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And with a sudden vigor it doth posset,

Hor. Mar. Ay, by heaven, my lord. And curd, like beager droppings into milk,

Ham. There's ne'er a villain dwelling in all DenThe thin and wholesome blood: so did it mịne; But he's an arrant knave.

[mark, And a most instant tetter bark'd about,

Hor. There needs no ghost, my lord, come from Most lazar-like, with vile and loathsome crust To tell us this.

[the grave All my smooth body.

Ham. Why, right; you are i' the right; Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand,

And so, without more circumstance at all, Of life, of crown, of queen, at once 'despoiled: I hold it fit that we shake hands and part: Cat off even in the blossom of my sin,

You, as your business and desire shall point you, d Unhousel'd, o disappointed, 'unaneled :

For every man hath business and desire, No reckoning made, but sent to my account

Such as it is; and, for mine own poor part, With all my imperfections on my head :

Look you, I'll go pray.

[lord. 0, horrible ! o, horrible! most horrible!

Hor. These are but wild and whirling words, my If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not;

Ham. I am sorry they offend you, heartily; yes, Let not the royal bed of Denmark be

'Faith, heartily. A couch for luxury and damned incest.

Hor.

There's no offence, my lord. But, howsoever thou pursuest this act,

Ham. Yes, by Saint Patrick, but there is, Horatio, Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive And much offence too. Touching this vision here, Against thy mother aught: leave her to heaven, It is an honest ghost, that let me tell you: And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, For you desire to know what is between us, To prick and sting her. Fare thee well at once. O’er-master 't as you may. And now, good friends, The glow-worm shows the matin to be near, As you are friends, scholars, and soldiers, And 'gins to pale his & uneffectual fire:

Give me one poor request. Adieu, adieu! Hamlet, remember me. [Erit. Hor. What is't, my lord ? Ham. O, all you host of heaven! O earth! What Mar. 5 We will,

[night. else ?

Ham. Never make known what you have seen toAnd shall I couple hell ?-0 fie !Hold, heart; Hor. Mar. My lord, we will not. And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,

Ham.

Nay, but swear't. But bear me stiffly up.-Remember thee?

Hor.

In faith, Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat My lord, not I. In this distracted bglobe. Remember thee?

Mar. Nor I, my lord, in faith, Yea, from the table of my memory

Ham. Upon my sword. I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,

Mar.

We have sworn, my lord, already. All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, Ham. Indeed, upon my sword, indeed. That youth and observation copied there,

Ghost. [ Beneath.] Swear. And thy commandment all alone shall live

Ham. Ha, ha, boy! say'st thou so ? art thou there, Within the book and volume of my brain,

true-penny? Unmix'd with baser matter: yes, by heaven! Come on,-you hear this fellow in the cellarage,0, most pernicious and perfidious woman!

Consent to swear. O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!

Hor.

Propose the oath, my lord. My tables,-meet it is, I set it down,

Ham. Never to speak of this that you have seen, That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain ; Swear by my sword. At least, I am sure, it may be so in Denmark : Ghost. (Beneath.] Swear.

[ground. [Writing Ham. Hic et ubique ? then, we'll shift our So, uncle, there you are.

Now to
my

Come hither, gentlemen,
It is, “ Adieu, adieu! remember me.

And lay your hands again upon my sword : I have sworn't.

Never to speak of this that you have heard, Hor. [Wilhin.] My lord! my lord }

Swear by my sword. Mar. ( Within.] Lord Hamlet !

Ghost. [Benealh.) Swear.

(so fast ? Hor. ( Within.]

Heaven secure him! Ham. Well said, old mole! can'st work i'the earth Mar. ( Within.] So be it!

A worthy pioneer!-Once more remove, good friends, Hor. ( Within.] Illo, ho, ho, my lord !

Hor. O day and night, but this is wondrous Ham. Hillo, ho, ho! boy! come, bird, icome.

strange! Enter Horatio and MARCELLUS.

