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All. . Double, double, toil and trouble ;
Fire, burn; and, caldron, bubble. 3rd Wi. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf;
Witches' mummy; maw, and gulf,
For the ingredients of our caldron.
Fire, burn; and, caldron, bubble. 2nd Wi. Cool it with a baboon's blood.
Enter HECATE and the three other WITCHES
(Music and a Song, Black Spirits, &c.) 2nd Wi. By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes :-
A deed without a name.
1st Wi. Speak.
Call them, let me see them.
Come, high or low;
Thunder. An Apparition of an arned Head rises.
He knows thy thought ;
App. Macbeth ! Macbeth ! Macbeth ! beware Macduff ;
1st Wi. He will not be commanded. Here's another, More potent than the first.
Thunder. An Apparition of a bloody Child rises.3
Had I three ears, I'd hear thee
Mac. Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee?
And sleep in spite of thunder.-What is this?
Listen, but speak not to 't.
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
That will never be;
till the wood
Seek to know no more.
1st Wi. Show!
Come like shadows, so depart.
Eight Kings appear, and pass over the stage in order; the last with a
glass in his hand; Banquo following.
Mac. Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo; down !
-A seventh ?-I'll see no more:
Stands Macbeth thus amazedly?
That this great king may kindly say,
(Music. The Witches dance, and vanish.)
Mac. Where are they? Gone ?—Let this pernicious hour,
What's your grace's will ?
No, indeed, my lord.
Len. 'Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word,
Fled to England ?
Mac. Time, thou anticipatst my dread exploits :
3“ Apparition of a bloody child.”—The idea of a “ bloody child,” and of his being more potent than the armed head, and one of the masters of the witches, is very dreadful. So is that of the child crowned, with a tree in his hand. They impersonate, it is true, certain results of the war, the destruction of Macduff's children, and the succession of Banquo's; but the imagination does not make these reflections at first; and the dreadfulness still remains, of potent demons speaking in the shapes of children.
4“ But no more sights."—What a world of horrors is in this little familiar phrase !
THE QUARREL OF OBERON AND TITANIA.
A FAIRY DRAMA.
I have ventured to give the extract this title, because it not only contains the whole story of the fairy part of the Midsummer Night's Dream, but by the omission of a few lines, and the transposition of one small passage (for which I beg the reader's indulgence), it actually forms a separate little play. It is nearly such in the greater play; and its isolation was easily, and not at all injuriously effected, by the separation of the Weaver from his brother mechanicals.
Enter OBERON at one door with his train ; and TITANIA at another
Ober. Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.
Tit. What! jealous Oberon? Fairies, skip hence; I have forsworn his bed and company.
Ober. Tarry, rash wanton; am not I thy lord ?
Tit. Then I must be thy lady; but I know
Ober. How canst thou thus, for shame, Titania,