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ACT V - SCENE III. Dunsinane. A room in the castle.
Enter MACBETH, Doctor, and Attendants

MACBETH
1    Bring me no more reports; let them fly all:
2    Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane,
3    I cannot taint with fear. What's the boy Malcolm?
4    Was he not born of woman? The spirits that know
5    All mortal consequences have pronounced me thus:
6    'Fear not, Macbeth; no man that's born of woman
7    Shall e'er have power upon thee.' Then fly,
8    false thanes,
9    And mingle with the English epicures:
10   The mind I sway by and the heart I bear
11   Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.
Enter a Servant
12   The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!
13   Where got'st thou that goose look?
Servant
14   There is ten thousand--
MACBETH
15   Geese, villain!
Servant
16   Soldiers, sir.
MACBETH
17   Go prick thy face, and over-red thy fear,
18   Thou lily-liver'd boy. What soldiers, patch?
19   Death of thy soul! those linen cheeks of thine
20   Are counsellors to fear. What soldiers, whey-face?
Servant
21   The English force, so please you.
MACBETH
22   Take thy face hence.
Exit Servant
23   Seyton!--I am sick at heart,
24   When I behold--Seyton, I say!--This push
25   Will cheer me ever, or disseat me now.
26   I have lived long enough: my way of life
27   Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf;
28   And that which should accompany old age,
29   As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
30   I must not look to have; but, in their stead,
31   Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath,
32   Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not. Seyton!
Enter SEYTON

SEYTON
33   What is your gracious pleasure?
MACBETH
34   What news more?
SEYTON
35   All is confirm'd, my lord, which was reported.
MACBETH
36   I'll fight till from my bones my flesh be hack'd.
37   Give me my armour.
SEYTON
38   'Tis not needed yet.
MACBETH
39   I'll put it on.
40   Send out more horses; skirr the country round;
41   Hang those that talk of fear. Give me mine armour.
42   How does your patient, doctor?
Doctor
43   Not so sick, my lord,
44   As she is troubled with thick coming fancies,
45   That keep her from her rest.
MACBETH
46   Cure her of that.
47   Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
48   Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
49   Raze out the written troubles of the brain
50   And with some sweet oblivious antidote
51   Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff
52   Which weighs upon the heart?
Doctor
53   Therein the patient
54   Must minister to himself.
MACBETH
55   Throw physic to the dogs; I'll none of it.
56   Come, put mine armour on; give me my staff.
57   Seyton, send out. Doctor, the thanes fly from me.
58   Come, sir, dispatch. If thou couldst, doctor, cast
59   The water of my land, find her disease,
60   And purge it to a sound and pristine health,
61   I would applaud thee to the very echo,
62   That should applaud again.--Pull't off, I say.--
63   What rhubarb, cyme, or what purgative drug,
64   Would scour these English hence? Hear'st thou of them?
Doctor
65   Ay, my good lord; your royal preparation
66   Makes us hear something.
MACBETH
67   Bring it after me.
68   I will not be afraid of death and bane,
69   Till Birnam forest come to Dunsinane.
Doctor
Aside
70    Were I from Dunsinane away and clear,
71   Profit again should hardly draw me here.
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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