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But what is your affair in Ellinoor ?
We'll teach you to drink deep, ere you depart.

Hor. My lord, I came to see your father's funeral.

Ham. I pr’ythee, do not mack me, fellow-student ; I think, it was to see my mother's wedding.

Hor. Indeed, my lord, it follow'd hard upon.
Ham. Thrift, thrift; Horatio ; the funeral bak'd


eye, Horatio.

Did coldly furnish forth the marriage-tables.
'Would, I had met my dearest foe in heav'n,
Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio !
My fathermethiņks, I see my father.

Hor. Oh where, my lord ?
Ham. In my

Hor. I saw him once, he was a goodly King.

Ham. He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again.

Hor. My lord, I think, I saw him yesternight.
Ham. Saw! whom? -
Hor. My lord, the King your father.
Ham. The King my father!

Hor. - Season your admiration but a while,
With an attentive ears 'till I deliver,
Upon the witness of these gentlemen,
This marvel to you.

Ham. For heaven's love, let me hear.

Hor. Two nights together had these gentlemen, Marcellus and Bernardo, on their watch, In the dead vast and middle of the night, Been thus encounter'd. A figure like your father, Arm'd at all points exactly, Cap-à-, Appears before them, and with folemn march Goes now and stately by them; thrice he walk'd, By their opprest and fear-surprised eyes,

o Dearell, for direl, most dreadful, most dangerous.

7 Season your admiration ) That is, temper it.



Within his truncheon's length; whilst they, distill'd
Almost to jelly with the act of fear,
Stand dumb, and speak not to him. - This to me
In dreadful secrefy impart they did,
And I with them the third night kept the watchs
Where, as they had deliver'd, both in time, it
Form of the thing, each word made true and good,
The Apparition comes. I knew your father :
These hands are not more like?

Ham. But where was this?
Mar. My lord, upon the Platform where we

Ham. Did you not speak to it? 10

Hor. My lord, I did;
But answer made it none ; yet once, methought,
It lifted up its head, and did address :
Itself to motion, like as it would speak;
But even then the morning cock crew. loud;
And at the found it shrunk in haste away,
And vanish'd from our sight.

Ham. 'Tis very strange.
Hor. As I do live, my honour'd lord, 'tis true';
And we did think it writ down in our duty
To let

know of it.




--with the act of fear, ) Jpeare would write more erroneShakespear could never write fo ously, if he wrote by the direcimproperly, as to call the passion tion of this critick; they were of fear, the act of fear. With- not diffilled, whatever the word out doubt the true reading is, may mean, by the effect of fear ; mwith Th’Effect of fear. for that diffillation was itself the

WARBURTON. effe&t; fear was the cause, th Here is an affectation of fub. active cause, that distilled them by tilty without accuracy. Fear is that force of operation which we every day considered as an agent. strictly call act in voluntary, and Fear laid hold on bim ; fear drove power in involuntary agents,

but bim

away. If it were proper to popularly call act in both. But be rigorous in examining trifles, of this too much. it might be replied, that Sbake.

Hem. InHam. Indeed, indeed, Sirs, but this troubles me. Hold you the watch to-night?

Both. We do, my lord.
Ham. Arm’d, fay you?

Both. Arm’d, my lord.
Ham. From top to toe?
Both. My lord, from head to foot.
Ham. Then saw you not his face?

Hor. Oh, yes, my lord, he wore his beaver up.
21 Ham. What look'd, he frowningly?
Hor. A count'nance more in forrow than in

Ham. Pale, or řed ?
Hor. Nay, very pale.,
Ham. And fixt his eyes upon you ?,
Hor, Most constantly.
Ham. I would, I had been there!
Hor. It would have much amaz’d you.
Ham. Very like. Staid it long?
Hor. While one with moderate hafte might tell a

Both. Longer, longer.
Hor. Not when I saw't.
Ham. His beard was grisly?

Hor. It was, as I have seen it in his "fe,
A fable silver'd.
Ham. I'll watch to night; perchance, 'twill walk

again. Ł:0 Hor. I warrant you, it will.

Ham. If it affume my noble father's person, I'll speak to it, though hell itself should gape And bid me hold my peace.


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And whatsoever shall befal to- night,
Give it an understanding, but no tongue ;
I will requite your loves; fo fare
Upon the platform 'twixt eleven and twelve

All. Our duty to your Honour.

Ham. Your loves, as mine to you, Farewel.
My father's Spirit in arms! all is not well.
I doubt some foul play. Would, the night were

come! 'Till then sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise, Tho' all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes.


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Enter Laertes and Ophelia.
Laer. Y necessaries are imbark’d, farewel.

And, fifter, as the winds give benefit,
And Convoy is affistant, do not sleep,
But let me hear from you.

Oph. Do you doubt that?

Laer. For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favour, Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood; A violeţ in the youth of primy nature, Forward, not permanent, tho’ fweet, not lasting: ' The perfume, and suppliance of a minute : No more.


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With the Sweet, not lafling,

word suppliance I am not satisfied, The si ppliance of a minute,

and yet dare hardly offer what I



Opb. No more but fo?

Laer. Think it no more: For Nature, crescent, does not grow alone, In thews and bulk; but, as this Temple waxes, The inward service of the mind and soul Grows wide withal. Perhaps, he loves you now; * And now no foil, nor cautel, doth besmerch The virtue of his will : but you must fear, His Greatness weigh’d, his will is not his own ; For he himself is Tubject to his Birth; He may not, as unvalued persons do, Carve for himself; for on his choice depends 3 The fanity and health of the whole State : And therefore must his choice be circumscrib'd Unto the voice and yielding of that body, Whereof he's dead. Then, if he fays, he loves you, It fits your wisdom so far to believe it, As he in his peculiar act and place May give his Saying deed; which is no further, Than the main voice of Denmark goes withal.




imagine to be right. I suspect For by virtue is meant the fimplithat soffiaxle, or some such word, ty of his will, not virturus will: formed from the Italian, was and both this and besmerch refer. then used for the act of fumiga.. only to foil, and to the soil of ing with sweet scents.

craft and insincerity. 2 And now no soil, NOR cau-. Virtue seems here to comprise

] From cautela, both excellence and power, and which fignifies only a prudent may be explained the pure efforefaht or caution; but passing fer. thro: French hands, it loft its in- 3 The sanctity and health of nocence, and now fignifies fraud, the whole State:] What has deceit. And so he uses the ad- the sanctity of the late to do jective in Julius Cæfar,

with the prince's disproportioned Swear priests and cowards and marriage? We Mould read wich men cautelous.

the old quario SAFETY. But I believe Shakespear wrote,

WARBURTON And now no foil or cautel- Hanmer reads very rightly, lawhich the following words con- nity. San&tiry is elsewhere print

ed for Janity, in the old edition doth besmerch

of this play. The virtue of his will: L4



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