Macbeth


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

and their Army, with boughs


MALCOLM

Now near enough.Your leavy screens throw down,
leavy (adj.) leafy, covered with foliage

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
battle (n.) 1 army, fighting force, battalion

Shall take upon's what else remains to do,

According to our order.


SEYWARD

                         Fare you well.

Do we but find the tyrant's power tonight,
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Let us be beaten if we cannot fight.


MACDUFF

Make all our trumpets speak, give them all breath,

Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
harbinger (n.) forerunner, herald, precursor

Exeunt

Alarums continued

Enter Macbeth


MACBETH

They have tied me to a stake, I cannot fly,

But bear-like I must fight the course. What's he
course (n.) 7 [in bear-baiting] attack by a set of dogs

That was not born of woman? Such a one

Am I to fear, or none.

Enter Young Seyward


YOUNG SEYWARD

What is thy name?


MACBETH

                         Thou'lt be afraid to hear it.


YOUNG SEYWARD

No, though thou call'st thyself a hotter name

Than any is in hell.


MACBETH

                         My name's Macbeth.


YOUNG SEYWARD

The devil himself could not pronounce a title

More hateful to mine ear.


MACBETH

                         No, nor more fearful.


YOUNG SEYWARD

Thou liest, abhorred tyrant! With my sword
abhorred (adj.) horrifying, disgusting, abominable

I'll prove the lie thou speak'st.

Fight, and Young Seyward slain


MACBETH

                         Thou wast born of woman.

But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,

Brandished by man that's of a woman born.

Exit

Alarums. Enter Macduff


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.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

I cannot strike at wretched kerns, whose arms
kern (n.) lightly armed Irish foot-soldier

Are hired to bear their staves. Either thou, Macbeth,
staff (n.) 1 (plural ‘staves’) spear, lance

Or else my sword with an unbattered edge

I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be:
undeeded (adj.) without any deeds performed

By this great clatter one of greatest note

Seems bruited. Let me find him, fortune!
bruit (v.) report, announce, proclaim

And more I beg not.

Exit

Alarums. Enter Malcolm and Seyward


SEYWARD

This way, my lord. The castle's gently rendered.
gently (adv.) 3 quietly, tamely, without a fight
render (v.) 1 give up, surrender, yield

The tyrant's people on both sides do fight;

The noble thanes do bravely in the war;
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently

The day almost itself professes yours,

And little is to do.


MALCOLM

                         We have met with foes

That strike beside us.


SEYWARD

                         Enter, sir, the castle.

Exeunt
beside (prep.) by the side of

Alarum. Enter Macbeth


MACBETH

Why should I play the Roman fool and die

On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes

Do better upon them.

Enter Macduff


MACDUFF

                         Turn, hellhound, turn!


MACBETH

Of all men else I have avoided thee.

But get thee back; my soul is too much charged

With blood of thine already.


MACDUFF

                         I have no words;

My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain

Than terms can give thee out.

Fight. Alarum


MACBETH

                         Thou losest labour.

As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
intrenchant (adj.) uncuttable, incapable of being gashed

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
charmed (adj.) 1 bewitched, enchanted, placed under a spell

To one of woman born.
charm (n.) 1 magic spell, enchantment


MACDUFF

                         Despair thy charm,

And let the angel whom thou still hast served
angel (n.) 1 demon, evil spirit, attendant spirit
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Tell thee Macduff was from his mother's womb

Untimely ripped.
untimely (adv.) 1 prematurely, too soon, before due time


MACBETH

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
juggling (adj.) deceiving, cheating, full of trickery

That palter with us in a double sense,
palter (v.) 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.


MACDUFF

Then yield thee, coward;

And live to be the show and gaze o'the time.

We'll have thee, as our rarer monsters are,
monster (n.) 1 marvel, monstrosity, prodigy
rare (adj.) 2 unusual, striking, exceptional

Painted upon a pole, and underwrit,

‘ Here may you see the tyrant.’


MACBETH

                         I will not yield

To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet

And to be baited with the rabble's curse.
bait (v.) 1 harass, persecute, torment

Though Birnan Wood be come to Dunsinane

And thou opposed, being of no woman born,

Yet I will try the last. Before my body
last (n.) 3 end, conclusion, final test
try (v.) 3 contest, decide, fight out

I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff;

And damned be him that first cries, ‘ Hold, enough!’

Exeunt fighting

Alarums. Enter fighting, and Macbeth slain

Exit Macduff

Retreat and flourish. Enter with drum and colours

Malcolm, Seyward, Ross, Thanes, and Soldiers


MALCOLM

I would the friends we miss were safe arrived.


SEYWARD

Some must go off; and yet, by these I see
go off (v.) die, pass away, depart

So great a day as this is cheaply bought.


MALCOLM

Macduff is missing and your noble son.


ROSS

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.


SEYWARD

                         Then he is dead?


ROSS

Ay, and brought off the field. Your cause of sorrow
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Must not be measured by his worth, for then

It hath no end.
before (adv.) 2 in the front


SEYWARD

                         Had he his hurts before?


ROSS

Ay, on the front.


SEYWARD

                         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.


MALCOLM

                         He's worth more sorrow;

And that I'll spend for him.


SEYWARD

                         He's worth no more:

They say he parted well, and paid his score.
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit
score (n.) 1 reckoning, account, debt

And so, God be with him. – Here comes newer comfort.

Enter Macduff with Macbeth's head


MACDUFF

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
compass (v.) 4 surround, be in the middle of

That speak my salutation in their minds,

Whose voices I desire aloud with mine. –
voice (n.) 1 vote, official support See Topics: Frequency count

Hail, King of Scotland!


ALL

                         Hail, King of Scotland!

Flourish


MALCOLM

We shall not spend a large expense of time

Before we reckon with your several loves,
reckon with (v.) make a reckoning of, take full account of what is owed to
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual

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,
plant (v.) 1 set up, establish, introduce
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
minister (n.) messenger, agent, servant

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
take off (v.) 2 kill, remove, put to death

That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace

We will perform in measure, time, and place.
measure (n.) 3 due proportion, appropriate degree, full quantity

So thanks to all at once, and to each one,

Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.

Flourish. Exeunt

 
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