Ham. And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. Mar. How is't, my noble lord ?

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Hor.

What news, my

lord ?

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. But come;

Here, as before, never, so help you mercy, ,
Ham. O, wonderful !
Hor.
Good my lord, tell it.

How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself,
Ham.

No;

As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet

To You'll reveal it.

put an antic disposition on,Hor. Not I, my lord, by heaven.

That you, at such times seeing me, never shall; Mar.

Nor I,

With arms encumber'd thus, or this head-shake, Ham. How say you, then ; would heart of man

Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase,

As, “Well, well, we know;".—or, “We could, an if once think it ?

we would;"

[might;" But you'll be secret.

Or, “If we list to speak ;"-or, " There be, an if they

Or such ambiguous giving out, to note *" Posset," i, e., coagulate.—b"Enger"(Fr, aigre), i. e., sour;

know aught of me:-this not to do, acid. -- " Lazar-like," i. e., leproue._d" Unhousel'd," i. e., So grace and mercy at your most need help you, without having received the sacrament.--" " Disappointed," | Swear. 1. e., unprepared. -Unaneled," i, e., without extreme

Ghost. [Beneath.] Swear. tion." Unrffectual fire" is light without heat.-" This distracted globe," i. e., this head confused with thought.- This is the call which falconers use to their hawks in the t" Circumstance," i. e., circumlocution." Hic a ubique" air when they would have them come down.

i. e., here and everywhere.

word;

my lord.

That you

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Ham. Rest, rest, perturbed spirit!–So, gentlemen, According to the phrase, or the addition
With all my love I do commend me to you: Of man, and country.
And what so poor a man as Humlet is

Rey.

Very good, my lord. May do, t'express his love and friending to you, Pol. And then, sir, does be this,-he does God willing, shall not lack. Let us go in together ; What was I about to say ?-By the mass, I was And still your fingers on your lips, I pray.

About to say sor

ning :-where did I leave? The time is out of joint; O cursed spite !

Rey. At closes in the consequence, That ever I was born to set it right.

As “ friend or so," and “gentleman." Nay, come ; let's go together.

[Exeunt. Pol. At, closes in the consequence,-ay, marry;

He closes thus : " I know the gentleman;
I saw him yesterday, or t'other day,

Or then, or then; with such, or such; and, as you say,
ACT II.

There was he guming; there o'ertook in's rouse;

There falling out at tennis: or perchance,
SCENE I.-A Room in Polonius's House.

I saw him enter such a house of sale,
Enter POLONIUS and REYNALDO.

Videlicet, a brothel" or so forth.

See you now;
Pol. Give him this money, and these notes, Rey- Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth:
Rey. I will, my lord.

[naldo. And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,
Pol. You shall do marvellous wisely, good Rey | With windlasses, and with assays of 'bias,
Before you visit him, to make inquiry [naldo, By indirections find directions out:
Of his behavior.

So, by my former lecture and advice,
Rey.
My lord, I did intend it.

[sir, Shall you my son.

You have me,

have
you

not?
Pol. Marry, well said: very well said. Look you, Rey. My lord, I have.
Inquire me first what a Danskers are in Paris ;

Pol.
God be wi' you; fare

you

sell And how, and who, what means, and where they keep, Rey. Good my lord. What company, at what expense; and finding, Pol. Observe his inclination in yourself. By this encompassment and drift of question, Rey. I shall, my lord. . That they do know my son, come you more nearer Pol. And let him ply his music. Than your particular demands will touch it.

Rey.

Well, my lord. (Ezt Take you, as 'twere, some distant knowledge of him;

Enter OPHELIA.
As thus," I know his futher, and his friends,
And, in part, him:"-do you mark this, Reynaldo?

Pol. Farewell !-How now, Ophelia ? what's the

matter? Rey. Ay, very well, my lord.

