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Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 3 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 

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Macbeth Act 4, Scene 3



England. Before the king's palace

Enter MALCOLM and MACDUFF

Enter MALCOLM and MACDUFF

MALCOLM

Let us seek out some desolate shade and there

Weep our sad bosoms empty.

 

MALCOLM

Let us seek out some desolate shade and there

Weep our sad bosoms empty.

 

MACDUFF

     Let us rather

Hold fast the mortal sword and, like good men,

mortal=deadly

Bestride our downfall'n birthdom. Each new morn

New widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows

Strike heaven on the face, that it resounds

that it resounds=so that it echoes

As if it felt with Scotland and yelled out

Like syllable of dolor.

like syllable of dolor=a matching cry of grief

 

MACDUFF

     Let us rather

Hold fast the mortal sword and, like good men,

Bestride our downfall'n birthdom. Each new morn

New widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows

Strike heaven on the face, that it resounds

As if it felt with Scotland and yelled out

Like syllable of dolor.

 

MALCOLM

     What I believe I’ll wail;

(what I believe to be amiss in Scotland I’ll grieve for)

What know, believe, and what I can, redress,

As I shall find the time to friend, I will.

to friend=favorable

What you have spoke, it may be so perchance.

perchance=maybe

This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues,

sole name=mere name

Was once thought honest. You have loved him well.

honest=honorable

He hath not touched you yet. I am young, but something

You may deserve of him through me and wisdom

something=some benefit

you may deserve of him through me=you might  benefit from him through betraying me

wisdom=clever stratagem

To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb

(namely, Malcolm himself)

T' appease an angry god.

(namely, Macbeth)

 

MALCOLM

     What I believe I’ll wail;

What know believe, and what I can redress,

As I shall find the time to friend, I will.

What you have spoke, it may be so perchance.

This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues,

Was once thought honest. You have loved him well.

He hath not touched you yet. I am young, but something

You may deserve of him through me, and wisdom

To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb

T' appease an angry god.

 

MACDUFF

I am not treacherous.

 

MACDUFF

I am not treacherous.

 

MALCOLM

But Macbeth is.

A good and virtuous nature may recoil

recoil=back down

In an imperial charge. But I shall crave your pardon.

That which you are, my thoughts cannot transpose.

(my thoughts cannot change you into something that you are not)

Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.

the brightest=Lucifer (or Duncan)

Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,

Yet grace must still look so.

(though evil would like to have an appearance of grace, the good must still look graceful)

 

MALCOLM

But Macbeth is.

A good and virtuous nature may recoil

In an imperial charge. But I shall crave your pardon.

That which you are, my thoughts cannot transpose.

Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.

Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,

Yet grace must still look so.

 

MACDUFF

     I have lost my hopes.

 

MACDUFF

     I have lost my hopes.

 

MALCOLM

Perchance even there [is] where I did find my doubts.

(where you lost your hopes about me is where I found my doubts about you)

Why in that rawness left you wife and child,

rawness=unprotected position

Those precious motives, those strong knots of love,

precious motives=Lady Macduff’s love for her family

Without leave-taking? I pray you,

Let not my jealousies be your dishonors,

jealousies=suspicions

be your dishonors=reflect badly on you

But mine own safeties. You may be rightly just,

Whatever I shall think.

whatever I shall think=whatever I might think

 

MALCOLM

Perchance even there where I did find my doubts.

Why in that rawness left you wife and child,

Those precious motives, those strong knots of love,

Without leave-taking? I pray you,

Let not my jealousies be your dishonors,

But mine own safeties. You may be rightly just,

Whatever I shall think.

 

MACDUFF

     Bleed, bleed, poor country!

Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure,

For goodness dare not check thee. Wear thou thy wrongs;

wrongs=wrongfully gained powers

The title is affeered.—Fare thee well, lord.

affeered=a legal term meaning certified

I would not be the villain that thou think’st

For the whole space that’s in the tyrant’s grasp,

And the rich East to boot.

to boot=in addition

 

MACDUFF

     Bleed, bleed, poor country!

Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure,

For goodness dare not check thee. Wear thou thy wrongs;

The title is affeered.—Fare thee well, lord.

