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Theobald declares it incontestable, Ravenscroft, who, in the reign
I see no reason for believing, of Charles II. revised this play,

The chronology of this play and restored it to the stage, tells
does not prove it not to be us in his preface, from a thea-
Shakespeare's. If it had been trical tradition I suppose, which
written twenty-five years, in in his time might be of sufficient
1614, it might have been writ- authority, that this play was
ten when Shakespeare was twen- touched in different parts by
ty-five years old. When he Shakespeare, but written by some
left Warwickshire I know not, other poet. I do not find
but at the age of twenty-five it Shakespeare's touches very dif-
was rather too late to Ay for cernible.

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DUNCAN, King of Scotland.

Sons to the King

Generals of the King's Army.

Noblemen of Scotland.
Fleance, Son to Banquo.
Siward, General of the English Forces.
Young Siward, bis Son.
Seyton, an Officer attending on Macbeth.
Son to Macduff.

Lady Macbeth.
Lady Macduff,
Gentlewomen attending on Lady Macbeth.
Hecate, and three other Witches.

Lords, Gentlemen, Officers, Soldiers and Attendants.

The Ghost of Banquo, and several other Apparitions.

SCENE, in the End of the fourth Aet, lies in Eng

land; through the rest of the Play, in Scotland; . and, chiefly, at Macbeth's Castle.

of this play there is no edi- present Editor has subjoined to tion more antient than that of this play were published by him 1623.

in a small pamphlet in 1745 Most of the notes which the

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HEN shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain ?

2 Witch. When the hurly-burly's done, · When the Battle's lost and won. 3 Witch. That will be ere Set of Sun.

1 Witch.

Enter three Witches.] In or- would be cenfured as transgresder to make a true estimate of the fing the bounds of probability, abilities and merit of a writer, be banished from the Theatre to it is always necessary to examine the nursery, and condemned ti the genius of his age, and the write fairy tales instead of trageopinions of his cotemporaries. dies; but a survey of the noA poet who should now make tions that prevailed at the time the whole action of his tragedy when this play was written, will depend upon enchantment, and prove that Shakespeare was in no produce the chief events by the danger of such censures, since alistance of supernatural agents, he only turned the system that

was · When the Battle's loft and scene of this act, were much

won. ) i. e. the battle in concerned in battles. which Macbeth was thenengaged. nominantur Valkyria ; quas These wayward fifters, as we quodvis ad prælium Odinus mittir. may fee in a note on the third



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