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Enter Macbeth, Doctor, and Attendants


Bring me no more reports; let them fly all.

Till Birnan Wood remove to Dunsinane
remove (v.) go, move off, depart

I cannot taint with fear. What's the boy Malcolm?
taint (v.) 6 lose vigour, become weak, wither

Was he not born of woman? The spirits that know

All mortal consequences have pronounced me thus:

‘ Fear not, Macbeth; no man that's born of woman

Shall e'er have power upon thee.’ Then fly, false thanes,
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count

And mingle with the English epicures.
epicure (n.) 2 pleasure-seeker, glutton

The mind I sway by and the heart I bear
sway (v.) 2 be controlled, be directed

Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.

Enter Servant

The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!
lown, loon (n.) rogue, sluggard; worthless idiot

Where got'st thou that goose look?
goose (adj.) stupid, foolish, idiotic


There is ten thousand –


                         Geese, villain?


                                                         Soldiers, sir.


Go prick thy face and over-red thy fear,
over-red (v.) cover over with blood, redden over

Thou lily-livered boy. What soldiers, patch?
patch (n.) fool, clown; rogue, knave

Death of thy soul! Those linen cheeks of thine
linen (adj.) pale, pallid, bleached

Are counsellors to fear. What soldiers, whey-face?
whey-face (n.) milk-face, pasty-face


The English force, so please you.


Take thy face hence.

Exit Servant

                         Seyton! – I am sick at heart

When I behold – Seyton, I say! – This push
push (n.) 5 crisis, emergency

Will chair me ever or dis-seat me now.
chair (v.) keep on the throne
disseat, dis-seat (v.) 2 unseat, remove from the throne

I have lived long enough: my way of life
way (n.) 1 course, passage

Is fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf;
sere (adj.) dried up, withered, parched

And that which should accompany old 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
breath (n.) 1 utterance, speech, voice
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count
mouth-honour (n.) honour shown in words not deeds

Which the poor heart would fain deny and dare not.


Enter Seyton


What's your gracious pleasure?


                         What news more?


All is confirmed, my lord, which was reported.


I'll fight till from my bones my flesh be hacked.

Give me my armour.


                         'Tis not needed yet.


I'll put it on.

Send out more horses, skirr the country round,
mo, moe (adj.) more [in number]
skirr (v.) 1 scour, search quickly through

Hang those that talk of fear. – Give me mine armour. –

How does your patient, doctor?


                         Not so sick, my lord,

As she is troubled with thick-coming fancies
fancy (n.) 5 imagining, flight of fancy, fanciful thought
thick-coming (adj.) coming in crowds, frequently appearing

That keep her from her rest.


                         Cure her of that.

Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,

Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,

Raze out the written troubles of the brain,
raze, raze out erase, obliterate, wipe out
written (adj.) preserved, engraved, fixed

And with some sweet oblivious antidote

Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff
bosom (n.) 1 heart, inner person
stuffed (adj.) 2 clogged, obstructed, oppressed

Which weighs upon the heart?


                         Therein the patient

Must minister to himself.


Throw physic to the dogs! I'll none of it. –
physic (n.) 1 medicine, healing, treatment See Topics: Frequency count

Come, put mine armour on, give me my staff.
staff (n.) 3 baton, rod of office

Seyton, send out. – Doctor, the thanes fly from me. –

Come, sir, dispatch. – If thou couldst, doctor, cast
cast the water inspect the urine; diagnose the disease

The water of my land, find her disease

And purge it to a sound and pristine health,
purge (v.) 1 cleanse, purify, get rid of impurities [in]

I would applaud thee to the very echo

That should applaud again. – Pull't off, I say. –

What rhubarb, senna, or what purgative drug
cyme (n.) [debated reading] plant-top, head of a plant; drug which induces vomiting
senna (n.) variety of shrub [producing a drug which can cause vomiting and bowel evacuation]

Would scour these English hence? Hear'st thou of them?
scour (v.) 1 clear out, quickly remove, cleanse


Ay, my good lord; your royal preparation

Makes us hear something.


                         – Bring it after me.

I will not be afraid of death and bane
bane (n.) 1 ruin, woe, destruction

Till Birnan forest come to Dunsinane.



Were I from Dunsinane away and clear,

Profit again should hardly draw me here.


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