A few choice words

Submitted: Aug 04, 2017
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

MACBETH

 

Act V, Scene II

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
  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?
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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