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And wbatsoever else shall hap to-night,

Whilst, like a puffd and reckless 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 récks not his own read. Upon the platform,"twixt eleven and twelve, Laer. O, féar me not. I'U visit you.

I stay too long;bat here my father comes. All. Our duty to your honour.

Enter Polonius. " Ham. Your loves, as mine to you: farewell. A double blessing is a grace;

[exeunt Horatio, Marcellus, and Bernardo. Occasion smiles upon a second leave. (shame, My father's spirit in arms! all is not tvell ; [come! Pol. Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, für I doubt some foul play; 'would the night were The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, (you; Till then, sit still, iny soul: foul deeds 'will rise, | And you are staid for: there,—my blessing with Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to'men's

[iaying his hand on Laertes' head. eyes.

(erit. And these few precepts in thy memory. A ROOM IN POLONIUS'S HOUSE." Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no v "Enter Laerteś and Ophelia.

Nor any unproportion'd thought his act. (tongue, 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 hear from you.

But do not dull thy palm with entertainment

G Oph. Do you doubt that?

Of cach new-hatch'd, untledg'd comrade. Beware Laer. For Hamlet, and the triling of his favour, 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,'' i 31 do 3. Give every inan thine ear, but few thy voice: Forward, not permanent; sweet, not lasting, Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgeThe perfume and suppliance of a minute;

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, (ment. No more.

But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy: Oph. No more but so ? '

For the apparel oft proclaims the man;Laer. Think it no more:

And they in France, of the best rank and station, For nature, crescent, does not grow alone

Are most select and generous, chief in that.
In thews, and bulk; but, as this temple waxes, Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
The inward service of the mind and soul

For loan oft loses both itself and friend, Grows wide withal. Perhaps, he loves you now; And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry: And now no soil, nor cautel, doth besmirch. This above all,-to thine ownself be true; The virtue of his will: but, you must fear; And it must follow, as the night the day, His greatness weigh'd, his will is not his own; Thou canst not then be false to any man. For he himself is subject to his birth:

Farewell: my blessing season this in thee! He may not, as unvalued persons do,

Laer. Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord. Carve for himself; for on his choice depends Pol. The timeinvites you; yo, your servants tem. The safety and the health of the whole state; Laer. Farewell, Ophelia; and remember well And therefore must his choice be circumscribd What I have said to you. Unto the voice and yielding of that body,

Oph. 'Tis in my memory lock'd, Whereof he is the head: then, if he says he loves And you yourself shall keep the key of it. It fits your wisdom so far to believe it, (you, Laer. Farewell.

(exit Laertes. As he in his particular act and place

Pol. What is't, Ophelia, he hath said to you? May give his saying deed, which is no further, Oph. So please you, something touching the Than the main voice of Denmark goes withal.

lord Hamlet. Then weigh what loss your honour may sustain, Pol. Marry, well bethought: If with too credent car you chaste treasure open Given private time to you: and you yourself

list his songs;

'Tis told to me, he hath very oft of late Or lose your heart; or your To his unmaster'd importunity.

Hare of your audience been most free and bounFear it, Ophelia, fear it, my dear sister;

If it be so, (as so 'tis put on me,

(teous : Aud keep you in the rear of your affection, And that in way of caution,) I must tell you, Out of the shot and danger of desire.

You do not understand yourself so clearly, The chariest maid is prodigal enough,

As it behoves my daughter, and your lionour: If she unmask her beauty to the moon;

What is between you? give me up the truth. Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokcs: Oph. He hath, my lord, of late, made many The canker galls the infants of the spring,

Of his affection to me.

(tenders Too oft before their buttons be disclos'd;

Pol. Affection? Pugh! you speak like a green And in the morn and liquid dew of youth Unsifted in such perilous circumstance. [girl, Contagious blastments are most imminent. Do you believe his tenders, as you call them? Be wary then: best safety lies in fear;

Oph. I do not know, my lord, what I should Youth to itself rebels, though none else near.


[baby ; Oph. I shall the effect of this good lesson kcep, Pol. Marry, I'll teach you: think yourself


my heart: but, good my brother, That you have ta’en these tenders for true pay, D not, as some ungracious pastors do,

Which are not sterling. Tender yourself more S.. w me the steep and thorny way to hearen; dewly ;

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Or (not to crack the wind of the poor phrase,

Their virtues else (be they as pure as grace, Wronging it thus,) you'll tender me a Pool. As infinite as man may undergo,).

