Act III - Scene III

[A park near the palace.]

Enter three Murderers.

FIRST MURDERER:
But who did bid thee join with us?
THIRD MURDERER:
Macbeth.
SECOND MURDERER:
He needs not our mistrust, since he
delivers
Our offices and what we have to do,(5)
To the direction just.
FIRST MURDERER:
Then stand with us.
The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day;
Now spurs the lated traveller apace
To gain the timely inn, and near approaches(10)
The subject of our watch.
THIRD MURDERER:
Hark! I hear horses.
BANQUO:
within. Give us a light there, ho!
SECOND MURDERER:
Then ’tis he: the rest
That are within the note of expectation(15)
Already are i’ the court.
FIRST MURDERER:
His horses go about.
THIRD MURDERER:
Almost a mile, but he does usually—
So all men do—from hence to the palace gate
Make it their walk.(20)
SECOND MURDERER:
A light, a light!

Enter Banquo and Fleance, with a Torch.

THIRD MURDERER:
’Tis he.
FIRST MURDERER:
Stand to't.
BANQUO:
It will be rain tonight.
FIRST MURDERER:
Let it come down. [They assault Banquo.](25)
BANQUO:
O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!
Thou mayst revenge. O slave!
THIRD MURDERER:
Who did strike out the light?
FIRST MURDERER:
Was't not the way?
THIRD MURDERER:
There's but one down; the son is fled.(30)
SECOND MURDERER:
We have lost best half of our affair.
FIRST MURDERER:
Well, let's away and say how much is done.

Exeunt.