Enfolded Hamlet: First Folio Text
Enfolded Hamlet: First Folio Text
The Tragedie of
H A M L E T
Prince of Denmarke.
1 Actus Primus. Scoena Prima. [nn4[v]
2 Enter Barnardo and Francisco two Centinels.
4 VVHo's there? 1.1.1
5 Fran. Nay answer me: Stand & vnfold
6 your selfe.
7 Bar. Long liue the King.
8 Fran. Barnardo?
9 Bar. He.
10 Fran. You come most carefully vpon your houre.
11 Bar. 'Tis now strook twelue, get thee to bed Francisco.
12 Fran. For this releefe much thankes: 'Tis bitter cold,
13 And I am sicke at heart.
14 Barn. Haue you had quiet Guard?
15 Fran. Not a Mouse stirring.
16 Barn. Well, goodnight. If you do meet Horatio and
17 Marcellus, the Riuals of my Watch, bid them make hast.
18 Enter Horatio and Marcellus.
19 Fran. I thinke I heare them. Stand: who's there?
20 Hor. Friends to this ground.
21 Mar. And Leige-men to the Dane.
22 Fran. Giue you good night.
23 Mar. O farwel honest Soldier, who hath relieu'd you?
24 Fra. Barnardo ha's my place: giue you goodnight.
25 Exit Fran.
26 Mar. Holla Barnardo.
27 Bar. Say, what is Horatio there?
28 Hor. A peece of him.
29 Bar. Welcome Horatio, welcome good Marcellus.
30 Mar. What, ha's this thing appear'd againe to night.
31 Bar. I haue seene nothing.
32 Mar. Horatio saies, 'tis but our Fantasie,
33 And will not let beleefe take hold of him
34 Touching this dreaded sight, twice seene of vs,
35 Therefore I haue intreated him along
36 With vs, to watch the minutes of this Night,
37 That if againe this Apparition come,
38 He may approue our eyes, and speake to it.
39 Hor. Tush, tush, 'twill not appeare.
40 Bar. Sit downe a-while,
41 And let vs once againe assaile your eares,
42 That are so fortified against our Story, 1.1.32
43 What we two Nights haue seene.
44 Hor. Well, sit we downe,
45 And let vs heare Barnardo speake of this.
46 Barn. Last night of all,
47 When yond same Starre that's Westward from the Pole
48 Had made his course t'illume that part of Heauen
49 Where now it burnes, Marcellus and my selfe,
50 The Bell then beating one.
51 Mar. Peace, breake thee of: Enter the Ghost.
52 Looke where it comes againe.
53 Barn. In the same figure, like the King that's dead.
54 Mar. Thou art a Scholler; speake to it Horatio.
55 Barn. Lookes it not like the King? Marke it Horatio.
56 Hora. Most like: It harrowes me with fear & wonder
57 Barn. It would be spoke too.
58 Mar. Question it Horatio.
59 Hor. What art thou that vsurp'st this time of night,
60 Together with that Faire and Warlike forme
61 In which the Maiesty of buried Denmarke
62 Did sometimes march: By Heauen I charge thee speake.
63 Mar. It is offended.
64 Barn. See, it stalkes away.
65 Hor. Stay: speake; speake: I Charge thee, speake. 51
66 Exit the Ghost.
67 Mar. 'Tis gone, and will not answer.
68 Barn. How now Horatio? You tremble & look pale:
69 Is not this something more then Fantasie?
70 What thinke you on't?
71 Hor. Before my God, I might not this beleeue
72 Without the sensible and true auouch
73 Of mine owne eyes.
74 Mar. Is it not like the King?
75 Hor. As thou art to thy selfe,
76 Such was the very Armour he had on,
77 When th'Ambitious Norwey combatted:
78 So frown'd he once, when in an angry parle
79 He smot the sledded Pollax on the Ice.
80 'Tis strange.
81 Mar. Thus twice before, and iust at this dead houre,
82 With Martiall stalke, hath he gone by our Watch.
83 Hor. In what particular thought to work, I know not:
84 But in the grosse and scope of my Opinion,
85 This boades some strange erruption to our State. 1.1.69
86 Mar. Good now sit downe, & tell me he that knowes
87 Why this same strict and most obseruant Watch,
88 So nightly toyles the subiect of the Land,
89 And why such dayly Cast of Brazon Cannon
90 And Forraigne Mart for Implements of warre:
91 Why such impresse of Ship-wrights, whose sore Taske
92 Do's not diuide the Sunday from the weeke,
93 What might be toward, that this sweaty hast
94 Doth make the Night ioynt-Labourer with the day:
95 Who is't that can informe me?
96 Hor. That can I,
97 At least the whisper goes so: Our last King, [nn5
98 Whose Image euen but now appear'd to vs,
99 Was (as you know) by Fortinbras of Norway,
100 (Thereto prick'd on by a most emulate Pride)
101 Dar'd to the Combate. In which, our Valiant Hamlet,
102 (For so this side of our knowne world esteem'd him)
103 Did slay this Fortinbras: who by a Seal'd Compact,
104 Well ratified by Law, and Heraldrie,
105 Did forfeite (with his life) all those his Lands
106 Which he stood seiz'd on, to the Conqueror:
107 Against the which, a Moity competent
108 Was gaged by our King: which had return'd
109 To the Inheritance of Fortinbras,
110 Had he bin Vanquisher, as by the same Cou'nant
111 And carriage of the Article designe,
112 His fell to Hamlet. Now sir, young Fortinbras,
113 Of vnimproued Mettle, hot and full,
114 Hath in the skirts of Norway, heere and there,
115 Shark'd vp a List of Landlesse Resolutes,
116 For Foode and Diet, to some Enterprize
117 That hath a stomacke in't: which is no other
118 (And it doth well appeare vnto our State)
119 But to recouer of vs by strong hand
120 And termes Compulsatiue, those foresaid Lands
121 So by his Father lost: and this (I take it)
122 Is the maine Motiue of our Preparations,
123 The Sourse of this our Watch, and the cheefe head
124 Of this post-hast, and Romage in the Land. 107
125 Enter Ghost againe.
126 But soft, behold: Loe, where it comes againe:
127 Ile crosse it, though it blast me. Stay Illusion:
128 If thou hast any sound, or vse of Voyce, 1.1.128
129 Speake to me. If there be any good thing to be done,
130 That may to thee do ease, and grace to me; speak to me.
131 If thou art priuy to thy Countries Fate
132 (Which happily foreknowing may auoyd) Oh speake.
133 Or, if thou hast vp-hoorded in thy life
134 Extorted Treasure in the wombe of Earth,
135 (For which, they say, you Spirits oft walke in death)
136 Speake of it. Stay, and speake. Stop it Marcellus.
137 Mar. Shall I strike at it with my Partizan?
138 Hor. Do, if it will not stand.
139 Barn. 'Tis heere.
140 Hor. 'Tis heere.
141 Mar. 'Tis gone. Exit Ghost.
142 We do it wrong, being so Maiesticall
143 To offer it the shew of Violence,
144 For it is as the Ayre, invulnerable,
145 And our vaine blowes, malicious Mockery.
146 Barn. It was about to speake, when the Cocke crew.
147 Hor. And then it started, like a guilty thing
148 Vpon a fearfull Summons. I haue heard,
149 The Cocke that is the Trumpet to the day,
150 Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding Throate
151 Awake the God of Day: and at his warning,
152 Whether in Sea, or Fire, in Earth, or Ayre,
153 Th'extrauagant, and erring Spirit, hyes
154 To his Confine. And of the truth heerein,
155 This present Obiect made probation.
156 Mar. It faded on the crowing of the Cocke.
157 Some sayes, that euer 'gainst that Season comes
158 Wherein our Sauiours Birth is celebrated,
159 The Bird of Dawning singeth all night long:
160 And then (they say) no Spirit can walke abroad,
161 The nights are wholsome, then no Planets strike,
162 No Faiery talkes, nor Witch hath power to Charme:
163 So hallow'd, and so gracious is the time.
164 Hor. So haue I heard, and do in part beleeue it.
165 But looke, the Morne in Russet mantle clad,
166 Walkes o're the dew of yon high Easterne Hill,
167 Breake we our Watch vp, and by my aduice 168
168 Let vs impart what we haue seene to night
169 Vnto yong Hamlet. For vpon my life,
170 This Spirit dumbe to vs, will speake to him:
171 Do you consent we shall acquaint him with it, 1.1.172
172 As needfull in our Loues, fitting our Duty?
173 Mar. Let do't I pray, and I this morning know
174 Where we shall finde him most conueniently. Exeunt.
175 Scena Secunda.
176 Enter Claudius King of Denmarke, Gertrude the Queene,
177 Hamlet, Polonius, Laertes, and his Sister O-
178 phelia, Lords Attendant.
179 King. Though yet of Hamlet our deere Brothers death
180 The memory be greene: and that it vs befitted
181 To beare our hearts in greefe, and our whole Kingdome
182 To be contracted in one brow of woe:
183 Yet so farre hath Discretion fought with Nature,
184 That we with wisest sorrow thinke on him,
185 Together with remembrance of our selues.
186 Therefore our sometimes Sister, now our Queen,
187 Th'Imperiall Ioyntresse of this warlike State,
188 Haue we, as 'twere, with a defeated ioy,
189 With one Auspicious, and one Dropping eye,
190 With mirth in Funerall, and with Dirge in Marriage,
191 In equall Scale weighing Delight and Dole
192 Taken to Wife; nor haue we heerein barr'd
193 Your better Wisedomes, which haue freely gone
194 With this affaire along, for all our Thankes.
195 Now followes, that you know young Fortinbras,
196 Holding a weake supposall of our worth;
197 Or thinking by our late deere Brothers death,
198 Our State to be disioynt, and out of Frame,
199 Colleagued with the dreame of his Aduantage;
200 He hath not fayl'd to pester vs with Message,
201 Importing the surrender of those Lands
202 Lost by his Father: with all Bonds of Law
203 To our most valiant Brother. So much for him.
204 Enter Voltemand and Cornelius.
205 Now for our selfe, and for this time of meeting
206 Thus much the businesse is. We haue heere writ
207 To Norway, Vncle of young Fortinbras,
208 Who Impotent and Bedrid, scarsely heares
209 Of this his Nephewes purpose, to suppresse
210 His further gate heerein. In that the Leuies,
211 The Lists, and full proportions are all made 1.2.32
212 Out of his subiect: and we heere dispatch
213 You good Cornelius, and you Voltemand,
214 For bearing of this greeting to old Norway,
215 Giuing to you no further personall power
216 To businesse with the King, more then the scope
217 Of these dilated Articles allow:
218 Farewell and let your hast commend your duty.
219 Volt. In that, and all things, will we shew our duty.
220 King. We doubt it nothing, heartily farewell.
221 Exit Voltemand and Cornelius.
222 And now Laertes, what's the newes with you?
223 You told vs of some suite. What is't Laertes? [nn5[v]
224 You cannot speake of Reason to the Dane,
225 And loose your voyce. What would'st thou beg Laertes,
226 That shall not be my Offer, not thy Asking?
227 The Head is not more Natiue to the Heart,
228 The Hand more Instrumentall to the Mouth,
229 Then is the Throne of Denmarke to thy Father.
230 What would'st thou haue Laertes?
231 Laer. Dread my Lord,
232 Your leaue and fauour to returne to France,
233 From whence, though willingly I came to Denmarke
234 To shew my duty in your Coronation,
235 Yet now I must confesse, that duty done,
236 My thoughts and wishes bend againe towards France,
237 And bow them to your gracious leaue and pardon.
238 King. Haue you your Fathers leaue?
239 What sayes Pollonius?
240 Pol. He hath my Lord: 58
241 I do beseech you giue him leaue to go.
242 King. Take thy faire houre Laertes, time be thine,
243 And thy best graces spend it at thy will:
244 But now my Cosin Hamlet, and my Sonne?
245 Ham. A little more then kin, and lesse then kinde.
246 King. How is it that the Clouds still hang on you?
247 Ham. Not so my Lord, I am too much i'th'Sun.
248 Queen. Good Hamlet cast thy nightly colour off,
249 And let thine eye looke like a Friend on Denmarke.
250 Do not for euer with thy veyled lids
251 Seeke for thy Noble Father in the dust;
252 Thou know'st 'tis common, all that liues must dye,
253 Passing through Nature, to Eternity.
254 Ham. I Madam, it is common. 1.2.74
255 Queen. If it be;
256 Why seemes it so particular with thee.
257 Ham. Seemes Madam? Nay, it is: I know not Seemes:
258 'Tis not alone my Inky Cloake (good Mother)
