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Hor. endeal my lord, it follow'd hard upon. And bid me hold my peace. I pray you all, Ham. Thrin, thrift, Horatio! the funeral-baked If you have hitherto conceal'd this sight, meals

Lei it be tenable in your silence still:
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. And whatsoever else shall hap to-night,
'Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven Give it an understanding, but no tongue;
Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio !-

I will requite your loves : So, fare you well: My father,-Methinks, I see my father.

Upon the platform, 'twixt eleven and twelve, Hor.


I'll visit you. My lord ?

All. Our duty to your honor. Ham. In my mind's eye, Horatio.

Ham. Your loves, as mine to you: Farewell. Hor. I saw him once, he was a goodly king.

(Exeunt Hor., MAR., and BER Hanı. He was a man, take him for all in all, My father's spirit in arms! all is not well: I shall not look upon his like again.

I doubt some foul play: 'would the night were Hor. My lord, I think I saw him yesternight.

come ! Ham. Saw! who?

Till then sit still my soul: Foul deeds will rise, Hor. My lord, the king your father.

Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men'seyes. Ham. The king my father!

(Eru. Hor. Season your admiration for a while With an attentá ear; till I may deliver,

SCENE III.- A Room in Polonius's House. Upon the witness of these gentlemen, This marvel to you.


For God's love, let me hear. Laer. My necessaries are embark'd; farewell: Hor. Two nights together had these gentlemen, And, sister, as the winds give benetit, Marcellus and Bernardo, on their watch,

And convoy is assistant, do not sleep, In the dead waist and middle of the night,

But let me hear from you. Been thus encounter'd, A figure like your father, Oph.

Do you doubt that? Armed at point, exactly cap-à-pé,

Luer. For Hamlet, and the trilling of his favor,
Appears before them, and with solemn march, Hold it a fashion, and a toy in blood;
Goes slow and stately by them: thrice he walk'd, A violet in the youth of primy nature,
By their oppress'd and fear-surprised eyes, Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
Within his truncheon's length; whilst they, distillid The perfume and suppliance of a minute;
Almost to jelly with the act of fear,

No more.
Stand dumb, and speak not to him. This to me Oph. No more but so?
In dreadful secresy impart they did;


Think it no more: And I with them, the third night kept the watch: For nature, crescent, does not grow alone Where, as they had deliver'd, both in time,

In thews,' and bulk, but, as this temple waxes, Form of the thing, each word made true and good, The inward service of the mind and soul The apparition comes: I knew your father: Grows wide withal. Perhaps, he loves you now; These hands are not more like.

And now no soil, nor cautel,9 doth besmirch! Ham.

But where was this? The virtue of his will: but, you must fear, Mur. My lord, upon the platform where we His greatness weigh'd, his will is not his own; watch'd.

For he himself is subject to his birth: Ham. Did you not speak to it?

He may not, as unvalued persons do, Hor.

My lord, I did; Carve for himself; for on bis choice depends But answer made it none: yet once, methought, The safety and the health of the whole state: It litled up its head, and did address

And therefore must his choice be circumscribd Itself to motion, like as it would speak:

Unto the voice and yielding of that body But, even then, the morning cock crew loud; Whereof he is the head: Then if he says he loves And at the sound it shrunk in haste away,

you, And vanish'd from our sight.

It fits your wisdom so far to believe it, Ham.

'Tis very strange.

As he in his particular act and place Hor. As I do live, my honor'd lord, 'uis true; May give his saying deed; which is no further And we did think it writ down in our duty, Than the main force of Denmark goes withal. To let you know of it.

Then weigh what loss your honor may sustain, Ham. Indeed, indeed, sirs, but this troubles me. If with too credent? ear you list3 his songs: Hold you the watch to-night?

Or lose your heart; or your chaste treasure open

We do, my lord. To his unmaster'd' importunity. Ham. Armid, say you?

Fear it, Ophelia, fear it, my dear sister; AIL.

Arm'd, my lord. And keep you in the rear of your aflection, Ham.

