Speeches (Lines) for First Murderer in "The Tragedy of Macbeth"

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1 III / 1
  • It was, so please your highness.
  • It was, so please your highness.
  • Macbeth. Bring them before us.
    [Exit Attendant]
    To be thus is nothing;
    But to be safely thus.--Our fears in Banquo
    Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature
    Reigns that which would be fear'd: 'tis much he dares;
    And, to that dauntless temper of his mind,
    He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
    To act in safety. There is none but he
    Whose being I do fear: and, under him,
    My Genius is rebuked; as, it is said,
    Mark Antony's was by Caesar. He chid the sisters
    When first they put the name of king upon me,
    And bade them speak to him: then prophet-like
    They hail'd him father to a line of kings:
    Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,
    And put a barren sceptre in my gripe,
    Thence to be wrench'd with an unlineal hand,
    No son of mine succeeding. If 't be so,
    For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind;
    For them the gracious Duncan have I murder'd;
    Put rancours in the vessel of my peace
    Only for them; and mine eternal jewel
    Given to the common enemy of man,
    To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!
    Rather than so, come fate into the list.
    And champion me to the utterance! Who's there!
    [Re-enter Attendant, with two Murderers]
    Now go to the door, and stay there till we call.
    [Exit Attendant]
    Was it not yesterday we spoke together?

    First Murderer. It was, so please your highness.

2 III / 1
  • You made it known to us.
  • You made it known to us.
  • Macbeth. Well then, now
    Have you consider'd of my speeches? Know
    That it was he in the times past which held you
    So under fortune, which you thought had been
    Our innocent self: this I made good to you
    In our last conference, pass'd in probation with you,
    How you were borne in hand, how cross'd,
    the instruments,
    Who wrought with them, and all things else that might
    To half a soul and to a notion crazed
    Say 'Thus did Banquo.'

    First Murderer. You made it known to us.

3 III / 1
  • We are men, my liege.
  • We are men, my liege.
  • Macbeth. I did so, and went further, which is now
    Our point of second meeting. Do you find
    Your patience so predominant in your nature
    That you can let this go? Are you so gospell'd
    To pray for this good man and for his issue,
    Whose heavy hand hath bow'd you to the grave
    And beggar'd yours for ever?

    First Murderer. We are men, my liege.

4 III / 1
  • And I another
    So weary with disasters, tugg'd with fortune,
    That I would...
  • And I another
    So weary with disasters, tugg'd with fortune,
    That I would set my lie on any chance,
    To mend it, or be rid on't.
  • Second Murderer. I am one, my liege,
    Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world
    Have so incensed that I am reckless what
    I do to spite the world.

    First Murderer. And I another
    So weary with disasters, tugg'd with fortune,
    That I would set my lie on any chance,
    To mend it, or be rid on't.

5 III / 1
  • [with Second Murderer] True, my lord.
  • [with Second Murderer] True, my lord.
  • Macbeth. Both of you
    Know Banquo was your enemy.

    First Murderer. [with Second Murderer] True, my lord.

6 III / 1
  • Though our lives--
  • Though our lives--
  • Second Murderer. We shall, my lord,
    Perform what you command us.

    First Murderer. Though our lives--

7 III / 1
  • [With Second Murderer] We are resolved, my lord.
  • [With Second Murderer] We are resolved, my lord.
  • Macbeth. Your spirits shine through you. Within this hour at most
    I will advise you where to plant yourselves;
    Acquaint you with the perfect spy o' the time,
    The moment on't; for't must be done to-night,
    And something from the palace; always thought
    That I require a clearness: and with him--
    To leave no rubs nor botches in the work--
    Fleance his son, that keeps him company,
    Whose absence is no less material to me
    Than is his father's, must embrace the fate
    Of that dark hour. Resolve yourselves apart:
    I'll come to you anon.

    First Murderer. [With Second Murderer] We are resolved, my lord.

8 III / 3
  • But who did bid thee join with us?
  • But who did bid thee join with us?
  • Macbeth. Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,
    Till thou applaud the deed. Come, seeling night,
    Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day;
    And with thy bloody and invisible hand
    Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond
    Which keeps me pale! Light thickens; and the crow
    Makes wing to the rooky wood:
    Good things of day begin to droop and drowse;
    While night's black agents to their preys do rouse.
    Thou marvell'st at my words: but hold thee still;
    Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.
    So, prithee, go with me.