I would not be the villain that thou think’st

For the whole space that’s in the tyrant’s grasp,

And the rich East to boot.

 

MALCOLM

     Be not offended.

I speak not as in absolute fear of you.

I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.

It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash

Is added to her wounds. I think withal

withal=besides

There would be hands uplifted in my right;

And here from gracious England have I offer

England=the English king

Of goodly thousands. But, for all this,

When I shall tread upon the tyrant’s head

Or wear it on my sword, yet my poor country

Shall have more vices than it had before,

More suffer, and [in] more sundry ways than ever,

more suffer=more suffering

By him that shall succeed

 

MALCOLM

     Be not offended.

I speak not as in absolute fear of you.

I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.

It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash

Is added to her wounds. I think withal

There would be hands uplifted in my right;

And here from gracious England have I offer

Of goodly thousands. But, for all this,

When I shall tread upon the tyrant’s head,

Or wear it on my sword, yet my poor country

Shall have more vices than it had before,

More suffer, and more sundry ways than ever,

By him that shall succeed.

 

MACDUFF

     What [who] should he be?

 

MACDUFF

     What should he be?

 

MALCOLM

It is myself I mean, in whom I know

All the particulars of vice so grafted

grafted=implanted

That, when they shall be opened, black Macbeth

opened=revealed

Will seem as pure as snow, and the poor state

[will] Esteem him as a lamb, being compared

With my confineless harms.

 

MALCOLM

It is myself I mean, in whom I know

All the particulars of vice so grafted

That, when they shall be opened, black Macbeth

Will seem as pure as snow, and the poor state

Esteem him as a lamb, being compared

With my confineless harms.

 

MACDUFF

     Not in the legions

Of horrid hell can come a devil more damned

In evils to top Macbeth.

 

MACDUFF

     Not in the legions

Of horrid hell can come a devil more damned

In evils to top Macbeth.

 

MALCOLM

     I grant him bloody,

Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,

luxurious=lecherous

Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin

That has a name. But there’s no bottom, none,

In my voluptuousness. Your wives, your daughters,

Your matrons, and your maids could not fill up

The cistern of my lust, and my desire

All continent impediments would o'erbear

That did oppose my will. Better Macbeth

Than such a one to reign.

 

MALCOLM

     I grant him bloody,

Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,

Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin

That has a name. But there’s no bottom, none,

In my voluptuousness. Your wives, your daughters,

Your matrons, and your maids could not fill up

The cistern of my lust, and my desire

All continent impediments would o'erbear

That did oppose my will. Better Macbeth

Than such an one to reign.

 

MACDUFF

     Boundless intemperance

In nature is a tyranny. It hath been

The untimely emptying of the happy throne

And fall of many kings. But fear not yet

To take upon you what is yours. You may

Convey your pleasures in a spacious plenty

convey=steal

And yet seem cold; the time you may so hoodwink.

hoodwink=deceive

We have willing dames enough. There cannot be

That vulture in you to devour so many

As will to greatness dedicate themselves,

greatness=a king

Finding it (his nature) so inclined.

(the vulture cannot be so powerful as to use up all the women available)

 

MACDUFF

     Boundless intemperance

In nature is a tyranny. It hath been

The untimely emptying of the happy throne

And fall of many kings. But fear not yet

To take upon you what is yours. You may

Convey your pleasures in a spacious plenty

And yet seem cold; the time you may so hoodwink.

We have willing dames enough. There cannot be

That vulture in you to devour so many

As will to greatness dedicate themselves,

Finding it so inclined.

 

MALCOLM

With this there grows

In my most ill-composed affection such

ill-composed affection=ill-regulated passion

A stanchless avarice that, were I king,

I should cut off the nobles for their lands,

cut off=execute

Desire his jewels and this other’s house.

his=one’s

And my more-having would be as a sauce

To make me hunger more, [so] that I should forge

forge=fabricate

Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,

Destroying them for wealth.

 

MALCOLM

With this there grows

In my most ill-composed affection such

A stanchless avarice that, were I king,

I should cut off the nobles for their lands,

Desire his jewels and this other’s house.

And my more-having would be as a sauce

To make me hunger more, that I should forge

Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,

Destroying them for wealth.

