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Macbeth - Act 5, scene 2
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Act 5, scene 2
A Scottish force, in rebellion against Macbeth, marches toward Birnam Wood to join Malcolm and his English army.Drum and Colors. Enter Menteith, Caithness, Angus,
Lennox, ⌜and⌝ Soldiers.
2120 The English power is near, led on by Malcolm,
2121 His uncle Siward, and the good Macduff.
p. 1672122 Revenges burn in them, for their dear causes
2123 Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm
2124 5 Excite the mortified man.
ANGUS 2125 Near Birnam Wood
2126 Shall we well meet them. That way are they coming.
2127 Who knows if Donalbain be with his brother?
2128 For certain, sir, he is not. I have a file
2129 10 Of all the gentry. There is Siward’s son
2130 And many unrough youths that even now
2131 Protest their first of manhood.
MENTEITH 2132 What does the tyrant?
2133 Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies.
2134 15 Some say he’s mad; others that lesser hate him
2135 Do call it valiant fury. But for certain
2136 He cannot buckle his distempered cause
2137 Within the belt of rule.
ANGUS 2138 Now does he feel
2139 20 His secret murders sticking on his hands.
2140 Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach.
2141 Those he commands move only in command,
2142 Nothing in love. Now does he feel his title
2143 Hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe
2144 25 Upon a dwarfish thief.
MENTEITH 2145 Who, then, shall blame
2146 His pestered senses to recoil and start
2147 When all that is within him does condemn
2148 Itself for being there?
CAITHNESS 2149 30 Well, march we on
2150 To give obedience where ’tis truly owed.
2151 Meet we the med’cine of the sickly weal,
2152 And with him pour we in our country’s purge
2153 Each drop of us.
LENNOX 2154 35 Or so much as it needs
p. 1692155 To dew the sovereign flower and drown the weeds.
2156 Make we our march towards Birnam.
They exit marching.