From top to toe? Out of the shot and danger of desire. All. My lord, from head to foot.

The chariest maid is prodigal enough, Ham.

Then saw you not

If she unmask her beauty to the moon : His face?

Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes : Hor. O, yes, my lord! he wore his beaverá up. The canker galls the infants of the spring, Ham. What, look'd he frowningly?

Too oft before their buttons be disclos'd; Hor.

A countenance more And in the morn and liquid dew of youth
In sorrow than in anger.

Contagious blastments are most imminent.
Pale, or red?

Be wary then: best safety lies in fear;
Hor. Nay, very pale.

Youth to itself rebels, though none else near. Ham

And fix'd his eyes upon you? Oph. I shall the effect of this good lesson keep. Hor. Most constantly.

As watchman to my heart : But, good my brother, Ham.

I would, I had been there. Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, A It would have much amaz'd you.

Show me the steep and thorny way tu heaven; Han..

Very like, Whilst, like a puffad and reckless libertine, Very like: Stay'd it long?

Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads, Hor. While one with moderate haste might tell And recks not his own read.5 a hundred.


O fear me not. Mar. Ber. Longer, longer.

I stay too long ;-But here my father comes. Hor. Not when I saw it. Нат. . His beard was grizzi'd? no?

Enter POLONICS. Hor. It was, as I have seen it in his life,

A double blessing is a double grace;
A sable silver'd.

Occasion smiles upon a second leave.
I will watch to-night;

Pol. Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, 18sbame; Perchance, 'twill walk again.

The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, Hor.

I warrant, it will. And you are staid for: There,-my blessin with Ham. If it assume my noble father's person,

you ; (Laying his Hand on LAERTES d. l'll speak to it, though hell itself should gape,

And these few precepts in thy memory • Chiefest.

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Lookinou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,

SCENE IV - The Platform. Nor any unproportion'd thought his act.

Enter HAMLET, HORATIO, and MARCELLUS. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,

Ham. The air bites shrewdly; it is very cold. Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel:

Hor. It is a nipping and an eageri air. But do not dull thy palm with entertainment

Ham. What hour now? Of each new-balch'd, untiedg'd comrade. Beware


I think it lacks of twelve Of entrance to a quarrel : but, being in,

Mar. No, it is struck. Bear it, that the opposer may beware of thee.

Hor. Indeed? I heard it not; it then draws nea

the season, Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice : Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judg. Wherein the spirit held his wont to walk. ment.

(A Flourish of Trumpets, and Ordnance sho: Costly thy habit, as thy purse can buy,

off within. But not express d in fancy; rich, not gaudy:

What does this mean, my lord ? For the apparel of proclaims the man;

Ham. The king doth wake to-night, and takes And they in France of the best rank and station,

his rouse, Are most select and generous,8 chief9 in that.

Keeps wassel, 5 and the swaggering up-spring reels; Neither a borrower, nor a lender be:

And, as he drains his draughts of Rhenish down, For loan ont loses both itself and friend;

The kettle-drum and trumpet thus bray out And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

The triumph of his pledge. This above all,-To thine ownself be true;


Is it a custom ? And it must follow, as the night the day,

Ham. Ay, marry, is't: Thou canst not then be false to any man.

But to my mind, though I am native here, Farewell; my blessing season' this in thee!

And to the manner born,-it is a custom Loer. Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord. More honord in the breach, than the observance. Pol. The tine invites you; go, your servants This heavy-headed revel, east and west, tend.2

Makes us traduced and tax'd of other nations: Laer. Farewell, Ophelia; and remember well They clepe' us drunkards, and with swinish phrase What I have said to you.

Soil our addition; and, indeed, it takes Oph.

'Tis in my memory lock’d, From our achievements, though perform’dat height, And you yourself shall keep the key of it.

The pith and marrow of our attribute. Laer. Farewell!


So ont it chances in particular men, Pol. What is't, Ophelia, he hath said to you?

That for some vicious mole of nature in them, Oph. So please you, something touching the As, in their birth, (wberein they are not guilty. lord Hamlet.

