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William Shakespeare (1564–1616). The Oxford Shakespeare. 1914.

Act III. Scene III.


The Same.A Park, with a Road leading to the Palace.

Enter three Murderers.

First Mur.But who did bid thee join with us?

Third Mur.Macbeth.

Sec. Mur.He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers

Our offices and what we have to do

To the direction just.

First Mur.Then stand with us.

The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day:

Now spurs the lated traveller apace

To gain the timely inn; and near approaches

The subject of our watch.

Third Mur.Hark! I hear horses.

Ban.[Within.]Give us a light there, ho!

Sec. Mur.Then ’tis he: the rest

That are within the note of expectation

Already are i’ the court.

First MurHis horses go about.

Third Mur.Almost a mile; but he does usually,

So all men do, from hence to the palace gate

Make it their walk.

Sec. Mur.A light, a light!

Third Mur.’Tis he.

First Mur.Stand to ’t.

Enter BANQUO and FLEANCE, with a torch.

Ban.It will be rain to-night.

First Mur.Let it come down.[They set upon BANQUO.

Ban.O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!

Thou mayst revenge. O slave![Dies. FLEANCE escapes.

Third Mur.Who did strike out the light?

First Mur.Was ’t not the way?

Third Mur.There’s but one down; the son is fled.

Sec. Mur.We have lost

Best half of our affair.

First Mur.Well, let’s away, and say how much is done.[Exeunt.