[well: Pol. And, in part, bim; but," you may say,

Oph. Alas, my lord! I have been so affrighted! But, il't be he I mean, he's very wild,

Pol. With what, in the name of God ? Addicted so and so ;''-and there put on him

Oph. My lord, as I was sewing in my chamber, What forgeries you please ; marry, none so rank

Lord Hamlet,-with his doublet all unbrac'd; As may dishonor him ? take heed of thut;

No hat upon his head; his stockings 'foul'd, But, sir, such wanton, wild, and usual slips,

Ungarter'd, and mdown-gyved to his ancle; As are companions noted and most known

Pale as his shirt; his knees knocking each other; To youth and liberty.

And with a look so piteous in purport,
Rey.

As gaming, my lord. [ling, As if he had been loosed out of hell,
Pol. Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, quarrel. To speak of horrors,-he comes before me.
Drabbing :-you may go so far.

Pol. Mad for thy love?
Rey. My lord, that would dishonor him.

Oph.

My lord, I do not know; Pol. 'Faith, no; as you may season it in the charge. But, truly, I do fear it. You must not put another scandal on him,

Pol.

What said he? That he is open to incontinency: [quaintly,

Oph. He took me by the wrist, and held me hard; That's not my meaning; but breathe his faults so

Then goes he to the length of all his arm, That they may seem the taints of liberty ;

And, with his other hand thus o'er his brow, The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind;

He falls to such "perusal of my face, A savageness in unreclaimed blood,

As he would draw it. Long stay'd he so :
Of general fassault.

At last,-a little shaking of mine arm,
Rey.
But, my good lord, -

And thrice his head thus waving up and down,
Pol. Wherefore should you do this?

He rais'd a sigh so piteous and profound, Rey.

Ay, my lord, That it did seem to shatter all his bulk,
I would know that.

And end his being. That done, he lets me go,
Pol.
Marry, sir here's my drift;

And, with his head over his shoulder turn'd,
And, I believe, it is a 'fetch of warrant.

He seem'd to find his way without his eyes; You laying these slight sullies on my son,

For out o' doors he went without their help, As 'twere a thing a little soild i'the working,

And to the last bended their light on me.

Pol. Come, go with me: I will go seek the king. Your party in converse, him you would sound, This is the very ecstasy of love; Having ever seen in the prenominate crimes

Whose violent property' P fordoes itself, The youth you breathe of guilty, be assur'd,

And leads the will to desperate undertakings, He closes with you in this consequence :

As oft as any passion under heaven, “Good sir," or so; or "friend," or gentleman,".

That does afflict our natures. I am sorry,

What! have you given him any hard words of kate? "" Danskere," i, e., Danes.“ Encompassment," i. e., cir. cumlocution. _6" Slipe," i.e., errors; failings. -- " Drabbing." eral assault," i, e., such as youth is generally Assailed by in wrinkles..? Down.gyved," 1 e., hanging down like

"Fetch of warrant," i. e., justifiable stratagem..." Pre- gyves or fetters. _ " Perusal,"'i. e., survey; examination nominate," I. e., beforenamed.

• Madness.-p " Fordoes," i, e., undoes,

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not

Mark you,

Pol.

move

stern:

Oph. No, my good lord; but, as you did command, Pol. Have I, my lord? Assure you, my good liege, I did repel his letters, and denied

I hold my duty, as I hold my soul,
His access to me.

Both to my God, one to my gracious king:
That hath made him mad. And I do think, (or else this brain of mine
I am sorry that with better heed and judgment Hunts not the trail of policy so sure
I had not a quoted him: I fear'd, he did

but trifle, As it hath vs'd to do) that I have found
And meant to wreck thee; but, beshrew my jealousy. The very cause of Hamlet's lunacy.
1 By heaven, it is as proper to our age

King O! speak of that; that do I long to hear. To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions,

Pol. Give first admittance to th' ambassadors; As it is common for the younger sort

My news shall be the befruit to that great feast. To lack discretion. Come, go we to the king: King. Thyself do grace to them, and bring them in. This must be known; which, being kept close, might

[Exit Polonios.

