Macbeth


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Hautboys and torches. Enter King Duncan, Malcolm,

Donalbain, Banquo, Lennox, Macduff, Ross, Angus,

and Attendants


KING

This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air
seat (n.) 5 situation, position, location

Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
nimbly (adj.) bracingly, in an invigorating way

Unto our gentle senses.
gentle (adj.) 3 refined, discriminating, sophisticated
sense (n.) 3 feeling, sensibility, capacity to feel


BANQUO

                         This guest of summer,

The temple-haunting martlet, does approve
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate
martlet (n.) house-martin [which often builds its nest in churches]

By his loved mansionry that the heaven's breath
mansionry (n.) place of habitation; or: building place

Smells wooingly here; no jutty, frieze,
jutty (n.) projection, protrusion [of a building]
wooingly (adv.) enticingly, alluringly, temptingly

Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird
coign (n.) 2 projecting corner, prominent position
vantage (n.) 3 advantage, benefit, advancement, profit

Hath made his pendent bed and procreant cradle;
pendent (adj.) 1 downhanging, drooping, dangling
procreant (adj.) for the purpose of procreation

Where they most breed and haunt I have observed
haunt (v.) 1 frequent, visit habitually

The air is delicate.

Enter Lady Macbeth
delicate (adj.) 3 pleasant, delightful, congenial


KING

                         See, see, our honoured hostess –

The love that follows us sometime is our trouble,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you

How you shall bid ‘ God 'ield us ’ for your pains,
bid (v.), past form bade 3 pray, entreat, beg, ask
'ild, 'ield, dild (v.) [form of ‘yield’] reward, repay, requite See Topics: Politeness

And thank us for your trouble.


LADY

                         All our service

In every point twice done and then done double

Were poor and single business to contend
contend (v.) 2 compete, vie, rival
single (adj.) 3 poor, feeble, slight, trivial

Against those honours deep and broad wherewith

Your majesty loads our house . For those of old,

And the late dignities heaped up to them,

We rest your hermits.
hermit (n.) one who prays for another, beadsman
rest (v.) 1 remain, stay, stand


KING

                         Where's the Thane of Cawdor?

We coursed him at the heels and had a purpose
course (v.) 1 chase, hunt, pursue
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

To be his purveyor; but he rides well,
purveyor (n.) steward sent ahead to make preparations for the arrival of someone important

And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath holp him

To his home before us. Fair and noble hostess,

We are your guest tonight.


LADY

                         Your servants ever

Have theirs, themselves and what is theirs, in compt,
compt, in held in trust, subject to account

To make their audit at your highness' pleasure,

Still to return your own.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


KING

                         Give me your hand;

Conduct me to mine host. We love him highly,

And shall continue our graces towards him.

By your leave, hostess.

He kisses her. Exeunt

 
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