Macbeth


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Macbeth, Seyton, and Soldiers, with drum and

colours


MACBETH

Hang out our banners on the outward walls.

The cry is still ‘ They come.’ Our castle's strength

Will laugh a siege to scorn. Here let them lie

Till famine and the ague eat them up.
ague (n.) fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]

Were they not farced with those that should be ours
farce, force (v.) stuff, cram
force (v.) 2 reinforce, strengthen, augment

We might have met them dareful, beard to beard,
dareful (adj.) audacious, bold, full of defiance

And beat them backward home.

A cry within of women

                         What is that noise?


SEYTON

It is the cry of women, my good lord.

Exit


MACBETH

I have almost forgot the taste of fears.

The time has been my senses would have cooled
cool (v.) chill with terror, become cold with fear

To hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hair
fell (n.) 1 skin, hide

Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir
dismal (adj.) 1 disastrous, calamitous, devastating
stir (v.) 1 move, rouse, excite
treatise (n.) story, tale, narrative

As life were in't. I have supped full with horrors:
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count

Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts,
direness (n.) horror, terror, dread

Cannot once start me.

Enter Seyton
once (adv.) 2 ever, at any time
start (v.) 2 startle, alarm, disturb

                         Wherefore was that cry?


SEYTON

The queen, my lord, is dead.


MACBETH

She should have died hereafter.
hereafter (adv.) 2 at some time in the future See Topics: here, there, and where

There would have been a time for such a word –

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
light (v.) 3 give light to, show the way to

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
fret (v.) 4 distress oneself, worry, express discontent

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

Enter a Messenger

Thou com'st to use thy tongue: thy story quickly!


MESSENGER

Gracious my lord,

I should report that which I say I saw,

But know not how to do't.


MACBETH

                         Well, say, sir.


MESSENGER

As I did stand my watch upon the hill

I look'd toward Birnan and anon methought
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

The wood began to move.


MACBETH

                         Liar and slave!


MESSENGER

Let me endure your wrath if't be not so.

Within this three mile may you see it coming.

I say, a moving grove.
false (adv.) 3 wrongly, erroneously, in error


MACBETH

                         If thou speak'st false,

Upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive

Till famine cling thee. If thy speech be sooth,
cling (v.) wither, shrivel, shrink up

I care not if thou dost for me as much.

I pull in resolution, and begin
pull in (v.) rein in, bring to a halt

To doubt the equivocation of the fiend
equivocation (n.) ambiguous usage, double-meaning

That lies like truth. ‘ Fear not, till Birnan Wood

Do come to Dunsinane ’ – and now a wood

Comes toward Dunsinane. Arm, arm, and out!

If this which he avouches does appear,
avouch (v.) 1 declare, assert, affirm

There is nor flying hence nor tarrying here.
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger

I 'gin to be aweary of the sun,

And wish the estate o'the world were now undone. –
estate (n.) 1 state, situation, circumstances

Ring the alarum bell! – Blow wind, come wrack,
wrack (n.) 1 destruction, ruin

At least we'll die with harness on our back.

Exeunt

 
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