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SERIES V.

PL. I

MACBETH.
ACT I. SCENE 3.

Having obtained a signal victory over the rebels 2 Witch. Not so happy, yet inuch happier. and the Norwegians, Macbeth, accompanied by 3 Wircu. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none :

So, all hail, Macbeth , and Banquo! Banquo, hastens to join the King at Fores. Whilst crossing a heath, they perceive the three witches,

Macbeth. Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more :

By Sinel's death, I know, I am thane of Glamis; who have been holding together their diabolical But how of Cawdor? the thane of Cawdor lives, converse. Banquo astonished exclaims;

A prosperous gentleman; and to be king « What are these,

Stands not within the prospect of belief, So wither'd, and so wild in their attire;

No more than to be Cawdor. Say, from whence That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth,

You owe this strange intelligence; or why And yet are on't ? Live you? or are you aught

Upon this blasted heath you stop our way That man may question? You seem to understand ine,

With such prophetick greeting?- Speak, I charge you.. By each at once her choppy finger laying

The witches vanish but soon afterwards the ChiefUpon ber skinny lips :-You should be women, And yet your beards forbid ine to interpret

tains are met by Rosse and Angus , sent by Duncan That you are so. »

to salute Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor, who thus

begins to give credence to the other predictions he The design represents the moment when, in answer to Macbeth's challenge the weird sisters reply :

has just heard.

«Two truths are told, «I Witck. All hail, Macbecth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis! As happy prologues to the swelling act 2 WITCH. All hail, Macbecth! hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! Of the imperial theme. I thank you, gentlemen. 3 Witch. All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter. This supernatural soliciting Banquo. Good sir, why do you start; and seem to fear

Cannot be ill; cannot be good : - If ill, Things that do sound so fair? - l' the naine of truth, Why hath it given me earnest of success, Are ye fantastical, or that indeed

Cominencing in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor: Which outwardly ye show? My noble partner

If good, why do I yield to that suggestion You greet with present grace, and great prediction Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, Of noble having, and of royal hope,

And make my seated heart knock at my ribs, That he seems rapt withal; to me you speak not :

Against the use of nature? Present fears
If you can look into the seeds of time,

Are less than horrible inaginings:
And say, which grain will grow, and wbich will not : My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Speak then to me, who neither beg, nor fear,

Shakes so my single state of man, that function
Your favours, nor your hate. —

Is smotherd in surmise; and nothing is, 1 WITCH. Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.

But what is not.»

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SERIES V.

P... 2

MACBETH.
ACT II, SCENE 3.

Duncan wishing, in every possible manner, to Macduff, having discovered the horrid murde display his love towards Macbeth, visits him in his turns from Duncan's Chamber, exclaiming ,Castle at Inverness and thus gives the Thane means of accomplishing his wicked purpose. Macbeth

« O horror) horror! horror! Tongue, nor heart, struggles within himself against the evil suggestion Macbeth and Lenox.

Cannot conceive, nor name thee!

What's the matter? of murdering the King; but, urged by Lady Macbeth, whose bold character is traced with all the

Macduff. Confusion now bath made his master-piece!

Most sacrilegious murder had broke open energy of Shakspeare's matchless powers, the fatal The lord's anointed temple , and stole thence deed is consummated during the night time : the The life o' the building. bloody daggers are placed near the two attending MacBeta.

What is't you say ? the life? grooms of the Chamber, to make it seem their guilt. Lenox. Mean you his majesty? Early in the morning, Macduff and Lenox arrive, and Macdurr. Approach the chamber, and destroy your sight Macbeth, who his supposed to bave been called forth With a new Gorgon :- Do not bid me speak; from his bed Chamber, by their loud knocking at See, and then speak yourselves. - Awake! awake! the Castle Gate, is saluted by Lenox.

[Exeunt Macbeth and Lenox.

Ring the alarum-bell : Murder i and treason! «Good-morrow, noble sir?

