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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 fatter: 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
Aatter'd ? No, let the candied tongue lick absurd 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 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 tu-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:
Hor. Well, my lord :
Ham. They are coming to the play; I must be idle: Get you a place.
Danish March. A Flourish. Enter King, Queen, Polo
NJUS, OPHELIA, RosenCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, and Others. King. How fares our cousin Hamlet?
Ham. Excellent, i'faith; of the camelion's dish: I eat the air, promise-crammed: You cannot feed capons so.
King. I have nothing with this answer, Hamlet; these words are not mine.
Ham. No, nor mine now. My lord,-you played once in the university, you say?
[To Pol. Pol. That did I, my lord; and was accounted a good actor.
Ham. And what did you enact ?
Pol. I did enact Julius Cæsar: I was killed i'the Capitol; Brutus killed me.
Ham. It was a brute part of him, to kill so capital a calf there.—Be the players ready?
Ros. Ay, my lord; they stay upon your patience. Queen. Come hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me. Ham. No, good mother, here's metal more attractive. Pol. O ho! do you mark that? [To the King. Ham. Lady, shall I lie in your lap?
[Lying down at Ophelia's feet. Oph. No, my lord. Ham. I mean, my head upon your lap? Oph. Ay, my lord. Ham. Do you think, I meant country matters ? Oph. I think nothing, my lord. Ham. That's a fair thought to lie between maids’legs. Oph. What is, my lord ? Ham. Nothing. Oph. You are merry, my lord. Ham. Who, I? Oph. Ay, my lord.
Ham. O! your only jig-maker. What should a man do, but be merry? for, look you, how cheerfully my mother looks, and my father died within these two hours.
Oph. Nay, 'tis twice two months, my lord.
Ham. So long? Nay, then let the devil wear black, for I'll have a suit of sables. O heavens ! die two months ago, and not forgotten yet? Then there's hope, a great man's memory may outlive his life half a year: But, by'r-lady, he must build churches then: or else shall he suffer not thinking on, with the hobby horse; whose epitaph is, For, 0, for, 0, the hobby-horse is for
The dumb show follows.
Enter a King and a Queen, very lovingly; the Queen em
bracing him, and he her. She kneels, and makes show of protestation unto him. He takes her up, and declines his head upon her neck : lays him down upon a bank of flowers; she, seeing him asleep, leaves him. Anon comes in a fellow, takes off his crown, kisses it, and pours poison in the King's ears, and exit. The Queen returns ; finds the King dead, and makes passionate action. The poisoner, with some two or three Mutes, comes in again, seeming to lament with her. The dead body is carried away. The poisoner wooes the Queen with gifts; she seems loath and unwilling awhile, but, in the end, accepts his love.
[Exeunt. Oph. What means this, my lord ?
Ham. Marry, this is miching mallecho; it means mischief.
Oph. Belike, this show imports the argument of the play.
Enter Prologue. Ham. We shall know by this fellow: the players cannot keep counsel; they'll tell all.
Oph. Will he tell us what this show meant?
Ham. Ay, or any show that you'll show him: Be not you ashamed to show, he'll not shame to tell you what it means.
Oph. You are naught, you are naught; I'll mark the play. Pro. For us, and for our tragedy,
Here stooping to your clemency,
We beg your hearing patiently.
Enter a King and a Queen.
P. Queen. So many journeys may the sun and moon
P. Queen. O, confound the rest !