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ilem [Éxit Ghoft.

Ber. How now, herton ond?

pale, in more than phantasy ?' '

Hor, Stay; speak : I charge thee, speako i qua Mar. 'Tis gone, and will not answer. .AM

you tremble and look

9. V Is not this something more than What think you of it?

to be Hor. Before my God, I might not this believe, i Without the sensible and true ayouch 'Of mine own eyes.

Mar. Is it not like the King ?

Hor. As thou art to thyself. Such was the very armour he had on," je When he th' ambitious Norway combated; So frown'd he once, when, in an angry parle, s He smote the neaded Polack on the ice.....!" 'Tis strange

Mar. Thus twice before, and just at this dead

... hour, With martial stalk, he hath gone by our Watch.): Hor. In what particular thoughe to work, I know

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s He smote the fleaded Polack on This little filone a great king's

the ice.] Pole-ax in the com heart doib bold, mon editions. He speaks of a Who rule the fickle French and Prince of Poland whom he slew in Polacks bold batcle. He uses the word Polack So frail are even the highest again, Ax 2. Scene 4. Pope. (artkly things.

Polack was, in that age, the Go, passenger, and wail the hap term for an inhabitant of Poland: of kings, Polaque, French. As in a trans

at this dead Jation of Pafferatius's epitaph on bour,] The old quarto reads Henry III. of Franci, published JUMPE ; but the following ediby Camden:

tions discarded it for a more sa

thionable word. WARB. Whether thiy chance or choice The old reading is, jump at thee hither brings,

this fame hour; Tare is a kind of Star, passenger, und wail the correlative to jump; juft is in the bej v kings,

oldett folio. The correction was probably made by the authour.

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is then were neceffaria

Doth make the night joint labourer ay hafte

But, in the gross scope of my opinion,
This bodes fome strange eruption to our State. H

Mar. Good, now, fit down, and tell me, he that 1ool bus knows, por

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Why this fame strict and most obfervant Watch 3
So nightly coils the Subjects of the Land??
And why such daily caft of brazen Cannon, sen
And foreign mart for implements of war?
Why such impress of hipwrights, whose fóre task
Does not divide the Sunday from the week ?wice

that sweaty 73

with day, Who is't, that can inform me?

Hor. That can I ;
At least, the whisper goes fo. Our last King,
Whose image but even now appear’d to us,

Was, as you know, by Fortinbras of Norway, * Thereto prickt on by a most emulate pride,

Dar'd to the fight: In which our valiant Hamlet
(For so this Gide of our known world efteem'd him)
Did slay this Fortinbras,,? who by feal'd compact,
Well ratified by law and heraldry,

Did inguid 19:32

1 - who by Seal"d compa?, author is made to express this

Well ralified by law AND he sense. filadagiraldry, 1 The fubje&t spoken

-a seal'd compact, of is a duel between two mo Well ratified by law and be. 938- Aarchs, who fought for a wager, raldry.

and entered into articles for the Now law, as distinguished from 24,25 just performance of the terms beraldry, fignifying the civil Su agreed upon. Two sorts of law law; and this feal'd compact

to regulate being a civil law act, it is as the decision of the affair; the much as to say, An act of law Givil Law, and the Law of well ratified by law, which is

Arms; as, had there been a wa. absurd. For the nature of rativi ger without a duel, it had been fication requires that which rati

the civil law only; or a duel fies, and that which is ratified,

without a wäger, the law of arms should not be one and the same, 17 only. Let us fee now how our but different. For these reasons

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Did forfeit, with his life, all those his Lands,
Which he stood seiz'd of, to the Conqueror;
Against the wbich, a moiety competent
Was gaged by our King; which had returnd, or
To the inheritance of Fortinbras,

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Had he been vanquilher; - as by that coy'nant, it is
And carriage of the articles design'd,
His fell to Hamlet. Now young Fortinbras, Ü 3423
'Of unimproved mettle hot and full,
Hath in the skirts of Norway, here and there, ?
Shark'd up a list of landless resolutes,
For food and diet, to some enterprize
• That hath a ftomach in't; which is no other, is
As it doth well appear unto our State, i
But to recover of us by strong hand,
3 And terms compulsative, those foresaid Landsb
So by his father loft: and this, I take it,
Is the main motive of our preparations,
The source of this our watch, and the chief head
Of this post-haste and romage in the Land,

