Quote in Context
Hold, take my sword. There's husbandry in heaven;
Their candles are all out. Take thee that too.
A heavy summons lies like lead upon me,
And yet I would not sleep: merciful powers,
Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature
Gives way to in repose!
Macbeth (2.1), Banquo
The stars (heaven's candles) are dark because the angels in heaven are trying to economize. The "that" in the above passage could be a number of things, and on stage you will see many different interpretations. Some think "that" here refers to Banquo's helmet or shield. Others think Banquo might be handing Fleance his cloak. Langford (Swan Shakespeare) believes it might be the diamond mentioned in line 15. Read on...