Oph. My lord, he hath' importun'd' me with Shall, in the general censure, take corruption In honourable fashion.'

[love, From that particular fault. The dram of base Pol. Ay, fashion you may call it; go to, go to. Doth all the noble substance often dout,

Oph. And hath given countenance to his speech, To his own scandal! With almost all the holy vows of heaven. (my lord,

Enter Ghost. Pol. Ay, springes to catch woodcocks. I do know, Hor. Look, iny lord, it coines!

[us ! When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul Ham. Angels and ministers of grace defend Lends the tongue vows: these blazes, daughter, Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damn'd, Giving more light than heat,--extinct in both, Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts froin Even in their promise, as it is a making,

Be thy intents wicked or charitable, shell, You must not take for fire. Froin this time, Thou com'st in such a questionable shape, Be somewhat scanter in your maiden presence.

That I will speak to thee; I'll call thee, Hamlet, Set your entreatments at a higher rate,

King, father, royal Dane: O, answer me! Than a command to parley. For lord Hamlet, Let me not burst in ignorance! but tell, Believe so inuch in him, that he is young; Why thy canoniz'd bones, hearsed in death, And with a larger tether may he walk,

Have burst' their cerements! why the sepulchire, Than may be given you: in few, Ophelia, Wherein we saw thee quietly in-urn'd, Do not believe his vots; for they are brokers, Hath op'd his ponderous and marble jaws, Not of that die which their investments show,- To cast thee up again! What may this mean, But mere' implorators of unholy suits,

That thou, dead corse, again, in complete steel, Breathing like sanctified and pious bonds,

Revisit'st thus the glimpses of the moon, The better to beguile. This is for all,

Making night hideous; and we fools of nature, I would not, id plain terms, from this time forth, So horribly to shake our disposition, Have you so slander any moment's leisure, With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls ? As to give words or talk with the lord Hamlet. Say; why is this? wherefore? what should we do : Look to't, I charge you; come your ways.

Hor. It beckons you to go away with it, Oph. I shall obey, my lord.

[eceunt. As if it some impartment did desire
scere IV.

To you alone.
Enter Hamlct, Horatio, and Marcellus. Mar. Look, with what courteous action
Ham. The air bites shrewdly; it is very cold. It waves you to a more removed ground:
Hor. It is a' nipping and an eager air.

But, do not go with it.
Ham. What hour now?

Hor. No, by no means. Hor. I think, it lacks of twelve.

Hum. It will not speak; then I will follow it. Mar. No, it is struck.

(the season, Hor. Do not, my lord. Hor. Indeed? I heard it not; it then draws near Ham. 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; (A flourish of trumpets, and ordnance shot off, within. And, for my soul, what can it do to that, What does this mean, my lord? [his rouse, Being a thing immortal as itself?

Ham. The king doth wake to-night, and takes It waves me forth again ;—I'll follow it. Keeps wassel, and the swaggering up-spring reels; Hor. What, if it tempt you toward the flood, my And, as he drains his draughts of Rhenish down, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff, [lord, 'The kettle-drum and trumpet thus bray out That beetles o'er his basc into the sea ? The triumph of his pledge.

And there assume some other horrible form, Hor. Is it a custom?

Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason, Ham. Ay, marry, is't :

And draw you into madness? Think of it: But to my mind,—though I am native here, The very place puts toys of desperation, And to the manner born,—it is a custoin

Without more motive, into every brain
More honour'd in the breach than the observance. That looks so many fathoms to the seini
This hcavy-beaded revel, east and west,

And hears it roar beneath.
Makes us traduc'd, and tax'd of other nations : Hạm. It waves me still :
They clepe us, drunkards, and with swinish phrase Go on, I'll follow thee.
Soil our addition; and, indeed, it takes

Mar. You shall not go, my lord.
From our achievements, though perform'd at Ham. Hold off your hands.
The pith and marrow of our attribute. [height, Hor. Be rul'd, you shall not go.
So, oft it chances in particular men,

Ham. My fato cries out,
That, for some vicious'mole of nature in them, And makes each petty artery in this body
As, in their birth, (wherein they are not guilty, As hardy as the Némean lion's nerve.
Sizce nature cannot choose his origin,)

(Ghost beckons, By the o'ergrowth of some complexion,

Still am I call'd ;—unhand me, gentlemen ;Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason;

[breaking from them Or by some hàbit, that too much o'erleavens By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that let's me; The form of plausive manners;- that these men,

I say, away. Go on, I'll follow thee. Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect;

[exeunt Ghost and Hamlee Being nature's livery, or fortune's stnr.–

Hor. He waxes desperate with imagination.

