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Banquet prepar'd. Enter Macbeth, Lady, Banquet prepared. Enter Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Mac III.iv.1.1
Rosse, Lenox, Lords, and AttendantsRoss, Lennox, Lords, and Attendants Mac III.iv.1.2
Macb.MACBETH 
You know your owne degrees, sit downe: At firstYou know your own degrees, sit down. At firstfirst and last, atto one and all, from beginning to endMac III.iv.1
degree (n.)rank, station, standing
and last, the hearty welcome.And last, the hearty welcome. Mac III.iv.2.1
Lords.LORDS 
Thankes to your Maiesty.Thanks to your majesty. Mac III.iv.2.2
Macb.MACBETH 
Our selfe will mingle with Society,Ourself will mingle with societysociety (n.)groups of people, companionsMac III.iv.3
And play the humble Host:And play the humble host. Mac III.iv.4
He walks around the tables Mac III.iv.4
Our Hostesse keepes her State, but in best timeOur hostess keeps her state; but in best timestate (n.)throne, chair of stateMac III.iv.5
best (adj.)most appropriate, most suitable
We will require her welcome.We will require her welcome. Mac III.iv.6
La.LADY 
Pronounce it for me Sir, to all our Friends,Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our friends, Mac III.iv.7
For my heart speakes, they are welcome.For my heart speaks they are welcome. Mac III.iv.8
Enter first Murtherer.Enter First Murderer Mac III.iv.8
Macb.MACBETH 
See they encounter thee with their harts thanksSee, they encounter thee with their hearts' thanks; Mac III.iv.9
Both sides are euen: heere Ile sit i'th' mid'st,Both sides are even. Here I'll sit i'the midst. Mac III.iv.10
Be large in mirth, anon wee'l drinke a MeasureBe large in mirth. Anon we'll drink a measurelarge (adj.)generous, bountiful, liberal, lavishMac III.iv.11
anon (adv.)soon, shortly, presently
The Table round.The table round. Mac III.iv.12
He rises and goes to the Murderer Mac III.iv.12
There's blood vpon thy face.There's blood upon thy face! Mac III.iv.13.1
Mur.FIRST MURDERER 
'Tis Banquo's then.'Tis Banquo's then. Mac III.iv.13.2
Macb.MACBETH 
'Tis better thee without, then he within.'Tis better thee without than he within. Mac III.iv.14
Is he dispatch'd?Is he dispatched?dispatch, despatch (v.)
old form: dispatch'd
kill, put to death, make away with, finish off
Mac III.iv.15.1
Mur.FIRST MURDERER 
My Lord his throat is cut,My lord, his throat is cut; Mac III.iv.15.2
that I did for him.That I did for him. Mac III.iv.16.1
Mac.MACBETH 
Thou art the best o'th' Cut-throats,Thou art the best o'the cut-throats. Mac III.iv.16.2
Yet hee's good that did the like for Fleans:Yet he's good that did the like for Fleance.like, thethe sameMac III.iv.17
If thou did'st it, thou art the Non-pareill.If thou didst it, thou art the nonpareil.nonpareil (n.)
old form: Non-pareill
person without equal, unique one, paragon
Mac III.iv.18
Mur.FIRST MURDERER 
Most Royall Sir / Fleans is scap'd.Most royal sir – Fleance is scaped.scape, 'scape (v.)
old form: scap'd
escape, avoid
Mac III.iv.19
Macb.MACBETH 
Then comes my Fit againe: I had else beene perfect;Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect,perfect (adj.)in a state of complete satisfaction, totally contentMac III.iv.20
fit (n.)fever, attack, seizure
Whole as the Marble, founded as the Rocke,Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,whole (adj.)unbroken, sound, intactMac III.iv.21
founded (adj.)firmly based, secure, stable
As broad, and generall, as the casing Ayre:As broad and general as the casing air;general (adj.)
old form: generall
all-embracing, universal, comprehensive
Mac III.iv.22
broad (adj.)widespread, far-reaching, widely diffused
casing (adj.)encasing, surrounding, enveloping
But now I am cabin'd, crib'd, confin'd, bound inBut now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound incabin (v.)
old form: cabin'd
cage, pen in, shut up in limiting bounds
Mac III.iv.23
crib (v.)
old form: crib'd
shut up [as in a tiny hovel], confine within a small space
To sawcy doubts, and feares. But Banquo's safe?To saucy doubts and fears. – But Banquo's safe?saucy (adj.)
