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Ham. What, looked he frowningly t
Hor. A countenance more In sorrow than in anger.
Ham. Pale or red t
Hor. Nay, very pale.
Ham. And fixed his eyes upon you?
Hor. Most constantly.
Ham. I would I had been there.
Hor. It would have much amazed you.
Ham. Very like,
Hor. While one, with moderate haste,
Mar. Longer, longer.
Hor. Not when I saw it.
Ham. His beard was grizzled ?—no?
Hor. It was, as I have seen it in his life, A sable silvered.
Ham. I will watch to-night; Perchance 'twill walk again.
Hor. I warrant 'twill.
Ham. If it assume my noble father's person, I'll speak to it, though hell itself should cape, And bid me hold my peace. [Crosses L.J I pray
you all, [Returns to R.
If you have hitherto concealed this sight,
Hor. [r.] Our duty to your honor.
Ham. [r.] Your loves, as mine to you.
[Exeunt alt but Hamlet, R. My father's spirit [c.1 in arms! all is not well; I doubt some foul play—would the night were come!
Till then, sit still, my soul; [l.] foul deeds will rise,
Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes. [Exit L.
Scene III—An Apartment in Polonius' Hoiuse.
Enter Laertes and Ophelia, R.
Laer. [r.] My necessaries are embarked; farewell!
And, sister, as the winds give benefit,
Oph. [R.] Do you doubt that?
Laer. For Hamlet, and the tnfling of his favor, Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood. He may not, as unvalued persons do, Carve for himself; for on his chowe depends The safety and the health of the whole. state. Then weigh what loss your honor may sustain, If with too credent ear you list his songs. Fear it, Ophelia, fear it, my dear sister; And keep you in the rear of your affection, Out of the shot and danger of desire; The chariest maid is prodigal enough, If she unmask her beauty to the moon.
Oph. [R.c.] 1 shall the effect of this good lesson keep
As watchman to my heart. But, good my brother,
Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven;
Whilst, like a reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own rede.
Laer. [c. ] Oh, fear me not!
Pol. [l. C.] Yet here, Laertes? aboard, aboard,
Laer. Most humbly do I take my lean'e, my lord.
Oph. 'Tis in my memory locked,
Laer. Farewell. [Exit L.
Pol. What is't, Ophelia, he hath said to you f
Oph. So please you, something touching the Lord Hamlet.
Pol. Tc.] Marry, well bethought;
If it be so (as so 'tis put on me,
Oph. [c.] He hath, my lord, of late made many tenders Of his affection to me.
Pol. Affection! pooh! you speak like a green girl,
Unsifted in such perilous circumstance.
Pol. Marry, I'll teach you: think yourself a baby;
That you have ta'en these tenders for true pay, Which are not sterling. Tender yourself more
dearly, Or you'll tender me a fool.
Oph. My lord, he hath importuned me with
In honorable fashion.
With almost all the holy vows of heaveK
Oph. [k.] I shall obey, my lord. [Exeunt it
Scene IV.—The Platform.
cold. [ Goes
Hor. [rj It is a nipping and an eager air.
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ish of trumpets and drums, and ordnance shot
off within.'] What does this mean, my lord?
Ham. [ L. ) The king doth wake to-night, and takes his rouse; And as he drains his draughts of Rhenish down, The kettle-drum and trumpet thus bray out The triumph of his pledge.
Hor. Is it a custom?
Ham. Aye, marry, is't; But to my mind—though I am native here, And to the manner born—it is a custom More honored in the breach than the observance.
Enter Ghost, L.
Hor. [r.] Look, my lord, it comes! Ham. [r. C. Horatio stands about two yards from the back of Hamlet; Marcellus about the same distance from Hamlet, up the stage.] Angels and ministers of grace defend us!
[ghost stops, L. C. Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damned, Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from hell,
Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
Hor. It beckons you to go away with it,
Mar. Look with what courteous action
Hor. No, by no means.
Ham. It will not speak; then I will follow it. Hor- [taking Hamlet's arm.] Do not, my lord.
Ham. Why, what should be the fear i
[ghost beckons. Still am I called—unhand me, gentlemen: By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me.
[Breaks away from them. I say away; go on, I'll follow thee. [Exeunt Ghost and Hamlet, L. Horatio and MarCellus slowly follow.
Scene V.—A remote part of the Platform. Re-enter Ghost and Hamlet from L. U. E. to L. C.
Ham. fc.] Whither wilt thou lead me? speak; I'll go no farther.
Ghost. [l. C.j Mark me.
Ham. [r. c.j I will.
Ghost. My hour is almost come,
Ham. Alas, poor ghost!
Ghost. Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing To what I shall unfold.
Ham. Speak, I am bound to hear.
Ghost. So art thou to revenge when thou shalt hear.
Ghost. I am thy father's spirit,
To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres;
Thy knotted and combined locks to part,
Ghost. Revenge his foul and most unnatural
murder. Ham. Murder?
Ghost. Murder most foul as in the best it is;
As meditation or the thoughts of love,
Ghost. I find thee apt.
'Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard,
Hor. What if it tempt you toward the flood, my A serpent stung me; so the whole ear of Denmark
I made to her in marriage; and to decline
but soft, methinks I scent the morning air—
Thus was I sleeping by a brother's hand,
Ghost. If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not;
[ Vanishes L. c.
Ham. [r.] Hold, hold, my heart; And you, my sinews, grow not instant old, But bear me stiffly up. [c] Remember thee? Aye, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat In this distracted globe. Remember theef Tea, from the table of my memory I'll wipe away all forms, all pressures past, And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain, Unmixed with baser matter; yes, by heaven, I have sworn it.
Hor. [within, L.] My lord, my lord!
Mar. [within.] Lord Hamlet!
Hor. [within.] Heaven secure him!
Ham. So be it!
Hor. [within.] Hillo, ho, ho, my lord!
Enter Horatio and Marcellus, L. U. E.
Mar. Jr. c.l How is'I, my noble lord?
Hor. [r.. c] What news, my lord f
Ham. [c] Oh, wonderful!
Hor. Good my lord, tell it.
Ham. No; you will reveal it.
Hor. Not I, my lord, by heaven.
Ham. How say you then; would heart of mau once think it f— But you'll be secret f
Hor. Aye, by heaven, my lord.
Ham. There's ne'er a villain dwelling in all Denmark, But he's an arrant knave.
Hor. There needs no ghost, my lord, come from the grave, To tell us this.
Ham. Why, right; you arc in the right;
You as your business and desire shall point you;
Ham. I am sorry they offend you, heartily.
And much offense, too, [takes his hand] touching this vision here.
It is an honest ghost, that let me tell you!
For you desire to know what is between us,
O'ermaster it as you may. [Part.] And now, good friends, [Crosses L.
As you are friends, scholars and soldiers,
Give me one poor request.
Ham. [c] Never make known what you have
seen to-night Hor. and Mar. My lord, we will not. Ham. Nay, but swear it. Hor. Propose the oath, my lord. Ham. Never to speak of this that you have
seen; [r.] Swear by my sword.
Ghost, [beneath.] Swear!
Hor. Oh, day and night, but this is wond'rous
Ham. And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heav'n and earth,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Here, [all three stand, R. ] as before, never, so help
you mercy! How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself— As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on— That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, With arms encumbered thus, or this head-shake, Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, As, "Well, well, we know ;''—or, "We could, an if we would ;" or, " If we list to speak;" or, " There be, an if they might;" Or such ambiguous giving out, to note That you know aught of me ;—this do ye swear, So grace and mercy at your most need help you!
Ghost, [beneath.] Swear!
Ham. Rest, rest, perturbed spirit! [All at c] So, gentlemen, With all my love I do commend me to you; And what so poor a man as Hamlet is,
[Takes a hand of each. May do to express his love and friending to you, Heaven willing, shall not lack. Let us go in together; [ Crosses L. And still your fingers on your lips, I pray. The time is out of joint;—oh, cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right! [Exeunt L.
Scene I.—An Apartment i n Polonius' House.
Oph. [r.] Oh, my lord, my lord, I havo been
so affrighted! Pol. With what, in the name of heaven? Oph. My lord, as I was sewing in my closet,
Lord Hamlet—with his doublet all unbraced,
No hat upon his head,
Pale as his shirt, his knees knocking each other— He comes before me.
Pol. [c.] Mad for thy love?
Oph. fc.] My lord, I do not know; But, truly, I do fear it.
Pol. What said he?
Oph. He took me by the wrist, and held me hard;
Then goes he to the length of all his arm,
This is the very ecstasy of love.
Oph. No, my good lord; but, as you did command,
I did repel his letters, and denied
Pol. That hath made him mad.
This must be known; which, being kept close,
might move More grief to hide, than hate to utter love.
Scene II.—The Palace. Enter the King, Queen, Rosenceantz, Guild
ENSTERN, L., FRANCISCO and BERNARDO, R.
King. [c.] Welcome, dear Eosencrantz and Gmldenstern 1 Moreover that we did much long to see you, The need we have to use you did provide Our hasty sending. Something have you heard Of Hamlet's transformation; What it should be,
More than his father's death, that thus hath put him
So much from the understanding of himself,
I cannot dream of; I entreat you both,
That you vouchsafe your rest here in our court
Some little time; so, by your companies,
To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather
Whether aught to us unknown afflicts him thus,
That, opened, lies within our remedy.
Queen. [c.] Good gentlemen, he hath much talked of you; And sure I am two men there are not living To whom he more adheres. If it will please you So to expend your time with us awhile, Your visitation shall receive such thanks As fits a king's remembrance. •
Ros. [l.] Both your majesties
Might, by the sovereign power you have of us,
Guil. [l.] But we both obey;
King. Thanks, Rosencrantz and gentle Guildenstern.
Queen. I do beseech you instantly to visit My too much changed son. Go, some of you, And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is.
[Exeunt all but .king and Queen, R.
Enter Polonius, L.
