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Shall we well meet them; that way are they com
What does the tyrant? Cath. Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies: Some say, he's mad; others, that lesser hate
Now does he feel
Who then shall blame
Well, march on,
Or so much as it needs,
$ - unrough youths,] i. e. smooth-faced, unbearded. 9 When all that is within him does condemn
Itself, for being there?] That is, when all the faculties of the mind are employed in self-condemnation.
the medecin -] i, e. physician, VOL. IV.
To dew the sovereign flower, and drown the weeds, Make we our march towards Birnam.
Dunsinane. A Room in the Castle.
Enter MACBETH, Doctor, and Attendants.
Macb. Bring me no more reports ; let them fly
all; Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane, I cannot taint with fear. What's the boy Malcolm? Was he not born of woman? The spirits that know All mortal consequents, pronounc'd me thus : Fear not, Macbeth; no man, that's born of woman, Shall e'er have power on thee.---Then fly, false
thanes, And mingle with the English epicures : The mind I sway by, and the heart I bear, Shall never sagg with doubt, nor shake with fear.
Enter a Servant. The devil damn thee black, thou cream-fac'd loon !3 Where got'st thou that goose look ?
Serv. There is ten thousandMacb.
Geese, villain? Serv.
Soldiers, sir. Macb. Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy
fear, Thou lily-liver'd boy. What soldiers, patch ?
2 Shall never sagg with doubt,] To sag, or swag, is to sink down by its own weight, or by an overload.
loon!] At present this word is only used in Scotland, and signifies a base fellow.
Death of thy soul ! those linen cheeks of thine
Seri. The English force, so please you.
age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have ; but, in their stead, Curses, not loud, but deep, mouth-honour, breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, but dare not. Seyton !
Sey. What is your gracious pleasure ?
What news more? Sey. All is confirin'd, my lord, which was re
ported. Macb. I'll fight, till from my bones my flesh be
hack'd. Give me my armour. Sey.
'Tis not needed yet. Macb. I'll put it on.
4 I have liv'd long enough: my way of life, &c.] As there is no relation between the way of life, and fallen into the sear, I am inclined to think that the W is only an M inverted, and that it was originally written:
- my May of life. I am now passed from tắe spring to the autumn of my days: but I am without those comforts that should succeed the sprightliness of bloom, and support me in this melancholy season.
The author has May in the same sense elsewhere. JOHNSON.
This opinion, however, has been ably controverted by some of the commentators. - the sear,] Sear is dry.
Send out more horses, skirr the country round; Hang those that talk of fear.-Give me mine ar
How does your patient, doctor?
Not so sick, my lord,
Cure her of that:
Therein the patient
it.Come, put mine armour on; give me my staff:Seyton, send out.-Doctor, the thanes fly from Come, sir, despatch:-If thou could'st, doctor, casť The water of my land, find her disease, And purge it to a sound and pristine health, I would applaud thee to the very echo, That should applaud again.-Pull’t off, I say.What rhubarb, senna, or what purgative drug, Would scour these English hence ?-Hearest thou
of them? Doct. Ay, my good lord; your royal preparation Makes us hear something. Macb.
Bring it after me.
skirr the country round;] To skirr, signifies to scour, to ride hastily.
cast The water of my land,] To cast the water was the phrase in use for finding out disorders by the inspection of urine.
I will not be afraid of death and bane,
Doct. Were I from Dunsinane away and clear, Profit again should hardly draw me here. [Exit,
Country near Dunsinane: A Wood in view.
Enter, with Drum and Colours, MALCOLM, old
SIWARD and his Son, MacDUFF, MENTETH, CATHNESS, Angus, Lenox, Rosse, and Soldiers, marching
Mal. Cousins, I hope, the days are near at hand, That chambers will be safe. Ment.
We doubt it nothing. Siw. What wood is this before us? Ment.
The wood of Birnam. Mal. Let every soldier hew him down a bough, And bear't before him; thereby shall we shadow The numbers of our host, and make discovery Err in report of us. Sold.
It shall be done.
'Tis his main hope:
Let our just censures
The time approaches,