Macbeth Translation Act 5, Scene 4
MALCOLM, Old SIWARD, YOUNG SIWARD, MACDUFF, MENTEITH, CAITHNESS, ANGUS, LENNOX, ROSS, and SOLDIERS enter marching, with a drummer and flag.
Cousins, I hope the days are near at handThat chambers will be safe.
Kinsmen, I hope the time is near when people will be safe in their own bedrooms.
We doubt it nothing.
We don’t doubt it.
What wood is this before us?
What forest is this ahead of us?
The wood of Birnam.
Let every soldier hew him down a bough And bear ’t before him. Thereby shall we shadow The numbers of our host and make discovery Err in report of us.
Every soldier should hack off a branch and hold it in front of him. By doing so, we will make it difficult for Macbeth's spies to get an accurate count of the number of soldiers in our army to report back to him.
It shall be done.
It will be done.
We learn no other but the confident tyrantKeeps still in Dunsinane and will endure Our setting down before ’t.
‘Tis his main hope: For, where there is advantage to be given, Both more and less have given him the revolt, And none serve with him but constrainèd things Whose hearts are absent too.
Let our just censures Attend the true event, and put we onIndustrious soldiership.
The time approaches That will with due decision make us know What we shall say we have and what we owe. Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate, But certain issue strokes must arbitrate. Towards which, advance the war.
They exit, marching.
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