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Drum and colours. Enter Malcolm, Seyward, Macduff,

and their Army, with boughs


Now near enough.Your leavy screens throw down,
leavy (adj.) leafy, covered with foliage

And show like those you are. You, worthy uncle,

Shall with my cousin, your right noble son,

Lead our first battle. Worthy Macduff and we
battle (n.) 1 army, fighting force, battalion

Shall take upon's what else remains to do,

According to our order.


                         Fare you well.

Do we but find the tyrant's power tonight,
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Let us be beaten if we cannot fight.


Make all our trumpets speak, give them all breath,

Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
harbinger (n.) forerunner, herald, precursor


Alarums continued

Enter Macbeth


They have tied me to a stake, I cannot fly,

But bear-like I must fight the course. What's he
course (n.) 7 [in bear-baiting] attack by a set of dogs

That was not born of woman? Such a one

Am I to fear, or none.

Enter Young Seyward


What is thy name?


                         Thou'lt be afraid to hear it.


No, though thou call'st thyself a hotter name

Than any is in hell.


                         My name's Macbeth.


The devil himself could not pronounce a title

More hateful to mine ear.


                         No, nor more fearful.


Thou liest, abhorred tyrant! With my sword
abhorred (adj.) horrifying, disgusting, abominable

I'll prove the lie thou speak'st.

Fight, and Young Seyward slain


                         Thou wast born of woman.

But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,

Brandished by man that's of a woman born.


Alarums. Enter Macduff


That way the noise is. Tyrant, show thy face.

If thou be'st slain, and with no stroke of mine,

My wife and children's ghosts will haunt me still.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

I cannot strike at wretched kerns, whose arms
kern (n.) lightly armed Irish foot-soldier

Are hired to bear their staves. Either thou, Macbeth,
staff (n.) 1 (plural ‘staves’) spear, lance

Or else my sword with an unbattered edge

I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be:
undeeded (adj.) without any deeds performed

By this great clatter one of greatest note

Seems bruited. Let me find him, fortune!
bruit (v.) report, announce, proclaim

And more I beg not.


Alarums. Enter Malcolm and Seyward


This way, my lord. The castle's gently rendered.
gently (adv.) 3 quietly, tamely, without a fight
render (v.) 1 give up, surrender, yield

The tyrant's people on both sides do fight;

The noble thanes do bravely in the war;
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently

The day almost itself professes yours,

And little is to do.


                         We have met with foes

That strike beside us.


                         Enter, sir, the castle.

beside (prep.) by the side of

Alarum. Enter Macbeth


Why should I play the Roman fool and die

On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes

Do better upon them.

Enter Macduff


                         Turn, hellhound, turn!


Of all men else I have avoided thee.

But get thee back; my soul is too much charged

With blood of thine already.


                         I have no words;

My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain

Than terms can give thee out.

Fight. Alarum


                         Thou losest labour.

As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
intrenchant (adj.) uncuttable, incapable of being gashed

With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed.

Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests,
crest (n.) 1 [originally the plume of feathers on a] helmet, head-piece

I bear a charmed life which must not yield
charmed (adj.) 1 bewitched, enchanted, placed under a spell

To one of woman born.
charm (n.) 1 magic spell, enchantment


                         Despair thy charm,

And let the angel whom thou still hast served
angel (n.) 1 demon, evil spirit, attendant spirit
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Tell thee Macduff was from his mother's womb

Untimely ripped.
untimely (adv.) 1 prematurely, too soon, before due time


Accursed be that tongue that tells me so;

For it hath cowed my better part of man;

And be these juggling fiends no more believed
juggling (adj.) deceiving, cheating, full of trickery

That palter with us in a double sense,
palter (v.) prevaricate, deal evasively [with], quibble

That keep the word of promise to our ear

And break it to our hope. I'll not fight with thee.


Then yield thee, coward;

And live to be the show and gaze o'the time.

We'll have thee, as our rarer monsters are,
monster (n.) 1 marvel, monstrosity, prodigy
rare (adj.) 2 unusual, striking, exceptional

Painted upon a pole, and underwrit,

‘ Here may you see the tyrant.’


                         I will not yield

To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet

And to be baited with the rabble's curse.
bait (v.) 1 harass, persecute, torment

Though Birnan Wood be come to Dunsinane

And thou opposed, being of no woman born,

Yet I will try the last. Before my body
last (n.) 3 end, conclusion, final test
try (v.) 3 contest, decide, fight out

I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff;

And damned be him that first cries, ‘ Hold, enough!’

Exeunt fighting

Alarums. Enter fighting, and Macbeth slain

Exit Macduff

Retreat and flourish. Enter with drum and colours

Malcolm, Seyward, Ross, Thanes, and Soldiers


I would the friends we miss were safe arrived.


Some must go off; and yet, by these I see
go off (v.) die, pass away, depart

So great a day as this is cheaply bought.


Macduff is missing and your noble son.


Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt.

He only lived but till he was a man;

The which no sooner had his prowess confirmed

In the unshrinking station where he fought

But, like a man, he died.


                         Then he is dead?


Ay, and brought off the field. Your cause of sorrow
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Must not be measured by his worth, for then

It hath no end.
before (adv.) 2 in the front


                         Had he his hurts before?


Ay, on the front.


                         Why then, God's soldier be he.

Had I as many sons as I have hairs

I would not wish them to a fairer death.

And so, his knell is knolled.


                         He's worth more sorrow;

And that I'll spend for him.


                         He's worth no more:

They say he parted well, and paid his score.
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit
score (n.) 1 reckoning, account, debt

And so, God be with him. – Here comes newer comfort.

Enter Macduff with Macbeth's head


Hail, King! For so thou art. Behold where stands

The usurper's cursed head. The time is free.

I see thee compassed with thy kingdom's pearl
compass (v.) 4 surround, be in the middle of

That speak my salutation in their minds,

Whose voices I desire aloud with mine. –
voice (n.) 1 vote, official support See Topics: Frequency count

Hail, King of Scotland!


                         Hail, King of Scotland!



We shall not spend a large expense of time

Before we reckon with your several loves,
reckon with (v.) make a reckoning of, take full account of what is owed to
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual

And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen,

Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland

In such an honour named. What's more to do,

Which would be planted newly with the time,
plant (v.) 1 set up, establish, introduce
time (n.) 2 times, present day, present state of affairs

As calling home our exiled friends abroad

That fled the snares of watchful tyranny,

Producing forth the cruel ministers
minister (n.) messenger, agent, servant

Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen –

Who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands

Took off her life – this, and what needful else
take off (v.) 2 kill, remove, put to death

That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace

We will perform in measure, time, and place.
measure (n.) 3 due proportion, appropriate degree, full quantity

So thanks to all at once, and to each one,

Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.

Flourish. Exeunt

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