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Macbeth

Act IV, Scene 1

A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron.
 
FIRST WITCH
         ,           ,        ,          ___
      Thrice the | brinded | cat hath | mewed.
 
SECOND WITCH
         ,            ,          T    T     T
      Thrice, and | once the | hedge-pig whined.
 
THIRD WITCH
       ,         ,           ,           ,
      Harpi|er cries,|'Tis time,| 'tis time.
 
FIRST WITCH
        ,       ,          ,        __
      Round a|bout the | cauldron | go;
       ,        ,          ,          ___
5     In the | poisoned | entrails | throw.
        ,           ,       ,      ___
      Toad, that | under | cold | stone,
        ,           ,           ,     ___
      Days and | nights has | thirty-|one
        ,          ,        ,        ___
      Sweltered | venom | sleeping | got,
        ,           ,     2        ,       ___
      Boil thou | first in the | charmed | pot.
 
ALL
       ,        ,         ,          ,
10    Double,| double,| toil and | trouble;
       ,       ,           ,         ,
      Fire | burn, and | cauldron | bubble.
 
SECOND WITCH
       ,        ,      ,       ___
      Fillet | of a | fenny | snake,
       ,         ,          ,         __
      In the | cauldron | boil and | bake;
       ,         ,          ,        __
      Eye of | newt, and | toe of | frog,
        ,        ,            ,        ___
15    Wool of | bat, and | tongue of | dog,
       ,          ,           T     T      T
      Adder's | fork, and | blind-worm's sting,
       ,          ,          ,         __
      Lizard's | leg, and | owlet's | wing:
       ,        ,         ,   2       ,
      For a | charm of | powerful | trouble,
        ,        ,           ,         ,
      Like a | hell-broth^|boil and | bubble.
 
ALL
       ,        ,         ,          ,
20    Double,| double,| toil and | trouble;
       ,       ,          ,         ,
      Fire | burn and | cauldron | bubble.
 
THIRD WITCH
        ,         ,         ,         __
      Scale of | dragon,| tooth of | wolf,
       ,         ,       ,          __
      Witches'| mummy,| maw, and | gulf
       ,        ,          T   T    T
      Of the | ravined | salt-sea shark:
       ,         ,           ,     2       __
25    Root of | hemlock,| digged in the | dark,
       ,       ,       ,        ___
      Liver | of blas|pheming | Jew,
        ,         ,           ,        ___
      Gall of | goat, and | slips of | yew,
       ,          ,         ,        __
      Silvered | in the | moon's e|clipse:
        ,         ,         ,          __
      Nose of | Turk and | Tartar's | lips,
       ,        ,          ,          __
30    Finger | of birth^|strangled | babe
        ,       ,         ,      __
      Ditch-de|livered | by a | drab,
        ,         ,        ,          __
      Make the | gruel | thick and | slab:
       ,         ,      ,          ,
      Add there|to a | tiger's | chaudron,
       ,     2    ,   2       ,         ,
      For the in|gredients | of our | cauldron.
 
ALL
       ,        ,         ,          ,
35    Double,| double,| toil and | trouble;
       ,       ,          ,         ,
      Fire | burn and | cauldron | bubble.
 
SECOND WITCH
        ,         ,       ,         ___
      Cool it | with a | baboon's^|blood,
        ,          ,          ,         __
      Then the | charm is | firm and | good.
 
[Enter HECATE to the other three Witches]
 
HECATE
      T   T    T     2     ,           ,
      O well done:| I commend | your pains;
           ,      ,            ,       2      ,
40    And ev|ery one | shall share | in the gains;
           ,       ,          ,         ,
      And now | about | the caul|dron sing,
             ,          ,        ,       ,
      Like^elves | and fai|ries in | a ring,
          ,        ,          ,         ,
      Enchan|ting all | that you | put in.
 
[Music and a song: 'Black spirits,' etc. HECATE retires]
 
SECOND WITCH
       ,         ,         ,        __
      By the | pricking | of my | thumbs,
        ,           ,        ,         ___
45    Something | wicked | this way | comes:
      ,        ,        ,        __
      Open | locks, who|ever | knocks.
 
