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THE EXTENT OF HUMAN PERFECTION,
CAUTIONS TO YOUNG FEMALES.
Then weigh what loss your honour may sustain,
SATIRE ON UNGRACIOUS PASTORS.
I shall the effect of this good lesson keep, As watchmen to my beart: But, good my brother, Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven; Whilst, like a puff’d and recklessil libertine, Hinself the primrose path of dalliance treads, And recks not his own reed. T
ADVICE TO A SON GOING TO TRAVEL, Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion'd thought his act. Be thou fainiliar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
* Believing | Listen to. # Licentious. & Most cautious.
Il Careless. T Regards not his own lessons.
Grapple'them to thy soul with hooks of steel;
HAMLET ON THE APPEARANCE OF HIS FATHER'S
Angels and ministers of grace defend us!
* Palm of the hand. † Opinion. # Noble.
So horribly to shake our disposition, *
THE MISCHIEFS IT MIGHT TEMPT HIM TO.
Re-enter Ghost and Hamlet. Han. Whither wilt thou lead me? speak, I'll go
no further. Ghost. Mark me. Нат. .
I will. Ghost.
My hour is almost come, When I to sulphurous and tormenting flames Must render up myself. Нат.
Alas, poor ghost ! Ghost. Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing To what I shall unfold. Нат. .
Speak, I am bound to hear. Ghost. So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt Ham. What?
[hear. Ghost. I am thy father's spirit; Doom'd for a ceriain term to walk the night; Anl, for the confin’ú to fast in tires, Till the soul crimes, done in my days of nature, Are burnt and purg'd away. But that I am sorbid To tell the secrets of my prison-house, I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul; freeze thy young bloodl; Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their
spheres; Thy knotte.I and combined locks to part,
* Frame. | Hangs. 1 Whirns.
Like quills upon the fretsul porcupinc:
Han. O heaven!
Ghost. Murder most soul, as in the best it is; But this most foul, strange, and unnatural. Ham. Haste me to know it; that I, with wings as
swift As meditation, or the thoughts of love, Mav sweep to my revenge. 'Ghost.
I find thee apt; And duller should'st thou be than the fat wecd That rots itself in ease on Lethe wharf, Would'st thou not stir in this. Now, Hamlet, hear. 'Tis given out, that sleeping in my orchard,t A serpent stung me; so the whole car of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abus’d: but know, thou noble youth, The serpent that did sting thy father's life, Now wears his crown.
Him. O, my prophetic soul! my uncle!
Ghost. Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gists, (0 wicked wit, and gifts, that have the power Šo to seduce!) won to his shameful lust The will of my most seeming virtuous queen: 0, Hamlet, what a falling-off was there! From me whose love was of that dignity, That it went hand in hand even with the row I made to her in marriage; and to decline Upon a wretch whose natural gifts were poor To those of mine! But virtue, as it never will be mov'd, Though lewdness court it in a shape of hcaren; So lust, though to‘a radiant angel link'd,
Display. + Garden
Will sate* itself in a celestial bed,
The leperous distilment. whose effect
smooth body. Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand, or life, of erówn, of queen, at once despatch'd:) Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin, Unhou seld, T disappointed ** unaneld;t+ No reckoning made but sent to my account With all my imperfections on my head: 0, horrible! O, horrible! most horrible! Jr thou hast nature in thee, bear it not: Let not the royal bed of Denmark be A couch for luxury and damned incest. But, howsoever thou pursu'st this act, Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive Against thy mother aught; leave her to heaver, And to those thorns that in her bo:som lodge, To prick and sting her. Fare thee well at once The glow-worm shows the matin to be near, And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire: Adieu, adieu, adieu! remember me. • satiate.
+ Henbane. # Scab, scurf.