 

MACDUFF

     This avarice

Sticks deeper, grows with more pernicious root

Than summer-seeming lust, and it hath been

The sword of our slain kings. Yet do not fear;

sword=cause of overthrow

Scotland hath foisons to fill up your will

foisons=abundance

Of your mere own. All these are portable,

of your mere own=in royal property alone

portable=bearable

With other graces weighed.

(balanced by virtuous qualities)

 

MACDUFF

     This avarice

Sticks deeper, grows with more pernicious root

Than summer-seeming lust, and it hath been

The sword of our slain kings. Yet do not fear;

Scotland hath foisons to fill up your will,

Of your mere own. All these are portable,

With other graces weighed.

 

MALCOLM

But I have none. The king-becoming graces,

As justice, verity, temperance, stableness,

Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness,

lowliness=humility

Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,

I have no relish of them but abound

In the division of each several crime,

several=separate

Acting it many ways. Nay, had I power, I should

Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,

Uproar the universal peace, confound

All unity on earth.

 

MALCOLM

But I have none. The king-becoming graces,

As justice, verity, temperance, stableness,

Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness,

Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,

I have no relish of them but abound

In the division of each several crime,

Acting it many ways. Nay, had I power, I should

Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,

Uproar the universal peace, confound

All unity on earth.

 

MACDUFF

     O Scotland, Scotland!

 

MACDUFF

     O Scotland, Scotland!

 

MALCOLM

If such a one be fit to govern, speak.

I am as I have spoken.

 

MALCOLM

If such a one be fit to govern, speak.

I am as I have spoken.

 

MACDUFF

     Fit to govern?

No, not to live.—O nation miserable,

With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered,

When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again,

Since that the truest issue of thy throne

issue=offspring

By his own interdiction stands accursed,

interdiction=declaration

And does blaspheme his breed.—Thy royal father

blaspheme his breed=slander his begetters

Was a most sainted king. The queen that bore thee,

Oftener upon her knees than on her feet,

upon her knees=praying

Died every day she lived. Fare thee well!

(lived a life of daily mortification)

These evils thou repeat’st upon thyself

Have banished me from Scotland.—O my breast,

Thy hope ends here!

 

MACDUFF

     Fit to govern?

No, not to live.—O nation miserable,

With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered,

When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again,

Since that the truest issue of thy throne

By his own interdiction stands accursed,

And does blaspheme his breed?—Thy royal father

Was a most sainted king. The queen that bore thee,

Oftener upon her knees than on her feet,

Died every day she lived. Fare thee well!

These evils thou repeat’st upon thyself

Have banished me from Scotland.—O my breast,

Thy hope ends here!

 

MALCOLM

     Macduff, this noble passion,

Child of integrity, hath from my soul

Wiped the black scruples, reconciled my thoughts

To thy good truth and honor. Devilish Macbeth

By many of these trains hath sought to win me

trains=stratagems

Into his power, and modest wisdom plucks me

From overcredulous haste. But God above

Deal between thee and me, for even now

I put myself to thy direction and

Unspeak mine own detraction, here abjure

The taints and blames I laid upon myself,

For strangers to my nature. I am yet

for strangers=as strangers

Unknown to woman, never was forsworn,

never was forsworn=never swore falsely

Scarcely have coveted what was mine own,

At no time broke my faith, would not betray

The devil to his fellow, and delight

No less in truth than life. My first false speaking

Was this upon myself. What I am truly

was this upon myself=was my speaking today against myself

Is thine and my poor country’s to command.

Whither indeed, before thy here-approach,

whither=on his way here

Old Siward, with ten thousand warlike men,

Already at a point, was setting forth.

at a point=completely prepared

Now we’ll [be] together, and [may] the chance of goodness

Be like our warranted quarrel! Why are you silent?

warranted=justified

 

MALCOLM

     Macduff, this noble passion,

Child of integrity, hath from my soul

Wiped the black scruples, reconciled my thoughts

To thy good truth and honor. Devilish Macbeth

By many of these trains hath sought to win me

Into his power, and modest wisdom plucks me

From overcredulous haste. But God above

Deal between thee and me, for even now

I put myself to thy direction and

Unspeak mine own detraction, here abjure

The taints and blames I laid upon myself,

For strangers to my nature. I am yet

Unknown to woman, never was forsworn,

Scarcely have coveted what was mine own,

At no time broke my faith, would not betray

The devil to his fellow, and delight

No less in truth than life. My first false speaking

Was this upon myself. What I am truly,

Is thine and my poor country’s to command.

