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Fear not, till Birnam wood come to Dunsinane

Scene IV Country near Birnam wood.

What wood is this before 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.

It shall be done.

Macbeth
Photo: Mark Crocker

Gracious my lord,
I should report that which I say I saw,
But know not how to do it.

Well, say, sir.

As I did stand my watch upon the hill,
I look'd toward Birnam, and anon, methought,
The wood began to move.
Let me endure your wrath, if't be not so:
Within this three mile may you see it coming;
I say, a moving grove.

'Fear not, till Birnam wood
Do come to Dunsinane:' and now a wood
Comes toward Dunsinane.

Scene VI Dunsinane. Before the castle.

[Drum and colours. Enter MALCOLM, SIWARD, MACDUFF,
and their Army, with boughs]

What's he
That was not born of woman? Such a one
Am I to fear, or none.
I bear a charmed life, which must not yield,
To one of woman born.

Despair thy charm;
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb
Untimely ripp'd.

Lay on, Macduff,
And damn'd be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough!'