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So hallow'd and so gracious is that d time.

Hor. So have I heard, and do in part believe it,
But look, the morn, in ruffet mantle clad,
Walks o'er the dew of yon high-eastward hill;
Break we our watch up, and by my advice.
Let us impart what we have seen to-niglit
Unto young Hamlet; for, upon my life,
This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him:
Do you consent we shall acquaint him with it,
As needful in our loves, fitting our duty ?

Mar. Let's do't, I pray; and I this morning know, Where we shall find him moft & convenient. [Exeunt.

SCENE II.

The Palace,

"Enter Claudius King of Denmark, Gertrude the Queen,

Hamlet, Polonius, Laertes; Voltimand, Cornelius, Lords and Attendants.

King. Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death The inemory be green,

i and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdom

• So the qu's; the reft, ibe for ebat. The fo's, Enter Claudius king of Dex

e So the qu's, and W. and C. the rest mark, Gertrude the queen, Hamlet, Polocaftorn.

nius, Lacrtes, and bis sifter Opbelia, lords, f R. reads do for shall

.

alifanis. & So the.qu's and C. che reft, conve Rowe, Enter tbe king, queen, Opbelis, niently.

Hamlet, Polonius, Laeries, Voitimand, Core b The qu’s direct, Flourish. Enter melius, lords and attendants. Claudius king of Denmarke, Gerlrad the i So the qu's, fo's, R, ), and C. qacene, councell, as Polonius, and bis jens P. reads, and ibar it fitsed; followed by Laertes, Hamlet, cum eliise

the rest.

To

To be contracted in one brow of woe;
Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature,
That we with wifest sorrow think on him,
Together with reinembrance of ourselves :
Therefore our k sometime lifter, now our queen,
The imperial jointress' to this warlike state,
Have we, as 'twere, with a defeated joy,
m With an auspicious, and a dropping eye,
With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage,
In equal scale weighing delight and dole,
Taken to wife: nor have we herein barr'd
Your better wisdoms, which have freely gone
With this affair along: (for all, our thanks),
Now follows, that you know, young Fortinbras,
Holding a weak lupposal of our worth,
Or thinking, by our late dear brother's death,
Our state to be disjoint, and out of frame,

Colleagued with o this dream of his advantage,
He hath not fail'd to pester us with message,
Importing the surrender of those lands
Loft by his father, with all bands of law
To our most valiant brother, So much for himn.
Now for ourself, and for this time of meeting;
Thus much the business is. We have here writ
To Norway, uncle of young Fortinbra!, ,
Who, impotent and bed-rid, scarcely hears

1 The fu's and R. Sometimes,

• The fo's read ibe for ibis. So the qu's; thç reft, of for to P So the qu's and C. the fo's and R. m So the qu's; the rest, Witb one wieb all bonds; P, and the rest, boal! auspicious, and one dropping sye. A very bands. burlesque picture !

9 Here the fo's direct, Enter Voltimand * H, reads Colloguede

and Cornelius,

Of

M L E T.
Of this his nephew's purpose, to suppress
His further gate herein; in that 'the levies,
The lists, and full proportions are all made
Out of his s subje&ts; and we here dispatch
You good Cornelius, and you Voltimand,
For bearers of this greeting to old Norway;
Giving to you no further personal power
u To business with the king, more than the scopo
w Of these dilated articles * allows,
Farewel, and let your hafte commend your duty.

y Vol. In that, and all things, will we shew our duty.
King. We doubt ? it nothing; heartily farewel.

(* Exeunt Vol. and Cor, And now, Laertes, what's the news with you? You told us of some fuit; what is 't, Laertes? You cannot speak of reason to the Danes, And lose your voice; What wouldst thou beg, Laertes ? That shall not be my offer, not thy asking? The b head is not more native to the heart, The hand inore instrumental to the mouth, « Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father, What wouldst thou have, Laertes ?

Laer. "My dread Lord, r The 3d and 4th fo's read be for Ibe. 2 The 4th f. R. and P.'s quarto read

First and 2d qu's, and the fo's, read, in for it. subje£t.

a The qu's omit this direction. + The fo's and R. read, bearing.

b H. and W. read blood for bead. u R, P, and H. read of treary for 10 e So all the editions till H, who alters buindls.

w So ali before P. who reads which 'Than to the throne of Denmark is thy farber, for of, followed by all but J. and C. followed by W. and y. * Soy; all the rest allow.

d The fo's, and R. read, Dread my y In the qu's this speech is given to Lord. both Cornelius and Votim.id,

Your

it to,

hard consent.

Your leave and favour to return to France;
From whence though willingly I came to Denmark
To fhew my duty in your coronation ;
Yet now I must confess, that duty done,
My thoughts and wishes bend again toward France;
And bow them to your gracious love and pardon.

King. Have you your Father's leave? what says Polonius?

Pol. 'He hath, my lord, 8 wrung from me my now leave,
By labour fome petition, and at last
Upon his will I seald my,
I do beseech you, give him leave to go.

King. Take thy fair hour, Laertes, time be thine,
And thy best graces spend it at thy will.
But now, my cousin Hamlet, i and my

fon
Ham. A little more than kin, and less than kind k.
King. How is it that the clouds still hang on you?
Ham. Not so, 'my lord, I am too much mith' sun.

Queen. Good Hamlet, cast thy " nighted colour off,
And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark.
Do not for ever, with thy veiled lids,
Seek for thy noble father in the duft;

. The fo's and R. towards.
f The firft q. omits He.
& So the qu's; R. alters it.
by labour

fome petition
Wrung from me my slow leave; and at

laft, &c. P. again alters it from R.

by laboursome petition Wrung from me my low leave; and at

laft, &c. and is followed by all the succeeding editors, except C.

What is printed in italic is omitted in the fo's.

bo J. conjectures, And my best graues ; Spend; &c. But there is no need of alteration.

i W. reads, kind my son.

kW. gives a direction that this speech of Hamlet's should be spoke afide, and in followed by 7.

| After so the qu's insert mucb.
in Tlie qu's read, in tbe fonne.'
a The fo's and R. read, nigbtly.'

Thou

Thou know'st 'tis common, 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 forins, 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 pafseth 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, loft 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 not ber; the w That farber loft, left bis, &c. So 2d and 3d, could mother.

all the editions till P. who alters it, 4 The first q. reads, chapes; the 2d Tbet father bis, 66, and is followed by and 3d qu's, and C. jhapes; the rett, H. and W. The 4th f, reads The for fbews.

Thai,
First and 2d qu's, devore.

Second and 3d qu's read forrowes. s P. reads, theje my feem.

ỹ The int and ad qu's and three firft The qu's, polfes.

fo's rend porferor.

Of

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