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Norway himself, with terrible numbers,
Assisted by that most disloyal traitor
The thane of Cawdor, 'gan a dismal conflict:
Till that Bellona's bridegroom, lapt in proof3,
Confronted him with self-comparisons4,
Point against point rebellious, arm 'gainst arm,
Curbing his lavish spirit: And, to conclude,
The victory fell on us;——

Dun. Great happiness!

Rosse. That now

Sweno, the Norways' king, craves composition;
Nor would we deign him burial of his men,
Till he disbursed, at Saint Colmes' inch 5,
Ten thousand dollars to our general use.

Dun. No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive
Our bosom interest:—Go, pronounce his death,
And with his former title greet Macbeth.

Rosse. I'll see it done.

Dun. What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.

[Exeunt.

SCENE III.

A Heath. Thunder.
Enter the three Witches.

1 Witch. Where hast thou been, sister?

2 Witch. Killing swine.

3 Witch. Sister, where thou?

1 Witch. A sailor's wife had chesnuts in her lap,

And mounch'd, and mounch'd, and mounch'd :—

Give me, quoth I:

Aroint6 thee, witch! the rump-fed ronyon7 cries.
Her husband's to Aleppo gone, master o'the Tiger:
But in a sieve I'll thither sail,
And, like a rat without a tail",
I'll do, I'll do, and I'll do.

'I Witch. I'll give thee a wind.

1 Witch. Thou art kind.

3 Witch. And I another.

1 Witch. I myself have all the oiher; And the very ports they blow,

All the quarters that they know
I' the shipman's card.
I will drain him dry as hay:
Sleep shall, neither night nor day,
Hang upon his penthouse lid;
He shall live a man forbid9:
Weary sev'n-nights, nine times nine,
Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine:
Though his back cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be tempest-tost.
Look what I have.

2 Witch. Show me, show me.

1 Witch. Here I have a pilot's thumb, Wreck'd, as homeward he did come. [Drum within.

3 Witch. A drum, a drum; Macbeth doth come.

All. The weird10 sisters, hand in haud, Posters of the sea and land,

Thus do go about, about;
Thrice to thine, and thrice to mine,
And thrice again, to make up nine:
Peace !—the charm's wound up.

Enter Macbeth and Banquo.

Mac. So foul and fair a day I have not seen.

Ban. How far is't call'd to Fores ?—What are these, So wither'd, and so wild in their attire; That look not like the inhabitants o'the earth, And yet are on't ?—Live you? or are you aught That man may question ? You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy finger laying Upon her skinny lips :—You should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so.

Mac. Speak, if you can;—What are you?

1 Witch. All hail, Macbeth"! hail to thee, thane

of Glamis!

2 Witch. All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane

of Cawdor!

3 Witch. All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king here

after.

Ban. Good sir, why do you start; and seem to feaf Things that do sound so fair ?—I'the name of truth, Are ye fantastical, or that indeed Which outwardly ye show? My noble partner You greet with present grace, and great prediction Of noble having, and of royal hope, That he seems rapt withal: to me you speak not:

If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say, which grain will grow, and which will not;
Speak then to me, who neither beg, nor fear,
Your favours, nor your hate.

1 Witch. Hail!

2 Witch. Hail!

3 Witch. Hail!

1 Witch. Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.

2 Witch. Not so happy, yet much happier.

3 Witch. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none: So, all hail, Macbeth, and Banquo!

1 Witch. Banquo, and Macbeth, all hail!

Mac. Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more: By Sinel's death 1*, I know, I am thane of Glamis; But how of Cawdor? the thane of Cawdor lives, A prosperous gentleman; and, to be king, Stands not within the prospect of belief, No more than to be Cawdor. Say, from whence You owe this strange intelligence? or why Upon this blasted heath you stop our way With such prophetick greeting ?—Speak, I charge you. [Witches vanish.

Ban. The earth hath bubbles, as the water has, And these are of them :—Whither are they vanish'd?

Macb. Into the air; and what seem'd corporal,

melted As breath into the wind.—'Would they had staid!

Ban. Were such things here, as we do speak about? Or have we eaten of the insane root, That takes the reason prisoner?

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Macb. Your children shall be kings.
Ban. You shall be king.

Macb. And thane of Cawdor too; went it not so? Ban. To the self-same tune, and words. Who's here?

Enter Rosse, and Angus.

/I'iivsi. The king hath happily receiv'd, Macbeth, The news of thy success: and when he reads Thy personal venture in the rebels' fight, His wonders and his praises do contend, Which should be thine, or his: Silenc'd with that, In viewing o'er the rest o' the self-same day, He finds thee in the stout Norweyan ranks, Nothing afeard of what thyself didst make, Strange images of death. As thick as tale ", Came post with post; and every one did bear Thy praises in his kingdom's great defence, And pour'd them down before him.

Ang. We are sent,

To give thee, from our royal master, thanks;
To herald thee into his sight, not pay thee.

Rosse. And, for an earnest of a greater honour,
He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor:
In which addition, hail, most worthy thane!
For it is thine.

Ban. What, can the devil speak true?

Macb. The thane of Cawdor lives; WJiy do you

dress me In borrow'd robes?

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