Drum and colours. Enter Malcolm, Seyward, Macduff,
and their Army, with boughs
Now near enough.Your leavy screens throw down,
And show like those you are. You, worthy uncle,
Shall with my cousin, your right noble son,
Lead our first battle. Worthy Macduff and we
Shall take upon's what else remains to do,
According to our order.
Fare you well.
Do we but find the tyrant's power tonight,
Let us be beaten if we cannot fight.
Make all our trumpets speak, give them all breath,
Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
They have tied me to a stake, I cannot fly,
But bear-like I must fight the course. What's he
That was not born of woman? Such a one
Am I to fear, or none.
Enter Young Seyward
What is thy name?
Thou'lt be afraid to hear it.
No, though thou call'st thyself a hotter name
Than any is in hell.
My name's Macbeth.
The devil himself could not pronounce a title
More hateful to mine ear.
No, nor more fearful.
Thou liest, abhorred tyrant! With my sword
I'll prove the lie thou speak'st.
Fight, and Young Seyward slain
Thou wast born of woman.
But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,
Brandished by man that's of a woman born.
Alarums. Enter Macduff
That way the noise is. Tyrant, show thy face.
If thou be'st slain, and with no stroke of mine,
My wife and children's ghosts will haunt me still.
I cannot strike at wretched kerns, whose arms
Are hired to bear their staves. Either thou, Macbeth,
Or else my sword with an unbattered edge
I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be:
By this great clatter one of greatest note
Seems bruited. Let me find him, fortune!
And more I beg not.
Alarums. Enter Malcolm and Seyward
This way, my lord. The castle's gently rendered.
The tyrant's people on both sides do fight;
The noble thanes do bravely in the war;
The day almost itself professes yours,
And little is to do.
We have met with foes
That strike beside us.
Enter, sir, the castle.
Alarum. Enter Macbeth
Why should I play the Roman fool and die
On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes
Do better upon them.
Turn, hellhound, turn!
Of all men else I have avoided thee.
But get thee back; my soul is too much charged
With blood of thine already.
I have no words;
My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain
Than terms can give thee out.
Thou losest labour.
As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed.
Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests,
crest (n.) 1
[originally the plume of feathers on a] helmet, head-piece
I bear a charmed life which must not yield
To one of woman born.
Despair thy charm,
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee Macduff was from his mother's womb
Accursed be that tongue that tells me so;
For it hath cowed my better part of man;
And be these juggling fiends no more believed
That palter with us in a double sense,
prevaricate, deal evasively [with], quibble
That keep the word of promise to our ear
And break it to our hope. I'll not fight with thee.
Then yield thee, coward;
And live to be the show and gaze o'the time.
We'll have thee, as our rarer monsters are,
Painted upon a pole, and underwrit,
‘ Here may you see the tyrant.’
I will not yield
To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet
And to be baited with the rabble's curse.
Though Birnan Wood be come to Dunsinane
And thou opposed, being of no woman born,
Yet I will try the last. Before my body
I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff;
And damned be him that first cries, ‘ Hold, enough!’
Alarums. Enter fighting, and Macbeth slain
Retreat and flourish. Enter with drum and colours
Malcolm, Seyward, Ross, Thanes, and Soldiers
I would the friends we miss were safe arrived.
Some must go off; and yet, by these I see
So great a day as this is cheaply bought.
Macduff is missing and your noble son.
Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt.
He only lived but till he was a man;
The which no sooner had his prowess confirmed
In the unshrinking station where he fought
But, like a man, he died.
Then he is dead?
Ay, and brought off the field. Your cause of sorrow
Must not be measured by his worth, for then
It hath no end.
Had he his hurts before?
Ay, on the front.
Why then, God's soldier be he.
Had I as many sons as I have hairs
I would not wish them to a fairer death.
And so, his knell is knolled.
He's worth more sorrow;
And that I'll spend for him.
He's worth no more:
They say he parted well, and paid his score.
And so, God be with him. – Here comes newer comfort.
Enter Macduff with Macbeth's head
Hail, King! For so thou art. Behold where stands
The usurper's cursed head. The time is free.
I see thee compassed with thy kingdom's pearl
That speak my salutation in their minds,
Whose voices I desire aloud with mine. –
Hail, King of Scotland!
Hail, King of Scotland!
We shall not spend a large expense of time
Before we reckon with your several loves,
And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen,
Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland
In such an honour named. What's more to do,
Which would be planted newly with the time,
time (n.) 2
times, present day, present state of affairs
As calling home our exiled friends abroad
That fled the snares of watchful tyranny,
Producing forth the cruel ministers
Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen –
Who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands
Took off her life – this, and what needful else
That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace
We will perform in measure, time, and place.
So thanks to all at once, and to each one,
Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.