MACBETH
           ,         ,         ,          ,          ,
      How now | you se|cret, black,| and mid|night hags?
             x        ,
      What is it you do?
 
ALL
                             ,         ,        ,
                         A deed | without | a name.
 
MACBETH
         ,        ,         ,           ,         ,
50    I con|jure you,| by that | which you | profess
           ,          ,         ,         ,       ,
      (Howere | you come | to know | it) an|swer me:
         ,            ,          ,          ,           ,
      Though you | untie | the winds | and let | them fight
          ,           ,           ,          ,       ,
      Against | the chur|ches: though | the yes|ty waves
           ,           ,       ,    ,       ,
      Confound | and swal|low na|viga|tion up;
              ,        ,          ,           ,             ,
55    Though bla|ded corn | be lodged,| and trees | blown^down,
              ,        ,       ,          ,          ,
      Though cas|tles top|ple on | their war|ders' heads;
              ,    ,         ,     ,         ,
      Though pa|laces,| and py|ramids | do slope
              ,          ,          ,           ,           ,       2->
      Their heads | to their | founda|tions; though | the trea||sure
          ,         ,         ,       ,    ,       ->
      Of na|ture's ger|main, tum|ble al|toge||ther,
      ,    3    3     ,         ,       ,       ,
60    E|ven till destruc|tion sick|en; an|swer me
           ,       ,
      To what | I ask | you.
 
FIRST WITCH
                              ,
                            Speak.
 
SECOND WITCH
                                      ,
                                  Demand.
 
THIRD WITCH
                                                ,       ->
                                         We'll an||swer.
 
FIRST WITCH
       ,      2          ,        ,         ,           ,
      Say,| if thou'dst^ra|ther hear | it from | our mouths,
           ,         ,
      Or from | our mas|ters.
 
MACBETH
                               ,         ,          x
65                           Call |'em: let | me see 'em.
 
FIRST WITCH
        ,         ,              ,          ,
      Pour in | sow's blood*,| that hath | eaten
       ,         ,          ,              ,
      Her nine^|farrow;| grease that's | sweaten
        ,         ,   2        ,        ___
      From the | murderer's | gibbet | throw
         ,         ,
      Into | the flame.
 
ALL
                               ,        ,
70                      Come high | or low;
           ,         ,        ,       ,
      Thyself | and of|fice deft|ly show.
 
[Thunder. First Apparition: an armed Head]
 
MACBETH
        ,     2        T  T     Tx
      Tell me, thou | unknown power.
 
FIRST WITCH
                                         ,            ,
                                    He knows | thy thought:
        ,           ,           ,           __
      Hear his | speech, but | say thou | nought.
 
FIRST APPARITION
           ,         ,         ,        ,         ,
75    Macbeth,| Macbeth,| Macbeth,| beware | Macduff,
          ,          ,          ,         ,       2    ,
      Beware | the Thane | of Fife:| dismiss | me. Enough.
 
[Descends]
 
MACBETH
           ,          ,         ,          ,           ,
      Whatere | thou art,| for thy | good cau|tion, thanks;
          2        ,          ,       ,      .   T    T    T
      Thou hast harped | my fear | aright.| But one word more.
 
FIRST WITCH
       ,         ,    2     ,         ,       ,
      He will | not be com|manded:| here's a|nother,
            ,        ,          ,
80    More po|tent than | the first.
 
[Thunder. Second Apparition: A bloody Child]
 
SECOND APPARITION
           ,         ,         ,
      Macbeth,| Macbeth,| Macbeth:  (trimeter with prev)
 
MACBETH
          ,           ,          ,          o
      Had I | three^ears,| I'd hear | thee.
 
