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Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Act 5, Scene 2 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 

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Macbeth Act 5, Scene 2



The country near Dunsinane

Drum and colors. Enter MENTEITH,CAITHNESS, ANGUS, LENNOX, and soldiers

Drum and colors. Enter MENTEITH,CAITHNESS, ANGUS, LENNOX, and soldiers

MENTEITH

The English power is near, led on by Malcolm,

His uncle Siward, and the good Macduff.

Revenges burn in them, for their dear causes

revenges burn=desire for revenge burns

dear causes=heartfelt causes

Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm

(to the bloody and grim battle)

Excite the mortified man.

(enliven the dead)

 

MENTEITH

The English power is near, led on by Malcolm,

His uncle Siward and the good Macduff.

Revenges burn in them, for their dear causes

Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm

Excite the mortified man.

 

ANGUS

     Near Birnam Wood

Shall we well meet them; that way are they coming.

well=no doubt

ANGUS

     Near Birnam Wood

Shall we well meet them; that way are they coming.

 

CAITHNESS

Who knows if Donalbain be with his brother?

 

CAITHNESS

Who knows if Donalbain be with his brother?

 

LENNOX

For certain, sir, he is not. I have a file

Of all the gentry. There is Siward’s son

And many unrough youths that even now

unrough=unbearded

Protest their first of manhood.

protest their first of manhood=assert their manhood for the first time

 

LENNOX

For certain, sir, he is not. I have a file

Of all the gentry. There is Siward’s son,

And many unrough youths that even now

Protest their first of manhood.

 

MENTEITH

     What does the tyrant?

 

MENTEITH

     What does the tyrant?

 

CAITHNESS

Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies.

Some say he’s mad, others that lesser hate him

Do call it valiant fury. But, for certain,

He cannot buckle his distempered cause

distempered=lunatic

(cannot keep his cause in control)

Within the belt of rule.

 

CAITHNESS

Great Dunsinane he strongly fortifies.

Some say he’s mad, others that lesser hate him

Do call it valiant fury. But, for certain,

He cannot buckle his distempered cause

Within the belt of rule.

 

ANGUS

     Now does he feel

His secret murders sticking on his hands.

Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach.

minutely=minute by minute

upbraid his faith-breach=censure his betrayal

Those he commands move only in command,

in command=because he commands them

Nothing in love. Now does he feel his title

Hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe

Upon a dwarfish thief.

 

ANGUS

     Now does he feel

His secret murders sticking on his hands.

Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach.

Those he commands move only in command,

Nothing in love. Now does he feel his title

Hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe

Upon a dwarfish thief.

 

MENTEITH

     Who then shall blame

His pestered senses to recoil and start,

When all that is within him does condemn

Itself for being there?

 

MENTEITH

     Who then shall blame

His pestered senses to recoil and start,

When all that is within him does condemn

Itself for being there?

 

CAITHNESS

     Well, march we on,

To give obedience where ’tis truly owed.

Meet we the medicine of the sickly weal,

medicine=Malcolm

weal=country

And with him pour we in our country’s purge

in=into

Each drop of us.

 

CAITHNESS

     Well, march we on,

To give obedience where ’tis truly owed.

Meet we the medicine of the sickly weal,

And with him pour we in our country’s purge

Each drop of us.

 

LENNOX

     Or so much as it needs,

To dew the sovereign flower and drown the weeds.

Make we our march towards Birnam.

 

LENNOX

     Or so much as it needs,

To dew the sovereign flower and drown the weeds.

Make we our march towards Birnam.

 

Exeunt, marching

Exeunt, marching

 

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