259 Nor Customary suites of solemne Blacke,
260 Nor windy suspiration of forc'd breath,
261 No, nor the fruitfull Riuer in the Eye,
262 Nor the deiected hauiour of the Visage,
263 Together with all Formes, Moods, shewes of Griefe,
264 That can denote me truly. These indeed Seeme,
265 For they are actions that a man might play:
266 But I haue that Within, which passeth show;
267 These, but the Trappings, and the Suites of woe.
268 King. 'Tis sweet and commendable
269 In your Nature Hamlet,
270 To giue these mourning duties to your Father:
271 But you must know, your Father lost a Father,
272 That Father lost, lost his, and the Suruiuer bound
273 In filiall Obligation, for some terme
274 To do obsequious Sorrow. But to perseu er
275 In obstinate Condolement, is a course
276 Of impious stubbornnesse. 'Tis vnmanly greefe,
277 It shewes a will most incorrect to Heauen,
278 A Heart vnfortified, a Minde impatient,
279 An Vnderstanding simple, and vnschool'd:
280 For, what we know must be, and is as common
281 As any the most vulgar thing to sence,
282 Why should we in our peeuish Opposition
283 Take it to heart? Fye, 'tis a fault to Heauen,
284 A fault against the Dead, a fault to Nature,
285 To Reason most absurd, whose common Theame
286 Is death of Fathers, and who still hath cried,
287 From the first Coarse, till he that dyed to day,
288 This must be so. We pray you throw to earth
289 This vnpreuayling woe, and thinke of vs
290 As of a Father; For let the world take note,
291 You are the most immediate to our Throne,
292 And with no lesse Nobility of Loue,
293 Then that which deerest Father beares his Sonne,
294 Do I impart towards you. For your intent
295 In going backe to Schoole in Wittenberg,
296 It is most retrograde to our desire:
297 And we beseech you, bend you to remaine 1.2.115
298 Heere in the cheere and comfort of our eye,
299 Our cheefest Courtier Cosin, and our Sonne.
300 Qu. Let not thy Mother lose her Prayers Hamlet: 118
301 I prythee stay with vs, go not to Wittenberg.
302 Ham. I shall in all my best
303 Obey you Madam.
304 King. Why 'tis a louing, and a faire Reply,
305 Be as our selfe in Denmarke. Madam come,
306 This gentle and vnforc'd accord of Hamlet 123
307 Sits smiling to my heart; in grace whereof,
308 No iocond health that Denmarke drinkes to day,
309 But the great Cannon to the Clowds shall tell,
310 And the Kings Rouce, the Heauens shall bruite againe,
311 Respeaking earthly Thunder. Come away. Exeunt.
312 Manet Hamlet.
313 Ham. Oh that this too too solid Flesh, would melt,
314 Thaw, and resolue it selfe into a Dew:
315 Or that the Euerlasting had not fixt
316 His Cannon 'gainst Selfe-slaughter. O God, O God!
317 How weary, stale, flat, and vnprofitable
318 Seemes to me all the vses of this world?
319 Fie on't? Oh fie, fie, 'tis an vnweeded Garden
320 That growes to Seed: Things rank, and grosse in Nature
321 Possesse it meerely. That it should come to this:
322 But two months dead: Nay, not so much; not two,
323 So excellent a King, that was to this 139
324 Hiperion to a Satyre: so louing to my Mother,
325 That he might not beteene the windes of heauen
326 Visit her face too roughly. Heauen and Earth
327 Must I remember: why she would hang on him,
328 As if encrease of Appetite had growne
329 By what it fed on; and yet within a month?
330 Let me not thinke on't: Frailty, thy name is woman.
331 A little Month, or ere those shooes were old,
332 With which she followed my poore Fathers body
333 Like Niobe, all teares. Why she, euen she.
334 (O Heauen! A beast that wants discourse of Reason
335 Would haue mourn'd longer) married with mine Vnkle,
336 My Fathers Brother: but no more like my Father,
337 Then I to Hercules. Within a Moneth?
338 Ere yet the salt of most vnrighteous Teares
339 Had left the flushing of her gauled eyes,
340 She married. O most wicked speed, to post 1.2.156
341 With such dexterity to Incestuous sheets:
342 It is not, nor it cannot come to good.
343 But breake my heart, for I must hold my tongue.
344 Enter Horatio, Barnard, and Marcellus.
345 Hor. Haile to your Lordship.
346 Ham. I am glad to see you well: 160
347 Horatio, or I do forget my selfe.
348 Hor. The same my Lord,
349 And your poore Seruant euer.
350 Ham. Sir my good friend,
351 Ile change that name with you:
352 And what make you from Wittenberg Horatio?
353 Marcellus. [nn6
354 Mar. My good Lord.
355 Ham. I am very glad to see you: good euen Sir.
356 But what in faith make you from Wittemberge?
357 Hor. A truant disposition, good my Lord.
358 Ham. I would not haue your Enemy say so;
359 Nor shall you doe mine eare that violence,
360 To make it truster of your owne report
361 Against your selfe. I know you are no Truant:
362 But what is your affaire in Elsenour?
363 Wee'l teach you to drinke deepe, ere you depart.
364 Hor. My Lord, I came to see your Fathers Funerall.
365 Ham. I pray thee doe not mock me (fellow Student)
366 I thinke it was to see my Mothers Wedding.
367 Hor. Indeed my Lord, it followed hard vpon.
368 Ham. Thrift, thrift Horatio: the Funerall Bakt-meats
369 Did coldly furnish forth the Marriage Tables;
370 Would I had met my dearest foe in heauen,
371 Ere I had euer seene that day Horatio.
372 My father, me thinkes I see my father.
373 Hor. Oh where my Lord?
374 Ham. In my minds eye (Horatio)
375 Hor. I saw him once; he was a goodly King.
376 Ham. He was a man, take him for all in all:
377 I shall not look vpon his like againe.
378 Hor. My Lord, I thinke I saw him yesternight.
379 Ham. Saw? Who?
380 Hor. My Lord, the King your Father.
381 Ham. The King my Father? 1.2.191
382 Hor. Season your admiration for a while
383 With an attent eare; till I may deliuer
384 Vpon the witnesse of these Gentlemen,
385 This maruell to you.
386 Ham. For Heauens loue let me heare.
387 Hor. Two nights together, had these Gentlemen
388 (Marcellus and Barnardo) on their Watch
389 In the dead wast and middle of the night
390 Beene thus encountred. A figure like your Father,
391 Arm'd at all points exactly, Cap a Pe,
392 Appeares before them, and with sollemne march
393 Goes slow and stately: By them thrice he walkt,
394 By their opprest and feare-surprized eyes,
395 Within his Truncheons length; whilst they bestil'd
396 Almost to Ielly with the Act of feare,
397 Stand dumbe and speake not to him. This to me
398 In dreadfull secrecie impart they did,
399 And I with them the third Night kept the Watch,
400 Whereas they had deliuer'd both in time,
401 Forme of the thing; each word made true and good,
402 The Apparition comes. I knew your Father:
403 These hands are not more like.
404 Ham. But where was this?
405 Mar. My Lord, vpon the platforme where we watcht.
406 Ham. Did you not speake to it?
407 Hor. My Lord, I did;
408 But answere made it none: yet once me thought
409 It lifted vp it head, and did addresse
410 It selfe to motion, like as it would speake:
411 But euen then, the Morning Cocke crew lowd;
412 And at the sound it shrunke in hast away,
413 And vanisht from our sight.
414 Ham. Tis very strange.
415 Hor. As I doe liue my honourd Lord 'tis true;
416 And we did thinke it writ downe in our duty
417 To let you know of it.
418 Ham. Indeed, indeed Sirs; but this troubles me.
419 Hold you the watch to Night?
420 Both. We doe my Lord.
421 Ham. Arm'd, say you?
422 Both. Arm'd, my Lord.
423 Ham. From top to toe?
424 Both. My Lord, from head to foote. 1.2.228
425 Ham. Then saw you not his face?
426 Hor. O yes, my Lord, he wore his Beauer vp.
427 Ham. What, lookt he frowningly?
428 Hor. A countenance more in sorrow then in anger.
429 Ham. Pale, or red?
430 Hor. Nay very pale.
431 Ham. And fixt his eyes vpon you?
432 Hor. Most constantly.
433 Ham. I would I had beene there.
434 Hor. It would haue much amaz'd you.
435 Ham. Very like, very like: staid it long? (dred.
436 Hor. While one with moderate hast might tell a hun-
437 All. Longer, longer.
438 Hor. Not when I saw't.
439 Ham. His Beard was grisly? no.
440 Hor. It was, as I haue seene it in his life,
441 A Sable Siluer'd. (gaine.
442 Ham. Ile watch to Night; perchance 'twill wake a-
443 Hor. I warrant you it will.
444 Ham. If it assume my noble Fathers person,
445 Ile speake to it, though Hell it selfe should gape
446 And bid me hold my peace. I pray you all,
447 If you haue hitherto conceald this sight;
448 Let it bee treble in your silence still:
449 And whatsoeuer els shall hap to night,
450 Giue it an vnderstanding but no tongue;
451 I will requite your loues; so, fare ye well:
452 Vpon the Platforme twixt eleuen and twelue,
453 Ile visit you.
454 All. Our duty to your Honour. Exeunt.
455 Ham. Your loue, as mine to you: farewell.
456 My Fathers Spirit in Armes? All is not well:
457 I doubt some foule play: would the Night were come;
458 Till then sit still my soule; foule deeds will rise,
459 Though all the earth orewhelm them to mens eies. Exit.
460 Scena Tertia.
461 Enter Laertes and Ophelia.
462 Laer. My necessaries are imbark't; Farewell: 1.3.1
463 And Sister, as the Winds giue Benefit,
464 And Conuoy is assistant; doe not sleepe,
465 But let me heare from you. 1.3.4
466 Ophel. Doe you doubt that?
467 Laer. For Hamlet, and the trifling of his fauours,
468 Hold it a fashion and a toy in Bloud;
469 A Violet in the youth of Primy Nature;
470 Froward, not permanent; sweet not lasting
471 The suppliance of a minute? No more.
472 Ophel. No more but so.
473 Laer. Thinke it no more:
474 For nature cressant does not grow alone,
475 In thewes and Bulke: but as his Temple waxes,
476 The inward seruice of the Minde and Soule
477 Growes wide withall. Perhaps he loues you now,
478 And now no soyle nor cautell doth besmerch
479 The vertue of his feare: but you must feare
480 His greatnesse weigh'd, his will is not his owne; [nn6[v]
481 For hee himselfe is subiect to his Birth:
482 Hee may not, as vnuallued persons doe,
483 Carue for himselfe; for, on his choyce depends
484 The sanctity and health of the weole State.
485 And therefore must his choyce be circumscrib'd
486 Vnto the voyce and yeelding of that Body,
487 Whereof he is the Head. Then if he sayes he loues you,
488 It fits your wisedome so farre to beleeue it;
489 As he in his peculiar Sect and force
490 May giue his saying deed: which is no further,
491 Then the maine voyce of Denmarke goes withall.
492 Then weigh what losse your Honour may sustaine,
493 If with too credent eare you list his Songs;
494 Or lose your Heart; or your chast Treasure open
495 To his vnmastred importunity.
496 Feare it Ophelia, feare it my deare Sister,
497 And keepe within the reare of your Affection;
498 Out of the shot and danger of Desire.
499 The chariest Maid is Prodigall enough,
500 If she vnmaske her beauty to the Moone:
501 Vertue it selfe scapes not calumnious stroakes,
502 The Canker Galls, the Infants of the Spring
503 Too oft before the buttons be disclos'd,
504 And in the Morne and liquid dew of Youth,
505 Contagious blastments are most imminent.
506 Be wary then, best safety lies in feare;
507 Youth to it selfe rebels, though none else neere.
508 Ophe. I shall th'effect of this good Lesson keepe,
509 As watchmen to my heart: but good my Brother
510 Doe not as some vngracious Pastors doe,
511 Shew me the steepe and thorny way to Heauen;
512 Whilst like a puft and recklesse Libertine
513 Himselfe, the Primrose path of dalliance treads,
514 And reaks not his owne reade.
515 Laer. Oh, feare me not.
516 Enter Polonius.
517 I stay too long; but here my Father comes:
518 A double blessing is a double grace;
519 Occasion smiles vpon a second leaue.
520 Polon. Yet heere Laertes? Aboord, aboord for shame,
521 The winde sits in the shoulder of your saile,
522 And you are staid for there: my blessing with you;
523 And these few Precepts in thy memory,
524 See thou Character. Giue thy thoughts no tongue,
525 Nor any vnproportion'd thought his Act:
526 Be thou familiar; but by no meanes vulgar:
527 The friends thou hast, and their adoption tride,
528 Grapple them to thy Soule, with hoopes of Steele:
529 But doe not dull thy palme, with entertainment
530 Of each vnhatch't, vnfledg'd Comrade. Beware
531 Of entrance to a quarrell: but being in
532 Bear't that th'opposed may beware of thee.
533 Giue euery man thine eare; but few thy voyce:
534 Take each mans censure; but reserue thy iudgement:
535 Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy;
536 But not exprest in fancie; rich, not gawdie:
537 For the Apparell oft proclaimes the man.
538 And they in France of the best ranck and station,
539 Are of a most select and generous cheff in that.
540 Neither a borrower, nor a lender be;
541 For lone oft loses both it selfe and friend:
542 And borrowing duls the edge of Husbandry.
543 This aboue all; to thine owne selfe be true:
544 And it must follow, as the Night the Day,
545 Thou canst not then be false to any man.
546 Farewell: my Blessing season this in thee.
547 Laer. Most humbly doe I take my leaue, my Lord.
548 Polon. The time inuites you, goe, your seruants tend.
549 Laer. Farewell Ophelia, and remember well
550 What I haue said to you.
551 Ophe. Tis in my memory lockt, 1.3.85
552 And you your selfe shall keepe the key of it.
553 Laer. Farewell. Exit Laer.
554 Polon. What ist Ophelia he hath said to you?
555 Ophe. So please you, somthing touching the L.Hamlet.
556 Polon. Marry, well bethought:
557 Tis told me he hath very oft of late
558 Giuen priuate time to you; and you your selfe
559 Haue of your audience beene most free and bounteous.
560 If it be so, as so tis put on me;
561 And that in way of caution: I must tell you,
562 You doe not vnderstand your selfe so cleerely,
563 As it behoues my Daughter, and your Honour.
564 What is betweene you, giue me vp the truth?
565 Ophe. He hath my Lord of late, made many tenders
566 Of his affection to me.
567 Polon. Affection, puh. You speake like a greene Girle,
568 Vnsifted in such perillous Circumstance.
569 Doe you beleeue his tenders, as you call them?
570 Ophe. I do not know, my Lord, what I should thinke.
571 Polon. Marry Ile teach you; thinke your selfe a Baby,
572 That you haue tane his tenders for true pay,
573 Which are not starling. Tender your selfe more dearly;
574 Or not to crack the winde of the poore Phrase,
575 Roaming it thus, you'l tender me a foole.
576 Ophe. My Lord, he hath importun'd me with loue,
577 In honourable fashion.
578 Polon. I, fashion you may call it, go too, go too.
579 Ophe. And hath giuen countenance to his speech,
580 My Lord, with all the vowes of Heauen.
581 Polon. I, Springes to catch Woodcocks. I doe know
582 When the Bloud burnes, how Prodigall the Soule
583 Giues the tongue vowes: these blazes, Daughter,
584 Giuing more light then heate; extinct in both,
585 Euen in their promise, as it is a making;
586 You must not take for fire. For this time Daughter,
587 Be somewhat scanter of your Maiden presence;
588 Set your entreatments at a higher rate,
589 Then a command to parley. For Lord Hamlet,
590 Beleeue so much in him, that he is young,
591 And with a larger tether may he walke,
592 Then may be giuen you. In few, Ophelia,
593 Doe not beleeue his vowes; for they are Broakers,
594 Not of the eye, which their Inuestments show: 1.3.128
595 But meere implorators of vnholy Sutes,
596 Breathing like sanctified and pious bonds,
597 The better to beguile. This is for all:
598 I would not, in plaine tearmes, from this time forth,
599 Haue you so slander any moment leisure,
600 As to giue words or talke with the Lord Hamlet:
601 Looke too't, I charge you; come your wayes.
602 Ophe. I shall obey my Lord. Exeunt.
603 Enter Hamlet, Horatio, Marcellus.
604 Ham. The Ayre bites shrewdly: is it very cold? 1.4.1
605 Hor. It is a nipping and an eager ayre.
606 Ham. What hower now?
607 Hor. I thinke it lacks of twelue.
608 Mar. No, it is strooke. (season,
609 Hor. Indeed I heard it not: then it drawes neere the
610 Wherein the Spirit held his wont to walke.
611 What does this meane my Lord? (rouse, [oo1
612 Ham. The King doth wake to night, and takes his
613 Keepes wassels and the swaggering vpspring reeles,
614 And as he dreines his draughts of Renish downe,
615 The kettle Drum and Trumpet thus bray out
616 The triumph of his Pledge.
617 Horat. Is it a custome?
618 Ham. I marry ist;
619 And to my mind, though I am natiue heere,
620 And to the manner borne: It is a Custome
621 More honour'd in the breach, then the obseruance. 16
622 Enter Ghost.
623 Hor. Looke my Lord, it comes.
624 Ham. Angels and Ministers of Grace defend vs:
625 Be thou a Spirit of health, or Goblin damn'd,
626 Bring with thee ayres from Heauen, or blasts from Hell,
627 Be thy euents wicked or charitable,
628 Thou com'st in such a questionable shape
629 That I will speake to thee. Ile call thee Hamlet,
630 King, Father, Royall Dane: Oh, oh, answer me,
631 Let me not burst in Ignorance; but tell
632 Why thy Canoniz'd bones Hearsed in death,
633 Haue burst their cerments, why the Sepulcher
634 Wherein we saw thee quietly enurn'd,
635 Hath op'd his ponderous and Marble iawes,
636 To cast thee vp againe? What may this meane? 1.4.51
637 That thou dead Coarse againe in compleat steele,
638 Reuisits thus the glimpses of the Moone,
639 Making Night hidious? And we fooles of Nature,
640 So horridly to shake our disposition,
641 With thoughts beyond thee; reaches of our Soules,
642 Say, why is this? wherefore? what should we doe?
643 Ghost beckens Hamlet.
644 Hor. It beckons you to goe away with it,
645 As if it some impartment did desire
646 To you alone.
647 Mar. Looke with what courteous action
648 It wafts you to a more remoued ground:
649 But doe not goe with it.
650 Hor. No, by no meanes.
651 Ham. It will not speake: then will I follow it.
652 Hor. Doe not my Lord.
653 Ham. Why, what should be the feare?
654 I doe not set my life at a pins fee;
655 And for my Soule, what can it doe to that?
656 Being a thing immortall as it selfe:
657 It waues me forth againe; Ile follow it.
658 Hor. What if it tempt you toward the Floud my Lord?
659 Or to the dreadfull Sonnet of the Cliffe,
660 That beetles o're his base into the Sea,
661 And there assumes some other horrible forme,
662 Which might depriue your Soueraignty of Reason,
663 And draw you into madnesse thinke of it? 74
664 Ham. It wafts me still: goe on, Ile follow thee.
665 Mar. You shall not goe my Lord.
666 Ham. Hold off your hand.
667 Hor. Be rul'd, you shall not goe.
668 Ham. My fate cries out,
669 And makes each petty Artire in this body,
670 As hardy as the Nemian Lions nerue:
671 Still am I cal'd? Vnhand me Gentlemen:
672 By Heau'n, Ile make a Ghost of him that lets me:
673 I say away, goe on, Ile follow thee.
674 Exeunt Ghost & Hamlet.
675 Hor. He waxes desperate with imagination.
676 Mar. Let's follow; 'tis not fit thus to obey him.
677 Hor. Haue after, to what issue will this come?
678 Mar. Something is rotten in the State of Denmarke.
679 Hor. Heauen will direct it. 1.4.91
680 Mar. Nay, let's follow him. Exeunt.
681 Enter Ghost and Hamlet. (ther.
682 Ham. Where wilt thou lead me? speak; Ile go no fur-
683 Gho. Marke me.
684 Ham. I will.
685 Gho. My hower is almost come,
686 When I to sulphurous and tormenting Flames
687 Must render vp my selfe.
688 Ham. Alas poore Ghost.
689 Gho. Pitty me not, but lend thy serious hearing
690 To what I shall vnfold.
691 Ham. Speake, I am bound to heare.
692 Gho. So art thou to reuenge, when thou shalt heare.
693 Ham. What?
694 Gho. I am thy Fathers Spirit,
695 Doom'd for a certaine terme to walke the night;
696 And for the day confin'd to fast in Fiers,
697 Till the foule crimes done in my dayes of Nature
698 Are burnt and purg'd away? But that I am forbid
699 To tell the secrets of my Prison-House;
700 I could a Tale vnfold, whose lightest word
701 Would harrow vp thy soule, freeze thy young blood,
702 Make thy two eyes like Starres, start from their Spheres,
703 Thy knotty and combined locks to part,
704 And each particular haire to stand an end,
705 Like Quilles vpon the fretfull Porpentine:
706 But this eternall blason must not be
707 To eares of flesh and bloud; list Hamlet, oh list,
708 If thou didst euer thy deare Father loue.
709 Ham. Oh Heauen!
710 Gho. Reuenge his foule and most vnnaturall Murther. 25
711 Ham. Murther?
712 Ghost. Murther most foule, as in the best it is;
713 But this most foule, strange, and vnnaturall.
714 Ham. Hast, hast me to know it,
715 That with wings as swift
716 As meditation, or the thoughts of Loue,
717 May sweepe to my Reuenge.
718 Ghost. I finde thee apt,
719 And duller should'st thou be then the fat weede
720 That rots it selfe in ease, on Lethe Wharfe,
721 Would'st thou not stirre in this. Now Hamlet heare:
722 It's giuen out, that sleeping in mine Orchard, 1.5.35
723 A Serpent stung me: so the whole eare of Denmarke,
724 Is by a forged processe of my death
725 Rankly abus'd: But know thou Noble youth,
726 The Serpent that did sting thy Fathers life,
727 Now weares his Crowne.
728 Ham. O my Propheticke soule: mine Vncle?
729 Ghost. I that incestuous, that adulterate Beast
730 With witchcraft of his wits, hath Traitorous guifts.
731 Oh wicked Wit, and Gifts, that haue the power
732 So to seduce? Won to to this shamefull Lust
733 The will of my most seeming vertuous Queene:
734 Oh Hamlet, what a falling off was there,
735 From me, whose loue was of that dignity,
736 That it went hand in hand, euen with the Vow
737 I made to her in Marriage; and to decline
738 Vpon a wretch, whose Naturall gifts were poore
739 To those of mine. But Vertue, as it neuer wil be moued,
740 Though Lewdnesse court it in a shape of Heauen:
741 So Lust, though to a radiant Angell link'd,
742 Will sate it selfe in a Celestiallbed, & prey on Garbage.
743 But soft, me thinkes I sent the Mornings Ayre; [oo1[v]
744 Briefe let me be: Sleeping within mine Orchard,
745 My custome alwayes in the afternoone;
746 Vpon my secure hower thy Vncle stole
747 With iuyce of cursed Hebenon in a Violl,
748 And in the Porches of mine eares did poure
749 The leaperous Distilment; whose effect
750 Holds such an enmity with bloud of Man,
751 That swift as Quick-siluer, it courses through
752 The naturall Gates and Allies of the Body;
753 And with a sodaine vigour it doth posset
754 And curd, like Aygre droppings into Milke,
755 The thin and wholsome blood: so did it mine;
756 And a most instant Tetter bak'd about,
757 Most Lazar-like, with vile and loathsome crust,
758 All my smooth Body.
759 Thus was I, sleeping, by a Brothers hand,
760 Of Life, of Crowne, and Queene at once dispatcht;
761 Cut off euen in the Blossomes of my Sinne,
762 Vnhouzzled, disappointed, vnnaneld,
763 No reckoning made, but sent to my account
764 With all my imperfections on my head;
765 Oh horrible, Oh horrible, most horrible: 1.5.80
766 If thou hast nature in thee beare it not;
767 Let not the Royall Bed of Denmarke be
768 A Couch for Luxury and damned Incest.
769 But howsoeuer thou pursuest this Act,
770 Taint not thy mind; nor let thy Soule contriue
771 Against thy Mother ought; leaue her to heauen,
772 And to those Thornes that in her bosome lodge,
773 To pricke and sting her. Fare thee well at once;
774 The Glow-worme showes the Matine to be neere,
775 And gins to pale his vneffectuall Fire:
776 Adue, adue, Hamlet: remember me. Exit.
777 Ham. Oh all you host of Heauen! Oh Earth; what els?
778 And shall I couple Hell? Oh fie: hold my heart;
779 And you my sinnewes, grow not instant Old;
780 But beare me stiffely vp: Remember thee?
781 I, thou poore Ghost, while memory holds a seate
782 In this distracted Globe: Remember thee?
783 Yea, from the Table of my Memory,
784 Ile wipe away all triuiall fond Records,
785 All sawes of Bookes, all formes, all presures past,
786 That youth and obseruation coppied there;
787 And thy Commandment all alone shall liue
788 Within the Booke and Volume of my Braine,
789 Vnmixt with baser matter; yes, yes, by Heauen:
790 Oh most pernicious woman!
791 Oh Villaine, Villaine, smiling damned Villaine!
792 My Tables, my Tables; meet it is I set it downe,
793 That one may smile, and smile and be a Villaine;
794 At least I'm sure it may be so in Denmarke;
795 So Vnckle there you are: now to my word;
796 It is; Adue, Adue, Remember me: I haue sworn't.
797 Hor. & Mar. within. My Lord, my Lord.
798 Enter Horatio and Marcellus.
799 Mar. Lord Hamlet.
800 Hor. Heauen secure him.
801 Mar. So be it.
802 Hor. Illo, ho, ho, my Lord.
803 Ham. Hillo, ho, ho, boy; come bird, come.
804 Mar. How ist't my Noble Lord?
805 Hor. What newes, my Lord?
806 Ham. Oh wonderfull!
807 Hor. Good my Lord tell it.
808 Ham. No you'l reueale it. 1.5.119
809 Hor. Not I, my Lord, by Heauen.
810 Mar. Nor I, my Lord. (think it?
811 Ham. How say you then, would heart of man once
812 But you'l be secret?
813 Both. I, by Heau'n, my Lord.
814 Ham. There's nere a villaine dwelling in all Denmarke
815 But hee's an arrant knaue.
816 Hor. There needs no Ghost my Lord, come from the
817 Graue, to tell vs this.
818 Ham. Why right, you are i'th' right;
819 And so, without more circumstance at all,
820 I hold it fit that we shake hands, and part:
821 You, as your busines and desires shall point you:
822 For euery man ha's businesse and desire,
823 Such as it is: and for mine owne poore part,
824 Looke you, Ile goe pray.
825 Hor. These are but wild and hurling words, my Lord.
826 Ham. I'm sorry they offend you heartily:
827 Yes faith, heartily.
828 Hor. There's no offence my Lord.
829 Ham. Yes, by Saint Patricke, but there is my Lord,
830 And much offence too, touching this Vision heere:
831 It is an honest Ghost, that let me tell you:
832 For your desire to know what is betweene vs,
833 O'remaster't as you may. And now good friends,
834 As you are Friends, Schollers and Soldiers,
835 Giue me one poore request.
836 Hor. What is't my Lord? we will.
837 Ham. Neuer make known what you haue seen to night.
838 Both. My Lord, we will not.
839 Ham. Nay, but swear't.
840 Hor. Infaith my Lord, not I.
841 Mar. Nor I my Lord: in faith.
842 Ham. Vpon my sword.
843 Marcell. We haue sworne my Lord already.
844 Ham. Indeed, vpon my sword, Indeed.
845 Gho. Sweare. Ghost cries vnder the Stage. 149
846 Ham. Ah ha boy, sayest thou so. Art thou there true-
847 penny? Come one you here this fellow in the selleredge
848 Consent to sweare.
849 Hor. Propose the Oath my Lord.
850 Ham. Neuer to speake of this that you haue seene.
851 Sweare by my sword. 1.5.154
852 Gho. Sweare.
853 Ham. Hic & vbique? Then wee'l shift for grownd,
854 Come hither Gentlemen,
855 And lay your hands againe vpon my sword,
856 Neuer to speake of this that you haue heard:
857 Sweare by my Sword.
858 Gho. Sweare. (fast?
859 Ham. Well said old Mole, can'st worke i'th' ground so
860 A worthy Pioner, once more remoue good friends.
861 Hor. Oh day and night: but this is wondrous strange.
862 Ham. And therefore as a stranger giue it welcome.
863 There are more things in Heauen and Earth, Horatio,
864 Then are dream't of in our Philosophy. But come,
865 Here as before, neuer so helpe you mercy,
866 How strange or odde so ere I beare my selfe;
867 (As I perchance heereafter shall thinke meet
868 To put an Anticke disposition on:)
869 That you at such time seeing me, neuer shall
870 With Armes encombred thus, or thus, head shake;
871 Or by pronouncing of some doubtfull Phrase;
872 As well, we know, or we could and if we would,
873 Or if we list to speake; or there be and if there might,
874 Or such ambiguous giuing out to note,
875 That you know ought of me; this not to doe: [oo2
876 So grace and mercy at your most neede helpe you:
878 Ghost. Sweare.
879 Ham. Rest, rest perturbed Spirit: so Gentlemen,
880 With all my loue I doe commend me to you;
881 And what so poore a man as Hamlet is,
882 May doe t'expresse his loue and friending to you,
883 God willing shall not lacke: let vs goe in together,
884 And still your fingers on your lippes I pray,
885 The time is out of ioynt: Oh cursed spight,
886 That euer I was borne to set it right.
887 Nay, come let's goe together. Exeunt.
888 Actus Secundus.
889 Enter Polonius, and Reynoldo.
890 Polon. Giue him his money, and these notes Reynoldo.
891 Reynol. I will my Lord.
892 Polon. You shall doe maruels wisely: good Reynoldo,
893 Before you visite him you make inquiry
894 Of his behauiour.
895 Reynol. My Lord, I did intend it.
896 Polon. Marry, well said;
897 Very well said. Looke you Sir,
898 Enquire me first what Danskers are in Paris;
899 And how, and who; what meanes; and where they keepe:
900 What company, at what expence: and finding
901 By this encompassement and drift of question,
902 That they doe know my sonne: Come you more neerer
903 Then your particular demands will touch it,
904 Take you as 'twere some distant knowledge of him,
905 And thus I know his father and his friends,
906 And in part him. Doe you marke this Reynoldo?
907 Reynol. I, very well my Lord.
908 Polon. And in part him, but you may say not well;
909 But if't be hee I meane, hees very wilde;
910 Addicted so and so; and there put on him
911 What forgeries you please: marry, none so ranke,
912 As may dishonour him; take heed of that:
913 But Sir, such wanton, wild, and vsuall slips,
914 As are Companions noted and most knowne
915 To youth and liberty.
916 Reynol. As gaming my Lord.
917 Polon. I, or drinking, fencing, swearing,
918 Quarelling, drabbing. You may goe so farre.
919 Reynol. My Lord that would dishonour him.
920 Polon. Faith no, as you may season it in the charge;
921 You must not put another scandall on him,
922 That hee is open to Incontinencie;
923 That's not my meaning: but breath his faults so quaintly,
924 That they may seeme the taints of liberty;
925 The flash and out-breake of a fiery minde,
926 A sauagenes in vnreclaim'd bloud of generall assault.
927 Reynol. But my good Lord.
928 Polon. Wherefore should you doe this?
929 Reynol. I my Lord, I would know that.
930 Polon. Marry Sir, heere's my drift,
931 And I belieue it is a fetch of warrant:
932 You laying these slight sulleyes on my Sonne,
933 As 'twere a thing a little soil'd i'th' working: (sound,
934 Marke you your party in conuerse; him you would 42
935 Hauing euer seene. In the prenominate crimes, 2.1.43
936 The youth you breath of guilty, be assur'd
937 He closes with you in this consequence:
938 Good sir, or so, or friend, or Gentleman.
939 According to the Phrase and the Addition,
940 Of man and Country.
941 Reynol. Very good my Lord.
942 Polon. And then Sir does he this?
943 He does: what was I about to say?
944 I was about to say somthing: where did I leaue?
945 Reynol. At closes in the consequence:
946 At friend, or so, and Gentleman.
947 Polon. At closes in the consequence, I marry,
948 He closes with you thus. I know the Gentleman,
949 I saw him yesterday, or tother day;
950 Or then or then, with such and such; and as you say,
951 There was he gaming, there o'retooke in's Rouse,
952 There falling out at Tennis; or perchance,
953 I saw him enter such a house of saile;
954 Videlicet, a Brothell, or so forth. See you now;
955 Your bait of falshood, takes this Cape of truth;
956 And thus doe we of wisedome and of reach
957 With windlesses, and with assaies of Bias,
958 By indirections finde directions out:
959 So by my former Lecture and aduice
960 Shall you my Sonne; you haue me, haue you not?
961 Reynol. My Lord I haue.
962 Polon. God buy you; fare you well.
963 Reynol. Good my Lord.
964 Polon. Obserue his inclination in your selfe.
965 Reynol. I shall my Lord.
966 Polon. And let him plye his Musicke.
967 Reynol. Well, my Lord. Exit.
968 Enter Ophelia.
969 Polon. Farewell:
970 How now Ophelia, what's the matter?
971 Ophe. Alas my Lord, I haue beene so affrighted.
972 Polon. With what, in the name of Heauen?
973 Ophe. My Lord, as I was sowing in my Chamber,
974 Lord Hamlet with his doublet all vnbrac'd,
975 No hat vpon his head, his stockings foul'd,
976 Vngartred, and downe giued to his Anckle, 2.1.77
977 Pale as his shirt, his knees knocking each other,
978 And with a looke so pitious in purport,
979 As if he had been loosed out of hell,
980 To speake of horrors: he comes before me.
981 Polon. Mad for thy Loue?
982 Ophe. My Lord, I doe not know: but truly I do feare it.
983 Polon. What said he?
984 Ophe. He tooke me by the wrist, and held me hard;
985 Then goes he to the length of all his arme;
986 And with his other hand thus o're his brow,
987 He fals to such perusall of my face,
988 As he would draw it. Long staid he so,
989 At last, a little shaking of mine Arme:
990 And thrice his head thus wauing vp and downe;
991 He rais'd a sigh, so pittious and profound,
992 That it did seeme to shatter all his bulke,
993 And end his being. That done, he lets me goe,
994 And with his head ouer his shoulders turn'd,
995 He seem'd to finde his way without his eyes,
996 For out adores he went without their helpe;
997 And to the last, bended their light on me.
998 Polon. Goe with me, I will goe seeke the King,
999 This is the very extasie of Loue,
1000 Whose violent property foredoes it selfe,
1001 And leads the will to desperate Vndertakings, [oo2[v]
1002 As oft as any passion vnder Heauen,
1003 That does afflict our Natures. I am sorrie,
1004 What haue you giuen him any hard words of late?
1005 Ophe. No my good Lord: but as you did command,
1006 I did repell his Letters, and deny'de
1007 His accesse to me.
1008 Pol. That hath made him mad.
1009 I am sorrie that with better speed and iudgement
1010 I had not quoted him. I feare he did but trifle,
1011 And meant to wracke thee: but beshrew my iealousie:
1012 It seemes it is as proper to our Age,
1013 To cast beyond our selues in our Opinions,
1014 As it is common for the yonger sort
1015 To lacke discretion. Come, go we to the King,
1016 This must be knowne, being kept close might moue
1017 More greefe to hide, then hate to vtter loue. Exeunt. 116
1018 Scena Secunda.
1019 Enter King, Queene, Rosincrane, and Guilden-
1020 sterne Cum alijs.
