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Another Room in the Palace.
Enter KING and LAERTEs.
King. Now must your conscience my acquittance seal; Sith you have heard, and with a knowing ear, That he, which hath your noble father slain, Pursu'd my life. Laer. And so have I a noble father lost; A sister driven into desperate terms; Whose worth Stood challenger on mount of all the age For her perfections: But my revenge will come. Ring. Break not your sleeps for that: you must not think, That we are made of stuff so flat and dull, That we can let our beard be shook with danger, And think it pastime. You shortly shall hear more.— How now 2 what news?
Ber. Letters, my lord, from Hamlet: This to your majesty; this to the Queen. King. From Hamlet! who brought them? Ber. Sailors, my lord, they say: I saw them not. Ring. Laertes, you shall hear them.— . Leave us. [Erit BERNARDo.
[Reads.] High and mighty, you shall know, I am set naked on your kingdom. To-morrow shall I beg leave to see your kingly eyes: when I shall, first asking your
pardon thereunto, recount the occasion of my sudden, and more strange, return. HAMLET.
What should this mean? Are all the rest come back? Or is it some abuse, and no such thing?
Laer. Know you the hand
King. "Tis Hamlet's character.—Naked,— And, in a postscript here, he says, alone.— Can you advise me?
Laer. I am lost in it, my lord. But let him come; It warms the very sickness in my heart, That I shall live, and tell him to his teeth, Thus diddest thou.
King. If it be so, Laertes,
Laer. Ay, my lord;
King. To thine own peace. If he be now re
As checking at his voyage, and that he means
Laer. My lord, I will be rul'd;
King. It falls right.
Laer. What part is that, my lord? r
King. A very ribband in the cap of youth.
And gave you such a masterly report,
Collected from all simples that have virtue
Queen. One woe doth tread upon another's heel, So fast they follow —Your sister's drown'd, Laertes. Laer. Drown'd ' O, where Queen. There is a willow grows ascaunt the brook, That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream ; There with fantastic garlands did she come Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples; There on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke; When down her weedy trophies, and herself, Fell in the weeping brook. Laer. I forbid my tears: But yet It is our trick; nature her custom holds, Let shame say what it will. Adieu, my lord I have a speech of fire, that fain would blaze, But that this folly drowns it. [Erit LAERTEs. King. How much I had to do to calm his rage 1 Now fear I, this will give it start again. [Ereunt.
ACT THE FIFTH.
Enter two Gravebiggers.
1. Graved. Is she to be buried in christian burial, that wilfully seeks her own salvation? 2 Graced. I tell thee, she is; therefore, make her grave straight: the crowner hath set on her, and finds it christian burial. 1 Graved. How can that be, unless she drown'd herself in her own defence 2 2 Graved. Why, 'tis found so. 1 Graved. It must be se offendendo; it cannot be else. For here lies the point: If I drown myself wittingly, it argues an act: and an act hath three branches; it is, to act, to do, and to perform : Argal, she drowned herself wittingly. 2 Graved. Nay, but hear you, goodman delver;1 Graved. Give me leave. Here lies the water; good: here stands the man; good : If the man go to this water, and drown himself, it is, will he, nill he, he goes; mark you that: but, if the water come to him, and drown him, he drowns not himself: Argal, he, that is not guilty of his own death, shortens not his own life. 2 Graced. But is this law 1 Graved. Ay, marry is't; crowner's-quest law. 2 Graved. Will you ha' the truth on't: If this had