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Macb. Glamis, and thane of Cawdor;
Ban. That, trusted home,"
Macb. - Two truths are told
As happy prologues to the swelling act
Ban. Look, how our partner's rapt.
Macb. If chance will have me king, why, charce
- may crown me, Without my stir.
Ban. New honors come upon him Like our strange garments; cleave not to their mould, But with the aid of use.
l i. e. entirely, thoroughly relied on. 2 “Encourage you to expect the crown.” 3. By his single state of man, Macbeth means his simple condition of human nature. WOL. III. 24
Macb. Come what come may ; Time and the hour runs through the roughest day. Ban. Worthy Macbeth, we stay upon your leisure. Macb. Give me your favor; –my dull brain was wrought • With things forgotten. Kind gentlemen, your pains Are registered where every day I turn The leaf to read them.—Let us toward the king.— Think upon what hath chanced; and, at more times, The interim having weighed it, let us speak Our free hearts each to other. Ban. Very gladly. Macb. Till them, enough.-Come, friends. c [Exeunt.
SCENE IV. Fores. A Room in the Palace. - Flourish.
Enter DUNCAN, MALcolM, DonalBAIN, LENOx, and Attendants.
Dun. Is execution done on Cawdor? Are not
Mal. * My liege,
1 Favor is countenance, good will, and not pardon, as it has been here interpreted. Wide Hamlet, Act v. Sc. 2. 2 Studied in his death, is instructed in the art of dying. 3 Owed, owned, possessed. . . . a. We cannot construe the disposition of the mind by the lineaments of e face.
He was a gentleman on whom I built
Enter MACBETH, BANQUo, RossE, and ANGUs.
The sin of my ingratitude even now
Ban. There if I grow,
Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves
1 Holinshed says, “Duncan having two sons, &c. he made the elder of them, called Malcolm, prince of Cumberland, as it was thereby to appoint him his successor in his kingdome immediatelie after his decease. Macbeth sorely troubled herewith, for that he saw by this means his hope sore hindered (where, by the old laws of the realme the ordinance was, that if he that should succeed were not of able age to take the charge upon himself, he that was next of blood unto him should be admitted), he began to take counsel how he might usurpe the kingdome by force, having a just
Not, unaccompanied, invest him only,
SCENE W. Inverness. A Room in Macbeth's Castle.
Enter LADY MACBETH, reading a letter.
Lady M. They met me in the day of success; and I have learned by the perfectest report, they have more in them than mortal knowledge. When I burned in desire to question them further, they made themselves air, into which they vanished. Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-hailed me, Thane of Cawdor; by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with, Hail, king that shalt be This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of great
quarrel so to doe (as he tooke the matter) for that Duncane did what in him lay to defraud him of all manner of title and claime, which he might in time to come pretend, unto the crowne.”
ness; that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing,
Enter an Attendant.
Attend. The king comes here to-night.
Lady M. - Thou’rt mad to say it. Is not thy master with him? who, wer’t so, Would have informed for preparation.
Attend. So please you, it is true; our thane is
. coming. -
Lady M. . Give him tending;
1 “That I may pour my spirits in thine ear.” So in Lord Sterline's Julius Caesar, 1607:— . “Thou in my bosom used to pour thy spright.”
2. “Which fate and metaphysical aid,” &c.; i.e. supernatural aid. We find metaphysics explained “things supernatural” in the old dictionaries. “To have thee crowned,” is to desire that you should be crowned.