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Alarum within. Alarum within. Mac I.ii.1.1
Enter King Malcome, Donalbaine, Lenox, Enter King Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Lennox, Mac I.ii.1.2
with attendants, meeting a bleeding Captaine.with Attendants, meeting a bleeding Captain Mac I.ii.1.3
What bloody man is that? he can report,What bloody man is that? He can report, Mac I.ii.1
As seemeth by his plight, of the ReuoltAs seemeth by his plight, of the revolt Mac I.ii.2
The newest state.The newest state. Mac I.ii.3.1
This is the Serieant,This is the sergeantsergeant (n.)
officer [in an army]
Mac I.ii.3.2
Who like a good and hardie Souldier foughtWho like a good and hardy soldier fought Mac I.ii.4
'Gainst my Captiuitie: Haile braue friend;'Gainst my captivity. Hail, brave friend!brave (adj.)

old form: braue
noble, worthy, excellent
Mac I.ii.5
Say to the King, the knowledge of the Broyle,Say to the King the knowledge of the broilbroil (n.)

old form: Broyle
turmoil, confused fighting, battle
Mac I.ii.6
As thou didst leaue it.As thou didst leave it. Mac I.ii.7.1
Doubtfull it stood,Doubtful it stood, Mac I.ii.7.2
As two spent Swimmers, that doe cling together,As two spent swimmers, that do cling together Mac I.ii.8
And choake their Art: The mercilesse MacdonwaldAnd choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald –choke (v.)

old form: choake
smother, suffocate, stifle
Mac I.ii.9
(Worthie to be a Rebell, for to thatWorthy to be a rebel, for to that Mac I.ii.10
The multiplying Villanies of NatureThe multiplying villainies of nature Mac I.ii.11
Doe swarme vpon him) from the Westerne IslesDo swarm upon him – from the Western Isles Mac I.ii.12
Of Kernes and Gallowgrosses is supply'd,Of kerns and gallowglasses is supplied,supply (v.)

old form: supply'd
reinforce, support, strengthen
Mac I.ii.13
kern (n.)

old form: Kernes
lightly armed Irish foot-soldier
galloglass, gallowglass (n.)

old form: Gallowgrosses
axe-wielding Irish soldier
And Fortune on his damned Quarry smiling,And fortune on his damned quarrel smiling Mac I.ii.14
Shew'd like a Rebells Whore: but all's too weake:Showed like a rebel's whore. But all's too weak: Mac I.ii.15
For braue Macbeth (well hee deserues that Name)For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name –brave (adj.)

old form: braue
noble, worthy, excellent
Mac I.ii.16
Disdayning Fortune, with his brandisht Steele,Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, Mac I.ii.17
Which smoak'd with bloody executionWhich smoked with bloody execution,execution (n.)
killing, slaying, slaughter
Mac I.ii.18
smoke (v.)

old form: smoak'd
give off steam [i.e. blood]
(Like Valours Minion) caru'd out his passage,Like valour's minion carved out his passageminion (n.)
darling, favourite, select one
Mac I.ii.19
Till hee fac'd the Slaue:Till he faced the slave – Mac I.ii.20
Which neu'r shooke hands, nor bad farwell to him,Which ne'er shook hands nor bade farewell to him Mac I.ii.21
Till he vnseam'd him from the Naue toth' Chops,Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops,chaps, chops (n.)
Mac I.ii.22
nave (n.)

old form: Naue
unseam (v.)

old form: vnseam'd
split in two, rip up, undo the seam of
And fix'd his Head vpon our Battlements.And fixed his head upon our battlements. Mac I.ii.23
O valiant Cousin, worthy Gentleman.O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman! Mac I.ii.24
As whence the Sunne 'gins his reflection,As, whence the sun 'gins his reflection,reflection (n.)
return, turning back, retrogression [at the spring equinox]
Mac I.ii.25
gin, 'gin (v.), past form gan, 'gan
begin [to]
Shipwracking Stormes, and direfull Thunders:Shipwracking storms and direful thunders;shipwracking (adj.)
causing shipwreck
Mac I.ii.26
direful (adj.)

old form: direfull
dreadful, terrible, frightful
So from that Spring, whence comfort seem'd to come,So, from that spring whence comfort seemed to come, Mac I.ii.27
Discomfort swells: Marke King of Scotland, marke,Discomfort swells. Mark, King of Scotland, mark!discomfort (n.)
discouragement, loss of heart
Mac I.ii.28
mark (v.)

old form: Marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
No sooner Iustice had, with Valour arm'd,No sooner justice had, with valour armed, Mac I.ii.29
Compell'd these skipping Kernes to trust their heeles,Compelled these skipping kerns to trust their heelskern (n.)

old form: Kernes
lightly armed Irish foot-soldier
Mac I.ii.30
skipping (adj.)
runaway, fugitive; or: lightly armed
But the Norweyan Lord, surueying vantage,But the Norweyan lord, surveying vantage,Norweyan (adj.)
Mac I.ii.31
survey (v.)

old form: surueying
see, note, perceive
vantage (n.)
right moment, suitable opportunity
With furbusht Armes, and new supplyes of men,With furbished arms and new supplies of men,furbished (adj.)

