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I would, I had been there. , If with too credents ear you listo his songs; Hor. It would have much amaz'd you
Or lose your heart; or your chaste treasure open Ham.
Very like, To his unmaster'd7 importunity. Very like : Stay'd it long?
Fear it, Ophelia, fear it, my dear sister; Hor. While one with moderate haste might tell | And keep you in the rear of your affection, a hundred.
Out of the shot and danger of desire. Mar. Ber. Longer, longer.
The chariest8 maid is prodigal enough, Hor. Not when I saw it.
If she unmask her beauty to the moon : Ham.
His beard was grizzled ? no? Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes :
Too oft before their buttons be disclos'd;
And in the morn and liquid dew of youth
Contagious blastments are most imminent. Hor.
I warrant, it will. ||Be wary then : best safety lies in fear; Ham. If it assume my noble father's person, Youth to itself rebels, though none else near. I'll speak to it, though hell itself should gape, Oph. I shall the effect of this good lesson keep, And bid me hold my peace. I pray you all, As watchman to my heart: But, good my brother, If you have hitherto conceal'd this sight, Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Let it be tenable in your silence still ;
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven; And whatsoever else shall hap to-night,
Whilst, like a puff'd and recklesso libertine, Give it an understanding, but no tongue ; Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads, I will requite your loves : So, fare you well : And recks not his own read. 10 Upon the platform, 'twixt eleven and twelve, Laer.
O fear me not. I'll visit you.
I stay too long ;-But here my father comes. AU. hur duty to your honour.
Enter Polonius. Ham. Your loves, as mine to you: Farewell.
(Exeunt Horatio, Marcellus, and Bernardo. A double blessing is a double grace; My father's spirit in arms! all is not well; Occasion smiles upon a second leave. I doubt some foul play : 'would, the night were Pol. Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for come!
shame; Till then sit still, my soul : Foul deeds will rise, The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's And you are staid for: There,-my blessing with eyes.
(Exit you; (Laying his hand on Laertes head. SCENE III.- A room in Polonius's house. En-Look thou character. 11 Give thy thoughts no tongue,
And these few precepts in thy memory ter Laertes and Ophelia.
Nor any unproportion'd thought his act. Laer. My necessaries are embark'd; farewell : | Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. And, sister, as the winds give benefit,
The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, And convoy is assistant, do not sleep,
Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel; But let me bear from you.
But do not dull thy palml2 with entertainment Oph.
doubt that? Of each new-batch'd, unfledg'd comrade. Beware Laer. For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favours Of entrance to a quarrel : but, being in, Hold it a fashion, and a toy in blood;
Bear it that the opposer may beware of thee. A violet in the youth of primy nature,
Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice: Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
Take each man's censure,13 but reserve thy judgThe perfume and suppliance of a minute ;
ment. No more.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, Oph. No more but so?
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy: Laer.
Think it no more : For the apparel oft proclaims the man; For nature, crescent, does not grow alone And they in France, of the best rank and station, In thews,2 and bulk ; but, as this temple waxes, Are most select and generous, 14 chief 15 in that. The inward service of the mind and soul
Neither a borrower, nor a lender be: Grows wide withal. Perhaps, he loves you now; For loan oft loses both itself and friend; And now no soil, nor cautel 3 doth besmirch4 And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. 16 The virtue of his will : but, you must fear, This above all, -To thine ownself be true; His greatness weigh'd, his will is not his own; And it must follow, as the night the day, For he himself is subject to his birth :
Thou canst not then be false to any man. He may not, as unvalued persoņs do,
Farewell; my blessing season 17 this in thee! Carve for himself; for on his choice depends Laer. Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord. The safety and the health of the whole state ; Pol. The time invites you ; go, your servants And therefore must his choice be circumscrib'd
tend. 18 Unto the voice and yielding of that body,
Laer. Farewell, Ophelia ; and remember well Whereof he is the head : Then if he says he || What I have said to you.
'Tis in my memory lock'd, It fits your wisdom so far to believe it,
And you yourself shall keep the key of it. As he in his particular act and place
(Exit Laertes. May give his saying deed; which is no further Pol. What is't, Ophelia, he hath said to you? Than the main voice of Denmark goes withal. Oph. So please you, something touching the lordThen weigh what loss your bonour may sustain,
Hamlet. (1) Increasing: (2) Sinews.
