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    Macbeth

    by William Shakespeare
    MFFE script v5.20 CloudReader v1.05
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  • Act Four Scene One

    A3S6>>> Prayers with him.
    Thunder. Enter the three Witches.
    A3S6--- Prayers with him.
    First Witch.
    Thrice the brinded Cat hath mewed.
    --- Cat hath mewed.
    Second Witch.
    Thrice, and once the Hedge-Pig whined.
    --- the Hedge-Pig whined.
    Third Witch.
    Harpier cries, - 'tis time, 'tis time.
    --- time, 'tis time.
    First Witch.
    Round about the Cauldron go;
    In the poisoned Entrails throw, -
    Toad, that under cold stone,
    Days and Nights has thirty one
    Sweltered Venom, sleeping got,
    Boil thou first i'th' charmed pot.
    --- i'th' charmed pot.
    All.
    Double, double, toil and trouble;
    Fire burn; and Cauldron bubble.
    --- and Cauldron bubble.
    Second Witch.
    Fillet of a Fenny Snake,
    In the Cauldron boil and bake;
    Eye of Newt, and Toe of Frog,
    Wool of Bat, and Tongue of Dog,
    Adder's Fork, and Blind-worm's Sting,
    Lizard's leg, and Howlet's wing,
    For a Charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a Hell-broth boil and bubble.
    --- boil and bubble.
    All.
    Double, double toil and trouble:
    Fire burn, and Cauldron bubble.
    --- and Cauldron bubble.
    Third Witch.
    Scale of Dragon, Tooth of Wolf,
    Witches' Mummy; Maw, and Gulf
    Of the ravined salt-Sea shark;
    Root of Hemlock, digged i'th' dark;
    Liver of Blaspheming Jew;
    Gall of Goat, and Slips of Yew,
    Slivered in the Moon's Eclipse;
    Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips;
    Finger of Birth-strangled Babe,
    Ditch-delivered by a Drab,
    Make the Gruel thick, and slab:
    Add thereto a Tiger's Chaudron,
    For th' Ingredients of our Cauldron.
    --- of our Cauldron.
    All.
    Double, double toil and trouble:
    Fire, burn; and Cauldron, bubble.
    --- and Cauldron, bubble.
    Second Witch.
    Cool it with a Baboon's blood:
    Then the Charm is firm and good.
    >>> firm and good.
    Enter Hecate.
    --- firm and good.
    Hecate.
    O, well done! I commend your pains,
    And every one shall share i'th' gains.
    And now about the Cauldron sing,
    Like Elves and Fairies in a Ring,
    Enchanting all that you put in.
    >>> you put in.
    Music and a Song. 'Black Spirits,' &c.
    --- you put in.
    Second Witch.
    By the pricking of my Thumbs,
    Something wicked this way comes. -
    Open Locks, whoever knocks.
    >>> Locks, whoever knocks.
    Exit Hecate.
    Enter Macbeth.
    --- Locks, whoever knocks.
    Macbeth.
    How now, you secret, black, and midnight Hags!
    What is't you do?
    --- is't you do?
    All.
    A deed without a name.
    --- without a name.
    Macbeth.
    I conjure you, by that which you Profess,
    Howe'er you come to know it, answer me:
    Though you untie the Winds, and let them fight
    Against the Churches; Though the yesty Waves
    Confound and swallow Navigation up;
    Though bladed Corn be lodged, and Trees blown down;
    Though Castles topple on their Warders' heads;
    Though Palaces, and Pyramids, do slope
    Their heads to their Foundations; though the treasure
    Of Nature's Germens tumble all together,
    Even till destruction sicken, answer me
    To what I ask you.
    --- I ask you.
    First Witch.
    Speak.
    --- Speak.
    Second Witch.
    Demand.
    --- Demand.
    Third Witch.
    We'll answer.
    --- We'll answer.
    First Witch.
    Say, if thou'dst rather hear it from our mouths,
    Or from our Masters?
    --- from our Masters?
    Macbeth.
    Call 'em; let me see 'em.
    --- me see 'em.
    First Witch.
    Pour in Sow's blood, that hath eaten
    Her nine Farrow; Grease, that's sweaten
    From the Murderer's Gibbet, throw
    Into the Flame.
    --- Into the Flame.
    All.
    Come, high, or low;
    Thyself and Office deftly show.
    >>> Office deftly show.
    Thunder. First Apparition, an Armed Head.
    --- Office deftly show.
    Macbeth.
    Tell me, thou unknown power, -
    --- thou unknown power, -
    First Witch.
    He knows thy thought:
    Hear his speech, but say thou nought.
    --- say thou nought.
    First Apparition.
    Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff;
    Beware the Thane of Fife. - Dismiss me. - Enough.
    >>> dismiss me. - Enough.
    He Descends.
    --- dismiss me. Enough.
    Macbeth.
    Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution, thanks:
    Thou hast harped my fear aright - But one word more: -
    --- one word more: -
    First Witch.
    He will not be commanded. Here's another,
    More potent than the first.
    >>> than the first.
    Thunder. Second Apparition, a Bloody Child.
