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Alack, I had forgot; 'tis so concluded on. Ham. There's letters seald : and my two school
fellows, Whom I will trust, as I will adders fang’d,– They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way, And marshal me to knavery: Let it work; For 'tis the sport, to have the engineer Hoist with his own petar : and it shall But I will delve one yard below their mines, And blow them at the moon : 0, 'tis most sweet, When in one line two crafts directly meet.? This man shall set me packing. I'll lug the guts into the neighbour room : Mother, good night.—Indeed, this counsellor Is now most still, most secret, and most grave, Who was in life a foolish prating knave. Come, sir, to draw toward an end with you Good night, mother.
[Exeunt severally'; HAMLET dragging in Po
adders fang'd,] That is, adders with their fangs or poisonous teeth, undrawn.
Hoist, &c.] Hoist, for hoised ; as past, for passed. * When in one line two crafts directly meet.] Still alluding to a countermine.
3 Come, sir, to draw toward an end with you :] Shakspeare has been unfortunate in his management of the story of this play, the most striking ciroumstances of which arise so early in its formation, as not to leave him room for a conclusion suitable to the importance of its beginning. After this last interview with the Ghost; the character of Hamlet has lost all its consequence.
SCENE I. The same.
Enter King, Queen, ROSENCRANTZ, and Guil
King. There's matter in these sighs ; these pro
found heaves ; You must translate: 'tis fit we understand them: Where is your son? Queen. Bestow this place on us a little while.
[To ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN, who
Ah, my good lord, what have I seen to-night!
King. What, Gertrude? How does Hamlet?
O heavy deed!
* Act IV.] This play is printed in the old editions without any separation of the Acts. The division is modern and arbitrary; and is here not very happy, for the pause is made at a time when there is more continuity of action than in almost any other of the scenes. JOHNSON.
Should have kept short, restrain'd, and out of haunt,
King. O, Gertrude, come away! The sun no sooner shall the mountains touch, But we will ship him hence: and this vile deed We must, with all our majesty and skill, Both countenance and excuse. -Ho! Guildenstern!
Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. Friends both, go join you with some further aid : Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain, And from his mother's closet hath he dragg’d him: Go, seek him out; speak fair, and bring the body Into the chapel. I pray you, haste in this.
Exeunt Ros, and GUIL. Come, Gertrude, we'll call up our wisest friends; And let them know, both what we mean to do, And what's untimely done: so, haply, slander,Whose whisper o'er the world's diameter, As level as the cannon to his blank, Transports his poison'd shot,—may miss our name, And hit the woundless air.- O come away! My soul is full of discord, and dismay. [E.reunt.
out of haunt,] i. e. out of company. Among a mineral --] Minerals are mines.
cannon to his blank,] The blanke was the white mark at which shot or arrows were directed. VOL. IX.
Another Room in the same.
Enter HAMLET. Ham. Safely stowed,—[Ros. &c. within. Hamlet! lord Hamlet!] But soft,--what noise? who calls on Hamlet? O, here they come.
Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. Ros. What have you done, my lord, with the
dead body? Ham. Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis kin. Ros. Tell us where 'tis ; that we may take it
Ham. Do not believe it.
Ham. That I can keep your counsel, and not mine own. Besides, to be demanded of a sponge!
-what replication should be made by the son of a king?
Ros. Take you me for a sponge, my lord ?
Ham. Ay, sir; that soaks up the king's countenance, his rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the king best service in the end: He keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of his jaw; first mouthed, to be last swallowed: When he needs what you have gleaned, it is but squeezing you, and, sponge, you shall be dry again.
Ros. I understand you not, my lord.
Ham. I am glad of it: A knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear.
like an ape,] i. e. as an ape does an apple.
Ros. My lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go with us to the king.
Ham. The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body. The king is a thing
Guil. A thing, my lord?
Ham. Of nothing: bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after.
Another Room in the same.
Enter King, attended. King. I have sent to seek him, and to find the
body: How dangerous is it, that this man goes loose? Yet must not we put the strong law on him: He's lov'd of the distracted multitude, Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes ; And, where 'tis so, the offender's scourge is weigh'd, But never the offence. To bear all smooth and
even, This sudden sending him away must seem Deliberate pause: Diseases, desperate grown, , By desperate appliance are reliev'd,
Ros. Where the dead body is bestow'd, my lord,
But where is he? Ros. Without, my lord; guarded, to know your
Hide fox, &c.] There is a play among children called, Hide fox, and all after.