Act Four Scene Two
A4S1>>> where they are.
Enter Macduff's Wife, her Son, and Ross
A4S1--- where they are.
What had he done, to make him fly the Land?
--- fly the Land?
You must have patience, Madam.
--- have patience Madam.
He had none:
His flight was madness: when our Actions do not,
Our fears do make us Traitors.
--- make us Traitors.
You know not,
Whether it was his wisdom, or his fear.
--- or his fear.
Wisdom! to leave his wife, to leave his Babes,
His Mansion, and his Titles, in a place
From whence himself does fly? He loves us not:
He wants the natural touch; for the poor Wren,
The most diminutive of Birds, will fight,
Her young ones in her Nest, against the Owl.
All is the Fear, and nothing is the Love;
As little is the Wisdom, where the flight
So runs against all reason.
--- against all reason.
My dearest Coz,
I pray you, school yourself. But for your Husband,
He is Noble, Wise, Judicious, and best knows
The fits o'th' Season. I dare not speak much further:
But cruel are the times, when we are Traitors,
And do not know ourselves; when we hold Rumour
From what we fear, yet know not what we fear,
But float upon a wild and violent Sea
Each way, and move - I take my leave of you:
Shall not be long but I'll be here again.
Things at the worst will cease, or else climb upward,
To what they were before. - My pretty Cousin,
Blessing upon you.
--- Blessing upon you.
Fathered he is, and yet he's Fatherless.
--- yet he's Fatheress.
I am so much a Fool, should I stay longer,
It would be my disgrace, and your discomfort:
I take my leave at once.
>>> leave at once.
--- leave at once.
Sirrah, your Father's dead,
And what will you do now? How will you live?
--- will you live?
As Birds do, Mother.
--- Birds do, Mother.
What, with Worms and Flies?
--- Worms and Flies?
With what I get, I mean; and so do they.
--- so do they.
Poor Bird! Thou'dst never Fear the Net, nor Lime,
The Pitfall, nor the Gin.
--- nor the Gin.
Why should I Mother?
Poor Birds they are not set for.
My Father is not dead, for all your saying.
--- all your saying.
Yes, he is dead: how wilt thou do for a Father?
--- for a Father?
Nay, how will you do for a Husband?
--- for a Husband?
Why, I can buy me twenty at any Market.
--- at any Market.
Then you'll buy 'em to sell again.
--- to sell again.
Thou speak'st with all thy wit;
And yet i'faith with wit enough for thee.
--- enough for thee.
Was my Father a Traitor, Mother?
--- a Traitor, Mother?
Ay, that he was.
--- that he was.
What is a Traitor?
--- is a Traitor?
Why one that swears, and lies.
--- swears, and lies.
And be all Traitors that do so.
--- that do so.
Every one that does so, is a Traitor, and must be hanged.
--- must be hanged.
And must they all be hanged that swear and lie?
--- swear and lie?
--- Every one.
Who must hang them?
--- must hang them?
Why, the honest men.
--- the honest men.
Then the Liars and Swearers are Fools; for there are Liars and Swearers enow to beat the honest men, and hang up them.
--- hang up them.
Now God help thee, poor Monkey! But how wilt thou do for a Father?
--- for a Father?
If he were dead, you'ld weep for him: if you would not, it were a good sign, that I should quickly have a new Father.
--- a new Father.
Poor prattler, how thou talk'st?
>>> how thou talk'st?
--- how thou talk'st?
Bless you fair Dame! I am not to you known,
Though in your state of Honour I am perfect.
I doubt, some danger does approach you nearly:
If you will take a homely man's advice,
Be not found here; hence, with your little ones.
To fright you thus, methinks, I am too savage;
To do worse to you, were fell Cruelty,
Which is too nigh your person. Heaven preserve you!
I dare abide no longer.
>>> abide no longer.
--- abide no longer.
Whither should I fly?
I have done no harm. But I remember now
I am in this earthly world, where, to do harm
Is often laudable; to do good, sometime
Accounted dangerous folly: why then, alas!
Do I put up that womanly defence,
To say, I have done no harm? What are these faces?
>>> are these faces?
--- are these faces?
Where is your Husband?
--- is your Husband?
I hope, in no place so unsanctified,
Where such as thou may'st find him.
--- may'st find him.
He's a Traitor.
--- He's a Traitor.
Thou ly'st thou shag-haired Villain!
--- thou shag-haired Villain!
What you Egg?
Young fry of Treachery!
--- fry of Treachery!
He has killed me Mother,
Run away, I pray you.
>>> I pray you.
Exit Lady Macduff crying Murder, pursued by Murderers.