Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth

if it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly. if th’ assassination could trammel up the consequence and catch with his surcease success, that but this blow might be the be-all and end all here, but here, upon this bank and shoal of time, we’d jump the life to come.
but in these cases we still have judgement here, that we but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague th’ inventor. this even-handed justice commends th’ ingredience of our poisoned chalice to our own lips.
he’s here in double trust: First, as i am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself. besides, this duncan hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues will plead like angels, trumpet tongued, against the deep damnation of his taking off;
;and pity, like a naked newborn babe striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubin horsed upon the sightless courtiers of the air, shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, that tears shall drown the wind. i have no spur to prick the aides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself and falls on th’ other–
{Enter lady macbeth} How now, what news?
LM: he has almost supped. why have you left the chamber? Hath he asked for me?
LM: Know you not he has? we will proceed further in this business. he hath honored me of late, and i have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people, which would be worn now in their newest gloss, not cast aside so soon.
LM: was the hope drunk…. letting “i dare not” wait upon “i would” like the poor cat i’ th’ adage? prithee, peace, i dare do all that may become a man. who dares do more is none.
LM: what beast was ‘t, then…. and dashed the brains out, had i sworn as you have done this. If we should fail–
LM: we fail?…his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt of our great quell? bring forth men-children only, for thy undaunted mettle should compose nothing but males. will it not be received, hen we have marked with blood those sleepy two of his own chamber and used their very daggers, that they have done ‘t?
LM: who dares receive it other. as we shall make our griefs and clamor roar upon his death? i am settled and bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat. away, and mock the time with fairest show. false face must hide what the false heart doth know. {They exit}

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