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SCENE I. An open place.
Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches. First Witch. When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or(1) in rain?
Sec. Witch. When the hurlyburly's done,
Third Witch. That will be ere the set of sun.
SCENE II. A camp near Forres.
Alarums within. Enter DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, LENNOX, with Attendants, meeting a bleeding Sergeant.
Dun. What bloody man is that? He can report, As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state.
This is the sergeant,
'Gainst my captivity.-Hail, brave friend! Say to the king thy knowledge of the broil(3) As thou didst leave it.
Doubtful it stood;
Like valour's minion,
Carv'd out his passage till he fac'd the slave;
Dun. O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!
As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion.
Doubly (10) redoubled strokes upon the foe:
I cannot tell ::
But I am faint, my gashes cry for help.
Dun. So well thy words become thee as thy wounds; They smack of honour both.-Go get him surgeons.
[Exit Sergeant, attended.
Who comes here?
The worthy thane of Ross.
Len. What haste looks through his eyes (11) So should
That seems to speak things strange.(12)
God save the king!
Dun. Whence cam'st thou, worthy thane?
Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky
Assisted by that most disloyal traitor
The victory fell on us.
Ross. That now
Sweno, the Norways' king, craves composition ;
Ten thousand dollars to our general use.
Dun. No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive Our bosom interest:-go pronounce his present death, And with his former title greet Macbeth.
Ross. I'll see it done.
Dun. What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won.
SCENE III. A heath.
Thunder. Enter the three Witches.
First Witch. Where hast thou been, sister?
Sec. Witch. Killing swine.
Third Witch. Sister, where thou?
First Witch. A sailor's wife had chestnuts in her lap, And mounch'd, and mounch'd, and mounch'd:-"Give me,"
"Aroint thee, witch!" the rump-fed ronyon cries. Her husband's to Aleppo gone, master o' the Tiger: But in a sieve I'll thither sail,
And, like a rat without a tail,
Enter MACBETH and BANQUO; Soldiers at some distance.
Macb. So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
Ban. How far is't call'd to Forres ?(16)-What are these
So wither'd, and so wild in their attire,
That look not like th' inhabitants o' th' earth,
And yet are on't?-Live you? or are you aught
By each at once her chappy finger laying
That you are so.
Speak, if you can ;—what are you?
Sec. Witch. All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of
Third Witch. All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king
Ban. Good sir, why do you start; and seem to fear
Which outwardly ye show? My noble partner
Of noble having and of royal hope,
That he seems
And say which grain will grow, and which will not,
Your favours nor your hate.
First Witch. Hail!
Sec. Witch, Hail!
rapt withal:—to me you speak not:
Third Witch. Hail!
First Witch. Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.
Sec. Witch. Not so happy, yet much happier.
Third Witch. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none :
So, all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!
First Witch. Banquo and Macbeth, all hail !(17)