Since nature cannot choose his origin.) Pol. Marry, well bethought:

By the o'ergrowth of some complexion, "Tis told me, he hath very oft of late

oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason; Given private time on you: and you yourself

Or, by some habit, that too much o'er-leavens Have of your audience been most free and boun- The form of plausive manners ;-that these men,teous:

Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect, If it be so, (as so 'tis put on me,

Being nature's livery, or fortune's star,-And that in' way of caution,) I must tell you,

Their virtues else (be they as pure as grace, You do not understand yourself so clearly,

As infinite as man may undergo) As it behores my daughter, and your honor:

Shall in the general censure take corruption What is between you? give me up the truth.

From that particular fault: The dram of base Oph. He hath, my lord, of late, made many tenders

Doth all the noble substance often dout,3 Of his attection to me.

To his own scandal. Pol. Affection ? Puh! you speak like a green girl,

Enter Ghost. Unsifted in such perilous circumstance.


Look, my lord, it comes! Do you believe his tenders, as you call them?

Ham. Angels and ministers of grace defend us !Oph. I do not know, my lord, what I should think.

Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damn'd, Pol. Marry, I'll teach you; think yourself a

Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from baby;

hell, That you have ta'en these tenders for true pay,

Be thy intents wicked, or charitable, Which are not sterling. Tender yourself more

Thou com'st in such a questionable4 shape, dearly ;

That I will speak to thee; I'll call thee, Hamlet, Or (not to crack the wind of the poor phrase,

King, father, royal Dane : 0), answer me: Wronging it thus) you'll tender me a fool.

Let me not burst in ignorance! but tell, Oph. My lord, he hath impórtun’d me with love why thy canoniz'd bones, hearsed in death, In honorable fashion.

Have burst their cerements! why the sepulchre, Pol. Ay, fashion you may call it: go to, go to.

Wherein we saw thee quietly in-urnd, Oph. And hath given countenance to his speech, Hath op'd his ponderous and marble jaws. iny lord,

To cast thee up again! What may this mean, With almost all the holy vows of heaven.

That thou, dead corse, again in complete steel Pol. Ay, springes to catch woodcocks. I do know, Revisit'st thus the glimpses of the moon, When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul

Making night hideous; and we fools of nature, Lends the tongue vows: these blazes, daughter,

So horridly to shake our disposition,
Giving more light than heat.--extinct in both,
Even in their promise, as it is a-making: -

With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?

Say, why is this? wherefore? what should we do! You must not take for fire. From this time

Hor. It beckons you to go away with it, Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence;

As if it some impartment did desire
Set your entreatments' at a higher rate,

To you alone.
Than to command a parley. For lord Hamlet, Mur.
Believe so much in him, that he is young;

Look, with what courteous action

It waves you to a more removed ground: And with a larger lether may he walk,

But do not go with it. Than may be given you: In few, Ophelia,


No, by no means.
Do not believe his vows, for they are brokers,
Not of that die which their investments show,

Ham. It will not speak; then I will follow it.

Hor. Do not, my lord. But mere imploratorsi of unholy suits,


Why, what should be the fear! Breathing like sanctified and pious bonds,

I do not set my life at a pin's fee ;5
The better to beguile. This is for all,-
I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth,

And, for my soul, what can it do to that,
Have you so slander any moment's leisure,

Being a thing immortal as itself?

It waves me forth again ;-I'll follow it.
As to give words or talk with the lord Hamlet.
Look to't, I charge you; come your ways,

Hor. What, if it tempt you toward the flood, ms

lord, Oph. I shall obey, nay lord.

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That beetlesh o'er his base into the sea !

The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen: And there assume some other horrible form, 0, Hamlet, what a falling-off was there! Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason, From me, whose love was of that dignity, And draw you into madness? think of it:

That it went hand-in-hand even with the vow The very place puts toys7 of desperation

I made to her in marriage; and to decline Without more motive, into every brain,

Upon a wretch, whose natural gifts were poor That looks so many fathoms to ihe sea,

To those of mine! And hears it roar beneath.

