Act 5 - Scene 8
Another part of the field.
Why should I play the Roman fool, and die
On mine own sword? whiles I see lives, the gashes
Turn, hell-hound, turn!
Of all men else I have avoided thee:
But get thee back; my soul is too much charged
With blood of thine
I have no words:
My voice is in my sword: thou bloodier villain
Than terms can give thee out!
Thou losest labour:
As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
With thy keen sword impress as make me
Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;
I bear a charmed life, which must not yield,
To one of woman
Despair thy charm;
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's
Accursed be that tongue that tells me so,
For it hath cow'd my better part of man!
And be these juggling
fiends no more believed,
That palter with us in a double sense;
That keep the word of promise to our
And break it to our hope. I'll not fight with thee.
Then yield thee, coward,
And live to be the show and gaze o' the time:
We'll have thee, as our rarer monsters
Painted on a pole, and underwrit,
'Here may you see the tyrant.'
I will not yield,
To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet,
And to be baited with the rabble's curse.
Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane,
And thou opposed, being of no woman born,
Yet I will try the last.
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