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Macbeth

Act III, Scene 1

Forres. The palace.
 
BANQUO
               x      T     T    T        ,        ,
      Thou hast it | now, king, Caw|dor, Gla|mis, all,
                 ,    ,      ,          ,        ,
      As the / weird wo|men pro|mised, and | I fear
               ,             ,        x      ,             ,
      Thou playedst | most foul|ly for it:| yet it | was said
            ,           ,         ,        ,    ,
      It should | not stand | in thy | poste|rity,
            ,        ,            ,         ,         ,      2->
      But that | myself | should be | the root,| and fa||ther
          ,      ,          ,             ,            ,
      Of ma|ny kings.| If there | come* truth | from them,
            ,    ,         ,            ,         ,
      As u/pon thee | Macbeth,| their spee|ches shine,
           ,        ,     ,         ,           ,
      Why by | the ve|rities | on thee | made^good,
       ,          ,        ,  ,              ,
      May they | not be | my or/acles | as well,
           ,        ,        ,          ,         ,
      And set | me up | in hope.| But hush,| no more.
 
[Sennet sounded. Enter MACBETH, as king, LADY MACBETH, as queen, LENNOX, ROSS, Lords, Ladies, and Attendants]
 
MACBETH
        ,            T     T
      Here's our | chief guest.
 
LADY MACBETH
                                T    ,    2           ,       ->
                               If | he had been | forgot||ten,
       ,         ,      2   ,               ,     ,
      It | had been | as a gap | in our / great feast,
           ,          ,    ,       2->
      And all-|thing un|beco||ming.     (pickup)
 
MACBETH
          ,          ,       ,       ,       ,
      Tonight | we hold | a so|lemn sup|per sir,
            ,        ,           ,
      And I'll | request | your pre|sence.
 
BANQUO
                                            ,           ,       2->
                                           Let | your high||ness
           ,      ,         ,         ,         ,      ->
      Command | upon | me; to | the which | my du||ties
       ,        2    ,     ,     ,        ,        ,       ,
      Are | with a most | indis|solu|ble tie || fore|ver knit.  (picked up)
 
MACBETH
        ,              ,      ,
      Ride you | this af|ternoon?
 
BANQUO
                                  ,                ,
                                 Aye, my | good* lord.
 
MACBETH
            ,            ,        ,            ,        ,
      We should | have else | desired | your good | advice,
               ,            ,           ,          ,       ,
      (Which still | hath^been | both^grave,| and pro|sperous)
        2       ,       ,        ,            ,      ,
      In this day's | council:| but we'll | take to|morrow.
        2    ,          ,
      Is it far | you ride?   (pickup)
 
BANQUO
          ,         ,     ,          ,               ,
      As far,| my lord,| as will | fill up | the | time
         T     T    .   T        ,      2     ,            x
      'Twixt this, and sup|per. Go | not my horse | the better,
          ,        ,       ,    2    ,         ,
      I must | become | a bor|rower of | the night,
                ,    ,         ,
      For a / dark hour,| or twain.  (picked up)
 
MACBETH
        T   T   T      ,
      Fail not our | feast.
 
BANQUO
                                   ,             ,
                            My | lord, I | will not.
 
MACBETH
           ,          ,      ,        ,         ,
      We hear | our bloo|dy cou|sins are | bestowed
          ,        ,        ,         ,        ,       2->
      In En|gland and | in Ire|land, not | confes||sing
              ,      ,      ,    ,                ,
      Their cruel | parri|cide, fil/ling their | hearers
              ,         ,         ,         ,       ,       ->
      With strange | inven|tion: but | of that | tomor||row,
        ,      ,        ,           2       ,          ,
      When | therewith|al we | shall have cause | of state
       ,             ,        ,       2     ,        ,
      Craving | us joint|ly. Hie | you to horse:| adieu,
        ,     2     T   .   T      T     ,          ,
      Till you re|turn at night. Goes | Fleance | with you?
 