He tells me, my dear Gertrude, he hath found More grief to hide, than hate to utter love. The head and source of all your son's distemper.

[Exeunt. Queen. I doubt, it is no other but the main ;

His father's death, and our o'erhasty marriage. SCENE II.-A Room in the Castle.

Re-enter Polonius, with VOLTIMAND and Enter King, Queen, RosENCRANTZ, GUILDEN

CORNELIUS.
STERN, and Attendants.

King. Well, we shall sist him.-Welcome, my good King. Welcome, dear Rosencrantz, and Guilden- Say, Voltimand, what from our brother Norway?

friends. Moreover, that we much did long to see you,

Volt. Most fair return of greetings, and desires. The need we have to use you, did provoke

Upon our first, he sent out to suppress Our hasty sending. Something have you heard

His nephew's levies; which to him appear'd Of Hamlet's transformation; so I call it,

To be a preparation 'gainst the Polack, Sith nor th' exterior nor the inward man

But, better look'd into, he truly found Resembles that it was. What it should be,

It was against your highness: whereat griev'd, More than his father's death, that thus hath put him Was falsely borne in "hand,--sends out arrests

That so his sickness, age, and impotence,
So much from the understanding of himself,

On Fortinbras ; which he in brief obeys,
I cannot dream of: I entreat you both,
That, being of so young days brought up with him, Makes vow before his uncle, never more

Receives rebuke from Norway, and, in fine,
And since so neighbor'd to his youth and humor,
That you vouchsafe your rest here in our court

To give th' 'assay of arms against your majesty. Some little time; so by your companies

Whereon old Norway, overcome with joy, To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather,

Gives him three thousand crowns in annual “ fee, So much as from occasion you may glean,

And his commission to employ those soldiers, Whether aught, to us unknown, afflicts him thus,

So levied as before, against the Polack: That, open'd, lies within our remedy. [you;

With an entreaty, herein farther shown, Queen. Good gentlemen, he hath much talk'd of That it might please you to give quiet pass

[Giving a Paper. And, sure I am, two men there are not living, To whom he more adheres. If it will please you

Through your dominions for this enterprise, To show us so much gentry, and good will,

On such regards of safety, and allowance, As to expend your time with us a while,

As therein are set down.

King. For the supply and profit of our hope,

It Olikes us well; Your visitation shall receive such thanks

And, at our more consider'd time, we'll read, As fits a king's remembrance.

Answer, and think upon this business : Ros.

Both your majesties Go to your rest; at night we'll feast together :

Mean time, we thank you for your well-took labor. Might, by the sovereign power you have of us, Put your dread pleasures more into command

Most welcome home.

[Exeunt VOLTIMAND and CORNELIUS. Than to entreaty,

Pol.
Guil.
But we both obey;

This business is well ended. And here give up ourselves, in the full 'bent,

My liege, and madam; to Pexpostulate To lay our service freely at your feet,

What majesty should be, what duty is, To be commanded.

[stern.

Why day is day, night night, and time is time, King. Thanks, Rosencrantz

, and gentle Guilden- Were nothing but to waste $ day, night, and time. Queen. Thanks, Guildenstern, and gentle Rosen- Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And I beseech you instantly to visit [crantz:

And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,

I will be brief. Your noble son is mad:
My too much changed son.-Go, some of you,

Mad call I it; for, to define true madness,
And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is.
Guil. Heavens make our presence, and our prac. But let that go.

What is't, but to be nothing else but mad:
Pleasant and helpful to him?

[tices,

Queen. More matter, with less art. Queen.

Ay, amen! [Edeunt RosencRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and

Pol. Madam, I swear, I use no art at all. some Attendants.

That he is mad, 'tis true : tis true 'uis pity,

And pity 'tis 'tis true: a foolish figure;
Enter POLONIUS.
Pol. Th'ambassadors from Norway, my good lord,

"Trail," i. e., trace; track.-" The fruit," i. e., dessert. Are joyfully return'd.

