A Room in the Castle.

Enter a Doctor of Physic and a Waiting-Gentlewoman. Doct. I have two nights watched with you, but can perceive no truth in your report. When was it she last walked?

Gent. 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 it, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.

Doct. 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?

Gent. That, sir, which I will not report after her.

Doct. You may to me; and 'tis most meet you should. Gent. Neither to you nor any one; having no witness to confirm my speech. Lo you, here she comes!

Enter Lady MACBETH, with a taper.

This is her very guise; and, upon my life, fast asleep. Observe her; stand close.

Doct. How came she by that light?

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

Doct. You see, her eyes are open.

Gent. Ay, but their sense is shut.

Doct. What is it she does now? Look, how she rubs her hands.

Gent. 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 M. Yet here's a spot.

Doct. Hark! she speaks: I will set down what comes from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.

Lady M. Out, damned spot! out, I say!-One; two: why, then 'tis time to do't:-Hell is murky!-Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?--Yet

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who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

Doct. Do you mark that?

Lady M. 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.

Doct. Go to, go to; you have known what you should not.

Gent. She has spoke what she should not, I am sure of that heaven knows what she has known.

Lady M. Here's the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.

oh !

Oh, oh,

Doct. What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged. Gent. I would not have such a heart in my bosom for the dignity of the whole body.

Doct. Well, well, well,

Gent. Pray God it be, sir.

Doct. 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 M. Wash your hands, put on your night-gown ; look not so pale:-I tell you yet again, Banquo's buried; he cannot come out on 's grave.

Doct. Even so?

Lady M. 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.

Doct. Will she go now to bed?

Gent. Directly.


Doct. 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 amaz'd my sight:
I think, but dare not speak.


Good-night, good doctor.


SCENE II.—The Country near Dunsinane.

Enter, with drum and colours, MENTEITH, CAITHNESS, ANGUS, LENNOX, and Soldiers.

Ment. The English power is near, led on by Malcolm, His uncle Siward, and the good Macduff.

Revenges burn in them; for their dear causes
Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm
Excite the mortified man.


Near Birnam wood

Shall we well meet them; that way are they coming.
Caith. Who knows if Donalbain be with his brother?
Len. For certain, sir, he is not: I have a file

Of all the gentry: there is Siward's son,

And many unrough youths, that even now
Protest their first of manhood.


What does the tyrant?

Caith. Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies:
Some say he's mad; others, that lesser hate him,
Do call it valiant fury: but, for certain,

He cannot buckle his distemper'd course
Within the belt of rule.

Now does he feel

His secret murders sticking on his hands;
Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach;
Those he commands move only in command,
Nothing in love: now does he feel his title
Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe

Upon a dwarfish thief.


Who, then, shall blame

His pester'd senses to recoil and start,

When all that is within him does condemn
Itself for being there?


Well, march we on,

To give obedience where 'tis truly ow'd:

Meet we the medicine of the sickly weal;
And with him pour we, in our country's purge,
Each drop of us.


Or so much as it needs,

To dew the sovereign flower, and drown the weeds.
Make we our march towards Birnam.

[Exeunt, marching.


SCENE III.-DUNSINANE. A Room in the Cast

Enter MACBETH, Doctor, and Attendants. Macb. Bring me no more reports; let them fly all: Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane

I cannot taint with fear. What's the boy Malcolm?
Was he not born of woman? The spirits that know
All mortal consequences have pronounc'd me thus,-
Fear not, Macbeth; no man that's born of woman
Shall e'er have power upon thee.-Then fly, false than
And mingle with the English epicures:

The mind I sway by, and the heart I bear,
Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.

[Exit Ser

What news mor

Sey. What is your gracious pleasure? Macb. Sey. All is confirm'd, my lord, which was reported. Macb. I'll fight till from my bones my flesh be hack'c Give me my armour.

Macb. I'll put it on.

Send out more horses, skirr the country round;

Hang those that talk of fear.--Give me mine armour.—
How does your patient, doctor?


Not so sick, my lord,

As she is troubled with thick-coming fancies,

That keep her from her rest.

Cure her of that:
Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas'd;
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow;
Raze out the written troubles of the brain;
And with some sweet oblivious antidote
Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff
Which weighs upon the heart?


Must minister to himself.

Therein the patient

Macb. Throw physic to the dogs,—I'll none of it.-
Come, put mine armour on; give me my staff:-
Seyton, send out.-Doctor, the thanes fly from me.-
Come, sir, despatch.-If thou couldst, doctor, cast
The water of my land, find her disease,
And purge it to a sound and pristine health,

I would applaud thee to the very echo,

That should applaud again.-Pull 't off, I say.

What rhubarb, senna, or what purgative drug,

Would scour these English hence? Hear'st thou of them? Doct. Ay, my good ford; your royal preparation

Makes us hear something.


I will not be afraid of death and bane,

Till Birnam forest come to Dunsinane.

Bring it after me.—

[Exeunt all except Doctor.


Doct. Were I from Dunsinane away and clear,

Profit again should hardly draw me here.

SCENE IV.-Country near Dunsinane: a Wood in view.

Enter, with drum and colours, MALCOLM, old SIWARD and his Son, MACDUFF, MENTEITH, CAITHNESS, ANGUS, LENNOX, ROSS, and Soldiers, marching.

Mal. Cousins, I hope the days are near at hand

That chambers will be safe.


We doubt it nothing.

The wood of Birnam.

Siw. What wood is this before us?

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