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thought some of nature's journeymen had made For I mine eyes will rivet to his face;
In censure of his seeming.
lord : rently with us.
5 If he steal aught, the whilst this play is playing, Ham. O, reform it altogether. And let those, And’scape detecting, I will pay the theft. [idle: that play your clowns, speak no more than is set Ham. They are coming to the play; I must be down for them: For there be of them, that will Get you a place. themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of bar
Danish march. A flourish. ren spectators to laugh too; though, in the mean 10 Enter King, Queen, Polonius, Ophelia, Rosentime, some necessary question of the play be then crantz, Guildenstern, and others. to be considered: that's villainous; and shews a King. How fares our cousin Hamlet? most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. Go, Ham. Excellent, i' faith ; of the camelion's inake you ready.
[Exeunt Players. dish : I cat the air, promise-cramm'd: You can-
llet; these words are not mine.
[Exeunt Ros. and Guil. a good actor.
Ham. And what did you enact?
Pol. I did enact Julius Cæsar: I was kill'd i'
Ham. Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man 25 Ham. It was a brute part of him, to kill so
capital a calf there.—Be the players ready?
Ros. Ay, my lord; they stay upon your patience. Ham. Nay, do not think I flatter:
Queen.Come hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me. For what advancement may I hope from thee, Ham. No, good mother, here's metal more That no revenue hast, but ihy good spirits, 301
attractive. To feed, and clothe thee? Why should the poor
Pol. O ho! do you mark that? [To the King. be flatter'd ?
Ham. Lady, shall I lie in your lap?
[Lying down at Ophelia's feet. And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee,
Oph. No, my lord.
Oph. Ay, my lord.
Ham. Who, I?
Oph. Ay, my lord.
Ham. O! your only jig-maker. What should
within these two hours. One scene of it comes near the circumstance,
Oph. Nay, 'tis twice two months, my lord. Which I have told thee, of iny father's death.
Ham. So long? Nay, then let the devil wear I priythee, when thou see'st that act a-foot, black, for I'll have a suit of sables. O heavens ! Even with the very comment of thy soul die two months ago, and not forgotten yet? Then Observe my uncle: if his occulted guilt
there's hope, a great man's memory may outlive Do not itself unkennel in one speech,
his life halt a year: But, by'r-lady, he must build It is a damned ghost that we bave seen;
55 churches then: or else shall he suffer not thinking And my imaginations are as foul
on, with the hobby-horse'; whose epitaph is, As Vulcan's stithy': Give him heedful note : Tror, 0, for, 0, the hobby-horse is forgot. The sense of pregnant in this place is, quick, ready, prompt.
According to the doctrine of the four humours, desire and confidence
were seated in the blood, and judgement in the phlegm; and the due mixture of the humours made a perfect character. thinks we must read, Do you think I meant country manners? Do you imagine that I meant to sit in your lap, with such rough gallantry as clowns use to their lasses : Amongst the country maygames there was an hobby-horse, which, when the puritanical humour of those times opposed and discredited these games, was brought by the poets and ballad-makers as an instance of the ridiculous zeal of the sectaries: from these ballads Hamlet quotes a line or two.
Trumpets sound. The dumb show folloros. My operant "powers their functions leave to do: Enter a King and Queen, very lovingly; the Queen And thou shalt live in this fair world behind,
embracing him, and he her. She kneels, and Honour'd, belor'd; and, haply, one as kind makes show of protestations unto him. He takes For husband shalt thouher up, and declines his head upon her neck: lays 5 P. Queen. O, confound the rest! him down upon a bank of flowers; she, seeing him Such love must needs be treason in my breast : asleep, leaves him. Anon, comes in a fellow, In second husband let me be accusrt! takes off his crown, kisses it, and pours poisonin None wed the second, but who kill'd the first. the King's ears, and erit. The Queen returns; Ham. That's wormwood.
[move, finds the king dead, and makes passionate action. 10 P. Queen. The instances' that second marriage The poisoner, with some two or three mutes,comes Are base respects of thrift, but none of love : in again, seeming to lament with her. The deaci A second time I kill my husband dead, body is carried away. The
poisoner wooes the
When second husband kisses me in bed. Queen with gifts; she seems loath and unwilling P. King. I do believe, you think what now you awhile, but, in the end, accepts his love. 15
[Exeunt. But what we do determine, oft we break. Oph. What means this, my lord?
Purpose is but the slave to memory; Ham. Marry, this is miching malicho'; it Of violent birth, but poor
validity : means mischief.
Which now, like fruit unripe, sticks on the tree; Oph. Belike, this show imports the argument 20 But fall, unshaken, when they mellow be. of the play
Most necessary 'tis, that we forget
To pay ourselves what to ourselves is debt: Ham. We shall know by this fellow: the What to ourselves in passion we propose, players cannot keep counsel; they'll tell all. The passion ending, doth the purpose lose.
Oph. Will he tell us what this show meant ? 23 The violence of either grief or joy,
Ham. Ay, or any show that you'll shew him : Their own enactures with themselves destroy: Be not you asham’d to shew, he 'll not shame to Where joy most revels, grief doth most lament; tell you what it means.
