Macbeth
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Enter Banquo, and Fleance, with a Torch before him.Enter Banquo, and Fleance with a torch before him Mac II.i.1
Banq.BANQUO 
How goes the Night, Boy?How goes the night, boy? Mac II.i.1
Fleance.FLEANCE 
The Moone is downe: I haue not heard the Clock.The moon is down; I have not heard the clock. Mac II.i.2
Banq.BANQUO 
And she goes downe at Twelue.And she goes down at twelve. Mac II.i.3.1
Fleance.FLEANCE 
I take't, 'tis later, Sir.I take't 'tis later, sir. Mac II.i.3.2
Banq.BANQUO 
Hold, take my Sword: There's Husbandry in Heauen,Hold, take my sword. There's husbandry in heaven:husbandry (n.)thrift, good economy, careful managementMac II.i.4
Their Candles are all out: take thee that too.Their candles are all out. Take thee that too. Mac II.i.5
A heauie Summons lyes like Lead vpon me,A heavy summons lies like lead upon meheavy (adj.)
old form: heauie
pressing, weighty, overpowering
Mac II.i.6
And yet I would not sleepe: Mercifull Powers,And yet I would not sleep. Merciful powers,power (n.)(usually plural) god, deity, divinityMac II.i.7
restraine in me the cursed thoughts / That NatureRestrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature Mac II.i.8
giues way to in repose.Gives way to in repose. Mac II.i.9.1
Enter Macbeth, and a Seruant with a Torch.Enter Macbeth and a Servant with a torch Mac II.i.9
Giue me my Sword:Give me my sword! Mac II.i.9.2
who's there?Who's there? Mac II.i.10
Macb.MACBETH 
A Friend.A friend. Mac II.i.11
Banq.BANQUO 
What Sir, not yet at rest? the King's a bed.What, sir, not yet at rest? The King's a-bed.abed, a-bed (adv.)
old form: a bed
in bed
Mac II.i.12
He hath beene in vnusuall Pleasure,He hath been in unusual pleasure, Mac II.i.13
And sent forth great Largesse to your Offices.And sent forth great largess to your offices.office (n.)(plural) servants' quarters, service roomsMac II.i.14
This Diamond he greetes your Wife withall,This diamond he greets your wife withal Mac II.i.15
By the name of most kind Hostesse, / And shut vpBy the name of most kind hostess, and shut upshut up (v.)
old form: vp
conclude [a speech], wind up
Mac II.i.16
in measurelesse content.In measureless content.content (n.)pleasure, satisfaction, happinessMac II.i.17.1
Mac.MACBETH 
Being vnprepar'd,Being unprepared Mac II.i.17.2
Our will became the seruant to defect,Our will became the servant to defect,will (n.)desire, wish, liking, inclinationMac II.i.18
defect (n.)deficiency, shortcoming
Which else should free haue wrought.Which else should free have wrought.work (v.), past form wroughtperform, do, carry outMac II.i.19.1
free (adv.)freely, in a liberal way
Banq.BANQUO 
All's well.All's well. Mac II.i.19.2
I dreamt last Night of the three weyward Sisters:I dreamt last night of the three Weird Sisters. Mac II.i.20
To you they haue shew'd some truth.To you they have showed some truth. Mac II.i.21.1
Macb.MACBETH 
I thinke not of them:I think not of them. Mac II.i.21.2
Yet when we can entreat an houre to serue,Yet, when we can entreat an hour to serve, Mac II.i.22
We would spend it in some words vpon that Businesse,We would spend it in some words upon that business, Mac II.i.23
If you would graunt the time.If you would grant the time. Mac II.i.24.1
Banq.BANQUO 
At your kind'st leysure.At your kind'st leisure. Mac II.i.24.2
Macb.MACBETH 
If you shall cleaue to my consent, / When 'tis,If you shall cleave to my consent when 'tis,consent (n.)opinion, feeling, counselMac II.i.25
it shall make Honor for you.It shall make honour for you. Mac II.i.26.1
Banq.BANQUO 
So I lose none,So I lose none Mac II.i.26.2
In seeking to augment it, but still keepeIn seeking to augment it, but still keepstill (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyMac II.i.27
My Bosome franchis'd, and Allegeance cleare,My bosom franchised and allegiance clear,franchised (adj.)
old form: franchis'd
free from evil, upright
Mac II.i.28
bosom (n.)
old form: Bosome
heart, inner person
clear (adj.)
