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ACT II - SCENE II. The same.
Enter LADY MACBETH

LADY MACBETH
1    That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold;
2    What hath quench'd them hath given me fire.
3    Hark! Peace!
4    It was the owl that shriek'd, the fatal bellman,
5    Which gives the stern'st good-night. He is about it:
6    The doors are open; and the surfeited grooms
7    Do mock their charge with snores: I have drugg'd
8    their possets,
9    That death and nature do contend about them,
10   Whether they live or die.
MACBETH
Within
11    Who's there? what, ho!
LADY MACBETH
12   Alack, I am afraid they have awaked,
13   And 'tis not done. The attempt and not the deed
14   Confounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready;
15   He could not miss 'em. Had he not resembled
16   My father as he slept, I had done't.
Enter MACBETH
17   My husband!
MACBETH
18   I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?
LADY MACBETH
19   I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
20   Did not you speak?
MACBETH
21   When?
LADY MACBETH
22   Now.
MACBETH
23   As I descended?
LADY MACBETH
24   Ay.
MACBETH
25   Hark!
26   Who lies i' the second chamber?
LADY MACBETH
27   Donalbain.
MACBETH
28   This is a sorry sight.
Looking on his hands

LADY MACBETH
29   A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.
MACBETH
30   There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried
31   'Murder!'
32   That they did wake each other: I stood and heard them:
33   But they did say their prayers, and address'd them
34   Again to sleep.
LADY MACBETH
35   There are two lodged together.
MACBETH
36   One cried 'God bless us!' and 'Amen' the other;
37   As they had seen me with these hangman's hands.
38   Listening their fear, I could not say 'Amen,'
39   When they did say 'God bless us!'
LADY MACBETH
40   Consider it not so deeply.
MACBETH
41   But wherefore could not I pronounce 'Amen'?
42   I had most need of blessing, and 'Amen'
43   Stuck in my throat.
LADY MACBETH
44   These deeds must not be thought
45   After these ways; so, it will make us mad.
MACBETH
46   Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more!
47   Macbeth does murder sleep', the innocent sleep,
48   Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care,
49   The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
50   Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
51   Chief nourisher in life's feast,--
LADY MACBETH
52   What do you mean?
MACBETH
53   Still it cried 'Sleep no more!' to all the house:
54   'Glamis hath murder'd sleep, and therefore Cawdor
55   Shall sleep no more; Macbeth shall sleep no more.'
LADY MACBETH
56   Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane,
57   You do unbend your noble strength, to think
58   So brainsickly of things. Go get some water,
59   And wash this filthy witness from your hand.
60   Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
61   They must lie there: go carry them; and smear
62   The sleepy grooms with blood.
MACBETH
63   I'll go no more:
64   I am afraid to think what I have done;
65   Look on't again I dare not.
LADY MACBETH
66   Infirm of purpose!
67   Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the dead
68   Are but as pictures: 'tis the eye of childhood
69   That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed,
70   I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal;
71   For it must seem their guilt.
Exit. Knocking within

MACBETH
72   Whence is that knocking?
73   How is't with me, when every noise appals me?
74   What hands are here? ha! they pluck out mine eyes.
75   Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
76   Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
77   The multitudinous seas in incarnadine,
78   Making the green one red.
Re-enter LADY MACBETH

LADY MACBETH
79   My hands are of your colour; but I shame
80   To wear a heart so white.
Knocking within
81   I hear a knocking
82   At the south entry: retire we to our chamber;
83   A little water clears us of this deed:
84   How easy is it, then! Your constancy
85   Hath left you unattended.
Knocking within
86   Hark! more knocking.
87   Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us,
88   And show us to be watchers. Be not lost
89   So poorly in your thoughts.
MACBETH
90   To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself.
Knocking within
91   Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII

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