old form: sawcy
insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant
Mac III.iv.24
safe (adj.)sure, certain, assured
Mur.FIRST MURDERER 
I, my good Lord: safe in a ditch he bides,Ay, my good lord; safe in a ditch he bides, Mac III.iv.25
With twenty trenched gashes on his head;With twenty trenched gashes on his head,trenched (adj.)deep, severe, entrenchedMac III.iv.26
The least a Death to Nature.The least a death to nature.nature (n.)mortal life, natural lifeMac III.iv.27.1
Macb.MACBETH 
Thankes for that:Thanks for that. Mac III.iv.27.2
There the growne Serpent lyes, the worme that's fledThere the grown serpent lies. The worm that's fledworm (n.)
old form: worme
serpent, snake
Mac III.iv.28
Hath Nature that in time will Venom breed,Hath nature that in time will venom breed,nature (n.)personality, innate disposition, characterMac III.iv.29
No teeth for th' present. Get thee gone, to morrowNo teeth for the present. Get thee gone. Tomorrowtooth (n.)fangsMac III.iv.30
Wee'l heare our selues againe.We'll hear ourselves again. Mac III.iv.31.1
Exit Murderer.Exit Murderer Mac III.iv.31
Lady.LADY 
My Royall Lord,My royal lord, Mac III.iv.31.2
You do not giue the Cheere, the Feast is soldYou do not give the cheer. The feast is soldcheer (n.)
old form: Cheere
kind welcome, good reception
Mac III.iv.32
sold (adj.)made commercial, as if for sale
That is not often vouch'd, while 'tis a making:That is not often vouched, while 'tis a-making,vouch (v.)
old form: vouch'd
pledge, praise, commend
Mac III.iv.33
'Tis giuen, with welcome: to feede were best at home:'Tis given with welcome. To feed were best at home; Mac III.iv.34
From thence, the sawce to meate is Ceremony,From thence the sauce to meat is ceremony; Mac III.iv.35
Meeting were bare without it.Meeting were bare without it. Mac III.iv.36.1
Macb.MACBETH 
Sweet Remembrancer:Sweet remembrancer!remembrancer (n.)official reminder, aide-memoireMac III.iv.36.2
Now good digestion waite on Appetite,Now good digestion wait on appetite,wait on / upon (v.)
old form: waite
accompany, attend
Mac III.iv.37
And health on both.And health on both! Mac III.iv.38.1
Lenox.LENNOX 
May't please your Highnesse sit.May't please your highness sit. Mac III.iv.38.2
Enter the Ghost of Banquo, and sits in Macbeths place.Enter the Ghost of Banquo and sits in Macbeth's place Mac III.iv.38
Macb.MACBETH 
Here had we now our Countries Honor, roof'd,Here had we now our country's honour roofed,honour (n.)
old form: Honor
fame, renown, glory
Mac III.iv.39
Were the grac'd person of our Banquo present:Were the graced person of our Banquo present;graced (adj.)
old form: grac'd
stately, dignified, gracious
Mac III.iv.40
Who, may I rather challenge for vnkindnesse,Who may I rather challenge for unkindnesschallenge (v.)reproach, reprove, reprimandMac III.iv.41
unkindness (n.)
old form: vnkindnesse
ingratitude, unthankfulness, lack of appreciation
Then pitty for Mischance.Than pity for mischance. Mac III.iv.42.1
Rosse.ROSS 
His absence (Sir)His absence, sir, Mac III.iv.42.2
Layes blame vpon his promise. Pleas't your HighnesseLays blame upon his promise. Please't your highness Mac III.iv.43
To grace vs with your Royall Company?To grace us with your royal company? Mac III.iv.44
Macb.MACBETH 
The Table's full.The table's full. Mac III.iv.45.1
Lenox.LENNOX 
Heere is a place reseru'd Sir.Here is a place reserved, sir. Mac III.iv.45.2
Macb.MACBETH 
Where?Where? Mac III.iv.46
Lenox.LENNOX 
Heere my good Lord. What is't that moues your Highnesse?Here, my good lord. What is't that moves your highness? Mac III.iv.47
Macb.MACBETH 
Which of you haue done this?Which of you have done this? Mac III.iv.48.1
Lords.LORDS 
What, my good Lord?What, my good lord? Mac III.iv.48.2
Macb.MACBETH 
Thou canst not say I did it: neuer shakeThou canst not say I did it; never shake Mac III.iv.49
Thy goary lockes at me.Thy gory locks at me. Mac III.iv.50
Rosse.ROSS 
Gentlemen rise, his Highnesse is not well.Gentlemen, rise. His highness is not well. Mac III.iv.51
Lady.LADY  
(descends from her throne) Mac III.iv.52
Sit worthy Friends: my Lord is often thus,Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thus; Mac III.iv.52
And hath beene from his youth. Pray you keepe Seat,And hath been from his youth. Pray you keep seat. Mac III.iv.53
The fit is momentary, vpon a thoughtThe fit is momentary; upon a thoughtthought, upon a
old form: vpon
in a moment, instantly, straight away
Mac III.iv.54
He will againe be well. If much you note himHe will again be well. If much you note him,note (v.)observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]Mac III.iv.55
You shall offend him, and extend his Passion,You shall offend him and extend his passion.passion (n.)fit of anger, feeling of rageMac III.iv.56
Feed, and regard him not. Are you a man?Feed, and regard him not. – Are you a man? Mac III.iv.57
Macb.MACBETH 
I, and a bold one, that dare looke on thatAy, and a bold one, that dare look on that Mac III.iv.58
Which might appall the Diuell.Which might appal the devil. Mac III.iv.59.1
La.LADY 
O proper stuffe:O proper stuff!proper (adj.)thorough, absolute, completeMac III.iv.59.2
stuff (n.)rubbish, nonsense
This is the very painting of your feare:This is the very painting of your fear. Mac III.iv.60
This is the Ayre-drawne-Dagger which you saidThis is the air-drawn dagger which you saidair-drawn (adj.)
