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King. O, he is mad, Laertes.
Queen. For love of God, forbear him.

Ham. 'Zounds, show me what thou'lt do:
Woul't weep? woul't fight? woul't fast? woul't tear

thyself?
Woul't drink up Esil ?' eat a crocodile ?
I'll do't.—Dost thou come here to whine ?
To outface me with leaping in her grave?
Be buried quick with her, and so will I:
And, if thou prate of mountains, let them throw
Millions of acres on us; till our ground,
Singeing his pate against the burning zone,
Make Ossa like a wart! Nay, an thou'lt mouth,
I'll rant as well as thou.
Queen.

This is mere madness :
And thus a while the fit will work on him ;
Anon, as patient as the female dove,
When that her golden couplets are disclos’d,
His silence will sit drooping.
Ham.

Hear you, sir;
What is the reason that you use me thus ?
I lov'd you ever: But it is no matter;
Let Hercules himself do what he may,
The cat will mew, and dog will have his day. (Exit.
King. I pray thee, good Horatio, wait upon him.-

[Exit HORATIO. Strengthen your patience in our last night's speech;

[TO LAERTES. We'll put the matter to the present push. — Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.This grave shall have a living monument; An hour of quiet shortly shall we see; Till then, in patience our proceeding be. [Exeunt.

· Esil. The Yssel, the most northerly branch of the Rhine.

2 disclosed, hatched.

SCENE II.-A hall in the castle.

Enter Hamlet and HORATIO. Ham. So much for this, sir: now shall you see the You do remember all the circumstance? [other;

Hor. Remember it, my lord !

Ham. Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting, That would not let me sleep: methought, I lay Worse than the mutines' in the bilboes. Rashly, And prais'd be rashness for it, -Let us know, 3 Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well, When our deep plots do pall: and that should teach There's a divinity that shapes our ends,

[us, Rough-hew them how we will. Hor.

That is most certain. Ham. Up from my cabin, My sea-gown scarf'd about me, in the dark Grop'd I to find out them : had my desire; Finger'd their packet; and, in fine, withdrew To mine own room again : making so bold, My fears forgetting manners, to unseal Their grand commission; where I found, Horatio, A royal knavery; an exact command,Larded with many several sorts of reasons, Importing Denmark's health, and England's too, With, ho! such bugs4 and goblins in my life,That, on the supervise, no leisure bated, 5 No not to stay the grinding of the axe, My head should be struck off. Hor.

Is't possible? Ham. Here's the commission; read it at more leisure: But wilt thou hear now how I did proceed?

· mutines, seditious fellows. , bilboes, a species of fetter.

3

- Rashly, And prais'd be rashness, for it lets us know, &c., is the suggestion of TYRWHITT.

4 bugbears. without any abatement, or intermission of time.

Hor. Ay, 'beseech you. Ham. Being thus benetted' round with villanies, Or I could make a prologue to my brains, They had begun the play ;--I sat me down; Devis'd a new commission; wrote it fair: I once did hold it, as our statists’ do, A baseness to write fair, and labour'd much How to forget that learning; but, sir, now It did me yeoman's3 service: Wilt thou know The effect of what I wrote ? Hor.

Ay, good my lord. Ham. An earnest conjuration from the king, As England was his faithful tributary; As love between them like the palm might flourish; As peace should still her wheaten garland wear, And stand a comma 'tween their amities; And many such like as's of great charge, That, on the view and knowing of these contents, Without debatement further, more, or less, He should the bearers put to sudden death, Not shriving-time4 allow'd. Hor.

How was this seald ?
Ham. Why, even in that was heaven ordinant;
I had my father's signet in my purse,
Which was the models of that Danish seal :
Folded the writ up in form of the other;
Subscrib'd it; gave't the impression; plac'd it safely,
The changeling never known: Now, the next day
Was our sea-fight; and what to this was sequent
Thou know'st already.

Hor. So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go to't.
Ham. Why, man, they did make love to this employ-

ment;
They are not near my conscience; their defeat

· benetted, ensnared.

e statists, statesmen. 3 That is, this yeomanly qualification was a most useful servant to me.

4 shriving-time, time for confession, 5 The model is in old language the copy.

Does by their own insinuation grow:
'Tis dangerous, when the baser nature comes
Between the pass and fell incensed points
Of mighty opposites.
Hor.

Why, what a king is this !
Ham. Does it not, think thee,” stand me now upon ?3
He that hath kill'd my king, and [shamed] my mother;
Popp'd in between th' election and my hopes ;
Thrown out his angle for my proper life,
And with such cozenage; is't not perfect conscience,
To quithim with this arm ? and is't not to be damn'd,
To let this canker of our nature come
In further evil?

Hor. It must be shortly known to him from England What is the issue of the business there.

Ham. It will be short: the interim is mine;
And a man's life no more than to say, one.
But I am very sorry, good Horatio,
That to Laertes I forgot myself;
For by the image of my cause, I sec
The portraiture of his. I'll count his favours: 6
But, sure, the bravery of his grief did put me
Into a towering passion.
Hor.

Peace; who comes here?

Enter Osric. Osr. Your lordship is right welcome back to

Denmark. Ham. I humbly thank you, sir.—Dost know this water-fly?

Hor. No, my good lord.

Ham. Thy state is the more gracious; for’tis a vice to know him. He hath much land, and fertile: let a

ii.e. by their having insinuated or thrust themselves into the employment.

i bethink thee. : i.e. become a most imperative duty ? 4 quit, requite.

5i. e. grow to a greater head. 6 count, make account of.

beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand at the king's mess : 'Tis a chough ;' but, as I say, spacious in the possession of dirt.

Osr. Sweet lord, if your lordship were at leisure, I should impart a thing to you from his majesty.

Ham. I will receive it, sir, with all diligence of spirit. Your bonnet to his right use; 'tis for the head.

Osr. I thank your lordship, 'tis very hot.

Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold; the wind is northerly.

Osr. It is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed.

Ham. But yet, methinks it is very sultry and hot; or my complexion

Osr. Exceedingly, my lord; it is very sultry, as 'twere, -I cannot tell how.-My lord, his majesty bade me signify to you, that he has laid a great wager on your head : Sir, this is the matter,Ham. I beseech you, remember

[HAMLET moves him to put on his hat. Osr. Nay, good my lord; for my ease, in good faith. 3 Sir, here is newly come to court, Laertes : believe me, an absolute gentleman, full of most excellent differences, of very soft society, and great showing.

Ham. What imports the nomination of this gentleman?

Osr. Of Laertes ?

Hor. His purse is empty already; all his golden words are spent. Ham. Of him, sir. Osr. I know, you are not ignorant

Ham. I would, you did, sir; yet, in faith, if you did, it would not much approve me;-Well, sir.

· A kind of jackdaw.
:---- igniculum brumæ si tempore poscas,

Accipit endromidem ; si dixeris æstuo, sudat.-MALONE. 3 The common language of ceremony in Shakspeare's time. + distinguishing excellences, 5 i.e. if you knew I was not ignorant,

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