« PoprzedniaDalej »
Siw. Then he is dead ?
Siw. Had he his hurts before?
Mal. He's worth more sorrow,
Siw. He's worth no more ; They say, he parted well, and paid his score : So, God be with him !-Here comes newer comfort. Re-enter MACDUPF, with Macbeth's Head on a Pole. Macd. Hail, king! For so thou art :-Behold,
where stands The usurper's cursed head : the time is free: I see thee compass'd with thy kingdom's pearl *. That speak my salutation in their minds ; Whose voices I desire aloud with mine, Hail, king of Scotland ! All. King of Scotland, hail !
[Flourish. Mal. We shall not spend a large expence of time, Before we reckon with your several loves, And make us even with you. My thanes and kins
men, Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland In such an honour named. What's more to do, Which would be planted newly with the time, As calling home our exiled friends abroad, That fled the snares of watchful tyranny ; Producing forth the cruel ministers of this dead butcher, and his fiend-like queen ; Who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands Took off her life ;--this, and what needful else That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace, We will perform in measure, time, and place : So thanks to all at once, and to each one, Whom we invite to see us crown'd at Scone.
[Flourish.--Exeunt. * The kingdom's wealth or ornament,
Maceeth.)-This play is deservedly celebrated for the propriety of its fiction, and solemnity, gran. deur, and variety of its action ; but it has no nice discriminations of character; the events are too great to admit the influence of particular disposi. tions, and the course of the action necessarily de. termines the conduct of the agents.
The danger of ambition is well described ; and I know not whether it may not be said, in defence of some parts which now seem improbable, that, in Shakspeare's time, it was necessary to warn credulity against vain and illusive predietions.
The passions are directed to their true end. Lady Macbeth is merely detested; and though the cou. rage of Macbeth preserves some esteem, yet every reader rejoices at his fall.
How frequent the practice of enquiring into the events of futurity, similar to those of Macbeth, was in Shakspeare's time, may be seen in the following instances: “ The Marshall of Raiz wife hath bin heard to say, that Queen Katherine beeing desirous to know what should become of her children, and who should succeed-them, the party which under. tooke to assure her, let her see a glasse, representing a hall, in the which either of then made so many turns as he should raigne yeares; and that King Henry the Third, making his, the Duke of Guise orost him like a flash of lightning ; after which, the Prince of Navarre presented himselte, and made 22 turnes, and then vanished.” P. Mathieu's Heroyk Life und deplorable Death of Henry the Fourth, translated by Ed. Grimeston, 4to. 1612, p. 42. Again : " It is reported that a Duke of Bourgondy had like to have died for feare at the sight of the nine worthies which a magician shewed him,' Ibid. p. 116.
END OF VOL. II.
Sherwin and Co., Printers, 24, Paternoster-Row.