Banquo, and Donalbain! Malcolm! awake!
MACBETH.
Good-morrow, both!

Shake off this downy sleep, death's counterfeit,
Macduff. Is the king stirring, worthy thane?

And look on death itself!

- up, up, and see MACBETH.

The great doom's image! - Màlcolm! Banquo! MACDUFF. He did command me to call timely on him; As from

your graves

rise
up,

and walk like sprights , I have almost slipp'd the hour.

To countenance this horror !» MACBETR.

I'll bring you to him. Macduff. I know, this is a joyful trouble to you;

Macbeth flies to the King's chamber, but returns But yet , 'tis one.

immediately: to Malcolm and Donalbain's enquiries MACBETH. The labour, we delight in, physicks pain. about what has caused the alarm, the guilty Thane

This is the door.
MACDUFF.
I'll make so bold to call,

«You are, and do not know it : For 'lis my limited service.

(Exit Macduff. Leror. Goes the king hence to-day?

The spring, the head , the fountain of your blood

Is stopp’d; the very source of it is stopp'd.
MACBETR.
He does :- he did appoint so.»

Macdump. Your royal father's murder'd.
The moment represented in the design is when Malcolm,

0, by whom?

Not yet.

answers :

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SERIES V.

PL. 2.

MACBETH.
ACT II, SCENE 3.

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Duncan wishing, in every possible manner, to Macduff, having discovered the horrid murde display his love towards Macbeth, visits him in his turns from Duncan's Chamber, exclaiming ,Castle at Inverness and thus gives the Thane means

« horror! horror! horror! Tongue, nor heart, of accomplishing his wicked purpose. Macbeth struggles within himself against the evil suggestion Macbeth and Lenox.

Cannot conceive, nor name thee!

What's the matter? of murdering the King; but, urged by Lady Macbeth, whose bold character is traced with all the Macduff. Confusion now bath made his master-piece!

Most sacrilegious murder had broke open energy of Shakspeare's matchless powers, the fatal The lord's anointed temple , and stole thence deed is consummated during the night time : the The life o' the building. bloody daggers are placed near the two attending Macbeth.

What is't

you say? the life? grooms of the Chamber, to make it seem their guilt. Lenox. Mean

you

his majesty? Early in the morning, Macduff and Lenox arrive, and Macduff. Approach the chamber, and destroy your sight Macbeth,

who his supposed to have been called forth With a new Gorgon :- Do not bid me speak; from his bed Chamber, by their loud knocking at See, and then speak yourselves. — Awake! awake! the Castle Gate, is saluted by Lenox.

[Exeunt Macbeth and Lenoz.

Ring the alarum-bell : Murder i and treason! «Good-morrow, noble sir?

Banquo, and Donalbain! Malcolm! awake!
MacBЕтн.
Good-morrow, both!

Sbake off this downy sleep, death's counterfeit,
Macduff. Is the king stirring, worthy thane ?

And look on death itself!

- up, up, and see MACBETH,

The great doom's image! - Màlcolm I Banquo! Macduff. He did command me to call timely on bim; As from your graves rise up, and walk like sprights , I have almost slipp'd the hour.

To countenance this horror!» Масветн.

I'll bring you to him. Macduff. I know, this is a joyful trouble to you;

Macbeth flies to the King's chamber, but returns But yet , 'tis one.

immediately: to Malcolm and Donalbain's enquiries MACBETH. The labour, we delight in, physicks pain. about what has caused the alarm, the guilty Thane This is the door.

answers : MACDUFF. I'll make so bold to call,

«You are, and do not know it : For 'lis my limited service.

[Exit Macduff: Lenox. Goes the king hence to-day?

The spring, the head , the fountain of your blood

Is stopp’d; the very source of it is stopp'd.
MACBETH.
He does :- he did appoint so.)

Macduff. Your royal father's murder'd.
The moment represented in the design is when Malcolm,

0, by whom?

Not yet.

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