Mar. Let's follow; 'tis not fit thus to obey him. So lust, though to a radiant angel link d.
Hor. Have after:—to what issue will this come? Will sate itself in a celestial bod,
Mar. Something is rotten in the state of Den- And prey on garbage.
Hor. Heaven will direct it.

[mark. But, soft! methinks I scent the morning air; Mar. Nay, let's follow himn.

(exeunt. Brief let me be:—Sleeping within miụe orubard SCENE V. A MORE REMOTE PART OF THE PLATFORM. My custom always of the afternoon, Re-enter Ghost and Hamlet.

Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole, Ham. Whither wilt thou lead me? speak; I'll With juice of cursed hebenon in a via Ghost. Mark me.

[go no further. | And in the porches of mine ears did pour Ham. I will.

The leperous distilment: whose effect Ghost. My huur is almost come,

Holds such an enmity with blood of man, Then 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 tetter bark'd about, Ghost. So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt Most lazar-like, with vile and loathsome crust, Ham. What?

[hear. All my smooth body. Ghost. I am thy father's spirit,

Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand, Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night; Of life, of crown, of queen, at once despatch'd : And, for the day, confined to fast in fires,

Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin,
Till the foul crimes, done in my days of nature, Unhousel'd, disappointed, unancald;
Are burnt and purg'd away. But that I am forbid No reckoning made, but sent to my account
To tell the secrets of my prison-house,

With all my imperfections on my head;
I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word (blood; O, horrible! O, horrible ! most horrible!
Would harrow up thy soul; frecze thy young If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not;
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their Let not the royal bed of Denmark be
Thy knotted and combined lucks to part, (spheres; A couch for luxury and danned incest.
And each particular hair to stand on end,

But, howsoever thou pursu'st this act,
Like quills upon the fretful porcupine:

Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive But this eternal blazon must not be

Against thy mother aught; leave her to eaven To ears of flesh and blood.—List, list, O list !- And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, If thou didst ever thy dear father love,–

To prick and sting her. Fare thee well, at once! Ham. O heaven!

The glow-worm shows the matin to be near, Ghost. Revenge his foul and most unnatural And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire: Hum. Murder!

(murder. | Adieu, adieu, adicu! remember me. ferit. Ghost. Murder most foul, as in the best it is; Ham. O all you host of heaven! O earth! But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.

What else; Ham. Haste me to know it; that I, with wings And shall I couple hell?-O fie!-Hold, hold, my As meditation, or the thoughts of love, [as switt And you, my sinews, grow not instant old, [heart? May sweep to my revenge.

But bear me stilily up!- Remember thee ? Ghost. I find thee apt ;

Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seai And duller should'st thou be than the fat weed In this distracted globe. Remember thee? That rots itself in ease on Lethe's wharf,

Yea, from the table of my memory Wouldst thou not stir in this. Now, Hamlet, hear: I'll wipe away all trivial fond records, 'Tis given out, that, sleeping in mine orchard, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, A serpent stung me; so the whole ear of Denmark That youth and observation copied there ; Is, by a forged process of my death,

Aud thy commandment all alone shall live Rankly abus'd: but know, thou noble youth, Within the book and volume of my brain, The serpent, that lid sting thy father's life, Unmix'd with baser matter : yes, by heaven. Now wears his crown.

O most pernicious woman,
Ham. O, my prophetic soul! my uncle ! O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain !

Ghost. Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate bcast, My tables,—meet it is, I set it down,
With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gil'ts, That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain
(O wicked wit, and gifts that have the power At least, I ain sure, it may be so in Denmark.
So to seduce !) won to his shameful lust

[uriting The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen : So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word; 1, Hamlet, what a falling-off was there! It is, Adicu, adieu ! remember me. From me, whose love was of that dignity,

I have sworn't.
That it went hand in hand even with the vow Hor. (within] My lord, my lord,-
I made to ber in marriage; and to decline

Mar. [within) Lord Hamlet,-
Upon a wretch, whose natural gifts were poor Hor. [within) Heaven secure him!
To those of mine!

