quotes, notes, timelines & more

Home » Quotes » Macbeth » Yet my heart Throbs to know one thing

Yet my heart Throbs to know one thing

Macbeth
Yet my heart
Throbs to know one thing. Tell me, if your art
Can tell so much: shall Banquo’s issue ever
Reign in this kingdom?
All
Seek to know no more.

Show his eyes and grieve his heart.
Come like shadows; so depart.

Macbeth
I will be satisfied. Deny me this,
And an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know!
  Cauldron sinks. Hautboys.
Why sinks that cauldron? And what noise is this?
First Witch
Show.
Second Witch
Show.
Third Witch
Show.
All
Show his eyes and grieve his heart.
Come like shadows; so depart.
  A show of eight kings, the eighth king with a glass in his hand, and Banquo last.
Macbeth
Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo. Down!
Thy crown does sear mine eyeballs. And thy hair,
Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first.
A third is like the former.—Filthy hags,
Why do you show me this?—A fourth? Start, eyes!
What, will the line stretch out to th’ crack of doom?
Another yet? A seventh? I’ll see no more.
And yet the eighth appears who bears a glass
Which shows me many more, and some I see
That twofold balls and treble scepters carry.
Horrible sight! Now I see ’tis true,
For the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me
And points at them for his.
  The Apparitions disappear.
What, is this so?
First Witch
Ay, sir, all this is so. But why
Stands Macbeth thus amazedly?
Come, sisters, cheer we up his sprites
And show the best of our delights.
I’ll charm the air to give a sound
While you perform your antic round,
That this great king may kindly say
Our duties did his welcome pay.
 Music. The Witches dance and vanish.
Macbeth
Where are they? Gone? Let this pernicious hour
Stand aye accursèd in the calendar!

Source:
Act 4
Scene 1
Line 114

Source Type:

Spoken by:
,