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Macbeth: Act II, Scene 4

Macbeth
Act II, Scene 4

Outside Macbeth’s castle.

  1. Enter Rosse with an Old Man.

Old Man

1 - 4
  1. Threescore and ten I can remember well,
  2. Within the volume of which time I have seen
  3. Hours dreadful and things strange; but this sore night
  4. Hath trifled former knowings.

Rosse

5 - 11
  1.                               Ha, good father,
  2. Thou seest the heavens, as troubled with man’s act,
  3. Threatens his bloody stage. By th’ clock ’tis day,
  4. And yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp.
  5. Is’t night’s predominance, or the day’s shame,
  6. That darkness does the face of earth entomb,
  7. When living light should kiss it?

Old Man

12 - 15
  1.                                   ’Tis unnatural,
  2. Even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last,
  3. A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place,
  4. Was by a mousing owl hawk’d at, and kill’d.

Rosse

16 - 20
  1. And Duncan’s horses (a thing most strange and certain),
  2. Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race,
  3. Turn’d wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,
  4. Contending ’gainst obedience, as they would make
  5. War with mankind.

Old Man

21
  1.                   ’Tis said, they eat each other.

Rosse

22 - 25
  1. They did soto th’ amazement of mine eyes
  2. That look’d upon’t.
  3. Enter Macduff.
  4.                     Here comes the good Macduff.
  5. How goes the world, sir, now?

Macduff

26
  1.                               Why, see you not?

Rosse

27
  1. Is’t known who did this more than bloody deed?

Macduff

28
  1. Those that Macbeth hath slain.

Rosse

29 - 30
  1.                                Alas the day,
  2. What good could they pretend?

Macduff

31 - 34
  1.                               They were suborned.
  2. Malcolm and Donalbain, the King’s two sons,
  3. Are stol’n away and fled, which puts upon them
  4. Suspicion of the deed.

Rosse

35 - 38
  1.                        ’Gainst nature still!
  2. Thriftless ambition, that will ravin up
  3. Thine own live’s means! Then ’tis most like
  4. The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.

Macduff

39 - 40
  1. He is already nam’d, and gone to Scone
  2. To be invested.

Rosse

41
  1.                 Where is Duncan’s body?

Macduff

42 - 44
  1. Carried to Colmekill,
  2. The sacred store-house of his predecessors
  3. And guardian of their bones.

Rosse

45
  1.                              Will you to Scone?

Macduff

46
  1. No, cousin, I’ll to Fife.

Rosse

47
  1.                           Well, I will thither.

Macduff

48 - 49
  1. Well, may you see things well done there: adieu,
  2. Lest our old robes sit easier than our new!

Rosse

50
  1. Farewell, father.

Old Man

51 - 52
  1. God’s benison go with you, and with those
  2. That would make good of bad, and friends of foes!
  1. Exeunt omnes.
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