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I conclude Shakespear wrote, the articles, the covenant's entered

who by seal'd compact into to confirm that bargain Well ratified by law of he Hence we see the common ready raldry.

ing makes a tautology. WARB. i. e. the execution of the civil 9 And carriage of the articles compact was ratified by the law design'd.] Carriage, is imof arms; which in our author's port: defigned, is formed, draun time, was called the law of he- up between them. raldry. So the best and exactest Of unimproved metile] speaker of that age : In the third Unimproved, for unrefined. War. kind, [i. e. of the Jus gentium] Full of unimproved meltle, is full the Law OP MERALDRY in war of spirit not regulated or guided is pofitive, &c. Hooker's Ecclefi- by knowledge or experience. africal Polity.

WARB. ? That barba ftemach in't :-) mas by THAT coy'NANT, Stomach, in the time of our au And carriage of the articles de- thour, was used for constancy, te, Sign'd,] The old quarto reads, folution.

-as by the same COMART; 3 And terms compulfative,-). and this is right. Comart signi- The old quarto, better, compula fes a bargain, and Carriage of Satury. WARBURTON.

Ber.

Ber. * I think, it be no other ; but even so
Well may il fort, that this portentous figure
Comes armed through our watch so like the King,
That was, and is, the question of these wars.
Hor. A mote it is to trouble the mind's

eye.
In the most bigh and 4 palmy State of Rome,
A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
The Graves stood tenantless; and the Beeted Dead
Did Squeak and gibber in the Roman streets ;
Stars phone with trains of fire, Dews of blood fell;
5 Difafters veild the Sun ; and the moist Star,
Upon whose influence Neptune's Empire fands,
Was fick almost to dooms-day with eclipse.
And even the like precurse of fierce events,
As barbingers preceding still the fates,
7 And prologue to the omen'd coming on,
Have beav'n and earth together demonstrated
Unto our climatures and country-men.

Enter Gboft again.
But soft, behold! lo, where it comes again!
I'll cross it, though it blast me. Stay, illusion !

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* These, and all other lines 0 --precurse of fierce events, ] printed in the Italick letter, Fierce, for terrible. WARB. throughout this play, are omitted 7 And prologue to the omen in the folio edition of 1623. coming on.) But prologue and The omiflions leave the play omen are merely synonymous here. Fometimes better and sometimes The Poet means, that these worse, and seem made only for strange Phenomena are prologues the fake of abbreviation.

and fore-runners of the events -palmy State of Rome,] presag'd: And such sense the Palmy, for victorious; in the other flight alteration, which I have editions, flourishin. Pope. ventured to make, by changing

s Disasters veil'd the Sun ;-] omen to omen'd, very aptly gives. Difafters is here finely used in its

THEOBALD. original fignification of evil con Omen, for fate.

WARB. junction of fats. WARB. Hanmer follows Theobald.

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in sted I st[Cock crores, Speak of it. Stay, and speak-Stop it, Marcellus?

Mar. Shall I ftrike it with my partizan? :::.ulin
Hor. Do, if it will not stand.
Ber. 'Tis here
Hor. 'Tis here-
Mar. 'Tis gone.

[Exit Ghoft.
We do it wrong, being so majestical,
To offer it the shew 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. Jy

Hor. And then it started like a guilty thing Upon a fearful Summons. I have heard, The cock, that is the trumpet to the morn, Doth with his lofty and Ihrill-sounding throat usi vuod

eti 2017 Awake the God of day; and, at his warning, 9 Whether in sea or fire, in earth or air,

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& Jf thou hast any found, I tology of that time, every ele. The speech of Horatio to the ment was inhabited by its pecu. spectre is very elegant and noble, liar order of spirits, who had and congruous to the common difpofitions different, according traditions of the causes of appa to their various places of 'abode. yitions.

The meaning therefore is, that 9 According to the pneuma. all spirits extravagant, wandering

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