- "The Polack," i. e., Poland. - Falsely borne in hand," King. Thou still hast been the father of good news. i. e., deceived ; imposed upon. To give th' assay of

arms," i. e., to attempt any thing by force of arms. Quoted," i. e., observed. -- " Sith nor," }, e., since - "Three thousand crowns in annual fee," i. e., a fee in neither. "Gentry," i. e., gentle courtesy:-“Sapply and land of the annual value of three thousand crowns. profit," i. e., aid and advantage." of us," i, e., over 18. A“ Regards," i. e., conditions." I likes," i. e., it pleases, "In the full bent," i e, most willingly.

- "To expostulate," i e, to inquire.

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But farewell it, for I will use no art.

Pol. You know, sometimes he walks for hours Mad let us grant him, then ; and now remains, Here in the lobby.

(together, That we find out the cause of this effect;

Queen.

So he doth, indeed. Or rather say, the cause of this defect,

Pol. At such a time I'll loose my daughter to him: For this effect defective comes by cause :

Be you and I behind an “arras, then : Thus it remains, and the remainder thus.

Mark the encounter; if he love her not, * Perpend.

And be not from his reason fallen thereon,
I have a daughter; have, while she is mine; Let me be no assistant for a state,
Who, in her duty and obedience, mark,

But keep a farm, and carters.
Hath given me this. Now gather, and surmise. King

We will try it. [Reads. "To the celestial, and my soul's idol, the most

Enter HAMLET, reading. beautified Ophelia,"

Queen. But, look, where sadly the poor wretch That's an ill phrase, a vile phrase; " beautified" is comes reading. a vile phrase ; but you shall hear. --Thus :

Pol. Away! I do beseech you, both away. " In her excellent white bosom, these," &c. I'll 'board him presently :-0! give me leave. Queen. Came this from Hamlet to her ?

[Exeunt King, Queen, and Attendants. Pol. Good madam, stay awhile; I will be faithful. How does my good lord Hamlet ? “Doubt thou the stars are fire, [Reads. Ham. Well, god-'a-mercy. Doubt, that the sun doth move;

Pol. Do you know me, my lord I
Doubt truth to be a liar,

Ham. Excellent well ; you are a fishmonger.
But never doubt I love.

Pol. Not I, my lord. "O dear Ophelia ! I am ill at these numbers: I Ham. Then, I would you were so honest a man. have not art to reckon my groans; but that I love Pol. Honest, my lord ? thee best, O! most best, believe it. Adieu.

Ham. Ay, sir : to be honest, as this world goes, Thine evermore, most dear lady, whilst is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.

this machine is to him, Hamlet." Pol. That's very true, my lord. This in obedience hath my daughter shown me;

Ham. For if the sun breed, maggots in a dead And more above, hath his solicitings,

dog, being a good kissing carrion, -Have you a As they fell out by time, by means, and place, daughter? All given to mine ear.

Pol. I have, my lord.
King
But how hath she

Ham. Let her not walk i' the sun : conception is Receiv'd his love ?

a blessing; but not as your daughter may conceive : Pol.

What do you think of me? ---friend, look to't. King. As of a man faithful, and honorable. Pol. (Aside. ] How say you by that? Still hary Pol. I would fain prove so. But what might you ing on my daughter:-yet he knew me not at first; think,

he said, I was a fishmonger. He is far gone, fw When I had seen this hot love on the wing, gone: and truly in my youth I suffered much (As I perceiv'd it, I must tell you that,

tremity for love; very near this. I'll speak to bim Before my daughter told me) what might you,

again.-What do you read, my lord ?
Or my dear majesty, your queen here, think, Ham. Words, words, words.
If I had play'd the desk, or table-book :

Pol. What is the matter, my lord ?
Or given my heart a winking, mute and dumb; Ham. Between whom?
Or look'd upon this love with idle sight;

Pol. I mean, the matter that you read, my lard. What might you think ? no, I went round to work,

