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Macbeth

Macbeth Translation Act 5, Scene 6

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MALCOLM, Old SIWARD, MACDUFF, and their army enter with a drummer and flag and carrying branches.

MALCOLM

Now near enough. Your leafy screens throw down, And show like those you are.— You, worthy uncle, Shall, with my cousin, your right-noble son, Lead our first battle. Worthy Macduff and we Shall take upon ’s what else remains to do, According to our order.

MALCOLM

We’re close enough. Throw down these branches and let everyone see who you really are. 

[To SIWARD] Noble uncle, you and your honorable son will lead the first battle. Brave Macduff and I will do the rest, as we worked out in our plan of attack.

SIWARD

Fare you well.Do we but find the tyrant’s power tonight,Let us be beaten if we cannot fight.

SIWARD

Farewell. If we meet Macbeth’s army tonight, let us be defeated if we cannot fight.

MACDUFF

Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.

MACDUFF

With all your breath, blow the trumpets, those deafening heralds of blood and death.

They exit.

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About the Translator: Ben Florman

Ben is a co-founder of LitCharts. He holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he won the Winthrop Sargent prize for best undergraduate paper on a topic related to Shakespeare.