Macbeth

by: William Shakespeare

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MACBETH

20Ride you this afternoon?

MACBETH

Are you going riding this afternoon?

BANQUO

Ay, my good lord.

BANQUO

Yes, my good lord.

MACBETH

We should have else desired your good advice—
Which still hath been both grave and prosperous—
In this day’s council, but we’ll take tomorrow.
25Is ’t far you ride?

MACBETH

We would have liked to have heard your good advice, which has always been serious and helpful, at the council today, but we’ll wait until tomorrow. Are you riding far?

BANQUO

As far, my lord, as will fill up the time
'Twixt this and supper. Go not my horse the better,
I must become a borrower of the night
For a dark hour or twain.

BANQUO

I’m going far enough that I’ll be riding from now until dinner. Unless my horse goes faster than expected, I will be back an hour or two after sunset.

MACBETH

     Fail not our feast.

MACBETH

Don’t miss our feast.

BANQUO

30My lord, I will not.

BANQUO

My lord, I won’t miss it.

MACBETH

We hear our bloody cousins are bestowed
In England and in Ireland, not confessing
Their cruel parricide, filling their hearers
With strange invention. But of that tomorrow,
35When therewithal we shall have cause of state
Craving us jointly. Hie you to horse. Adieu,
Till your return at night. Goes Fleance with you?

MACBETH

We hear that the princes, those murderers, have hidden in England and Ireland. They haven’t confessed to cruelly murdering their own father, and they’ve been making up strange lies to tell their hosts. But we can talk more about that tomorrow, when we’ll discuss matters of state that concern us both. Hurry up and get to your horse. Good-bye, until you return tonight. Is Fleance going with you?

BANQUO

Ay, my good lord. Our time does call upon ’s.

BANQUO

Yes, my good lord. It’s time we hit the road.

MACBETH

I wish your horses swift and sure of foot,
40And so I do commend you to their backs.
Farewell.

MACBETH

I hope your horses are fast and surefooted. And with that, I send you to them. Farewell.
Exit BANQUO
BANQUO exits.
Let every man be master of his time
Till seven at night. To make society
The sweeter welcome, we will keep ourself
45Till suppertime alone. While then, God be with you!
Everybody may do as they please until seven o'clock tonight. In order to make your company even more enjoyable, I’m going to keep to myself until suppertime. Until then, God be with you!