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Enter a Doctor of Physicke, and a Wayting GentlewomanEnter a Doctor of Physic and a Waiting-Gentlewomanphysic (n.)

old form: Physicke
medicine, healing, treatment
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I haue too Nights watch'd with you, but canI have two nights watched with you, but canwatch (v.)
stay awake, keep vigil
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perceiue no truth in your report. When was it shee lastperceive no truth in your report. When was it she last Mac V.i.2
walk'd?walked? Mac V.i.3
Since his Maiesty went into the Field, ISince his majesty went into the field Ifield (n.)
field of battle, battleground, field of combat
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haue seene her rise from her bed, throw her Night-Gownhave seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgownnightgown, night-gown (n.)
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vp-pon her, vnlocke her Closset, take foorth paper, folde it,upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it,closet (n.)

old form: Closset
private repository for valuables, cabinet
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write vpon't, read it, afterwards Seale it, and againe re-turnewrite upon't, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return Mac V.i.7
to bed; yet all this while in a most fast bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep. Mac V.i.8
A great perturbation in Nature, to receyue at onceA great perturbation in nature, to receive at oncenature (n.)
natural powers, normal state [of mind and body]
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the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watching. Inthe benefit of sleep and do the effects of watching. Ineffect (n.)
sign, mark, token, manifestation
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watching (n.)
wakefulness, sleeplessness, vigilance
this slumbry agitation, besides her walking, and otherthis slumbery agitation, besides her walking and otherslumbery (adj.)

old form: slumbry
slumbering, sleepy, drowsy
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agitation (n.)
movement, motion, activity [physical, not mental]
actuall performances, what (at any time) haue you heardactual performances, what, at any time, have you heardactual (adj.)
active, involving specific activity
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her say?her say? Mac V.i.13
That Sir, which I will not report after her.That, sir, which I will not report after Mac V.i.14
her. Mac V.i.15
You may to me, and 'tis most meet you should.You may to me; and 'tis most meet you (adj.)
fit, suitable, right, proper
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Neither to you, nor any one, hauing noNeither to you nor anyone, having no Mac V.i.17
witnesse to confirme my speech.witness to confirm my speech. Mac V.i.18
Enter Lady, with a Taper.Enter Lady Macbeth with a taper Mac V.i.18
Lo you, heere she comes: This is her very guise, andLo you! Here she comes. This is her very guise; and,guise (n.)
way, custom, practice
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vp-on my life fast asleepe: obserue her, stand close.upon my life, fast asleep. Observe her; stand close.close (adv.)
closely, staying near
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How came she by that light?How came she by that light? Mac V.i.21
Why it stood by her: she ha's light byWhy, it stood by her. She has light by Mac V.i.22
her con-tinually, 'tis her command.her continually; 'tis her command. Mac V.i.23
You see her eyes are open.You see her eyes are open. Mac V.i.24
I, but their sense are shut.Ay, but their sense are shut. Mac V.i.25
What is it she do's now? Looke how she rubbes herWhat is it she does now? Look how she rubs her Mac V.i.26
hands.hands. Mac V.i.27
It is an accustom'd action with her, toIt is an accustomed action with her toaction (n.)
movement, demeanour, gesture
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seeme thus washing her hands: I haue knowne her continueseem thus washing her hands. I have known her continue Mac V.i.29
in this a quarter of an this a quarter of an hour. Mac V.i.30
Yet heere's a spot.Yet here's a spot. Mac V.i.31
Heark, she speaks, I will set downe what comesHark! She speaks. I will set down what comes Mac V.i.32
from her, to satisfie my remembrance the more strongly.from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.remembrance (n.)
memory, bringing to mind, recollection
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satisfy (v.)

old form: satisfie
provide with information, reassure, convince
Out damned spot: out I say. One: Two: WhyOut, damned spot! Out, I say! – One: two: why Mac V.i.34
then 'tis time to doo't: Hell is murky. Fye, my Lord,then, 'tis time to do't. – Hell is murky! – Fie, my lord, Mac V.i.35
fie, a Souldier, and affear'd? what need we feare? whofie! A soldier and afeard? What need we fear whoafeard (adj.)

