• Enter BANQUO, and FLEANCE, with a torch before him

    BANQUO

    How goes the night, boy?

    FLEANCE

    The moon is down. I have not heard the clock.

    BANQUO

    And she goes down at twelve.

    FLEANCE

         I take ’t ’tis later, sir.

    BANQUO

    Hold, take my sword. There’s husbandry in heaven;
    5Their candles are all out. Take thee that too.
    A heavy summons lies like lead upon me,
    And yet I would not sleep. Merciful powers,
    Restrain in me the cursèd thoughts that nature
    Gives way to in repose.
    Enter MACBETH and a SERVANT with a torch
         Give me my sword. Who’s there?

    MACBETH

    10A friend.

    BANQUO

    What, sir, not yet at rest? The king’s a-bed.
    He hath been in unusual pleasure, and
    Sent forth great largess to your offices.
    This diamond he greets your wife withal,
    15By the name of most kind hostess, and shut up
    In measureless content.

    MACBETH

         Being unprepared,
    Our will became the servant to defect,
    Which else should free have wrought.
  • BANQUO enters with FLEANCE, who lights the way with a torch.

    BANQUO

    How’s the night going, boy?

    FLEANCE

    The moon has set. The clock hasn’t struck yet.

    BANQUO

    The moon sets at twelve, right?

    FLEANCE

    I think it’s later than that, sir.

    BANQUO

    Here, take my sword. The heavens are being stingy with their light. Take this, too. I’m tired and feeling heavy, but I can’t sleep. Merciful powers, keep away the nightmares that plague me when I rest!
    MACBETH enters with a SERVANT, who carries a torch.
    Give me my sword. Who’s there?

    MACBETH

    A friend.

    BANQUO

    You’re not asleep yet, sir? The king’s in bed. He’s been in an unusually good mood and has granted many gifts to your household and servants. This diamond is a present from him to your wife for her boundless hospitality. (he hands MACBETH a diamond)

    MACBETH

    Because we were unprepared for the king’s visit, we weren’t able to entertain him as well as we would have wanted to.