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a deep impression on the audience, and caused the King to squirm in his throne chair at the contemplation of the murder of Duncan, but when William entered as Macbeth and rendered the following speech James wished himself a million miles away, and yet applauded to the echo the murdering thoughts of the Scottish chieftain:
"If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere well
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
Still brooding on the murder of Duncan, Macbeth says:
"Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle towards my hand? Come, let me clutch thee;
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still,
Thou marshal'st me the way that I was going; And such an instrument I was to use.
Mine eyes are made the fools of the other senses,
Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace
With Tarquin's ravishing strides, towards his design
Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
The very stones prate of my whereabout,
After the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth is constantly haunted with the ghost of her victim, and in midnight hours, sick at soul, walks in her sleep, talking of her bloody deed:
"Out damned spot! out I say!
Will not sweeten this little hand!"
And then retiring to her purple couch, amidst the cries of her waiting women, she dies with insane groans echoing through her castle halls.
Macbeth, the pliant, cowardly, ambitious tool of his wicked wife, is at last surrounded by Macduff and his soldiers, and informed that his lady is dead.
And then soliloquizing on time and life, he utters these philosophic phrases:
"She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word;
Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
And then, in the forest in front of the castle Macbeth is at last brought to bay and killed by Macduff; but the murderer of Duncan, brave to the last, exclaims:
"Yet I will try the last; before my body I throw my warlike shield; lay on, Macduff, And damned be him that first cries, Hold, enough!"
A whirlwind of applause echoed through the royal halls at the conclusion of the great Scotch historical drama, and Shakspere was loudly called before the footlights, making a general bow to the audience, and paying deep, low courtesy to the King, who beckoned him to the throne chair, and placed about his neck a heavy golden chain with a miniature of His Majesty attached. William was glorified.
"Murder, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ!"
SHAKSPERE AS MONOLOGIST.
"He lives in fame that died in virtue's cause."
"The king-becoming graces
Are justice, verity, temperance, stableness,
SHAKSPERE became a prime favorite of King James, and occasionally he entertained the Bard at Whitehall Palace, introducing him to the bishops, cardinals and lords, who were interested in the revision of the Bible. They were astonished at the detailed knowledge of Shakspere, touching the "Word of God;" and when he entered into a dissertation of the Hebrew, Greek and Latin philosophers and "divines" who concocted the history of the ancients, they marveled at his native erudition.
These modern preachers had been educated and empurpled in the classical ruts of ancient superstitious divinity, while William communed with immediate nature, and taught lessons of virtue and vice on the dramatic stage that impresses the rushing world, far more than dictatorial dogmas or pulpit platitudes.