(10) Regards not his own lessons. (3) Subtlety, deceit. (4) Discolour.
(12) Palm of the hand. (5) Believing. (6) Listen to. (7) Licentious. (13) Opinion. (14) Noble. (15) Chiefly (8) Most cautious, (9) Careless.
Pol. Marry, well bethought :
And, as he drains his draughts of Rhenish down, 'Tis told me, he hath very oft of late
The kettle-drum and trumpet thus bray out
Is it a custom?
Ham. Ay, marry, is't: If it be so as so 'tis put on me,
But to my mind,--though I am native here, And that in way of caution,) I must tell you, And to the manner born,-it is a custom You do not understand yourself so clearly, More honour'd in the breach, than the observance. As it behoves my daughter, and your honour : This heavy-headed revel, east and west, What is between you give me up the truth. Makes us traduc'd, and tax'd of other nations : Oph. He hath, my lord, of late, made many || They clepell us, drunkards, and with swinish phrase tenders
Soil our addition; and, indeed, it takes Of his atlection to me.
From our achievements, though perforin'd at height, Pol. Affection? puh! you speak like a green girl, The pith and marrow of our attribute. Unsifted in such perilous circunstance.
So, oft it chances in particular men, Do you believe his ienders, as you call them? That, for some vicious mole of nature in them, Oph. I do not know, my lord, what I should || As, in their birth (wherein they are not guilty, think.
Since nature cannot choose bis origin,) Pol. Marry, I'll teach you: think yourself a baby: By the o'ergrowth of some complexion,12 That you have ta'en these tenders for true pay, Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason; Which are not sterling. Tender yourself 'inore Or by some habit, that ioo much o'er-leavens dearly;
The form of plausive manners ;-that these men, Or (not to crack the wind of the poor phrase, Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect; Wronging it thus,) you'll tender me a fool. Being nature's livery, or fortune's star,
Oph. My lord, he hath impórtun'd me with love, Their virtues else (be they as pure as grace, In honourable fashion.2
As infinite as man may undergo,) Pol. Ay, fashion you may call it; go to, go to. Shall, in the general censure, take corruption Oph. And hath given countenance to his speech, || From that particular fault: The dram of base
Doth all the noble substance often dout, 13 With almost all the holy vows of heaven.
To his own scandal.
Look, my lord, it comes !
Thou com’st in such a questionablel4 shape, Than a command to parley. For lord Hamlet, That I will speak to thee; I'll call thee Hamlet, Believe so much in him, That he is
young ; King, father, royal Dane : 0, answer me: And with a larger tether4 may he walk,
Let me not burst in ignorance! but tell, Than may be given you: In iew, Ophelia, Why thy canoniz'd bones, hearsed in death, Do not believe his vows: for they are brokers,5 Have búrst their cerements ! why the sepulchre, Not of that die which their investments show, Wherein we saw thee quietly in-urn'd, But mere implorators of unholy suits,
Hath op'd his ponderous and marble jaws, Breathing like sanctified and pious bonds,
To cast thee up again! What may this mean, The better to beguile. This is for all,
That thou, dead corse, again, in complete steel,
Hor. It beckons you to go away with it,
To you alone.
Mar. Look, with what courteous action
But do not go with it.
No, by no means.
Ham. It will not speak ; then I will follow it. Hor. Indeed? I heard it not; it then draws near Hor. Do not, my lord. the season,
Why, what should be the fear? Wherein the spirit held his wont to walk. I do not set my life at a pin's fee ;17
(A flourish of trumpets, and ordnance And, for my soul, what can it do to that,
Being a thing immortal as itself?
It waves me forth again ;-I'll follow it. Ham. The king doth wake to-night, and takes Hor. What if it tempt you toward the flood, my his rouse, 8
lord, Keeps wassel,' and the swaggering up-spring 10 reels: | Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff,
(1) Untempted. (2) Manner. (3) Company (8) Jovial draught. (9) Jollity. (10) A dance.
(4) Longer line; a horse fastened by a string to (11) Call. (12) Humour. a stake, is tethered.
(13) Do nut. (14) Conversable. (15) Frame. (5) Pimps. (6) Implorers. (7) Sharp. (16) Remote. (17) Value.
