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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 + 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?'
Ilor.

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;
As
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,

1 Garnished. 2 Bugbears.

5 Statesmen.

3 Looking over.

4 Before. 6 A 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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