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Caps, hands, and tongues, applaud it to the clouds;
Laertes shall be king, Laertes king!

Queen. How chearfully on the false trail they cry!
Oh, this is o counter, you false Danish dogs. [Noise within.

Enter Laertes, with a party at the door. King. The doors are broke. Laer. Where is the king,? Sirs, stand you all without. All. No, let's come in. Laer. I pray you give me leave. All. We will, we will.

Laer. I thank you. Keep the door, O thou P vile king, give me my father.

Queen. Calmly, good Laertes.

Laer. That drop of blood 4 that's calın, proclaims me bastard; Cries cuckold to my father; brands the harlot Even here, between the chaste, unfinirched brow Of my true mother.

King. What is the cause, Laertes ? That thy rebellion looks so giant-like? - Let him go, Gertrude; do not fear our person. . There's such divinity doth hedge a king, That treason. can but peep to what it would, · Acts little of his will. Tell me, Laertes,

• Hounds run counter when they trace wasmireb'd brow. J. chafle and unsmircb'd the trail backwards. 7.

brows. p First and 2d fo's, vilde.

• The 2d q. reads cannot ; so does S. 9 The fo's and R. read, that calms, but neglects giving us the reading of the

The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's and R. 3d q. car bui. sead unsmitcbed. P. reads, cbafle and un I H. reads Aa. smicb'd brow. T. H. and W. cbafe and u P. and all after him, except C, read



Why thou art thus incens’d. - Let him go, Gertrude.
Speak, man.

Laer. Where is father?
King. Dead *.
Queen. But not by him.
King. Let hiin demand his fill.

Laer. How came he dead? I'll not be juggled with:
To hell, allegiance ! » Vows, to the blackest devil!
Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit!
I dare damnation; to this point I stand,
That both the worlds I give to negligence,
Let come what comes; only I'll be reveng'd
Most throughly for iny father.

King. Who shall stay you?

Laer. My will, not all the 2 worlu's;
And for my means, I'll husband them so well,
They shall go far with little.

King. Good Laertes,
If you desire to know the certainty

Of your dear father, -is't writ in your revenge,
That, “ sweep-stake, you will draw both friend and foe,
Winner and loser?

Laer. None but his enemies.
King. Will


know them then


* The 3d and 4th fo's read, Wby art a The 2d q. Tbe. So S. but notes not thou, &C. R. and all after him except the reading of 3d, I bey C. Wby are you, &c.

• The fo's, R. P. H. and C. read, of * C. adds Laertes.

your dear farber's dealb. Ý H. reads, Vows to tbe black devil! < P. and H. omit, is 't writ; the fo's

2. The fo's, R. 7. W, and 7. read read, if writ; R. reads, if 'ris not writ, world.

d The qu's, fo's and R. Soop-flake.



Laer. To his good friends thus wide I'll ope my arms, And, like the kind life-rend'ring pelican, Repast them wich


King. Why, now you speak
Like a good child, and a true gentleman,
That I am guiltless of your father's death,
And am moft • sensible in grief for it,
It shall as level to your judgement pear,
As day does to your eye.

[A noise within, " Let her come in. Laer, How now, what noise is that?


Enter Ophelia' fantastically drest with Praws and flowers, O heat, dry up my brains! Tears seven times falt, m Burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye! By heav'n, thy madness shall be paid " with weight, • Till our scale P turn the beam. O rose of May; Dear maid, kind fifter, sweet Ophelia ! O heav'ns, is't possible a young inaid's wits Should be as mortal as an 9 old man's life?

e The 2d f. bope.

lowing speech; but how ill they agree, f The ift f. reads, politician.

the reader will easily perceive. & The 2d, 3d and ath fo's read, Wby 1 The following words of the direction 919w ? what noise is ibai. Like a good put in by R. cbild, &c.

m Pi's g. reads turn on be sene. h First q. sencibly; H. and C. fenfibly. t. The fo's, R. and C. read by for i So the qu's and y; the rei, pierce. wirb.

* The qu's and P. make these words, o The lit q. ill. La ler come in, a part of Luertes's fole p The fo's and R. turns.

9 The gu's poere for clie


Nature is ' fine in love;. and, where 'tis ' fine,
It sends some precious ' in;lance of itself
After the thing it loves,


Oph. They bore him' bare-fac'd on the bier,
And " in his .grave


many a tear;
Fare you well, my dove !
Laer. Hadst thou thy wits, and didft persuade revenge,
It could not move thus.

Oph. You must sing, * a down a down, and you call him a down a O how the Y wheel becomes it! It is the false steward that stole his master's daughter,

Laer. This nothing's inore than matter.

Oh. There's rotemary, 2 that's for remembrance. Pray * you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.

Laer. A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fitted.

Oph. There's fennel for you, and columbines. There's rue for you, and here's some for me. We may call it * herb of grace o' Sundsys. • You inay wear

your rue with a difference; there's a daily; I would give you foune violets,


P. conjectures fire for fine, and in * All but the qu's omit this a. çenfe for infance. W. reads fal'n instead y W. reads weal. Hearb thinks that of fine. These lines in italic of Laertes's poslibly by the wbeel is meant, the burspeech are not in the qu's.

den of the ballad. s The ift a. bare-fafie.

z Second c. tbar for ibt's. t After this line the fo's and R. in a All lus they''s anů C. omit you. sert the following,

Đ The ift f. red: garences. Hey, non, noney, noney, bey noney.

c ro's, berbi grace u So the qu's. All the rest read on. d' T'jefo's and Rescud, C., you must

w So the qu's and Y. All ihe rest Gin reins, except 17. who reads remairs,


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but they withered all when my father died. They say he made a good end.

For bonny sweet Robin is all my joya

Laer. ' Thought, and & affliction, passion, hell itself, She turns to favour and to prettiness.

Oph. And will be not come again?

And will be not come again?
No, no, he is dead,
Go to thy death bed.
He never will come again,
His beard was white as snow,
i Flaxen was his pole :
He is gone, he is gone,
And we cast away moan,

* God a 'mercy on his soul! And I of all christian souls! God b’ w' ye. [Exit Ophelia.

Laer. Do you n see this ? - God!

e Qu's, a for be.

is supposed to be in the play. This vei The 3d q. reads ihoughts. S. does ry paitage has been made use of to prore not give this reading.

that Shakespeare sometimes forgot his 2 The qu's read aficions.

characters. And it is surprising that Qu's, a for be.

none of the modern editors should, in i All but the qu's sead All before pafling over this place, have consulted. furen.

the qu's; or, if they did confult them, k So the qu's; all the rest Gramercy. that none of them should prefer the J. on.

re. ding of the qu's to that of the fo's. * After souls the fo's and R. intert De you see ibis ? is soken to the king


queen; and O God! is only an exn The qu’s omit see.

clamation exprefling the anguish of Larr. • So she qu’s.

All the rest read You les's mind on the light of his sister's Gods; and so make Laertes tulk like a phriniy. beuthen in"ead of a chrillian, wäich he


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