SECOND APPARITION
           ,        ,         ,     ,
      Be bloo|dy, bold,| and re|solute:  (tetra with prev)
        ,          ,
      Laugh to | scorn
            x         ,          ,        ,       ,
85    The power | of man:| for none | of wo|man born
              ,         ,
      Shall harm | Macbeth.  (match dimeter above)
 
[Descends]
 
MACBETH
             ,         ,           ,        ,         ,
      Then live | Macduff:| what need | I fear | of thee?
           ,           ,       ,         ,        ,
      But yet | I'll make | assu|rance: dou|ble sure,
            ,        ,         ,           ,           ,
      And take | a bond | of fate:| thou shalt | not live;
        ,   2        T    T    T        ,         ,
90    That I may | tell pale-hear|ted fear | it lies,
            ,          ,          ,         ,         ,
      And sleep | in spite | of thun|der. What | is this,
            ,       ,         ,      ,       ,
      That ri|ses like | the is|sue of | a king,
            ,       ,         ,      ,          ,
      And wears | upon | his ba|by-brow | the round
           ,        ,   2     ,
      And top | of so|vereignty?
 
ALL
       ,              ,           x
95    Listen, | but speak | not to it.  (trimeter with prev)
 
[Thunder. Third Apparition: a Child crowned, with a tree in his hand]
 
THIRD APPARITION
          ,     ,          ,           ,         ,
      Be li|on-met|tled, proud,| and take | no care:
             ,           ,          ,         ,        ,
      Who chafes,| who frets,| or where | conspi|rers are:
           ,           ,      ,           ,      ,
      Macbeth | shall ne|ver van|quished be | until
             ,        ,         ,     ,            ,
      Great^Bir|nam wood | to high | Dunsi|nane* hill
              ,        ,
100   Shall come | against | him.
 
[Descends]
 
MACBETH
                                    ,          ,      ,
                                  That | will ne|ver be:
       ,            ,          ,        ,          ,
      Who can | impress | the fo|rest, bid | the tree
         ,          ,            ,            ,           ,
      Unfix | his earth-|bound^root?| Sweet bode|ments, good:
         ,           ,      ,   ,                  ,
      Rebel|lion's head,| rise ne/ver till | the wood
          ,        ,                ,     ,          ,
105   Of Bir|nam rise,| and our / high-placed | Macbeth
              ,          ,         ,        ,           ,
      Shall live | the lease | of na|ture, pay | his breath
           ,         ,       ,        ,         ,
      To time,| and mor|tal cus|tom. Yet | my heart
         ,          T   T    T       ,         2      ,
      Throbs to | know one thing:| tell me,| if your art
            ,         ,           ,         ,     ,     ->
      Can tell | so much:| shall Ban|quo's is|sue e||ver
        ,       2       ,
110   Reign | in this king|dom?
 
ALL
                                  ,         ,         ,
                                Seek | to know | no more.
 
MACBETH
          ,        ,      ,       ,        ,
      I will | be sa|tisfied:| deny | me this,
                  ,       ,       ,             ,         ,
      And an / eter|nal curse | fall on | you: Let | me know.
            ,            ,         ,           ,          ,
      Why sinks | that caul|dron? And | what noise | is this?
 
[Hautboys]
 
FIRST WITCH
       __
115   Show.
 
SECOND WITCH
             __
            Show.
 
THIRD WITCH
                  __    oo
                 Show.|
 
ALL
        ,          ,            ,          ___
      Show his | eyes, and | grieve his | heart;
        ,          ,         ,     __
      Come like | shadows,| so de|part.
 
[A show of Eight Kings, the last with a glass in his hand; GHOST OF BANQUO following]
 
MACBETH
            ,          ,           x         ,         ,
120   Thou art | too like | the spirit | of Ban|quo: down:
            ,            ,          ,     ,                ,
      Thy crown | does sear | mine^eye-|balls. And | thy hair,
        ,   2        T    T     T         ,          ,
      Thou other | gold-bound brow,| is like | the first.
          ,          ,         ,        ,        ,
      A third | is like | the for|mer. Fil|thy hags,
       ,    2        ,         ,          T      T     T
      Why do you | show me | this? A | fourth? Start eyes!
        ,               ,             ,      2      ,          ,
125   What will | the line | stretch^out | to the crack | of doom?
        ,       ,         x            ,         ,
      Ano|ther yet?| A seventh?| I'll see | no more:
           ,           ,         ,           ,         ,
      And yet | the eighth | appears,| who bears | a glass
              ,         ,      ,          ,       ,
      Which shows | me ma|ny more:| and some | I see
        .   T    T    T          ,        ,        ,      ->
      That two-fold balls,| and tre|ble scep|ters car||ry:
       ,            ,     ,       ,           ,
130   Hor|rible / sight: Now | I see | 'tis true;
         2      ,     ,          ,          ,      ,
      For the blood-|boltered | Banquo | smiles u|pon me,
             ,          ,         ,      ,              ,
      And points | at them | for his.| What? Is | this so?
 
