten dog courses at the great bear."Antipodes, by Brome.
I cannot strike at wretched kernes, whose arms
Are hired to bear their staves; either thou, Macbeth,
Enter MALCOLM and Old SIWARD.
Siw. This way, my lord.-The castle's gently rendered:
The tyrant's people on both sides do fight;
That strike beside us.
We have met with foes
Enter, sir, the castle.
Macb. Why should I play the Roman fool, and die On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes Do better upon them.
Turn, hell-hound, turn. Macb. Of all men else I have avoided thee; But get thee back; my soul is too much charged With blood of thine already.
[They fight. Macb. Thou losest labor: As easy may'st thou the intrenchant air 2
1 Bruited is reported, noised abroad; from bruit (Fr.).
With thy keen sword impress, as make me bleed.
Despair thy charm;
Macb. Accursed be that tongue that tells me so,
And live to be the show and gaze o' the time.
Macb. I'll not yield To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet, And to be baited with the rabble's curse. Though Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane, And thou opposed, being of no woman born, Yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield; lay on, Macduff; And damned be him that first cries, Hold, enough. [Exeunt, fighting.
Retreat. Flourish. Re-enter, with drum and colors, MALCOLM, Old SIWARD, ROSSE, LENOX, Angus, CATHNESS, MENTETH, and Soldiers.
Mal. I would the friends we miss were safe arrived. 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.
1 "That palter with us in a double sense," that shuffle with ambiguous expressions.
Rosse. Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt. He only lived but till he was a man; The which no sooner had his prowess confirmed In the unshrinking station where he fought, But like a man he died.
Then he is dead?
Rosse. Ay, and brought off the field; your cause of sorrow
Must not be measured by his worth, for then
Had he his hurts before?
It hath no end.
And so his knell is knolled.
Why, then, God's soldier be he!
He's worth more sorrow,
He's worth no more;
And that I'll spend for him.
Re-enter MACDUff, with Macbeth's head on a pole.2 Macd. Hail, king! for so thou art. Behold, where stands
The usurper's cursed head: the time is free
1 "When Siward, the martial earl of Northumberland, understood that his son, whom he had sent against the Scotchmen, was slain, he demanded whether his wounds were in the fore part or hinder part of his body. When it was answered, in the fore part,' he replied, 'I am right glad; neither wish I any other death to me or mine."-Camden's Remaines.
2 These words, " on a pole," Mr. Steevens added to the stage direction from the Chronicle. The stage directions of the players are often incorrect, and sometimes ludicrous.
3 "Thy kingdom's pearl," thy kingdom's wealth or ornament. Rowe altered this to peers, without authority.