old form: Ayre-drawne
drawn through the air; or: drawn in the air
Mac III.iv.61
Led you to Duncan. O, these flawes and startsLed you to Duncan. O, these flaws and starts,flaw (n.)
old form: flawes
gust, squall, blast
Mac III.iv.62
start (n.)outburst, eruption, fit, reaction
(Impostors to true feare) would well becomeImpostors to true fear, would well becomebecome (v.)be fitting, befit, be appropriate toMac III.iv.63
A womans story, at a Winters fireA woman's story at a winter's fire, Mac III.iv.64
Authoriz'd by her Grandam: shame it selfe,Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself!grandam (n.)grandmotherMac III.iv.65
authorize (v.)
old form: Authoriz'd
vouch for, approve, speak with authority
Why do you make such faces? When all's doneWhy do you make such faces? When all's done Mac III.iv.66
You looke but on a stoole.You look but on a stool. Mac III.iv.67.1
Macb.MACBETH 
Prythee see there:Prithee, see there! Mac III.iv.67.2
Behold, looke, loe, how say you:Behold! Look! Lo! – How say you? Mac III.iv.68
Why what care I, if thou canst nod, speake too.Why, what care I if thou canst nod! Speak, too! Mac III.iv.69
If Charnell houses, and our Graues must sendIf charnel-houses and our graves must sendcharnel-house, charnel house (n.)
old form: Charnell houses
bone-store, burial vault
Mac III.iv.70
Those that we bury, backe; our MonumentsThose that we bury, back, our monuments Mac III.iv.71
Shall be the Mawes of Kytes.Shall be the maws of kites. Mac III.iv.72.1
Exit Ghostmaw (n.)
old form: Mawes
belly, stomach; throat, gullet
Mac III.iv.72
kite (n.)
old form: Kytes
bird of prey; thieving bird [of ill omen; also, strong term of abuse]
La.LADY 
What? quite vnmann'd in folly.What, quite unmanned in folly? Mac III.iv.72.2
Macb.MACBETH 
If I stand heere, I saw him.If I stand here, I saw him. Mac III.iv.73.1
La.LADY 
Fie for shame.Fie, for shame! Mac III.iv.73.2
Macb.MACBETH 
Blood hath bene shed ere now, i'th' olden timeBlood hath been shed ere now, i'the olden time, Mac III.iv.74
Ere humane Statute purg'd the gentle Weale:Ere humane statute purged the gentle weal;weal
old form: Weale
state, community, commonwealth
Mac III.iv.75
humane (adj.)civil, benevolent
gentle (adj.)made peaceful, become violence-free
I, and since too, Murthers haue bene perform'dAy, and since too, murders have been performed Mac III.iv.76
Too terrible for the eare. The times has bene,Too terrible for the ear. The times has been Mac III.iv.77
That when the Braines were out, the man would dye,That, when the brains were out, the man would die, Mac III.iv.78
And there an end: But now they rise againeAnd there an end. But now they rise again Mac III.iv.79
With twenty mortall murthers on their crownes,With twenty mortal murders on their crowns,mortal (adj.)
old form: mortall
fatal, deadly, lethal
Mac III.iv.80
murder, murther (n.)wound, gash [serious enough to cause death]
crown (n.)
