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The * firstlings of my hand. And even now,
, be it thought and done:
Enter Lady Macduff
, her Son, and Rosle.
L. Macd. What had he done, to make him fly the land?
L. Macd. He had none;
Roffe. You know not,
* R. firfilling:
fo's, R. and C. No description of scene y H. ibe for this.
in the fo's. C. A room in Macduff's à This called the second scene in the castle.
L. Macd. Wisdom ? to leave his wife, to leave his babes, His manfion, and his titles, in a place From whence himself does fly: He loves us not; He wants the natural touch; for the poor wren, The most diminutive of birds, will fight, Her young ones in her nest, again't the owl: All is the fear, and nothing is the love; As little is the wisdom, where the flight So runs againft all reason.
Raffe. - My deareft couž, 1
pray you, schocl yourself; but for your husband,
L. Macd. Father'd he is, and yet he's fatherlels.
Rolle. I am so inucli a fool, should I stay longer,
· P. and H. omit My.
P. and all after, except C. coufin for note.
Ć P. and H. time for season.
ď H. Anoto's for a new.
L. Macd. Sirrah, your father's dead,
Son. As birds do; mother.
The pit-fall nor the gin.
for. * My father is not dead for all your saying. L. Macd. Yes, he is dead; how wilt thou do' for a fa
'll m buy 'em to fell again. L. Macd. Thou speak'st with all thy wit, And yet i' faith with wit enough for thee.
Son. Was iny father a traitor, mother?
& P. and all after, except Č. on for i The three lat fo's, R. P. and C. witb. Wilb has here the same mean- line,
k Co adds Bur before My. h The three last fo's, R. P. and H.
1 After do C. inserts now. emit I mean
. The two first fo's, by for buy,
Son. And must they all be hang'd that fwear and lie?
Son. Then the liars and swearers are fools; for there are liars and swearers enow to beat the honest inen, and hang
L. Macd. ° Now God help thee, poor monkey! But how wilt thou do for a father?
Son. If he were dead, you'd weep for him; if you would not, it were a good sign that I should quickly have a new father. L. Macd. Poor prattler, how thou talk'st!
Enter a Messenger.
state of honour I am perfect;
1 # The two last fo's, R. P. and H. omit Now.. onit tbe.
P H. and C. less for worfe ; W. warn • The lak f, and all after, except C. foip, i. c. pay observance.
Accounted dangerous folly. Why then, alas !
Euter Murther ers.
L. Macd. I hope, in no place so unfanctified,
Mur. He's a traitor,
Son, Thou ly'st, thou shag-eard yillain. · Mur. What, you egg?
[' Stabbing hin. Young fry of treachery?
Son. He has kill'd me, mother, Run away, I pray you,
'[Exit L. Macduff, crying Murther; Mur,
therers pursue her.
Enter Malcolm and Macduff.
Macd. Let us rather'
9 So the firft f. and O; the rest, bad speech, it would seem as if he (who is for bave.
fain) was to go out, crying Murther, r No direction in the fo's.
which is absurd. s P. and all after, except C. omit u This is the third scene in the fo's, 1.
R. and C. No defçription of the scene So T. and all after.; all before di- in the fo's. C. calls it a room in the set thus, Exit, crying Muriber. But palace, by placing this direction after the lon's