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Art more engaged! Help, angels, make assay!
[Retires and kneels.
The King rises and advances. King. My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; Words, without thoughts, never to heaven go.4 [Exit.
1 “That would be scanned”—that requires consideration. 2 The quarto reads, base and silly.
3 Shakspeare has used the verb to hent, to take, to lay hold on, elsewhere; but the word is here used as a substantive, for hold or opportunity. 4 First quarto :
“No king on earth is safe, if God's his foe."
Enter Queen and POLONIUS.
to him ;
I'll warrant you; Fear me not ;--withdraw, I hear him coming.
[Polonius hides himself.
What's the matter now?
No, by the rood, not so.
Queen. Nay, then I'll set those to you that can speak.
me : Help, help, ho!
1 The folio here interposes the following speech:
“ Ham. [Within.] Mother, mother, mother.” The circumstance of Polonius hiding himself behind the arras, and the manner of his death, are found in the old black letter prose Hystory of Hamblett.
Pol. [Behind.) What, ho! help!
How now! a rat?
[Draws. Dead, for a ducat, dead.
[Hamlet makes a pass through the arras. Pol. [Behind.]
O, I am slain.
Falls and dies.
Nay, I know not.
[Lifts up the arras, and draws forth POLONIUS. Queen. 0, what a rash and bloody deed is this!
Ham. A bloody deed ; almost as bad, good mother,
Queen. As kill a king !
Ay, lady, 'twas my word.----
Such an act,
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With tristful visage, as against the doom,
Ah me, what act,
Ilam. Look here upon this picture, and on this ;
Ha ! have you eyes
1 The quarto of 1604 gives this passage thus
Heaven's face does glow
Is thought-sick at the act."
3 It is evident, from this passage, that whole-length pictures of the
4 Here the allusion is to Pharaoh's dream, Genesis, xli.
5 Sense here is not used for reason; but for sensation, feeling, or perception.
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HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK.
That thus hath cozened you at hoodman blind? 1
O Hamlet, speak no more.
Nay, but to live
O, speak to me no more ;
Ham. A murderer, and a villain;
1 “ The hoodwinke play, or hoodman blind, in some place, called blindmanbuf."--Baret. It is hob-man-blind in the quarto of 1603.
2 i. e, could not be so dull and stupid.
“Why, appetite with you is in the wane,
Your blood rụns backward now from whence it came;
When lust shall dwell within a matron's breast?'
6 i. e. greasy, rank, gross. It is a term borrowed from falconry. The seam of any animal was the fat or tallow; and a hawk was said to be enseamed when she was too fat or gross for flight. It should be remarked, that the quarto of 1603 reads incestuous, as does that of 1611.
7 i. e.“the low mimic, the counterfeit, a dizard, or common vice and jester, counterfeiting the gestures of any man.”-Fleming. Shakspeare afterwards calls him a king of shreds and patches, alluding to the particolored habit of the vice or fool in a play.