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Hautboys. Torches. Enter a Sewer and divers Servants

with dishes and service over the stage. Then enter



If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well
divers (adj.) different, various, several
service (n.) 6 table preparations for a meal
sewer (n.) supervisor, chief servant, master of ceremonies

It were done quickly. If the assassination

Could trammel up the consequence, and catch
catch (v.) 1 seize, get hold of, capture
trammel (v.) entangle, catch up [as in a fishing net]

With his surcease success – that but this blow
surcease (n.) cessation, termination, completion

Might be the be-all and the end-all! – here,

But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,
bank (n.) 1 coast, shore

We'd jump the life to come. But in these cases
jump (v.) 2 risk, hazard, imperil

We still have judgement here – that we but teach
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return

To plague the inventor. This even-handed justice

Commends the ingredience of our poisoned chalice
commend (v.) 2 commit, entrust, hand over
ingredience (n.) composition, ingredients, contents

To our own lips. He's here in double trust:

First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,

Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,

Who should against his murderer shut the door,

Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan

Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
faculty (n.) function, power, capability

So clear in his great office, that his virtues
clear (adj.) 1 pure, spotless, faultless
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function

Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued against

The deep damnation of his taking-off;
deep (adj.) 1 solemn, weighty, important
taking-off (n.) killing, elimination, removal

And Pity, like a naked new-born babe

Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubin, horsed
blast (n.) storm, rage, angry breath
cherubin (n.) 1 cherub, angel; or: cherubim, angels
stride (v.) 2 bestride, sit astride, straddle

Upon the sightless curriers of the air,
currier (n.) runner, messenger, courier
sightless (adj.) 1 invisible, unseen, hidden

Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,

That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur

To prick the sides of my intent but only
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

Vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself
overleap (v.) 3 leap too far, overshoot

And falls on the other.

Enter Lady Macbeth

                         How now? What news?


He has almost supped. Why have you left the chamber?
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count


Hath he asked for me?


                         Know you not he has?


We will proceed no further in this business.

He hath honoured me of late, and I have bought

Golden opinions from all sorts of people

Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
gloss (n.) 1 deceptive appearance, plausibility

Not cast aside so soon.


                         Was the hope drunk

Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?

And wakes it now to look so green and pale

At what it did so freely? From this time

Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count

To be the same in thine own act and valour

As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that

Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,

And live a coward in thine own esteem,

Letting ‘ I dare not’ wait upon ‘ I would ’,
wait on / upon (v.) 1 accompany, attend

Like the poor cat i'the adage?
adage (n.) proverb, saying, maxim


                         Prithee peace.

I dare do all that may become a man;
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

Who dares do more is none.


                         What beast was't then

That made you break this enterprise to me?
break (v.) 5 reveal, disclose, impart

When you durst do it, then you were a man;

And to be more than what you were, you would

Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place

Did then adhere, and yet you would make both.
adhere (v.) 1 agree, suit, fit the circumstances

They have made themselves, and that their fitness now

Does unmake you. I have given suck, and know
unmake (v.) undo, destroy, make incapable

How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me;

I would, while it was smiling in my face

Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums

And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you

Have done to this.


                         If we should fail?


                                                         We fail!

But screw your courage to the sticking place,
sticking place (n.) place on a device at which something is held fast [such as a stringed instrument or crossbow]

And we'll not fail. When Duncan is asleep –

Whereto the rather shall his day's hard journey

Soundly invite him – his two chamberlains
chamberlain (n.) bedchamber attendant

Will I with wine and wassail so convince
convince (v.) 1 defeat, overcome, overpower
wassail (n.) drinking-party, carousal, revels

That memory, the warder of the brain,

Shall be a-fume, and the receipt of reason
fume (n.) 1 harmful vapour [rising from the stomach to the brain]

A limbeck only. When in swinish sleep
limbeck (n.) retort, distilling apparatus, alembic
swinish (adj.) coarse, gross; or: comparing [one] to pigs

Their drenched natures lie as in a death,
drenched (adj.) full of drink, drowned

What cannot you and I perform upon

The unguarded Duncan? What not put upon
put upon / on (v.) ascribe to, impute to, attribute to

His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt
spongy, spungy (adj.) 2 soaked with drink, drunken

Of our great quell?
quell (n.) murder, slaying, slaughter


                         Bring forth men-children only!

For thy undaunted mettle should compose
compose (v.) 1 make up, produce, fashion
mettle, mettell (n.) 1 spirit, temperament, disposition

Nothing but males. Will it not be received,
receive (v.) 1 consider, believe, regard

When we have marked with blood those sleepy two

Of his own chamber, and used their very daggers,
chamber (n.) 2 bedchamber, bedroom

That they have done't?
other (adv.) otherwise, in any other way


                         Who dares receive it other,

As we shall make our griefs and clamour roar

Upon his death?
bend up (v.) exert, strain, wind up


                         I am settled; and bend up

Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.
corporal (adj.) 1 bodily, physical

Away, and mock the time with fairest show:
fair (adj.) 6 plausible, flattering, seductive
mock (v.) 3 deceive, delude, mislead
show (n.) 3 pretence, fabrication, deception
time (n.) 1 (the) world, (the) age, society

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count
false (adj.) 3 sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial


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