Whither indeed, before thy here-approach,

Old Siward, with ten thousand warlike men,

Already at a point, was setting forth.

Now we’ll together, and the chance of goodness

Be like our warranted quarrel! Why are you silent?

 

MACDUFF

Such welcome and unwelcome things at once

'Tis hard to reconcile.

 

MACDUFF

Such welcome and unwelcome things at once

'Tis hard to reconcile.

 

Enter a DOCTOR

Enter a DOCTOR

MALCOLM

Well, more anon.—Comes the king forth, I pray you?

 

MALCOLM

Well, more anon.—Comes the king forth, I pray you?

 

DOCTOR

Ay, sir; there are a crew of wretched souls

That stay his cure. Their malady convinces

say his cure=wait for him to cure them

convinces the great assay of art=defeats the best medical skill

The great assay of art, but at his touch—

great assay of art=medicine’s best efforts

Such sanctity hath heaven given his hand—

They presently amend.

presently=immediately

 

DOCTOR

Ay, sir; there are a crew of wretched souls

That stay his cure. Their malady convinces

The great assay of art, but at his touch—

Such sanctity hath heaven given his hand—

They presently amend.

 

MALCOLM

     I thank you, doctor.

 

MALCOLM

     I thank you, doctor.

 

Exit DOCTOR

Exit DOCTOR

MACDUFF

What’s the disease he means?

 

MACDUFF

What’s the disease he means?

 

MALCOLM

     'Tis called the evil.

the evil=scrofula, tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands

A most miraculous work in this good king,

Which often since my here-remain in England

here-remain=sojourn

I have seen him do. How he solicits heaven,

Himself best knows, but strangely visited people,

All swoll'n and ulcerous, pitiful to the eye,

The mere despair of surgery, he cures,

mere=utter

surgery=medical art

Hanging a golden stamp about their necks,

stamp=coin

Put on with holy prayers. And, ’tis spoken,

put on=hung around their necks

To the succeeding royalty he leaves

succeeding royalty=his descendants

The healing benediction. With this strange virtue,

healing benediction=healing power

He hath a heavenly gift of prophecy,

And sundry blessings hang about his throne,

That speak him full of grace.

 

MALCOLM

     'Tis called the evil.

A most miraculous work in this good king,

Which often since my here-remain in England

I have seen him do. How he solicits heaven,

Himself best knows, but strangely visited people,

All swoll'n and ulcerous, pitiful to the eye,

The mere despair of surgery, he cures,

Hanging a golden stamp about their necks,

Put on with holy prayers. And, ’tis spoken,

To the succeeding royalty he leaves

The healing benediction. With this strange virtue,

He hath a heavenly gift of prophecy,

And sundry blessings hang about his throne,

That speak him full of grace.

 

Enter ROSS

Enter ROSS

MACDUFF

     See, who comes here?

 

MACDUFF

     See, who comes here?

 

MALCOLM

My countryman, but yet I know him not.

 

MALCOLM

My countryman, but yet I know him not.

 

MACDUFF

My ever-gentle cousin, welcome hither.

 

MACDUFF

My ever-gentle cousin, welcome hither.

 

MALCOLM

I know him now.—Good God, betimes remove

betimes=speedily

The means that makes us strangers!

means=Macbeth, the cause of the separation

 

MALCOLM

I know him now.—Good God, betimes remove

The means that makes us strangers!

 

ROSS

     Sir, amen.

 

ROSS

     Sir, amen.

 

MACDUFF

Stands Scotland where it did?

 

MACDUFF

Stands Scotland where it did?

 

ROSS

     Alas, poor country!

Almost afraid to know itself. It cannot

Be called our mother, but our grave, where nothing,

But who knows nothing, is once seen to smile;

but who knows nothing=except him who knows nothing (a fool)

once=ever

Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rend the air

Are made, not marked; where violent sorrow seems

not marked=not noticed

A modern ecstasy. The dead man’s knell

modern ecstacy=commonplace emotion

Is there scarce asked for who, and good men’s lives

there=in Scotland

who=who has died

Expire before the flowers in their caps,

Dying or ere they sicken.

dying or ere they sicken=dying by violence

ROSS

     Alas, poor country!

