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Ham. Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man As c'er my conversation cop'd withal.
Hor. O, my dear lord
Ham. Nay, do not think I flatter:
follow fawning. Dost thou hear?
heart of heart,
[Flourish of Trumpets and Drums. Ham. They are coming to the play; I must be idle: Get you a place.
A grand March. Enter POLONIUS, KING, QUEEN, OPHELIA, ROSEN
CRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, OSRICK, MARCELLUS, BERNARDO, FRANCISCO, GENTLEMEN, and La
King. How fares our cousin Hamlet ? Ham. Excellent, i' faith ; of the camelion's dish : I eat the air, promise-cramm’d: you cannot feed capons so.
King. I have nothing with this answer, Hamlet ; these words are not mine.
Ham. No, nor mine now.-My lord, -you play'd once in the university, you say?
Pol. That did I, my lord; and was accounted a good actor.
Ham. And what did you enact?
Pol. I did enact Julius Cæsar: I was kill'd i the capitol ; Brutus killd me.
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.
(Bell rings, and the Curtain rises for the Play. Queen. Come hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me. Ham. No, good mother, here's metal more attrac
(Lying down at OPHELIA's feet. Ham. O! your only jig-maker. What should a man do, but be merry? for, look you, how cheerfully my mother looks, and my father died within these two hours.
Oph. Nay, 'tis two months, my lord.
Ham. So long? Nay, then let the devil wear black, for I'll have a suit of sables. Die two months
ago, and not forgotten yet? Then there's hope, a great man's memory may outlive his life half a year: But, by-'r-lady, he must build churches then.
Oph. What means the play, my lord ?
Enter Second Actor, as the Prologue.
Here stooping to your clemency,
[Exit Second ACTOR. Ham. Is this a prologue, or the posy
of a ring ? Oph. "Tis brief, my lord.
' Ham. As woman's love.
Enter the ACTRESS, and First Actor, as a Duchess,
and Duke. 1 Act. Full thirty times hath Phæbus' cart gone
Actress. So many journies may the sun and moon
1 Act. Faith, I must leave thee, love, and shortly too ; My operant powers their functions leave to do :
And thou shalt live in this fair world behind,
Actress, O, confound the rest !
breast : In second husband let me be accurst! None wed the second, but who kill the
first. Ham. That's wormwood.
1 Act. I do believe, you think what now you speak;
| Act. 'Tis deeply sworn.
1 Act. Sweet, leave me here awhile ;
(He sits down, and sleeps. Actress. Sleep rock thy brain ; And never come mischance between us twain !
King. Have you heard the argument? Is there na offence in't ?
Ham. No, no, they do but jest, poison in jest; no offence i'the world.
King. What do you call the play?
This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna : Gonzago is the duke's name; his wife, Baptista. You shall see anon, 'tis a knavish piece of work: But what of that? Your majesty, and we that have free souls, it touches us not: Let the gallid jade wince, our withers are unwrung.“
Enter Second ACTOR, as LUCIANUS. This is one Lucianus, nephew to the duke.
Oph. You are as good as a chorus, my lord.
Ham. I could interpret between you and your love, if I could see the puppets dallying. Begin, murderer, -leave thy damnable faces, and begin : Come: The croaking raven Doth bellow for revenge. 2 Act. Thoughts black, hands apt, drugs fit, and
[Pours the Poison into his Ear.—Exit. Ham. He poisons him i' the garden for his estate. His name's Gonzago ; the story is extant, and written in very choice Italian: You shall see anon, how the murderer gets the love of Gonzago's wife.
King. Give me some light:--away!
[Exeunt all but Hamlet and HORATIO. Ham. Why, let the strucken deer go weep,
The hart ungalled play;
Thus runs the world away O, good Horatio, I'll take the ghost's word for a thousand pound. Didst perceive?