William Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act III, Scene 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 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 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 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.

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 to-night.

First Murderer

Let it come down.

They set upon Banquo

Banquo

O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! Thou mayst revenge. O slave!

Dies. Fleance escapes

Third Murderer

Who did strike out the light?

First Murderer

Wast not the way?

Third Murderer

There's but one down; the son is fled.

Second Murderer

We have lost Best half of our affair.

First Murderer

Well, let's away, and say how much is done.

Exeunt