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Ros. Ay, my lord; they stay upon your patience.
Queen. Come hither, my good Hamlet, sit by me.
Ham. No, good mother, here's metal more attractive.
Pol. [to the King.] O ho! do you mark that?
(Lying down at OPHELIA's feet,
Ham. Do you think I meant country matters?
Oph. I think nothing, my lord. · Ham. That's a fair thought to lie between maids' legs.
Oph. What is, my lord ?
Ham. O God, your only jig-maker. What should a man do, but be merry ? for, look you, how cheerfully my mother looks, and my father died within these two hours.
Oph. Nay, 'tis twice two months, my lord.
Ham. So long? Nay, then let the devil wear black, for I'll have a suit of sables. O heavens! die two months ago, and not forgotten yet ? Then there's hope a great man's memory may outlive his life half a year: but by-'r-lady, he must build churches then : or else shall he suffer not thinking on, with the hobby-horse; whose epitaph is, For, O, far, O, the hobby-horse is forgot.
Hautboys play. The dumb show enters. Enter a King and a Queen, very lovingly; the Queen
embracing him, and he her. She kneels, and makes show of protestation unto him. He takes her up, and declines his head upon her neck: lays him down upon a bank of flowers; she, seeing him asleep, leaves him. Anon comes in a fellow, takes off his crown, kisses it, and pours poison in the King's ears, and exit. The Queen returns; finds the King dead, and makes passionate action. The Poisoner, with some two or three Mutes, comes in again, seeming to lament with her. The dead body is carried away. The Poisoner woos the Queen with gifts; she seems loath and unwilling awhile, but, in the end, accepts his love.
Oph. What means this, my lord ?
Ham. Marry, this is miching mallecho; it means mischief.
Oph. Belike, this show imports the argument of the play.
Enter Prologue. Ham. We shall know by this fellow : the players cannot keep counsel ; they'll tell all.
Oph. Will he tell us what this show meant ?
Ham. Ay, or any show that you'll show him. Be not you ashamed to show, he'll not shame to tell you what it means.
Oph. You are naught, you are naught ; I'll mark the play.
Pro. For us, and for our tragedy,
Here stooping to your clemency,
We beg your hearing patiently. Ham. Is this a prologue, or the poesy of a ring?
oph. 'Tis brief, my lord...
Enter two Players, King and Queen. P. King. Full thirty times hath Phoebus' cart gone
For husband shalt thou-
O, confound the rest ! Such love must needs be treason in my breast : In second husband let me be accurst! None wed the second but who kill'd the first.
Ham. [aside.] Wormwood, wormwood.
But, what we do determine oft we break.
What to ourselves in passion we propose, The passion ending, doth the purpose lose. The violence of either grief or joy Their own enactures with themselves destroy : Where joy most revels, grief doth most lament, Grief joys, joy grieves, on slender accident. This world is not for aye ; nor 'tis not strange, That even our loves should with our fortunes.change; For 'tis a question left us yet to prove, Whether love lead fortune, or else fortune love. The great man down, you mark, his favourite flics : The poor advanced makes friends of enemies. And hitherto doth love on fortune tend : For who not needs shall never lack a friend ; And who in want a hollow friend doth try, Directly seasons him his enemy. But, orderly to end where I begun,Our wills and fates do so contrāry run, That our devices still are overthrown; Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own; So think thou wilt no second husband wed; But die thy thoughts, when thy first lord is dead. P. Queen. Nor earth to me give food, nor heaven light! Sport and repose lock from me, day, and night! To desperation turn my trust and hope ! An anchor's cheer in prison be my scope ! Each opposite, that blanks the face of joy, Meet what I would have well, and it destroy ! Both here, and hence, pursue me lasting strife, If, once a widow, ever I be wife!
Ham. [to OPHELIA.] If she should break it now,P. King. 'Tis deeply sworn. Sweet, leave me here a
[Sleeps. P. Queen.
Sleep rock thy brain, And never come mischance between us twain !
(Exit. Ham. Madam, how like you this play? Queen. The lady protests too much, me
Ham. O, but she'll keep her word.
King. Have you heard the argument: Is there no offence in 't?
Ham. No, no, they do but jest, poison in jest; no offence i' the world.
King, What do you call the play?.
Ham. The Mouse-trap. Marry, how? Tro. pically. This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna: Gonzago is the duke's name; his wife, Baptista: you shall see anon; 'tis a knavish piece of work: but what of that? your majesty, and we that have free souls, it touches us not: let the galled jade wince, our withers are unwrung.
Oph. You are as good as a chorus, my lord.
Ham. I could interpret between you and your love, if I could see the puppets dallying.
Oph. You are keen, my lord, you are keen.
Ham. It would cost you a groaning, to take off my edge.
Oph. Still better, and worse.
Ham. So you must take husbands.-Begin, murderer; leave thy damnable faces, and begin. Come;
The croaking raven
[Pours the poison into the sleeper's ears.