Mac IV.i.1 
Thunder. Enter the three Witches
brinded (adj.) streaked, striped, tabby



Mac IV.i.1 
Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed.



Mac IV.i.2 
Thrice, and once the hedge-pig whined.
hedge-pig (n.) hedgehog



Mac IV.i.3 
Harpier cries! 'Tis time, 'tis time!.



Mac IV.i.4 
Round about the cauldron go;

Mac IV.i.5 
In the poisoned entrails throw:

Mac IV.i.6 
Toad that under cold stone

Mac IV.i.7 
Days and nights has thirty-one.

Mac IV.i.8 
Sweltered venom, sleeping got,
sweltered (adj.) oozing, dripping [in the manner of sweat]

Mac IV.i.9 
Boil thou first i'the charmed pot.
charmed (adj.) 1 bewitched, enchanted, placed under a spell



Mac IV.i.10 
Double, double, toil and trouble;

Mac IV.i.11 
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.



Mac IV.i.12 
Fillet of a fenny snake
fenny (adj.) fen-living, marshland-dwelling

Mac IV.i.13 
In the cauldron boil and bake;

Mac IV.i.14 
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,

Mac IV.i.15 
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,

Mac IV.i.16 
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
blind-worm (n.) slow-worm
fork (n.) 1 forked tongue

Mac IV.i.17 
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
owlet, howlet (n.) young owl, owl

Mac IV.i.18 
For a charm of powerful trouble,

Mac IV.i.19 
Like a hell-broth, boil and bubble.



Mac IV.i.20 
Double, double, toil and trouble;

Mac IV.i.21 
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.



Mac IV.i.22 
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,

Mac IV.i.23 
Witch's mummy, maw and gulf
gulf (n.) 3 huge stomach, voracious gut
maw (n.) belly, stomach; throat, gullet

Mac IV.i.24 
Of the ravined salt sea shark,
ravined, ravened (adj.) stuffed with prey, glutted

Mac IV.i.25 
Root of hemlock digged i'the dark,

Mac IV.i.26 
Liver of blaspheming Jew,

Mac IV.i.27 
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
gall (n.) 1 bile [reputed for its bitterness]
slip (n.) 1 seedling, sprig, shoot, cutting

Mac IV.i.28 
Slivered in the moon's eclipse,
sliver (v.) cut off [a piece], split off, tear away

Mac IV.i.29 
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips,

Mac IV.i.30 
Finger of birth-strangled babe,

Mac IV.i.31 
Ditch-delivered by a drab,
ditch-delivered (adj.) born in a ditch
drab (n.) harlot, slut, whore

Mac IV.i.32 
Make the gruel thick and slab.
slab (adj.) coagulated, congealed, viscous

Mac IV.i.33 
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
chaudron, chawdron (n.) entrails [of a beast]

Mac IV.i.34 
For the ingredience of our cauldron.
ingredience (n.) composition, ingredients, contents



Mac IV.i.35 
Double, double, toil and trouble;

Mac IV.i.36 
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.



Mac IV.i.37 
Cool it with a baboon's blood;

Mac IV.i.38 
Then the charm is firm and good.

Mac IV.i.38 
Enter Hecat and the other three Witches



Mac IV.i.39 
O well done! I commend your pains;
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol

Mac IV.i.40 
And everyone shall share i'the gains.

Mac IV.i.41 
And now about the cauldron sing

Mac IV.i.42 
Live elves and fairies in a ring,

Mac IV.i.43 
Enchanting all that you put in.

Mac IV.i.43 
Music and a song: ‘ Black spirits,’ etc.

Mac IV.i.43 
Exeunt Hecat and the other three Witches



Mac IV.i.44 
By the pricking of my thumbs,

Mac IV.i.45 
Something wicked this way comes.

Mac IV.i.46 
Open, locks, whoever knocks!

Mac IV.i.46 
Enter Macbeth



Mac IV.i.47 
How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!
secret (adj.) 2 magical, mystical, occult

Mac IV.i.48.1 
What is't you do?



Mac IV.i.48.2 
                         A deed without a name.



