Macbeth


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Flourish. Enter King Duncan, Lennox, Malcolm,

Donalbain, and Attendants


DUNCAN

Is execution done on Cawdor?

Are not those in commission yet returned?
commission (n.) 1 warrant, authority [to act]


MALCOLM

My liege,

They are not yet come back. But I have spoke

With one that saw him die, who did report

That very frankly he confessed his treasons,

Implored your highness' pardon, and set forth
set forth (v.) 2 display, show, exhibit

A deep repentance. Nothing in his life

Became him like the leaving it. He died
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count

As one that had been studied in his death
studied (adj.) 4 [theatre] learned by heart, committed to memory

To throw away the dearest thing he owed
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have See Topics: Frequency count

As 'twere a careless trifle.
art (n.) 2 accomplishment, achievement, skill
careless (adj.) 6 uncared-for, untended


DUNCAN

                         There's no art

To find the mind's construction in the face.
construction (n.) 1 interpretation, reading, explanation

He was a gentleman on whom I built

An absolute trust.

Enter Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, and Angus

                         O worthiest cousin!

The sin of my ingratitude even now
heavy (adj.) 3 pressing, weighty, overpowering

Was heavy on me. Thou art so far before,
before (adv.) 1 ahead, in advance

That swiftest wing of recompense is slow

To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved,

That the proportion both of thanks and payment
proportion (n.) 3 weighing up, appropriate measuring

Might have been mine! Only I have left to say,

‘ More is thy due than more than all can pay.’


MACBETH

The service and the loyalty I owe,

In doing it, pays itself. Your highness' part

Is to receive our duties; and our duties

Are to your throne and state, children and servants,

Which do but what they should by doing everything

Safe toward your love and honour.
safe (adv.) trustworthily, in an assured way


DUNCAN

                         Welcome hither:

I have begun to plant thee, and will labour

To make thee full of growing. – Noble Banquo,

That hast no less deserved, nor must be known

No less to have done so, let me enfold thee

And hold thee to my heart.


BANQUO

                         There if I grow,

The harvest is your own.


DUNCAN

                         My plenteous joys,

Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves
wanton (adj.) 11 luxuriant, flourishing, lush, profuse in growth

In drops of sorrow. Sons, kinsmen, thanes,

And you whose places are the nearest, know
near (adj.) 1 close to the throne [in order of succession], near relation
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

We will establish our estate upon
estate (n.) 4 state, kingdom

Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter

The Prince of Cumberland: which honour must

Not unaccompanied invest him only,

But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine

On all deservers. From hence to Inverness,

And bind us further to you.


MACBETH

The rest is labour, which is not used for you.

I'll be myself the harbinger and make joyful
harbinger (n.) forerunner, herald, precursor

The hearing of my wife with your approach;

So humbly take my leave.


DUNCAN

                         My worthy Cawdor!


MACBETH

(aside)

The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step

On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,
overleap (v.) 2 leap over, jump across

For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires,

Let not light see my black and deep desires.

The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be
wink (v.) 3 fail to look, connive

Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.

Exit


DUNCAN

True, worthy Banquo; he is full so valiant,

And in his commendations I am fed;

It is a banquet to me. Let's after him

Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome.

It is a peerless kinsman.

Flourish. Exeunt

 
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