• hautboys and torches. Enter KING DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, BANQUO, LENNOX, MACDUFF, ROSS, ANGUS, and attendants

    DUNCAN

    This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air
    Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
    Unto our gentle senses.

    BANQUO

         This guest of summer,
    The temple-haunting martlet, does approve,
    5By his loved mansionry, that the heaven’s breath
    Smells wooingly here. No jutty, frieze,
    Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird
    Hath made his pendant bed and procreant cradle.
    Where they most breed and haunt, I have observed,
    10The air is delicate.
    Enter LADY MACBETH

    DUNCAN

         See, see, our honored hostess!
    The love that follows us sometime is our trouble,
    Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you
    How you shall bid God 'ild us for your pains,
    And thank us for your trouble.

    LADY MACBETH

         All our service,
    15In every point twice done and then done double,
    Were poor and single business to contend
    Against those honors deep and broad wherewith
    Your majesty loads our house. For those of old,
    And the late dignities heaped up to them,
    20We rest your hermits.
  • The stage is lit by torches. Hautboys play. DUNCAN enters, together with MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, BANQUO, LENNOX, MACDUFF, ROSS, ANGUS, and their attendants.

    DUNCAN

    This castle is in a pleasant place. The air is sweet and appeals to my refined senses.

    BANQUO

    The fact that this summer bird, the house martin, builds his nests here proves how inviting the breezes are. There isn’t a single protrusion in the castle walls where these birds haven’t built their hanging nests to sleep and breed. I’ve noticed that they always like to settle and mate where the air is the nicest.
    LADY MACBETH enters.

    DUNCAN

    Look, here comes our honored hostess! Sometimes the love my subjects bring me is inconvenient, but I still accept it as love. In doing so, I’m teaching you to thank me for the incovenience I’m causing you by being here, because it comes from my love to you.

    LADY MACBETH

    Everything we’re doing for you, even if it were doubled and then doubled again, is nothing compared to the honors you have brought to our family. We gladly welcome you as our guests, with gratitude for both the honors you’ve given us before and the new honors you’ve just given us.