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Malcolm.

Be comforted:

Let's make us medicines of our great revenge,

To cure this deadly grief.

Macduff. He has no children. All my pretty ones?
Did you say all? O hell-kite! All?

What, all my pretty chickens and their dam

At one fell swoop?

Malcolm. Dispute it like a man.

Macduff.

I shall do so;

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But I must also feel it as a man:

I cannot but remember such things were,

That were most precious to me. Did heaven

look on,

And would not take their part? Sinful Mac

duff,

They were all struck for thee! naught that I am,
Not for their own demerits, but for mine,

Fell slaughter on their souls: heaven rest them

now!

Malcolm. Be this the whetstone of your sword: let grief

Convert to anger; blunt not the heart, enrage it. Macduff. O, I could play the woman with mine

eyes,

And braggart with my tongue! But, gentle
heavens,

Cut short all intermission; front to front

220. Dispute, fight against.

vert, turn.

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225. naught, wicked. 232. intermission, delay.

229. Con

Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself;
Within my sword's length set him; if he 'scape,
Heaven forgive him too!

Malcolm.

This time goes manly.

Come, go we to the king; our power is ready ;

Our lack is nothing but our leave.

Macbeth

Receive what cheer

Is ripe for shaking, and the powers above
Put on their instruments.

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Enter a Doctor of Physic and a Waiting-Gentlewoman

Doctor. I have two nights watched with you, but can perceive no truth in your report. When was it she last walked?

Gentlewoman. Since his majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon't, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.

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Doctor. A great perturbation in nature,

to

receive at once the benefit of sleep and do the effects of watching! In this slumbery agitation, besides her walking and other actual performances, what, at any time, have you heard her say? Gentlewoman. That, sir, which I will not report after her.

Doctor. You may to me, and 'tis most meet you should.

Gentlewoman. Neither to you nor any one, having no witness to confirm my speech.

Enter LADY MACBETH, with a taper

Lo you, here she comes!

This is her very

guise, and, upon my life, fast asleep. Observe

her; stand close.

Doctor. How came she by that light?

Gentlewoman. Why, it stood by her: she has light by her continually; 'tis her command.

Doctor. You see, her eyes are open.

Gentlewoman. Ay, but their sense are shut.
Doctor. What is it she does now?

rubs her hands.

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Look, how she

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Gentlewoman. It is an accustomed action with her, to seem thus washing her hands: I have known her continue in this a quarter of an hour.

Lady Macbeth. Yet here's a spot.

Doctor. Hark! she speaks; I will set down what

16. report, repeat. 24. stand close, keep concealed.

comes from her, to satisfy my remembrance the

more strongly.

Lady Macbeth. Out, damned spot! out, I say! One: two: why, then 'tis time to do't. Hell is murky. 40 Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

Doctor. Do you mark that?

Lady Macbeth. The thane of Fife had a wife; where
is she now? What, will these hands ne'er be
clean? No more o' that, my lord, no more o'
that: you mar all with this starting.
Doctor. Go to, go to; you have known what you
should not.

Gentlewoman. She has spoke what she should not, I

am sure of that: heaven knows what she has
known.

Lady Macbeth. Here's the smell of the blood still:
all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this
little hand. Oh, oh, oh!

Doctor. What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged.

Gentlewoman. I would not have such a heart in my

bosom for the dignity of the whole body.

Doctor. Well, well, well!

37. satisfy, assure. 50. starting, sudden motion. expression of reproof.

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51. go to, an

Gentlewoman. Pray God it be, sir.

Doctor. This disease is beyond my practice: yet I

have known those which have walked in their sleep who have died holily in their beds. Lady Macbeth. Wash your hands; put on your nightgown; look not so pale: I tell you yet again, Banquo's buried; he cannot come out on's 70

grave.

Doctor. Even so?

Lady Macbeth. To bed, to bed; there's knocking
at the gate come, come, come, come, give me
your hand:/what's done cannot be undone :/to
bed, to bed, to bed.

Doctor. Will she go now to bed?
Gentlewoman. Directly.

[Exit.

Doctor. Foul whisperings are abroad: unnatural

deeds

Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds
To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets :
More needs she the divine than the physician.
God, God forgive us all! Look after her;
Remove from her the means of all annoyance,
And still keep eyes upon her. So good night:
My mind she has mated and amazed my sight:
I think, but dare not speak.

Gentlewoman.

70. on's, of his. 86. mated, bewildered.

Good night, good doctor.
[Exeunt.

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72. Even so? an expression of surprise.

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