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Guild. We will provide ourselves:
Rof. The single and peculiar lite is bound,
King. Arm you, I pray you, to this speedy voyage; For we will fetters put upon this fear, Which now goes too free-fopted. Both. We will halte us. [Exeunt Gentlemen.
Enter POLONIU 3. Pol. My Lord, he's gone to his mother's closet; Behind the arras I'll convey myself To hear the process. Al warrant she'll tax him And, as you faid, and wisely was it said, [home. 'Tis meet that some more audience than a mother (Since nature makes them partial,) should o'er-hear The speech, of vantage. Fare you well, my Liege;
on that play. Perhaps, too, in the Merry W’ives of IVinifor, where all the editions read,
Why, wounan, your husband is in his old lines again; we onght to correct,
in his old lunes again; i, e. in his old fits of madness, frenzy.
I'll call upon you ere you go to bed,
[Exit. King. Thanks, dear my Lord. Oh! my offence is rank, it smells to heaven, It hath the prima), eldest cin se upon't; (46) That of a brother's murder. Pray I cannot, Though inclination be as sharp as will; (47); (46) It hath be primal, eldest curse upon'l;.
Alrather's murder- -Pray I carinot,] The last rerse, 'tis evident, halts in the measure; and, if I don't mistake, is a little lame in the sense too. Was a brother's murder the eldcit curse? Surely it was rather the crime that was the cause of this eldest curse. We have no assistance, however, either to the sense or numbers from any of the copies. All
fic editions concur in the deficiency of a foot;. but if we can both cure the meafure, and help the meaning, without a prejudice to the Author, I think the concurrence of the printed copies: should not be suficient to forbid a conjecture. I have ventured at two supplemental syllables, as janocent in, tliemselves as necessary to the purposes for which they are introduced ;
That of a brother's murder.(47) Thrush inclination he] This line has lain, under the fuspicion of many pice observers; and an ingenious gentle. man started, at a bcat, this very probable emendation :.
Though:inclination be as sharp as 't will. The variation from the traces of the letter is very minute, at with an apostrophe before it only being added, which might very easily have flipt out under the printer's hands; so that the change will not be disputed, supposing there is a necesa fity for it; which however is submitted to judgment. 'lis certain the line, as it ftands in all the editions, has fo stronge ly the air of a flat tautology, that it .nay delerve a short comment, and to have the difference betwixt inclination and will ascertained. The word inclination, in its use vith us (as my friend M: Warburton defines it to me) is taken in these three acceptations. First, in its exact philofophical fense, is hgnifies the drawiog or inclining the will to determine itfelf one certain way; according to this fignification the line is nonsense; and is the same as to affirm, that the part is as big as the whole. In the next place, inclination fignifies the wil, and then it is the most absurd tautology. But, lahly,
My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent:
it signifies a difpofition to do a thing, already determined of, with complacency and pleafure. And if this is, as it seems to be, the sense of the word here, theo the fentiment will be very clear and proper. For wait fignifying bareig the determination of the mind to do a thing, the sente will be this: “ Though the pleasure I take in this act, be as itrong as the determination of my mind to perform it, yet my Itronger guilt dcfcats my strong intent, &c."
Oh limed soul, that, struggling to be free,
(48) Yt, (word, and know tłou a mire horrid time.) This is a sophisticated reading, warranted by none of the copies of any authority. Mr Pope 'lays, I read conjectue sally ;
a more horrid bent. I do so, and why? The two oldest Quartos, as well as the two elder Folios, read,- -a more horrid bent. there is no such English substantive, it feems very natural to conclude, that, with the change of a fingle leiter, our Author's genuine word was beni, i. e drift, fcope, inclination, purpose, &c.
I have proved his frequent use of this word, in ny Shakespeare Restored; so hall fpare the trouble of making the quotations over again here. I took notice there, that throwing my eye casually over the fourth Folio edition, prioted in 1685, I found my correction there anticipated
At gaining, swearing, or about some act
The King, rises, and comes forward.
below; Words, without thoughts, never to Heaven go.
SCENE changes to the Queen's Apartment.
Enter Queen and POLONIUS. Pol. He will come straight; lock you lay home
to him: Tell him, his pranks have been too broad to bear
And that your Grace hath sereened, and stood be
tween Much heat and him. I'll silence me e'en here; Pray you, be round with him.
Ham. [within.] Mother, mother, mother;Queen. I'll warrant you, fear me not, Withdraw, I hear him coming.
[Polonius hideshinifelf behind the Arras.
Enter HAMLET. Ham. Now, mother, what's the matter? [ed. Queen. Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offend
I think myself obliged to repeat this confession, that I may not be accused of plagiarism, for an emendation which I had made before ever I law a lingle page of that book.