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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 ?5 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. [Erit.
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.

Eisel is vinegar ; but Mr. Steevens conjectures the word should be Weisel, a river which falls into the Baltic ocean.

6 Hatched.

This grave shall have a living monument:
An hour of quiet shortly shall we see;
Till then, in patience our proceeding be.

[Ereunt.

SCENE II.

A Hall in the Castle.

Enter HAMLET and HORATIO.

Hum. So much for this, sir : now shall you see the

other You do remember all the circumstance?

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.8 Rashly,
And prais'd be rashness for it, -Let us know,
Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well,
When our deep plots do pall :9 and that should teach

us,
There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
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,

7 Mutineers. : Fetters and handcuffs brought from Bilboa in Spain. 9 Fail.

A royal knavery ; an exact command,
Larded' with many several sorts of reasons,
Importing Denmark's health, and England's too,
With, ho! such bugs 2 and goblins in my life,
That, on the supervise, no leisure bated,
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?

Hor. Ay, 'beseech you.

Ham. Being thus benetted round with villanies,
Or 4 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 statistss do,
A baseness to write fair, and labour'd much
How to forget that learning ; but, sir, now
It did me yeoman's service : Wilt thou know
The effect of what I wrote?
Hlor.

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;
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,

As

i Garnished. 2 Bugbears.

5 Statesmen.

3 Looking over.

4 Before. 6A note of connection.'

He should the bearers put to sudden death,
Not shriving7-time allow'd.
Hor.

How was this seal'd?
Ham. Why, even in that was heaven ordinant;
I had my father's signet in my purse,
Which was the model of that Danish seal :
Folded the writ up in form of the other ;
Subscrib'd it; gave't the impression; piac'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 em-

ployment;
They are not near my conscience; their defeat
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? He that hath kill'd my king, and whor'd my mother; Popp'd in between the election and my hopes ; Thrown out his angle for my proper life, And with such cozenage; is't not perfect conscience, To quito him 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 Eng.

land,

7 Confessing.

8 Copy. 9 Following.

1 Requite.

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 see
The portraiture of his: I'll count' his favours:
But, sure, the bravery of his grief did put me
Into a towering passion.
Hor.

Peace;

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Enter Osric.

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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 beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand

at the king's mess: 'Tis a chough;} but, as I say, s 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.

"For conni some Editors read court.

2 Water-flies are gnats. 3 A bird like a jackdaw. VOL. X.

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