Drum and colours. Enter Menteth, Cathness, Angus,
The English power is near, led on by Malcolm,
His uncle Seyward and the good Macduff.
Revenges burn in them; for their dear causes
Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm
Excite the mortified man.
Near Birnan Wood
Shall we well meet them; that way are they coming.
Who knows if Donalbain be with his brother?
For certain, sir, he is not. I have a file
Of all the gentry: there is Seyward's son
And many unrough youths that even now
Protest their first of manhood.
What does the tyrant?
Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies.
Some say he's mad. Others, that lesser hate him,
Do call it valiant fury; but for certain
He cannot buckle his distempered cause
Within the belt of rule.
Now does he feel
His secret murders sticking on his hands;
Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach.
Those he commands move only in command,
Nothing in love. Now does he feel his title
Hang loose about him like a giant's robe
Upon a dwarfish thief.
Who then shall blame
His pestered senses to recoil and start,
When all that is within him does condemn
Itself for being there?
Well, march we on
To give obedience where 'tis truly owed.
Meet we the medicine of the sickly weal,
state, community, commonwealth
And with him pour we in our country's purge
purging, cleansing, flushing out of evil
Each drop of us.
Or so much as it needs
To dew the sovereign flower and drown the weeds.
Make we our march towards Birnan.