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Hor. Most like:-it harrows me with fear, and wonder.
Speak to it, Horatio.
Mar. It is offended.
See! it stalks away.
[Exit Ghost. Mar. 'Tis gone, and will not answer.
Ber. How ow, Horatio? you tremble, and look pale:
Hor. Before my God, I might not this believe,
Is it not like the king ?
armour he had on, When he the ambitious Norway combated ; So frown’d he once, when, in an angry parle, He smote the sledded' Polack on the ice.& 'Tis strange.
Mar. Thus, twice before, and jump at this dead hour, With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.
Hor. In what particular thought to work,' I know not; But, in the gross and scope of mine opinion, This bodes some strange eruption to our state.
Mar. Good now, sit down, and tell me, he that knows, Why this same strict and most observant watch
it harrows me, &c.] To harrow is to conquer, to subdue. The word is of Saxon origin.-STBEVENS.
i-sledded— } i.e. Borne on a sledge, or sled. & He smote the sledded Polack on the ice.] He speaks of a prince of Poland whom he slew in battle. Polack was, in that age, the term for an inhabitant of Poland. Polaque, Fr.-Pope and Johnson.
- jump at this dead hour,] i. e. Just at this dead hour : jump and just were synonymous.
* In what particular thought to work,] i.e. What particular train of thinking to follow.--STEEVENS.
-gross and scope - ] General thoughts, and tendency at large.-Johnson.
So nightly toils the subject of the land?
That can I;
luw, and heraldry,) When the right of property was to be determined by combat, the rules of heraldry were to be attended to as well as those of law. M. Mason.
gaged-] i.e. Laid as a wager.—NARES.
co-mart,] i. e. Joint bargain. The word does not occur in any other place.
carriage-] i.e. Import, tendency.
unimproved ) i. e. Uncensured, unimpeached. See GIPFORD's Ben Jonson, vol. i. 88.
* Shark'd up a list, 8c.) i. e. Collected in a banditti-like manner, a set of rogues and vagabonds ; to shark is nearly equivalent to the modern word te swindle.—NARES.
s That hath a stomach in't:) i.e. That hath a spirit, or excitement in it: an uncommon use of the word.
(As it doth well appear unto our state,)
[Ber. I think, it be no other, but even so :
Hor. A mote it is, to trouble the mind's eye.
-romage) or rummage, i.e. Tumultuous movement.-JOHNSON. • [I think, &c.] These, and all other lines, confined within crotchets, throughout this play, and some others which we have not noticed, are omitted in the folio edition of 1623. The omissions leave the play sometimes better and sometimes worse, and seem made only for the sake of abbreviation.—Jounson.
* Well may it sort,] The cause and effect are proportionate and suitable. Johnson.
the question-) i.e. The theme or subject.
palmy-] i.e. Victorious. * As, stars with trains of fire shed dews of blood, Disasters dimm'd the sun ; &c.] The original reading of these lines is,
As, stars with trains of fire and dews of blood,
Disasters in the sun; These corrupted lines the commentators have attempted to put right: the reading I have adopted is the one which departs least from the letter of the text; disasters are the blasts or strokes of unfavourable planets.
- the moist star, &c.] i. e. The moon.
- omen coming on,] i.e. Portentous event at hand. Omen was anciently used in the sense of fate.--FARMER.
But, soft; behold! lo, where it comes again!
grace to me,
'Tis here! Hor.
'Tis here! Mar. 'Tis gone!
[Exit Ghost. We do it wrong, being so majestical, To offer it the show of violence; For it is, as the air, invulnerable, And our vain blows malicious mockery.
Ber. It was about to speak, when the cock crew.
Hor. And then it started, like a guilty thing
d Exit Ghost.] The moment of the evanescence of spirits was supposed to be limited to the crowing of the cock. This belief is mentioned as early as Prudentius, Cathem. Hymn. i. v. 40. But some of his commentators prove it to be of much higher antiquity.-T. WARTON.
e Whether in sea, &c.] According to the pneumatology of that time, every element was inhabited by its peculiar order of spirits, who had dispositions different, according to their various places of abode. The meaning therefore is, that all spirits extravagant, wandering out of their element, whether aërial spirits visiting earth, or earthly spirits ranging the air, return to their station, to their proper limits in which they are confined.--Johnson.
The extravagant and erringe spirit hies
Mar. It faded on the crowing of the cock.
Hor. So have I heard, and do in part believe it.
Mar. Let's do't, I pray; and I this morning know Where we shall find him most conveniently.s [Ereunt.
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; 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,
- extravagant and erring ---) Extravagant means here, having got beyond his bounds; erring is wandering.–WARBURTON and Steevens.
--- takes,] i. e. Strikes with lameness or diseases. This sense of take is frequent in this author.--Johnson.
é - conveniently.) So quarto, 1603.