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Macbeth: Act 3, Scene 6

Macbeth
Act 3, Scene 6

Forres. The palace.

  1. Enter Lennox and another Lord.

Lennox

2 - 25
  1. My former speeches have but hit your thoughts,
  2. Which can interpret farther; only I say
  3. Things have been strangely borne. The gracious Duncan
  4. Was pitied of Macbeth; marry, he was dead.
  5. And the right valiant Banquo walk’d too late,
  6. Whom you may say (if’t please you) Fleance kill’d,
  7. For Fleance fled. Men must not walk too late.
  8. Who cannot want the thought, how monstrous
  9. It was for Malcolm and for Donalbain
  10. To kill their gracious father? Damned fact!
  11. How it did grieve Macbeth! Did he not straight
  12. In pious rage the two delinquents tear,
  13. That were the slaves of drink and thralls of sleep?
  14. Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely too;
  15. For ’twould have anger’d any heart alive
  16. To hear the men deny’t. So that, I say,
  17. He has borne all things well, and I do think
  18. That had he Duncan’s sons under his key
  19. (As, and’t please heaven, he shall not), they should find
  20. What ’twere to kill a father; so should Fleance.
  21. But peace! For from broad words, and ’cause he fail’d
  22. His presence at the tyrant’s feast, I hear
  23. Macduff lives in disgrace. Sir, can you tell
  24. Where he bestows himself?

Lord

26 - 41
  1.                           The son of Duncan
  2. (From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth)
  3. Lives in the English court, and is receiv’d
  4. Of the most pious Edward with such grace
  5. That the malevolence of fortune nothing
  6. Takes from his high respect. Thither Macduff
  7. Is gone to pray the holy king, upon his aid
  8. To wake Northumberland and warlike Siward,
  9. That by the help of these (with Him above
  10. To ratify the work) we may again
  11. Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights;
  12. Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives;
  13. Do faithful homage and receive free honors;
  14. All which we pine for now. And this report
  15. Hath so exasperate the King that he
  16. Prepares for some attempt of war.

Lennox

42
  1.                                   Sent he to Macduff?

Lord

43 - 46
  1. He did; and with an absolute Sir, not I,”
  2. The cloudy messenger turns me his back,
  3. And hums, as who should say, You’ll rue the time
  4. That clogs me with this answer.”

Lennox

47 - 53
  1.                                  And that well might
  2. Advise him to a caution, t’ hold what distance
  3. His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel
  4. Fly to the court of England, and unfold
  5. His message ere he come, that a swift blessing
  6. May soon return to this our suffering country
  7. Under a hand accurs’d!

Lord

54
  1.                        I’ll send my prayers with him.
  1. Exeunt.
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