Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

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MACBETH
Speak, if you can: what are you?
MACBETH
Speak, if you can. What kind of creatures are you?
FIRST WITCH
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
FIRST WITCH
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane of Glamis!
SECOND WITCH
50All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
SECOND WITCH
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, thane of Cawdor!
THIRD WITCH
All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!
THIRD WITCH
All hail, Macbeth, the future king!
BANQUO
Good sir, why do you start and seem to fear
Things that do sound so fair? (to the WITCHES) I' th' name of truth,
Are ye fantastical, or that indeed
55Which outwardly ye show? My noble partner
You greet with present grace and great prediction
Of noble having and of royal hope,
That he seems rapt withal. To me you speak not.
If you can look into the seeds of time
60And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favors nor your hate.
BANQUO
My dear Macbeth, why do you look so startled and afraid of these nice things they’re saying? (to the WITCHES) Tell me honestly, are you illusions, or are you really what you seem to be? You’ve greeted my noble friend with honors and talk of a future so glorious that you’ve made him speechless. But you don’t say anything to me. If you can see the future and say how things will turn out, tell me. I don’t want your favors and I’m not afraid of your hatred.
FIRST WITCH
Hail!
FIRST WITCH
Hail!
SECOND WITCH
Hail!
SECOND WITCH
Hail!
THIRD WITCH
65Hail!
THIRD WITCH
Hail!
FIRST WITCH
Lesser than Macbeth and greater.
FIRST WITCH
You are lesser than Macbeth but also greater.
SECOND WITCH
Not so happy, yet much happier.
SECOND WITCH
You are not as happy as Macbeth, yet much happier.
THIRD WITCH
Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.
So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!
THIRD WITCH
Your descendants will be kings, even though you will not be one. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!