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The expectancy and rose of the fair state,
Re-enter King, and POLONIUS.
Pol. It shall do well : But yet do I believe The origin and commencement of his grief Sprung from neglected love.--How now, Ophelia ?
You need not tell us what lord Hamlet said ; 190
you hold it fit, after the play,
King. It shall be so ;
A Hall. Enter HAMLET, and two or three of the
Players... Ham. Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pro. nounc'd it to you, trippingly on the tongue : but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lieve the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus; but use all gently : for in the very torrent, tempest, and (as I may say) whirlwind of your passion, you must ac, quire and begeţ a temperance, that may give it smoothness. O, it offends me to the soul, to hear a robuștious perriwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings; who, for the most part, are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shews, and noise : I would
have such a fellow whipp'd for o'er-doing Termagant; it out-herods Herod : Pray you, avoid it. 1 Play. I warrant your honour.
217 Ham. Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor : suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'er-step not the modesty of nature: For, any thing so over-done is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first, and now, was, and is, to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature; to shew virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure. Now this, over-done, or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the censure of which one, must, in your allowance, o'er-weigh a whole theatre of others. O, there be players, that I have seen play,—and heard others praise, and that highly, not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of christians, nor the gait of christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted, and bellow'd, that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well, they imitated hu. manity so abominably.
1 Play. I hope, we have reform’d that indifferently with us.
240 Ham. O, reform it altogether. And let those, that play your clowns, speak no more than is set down for them: For there be of them, that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators
to laugh t90; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered : that's villainous; and shews a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. Go, make you ready.-
[Exeunt Players. Enter POLONIUS, ROSENCRANTZ, and GUILDEN
STERN. How now, my lord ? will the king hear this piece of
work? Pol. And, the queen too, and that presently. Ham. Bid the players make haste.- [Exit Polon, Will you two help to hasten them?
Both. Ay, my lord. [Exeunt Ros, and Guil. Ham. What, ho; Horatio !
Hor. Here, sweet lord, at your service.
Ham. Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man
flatter'd ? No, let the candy'd tongue lick absurd pomp ; And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee, Where thrift may follow fawning. Dost thou hear ? Since my dear soul was mistress of ber choice,
And could of men distinguish, her election
290 And, after, we will both our judgments join In censure of his seeming.
Hor. Well, my lord:
Ham. They are coming to the play ; I must be idle : Get you a place.