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Thou know'st 'tis cominon, all that live must die,
Passing through nature to eternity.

Ham. Ay, madam, it is common.

Queen. If it be,
Why seems it so particular with thee?

Ham. Seems, madam ? nay it is; I know not seems:
'Tis not alone my inky cloak, p good mother,
Nor customary fuits of folemn black,
Nor windy suspiration of forc'd breath,
No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,
Nor the dejected haviour of the visage,
Together with all forms, moods, 9 shapes of grief,
That can' denote me truly : these indeed seem,
For they are actions that a man might play;
But I have that within, which 'pafleth show;
These, but the trappings, and the suits of woe.

King. 'Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet,
To give these mourning duties to your father :
But you must know, your father loft a father,
"That father loft, lost his, and the surviver bound
In filial obligation, for some term
To do obsequious * sorrow : but to y persevere
In obstinate condolement, is a course

• The qu's and first f. read lives.

u P. and H. omit Hamlet. p The first q. reads, cool norber; the w Tbal farber loft, loft bis, &c. So 2d and 3d, could jrocher.

all the editions till P. who alters ir, 4 The first q. reads, chapes; the 2d Tber father bis, 36, and is followed by and 3d qu's, and C. jhapes; the rett, H. and W. The 4th f, reads Tbe for fbews.

Thai, : First and 2d qu's, devole.

* Second and 3d qu's read forraees. 's P. reads, tbeje may seem.

ỹ The int and ad qu's and three fire · The qu's, polles.

fo's read porfisr.


Of impious stubbornness; * 'tis unmaaly grief;
It shews a will most incorrect to heaven,
A heart unfortify'd, : a mind impatient,
An understanding simple, and unschoold:
For what we know must be, and is as common
As any the most vulgar thing to sense,
Why should we, in our peevish opposition,
Take it to heart? fie!' 'tis a fault to heaven,
A fault against the dead, a fault to nature,
To reason oft abfurd, whose common theme
Is death of fathers, and who still hath cried,
From the first coarse, 'till he that died to-day,
“ This must be fo.” We pray you throw to earth
This unprevailing woe, and think of us
As of a father : for let the world take note,
You are the most immediate to our throne,
• And with no less nobility of love
Than that which deareft father bears his son,
Do I impart : toward you. For your intent
In going back to schools to Wittenberg,
It is mofti retrograde to our desire:
And we beseech you, bend you to remain
Here in the chear and comfort of our eye,
Our chiefest courtier, cousin, and our son.

% --'tis-All the editions till P, in- d T. reads, And with 't no lefs, &c. fert chis word; he omits it, as do all the and is followed by H. edicors after him except C.

e The fo's and R. towards. a Inftead of a, the qu's read or. f Instead of so, the aft q. and the fo's

The set and 2d qu's, course. read into & H. reads anavailing.

. The ift and 2d qu's, retrogard.

Queen. Let not thy mother lose her prayers, Hamlet; I pray thee stay with us, go not to Wittenberg.

Ham. I shall in all my best obey you, madam.

King. Why ʼtis. a loving, and a fair reply;
Be as ourself in Denmark. Madam, come;
This gentle and unforc'd accord of Hamlet
Sits smiling * to my heart; in grace whereof,
No jocund health that Denmark drinks to-day,
But the great cannon to the clouds shall' tell;
And the king's rowse the m heaven shall bruit again,
Re-speaking earthly thunder. Come away.

["Flourish, exeunto


Manet Hamlet.

Ham. Oh that this too, too P folid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew;
Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd
His 9 cannon 'gainst felf-flaughter ! O God, God!
How 'weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
u Seem to me all the uses of this world !

h Fourth f. brorber.
i Fo's, pryrber.
k H. reads at for to.
1 H. reads, tell it.
m Three first fo's and H, beavens.
n All but qu's omit flourish.

. The qu's add, all but Hamlet, and omit Manet Hamler.

9 T. reads canon, i. e. law. Also P.'s duodecimo, and the succeeding editions.

The two first qu's, seale for self. s So the qu's, the fo's, and all fue. ceeding editions read, O God! O God! Two first qu's, wary.

Steevens neglects giving the reading of 3d qe 17:7

? The qu's, Jaliied.


sveary. 2. The fu's and R. seemi,

* Fie on 't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden
That grows to feed ; things rank, and gross in nature
y Poffefs it merély. That it should come to this !
But two months dead !, nay, not fo much; not two-
So excellent a king, that was, to this,
Hyperion to a satyr: fo loving to my mother
That he might not ? let e'en the winds of heaven
Visit her face too roughly. '. Heav'n and earth!
Must I remember?-why, she a would hang on him,
As if increase of appetite had grown
By what it fed on; and yet within a month !-
Let me not think on 't-Frailty, thy name is woman!
A little month!-or ere those shoes were old
With which she follow'd my poor father's body,
Like Niobe, all tears—Why she,
(O God! a beast that wants discourse of reason
Would have mourn'd longer) married with ' my uncle,
My father's brother; 8 but no more like my father,
Than I to Hercules. Within a month,


even she

* Fie on's! ab fie! So the qu’s and and is concurred with by H. J. and C. C. The ist and 2d fo's, Fie on 't! ob But T. reads would for mig be. fie, fie. The 3d and 4th fo's, and all a The qu's, should succeeding editions, Fie on 't! ob fie!. b P. omits and, (which is found in

y So the fo's. The qu’s and P. read, all the foregoing editions) and is fol. Poffefs it meerly that it should come thus. lowed in this omission by all the fuc

z Let c'en. The qu's read beteeme. ceeding editors, except C. First, 2d and 3d fo's, beteene. Fourth f. c.-on't, is exactly treated as the between. R. conjectures the whole line above word, and. thus,

even me. These words are not in Tbar be permitted not the winds of beav'n, the qu’s. and is followed by P. and W. T. sup e So the qu's. The fo's and all the pofing an etror in the press in the old rest read, ob beaven ! editions, substitutes let c'en, for beteene; f The fo's and all after, mine.

6 --but-shis word is omitted by P. B



Ere yet the falt of most unrighteous tears
Had left the flushing in her gauled eyes
She married. Oh most wicked speed, to poft
With such dexterity to incestuous sheets !
It is not, nor it cannot come to good.
But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.


Enter Horatio, Bernardo, and Marcellus. Hor. Hail to your lordship.

Ham. I am glad to see you well---Horatio-or I do forget myself.

Her. The fáme, my lord, and your poor fervant ever,

Ham. Sir, my good friend, I'll change that name with you. And what make you from Wittenberg, HoratioMarcellus !

Mar. My good lord

Ham. I am very glad to see you; 'good even, fir. Butk what, in faith, make you from Wittenberg ?

Hor. A truant disposition, good my lord.

Ham. I would not hear your enemy say so; Nor shall you do m my ear that violence, Toinake it trufter of your own report Against yourself. I know you are no truant; But what is your affair in Elfinoor? • We'll teach you to drink deep ere you depart. h The fo's and R. read of for in,

m The fo's and all after, mine, except i H. and W. read good morning. * The 4th f. omits whar.

n The three laft fo's, take. ! 1-bearSo the qu's, and all but the o The qu's read, fo's and R, which read bave

Will teach you for to drink ere you departe


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