Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh;
That unmatch'd form and feature of blown youth,
Blasted with ecstasy:* 0, woe is me!
To have seen what I have seen, see what I see!

Re-enter King and POLONIUS. King. Love! his affections do not that way tend; Nor what he spake, though it lack'd form a little, Was not like madness. There's something in his

soul, O'er which his melancholy sits on brood; And, I do doubt, the hatch, and the disclose, Will be some danger: Which for to prevent, I have, in quick determination, Thus set it down; He shall with speed to England, For the demand of our neglected tribute : Haply, the seas, and countries different, With variable objects, shall expel This something-settled matter in his heart; Whereon his brains still beating, puts him thus From fashion of himself. What think you on't ?

Pol. It shall do well ; but yet I do believe, The origin and commencement of his grief Sprung from 'neglected love.—How now, Ophelia ? You need not tell us what lord Hamlet said; We heard it all.--My lord, do as you please ; But, if you hold it fit, after the play, Let his queen mother all alone entreat him To show his grief; let her be round with him ;s And I'll be plac'd, so please you, in the ear Of all their conference: If she find him not, To England send him: or confine him, where Your wisdom best shall think.

with ectasy :] The word ecstasy was anciently used to signify some degree of alienation of mind.

be round with him ;] Reprimand him with freedom.

5

VOL. IX.

King.

It shall be so : Madness in great ones must not unwatch'd go.

[Exeunte

SCENE II.

A Hall in the same.

Enter HAMLET, and certain Players. Ham. Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue : but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus: but use all gently: for in the very torrent, tempest, and (as I may say) whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance, that may give it smooth

0, it offends me to the soul, to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings;? who, for the most part, are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows, and noise: I would have such a fellow whipped for o'er-doing Termagant;" it out-herods Herod :' Pray you, avoid it.

1 Play. I warrant your honour.

Ham. Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor : suit the action to the word,

ness.

6-periwig-pated] This is a ridicule on the quantity of false hair worn in Shakspeare's time, for wigs were not in common use till the reign of Charles II.

1 the groundlings ;] In oår early play-houses the pit had neither floor nor benches. Hence the term of groundkings for those who frequented it.

8 Termagant ;] Termagaunt (says Dr. Percy) is the name given in the old romances to the god of the Sarazens; in which he is constantly linked with Mahound, or Mohammed.

out-herods Herod :) The character of Herod in the ancient mysteries, was always a violent one.

[ocr errors]

the word to the action ; with this special observance, that you o'er-step not the modesty of nature; for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first, and now, was, and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirrour up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time, his form and pressure.' Now this, overdone, or come tardy off

, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the censure of which one, must, in your allowance, o'er-weigh a whole theatre of others. O, there be players, that I have seen play,—and heard others praise, and that highly,—not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of christians, nor the gait of christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted, and bellowed, that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.

1 Play. I hope, we have reformed that indifferently with us.

Ham. O, reform it altogether. And let those, that play your clowns, speak no more than is set down for them :* for there be of them, that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered: that's villainous; and shows a most pi

[ocr errors]

3

pressure.] Resemblance as in a print.

the censure of which one,] The meaning is, “the censure of one of which."

in your allowance,] In your approbation.

speak no more than is set down for them :] The clown very often addressed the audience, in the middle of the play, and entered into a contest of raillery and sarcasm with such of the audience as chose to engage with him. It is to this absurd practice that Shakspeare alludes.

4

tiful ambition in the fool that uses it. Go, make you ready.

[Exeunt Players.

Enter POLONIUS, ROSENCRANTZ, and GUILDEN

STERN.

How now, my lord ? will the king hear this piece of work?

Pol. And the queen too, and that presently.
Ham. Bid the players make haste.

[Exit POLONIUS. Will you two help to hasten them? Both. Ay, my lord.

[Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. Ham. What, ho; Horatio !

your service.

Enter Horatio. Hor. Here, sweet lord, at

Ham. Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man
As e'er my conversation cop'd withal.

Hor. O, my dear lord,
Ham.

Nay, do not think I flatter:
For what advancement may I hope from thee,
That no revenue hast, but thy good spirits,
To feed, and clothe thee? Why should the poor be

flatter'd ? No, let the candied tongue lick absurb pomp; And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee, Where thrift may follow fawning. Dost thou hear? Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice, And could of men distinguish her election, She hath seald thee for herself: for thou hast been As one, in suffering all, that suffers nothing; A man, that fortune's buffets and rewards

5

the pregnant hinges of the knee,] I believe the sense of pregnant in this place, is, quick, ready, prompt. Johnson.

Hast ta'en with equal thanks : and bless'd are those,
Whose blood and judgment are so well co-mingled,
That they are not a pipe for fortune's finger
To sound what stop she please : Give me that man
That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him
In my heart's core, ay,

in my heart of heart,
As I do thee.—Something too much of this.-
There is a play to-night before the king;
One scene of it comes near the circumstance,
Which I have told thee of my father's death.
I pr’ythee, when thou seest that act a-foot,
Even with the very comment of thy soul
Observe my uncle: if his occulted guilt
Do not itself unkennel in one speech,
It is a damned ghost that we have seen;
And my imaginations are as foul
As Vulcan's stithy? Give him heedful note :
For I mine eyes will rivet to his face;
And, after, we will both our judgments join
In censure of his seeming.
Hor.

Well,

my

lord : If he steal aught, the whilst this play is playing, And scape detecting, I will pay the theft.

Ham. They are coming to the play; I must be idle: Get

you a place. Danish March. A Flourish. Enter King, Queen,

POLONIUS, OPHELIA, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDEN-
STERN, and Others.
King. How fares our cousin Hamlet?
Ham. Excellent, i'faith; of the camelion's dish :

6 Whose blood and judgment-] According to the doctrine of the four humours, desire and confidence were seated in the blood, and judgment in the phlegm, and the due mixture of the humours made a perfect character. Johnson.

-Vulcan's stithy.] Stithy is a smith's anyil.

« AnteriorContinuar »