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Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Act 1, Scene 6 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 

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Macbeth Act 1, Scene 6



Before Macbeth's castle

hautboys (oboes) and torches. Enter KING DUNCAN,MALCOLM,
 DONALBAIN, BANQUO, 
LENNOX,MACDUFF, ROSS, ANGUS, and attendants

hautboys and torches. Enter KING DUNCAN,
MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, BANQUO, 
LENNOX,MACDUFF, ROSS, ANGUS, and attendants

DUNCAN

This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air

seat=setting

Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself

Unto our gentle senses.

 

DUNCAN

This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air

Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself

Unto our gentle senses.

 

BANQUO

     This guest of summer,

The temple-haunting martlet, does approve,

martlet=house martin, which arrives in the summer

By his loved mansionry, that the heaven’s breath

mansionry=place of habitation

Smells wooingly here. No jutty, frieze,

Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird

coign=projecting corner

Hath made his pendant bed and procreant cradle.

Where they most breed and haunt, I have observed,

The air is delicate.

 

BANQUO

     This guest of summer,

The temple-haunting martlet, does approve,

By his loved mansionry, that the heaven’s breath

Smells wooingly here. No jutty, frieze,

Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird

Hath made his pendant bed and procreant cradle.

Where they most breed and haunt, I have observed,

The air is delicate.

 

Enter LADY MACBETH

Enter LADY MACBETH

DUNCAN

     See, see, our honored hostess!

The love that follows us sometimes is our trouble,

the love that follows us=the love that our subjects show us

Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you

How you shall bid God 'ild us for your pains

ild=yield (reward)

And thank us for your trouble.

 

DUNCAN

     See, see, our honored hostess!

The love that follows us sometime is our trouble,

Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you

How you shall bid God 'ild us for your pains

And thank us for your trouble.

 

LADY MACBETH

     All our service,

In every point twice done and then done double,

Were poor and single business to contend

Against those honors deep and broad wherewith

Your majesty loads our house. For those of old

And the late dignities heaped up to them,

late=more recent

We rest your hermits.

rest your hermits=remain people who pray for you

 

LADY MACBETH

     All our service,

In every point twice done and then done double,

Were poor and single business to contend

Against those honors deep and broad wherewith

Your majesty loads our house. For those of old

And the late dignities heaped up to them,

We rest your hermits.

 

DUNCAN

     Where’s the thane of Cawdor?

We coursed him at the heels and had a purpose

coursed him=followed him

To be his purveyor; but he rides well,

purveyor=steward sent ahead to make preparations

And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath holp him

To his home before us. Fair and noble hostess,

We are your guest tonight.

 

DUNCAN

     Where’s the thane of Cawdor?

We coursed him at the heels and had a purpose

To be his purveyor; but he rides well,

And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath holp him

To his home before us. Fair and noble hostess,

We are your guest tonight.

 

LADY MACBETH

     Your servants ever

Have theirs, themselves, and what is theirs in compt,

theirs, themselves=themselves

in compt=in trust (accountable to the king)

To make their audit at your highness' pleasure,

Still to return your own.

still to return your own=always ready to give back to the king belongings held in trust for him (he owns everything in the kingdom)

 

LADY MACBETH

     Your servants ever

Have theirs, themselves, and what is theirs in compt,

To make their audit at your highness' pleasure,

Still to return your own.

 

DUNCAN

     Give me your hand.

Conduct me to mine host. We love him highly

And shall continue our graces towards him.

By your leave, hostess.

 

DUNCAN

     Give me your hand.

Conduct me to mine host. We love him highly

And shall continue our graces towards him.

By your leave, hostess.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

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