Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

Act 1 Scene 1

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Thunder and lightning. Enter three WITCHES
Thunder and lightning. Three WITCHES enter

FIRST WITCH

When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

FIRST WITCH

When should the three of us meet again? Will it be in thunder, lightning, or rain?

SECOND WITCH

When the hurly-burly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.

SECOND WITCH

We’ll meet when the noise of the battle is over, when one side has won and the other side has lost.

THIRD WITCH

5That will be ere the set of sun.

THIRD WITCH

That will happen before sunset.

FIRST WITCH

Where the place?

FIRST WITCH

Where should we meet?

SECOND WITCH

Upon the heath.

SECOND WITCH

Let’s do it in the open field.

THIRD WITCH

There to meet with Macbeth.

THIRD WITCH

We’ll meet Macbeth there.
The WITCHES hear the calls of their spirit friends or “familiars,” which look like animals—one is a cat and one is a toad.

FIRST WITCH

I come, Graymalkin!

FIRST WITCH

(calling to her cat) I’m coming, Graymalkin!

SECOND WITCH

10Paddock calls.

SECOND WITCH

My toad, Paddock, calls me.

THIRD WITCH

Anon.

THIRD WITCH

(to her spirit) I’ll be right here!

ALL

Fair is foul, and foul is fair
Hover through the fog and filthy air.

ALL

Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Let’s fly away through the fog and filthy air.
Exeunt
They exit.