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In equal rank with the best govern'd nation;
In which you, father, shall have foremost hand.
(As I before remember'd) all our state,
ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY AND BISHOP OF ELY.
Cant. My lord, I'll tell you; that self bill is urg'd, Which, in the eleventh year o' th' last king's reign, Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd,
But that the scrambling and unquiet time
Did push it out of farther question.
Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
For all the temp'ral lands, which men devout
Of indigent faint souls, past corp'ral toil,
Thus runs the bill.
A thousand pounds by th' year.
Cant. The king is full of grace and fair regard.
Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not;
The breath no sooner left his father's body,
And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him,
T envelop and contain celestial spirits.
So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,
Ely. We're blessed in the change.
Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,
The Gordian knot of it he will unloose
Familiar as his garter. When he speaks,
So that the art and practic part of life
Must be the mistress of this theoric.
Which is a wonder how his Grace should glean it,
His companies unletter'd, rude, and shallow;
Any retirement, any sequestration
From open haunts and popularity.
Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the nettle, And wholesome berries thrive, and ripen best, Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality:
And so the Prince obscur'd his contemplation
Grew like a summer grass, fastest by night,
Cant. It must be so: for miracles are ceas'd:
HAMLET AND HORATIO.
Hor. HAIL to your lordship! Ham. I am glad to see you well. Horatio!or I do forget myself.
Hor. The same, my lord, and your poor servant ever. Ham. Sir, my good friend: I'll change that name with
And what makes you from Wittenberg, Horatio?
Hor. A truant disposition, good my lord.
Nor shall you do mine ear that violence,
We'll teach you to drink deep ere you depart.
Hor. My lord, I came to see your father's fun'ral.'
I think it was to see my mother's wedding.
Hor. Indeed, my lord, it follow'd hard upon.
Ham. Thrift, thrift, Horatio; the funeral bak'd meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.
Would I had met my direst foe in Heav'n,
Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio!
Ham. In my mind's eye, Horatio.
Hor. I saw him once, he was a goodly king. Ham. He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.
Hor. My lord, I think I saw him yesternight.
Ham. Saw! who?
Hor. My lord, the king your father.
Hor. Season your admiration but a while
This marvel to you.
Ham. For Heav'n's love, let me hear!
Hor. Two nights together had these gentlemen,
Appears before them, and with solenın march
Stand dumb, and speak not to him. This to me
And with them the third night kept the watch :
Form of the thing, each word made true and good,
I knew your father:
These hands are not more like.
Ham. But where was this?
Hor. My lord, upon the platform where we watch'd. Ham. Did you not speak to it?
Hor. My lord, I did;
But answer made it none.
Yet once methought
I lifted up it's head, and did address
Itself to motion, like as it would speak,
Ado live, my honour'd lord, 'tis true:
Ham Indeed, indeed, but this troubles me.
Mar. and Ber. We do, my lord.
Hor. Arm'd, my
Ham. From top to toe?
Hor. My lord, from head to foot.
Ham. Then saw you not his face?
Hor. O yes, my lord: he wore his beaver up.
Hor. A count'nance more in sorrow than in anger.
Hor. Nay, very pale.
Ham. And fix'd his eyes upon you?
Ham. I would I had been there!
Hor. It would have much amaz'd
Ham. Very like. Staid it long?
Hor. While one with mod'rate haste might tell a hundred.
Hor. It was, as I have seen it in his life,
A sable silver'd.
Ham. I'll watch to night; perchance 'twill walk again. 4 Hor. I warrant you it will.
Ham. If it assumes my noble father's person,
I'll speak to it, though Hell itself should gape,
you have hitherto conceal'd this sight,
Let it be ten'ble in your silence still:
Cas. WILL you go see the order of the course ?
Cas. I pray you, do.