    --- than the first.
    Second Apparition.
    Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! -
    --- Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! -
    Macbeth.
    Had I three ears, I'd hear thee.
    --- I'd hear thee.
    Second Apparition.
    Be Bloody, bold, and resolute: Laugh to scorn
    The power of man, for none of woman born
    Shall harm Macbeth.
    >>> Shall harm Macbeth.
    Descends.
    --- Shall harm Macbeth.
    Macbeth.
    Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee?
    But yet I'll make assurance double sure,
    And take a Bond of Fate: thou shalt not live;
    That I may tell pale-hearted Fear it lies;
    And sleep in spite of Thunder. -
    >>> spite of Thunder. -
    Thunder. Third Apparation, a Child Crowned, with a Tree in his hand.
    What is this,
    That rises like the issue of a King,
    And wears upon his Baby-brow the round
    And top of Sovereignty?
    --- top of Sovereignty?
    All.
    Listen, but speak not to't.
    --- speak not to't.
    Third Apparition.
    Be Lion-mettled, proud, and take no care
    Who chafes, who frets, or where Conspirers are:
    Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until
    Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
    Shall come against him.
    >>> come against him.
    Descends
    --- come against him.
    Macbeth.
    That will never be:
    Who can impress the Forest; bid the Tree
    Unfix his earth-bound Root? Sweet bodements! good!
    Rebellious dead, rise never, till the Wood
    Of Birnam rise; and our high-placed Macbeth
    Shall live the Lease of Nature, pay his breath
    To time, and mortal Custom. - Yet my Heart
    Throbs to know one thing: Tell me (if your Art
    Can tell so much), Shall Banquo's issue ever
    Reign in this Kingdom?
    --- in this Kingdom?
    All.
    Seek to know no more.
    --- in this Kingdom?
    Macbeth.
    I will be satisfied. Deny me this,
    And an eternal Curse fall on you! Let me know. -
    Why sinks that Cauldron? and what noise is this?
    >>> noise is this?
    Hautboys
    --- noise is this?
    First Witch.
    Show!
    --- Show!
    Second Witch.
    Show!
    --- Show!
    Third Witch.
    Show!
    --- Show!
    All.
    Show his Eyes, and grieve his Heart;
    Come like shadows, so depart.
    >>> shadows, so depart.
    A show of eight Kings, and Banquo last, with a glass in his hand.
    --- shadows, so depart.
    Macbeth.
    Thou art too like the Spirit of Banquo: Down!
    Thy Crown does sear mine Eye-balls: - and thy hair
    Thou other Gold-bound-brow, is like the first: -
    A third, is like the former: - Filthy Hags!
    Why do you show me this? -- A fourth? - Start eyes!
    What! Will the Line stretch out to'th' crack of Doom?
    Another yet? - A seventh? - I'll see no more: -
    And yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass,
    Which shows me many more; and some I see,
    That two-fold Balls, and treble Sceptres carry.
    Horrible sight! Now I see 'tis true;
    For the Blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me,
    And points at them for his. - What! is this so?
    --- is this so?
    First Witch.
    Ay, Sir, all this is so. - But why
    Stands Macbeth thus amazedly? -
    Come Sisters, 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 Antic round;
    That this great King may kindly say,
    Our duties did his welcome pay.
    >>> his welcome pay.
    Music. The Witches Dance, and vanish.
    --- his welcome pay.
    Macbeth.
    Where are they? Gone? - Let this pernicious hour
    Stand aye accursed in the Calender! -
    Come in, without there!
    >>> in, without there!
    Enter Lenox.
    --- in, without there!
    Lenox.
    What's your Grace's will?
    --- your Grace's will.
    Macbeth.
    Saw you the Weird Sisters?
    --- the Weird Sisters?
    Lenox.
    No, my Lord.
    --- No, my Lord.
    Macbeth.
    Came they not by you?
    --- not by you?
    Lenox.
    No, indeed, my Lord.
    --- indeed my Lord.
    Macbeth.
    Infected be the Air whereon they ride;
    And damned all those that trust them! - I did hear
    The galloping of Horse: who was't came by?
    --- was't came by?
    Lenox.
    'Tis two or three, my Lord, that bring you word,
    Macduff is fled to England.
    --- fled to England.
    Macbeth.
    Fled to England?
    --- Fled to England?
    Lenox.
    Ay, my good Lord.
    --- my good Lord.
    Macbeth.
    Aside.
    Time, thou anticipat'st my dread exploits:
    The flighty purpose never is o'ertook,
    Unless the deed go with it. From this moment,
    The very firstlings of my heart shall be
    The firstlings of my hand. And even now,
    To Crown my thoughts with Acts, be it thought and done:
    The Castle of Macduff I will surprise;
    Seize upon Fife; give to th'edge o'th' Sword
    His Wife, his Babes, and all unfortunate Souls
    That trace him in his Line. No boasting like a Fool;
    This deed I'll do, before this purpose cool:
    But no more sights! - Where are these Gentlemen?
    Come bring me where they are.
    >>> where they are.
    Exeunt
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