Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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man. As he assured Edward that the Scots were tired
of the cruel Macbeth, and would join Prince Malcolm if
he were to enter Scotland at the head of an army, the
King ordered a great warrior, called Siward, Earl of
Northumberland, to enter Scotland with an army, and
assist Prince Malcolm in the recovery of his father's
Then it happened as Macduff had said, for the Scottish
thanes and nobles would not fight for Macbeth, but joined
Prince Malcolm, and Macduff against him; so that at
length he shut himself up in liis castle of Dunsinane,
where he thought himself safe , according to the old wo-
men's prophecy, until Birnam Wood should come against
him. He boasted of this to his followers, and encouraged
them to make a valiant defence, as.suring them of certain
victory. At this time Malcolm and Macduff were come as
far as Birnam Wood, and lay encamped there with their
army. The next morning, when they were to march across
the broad valley to attack the castle of Dunsinane, Mac-
duff advised that every soldier should cut down a bough
of a tree and carry it in his hand, that the enemy might
not be able to see how many men were coming against
Now, the sentinel who stood on Macbeth's castle-wall,
when he saw all these branches which the soldiers of
Prince Malcolm carried, ran to the King, and informed
him that the Wood of Birnam was moving towards the
castle of Dunsinane. The King at first called him a liar,
and threatened to put him to death; but when he looked
from the walls himself, and saw the appearance of a forest
approaching from Birnam , he knew the hour of his des-
truction was come. His followers, too, began to be disheart-
ened , and to fly from the castle, seeing their master
had lost all hopes.