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Look, how our partner's rapt. Macb. If chance will have me king, why, chance may
crown me, Without my stir. Ban.
New honors come upon him Like our strange garments; cleave not to their mould, But with the aid of use. Macb.
Come what come may; Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.
Ban. Worthy Macbeth, we stay upon your leisure.
Macb. Give me your favor;—my dull brain was wrought With things forgotten. Kind gentlemen, your pains Are registered where every day I turn The leaf to read them.— Let us toward the king.– Think upon what hath chanced; and, at more times, The interim having weighed it, let us speak Our free hearts each to other. Ban.
Very gladly. Macb. Till then, enough.— Come, friends. [Exeunt.
SCENE IV. Fores. A Room in the Palace. Flourish.
There's no art,
Enter MACBETH, BANQUO, Rosse, and Angus.
To overtake thee. 'Would thou hadst less deserved ; That the proportion both of thanks and payment Might have been mine! Only I have left to say, More is thy due than more than all can pay.
Macb. The service and the loyalty I owe,
Dun. Welcome hither;
There if I grow,
My plenteous joys,
Macb. The rest is labor, which is not used for you.
My worthy Cawdor!
Dun. True, worthy Banquo; he is full so valiant ;
SCENE V. Inverness. A Room in Macbeth's Castle.
Enter LADY MACBETH, reading a letter. Lady M. They met me in the day of success; and I have learned by the perfectest report, they have more in them than mortal knowledge. When I burned in desire to question them further, they made themselves air, into which they vanished. Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-hailed me, Thane of Cawdor; by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with, Hail, king that shalt be! This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness; that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee. Lay it to thy heart, and farewell. Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be What thou art promised.—Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness, To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition; but without The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst highly, That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win; thou’dst have, great Glamis, That which cries, Thus thou must do, if thou have it ; And that which rather thou dost fear to do, Than wishest should be undone. Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear; And chastise with the valor of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem To have thee crowned withal.—What is your tidings?
Enter an Attendant. Attend. The king comes here to-night. Lady M.
Thou’rt mad to say it. Is not thy master with him ? who, wer't so, Would have informed for preparation.
Attend. So please you, it is true; our thane is coming. One of my fellows had the speed of him ; Who, almost dead for breath, had scarcely more Than would make up his message. Lady M.
Give him tending; He brings great news. The raven himself is hoarse,
[Exit Attendant. That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, come, you spirits
My dearest love,
And when goes hence ?
Macb. We will speak further.
Only look up clear;
[Exeunt. SCENE VI. The same. Before the Castle. Hautboys.
Servants of Macbeth attending. Enter DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, BANQUO, LENOS,
MACDUFF, ROSSE, ANGUS, and Attendants. Dun. This castle hath a pleasant seat: the air
Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
This guest of summer,
Enter LADY MACBETH.
See, see! our honored hostess !
All our service,
Where's the thane of Cawdor?
Your servants ever
Give me your hand :
[Exeunt. SCENE VII. The same. A Room in the Castle. Haut
boys and torches. Enter, and pass over the stage, a Sewer, and divers Servants
with dishes and service. Then enter MACBETH. Macb. If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly: if the assassination
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