• Enter BANQUO

    BANQUO

    Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all,
    As the weird women promised, and I fear
    Thou played’st most foully for ’t. Yet it was said
    It should not stand in thy posterity,
    5But that myself should be the root and father
    Of many kings. If there come truth from them—
    As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine—
    Why, by the verities on thee made good,
    May they not be my oracles as well,
    10And set me up in hope? But hush, no more.
    Sennet sounded. Enter MACBETH, as king, LADY MACBETH, as queen, LENNOX, ROSS, LORDS, LADIES, and attendants

    MACBETH

    Here’s our chief guest.

    LADY MACBETH

    If he had been forgotten,
    It had been as a gap in our great feast,
    And all-thing unbecoming.

    MACBETH

    15Tonight we hold a solemn supper, sir,
    And I’ll request your presence.

    BANQUO

         Let your highness
    Command upon me, to the which my duties
    Are with a most indissoluble tie
    Forever knit.
  • BANQUO enters.

    BANQUO

    Now you have it all: you’re the king, the thane of Cawdor, and the thane of Glamis, just like the weird women promised you. And I suspect you cheated to win these titles. But it was also prophesied that the crown would not go to your descendants, and that my sons and grandsons would be kings instead. If the witches tell the truth—which they did about you—maybe what they said about me will come true too. But shhh! I’ll shut up now.
    A trumpet plays. MACBETH enters dressed as king, and LADY MACBETH enters dressed as queen, together with LENNOX, ROSS, LORDS, LADIES, and their attendants

    MACBETH

    (indicating BANQUO) Here’s our most important guest.

    LADY MACBETH

    If we forgot him, our big celebration wouldn’t be complete, and that wouldn’t be any good.

    MACBETH

    (to BANQUO) Tonight we’re having a ceremonial banquet, and I want you to be there.

    BANQUO

    Whatever your highness commands me to do, it is always my duty to do it.