Act 1 - Scene 2
A camp near Forres.
Alarum within. Enter DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, LENNOX, with Attendants, meeting a bleeding
What bloody man is that? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state.
This is the sergeant
Who like a good and hardy soldier fought
'Gainst my captivity. Hail, brave friend!
to the king the knowledge of the broil
As thou didst leave it.
Doubtful it stood;
As two spent swimmers, that do cling together
And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald
to be a rebel, for to that
The multiplying villanies of nature
Do swarm upon himfrom the western isles
kerns and gallowglasses is supplied;
And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling,
Show'd like a rebel's
whore: but all's too weak:
For brave Macbethwell he deserves that name
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valour's minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the
Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,
fix'd his head upon our battlements.
O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!
As whence the sun 'gins his reflection
Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break,
So from that spring
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
With furbish'd arms and new supplies of men
Began a fresh assault.
Dismay'd not this
Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?
As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion.
If I say sooth, I must report they were
As cannons overcharged
with double cracks, so they
Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe:
Except they meant to bathe in reeking
Or memorise another Golgotha,
I cannot tell.
But I am faint, my gashes cry for help.
So well thy words become thee as thy wounds;
They smack of honour both. Go get him surgeons.
Exit Sergeant, attended
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