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LOW STACK

MAOBETH.

PERSONS REPRESENTED IN THE PLAY.

Son to Macduff.
An English Doctor. A Scotch Doctor.
A Soldier. A Porter. An old Man.

LADY MACBETH.
LADY MacpUFF.
Gentlewoman attending on Lady Macbeth.
HECATE, and three Witches.

Duncan, King of Scotland.
MALCOLM,

his Sons.
DONALBAIN,
MACBETH,

Generals of the King's Army.
BANQUO,
MACDUFF,
LENOX,
Rosse,

Noblemen of Scotland.
MENTETH,
ANGUS,
CATHNESS,
Fleance, Son to Banquo.
SIWARD, Earl of Northumberland, General of the

English forces.
YOUNG SIWARD, his Son.
Sexton, an Officer attending on Macbeth.

Lords, Gentlemen, Officers, Soldiers, Murderers,

Attendants, and Messengers. The Ghost of Banquo, and several other Apparitions.

SCENE- In the end of the Fourth Act, lies in England;

through the rest of the play, in Scotland; and, chielly, at Macbeth's Castle.

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diers, Murderers, rs. other Apparitions

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INTRODUCTION.

therefore to thwart that prediction, he caused After desperate exertions of valour, he met MacBanquo and his son to be waylaid by assassins, who, duff, whom he had wished to avoid , having, among though, they killed the father, missed the youth. his many victims slain that Thane's wife and chilNumerous other murders, necessary to the Tyrant's dren, and still believing himself to bear « a charmed security, followed. But, in the mean time, Malcolm, life, » he was now unwilling to charge his soul with Duncan's eldest son, having fled to England, where, more blood of that race. Then, only, he learnt that says Holinshed, « he purchased such favour at King Macduff « was never born of his mother, but ripped Edward's bands, that old Siward, Earl of Northum- out of her womb », and, too late, he fully perceived berland, was appointed with ten thousand men to the treacherous meaning of those juggling fiends, go with him into Scotland, to support him in bis

«That palter with us in a double sense ; enterprise, for the recovery of his right. » Closely That keep the word of promise to our ear, pursued by his foes, but still confiding in a prophecy, And break it to our hope.» that he should never be vanquished till Birnam

Thus, after a reign of seventeen years, a just, wood removed to Dunsinane, a distance of some miles; nor yet be slain by. any man of woman born, the guilty usurper, who was slain by Macduff. By

though long withheld, retribution, overwhelmed Macbeth withdrew into Dunsinane Castle, there, the Tyrant's death, Malcolm recovered his own determined to wear out the patience of the besiegers: rights, and was hailed King, on the field of battle

. Malcolm however came up to him quickly, and

There can be no doubt, that Holinshed's Chronicle to disguise the number of his forces, ordered his soldiers, each, to carry before him the branch of a rical part of the truly sublime Drama, to which the

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the Bard.

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