Mac IV.i.49 
I conjure you, by that which you profess,
conjure (v.) 1 ask solemnly, entreat earnestly, beseech

Mac IV.i.50 
Howe'er you come to know it, answer me –

Mac IV.i.51 
Though you untie the winds and let them fight

Mac IV.i.52 
Against the churches; though the yesty waves
yesty (adj.) [as of yeast] foaming, frothy

Mac IV.i.53 
Confound and swallow navigation up;
navigation (n.) shipping, vessels

Mac IV.i.54 
Though bladed corn be lodged and trees blown down;
bladed (adj.) many-bladed, abounding in shoots
lodge (v.) 2 beat down, flatten, make level

Mac IV.i.55 
Though castles topple on their warders' heads;

Mac IV.i.56 
Though palaces and pyramids do slope

Mac IV.i.57 
Their heads to their foundations; though the treasure

Mac IV.i.58 
Of nature's germens tumble all together
germen (n.) seed, life-forming elements

Mac IV.i.59 
Even till destruction sicken – answer me

Mac IV.i.60 
To what I ask you.



Mac IV.i.60.1 



Mac IV.i.60.2 



Mac IV.i.60.3 
                                                         We'll answer.



Mac IV.i.61 
Say, if thou'dst rather hear it from our mouths

Mac IV.i.62.1 
Or from our masters.



Mac IV.i.62.2 
                         Call 'em. Let me see 'em.



Mac IV.i.63 
Pour in sow's blood that hath eaten

Mac IV.i.64 
Her nine farrow; grease that's sweaten
farrow (n.) [of pigs] litter, young, piglet

Mac IV.i.65 
From the murderer's gibbet, throw

Mac IV.i.66.1 
Into the flame.



Mac IV.i.66.2 
                         Come high or low,

Mac IV.i.67 
Thyself and office deftly show.
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility

Mac IV.i.67 
Thunder. First Apparition, an Armed Head



Mac IV.i.68.1 
Tell me, thou unknown power –
power (n.) 9 (usually plural) gods, deities, divinities



Mac IV.i.68.2 
                         He knows thy thought.

Mac IV.i.69 
Hear his speech, but say thou naught.



Mac IV.i.70 
Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth, beware Macduff!

Mac IV.i.71 
Beware the Thane of Fife! Dismiss me. Enough.

Mac IV.i.71 
He descends



Mac IV.i.72 
Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution, thanks;

Mac IV.i.73 
Thou hast harped my fear aright. But one word more –
harp (v.) guess, express in words, give voice to



Mac IV.i.74 
He will not be commanded. Here's another

Mac IV.i.75 
More potent than the first.

Mac IV.i.75 
Thunder. Second Apparition, a Bloody Child



Mac IV.i.76 
Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth!



Mac IV.i.77 
Had I three ears, I'd hear thee.



Mac IV.i.78 
Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn
bloody (adj.) 1 blood-thirsty, warlike, ferocious

Mac IV.i.79 
The power of man; for none of woman born

Mac IV.i.80 
Shall harm Macbeth.

Mac IV.i.80 
He descends



Mac IV.i.81 
Then live Macduff; what need I fear of thee?

Mac IV.i.82 
But yet I'll make assurance double sure,
assurance (n.) 1 security, certainty, confidence
double (adv.) 1 doubly, for the second time, twice over

Mac IV.i.83 
And take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live;
bond (n.) 1 deed, contract, pledge

Mac IV.i.84 
That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies,

Mac IV.i.85.1 
And sleep in spite of thunder.

Mac IV.i.85.1 
Thunder. Third Apparition, a Child crowned, with a

Mac IV.i.85.2 
tree in his hand

Mac IV.i.85.2 
                         What is this

Mac IV.i.86 
That rises like the issue of a king,
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant

Mac IV.i.87 
And wears upon his baby brow the round
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
round (n.) 2 circlet, ring, crown

Mac IV.i.88.1 
And top of sovereignty?



Mac IV.i.88.2 
                         Listen, but speak not to't.



Mac IV.i.89 
Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care

Mac IV.i.90 
Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are;

Mac IV.i.91 
Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until

Mac IV.i.92 
Great Birnan Wood to high Dunsinane Hill

Mac IV.i.93.1 
Shall come against him.

Mac IV.i.93 
He descends



Mac IV.i.93.2 
                         That will never be.

Mac IV.i.94 
Who can impress the forest, bid the tree
impress (v.) 1 conscript, enlist, force into service

Mac IV.i.95 
Unfix his earth-bound root? Sweet bodements! Good!
bodement (n.) omen, portent, augury

Mac IV.i.96 
Rebellious dead rise never till the wood

Mac IV.i.97 
Of Birnan rise, and our high-placed Macbeth

Mac IV.i.98 
Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath

Mac IV.i.99 
To time and mortal custom. Yet my heart
mortal (adj.) 2 human, subject to death, characterized by mortality

Mac IV.i.100 
Throbs to know one thing: tell me, if your art

Mac IV.i.101 
Can tell so much, shall Banquo's issue ever

Mac IV.i.102.1 
Reign in this kingdom?
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant



Mac IV.i.102.2 
                         Seek to know no more.



