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THE EXTENT OF HUMAN PERFECTION,
He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again.

CAUTIONS TO YOUNG FEMALES.
For Hamlet, and the triling of his favour,
Hold it a fashion, and a toy in blood:
A violet in the youth of primy nature,
Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
The perfume and suppliance of a minute:

No more.

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Then weigh what loss your honour may sustain,
Il with too credent* ear you listf his songs;
Or lose your heart: or your chaste treasure open
To his unmaster'di importunity.
Fear it, Ophelia, fear it, my dear sister;
And keep you in the rear of vour affection,
Out of the shot and danger of desire.
The chariest maid is prodigal enough,
If she unmask her beauty to the moon:
Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes:
The canker galls the infants of the spring,
Too oft before their buttons be discloset;
And in the morn and liquid dew of youth
Contagious blastments are most imminent.

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;
But do not dull thy palm* with entertainment
of each new-hatch'd, unledg'd comrade. Beware
Or entrance to a quarrel: bui, being in,
Bear it that the opposer may beware of thee.
Give every man thine ear, but sew thy voice:
Take each man's censure,t but reserve thy judg

ment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy:
For the apparel ost proclaims the man;
And they in France, of the best rank and station,
Are inost select and generous, & chief g in that.
Neither a borrower, nor a lender he:
For loan oft loses both itself and friend;
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.||
This above all,- To thine own self be true:
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

HAMLET ON THE APPEARANCE OF HIS FATHER'S

GHOST.

Angels and ministers of grace defend us!
Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damn'd,
Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from hell
Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
Thou com’st in such a questionable T shape,
That I will speak to thee; I'll call thee Hamlet,
King, father, royal Dane: 0), answer me:
Let me not burst in ignorance! but tell
Why thy canonizd bones, hearsed in death,
Have burst their cerements! why the sepulchre,
Wherein we saw thee quietly in-urn'd,
Hath op'd his ponderous and marble jaws,
To cast thee up again! What may this mean,
That thou, dead corse, again, in complete steel
Revisit'st thus the glimpses of the moon,
Making night hideous; and we fools of nature,

* Palm of the hand. † Opinion. # Noble.
§ Chiefly. || Economy. 1 Conversable.

So horribly to shake our disposition, *
With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?

THE MISCHIEFS IT MIGHT TEMPT HIM TO.
What, if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord,
Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff,
That beetlest o'er his base into the sea ?
And there assume some other horrible form,
Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason,
And draw you into madness? think of it:
The very place puts toyst of desperation,
Without more motive, into every brain,
T'hat looks so many fathoms to the sea,
And hears it roar beneath.
SCENE. A more remote part of the Platform.

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:
Bin this eternal blazon* must not be
To ears of Nesh and blood :-List, list, o list!
If ever thou didst thy dear father love.-

Han. O heaven!
Ghost. Revenge his soul and most unnatural mur

der.
Ilam. Murder!

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,
And prey on garbage.
But, sott'! methinks, I scent the morning air;
Brief let me he:-Sleeping within mine orchard,
My custom always of the afternoon,
Upon my secure hour thy unele stole,
With juice of cursed hebenont in a vial,
And in the porches of mine ears did pour

The leperous distilment. whose effect
Holds such an enmity with blood of man,
That swift as quicksilver, it courses through
The natural gates and alleys of the body;
And, with a sudden vigour, it doth posset
And curd, like eager droppings into milk,
The thin and wholesome blood: so did it mine;
And a most instant terttet bark'd about,
Most lazar-slike, vile and loathsome crust,
AN
my

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.
f Leprous.

ll Bereft.
4 Without having received the Sacrament
** Unappointed, unprepared.
tt Without extreme unction.

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