SCENE II. [A camp near Forres]

Alarum within. Enter DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN,

LENNOX, with Attendants, meeting a bleeding CAPTAIN

DUN. What bloody man is that? He can report,

As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt

The newest state.

MAL. This is the sergeant

Who like a good and hardy soldier fought

’Gainst my captivity. Hail, brave friend!

Say to the King the knowledge of the broil

As thou didst leave it.

CAP. Doubtful it stood,

As two spent swimmers that do cling together

And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald—

Worthy to be a rebel, for to that〖To that end.〗

The multiplying villainies of nature

Do swarm upon him—from the Western Isles

Of kerns〖Light-armed foot-soldiers.〗 and gallowglasses〖Heavy-armed foot-soldiers.〗 is suppli’d;

And Fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling,

Show’d like a rebel’s whore.〖I. e., fickle.〗 But all’s too weak;

For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—

Disdaining Fortune, with his brandish’d steel,

Which smok’d with bloody execution,

Like Valour’s minion〖Favorite.〗 carv’d out his passage

Till he fac’d the slave;

Which〖I. e., Macbeth.〗 ne’er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,

Till he unseam’d him from the nave to the chaps,〖Ripped him up from navel to jaws.〗

And fix’d his head upon our battlements.

DUN. O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!

CAP. As whence the sun gins his reflection

Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break,

So from that spring〖Source.〗 whence comfort seem’d to come

Discomfort swells. Mark, King of Scotland, mark!

No sooner justice had, with valour arm’d,

Compell’d these skipping kerns to trust their heels,

But the Norweyan lord, surveying vantage,〖Noticing a favorable opportunity.〗

With furbish’d arms and new supplies of men

Began a fresh assault.

DUN. Dismay’d not this

Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?

CAP. Yes;

As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion.

If I say sooth, I must report they were

As cannons overcharg’d with double cracks; so they

Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe.

Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds,

Or memorize another Golgotha,〖Make a scene of slaughter as memorable as Calvary.〗

I cannot tell.

But I am faint, my gashes cry for help.

DUN. So well thy words become thee as thy wounds;

They smack of honour both. Go get him surgeons.

[Exit CAPTAIN,attended.]

Enter ROSS and ANGUS

Who comes here?

MAL. The worthy thane of Ross.

LEN. What a haste looks through his eyes! So should he look

That seems to speak things strange.

ROSS. God save the King!

DUN. Whence cam’st thou, worthy thane?

ROSS. From Fife, great king;

Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky

And 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〖The goddess of war.〗 bridegroom, lapp’d in proof,〖Clothed in tested armor.〗

Confronted him with self-comparisons,〖Opposed him with a strength equal to his own.〗

Point against point, rebellious arm ’gainst arm,

Curbing his lavish〖Insolent.〗 spirit; and, to conclude,

The victory fell on us;—

DUN. Great happiness!

ROSS. That now

Sweno, the Norways’ king, craves composition;〖Terms of peace.〗

Nor would we deign him burial of his men

Till he disbursed at Saint Colme’s inch〖Island.〗

Ten thousand dollars to our general use.

DUN. No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive

Our bosom interest.〖Intimate affection.〗Go pronounce his present death,

And with his former title greet Macbeth.

ROSS. I’ll see it done.

DUN. What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.


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