Grief joys, joy grieves, on slender accident. Oph. You are naught, you are naught; I'll This world is not for aye; nor 'tis not strange, mark the play.
30 That even our loves should with our fortunes Pro. “ For us, and for our tragedy,
“ We beg your hearing patiently: Whether love lead fortune, or else fortune love. Ham. Is this a prologue, or the posy of a ring Thegreat man down, you mark,his favourite flies; Oph. 'Tis brief, my lord.
35 The poor advanc'd makes friends of enemies. Ham. As woman's love.
And hitherto doth love on fortune tend;
For who not needs, shall never lack a friend; P. King. Full thirty times hath Phæbus' cart? And who in want a hollow friend doth try,
Directly seasons him bis enemy. Neptune's salt wash, and Tellus' orbed ground; 40 But, orderly to end where I begun,And thirty dozen moons, with borrow'd sheen' Our wills, and fates, do'so contrary run, About the world have times twelve thirties been ; That our devices still are overthrown; Since love our hearts, and Hymen did our hands, Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own: Unite commutual in most sacred bands.
So think thou wilt no second husband wed; P. Queen. So many journeys may the sun and 45 But die thy thoughts, when thy first lord is dead.
P. Queen. Nor earth to me give food, nor Make us again count o'er, ere love be done!
heaven light! But, woe is me, you are so sick of late,
Sport, and repose, lock from me, day, and night' So far from cheer, and from your former state, To desperation turn my trust and hope ! That I distrust you. Yet, though I distrust, 50 An anchor's cheer in prison be my scope! Discomfort you, my lord, it nothing must: Each opposite, that blanks the face of joy, For women fear too much, even as they love. Meet what I would have well, and it destroy! And women's fear and love hold quantity; Both here, and hence, pursue my lasting strife, In neither aught, or in extremity: know; If, once a widow, ever I be wife! Now, what my love is, proof" hath made you 55 Ham. Ifshe should break it now, [To Oph. And as my love is siz'd, my fear is so.
P. King. 'Tis deeply sworn. Sweet, leave ine Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear;
here a while; Where little fears grow great, great love grows My spirits grow dull, and fain I would beguile there. [shortly too; The tedious day with sleep.
Sleeps. P. King. 'Faith, I must leave thee, love, anuloc P. Queen. Sleep rock thy brain;
! Hanmer tell us, that miching malicho signifies mischief lying hid, and that malicho is the Spanish malheco. * A chariot was anciently so called. Splendour, lustre * Operant is actire, The motites. Anchor is for anchoret. This abbreviation of the word is very ancient.
And never come mischance betwixt us twain! Would not this, sir, and a forest of feathers, (if
Erit the rest of my fortunes turn Turk * with me) with
5 Hor. Half a share.
heard the argument? Is there Ham. A whole one, I.
For thou dost know, O Damon' dear,
This realm dismantled was
Of Jore himself; and now reigns here
A very, very-peacock 5.
well note him.
For if the king like not the comedy,
Ilam. I could interpretbetween you and your Enter Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern.
Come, some music.
(you. Oph. You are keen, iny lord, you are keen. Guil. Good my lord, vouchsafe me a word with
Ham. It would cost you a groaning, to take of Ham. Sir, a whole history.
Guil. The king, sir,--
Ham. Ay, sir, what of him?
Guil. Is, in his retirement, marvellous distem-
(venge. Guil. No, my lord, with choler.
to put him to his purgation, would, perhaps, plunge
Ham. I am tame, sir :
fine a wholesome answer, I will do your mother's
commandment; if not, your pardon, and my rc-
Ham. Sir, I camot.
Guil. What, my lord?
Ham. Make you a wholesome answer;my wit's
diseas’d: But, sir, such answer as I can make,
mother; therefore no more, but to the matter :-
Istruck her into amazement and admiration.
s When'shoe-strings were worn, they,
Ham. O wonderful son, that can so astonish at Ham. Methinks it is like a weazel 6. mother!—But is there no sequel at the heels of Pol. It is back'd like a weazel. this mother's adıniration? impart.
Ham. Or, like a whale? Ros. She desires to speak with you in her clo Pol. Very like a whale. set, ere you go to bed.
5 Ham. Then will I come to my mother by-and-
Pol. I will say so.
Ros. Good my lord, what is your cause of dis-10 friends. [Ereunt Ros. Guil. Hor. &c.
[blood, Ros. How can that be, when you have the voice Contagion to this world: Now could I drink hot of the king himself for your succession in Den- 15 And do such business as the bitter day inark?
Would quake to look on. Soft;-now to my Ham. Ay, sir, but While the grass grocs,-the
mother. proverb is something musty:
O, heart, lose not thy nature; let not ever Enter the Players, with Recorders ?. The soul of Nero enter this firin bosom: 0, the recorders : -let me see one.-To with-20 Let me be cruel, not unnatural: draw with you :—Why do you go about to reco I will speak daggers to her, but use none; ver the wind of me, as if you would drive me in My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites: to a toi) ?
