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Macbeth - Act 1, scene 6
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Act 1, scene 6
Duncan and his attendants arrive at Inverness. Lady Macbeth welcomes them.Hautboys and Torches. Enter King ⌜Duncan,⌝ Malcolm,
Donalbain, Banquo, Lennox, Macduff, Ross, Angus, and
0418 This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air
0419 Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
0420 Unto our gentle senses.
p. 37BANQUO 0421 This guest of summer,
0422 5 The temple-haunting ⌜martlet,⌝ does approve,
0423 By his loved ⌜mansionry,⌝ that the heaven’s breath
0424 Smells wooingly here. No jutty, frieze,
0425 Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird
0426 Hath made his pendant bed and procreant cradle.
0427 10 Where they ⌜most⌝ breed and haunt, I have
0429 The air is delicate.
Enter Lady ⌜Macbeth.⌝
DUNCAN 0430 See, see our honored hostess!—
0431 The love that follows us sometime is our trouble,
0432 15 Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you
0433 How you shall bid God ’ild us for your pains
0434 And thank us for your trouble.
LADY MACBETH 0435 All our service,
0436 In every point twice done and then done double,
0437 20 Were poor and single business to contend
0438 Against those honors deep and broad wherewith
0439 Your Majesty loads our house. For those of old,
0440 And the late dignities heaped up to them,
0441 We rest your hermits.
DUNCAN 0442 25 Where’s the Thane of Cawdor?
0443 We coursed him at the heels and had a purpose
0444 To be his purveyor; but he rides well,
0445 And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath helped
0447 30 To his home before us. Fair and noble hostess,
0448 We are your guest tonight.
LADY MACBETH 0449 Your servants ever
0450 Have theirs, themselves, and what is theirs in compt
0451 To make their audit at your Highness’ pleasure,
0452 35 Still to return your own.
DUNCAN 0453 Give me your hand.
p. 39⌜Taking her hand.⌝
0454 Conduct me to mine host. We love him highly
0455 And shall continue our graces towards him.
0456 By your leave, hostess.