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2. Mur. He needs not our mistrust; since be delivers
Then stand with us.
Hark, I hear horses.
Then it is he; the rest,
His horses go about,
2. Mur. 3. Mur.
Enter Banquo and Fleance; a Servant with a torch preceding them.
Let it come down.
Assaults Banquo.] Ban. 0, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly; Thou may'st revenge.
(Dies. Fleance and Servant escape.] 3. Mur. Who did strike out the light? 1. Mur.
Was't not the way 18")? 3. Mur. There's but one down; the son is fled. 2. Mur. We have lost best half of our affair. 1. Mur. Well, let's away, and say how much is done.
that some conversation has passed between them before their present entry on the stage. Malone. The third murderer enters only to tell them where they should place themselves. Ste'e vens. 182) lated i. e. belated, benighted. Steevens. 183) the note of expectation, i. e. they who are set down in the list of guests, and expected to supper. Steevens. 184) i. e. the best means we could take to evade discovery. Steevens.
SCENE I V.
A Room of state in the Palace.'
A banquet prepared. Enter Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Rosse,
Lenox, Lords and Attendants.
Macb. You know your owu degrees, sit down: at first,
Thanks to your Majesty.
Lady M. Pronounce it for me, Sir, to all our friends;
Enter first Murderer, to the door.
Mur. 'Tis Banquo's then.
Macb. 'Tis better thee without, than he within 187). Is he dispatch'd ?
Mur. My lord, his throat is cut; that I did for him.
Macb. Thou art the best o' the cut-throats. Yet he's good,
Most royal Sir,
Macb. Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect;
185) I believe the true reading is : 'To first and Jast the hearty welcome. All of whatever degree, from the highest to the lowest, may be assured that their visit is well received. Johnson. 186) keeps her state etc., i. e. continues in her chair of state at the head of the table. Sieevens. 187) Johnson liest : than him within, und dann wäre der Sinn: Besser, dass Banquo's Blut dufserlich auf deinem Gesicht, als innerlich in seinem Körper ist.
Mur. Ay, my good lord: safe in a ditch he bidos, With twenty
trenched 188) 'gashes on his head;
Thank's for that. -
Get thee gone; to-morrow
[Exit Murderer. ) Lady M.
My royal lord,
May it please your highness sit?
His absence, Sir,
Macb. The table's full.
Here is a place reserv’d, Sir.
Here, my lord. What is't that moves
What, my good lord ?
I did it: never shake Thy gory locks at me.
Rosse. Gentlemen, rise; his highness is not well.
188) trancher, to cus. Fr. Steevens. 189) the worm. This term in our author's time was applied to all of the serpent kind. Malone. 199) The meaning is : that which is not given cheer. fully, cannot be called a gift, it is something that must be paid for. Johnson
Lady. M. Sir, worthy friend: my lord is often thus,
Macb. Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that,
O proper stuff!
make such faces? When all's done, You look but on a stool. Macb. " Pr’ythee, see there! behold! look! lo! how say
What! quite unmana'd in folly?
Fie, for shame!
"*) upon a thought, i, e. as speedily as thought can be ex. erred. Sreerens. 19a) esztend his passion i. e. prolong his suffering; make his ft longer. Johnson. 199) O these become i. e. these laws and starts, as they are indications of your heedless fears, are the imitators or 'impostors only of those which arise from a fear well grounded. Warburton. Flaws are sud
gusts. Johnson. Impostors to true fear, mean impostors when compared with true fear. Such is the force of the preposition to in this place. M. Mason. 194) The gentle weal, is the peaceable community, the state made quiet and safe by humen statutes, Johnson.
And there an end; but now, they rise again,
My worthy lord,
I do forget:
[Ghost rises. )
Our duties, and the pledge,
Think of this, good pčers,
Macb. What man dare, I dare:
[Ghost disappears. ]
Pray you, sit still.
"95) To muse, anciently signified to wonder, to be in amate. Steevens, We thirst,
suppose, means we desire to drink, M. Mason. 197) i. e, all good wishes to all : such as he had named above, love, health and joy. Warburton. 198) 10 inhibits to forbid. Steevens. 199) Unreal mockery i. e. un substantial pageant. Steevens.