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Macbeth

Written: 1606; Text: First Folio 1623 (Tragedy), no quarto editions
Source: Holinshed, Raphael (c. 1528-c. 1580). The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland. (2nd ed., 1587); Buchanan, George (1506-82) (1582); Seneca, Lucius Annaeus (4BC. – AD 65). Hercules Furens and Agamemnon (English translation in 1565)
Characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Malcolm, Macduff, Rosse, Banquo, First Witch, Lennox, Second Witch, Third Witch, Lady Macduff, Hecate
Setting: Inverness
Time: c. AD 1039-57

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When shall we three meet again?

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First Witch
When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
Second Witch
When the hurly-burly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.

Fair is foul, and foul is fair

Third Witch
That will be ere the set of sun.
First Witch
Where the place?
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Fair is foul, and foul is fair

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Fair is foul, and foul is fair;
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
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So foul and fair a day I have not seen

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So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
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If you can look into the seeds of time

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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 fear
Your favors nor your hate.
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The earth hath bubbles, as the water has,

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Witches vanish.

Banquo
The earth hath bubbles, as the water has,
And these are of them. Whither are they vanished?
Macbeth
Into the air, and what seemed corporal melted,
As breath into the wind. Would they had stayed!
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But ’tis strange

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But ’tis strange.
And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray ‘s
In deepest consequence.
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Two truths are told

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Macbeth, aside
Two truths are told
As happy prologues to the swelling act
Of the imperial theme.—I thank you, gentlemen.

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This supernatural soliciting
Cannot be ill, cannot be good. If ill,
Why hath it given me earnest of success
Commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor.
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Is execution done on Cawdor?

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Duncan
Is execution done on Cawdor? Are not
Those in commission yet returned?
Malcolm
My liege,
They are not yet come back. But I have spoke
With one that saw him die, who did report
That very frankly he confessed his treasons,
Implored your Highness’ pardon, and set forth
A deep repentance.
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O worthiest cousin, The sin of my ingratitude

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Duncan
O worthiest cousin,
The sin of my ingratitude even now
Was heavy on me. Thou art so far before
That swiftest wing of recompense is slow
To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved,Metaphor

That the proportion both of thanks and payment
Might have been mine! Only I have left to say,
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Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be

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Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be
What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great,
Art not without ambition, but without
The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst highly,
That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false
And yet wouldst wrongly win.
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