    First Murderer. But who did bid thee join with us?

9 III / 3
  • Then stand with us.
    The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day:
    Now...
  • Then stand with us.
    The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day:
    Now spurs the lated traveller apace
    To gain the timely inn; and near approaches
    The subject of our watch.
  • Second Murderer. He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers
    Our offices and what we have to do
    To the direction just.

    First Murderer. Then stand with us.
    The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day:
    Now spurs the lated traveller apace
    To gain the timely inn; and near approaches
    The subject of our watch.

10 III / 3
  • His horses go about.
  • His horses go about.
  • Second Murderer. Then 'tis he: the rest
    That are within the note of expectation
    Already are i' the court.

    First Murderer. His horses go about.

11 III / 3
  • Stand to't.
  • Stand to't.
  • Third Murderer. 'Tis he.

    First Murderer. Stand to't.

12 III / 3
  • Let it come down.
  • Let it come down.
  • Banquo. It will be rain to-night.

    First Murderer. Let it come down.

13 III / 3
  • Wast not the way?
  • Wast not the way?
  • Third Murderer. Who did strike out the light?

    First Murderer. Wast not the way?

14 III / 3
  • Well, let's away, and say how much is done.
  • Well, let's away, and say how much is done.
  • Second Murderer. We have lost
    Best half of our affair.

    First Murderer. Well, let's away, and say how much is done.

15 III / 4
  • 'Tis Banquo's then.
  • 'Tis Banquo's then.
  • Macbeth. See, they encounter thee with their hearts' thanks.
    Both sides are even: here I'll sit i' the midst:
    Be large in mirth; anon we'll drink a measure
    The table round.
    [Approaching the door]
    There's blood on thy face.

    First Murderer. 'Tis Banquo's then.

16 III / 4
  • My lord, his throat is cut; that I did for him.
  • My lord, his throat is cut; that I did for him.
  • Macbeth. 'Tis better thee without than he within.
    Is he dispatch'd?

    First Murderer. My lord, his throat is cut; that I did for him.

17 III / 4
  • Most royal sir,
    Fleance is 'scaped.
  • Most royal sir,
    Fleance is 'scaped.
  • Macbeth. Thou art the best o' the cut-throats: yet he's good
    That did the like for Fleance: if thou didst it,
    Thou art the nonpareil.

    First Murderer. Most royal sir,
    Fleance is 'scaped.

18 III / 4
  • Ay, my good lord: safe in a ditch he bides,
    With twenty trenched gashes on h...
  • Ay, my good lord: safe in a ditch he bides,
    With twenty trenched gashes on his head;
    The least a death to nature.
  • Macbeth. Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect,
    Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,
    As broad and general as the casing air:
    But now I am cabin'd, cribb'd, confined, bound in
    To saucy doubts and fears. But Banquo's safe?

    First Murderer. Ay, my good lord: safe in a ditch he bides,
    With twenty trenched gashes on his head;
    The least a death to nature.

19 IV / 2
  • Where is your husband?
  • Where is your husband?
  • Lady Macduff. Whither should I fly?
    I have done no harm. But I remember now
    I am in this earthly world; where to do harm
    Is often laudable, to do good sometime
    Accounted dangerous folly: why then, alas,
    Do I put up that womanly defence,
    To say I have done no harm?
    [Enter Murderers]
    What are these faces?

    First Murderer. Where is your husband?

20 IV / 2
  • He's a traitor.
  • He's a traitor.
  • Lady Macduff. I hope, in no place so unsanctified
    Where such as thou mayst find him.

    First Murderer. He's a traitor.

21 IV / 2
  • What, you egg!
    [Stabbing him]
    Young fry of treachery!
  • What, you egg!
    [Stabbing him]
    Young fry of treachery!
  • Son. Thou liest, thou shag-hair'd villain!

    First Murderer. What, you egg!
    [Stabbing him]
    Young fry of treachery!

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