« PreviousContinue »
No, in despite of sense, and secrecy,
Queen. Be thou assur'd, if words be made of breath,
Ham. I must to England ; you know that ?
[Exeunt severally ; HAMLET dragging in POLONIUS.
ACT IV. SCENE 1.5--The same. Enter King, Queen, RozenCRANTZ,
and GUILDENSTERN. King. There's matter in these sighs; these profound
heaves ; You must translate : 'tis fit we understand them :
(3) That is, adders with their fangs, or poisonous teeth undrawn. It has been the practice of mountebanks to boast the efficacy of their antidotes by playing with vipers, but they first disabled their fangs. JOHNSON
 Still alluding to a countermine. MALONE.
 This play is printed in the old editions without any separation of the acts. The division is modern and arbitrary ; and is here not very happy, for the pacse is made at a time when there is more continuity of action than in almost any other of the scenes: JOHNSON. 23
Where is your son?
(To Ros. and Guil. who 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 contend Which is the mightier : In his lawless fit, Behind the arras hearing something stir, Whips out his rapier, cries, A rat? a rat! And, in this brainish apprehension, kills "The unseen good old man.
King. O heavy deed !
Queen, To draw.apart the body he hath kill'd:
King. O, Gertrude, come away!
Enter ROSENCRANT2 and GUILDENSTERN.
[Exeunt Ros. and GUIL.
And hit the woundless air.- come away!
Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. Ros.What have you done, my lord, with the dead body! Ham. Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis kin.
Ros. Tell us where 'tis ; that we may take it thence, And bear it to the chapel.
Ham. Do not believe it.
Ham. That I can keep your counsel, and not mine own. Besides, to be demanded of a sponge ! - what replication should be made by the son of a king?
Ros. Take you me for a sponge, my lord ?
Ham. Ay, sir ; that soaks up the king's countenance, his rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the king best service in the end: he keeps them, like anape, in the corner of his jaw ; first mouthed, to be last swallowed : When he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you, and, sponge, you shall be dry again.
Ros. I understand you not, my lord.
Ham. I am glad of it: A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.
R08. My lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go with us to the king.
Ham. The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body. The king is a thing
Guil. A thing, my lord ? Ham. Of nothing: bring me to him. Hide, fox, and all after.7
[61, The quarto has apple, which is generally followed. The folic has ape, which Sir T. Hanmer has thus illustrated :
“. It is the way of monkeys in eating, to throw that part of their food, which they take up first, into a pouch theyfare provided with on each side of their jaw, and there they keep it till they have done with the rest.”. JOHN.
Apple in the quarto is a mere typographical error. The meaning is clearly " as an ape does an apple." RITSON.  There is a-play among children called, “ Hide, fox, and all after."
Ros. Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord,
King. But where is he?
Enter HAMLET and GUILDENSTERN.
Ham. Not where he eats, but where he is eaten : 2 certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet : we fat all creatures else, to fat us; and we fat ourselves for maggots : Your fat king and your lean beggar, is but variable service; two dishes, but to one table ; that's the end.
King. Alas, alas! Ham. A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king; and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
King. What dost thou mean by this ?
Ham. Nothing, but to show you how a king may go & progress through the guts of a beggar.
King. Where is Polonius?
Ham. In heaven ; send thither to see : if your mes. senger find him not there, seek him i'the other place yourself. But, indeed, if you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby
King. Go seek him there. [To some Attendants,
Ham. For England ?
Ham. I see a cherub, that sees them. But, come ; for?" England !-Farewell, dear mother.
King. Thy loving father, Hamlet. Ham. My mother: Father and mother is man and" wife ; man and wife is one flesh ; and so, my motherCome, for England.
[Exit. King. Follow him at foot; tempt him with speed aboard;. Delay it not ; I'll have him hence to-night; Away ; for every thing is seal'd and done. That else leans on the affair : Pray you, make haste.
[Exeunt Ros. and GUIL. And, England, if my love thou hold'st at aught, (As my great power thereof may give thee sense ;: Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red After the Danish sword, and thy free awe Pays homage to us,) thou may.'st not coldly sets Our sovereign process ; which imports at full, By letters conjuring to that effect, The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England ;, For like the hectie in my blood he rages, And thou must cure me: Till I know 'tis done; Howe'er my haps, my joys will ne'er begin. (Exit.
SCENE IV. A Plain in Denmark. Enter FORTINBRAS, and Forces, marching
For. Go, captain, for me greet the Danish king ; Tell him, that, by his licence, Fortinbras
 Our poet has here, I think, used an elliptical expression: thou mayest not coldly set by our sovereign process;" thou mayest not set little by it, or estimate it lightly. See many other instances of similar ellipses in Cymbies line, act v. sc. 5.