Macbeth Soliloquy Glossary: If it were done when 'tis done... (1.7.1-29)
Will plead like angels...couriers of the air (19-23)
Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
plead: advocate; plead their case.
The deep damnation of his taking-off;
And pity, like a naked new-born babe,
Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubim, horsed
Upon the sightless couriers of the air.
taking-off: a euphemism for Duncan's death.
striding: standing with legs apart.
blast: gust of air.
cherubim: an order of angels. The hierarchy of angels ranked from lowest to highest into the following nine orders: angels, archangels, principalities, powers, virtues, dominions, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim. Note that the First Folio has cherubin but most editors believe the plural is required here. Compare The Tempest (1.2.178) and Timon of Athens (4.3.65).
sightless couriers: invisible messengers -- i.e. the winds.
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