by William Shakespeare from Macbeth
Act V, Scene 5 passage: This passage is a speech from Shakespeare’s tragedy "Macbeth." The title character Macbeth is a Scottish general who receives a prophecy that he would one day be King of Scotland. He becomes ambitious and eager to make the prophecy come true. He is encouraged by his wife, Lady Macbeth. He kills the reigning king and becomes king, but the resulting wars lead to more murders and death. The power that Macbeth and his wife desire eventually leads to their destruction. In this speech Macbeth is reacting to the news that his wife has died.