Act 1 - Scene 7
Hautboys and torches. Enter a Sewer, and divers Servants with dishes and service, and pass over the
stage. Then enter MACBETH
If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well
It were done quickly: if the assassination
up the consequence, and catch
With his surcease success; that but this blow
Might be the be-all and the
But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,
We'ld jump the life to come. But in these cases
still have judgment here; that we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague the
inventor: this even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice
To our own lips. He's
here in double trust;
First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed; then, as his
Who should against his murderer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan
borne his faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead like angels,
The deep damnation of his taking-off;
And pity, like a naked new-born babe,
the blast, or heaven's cherubim, horsed
Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
Shall blow the horrid deed
in every eye,
That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on the other.
Enter LADY MACBETH
How now! what news?
He has almost supp'd: why have you left the chamber?
Hath he ask'd for me?
Know you not he has?
We will proceed no further in this business:
He hath honour'd me of late; and I have bought
from all sorts of people,
Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
Not cast aside so soon.
Was the hope drunk
Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since?
And wakes it now, to look so
green and pale
At what it did so freely? From this time
Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
To be the
same in thine own act and valour
As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that
Which thou esteem'st
the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,
Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,'
poor cat i' the adage?
I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none.
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