Macbeth


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Thunder. Enter the three Witches
brinded (adj.) streaked, striped, tabby


FIRST WITCH

Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed.


SECOND WITCH

Thrice, and once the hedge-pig whined.
hedge-pig (n.) hedgehog


THIRD WITCH

Harpier cries! 'Tis time, 'tis time!.


FIRST WITCH

Round about the cauldron go;

In the poisoned entrails throw:

Toad that under cold stone

Days and nights has thirty-one.

Sweltered venom, sleeping got,
sweltered (adj.) oozing, dripping [in the manner of sweat]

Boil thou first i'the charmed pot.
charmed (adj.) 1 bewitched, enchanted, placed under a spell


ALL

Double, double, toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.


SECOND WITCH

Fillet of a fenny snake
fenny (adj.) fen-living, marshland-dwelling

In the cauldron boil and bake;

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,

Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,

Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
blind-worm (n.) slow-worm
fork (n.) 1 forked tongue

Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
owlet, howlet (n.) young owl, owl

For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth, boil and bubble.


ALL

Double, double, toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.


THIRD WITCH

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,

Witch's mummy, maw and gulf
gulf (n.) 3 huge stomach, voracious gut
maw (n.) belly, stomach; throat, gullet

Of the ravined salt sea shark,
ravined, ravened (adj.) stuffed with prey, glutted

Root of hemlock digged i'the dark,

Liver of blaspheming Jew,

Gall of goat, and slips of yew
gall (n.) 1 bile [reputed for its bitterness]
slip (n.) 1 seedling, sprig, shoot, cutting

Slivered in the moon's eclipse,
sliver (v.) cut off [a piece], split off, tear away

Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips,

Finger of birth-strangled babe,

Ditch-delivered by a drab,
ditch-delivered (adj.) born in a ditch
drab (n.) harlot, slut, whore

Make the gruel thick and slab.
slab (adj.) coagulated, congealed, viscous

Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
chaudron, chawdron (n.) entrails [of a beast]

For the ingredience of our cauldron.
ingredience (n.) composition, ingredients, contents


ALL

Double, double, toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.


SECOND WITCH

Cool it with a baboon's blood;

Then the charm is firm and good.

Enter Hecat and the other three Witches


HECAT

O well done! I commend your pains;
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol

And everyone shall share i'the gains.

And now about the cauldron sing

Live elves and fairies in a ring,

Enchanting all that you put in.

Music and a song: ‘ Black spirits,’ etc.

Exeunt Hecat and the other three Witches


SECOND WITCH

By the pricking of my thumbs,

Something wicked this way comes.

Open, locks, whoever knocks!

Enter Macbeth


MACBETH

How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!
secret (adj.) 2 magical, mystical, occult

What is't you do?


ALL

                         A deed without a name.


MACBETH

I conjure you, by that which you profess,
conjure (v.) 1 ask solemnly, entreat earnestly, beseech

Howe'er you come to know it, answer me –

Though you untie the winds and let them fight

Against the churches; though the yesty waves
yesty (adj.) [as of yeast] foaming, frothy

Confound and swallow navigation up;
navigation (n.) shipping, vessels

Though bladed corn be lodged and trees blown down;
bladed (adj.) many-bladed, abounding in shoots
lodge (v.) 2 beat down, flatten, make level

Though castles topple on their warders' heads;

Though palaces and pyramids do slope

Their heads to their foundations; though the treasure

Of nature's germens tumble all together
germen (n.) seed, life-forming elements

Even till destruction sicken – answer me

To what I ask you.


FIRST WITCH

Speak.


SECOND WITCH

                         Demand.


THIRD WITCH

                                                         We'll answer.


FIRST WITCH

Say, if thou'dst rather hear it from our mouths

Or from our masters.


MACBETH

                         Call 'em. Let me see 'em.


FIRST WITCH

Pour in sow's blood that hath eaten

Her nine farrow; grease that's sweaten
farrow (n.) [of pigs] litter, young, piglet

From the murderer's gibbet, throw

Into the flame.


ALL

                         Come high or low,

Thyself and office deftly show.
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

Thunder. First Apparition, an Armed Head


MACBETH

Tell me, thou unknown power –
power (n.) 9 (usually plural) gods, deities, divinities


FIRST WITCH

                         He knows thy thought.

Hear his speech, but say thou naught.


FIRST APPARITION

Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth, beware Macduff!

Beware the Thane of Fife! Dismiss me. Enough.

He descends


MACBETH

Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution, thanks;

Thou hast harped my fear aright. But one word more –
harp (v.) guess, express in words, give voice to


FIRST WITCH

He will not be commanded. Here's another

More potent than the first.