1021 King. Welcome deere Rosincrance and
1022 Moreouer, that we much did long to see you,
1023 The neede we haue to vse you, did prouoke
1024 Our hastie sending. Something haue you heard
1025 Of Hamlets transformation: so I call it,
1026 Since not th'exterior, nor the inward man
1027 Resembles that it was. What it should bee
1028 More then his Fathers death, that thus hath put him
1029 So much from th'vnderstanding of himselfe,
1030 I cannot deeme of. I intreat you both,
1031 That being of so young dayes brought vp with him:
1032 And since so Neighbour'd to his youth, and humour,
1033 That you vouchsafe your rest heere in our Court
1034 Some little time: so by your Companies
1035 To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather
1036 So much as from Occasions you may gleane, 16
1037 That open'd lies within our remedie.
1038 Qu. Good Gentlemen, he hath much talk'd of you,
1039 And sure I am, two men there are not liuing,
1040 To whom he more adheres. If it will please you
1041 To shew vs so much Gentrie, and good will,
1042 As to expend your time with vs a-while,
1043 For the supply and profit of our Hope,
1044 Your Visitation shall receiue such thankes
1045 As fits a Kings remembrance.
1046 Rosin. Both your Maiesties
1047 Might by the Soueraigne power you haue of vs,
1048 Put your dread pleasures, more into Command
1049 Then to Entreatie.
1050 Guil. We both obey, 29
1051 And here giue vp our selues, in the full bent, 30
1052 To lay our Seruices freely at your feete, 31
1053 To be commanded.
1054 King. Thankes Rosincrance, and gentle
1055 Qu. Thankes Guildensterne and gentle
1056 And I beseech you instantly to visit
1057 My too much changed Sonne.
1058 Go some of ye,
1059 And bring the Gentlemen where Hamlet is. 37
1060 Guil. Heauens make our presence and our practises
1061 Pleasant and helpfull to him. Exit. 39
1062 Queene. Amen.
1063 Enter Polonius.
1064 Pol. Th'Ambassadors from Norwey, my good Lord,
1065 Are ioyfully return'd.
1066 King. Thou still hast bin the Father of good Newes.
1067 Pol. Haue I, my Lord? Assure you, my good Liege,
1068 I hold my dutie, as I hold my Soule,
1069 Both to my God, one to my gracious King:
1070 And I do thinke, or else this braine of mine
1071 Hunts not the traile of Policie, so sure
1072 As I haue vs'd to do: that I haue found
1073 The very cause of Hamlets Lunacie.
1074 King. Oh speake of that, that I do long to heare.
1075 Pol. Giue first admittance to th'Ambassadors,
1076 My Newes shall be the Newes to that great Feast.
1077 King. Thy selfe do grace to them, and bring them in.
1078 He tels me my sweet Queene, that he hath found
1079 The head and sourse of all your Sonnes distemper.
1080 Qu. I doubt it is no other, but the maine,
1081 His Fathers death, and our o're-hasty Marriage.
1082 Enter Polonius, Voltumand, and Cornelius.
1083 King. Well, we shall sift him. Welcome good Frends:
1084 Say Voltumand, what from our Brother Norwey?
1085 Volt. Most faire returne of Greetings, and Desires.
1086 Vpon our first, he sent out to suppresse
1087 His Nephewes Leuies, which to him appear'd
1088 To be a preparation 'gainst the Poleak:
1089 But better look'd into, he truly found
1090 It was against your Highnesse, whereat greeued,
1091 That so his Sicknesse, Age, and Impotence
1092 Was falsely borne in hand, sends out Arrests
1093 On Fortinbras, which he (in breefe) obeyes,
1094 Receiues rebuke from Norwey: and in fine,
1095 Makes Vow before his Vnkle, neuer more
1096 To giue th'assay of Armes against your Maiestie.
1097 Whereon old Norwey, ouercome with ioy,
1098 Giues him three thousand Crownes in Annuall Fee,
1099 And his Commission to imploy those Soldiers
1100 So leuied as before, against the Poleak:
1101 With an intreaty heerein further shewne,
1102 That it might please you to giue quiet passe
1103 Through your Dominions, for his Enterprize, 2.2.78
1104 On such regards of safety and allowance,
1105 As therein are set downe.
1106 King. It likes vs well:
1107 And at our more consider'd time wee'l read,
1108 Answer, and thinke vpon this Businesse.
1109 Meane time we thanke you, for your well-tooke Labour.
1110 Go to your rest, at night wee'l Feast together.
1111 Most welcome home. Exit Ambass.
1112 Pol. This businesse is very well ended.
1113 My Liege, and Madam, to expostulate
1114 What Maiestie should be, what Dutie is,
1115 Why day is day; night, night; and time is time,
1116 Were nothing but to waste Night, Day and Time.
1117 Therefore, since Breuitie is the Soule of Wit,
1118 And tediousnesse, the limbes and outward flourishes,
1119 I will be breefe. Your Noble Sonne is mad:
1120 Mad call I it; for to define true Madnesse,
1121 What is't, but to be nothing else but mad.
1122 But let that go.
1123 Qu. More matter, with lesse Art. 95
1124 Pol. Madam, I sweare I vse no Art at all: 96
1125 That he is mad, 'tis true: 'Tis true 'tis pittie, 97
1126 And pittie it is true: A foolish figure, 98
1127 But farewell it: for I will vse no Art. 99
1128 Mad let vs grant him then: and now remaines [oo3
1129 That we finde out the cause of this effect, 101
1130 Or rather say, the cause of this defect;
1131 For this effect defectiue, comes by cause,
1132 Thus it remaines, and the remainder thus. Perpend,
1133 I haue a daughter: haue, whil'st she is mine,
1134 Who in her Dutie and Obedience, marke,
1135 Hath giuen me this: now gather, and surmise.
1136 The Letter.
1137 To the Celestiall, and my Soules Idoll, the most beautified O- 110
1139 That's an ill Phrase, a vilde Phrase, beautified is a vilde
1140 Phrase: but you shall heare these in her excellent white
1141 bosome, these.
1142 Qu. Came this from Hamlet to her.
1143 Pol. Good Madam stay awhile, I will be faithfull.
1144 Doubt thou, the Starres are fire, 116
1145 Doubt, that the Sunne doth moue: 117
1146 Doubt Truth to be a Lier, 2.2.118
1147 But neuer Doubt, I loue. 119
1148 O deere Ophelia, I am ill at these Numbers: I haue not Art to
1149 reckon my grones; but that I loue thee best, oh most Best be-
1150 leeue it. Adieu. 122
1151 Thine euermore most deere Lady, whilst this 124
1152 Machine is to him, Hamlet.
1153 This in Obedience hath my daughter shew'd me:
1154 And more aboue hath his soliciting,
1155 As they fell out by Time, by Meanes, and Place,
1156 All giuen to mine eare.
1157 King. But how hath she receiu'd his Loue?
1158 Pol. What do you thinke of me?
1159 King. As of a man, faithfull and Honourable.
1160 Pol. I wold faine proue so. But what might you think?
1161 When I had seene this hot loue on the wing,
1162 As I perceiued it, I must tell you that
1163 Before my Daughter told me, what might you
1164 Or my deere Maiestie your Queene heere, think,
1165 If I had playd the Deske or Table-booke,
1166 Or giuen my heart a winking, mute and dumbe,
1167 Or look'd vpon this Loue, with idle sight,
1168 What might you thinke? No, I went round to worke,
1169 And (my yong Mistris) thus I did bespeake
1170 Lord Hamlet is a Prince out of thy Starre,
1171 This must not be: and then, I Precepts gaue her,
1172 That she should locke her selfe from his Resort,
1173 Admit no Messengers, receiue no Tokens:
1174 Which done, she tooke the Fruites of my Aduice,
1175 And he repulsed. A short Tale to make,
1176 Fell into a Sadnesse, then into a Fast,
1177 Thence to a Watch, thence into a Weaknesse,
1178 Thence to a Lightnesse, and by this declension
1179 Into the Madnesse whereon now he raues,
1180 And all we waile for.
1181 King. Do you thinke 'tis this? 151
1182 Qu. It may be very likely. 152
1183 Pol. Hath there bene such a time, I'de fain know that,
1184 That I haue possitiuely said, 'tis so,
1185 When it prou'd otherwise? 155
1186 King. Not that I know. 155
1187 Pol. Take this from this; if this be otherwise,
1188 If Circumstances leade me, I will finde
1189 Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeede 2.2.158
1190 Within the Center. 159
1191 King. How may we try it further? 159
1192 Pol. You know sometimes
1193 He walkes foure houres together, heere
1194 In the Lobby. 161
1195 Qu. So he ha's indeed. 161
1196 Pol. At such a time Ile loose my Daughter to him,
1197 Be you and I behinde an Arras then,
1198 Marke the encounter: If he loue her not,
1199 And be not from his reason falne thereon;
1200 Let me be no Assistant for a State,
1201 And keepe a Farme and Carters. 167
1202 King. We will try it.
1203 Enter Hamlet reading on a Booke.
1204 Qu. But looke where sadly the poore wretch
1205 Comes reading. 168
1206 Pol. Away I do beseech you, both away,
1207 Ile boord him presently. Exit King & Queen.
1208 Oh giue me leaue. How does my good Lord Hamlet? 171
1209 Ham. Well, God-a-mercy. 172
1210 Pol. Do you know me, my Lord? 173
1211 Ham. Excellent, excellent well: y'are a Fishmonger.
1212 Pol. Not I my Lord. 175
1213 Ham. Then I would you were so honest a man.
1214 Pol. Honest, my Lord?
1215 Ham. I sir, to be honest as this world goes, is to bee
1216 one man pick'd out of two thousand. 179
1217 Pol. That's very true, my Lord. 180
1218 Ham. For if the Sun breed Magots in a dead dogge,
1219 being a good kissing Carrion 182
1220 Haue you a daughter? 182
1221 Pol. I haue my Lord. 183
1222 Ham. Let her not walke i'th'Sunne: Conception is a
1223 blessing, but not as your daughter may conceiue. Friend
1224 looke too't. 186
1225 Pol. How say you by that? Still harping on my daugh-
1226 ter: yet he knew me not at first; he said I was a Fishmon-
1227 ger: he is farre gone, farre gone: and truly in my youth,
1228 I suffred much extreamity for loue: very neere this. Ile
1229 speake to him againe. What do you read my Lord? 191
1230 Ham. Words, words, words. 2.2.192
1231 Pol. What is the matter, my Lord? 193
1232 Ham. Betweene who? 194
1233 Pol. I meane the matter you meane, my Lord.
1234 Ham. Slanders Sir: for the Satyricall slaue saies here,
1235 that old men haue gray Beards; that their faces are wrin-
1236 kled; their eyes purging thicke Amber, or Plum-Tree
1237 Gumme: and that they haue a plentifull locke of Wit,
1238 together with weake Hammes. All which Sir, though I
1239 most powerfully, and potently beleeue; yet I holde it
1240 not Honestie to haue it thus set downe: For you your
1241 selfe Sir, should be old as I am, if like a Crab you could
1242 go backward. 204
1243 Pol. Though this be madnesse,
1244 Yet there is Method in't: will you walke
1245 Out of the ayre my Lord? 206
1246 Ham. Into my Graue? 207
1247 Pol. Indeed that is out o'th'Ayre:
1248 How pregnant (sometimes) his Replies are?
1249 A happinesse,
1250 That often Madnesse hits on,
1251 Which Reason and Sanitie could not
1252 So prosperously be deliuer'd of.
1253 I will leaue him,
1254 And sodainely contriue the meanes of meeting 212
1255 Betweene him, and my daughter. 213
1256 My Honourable Lord, I will most humbly 213
1257 Take my leaue of you. 214
1258 Ham. You cannot Sir take from me any thing, that I
1259 will more willingly part withall, except my life, my
1260 life. 217
1261 Polon. Fare you well my Lord. 218
1262 Ham. These tedious old fooles. 219
1263 Polon. You goe to seeke my Lord Hamlet; there
1264 hee is.
1265 Enter Rosincran and Guildensterne.
1266 Rosin. God saue you Sir. 221
1267 Guild. Mine honour'd Lord? 222
1268 Rosin. My most deare Lord? 223
1269 Ham. My excellent good friends? How do'st thou
1270 Guildensterne? Oh, Rosincrane; good Lads: How doe ye
1271 both? 226
1272 Rosin. As the indifferent Children of the earth.
1273 Guild. Happy, in that we are not ouer-happy: on For-
1274 tunes Cap, we are not the very Button. 229
1275 Ham. Nor the Soales of her Shoo? 230
1276 Rosin. Neither my Lord. 231
1277 Ham. Then you liue about her waste, or in the mid-
1278 dle of her fauour? 233
1279 Guil. Faith, her priuates, we. 234
1280 Ham. In the secret parts of Fortune? Oh, most true:
1281 she is a Strumpet. What's the newes? 236
1282 Rosin. None my Lord; but that the World's growne
1283 honest. 237
1284 Ham. Then is Doomesday neere: But your newes is
1285 not true. Let me question more in particular: what haue
1286 you my good friends, deserued at the hands of Fortune,
1287 that she sends you to Prison hither? 241
1288 Guil. Prison, my Lord? 242
1289 Ham. Denmark's a Prison.
1290 Rosin. Then is the World one. 244
1291 Ham. A goodly one, in which there are many Con-
1292 fines, Wards, and Dungeons; Denmarke being one o'th'
1293 worst. 247
1294 Rosin. We thinke not so my Lord. 248
1295 Ham. Why then 'tis none to you; for there is nothing
1296 either good or bad, but thinking makes it so: to me it is
1297 a prison. 251
1298 Rosin. Why then your Ambition makes it one: 'tis
1299 too narrow for your minde.
1300 Ham. O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and
1301 count my selfe a King of infinite space; were it not that
1302 I haue bad dreames.
1303 Guil. Which dreames indeed are Ambition: for the
1304 very substance of the Ambitious, is meerely the shadow
1305 of a Dreame. 259
1306 Ham. A dreame it selfe is but a shadow. 260
1307 Rosin. Truely, and I hold Ambition of so ayry and
1308 light a quality, that it is but a shadowes shadow. 262
1309 Ham. Then are our Beggers bodies; and our Mo-
1310 narchs and out-stretcht Heroes the Beggers Shadowes:
1311 shall wee to th'Court: for, by my fey I cannot rea-
1312 son? 265
1313 Both. Wee'l wait vpon you. 266
1314 Ham. No such matter. I will not sort you with the
1315 rest of my seruants: for to speake to you like an honest 2.2.268
1316 man: I am most dreadfully attended; but in the beaten
1317 way of friendship, What make you at Elsonower? 270
1318 Rosin. To visit you my Lord, no other occasion.
1319 Ham. Begger that I am, I am euen poore in thankes;
1320 but I thanke you: and sure deare friends my thanks
1321 are too deare a halfepeny; were you not sent for? Is it
1322 your owne inclining? Is it a free visitation? Come,
1323 deale iustly with me: come, come; nay speake. 276
1324 Guil. What should we say my Lord? 277
1325 Ham. Why any thing. But to the purpose; you were
1326 sent for; and there is a kinde confession in your lookes;
1327 which your modesties haue not craft enough to co-
1328 lor, I know the good King & Queene haue sent for you. 281
1329 Rosin. To what end my Lord? 282
1330 Ham. That you must teach me: but let mee coniure
1331 you by the rights of our fellowship, by the consonancy of
1332 our youth, by the Obligation of our euer-preserued loue,
1333 and by what more deare, a better proposer could charge
1334 you withall; be euen and direct with me, whether you
1335 were sent for or no. 288
1336 Rosin. What say you? 288
1337 Ham. Nay then I haue an eye of you: if you loue me
1338 hold not off. 291
1339 Guil. My Lord, we were sent for. 292
1340 Ham. I will tell you why; so shall my anticipation
1341 preuent your discouery of your secricie to the King and
1342 Queene: moult no feather, I haue of late, but wherefore
1343 I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all custome of ex-
1344 ercise; and indeed, it goes so heauenly with my dispositi-
1345 on; that this goodly frame the Earth, seemes to me a ster-
1346 rill Promontory; this most excellent Canopy the Ayre,
1347 look you, this braue ore-hanging, this Maiesticall Roofe,
1348 fretted with golden fire: why, it appeares no other thing
1349 to mee, then a foule and pestilent congregation of va-
1350 pours. What a piece of worke is a man! how Noble in
1351 Reason? how infinite in faculty? in forme and mouing
1352 how expresse and admirable? in Action, how like an An-
1353 gel? in apprehension, how like a God? the beauty of the
1354 world, the Parragon of Animals; and yet to me, what is
1355 this Quintessence of Dust? Man delights not me; no,
1356 nor Woman neither; though by your smiling you seeme
1357 to say so. 310
1358 Rosin. My Lord, there was no such stuffe in my
1359 thoughts. 312
1360 Ham. Why did you laugh, when I said, Man delights
1361 not me?
1362 Rosin. To thinke, my Lord, if you delight not in Man,
1363 what Lenton entertainment the Players shall receiue
1364 from you: wee coated them on the way, and hither are
1365 they comming to offer you Seruice.
1366 Ham. He that playes the King shall be welcome; his
1367 Maiesty shall haue Tribute of mee: the aduenturous
1368 Knight shal vse his Foyle and Target: the Louer shall
1369 not sigh gratis, the humorous man shall end his part in
1370 peace: the Clowne shall make those laugh whose lungs
1371 are tickled a'th'sere: and the Lady shall say her minde
1372 freely; or the blanke Verse shall halt for't: what Players
1373 are they?
1374 Rosin. Euen those you were wont to take delight in
1375 the Tragedians of the City.
1376 Ham. How chances it they trauaile? their resi-
1377 dence both in reputation and profit was better both
1379 Rosin. I thinke their Inhibition comes by the meanes
1380 of the late Innouation?
1381 Ham. Doe they hold the same estimation they did
1382 when I was in the City? Are they so follow'd?
1383 Rosin. No indeed, they are not.
1384 Ham. How comes it? doe they grow rusty?
1385 Rosin. Nay, their indeauour keepes in the wonted
1386 pace; But there is Sir an ayrie of Children, little
1387 Yases, that crye out on the top of question; and
1388 are most tyrannically clap't for't: these are now the
1389 fashion, and so be-ratled the common Stages (so they [oo4
1390 call them) that many wearing Rapiers, are affraide of
1391 Goose-quils, and dare scarse come thither.
1392 Ham. What are they Children? Who maintains 'em?
1393 How are they escoted? Will they pursue the Quality no
1394 longer then they can sing? Will they not say afterwards
1395 if they should grow themselues to common Players (as
1396 it is like most if their meanes are no better) their Wri-
1397 ters do them wrong, to make them exclaim against their
1398 owne Succession. 351
1399 Rosin. Faith there ha's bene much to do on both sides:
1400 and the Nation holds it no sinne, to tarre them to Con-
1401 trouersie. There was for a while, no mony bid for argu- 2.2.355
1402 ment, vnlesse the Poet and the Player went to Cuffes in
1403 the Question. 356
1404 Ham. Is't possible? 357
1405 Guild. Oh there ha's beene much throwing about of
1406 Braines. 359
1407 Ham. Do the Boyes carry it away? 360
1408 Rosin. I that they do my Lord, Hercules & his
load too. 362
1409 Ham. It is not strange: for mine Vnckle is King of
1410 Denmarke, and those that would make mowes at him
1411 while my Father liued; giue twenty, forty, an hundred
1412 Ducates a peece, for his picture in Little. There is some-
1413 thing in this more then Naturall, if Philosophie could
1414 finde it out.
1415 Flourish for the Players.
1416 Guil. There are the Players. 369
1417 Ham. Gentlemen, you are welcom to Elsonower: your
1418 hands, come: The appurtenance of Welcome, is Fashion
1419 and Ceremony. Let me comply with you in the Garbe,
1420 lest my extent to the Players (which I tell you must shew
1421 fairely outward) should more appeare like entertainment
1422 then yours. You are welcome: but my Vnckle Father,
1423 and Aunt Mother are deceiu'd. 376
1424 Guil. In what my deere Lord? 377
1425 Ham. I am but mad North, North-West: when the
1426 Winde is Southerly, I know a Hawke from a Handsaw.
1427 Enter Polonius.
1428 Pol. Well be with you Gentlemen. 380
1429 Ham. Hearke you Guildensterne, and you too: at each
1430 eare a hearer: that great Baby you see there, is not yet
1431 out of his swathing clouts. 383
1432 Rosin. Happily he's the second time come to them: for
1433 they say, an old man is twice a childe. 385
1434 Ham. I will Prophesie. Hee comes to tell me of the
1435 Players. Mark it, you say right Sir: for a Monday mor-
1436 ning 'twas so indeed. 388
1437 Pol. My Lord, I haue Newes to tell you. 389
1438 Ham. My Lord, I haue Newes to tell you.
1439 When Rossius an Actor in Rome
1440 Pol. The Actors are come hither my Lord. 392
1441 Ham. Buzze, buzze. 393
1442 Pol. Vpon mine Honor. 394
1443 Ham. Then can each Actor on his Asse 395
1444 Polon. The best Actors in the world, either for Trage-
1445 die, Comedie, Historie, Pastorall: Pastoricall-Comicall-
1446 Historicall-Pastorall: Tragicall-Historicall: Tragicall-
1447 Comicall-Historicall-Pastorall: Scene indiuible, or Po-
1448 em vnlimited. Seneca cannot be too heauy, nor Plautus 400
1449 too light, for the law of Writ, and the Liberty. These are
1450 the onely men. 402
1451 Ham. O Iephta Iudge of Israel, what a Treasure
1452 thou? 404
1453 Pol. What a Treasure had he, my Lord? 405
1454 Ham. Why one faire Daughter, and no more,
1455 The which he loued passing well. 408
1456 Pol. Still on my Daughter. 409
1457 Ham. Am I not i'th'right old Iephta?
1458 Polon. If you call me Iephta my Lord, I haue a
1459 ter that I loue passing well. 412
1460 Ham. Nay that followes not. 413
1461 Polon. What followes then, my Lord? 414
1462 Ha. Why, As by lot, God wot: and then you know, It
1463 came to passe, as most like it was: The first rowe of the 419
1464 Pons Chanson will shew you more. For looke where my
1465 Abridgements come.
1466 Enter foure or fiue Players.
1467 Y'are welcome Masters, welcome all. I am glad to see
1468 thee well: Welcome good Friends. O my olde Friend?
1469 Thy face is valiant since I saw thee last: Com'st thou to
1470 beard me in Denmarke? What, my yong Lady and Mi-
1471 stris? Byrlady your Ladiship is neerer Heauen then when
1472 I saw you last, by the altitude of a Choppine. Pray God
1473 your voice like a peece of vncurrant Gold be not crack'd
1474 within the ring. Masters, you are all welcome: wee'l e'ne
1475 to't like French Faulconers, flie at any thing we see: wee'l
1476 haue a Speech straight. Come giue vs a tast of your qua-
1477 lity: come, a passionate speech.
1478 1. Play. What speech, my Lord? 433
1479 Ham. I heard thee speak me a speech once, but it was
1480 neuer Acted: or if it was, not aboue once, for the Play I
1481 remember pleas'd not the Million, 'twas Cauiarie to the
1482 Generall: but it was (as I receiu'd it, and others, whose
1483 iudgement in such matters, cried in the top of mine) an
1484 excellent Play; well digested in the Scoenes, set downe
1485 with as much modestie, as cunning. I remember one said,
1486 there was no Sallets in the lines, to make the matter sa-
1487 uoury; nor no matter in the phrase, that might indite the 2.2.443
1488 Author of affectation, but cal'd it an honest method. One
1489 cheefe Speech in it, I cheefely lou'd, 'twas Aeneas Tale
1490 to Dido, and thereabout of it especially, where he speaks
1491 of Priams slaughter. If it liue in your memory, begin at
1492 this Line, let me see, let me see: The rugged Pyrrhus like
1493 th'Hyrcanian Beast. It is not so: it begins with Pyrrhus
1494 The rugged Pyrrhus, he whose Sable Armes
1495 Blacke as his purpose, did the night resemble
1496 When he lay couched in the Ominous Horse,
1497 Hath now this dread and blacke Complexion smear'd
1498 With Heraldry more dismall: Head to foote
1499 Now is he to take Geulles, horridly Trick'd
1500 With blood of Fathers, Mothers, Daughters, Sonnes,
1501 Bak'd and impasted with the parching streets,
1502 That lend a tyrannous, and damned light
1503 To their vilde Murthers, roasted in wrath and fire,
1504 And thus o're-sized with coagulate gore,
1505 VVith eyes like Carbuncles, the hellish Pyrrhus 463
1506 Old Grandsire Priam seekes. 464
1507 Pol. Fore God, my Lord, well spoken, with good ac-
1508 cent, and good discretion.