But virtue, as it never will be mov'd, Ham.

It waves me still:- Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven; Go on, I'll follow thee.

So lust, though to a radiant angel link'd,
Mar. You shall not go, my lord.

Will sate itself in a celestial bed,
Hold off your hands.

on garbage. Hor. Be rul'd, you shall not go.

But soft! methinks I scent the morning air; Ham.

My fate cries out, Brief let me be:-Sleeping within mine orchard, And makes each petty artery in this body

My custom always of the afternoon, As hardy as the Némean lion's nerve.

Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole,

(Ghost beckons. With juice of cursed hebenon' in a vial, Still am I call’d;-unhand me, gentlemen ;

And in the porches of mine ears did pour [Breaking from them. The leperous distilment: whose effect By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that letss Holds such an enmity with blood of man,

That, swift as quicksilver, it courses through I say, away ;-Go on, I'll follow thee.

The natural gates and alleys of the body; (Exeunt Ghost and HAMLET. And, with a sudden vigor, it doth posset Hor. He waxes desperate with imagination. And curd, like eager droppings into milk, Mar. Let's follow; 'tis not fit thus to obey him.

The thin and wholesome blood: so did it mine; Hor. Have after :--To what issue will this come? And a most instant tetter bark'd about, Mar. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Most lazar-like,2 with vile and loathsome crust, Hor. Heaven will direct it.

All my smooth body.

Nay, let's follow him. Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand,
(Exeunt. of life, of crown, of queen, at once despatch'd

Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin,
SCENE V.-A more remote Part of the Platform. Unhousel'd,+ disa ppointed,5 unaneled;
Re-enter Ghost and HAMLET.

No reckoning made, but sent to my account Ham. Whither wilt thou lead me? Speak, i'll With all my imperfections on my head:

0, horrible! o, horrible! most horrible!
go no further.
Ghost. Mark me.

If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not;
I will.

Let not the royal bed of Denmark be
My hour is almost come,

A couch for luxury and damned incest.
When I to sulphurous and tormenting flames

But, howsoever thou pursuest this act,
Must render up myself.

Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive
Alas, poor ghost !

Against thy mother aught; leave her to heaven, Ghost. Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing

And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, To what I shall unfold.

To prick and sting her. Fare thee ell at once! Ham.

Speak, I am bound to hear. The glow-worm shows the matin to be near, Ghost. So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt

And 'gins to pale his ineffectual tire: hear.

Adieu, adieu, adieu! remember me. (Eri. Ham. What?

Ham. O all you host of heaven! 0 earth! What

else? Ghost. I am thy father's spirit; Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night;

And shall I couple hell ?-0 fye!-Hold, hold, my

heart; And, for the day, confin'd to fast in fires, Till the foul crimes, done in my days of nature,

And you, my sinews, grow not instant old, Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid

But bear me stiflly up!- Remember thee?' To tell the secrets of my prison-house,

Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word

In this distracted globe.7 Remember thee? Would harrow up thy soul; freeze thy young blood; I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,

Yea, from the table of my memory Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their

All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, spheres; Thy knotted and combined locks to part,

That youth and observation copied there; And each particular hair to stand on end

And thy commandment all alone shall live Like quills upon the fretful porcupine:

Within the book and volume of my brain,

Unmix'd with baser matter: yes, by heaven.
But this eternal blazon must not be
To ears of flesh and blood :-List, list, O list!

O most pernicious woman!
If thou didst ever thy dear father love,

O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! Ham. O heaven!

My tables, 9-meet it is, I set it down, Ghost. Revenge his foul and most unnatural

That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain; murder.

At least, I am sure, it may be so in Denmark: Ham. Murder?

(Wriling Ghost. Murder most foul, as in the best it is;

So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word; But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.

It is, Adieu, adieu! remember me.

I have sworn't. Ham. Haste me to know it; that I, with wings

Hor. (Within.) My lord, my lord,as swift As meditation, or the thoughts of love,

Mar. Within. Lord Hamlet,May sweep to my revenge.

