Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

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MACBETH

If I stand here, I saw him.

MACBETH

As sure as I’m standing here, I saw him.

LADY MACBETH

     Fie, for shame!

LADY MACBETH

Nonsense!

MACBETH

Blood hath been shed ere now, i' th' olden time,
Ere humane statute purged the gentle weal;
80Ay, and since too, murders have been performed
Too terrible for the ear. The time has been
That, when the brains were out, the man would die,
And there an end. But now they rise again
With twenty mortal murders on their crowns
85And push us from our stools. This is more strange
Than such a murder is.

MACBETH

In ancient times, before there were laws to make the land safe and peaceful, a lot of blood was spilled. Yes, and since then murders have been committed that are too awful to talk about. It used to be that when you knocked a man’s brains out he would just die, and that would be it. But now they rise from the dead with twenty fatal head wounds and push us off our stools. This haunting business is even stranger than murder.

LADY MACBETH

My worthy lord,
Your noble friends do lack you.

LADY MACBETH

My worthy lord, your noble friends miss your company.

MACBETH

     I do forget.
Do not muse at me, my most worthy friends.
90I have a strange infirmity, which is nothing
To those that know me. Come, love and health to all.
Then I’ll sit down. Give me some wine. Fill full.

MACBETH

I forgot about them. (to the guests) Don’t be alarmed on my account, my most worthy friends. I have a strange disorder, which no longer shocks those who know me well. (raising his glass to toast the company) Come, let’s drink a toast: love and health to you all. Now I’ll sit down. Give me some wine. Fill up my cup.
Enter the GHOST OF BANQUO
The GHOST OF BANQUO reappears in MACBETH’s seat.
I drink to the general joy o' th' whole table,
And to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss;
95Would he were here! To all and him we thirst,
And all to all.
I drink to the happiness of everyone at the table, and to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss. I wish he were here! Let’s drink to everyone here, and to Banquo. Now, everybody, drink

LORDS

     Our duties, and the pledge.

LORDS

Hear, hear.
They drink
They drink.