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Thrice the brinded cat hath mewd. 2 Witch. Thrice; and once the hedge-pig whind. 3 Witch. Harpier cries, — 'Tis time, 't is time.
1 Witch. Round about the cauldron go;
A. Double, double toil and trouble; 10
2 Witch. Fillet of a fenny snake
20 Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. i brinded has the same meaning with perhaps a misprint of Harpie. as brindled. (R)
(w) a hedge-pig. The hedgehog is 6 White read the cold stone, also a creature of ill-omen, like the following Pope, but the article is Toad (1. 6), and the Harpier (1. not needed. (R) 3). (R)
12 fenny, of the fen. (R) Harpier. Thus the folio, 16 blind-wormos,
3 Witch. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf;
AU. Double, double toil and trouble;
2 Witch. Cool it with a baboon's blood;
Hec. 0, well done! I commend your pains,
And now about the cauldron sing,
“ Black spirits,” &c.
23 gulf, gullet. (R)
are plainly those already on the 24 ravin'd, i. e. ravening.
stage. 28 moon's eclipse, a time of 14 (Music and a song, “Black ill-omen. Cf. Lear, I. ii. 112, and spirits,” &c. This song is found Sonnets lx. and cvii. (R)
in Middleton's Witch, V. ü. It 32 slab, viscous. (R)
begins : 33 chaudron, entrails.
Black spirits and white, red spirits 39 Enter Hecate. The folio bas, Enter Hecat and the other three Mingle, mingle, mingle, you that Witches. But the three Witches mingle may!
2 Witch. By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way
(Knocking Open, locks, Whoever knocks.
Enter MACBETH. Macb. How now, you secret, black, and midnight
hags! What is 't you do? All
A deed without a name. Macb. I conjure you, by that which you profess, 80 (Howe'er you come to know it,) answer me: Though you untie the winds, and let them fight Against the churches; though the yesty waves Confound and swallow navigation up; Though bladed corn be lodg’d, and trees blown down ; Though castles topple on their warders' heads; Though palaces and pyramids do slope Their heads to their foundations; though the treasure Of Nature's germins tumble all together, Even till destruction sicken, answer me
60 To what I ask you. 1 Witch.
Speak. 2 Witch.
Demand. 3 Witch.
We 'll answer. 1 Witch. Say, if thou 'dst rather hear it from our
mouths, Or from our masters'. Macb.
Call 'em : let me see 'em. 1 Witch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath eaten
Her nine farrow; grease, that's sweaten 63 yesty, yeasty or foamy. (R) 89 germins, sprouting seeds.
84 Confound, throw into con- 65 that's sweaten, i.e. sweated. fusion. (R)
White read that, doubtless by acci65 lodg’d, beaten down. (R) dent. (R)
From the murderer's gibbet, throw
Come high, or low;
Macb. Tell me, thou unknown power,
He knows thy thought: Hear his speech, but say thou naught.
70 1 Apparition. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! be
ware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me:
[Descends. Macb. Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution,
thanks: Thou hast harp'd my fear aright. — But one word
more : 1 Witch. He will not be commanded. Here's an
Thunder. An Apparition of a bloody Child appears.
App. Be bloody, bold, and resolute : laugh to scorn The power
of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth.
[Descends. Macb. Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee? But yet I 'll make assurance double sure,
"" [Apparition of an armed i. e. Macduff. Cf. V. viii. 15. Head. This is Macbeth's head. (R) (R)
none of woman born Shall 71 beware Macduff. Cf. V. vii. harm Macbeth. Cf. V. vii. 41-5, 83–4, Behold where stands The I bear . . . untimely ripped. (R) usurper's cursed head. (R)
83 of, i. e. from. (R) [Apparition of a bloody Child,
And take a bond of Fate: thou shalt not live;
What is this,
Listen, but speak not to 't.
That will never be :
Seek to know no more. 86 (Apparition of Child to the shape and position of a crowned, with a tree in his hand, crown, with a suggestion also of i. e. Malcolm. (R)
"complete realisation.” (R) 02-4 Macbeth shall never van
96 bodements, prophecies. (R) quished be Great Birnam 97 Rebellion's head. The folio, wood ... Shall come against him. Rebellious dead. Theobald read, Cf. V. iv. 3-4, The wood of Birnam Rebellious head; Hanmer, Rebel
hew him down a bough. (R) lion's head, - manifestly the true 88-9 round And top, an allusion reading.