Macbeth


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Drum and colours. Enter Malcolm, Seyward, Macduff,

Seyward's Son, Menteth, Cathness, Angus, and

Soldiers, marching


MALCOLM

Cousins, I hope the days are near at hand

That chambers will be safe.
chamber (n.) 2 bedchamber, bedroom


MENTETH

                         We doubt it nothing.


SEYWARD

What wood is this before us?


MENTETH

                         The wood of Birnan.


MALCOLM

Let every soldier hew him down a bough

And bear't before him; thereby shall we shadow
shadow (v.) 1 conceal, hide, screen from view

The numbers of our host and make discovery
discovery (n.) 3 reconnaisance, reconnoitring, spying

Err in report of us.


SOLDIERS

                         It shall be done.


SEYWARD

We learn no other but the confident tyrant

Keeps still in Dunsinane and will endure
endure (v.) 1 let, allow, permit

Our setting down before't.
setting-down (n.) siege, besieging, encampment


MALCOLM

                         'Tis his main hope.

For where there is advantage to be given,
advantage (n.) 1 right moment, favourable opportunity

Both more and less have given him the revolt,
more and less 1 men of high and low rank

And none serve with him but constrained things

Whose hearts are absent too.
censure (n.) 1 assessment, opinion, judgement, criticism
just (adj.) 1 accurate, exact, precise


MACDUFF

                         Let our just censures

Attend the true event, and put we on
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count
event (n.) outcome, issue, consequence

Industrious soldiership.
soldiership (n.) soldierly qualities, military skill


SEYWARD

                         The time approaches

That will with due decision make us know

What we shall say we have, and what we owe.
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have See Topics: Frequency count

Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate,

But certain issue strokes must arbitrate;
issue (n.) 2 outcome, result, consequence(s) See Topics: Frequency count
stroke (n.) 1 blow, attack, assault

Towards which, advance the war.

Exeunt, marching

 
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