Macbeth: Act III, Scene i


Macbeth      Act III, Scene i        Macbeth

This speech is used in our interview with Benjamin Curns

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  1.                              To be thus is nothing;
    49.  But to be safely thus.–Our fears in Banquo
    50.  Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature
    51.  Reigns that which would be fear’d: ’tis much he dares;
    52.  And, to that dauntless temper of his mind,
    53.  He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
    54.  To act in safety. There is none but he
    55.  Whose being I do fear: and, under him,
    56.  My Genius is rebuked; as, it is said,
    57.  Mark Antony’s was by Caesar. He chid the sisters
    58.  When first they put the name of king upon me,
    59.  And bade them speak to him: then prophet-like
    60.  They hail’d him father to a line of kings:
    61.  Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,
    62.  And put a barren sceptre in my gripe,
    63.  Thence to be wrench’d with an unlineal hand,
    64.  No son of mine succeeding. If ‘t be so,
    65.  For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind;
    66.  For them the gracious Duncan have I murder’d;
    67.  Put rancours in the vessel of my peace
    68.  Only for them; and mine eternal jewel
    69.  Given to the common enemy of man,
    70.  To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!
    71.  Rather than so, come fate into the list.
    72.  And champion me to the utterance! Who’s there!

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