[Apparitions vanish]
 
FIRST WITCH
           ,          ,        ,        ,
      Aye sir,| all this | is so.| but why
              ,         ,      ,     ,
      Stands^Mac|beth^thus | ama|zedly?
            ,          ,         ,          ,
135   Come sis|ters, cheer | we up | his sprites,
            ,          ,        ,         ,
      And show | the best | of our | delights:
             ,          ,         ,        ,
      I'll charm | the air | to give | a sound,
        ,              ,          ,       ,
      While you | perform | your an|tic round:
             ,            ,          ,      ,
      That this | great^king | may kind|ly say,
           ,       ,         ,        ,
140   Our du|ties did | his wel|come pay.
 
[Music. The witches dance and then vanish, with HECATE]
 
MACBETH
             ,            ,     ,             ,         ,
      Where are | they? Gone?| Let this | perni|cious hour
             ,       ,       ,        ,     ,
      Stand aye | accur|sed in | the ca|lendar.
            ,        ,
      Come in,| without | there.
 
LENNOX
                                  ,            ,         ,
                                What's | your gra|ce's will.
 
MACBETH
       ,              ,      ,
145   Saw you | the weird | sisters?
 
LENNOX
                                      ,       __
                                     No my | lord.
 
MACBETH
        ,              ,
      Came they | not by | you?
 
LENNOX
                                 ,       ,         ,
                                No | indeed | my lord.
 
MACBETH
         ,       ,        ,          ,          ,
      Infec|ted be | the air | whereon | they ride;
             ,           ,            ,           ,         ,
150   And damned | all those | that trust | them. I | did hear
           ,      ,         ,            x           ,
      The gal|loping | of horse:| who was it | came by?
 
LENNOX
            ,         ,          ,           ,           ,
      'Tis two | or three | my lord,| that bring | you word:
           ,         ,        ,
      Macduff | is fled | to Eng|land.
 
MACBETH
                                         ,        ,        ->
                                       Fled | to Eng||land?
 
LENNOX
       ,      2       ,
155   Aye,| my good lord.   (pickup)
 
MACBETH
        ,             ,     ,          ,      ,
      Time, thou | anti|cipatst | my dread | exploits:
            ,       ,        ,      ,        ,
      The fligh|ty pur|pose ne|ver is | oretook
          ,          ,           x       ,          ,
      Unless | the deed | go with it.| From this | moment
           ,      ,          ,        ,            ,
      The ve|ry first|lings of | my heart | shall be
            ,          ,        ,        ,      ,
160   The first|lings of | my hand.| And e|ven now,
           ,            ,             ,      2      ,            ,
      To crown | my thoughts | with acts,| be it thought | and done:
           ,       ,        ,        ,         ,
      The cas|tle of | Macduff | I will | surprise;
        ,           ,      ,             ,      2      ,
      Seize u|pon Fife;| give to | the edge | of the sword
            ,          ,          ,       ,    2      ,
      His wife,| his babes,| and all | unfor|tunate souls
             ,        3  3      ,        ,          ,        ,
165   That trace | him in his line.| No boa|sting like | a fool;
             ,          ,       ,          ,         ,
      This deed | I'll do | before | this pur|pose cool.
           ,           ,            ,           ,       ,
      But no | more sights.| Where are | these gen|tlemen?
             ,          ,           ,
      Come bring | me where | they are.  (picked up)
 
[Exeunt]

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