BANQUO
       ,                ,          ,           ,        x
      Aye, my | good* lord:| our time | does call | upon us.
 
MACBETH
          ,          ,        ,           ,         ,
      I wish | your hor|ses swift,| and sure | of foot;
           ,      ,        ,         ,           ,
      And so | I do | commend | you to | their backs.
            ,
      Farewell.  \\
          ,       ,        ,       ,         ,
      Let ev|ery man | be mas|ter of | his time,
             x          ,          ,       ,   ,
      Till seven | at night,| to make | soci|ety
            ,       ,        o ->
      The swee|ter wel|come:     (match with next two lines)
        2       ,          ,          ,       ,       ,
      We will keep | our self | till sup|pertime | alone:
        ,           ,         ,
      While then,| God be | with you.  (match with prev two lines)
 
[Exeunt all but MACBETH, and an attendant]
       ,           ,          ,        ,           ,
      Sirrah,| a word | with you:| Attend | those men
            ,        o
      Our plea|sure?    (pickup)
 
ATTENDANT
            ,         ,         ,         ,        ,
      They are,| my lord,| without | the pa|lace gate.
 
MACBETH
        ,              ,        o
      Bring them | before | us.    (picked up)
          ,     ,         ,         ,    2       ,         ,  ->
      To be | thus, is | nothing,| but to be | safely || thus:
              ,         ,         T     T
      Our | fears in | Banquo | stick deep,
      <- T       2     ,     ,       ,         ,       ,
        And || in his roy|alty | of na|ture reigns | that
      <-           ,          __            ,         ,
        Which || would be | feared.| 'Tis much | he dares,
      <- ,                ,         ,       ,         ,
        And, to || that daunt|less tem|per of | his mind,
      <-     ,        ,         ,           ,          ,     o
        He hath || a wis|dom, that | doth guide | his va|lor,
          ,         ,        ,          ,         ,
      To act | in safe|ty. There | is none | but he,
             ,     ,        ,         ,      ,
      Whose be|ing I | do fear:| and un|der him,
          ,       ,       ,      ,   2       ,
      My Gen|ius is | rebuked,| as it is | said
      <-        ,  2       ,        ,            ,         ,       2->
        Mark^||Antony's | was by | Caesar.| He chid | the sis||ters,
             ,           ,          ,         ,      ,        2->
      When first | they put | the name | of king | upon || me,
            ,           ,         ,          ,         ,
      And bade | them speak | to him.| Then pro|phet-like,
              ,          ,       ,       ,         ,
      They hailed | him fa|ther to | a line | of kings.
        ,         ,            ,         ,          ,
      Upon | my head | they placed | a fruit|less crown,
           ,       ,        ,       ,        ,
      And put | a bar|ren scep|tre in | my grip,
         ,               ,                 , ,  2     ,
      Thence to | be wrenched | with an / unli|neal hand,
          ,         ,        ,          x         ,
      No son | of mine | succee|ding: if it | be so,
           ,         ,       ,        ,          ,
      For Ban|quo's is|sue have | I filed | my mind,
            ,         ,         ,        ,       ,         ->
      For them,| the gra|cious Dun|can have | I mur||dered,
       ,     ,          2     ,       ,        ,
      Put | rancors | in the ves|sel of | my peace
       ,           ,          ,       ,       x
      Only | for them,| and mine | eter|nal jewel
        x             ,       ,   ,       ,
      Given to | the com|mon en|emy | of man,
           ,           ,           ,        ,        ,
      To make | them kings,| the seed | of Ban|quo kings.
       ,             ,          ,     ,           ,
      Rather | than so,| come fate | into | the list,
            ,    2   ,     2     ,             ,     ,
      And cham|pion me | to the ut|terance./ Who's there?
 
