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ACT I. SCENE I.
An open Place. Thunder and Lightning.
Enter three Witches.
i Witch. When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain ?
2 Witch. When the hurlyburly's done, When the battle's lost and won :
3 Witch. That will be ere set of sun.
Upon the heath:
AU. Paddock calls :- Anon.-
A Camp near Fores. Alarum within.
Enter King DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, Lenox, with Attendants, meeting a bleeding Soldier.
Dun. What bloody man is that? He can report, As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt The newest state.
This is the sergeant,
Doubtfully it stood;
Dun. O, valiant cousin! worthy gentleman !
Sold. As whence the sun 'gins his reflexion Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break; So from that spring, whence comfort seem'd to come, Discomfort swells. Mark, king of Scotland, mark : No sooner justice had, with valour arm’d, Compellid these skipping Kernes to trust their heels; But the Norweyan lord, surveying vantage,
With furbish'd arms, and new supplies of men,
Dismay'd not this
Sold. As sparrows, eagles; or the hare, the lion. If I say sooth, I must report they were As cannons overcharg'd with double cracks ; So they Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe: Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds, Or memorize another Golgotha, I cannot tell :But I am faint, my gashes cry for help. Dun. So well thy words become thee, as thy
wounds; They smack of honour both :-Go, get him surgeons.
[Exit Soldier, attended.
Who comes here?
The worthy thane of Rosse.
should he look, That seems to speak things strange. Rosse.
God save the king ! Dun. Whence cam'st thou, worthy thane ? Rosse.
From Fife, great king, Where the Norweyan banners float the sky, And fan our people cold.
Norway himself, with terrible numbers,
Dun. No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive
Rosse. I'll see it done.
A Heath. Thunder.
Enter the three Witches.
1 Witch. Where hast thou been, sister? 2 Witch. Killing swine. 3 Witch. Sister, where thou ? 1 Witch. A sailor's wife had chesnuts in her lap,
And mounch'd, and mounch'd, and mounch'd :
Give me, quoth I:
2 Witch. I'll give thee a wind.
1 Witch. I myself have all the other
2 Witch. Show me, show me.
i Witch. Here I have a pilot's thumb, Wreck'd, as homeward he did come.
[Drum within. 3 Witch. A drum, a drum ; Macbeth doth come.
All. The weird 19 sisters, hand in hand, Posters of the sea and land,