Mac IV.i.103 
I will be satisfied! Deny me this

Mac IV.i.104 
And an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know.

Mac IV.i.105.1 
Why sinks that cauldron?

Mac IV.i.105 
noise (n.) 3 musical sounds, melodious noises

Mac IV.i.105.2 
                         And what noise is this?



Mac IV.i.106 



Mac IV.i.107 



Mac IV.i.108 



Mac IV.i.109 
Show his eyes and grieve his heart;

Mac IV.i.110 
Come like shadows, so depart.
glass (n.) 2 magic mirror, crystal ball

Mac IV.i.110.1 
A show of eight kings, and Banquo; the last king with

Mac IV.i.110.2 
a glass in his hand



Mac IV.i.111 
Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo. Down!

Mac IV.i.112 
Thy crown does sear mine eye-balls. And thy hair,

Mac IV.i.113 
Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first.
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]

Mac IV.i.114 
A third is like the former. – Filthy hags,

Mac IV.i.115 
Why do you show me this? – A fourth? Start, eyes!

Mac IV.i.116 
What, will the line stretch out to the crack of doom?
doom (n.) 3 doomsday, day of judgement

Mac IV.i.117 
Another yet? A seventh? I'll see no more!

Mac IV.i.118 
And yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass
glass (n.) 2 magic mirror, crystal ball

Mac IV.i.119 
Which shows me many more. And some I see

Mac IV.i.120 
That two-fold balls and treble sceptres carry.
ball (n.) 1 royal golden orb

Mac IV.i.121 
Horrible sight! Now I see 'tis true,

Mac IV.i.122 
For the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me,
blood-boltered (adj.) with hair matted with blood, with tangled bloody knots of hair

Mac IV.i.123 
And points at them for his. What! Is this so?



Mac IV.i.124 
Ay, sir, all this is so. But why

Mac IV.i.125 
Stands Macbeth thus amazedly?

Mac IV.i.126 
Come, sisters, cheer we up his sprites
sprite, spright (n.) 2 spirit, feeling, frame of mind

Mac IV.i.127 
And show the best of our delights.

Mac IV.i.128 
I'll charm the air to give a sound,

Mac IV.i.129 
While you perform your antic round,
antic, antick(e), antique (adj.) 1 fantastic, bizarre, weird
round (n.) 1 circle dance, ring

Mac IV.i.130 
That this great king may kindly say

Mac IV.i.131 
Our duties did his welcome pay.

Mac IV.i.131 
Music. The Witches dance; and vanish



Mac IV.i.132 
Where are they? Gone! Let this pernicious hour

Mac IV.i.133 
Stand aye accursed in the calendar.
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity

Mac IV.i.134.1 
Come in, without there.

Mac IV.i.134 
Enter Lennox



Mac IV.i.134.2 
                         What's your grace's will?



Mac IV.i.135.1 
Saw you the Weird Sisters?



Mac IV.i.135.2 
                         No, my lord.



Mac IV.i.136.1 
Came they not by you?



Mac IV.i.136.2 
                         No, indeed, my lord.



Mac IV.i.137 
Infected be the air whereon they ride,

Mac IV.i.138 
And damned all those that trust them! I did hear

Mac IV.i.139 
The galloping of horse. Who was't came by?



Mac IV.i.140 
'Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word

Mac IV.i.141.1 
Macduff is fled to England.



Mac IV.i.141.2 
                         Fled to England!



Mac IV.i.142 
Ay, my good lord.



Mac IV.i.143 
Time, thou anticipat'st my dread exploits.
dread (adj.) 2 frightening, terrifying, fearful

Mac IV.i.144 
The flighty purpose never is o'ertook
flighty (adj.) swiftly conceived, quickly vanishing
overtake (v.) 1 accomplish, achieve, fulfil
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan

Mac IV.i.145 
Unless the deed go with it. From this moment

Mac IV.i.146 
The very firstlings of my heart shall be
firstling (n.) 2 first product, first fruits

Mac IV.i.147 
The firstlings of my hand. And even now,

Mac IV.i.148 
To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done;

Mac IV.i.149 
The castle of Macduff I will surprise,

Mac IV.i.150 
Seize upon Fife, give to the edge o'the sword

Mac IV.i.151 
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls

Mac IV.i.152 
That trace him in his line. No boasting, like a fool;
trace (v.) 2 follow on from, come from

Mac IV.i.153 
This deed I'll do before this purpose cool.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan

Mac IV.i.154 
But no more sights! – Where are these gentlemen?

Mac IV.i.155 
Come, bring me where they are.

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