That beetlesi o'er his base into the sea ?
Ham. Haste me to know it; that I, with wings And there assume some other horrible form, Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason, As meditation, or the thoughts of love, And draw you into madness ? think of it: May sweep to my revenge. The very place puts toys2 of desperation,
I find thee apt ; Without more motive, into every brain,
And duller should'st thou be than the fat weed That looks so many fathoms to the sea,
That rots itself in ease on Lethe wharf, And hears it roar beneath.
Would'st thou not stir in this. Now, Hamlet, hear: Ham.
It waves me still :-- 'Tis given out, that, sleeping in mine orchard,5 Go on, I'll follow thee.
A serpent stung me; so the whole ear of Denmark Mar. You shall not go, my lord.
Is, by a forged process of my death, Ham.
Hold off your hands. Rankly abus'd : but know, thou noble youth, Hor. Be rul'd, you shall not go.
The serpent that did sting thy father's life, Ham.
My fate cries out, Now wears his crown. And makes each petty artery in this body
Ham. O, my prophetic soul! my uncle ! As hardy as the Némean lion's nerve.
Ghost. Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,
(Ghost beckons. With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts, Still am I call'd ;-unband me, gentlemen ;- (O wicked wit, and gifts, that have the power
(Breaking from them. So to seduce !) won to his shameful lust By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets3 || The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen:
O, Hamlet, what a falling off was there! say, away :-Go on, I'll follow thee.
From me, whose love was of that dignity, (Exeunt Ghost and Hamlet. ||That it went hand in hand even with the vow Hor. He waxes desperate with imagination. I made to her in marriage; and to decline Mar. Let's follow; 'tis not fit thus to obey him. Upon a wretch, whose natural gifts were poor Hor. Have after:--To what issue will this come to those of mine! Mar. Something is rotten in the state of Den-But virtue, as it never will be mov'd, mark.
Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven; Hor. Heaven will direct it.
So lust, though to a radiant angel link'd, Mar.
Nay, let's follow him. Will sateo itself in a celestial bed,
(Exeunt. And prey on garbage.
But, soft! methinks, I scent the morning air ; SCENE V.A more remote part of the plat- | Brief let me be :-Sleeping within mine orchard, form. Re-enter Ghost and Hamlet.
My custom always of the afternoon, Ham. Whither wilt thou lead me? speak; I'll || Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole, go no further.
With juice of cursed hebenon7 in a vial,
And in the porches of mine ears did pour
The leperous distilment: whose effect
My hour is almost come, Holds such an enmity with blood of man, When I to sulphurous and tormenting flames That, swift as quicksilver, it courses through Must render up myself.
The natural gates and alleys of the body; Ham.
Alas, poor ghost ! And, with a sudden vigour, it doth posset Ghost. Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing || And curd, like eager droppings into milk, To what I shall unfold.
The thin and wholesome blood : so did it mine : Ham.
Speak, I am bound to hear. And a most instant tetter8 bark'd about, Ghost. So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt ||Most lazar-like, 9 with vile and loathsome crust, hear.
All my smooth body. Ham. What?
Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand, Ghost. I am thy father's spirit:
Of life, of crown, of queen, at once despatch'd :18 Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night; Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin, And, for the day, confin'd to fast in fires, Unhousel'd, 1 disappointed, 12 unanel'd;13 Till the foul crimes, done in my days of nature, No reckoning made, but sent to my account Are burnt and purg'd away. But that I am forbid With all my imperfections on my head: To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
0, horrible! o, horrible! most orril ! I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not; Would harrow up thy soul; freeze thy young blood; || Let not the royal bed of Denmark be Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their A couch for luxury and damned incest. spheres ;
But, howsoever thou pursu'st this act, Thy knotted and combined locks to part, Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive And each particular hair to stand an-end, Against thy mother aught; leave her to heaven, Like quills upon the fretful Porcupine:
And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, But this eternal blazon4 must not be
To prick and sting her. Fare thee well at once! To ears of Aesh and blood :-List, list, O list! The glow-worm shows the matin to be near, If thon didst ever thy dear father love,
And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire: Ham. O heaven!
Adieu, adieu, adieu ! remember me.