Almost afraid to know itself. It cannot

Be called our mother, but our grave, where nothing,

But who knows nothing, is once seen to smile;

Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rend the air

Are made, not marked; where violent sorrow seems

A modern ecstasy. The dead man’s knell

Is there scarce asked for who, and good men’s lives

Expire before the flowers in their caps,

Dying or ere they sicken.

 

MACDUFF

     Oh, relation (report)

Too nice and yet too true!

nice=precise

 

MACDUFF

     Oh, relation

Too nice and yet too true!

 

MALCOLM

     What’s the newest grief?

 

MALCOLM

     What’s the newest grief?

 

ROSS

That of an hour’s age doth hiss the speaker.

hiss the speaker=says, “That news is stale.”

Each minute teems a new one.

teems=brings forth

 

ROSS

That of an hour’s age doth hiss the speaker.

Each minute teems a new one.

 

MACDUFF

     How does my wife?

 

MACDUFF

     How does my wife?

 

ROSS

Why, well.

(being evasive)

ROSS

Why, well.

 

MACDUFF

     And all my children?

 

MACDUFF

     And all my children?

 

ROSS

     Well too.

 

ROSS

     Well too.

 

MACDUFF

The tyrant has not battered at their peace?

 

MACDUFF

The tyrant has not battered at their peace?

 

ROSS

No, they were well at peace when I did leave 'em.

 

ROSS

No, they were well at peace when I did leave 'em.

 

MACDUFF

Be not a niggard of your speech. How goes ’t?

niggard=miserly

 

MACDUFF

Be not a niggard of your speech. How goes ’t?

 

ROSS

When I came hither to transport the tidings,

Which I have heavily borne, there ran a rumor

Of many worthy fellows that were out;

out=in arms (to fight Macbeth)

Which was to my belief witnessed the rather

witnessed=confirmed

For that I saw the tyrant’s power afoot.

for  that I saw=by my seeing

power=forces

Now is the time of help. Your eye in Scotland

time of help=moment to apply the cure

eye in Scotland=presence in Scotland

Would create soldiers, make our women fight,

To doff their dire distresses.

doff=take off

 

ROSS

When I came hither to transport the tidings,

Which I have heavily borne, there ran a rumor

Of many worthy fellows that were out;

Which was to my belief witnessed the rather

For that I saw the tyrant’s power afoot.

Now is the time of help. Your eye in Scotland

Would create soldiers, make our women fight,

To doff their dire distresses.

 

MALCOLM

     Be ’t their comfort

(be it their comfort that . . .)

We are coming thither. Gracious England hath

England=the English king, Edward the Confessor

Lent us good Siward and ten thousand men;

An older and a better soldier none

That Christendom gives out.

 

MALCOLM

     Be ’t their comfort

We are coming thither. Gracious England hath

Lent us good Siward and ten thousand men;

An older and a better soldier none

That Christendom gives out.

 

ROSS

     Would I could answer

This comfort with the like. But I have words

That would be howled out in the desert air,

would be=should be

Where hearing should not latch them.

should not latch them=could not catch them

 

ROSS

     Would I could answer

This comfort with the like. But I have words

That would be howled out in the desert air,

Where hearing should not latch them.

 

MACDUFF

     What concern they?

(whom do these words concern?)

The general cause, or is it a fee-grief

fee-grief=private woe

Due to (belonging to) some single breast?

 

MACDUFF

     What concern they?

The general cause, or is it a fee-grief

Due to some single breast?

 

ROSS

     No mind that’s honest

But in it shares some woe, though the main part

Pertains to you alone.

 

ROSS

     No mind that’s honest

But in it shares some woe, though the main part

Pertains to you alone.

 

MACDUFF

If it be mine,

Keep it not from me. Quickly let me have it.

 

MACDUFF

If it be mine,

Keep it not from me. Quickly let me have it.

 

ROSS

Let not your ears despise my tongue forever,

Which shall possess them with the heaviest sound

them=your ears

That ever yet they heard.

