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sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with 'Hail, king that shalt be!' This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness; that thou mightest not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee. Lay it to thy heart, and farewell."
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be
What thou art promised :-Yet do I fear thy nature ;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great;
Art not without ambition; but without
The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst highly, That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false,
And yet wouldst wrongly win: thou 'dst have, great Glamis,
That which cries, "Thus thou must do, if thou have it:
And that which rather thou dost fear to do,
Than wishest should be undone." Hie thee hither,
The raven himself is hoarse
2 "If fear, compassion, or any other compunctious visitings, stand between a cruel purpose and its realisation, they may be said to keep peace between them, as one who interferes between a violent man and the object of his wrath keeps peace."-CHARLES Knight.
And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers,
You wait on nature's mischief! Come, thick night,
MACBETH'S SOLILOQUY ON THE MURDER OF DUNCAN.
If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere well
And pity, like a naked new-born babe,
1 The shallow ford of life.
Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubim, horsed
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur
MACBETH'S ADDRESS TO THE AIR-DRAWN
Go, bid thy mistress, when my drink is ready,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee :
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
"It has been proposed to read, instead of itself, its sell, its saddle. However clever may be the notion, we can scarcely admit the necessity for the change of the original. A person (and vaulting ambition is personified) might be said to overleap himself, as well as overbalance himself, or overcharge himself, or overlabour himself, or overmeasure himself, or overreach himself. The word over in all these cases is used in the sense of too much."-CHARLES KNIGHT.
2 "After other Hanmer introduced side. The commentators say that the addition is unnecessary, inasmuch as the plural noun, sides, occurs just before. But surely this notion is to produce a jumble of the metaphor. Macbeth compares his intent to a courser : I have no spur to urge him on. Unprepared I am about to vault into my seat, but I overleap myself and fall. It appears to us that the sentence is broken by the entrance of the messenger; that it is not complete in itself; and would not have been completed with side."—Ibid.
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.
Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going;
Mine eyes are made the fools o' the other senses,
Thus to mine eyes.-Now o'er the one half world
Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace,
Which now suits with it.-Whiles I threat he lives:
I go, and it is done; the bell invites me.
CORIOLANUS TO THE ROMANS ON HIS
You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate
That do corrupt my air, I banish you;
1 The handle of the dagger.
And here remain with your uncertainty!
As most abated captives, to some nation
MARCELLUS TO THE ROMANS.
WHEREFORE rejoice? What conquest brings he home? What tributaries follow him to Rome,
To grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels?
You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!
And do you now put on your best attire ?