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And terms compulsative, those 'foresaid lands,
[BAR. I think it be no other, but even so : Well may it sort,a that this portentous figure Comes armed thro' our watch; so like the king, That was and is the question of these wars. (16)
HOR. A moth (17) it is to trouble the mind's eye. In the most high and palmy state of Rome, A little ere the mightiest Julius fell, The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets : As, stars with trains of fire and dews of blood, Disasters in the sun; (18) and the moist star,(19) Upon whose influence. Neptune's empire stands, Was sick alınost to dooms-daye with eclipse. And even the like precurse of fierce events, (20) As harbingers preceding still the fates, And prologue to the omen coming on,(21) Have heaven and earth together démonstrated Unto our climatures and countrymen.—](22)
But, soft; behold! lo, where it comes again!
a sort] Fall in with the idea of: suit, accord.
o palmy state] Outspread, flourishing. Of victory palm branches were the emblem.
stands-sick to dooms-day] To death, to extinction, as at the day of doom. Stands is depends.
d sound, or use of voice] Articulation.
Speak to me:
[Cock crows. Speak of it:-stay, and speak.--Stop it, Marcellus.
MAR. Shall I strike at it with my partizan?
'Tis here! Hor.
'Tis here! MAR. 'Tis gone!
BAR. It was about to speak, when the cock crew.
HOR. And then it started like a guilty thing
MAR. It faded on the crowing of the cock. (28)
1623, 32. The bird of dawning singeth all night long: And then, they say, no spirit dare stir * abroad; * So 4tos. The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike, 1623, 32. No fairy (29) takes, * nor witch hath power to charm, So 4tos. So hallow'd and so gracious is the time. (30)
Partizan] Pertuifane, Fr. halberd. 5 lofty] High and loud
Hor. So have I heard, and do in part believe it. But, look, the morn,(31) in russet mantle clad, Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastern hill: Break we our watch up; and, by my advice, Let us impart what we have seen to-night Unto young Hamlet : for, upon my life, This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him : Do you consent we shall acquaint him with it, As needful in our loves, fitting our duty ? MAR. Let's do't, I pray; and I this morning
know Where we shall find him most conveniently.
A Room of State in the same.
Enter the King, Queen, HAMLET, POLONIUS, LAERTES, VOLTIMAND, CORNELIUS, Lords, and Attendants.
King. Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's
death The memory be green ;a and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe; Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature, That, we with wisest sorrow think on him, Together with remembrance of ourselves. Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen, The imperial jointress of this warlike state, Have we, as 'twere with a defeated joy,(32) With one auspicious, and one dropping eye, With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage, In equal scale weighing delight and dole, Taken to wife: nor have we herein barr'd
* green] Fresh. See Rom. & Jul. IV. 3. Jul.
wisest sorrow] Sober grief, passior discreetly reined.
Your better wisdoms, which have freely gone
Now follows, that you know, young Fortinbras,
[Exeunt VOLTIMAND and CORNELIUS. And now, Laertes, what's the news with you? You told us of some suit; What is't, Laertes ? You cannot speak of reason to the Dane, And lose* your voice: What wouldst thou beg, *So 4tos. Laertes,
a Colleagued with this dream] United with this wild conceit. • power to business] For the purpose of, to transact, business. e You cannot speak of reason to the Dane,
And lose your voice] Of any matter fit to be brought under discussion, and throw away your labour.
That shall not be my offer, not thy asking?
My dread lord,
thine!! And thy best graces spend it at thy will ! But now, my cousin Hamlet, and my son,
a The head is not more native, &c.] The principal parts of the body are not more natural, instrumental, or necessary to each other, than is the throne natural to, and a machine acted upon and under the guidance of, your father.
b Your leave and favour] The favour of your leave granted, the kind permission. Two substantives with a copulative being here, as is the frequent practise of our author, used for an adjective and substantive: an adjective sense is given to a substantive. See “ Law and Heraldry,” sc. 1. Horatio.
© Upon his will I seald my hard consent] At or upon his earnest and importunate suit, I gave my full and final, though hardly obtained and reluctant, consent.
Take thy fair hour! time be thine!
And thy best graces spend it at thy will!] Catch the auspicious moment! be time thy own! and may the exercise of thy fairest virtues fill up those its hours, that are wholly at your command !