SCENE IV. Country near Birnam wood.
Drum and colours. Enter MALCOLM, SIWARD and YOUNG SIWARD, MACDUFF, MENTEITH, CAITHNESS, ANGUS, LENNOX, ROSS, and Soldiers, marchingMALCOLM
Cousins, I hope the days are near at handMENTEITH
That chambers will be safe.
We doubt it nothing.SIWARD
What wood is this before us?MENTEITH
The wood of Birnam.MALCOLM
Let every soldier hew him down a boughSoldiers
And bear't before him: thereby shall we shadow
The numbers of our host and make discovery
Err in report of us.
It shall be done.SIWARD
We learn no other but the confident tyrantMALCOLM
Keeps still in Dunsinane, and will endure
Our setting down before 't.
'Tis his main hope:MACDUFF
For where there is advantage to be given,
Both more and less have given him the revolt,
And none serve with him but constrained things
Whose hearts are absent too.
Let our just censuresSIWARD
Attend the true event, and put we on
The time approaches
That will with due decision make us know
What we shall say we have and what we owe.
Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate,
But certain issue strokes must arbitrate:
Towards which advance the war.