Ham. Slanders, sir: for the satirical rogue say And my young mistress thus I did bespeak :: here, that old men have grey beards; that the “Lord Hamlet is a prince, out of thy a star;

faces are wrinkled; their eyes purging thick amber, This must not be :" and then I precepts gave her, and plum-tree gum; and that they have a plentiful That she should lock herself from his resort, lack of wit, together with most weak hams: all of Admit no messengers, receive no tokens.

which, sir, though I most powerfully and potently Which done, she took the fruits of my advice; believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus se And he, repulsed, a short tale to make,

down; for you yourself, sir, should be old as I am, ; Fell into a sadness; then into a fast;

if like a crab you could go backward. Thence to a watch; thence into a weakness; Pol. Though this be madness, yet there is met Thence to a lightness; and by this declension, od in't. [ Aside.] Will you walk out of the air, Into the madness wherein now he raves,

lord ? And we all wail for.

Ham. Into my grave ? King.

Do you think 'tis this? Pol. Indeed, that is out o' the air.—[ Aside] Queen. It may be, very likely.

[that, How 6 pregnant sometimes his replies are! a hap Pol. Hath there been such a time, I'd fain know piness that often madness hits on, which reason and That I have positively said, “ 'Tis so,"

sanity could not so prosperously be delivered of. I When it prov'd otherwise ?

will leave him, and suddenly contrive the means of King:

Not that I know. meeting between him and my daughter. (To kim] Pol. Take this

from this, if this be otherwise. My honorable lord, I will most humbly take my leave

[Pointing to his Head and Shoulder. of you. If circumstances lead me, I will find

Ham. You cannot, sir, take from me any thing Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed that I will more willingly part withal; except sy Within the centre.

life, except my life, except my life. King. How may we try it farther? Pol. Fare you well, my lord.

"Perpend," L. e., reflect; consider. That is, 'Or given • Arras is tapestry, so called from the city of Arres, where my heart a hint to be mute about their passion.'- "Round," It was manufactured. ---* * Board him," i e, accost, address i. e., roundly, without reserve.- "Out of thy star," 1. e., him.-" Pregnant," 1 e., replete with meaning i ready placed above thee by destiny.

apt.

not true.

say so.

Ham. These tedious old fools!

Roš. To what end, my lord ?
Enter RosenCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN.

Ham. That you must teach me. But let me con. Pol. You go to seek the lord Hamlet; there he is.

jure you, by the rights of our fellowship, by the Ros. God save you, sir ! [To Polonius.

consonancy of our youth, by the obligation of our

[Exit Polonius. ever-preserved love, and by what more dear a better Guil. Mine honor'd lord !

proposer could charge you withal, be even and di

rect with me, whether you were sent for, or no? Ros. My most dear lord !

Ros. What say you? [ To GUILDENSTERN. Ham. My excellent good friends! How dost thou, Guildenstern? Ah! Rosencrantz! Good lads, how

Ham. Nay, then I have an eye of you. [ Aside.]

-If you love me, hold not off. do ye both ? Řos. As the indifferent children of the earth.

Gril. My lord, we were sent for, Guil. Happy, in that we are not overhappy;

Ham. I will tell you why; so shall my anticipaOn fortune's cap we are not the very button,

tion prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the Ham. Nor the soles of her shoe ?

king and queen moult no feather. I have of late Ros. Neither, my lord.

(but wherefore I know not) lost all my mirth, foreHam. Then you live about her waist, or in the gone all custom of exercises ; and, indeed, it goes middle of her favors ?

so heavily with my disposition, that this goodly frame, Guil. 'Faith, ber privates we.

the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this Ham. In the secret parts of fortune? O! most o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted

most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave true: she is a strumpet. What news ? Ros. None, my lord, but that the world's grown but a foul and pestilent 6 congregation of vapors.

with golden fires, why, it appeareth nothing to me, honest. Ham. Then is dooms-day near; but your news is

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in

reason! how infinite in faculties ! in form, in moy. Let me question more in particular: what have you, my good friends, deserved at the hands of ing, how express and admirable! in action, how

like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! fortune, that she sends you to prison hither ?

the beauty of the world ! the paragon of animals ! Guil. Prison, my lord ! Ham. Denmark's a prison.

