ACT 5, SCENE 2: The country near Dunsinane.

Drum and colours. 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
Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm
Excite the mortified man.                                                                         [5]

ANGUS:                           Near Birnam wood
Shall we well meet them; that way are they coming.

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                                        [10]
Protest their first of manhood.

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 distemper'd cause                                               [15]
Within the belt of rule.

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                                        [20]
Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe
Upon a dwarfish thief.

MENTEITH:                           Who then shall blame
His pester'd senses to recoil and start,
When all that is within him does condemn
Itself for being there?                                                                                 [25]

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.                         [30]
Make we our march towards Birnam.

[Exeunt, marching.]


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