 

ROSS

Let not your ears despise my tongue forever,

Which shall possess them with the heaviest sound

That ever yet they heard.

 

MACDUFF

     Hum! I guess at it.

 

MACDUFF

     Hum! I guess at it.

 

ROSS

Your castle is surprised, your wife and babes

Savagely slaughtered. To relate the manner

Were, on the quarry of these murdered deer,

quarry=pile of murdered deer

To add the death of you.

 

ROSS

Your castle is surprised, your wife and babes

Savagely slaughtered. To relate the manner,

Were, on the quarry of these murdered deer

To add the death of you.

 

MALCOLM

     Merciful heaven!

What, man! Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows.

Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak

Whispers [to] the o'erfraught heart and bids it break.

 

MALCOLM

     Merciful heaven!

What, man! Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows.

Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak

Whispers the o'erfraught heart and bids it break.

 

MACDUFF

My children, too?

 

MACDUFF

My children too?

 

ROSS

Wife, children, servants, all that could be found.

 

ROSS

Wife, children, servants, all that could be found.

 

MACDUFF

And I must be from thence!

(and I had to be away from home!)

My wife killed, too?

 

MACDUFF

And I must be from thence!

My wife killed too?

 

ROSS

I have said.

 

ROSS

I have said.

 

MALCOLM

Be comforted.

Let’s make us med'cines of our great revenge

To cure this deadly grief.

 

MALCOLM

Be comforted.

Let’s make us med'cines of our great revenge,

To cure this deadly grief.

 

MACDUFF

He has no children. All my pretty ones?

he has=Malcolm has

Did you say all? O hell-kite! All?

kite=thieving bird

What, all my pretty chickens and their dam

At one fell swoop?

 

MACDUFF

He has no children. All my pretty ones?

Did you say all? O hell-kite! All?

What, all my pretty chickens and their dam

At one fell swoop?

 

MALCOLM

Dispute it like a man (rouse yourself to vengeance).

 

MALCOLM

Dispute it like a man.

 

MACDUFF

I shall do so,

But I must also feel it as a man.

I cannot but remember such things were

That were most precious to me. Did heaven look on

And would not take their part? Sinful Macduff,

They were all struck for thee! Naught that I am,

naught=worthless

Not for their own demerits, but for mine,

Fell slaughter on their souls. Heaven rest them now.

 

MACDUFF

I shall do so,

But I must also feel it as a man.

I cannot but remember such things were

That were most precious to me. Did heaven look on,

And would not take their part? Sinful Macduff,

They were all struck for thee! Naught that I am,

Not for their own demerits, but for mine,

Fell slaughter on their souls. Heaven rest them now.

 

MALCOLM

Be this the whetstone of your sword. Let grief

whetstone=a stone for sharpening steel

Convert to anger. Blunt not the heart, enrage it.

 

MALCOLM

Be this the whetstone of your sword. Let grief

Convert to anger. Blunt not the heart, enrage it.

 

MACDUFF

Oh, I could play the woman with mine eyes

And braggart with my tongue! But, gentle heavens,

braggart – telling of revenge

Cut short all intermission. Front to front

intermission=delay

Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself.

Within my sword’s length set him; if he ’scape,

Heaven forgive him, too.

(Macbeth will never escape and, therefore, will never be forgiven)

 

MACDUFF

Oh, I could play the woman with mine eyes

And braggart with my tongue! But, gentle heavens,

Cut short all intermission. Front to front

Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself.

Within my sword’s length set him; if he ’scape,

Heaven forgive him too.

 

MALCOLM

     This tune (Macduff’s words) goes manly.

Come, go we to the king. Our power is ready;

power=army

Our lack is nothing but our leave. Macbeth

(only saying good-by to the king is lacking)

Is ripe for shaking, and the powers above

powers above=heavenly powers aiding us

Put on their instruments. Receive what cheer you may.

put on their instruments=support us, their agents

The night is long that never finds the day.

 

MALCOLM

     This tune goes manly.

Come, go we to the king. Our power is ready;

Our lack is nothing but our leave. Macbeth

Is ripe for shaking, and the powers above

Put on their instruments. Receive what cheer you may.

The night is long that never finds the day.

 

Exeunt

Exeunt

 

 

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