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Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not, Seyton!——

Enter Seyton.

Sey.. What is your gracious pleasure?

Macb, What news more?

Sey. All is confirm'd, my lord, which was reported.

Macb. I'll fight, till from my bones my flesh be

hack'd.— Give me my armour.

Sey. 'Tis not needed yet.

Macb. I'll put it on.

Send out more horses, skirr the country round w; Hang those that talk of fear.—Give me mine armour.— How does your patient, doctor?

Doct. Not so sick, my lord,

As she is troubled with thick-coming fancies,
That keep her from her rest.

Macb. Cure her of that:

Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas'd;
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow;
Raze out the written troubles of the brain;
And, with some sweet oblivious antidote,
Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff,
Which weighs upon the heart?

Doct. Therein the patient

Must minister to himself.

Macb. Throw physick to the dogs, I'll none of it.— Come, put mine armour on; give me my staff":— Seyton, send out.—Doctor, the thanes fly from me 1—

VOL. VI. H

Come, sir, despatch:—If thou could'st, doctor, cast
The water of my land, find her disease,
And purge it to a sound and pristine health,
I would applaud thee to the very echo,
That should applaud again.—Pull't off, I say.—
What rhubarb, senna, or what purgative drug,
Would scour these English, hence 2–Hearest thou of
them 2

Doct. Ay, my good lord; your royal preparation
Makes us hear something.

Macb. Bring it after me.— I will not be afraid of death and bane, Till Birnam forest come to Dunsinane. [Erit.

Doct. Were I from Dunsinane away and clear, Profit again should hardly draw me here. [Erit.

, SCENE IV.

Country near Dunsinane: A Wood in view.

Enter, with Drum and Colours, MALcol M, old SIw ARD and his Son, MAcDUFF, MENTETH, CATHN Ess, ANG us, LeNox, Rosse, and Soldiers, marching.

Mal. Cousins, I hope, the days are near at hand, That chambers will be safe.

Ment. We doubt it nothing.
Siw. What wood is this before us
Ment. - The wood of Birnam.

Mal. Let every soldier hew him down a bough, And bear’t before him; thereby shall we shadow

The numbers of our host, and make discovery
Err in report of us.

•W'/. It shall be done.

Sim. We learn no other, but the confident tyrant Keeps still in Dunsinane, and will endure Our setting down before't.

Mai. 'Tis his main hope \

For where there is advantage to be given,
Both more and less have given him the revolt;
And none serve with him but constrained things,
Whose hearts are absent too.

Macd. Let our just censures

Attend the true event, and put we on
Industrious soldiership.

Siw. The time approaches,

That will with due decision make us know
What we shall say we have, and what we owe.
Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate;
But certain issue strokes must arbitrate:
Towards which, advance the war.

[I'.nmit, marching.

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SCENE V.

Dunsinane. Within the Castle.

Enter, -with Drums and Colours, Macbeth, Seyton, and Soldiers.

Macb. Hang out our banners on the outward walls; The cry is still, They come: Our castle's strength

Will laugh a siege to scorn: here let them lie.
Till famine, and the ague, eat them up:
Were they not forc'd with those that should be ours,
We might have met them dareful, beard to beard,
And beat them backward home. What is that noise?

[A cry within, of women.

Sey. It is the cry of women, my good lord.

Mucb. I have almost forgot the taste of fears: The time has been, my senses would have cool'd To hear a night-shriek; and my fell of hair Would at a dismal treatise rouse, and stir As life were in't: I have supp'd full with horrors; Direness, familiar to my slaught'rous thoughts, Cannot once start me.—Wherefore was that cry?

Sey. The queen, my lard, is dead.

Macb. She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.—
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage.
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury.
Signifying nothing.

Enter a Messenger.
Thou com'st to use thy tongue; thy story quickly.

Ma. Gracious my lord,
I should report that which I say I saw,
But know not how to do it.

Mad). Well, say, sir.

Mes. As I did stand my watch upon the hill, I look'd toward Birnam, and anon, methought, The wood began to move.

Macb. Liar, and slave!

[striking /am.

Mes. Let me endure your wrath, if't be not so: Within this three mile may you see it coming; I say, a moving grove.

Macb. If thou speak'st false,

Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive.,
Till famine cling thee M: if thy speech be sooth,
I care not if thou dost for me as much.—
I pull in resolution 64; and begin
To doubt the equivocation of the fiend,
That lies like truth: Fear not, till Birnam leood
Do come to Dinmnune ;^- and now a wood
Comes toward Dunsinane.—Arm, arm, and out!—
If this, which he avouches, does appear,
There is nor flying hence, nor tarrying here.
I 'gin to be a-weary of the sun,
And wish the estate o'the world were now undone.—
Ring the alarum bell:—Blow, wind ! come, wrack!
At least we'll die with harness on our back.

[Exeunt.

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