[Re-enter Attendant, with two Murderers]
           ,     2      ,          ,            ,         ,
      Now go | to the door,| and stay | there till | we call.
       ,    2       ,      ,         ,       ,
      Was it not | yester|day we | spoke to|gether?
 
FIRST MURDERER
          ,          ,           ,
      It was,| so please | your high|ness.
 
MACBETH
                                             ,     __
                                           Well | then,
       ,          ,       ,         ,        ,
      Now have | you con|sidered | of my | speeches:
        ,           T  T   T              ,     ,
      Know, that | it was he,| in the / times past,
              ,         ,    ,       ,
      Which held | you so | under | fortune,  (mirror next two lines)
        ,            ,            ,         ,   2      ,
      Which | you thought | had been | our in|nocent self:
        ,             ,        ,      2      ,     ,    2
      This I | made good | to you,| in our last | conference,
         ,            ,        ,         o
      Passed in | proba|tion with | you:      (mirror prev two lines)
       ,               ,          ,           ,
      How you | were borne | in hand,| how crossed:
           ,       ,            ,             ,
      The in|struments:| who wrought | with them,  (tetra with prev)
           ,             ,            ,
      And all | things^else,| that might  (match with end)
           ,        ,     ,    2     ,          ,
      To half | a soul,| and to a | notion | crazed,
      ___     ,         ,
      Say,| thus did | Banquo.   (match with prev)
 
FIRST MURDERER
            ,         ,         ,
      You made | it known | to us.
 
MACBETH
                                      ,    __
                                   I did | so:
       ,          ,          ,         ,
      And went | further,| which is | now
            ,         ,       ,        o
      Our point | of se|cond mee|ting.    (tetra with prev)
        2      ,          ,         ,       ,     ,
      Do you find | your pa|tience so | predo|minant,
       ,         ,             ,         ,          ,
      In your | nature,| that you | can let | this go?
       ,     2      ,              ,                 ,   ,
      Are you so | gospeled,| to pray | for this / good man,
           ,         ,  T     T    T       ,
      And for | his is|sue, whose hea|vy hand
        T    T    T     ,         ,           ,
      Hath bowed you | to the | grave, and | beggared
        ,        ,
      Yours | fore|ver?
 
FIRST MURDERER
                         ,        ,         ,
                        We | are men,| my liege.
 
MACBETH
       ,     2       ,     ,         ,        ,
      Aye, in the | cata|logue ye | go for | men;
      <-         ,           T    T     T           ,          ,
        As || hounds and | greyhounds, mon|grels, span|iels, curs,
         ,      ,                ,       ,           ,
      Shoughs, wa/ter^rugs |and de|mi-wolves,| are clipt
       ,             ,         ,         ,        ,
      All by | the name | of dogs:| the val|ued file
          ,       ,          ,           ,           x
      Distin|guishes | the swift,| the slow,| the subtle,
            ,    ,            ,        ,      ,
      The house|keeper,| the hun|ter, ev|ery one
         ,        ,         ,            ,    2    ,      2->
      Accor|ding to | the gift | which boun|teous na||ture
            ,          ,           ,        ,        ,
      Hath in | him closed;| whereby | he does | receive
          ,    ,       ,         ,          ,
      Partic|ular | addi|tion, from | the bill
              ,           ,       ,         ,       ,
      That writes | them all | alike:| and so | of men.
       ,              ,       ,        ,         ,
      Now, if | you have | a sta|tion in | the file,
       ,             ,       ,        ,           x
      Not in | the worst | rank of | manhood,| say it;
      <-       ,         ,          ,          ,         ,
        And || I will | put that | business | in your | bosoms,
             ,   ,        ,           ,  2   ,
      Whose ex|ecu|tion takes | your en|emy^off,
        ,         ,             ,           ,        ,
      Grapples | you to | the heart | and love | of us,
            ,           ,           ,      ,         ,
      Who wear | our health | but sick|ly in | his life,
        ,     2        ,           ,
      Which in his | death were | perfect.
 