Thunder. Second Apparition, a Bloody Child


SECOND APPARITION

Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth!


MACBETH

Had I three ears, I'd hear thee.


SECOND APPARITION

Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn
bloody (adj.) 1 blood-thirsty, warlike, ferocious

The power of man; for none of woman born

Shall harm Macbeth.

He descends


MACBETH

Then live Macduff; what need I fear of thee?

But yet I'll make assurance double sure,
assurance (n.) 1 security, certainty, confidence
double (adv.) 1 doubly, for the second time, twice over

And take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live;
bond (n.) 1 deed, contract, pledge

That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies,

And sleep in spite of thunder.

Thunder. Third Apparition, a Child crowned, with a

tree in his hand

                         What is this

That rises like the issue of a king,
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count

And wears upon his baby brow the round
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
round (n.) 2 circlet, ring, crown

And top of sovereignty?


ALL

                         Listen, but speak not to't.


THIRD APPARITION

Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care

Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are;

Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until

Great Birnan Wood to high Dunsinane Hill

Shall come against him.

He descends


MACBETH

                         That will never be.

Who can impress the forest, bid the tree
impress (v.) 1 conscript, enlist, force into service

Unfix his earth-bound root? Sweet bodements! Good!
bodement (n.) omen, portent, augury

Rebellious dead rise never till the wood

Of Birnan rise, and our high-placed Macbeth

Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath

To time and mortal custom. Yet my heart
mortal (adj.) 2 human, subject to death, characterized by mortality

Throbs to know one thing: tell me, if your art

Can tell so much, shall Banquo's issue ever

Reign in this kingdom?
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count


ALL

                         Seek to know no more.


MACBETH

I will be satisfied! Deny me this

And an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know.

Why sinks that cauldron?

Hautboys
noise (n.) 3 musical sounds, melodious noises

                         And what noise is this?


FIRST WITCH

Show!


SECOND WITCH

Show!


THIRD WITCH

Show!


ALL

Show his eyes and grieve his heart;

Come like shadows, so depart.
glass (n.) 2 magic mirror, crystal ball

A show of eight kings, and Banquo; the last king with

a glass in his hand


MACBETH

Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo. Down!

Thy crown does sear mine eye-balls. And thy hair,

Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first.
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]

A third is like the former. – Filthy hags,

Why do you show me this? – A fourth? Start, eyes!

What, will the line stretch out to the crack of doom?
doom (n.) 3 doomsday, day of judgement

Another yet? A seventh? I'll see no more!

And yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass
glass (n.) 2 magic mirror, crystal ball

Which shows me many more. And some I see

That two-fold balls and treble sceptres carry.
ball (n.) 1 royal golden orb

Horrible sight! Now I see 'tis true,

For the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me,
blood-boltered (adj.) with hair matted with blood, with tangled bloody knots of hair

And points at them for his. What! Is this so?


FIRST WITCH

Ay, sir, all this is so. But why

Stands Macbeth thus amazedly?

Come, sisters, cheer we up his sprites
sprite, spright (n.) 2 spirit, feeling, frame of mind

And show the best of our delights.

I'll charm the air to give a sound,

While you perform your antic round,
antic, antick(e), antique (adj.) 1 fantastic, bizarre, weird
round (n.) 1 circle dance, ring

That this great king may kindly say

Our duties did his welcome pay.

Music. The Witches dance; and vanish


MACBETH

Where are they? Gone! Let this pernicious hour

Stand aye accursed in the calendar.
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity

Come in, without there.

Enter Lennox


LENNOX

                         What's your grace's will?


MACBETH

Saw you the Weird Sisters?


LENNOX

                         No, my lord.


MACBETH

Came they not by you?


LENNOX

                         No, indeed, my lord.


MACBETH

Infected be the air whereon they ride,

And damned all those that trust them! I did hear

The galloping of horse. Who was't came by?


LENNOX

'Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word

Macduff is fled to England.


MACBETH

                         Fled to England!


LENNOX

Ay, my good lord.


MACBETH

Time, thou anticipat'st my dread exploits.
dread (adj.) 2 frightening, terrifying, fearful

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook
flighty (adj.) swiftly conceived, quickly vanishing
overtake (v.) 1 accomplish, achieve, fulfil
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Unless the deed go with it. From this moment

The very firstlings of my heart shall be
firstling (n.) 2 first product, first fruits

The firstlings of my hand. And even now,

To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done;

The castle of Macduff I will surprise,

Seize upon Fife, give to the edge o'the sword

His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls

That trace him in his line. No boasting, like a fool;
trace (v.) 2 follow on from, come from

This deed I'll do before this purpose cool.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

But no more sights! – Where are these gentlemen?

Come, bring me where they are.

Exeunt

 
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