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MAL. I know him now:-good God, betimes remove
Alas, poor country,–
What's the newest grief ?
How does my wife?
And all my children?
Ross. When I came hither to transport the tidings, 18!
Be 't their comfort
Would I could answer
• The means,] Used perhaps as moans, for woes, troubles, &c. See note ("), p. 49, Vol. II.
b A modern ecstasy ;] An ordinary excitation. c - to my belief witness'd-] Evidenced to my belief. d - latch-] To latch is a provincial word, signifying the same as to catch
What concern they?
No mind that's honest
If it be mine,
Ross. Let not your ears despise my tongue for ever,
Hum! I guess at it.
MacD. My children too?
MAL. Be comforted:
MACD. He has no children.-All my pretty ones ?
MAL. Dispute it like a man.
I shall do so;
MAL. Be this the whetstone of your sword: let grief,
MACD. O, I could play the woman with mine eyes,
This tune goes manly.
woman winrage i flet stier
• This tune goes manly.) The old text has, "time;" but though time and tune, in
Come, go we to the king; our power is ready;
Enter a Doctor of Physic and a waiting Gentlewoman. Doct. I have two nights watched with you, but can perceive no truth in your report. When was it she last walked ?
GENT. Since his majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her night-gown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon it, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.
DOCT. A great perturbation in nature,—to receive at once the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watching !-In this slumbery agitation, besides her walking and other actual performances, what, at any time, have you heard her say ?
GENT. That, sir, which I will not report after her.
GENT. Neither to you nor any one; having no witness to confirm my speech. Lo you! here she comes.
Enter QUEEN, with a taper. This is her very guise; and, upon my life, fast asleep. Observe her : stand close.
Doct. How came she by that light? GENT. Why, it stood by her : she has light by her continually; 't is her command.
Doct. You see, her eyes are open.
GENT. It is an accustomed action with her, to seem thus washing her hands: I have known her continue in this a quarter of an hour.
QUEEN. Yet here's a spot.
Doct. Hark! she speaks: I will set down what comes from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.
QUEEN. Out, damned spot! out, I say !-One, two; why, then it is time to do 't:-Hell is murky !-Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power
(*) Old text, are. their musical acceptation, were often used indifferently, few will have the hardihood to dispute the fitness of Rowe's correction here.
Put on their instruments.] Incite, stir up their instruments against the king.
blood Oh! Oh y chargede dignity
to account ?-Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?
Door. Do you mark that?
QUEEN. The thane of Fife bad a wife; where is she now ?- What, will these hands ne'er be clean ?-No more o' that, my lord, no more o' that: you mar all with this starting.
Doct. Go to, go to; you have known what you should not. GENT. She has spoke what she should not, I am sure of that : heaven knows what she has known.
QUEEN. Here's the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! oh! oh!
Doct. What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged.-60 GENT. I would not have such a heart in my bosom, for the dignity of the whole body.
DOCT. Well, well, well, —
DOCT. This disease is bevond my practice: yet I have known those which have walked in their sleep who have died holily in their beds.
QUEEN. Wash your hands, put on your night-gown; look not so pale :- I tell you yet again, Banquo's buried; he cannot come out on 's grave.
Doct. Even so ?
QUEEN. To bed, to bed; there's knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come, give me your hand : what's done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed.
[Exit. DOCT. Will she go now to bed? GENT. Directly.
Doct. Foul whisperings are abroad : unnatural deeds .
Good night, good doctor. [Exeunt.
SUENE II.-The Country near Dunsinane.
LENNOX, and Soldiers.
* God, God forgive us all! A misprint, probably, for "Good God," &c.
Near Birnam wood
CAITH. Who knows if Donalbain be with his brother
LEN. For certain, sir, he is not: I have a file
What does the tyrant ?
- Now does he feel
Who, then, shall blame
Well, march we on,
Or so much as it needs,
SCENE III.—Dunsinane. A Room in the Castle.
Enter KING MACBETH, Doctor, and Attendants.
He cannot brıckle his distemper'd cause-] The late Mr. S. Walker proposed course for “cause," but surely change may be dispensed with here.
b - the med'cine-) The physician. c – sag-1 Droop, flag.