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Lord Hamlet,-with his doublet all unbrac'd;
Pol. Mad for thy love?
Oph. My lord, I do not know; But, truly, I do fear it,
Pol. What said he ?
Oph. He took me by the wrist, and held me hard : Then goes he to the length of all his arm; And, with his other hand thus.o'er his brow, He falls to such perusal of my face, As he would draw it. Long staid he so ;. At last,--a little shaking of mine arm,
99 And thrice his head thus waving up and down,-. He rais d a sigh so piteous and profound, As it did seem to shatter all his bulk, And end his being: That done, he lets me go : And, with his head over his shoulder turn'd, He seem'd to find his way without his eyes ; For out o' doors he went without their helps, And, to the last, bended their light on me.
Pol. Come, go with me; I will go seek the king. This is the very ecstacy of love; Whoše violent property foredoes itself, And leads the will to desperate undertakings, As oft as any passion under heaven,
That does afflict our natures. I am sorry,-
Oph. No, my good lord; but, as you did command,
Pol. That hath made him mad. I am sorry, that with better heed, and judgment, I had not quoted him : I fear'd, he did but trifle, And meant to wreck thee; but, beshrew my jealousy! It seems, it is as proper to our age
12% To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions, As it is common for the younger sort To lack discretion. Come, go wę to the king This must be known; which, being kept close, might
More grief to hide, than hate to utter love.
The Palace. Enter the King, Queen, RosenCRANTZ,
GUILDENSTERN, and Attendants. King. Welcome, dear Rosencrantz, and Guilden
stern! Moreover that we much did long to see you, 'The need, we have to use you, did provoke Our hasty sending. Something have you heard Of Hamlet's transformation; so I call it, Since nor the exterior nor the inward inan
Resembles that it was: What it should be,
rest here in our court
Ros. Both your majesties
your dread pleasures more into command
Guil. But we both obey ;
King. Thanks, Rosencrantz, and gentle Guilden
Queen., Thanks, Guildenstern, and gentle Rosen
And I beseech you instantly to visit
[Exeunt Ros, and Guil. Queen. Ay, amen!
Pol. The embassadors from Norway, my good lord, Are joyfully return'd.
King. Thou still has been the father of good news:
Pol. Have I, my lord ? Assure you, my good liege, I hold my duty, as I hold my soul, Both to my God, and to my gracious king: And I do think (or else this brain of mine Hunts not the trail of policy so sure As it hath us'd to do) that I have found The very cause of Hamlet's lunacy.
180 King. O, speak of that; that I do long to hear.
Pol. Give first admittance to the embassadors;. My news shall be the fruit to that great feast., King. Thyself do grace to them, and bring them in.
[Exit POLONIUS. He tells me, my dear Gertrude, he hath found
The head and source of all your son's distemper.
Queen. I doubt, it is no other but the main;
189 Say, Voltimand, what from our brother Norway?
Volt. Most fair return of greetings, and desires.