1509 1.Player. Anon he findes him,
1510 Striking too short at Greekes. His anticke Sword,
1511 Rebellious to his Arme, lyes where it falles
1512 Repugnant to command: vnequall match, 471
1513 Pyrrhus at Priam driues, in Rage strikes wide:
1514 But with the whiffe and winde of his fell Sword,
1515 Th'vnnerued Father fals. Then senselesse Illium,
1516 Seeming to feele his blow, with flaming top
1517 Stoopes to his Bace, and with a hideous crash
1518 Takes Prisoner Pyrrhus eare. For loe, his Sword
1519 Which was declining on the Milkie head
1520 Of Reuerend Priam, seem'd i'th'Ayre to sticke:
1521 So as a painted Tyrant Pyrrhus stood, [oo4[v]
1522 And like a Newtrall to his will and matter, did nothing. 482
1523 But as we often see against some storme, 483[
]1524 A silence in the Heauens, the Racke stand still, 484
1525 The bold windes speechlesse, and the Orbe below 485
1526 As hush as death: Anon the dreadfull Thunder 486
1527 Doth rend the Region. So after Pyrrhus pause, [ ]
1528 A rowsed Vengeance sets him new a-worke, 488[
1529 And neuer did the Cyclops hammers fall 2.2.489
1530 On Mars his Armours, forg'd for proofe Eterne, 490
1531 With lesse remorse then Pyrrhus bleeding sword 491
1532 Now falles on Priam. 492
1533 Out, out, thou Strumpet-Fortune, all you Gods, 493
1534 In generall Synod take away her power: 494
1535 Breake all the Spokes and Fallies from her wheele, 495 ]
1536 And boule the round Naue downe the hill of Heauen, 496
1537 As low as to the Fiends. 497
1538 Pol. This is too long. 498
1539 Ham. It shall to'th Barbars, with your beard. Pry- 500
1540 thee say on: He's for a Iigge, or a tale of Baudry, or hee 500
1541 sleepes. Say on; come to Hecuba. 501
[ ]1542 1.Play. But who, O who, had seen the
inobled Queen. 502
[ ]1543 Ham. The inobled Queene? 503
1544 Pol. That's good: Inobled Queene is good. 504
1545 1.Play. Run bare-foot vp and downe, 505
1546 Threatning the flame 505
1547 With Bisson Rheume: A clout about that head, 506
1548 Where late the Diadem stood, and for a Robe
1549 About her lanke and all ore-teamed Loines,
1550 A blanket in th'Alarum of feare caught vp.
1551 Who this had seene, with tongue in Venome steep'd,
1552 'Gainst Fortunes State, would Treason haue pronounc'd?
1553 But if the Gods themselues did see her then,
1554 When she saw Pyrrhus make malicious sport 51[3
]1555 In mincing with his Sword her Husbands limbes,
1556 The instant Burst of Clamour that she made
1557 (Vnlesse things mortall moue them not at all)
1558 Would haue made milche the Burning eyes of Heauen,
1559 And passion in the Gods.
1560 Pol. Looke where he ha's not turn'd his colour, and
1561 ha's teares in's eyes. Pray you no more.
1562 Ham. 'Tis well, Ile haue thee speake out the rest,
1563 soone. Good my Lord, will you see the Players wel be-
1564 stow'd. Do ye heare, let them be well vs'd: for they are
[ 1565 the Abstracts and breefe Chronicles of the time. After
1566 your death, you were better haue a bad Epitaph, then 526
1567 their ill report while you liued. 526
1568 Pol. My Lord, I will vse them according to their de- 528
1569 sart. 2.2.528
1570 Ham. Gods bodykins man, better. Vse euerie man 530
1571 after his desart, and who should scape whipping: vse 531
1572 them after your own Honor and Dignity. The lesse they 532
1573 deserue, the more merit is in your bountie. Take them 533
1574 in. 533
1575 Pol. Come sirs. Exit Polon. 534
1576 Ham. Follow him Friends: wee'l heare a play to mor- 536
1577 row. Dost thou heare me old Friend, can you play the 537
1578 murther of Gonzago? 538
1579 Play. I my Lord. 539
1580 Ham. Wee'l ha't to morrow night. You could for a 541
1581 need study a speech of some dosen or sixteene lines, which 542
1582 I would set downe, and insert in't? Could ye not? 543
1583 Play. I my Lord. 544
1584 Ham. Very well. Follow that Lord, and looke you 545
1585 mock him not. My good Friends, Ile leaue you til night 547
1586 you are welcome to Elsonower? 547 ]
1587 Rossin. Good my Lord. Exeunt.
1588 Manet Hamlet.
1589 Ham. I so, God buy'ye: Now I am alone.
1590 Oh what a Rogue and Pesant slaue am I?
1591 Is it not monstrous that this Player heere,
1592 But in a Fixion, in a dreame of Passion,
1593 Could force his soule so to his whole conceit,
1594 That from her working, all his visage warm'd;
1595 Teares in his eyes, distraction in's Aspect,
1596 A broken voyce, and his whole Function suiting
1597 With Formes, to his Conceit? And all for nothing?
1598 For Hecuba?
1599 What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba, 559
1600 That he should weepe for her? What would he doe, 560
1601 Had he the Motiue and the Cue for passion 561
1602 That I haue? He would drowne the Stage with teares, 562
1603 And cleaue the generall eare with horrid speech: 563
1604 Make mad the guilty, and apale the free, 564
1605 Confound the ignorant, and amaze indeed,
1606 The very faculty of Eyes and Eares. Yet I,
1607 A dull and muddy-metled Rascall, peake
1608 Like Iohn a-dreames, vnpregnant of my cause,
1609 And can say nothing: No, not for a King,
1610 Vpon whose property, and most deere life,
1611 A damn'd defeate was made. Am I a Coward? 2.2.571
1612 Who calles me Villaine? breakes my pate a-crosse?
1613 Pluckes off my Beard, and blowes it in my face?
1614 Tweakes me by'th'Nose? giues me the Lye i'th'Throate,
1615 As deepe as to the Lungs? Who does me this?
1616 Ha? Why I should take it: for it cannot be,
1617 But I am Pigeon-Liuer'd, and lacke Gall
1618 To make Oppression bitter, or ere this,
1619 I should haue fatted all the Region Kites
1620 With this Slaues Offall, bloudy: a Bawdy villaine,
1621 Remorselesse, Treacherous, Letcherous, kindles villaine!
1622 Oh Vengeance!
1623 Who? What an Asse am I? I sure, this is most braue,
1624 That I, the Sonne of the Deere murthered,
1625 Prompted to my Reuenge by Heauen, and Hell,
1626 Must (like a Whore) vnpacke my heart with words,
1627 And fall a Cursing like a very Drab,
1628 A Scullion? Fye vpon't: Foh. About my Braine.
1629 I haue heard, that guilty Creatures sitting at a Play,
1630 Haue by the very cunning of the Scoene,
1631 Bene strooke so to the soule, that presently
1632 They haue proclaim'd their Malefactions.
1633 For Murther, though it haue no tongue, will speake
1634 With most myraculous Organ. Ile haue these Players,
1635 Play something like the murder of my Father,
1636 Before mine Vnkle. Ile obserue his lookes,
1637 Ile tent him to the quicke: If he but blench
1638 I know my course. The Spirit that I haue seene
1639 May be the Diuell, and the Diuel hath power
1640 T'assume a pleasing shape, yea and perhaps
1641 Out of my Weaknesse, and my Melancholly,
1642 As he is very potent with such Spirits,
1643 Abuses me to damne me. Ile haue grounds
1644 More Relatiue then this: The Play's the thing,
1645 Wherein Ile catch the Conscience of the King. Exit
1646 Enter King, Queene, Polonius, Ophelia, Ro-
1647 sincrance, Guildenstern, and Lords.
1648 King. And can you by no drift of circumstance 3.1.1
1649 Get from him why he puts on this Confusion:
1650 Grating so harshly all his dayes of quiet
1651 With turbulent and dangerous Lunacy. [oo5
1652 Rosin. He does confesse he feeles himselfe distracted,
1653 But from what cause he will by no meanes speake.
1654 Guil. Nor do we finde him forward to be sounded,
1655 But with a crafty Madnesse keepes aloofe:
1656 When we would bring him on to some Confession
1657 Of his true state.
1658 Qu. Did he receiue you well?
1659 Rosin. Most like a Gentleman.
1660 Guild. But with much forcing of his disposition.
1661 Rosin. Niggard of question, but of our demands
1662 Most free in his reply.
1663 Qu. Did you assay him to any pastime?
1664 Rosin. Madam, it so fell out, that certaine Players
1665 We ore-wrought on the way: of these we told him,
1666 And there did seeme in him a kinde of ioy
1667 To heare of it: They are about the Court,
1668 And (as I thinke) they haue already order
1669 This night to play before him.
1670 Pol. 'Tis most true:
1671 And he beseech'd me to intreate your Maiesties
1672 To heare, and see the matter.
1673 King. With all my heart, and it doth much content me
1674 To heare him so inclin'd. Good Gentlemen,
1675 Giue him a further edge, and driue his purpose on
1676 To these delights.
1677 Rosin. We shall my Lord. Exeunt.
1678 King. Sweet Gertrude leaue vs too,
1679 For we haue closely sent for Hamlet hither,
1680 That he, as 'twere by accident, may there
1681 Affront Ophelia. Her Father, and my selfe (lawful espials)
1682 Will so bestow our selues, that seeing vnseene
1683 We may of their encounter frankely iudge,
1684 And gather by him, as he is behaued,
1685 If't be th'affliction of his loue, or no.
1686 That thus he suffers for.
1687 Qu. I shall obey you,
1688 And for your part Ophelia, I do wish
1689 That your good Beauties be the happy cause
1690 Of Hamlets wildenesse: so shall I hope your Vertues
1691 Will bring him to his wonted way againe,
1692 To both your Honors.
1693 Ophe. Madam, I wish it may.
1694 Pol. Ophelia, walke you heere. Gracious so please ye
1695 We will bestow our selues: Reade on this booke, 3.1.43
1696 That shew of such an exercise may colour
1697 Your lonelinesse. We are oft too blame in this,
1698 'Tis too much prou'd, that with Deuotions visage,
1699 And pious Action, we do surge o're
1700 The diuell himselfe.
1701 King. Oh 'tis true:
1702 How smart a lash that speech doth giue my Conscience?
1703 The Harlots Cheeke beautied with plaist'ring Art
1704 Is not more vgly to the thing that helpes it,
1705 Then is my deede, to my most painted word.
1706 Oh heauie burthen!
1707 Pol. I heare him comming, let's withdraw my Lord.
1709 Enter Hamlet.
1710 Ham. To be, or not to be, that is the Question:
1711 Whether 'tis Nobler in the minde to suffer
1712 The Slings and Arrowes of outragious Fortune,
1713 Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles,
1714 And by opposing end them: to dye, to sleepe
1715 No more; and by a sleepe, to say we end
1716 The Heart-ake, and the thousand Naturall shockes
1717 That Flesh is heyre too? 'Tis a consummation
1718 Deuoutly to be wish'd. To dye to sleepe,
1719 To sleepe, perchance to Dreame; I, there's the rub,
1720 For in that sleepe of death, what dreames may come,
1721 When we haue shufflel'd off this mortall coile,
1722 Must giue vs pawse. There's the respect
1723 That makes Calamity of so long life:
1724 For who would beare the Whips and Scornes of time,
1725 The Oppressors wrong, the poore mans Contumely,
1726 The pangs of dispriz'd Loue, the Lawes delay,
1727 The insolence of Office, and the Spurnes
1728 That patient merit of the vnworthy takes,
1729 When he himselfe might his Quietus make
1730 With a bare Bodkin? Who would these Fardles beare
1731 To grunt and sweat vnder a weary life,
1732 But that the dread of something after death,
1733 The vndiscouered Countrey, from whose Borne
1734 No Traueller returnes, Puzels the will,
1735 And makes vs rather beare those illes we haue,
1736 Then flye to others that we know not of.
1737 Thus Conscience does make Cowards of vs all,
1738 And thus the Natiue hew of Resolution 3.1.83
1739 Is sicklied o're, with the pale cast of Thought,
1740 And enterprizes of great pith and moment,
1741 With this regard their Currants turne away,
1742 And loose the name of Action. Soft you now,
1743 The faire Ophelia? Nimph, in thy Orizons
1744 Be all my sinnes remembred.
1745 Ophe. Good my Lord,
1746 How does your Honor for this many a day?
1747 Ham. I humbly thanke you: well, well, well.
1748 Ophe. My Lord, I haue Remembrances of yours,
1749 That I haue longed long to re-deliuer.
1750 I pray you now, receiue them.
1751 Ham. No, no, I neuer gaue you ought.
1752 Ophe. My honor'd Lord, I know right well you did,
1753 And with them words of so sweet breath compos'd,
1754 As made the things more rich, then perfume left:
1755 Take these againe, for to the Noble minde
1756 Rich gifts wax poore, when giuers proue vnkinde.
1757 There my Lord.
1758 Ham. Ha, ha: Are you honest?
1759 Ophe. My Lord.
1760 Ham. Are you faire?
1761 Ophe. What meanes your Lordship?
1762 Ham. That if you be honest and faire, your Honesty
1763 should admit no discourse to your Beautie.
1764 Ophe. Could Beautie my Lord, haue better Comerce
1765 then your Honestie?
1766 Ham. I trulie: for the power of Beautie, will sooner
1767 transforme Honestie from what it is, to a Bawd, then the
1768 force of Honestie can translate Beautie into his likenesse.
1769 This was sometime a Paradox, but now the time giues it
1770 proofe. I did loue you once.
1771 Ophe. Indeed my Lord, you made me beleeue so.
1772 Ham. You should not haue beleeued me. For vertue
1773 cannot so innocculate our old stocke, but we shall rellish
1774 of it. I loued you not.
1775 Ophe. I was the more deceiued.
1776 Ham. Get thee to a Nunnerie. Why would'st thou
1777 be a breeder of Sinners? I am my selfe indifferent honest,
1778 but yet I could accuse me of such things, that it were bet-
1779 ter my Mother had not borne me. I am very prowd, re-
1780 uengefull, Ambitious, with more offences at my becke,
1781 then I haue thoughts to put them in imagination, to giue 3.1.126
1782 them shape, or time to acte them in. What should such
1783 Fellowes as I do, crawling betweene Heauen and Earth. [oo5[v]
1784 We are arrant Knaues all, beleeue none of vs. Goe thy
1785 wayes to a Nunnery. Where's your Father?
1786 Ophe. At home, my Lord.
1787 Ham. Let the doores be shut vpon him, that he may
1788 play the Foole no way, but in's owne house. Farewell.
1789 Ophe. O helpe him, you sweet Heauens.
1790 Ham. If thou doest Marry, Ile giue thee this Plague
1791 for thy Dowrie. Be thou as chast as Ice, as pure as Snow,
1792 thou shalt not escape Calumny. Get thee to a Nunnery.
1793 Go, Farewell. Or if thou wilt needs Marry, marry a fool:
1794 for Wise men know well enough, what monsters you
1795 make of them. To a Nunnery go, and quickly too. Far-
1797 Ophe. O heauenly Powers, restore him.
1798 Ham. I haue heard of your pratlings too wel enough.
1799 God has giuen you one pace, and you make your selfe an-
1800 other: you gidge, you amble, and you lispe, and nickname
1801 Gods creatures, and make your Wantonnesse, your Ig-
1802 norance. Go too, Ile no more on't, it hath made me mad.
1803 I say, we will haue no more Marriages. Those that are
1804 married already, all but one shall liue, the rest shall keep
1805 as they are. To a Nunnery, go. Exit Hamlet.
1806 Ophe. O what a Noble minde is heere o're-throwne?
1807 The Courtiers, Soldiers, Schollers: Eye, tongue, sword,
1808 Th'expectansie and Rose of the faire State,
1809 The glasse of Fashion, and the mould of Forme,
1810 Th'obseru'd of all Obseruers, quite, quite downe.
1811 Haue I of Ladies most deiect and wretched,
1812 That suck'd the Honie of his Musicke Vowes:
1813 Now see that Noble, and most Soueraigne Reason,
1814 Like sweet Bels iangled out of tune, and harsh,
1815 That vnmatch'd Forme and Feature of blowne youth,
1816 Blasted with extasie. Oh woe is me,
1817 T'haue seene what I haue seene: see what I see.
1818 Enter King, and Polonius.
1819 King. Loue? His affections do not that way tend,
1820 Nor what he spake, though it lack'd Forme a little,
1821 Was not like Madnesse. There's something in his soule?
1822 O're which his Melancholly sits on brood,
1823 And I do doubt the hatch, and the disclose 3.1.166
1824 Will be some danger, which to preuent
1825 I haue in quicke determination
1826 Thus set it downe. He shall with speed to England
1827 For the demand of our neglected Tribute:
1828 Haply the Seas and Countries different
1829 With variable Obiects, shall expell
1830 This something setled matter in his heart:
1831 Whereon his Braines still beating, puts him thus
1832 From fashion of himselfe. What thinke you on't?
1833 Pol. It shall do well. But yet do I beleeue
1834 The Origin and Commencement of this greefe
1835 Sprung from neglected loue. How now Ophelia?
1836 You neede not tell vs, what Lord Hamlet saide,
1837 We heard it all. My Lord, do as you please,
1838 But if you hold it fit after the Play,
1839 Let his Queene Mother all alone intreat him
1840 To shew his Greefes: let her be round with him,
1841 And Ile be plac'd so, please you in the eare
1842 Of all their Conference. If she finde him not,
1843 To England send him: Or confine him where
1844 Your wisedome best shall thinke.
1845 King. It shall be so:
1846 Madnesse in great Ones, must not vnwatch'd go.
1848 Enter Hamlet, and two or three of the Players.
1849 Ham. Speake the Speech I pray you, as I pronounc'd
1850 it to you trippingly on the Tongue: But if you mouth it,
1851 as many of your Players do, I had as liue the Town-Cryer
1852 had spoke my Lines: Nor do not saw the Ayre too much
1853 your hand thus, but vse all gently; for in the verie Tor-
1854 rent, Tempest, and (as I may say) the Whirle-winde of
1855 Passion, you must acquire and beget a Temperance that
1856 may giue it Smoothnesse. O it offends mee to the Soule,
1857 to see a robustious Pery-wig-pated Fellow, teare a Passi-
1858 on to tatters, to verie ragges, to split the eares of the
1859 Groundlings: who (for the most part) are capeable of
1860 nothing, but inexplicable dumbe shewes, & noise: I could
1861 haue such a Fellow whipt for o're-doing Termagant: it
1862 out-Herod's Herod. Pray you auoid it.
1863 Player. I warrant your Honor.
1864 Ham. Be not too tame neyther: but let your owne
1865 Discretion be your Tutor. Sute the Action to the Word,
1866 the Word to the Action, with this speciall obseruance:
1867 That you ore-stop not the modestie of Nature; for any
1868 thing so ouer-done, is frthe purpose of Playing, whose
1869 end both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as 'twer
1870 the Mirrour vp to Nature; to shew Vertue her owne
1871 Feature, Scorne her owne Image, and the verie Age and
1872 Bodie of the Time, his forme and pressure. Now, this
1873 ouer-done, or come tardie off, though it make the vnskil-
1874 full laugh, cannot but make the Iudicious greeue; The
1875 censure of the which One, must in your allowance o're-
1876 way a whole Theater of Others. Oh, there bee Players
1877 that I haue seene Play, and heard others praise, and that
1878 highly (not to speake it prophanely) that neyther hauing
1879 the accent of Christians, nor the gate of Christian, Pagan,
1880 or Norman, haue so strutted and bellowed, that I haue
1881 thought some of Natures Iouerney-men had made men,
1882 and not made them well, they imitated Humanity so ab-
1884 Play. I hope we haue reform'd that indifferently with
1885 vs, Sir.
1886 Ham. O reforme it altogether. And let those that
1887 play your Clownes, speake no more then is set downe for
1888 them. For there be of them, that will themselues laugh,
1889 to set on some quantitie of barren Spectators to laugh
1890 too, though in the meane time, some necessary Question
1891 of the Play be then to be considered: that's Villanous, &
1892 shewes a most pittifull Ambition in the Foole that vses
1893 it. Go make you readie. Exit Players.
1894 Enter Polonius, Rosincrance, and Guildensterne.
1895 How now my Lord,
1896 Will the King heare this peece of Worke?
1897 Pol. And the Queene too, and that presently.
1898 Ham. Bid the Players make hast. Exit Polonius.
1899 Will you two helpe to hasten them?
1900 Both. We will my Lord. Exeunt.
1901 Enter Horatio.
1902 Ham. What hoa, Horatio?
1903 Hora. Heere sweet Lord, at your Seruice.
1904 Ham. Horatio, thou art eene as iust a man
1905 As ere my Conuersation coap'd withall. 3.2.55
1906 Hora. O my deere Lord.
1907 Ham. Nay, do not thinke I flatter:
1908 For what aduancement may I hope from thee,
1909 That no Reuennew hast, but thy good spirits
1910 To feed & cloath thee. Why shold the poor be flatter'd? [oo6
1911 No, let the Candied tongue, like absurd pompe,
1912 And crooke the pregnant Hindges of the knee,
1913 Where thrift may follow faining? Dost thou heare,
1914 Since my deere Soule was Mistris of my choyse,
1915 And could of men distinguish, her election
1916 Hath seal'd thee for her selfe. For thou hast bene
1917 As one in suffering all, that suffers nothing.
1918 A man that Fortunes buffets, and Rewards
1919 Hath 'tane with equall Thankes. And blest are those,
1920 Whose Blood and Iudgement are so well co-mingled,
1921 That they are not a Pipe for Fortunes finger,
1922 To sound what stop she please. Giue me that man,
1923 That is not Passions Slaue, and I will weare him
1924 In my hearts Core: I, in my Heart of heart,
1925 As I do thee. Something too much of this.
1926 There is a Play to night before the King,
1927 One Scoene of it comes neere the Circumstance
1928 Which I haue told thee, of my Fathers death.
1929 I prythee, when thou see'st that Acte a-foot,
1930 Euen with the verie Comment of my Soule
1931 Obserue mine Vnkle: If his occulted guilt,
1932 Do not it selfe vnkennell in one speech,
1933 It is a damned Ghost that we haue seene:
1934 And my Imaginations are as foule
1935 As Vulcans Stythe. Giue him needfull note,
1936 For I mine eyes will riuet to his Face:
1937 And after we will both our iudgements ioyne,
1938 To censure of his seeming.
1939 Hora. Well my Lord.
1940 If he steale ought the whil'st this Play is Playing,
1941 And scape detecting, I will pay the Theft.
1942 Enter King, Queene, Polonius, Ophelia, Rosincrance,
1943 Guildensterne, and other Lords attendant, with
1944 his Guard carrying Torches. Danish
1945 March. Sound a Flourish.
1946 Ham. They are comming to the Play: I must be idle.
1947 Get you a place.
1948 King. How fares our Cosin Hamlet?
1949 Ham. Excellent Ifaith, of the Camelions dish: I eate
1950 the Ayre promise-cramm'd, you cannot feed Capons so.
1951 King. I haue nothing with this answer Hamlet, these
1952 words are not mine.
1953 Ham. No, nor mine. Now my Lord, you plaid once
1954 i'th'Vniuersity, you say?