Hor. (Within.] Heaven secure him. Ghost.

I find thee apt;

Ham. And duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed

Mar. (Within.] Illo, ho, ho, my lord! That rots itself in ease on Lethe wharf,

Nam. Hillo, ho, ho, boy ! come, bird, come. Wouldst thou not stir in this. Now, Hamlet, hear:

Enter HORAtio and MARCELLUS. 'Tis given out, that, sleeping in mine orchard,

Mar. How is't, my noble lord ? A serpent stung me: so the whole ear of Denmark


What news, my lort! Is by a forged process of my death

Ham. O wonderful! Rankly abus'd; but know, ihou noble youth,


Good, my lord, tell it. The serpent that did sting thy father's life

Ham. Now wears his crown.

You will reveal it. Ham. O, my prophetic soul! my uncle.

Hor. Not I, my lord, by heaven. Ghost. Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,

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Nor I, my lord. Hor.

Propose the oath, my lord. Ham. How say you, then : would heart of man Ham. Never to speak of this that you hav once think it!

seen, But you'll be secret,

Swear by my sword. Hor. Mar.

Ay, by heaven, my lord. Ghost. Beneath.) Swear. Ham. There's ne'er a villain, dwelling in all Ham. Hic et ubique 22 then we'll shift ou Denmark,

ground: But he's an arrant knave.

Come hither, gentlemen, Hor. There needs no ghost, my lord, come from And lay your hands again upon my sword: the grave,

Swear by my sword, To tell us this,

Never to speak of this that you have heard. Ham.

Why, right; you are in the right; Ghost. ( Beneath.] Swear by his sword. And so, without more circumstance at all,

Ham. Well said, old mole! canst work i' the I hold it fit, that we shake hands, and part:

earth so fast? You, as your business, and desire, shall point you;- A worthy pioneer!- Once more remove, good For every man hath business, and desire,

friends. Such as it is ;-and, for my own poor part,

Hor. O day and night, but this is wondrous Look you, I will go pray.

strange! Hor. These are but wild and whirling words, Ham. And therefore as a stranger give it welconie. my lord.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Ham. I am sorry they offend you, heartily; yes,

Horatio, 'Faith, heartily.

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

There's no offence, my lord. But come
Ham. Yes, by Saint Patrick, but there is. Horatio, Here, as before. never, so help you mercy!
And much oflence too. Touching this vision here, How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself,
It is an honest ghost, that let me tell you ;

As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet
For your desire to know what is between us, To put an antic disposition on,-
O'er-master it as you may. And now, good friends, That you, at such times seeing me, never shall,
As you are friends, scholars, and soldiers,

With arms encumber'd thus, or this head-shake, Give me one poor request.

Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, Hor.

What is't, my lord ? As, Well, well, we know ;-or, We coull, an if we We will

would ;

;-or. If we list to speak ;-or, There be, an Ham. Never make known what you have seen if they might ;to-night.

Or such ambiguous giving out, to note Hor. Mar. My lord, we will not.

That you know augnt of me ;-- This do you swear, Ham.

Nay, but swear't. So grace and mercy at your most need help you! Hur.

In laith, Ghost. (Beneath.] Swear. My lord, not I.

Ham. Rest, rest, perturbed spirit! So, gentle. Mar.

Nor I, my lord, in faith. Ham. Upon my sword.

With all my love I do commend me to you: Mar.

We have sworn, my lord, already. And what so poor a man as Hainlet is Ham. Indeed, upon my sword, indeed.

May do, to express his love and friending to you, Ghost. Beneath. Swear.

God willing, shall not lack. Let us go in together; Ham. Ha, ha, boy! say’st thou so? art thou And still your tingers on your lips, I pray. there, true-penny

The time is out of joint;-0 cursed spite! Come on,-you hear this fellow in the cellerage,- That ever I was born to set it right! Consent to swear.

Nay, coine, let's go together.




SCENE I.-A Room in Polonius's House.

