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And a prais'd be rashness for it, - (Let us know,
Our indiscretion sometimes ferves us well,
When our deep plots do fail; and that should d learn us
There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will.)

Hor. That is most certain.

Ham. Up from my cabin,
My sea-gown scarft about me, in the dark
Grop'd I to find out them; had my desire,
Finger'd their packet, and in fine withdrew
To mine own room again; making so bold,
My fears forgetting manners, to f unfold
Their grand commission; where I found, Horatio,
& A royal knavery; an exact command,
Larded with many several “ sorts of i reasons,
Importing Denmark's health, and England's too,
With, ho! such buggs and goblins in my life;
That on the supervile, no leisure bated,
No, not to stay the grinding of the ax,
My head should be struck off.

Hor. Is't possible?

Ham. Here's the commission, read it at more leisure; But wilt thou hear know how I did proceed ?

a Fo's, praise.

• The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's read tears. b The fo's and R. read, dear plots, f So the qu’s; the rest read unseal for &c.

unfold. c The ift q. 4th f. and R. read pall; & The fo's and R. read, Ob Royal the 2d and 3d q. fall; the ist, 2d and knavery ! &c. 3d fo’s, paule.

h The 2d f. reads forts. d So the qu's; the word learn is some. i The fo's and R. read reason. times taken in this sense by Sbakespeare k The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's and R. and other writers. All the rest read omit now: The ift f, reads, bear me teacb.

bow I did, &c.


Hor. 'I beseech you.

Ham, Being thus benetted round with R villains",
• Ere I could make a prologue to my brains,
· They had begun the play: I sat me down,
Devis'd a new commiffion, wrote it fair:
I once did hold it, as our Statists do,
A baseness to write fair, and labour'd much
How to forget that learning; but, fir, now
It did me yeoman's service. Wilt thou know
Th' effect of what I wrote ?

Hor, Ay, good my lord.

Ham. An earnest conjuration from the king,
As England was his faithful tributary,
As love between them, like the palm might flourish,
As peace should still her wheaten garland wear,
And stand w comma 'tween their amities
And many such like as's of great charge ;
That on the view and y knowing 2 of these contents,
Without debatement further, more or less,



1 C, reads, Ay, beseecb you.

* The fo's and R. read poould for m 1. reads villany.

migbe. n After villains H. reads and.

W H. reads cement; W. and C. com • The qu's and C. read Or for Ere. mere, a go-between, a procuress. Sec P W. reads mark.

Healb in loc. W. and T. read bane; objecting * The qu's read, as fir; fo's, offis. against brains as nonsense; but brains I shall here, for the great curiosity of it, may be here read a metonymy of cause transcribe an explanatory potę of Dr. for effect, and made use of for the effect Ji's on tàis passage: of Hamlet's brain, the counterplot. Vide - As's of great charge;] Alles heavily Heatb in loc.

loaded. * H. reads, They having begun, &c. y The fo's and R. read know. • The fo's and R. read effetts.

z P. omits of i followed by the rek, 1 The fo's and R. read as for like.

except C. and J.


He should those bearers put to sudden death
Not thriving time allow'd.

Hor, How was this seald ?

Ham. Why, even in that was heaven ordinant;
I had my father's signet in my purse,
Which was the model of that Danish seal;
* Folded the writ up in the form of th' other,
Subscrib'd it, ' gave 't th' impression, plac'd it safely,
& The changeling never known; now, the next day
Was our sea-fight, and what to this was • fequent
Thou know'st already.

Hər. So, Guildenstern and Rosencraus go to't.

Ham. i IVby, man, they did make love to this employment. They are not near my conscience; their * defeat

Doth by their own insinuation grow :
'Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes
Between the pass, and fell incensed points
Of mighty apposites.

Hor. Why, what a king is this !

* So the qu’s; the fo's and all the he has blotted out a beautiful metaphor, reft read tbe.

and given us tame profe in the room of b The 4th f. R. P. and H. read fpirited poetry. But is it not strange No.

that in this he should be followed by c The fo's, R. and Pi's q. read or- H.? dinate.

h The fo's read semene for sequent. d Before folded R. and all after him i This line in italic is omitted in the read I.

qu's, P. and H. • The fo's, R. and all after, omit * The fo's and R. read debate for ibe.

defiat. f The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's, R. and

Qu's, does. all after, except C. read gave, omitting m The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's, R. P. the contracted it.

and H. omit tbe. H. reads, wbex bafer & P. alters this as follows, The change natures come. was never known, &c. By which means


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Ham. Does it not, think thee, stand me now upon ?
He that hath kill'd my king, and whor'd my mother,
Popt in between th' election and my hopes,
Thrown out his angle for my proper life,
And with such cozenage; is't not perfect conscience
. To quit him with this arm ? P and is't not to be damn'd,
To let this canker of our nature come
In further evil?

Hor. It must be shortly known to him from England,
What is the isue of the business there.

Ham. It will be short. The interim is mine ;
And a man's life's no more than to say, one.
But I am very sorry, good Horatio,
That to Laertes I forgot myself ;
For by the image of my cause I see
The portraiture of his; l'll 9 count his " favours ;
But, sure, the bravery of his grief did put me
Into a tow'ring pasion.

Hor. Peace, who comes here?

n Tbink iber, i. e, bethink thyself, P H. omits and. imp. mood : But the fo's read tbink’A 9 The fo's read count, i. e. make aca stee, making it an interrogation; which count of, or value, R. alters this to R. to make it better grammar, alters to court, followed by all the reft. Court is bink's thou; followed by the after-edia not so proper a word for Hamlet, when tors, except C.

applied to his inferior Laertes. o These lines in italic are not in the I T. and all after, except C. read fa

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Ofr. Your lordship is right welcome back to Denmark.

Ham. I humbly thank you, fir. Doft know this waterfly?

Hor. No, my good lord.

Ham. 'Thy state is the more gracious; for 'tis a vice to know him. He hath much land, and fertile. Let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand at the king's mess. 'Tis a 'chough; but, as I say, spacious in the possession of dirt.

Ofr. Sweet lord, if your " lordship were at leifure, I should impart a thing to you from his Majesty.

Ham. I will receive it, * sir, with all diligence of spirit. y Your bonnet to his right use, 'tis for the head. Ofr. I thank your lordship, it is very

hot. Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold; the wind is northerly.

Ofr. It is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed. Ham. ? But yet, methinks, it is very • sultry, and hot; or my complexion

• The qu's read, Enter a courtier. y Before


the fo's, R. P. and H. + C. reads cough.

insert Pul. u The ift f. reads, faw.

2 The fo's, R. P. and H. omit But w The fo's and R. read friendship for yet. lordfeip.

· The ift q. reads fully; the ad and * So the qu’s and C; the rest omit 3d, and the fo's, soultry.

b So the ist and 2d qu's, W. and C; all the rest read for,


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