1955 Pol. That I did my Lord, and was accounted a good
1957 Ham. And what did you enact?
1958 Pol. I did enact Iulius Cæsar, I was kill'd
1959 Brutus kill'd me.
1960 Ham. It was a bruite part of him, to kill so Capitall a
1961 Calfe there. Be the Players ready?
1962 Rosin. I my Lord, they stay vpon your patience.
1963 Qu. Come hither my good Hamlet, sit by me.
1964 Ha. No good Mother, here's Mettle more attractiue.
1965 Pol. Oh, ho, do you marke that?
1966 Ham. Ladie, shall I lye in your Lap?
1967 Ophe. No my Lord.
1968 Ham. I meane, my Head vpon your Lap?
1969 Ophe. I my Lord.
1970 Ham. Do you thinke I meant Country matters?
1971 Ophe. I thinke nothing, my Lord.
1972 Ham. That's a faire thought to ly between Maids legs
1973 Ophe. What is my Lord?
1974 Ham. Nothing.
1975 Ophe. You are merrie, my Lord?
1976 Ham. Who I?
1977 Ophe. I my Lord.
1978 Ham. Oh God, your onely Iigge-maker: what should
1979 a man do, but be merrie. For looke you how cheereful-
1980 ly my Mother lookes, and my Father dyed within's two
1982 Ophe. Nay, 'tis twice two moneths, my Lord.
1983 Ham. So long? Nay then let the Diuel weare blacke,
1984 for Ile haue a suite of Sables. Oh Heauens! dye two mo-
1985 neths ago, and not forgotten yet? Then there's hope, a
1986 great mans Memorie, may out-liue his life halfe a yeare:
1987 But byrlady he must builde Churches then: or else shall
1988 he suffer not thinking on, with the Hoby-horsse, whose
1989 Epitaph is, For o, For o, the Hoby-horse is forgot. 3.2.135
1990 Hoboyes play. The dumbe shew enters.
1991 Enter a King and Queene, very louingly; the Queene embra-
1992 cing him. She kneeles, and makes shew of Protestation vnto
1993 him. He takes her vp, and declines his head vpon her neck.
1994 Layes him downe vpon a Banke of Flowers. She seeing him
1995 a-sleepe, leaues him. Anon comes in a Fellow, takes off his
1996 Crowne, kisses it, and powres poyson in the Kings eares, and
1997 Exits. The Queene returnes, findes the King dead, and
1998 makes passionate Action. The Poysoner, with some two or
1999 three Mutes comes in againe, seeming to lament with her.
2000 The dead body is carried away: The Poysoner Wooes the
2001 Queene with Gifts, she seemes loath and vnwilling awhile,
2002 but in the end, accepts his loue. Exeunt
2003 Ophe. What meanes this, my Lord?
2004 Ham. Marry this is Miching Malicho, that meanes
2006 Ophe. Belike this shew imports the Argument of the
2008 Ham. We shall know by these Fellowes: the Players
2009 cannot keepe counsell, they'l tell all.
2010 Ophe. Will they tell vs what this shew meant?
2011 Ham. I, or any shew that you'l shew him. Bee not
2012 you asham'd to shew, hee'l not shame to tell you what it
2014 Ophe. You are naught, you are naught, Ile marke the
2016 Enter Prologue.
2017 For vs, and for our Tragedie, 149
2018 Heere stooping to your Clemencie: 150
2019 We begge your hearing Patientlie.
2020 Ham. Is this a Prologue, or the Poesie of a Ring?
2021 Ophe. 'Tis briefe my Lord.
2022 Ham. As Womans loue.
2023 Enter King and his Queene.
2024 King. Full thirtie times hath Phoebus Cart gon round,
2025 Neptunes salt Wash, and Tellus Orbed ground:
2026 And thirtie dozen Moones with borrowed sheene,
2027 About the World haue times twelue thirties beene,
2028 Since loue our hearts, and Hymen did our hands
2029 Vnite comutuall, in most sacred Bands. 3.2.160
2030 Bap. So many iournies may the Sunne and Moone
2031 Make vs againe count o're, ere loue be done.
2032 But woe is me, you are so sicke of late,
2033 So farre from cheere, and from your forme state,
2034 That I distrust you: yet though I distrust,
2035 Discomfort you (my Lord) it nothing must:
2036 For womens Feare and Loue, holds quantitie,
2037 In neither ought, or in extremity: [oo6[v
2038 Now what my loue is, proofe hath made you know, 169
2039 And as my Loue is siz'd, my Feare is so. 170
2040 King. Faith I must leaue thee Loue, and shortly too: 173
2041 My operant Powers my Functions leaue to do: 174
2042 And thou shalt liue in this faire world behinde, 175
2043 Honour'd, belou'd, and haply, one as kinde. 176
2044 For Husband shalt thou 177
2045 Bap. Oh confound the rest: 177
2046 Such Loue, must needs be Treason in my brest: 178
2047 In second Husband, let me be accurst, 179
2048 None wed the second, but who kill'd the first. 180
2049 Ham. Wormwood, Wormwood. 181
2050 Bapt. The instances that second Marriage moue, 182
2051 Are base respects of Thrift, but none of Loue. 183
2052 A second time, I kill my Husband dead, 184
2053 When second Husband kisses me in Bed. 185
2054 King. I do beleeue you. Think what now you speak: 186
2055 But what we do determine, oft we breake: 187
2056 Purpose is but the slaue to Memorie, 188
2057 Of violent Birth, but poore validitie: 189
2058 Which now like Fruite vnripe stickes on the Tree, 190
2059 But fall vnshaken, when they mellow bee. 191
2060 Most necessary 'tis, that we forget 192
2061 To pay our selues, what to our selues is debt: 193
2062 What to our selues in passion we propose, 194
2063 The passion ending, doth the purpose lose. 195
2064 The violence of other Greefe or Ioy, 196
2065 Their owne ennactors with themselues destroy: 197
2066 Where Ioy most Reuels, Greefe doth most lament; 198
2067 Greefe ioyes, Ioy greeues on slender accident. 199
2068 This world is not for aye, nor 'tis not strange 200
2069 That euen our Loues should with our Fortunes change. 201
2070 For 'tis a question left vs yet to proue, 3.2.202
2071 Whether Loue lead Fortune, or else Fortune Loue. 203
2072 The great man downe, you marke his fauourites flies, 204
2073 The poore aduanc'd, makes Friends of Enemies: 205
2074 And hitherto doth Loue on Fortune tend, 206
2075 For who not needs, shall neuer lacke a Frend: 207
2076 And who in want a hollow Friend doth try, 208
2077 Directly seasons him his Enemie. 209
2078 But orderly to end, where I begun, 210
2079 Our Willes and Fates do so contrary run, 211
2080 That our Deuices still are ouerthrowne, 212
2081 Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our owne. 213
2082 So thinke thou wilt no second Husband wed. 214
2083 But die thy thoughts, when thy first Lord is dead. 215
2084 Bap. Nor Earth to giue me food, nor Heauen light, 216
2085 Sport and repose locke from me day and night: 217
2086 Each opposite that blankes the face of ioy, 220
2087 Meet what I would haue well, and it destroy: 221
2088 Both heere, and hence, pursue me lasting strife, 222
2089 If once a Widdow, euer I be Wife. 223
2090 Ham. If she should breake it now. 224
2091 King. 'Tis deepely sworne: 225
2092 Sweet, leaue me heere a while, 225
2093 My spirits grow dull, and faine I would beguile 226
2094 The tedious day with sleepe. 227
2095 Qu. Sleepe rocke thy Braine, Sleepes 227
2096 And neuer come mischance betweene vs twaine. Exit 228
2097 Ham. Madam, how like you this Play? 229
2098 Qu. The Lady protests to much me thinkes. 230
2099 Ham. Oh but shee'l keepe her word. 231
2100 King. Haue you heard the Argument, is there no Of- 233
2101 fence in't? 233
2102 Ham. No, no, they do but iest, poyson in iest, no Of- 235
2103 fence i'th'world. 235
2104 King. What do you call the Play? 236
2105 Ham. The Mouse-trap: Marry how? Tropically: 237
2106 This Play is the Image of a murder done in Vienna: Gon- 238
2107 zago is the Dukes name, his wife Baptista: you shall see 240
2108 anon: 'tis a knauish peece of worke: But what o'that? 241
2109 Your Maiestie, and wee that haue free soules, it touches 242
2110 vs not: let the gall'd iade winch: our withers are vnrung. 3.2.243
2111 Enter Lucianus.
2112 This is one Lucianus nephew to the King. 244
2113 Ophe. You are a good Chorus, my Lord. 245
2114 Ham. I could interpret betweene you and your loue: 246
2115 if I could see the Puppets dallying. 247
2116 Ophe. You are keene my Lord, you are keene. 248
2117 Ham. It would cost you a groaning, to take off my 250
2118 edge. 250
2119 Ophe. Still better and worse. 251
2120 Ham. So you mistake Husbands. 252
2121 Begin Murderer. Pox, leaue thy damnable Faces, and 253
2122 begin. Come, the croaking Rauen doth bellow for Re- 254
2123 uenge. 254
2124 Lucian. Thoughts blacke, hands apt, 255
2125 Drugges fit, and Time agreeing: 255
2126 Confederate season, else, no Creature seeing: 256
2127 Thou mixture ranke, of Midnight Weeds collected, 257
2128 With Hecats Ban, thrice blasted, thrice infected,] 258
2129 Thy naturall Magicke, and dire propertie,
2130 On wholsome life, vsurpe immediately.
2131 Powres the poyson in his eares.
2132 Ham. He poysons him i'th'Garden for's estate: His
2133 name's Gonzago: the Story is extant and writ in choyce
2134 Italian. You shall see anon how the Murtherer gets the
2135 loue of Gonzago's wife.
2136 Ophe. The King rises.
2137 Ham. What, frighted with false fire.
2138 Qu. How fares my Lord?
2139 Pol. Giue o're the Play.
2140 King. Giue me some Light. Away.
2141 All. Lights, Lights, Lights. Exeunt 270
2142 Manet Hamlet & Horatio.
2143 Ham. Why let the strucken Deere go weepe,
2144 The Hart vngalled play:
2145 For some must watch, while some must sleepe;
2146 So runnes the world away.
2147 Would not this Sir, and a Forrest of Feathers, if the rest of
2148 my Fortunes turne Turke with me; with two Prouinciall
2149 Roses on my rac'd Shooes, get me a Fellowship in a crie
2150 of Players sir.
2151 Hor. Halfe a share. 3.2.279
2152 Ham. A whole one I,
2153 For thou dost know: Oh Damon deere,
2154 This Realme dismantled was of Ioue himselfe,
2155 And now reignes heere.
2156 A verie verie Paiocke.
2157 Hora. You might haue Rim'd.
2158 Ham. Oh good Horatio, Ile take the Ghosts word for
2159 a thousand pound. Did'st perceiue?
2160 Hora. Verie well my Lord.
2161 Ham. Vpon the talke of the poysoning?
2162 Hora. I did verie well note him.
2163 Enter Rosincrance and Guildensterne.
2164 Ham. Oh, ha? Come some Musick. Come Recorders:
2165 For if the King like not the Comedie,
2166 Why then belike he likes it not perdie.
2167 Come some Musicke.
2168 Guild. Good my Lord, vouchsafe me a word with you.
2169 Ham. Sir, a whole History. [pp1
2170 Guild. The King, sir.
2171 Ham. I sir, what of him?
2172 Guild. Is in his retyrement, maruellous distemper'd.
2173 Ham. With drinke Sir?
2174 Guild. No my Lord, rather with choller.
2175 Ham. Your wisedome should shew it selfe more ri-
2176 cher, to signifie this to his Doctor: for for me to put him
2177 to his Purgation, would perhaps plundge him into farre
2178 more Choller.
2179 Guild. Good my Lord put your discourse into some
2180 frame, and start not so wildely from my affayre.
2181 Ham. I am tame Sir, pronounce.
2182 Guild. The Queene your Mother, in most great affli-
2183 ction of spirit, hath sent me to you.
2184 Ham. You are welcome.
2185 Guild. Nay, good my Lord, this courtesie is not of
2186 the right breed. If it shall please you to make me a whol-
2187 some answer, I will doe your Mothers command'ment:
2188 if not, your pardon, and my returne shall bee the end of
2189 my Businesse.
2190 Ham. Sir, I cannot.
2191 Guild. What, my Lord?
2192 Ham. Make you a wholsome answere: my wits dis-
2193 eas'd. But sir, such answers as I can make, you shal com-
2194 mand: or rather you say, my Mother: therfore no more 3.2.324
2195 but to the matter. My Mother you say.
2196 Rosin. Then thus she sayes: your behauior hath stroke
2197 her into amazement, and admiration.
2198 Ham. Oh wonderfull Sonne, that can so astonish a
2199 Mother. But is there no sequell at the heeles of this Mo-
2200 thers admiration?
2201 Rosin. She desires to speake with you in her Closset,
2202 ere you go to bed.
2203 Ham. We shall obey, were she ten times our Mother.
2204 Haue you any further Trade with vs?
2205 Rosin. My Lord, you once did loue me.
2206 Ham. So I do still, by these pickers and stealers.
2207 Rosin. Good my Lord, what is your cause of distem-
2208 per? You do freely barre the doore of your owne Liber-
2209 tie, if you deny your greefes to your Friend.
2210 Ham. Sir I lacke Aduancement.
2211 Rosin. How can that be, when you haue the voyce of
2212 the King himselfe, for your Succession in Denmarke?
2213 Ham. I, but while the grasse growes, the Prouerbe is
2214 something musty.
2215 Enter one with a Recorder.
2216 O the Recorder. Let me see, to withdraw with you, why
2217 do you go about to recouer the winde of mee, as if you
2218 would driue me into a toyle?
2219 Guild. O my Lord, if my Dutie be too bold, my loue
2220 is too vnmannerly.
2221 Ham. I do not well vnderstand that. Will you play
2222 vpon this Pipe?
2223 Guild. My Lord, I cannot.
2224 Ham. I pray you.
2225 Guild. Beleeue me, I cannot.
2226 Ham. I do beseech you.
2227 Guild. I know no touch of it, my Lord.
2228 Ham. 'Tis as easie as lying: gouerne these Ventiges
2229 with your finger and thumbe, giue it breath with your
2230 mouth, and it will discourse most excellent Musicke.
2231 Looke you, these are the stoppes.
2232 Guild. But these cannot I command to any vtterance
2233 of hermony, I haue not the skill.
2234 Ham. Why looke you now, how vnworthy a thing
2235 you make of me: you would play vpon mee; you would
2236 seeme to know my stops: you would pluck out the heart
2237 of my Mysterie; you would sound mee from my lowest 3.2.367
2238 Note, to the top of my Compasse: and there is much Mu-
2239 sicke, excellent Voice, in this little Organe, yet cannot
2240 you make it. Why do you thinke, that I am easier to bee
2241 plaid on, then a Pipe? Call me what Instrument you will,
2242 though you can fret me, you cannot play vpon me. God
2243 blesse you Sir.
2244 Enter Polonius.
2245 Polon. My Lord; the Queene would speak with you,
2246 and presently.
2247 Ham. Do you see that Clowd? that's almost in shape
2248 like a Camell.
2249 Polon. By'th'Misse, and it's like a Camell indeed.
2250 Ham. Me thinkes it is like a Weazell.
2251 Polon. It is back'd like a Weazell.
2252 Ham. Or like a Whale?
2253 Polon. Verie like a Whale.
2254 Ham. Then will I come to my Mother, by and by:
2255 They foole me to the top of my bent.
2256 I will come by and by.
2257 Polon. I will say so. Exit.
2258 Ham. By and by, is easily said. Leaue me Friends:
2259 'Tis now the verie witching time of night,
2260 When Churchyards yawne, and Hell it selfe breaths out
2261 Contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot blood,
2262 And do such bitter businesse as the day
2263 Would quake to looke on. Soft now, to my Mother:
2264 Oh Heart, loose not thy Nature; let not euer
2265 The Soule of Nero, enter this firme bosome:
2266 Let me be cruell, not vnnaturall,
2267 I will speake Daggers to her, but vse none:
2268 My Tongue and Soule in this be Hypocrites.
2269 How in my words someuer she be shent,
2270 To giue them Seales, neuer my Soule consent.
2271 Enter King, Rosincrance, and Guildensterne
2272 King. I like him not, nor stands it safe with vs,
2273 To let his madnesse range. Therefore prepare you,
2274 I your Commission will forthwith dispatch,
2275 And he to England shall along with you:
2276 The termes of our estate, may not endure
2277 Hazard so dangerous as doth hourely grow
2278 Out of his Lunacies. 3.3.7
2279 Guild. We will our selues prouide:
2280 Most holie and Religious feare it is
2281 To keepe those many many bodies safe
2282 That liue and feede vpon your Maiestie.
2283 Rosin. The single
2284 And peculiar life is bound
2285 With all the strength and Armour of the minde,
2286 To keepe it selfe from noyance: but much more,
2287 That Spirit, vpon whose spirit depends and rests
2288 The liues of many, the cease of Maiestie
2289 Dies not alone; but like a Gulfe doth draw
2290 What's neere it, with it. It is a massie wheele
2291 Fixt on the Somnet of the highest Mount,
2292 To whose huge Spoakes, ten thousand lesser things
2293 Are mortiz'd and adioyn'd: which when it falles,
2294 Each small annexment, pettie consequence
2295 Attends the boystrous Ruine. Neuer alone
2296 Did the King sighe, but with a generall grone.
2297 King. Arme you, I pray you to this speedie Voyage;
2298 For we will Fetters put vpon this feare,
2299 Which now goes too free-footed. [pp1v
2300 Both. We will haste vs. Exeunt Gent.
2301 Enter Polonius.
2302 Pol. My Lord, he's going to his Mothers Closset:
2303 Behinde the Arras Ile conuey my selfe
2304 To heare the Processe. Ile warrant shee'l tax him home,
2305 And as you said, and wisely was it said,
2306 'Tis meete that some more audience then a Mother,
2307 Since Nature makes them partiall, should o're-heare
2308 The speech of vantage. Fare you well my Liege,
2309 Ile call vpon you ere you go to bed,
2310 And tell you what I know.
2311 King. Thankes deere my Lord.
2312 Oh my offence is ranke, it smels to heauen,
2313 It hath the primall eldest curse vpon't,
2314 A Brothers murther. Pray can I not,
2315 Though inclination be as sharpe as will:
2316 My stronger guilt, defeats my strong intent,
2317 And like a man to double businesse bound,
2318 I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
2319 And both neglect; what if this cursed hand
2320 Were thicker then it selfe with Brothers blood,
2321 Is there not Raine enough in the sweet Heauens 3.3.45
2322 To wash it white as Snow? Whereto serues mercy,
2323 But to confront the visage of Offence?
2324 And what's in Prayer, but this two-fold force,
2325 To be fore-stalled ere we come to fall,
2326 Or pardon'd being downe? Then Ile looke vp,
2327 My fault is past. But oh, what forme of Prayer
2328 Can serue my turne? Forgiue me my foule Murther:
2329 That cannot be, since I am still possest
2330 Of those effects for which I did the Murther.
2331 My Crowne, mine owne Ambition, and my Queene:
2332 May one be pardon'd, and retaine th'offence?
2333 In the corrupted currants of this world,
2334 Offences gilded hand may shoue by Iustice,
2335 And oft 'tis seene, the wicked prize it selfe
2336 Buyes out the Law; but 'tis not so aboue,
2337 There is no shuffling, there the Action lyes
2338 In his true Nature, and we our selues compell'd
2339 Euen to the teeth and forehead of our faults,
2340 To giue in euidence. What then? What rests?
2341 Try what Repentance can. What can it not?
2342 Yet what can it, when one cannot repent?
2343 Oh wretched state! Oh bosome, blacke as death!
2344 Oh limed soule, that strugling to be free,
2345 Art more ingag'd: Helpe Angels, make assay:
2346 Bow stubborne knees, and heart with strings of Steele,
2347 Be soft as sinewes of the new-borne Babe,
2348 All may be well.
2349 Enter Hamlet.
2350 Ham. Now might I do it pat, now he is praying,
2351 And now Ile doo't, and so he goes to Heauen,
2352 And so am I reueng'd: that would be scann'd,
2353 A Villaine killes my Father, and for that
2354 I his foule Sonne, do this same Villaine send
2355 To heauen. Oh this is hyre and Sallery, not Reuenge.
2356 He tooke my Father grossely, full of bread,
2357 With all his Crimes broad blowne, as fresh as May,
2358 And how his Audit stands, who knowes, saue Heauen:
2359 But in our circumstance and course of thought
2360 'Tis heauie with him: and am I then reueng'd,
2361 To take him in the purging of his Soule,
2362 When he is fit and season'd for his passage? No. 3.3.87
2363 Vp Sword, and know thou a more horrid hent
2364 When he is drunke asleepe: or in his Rage,
2365 Or in th'incestuous pleasure of his bed,
2366 At gaming, swearing, or about some acte
2367 That ha's no rellish of Saluation in't, 92
2368 Then trip him, that his heeles may kicke at Heauen, 93
2369 And that his Soule may be as damn'd and blacke
2370 As Hell, whereto it goes. My Mother stayes,
2371 This Physicke but prolongs thy sickly dayes. Exit. 96
2372 King. My words flye vp, my thoughts remain below,
2373 Words without thoughts, neuer to Heauen go. Exit.
2374 Enter Queene and Polonius.
2375 Pol. He will come straight: 3.4.1
2376 Looke you lay home to him,
2377 Tell him his prankes haue been too broad to beare with,
2378 And that your Grace hath scree'nd, and stoode betweene
2379 Much heate, and him. Ile silence me e'ene heere:
2380 Pray you be round with him.
2381 Ham. within. Mother, mother, mother.
2382 Qu. Ile warrant you, feare me not.
2383 Withdraw, I heare him comming.
2384 Enter Hamlet.
2385 Ham. Now Mother, what's the matter?
2386 Qu. Hamlet, thou hast thy Father much offended.
2387 Ham. Mother, you haue my Father much offended.
2388 Qu. Come, come, you answer with an idle tongue.
2389 Ham. Go, go, you question with an idle tongue.
2390 Qu. Why how now Hamlet? 13
2391 Ham. Whats the matter now?
2392 Qu. Haue you forgot me?
2393 Ham. No by the Rood, not so:
2394 You are the Queene, your Husbands Brothers wife,
2395 But would you were not so. You are my Mother.
2396 Qu. Nay, then Ile set those to you that can speake.
2397 Ham. Come, come, and sit you downe, you shall not
2399 You go not till I set you vp a glasse,
2400 Where you may see the inmost part of you?
2401 Qu. What wilt thou do? thou wilt not murther me?
2402 Helpe, helpe, hoa.
2403 Pol. What hoa, helpe, helpe, helpe.
2404 Ham. How now, a Rat? dead for a Ducate, dead. 3.4.24
2405 Pol. Oh I am slaine. Killes Polon ius.
2406 Qu. Oh me, what hast thou done?
2407 Ham. Nay I know not, is it the King?
2408 Qu. Oh what a rash, and bloody deed is this?
2409 Ham. A bloody deed, almost as bad good Mother,
2410 As kill a King, and marrie with his Brother.
2411 Qu. As kill a King?
2412 Ham. I Lady, 'twas my word.
2413 Thou wretched, rash, intruding foole farewell,
2414 I tooke thee for thy Betters, take thy Fortune,
2415 Thou find'st to be too busie, is some danger.
2416 Leaue wringing of your hands, peace, sit you downe,
2417 And let me wring your heart, for so I shall
2418 If it be made of penetrable stuffe;
2419 If damned Custome haue not braz'd it so,
2420 That it is proofe and bulwarke against Sense.
2421 Qu. What haue I done, that thou dar'st wag thy tong,
2422 In noise so rude against me?
2423 Ham. Such an Act
2424 That blurres the grace and blush of Modestie,
2425 Cals Vertue Hypocrite, takes off the Rose
2426 From the faire forehead of an innocent loue,
2427 And makes a blister there. Makes marriage vowes
2428 As false as Dicers Oathes. Oh such a deed,
2429 As from the body of Contraction pluckes [pp2
2430 The very soule, and sweete Religion makes
2431 A rapsidie of words. Heauens face doth glow,
2432 Yea this solidity and compound masse,
2433 With tristfull visage as against the doome,
2434 Is thought-sicke at the act.
2435 Qu. Aye me; what act, that roares so lowd, & thun-
2436 ders in the Index.