Pol. Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, quai

relling, Enter POLONIUS and REYNALDO.

Drabbing :--You may go so far. Pol. Give him this money, and these notes, Rey- Rey. My lord, that would dishonor him. naldo,

Pol. 'Faith, no; as you may season it in the Rey. I will, my lord.

charge. Pul. You shall do marvellous wisely, good Rey. You must not put another scandal on him, naldo,

That he is open to incontinency; Before you visit him, to make inquiry

That's not my meaning: but breathe his faults so of his behavior.

quaintly, Rey. My lord, I did intend it.

That they may seem the taints of liberty: Pol. Marry, well said: very well said. Look The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind; you, sir,

A savageness in unreclaimed blood,
Inquire me first what Danskers' are in Paris ; Of general assault.
And how, and who, what means, and where they Rey.

But, my good lord,

Pol. Wherefore should you do this? What company, at what expense; and finding, Rey.

Ay, my lord, By this encompassment and drift of question, I would know that. That they do know my son,come you more nearer


Marry, sir, here's my drift; Than your particular demands will touch it: And, I believe, it is a fetch of warrant: Take you, as 'twere, some distant knowledge of You laying these slight sullies on iny son, him;

As 'twere a thing a little soil'd i' the working, As thus,- I know his father, and his friends,

Mark you, And, in part, him ;-Do you mark this, Reynaldo? Your party in converse, him you would sound, Rey. Ay, very well, my lord.

Having ever seen in the prenominate crimes, Pol. And, in part, him ;-but, you may say, not the youth you breathe ot, guilty, be assured, well:

He closes with you in this consequence;
Bul, if 'l be he I mean, he's very wild;

Good sir, or so; or friend, or gentleman,-
Adlicted so and so ;-and there put on him According to the phrase, or the addition,
What forgeries you please; marry, none so rank Of man, and country.
As may dishonor him; take heed of that:


Very good, my lord. But, sir, such wanton, wild, and usual slips,

Pol. And then, sir, does he this,-He does-Is are companions noted and most known

What was I about to say ?-By the mass, I was so youth and liberty.

about to say something :- Where did I leave? As gaming, my lord.

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Pil. It, closes in the consequence,-Ay, marry; Of Hamlet's transformation; so I call it, He closes Wils, jou thus:-! know the gentleman ; Since not the exterior nor the inward man I saw hii. yesterday, or t`other day,

Resembles that it was: What it should be, Or then,or then; with such or such; and, as you say, More than his father's death, that thus hath put There was he gaming; there o'ertook in his ruuse;

him There falling out at tennis : or, perchance,

So much from the understanding of himself, I saw him enler such a house of sale,

I cannot dream of: I entreat you both, (Pidelicet, a brothel,) or so forth.

That,-being of so young days brought up witb See you now;

him; Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth: And, since, so neighbor'd to his youth and ho And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,

mor, With windlaces, and with assays of bias,

That you vouchsafe your rest here in our court By indirections find directions out;

Some little time: so by your companies So, by my former lecture and advice,

To draw him on to pleasures; and to gather, Shall you my son: You have me, have you not? So much as from occasion you may glean, Rey. My lord, I have.

Whether aught, to us unknown, afflicts him thus, Pol.

God be wi' you; fare you well. That, open'd, lies within our remedy. Rey. Good, my lord,

Queen. Good gertlemen, he hath much talk'd of Pol. Observe his inclination in yourself.

you; Rey. I shall, my lord.

And, sure I am, two men there are not living, Pol. And let him ply his music.

To whom he more adheres. If it will please you
Well, my lord. (Exit. To show us so much gentry, and good will,

As to expend your time with us awhile,

For the supply and profit of our hope, Pol. Farewell!-How now, Ophelia ? what's the Your visitation shall receive such thanks matter?

As fits a king's remenibrance. Oph. 0. my lord, my lord, I have been so af- Ros.

Both your majesties frighted!

Might, by the sovereign power you have of us, Pol. With what, in the name of heaven?

