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a hair, like lifliers in the y peep;

Forth at your eyes your spirits wildly peep;
And, as the sleeping soldiers in the alarm,
Your bedded hair, like life in excrements, (100)
Start up, and stand on end. O gentle son,
Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper
Sprinkle cool patience. Whereon do you look ?
HAM. On him! on him!-Look you, how

pale he glares ! His form and cause conjoin'd, preaching to stones, Would make them capable.-101)Do not look upon

· me; Lest, with this piteous action, you convert My stern effects : (10) then what I have to do Will want true colour ; tears, perchance, for


Queen. To whom do you speak this?

• Do you see nothing there?
Queen. Nothing at all; yet all that is, I see.
Ham. Nor did you nothing hear?
QUEEN. No, nothing, but ourselves.
Ham. Why, look you there! look, how it steals

away! My father, in his habit as he lived !a Look, where he goes, even now, out at the portal!

. [Exit Ghost. Queen. This is the very coinage of your brain: This bodiless creation ecstasy Is very cunning in. (103)

Ham. Ecstasy! My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time, And makes as healthful musick: It is not madness, That I have uttered: bring me to the test, And I the matter will re-word; which madness

* My father, in his hubit as he lived] In the habit he was accustomed to wear when living.

Would gambol from.* Mother, for love of grace,
Lay not that flattering unction to your soul,
That not your trespass, but my madness speaks :
It will but skin and film the ulcerous place ;(104)
Whiles rank corruption, mining all within,
Infects unseen. Confess yourself to heaven;

Repent what's past; avoid what is to come ;
* or,
1623, 32.

And do not spread the compost on * the weeds, • ranker, To make them rank* Forgive me this my 4tos.

For in the fatness of these pursy times, .
Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg;
Yea, curb(105) and woo, for leave to do him good.
QUEEN. O Hamlet! thou hast cleft my heart in

HAM. O, throw away the worser part of it,
And live the purer with the other half.
Good night: but go not to my uncle's bed;
Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
[That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat,
Of habits devil, is angel yet in this; (106)
That to the use of actions fair and good
He likewise gives a frock, or livery,
That aptly is put on:] Refrain to-night;
And that shall lend a kind of easiness
To the next abstinence: [the next more easy:
For use almost can change the stamp of nature,
And maister107 the devil, or throw him out
With wondrous potency.] Once more, good night!
And when you are desirous to be bless'd,
I'll blessing beg of you. For this same lord,

[Pointing to POLONIUS.

is put on rock, or land good

*gambol from] Start away from.
5 the next more easy] i. e, will become more, &c.
c And when you are desirous to be bless'd,

I'll blessing beg of you] When you are desirous to receive a blessing from heaven (which you cannot, seriously, till you reform) I will beg to receive a blessing from you.

I do repent: But heaven hath pleas'd it so, a
To punish me with this, and this with me,
That I must be their scourge and minister. (103)
I will bestow him, and will answer well
The death I gave him. So, again, good night!
I must be cruel, only to be kind :
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.
[One word more, good lady.]

What shall I do?
HAM. Not this, by no means, that I bid you do:
Let the bloat* king (109) tempt you again to bed; blu

1623, 32. Pinch wanton on your cheek; call you, his

mouse ; (110)
And let him, for a pair of reechy kisses, (111)
Or padling in your neck with his damn'd fingers,
Make you to ravel all this matter out,
That I essentially am not in madness,
But mad in craft. (112) "Twere good, you let him

For who, that's but a queen, fair, sober, wise,
Would from a paddock, from a bat, a gib,d
Such dear concernings hide? who would do so ?
No, in despite of sense, and secrecy,
Unpeg the basket on the house's top,
Let the birds fly ;(113) and, like the famous ape,
To try conclusions, (114) in the basket creep,
And break your own neck down.
QUEEN. Be thou assur'd, if words be made of


heaven hath pleas'd it so] 'Ordained, hath been pleased that it should be so.

For who, that's but a queen] Strictly speaking, “ no more than :" but, in the familiar language of banter, importing, “ who being as much as, having some pretence at least, or title, to the rank and state of,” &c.

a paddock] Toad. See Macb. I. 1. Witches.
da gib] Gilbert, a he cat. See I. H. IV. Falst. I. 2.

And breath of life, I have no life to breathe
What thou hast said to me.

HAM. I must to England; you know that?

· Alack, I had forgot; 'tis so concluded on. HAM. [There's letters seald ; and my two

schoolfellows, Whom I will trust, as I will adders fang’d, (115) They bear the mandate ; they must sweep my

way, (116) And marshal me to knavery: Let it work; For 'tis the sport, to have the engineer Họist with his own petar:b and it shall go hard, But I will delve one yard below their mines, And blow them at the moon: 0, 'tis most sweet, When in one line two crafts directly meet. (117)] This man shall set me packing. I'll lug the guts into the neighbour room :(118) Mother, good night. Indeed this counsellor Is now most still, most secret, and most grave, Who was in life a foolish, prating knave. Come, sir, to draw toward an end with you :Good night, mother.

[Exeunt severally; Hamlet dragging in


to breathe] Most distantly glance at. “ Him you breathe of." II. 1. Polon.

to have the engineer Hoist with his own petar] i. e. mount. Hoist is used as a verb neuter. Petard, Fr. is an engine to blow up gates, &c.


The same.


Enter King, Queen, Rosencrantz, and GUIL


King. There's matter in these sighs; these pro

found heaves;
You must translate:' 'tis fit we understand them:
Where is your son ?
[QUEEN. Bestow this place on us a little

.: while.)

go out.
Ah, my good lord, what have I seen to-night!

KING. What, Gertrude? How does Hamlet?
QUEEN. Mad as the sea, and wind, when both

Which is the mightier : In his lawless fit,
Behind the arras hearing something stir,
Whips his rapier out,* cries, A rat! a rat!

• Whips

out his ra. And, in this brainish apprehension, kills

pier, 4tos. The unseen good old man. KING.

O heavy deed!
It had been so with us, had we been there :
His liberty is full of threats to all;
To you yourself, to us, to every one.
Alas! how shall this bloody deed be answer'd ? :

* translate] Interpret.

in this brainish apprehension] Distempered, brainsick, mood.

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