2437 Ham. Looke heere vpon this Picture, and on this,
2438 The counterfet presentment of two Brothers:
2439 See what a grace was seated on his Brow,
2440 Hyperions curles, the front of Ioue himselfe,
2441 An eye like Mars, to threaten or command
2442 A Station, like the Herald Mercurie
2443 New lighted on a heauen-kissing hill:
2444 A Combination, and a forme indeed,
2445 Where euery God did seeme to set his Seale,
2446 To giue the world assurance of a man.
2447 This was your Husband. Looke you now what followes. 3.4.63
2448 Heere is your Husband, like a Mildew'd eare
2449 Blasting his wholsom breath. Haue you eyes?
2450 Could you on this faire Mountaine leaue to feed,
2451 And batten on this Moore? Ha? Haue you eyes?
2452 You cannot call it Loue: For at your age,
2453 The hey-day in the blood is tame, it's humble,
2454 And waites vpon the Iudgement: and what Iudgement 70
2455 Would step from this, to this? What diuell was't,
2456 That thus hath cousend you at hoodman-blinde? 77
2457 O Shame! where is thy Blush? Rebellious Hell,
2458 If thou canst mutine in a Matrons bones,
2459 To flaming youth, let Vertue be as waxe,
2460 And melt in her owne fire. Proclaime no shame,
2461 When the compulsiue Ardure giues the charge,
2462 Since Frost it selfe, as actiuely doth burne,
2463 As Reason panders Will.
2464 Qu. O Hamlet, speake no more.
2465 Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soule,
2466 And there I see such blacke and grained spots,
2467 As will not leaue their Tinct.
2468 Ham. Nay, but to liue
2469 In the ranke sweat of an enseamed bed,
2470 Stew'd in Corruption; honying and making loue
2471 Ouer the nasty Stye.
2472 Qu. Oh speake to me, no more,
2473 These words like Daggers enter in mine eares.
2474 No more sweet Hamlet.
2475 Ham. A Murderer, and a Villaine:
2476 A Slaue, that is not twentieth part the tythe
2477 Of your precedent Lord. A vice of Kings,
2478 A Cutpurse of the Empire and the Rule.
2479 That from a shelfe, the precious Diadem stole,
2480 And put it in his Pocket.
2481 Qu. No more.
2482 Enter Ghost.
2483 Ham. A King of shreds and patches.
2484 Saue me; and houer o're me with your wings
2485 You heauenly Guards. What would you gracious figure?
2486 Qu. Alas he's mad.
2487 Ham. Do you not come your tardy Sonne to chide,
2488 That laps't in Time and Passion, lets go by
2489 Th'important acting of your dread command? Oh say.
2490 Ghost. Do not forget: this Visitation 3.4.110
2491 Is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose.
2492 But looke, Amazement on thy Mother sits;
2493 O step betweene her, and her fighting Soule,
2494 Conceit in weakest bodies, strongest workes.
2495 Speake to her Hamlet.
2496 Ham. How is it with you Lady?
2497 Qu. Alas, how is't with you?
2498 That you bend your eye on vacancie,
2499 And with their corporall ayre do hold discourse.
2500 Forth at your eyes, your spirits wildely peepe,
2501 And as the sleeping Soldiours in th'Alarme,
2502 Your bedded haire, like life in excrements,
2503 Start vp, and stand an end. Oh gentle Sonne,
2504 Vpon the heate and flame of thy distemper
2505 Sprinkle coole patience. Whereon do you looke?
2506 Ham. On him, on him: look you how pale he glares,
2507 His forme and cause conioyn'd, preaching to stones,
2508 Would make them capeable. Do not looke vpon me,
2509 Least with this pitteous action you conuert
2510 My sterne effects: then what I haue to do,
2511 Will want true colour; teares perchance for blood.
2512 Qu. To who do you speake this?
2513 Ham. Do you see nothing there?
2514 Qu. Nothing at all, yet all that is I see.
2515 Ham. Nor did you nothing heare?
2516 Qu. No, nothing but our selues.
2517 Ham. Why look you there: looke how it steals away:
2518 My Father in his habite, as he liued,
2519 Looke where he goes euen now out at the Portall. Exit.
2520 Qu. This is the very coynage of your Braine,
2521 This bodilesse Creation extasie is very cunning in.
2522 Ham. Extasie?
2523 My Pulse as yours doth temperately keepe time,
2524 And makes as healthfull Musicke. It is not madnesse
2525 That I haue vttered; bring me to the Test
2526 And I the matter will re-word: which madnesse
2527 Would gamboll from. Mother, for loue of Grace,
2528 Lay not a flattering Vnction to your soule,
2529 That not your trespasse, but my madnesse speakes:
2530 It will but skin and filme the Vlcerous place,
2531 Whil'st ranke Corruption mining all within,
2532 Infects vnseene. Confesse your selfe to Heauen,
2533 Repent what's past, auoyd what is to come, 3.4.150
2534 And do not spred the Compost or the Weedes,
2535 To make them ranke. Forgiue me this my Vertue,
2536 For in the fatnesse of this pursie times,
2537 Vertue it selfe, of Vice must pardon begge,
2538 Yea courb, and woe, for leaue to do him good.
2539 Qu. Oh Hamlet,
2540 Thou hast cleft my heart in twaine.
2541 Ham. O throw away the worser part of it,
2542 And liue the purer with the other halfe.
2543 Good night, but go not to mine Vnkles bed,
2544 Assume a Vertue, if you haue it not, refraine to night,
2545 And that shall lend a kinde of easinesse 166
2546 To the next abstinence. Once more goodnight,
2547 And when you are desirous to be blest,
2548 Ile blessing begge of you. For this same Lord,
2549 I do repent: but heauen hath pleas'd it so,
2550 To punish me with this, and this with me,
2551 That I must be their Scourge and Minister.
2552 I will bestow him, and will answer well
2553 The death I gaue him: so againe, good night.
2554 I must be cruell, onely to be kinde;
2555 Thus bad begins, and worse remaines behinde. 179
2556 Qu. What shall I do?
2557 Ham. Not this by no meanes that I bid you do:
2558 Let the blunt King tempt you againe to bed,
2559 Pinch Wanton on your cheeke, call you his Mouse,
2560 And let him for a paire of reechie kisses,
2561 Or padling in your necke with his damn'd Fingers, [pp2[v]
2562 Make you to rauell all this matter out,
2563 That I essentially am not in madnesse,
2564 But made in craft. 'Twere good you let him know,
2565 For who that's but a Queene, faire, sober, wise,
2566 Would from a Paddocke, from a Bat, a Gibbe,
2567 Such deere concernings hide, Who would do so,
2568 No in despight of Sense and Secrecie,
2569 Vnpegge the Basket on the houses top:
2570 Let the Birds flye, and like the famous Ape
2571 To try Conclusions in the Basket, creepe
2572 And breake your owne necke downe.
2573 Qu. Be thou assur'd, if words be made of breath,
2574 And breath of life: I haue no life to breath
2575 What thou hast saide to me.
2576 Ham. I must to England, you know that? 3.4.200
2577 Qu. Alacke I had forgot: 'Tis so concluded on. 201
2578 Ham. This man shall set me packing:
2579 Ile lugge the Guts into the Neighbor roome,
2580 Mother goodnight. Indeede this Counsellor
2581 Is now most still, most secret, and most graue,
2582 Who was in life, a foolish prating Knaue.
2583 Come sir, to draw toward an end with you.
2584 Good night Mother.
2585 Exit Hamlet tugging in Polonius.
2586 Enter King.
2587 King. There's matters in these sighes. 4.1.1
2588 These profound heaues
2589 You must translate; Tis fit we vnderstand them.
2590 Where is your Sonne? 3
2591 Qu. Ah my good Lord, what haue I seene to night?
2592 King. What Gertrude? How do's Hamlet?
2593 Qu. Mad as the Seas, and winde, when both contend
2594 Which is the Mightier, in his lawlesse fit
2595 Behinde the Arras, hearing something stirre,
2596 He whips his Rapier out, and cries a Rat, a Rat,
2597 And in his brainish apprehension killes
2598 The vnseene good old man.
2599 King. Oh heauy deed:
2600 It had bin so with vs had we beene there:
2601 His Liberty is full of threats to all,
2602 To you your selfe, to vs, to euery one.
2603 Alas, how shall this bloody deede be answered?
2604 It will be laide to vs, whose prouidence
2605 Should haue kept short, restrain'd, and out of haunt,
2606 This mad yong man. But so much was our loue,
2607 We would not vnderstand what was most fit,
2608 But like the Owner of a foule disease,
2609 To keepe it from divulging, let's it feede
2610 Euen on the pith of life. Where is he gone?
2611 Qu. To draw apart the body he hath kild,
2612 O're whom his very madnesse like some Oare
2613 Among a Minerall of Mettels base
2614 Shewes it selfe pure. He weepes for what is done.
2615 King. Oh Gertrude, come away:
2616 The Sun no sooner shall the Mountaines touch,
2617 But we will ship him hence, and this vilde deed,
2618 We must with all our Maiesty and Skill
2619 Both countenance, and excuse. Enter Ros.& Guild. 4.1.32
2620 Ho Guildenstern:
2621 Friends both go ioyne you with some further ayde:
2622 Hamlet in madnesse hath Polonius slaine,
2623 And from his Mother Clossets hath he drag'd him.
2624 Go seeke him out, speake faire, and bring the body
2625 Into the Chappell. I pray you hast in this. Exit Gent.
2626 Come Gertrude, wee'l call vp our wisest friends,
2627 To let them know both what we meane to do, 39
2628 And what's vntimely done. Oh come away,
2629 My soule is full of discord and dismay. Exeunt. 45
2630 Enter Hamlet.
2631 Ham. Safely stowed. 4.2.1
2632 Gentlemen within. Hamlet, Lord Hamlet.
2633 Ham. What noise? Who cals on Hamlet?
2634 Oh heere they come. Enter Ros. and Guildensterne.
2635 Ro. What haue you done my Lord with the dead body?
2636 Ham. Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis Kinne.
2637 Rosin. Tell vs where 'tis, that we may take it thence,
2638 And beare it to the Chappell.
2639 Ham. Do not beleeue it.
2640 Rosin. Beleeue what?
2641 Ham. That I can keepe your counsell, and not mine
2642 owne. Besides, to be demanded of a Spundge, what re-
2643 plication should be made by the Sonne of a King.
2644 Rosin. Take you me for a Spundge, my Lord?
2645 Ham. I sir, that sokes vp the Kings Countenance, his
2646 Rewards, his Authorities (but such Officers do the King
2647 best seruice in the end. He keepes them like an Ape in
2648 the corner of his iaw, first mouth'd to be last swallowed,
2649 when he needes what you haue glean'd, it is but squee-
2650 zing you, and Spundge you shall be dry againe.
2651 Rosin. I vnderstand you not my Lord.
2652 Ham. I am glad of it: a knauish speech sleepes in a
2653 foolish eare.
2654 Rosin. My Lord, you must tell vs where the body is,
2655 and go with vs to the King.
2656 Ham. The body is with the King, but the King is not
2657 with the body. The King, is a thing 28
2658 Guild. A thing my Lord?
2659 Ham. Of nothing: bring me to him, hide Fox, and all
2660 after. Exeunt 31
2661 Enter King.
2662 King. I haue sent to seeke him, and to find the bodie:
2663 How dangerous is it that this man goes loose:
2664 Yet must not we put the strong Law on him:
2665 Hee's loued of the distracted multitude,
2666 Who like not in their iudgement, but their eyes:
2667 And where 'tis so, th'Offenders scourge is weigh'd
2668 But neerer the offence: to beare all smooth, and euen,
2669 This sodaine sending him away, must seeme
2670 Deliberate pause, diseases desperate growne,
2671 By desperate appliance are releeued,
2672 Or not at all. Enter Rosincrane.
2673 How now? What hath befalne?
2674 Rosin. Where the dead body is bestow'd my Lord,
2675 We cannot get from him.
2676 King. But where is he?
2677 Rosin. Without my Lord, guarded to know your
2679 King. Bring him before vs.
2680 Rosin. Hoa, Guildensterne? Bring in my Lord.
2681 Enter Hamlet and Guildensterne.
2682 King. Now Hamlet, where's Polonius?
2683 Ham. At Supper.
2684 King. At Supper? Where?
2685 Ham. Not where he eats, but where he is eaten, a cer-
2686 taine conuocation of wormes are e'ne at him. Your worm
2687 is your onely Emperor for diet. We fat all creatures else
2688 to fat vs, and we fat our selfe for Magots. Your fat King,
2689 and your leane Begger is but variable seruice to dishes,
2690 but to one Table that's the end. 25
2691 King. What dost thou meane by this?
2692 Ham. Nothing but to shew you how a King may go [pp3
2693 a Progresse through the guts of a Begger.
2694 King. Where is Polonius.
2695 Ham. In heauen, send thither to see. If your Messen-
2696 ger finde him not there, seeke him i'th other place your
2697 selfe: but indeed, if you finde him not this moneth, you
2698 shall nose him as you go vp the staires into the Lobby.
2699 King. Go seeke him there.
2700 Ham. He will stay till ye come.
2701 K. Hamlet, this deed of thine, for thine especial safety
2702 Which we do tender, as we deerely greeue
2703 For that which thou hast done, must send thee hence
2704 With fierie Quicknesse. Therefore prepare thy selfe, 4.3.43
2705 The Barke is readie, and the winde at helpe,
2706 Th'Associates tend, and euery thing at bent
2707 For England.
2708 Ham. For England? 46
2709 King. I Hamlet. 46
2710 Ham. Good.
2711 King. So is it, if thou knew'st our purposes.
2712 Ham. I see a Cherube that see's him: but come, for
2713 England. Farewell deere Mother.
2714 King. Thy louing Father Hamlet.
2715 Hamlet. My Mother: Father and Mother is man and
2716 wife: man & wife is one flesh, and so my mother. Come,
2717 for England. Exit 53
2718 King. Follow him at foote,
2719 Tempt him with speed aboord:
2720 Delay it not, Ile haue him hence to night.
2721 Away, for euery thing is Seal'd and done
2722 That else leanes on th'Affaire, pray you make hast.
2723 And England, if my loue thou holdst at ought,
2724 As my great power thereof may giue thee sense,
2725 Since yet thy Cicatrice lookes raw and red 60
2726 After the Danish Sword, and thy free awe
2727 Payes homage to vs; thou maist not coldly set
2728 Our Soueraigne Processe, which imports at full
2729 By Letters coniuring to that effect
2730 The present death of Hamlet. Do it England,
2731 For like the Hecticke in my blood he rages,
2732 And thou must cure me: Till I know 'tis done,
2733 How ere my happes, my ioyes were ne're begun. Exit 68
2734 Enter Fortinbras with an Armie.
2735 For. Go Captaine, from me greet the Danish King,
2736 Tell him that by his license, Fortinbras 2
2737 Claimes the conueyance of a promis'd March
2738 Ouer his Kingdome. You know the Rendeuous:
2739 If that his Maiesty would ought with vs,
2740 We shall expresse our dutie in his eye,
2741 And let him know so.
2742 Cap. I will doo't, my Lord.
2743 For. Go safely on. Exit. 8
2744 Enter Queene and Horatio.
2745 Qu. I will not speake with her. 4.5.1
2746 Hor. She is importunate, indeed distract, her moode
2747 will needs be pittied.
2748 Qu. What would she haue?
2749 Hor. She speakes much of her Father; saies she heares
2750 There's trickes i'th'world, and hems, and beats her heart,
2751 Spurnes enuiously at Strawes, speakes things in doubt,
2752 That carry but halfe sense: Her speech is nothing,
2753 Yet the vnshaped vse of it doth moue
2754 The hearers to Collection; they ayme at it,
2755 And botch the words vp fit to their owne thoughts,
2756 Which as her winkes, and nods, and gestures yeeld them,
2757 Indeed would make one thinke there would be thought,
2758 Though nothing sure, yet much vnhappily.
2759 Qu. 'Twere good she were spoken with,
2760 For she may strew dangerous coniectures
2761 In ill breeding minds. Let her come in.
2762 To my sicke soule (as sinnes true Nature is)
2763 Each toy seemes Prologue, to some great amisse,
2764 So full of Artlesse iealousie is guilt,
2765 It spill's it selfe, in fearing to be spilt.
2766 Enter Ophelia distracted.
2767 Ophe, Where is the beauteous Maiesty of Denmark.
2768 Qu. How now Ophelia?
2769 Ophe. How should I your true loue know from another
2770 By his Cockle hat and staffe, and his Sandal shoone.
2771 Qu. Alas sweet Lady: what imports this Song?
2772 Ophe. Say you? Nay pray you marke.
2773 He is dead and gone Lady, he is dead and gone, 30
2774 At his head a grasse-greene Turfe, at his heeles a stone.
2775 Enter King.
2776 Qu. Nay but Ophelia.
2777 Ophe. Pray you marke.
2778 White his Shrow'd as the Mountaine Snow.
2779 Qu. Alas, looke heere my Lord.
2780 Ophe. Larded with sweet flowers: 38
2781 Which bewept to the graue did not go, 39
2782 With true-loue showres.
2783 King. How do ye, pretty Lady?
2784 Ophe. Well, God dil'd you. They say the Owle was
2785 a Bakers daughter. Lord, wee know what we are, but
2786 know not what we may be. God be at your Table.
2787 King. Conceit vpon her Father.
2788 Ophe. Pray you let's haue no words of this: but when
2789 they aske you what it meanes, say you this: 4.5.47
2790 To morrow is S. Valentines day, all in the morning betime, 49
2791 And I a Maid at your Window, to be your Valentine. 51
2792 Then vp he rose, & don'd his clothes, & dupt the chamber
2793 Let in the Maid, that out a Maid, neuer departed more. 55
2794 King. Pretty Ophelia.
2795 Ophe. Indeed la? without an oath Ile make an end ont.
2796 By gis, and by S. Charity, 58
2797 Alacke, and fie for shame: 59
2798 Yong men wil doo't, if they come too't, 60
2799 By Cocke they are too blame. 61
2800 Quoth she before you tumbled me, 62
2801 You promis'd me to Wed: 63
2802 So would I ha done by yonder Sunne, 65
2803 And thou hadst not come to my bed. 66
2804 King. How long hath she bin this?
2805 Ophe. I hope all will be well. We must bee patient,
2806 but I cannot choose but weepe, to thinke they should
2807 lay him i'th'cold ground: My brother shall knowe of it,
2808 and so I thanke you for your good counsell. Come, my
2809 Coach: Goodnight Ladies: Goodnight sweet Ladies:
2810 Goodnight, goodnight. Exit.
2811 King. Follow her close,
2812 Giue her good watch I pray you:
2813 Oh this is the poyson of deepe greefe, it springs
2814 All from her Fathers death. Oh Gertrude, Gertrude,
2815 When sorrowes comes, they come not single spies,
2816 But in Battaliaes. First, her Father slaine,
2817 Next your Sonne gone, and he most violent Author
2818 Of his owne iust remoue: the people muddied,
2819 Thicke and vnwholsome in their thoughts, and whispers
2820 For good Polonius death; and we haue done but greenly
2821 In hugger mugger to interre him. Poore Ophelia 84
2822 Diuided from her selfe, and her faire Iudgement,
2823 Without the which we are Pictures, or meere Beasts. [pp3[v]
2824 Last, and as much containing as all these,
2825 Her Brother is in secret come from France,
2826 Keepes on his wonder, keepes himselfe in clouds,
2827 And wants not Buzzers to infect his eare
2828 With pestilent Speeches of his Fathers death,
2829 Where in necessitie of matter Beggard,
2830 Will nothing sticke our persons to Arraigne
2831 In eare and eare. O my deere Gertrude, this,
2832 Like to a murdering Peece in many places, 4.5.95
2833 Giues me superfluous death. A Noise within.
2834 Enter a Messenger.
2835 Qu. Alacke, what noyse is this?
2836 King. Where are my Switzers?
2837 Let them guard the doore. What is the matter?
2838 Mes. Saue your selfe, my Lord.
2839 The Ocean (ouer-peering of his List)
2840 Eates not the Flats with more impittious haste
2841 Then young Laertes, in a Riotous head,
2842 Ore-beares your Officers, the rabble call him Lord,
2843 And as the world were now but to begin,
2844 Antiquity forgot, Custome not knowne,
2845 The Ratifiers and props of euery word,
2846 They cry choose we? Laertes shall be King,
2847 Caps, hands, and tongues, applaud it to the clouds,
2848 Laertes shall be King, Laertes King.
2849 Qu. How cheerefully on the false Traile they cry,
2850 Oh this is Counter you false Danish Dogges.
2851 Noise within. Enter Laertes.
2852 King. The doores are broke.
2853 Laer. Where is the King, sirs? Stand you all without.
2854 All. No, let's come in.
2855 Laer. I pray you giue me leaue.
2856 Al. We will, we will.
2857 Laer. I thanke you: Keepe the doore.
2858 Oh thou vilde King, giue me my Father.
2859 Qu. Calmely good Laertes.
2860 Laer. That drop of blood, that calmes
2861 Proclaimes me Bastard:
2862 Cries Cuckold to my Father, brands the Harlot
2863 Euen heere betweene the chaste vnsmirched brow
2864 Of my true Mother.
2865 King. What is the cause Laertes,
2866 That thy Rebellion lookes so Gyant-like?
2867 Let him go Gertrude: Do not feare our person:
2868 There's such Diuinity doth hedge a King,
2869 That Treason can but peepe to what it would,
2870 Acts little of his will. Tell me Laertes,
2871 Why thou art thus Incenst? Let him go Gertrude.
2872 Speake man.
2873 Laer. Where's my Father?
2874 King. Dead. 4.5.129
2875 Qu. But not by him.
2876 King. Let him demand his fill.
2877 Laer. How came he dead? Ile not be Iuggel'd with.
2878 To hell Allegeance: Vowes, to the blackest diuell.
2879 Conscience and Grace, to the profoundest Pit.
2880 I dare Damnation: to this point I stand,
2881 That both the worlds I giue to negligence,
2882 Let come what comes: onely Ile be reueng'd
2883 Most throughly for my Father.
2884 King. Who shall stay you?
2885 Laer. My Will, not all the world,
2886 And for my meanes, Ile husband them so well,
2887 They shall go farre with little.
2888 King. Good Laertes:
2889 If you desire to know the certaintie
2890 Of your deere Fathers death, if writ in your reuenge,
2891 That Soop-stake you will draw both Friend and Foe,
2892 Winner and Looser.
2893 Laer. None but his Enemies.
2894 King. Will you know them then.
2895 La. To his good Friends, thus wide Ile ope my Armes:
2896 And like the kinde Life-rend'ring Politician,
2897 Repast them with my blood.
2898 King. Why now you speake
2899 Like a good Childe, and a true Gentleman.
2900 That I am guiltlesse of your Fathers death,
2901 And am most sensible in greefe for it,
2902 It shall as leuell to your Iudgement pierce
2903 As day do's to your eye.
2904 A noise within. Let her come in.
2905 Enter Ophelia.
2906 Laer. How now? what noise is that?
2907 Oh heate drie vp my Braines, teares seuen times salt,
2908 Burne out the Sence and Vertue of mine eye.
2909 By Heauen, thy madnesse shall be payed by waight,
2910 Till our Scale turnes the beame. Oh Rose of May,
2911 Deere Maid, kinde Sister, sweet Ophelia:
2912 Oh Heauens, is't possible, a yong Maids wits,
2913 Should be as mortall as an old mans life?
2914 Nature is fine in Loue, and where 'tis fine,
2915 It sends some precious instance of it selfe
2916 After the thing it loues.
2917 Ophe. They bore him bare fac'd on the Beer, 4.5.165
2918 Hey non nony, nony, hey nony:
2919 And on his graue raines many a teare,
2920 Fare you well my Doue.
2921 Laer. Had'st thou thy wits, and did'st perswade Re-
2922 uenge, it could not moue thus.
