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Queen. No more.
Enter Ghost. Ham. A king Of shreds and patches :Save me, and hover o'er me with your wings, You heavenly guards !-What would your gracious
figure? Queen. Alas, he's mad.
Ham. Do you not come your tardy son to chide, -
Ghost. Do not forget: This visitation
Ham. How is it with you, lady?
Queen. Alas, how is't with you ? That you do bend your eye on vacancy, And with the incorporal air do hold discourse : Forth at your eyes your spirits wildly peep; And, as the sleeping soldiers in the alarm, Your bedded hair, like life in excrements, Starts up, and stands on end. O gentle son, Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper Sprinkle cool patience. Whereon do you look? Ham. On him! on him !Look you, how pale he
glares ! His form and cause conjoin'd, preaching to stones,
Would make them capable.- Do not look upon me;
Queen. To whom do you speak this ?
[Erit Ghost. Queen. This is the very coinage of your brain: This bodiless creation ecstacy Is very cunning in.
Ham. Ecstacy! My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time, And makes as healthful music : It is not madness, That I have utter'd: bring me to the test, And I the matter will re-word; which madness Would gambol from. Mother, for love of grace, Lay not that flattering unction to your soul, That not your trespass, but my madness speaks : It will but skin and film the ulcerous place; Whiles rank corruption, mining all within, Infects unseen. Confess yourself to heaven; Repent what's past; avoid what is to come; And do not spread the compost on the weeds, To make them ranker. Forgive me this my virtue ; For in the fatness of these pursy times, Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg;
Yea, curb and woo, for leave to do him good.
Queen. O Hamlet! thou hast cleft my heart in twain.
Ham. O, throw away the worser part of it, And live the purer with the other half. Good night: but go not to my uncle's bed; Assume a virtue, if you have it not. That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat Of habit's devil, is angel yet in this ; That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock, or livery, That aptly is put on : Refrain to-night; And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next abstinence: the next more easy: For use almost can change the stamp of nature, And either curb the devil, or throw him out With wondrous potency. Once more, good night; And when you are desirous to be bless'd, I'll blessing beg of you. For this same lord,
[Pointing to POLONIUS. I do repent: But heaven hath pleas'd it so, To punish me with this, and this with me, That I must be their scourge and minister. I will bestow him, and will answer well The death I gave him. So, again, good night!I must be cruel, only to be kind : Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind. But one word more, good lady.
Queen. What shall I do?
Ham. Not.this, by no means, that I bid you do: Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed ; Pinch wanton on your cheek; call you, his mouse ; And let him, for a pair of reechy kisses,
Or padling in your neck with his damn'd fingers,
Queen. Be thou assur'd, if words be made of breath,
Ham. I must to England; you know that ?