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Enter Lennox and another Lord
hit (v.) 2 match, fall in [with], coincide [with]
speech (n.) conversation, talk, discourse


My former speeches have but hit your thoughts,

Which can interpret further. Only I say

Things have been strangely borne. The gracious Duncan
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne 2 carry on, manage, conduct [an affair]

Was pitied of Macbeth: marry, he was dead!

And the right valiant Banquo walked too late;

Whom you may say, if't please you, Fleance killed,

For Fleance fled. Men must not walk too late.

Who cannot want the thought how monstrous
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

It was for Malcolm and for Donalbain

To kill their gracious father? Damned fact,
fact (n.) evil deed, wicked act, crime

How it did grieve Macbeth! Did he not straight –
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

In pious rage – the two delinquents tear,
pious (adj.) religious, holy; or: dutiful, loyal

That were the slaves of drink, and thralls of sleep?
thrall (n.) slave, subject, captive

Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely too;

For 'twould have angered any heart alive

To hear the men deny't. So that I say

He has borne all things well; and I do think

That had he Duncan's sons under his key –

As, an't please heaven, he shall not – they should find

What 'twere to kill a father – so should Fleance.

But, peace! For from broad words, and 'cause he failed
broad (adj.) 3 plain, candid, frank
word (n.) 5 (plural) speech, talk, utterance

His presence at the tyrant's feast, I hear

Macduff lives in disgrace. Sir, can you tell

Where he bestows himself?


                         The son of Duncan,

From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth,

Lives in the English court, and is received

Of the most pious Edward with such grace

That the malevolence of fortune nothing

Takes from his high respect. Thither Macduff
respect (n.) 4 esteem, status, honour

Is gone to pray the holy king, upon his aid,

To wake Northumberland and warlike Seyward,
wake (v.) 2 urge, arouse; or: trouble, disturb

That by the help of these – with Him above

To ratify the work – we may again

Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights,

Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,

Do faithful homage and receive free honours –

All which we pine for now. And this report

Hath so exasperate the King that he

Prepares for some attempt of war.
attempt (n.) 2 attack, assault


                         Sent he to Macduff?


He did. And with an absolute ‘ Sir, not I!’
absolute (adj.) 7 curt, peremptory, blunt

The cloudy messenger turns me his back
cloudy (adj.) 1 sullen, gloomy, scowling

And hums, as who should say ‘ You'll rue the time
hum (v.) 2 say ‘hum’ [as a sign of displeasure, dissatisfaction, impatience, etc] See Topics: Exclamations

That clogs me with this answer.’
clog (v.) impede, hinder, obstruct [progress]


                         And that well might

Advise him to a caution to hold what distance

His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel

Fly to the court of England and unfold

His message ere he come, that a swift blessing

May soon return to this our suffering country,

Under a hand accursed!


                         I'll send my prayers with him.


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