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And play the humble host.
Enter first Murderer, to the door.
Macb. See, they encounter thee with their hearts"
Mur. 'Tis Banquo's then.
Macb. 'Tis better thee without, than he within.
Most royal sir,
Our hostess keeps her state; &c.] i. e. continues in her chair of state at the head of the table.
With twenty trenched gashes? on his head;
Thanks for that:
My royal lord,
May it please your highness sit ? [The Ghost of BanQuo rises, and sits in
Macbeth's place. Macb. Here had we now our country's honour
roof'd, Were the grac'd person of our Banquo present; Who
may I rather challenge for unkindness, Than pity for mischance! Rosse.
His absence, sir, Lays blame upon his promise. Please it your high
To grace us with your royal company?
Macb. The table's full.
trenched gashes - Trencher, to cut. Fr.
the feast is sold, &c.] The meaning is,-That which is not giveň cheerfully, cannot be called a gift, it is something that must be paid for.
Here, my lord. What is't that moves your highness? Macb. Which of you have done this? Lords.
What, my good lord? Macb. Thou cans't not say, I did it: never shake Thy gory locks at me.
Rosse. Gentlemen, rise; his highness is not well. Lady M. Sit, worthy friends:-my lord is often
thus, And hath been from his youth: 'pray you, keep
Macb. Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that
O proper stuff! This is the very painting of This is the air-drawn dagger, which, you said, Led you to Duncan. O, these flaws, and starts, (Impostors to true fear) would well become A woman's story, at a winter's fire, Authoriz’d by her grandam. Shame itself! Why do
you make such faces? When all's done, You look but on a stool. Macb. Pr’ythee, see there! behold! look! lo!
how say you? Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too.-If charnel-houses, and our graves, must send
upon a thought -] i. e. as speedily as thought can be exerted.
0, these flaws, and starts, (Impostors to true fear,) would well become, &c.] Flaws are sudden gusts. Impostors to truc fear, mean impostors when compared with true fear. Such is the force of the preposition to in this place.
Those that we bury, back, our monuments
What! quite unmann'd in folly?
Fye, for shame! Macb. Blood hath been shed ere now, i'the olden
time, Ere human statute purg'd the gentle weal ;o Ay, and since too, inurders have been perform'd Too terrible for the ear: the times have been, That, when the brains were out, the man would
die, And there an end: but now, they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools : This is more strange Than such a murder is.
My worthy lord, Your noble friends do lack
I do forget : Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends ; I have a strange infirmity, which is nothing To those that know me. Come, love and health to
Then I'll sit down :--Give me some wine, fill
full : I drink to the general joy of the whole table,
And to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss; Would he were here! to all, and him, we thirst,
* Ere human statute purg'd the gentle weal;] The gentle weal, is, the peaceable community, the state made quiet and safe by human statutes; or rather that state of innocence which did not rebuire the aid of human laws to render it quiet and secure.
to all, and him, we thirst,] We thirst, perhaps, means we desire to drink. VOL. IV.
· And all to all.!
Lords. Our duties, and the pledge.
earth hide thee !
Think of this, good peers,
Macb. What man dare, I dare:
good meeting, With most admir'd disorder. Macb.
Can such things be, And overcome us like a summer's cloud, Without our special wonder?? You make me strange Even to the disposition that I owe,
& And all to all.] i. e. all good wishes to all; such as he had named above, love, health, and joy.
9 If trembling I inhibit -] i. e. forbid.
Without our special wonder?] The meaning is, can such wonders as these pass over us without wonder, as a casual summer cloud passes over us?
You make me strange