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The counterfeit presentment of two brothers.
that these pictures which are introduced as miniatures on the stage, were meant for whole lengths, being part of the furniture of the Queen's closet.
* A station like the herald Mercury, &c.] Station, in this instance, does not mean the spot where any one is placed, but the act of standing.
3 batten–) i. e. to grow fat. Bat is an ancient word for increase. 4.
Sense, sure, you have, Else, could you not have motion:) Sense is sometimes used by Shakspeare for sensation or sensual appetite; as motion is the effect produced by the impulse of nature. s at hoodman-blind?] Probably the same as blindman's
Eyes without feeling, feeling without sight,
Queen. O Hamlet, speak no more:
Ham. Nay, but to live In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed;" Stew'd in corruption; honeying, and making love Over the nasty stye;
Queen. O, speak to me no more; These words, like daggers, enter in mine ears; No more, sweet Hamlet.
Ham. A murderer, and a villain: A slave, that is not twentieth part the tythe Of your precedent lord:—a vice of kings:” A cutpurse of the empire and the rule; That from a shelf the precious diadem stole, And put it in his pocket!
* Could not so mope.] i.e. could not exhibit such marks of stupidity.
7 If thou canst mutine, &c.] To mutine, was the ancient term, signifying to rise in mutiny:
8 grained–J Died in grain, or perhaps, indented.
9 As will not leave their tinct.] To leave is to part with, give up, resign.
* — enseamed bed;] i. e. greasy bed.
2 vice of kings: A low mimick of kings. The vice is the fool of a farce; from whence the modern punch is descended. * A king Of shreds and patches:] This is said, pursuing the idea of the
Queen. No more.
Ham. A king Of shreds and patches:*— Save me, and hover o'er me with your wings, You heavenly guards!—What would your gracious
Queen. Alas, he's mad.
Ham. Do you not come your tardy son to chide,
Ghost. Do not forget: This visitation
Ham. How is it with you, lady?
Queen. Alas, how is't with you?
vice of kings. The vice was dressed as a fool, in a coat of partycoloured patches.
4. laps'd in time and passion,] That, having suffered time to slip, and passion to cool, lets go, &c.
* Conceit in weakest bodies—] Conceit for imagination.
6 like life in excrements,) Not only the hair of animals having neither life nor sensation was called an excrement, but the feathers of birds had the same appellation.
Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper
7 IWould make them capable.] Capable here signifies intelligent; endued with understanding. * My stern effects:] Effects for actions; deeds effected.
Repent what's past; avoid what is to come;
do not spread the compost, &c.] Do not, by any new indulgence, heighten your former offences. l curb—l That is, bend and truckle, Fr. courber. * To punish me with this, and this with me,) To punish me by making me the instrument of this man's death, and to punish this man by my hand.