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Thunder. Enter the three Witches.
1. Witch. Round about the cauldron go;
All. Double, double toil and trouble;
2. Witch. Fillet of a fenny snake,
Au. Double, double toil and trouble;
3. Witch. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
221) A cat from time immemorial has been the agent and favourite of witches. Warburton. 322) Harper, der Name eines Zaubergeistes; vielleicht, nach Steevens, nur eine fehlerhafte Aussprache für barpy. 225) Swelter'd. This word seems to be employed by Shakspeare to signify that the animal was moistened with its own cold exsudations. Steevens. 294) The blind-worm is the slow-worm. Steevens. 225) The gulf is the swallow, the throat. Steevens. 226) Ravin'd is glutted with prey. Ravin is the ancient word for pray obtained by violence. Stoo
To ravin is to devour, to eat greedily. I believe the
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
AN. Double, double toil and trouble;
2. Witch. Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is firm and good.
Epter Hecate and the other three Witchor.
Black spirits and white.,
Red spirits, and grey ;
You chat mingle may.
thumbs 229), Something wicked this way comes :
1955 Open, locks; whoever knocks.
Enter Macbeth. Macb. How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags? What is 't
do ? AU.
A deed without a name, Macb. I conjure you, by that which you profess, (Howe'er you come to know it,) answer me
avthor with his usual licence, used ravin'd for ravenous, the passire participle for the adjective. Malone. 22?) Sliver is a comton word in the North, where it means to cut a piece, or a slice. Sreevens. 228) Chaudron i. e. entrails. Steevens. ***) It is a very ancient superstition, that all sudden pains of the body, and other sensations, which could not naturally be account
were presages of somewhat that was shortly to happen Sleeres.
Though you untie the winds, and let them fight
Demand. 3. Witch.
Call them, let me see them.
All. Come, high or low;
Thunder. An Apparition of an armed head 235) rises.
He knows thy thought; Hear his speech, but say thou nought 236).
App. Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff: Beware the Thane of Fife. -Disiniss me. Enough.
239) Foaming or frothy waves. Johnson. 23') Corn prostrated by the wind, in moderu language, is said to be lay'd; but lodg'd had anciently the same meaning. Ritson. 239) Topple is used for tumble. Steevens. 233) Germins are seeds which have begun to germinate or sprout, Steevens. 23*) deftly show i. e, with adroitness, dexterously.' Steevens. 235) The armed head represents symbolically Macbeth's head cut off and brought 10 Malcolm by Macduff. The bloody child is Macduff untimely ripp'd from his mother's womb. The child with a crown on his head, and a bough in his hand , is the royal Malcolm, who ordered his soldiers to hew them down a bough, and bear it before them to Dunsinane. This observation I liave adopted from Mr. Upton. Steevens. 236) Silence was necessary during all incantations. Steerens.
Macb. What-e'er thou art, for thy good caution, thanks; Thou hast harp'd 23?) my fear aright.
But one word more. 1. Witch. He will not be commanded: here's another More potent
than the first.
Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbetb!
App. Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn
of man; for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth.
Listen, but speak not.
That will never be ;
237) To harp is to touch a passion, as a harper touches a string. Steevens. 238) The round is that part of the crown that encircles the head. The top is the ornament that rises above it. Johnson. 239) i. e. who can command the forest to serve him like a soldier impress'd. Johnson 240) Head means host or power. Johnson.
Can tell so much) shall Banquo's issue ever
Seek to know no more.
All. Show his eyes, and grieve his heart; Come like shadows, so depart. Eight kings appear, and pass over the stage in order; the last
with a glass in his hand; Banquo following. Macb. Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo; down! Thy crown does sear 262) mine eye-balls. And thy hair 243), 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 the crack of doom 24")? Another yet? A seventh?
I'll see no more. And
yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass ,
I see, 'tis true;
241) Noise in our ancient poets is often literally synony. mous for music. Steevens. 242) This expression is taken from the method formerly practised of destroying the sight of captives or competitors, by holding a burning. bason before the eye, which dried up its humidity. Johnson. 2+3) Johnson liest air; Steevens giebt der Lesårt hair den Vorzug; denn; sagt er, it implies that their hair was of the same colour, which is more likely to mark a family likeness, than the air which depends on habit. 244) to the crack of doom. i. e. the dissolution of nature. Crack has now a mean signification. It was anciently employed in a more exalted sense. Steevens.' 245) This was in. tended as a compliment to king James the first, who first united the two islands and the three kingdoms under one head; whose house too was said to be descended from Banquo. Warburton. 246), To bolter, in Warwickshire, signifies to daul, dirty, or begrime. In the same neighbourhood, when a boy has a broken head, so that his hair is marted together with blood, his head is