"Lady Macbeth"
di William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Act II, Scene 5:

Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be
What thou art promised: yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great;
Art not without ambition, but without
The illness should attend it: what thou wouldst highly,
That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false,
And yet wouldst wrongly win...

Hie thee hither,
That I may pour my spirits in thine ear;
And chastise with the valour of my tongue
All that impedes thee from the golden round,
Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem
To have thee crown'd withal...

Great Glamis! worthy Cawdor!
Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter!
Thy letters have transported me beyond
This ignorant present, and I feel now
The future in the instant.
Act II, Scene 2:

He is about it:
The doors are open; and the surfeited grooms
Do mock their charge with snores: I have drugg'd their possets,
That death and nature do contend about them,
Whether they live or die...

I laid their daggers ready;
He could not miss 'em. Had he not resembled
My father as he slept, I had done't...
Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
They must lie there: go carry them; and smear
The sleepy grooms with blood...

Infirm of purpose!
Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the dead
Are but as pictures: 'tis the eye of childhood
That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed,
I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal;
For it must seem their guilt.
Act V Scene 1:
Out, damned spot! out, I say!--One: two: why, then, 'tis time
to do't.--Hell is murky!--Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier,
and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none
can call our power to account?...

No more o' that, my lord, no more o' that;
you mar all with this starting...
Here's the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia
will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!
... Wash your hands, put on your nightgown; look not
so pale. I tell you yet again, Banquo's buried; he
cannot come out on's grave...
To bed, to bed! there's knocking at the gate.
Come, come, give me your hand.
What's done cannot be undone.
To bed, to bed, to bed!