Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: P.B. 580 : 1e dr. (dl. II)
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So the three old women went and stood by the way-
side , in a great moor or heath near Forres, and waited
till Macbeth came up. And then, stepping before him as
he was marching at the head of his soldiers, the first
woman said , »All hail, Macbeth — hail to thee, Thane
of Glamis." The second said, »All hail, Macbeth —
hail to thee. Thane of Cawdor." Then the third, wish-
ing to pay him a higher compliment than the other two ,
said, »All hail, Macbeth, that shall be king of Scot-
land." Macbeth was very much surprised to hear them
give him these titles; and while he was wondering what
they could mean, Banquo stepped forward, and asked
them whether they had nothing to tell about him as well
as about Macbeth. And they said that he should not be
so great as Macbeth, but that though he himself should
never be a king, yet his children should succeed to the
throne of Scotland, and be kings for a great number of
Before Macbeth was recovered from his surprise, there
came a messenger to tell him, that his father was dead,
so that he was become Thane of Glamis by inheritance.
And there came a second messenger from the King, to
thank Macbeth for the great victory over the Danes, and
tell him that the Thane of Cawdor had rebelled against
the king, and that the king had taken his office from
him, and had sent to make Macbeth Thane of Cawdor
as well as Glamis. Thus the two first old women seem-
ed to be right in giving him these titles. I dare say they
knew something of the death of Macbeth's father, and
that the government of Cawdor was intented for Macbeth,
though he had not heard of it.
However, Macbeth seeing a part of their words come
to be true, began to think how he was to bring the rest
to pass, and make himself king, as well as Thane of