Document: All > Shakespeare > Tragedies > Macbeth > Act III, scene III
[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.