Macbeth


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Macbeth's Lady and a Servant


LADY

Is Banquo gone from court?


SERVANT

Ay, madam, but returns again tonight.


LADY

Say to the King I would attend his leisure
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

For a few words.


SERVANT

                         Madam, I will.

Exit


LADY

                                                         Naught's had, all's spent,

Where our desire is got without content.
content (n.) 1 pleasure, satisfaction, happiness

'Tis safer to be that which we destroy

Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
doubtful (adj.) 1 fearful, worried, apprehensive

Enter Macbeth

How now, my lord? Why do you keep alone,

Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
fancy (n.) 5 imagining, flight of fancy, fanciful thought
sorry (adj.) 1 sorrowful, painful, sad, pitiable

Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
use (v.) 5 keep company with, entertain

With them they think on? Things without all remedy

Should be without regard; what's done is done.
regard (n.) 1 consideration, concern, thought, heed


MACBETH

We have scorched the snake, not killed it;
scorch (v.) slash with a knife, gash

She'll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice
close (v.) 3 join, unite, combine [again]

Remains in danger of her former tooth.
tooth (n.) 1 fangs

But let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer
disjoint (v.) fall to pieces, become disjointed
frame (n.) 1 framework, structure, construction
suffer (v.) 6 perish, be destroyed, collapse

Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep

In the affliction of these terrible dreams

That shake us nightly; better be with the dead

Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,

Than on the torture of the mind to lie

In restless ecstasy. Duncan is in his grave;
ecstasy (n.) 1 fit, bout of madness, frenzied behaviour

After life's fitful fever he sleeps well;
fitful (adj.) full of fits, marked by paroxysms

Treason has done his worst. Nor steel, nor poison,

Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing
levy (n.) recruitment of soldiers, conscription of men

Can touch him further.


LADY

                         Come on,

Gentle my lord, sleek o'er your rugged looks,
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count
rugged (adj.) 2 frowning, wrinkled with irritation

Be bright and jovial among your guests tonight.


MACBETH

So shall I, love; and so I pray be you.

Let your remembrance apply to Banquo,
apply (v.) 3 be directed, be given, attend well to
remembrance (n.) 3 notice, paying attention

Present him eminence both with eye and tongue.
eminence (n.) 2 special honour, exceptional homage

Unsafe the while that we

Must lave our honours in these flattering streams,
lave (v.) wash, bathe, soak

And make our faces vizards to our hearts,
vizard (n.) mask, visor

Disguising what they are.


LADY

                         You must leave this.


MACBETH

O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!

Thou know'st that Banquo and his Fleance lives.


LADY

But in them nature's copy's not eterne.
copy (n.) 4 [legal] type of tenure, copyhold; also: process of replication
eterne (adj.) eternal, everlasting, for ever


MACBETH

There's comfort yet! They are assailable.

Then be thou jocund. Ere the bat hath flown
jocund (adj.) merry, joyful, cheerful

His cloistered flight, ere to black Hecat's summons
cloistered (adj.) confined, restricted [as in a cloister]

The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums,
shard-borne (adj.) born in dung; or: borne on scaly wings

Hath rung night's yawning peal, there shall be done
yawning (adj.) sleep-inducing, lulling

A deed of dreadful note.
note (n.) 1 attention, notice, regard


LADY

                         What's to be done?


MACBETH

Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,
chuck (n.) chicken, chick [usually as a term of endearment] See Topics: Address forms

Till thou applaud the deed. Come, seeling night,
seeling (adj.) [falconry] concealing, screening

Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day,
scarf up (v.) blindfold, cover up

And with thy bloody and invisible hand

Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond
bond (n.) 1 deed, contract, pledge

Which keeps me pale. Light thickens
pale (adj.) wan, fearful, pale-hearted
thicken (v.) grow dim, darken

And the crow makes wing to the rooky wood;
rooky (adj.) filled with rooks, black, dark

Good things of day begin to droop and drowse,

While night's black agents to their preys do rouse.
rouse (v.) 1 [hunting] startle from a lair, draw out

Thou marvell'st at my words; but hold thee still.

Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.
ill (adj.) 2 evil, wicked, immoral

So, prithee, go with me.

Exeunt

 
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