old form: crownes
head
And push vs from our stooles. This is more strangeAnd push us from our stools. This is more strange Mac III.iv.81
Then such a murther is.Than such a murder is. Mac III.iv.82.1
La.LADY 
My worthy LordMy worthy lord, Mac III.iv.82.2
Your Noble Friends do lacke you.Your noble friends do lack you. Mac III.iv.83.1
Macb.MACBETH 
I do forget:I do forget. Mac III.iv.83.2
Do not muse at me my most worthy Friends,Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends:muse (v.)wonder, be surprisedMac III.iv.84
I haue a strange infirmity, which is nothingI have a strange infirmity, which is nothing Mac III.iv.85
To those that know me. Come, loue and health to all,To those that know me. Come, love and health to all! Mac III.iv.86
Then Ile sit downe: Giue me some Wine, fill full:Then I'll sit down. Give me some wine; fill full! Mac III.iv.87
Enter Ghost.Enter Ghost Mac III.iv.87
I drinke to th' generall ioy o'th' whole Table,I drink to the general joy o'the whole table, Mac III.iv.88
And to our deere Friend Banquo, whom we misse:And to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss. Mac III.iv.89
Would he were heere: to all, and him we thirst,Would he were here! To all – and him – we thirst, Mac III.iv.90
And all to all.And all to all. Mac III.iv.91.1
Lords.LORDS 
Our duties, and the pledge.Our duties and the pledge! Mac III.iv.91.2
Mac.MACBETH  
(sees the Ghost) Mac III.iv.92.1
Auant, & quit my sight, let the earth hide thee:Avaunt, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee!avaunt (int.)begone, go away, be offMac III.iv.92
Thy bones are marrowlesse, thy blood is cold:Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold. Mac III.iv.93
Thou hast no speculation in those eyesThou hast no speculation in those eyesspeculation (n.)power of knowing, faculty of intelligenceMac III.iv.94
Which thou dost glare with.Which thou dost glare with. Mac III.iv.95.1
La.LADY 
Thinke of this good PeeresThink of this, good peers, Mac III.iv.95.2
But as a thing of Custome: 'Tis no other,But as a thing of custom; 'tis no other;custom (n.)
old form: Custome
habit, usual practice, customary usage
Mac III.iv.96
Onely it spoyles the pleasure of the time.Only it spoils the pleasure of the time. Mac III.iv.97
Macb.MACBETH 
What man dare, I dare:What man dare, I dare. Mac III.iv.98
Approach thou like the rugged Russian Beare,Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,rugged (adj.)hairy, shaggy, bristlingMac III.iv.99
The arm'd Rhinoceros, or th' Hircan Tiger,The armed rhinoceros, or the Hyrcan tiger,Hyrcan tiger[pron: 'herkan] tiger of Hyrcania, proverbial for its ferocityMac III.iv.100
armed (adj.)
old form: arm'd
armoured, mail-clad, furnished with defences
Take any shape but that, and my firme NeruesTake any shape but that, and my firm nervesnerve (n.)
old form: Nerues
sinew, ligament, muscle
Mac III.iv.101
Shall neuer tremble. Or be aliue againe,Shall never tremble. Or be alive again, Mac III.iv.102
And dare me to the Desart with thy Sword:And dare me to the desert with thy sword: Mac III.iv.103
If trembling I inhabit then, protest meeIf trembling I inhabit then, protest me Mac III.iv.104
The Baby of a Girle. Hence horrible shadow,The baby of a girl. Hence, horrible shadow! Mac III.iv.105
Vnreall mock'ry hence.Unreal mockery, hence! Mac III.iv.106.1
Exit Ghost Mac III.iv.106
Why so, being goneWhy, so; being gone, Mac III.iv.106.2
I am a man againe: pray you sit still.I am a man again. – Pray you sit still. Mac III.iv.107
La.LADY 
You haue displac'd the mirth, / Broke the good meeting,You have displaced the mirth, broke the good meetingdisplace (v.)
old form: displac'd
remove, banish, get rid of
Mac III.iv.108
with most admir'd disorder.With most admired disorder.admired (adj.)
old form: admir'd
wonderful, amazing, remarkable
Mac III.iv.109.1
Macb.MACBETH 
Can such things be,Can such things be, Mac III.iv.109.2
And ouercome vs like a Summers Clowd,And overcome us like a summer's cloud,overcome (v.)
