Enter Lady Macbeth
That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold;
What hath quenched them hath given me fire. – Hark! – Peace!
It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman
bell-ringer who announces an impending death [as of a condemned prisoner]
Which gives the stern'st good-night. He is about it.
The doors are open, and the surfeited grooms
Do mock their charge with snores; I have drugged their possets
restorative hot drink, made of milk, liquor, and other ingredients
That death and nature do contend about them
Whether they live or die.
Who's there? What, ho!
Alack, I am afraid they have awaked,
And 'tis not done. The attempt and not the deed
Confounds us. – Hark! – I laid their daggers ready;
He could not miss 'em. Had he not resembled
My father as he slept, I had done't.
Enter Macbeth, carrying two bloodstained daggers
I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?
I heard the owl-scream and the cricket's cry.
Did not you speak?
As I descended?
Who lies i'the second chamber?
(looks at his hands)
This is a sorry sight.
A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.
There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried ‘ Murder!’
That they did wake each other. I stood and heard them.
But they did say their prayers and addressed them
Again to sleep.
There are two lodged together.
One cried ‘ God bless us!’ and ‘ Amen ’ the other,
As they had seen me with these hangman's hands.
Listening their fear I could not say ‘ Amen ’
When they did say ‘ God bless us.’
Consider it not so deeply.
But wherefore could not I pronounce ‘ Amen ’?
I had most need of blessing, and ‘ Amen ’
Stuck in my throat.
These deeds must not be thought
After these ways; so, it will make us mad.
Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘ Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep – the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast,’
What do you mean?
Still it cried ‘ Sleep no more ’ to all the house;
‘ Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor
Shall sleep no more, Macbeth shall sleep no more.’
Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane,
You do unbend your noble strength, to think
So brain-sickly of things. Go get some water,
And wash this filthy witness from your hand.
Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
They must lie there. Go, carry them and smear
The sleepy grooms with blood.
I'll go no more.
I am afraid to think what I have done;
Look on't again I dare not.
Infirm of purpose!
Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead
Are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood
That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed,
I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal,
For it must seem their guilt.
Whence is that knocking?
How is't with me when every noise appals me?
What hands are here! Ha – they pluck out mine eyes!
Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red.
Enter Lady Macbeth
My hands are of your colour; but I shame
To wear a heart so white.
I hear a knocking
At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber.
A little water clears us of this deed;
How easy is it then! Your constancy
Hath left you unattended.
Hark! more knocking.
Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us
And show us to be watchers. Be not lost
So poorly in your thoughts.
To know my deed 'twere best not know myself.
Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!