old form: furbusht
gleaming, shining; or: refurbished, refitted
Mac I.ii.32
Began a fresh assault.Began a fresh assault. Mac I.ii.33.1
Dismay'd not thisDismayed not this Mac I.ii.33.2
our Captaines, Macbeth and Banquoh?Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo? Mac I.ii.34.1
Yes,Yes – Mac I.ii.34.2
as Sparrowes, Eagles; / Or the Hare, the Lyon:As sparrows, eagles, or the hare, the lion. Mac I.ii.35
If I say sooth, I must report they wereIf I say sooth I must report they weresooth (adj.)
Mac I.ii.36
As Cannons ouer-charg'd with double Cracks,As cannons overcharged with double cracks;crack (n.)
cannon-shot, explosive charge
Mac I.ii.37
So theySo they Mac I.ii.38
doubly redoubled stroakes vpon the Foe:Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe. Mac I.ii.39
Except they meant to bathe in reeking Wounds,Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds Mac I.ii.40
Or memorize another Golgotha,Or memorize another Golgotha,memorize (v.)
make memorable, cause to be remembered
Mac I.ii.41
I cannot tell:I cannot tell. Mac I.ii.42
but I am faint, My Gashes cry for helpe.– But I am faint; my gashes cry for help. Mac I.ii.43
So well thy words become thee, as thy wounds,So well thy words become thee as thy wounds,become (v.)
grace, honour, dignify
Mac I.ii.44
They smack of Honor both: Goe get him Surgeons.They smack of honour both. Go get him surgeons. Mac I.ii.45
Exit Captain with Attendants Mac I.ii.45
Enter Rosse and Angus.Enter Ross and Angus Mac I.ii.45
Who comes here?Who comes here? Mac I.ii.46.1
The worthy Thane of Rosse.The worthy Thane of Ross. Mac I.ii.46.2
What a haste lookes through his eyes?What a haste looks through his eyes! Mac I.ii.47
So should he looke, that seemes to speake things strange.So should he look that seems to speak things strange.seem (v.)

old form: seemes
have the look [of], give the appearance [of]
Mac I.ii.48
God saue the King.God save the King! Mac I.ii.49
Whence cam'st thou, worthy Thane?Whence cam'st thou, worthy thane? Mac I.ii.50.1
From Fiffe, great King,From Fife, great King, Mac I.ii.50.2
Where the Norweyan Banners flowt the Skie,Where the Norweyan banners flout the skyNorweyan (adj.)
Mac I.ii.51
flout (v.)

old form: flowt
insult, abuse, mock
And fanne our people cold.And fan our people cold. Mac I.ii.52
Norway himselfe, with terrible numbers,Norway himself, with terrible numbers, Mac I.ii.53
Assisted by that most disloyall Traytor,Assisted by that most disloyal traitor, Mac I.ii.54
The Thane of Cawdor, began a dismall Conflict,The Thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict, Mac I.ii.55
Till that Bellona's Bridegroome, lapt in proofe,Till that Bellona's bridegroom, lapped in proof,proof (n.)

old form: proofe
tested strength, proven power of resistance, impenetrability
Mac I.ii.56
lap (v.)

old form: lapt
wrap, swathe, enfold, clad
Bellona (n.)
[pron: bel'ohna] Roman goddess of war
Confronted him with selfe-comparisons,Confronted him with self-comparisons, Mac I.ii.57
Point against Point, rebellious Arme 'gainst Arme,Point against point-rebellious, arm 'gainst arm,point (n.)
Mac I.ii.58
Curbing his lauish spirit: and to conclude,Curbing his lavish spirit; and to conclude,lavish (adj.)

old form: lauish
undisciplined, impetuous, wild
Mac I.ii.59
The Victorie fell on vs.The victory fell on us – Mac I.ii.60.1
Great happinesse.Great happiness! Mac I.ii.60.2
That now Sweno, the Norwayes King,– That now Sweno, the Norways' King, Mac I.ii.61
Craues composition:Craves composition;crave (v.)

old form: Craues
beg, entreat, request
Mac I.ii.62
composition (n.)
settlement, truce, coming to terms
Nor would we deigne him buriall of his men,Nor would we deign him burial of his men Mac I.ii.63
Till he disbursed, at Saint Colmes ynch,Till he disbursed at Saint Colm's InchSaint Colm's Inch
Inchcolm; small island in the Firth of Forth, E Scotland; site of an abbey
Mac I.ii.64
Ten thousand Dollars, to our generall vse.Ten thousand dollars to our general use.dollar (n.)
German silver coin
Mac I.ii.65
No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceiueNo more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive Mac I.ii.66
Our Bosome interest: Goe pronounce his present death,Our bosom interest. Go pronounce his present death,bosom (adj.)

old form: Bosome
intimate, confidential, close
Mac I.ii.67
And with his former Title greet Macbeth.And with his former title greet Macbeth. Mac I.ii.68
Ile see it done.I'll see it done. Mac I.ii.69
What he hath lost, Noble Macbeth hath wonne.What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won. Mac I.ii.70
Exeunt.Exeunt Mac I.ii.70
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