Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

Original Text

Modern Text

SECOND MURDERER
     A light, a light!
SECOND MURDERER
Here comes a light! Here comes a light!
THIRD MURDERER
     'Tis he.
THIRD MURDERER
That’s him.
FIRST MURDERER
Stand to ’t.
FIRST MURDERER
Prepare yourselves.
BANQUO
It will be rain tonight.
BANQUO
It will rain tonight.
FIRST MURDERER
     Let it come down.
FIRST MURDERER
Then let the rain come down.
The MURDERERS attack BANQUO
The MURDERERS attack BANQUO.
BANQUO
O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!
20Thou may ’st revenge —O slave!
BANQUO
Oh, this is treachery! Get out of here, good Fleance, run, run, run! Someday you can get revenge.—Oh, you bastard!
BANQUO dies. Exit FLEANCE
BANQUO dies. FLEANCE escapes.
THIRD MURDERER
Who did strike out the light?
THIRD MURDERER
Who put out the light?
FIRSTMURDERER
     Was ’t not the way?
FIRST MURDERER
Wasn’t that the best thing to do?
THIRD MURDERER
There’s but one down. The son is fled.
THIRD MURDERER
There’s only one body here. The son ran away.
SECOND MURDERER
We have lost best half of our affair.
SECOND MURDERER
We failed in half of our mission.
FIRST MURDERER
Well, let’s away and say how much is done.
FIRST MURDERER
Well, let’s get out of here and tell Macbeth what we did accomplish.
Exeunt
They exit.