i.e., From where the sun begins to rise - the east.
In this passage the Sergeant (or Captain in some editions) reports to Duncan the good news of Macbeth's victory over the traitor Macdonwald, and the bad news that Norway planned to begin a "fresh assault" (30). Just as sometimes deadly storms can appear suddenly on a clear, sunny day, when everything seems fine, Norway regrouped just when Duncan's men thought they had the advantage:
As whence the sun 'gins his reflection
Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break,
So from that spring whence comfort seem'd to come
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King Duncan of the Scots awaits news of the battle between his men and the rebels led by the Thane of Cawdor. The King and his sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, meet a soldier who is weak and bleeding. He reports that Macbeth and Banquo have performed valiantly in the fight. His admiration of the noble yet brutal Macbeth is deep indeed. Read on...