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ACT THE SECOND.
before him. Ban. How goes the night, boy? FLE. The moon is down; I have not heard the
clock. Ban. And she goes down at twelve. FLE.
I take ́t, 'tis later, sir. Ban. Hold, take my sword. There's husbandry
Give me my sword.
MACB. A friend.
offices. This diamond he greets your wife withal, By the name of most kind hostess; and shut up In measureless content.
I think not of them : Yet, when we can entreat an hour to serve, Wewould spend it in some words upon
that business, If you would grant the time. Ban.
kind'st leisure. MacB. If you shall cleave to my consent, when
So I lose none
the while ! Ban. Thanks, sir: the like to you !
[Exeunt BANQUO and FlEANCE. MACB. Go bid thy mistress, when my drink is
ready, She strike upon the bell. Get thee to bed.
[Exit Servant. Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand ? Come, let me
clutch thee, I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
[A bell rings. go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
Enter LADY MACBETH.
hath made me bold; What hath quench'd them hath given me fire.
Hark! Peace! It was the owl that shriek'd, the fatal bellman, Which gives the stern’st good-night. He is about it: The doors are open; and the surfeited grooms Do mock their charge with snores: I have drugg’d
their possets, That death and nature do contend about them, Whether they live or die.
MacB. [Within] Who's there? what, ho!
LADY M, Alack, I am afraid they have awaked, And 'tis not done. The attempt and not the deed Confounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready; He could not miss 'em. Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done 't. Enter MACBETH.
My husband ! Macb. I have done the deed. Didst thou not
hear a noise ? LADY M. I heard the owl scream and the
crickets cry. Did not you speak? MACB.
As I descended ?
LADY M. Ay.
one cried Murder ! That they did wake each other: I stood and
heard them :
Lady M. There are two lodged together..
As they had seen me with these hangman's hands.
Consider it not so deeply.
Stuck in my