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ACT V SCENE VIDunsinane. Before the castle.
[ Drum and colours. Enter MALCOLM, SIWARD, MACDUFF, and their Army, with boughs ]
MALCOLMNow near enough: your leafy screens throw down.
And show like those you are. You, worthy uncle,
Shall, with my cousin, your right-noble son,
Lead our first battle: worthy Macduff and we
Shall take upon ‘s what else remains to do,5
According to our order.
SIWARDFare you well.
Do we but find the tyrant’s power to-night,
Let us be beaten, if we cannot fight.
MACDUFFMake all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,
Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.

Next: Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 7

Explanatory Notes for Act 5, Scene 6
From Macbeth. Ed. Thomas Marc Parrott. New York: American Book Co.
(Line numbers have been altered.)

2. show like those you are, appear in your true shapes.

7. Do we but find, if we can but meet.

7. to-night. It seems as if they had planned to assault Dunsinane toward the end of the day. There is a picturesque justice in Macbeth’s meeting his fate in the gathering gloom of twilight.


How to cite the explanatory notes:Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Ed. Thomas Marc Parrott. New York: American Book Co., 1904.