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.