Pol. [l. C.] I now do think (or else this brain of mine
Hunts not the trail of policy so sure
Pol. My liege and madame, to expostulate
Queen. f R. C.] More matter, with less art.
Pol. Madame, I swear I use no art at all.
I have a daughter; have, while she is mine;
Who, in her duty and obedience, mark,
Hath given me this; [shows a paper] now
gather, and surmise. [Reads.] "To the celestial, and my soul's idol, the most beautified Ophelia,"—That's an ill phrase, a vile phrase; beautified is a vile phrase, but you shall hear:
[Reads.] "In her excellent white bosom these," etc.
Queen. Came these from Hamlet to her? Pol. Good madame, stay awhile; I will be faithful—
[Reads.] "Doubt thou the stars are fire,
Doubt that the sun doth move,
"Oh, dear Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers; I have no art to reckon my groans; but that I lovo thee best, oh, most best, believe it! Adieu.
"Thine evermore, most dear lady, whilst this machine is to him, Hamlet." This, in obedience, hath my daughter shown me; And more above hath his solicitings, As they fell out by time, by means and place, All given to mine ear.
King. How hath she Received his love?
Pol. What do you think of me?
.Kin<7. As of a man faithful and honorable.
When I had seen this hot love on the wing
And my young mistress thus did I bespeak:
King. Do you think 'tis this?
Queen. It may be, very likely.
Pol. Hath there been such a time (I'd fain know that) That I have positively said, 'Tis so, When it proved otherwise f
King. Not that I know.
Pol. Take this from this, if this be otherwise. [Pointing to his head and shoulders. If circumstances lead me I wil) fmd Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed Within the centre.
King. How may we try it further?
Pol. You know sometimes he walks for hours together Here in the lobby.
Queen. So he does indeed.
Pol. At such a time I'll loose my daughter to him;
Mark the encounter: if he love her not,
King, [r.j We will try it.
wretch comes reading!
[Exeunt King and Queen, R. S. E. Enter Hamlet, M. D., reading. [r. c] How does my good Lord Hamlet tf Ham. [L. c] Excellent well. Pol. [c] Do you know me, my lord? Ham. [r. c.J Excellent well; you are a fishmonger. Pol. Not I, my lord.
Ham. Then I would you were so honest a man. Pol. Honest, my lord f
Ham. Aye, sir! to be honest as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.
Pol. That's very true, my lord.
Ham. For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a god kissing carrion— Have you a daughter i
Pol. I have, my lord.
Ham. Let her not walk i' the sun; conception is a blessing; but as your daughter may conceive —friend, look to't. [Turns to the R. and reads.
Pol. fc, aside.] Still harping on my daughter! yet he knew me not at first; he said I was a fishmonger. I'll speak to him again. \ Aloud.] What do you read, my lord?
Ham. [r.j Words, words, words!
Pol. What is the matter, my lord f
Ham. Between who f
Pol. I mean the matter that you read, mv lord f
Ham. [c] Slanders, sir; for the satirical rogue says here, that old men have gray beards; that their faces are wrinkled; their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum; and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams; all of which, sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down; for yourself, sir, shall be old as I am, if, like a crab, you could go backward.
Pol. [aside.] Though this be madness, yet there's method in't. [Aloud. ] Will you walk out of the air, my lord f
Ham. [r.] Into my grave!
Pol. [aside.] Indeed, that is out o'the air. How pregnant sometimes his replies are! a happiness that often madness hits on, which reason and sanity could not so prosperously be delivered of. I will leave him, and suddenly contrive the means of meeting between him and my daughter, [c. Aloud.] My honorable lord, [r. C.j I will most humbly take my leave of you.
Ham. You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal; except my life, except my life, except my life. [Crosses R.
Pol. Fare you well, my lord.
Ham. [aside.] These tedious old fools!
Enter Rosencrantz and Gujldenstern, L.
Pol. You go to seek the Lord Hamlet? there he is.
Ros. [L.] Heaven save you, sir!
[Exit Polonius, I
Guil. [l.] My honored lord!
Ham. My ^excelleut good friends! How dost thou, Guildenstern f [Crosses c.J Ah, Rosencrantz! Good lads, how do ye both t What news?
Ros. [l. cl None, my lord; but that the world's grown honest.
Ham. Then is doomsday near; but your news is not true. In the beaten way of friendship, what make you at Elsinore f
Ros. To visit you, my lord; no other occasion.
Ham. Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks! but I thank you. Were you not sent for f Is it your own inclining? Is it a free visitation? Come, come; deal justly with me; come, nay, speak.
Guil. [r. C.j What should we say, my lord?
Ham. Anything—but to the purpose. You were sent for, and there is a kind of confession in your looks which your modesties have not craft enough to color; I know the good king and queen have sent for you.
Ros. To what end, my lord?
Ham. That you must teach me. But let me conjure you, by the rights of our fellowship, by the consonancy of our youth, by the obligation of our ever-preserved love, and by what more dear a better proposer could charge you withal, be even and direct with me, whether you were sent for or no?