old form: cleare
innocent, blameless, free from fault, not guilty
I shall be counsail'd.I shall be counselled. Mac II.i.29.1
Macb.MACBETH 
Good repose the while.Good repose the while. Mac II.i.29.2
Banq.BANQUO 
Thankes Sir: the like to you.Thanks, sir; the like to you.like, thethe sameMac II.i.30
Exit Banquo.Exit Banquo and Fleance Mac II.i.30
Macb.MACBETH 
Goe bid thy Mistresse, when my drinke is ready,Go bid thy mistress, when my drink is ready Mac II.i.31
She strike vpon the Bell. Get thee to bed.She strike upon the bell. Get thee to bed. Mac II.i.32
Exit.Exit Servant Mac II.i.32
Is this a Dagger, which I see before me,Is this a dagger which I see before me, Mac II.i.33
The Handle toward my Hand? Come, let me clutch thee:The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee – Mac II.i.34
I haue thee not, and yet I see thee still.I have thee not and yet I see thee still!still (adv.)ever, now [as before]Mac II.i.35
Art thou not fatall Vision, sensibleArt thou not, fatal vision, sensiblesensible (adj.)evident, perceptible by the senses, affecting the sensesMac II.i.36
fatal (adj.)
old form: fatall
ominous, full of foreboding, doom-laden
To feeling, as to sight? or art thou butTo feeling as to sight? Or art thou but Mac II.i.37
A Dagger of the Minde, a false Creation,A dagger of the mind, a false creation,false (adj.)sham, spurious, not genuine, artificialMac II.i.38
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed Braine?Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? Mac II.i.39
I see thee yet, in forme as palpable,I see thee yet, in form as palpable Mac II.i.40
As this which now I draw.As this which now I draw. Mac II.i.41
Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going,Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going, Mac II.i.42
And such an Instrument I was to vse.And such an instrument I was to use. – Mac II.i.43
Mine Eyes are made the fooles o'th' other Sences,Mine eyes are made the fools o'the other senses, Mac II.i.44
Or else worth all the rest: I see thee still;Or else worth all the rest. – I see thee still; Mac II.i.45
And on thy Blade, and Dudgeon, Gouts of Blood,And, on thy blade and dudgeon, gouts of blood,gout (n.)drop, spot, traceMac II.i.46
dudgeon (n.)[of a dagger] handle, hilt, haft
Which was not so before. There's no such thing:Which was not so before. There's no such thing. Mac II.i.47
It is the bloody Businesse, which informesIt is the bloody business which informsinform (v.)
old form: informes
take form, appear in a shape
Mac II.i.48
Thus to mine Eyes. Now o're the one halfe WorldThus to mine eyes. Now o'er the one half-worldhalf-world (n.)
old form: halfe World
hemisphere, half of the globe
Mac II.i.49
Nature seemes dead, and wicked Dreames abuseNature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuseabuse (v.)deceive, mislead, fool, cheatMac II.i.50
The Curtain'd sleepe: Witchcraft celebratesThe curtained sleep. Witchcraft celebrates Mac II.i.51
Pale Heccats Offrings: and wither'd Murther,Pale Hecat's offerings; and withered Murder,offering (n.)
old form: Offrings
ritual, oblation, sacrificial rite
Mac II.i.52
Hecat, Hecate (n.)[pron: 'hekat, 'hekatee] Greek goddess of the underworld; associated with magic, ghosts, witchcraft
Alarum'd by his Centinell, the Wolfe,Alarumed by his sentinel the wolf,alarum (v.)
old form: Alarum'd
arouse, urge on, incite
Mac II.i.53
Whose howle's his Watch, thus with his stealthy pace,Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace,watch (n.)signal, watchword, callMac II.i.54
With Tarquins rauishing sides, towards his designeWith Tarquin's ravishing strides, towards his designTarquinTarquinius Superbus, seventh king of Rome, 6th-c BCMac II.i.55
design (n.)
old form: designe
undertaking, purpose, enterprise
Moues like a Ghost. Thou sowre and firme-set EarthMoves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth, Mac II.i.56
Heare not my steps, which they may walke, for feareHear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear Mac II.i.57
Thy very stones prate of my where-about,Thy very stones prate of my whereaboutprate (v.)prattle, chatter, blatherMac II.i.58
And take the present horror from the time,And take the present horror from the time Mac II.i.59
Which now sutes with it. Whiles I threat, he liues:Which now suits with it. – Whiles I threat, he lives:suit (v.)
old form: sutes
match, compare, equate
Mac II.i.60
Words to the heat of deedes too cold breath giues.Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives. Mac II.i.61
A Bell rings.A bell rings Mac II.i.61
I goe, and it is done: the Bell inuites me.I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Mac II.i.62
Heare it not, Duncan, for it is a Knell,Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell Mac II.i.63
That summons thee to Heauen, or to Hell.That summons thee to heaven or to hell. Mac II.i.64
Exit.Exit Mac II.i.64
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