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Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights,

Free from our feasts and banquets bloody


/Do faithful homage and receive free honours/ab All which we pine for now: and this report

Hath so exasperate their king that he

Prepares for some attempt of war.


Sent he to Macduff?

Lord. He did: and with an absolute 'Sir, not I,'
The cloudy messenger turns me his back,
And hums, as who should say 'You'll rue the

That clogs me with this answer.'


And that well might
Advise him to a caution, to hold what distance
His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel
Fly to the court of England and unfold
His message ere he come, that a swift blessing
May soon return to this our suffering country
Under a hand accursed!


I'll send my prayers with him.

40. absolute, positive. 41. cloudy, sullen. 46. unfold, tell.


SCENE I. A cavern.


In the middle, a boiling cauldron

Thunder. Enter the three Witches

First Witch. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
Second Witch. Thrice and once the hedge-pig

Third Witch. Harpier cries ''Tis time, 'tis time.'
First Witch. Round about the cauldron go:
In the poison'd entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot.
All. Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Second Witch. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
All. Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.



3. Harpier,

1. brinded, brindled. 2. hedge-pig, hedgehog. harpy. 16. fork, forked tongue. 17. howlet, a little owl.

Third Witch. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf

Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat and slips of yew
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,

Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
All. Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Second Witch. Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Enter HECATE and the other three Witches
Hecate. O, well done! I commend your pains;
And every one shall share i' the gains :
And now about the cauldron sing,
Like elves and fairies in a ring,

Enchanting all that you put in.

[Music and a song: Black spirits,' etc.

[Hecate retires.

Second Witch. By the pricking of my thumbs,

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ravin'd, gorged with prey. 31. Ditch-de32. slab, slimy. 33. chaudron, entrails.

Something wicked this way comes:

Open, locks.

Whoever knocks!


Macbeth. How now, you secret, black, and midnight



What is't you do?

A deed without a name.

Macbeth. I conjure you, by that which you profess, 50
Howe'er you came to know it, answer me :
Though you untie the winds and let them fight
Against the churches; though the yesty waves
Confound and swallow navigation up;

Though bladed corn be lodged and trees blown

Though castles topple on their warders' heads;
Though palaces and pyramids do slope
Their heads to their foundations; though the


Of nature's germens tumble all together,
Even till destruction sicken; answer me
To what I ask you.

First Witch.
Second Witch.

50. profess, make claim to 54. navigation, ships. 55. 55. lodged, beaten down. 59. germens, seeds of life.




know. 53. yesty, frothy, like yeast. bladed corn, corn in the green ear. 57. pyramids, towers, or steeples.

Third Witch.

We'll answer.

First Witch. Say, if thou'dst rather hear it from our


Or from our masters?


Call 'em, let me see 'em.

First Witch. Pour in sow's blood, that hath eaten


Her nine farrow; grease that's sweaten

From the murderer's gibbet throw

Into the flame.

Come, high or low;

Thyself and office deftly show!

Thunder. First Apparition: an armed Head

Macbeth. Tell me, thou unknown power,

First Witch.

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He knows thy thought:

Hear his speech, but say thou nought. First Apparition. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff;

Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me: enough.

[Descends. Macbeth. Whate'er thou art, for thy good caution


Thou hast harp'd my fear aright: but one word

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First Witch. He will not be commanded: here's


More potent than the first.

65. nine farrow, litter of nine. 68. deftly, fitly.



74. harp'd,

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