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Monologues for Men

LEN.

My former speeches have but hit your thoughts,

Which can interpret farther; only I say

Things have been strangely borne. The gracious Duncan

Was pitied of Macbeth; marry, he was dead.

And the right valiant Banquo walk’d too late,

Whom you may say (if’t please you) Fleance kill’d,

For Fleance fled. Men must not walk too late.

Who cannot want the thought, how monstrous

It was for Malcolm and for Donalbain

To kill their gracious father? Damned fact!

How it did grieve Macbeth! Did he not straight

In pious rage the two delinquents tear,

That were the slaves of drink and thralls of sleep?

Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely too;

For ’twould have anger’d any heart alive

To hear the men deny’t. So that, I say,

He has borne all things well, and I do think

That had he Duncan’s sons under his key

(As, and’t please heaven, he shall not), they should find

What ’twere to kill a father; so should Fleance.

But peace! for from broad words, and ’cause he fail’d

His presence at the tyrant’s feast, I hear

Macduff lives in disgrace. Sir, can you tell

Where he bestows himself?

And that well might

Advise him to a caution, t’ hold what distance

His wisdom can provide. Some holy angel

Fly to the court of England, and unfold

His message ere he come, that a swift blessing

May soon return to this our suffering country

Under a hand accurs’d!

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