Put your dread pleasures more into command Oph. My lord, as I was sewing in my closet, Than to entreaty. Lord Hamlet,-with his doublet all unbraced;


But we both obey; No hat upon his head; his stockings tould, And here give up ourselves, in the tull bent; Tingarter'd, and down-gyved4 to his ankle;

To lay our service freely at your feet, l'ale as his shirt; his knees knocking each other; To be commanded. And with a look so piteous in purport,

King. Thanks, Rosencrantz, and gentle Guilden As if he had been loosed out of hell,

stern. To speak of horrors,-he coincs before me.

Queen. Thanks, Guildenstern, and gentle Rosen. Pol. Mad for thy love?

crantz: Oph.

My lord, I do not know; And I beseech you instantly to visit But, truly, I do fear it.

My too much changed son-Go, some of you, Pol. What said he?

And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is. Oph. He took me by the wrist, and held me hard; Guil. Heavens make our presence, and our prac. Then goes he to the length of all his arm;

tices, And with his other hand thus o'er his brow, Pleasant and helpful to him! He talls to such perusal of my face,


Ay, amen! As he would draw it. Long stay'd he so;

[Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, At last,--a little shaking of mine arm,

and some Attendants. And thrice his head thus waving up and down,

He rais'd a sigh so piteous and profound,
As it did seem to shatter all his bulk,

Pol. The ambassadors from Norway, my good And end his being: That done, he lets me go;

lord, And, with his head over his shoulder turn'd, Are joyfully return'd. He seem'd to find his way without his eyes;

King. Thou still hast been the father of good For out of doors he went without their helps,

news. And, lo the last, bended their light on me.

Pol. Have I, my lord ? Assure you, my good Pol. Come, go with me; I will go seek the king.

liege, This is the very ecstasy of love;

I hold my duty, as I hold my soul, Whose violeni property foredoes5 itself

Both to my God, and to my gracious king. And leads the will to desperate undertakings,

And I do think, (or else this brain of mine As oft as any passion under heaven,

Hunts not the trails of policy so sure
That does aitlict our natures. I am sorry,

As it hath used to do,) that I have found
What, have you given him any hard words of late ? | The very cause of Hamlet's lunacy.
Oph. No, my good lord: but, as you did com-

King. O, speak of that: that do I long to hear. mand,

Pol. Give tirst admittance to the ambassadors; I did repel his letters, and denied

My news shall be the fruit to that great feast. His access to me.

King. Thyself do grace to them, and bring them Pol. That hath made him mad.


(Exit POLONICS I am sorry, that with better heed and judgment,

He tells me, my dear Gertrude, he hath found I had not quotedo him: I fear'd, he did but trifle,

The head and source of all your son's distemper. And meant to wreck thee; but, beshrew my jea

Queen. I doubt it is no other but the main; lousy!

His father's death, and our o’er-hasty marriage. It seems, it is as proper to our age

Re-enter POLONIUS, with VOLTIMAND and To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions,

As it is common for the younger sort
To lack discretion. Come, go we to the king;

King. Well, we shall sift him.-Welcome, my This must be known; which, being kept close, Say, Voltimand, what from our brother Norway?

good friends! might move More grief to hide, than hate to utter love.

Volt. Most tair return of greetings, and desires. Come.

(Exeunt. Upon our first, he sent out to suppress

His nephew's levies; which to him appear'd SCENE II.-A Room in the Castle.

To be a preparation 'gainst the Polack;9

But, better look'd into, he truly found Enter King, QUEEN, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN,

It was against your highness: Whereat grier'd, and Attendants.

That so his sickness, age, and impotence, King. Welcome, dear Rosencrantz, and Guilden- Was falsely borne in hand,!--sends out arrests stern!

On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys; Moreover that we much did long to see you, Receives rebuke from Norway; and, in line, I'ne need, we have to use you, did provoke Makes vow before his uncle, never more Our hasty sending. Something have you heard To give the assay of arms against your majesty.

Hanging down like fetters. • Destroys. • Observed. Utmost exertion. • Scent. • Poland i lapsed on

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