by: William Shakespeare

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Drum and colors. Enter MALCOLM, SIWARD, MACDUFF, and their army, with boughs
MALCOLM, old SIWARD, MACDUFF, and their army enter carrying branches, with a drummer and flag.
Now near enough. Your leafy screens throw down,
And show like those you are.—You, worthy uncle,
Shall, with my cousin, your right-noble son,
Lead our first battle. Worthy Macduff and we
5Shall take upon ’s what else remains to do,
According to our order.
We’re close enough now. Throw down these branches and show them who you really are. Uncle Siward, you and your son will lead the first battle. Brave Macduff and I will do the rest, according to our battle plan.
Fare you well.
Do we but find the tyrant’s power tonight,
Let us be beaten if we cannot fight.
Good luck. If we meet Macbeth’s army tonight, let us be beaten if we cannot fight.
10Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,
Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
Blow all the trumpets. They loudly announce the news of blood and death.
They exit.