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An understanding simple and unschoold:
We pray you, throw to earth
Hamlet ; I pray thee, stay with us, go not to Wittenberg. Ham. I shall in all my best obey you, madam.
King. Why, 'tis a loving and a fạir reply; Be as ourself in Denmark. Madam, come; This gentle and unforc'd accord of Hamlet Sits smiling to my heart: in grace whereof, ,
z To reason most absurd ;] Reason is here used in its common sense, for the faculty by which we form conclusions from arguments.
3 And, with no less nobility of love,] Eminence and distinction of love.
you to remain--] i. e. subdue your inclination to go from hence, and remain, &c.
No jocund health, that Denmark drinks to-day,
man ! A little month; or ere those shoes were old, With which she follow'd my poor father's body,
5 No jocund health,] The King's intemperance is very strongly impressed ; every thing that happens to him gives him occasion to drink.
the king's rouse-] i.e. the King's draught of jollity,
resolve itself into a dew!] Resolve means the same as dissolve,
8 — merely.] Is entirely, absolutely.
9 Hyperion to a satyr :] Hyperion or Apollo is represented in all the ancient statues, &c. as exquisitely beautiful, the satyrs hideously ugly.
· That he might not beteem-] i. e, permit, or suffer.
Like Niobe, all tears ;-why she, even she,
Enter HORATIO, BERNARDO, and MARCELLUS.
I am glad to see you well: Horatio,ếor I do forget myself.
Hor. The same, my lord, and your poor servant
Ham. Sir, my good friend ; I'll change that name ! And what make you from Wittenberg, Horatio ?Marcellus ?
Mar. My good lord,
Ham. I am very glad to see you ; good even, sir,But what, in faith, make you from Wittenberg ?
Hor. A truant disposition, good my lord.
Ham. I would not hear your enemy say so;
I'll change that name] I'll be your servant, you shall be ту friend..
what make you-] A familiar phrase for what are you doing.
Hor. My lord, I came to see your father's funeral.
Hor. Indeed, my lord, it follow'd hard upon.
Ham. He was a man, take him for all in all,
Hor. My lord, I think I saw him yesternight,
The king my father!
For God's love, let me hear. Hor. Two nights together had these gentlemen, Marcellus and Bernardo, on their watch, In the dead waist and middle of the night,
4- the funeral bakd meats-) It was anciently the general custom to give a cold entertainment to mourners at a funeral. In distant counties this practice is continued
yeomanry. dearest foe in heaven-] Dearest is most inmediate, consequential, important.
* Season your admiration-] That is, temper it. 7 With an attent ear;] Attent for attentive. 8 In the dead waist and middle of the night,] This strange
Been thus encounter'd. A figure like your father,
But where was this?
My lord, I did;
'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 you know of it.
Ham. Indeed, indeed, sirs, but this troubles me. Hold you
the watch to-night?
phraseology seems to have been common in the time of Shakspeare. By waist is meant nothing more than middle.
with the act of fear,] Fear was the cause, the active cause that distilld them by the force of operation which we strictly call act in voluntary, and power in involuntary agents, but popularly call act in both. Johnson.