WILLIAM SHAKESPEARESMACBETHACT ONE SCENE 1Scene 1 Thunder and lightning. Enter three WITCHESFIRST WITCHWhen shall we three meet again?In thunder, lightning, or in rain?SECOND WITCHWhen the hurly-burlys done,When the battles lost and won. THIRD WITCHThat will be ere the set of sun. FIRST WITCHWhere the place?SECOND WITCHUpon the heath. THIRD WITCHThere to meet with Macbeth. FIRST WITCHI come, Graymalkin. SECOND WITCHPaddock calls. THIRD WITCHAnon!ALLFair is foul, and foul is fair:Hover through the fog and filthy air.
ACT ONE, SCENE 2Scene 2A camp, Alarum within. Enter KING DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, and ROSS. DUNCANWhat bloody man is that?MALCOLMThis is the sergeantHail, brave friend!DUNCANGo get him surgeons. Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?Where are they?Enter LENNOX and DUNCANMALCOLMThe worthy Thane of Ross. ROSS God save the King!DUNCANWhence camest thou, worthy Thane?ROSS From Fife, great King, The victory fell on us. DUNCANGreat happiness!Thane of Cawdor shall no more deceiveGo pronounce his present death,And with his former title greet Macbeth. ROSS Ill see it done. DUNCANWhat he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.
ACT ONE, SCENE 3Scene 3A heath. Thunder. Enter the three WITCHESFIRST WITCHWhere hast thou been, sister?SECOND WITCHKilling swine. THIRD WITCHSister, where thou?FIRST WITCHA sailors wife had chestnuts in her lap,And munched, and munched, and munched-Give me quoth I. Aroint thee, witch! the rump-fed ronyon cries. But in a sieve Ill thither sail,And, like a rat without a tail,Ill do, Ill do and Ill do. SECOND WITCHIll give thee a wind. FIRST WITCHThart kind. THIRD WITCHAnd I another.FIRST WITCHIll drain him dry as hay;Sleep shall neither night nor dayWeary sevn nights nine times nineShall he dwindle, peak, and pine. Though his bark cannot be lost, Yet it shall be tempest-tossed. SECOND WITCHShow me, show me. FIRST WITCHHere I have a pilots thumb,Wrecked as homeward he did come. [Drum within]THIRD WITCHA drum, a drum!Macbeth doth come. ALLThe Weird Sisters, hand in hand,Posters of the sea and land,Thus do go about, about,Thrice to thine, and thrice to mine,And thrice again, to make up nine. Peace! the charms wound up. Enter MACBETH and BANQUOMACBETHSo foul and fair a day I have not seen. BANQUOWhat are these,So withered, and so wild in their attire, That do not look like the inhabitants oth earth,And yet are ont?You should be women,And yet your beards forbid me to interpret. MACBETHSpeak, if you can; what are you?
FIRST WITCHAll hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!SECOND WITCHAll hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!THIRD WITCHAll hail, Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter!BANQUOGood sir, why do you start, and seem to fearThings that sound so fair? My noble partner, tis is great predictionOf noble having and of royal hope,[to the WITCES]If you can look into the seeds of time,And say which grain will grow, and which will not, Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fearYours favours nor your hate. FIRST WITCHLesser than Macbeth, and greater. SECOND WITCHNot so happy, yet much happier. THIRD WITCHThou shalt get kings, though thou be none. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo! MACBETHStay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more. I know I am Thane of Glamis, But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives,Why do you stop our way with such prophetic greeting?Speak.
[WITCHES vanish]BANQUOWhither are they vanished?MACBETH Into the air; as breath into the wind.Your children shall be kings. BANQUOYou shall be king.MACBETHAnd Thane of Cawdor too;In the castle,[Enter ROSS]ROSSThe king hath happily received, Macbeth,The news of thy success; Thus I am sentTo give thee from our royal master thanks; And, for a greater honour,He bade me, call thee Thane of Cawdor;Hail, most worthy Thane. BANQUO[Aside] What, can the devil speak true?MACBETHThe Thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?ROSSThe Thane lives yet,But treasons capital, have overthrown him. MACBETH[Aside] Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor;The greatest is behind.[To ROSS] Thanks for your pains. [Aside to BANQUO] Do you not hope your children shall be kingsBANQUO[Aside to MACBETH] Strange,The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betrayIn deepest consequence.MACBETH [Aside] Two truths are told[Aside] This supernatural solicitingCannot be ill, cannot be good. If good, why do I yield to that suggestionAnd make my seated heart knock at my ribs,My thought, whose murder Shakes so my single state of man.BANQUO(just expression)MACBETH[Aside] If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me,BANQUO(just expression)MACBETHBanquo, my brother and friend, come.BANQUOVery gladly.
