Act 5, Scene 7

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[Another part of the field. Alarums. Enter Macbeth]

Macbeth

They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly,
But, bear-like, I must fight the course. What's he
That was not born of woman? Such a one
Am I to fear, or none.
[Enter Young Siward]

Young Siward

What is thy name?

Macbeth

                                 Thou'lt be afraid to hear it.

Young Siward

No; though thou call'st thyself a hotter name
Than any is in hell.

Macbeth

                                  My name's Macbeth.

Young Siward

The devil himself could not pronounce a title
More hateful to mine ear.

Macbeth

                                            No, nor more fearful.

Young Siward

Thou liest, abhorred tyrant. With my sword
I'll prove the lie thou speak'st.
[They fight and young Siward is slain]

Macbeth

Thou wast born of woman.
But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn,
Brandished by man that's of a woman born.
[Exit. Alarums. Enter Macduff]

Macduff

That way the noise is. Tyrant, show thy face.
If thou be'st slain and with no stroke of mine,
My wife and children's ghosts will haunt me still.
I cannot strike at wretched kerns, whose arms
Are hired to bear their staves. Either thou, Macbeth,
Or else my sword, with an unbattered edge,
I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be.
By this great clatter, one of greatest note
Seems bruited. Let me find him, fortune,
And more I beg not.
[Exit. Alarums. Enter Malcolm and Siward]

Siward

This way, my lord; the castle's gently rendered.
The tyrant's people on both sides do fight;
The noble thanes do bravely in the war;
The day almost itself professes yours;
And little is to do.

Malcolm

                                We have met with foes
That strike beside us.

Siward

                                     Enter, sir, the castle.
[Exit. Alarums. Another part of the field. Enter Macbeth]

Macbeth

Why should I play the Roman fool, and die
On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes
Do better upon them.
[Enter Macduff]

Macduff

                                     Turn, hell-hound, turn.

Macbeth

Of all men else I have avoided thee.
But get thee back; my soul is too much charged
With blood of thine already.

Macduff

                                                 I have no words;
My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain
Than terms can give thee out.
[They fight]

Macbeth

                                                     Thou losest labour –
As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air,
With thy keen sword, impress as make me bleed.
Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;
I bear a charmed life, which must not yield,
To one of woman born.

Macduff

                                         Despair thy charm;
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee – Macduff was from his mother's womb
Untimely ripped.

Macbeth

Accursed be that tongue that tells me so,
For it hath cowed my better part of man.
And be these juggling fiends no more believed,
That palter with us in a double sense –
That keep the word of promise to our ear,
And break it to our hope. I'll not fight with thee.

Macduff

Then yield thee, coward,
And live to be the show and gaze o' the time.
We'll have thee, as our rarer monsters are,
Painted on a pole, and underwrit,
'Here may you see the tyrant.'

Macbeth

                                                     I will not yield
To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet,
And to be baited with the rabble's curse.
Though Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane,
And thou, opposed, being of no woman born,
Yet I will try the last. Before my body
I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,
And damned be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough.'
[Exit, fighting. Alarums. Retreat. Flourish. Enter, with drum and colors, Malcolm, Siward, Ross, the other Thanes, and Soldiers]

Malcolm

I would the friends we miss were safe arrived.

Siward

Some must go off; and yet, by these I see,
So great a day as this is cheaply bought.

Malcolm

Macduff is missing, and your noble son.

Ross

Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt.
He only lived but till he was a man,
The which no sooner had his prowess confirmed
In the unshrinking station where he fought,
But like a man he died.

Siward

                                        Then he is dead?

Ross

Ay, and brought off the field. Your cause of sorrow
Must not be measured by his worth, for then
It hath no end.

Siward

                           Had he his hurts before?

Ross

Ay, on the front.

Siward

                            Why then, God's soldier be he.
Had I as many sons as I have hairs,
I would not wish them to a fairer death.
And so, his knell is knolled.

Malcolm

                                                 He's worth more sorrow,
And that I'll spend for him.

Siward

                                            He's worth no more.
They say he parted well, and paid his score.
And so, God be with him. Here comes newer comfort.
[Re-enter Macduff, with Macbeth's head]

Macduff

Hail, king. for so thou art. Behold where stands
The usurper's cursed head; the time is free.
I see thee compassed with thy kingdom's pearl,
That speak my salutation in their minds,
Whose voices I desire aloud with mine –
Hail, King of Scotland.

All

                                         Hail, King of Scotland.
[Flourish]

Malcolm

We shall not spend a large expense of time
Before we reckon with your several loves,
And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen,
Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland
In such an honor named. What's more to do,
Which would be planted newly with the time –
As calling home our exiled friends abroad,
That fled the snares of watchful tyranny;
Producing forth the cruel ministers
Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen,
Who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands,
Took off her life – this, and what needful else
That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace,
We will perform in measure, time and place.
So, thanks to all at once and to each one,
Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.
[Flourish. Exit]