Macbeth
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Flourish. Enter King, Lenox, Malcolme,Flourish. Enter King Duncan, Lennox, Malcolm, Mac I.iv.1.1
Donalbaine, and Attendants.Donalbain, and Attendants Mac I.iv.1.2
King.DUNCAN 
Is execution done on Cawdor?Is execution done on Cawdor? Mac I.iv.1
Or not those in Commission yet return'd?Are not those in commission yet returned?commission (n.)warrant, authority [to act]Mac I.iv.2
Mal.MALCOLM 
My Liege,My liege,liege (n.)lord, sovereignMac I.iv.3
they are not yet come back. / But I haue spokeThey are not yet come back. But I have spoke Mac I.iv.4
with one that saw him die: / Who did report,With one that saw him die, who did report Mac I.iv.5
that very frankly hee / Confess'd his Treasons,That very frankly he confessed his treasons, Mac I.iv.6
implor'd your Highnesse Pardon, / And set forthImplored your highness' pardon, and set forthset forth (v.)display, show, exhibitMac I.iv.7
a deepe Repentance: / Nothing in his LifeA deep repentance. Nothing in his life Mac I.iv.8
became him, / Like the leauing it. Hee dy'de,Became him like the leaving it. He diedbecome (v.)grace, honour, dignifyMac I.iv.9
As one that had beene studied in his death,As one that had been studied in his deathstudied (adj.)[theatre] learned by heart, committed to memoryMac I.iv.10
To throw away the dearest thing he ow'd,To throw away the dearest thing he owedowe (v.)
old form: ow'd
own, possess, have
Mac I.iv.11
As 'twere a carelesse Trifle.As 'twere a careless trifle.careless (adj.)
old form: carelesse
uncared-for, untended
Mac I.iv.12.1
art (n.)accomplishment, achievement, skill
King.DUNCAN 
There's no Art,There's no art Mac I.iv.12.2
To finde the Mindes construction in the Face.To find the mind's construction in the face.construction (n.)interpretation, reading, explanationMac I.iv.13
He was a Gentleman, on whom I builtHe was a gentleman on whom I built Mac I.iv.14
An absolute Trust.An absolute trust. Mac I.iv.15.1
Enter Macbeth, Banquo, Rosse, and Angus.Enter Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, and Angus Mac I.iv.15
O worthyest Cousin,O worthiest cousin! Mac I.iv.15.2
The sinne of my Ingratitude euen nowThe sin of my ingratitude even now Mac I.iv.16
Was heauie on me. Thou art so farre before,Was heavy on me. Thou art so far before,heavy (adj.)pressing, weighty, overpoweringMac I.iv.17
before (adv.)ahead, in advance
That swiftest Wing of Recompence is slow,That swiftest wing of recompense is slow Mac I.iv.18
To ouertake thee. Would thou hadst lesse deseru'd,To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved, Mac I.iv.19
That the proportion both of thanks, and payment,That the proportion both of thanks and paymentproportion (n.)weighing up, appropriate measuringMac I.iv.20
Might haue beene mine: onely I haue left to say,Might have been mine! Only I have left to say, Mac I.iv.21
More is thy due, then more then all can pay.‘ More is thy due than more than all can pay.’ Mac I.iv.22
Macb.MACBETH 
The seruice, and the loyaltie I owe,The service and the loyalty I owe, Mac I.iv.23
In doing it, payes it selfe. / Your Highnesse part,In doing it, pays itself. Your highness' part Mac I.iv.24
is to receiue our Duties: / And our DutiesIs to receive our duties; and our duties Mac I.iv.25
are to your Throne, and State, / Children, and Seruants;Are to your throne and state, children and servants, Mac I.iv.26
which doe but what they should, / By doing euery thingWhich do but what they should by doing everything Mac I.iv.27
safe toward your Loue / And Honor.Safe toward your love and honour.safe (adv.)trustworthily, in an assured wayMac I.iv.28.1
King.DUNCAN 
Welcome hither:Welcome hither: Mac I.iv.28.2