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

Mar. [within] Illo, ho, lio, my lord ! Tbough lewdness court it in a shape of heaven; Ham. Hillo, ho, ho, boy! cose, bird, cons

Fou have


my lord.

Enter Horatio and Marcellics.

Ghost. (beneath] Swear. įthere, true-penng? Mar. How is't, my noble lord ?

Hun. Ha, ha, boy! say'st thou so? art thou Hor. What news, my lord ?

Come on,--you hear this fellow in the cellarage, Ham. O wonderful !

Consent to swear. Hor. Good, my lord, tell it.

Hor. Propose the oath, my lord. Ham. No;

Ham. Never to speak of this that You will reveal it.

Swear by my sword. Hor. Not I, my lord, by hearen.

Ghost. [beneath] Swear. Mar. Nor I,

Ham. Hic et ubique ? then we will shift our Ham. How say you then? would heart of man Come hither, gentlemen,

[ground: But you'll be secret,— (once think it?— And lay your hands again upon my sword:

Hor. & Mar. Ay, by heaven, my lord. Swear by my sword,

Ham. There's ne'er a villain, dwelling in all Never to speak of this that you have heard. But he's an arrant knave.

[Denmark, Ghost. (beneath] Swear by his sword. Hor. There needs no ghost, my lord, come Ham. Well said, old mole ! canst work i'the To tell us this.

(from the grave,
earth so fast?

[friends. Ham. Why, right; you are in the right; A worthy pioneer !-Once more remove, good And so, without more circumstance at all,

Hor. O day and night, but this is wondrous I hold it fit, that we shake hands, and part:


{come. You, as your business and desire shall point you; Ham. And therefore as a stranger give it welFor every man hath business and desire,

There are more things in heaven and carth, Sach as it is,—and, for my own poor part,

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (Horativ, Look you, I will go pray.

(my lord, But come;Hor. These are but wild and whirling words, Here, as before, never, so help you mercy Ham. I am sorry they offend you, heartily; How strange or odd soc'er I bear myself, 'Faith, heartily,

(yes, As I, perchance, hereafter shall think mect Jlor. There's no offence, my lord.

To put an antic disposition on ;Ham. Yes, by Saint Patrick, but there is, That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, Horatio,

With arms encumber'd thus, or this head-shake, And much offence too. Touching this vision herc,- Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, It is an honest ghost, that let me tell you : As, Well, well, we know; or, We could, an if we For your desire to know what is between us, would ; or, If we list to speak; or, There be, an il O'er-master it as you may. And now, good friends; they might ; As you are friends, scholars, and soldiers,

Or such ambiguous giving out, to note Give me one poor request.

That you know aught of me:-this do you swear, Hor. What is't, my lord ?

So grace and mercy at your most need help you! We will.

. (beneath] Swear.

Ham. Never make known what you have seen Ham. Rest, rest, perturbed spirit! So, gentle-
Hor. & Mar. My lord, we will not. [to-night. With all my love I do commend me to you;
Ham. Nay, but swear't.

And what so poor a man as Hamlet is Hor. In faith,

May do, to express his love and friending to you, My lord, not I.

God willing, shall not lack. Let us go in together, Mar. Nor I, my lord, in faith.

And still your fingers on your lips, I pray.
Ham. Upon my sword.

The time is out of joint;–O cursed spite!
Mar. We have sworn, my lord, alrcady. That ever I was born to set it right!
Ham. Indeed, upon my sword, indeed.

Nay, come, let's go together

A ROOM IN POLONIUS'S HOUSE. As tbus, I know his father, and his friends,
Enter Polonius and Reynaldo.

And, in part, him ;'- Do you inark this, Rey. Pol. Give him this money, and these notes, Rey. Ay, very well, my lord. (naldo? Rey. I will, my lord.

[Reynaldo. Pol. And, in part, him;'—but, you may say, Pol. You shall do marvellous wisely, good But, it't be he I mean, he's very wild ; ['not well: Before

you visit him, to make inquiry (Reynaldo, Addicted so and so ;'—and there put on him Of his behaviour.