How in my words soever she be shent', Guil. O, my lord, if my duty be too bold, my To give them scals 20 never, my soul, consent! love is too unmannerly *.
25) Ham. I do not well understand that. Will you
SCENE III. play upon this pipe?
A Room in the Palace.
Enter King, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern.
301 K’ing. I like him not; nor stands it safe with us, Ham. I do beseech you.
To let his madness range. Therefore, prepare you; Guil. I know no touch of it, my lord.
your commission will forthwith dispatch, Ham. 'Tis as easy as lying: govern these ven And he to England shall along with you: tages with your fingers and thumb, give it breath The terms of our estate may not endure with your mouth, and it will discourse most elo-35 Hazard so near us, as doth hourly grow quent music. Look you, these are the stops. Out of his lunes".
Guil. But these cannot I command to any ut Guil. We will ourselves provide: terance of harinony; I have not the skill.
Most holy and religious fear it is Ham. Why, look you now, how unworthy a To keep those many many bodies safe, thing you make of me! You would play upon 40That live, and feed, upon your majesty. me; you would seem to know my stops ; you Ros. The single and peculiar life is bound, would pluck out the heart of my mystery; you With all the strength and armour of the mind, would sound me from my lowest note to the top To keep itself from 'noyance; but much more, of my compass : and there is much music, excel
That spirit, upon whose weal depend and rest, lent voice, in this little organ; yet cannot you 45 The lives of many. The ceage of majesty make it speak. Why, do you think, that l'am Dies not alone; but, like a gulf, doth draw easier to be play'd on than a pipe: Call me what What's near it, with it: It is a massy wheel, instrument you will, though you can fret me, you Fix'd on the summit of the highest mount, cannot play upon me. [Enter Polonius. ] -God To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things bless you, sir !
150 Are mortis'd and adjoin'd; which, when it falls, Pol. My lord, the queen would speak with Each small annexment, petty consequence, you, and presently.
Attends the boisterous ruin. 'Never alone Ham. Do you see yonder cloud, that's almost Did the king sigh, but with a general groan. in shape of a camel?
pray you, to this speedy Pol. By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, in- 551 For we will fetters put upon this fear, (voyage; deed.
Which now goes too free-footed. 'i.e. further business, further dealing. ? i. e. by these hands. * i.e. a kind of flute. * i.e. If my duty to the king makes me press you a little, my love to you makes me stil niore importunate. If that makes me bold, this makes nie even unmannerly.
• The holes of a flute. • The weasel is remarkable for the length of its back. 'i.e. They compel me to play the fool, till I can endure to do it no longer. • The bitter day is the day rendered hateful or bitter by the commission of some act of mischief.
• To shend, is to reprove harshly, to treat with injurious language. to i. e. put them in execution. i. e. his madness, frenzy.
Both. We will haste us.
With all his crimes broad-blown, as flush as May; [Ereunt Ros. and Guil. And, how his auditstands, who knows,save heaven? Enter Polonius.
But, in our circumstance and course of thought,
At gaming, swearing; or about some act
That has no relish of salvation in't:
Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven;
15 As hell, whereto it goes. My mother stays: A brother's murder!-Pray can I not,
This physic but prolongs thy sickly days. [Erit.
The King rises.
The Queen's Closet.
Enter Queen, and Polonius.
Pol. He will come straight. Look, you lay
home to him:
(with; Or pardon’d, being down? Then I'll look up; Tell him, his pranks have been too broad to bear My fault is past. But I, what form of prayer
Andthatyourgracehatlıscreen’dand stood between
Pray you, be round with him.
Hain. [within.] Mother, mother, mother !crown, mine own ambition, and my queen.
Queen. P'll warrant you; fear me not.
[Polonius hides himself. Offence's gilded hand may shove by justice;
Ham. Now, mother; wliat's the matter?
Queen. Hamlet, thou hast thy father much of-
sed. In his true nature; and we ourselves compell’d, 40 llam. Mother, you have my father much offendEven to the teeth and forehead of our faults,
Queen. Come, coine, you answer with an idle To give in evidence. What then? what rests?
tongue. Try what repentance can: What can it not?
Ham.Go,go, you question with a wicked tongue.
Queen. Why, how Dow, Hamlet?
Ham. What's the matter now?
Queen. Ilave you forgot me?
Ham. No, by the rood, not so:
And-'would it were not so!you are my niother, Be soft as sinews of the new-born babe;
501 Queer. Nay, then l'll set those to you that can AN may be well! [The King kneels.
(not budge; Enter Hamlet.
Ham. Come, come, and sit you down; you shall
You go not, ’till I set you up a glass
Help, help, bo!
. [Behind. ] Wbat, ho! help!
Ham. How now! a rat?
1. e. by some opportunity of secret observation, * Will is command, direction.
Hent is hold, or seizurca Lay hold on him, sword, at a more horrid time • i. e. I'll use no more tords.