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1 Off. It was, so please your highness. Macb. Well then, now
Have you consider'd of my speeches'?
Do you find
Your patience so predominant in your nature,
That you can let this go? Are you so gospel'd,
To pray for this good man, and for his issue,
Whose heavy hand hath bow'd you to the grave,
And beggar'd yours for ever?
2 Off. I am one, my liege,
Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world
1 Off. And I another,
Macb. Both of you
1 Off. True, my lord.
Macb. So is he mine: and in such bloody distance, That every minute of his being thrusts Against my near'st of life: And though I could With bare-fac'd power sweep him from my sight, And bid my will avouch it; yet I must not, For sundry weighty reasons.
2 Off. We shall, my lord, Perform what you command us,
1 Off. Though our lives
Macb. Your spirits shine through you. Within this hour, at most, I will advise you where to plant yourselves; Acquaint you with the perfect spy o'the time, The moment on't; for't must be done to-night, And something from the palace; always thought, That I require a clearness: And with him, (Toleave no rubs, nor botches, in the work,) Fleance his son, that keeps him company,
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Whose absence is no less material to me
1 Off. We are resolv'd, my lord.
Macb. I'll call upon you strait; abide within.
It is concluded: Banquo, thy soul's flight,
If it find Heaven, must find it out to-night. [Exit.
Enter Lady Macbeth, as Queen; and Seyton.
Lady. Is Banquo gone from court?
Sey. Ay, madam; but returns again to-night.
Lady. Say to the King, I would attend his leisure For a few words.
Sey. Madam, I will. (Exit Seyton.
Lady. Nought's had, all's spent,
How now, my lord? why do you keep alone,
Macb. We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it,
Than on the torture of the mind to lie
In restless ecstacy. Duncan is in his grave;—
After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well:
Treason has done his worst; nor steel, nor poison,
Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing,
Can touch him further!
Lady. Come on; Gentle my lord, Sleek o'er your rugged looks; be bright and jovial Among your guests to-night.
Macb. O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! Thou know'st, that Banquo, and his Fleance, live.
Lady. But in them nature's copy's not eterne.
Macb. There's comfort yet, they are assailable; Then be thou jocund: Ere the bat hath flown His cloister'd flight; ere, to black Hecate's summons, The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums, Hath rung night's yawning peal, there shall be done A deed of dreadful note.
Lady. What's to be done ?
Macb. Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest
A Park, near the Palace, at Fores.
Enter the Two Officers.
1 Off. The west yet glimmers with some streaks of
2 Off. Hark! I hear horses.
Ban. [Within.] Give us a light there, ho!
1 Of. Then it is he; the rest
That are within the note of expectation,
2 Of. His horses go about.
1 Of Almost a mile: but he does usually, So all men do, from hence to the palace gate, Make it their walk.
2 Off. A light, a light! 1 Off. Tis he.
Enter Fleance, with a Torch, and Banquo.
Ban. It will rain to-night.
[Exeunt Fleance and Banquo. 1 Off. Let it come down. [Exeunt Officers.
Ban. [Within.] O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance.
fly, fly, fly r-- Fie. [Within.] Murder! murder! murder! Ban. [Within.] Thou may'st revenge.—O, slave!—
O, O,O! [Dies.
1 Off. Who did strike out the light?
2 Off. Was't not the way ?.
1 Off. There's but one down; the son is fled.
2 Off. We have lost best half of our affair.
1 Off. Well, let's away, and say how much is done.
The Banqueting Room, in the Palace, at Fores.
Macbeth,Lady Macbeth,Ross, Lenox, Seyton,
Macb. You know your own degrees, sit down: at first, And last, the hearty welcome.
Rosse. Thanks to your majesty.
Macb. Ourself will mingle with society,
Lady. Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our friends; For my heart speaks, they are welcome.
Macb. See, they encounter thee with their hearts`
Both sides are even: Here I'll sit i'the midst:
Enter First Officer.
There's blood upon thy face. 1 Off. Tis Banquo's then. Macb. Is he despatch'd?
1 Off. My lord, his throat is cut: that I did for him.