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As we have warrantry; her death was doubtful ;
Laer. Must no more be done?
Prieft. No more be done!
Laer. Lay her i' th’ earth;
Ham. What, the fair Ophelia !
[Scattering flowers. I hop'd, thou shouldst have been my Hamlet's wife;
allow'd ber virgin RITES,] Crants therefore was the origiThe old quarto reads virgin nal word, which the authour, disCRANTS, evidently corrupted covering it to be provincial, and from Chants, which is the perhaps not understood, changed true word. A specific rather than to a term more intelligible, but a generic term being here re less proper. Maiden rites give quired, to answer to maiden no certain or definite image. He strewments. WARBURTON. might have put ma'den wreaths,
I have been informed by an or maiden garlands, but he peranonymous correspondent, that haps bestowed no thought upcrants is the German word for on it, and neither genius nor garlands, and I suppose it was practice will always supply a retained by us from the Saxons. hasty writer with the most proper To carry garlands before the bier ' diction. of a maiden, and to hang them 2 Of bell and burial.]. Burial, over her grave, is still the prac- here signifies interment in concice in rural parishes.
fecrated ground. WARBURTON.
I thought thy bride-bed to have deck?d; fweet maido
Laer. O treble woe;
[Laertes leaps into the Grave
Ham. [discovering himself.) What is he whole griefs Bear such an emphasis ? whofe phrafe: of sorrow Conjures the wandring stars, and makes them standa Like wonder-wounded-hearers ? This is I,.
[Hamlet leaps into the Grave Hamlet the Dane.
Laer. The devil take thy foul! [Grappling with him.
Ham. Thou pray'st not well.
[The attendants part themi Ham. Whiy, I will fight with him upon this theme, Until my eye-lids will no longer wag.
Queen. Oh my fon! what theme?
Ham. I lov'di Ophelia ; forty thousand brothers
King. O, he is mad, Laertes:
be W th
Woo't weep? woo't fight? woo't fast? woo't tear
Queen. This is meer madness;
3 Woo't, drink up Efill, eat a i. e. Wilt thou swallow down
crocodile ?] This word has large draughts of vinegar? The thro' all the editions been distin- proposition, indeed, is not very guished by Italick characters, as grand; but the doing it might be if it were the proper name of as distasteful and unfavoury, as fome river ; and so, I dare say, eating the flesh of a crocodile. all the editors have from time to And now there is neither an imtime understood it to be. But poffibility, nor an Anticlimax : then this must be some river in and the lowness of the idea is in Denmark; and there is none there some measure remov'd by the unso called ; nor is there any near common term.
THEOBALD, it in name, that I know of, but Hanmer has, rjel, from which the province Wilt drink up Nile, or eat a of Overyfel derives its title in crocodile?? the German Flanders. Befides, 4 When that her golden couHamlet is not propofing any im plets-] We should read, poffibilities to Laertes, as the E'er that--for it is the patience drinking up a river would be: of birds, during the time of inbut he rather seems to mean, cubation, that is here fpoken of. Wilt thou resolve to do things The Pigeon generally fits upon the most shocking and diftatteful two eggs; and her young, when to human nature? and, behold, first disclosed, are covered with I am as resolute.
a yellow down. WARBURTON. fuaded, the poet wrote;
Perhaps it should be, Wilt drink up Eisel, eat a crocodtle?
Yetand ye are easilyconfounded. Vol. VÌII. U
I am per
His silence will fit drooping.
Ham. Hear you, Sir
Exit Hor. Strengthen your patience in our last night's fpeech,
[TO Laertes. We'll put the matter to the present push. Good Gertrude, fet fome watch over your fon, et This Grave shall have a living Monument. An hour of quiet shortly shall we fee; 'Till then, in patience our proce:ding be. [Exeunt.
Ham. much for this, Sir. Now shall you fee
Hor. Remember it, my Lord?
And prais'd be rashness for it-Let us know,
Hor. That is most certain.
reading is, Ozer rabness lets us That he rafhly and then is know that our indifcretion ferves , carried into a reflection upon the us well, when, &c. But this weakness of human wisdom. I could never be Shakespear's sense. rafhly praised be rashness for We should read and point thus, it-Let us not think these events Rafmnefs
casual, but let us know, that is, (And prais'd be rafonefs for it) take notice and remember, that we lets us know ;
sometimes succeed by indifereOr indiscretion sometimes ferves. tion, when we fail by deep plots, us well,
and infer the perpetual luperinWhen, &c.] i, e. Rashness ac tendence and agency of the Divi. quaints us with what we cannot" nity. The observation is just, penetrate to by plots. WARB. and will be allowed by every Both my copies read,
human being who shall reflect on Rafhly,
the course of his own life. And prais'd be rashness for it, 7. With bo! fuch buggs and let us know,
goblins in my life; With Hamlet, delivering an account such causes of terrour, arifing from of his escape, begins with saying, my character and designs.