I haue begun to plant thee, and will labourI have begun to plant thee, and will labour Mac I.iv.29
To make thee full of growing. Noble Banquo,To make thee full of growing. – Noble Banquo, Mac I.iv.30
That hast no lesse deseru'd, nor must be knowneThat hast no less deserved, nor must be known Mac I.iv.31
No lesse to haue done so: Let me enfold thee,No less to have done so, let me enfold thee Mac I.iv.32
And hold thee to my Heart.And hold thee to my heart. Mac I.iv.33.1
Banq.BANQUO 
There if I grow,There if I grow, Mac I.iv.33.2
The Haruest is your owne.The harvest is your own. Mac I.iv.34.1
King.DUNCAN 
My plenteous Ioyes,My plenteous joys, Mac I.iv.34.2
Wanton in fulnesse, seeke to hide themseluesWanton in fulness, seek to hide themselveswanton (adj.)luxuriant, flourishing, lush, profuse in growthMac I.iv.35
In drops of sorrow. Sonnes, Kinsmen, Thanes,In drops of sorrow. Sons, kinsmen, thanes, Mac I.iv.36
And you whose places are the nearest, know,And you whose places are the nearest, knownear (adj.)close to the throne [in order of succession], near relationMac I.iv.37
place (n.)position, post, office, rank
We will establish our Estate vponWe will establish our estate uponestate (n.)state, kingdomMac I.iv.38
Our eldest, Malcolme, whom we name hereafter,Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter Mac I.iv.39
The Prince of Cumberland: which Honor mustThe Prince of Cumberland: which honour must Mac I.iv.40
Not vnaccompanied, inuest him onely,Not unaccompanied invest him only, Mac I.iv.41
But signes of Noblenesse, like Starres, shall shineBut signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine Mac I.iv.42
On all deseruers. From hence to Envernes,On all deservers. From hence to Inverness, Mac I.iv.43
And binde vs further to you.And bind us further to you. Mac I.iv.44
Macb.MACBETH 
The Rest is Labor, which is not vs'd for you:The rest is labour, which is not used for you. Mac I.iv.45
Ile be my selfe the Herbenger, and make ioyfullI'll be myself the harbinger and make joyfulharbinger (n.)
old form: Herbenger
forerunner, herald, precursor
Mac I.iv.46
The hearing of my Wife, with your approach:The hearing of my wife with your approach; Mac I.iv.47
So humbly take my leaue.So humbly take my leave. Mac I.iv.48.1
King.DUNCAN 
My worthy Cawdor.My worthy Cawdor! Mac I.iv.48.2
Macb.MACBETH  
(aside) Mac I.iv.49
The Prince of Cumberland: that is a step,The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step Mac I.iv.49
On which I must fall downe, or else o're-leape,On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,overleap (v.)
old form: o're-leape
leap over, jump across
Mac I.iv.50
For in my way it lyes. Starres hide your fires,For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires, Mac I.iv.51
Let not Light see my black and deepe desires:Let not light see my black and deep desires. Mac I.iv.52
The Eye winke at the Hand: yet let that bee,The eye wink at the hand; yet let that bewink (v.)
old form: winke
fail to look, connive
Mac I.iv.53
Which the Eye feares, when it is done to see.Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. Mac I.iv.54
Exit.Exit Mac I.iv.54
King.DUNCAN 
True worthy Banquo: he is full so valiant,True, worthy Banquo; he is full so valiant, Mac I.iv.55
And in his commendations, I am fed:And in his commendations I am fed; Mac I.iv.56
It is a Banquet to me. Let's after him,It is a banquet to me. Let's after him Mac I.iv.57
Whose care is gone before, to bid vs welcome:Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome. Mac I.iv.58
It is a peerelesse Kinsman. It is a peerless kinsman. Mac I.iv.59
Flourish. Exeunt.Flourish. Exeunt Mac I.iv.59
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