old form: affear'd
afraid, frightened, scared
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knowes it, when none can call our powre to accompt:knows it, when none can call our power to accompt? –power (n.)

old form: powre
authority, government
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account, accompt (n.)

old form: accompt
reckoning, judgement [especially by God]
yet who would haue thought the olde man to haue had soYet who would have thought the old man to have had so Mac V.i.38
much blood in him.much blood in him? Mac V.i.39
Do you marke that?Do you mark that?mark (v.)

old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
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The Thane of Fife, had a wife: where is she now?The Thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now? – Mac V.i.41
What will these hands ne're be cleane? No more o'thatWhat, will these hands ne'er be clean? – No more o' that, Mac V.i.42
my Lord, no more o'that: you marre all with this lord, no more o' that. You mar all with this starting.starting (n.)
startle reaction, flinching, recoiling
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Go too, go too: You haue knowne what you shouldGo to, go to: you have known what you should Mac V.i.44
not.not. Mac V.i.45
She ha's spoke what shee should not, I amShe has spoke what she should not, I am Mac V.i.46
sure of that: Heauen knowes what she ha's knowne.sure of that. Heaven knows what she has known. Mac V.i.47
Heere's the smell of the blood still: all the per-fumesHere's the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes Mac V.i.48
of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh.of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! Oh! Oh!Arabia (n.)
region of SW Asia, thought of as a desert area
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What a sigh is there? The hart is sorely charg'd.What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged.charged (adj.)

old form: charg'd
burdened, laden, oppressed
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sorely (adv.)
heavily, grievously, profoundly
I would not haue such a heart in myI would not have such a heart in my Mac V.i.51
bosome, for the dignity of the whole body.bosom for the dignity of the whole body. Mac V.i.52
Well, well, well.Well, well, well. Mac V.i.53
Pray God it be sir.Pray God it be, sir. Mac V.i.54
This disease is beyond my practise: yet I haueThis disease is beyond my practice; yet I have Mac V.i.55
knowne those which haue walkt in their sleep, who haueknown those which have walked in their sleep who have Mac V.i.56
dyed holily in their beds.died holily in their beds. Mac V.i.57
Wash your hands, put on your Night-Gowne, looke notWash your hands; put on your nightgown; look notnightgown, night-gown (n.)

old form: Night-Gowne,
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so pale: I tell you yet againe Banquo's buried; he cannotso pale. I tell you yet again, Banquo's buried; he cannot Mac V.i.59
come out on's graue.come out on's grave. Mac V.i.60
Euen so?Even so? Mac V.i.61
To bed, to bed: there's knocking at the gate:To bed, to bed! There's knocking at the gate. Mac V.i.62
Come, come, come, come, giue me your hand: What'sCome, come, come, come, give me your hand. What's Mac V.i.63
done, cannot be vndone. To bed, to bed, to bed.done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed. Mac V.i.64
Exit Lady.Exit Mac V.i.64
Will she go now to bed?Will she go now to bed? Mac V.i.65
Directly.Directly.directly (adv.)
immediately, at once
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Foule whisp'rings are abroad: vnnaturall deedsFoul whisperings are abroad; unnatural deedsunnatural (adj.)

old form: vnnaturall
abnormal, monstrous, aberrant
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Do breed vnnaturall troubles: infected mindesDo breed unnatural troubles; infected minds Mac V.i.68
To their deafe pillowes will discharge their Secrets:To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets. Mac V.i.69
More needs she the Diuine, then the Physitian:More needs she the divine than the physician. Mac V.i.70
God, God forgiue vs all. Looke after her,God, God forgive us all! Look after her, Mac V.i.71
Remoue from her the meanes of all annoyance,Remove from her the means of all annoyanceannoyance (n.)
injury, harmfulness, danger
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And still keepe eyes vpon her: So goodnight,And still keep eyes upon her. So, good night.still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
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My minde she ha's mated, and amaz'd my sight.My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight.mate (v.)
astound, amaze, confound
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I thinke, but dare not speake.I think, but dare not speak. Mac V.i.75.1
Good night good Doctor.Good night, good doctor. Mac V.i.75.2
Exeunt.Exeunt Mac V.i.75
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