2923 Ophe. You must sing downe a-downe, and you call
2924 him a-downe-a. Oh, how the wheele becomes it? It is
2925 the false Steward that stole his masters daughter.
2926 Laer. This nothings more then matter.
2927 Ophe. There's Rosemary, that's for Remembraunce.
2928 Pray loue remember: and there is Paconcies, that's for
2930 Laer. A document in madnesse, thoughts & remem-
2931 brance fitted.
2932 Ophe. There's Fennell for you, and Columbines: ther's
2933 Rew for you, and heere's some for me. Wee may call it
2934 Herbe-Grace a Sundaies: Oh you must weare your Rew
2935 with a difference. There's a Daysie, I would giue you 184
2936 some Violets, but they wither'd all when my Father dy-
2937 ed: They say, he made a good end;
2938 For bonny sweet Robin is all my ioy.
2939 Laer. Thought, and Affliction, Passion, Hell it selfe:
2940 She turnes to Fauour, and to prettinesse.
2941 Ophe. And will he not come againe, 190
2942 And will he not come againe: 191
2943 No, no, he is dead, go to thy Death-bed, 193
2944 He neuer wil come againe. 194
2945 His Beard as white as Snow, 195
2946 All Flaxen was his Pole: 196
2947 He is gone, he is gone, and we cast away mone, 198
2948 Gramercy on his Soule.
2949 And of all Christian Soules, I pray God.
2950 God buy ye. Exeunt Ophelia
2951 Laer. Do you see this, you Gods?
2952 King. Laertes, I must common with your greefe,
2953 Or you deny me right: go but apart,
2954 Make choice of whom your wisest Friends you will, [pp4
2955 And they shall heare and iudge'twixt you and me;
2956 If by direct or by Colaterall hand
2957 They finde vs touch'd, we will our Kingdome giue,
2958 Our Crowne, our Life, and all that we call Ours
2959 To you in satisfaction. But if not,
2960 Be you content to lend your patience to vs, 4.5.211
2961 And we shall ioyntly labour with your soule
2962 To giue it due content.
2963 Laer. Let this be so:
2964 His meanes of death, his obscure buriall;
2965 No Trophee, Sword, nor Hatchment o're his bones,
2966 No Noble rite, nor formall ostentation,
2967 Cry to be heard, as 'twere from Heauen to Earth,
2968 That I must call in question.
2969 King. So you shall:
2970 And where th'offence is, let the great Axe fall.
2971 I pray you go with me. Exeunt 220
2972 Enter Horatio, with an Attendant.
2973 Hora. What are they that would speake with me? 4.6.1
2974 Ser. Saylors sir, they say they haue Letters for you.
2975 Hor. Let them come in,
2976 I do not know from what part of the world
2977 I should be greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.
2978 Enter Saylor.
2979 Say. God blesse you Sir.
2980 Hor. Let him blesse thee too.
2981 Say. Hee shall Sir, and't please him. There's a Letter
2982 for you Sir: It comes from th'Ambassadours that was
2983 bound for England, if your name be Horatio, as I am let
2984 to know it is.
2985 Reads the Letter.
2986 HOratio, When thou shalt haue ouerlook'd this, giue these 14
2987 Fellowes some meanes to the King: They haue Letters 15
2988 for him. Ere we were two dayes old at Sea, a Pyrate of very 16
2989 Warlicke appointment gaue vs Chace. Finding our selues too 17
2990 slow of Saile, we put on a compelled Valour. In the Grapple, I
2991 boorded them: On the instant they got cleare of our Shippe,
2992 I alone became their Prisoner. They haue dealt with mee, like 21
2993 Theeues of Mercy, but they knew what they did. I am to doe 22
2994 a good turne for them. Let the King haue the Letters I haue 23
2995 sent, and repaire thou to me with as much hast as thou wouldest
2996 flye death. I haue words to speake in your eare, will make thee
2997 dumbe, yet are they much too light for the bore of the Matter. 26
2998 These good Fellowes will bring thee where I am. Rosincrance
2999 and Guildensterne, hold their course for England. Of them
3000 I haue much to tell thee, Farewell. 4.6.29
3001 He that thou knowest thine, 30
3003 Come, I will giue you way for these your Letters,
3004 And do't the speedier, that you may direct me
3005 To him from whom you brought them. Exit.
3006 Enter King and Laertes.
3007 King. Now must your conscience my acquittance seal,
3008 And you must put me in your heart for Friend,
3009 Sith you haue heard, and with a knowing eare,
3010 That he which hath your Noble Father slaine,
3011 Pursued my life.
3012 Laer. It well appeares. But tell me,
3013 Why you proceeded not against these feates,
3014 So crimefull, and so Capitall in Nature,
3015 As by your Safety, Wisedome, all things else,
3016 You mainly were stirr'd vp?
3017 King. O for two speciall Reasons,
3018 Which may to you (perhaps) seeme much vnsinnowed,
3019 And yet to me they are strong. The Queen his Mother,
3020 Liues almost by his lookes: and for my selfe,
3021 My Vertue or my Plague, be it either which,
3022 She's so coniunctiue to my life and soule;
3023 That as the Starre moues not but in his Sphere,
3024 I could not but by her. The other Motiue,
3025 Why to a publike count I might not go,
3026 Is the great loue the generall gender beare him,
3027 Who dipping all his Faults in their affection,
3028 Would like the Spring that turneth Wood to Stone,
3029 Conuert his Gyues to Graces. So that my Arrowes
3030 Too slightly timbred for so loud a Winde,
3031 Would haue reuerted to my Bow againe,
3032 And not where I had arm'd them.
3033 Laer. And so haue I a Noble Father lost,
3034 A Sister driuen into desperate tearmes,
3035 Who was (if praises may go backe againe)
3036 Stood Challenger on mount of all the Age
3037 For her perfections. But my reuenge will come.
3038 King. Breake not your sleepes for that,
3039 You must not thinke
3040 That we are made of stuffe, so flat, and dull,
3041 That we can let our Beard be shooke with danger,
3042 And thinke it pastime. You shortly shall heare more, 4.7.33
3043 I lou'd your Father, and we loue our Selfe,
3044 And that I hope will teach you to imagine
3045 Enter a Messenger.
3046 How now? What Newes?
3047 Mes. Letters my Lord from Hamlet. This to your
3048 Maiesty: this to the Queene.
3049 King. From Hamlet? Who brought them? 38
3050 Mes. Saylors my Lord they say, I saw them not:
3051 They were giuen me by Claudio, he receiu'd them.
3052 King. Laertes you shall heare them:
3053 Leaue vs. Exit Messenger 42
3054 High and Mighty, you shall know I am set naked on your 44
3055 Kingdome. To morrow shall I begge leaue to see your Kingly 45
3056 Eyes. When I shall (first asking your Pardon thereunto) re- 46
3057 count th'Occasions of my sodaine, and more strange returne.
3058 Hamlet. 48
3059 What should this meane? Are all the rest come backe?
3060 Or is it some abuse? Or no such thing?
3061 Laer. Know you the hand?
3062 Kin. 'Tis Hamlets Character, naked and in a Post-
3063 script here he sayes alone: Can you aduise me? 53
3064 Laer. I'm lost in it my Lord; but let him come,
3065 It warmes the very sicknesse in my heart,
3066 That I shall liue and tell him to his teeth;
3067 Thus diddest thou.
3068 Kin. If it be so Laertes, as how should it be so:
3069 How otherwise will you be rul'd by me?
3070 Laer. If so you'l not o'rerule me to a peace.
3071 Kin. To thine owne peace: if he be now return'd,
3072 As checking at his Voyage, and that he meanes
3073 No more to vndertake it; I will worke him
3074 To an exployt now ripe in my Deuice,
3075 Vnder the which he shall not choose but fall;
3076 And for his death no winde of blame shall breath,
3077 But euen his Mother shall vncharge the practice, 67
3078 And call it accident: Some two Monthes hence
3079 Here was a Gentleman of Normandy,
3080 I'ue seene my selfe, and seru'd against the French,
3081 And they ran well on Horsebacke; but this Gallant
3082 Had witchcraft in't; he grew into his Seat, [pp4[v]
3083 And to such wondrous doing brought his Horse,
3084 As had he beene encorps't and demy-Natur'd
3085 With the braue Beast, so farre he past my thought, 4.7.88
3086 That I in forgery of shapes and trickes,
3087 Come short of what he did.
3088 Laer. A Norman was't?
3089 Kin. A Norman.
3090 Laer. Vpon my life Lamound.
3091 Kin. The very same.
3092 Laer. I know him well, he is the Brooch indeed,
3093 And Iemme of all our Nation.
3094 Kin. Hee mad confession of you,
3095 And gaue you such a Masterly report,
3096 For Art and exercise in your defence;
3097 And for your Rapier most especiall,
3098 That he cryed out, t'would be a sight indeed, 99
3099 If one could match you Sir. This report of his
3100 Did Hamlet so envenom with his Enuy,
3101 That he could nothing doe but wish and begge,
3102 Your sodaine comming ore to play with him;
3103 Now out of this.
3104 Laer. Why out of this, my Lord?
3105 Kin. Laertes was your Father deare to you?
3106 Or are you like the painting of a sorrow,
3107 A face without a heart?
3108 Laer. Why aske you this?
3109 Kin. Not that I thinke you did not loue your Father,
3110 But that I know Loue is begun by Time:
3111 And that I see in passages of proofe,
3112 Time qualifies the sparke and fire of it: 113
3113 Hamlet comes backe: what would you vndertake,
3114 To show your selfe your Fathers sonne indeed,
3115 More then in words?
3116 Laer. To cut his throat i'th'Church.
3117 Kin. No place indeed should murder Sancturize;
3118 Reuenge should haue no bounds: but good Laertes 128
3119 Will you doe this, keepe close within your Chamber,
3120 Hamlet return'd, shall know you are come home:
3121 Wee'l put on those shall praise your excellence,
3122 And set a double varnish on the fame
3123 The Frenchman gaue you, bring you in fine together,
3124 And wager on your heads, he being remisse,
3125 Most generous, and free from all contriuing,
3126 Will not peruse the Foiles? So that with ease,
3127 Or with a little shuffling, you may choose
3128 A Sword vnbaited, and in a passe of practice, 4.7.138
3129 Requit him for your Father.
3130 Laer. I will doo't,
3131 And for that purpose Ile annoint my Sword:
3132 I bought an Vnction of a Mountebanke
3133 So mortall, I but dipt a knife in it,
3134 Where it drawes blood, no Cataplasme so rare,
3135 Collected from all Simples that haue Vertue
3136 Vnder the Moone, can saue the thing from death,
3137 That is but scratcht withall: Ile touch my point,
3138 With this contagion, that if I gall him slightly,
3139 It may be death.
3140 Kin. Let's further thinke of this,
3141 Weigh what conuenience both of time and meanes
3142 May fit vs to our shape, if this should faile;
3143 And that our drift looke through our bad performance,
3144 'Twere better not assaid; therefore this Proiect
3145 Should haue a backe or second, that might hold,
3146 If this should blast in proofe: Soft, let me see
3147 Wee'l make a solemne wager on your commings,
3148 I ha't: when in your motion you are hot and dry,
3149 As make your bowts more violent to the end,
3150 And that he cals for drinke; Ile haue prepar'd him
3151 A Challice for the nonce; whereon but sipping,
3152 If he by chance escape your venom'd stuck,
3153 Our purpose may hold there; how sweet Queene.
3154 Enter Queene.
3155 Queen. One woe doth tread vpon anothers heele,
3156 So fast they'l follow: your Sister's drown'd Laertes.
3157 Laer. Drown'd! O where?
3158 Queen. There is a Willow growes aslant a Brooke,
3159 That shewes his hore leaues in the glassie streame:
3160 There with fantasticke Garlands did she come,
3161 Of Crow-flowers, Nettles, Daysies, and long Purples,
3162 That liberall Shepheards giue a grosser name;
3163 But our cold Maids doe Dead Mens Fingers call them:
3164 There on the pendant boughes, her Coronet weeds
3165 Clambring to hang; an enuious sliuer broke,
3166 When downe the weedy Trophies, and her selfe,
3167 Fell in the weeping Brooke, her cloathes spred wide,
3168 And Mermaid-like, a while they bore her vp,
3169 Which time she chaunted snatches of old tunes,
3170 As one incapable of her owne distresse, 4.1.178
3171 Or like a creature Natiue, and indued
3172 Vnto that Element: but long it could not be,
3173 Till that her garments, heauy with her drinke,
3174 Pul'd the poore wretch from her melodious buy,
3175 To muddy death.
3176 Laer. Alas then, is she drown'd?
3177 Queen. Drown'd, drown'd.
3178 Laer. Too much of water hast thou poore Ophelia,
3179 And therefore I forbid my teares: but yet
3180 It is our tricke, Nature her custome holds,
3181 Let shame say what it will; when these are gone
3182 The woman will be out: Adue my Lord,
3183 I haue a speech of fire, that faine would blaze,
3184 But that this folly doubts it. Exit.
3185 Kin. Let's follow, Gertrude: 191
3186 How much I had to doe to calme his rage? 192
3187 Now feare I this will giue it start againe;
3188 Therefore let's follow. Exeunt.
3189 Enter two Clownes.
3190 Clown. Is she to bee buried in Christian buriall, that
3191 wilfully seekes her owne saluation?
3192 Other. I tell thee she is, and therefore make her Graue
3193 straight, the Crowner hath sate on her, and finds it Chri-
3194 stian buriall.
3195 Clo. How can that be, vnlesse she drowned her selfe in
3196 her owne defence? 7
3197 Other. Why 'tis found so.
3198 Clo. It must be Se offendendo, it cannot bee else: for
3199 heere lies the point; If I drowne my selfe wittingly, it ar-
3200 gues an Act: and an Act hath three branches. It is an
3201 Act to doe and to performe; argall she drown'd her selfe
3203 Other. Nay but heare you Goodman Deluer.
3204 Clown. Giue me leaue; heere lies the water; good:
3205 heere stands the man; good: If the man goe to this wa-
3206 ter and drowne himselfe; it is will he nill he, he goes;
3207 marke you that? But if the water come to him & drowne
3208 him; hee drownes not himselfe. Argall, hee that is not
3209 guilty of his owne death, shortens not his owne life.
3210 Other. But is this law?
3211 Clo. I marry is't, Crowners Quest Law.
3212 Other. Will you ha the truth on't: if this had not
3213 beene a Gentlewoman, shee should haue beene buried
3214 out of Christian Buriall.
3215 Clo. Why there thou say'st. And the more pitty that
3216 great folke should haue countenance in this world to
3217 drowne or hang themselues, more then their euen Christi-
3218 an. Come, my Spade; there is no ancient Gentlemen,
3219 but Gardiners, Ditchers and Graue-makers; they hold vp
3220 Adams Profession.
3221 Other. Was he a Gentleman?
3222 Clo. He was the first that euer bore Armes.
3223 Other. Why he had none.
3224 Clo. What, ar't a Heathen? how dost thou vnder-
3225 stand the Scripture? the Scripture sayes Adam dig'd;
3226 could hee digge without Armes? Ile put another que-
3227 stion to thee; if thou answerest me not to the purpose, con-
3228 fesse thy selfe
3229 Other. Go too.
3230 Clo. What is he that builds stronger then either the
3231 Mason, the Shipwright, or the Carpenter?
3232 Other. The Gallowes maker; for that Frame outliues a
3233 thousand Tenants.
3234 Clo. I like thy wit well in good faith, the Gallowes
3235 does well; but how does it well? it does well to those
3236 that doe ill: now, thou dost ill to say the Gallowes is
3237 built stronger then the Church: Argall, the Gallowes
3238 may doe well to thee. Too't againe, Come.
3239 Other. Who builds stronger then a Mason, a Ship-
3240 wright, or a Carpenter?
3241 Clo. I, tell me that, and vnyoake.
3242 Other. Marry, now I can tell.
3243 Clo. Too't.
3244 Other. Masse, I cannot tell.
3245 Enter Hamlet and Horatio a farre off.
3246 Clo. Cudgell thy braines no more about it; for your
3247 dull Asse will not mend his pace with beating; and when
3248 you are ask't this question next, say a Graue-maker: the
3249 Houses that he makes, lasts till Doomesday: go, get thee
3250 to Yaughan, fetch me a stoupe of Liquor.
3252 In youth when I did loue, did loue, 61
3253 me thought it was very sweete: 62
3254 To contract O the time for a my behoue, 5.1.63
3255 O me thought there was nothing meete.
3256 Ham. Ha's this fellow no feeling of his businesse, that
3257 he sings at Graue-making?
3258 Hor. Custome hath made it in him a property of ea-
3260 Ham. 'Tis ee'n so; the hand of little Imployment hath
3261 the daintier sense.
3262 Clowne sings.
3263 But Age with his stealing steps 71
3264 hath caught me in his clutch:
3265 And hath shipped me intill the Land, 73
3266 as if I had neuer beene such. 74
3267 Ham. That Scull had a tongue in it, and could sing
3268 once: how the knaue iowles it to th' grownd, as if it
3269 were Caines Iaw-bone, that did the first murther: It
3270 might be the Pate of a Polititian which this Asse o're Of-
3271 fices: one that could circumuent God, might it not?
3272 Hor. It might, my Lord.
3273 Ham. Or of a Courtier, which could say, Good Mor-
3274 row sweet Lord: how dost thou, good Lord? this
3275 might be my Lord such a one, that prais'd my Lord such
3276 a ones Horse, when he meant to begge it; might it not?
3277 Hor. I, my Lord.
3278 Ham. Why ee'n so: and now my Lady Wormes,
3279 Chaplesse, and knockt about the Mazard with a Sextons
3280 Spade; heere's fine Reuolution, if wee had the tricke to
3281 see't. Did these bones cost no more the breeding, but
3282 to play at Loggets with 'em? mine ake to thinke
3284 Clowne sings.
3285 A Pickhaxe and a Spade, a Spade, 94
3286 for and a shrowding-Sheete: 95
3287 O a Pit of Clay for to be made, 96
3288 for such a Guest is meete.
3289 Ham. There's another: why might not that bee the
3290 Scull of of a Lawyer? where be his Quiddits now? his
3291 Quillets? his Cases? his Tenures, and his Tricks? why
3292 doe's he suffer this rude knaue now to knocke him about
3293 the Sconce with a dirty Shouell, and will not tell him of
3294 his Action of Battery? hum. This fellow might be in's
3295 time a great buyer of Land, with his Statutes, his Recog-
3296 nizances, his Fines, his double Vouchers, his Recoueries:
3297 Is this the fine of his Fines, and the recouery of his Reco-
3298 ueries, to haue his fine Pate full of fine Dirt? will his
3299 Vouchers vouch him no more of his Purchases, and dou-
3300 ble ones too, then the length and breadth of a paire of
3301 Indentures? the very Conueyances of his Lands will
3302 hardly lye in this Boxe; and must the Inheritor himselfe
3303 haue no more? ha?
3304 Hor. Not a iot more, my Lord.
3305 Ham. Is not Parchment made of Sheep-skinnes?
3306 Hor. I my Lord, and of Calue-skinnes too.
3307 Ham. They are Sheepe and Calues that seek out assu-
3308 rance in that. I will speake to this fellow: whose Graue's
3309 this Sir?
3310 Clo. Mine Sir:
3311 O a Pit of Clay for to be made, 120
3312 for such a Guest is meete.
3313 Ham. I thinke it be thine indeed: for thou liest in't.
3314 Clo. You lye out on't Sir, and therefore it is not yours:
3315 for my part, I doe not lye in't; and yet it is mine.
3316 Ham. Thou dost lye in't, to be in't and say 'tis thine:
3317 'tis for the dead, not for the quicke, therefore thou
3319 Clo. 'Tis a quicke lye Sir, 'twill away againe from me
3320 to you.
3321 Ham. What man dost thou digge it for?
3322 Clo. For no man Sir.
3323 Ham. What woman then?
3324 Clo. For none neither.
3325 Ham. Who is to be buried in't?
3326 Clo. One that was a woman Sir; but rest her Soule,
3327 shee's dead.
3328 Ham. How absolute the knaue is? wee must speake
3329 by the Carde, or equiuocation will vndoe vs: by the
3330 Lord Horatio, these three yeares I haue taken note of it,
3331 the Age is growne so picked, that the toe of the Pesant
3332 comes so neere the heeles of our Courtier, hee galls his
3333 Kibe. How long hast thou been a Graue-maker?
3334 Clo. Of all the dayes i'th' yeare, I came too't that day
3335 that our last King Hamlet o'recame Fortinbras.
3336 Ham. How long is that since?
3337 Clo. Cannot you tell that? euery foole can tell that:
3338 It was the very day, that young Hamlet was borne, hee
3339 that was mad, and sent into England.
3340 Ham. I marry, why was he sent into England? 5.1.149
3341 Clo. Why, because he was mad; hee shall recouer his
3342 wits there; or if he do not, it's no great matter there.
3343 Ham. Why? [pp5[v]
3344 Clo. 'Twill not be seene in him, there the men are as
3345 mad as he.
3346 Ham. How came he mad?
3347 Clo. Very strangely they say.
3348 Ham. How strangely?
3349 Clo. Faith e'ene with loosing his wits.
3350 Ham. Vpon what ground?
3351 Clo. Why heere in Denmarke: I haue bin sixeteene
3352 heere, man and Boy thirty yeares.
3353 Ham. How long will a man lie 'ith' earth ere he rot?
3354 Clo. Ifaith, if he be not rotten before he die (as we haue
3355 many pocky Coarses now adaies, that will scarce hold
3356 the laying in) he will last you some eight yeare, or nine
3357 yeare. A Tanner will last you nine yeare.
3358 Ham. Why he, more then another?
3359 Clo. Why sir, his hide is so tan'd with his Trade, that
3360 he will keepe out water a great while. And your water,
3361 is a sore Decayer of your horson dead body. Heres a Scull
3362 now: this Scul, has laine in the earth three & twenty years.
3363 Ham. Whose was it?
3364 Clo. A whoreson mad Fellowes it was;
3365 Whose doe you thinke it was?
3366 Ham. Nay, I know not.
3367 Clo. A pestlence on him for a mad Rogue, a pou'rd a
3368 Flaggon of Renish on my head once. This same Scull
3369 Sir, this same Scull sir, was Yoricks Scull, the Kings Iester.
3370 Ham. This?
3371 Clo. E'ene that.
3372 Ham. Let me see. Alas poore Yorick, I knew him Ho-
3373 ratio, a fellow of infinite Iest; of most excellent fancy, he
3374 hath borne me on his backe a thousand times: And how
3375 abhorred my Imagination is, my gorge rises at it. Heere
3376 hung those lipps, that I haue kist I know not how oft.
3377 VVhere be your Iibes now? Your Gambals? Your
3378 Songs? Your flashes of Merriment that were wont to
3379 set the Table on a Rore? No one now to mock your own
3380 Ieering? Quite chopfalne? Now get you to my Ladies
3381 Chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thicke, to this
3382 fauour she must come. Make her laugh at that: pry-
3383 thee Horatio tell me one thing. 5.1.195
3384 Hor. What's that my Lord?
3385 Ham. Dost thou thinke Alexander lookt o'this fa-
3386 shion i'th' earth?
3387 Hor. E'ene so.
3388 Ham. And smelt so? Puh.
3389 Hor. E'ene so, my Lord.
3390 Ham. To what base vses we may returne Horatio.
3391 Why may not Imagination trace the Noble dust of A- 204
3392 lexander, till he find it stopping a bunghole.
3393 Hor. 'Twere to consider: to curiously to consider so.
3394 Ham. No faith, not a iot. But to follow him thether
3395 with modestie enough, & likeliehood to lead it; as thus.
3396 Alexander died: Alexander was buried: Alexander re-
3397 turneth into dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make
3398 Lome, and why of that Lome (whereto he was conuer-
3399 ted) might they not stopp a Beere-barrell?
3400 Imperiall Cæsar, dead and turn'd to clay,
3401 Might stop a hole to keepe the winde away.
3402 Oh, that that earth, which kept the world in awe,
3403 Should patch a Wall, t'expell the winters flaw.
3404 But soft, but soft, aside; heere comes the King.
3405 Enter King, Queene, Laertes, and a Coffin,
3406 with Lords attendant.
