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Receives rebuke from Norway; and, in fine,
It likes us well;
[Ereunt VOLTIMAND and CORNELIUS. Pol.
This business is well ended.
More matter, with less art.
z To give the assay—] To take the assay was a technical expression, originally applied to those who tasted wine for princes and great men.-MALONE.
fee;] i. e. Reward.
That we find out the cause of this effect;
In her excellent white bosom, these, &c.-
Doubt thou, the stars are fire;
Doubt, that the sun doth move :
But never doubt, I love.
O dear Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers; I have not art to reckon my groans : but that I love thee best, О most best, believe it. Adieu.
Thine evermore, most dear lady, whilst
this machine is to him, Hamlet. This, in obedience, hath my daughter shown me: And more above, hath his solicitings, As they fell out by time, by means, and place,
But how hath she
What do you think of me?
beautified-] For beautiful. Vile as this' phrase may ba, it was certainly a common one in those times, particularly in the addresses of letters.NABES.
- whilst this machine is to him,] This phrase seems to have a French construction. Pendant que cette machine est à lui.-STEEVENS.
- more above, ]-is, moreover, besides.
Pol. I would fain prove so.
But what might you think, When I had seen this hot love on the wing, (As I perceiv'd it, I must tell you that, Before my daughter told me,) what might you, Or my dear majesty your queen here, think, If I had play'd the desk, or table-book ; Or given my heart a working, mute and dumb; Or look’d upon this love with idle sight; What might you think? no, I went round to work, And my young mistress thus did I bespeak; Lord Hamlet is a prince out of thy sphere; This must not be: and then I precepts gave her, That she should lock herself from his resort, Admit no messengers, receive no tokens. Which done, she took the fruits of my advice; And he, repulsed, (a short tale to make,) Fell into a sadness; then into a fast; Thence to a watch; thence into a weakness; Thence to a lightness; and, by this declension, Into the madness wherein now he raves, And all we mourn for. King.
Do you think, 'tis this? Queen. It may be, very likely.
Pol. Hath there been such a time, (I'd fain know that,) That I have positively said, 'Tis so, When it prov'd otherwise ? King.
Not that I know. Pol. Take this from this, if this be otherwise :
[Pointing to his head and shoulder.
How may we try it further?
gether, Here in the lobby.
"Which done, she took the fruits of my advice ;] She took the fruits of advice when she obeyed advice, the advice was then made fruitful.-Johnson.
So he does, indeed.
We will try it.
[Exeunt King, Queen, and Attendants. How does my good lord Hamlet?
Ham. Well, God-'a-mercy.
Ham. Ay, sir; to be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.
Pol. That's very true, my lord.
Ham. For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a god, kissing carrion,- Have you a daughter?
Pol. I have, my lord.
Ham. Let her not walk i'the sun: conception is a blessing; but as your daughter may conceive,-friend, look to't.
Pol. How say you by that? [Aside.] Still harping on my daughter :—yet he knew me not at first; he said, I was a fishmonger: He is far gone, far gone: and truly in my youth I suffered much extremity for love; very near this. I'll speak to him again.--What do you read,
my lord ?
Ham. Words, words, words!
& I'll board him---] i.e. Accost, address bim.
Pol. What is the matter, my lord ?
lord. Ham. Slanders, sir : for the satirical rogue says here, that old men have grey beards; that their faces are wrinkled; their eyes purging thick amber, and plumtree gum; and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams: All of which, sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down; for yourself, sir, shall be as old as I am, if, like a crab, you could go backward.
Pol. Though this be madness, yet there's method in it. [Aside.] Will you walk out of the air, my lord ?
Ham. Into my grave?
Pol. Indeed, that is out o'the air.-How pregnant sometimes his replies are !h a happiness that often madness hits on, which reason and sanity could not so prosperously be delivered of. I will leave him, and suddenly contrive the means of meeting between him and my daughter.—My honourable lord, I will most humbly take my leave of you.
Ham. You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal; except my life, except my life, except my life.
Pol. Fare you well, my lord.
Enter ROSENCRANTZ, and GUILDENSTERN.
Pol. You go to seek the lord Hamlet; there he is.
[Exit Polonius. Guil. My honour'd lord ! Ros. My most dear lord
Ham. My excellent good friends! How dost thou, Guildenstern? Ah, Rosencrantz! Good lads, how do ye both ?
pregnant-] i. e. Ready, dexterous, apt.
Rosencrantz—] There was an embassador of that name in England about the time when this play was written.-STEEVENS.