Exit. Ghost. Revenge his foul and most unnatural Ham. O all you host of heaven! O earth! what murder.
else? Ham. Murder?
And shall I couple hell ?-O fie !-Hold, hold, my Ghost. Murder most foul, as in the best it is;
heart; But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.
(10) Bereft. (1) Hangs.
(2) Whims. (3) Hinders. (11) Without having received the sacrament. (4) Display
(5) Garden. (6) Satiate. (12) Unappointed, unprepared. (7) Henbane. (8) Scab, scurf.
(9) Leprous.! (13) Without extreme unction,
And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,
Nay, but swear't. But bear me stitily up :-Remember thee? Hor. Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat My lord, not I. In this distracted globe. Reinember 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 Within the book and volume of my brain,
there, true-penny ? Unmix'd with baser matter : yes, by heaven. Come on,-you hear this fellow in the cellarage,O most pernicious woman!
Consent to swear. O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
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 sinile, and be a villain; Swear by my sword. At least, I am sure, it may be so in Denmark : Ghost. (Beneath.) Swear.
(Writing. Ham. Hic et ubique 24 then we'll shift our So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word;
ground :It is, Adieu, adieu! remember me.
Come hither, gentlemen, I have sworn't.
And lay your hands upon my sword: Hor. (Within.) My lord, my lord, —
Swear by my sword, Mar. Within. Lord Hamlet,
Never to speak of this that you have heard. Hor. (Within.)
Heaven secure him! Ghost. Beneath. Swear by his sword. Нат. .
So be it. Ham. Well said, old mole! canst work i'the Mar. (Within.) Illo, ho, ho, my lord !
earth so fast? Ham. Hillo, ho, ho, boy ! come, bird, come. A wortby pioneer!-Once more remove, good
friends. Enter Horatio and Marcellus.
Hor. O day and night, but this is wondrous Mar. How is't, my noble lord ?
What news, my lord ? Ham. And therefore as a stranger give it wel. Ham. O, wonderful ! Hor.
Good my lord, tell it. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Ham.
No;|| Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. You will reveal it.
But come; Hor.
Not I, my lord, by heaven. Here, as before, never, so help you mercy ! Mar,
Nor I, my lord. How strange or odd soe'er 1 bear myself, Ham. How say you then; would heart of man| As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet once think it?
To put an antic disposition on,But you'll be secret,
That you, at such times, seeing me, never shall, Hor. Mar.
Ay, by heaven, my lord. With arms encumber'd thus, or this head-shake, Ham. There's ne'er a villain, dwelling in all Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, Denmark,
, we know ;-or, We could, an if we. But he's an arrant knave.
would ;-or, If we list to speak ;-or, There be, an Hor. There needs no ghost, my lord, come from if they might ;
Or such ambiguous giving out, to note To tell us this.
That you know aught of me :- This do you swear, Ham. Why, right; you are in the right; || So grace and mercy at your most need help you! And so, without more circumstance at all,
Ghost. (Beneath.] Swear. I hold it fit, that we shake hands, and part: Ham. Rest, rest, perturbed spirit! So, gentlemen, You, as your business, and desire, shall point With all my love I do commend me to you : you ;
And what so poor a man as Hamlet is For every man hath business, and desire, May do, to express his love and friending to you, Such as it is,-and, for my own poor part, God willing, shall not lack. Let us go in together ; Look you, I will go pray.
And still your fingers on your lips, pray. Hor. These are but wild and whirling words, the time is out of joint ;-0 cursed spité,
That ever I was born to set it right! Ham. I am sorry they offend you, heartily; yes, Nay, come, let's go together.
(Ereunt. 'Faith, heartily. Hor.
There's no offence, my lord. Ham. Yes, by Saint Patrick, but there is, Horatio, And much offence too. Touching this vision here, It is an honest ghost, that let me tell you ;
Polonius and Reynaldo.
What is't, my lord ? Pol. Give him this money, and these notes, Rey. We will.
naldo. Ham. Never make known what you have seen Rey. I will, my lord. to-night.
Pol. You shall do marvellous wisely, good ReyHor. Mar. My lord, we will not.
Before you visit him, to make inquiry (1) Head. (2) Sayings, sentences. (3) Memorandum-book.
(4) Here and every where,
Of his behaviour.
Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth: Rey.
My lord, I did intend it. And thus do we of wisdom and ot reach, Pol. Marry, well said : very well said. Look With windlaces, and with assays of bias,
By indirections find directions out; Inquire me first what Danskers are in Paris; So, by former lecture and advice, And how, and who, what means, and where they|| Shall you my son : You have me, have you not? keep,
Rey. My lord, I have. What company, at what expense; and finding, Pol.
God be wi’ you ; fare you well.
Rey. I shall, my lord.
Well, my lord. (Exit. As thus,– I know his father, and his friends, And, in part, him;-Do you mark this, Reynaldo?
Enter Ophelia. Rey. Ay, very well, my lord.
Pol. Farewell !-How now, Ophelia ? what's Pol. And, in part, him ;—but, you may say,
the matter? not well :
Oph. O, my lord, my lord, I have been so afBut, if't be he I mean, he's very wild;
frighted! Addicted so and so ;-and there put on him
Pol. With what, in the name of heaven? What forgeries you please ; marry, none so rank Oph. My lord, as I was sewing in my closet, As may
dishonour him; take heed of that; Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbrac'd; But, sir, such wanton, wild, and usual slips, No hat upon his head; his stockings foul'd, As are companions noted and most known Ungarter'd, and down-gyveds to his ancle; To youth and liberty.
Pale as his shirt; his knees knocking each other; Rey.
As gaming, my lord. And with a ook so piteous in purport, Pol. Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, quar- | As if he had been loosed out of hell, relling,
To speak of horrors,--he cornes before me. Drabbing :-You may go so far.
Pol. Mad for thy love? Rey. My lord, that would dishonour him. Oph.
My lord, I do not know; Pol. 'Faith, no; as you may season it in the But, truly, I do fear it. charge.
What said he? You must not put another scandal on him,
Oph. He took me by the wrist, and held me That be is open to incontinency;
And, with his other hand thus o'er his brow,
As he would draw it. Long stay'd he so;
At last,-a little shaking of mine arm, Of general assault.
And thrice his head thus waving up and down,“ Rey. But, my good lord,
He rais'd a sigh so piteous and profound, Pol. Wherefore should you do this ?
As it did seem to shatter all his bulk,6 Rey.
Ay, my tord, And end his being : That done, he lets me go I would know that.
And, with his head over his shoulder turn'd, Pol.
Marry, sir, here's my drift; He seem'd to find his way without his eyes ; And, I believe, it is a fetch of warrant :
For out o'doors he went without their helps, You laying these slight sullies on my son,
And, to the last, bended their light on me. As 'twere a thing a little soii'd i'the working, Pol. Come, go with me; I will go seek the king.
This is the very ecstacy of love; Your party in converse,
would sound, Whose violent property foredoes itself, Having ever seen in the prenominate: crimes, And leads the will to desperate undertakings, The youth you breathe of, guilty, be assur'd, As oft as any passion under heaven, He closes with you in this consequence;
That does afflict our natures. I am sorry, Good sir, or so; or friend, or gentleman,- What, have you given him any hard words of late? According to the phrase, or the addition,
Oph. No, my good lord; but, as you did comOf man, and country.
Very good, my lord. I did repel his letters, and denied
That hath made him mad. about to say something :- Where did I leave?
I am sorry,
that with better heed and judgment, Rey. At, closes in the consequence.
I had not quoted him: I fear'd, he did but trifle, Pol. At, closes in the consequ.:nce, Ay, marry ;| And meant to wreck thee; but, beshrew my jealHe closes with you thus :-I know the gentleman ; I saw him yesterduy, or t'other day,
It seems, it is as proper to our age Or then, or then ; with such, or such; and, as To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions, you say,
As it is common for the younger sort There was he gaming ; there o'ertook in his rouse ; To lack discretion. Come, yo we to the king : There falling out at tennis : or, perchance, This must be known; which, being kept close, I saw him enter such a house of sale,
might move (Videlicet, 4 a brothel,) or so forth.-
More grief to hide, than hate to utter love. See you now;
Come. (1) Danes. (2) Wildness.
(5) Hanging down, like fetters. (6) Body (3) Already named. (4) That is to say. (7) Destroys.
(8) Observed. VOL. II.