And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?

man delights not me; '[Ros. smiles.] no, nor woRos. Then, is the world one.

man neither, though by your smiling you seem to Ham. A goodly one ; in which there are many confines, wards, and dungeous, Denmark being one

Ros. My lord, there was no such stuff in my of the worst. Ros. We think not so, my lord.

thoughts.

Ham. Why did you laugh, then, when I said, man Ham. Why, then 'tis none to you; for there is

delights not me ? nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it

Ros. To think, my lord, if you delight not in man, 80; to me it is a prison. Ros. Why then, your ambition makes it one: 'tis what blenten entertainment the players shall receive

from you: weicoted them on the way, and hither too narrow for your mind.

are they coming to offer you service. Ham. O God! I could be bounded in a nut-shell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it his majesty shall have tribute of me: the adven

Ham. He that plays the king, shall be welcome; not that I have bad dreams.

Guil. Which dreams, indeed, are ambition ; for turous knight shall use his * foil, and target: the the very substance of the ambitious is merely the lover shall not sigh gratis: the humorous man shall shadow of a dream.

end his part in peace: the clown shall make those

laugh, whose lungs are tickled of the 'sere ; and the Ham. A dream itself is but a shadow. Ros. Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and lady shall say her mind freely, or the blank verse

shall halt for’t.-What players are they! light a quality, that it is but a shadow's shadow.

Ros. Even those you were wont to take such deHam. Then are our beggars bodies, and our

light in, the tragedians of the city. monarchs, and outstretched heroes, the beggar's shadows. Shall we to the court ? for, by my fay, Idence, both in reputation and profit, was better both

Ham. How chances it, they travel! their resiRos. Guil. We'll wait upon you.

ways.

Ros. I think, their inhibition comes by the means Ham. No such matter: I will not sort you with

of the late innovation. the rest of my servants; for, to speak to you like an I am most dreadfully attended. But, when I was in the city? Are they so followed ?

Ham. Do they hold the same estimation they did in the beaten way of friendship, what make you at

Ros. No, indeed, they are not. Elsinore?

Ham. How comes it? Do they grow justy ? Ros. To visit you, my lord ; no other occasion.

Ros. Nay, their endeavor keeps in the wonted Ham. Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks ; but I thank you: and sure, dear friends, my thanks pace; but there is, sir, an meyry of children, little

eyases,

that are too dear a halfpenny. Were you not.sent for ?

cry out on the top of question, and Is it your own inclining? Is it a free visitation ? the fashion; and so Pberattle the common stages,

are most tyrannically clapped sort: these are now Come, come; deal justly with me: come;

(so they call them) that many, wearing rapiers, are nay, speak. Guil. What should we say, my lord ?

afraid of goose quills, and dare scarce come thither. Ham. Why any thing, but to the purpose. You d"Consonancy," i. e., agreement; fellowship." I have were sent for; and there is a kind of confession in an eye of you," 1 e., I have an inkling of your purpose.your looks, which your modesties have not craft lection.2 * Lenten," i. e., scanty; menger. - Coted," i.e.,

{"Brave," I. e., splendid; fine."Congregation," i. e., col. enough to color: I know, the good king and queen overtook. --“Foil," i. e, fencing blade. - Tickled o' the

sere," i e., tickled with a dry cough or huskiness.„m“ An eyry," i. e., & nest; a brood. - . " Little eyases," i. e.,

young nestlings : properly, unfledged harts. On the top ** By my fay," L. e., by my faith. -" What make you," of question,"1. e., at the top of their voice. -- " Berattle, Le, what do you." To color," i e, to disguise. be., fill with noise,

cannot reason.

honest man,

come

bave sent for you.

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