The Tragedy of MacBeth

by William Shakespeare

Act 1, Scene 1

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1607
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Source: Richard Grant White, ed. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (New York: Sully and Kleinteich)
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 11.0
  • Word Count: 93
  • Genre: Tragedy
  • Keywords: betrayal, envy, murder, power, revenge, tragedy
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SCENE. A desert place.

(Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches)

First Witch
When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Second Witch
When the hurlyburly's done,
When the battle's lost and won.

Third Witch
That will be ere the set of sun.

First Witch
Where the place?

Second Witch
Upon the heath.

Third Witch
There to meet with Macbeth.

First Witch
I come, Graymalkin!

Second Witch
Paddock calls.

Third Witch

Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.