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Macbeth: Act 5, Scene 4

Macbeth
Act 5, Scene 4

Country near Birnam wood.

  1. Drum and Colors. Enter Malcolm, Siward, Macduff, Siward’s
  2. Son, Menteth, Cathness, Angus, Lennox, Rosse, and Soldiers,
  3. marching.

Malcolm

4 - 5
  1. Cousins, I hope the days are near at hand
  2. That chambers will be safe.

Menteth

6
  1.                             We doubt it nothing.

Siward

7
  1. What wood is this before us?

Menteth

8
  1.                              The wood of Birnan.

Malcolm

9 - 12
  1. Let every soldier hew him down a bough,
  2. And bear’t before him, thereby shall we shadow
  3. The numbers of our host, and make discovery
  4. Err in report of us.

Soldiers

13
  1.                      It shall be done.

Siward

14 - 16
  1. We learn no other but the confident tyrant
  2. Keeps still in Dunsinane, and will endure
  3. Our setting down before’t.

Malcolm

17 - 21
  1.                            ’Tis his main hope;
  2. For where there is advantage to be given,
  3. Both more and less have given him the revolt,
  4. And none serve with him but constrained things,
  5. Whose hearts are absent too.

Macduff

22 - 24
  1.                              Let our just censures
  2. Attend the true event, and put we on
  3. Industrious soldiership.

Siward

25 - 30
  1.                          The time approaches
  2. That will with due decision make us know
  3. What we shall say we have, and what we owe.
  4. Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate,
  5. But certain issue strokes must arbitrate,
  6. Towards which advance the war.
  1. Exeunt marching.
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