ACT 5, SCENE 7: 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.


YOUNG SIWARD: What is thy name?                                                            [5]

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                [10]
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,
Brandish'd by man that's of a woman born.

Alarums. Enter MACDUFF.

MACDUFF: That way the noise is. Tyrant, show thy face!
If thou be'st slain and with no stroke of mine,                                   [15]
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 unbatter'd edge
I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be;                          [20]
By this great clatter, one of the greatest note
Seems bruited. Let me find him, fortune!
And more I beg not.
[Exit. Alarums.]

Enter MALCOLM and old SIWARD.

SIWARD: This way, my lord; the castle's gently render'd:
The tyrant's people on both sides do fight;                                           [25]
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.

[Exeunt. Alarums.]

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