What forgerics you please; marry, none so rank Rey. My lord, I did intend it. (you, sir, As may dishonour him: take heed of that ;

Pol. Marry, well said : very well said. Look But, sir, such wanton, wild, and usual, slips, Inquire me first what Danskers are in Paris ; As are companions noted and most known And how, and who, what means, and where To youth and liberty. they keep ;

Rcy. As, gaming, my lord. What company, at what expense; and finding, Pol. Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, quar. By this encompassment and drift of question, Drabbing :-you may go so far.

[r@ling, That they do know my son, come you more nearer Rey. My lord, that would dishonour him. Than your particular demands will touch it: Pol. 'Faith, no; as you may season it in tho Take you, as 'twerc, some distant knowledge of You must not put another scandal on hiun, (charge.

That he is open to incontinency;



Mark you,

That's not my meaning : but breathe his faults so Opl. He took me by the wrist, and held me quaintly,

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

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

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

As he would draw it. Long staid he so: Of general assault.

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,

As 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 helps, As 'twere a thing a little soil'd 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 foredoes itself, 'The youth you breathe of, guilty, be assurd, 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,According to the phrase, or the addition,

What, have you given him any hard words of late? Of man and country.

Oph. No, my good lord; but, as you did comRey. Very good, my lord.

I did repel his letters, and denied (mand, Pol. And then, sir, does he this,-he does-- His access to me. what was I about to say?-By the mass, I was

Pol. That hath made him mad. about to say something ;—where did I leave? . 1 I am sorry, that with better heed and judgment

Rey. At, closes in the consequence. (marry ;'| I had not quoted him: I fear'd, he did but trifle,

Pol At, closes in the consequence. Ay, And meant to wreck thee; but, beshrew iny Ile closes with you thus: 'I know the gentleman; It seems, it is as proper to our age [jealousy! I saw him yesterday, or t’other day, (say, To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions, Or then, or then; with such, or such; and, as you As it is common for the younger sort There was he gaming; there o'ertook in his rouse; To lack discretion. Come, go we to the king: There falling out at tennis; or, perchance, This must be known; which, being kept close, might I saw him enter such a house of sale,

More grief to hide, than hate to utter love. (move (Videlicet, a brothel), or so forth.'


sexeunt. See you now;

A ROOM IN THE CASTLE.. Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth : Enter King, Queen, Rosencrantă, Guildensterna And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,

and Attendants. With windlaces, and with assays of bias,

King. Welcome, dear Rosencrantz, and GuildenBy indirections find directions out;

Moreover that we much did long to see you, (stern! So, by my former lecture and advice,

The need, we have to use you, did provoke Shall you, my son; you have have


not? Our hasty sending. Something have you heard Rey. My lord, I have.

Of Hamlet's transformation; so I call it, Pol. God be wi' you ; fare you well.

Since not the exterior nor the inward man Rey. Good, my lord,-

Resembles that it was: what it should be, Pol. Observe his inclination in yourself. More than his father's death, that thus hath put him Rey. I shall, my lord.

So much from the understanding of himself, Pol. And let him ply his music.

I cannot dream of: I entreat you both, Rey. Well, my lord.

[exit. That-being of so young days brought up with Enter Ophelia.

[humour,— Pol. Farewell !-How now, Ophelia; what's And, since, so neighbour'd to his youth and the matter?

[affrighte!! That you rouchsafe your rest here in our court Oph. O, my lord, my lord, I have been su Some little time: so by your companies Pol. With what, in the name of hicaverı? To draw him on to pleasures; and to gather,

Oph. My lord, as I was sewing in my closet, So much as from occasion you may glean, Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbrac'a; Whether aught, to us unknown, afflict him thus, No hat upon his head ; his stockings foul'd, That, open'd, lies within our remedy. (you; Ungarter'd, and down-gyved to his ancle;

Queen. Good gentlemen, he hath much talk'd of Pule as his shirt; his knees knocking each other; And, sure I am, two men there are not living, and with a look so piteous in purport,

To whom he more adheres. If it will please you As if he had been loosed out of hell,

To shew us so much gentry, and good will, To speak of horrors,--he ccines before nie. As to expend your time with us a while, Pol. Mad for thy love?

For the supply and profit of our hope, Oph. My lord, I do not know;

Your visitation shall receive such thanks But, truly, I do fear it.

As fits a king's remembrance, Pol. What said he?

Ros. Both your majestics




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