old form: ouercome
suddenly come over, swiftly pass across
Mac III.iv.110
Without our speciall wonder? You make me strangeWithout our special wonder? You make me strangewonder (n.)feeling of wonder, astonishment, marvellingMac III.iv.111
Euen to the disposition that I owe,Even to the disposition that I oweowe (v.)own, possess, haveMac III.iv.112
disposition (n.)natural temperament, normal state of mind
When now I thinke you can behold such sights,When now I think you can behold such sights Mac III.iv.113
And keepe the naturall Rubie of your Cheekes,And keep the natural ruby of your cheeks, Mac III.iv.114
When mine is blanch'd with feare.When mine is blanched with fear. Mac III.iv.115.1
Rosse.ROSS 
What sights, my Lord?What sights, my lord? Mac III.iv.115.2
La.LADY 
I pray you speake not: he growes worse & worseI pray you speak not; he grows worse and worse. Mac III.iv.116
Question enrages him: at once, goodnight.Question enrages him. At once, good night. Mac III.iv.117
Stand not vpon the order of your going,Stand not upon the order of your going; Mac III.iv.118
But go at once.But go at once. Mac III.iv.119.1
Len.LENNOX 
Good night, and better healthGood night; and better health Mac III.iv.119.2
Attend his Maiesty.Attend his majesty!attend (v.)accompany, follow closely, go withMac III.iv.120.1
LaLADY 
A kinde goodnight to all.A kind good-night to all! Mac III.iv.120.2
Exit Lords.Exeunt Lords Mac III.iv.120
Macb.MACBETH 
It will haue blood they say: Blood will haue Blood:It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood. Mac III.iv.121
Stones haue beene knowne to moue, & Trees to speake:Stones have been known to move and trees to speak; Mac III.iv.122
Augures, and vnderstood Relations, haueAugurs and understood relations haverelation (n.)relationship, connection, associationMac III.iv.123
augur, augure (n.)augury, prophecy, divination
By Maggot Pyes, & Choughes, & Rookes brought forthBy maggot-pies, and choughs, and rooks brought forthchough (n.)
old form: Choughes
jackdaw
Mac III.iv.124
maggot-pie (n.)
old form: Maggot Pyes
magpie
The secret'st man of Blood. What is the night?The secret'st man of blood. What is the night? Mac III.iv.125
La.LADY 
Almost at oddes with morning, which is which.Almost at odds with morning, which is which. Mac III.iv.126
Macb.MACBETH 
How say'st thou that Macduff denies his personHow sayst thou, that Macduff denies his person Mac III.iv.127
At our great bidding.At our great bidding? Mac III.iv.128.1
La.LADY 
Did you send to him Sir?Did you send to him, sir? Mac III.iv.128.2
Macb.MACBETH 
I heare it by the way: But I will send:I hear it by the way. But I will send. Mac III.iv.129
There's not a one of them but in his houseThere's not a one of them, but in his house Mac III.iv.130
I keepe a Seruant Feed. I will to morrowI keep a servant fee'd. I will tomorrow –fee'd (adj.)
old form: Feed
paid by a fee, hired, bribed
Mac III.iv.131
(And betimes I will) to the weyard Sisters.And betimes I will – to the Weird Sisters.betimes (adv.)early in the morning, at an early hourMac III.iv.132
More shall they speake: for now I am bent to knowMore shall they speak; for now I am bent to knowbent (adj.)determined, intent, resolvedMac III.iv.133
By the worst meanes, the worst, for mine owne good,By the worst means the worst. For mine own good Mac III.iv.134
All causes shall giue way. I am in bloodAll causes shall give way. I am in blood Mac III.iv.135
Stept in so farre, that should I wade no more,Stepped in so far, that, should I wade no more, Mac III.iv.136
Returning were as tedious as go ore:Returning were as tedious as go o'er.tedious (adj.)laborious, painstaking, wearyingly intricateMac III.iv.137
Strange things I haue in head, that will to hand,Strange things I have in head, that will to hand; Mac III.iv.138
Which must be acted, ere they may be scand.Which must be acted ere they may be scanned.scan (v.)
old form: scand
examine, carefully consider
Mac III.iv.139
La.LADY 
You lacke the season of all Natures, sleepe.You lack the season of all natures, sleep.season (n.)seasoning, flavour, preservativeMac III.iv.140
Macb.MACBETH 
Come, wee'l to sleepe: My strange & self-abuseCome, we'll to sleep. My strange and self-abuseself-abuse (n.)self-deception, self-delusionMac III.iv.141
Is the initiate feare, that wants hard vse:Is the initiate fear that wants hard use.initiate (adj.)novice, beginner's, as of one newly initiatedMac III.iv.142
want (v.)require, demand, need
We are yet but yong indeed.We are yet but young in deed.young (adj.)
old form: yong
immature, inexperienced, raw
Mac III.iv.143
Exeunt.Exeunt Mac III.iv.143
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