ACT ONE, SCENE 4Scene 4Forres. A room in the palace. Flourish. Enter DUNCAN, MACBETH, and BANQUO.
DUNCANWelcome hither, my nobleman, Macbeth and Banquo. Sons, kinsmen, thanes, We will establish our estate upon Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafterThe Prince of Cumberland. Turn to Macbeth: Ill be the honour by gracing your lovely home. MACBETHMy dear king, I will deliver this joyful news to my wife. Thus I now humbly take my leave. DUNCANMy worthy Cawdor!MACBETH[Aside] Stars, hide your fires,Let not light see my black and deepest desires;The eye wink at the hand; yet let that beWhich the eye fears, when it is done, to see
ACT ONE, SCENE 5Scene 5Inverness. A room in MACBETHs castle. Enter LADY MACBETH, reading a letter. LADY MACBETH thane of Glamis, thane of Cawdor; and king ye shalt be Yet I fear thy nature, it is too full o th milk of human kindnessThou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it.I will pour my spirits in thine ear,And chastise with the valour of my tongue. Enter a MESSENGERMESSENGERThe King comes here tonight, milady. LADY MACBETHGo inform others for preparation?MESSENGERSo please you, it is true; our Thane is coming. [Exit MESSENGER] LADY MACBETHThis is the fatal entrance of DuncanCome, you spiritsAnd fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full with cruelty!Come, thick Night, and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,That knife see not the wound it makes,Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,To cry Hold, holdEnter MACBETHMACBETHMy dearest love, Duncan comes here tonight. LADY MACBETHYour face, my Thane, is as a book where men may read strange matters. Bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue; look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent undert.
MACBETHWe will speak further. LADY MACBETHLeave all the rest to me.
ACT ONE, SCENE 6Scene 6Enter LADY MACBETH and DUNCAN. DUNCANWheres the Thane of Cawdor?And his great love. Fair and noble hostess, we are your guest tonight. LADY MACBETH(just smile) My king, welcome. DUNCANGive me your hand;By your leave, hostess.
ACT ONE, SCENE 7Scene 7A room in the castle. Enter MACBETH. MACBETHThe kings here in double trust: as I am his kinsman and his subject I should not bear the knife myself. This Duncan his faculties so meek, so clear, his virtuesWill plead like angelsAnd Pity, like a naked new-born babe,I have no spur ( with passion )But only vaulting ambition, which overleaps itselfAnd falls on the other
Enter LADY MACBETHMACBETHHow now, what news?LADY MACBETHHe has almost supped. Why have you left the chamber?MACBETHHath he asked for me?LADY MACBETHKnow you not he has?MACBETHWe will proceed no further in this business. LADY MACBETHBe so much more the man. Nor time, nor place,Did then adhere, and yet you would make both;MACBETHPrithee, peace. I dare do all that may become a man;But what if we should fail?LADY MACBETHWe fail? Screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we will not fail.
ACT IISCENE I. Court of Macbeth's castle.MACBETH: 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. A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? I see thee yet, in form as palpable As this which now I draw.A bell ringsI go, and it is done; the bell invites me.Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knellThat summons thee to heaven or to hell.Exit
ACT TWO SCENE II. The same.Enter LADY MACBETHLADY MACBETH: That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold; What hath quench'd them hath given me fire. Hark! Peace! That death and nature do contend about them, Whether they live or die.LADY MACBETH: Alack, I am afraid they have awaken, And 'tis not done. 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 MACBETHMy husband!MACBETH: I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?LADY MACBETH: I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.MACBETH: Hark! Who lies i' the second chamber?LADY MACBETH: Donalbain.MACBETH: This is a sorry sight.Looking on his hands
LADY MACBETH: Go get some water, And wash this filthy witness from your hand. Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there: go carry them; and smear The sleepy grooms with blood. MACBETH: I'll go no more: I am afraid to think of what I have done; Look on't again I dare not.It cried 'Sleep no more! Macbeth shall sleep no more.'LADY MACBETH: Give me the daggers. For it must seem their guilt.Lady Macbeth exit.
MACBETH: Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? Re-enter LADY MACBETHLADY MACBETH: My hands are of your colour; but I shame To wear a heart so white.
ACT TWO SCENE III. The same.Bell rings. Enter MACDUFF then LADY MACBETHLADY MACBETH: What's the business,speak, speak!MACDUFF: O gentle lady, 'Tis not for you to hear what I can speak:Enter BANQUOO Banquo, Banquo,Our royal master 's murder'd!
LADY MACBETH: What, in our house?BANQUO: Too cruel any where. Dear Duff, I prithee , And say it is not so.Re-enter MACBETH and LENNOX, with ROSSEnter MALCOLM and DONALBAINDONALBAIN: What is amiss?MACBETH: You ar