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Macbeth: Act 1 Scene 4
Scene IV Forres. The palace.
- [Flourish. Enter DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, LENNOX,
- and Attendants]
- Is execution done on Cawdor? Are not
- Those in commission yet return'd?
- My liege,
- They are not yet come back. But I have spoke
- With one that saw him die: who did report
- That very frankly he confess'd his treasons,
- Implored your highness' pardon and set forth
- A deep repentance: nothing in his life
- Became him like the leaving it; he died
- As one that had been studied in his death
- To throw away the dearest thing he owed,
- As 'twere a careless trifle.
- There's no art
- To find the mind's construction in the face:
- He was a gentleman on whom I built
- An absolute trust.
- [Enter MACBETH, BANQUO, ROSS, and ANGUS]
- O worthiest cousin!
- The sin of my ingratitude even now
- Was heavy on me: thou art so far before
- That swiftest wing of recompense is slow
- To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved,
- That the proportion both of thanks and payment
- Might have been mine! only I have left to say,
- More is thy due than more than all can pay.
- The service and the loyalty I owe,
- In doing it, pays itself. Your highness' part
- Is to receive our duties; and our duties
- Are to your throne and state children and servants,
- Which do but what they should, by doing every thing
- Safe toward your love and honour.
- Welcome hither:
- I have begun to plant thee, and will labour
- To make thee full of growing. Noble Banquo,
- That hast no less deserved, nor must be known
- No less to have done so, let me enfold thee
- And hold thee to my heart.
- There if I grow,
- The harvest is your own.
- My plenteous joys,
- Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves
- In drops of sorrow. Sons, kinsmen, thanes,
- And you whose places are the nearest, know
- We will establish our estate upon
- Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
- The Prince of Cumberland; which honour must
- Not unaccompanied invest him only,
- But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine
- On all deservers. From hence to Inverness,
- And bind us further to you.
- The rest is labour, which is not used for you:
- I'll be myself the harbinger and make joyful
- The hearing of my wife with your approach;
- So humbly take my leave.
- My worthy Cawdor!
- [Aside] The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step
- On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,
- For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
- Let not light see my black and deep desires:
- The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,
- Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.
- True, worthy Banquo; he is full so valiant,
- And in his commendations I am fed;
- It is a banquet to me. Let's after him,
- Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome:
- It is a peerless kinsman.
- [Flourish. Exeunt]