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Come, go with us; we'll look to that anon :
[Exeunt Antipholus S. and E. Adr. and Luc.
Dro. S. Not I, sir; you are my elder.
Dro. S. We will draw cuts for the senior : till then, lead thou first.
Dro. E. Nay, then thus : We came into the world, like brother and brother ; And now let's go hand in hand, not one before another.
On a careful revision of the foregoing scenes, I do not hesitate to pronounce them the composition of two very unequal writers. Shakspeare had undoubtedly a share in them; but that the entire play was no work of his, is an opinion which (as Benedick says) 'fire cannot melt out of me; I will die in it at the stake. Thus, as we are informed by Aulus Gellius, Lib. III. Cap.3. some plays were absolutely ascribed to Plautus, which in truth had only been (retractata et espolita) retouched and polished by him.
In this comedy we find more intricacy of plot, than distinction of character; and our attention is less forcibly engaged, because we can guess in great measure how the denoüement will be brought about. Yet the subject appears to have been reluctantly dismissed, even in this last and unnecessary scene; where the same mistakes are continued, till their power of affording entertainment is entirely lost.-STEEVENS.
Duncan, king of Scotland :
f his sons.
} generals of the king's army. Banquo, Macduff, Lenox, Rosse, Menteth, noblemen of Scotland. Angus, Cathness, Fleance, son to Banquo. Siward, earl of Northumberland, general of the English forces : Young Siward, his son. Seyton, an officer attending on Macbeth. Son to Macduff. An English Doctor. A Scotch Doctor. A Soldier. A Porter. An old Man. Lady Macbeth. Lady Macduff. Gentlewoman attending on lady Macbeth. Hecate, and three Witches. Lords, Gentlemen, Officers, Soldiers, Murderers, Attendants,
and Messengers. The Ghost of Banquo, and several other Apparitions.
Scene, in the end of the fourth act, lies in England; through
the rest of the play, in Scotland ; and, chiefly, at Macheth's castle.
2 Witch. When the hurlyburly's* done, When the battle's lost and won.
3 Witch. That will be ere set of sun.
Upon the heath:
All. Paddock calls:-Anon.
A Camp near Fores. Alarum within. Enter King Duncan, Malcolm,
Donalbain, Lenox, with attendants, meeting a bleeding Soldier.
Dun. What bloody man is that? He can report, As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt The newest state. .
This is the sergeant,
Doubtfully it stood ;
Dun. O, valiant cousin! worthy gentleman !
Sold. As whence the sun 'gins his reflection Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break; So from that spring, whence comfort seem'd to
Dun. . Dismay'd not this
#i, e, Supplied with light and heavy armed troops. of Cause.
I The opposite to comfort.