Drum and colors. Enter MALCOLM, SIWARD, MACDUFF, Siward's SON, MENTEITH, CAITHNESS, ANGUS, LENNOX, ROSS, and SOLDIERS, marching
MALCOLM, old SIWARD, YOUNG SIWARD, MACDUFF, MENTEITH, CAITHNESS, ANGUS, LENNOX, ROSS, and SOLDIERS enter marching, with a drummer and flag.
MALCOLM Cousins, I hope the days are near at hand That chambers will be safe.
MALCOLM Kinsmen, I hope the time is near when people will be safe in their own bedrooms.
MENTEITH We doubt it nothing.
MENTEITH We don't doubt it.
SIWARD What wood is this before us?
SIWARD What's forest is this ahead of us?
MENTEITH The wood of Birnam.
MENTEITH Birnam Wood.
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MALCOLM 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.
MALCOLM Every soldier should hack off a branch and hold it in front of him. In doing so we will make it difficult for Macbeth to get an accurate count of the number of soldiers in our army.
SOLDIERS It shall be done.
SOLDIERS It will be done.
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SIWARD We learn no other but the confident tyrant Keeps still in Dunsinane and will endure Our setting down before 't.
SIWARD We've heard nothing other than that the overconfident Macbeth remains in Dunsinane and will let us to lay siege to the castle.
MALCOLM '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.
MALCOLM That's exactly what he wants. Whenever they have the chance, his thanes and common soldiers all desert him. No one serves in his army except men who are forced to and whose hearts aren't in it.
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MACDUFF Let our just censures Attend the true event, and put we on Industrious soldiership.
MACDUFF Let's not judge the situation until we see how it turns out. For now, let's just act like hardworking soldiers.
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SIWARD 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.
SIWARD The time is quickly coming when we'll know just what we've accomplished and what we still have to do. Speculations express only our uncertain hopes. But we'll only get certainty by actually going out and fighting, so let's start this war.