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  • A large group of witches gather near a cauldron and chant together. They are making a potion and Hecate praises them for their efforts.
  • Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn and cauldron bubble!
  • Macbeth arrives at the witches' cave, looking for more guidance. They show him three apparitions that tell him to beware Macduff, and no woman born man can harm Macbeth, and that he will be safe until Birnam wood marches towards his castle.
  • Then live, Macduff. What need I fear of thee? But yet I’ll make assurance double sure, and take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live, that I may tell pale hearted fear it lies, and sleep in spite of thunder.
  • At Macduff's castle, Ross, Lady Macduff and her son speak about Macduff's disappearance. A messenger arrives telling Lady Macduff of incoming danger, but she does not heed his warning. Murderers come in and kill Lady Macduff's son. She flees, and they chase after her.
  • Wisdom! To leave his wife, to leave his babes, his mansion and his titles in a place from whence himself does fly? He loves us not; he wants the natural touch.
  • Malcolm and Macduff speak to each other about the tyrant, Macbeth. Macduff pleads for Malcolm to be the next king, but Malcolm repeatedly turns him down, to test if Macduff is truly loyal or not. Macduff passes Malcolm's test, and they decide to work together.
  • This avarice sticks deeper, grows with more pernicious root than summer-seeming lust, and it hath been the sword of our slain kings. Yet do not fear; Scotland hath foisons to fill up your will, of your mere own. All these are portable, with other graces weighed.
  • With this there grows in my most ill-composed affection such a stanchless avarice that, were I king, I should cut off the nobles for their lands, desire his jewels and this other’s house.
  • Ross Brings terrible news to Macduff. He tells him that his whole castle, including his children and wife were killed.
  • He has no children. All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam at one fell swoop?
  • After hearing the terrible news, the three decide to go through with killing Macbeth and bringing him to justice. They will save Scotland from their tyrant King.
  • This tune goes manly. Come, go we to the king. Our power is ready; our lack is nothing but our leave. Macbeth is ripe for shaking, and the powers above Put on their instruments. Receive what cheer you may. The night is long that never finds the day.
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