3407 The Queene, the Courtiers. Who is that they follow,
3408 And with such maimed rites? This doth betoken,
3409 The Coarse they follow, did with disperate hand,
3410 Fore do it owne life; 'twas some Estate.
3411 Couch we a while, and mark.
3412 Laer. What Cerimony else?
3413 Ham. That is Laertes, a very Noble youth: Marke.
3414 Laer. What Cerimony else?
3415 Priest. Her Obsequies haue bin as farre inlarg'd.
3416 As we haue warrantis, her death was doubtfull,
3417 And but that great Command, o're-swaies the order,
3418 She should in ground vnsanctified haue lodg'd,
3419 Till the last Trumpet. For charitable praier,
3420 Shardes, Flints, and Peebles, should be throwne on her:
3421 Yet heere she is allowed her Virgin Rites,
3422 Her Maiden strewments, and the bringing home
3423 Of Bell and Buriall.
3424 Laer. Must there no more be done?
3425 Priest. No more be done: 5.1.235
3426 We should prophane the seruice of the dead,
3427 To sing sage Requiem, and such rest to her
3428 As to peace-parted Soules.
3429 Laer. Lay her i'th' earth,
3430 And from her faire and vnpolluted flesh,
3431 May Violets spring. I tell thee (churlish Priest)
3432 A Ministring Angell shall my Sister be,
3433 When thou liest howling?
3434 Ham. What, the faire Ophelia?
3435 Queene. Sweets, to the sweet farewell.
3436 I hop'd thou should'st haue bin my Hamlets wife:
3437 I thought thy Bride-bed to haue deckt (sweet Maid)
3438 And not t'haue strew'd thy Graue.
3439 Laer. Oh terrible woer,
3440 Fall ten times trebble, on that cursed head
3441 Whose wicked deed, thy most Ingenious sence
3442 Depriu'd thee of. Hold off the earth a while,
3443 Till I haue caught her once more in mine armes:
3444 Leaps in the graue.
3445 Now pile your dust, vpon the quicke, and dead,
3446 Till of this flat a Mountaine you haue made,
3447 To o're top old Pelion, or the skyish head
3448 Of blew Olympus.
3449 Ham. What is he, whose griefes
3450 Beares such an Emphasis ? whose phrase of Sorrow
3451 Coniure the wandring Starres, and makes them stand
3452 Like wonder-wounded hearers? This is I,
3453 Hamlet the Dane.
3454 Laer. The deuill take thy soule.
3455 Ham. Thou prai'st not well,
3456 I prythee take thy fingers from my throat; 260
3457 Sir though I am not Spleenatiue, and rash,
3458 Yet haue I something in me dangerous,
3459 Which let thy wisenesse feare. Away thy hand.
3460 King. Pluck them asunder.
3461 Qu. Hamlet, Hamlet.
3462 Gen. Good my Lord be quiet.
3463 Ham. Why I will fight with him vppon this Theme.
3464 Vntill my eielids will no longer wag.
3465 Qu. Oh my Sonne, what Theame? 268
3466 Ham. I lou'd Ophelia; fortie thousand Brothers
3467 Could not (with all there quantitie of Loue)
3468 Make vp my summe. What wilt thou do for her? 5.1.271
3469 King. Oh he is mad Laertes,
3470 Qu. For loue of God forbeare him.
3471 Ham. Come show me what thou'lt doe.
3472 Woo't weepe? Woo't fight? Woo't teare thy selfe?
3473 Woo't drinke vp Esile, eate a Crocodile?
3474 Ile doo't. Dost thou come heere to whine; [pp6
3475 To outface me with leaping in her Graue?
3476 Be buried quicke with her, and so will I.
3477 And if thou prate of Mountaines; let them throw
3478 Millions of Akers on vs; till our ground
3479 Sindging his pate against the burning Zone,
3480 Make Ossa like a wart. Nay, and thoul't mouth,
3481 Ile rant as well as thou.
3482 Kin. This is meere Madnesse:
3483 And thus a while the fit will worke on him:
3484 Anon as patient as the female Doue,
3485 When that her golden Cuplet are disclos'd;
3486 His silence will sit drooping.
3487 Ham. Heare you Sir:
3488 What is the reason that you vse me thus?
3489 I loud' you euer; but it is no matter:
3490 Let Hercules himselfe doe what he may,
3491 The Cat will Mew, and Dogge will haue his day. Exit.
3492 Kin. I pray you good Horatio wait vpon him,
3493 Strengthen you patience in our last nights speech,
3494 Wee'l put the matter to the present push:
3495 Good Gertrude set some watch ouer your Sonne,
3496 This Graue shall haue a liuing Monument:
3497 An houre of quiet shortly shall we see;
3498 Till then, in patience our proceeding be. Exeunt.
3499 Enter Hamlet and Horatio.
3500 Ham. So much for this Sir; now let me see the other,
3501 You doe remember all the Circumstance.
3502 Hor. Remember it my Lord?
3503 Ham. Sir, in my heart there was a kinde of fighting,
3504 That would not let me sleepe; me thought I lay
3505 Worse then the mutines in the Bilboes, rashly,
3506 (And praise be rashnesse for it) let vs know,
3507 Our indiscretion sometimes serues vs well,
3508 When our deare plots do paule, and that should teach vs,
3509 There's a Diuinity that shapes our ends,
3510 Rough-hew them how we will. 5.2.11
3511 Hor. That is most certaine.
3512 Ham. Vp from my Cabin
3513 My sea-gowne scarft about me in the darke,
3514 Grop'd I to finde out them; had my desire,
3515 Finger'd their Packet, and in fine, withdrew
3516 To mine owne roome againe, making so bold,
3517 (My feares forgetting manners) to vnseale
3518 Their grand Commission, where I found Horatio,
3519 Oh royall knauery: An exact command,
3520 Larded with many seuerall sorts of reason;
3521 Importing Denmarks health, and Englands too,
3522 With hoo, such Bugges and Goblins in my life,
3523 That on the superuize no leasure bated,
3524 No not to stay the grinding of the Axe,
3525 My head should be struck off.
3526 Hor. Ist possible?
3527 Ham. Here's the Commission, read it at more leysure:
3528 But wilt thou heare me how I did proceed?
3529 Hor. I beseech you.
3530 Ham. Being thus benetted round with Villaines,
3531 Ere I could make a Prologue to my braines,
3532 They had begun the Play. I sate me downe,
3533 Deuis'd a new Commission, wrote it faire,
3534 I once did hold it as our Statists doe,
3535 A basenesse to write faire; and laboured much
3536 How to forget that learning: but Sir now,
3537 It did me Yeomans seruice: wilt thou know
3538 The effects of what I wrote?
3539 Hor. I, good my Lord.
3540 Ham. An earnest Coniuration from the King,
3541 As England was his faithfull Tributary,
3542 As loue betweene them, as the Palme should flourish,
3543 As Peace should still her wheaten Garland weare,
3544 And stand a Comma 'tweene their amities,
3545 And many such like Assis of great charge,
3546 That on the view and know of these Contents,
3547 Without debatement further, more or lesse,
3548 He should the bearers put to sodaine death,
3549 Not shriuing time allowed.
3550 Hor. How was this seal'd?
3551 Ham. Why, euen in that was Heauen ordinate;
3552 I had my fathers Signet in my Purse,
3553 Which was the Modell of that Danish Seale: 5.2.50
3554 Folded the Writ vp in forme of the other,
3555 Subscrib'd it, gau't th' impression, plac't it safely,
3556 The changeling neuer knowne: Now, the next day
3557 Was our Sea Fight, and what to this was sement,
3558 Thou know'st already.
3559 Hor. So Guildensterne and Rosincrance, go too't.
3560 Ham. Why man, they did make loue to this imployment
3561 They are not neere my Conscience; their debate
3562 Doth by their owne insinuation grow:
3563 'Tis dangerous, when the baser nature comes
3564 Betweene the passe, and fell incensed points
3565 Of mighty opposites.
3566 Hor. Why, what a King is this?
3567 Ham. Does it not, thinkst thee, stand me now vpon
3568 He that hath kil'd my King, and whor'd my Mother,
3569 Popt in betweene th'election and my hopes,
3570 Throwne out his Angle for my proper life,
3571 And with such coozenage; is't not perfect conscience,
3572 To quit him with this arme? And is't not to be damn'd
3573 To let this Canker of our nature come
3574 In further euill.
3575 Hor. It must be shortly knowne to him from England
3576 What is the issue of the businesse there.
3577 Ham. It will be short,
3578 The interim's mine, and a mans life's no more
3579 Then to say one: but I am very sorry good Horatio,
3580 That to Laertes I forgot my selfe;
3581 For by the image of my Cause, I see
3582 The Portraiture of his; Ile count his fauours:
3583 But sure the brauery of his griefe did put me
3584 Into a Towring passion.
3585 Hor. Peace, who comes heere?
3586 Enter young Osricke. (marke.
3587 Osr. Your Lordship is right welcome back to Den-
3588 Ham. I humbly thank you Sir, dost know this waterflie?
3589 Hor. No my good Lord.
3590 Ham. Thy state is the more gracious; for 'tis a vice to
3591 know him: he hath much Land, and fertile; let a Beast
3592 be Lord of Beasts, and his Crib shall stand at the Kings
3593 Messe; 'tis a Chowgh; but as I saw spacious in the pos-
3594 session of dirt.
3595 Osr. Sweet Lord, if your friendship were at leysure,
3596 I should impart a thing to you from his Maiesty. 5.2.90
3597 Ham. I will receiue it with all diligence of spirit; put
3598 your Bonet to his right vse, 'tis for the head.
3599 Osr. I thanke your Lordship, 'tis very hot.
3600 Ham. No, beleeue mee 'tis very cold, the winde is
3602 Osr. It is indifferent cold my Lord indeed.
3603 Ham. Mee thinkes it is very soultry, and hot for my
3605 Osr. Exceedingly, my Lord, it is very soultry, as 'twere
3606 I cannot tell how: but my Lord, his Maiesty bad me sig-
3607 nifie to you, that he ha's laid a great wager on your head:
3608 Sir, this is the matter.
3609 Ham. I beseech you remember.
3610 Osr. Nay, in good faith, for mine ease in good faith: 105
3611 Sir, you are not ignorant of what excellence Laertes is at
3612 his weapon.
3613 Ham. What's his weapon?
3614 Osr. Rapier and dagger.
3615 Ham. That's two of his weapons; but well.
3616 Osr. The sir King ha's wag'd with him six Barbary Hor-
3617 ses, against the which he impon'd as I take it, sixe French
3618 Rapiers and Poniards, with their assignes, as Girdle,
3619 Hangers or so: three of the Carriages infaith are very
3620 deare to fancy, very responsiue to the hilts, most delicate
3621 carriages, and of very liberall conceit.
3622 Ham. What call you the Carriages? 154
3623 Osr. The Carriages Sir, are the hangers.
3624 Ham. The phrase would bee more Germaine to the
3625 matter: If we could carry Cannon by our sides; I would
3626 it might be Hangers till then; but on sixe Barbary Hor-
3627 ses against sixe French Swords: their Assignes, and three
3628 liberall conceited Carriages, that's the French but a-
3629 gainst the Danish; why is this impon'd as you call it?
3630 Osr. The King Sir, hath laid that in a dozen passes be-
3631 tweene you and him, hee shall not exceed you three hits;
3632 He hath one twelue for mine, and that would come to
3633 imediate tryall, if your Lordship would vouchsafe the
3635 Ham. How if I answere no?
3636 Osr. I meane my Lord, the opposition of your person
3637 in tryall.
3638 Ham. Sir, I will walke heere in the Hall; if it please
3639 his Maiestie, 'tis the breathing time of day with me; let
3640 the Foyles bee brought, the Gentleman willing, and the
3641 King hold his purpose; I will win for him if I can: if
3642 not, Ile gaine nothing but my shame, and the odde hits.
3643 Osr. Shall I redeliuer you ee'n so?
3644 Ham. To this effect Sir, after what flourish your na-
3645 ture will.
3646 Osr. I commend my duty to your Lordship.
3647 Ham. Yours, yours; hee does well to commend it
3648 himselfe, there are no tongues else for's tongue.
3649 Hor. This Lapwing runs away with the shell on his
3651 Ham. He did Complie with his Dugge before hee
3652 suck't it: thus had he and mine more of the same Beauy
3653 that I know the drossie age dotes on; only got the tune of
3654 the time, and outward habite of encounter, a kinde of
3655 yesty collection, which carries them through & through
3656 the most fond and winnowed opinions; and doe but blow
3657 them to their tryalls: the Bubbles are out. 194
3658 Hor. You will lose this wager, my Lord.
3659 Ham. I doe not thinke so, since he went into France,
3660 I haue beene in continuall practice; I shall winne at the
3661 oddes: but thou wouldest not thinke how all heere a-
3662 bout my heart: but it is no matter.
3663 Hor. Nay, good my Lord.
3664 Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kinde of
3665 gain-giuing as would perhaps trouble a woman.
3666 Hor. If your minde dislike any thing, obey. I will fore-
3667 stall their repaire hither, and say you are not fit.
3668 Ham. Not a whit, we defie Augury; there's a speciall
3669 Prouidence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not
3670 to come: if it bee not to come, it will bee now: if it
3671 be not now; yet it will come; the readinesse is all, since no
3672 man ha's ought of what he leaues. What is't to leaue be-
3674 Enter King, Queene, Laertes and Lords, with other Atten-
3675 dants with Foyles, and Gauntlets, a Table and
3676 Flagons of Wine on it.
3677 Kin. Come Hamlet, come, and take this hand from me.
3678 Ham. Giue me your pardon Sir, I'ue done you wrong,
3679 But pardon't as you are a Gentleman.
3680 This presence knowes, 5.2.228
3681 And you must needs haue heard how I am punisht
3682 With sore distraction? What I haue done
3683 That might your nature honour, and exception
3684 Roughly awake, I heere proclaime was madnesse:
3685 Was't Hamlet wrong'd Laertes? Neuer Hamlet.
3686 If Hamlet from himselfe be tane away:
3687 And when he's not himselfe, do's wrong Laertes,
3688 Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it:
3689 Who does it then? His Madnesse? If't be so,
3690 Hamlet is of the Faction that is wrong'd,
3691 His madnesse is poore Hamlets Enemy.
3692 Sir, in this Audience,
3693 Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd euill,
3694 Free me so farre in your most generous thoughts,
3695 That I haue shot mine Arrow o're the house,
3696 And hurt my Mother.
3697 Laer. I am satisfied in Nature,
3698 Whose motiue in this case should stirre me most
3699 To my Reuenge. But in my termes of Honor
3700 I stand aloofe, and will no reconcilement,
3701 Till by some elder Masters of knowne Honor,
3702 I haue a voyce, and president of peace
3703 To keepe my name vngorg'd. But till that time,
3704 I do receiue your offer'd loue like loue,
3705 And wil not wrong it.
3706 Ham. I do embrace it freely,
3707 And will this Brothers wager frankely play.
3708 Giue vs the Foyles: Come on.
3709 Laer. Come one for me.
3710 Ham. Ile be your foile Laertes, in mine ignorance,
3711 Your Skill shall like a Starre i'th'darkest night,
3712 Sticke fiery off indeede.
3713 Laer. You mocke me Sir.
3714 Ham. No by this hand.
3715 King. Giue them the Foyles yong Osricke,
3716 Cousen Hamlet, you know the wager.
3717 Ham. Verie well my Lord,
3718 Your Grace hath laide the oddes a'th'weaker side.
3719 King. I do not feare it,
3720 I haue seene you both:
3721 But since he is better'd, we haue therefore oddes.
3722 Laer. This is too heauy,
3723 Let me see another. 5.2.264
3724 Ham. This likes me well,
3725 These Foyles haue all a length. Prepare to play.
3726 Osricke. I my good Lord.
3727 King. Set me the Stopes of wine vpon that Table: 267
3728 If Hamlet giue the first, or second hit,
3729 Or quit in answer of the third exchange,
3730 Let all the Battlements their Ordinance fire,
3731 The King shal drinke to Hamlets better breath,
3732 And in the Cup an vnion shal he throw
3733 Richer then that, which foure successiue Kings
3734 In Denmarkes Crowne haue worne.
3735 Giue me the Cups, [qq1
3736 And let the Kettle to the Trumpets speake,
3737 The Trumpet to the Cannoneer without,
3738 The Cannons to the Heauens, the Heauen to Earth,
3739 Now the King drinkes to Hamlet. Come, begin,
3740 And you the Iudges beare a wary eye.
3741 Ham. Come on sir.
3742 Laer. Come on sir. They play.
3743 Ham. One.
3744 Laer. No.
3745 Ham. Iudgement.
3746 Osr. A hit, a very palpable hit.
3747 Laer. Well: againe.
3748 King. Stay, giue me drinke.
3749 Hamlet, this Pearle is thine,
3750 Here's to thy health. Giue him the cup,
3751 Trumpets sound, and shot goes off.
3752 Ham. Ile play this bout first, set by a-while.
3753 Come: Another hit; what say you? 285
3754 Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confesse.
3755 King. Our Sonne shall win.
3756 Qu. He's fat, and scant of breath.
3757 Heere's a Napkin, rub thy browes,
3758 The Queene Carowses to thy fortune, Hamlet.
3759 Ham. Good Madam.
3760 King. Gertrude, do not drinke.
3761 Qu. I will my Lord;
3762 I pray you pardon me.
3763 King. It is the poyson'd Cup, it is too late.
3764 Ham. I dare not drinke yet Madam,
3765 By and by.
3766 Qu. Come, let me wipe thy face. 5.2.294
3767 Laer. My Lord, Ile hit him now.
3768 King. I do not thinke't.
3769 Laer. And yet 'tis almost 'gainst my conscience.
3770 Ham. Come for the third.
3771 Laertes, you but dally,
3772 I pray you passe with your best violence,
3773 I am affear'd you make a wanton of me.
3774 Laer. Say you so? Come on. Play.
3775 Osr. Nothing neither way.
3776 Laer. Haue at you now.
3777 In scuffling they change Rapiers.
3778 King. Part them, they are incens'd.
3779 Ham. Nay come, againe.
3780 Osr. Looke to the Queene there hoa.
3781 Hor. They bleed on both sides. How is't my Lord?
3782 Osr. How is't Laertes?
3783 Laer. Why as a Woodcocke
3784 To mine Sprindge, Osricke,
3785 I am iustly kill'd with mine owne Treacherie.
3786 Ham. How does the Queene?
3787 King. She sounds to see them bleede.
3788 Qu. No, no, the drinke, the drinke.
3789 Oh my deere Hamlet, the drinke, the drinke,
3790 I am poyson'd.
3791 Ham. Oh Villany! How? Let the doore be lock'd.
3792 Treacherie, seeke it out.
3793 Laer. It is heere Hamlet.
3794 Hamlet, thou art slaine,
3795 No Medicine in the world can do thee good.
3796 In thee, there is not halfe an houre of life;
3797 The Treacherous Instrument is in thy hand,
3798 Vnbated and envenom'd: the foule practise
3799 Hath turn'd it selfe on me. Loe, heere I lye,
3800 Neuer to rise againe: Thy Mothers poyson'd:
3801 I can no more, the King, the King's too blame.
3802 Ham. The point envenom'd too,
3803 Then venome to thy worke.
3804 Hurts the King.
3805 All. Treason, Treason.
3806 King. O yet defend me Friends, I am but hurt.
3807 Ham. Heere thou incestuous, murdrous,
3808 Damned Dane,
3809 Drinke off this Potion: Is thy Vnion heere? 5.2.326
3810 Follow my Mother. King Dyes.
3811 Laer. He is iustly seru'd.
3812 It is a poyson temp'red by himselfe:
3813 Exchange forgiuenesse with me, Noble Hamlet;
3814 Mine and my Fathers death come not vpon thee,
3815 Nor thine on me. Dyes. 331
3816 Ham. Heauen make thee free of it, I follow thee.
3817 I am dead Horatio, wretched Queene adiew,
3818 You that looke pale, and tremble at this chance,
3819 That are but Mutes or audience to this acte:
3820 Had I but time (as this fell Sergeant death
3821 Is strick'd in his Arrest) oh I could tell you.
3822 But let it be: Horatio, I am dead,
3823 Thou liu'st, report me and my causes right
3824 To the vnsatisfied.
3825 Hor. Neuer beleeue it.
3826 I am more an Antike Roman then a Dane:
3827 Heere's yet some Liquor left.
3828 Ham. As th'art a man, giue me the Cup.
3829 Let go, by Heauen Ile haue't.
3830 Oh good Horatio, what a wounded name,
3831 (Things standing thus vnknowne) shall liue behind me.
3832 If thou did'st euer hold me in thy heart,
3833 Absent thee from felicitie awhile,
3834 And in this harsh world draw thy breath in paine,
3835 To tell my Storie.
3836 March afarre off, and shout within.
3837 What warlike noyse is this?
3838 Enter Osricke.
3839 Osr. Yong Fortinbras, with conquest come frPoland
3840 To th'Ambassadors of England giues this warlike volly.
3841 Ham. O I dye Horatio: 352
3842 The potent poyson quite ore-crowes my spirit,
3843 I cannot liue to heare the Newes from England,
3844 But I do prophesie th'election lights
3845 On Fortinbras, he ha's my dying voyce,
3846 So tell him with the occurrents more and lesse,
3847 Which haue solicited. The rest is silence. O, o, o, o. Dyes
3848 Hora. Now cracke a Noble heart:
3849 Goodnight sweet Prince,
3850 And flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest,
3851 Why do's the Drumme come hither? 5.2.361
3852 Enter Fortinbras and English Ambassador, with Drumme,
3853 Colours, and Attendants.
3854 Fortin. Where is this sight?
3855 Hor. What is it ye would see;
3856 If ought of woe, or wonder, cease your search.
3857 For. His quarry cries on hauocke. Oh proud death,
3858 What feast is toward in thine eternall Cell.
3859 That thou so many Princes, at a shoote,
3860 So bloodily hast strooke.
3861 Amb. The sight is dismall,
3862 And our affaires from England come too late,
3863 The eares are senselesse that should giue vs hearing,
3864 To tell him his command'ment is fulfill'd,
3865 That Rosincrance and Guildensterne are dead: [qq1[v]
3866 Where should we haue our thankes?
3867 Hor. Not from his mouth,
3868 Had it th'abilitie of life to thanke you:
3869 He neuer gaue command'ment for their death.
3870 But since so iumpe vpon this bloodie question,
3871 You from the Polake warres, and you from England
3872 Are heere arriued. Giue order that these bodies
3873 High on a stage be placed to the view,
3874 And let me speake to th'yet vnknowing world,
3875 How these things came about. So shall you heare
3876 Of carnall, bloudie, and vnnaturall acts,
3877 Of accidentall iudgements, casuall slaughters
3878 Of death's put on by cunning, and forc'd cause,
3879 And in this vpshot, purposes mistooke,
3880 Falne on the Inuentors heads. All this can I
3881 Truly deliuer.
3882 For. Let vs hast to heare it,
3883 And call the Noblest to the Audience.
3884 For me, with sorrow, I embrace my Fortune,
3885 I haue some Rites of memory in this Kingdome,
3886 Which are to claime, my vantage doth
3887 Inuite me,
3888 Hor. Of that I shall haue alwayes cause to speake,
3889 And from his mouth
3890 Whose voyce will draw on more:
3891 But let this same be presently perform'd,
3892 Euen whiles mens mindes are wilde,
3893 Lest more mischance 5.2.394
3894 On plots, and errors happen.
3895 For. Let foure Captaines
3896 Beare Hamlet like a Soldier to the Stage,
3897 For he was likely, had he beene put on
3898 To haue prou'd most royally:
3899 And for his passage,
3900 The Souldiours Musicke, and the rites of Warre
3901 Speake lowdly for him.
3902 Take vp the body; Such a sight as this
3903 Becomes the Field, but heere shewes much amis.
3904 Go, bid the Souldiers shoote.
3905 Exeunt Marching: after the which, a Peale of
3906 Ordenance are shot off.