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FLEANCE: SON TO BANQUO.
SIWARD: EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND, GENERAL OF
THE ENGLISH FORCES.
YOUNG SIWARD: HIS SON.
SEYTON: AN OFFICER ATTENDING ON MACBETH.
Boy: SON TO MACDUFF.
AN ENGLISH DOCTOR.
A SCOTCH DOCTOR.
AN OLD Man.
GENTLEWOMAN ATTENDING ON LADY MACBETH.
LORDS, GENTLEMEN, OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, MURDERERS,
This is the Sergeant,
SCENE II. A Camp near Forres.
Alarum within. Enter DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN,
The newest state.
1 The Witches answer the calls of their familiar spirits, a cat, a toad, and a third unnamed, later called Harpier. 79
2 = news.
Doubtful it stood;
As two spent swimmers, that do cling together
And Fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling,
Like Valour's minion
Carv'd out his passage till he fac'd the slave;
Shipwracking storms and direful thunders break;
Dismay'd not this
As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion.
Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe:
Or memorize* another Golgotha,
They smack of honour both. Go get him surgeons.
Who comes here?
The worthy Thane of Ross.
LEN. What a haste looks through his eyes! So should
That seems to speak things strange.
God save the King!
From Fife, great King;
Our bosom interest. Go pronounce his present death,
Ross. I'll see it done.
DUN. What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won. [exeunt.
SCENE III. A Heath near Forres.
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,
1 =comparisons between Bellona's bridegroom and the Thane of Cawdor. 2 i.c. Inchcolm.
And munch'd, and munch'd, and munch'd. Give me,
Aroint thee,' Witch! the rump-fed ronyon3 cries.
THIRD WITCH. A drum, a drum!
Macbeth doth come.
I myself have all the other
I will drain him dry as hay:
Sleep shall neither night nor day
The Weird Sisters, hand in hand,
5 i.e. as a rat does: gnaw through timbers.
Enter MACBETH and BANQUO.
MACB. So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
1 avoid. • 'Can rump-fed mean nut-fed? The sailor's wife was eating chestnuts. In Kilian's Dict. is Rompe=Nux myristioa vilior, cassa, inanis.'-Harold Littledale.
3 a scabby wretch (Fr. rogneux).
a witch might take any shape, but it must ever