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Macbeth: Act 5, Scene 8

Macbeth
Act 5, Scene 8

Another part of the field.

  1. Enter Macbeth.

Macbeth

2 - 4
  1. Why should I play the Roman fool, and die
  2. On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes
  3. Do better upon them.
  1. Enter Macduff.

Macduff

6
  1.                      Turn, hell-hound, turn!

Macbeth

7 - 9
  1. Of all men else I have avoided thee.
  2. But get thee back, my soul is too much charg’d
  3. With blood of thine already.

Macduff

10 - 12
  1.                              I have no words,
  2. My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain
  3. Than terms can give thee out!
  1. Fight. Alarum.

Macbeth

14 - 19
  1.                               Thou losest labor.
  2. As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
  3. With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed.
  4. Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests,
  5. I bear a charmed life, which must not yield
  6. To one of woman born.

Macduff

20 - 23
  1.                       Despair thy charm,
  2. And let the angel whom thou still hast serv’d
  3. Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb
  4. Untimely ripp’d.

Macbeth

24 - 29
  1. Accursed be that tongue that tells me so,
  2. For it hath cow’d my better part of man!
  3. And be these juggling fiends no more believ’d,
  4. That palter with us in a double sense,
  5. That keep the word of promise to our ear,
  6. And break it to our hope. I’ll not fight with thee.

Macduff

30 - 34
  1. Then yield thee, coward,
  2. And live to be the show and gaze o’ th’ time!
  3. We’ll have thee, as our rarer monsters are,
  4. Painted upon a pole, and underwrit,
  5. Here may you see the tyrant.”

Macbeth

35 - 42
  1.                                I will not yield,
  2. To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet,
  3. And to be baited with the rabble’s curse.
  4. Though Birnan wood be come to Dunsinane,
  5. And thou oppos’d, being of no woman born,
  6. Yet I will try the last. Before my body
  7. I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,
  8. And damn’d be him that first cries, Hold, enough!”
  1. Exeunt fighting. Alarums.
  1. Enter fighting, and Macbeth slain. Macduff carries off
  2. Macbeth’s body.
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