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Drum and colours. Enter Menteth, Cathness, Angus,

Lennox, Soldiers


The English power is near, led on by Malcolm,
colours (n.) 2 colour-ensigns, standard-bearers
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

His uncle Seyward and the good Macduff.

Revenges burn in them; for their dear causes

Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm
alarm, alarum, 'larm, 'larum (n.) 1 call to arms, call to battle, signal to begin fighting See Topics: Stage directions
bleeding (adj.) 1 bloody, blood-soaked, bloodstained

Excite the mortified man.
excite (v.) incite, stir up, move
mortified (adj.) 1 deadened, dead to feeling, numbed


                         Near Birnan Wood

Shall we well meet them; that way are they coming.


Who knows if Donalbain be with his brother?


For certain, sir, he is not. I have a file
file (n.) 2 register, list, roll

Of all the gentry: there is Seyward's son

And many unrough youths that even now
unrough (adj.) beardless, unbearded

Protest their first of manhood.
first (n.) 1 beginning, outset, start
protest (v.) 1 make protestation, avow, affirm, proclaim


                         What does the tyrant?


Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies.

Some say he's mad. Others, that lesser hate him,

Do call it valiant fury; but for certain

He cannot buckle his distempered cause
distempered (adj.) 4 insane, deranged, lunatic

Within the belt of rule.
rule (n.) 2 proper discipline, good management


                         Now does he feel

His secret murders sticking on his hands;

Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach.
faith-breach (n.) breach of faith, treason, treachery
minutely (adj.) taking place minute by minute

Those he commands move only in command,

Nothing in love. Now does he feel his title

Hang loose about him like a giant's robe

Upon a dwarfish thief.


                         Who then shall blame

His pestered senses to recoil and start,
pestered (adj.) afflicted, troubled, plagued
start (v.) 1 jump, recoil, flinch

When all that is within him does condemn

Itself for being there?


                         Well, march we on

To give obedience where 'tis truly owed.

Meet we the medicine of the sickly weal,
weal 1 state, community, commonwealth

And with him pour we in our country's purge
purge (n.) purging, cleansing, flushing out of evil

Each drop of us.


                         Or so much as it needs

To dew the sovereign flower and drown the weeds.
dew (v.) bedew, moisten, water

Make we our march towards Birnan.

Exeunt, marching

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