Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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ROSS

     God save the king.

ROSS

God save the king!

DUNCAN

Whence cam’st thou, worthy thane?

DUNCAN

Where have you come from, worthy thane?

ROSS

     From Fife, great king,
Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky
50And fan our people cold.
Norway himself, with terrible numbers,
Assisted by that most disloyal traitor,
The thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict,
Till that Bellona’s bridegroom, lapped in proof,
55Confronted him with self-comparisons,
Point against point, rebellious arm 'gainst arm,
Curbing his lavish spirit; and to conclude,
The victory fell on us.

ROSS

Great king, I’ve come from Fife, where the Norwegian flag flies, mocking our country and frightening our people. Leading an enormous army and assisted by that disloyal traitor, the thane of Cawdor, the king of Norway began a bloody battle. But outfitted in his battle-weathered armor, Macbeth met the Norwegian attacks shot for shot, as if he were the goddess of war’s husband. Finally he broke the enemy’s spirit, and we were victorious.

DUNCAN

     Great happiness!

DUNCAN

Great happiness!

ROSS

     That now
Sweno, the Norways' king, craves composition.
60Nor would we deign him burial of his men
Till he disbursed at Saint Colme’s Inch
Ten thousand dollars to our general use.

ROSS

So now Sweno, the Norwegian king, wants a treaty. We told him we wouldn’t even let him bury his men until he retreated to Saint Colme’s Inch and paid us ten thousand dollars.

DUNCAN

No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive
Our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death,
65And with his former title greet Macbeth.

DUNCAN

The thane of Cawdor will never again betray me. Go announce that he will be executed, and tell Macbeth that Cawdor’s titles will be given to him.

ROSS

I’ll see it done.

ROSS

I’ll get it done right away.

DUNCAN

What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.

DUNCAN

The thane of Cawdor has lost what the noble Macbeth has won.
Exeunt
They all exit.