• Banquet prepared. Enter MACBETH, LADY MACBETH, ROSS, LENNOX, LORDS, and attendants.

    MACBETH

    You know your own degrees; sit down. At first
    And last, the hearty welcome.
    The LORDS sit

    LORDS

         Thanks to your majesty.

    MACBETH

    Ourself will mingle with society
    And play the humble host.
    5Our hostess keeps her state, but in best time
    We will require her welcome.

    LADY MACBETH

    Pronounce it for me, sir, to all our friends,
    For my heart speaks they are welcome.
    Enter FIRST MURDERER at the door

    MACBETH

    See, they encounter thee with their hearts' thanks.
    10Both sides are even. Here I’ll sit i' th' midst.
    Be large in mirth. Anon we’ll drink a measure
    The table round.
    (aside to FIRST MURDERER) There’s blood upon thy face.

    FIRST MURDERER

    'Tis Banquo’s then.

    MACBETH

    15'Tis better thee without than he within.
    Is he dispatched?
  • The stage is set for a banquet. MACBETH enters with LADY MACBETH, ROSS, LENNOX, LORDS, and their attendants.

    MACBETH

    You know your own ranks, so you know where to sit. Sit down. From the highest to the lowest of you, I bid you a hearty welcome.
    The LORDS sit down.

    LORDS

    Thanks to your majesty.

    MACBETH

    I will walk around and mingle with all of you, playing the humble host. My wife will stay in her royal chair, but at the appropriate time I will have her welcome you all.

    LADY MACBETH

    Say welcome to all of our friends for me, sir, for in my heart they are all welcome.
    The FIRST MURDERER appears at the door.

    MACBETH

    And they respond to you with their hearts as well. The table is full on both sides. I will sit here in the middle. Be free and happy. Soon we will toast around the table.
    (approaching the door and speaking to the MURDERER) There’s blood on your face.

    FIRST MURDERER

    Then it must be Banquo’s.

    MACBETH

    I’d rather see his blood splattered on your face than flowing through his veins. Did you finish him off?