SECOND MURDERER
                                            2    ,         ,
                                           I am one,| my liege,
                   ,    ,          ,        ,         ,
      Whom the / vile blows | and buf|fets of | the world
            ,        ,          ,        ,         ,
      Have so | incensed | that I | am reck|less what
         ,        ,           ,
      I do | to spite | the world.
 
FIRST MURDERER
                                       ,     ,      2->
                                   And I | ano||ther
          ,    3    3   ,           ,           ,        o
      So wea|ry with disas|ters, tugged | with for|tune,
           ,          ,        ,       ,       ,
      That I | would set | my lie | on a|ny chance,
           ,         ,       ,      2
      To mend | it, or | be rid | on it.
 
MACBETH
                                           ,        ,
                                         Both | of you
        T   T  T       2      ,  2
      Know Banquo | was your en|emy.
 
BOTH MURDERERS
                                        ,         ,
                                      True,| my lord.
 
MACBETH
       ,   2       ,          ,          ,       ,
      So is he | mine; and | in such | bloody | distance,
            ,      ,       ,        ,        ,
      That ev|ery mi|nute of | his be|ing thrusts
          ,          ,     2     ,           ,         ,
      Against | my near|est of life:| and though | I could
             ,    T     Tx    T           ,         ,
      With bare|faced power sweep | him from | my sight
           ,         ,          x         ,         ,
      And bid | my will | avouch it;| yet I | must not,
           ,          ,            ,          ,          ,
      For cer|tain friends | that are | both his | and mine,
              ,         ,         ,          ,          ,
      Whose^loves | I may | not drop,| but wail | his fall,
          ,       ,             ,           ,         ,
      Who I | myself | struck^down;| and thence | it is,
           ,        ,       ,         ,          ,
      That I | to your | assis|tance do | make^love,
       ,             ,          ,         ,       ,
      Masking | the bus|iness from | the com|mon eye
           ,        ,       ,       2
      For sun|dry weigh|ty rea|sons.
 
SECOND MURDERER
                                          ,          ,
                                     We shall,| my lord,
           ,          ,         ,
      Perform | what you | command | us.
 
FIRST MURDERER
                                            ,           ,
                                         Though | our lives--
 
MACBETH
            ,         ,        ,
      Your spi|rits shine | through you.
          ,           ,         ,
      Within | this hour,| at most,   (trimeter with prev)
          ,        ,          ,          ,            ,
      I will | advise | you where | to plant | yourselves,
           ,           ,         ,        ,      2      ,
      Acquaint | you with | the per|fect spy | of the time,
           ,        x        2     ,         ,        ,
      The mo|ment on it,| for it must | be done | tonight,
            ,          ,         ,        ,         ,
      And some|thing from | the pa|lace: al|ways thought,
           ,       ,         ,          ,          ,
      That I | require | a clear|ness; and | with him,
           ,          ,         ,        ,         ,
      To leave | no rubs | nor bot|ches in | the work,
       ,             ,           ,          ,     ,
      Fleance,| his son,| that keeps | him com|pany,
             ,             ,   ,       ,  3  3    ,
      Whose ab|sence is / no less | mate|rial to me,
            ,        ,           ,        ,           ,
      Than is | his fa|ther's, must | embrace | the fate
                  ,    ,        ,            ,        ,
      Of that / dark hour:| Resolve | yourselves | apart,
             ,        ,      ,
      I'll come | to you | anon.
 
BOTH MURDERERS
                                   3   3     ,          ,
                                 We are resolved,| my lord.
 
MACBETH
             ,      ,            ,         ,        ,
      I'll call | upon | you straight:| abide | within.
          ,       ,        ,               ,       ,
      It is | conclu|ded: Ban|quo, thy / soul's flight,
          ,           x            ,        ,        ,
      If it | find heaven,| must find | it out | tonight.
 
[Exit]

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