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Macbeth

Macbeth Translation Act 5, Scene 7

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Trumpets. MACBETH enters.

MACBETH

They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly, But, bearlike, I must fight the course. What’s he That was not born of woman? Such a one Am I to fear, or none.

MACBETH

They have tied me to a stake. I can’t run. Instead, I must stand and fight, like a bear. Where’s the man who wasn’t born from a woman? I fear him, and no one else.

YOUNG SIWARD enters.

YOUNG SIWARD

What is thy name?

YOUNG SIWARD

What’s your name?

MACBETH

Thou ‘lt be afraid to hear it.

MACBETH

You’ll be afraid to hear it.

YOUNG SIWARD

No, though thou call’st thyself a hotter nameThan any is in hell.

YOUNG SIWARD

No, not even if you called yourself a name more evil than any demon that's in hell.

MACBETH

My name’s Macbeth.

MACBETH

My name’s Macbeth.

YOUNG SIWARD

The devil himself could not pronounce a titleMore hateful to mine ear.

YOUNG SIWARD

The devil himself couldn’t say a name I hate more.

MACBETH

No, nor more fearful.

MACBETH

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YOUNG SIWARD

Thou liest, abhorrèd tyrant. With my swordI’ll prove the lie thou speak’st.

YOUNG SIWARD

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They fight and YOUNG SIWARD is killed.

MACBETH

Thou wast born of woman.But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn, Brandished by man that’s of a woman born.

MACBETH

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MACBETH exits.

Trumpets. MACDUFF enters.

MACDUFF

That way the noise is. Tyrant, show thy face! If thou beest slain, and with no stroke of mine, My wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me still. I cannot strike at wretched kerns, whose arms Are hired to bear their staves. Either thou, Macbeth, Or else my sword with an unbattered edge I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be; By this great clatter, one of the greatest note Seems bruited. Let me find him, Fortune, And more I beg not.

MACDUFF

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MACDUFF exits. Trumpets.

MALCOLM and Old SIWARD enter.

SIWARD

This way, my lord. The castle’s gently rendered. The tyrant’s people on both sides do fight, The noble thanes do bravely in the war, The day almost itself professes yours, And little is to do.

SIWARD

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MALCOLM

We have met with foesThat strike beside us.

MALCOLM

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SIWARD

Enter, sir, the castle.

SIWARD

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They exit. Trumpets.

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Ben florman
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.