Act 1..Scene 1
Witches pose the time and place:
When the hurly-burly's done
And the battle's lost and won..
Fair/foul (fog and filthy air)
Mark appearing oppositions
And forebodings in Scene 1...
A bleeding Captain reports well
Of a brave Macbeth
Who overcame a doubtful clinging
As swimmers choking their art..
And brandishing steel accomplished
A valiant beheading..
We view here the planted seed of
A looming path of destruction...
Alarum within. Enter King Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Lennox, with Attendants, meeting a bleeding Captain.
What bloody man is that? He can report, As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt The newest state.
MALCOLM This is the sergeant
Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought 5 ’Gainst my captivity.—Hail, brave friend!
Say to the King the knowledge of the broil
As thou didst leave it.
CAPTAIN Doubtful it stood,
As two spent swimmers that do cling together 10 And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald
(Worthy to be a rebel, for to that
The multiplying villainies of nature
Do swarm upon him) from the Western Isles
Of kerns and gallowglasses is supplied; 15 And Fortune, on his damnèd quarrel smiling,
Showed like a rebel’s whore. But all’s too weak;
For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name),
Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution, 20 Like Valor’s minion, carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave;
Which ne’er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseamed him from the nave to th’ chops,
And fixed his head upon our battlements.
O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman!
As whence the sun ’gins his reflection Shipwracking storms and direful thunders break,