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Without more motive, into ev'ry brain,
That looks so many fathoms to the sea,
And hears it roar beneath.

Ham. It TM waves me still.---Go on, I'll follow thee.
Mar. You shall not go, my lord.
Ham. Hold off your

n hands.
Hor. Be ruld, you shall not go.

Ham. My fate cries out,
And makes each petty P artery in this body
9 As hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve.
Still am I callid. Unhand ine, gentlemen ---

[ Breaking from them. By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me --I say, away. ---Go on --- I'll follow thee --

Exeunt Ghost and Hamlet. Hor. He waxes desp'rate with imagination. Mar. Let 's follow; 'tis not fit thus to obey him. Hor. Have after. --- To what iffue will this come? Mar. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Hor. Heaven will direct it. Mar. Nay, let's follow him.


m The fo's and R. read wafts.
n The fo's, R.P. and H. read band.

6 7. W. and I. give this speech to Marcellus, contrary to all the other edi. tiegs.

p First q. arture; 2d q. artyri; fo's, artir.

9 C. Omits As.
+ This direction first inserted by R.

Second q. ope.
: First q. imagion.

C 2




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Ham. "Whither wilt thou lead me? speak, I'll go no further.
Ghaft. Mark me.
Ham. I will.

Ghost. My hour is almost come,
When I to fulphurous and tormenting flames
Muft render up myself.

Han. Alas, poor ghost !

Ghost. Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing
To what I shall unfold.

Ham. Speak, I am bound to a hear.
Ghost. So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear.
Ham. What?

Ghost. I am thy father's spirit,
Doom'd for a certain time to walk the night,
And for the day confind a to fast in fires
'Till the foul crimes, done in my days of nature,
Are burnt and purg'd away. But that I am forbid
To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word

u This description first given by T. 2 Second q. bere. So S. but gives

* The fo's and all after, except C. not the reading of the other qu's, vix. W bare for Whitber.

bear. y First f. bower; 2d f. bonour.

a W. reads too, i. e. most or very. Heatb proposes, i lafting fires, &c.


Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
Thy • knotted and combined locks to part,
And each particular hair to stand on end
Like quills upon the fearful porcupine ;
But this eternal blazon must not be
To ears of flesh and blood. Lift, lift, oh lift!
If thou didst ever thy dear father love ---

Ham. % 0 God!
Ghaft. Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
Ham. Murder?

Ghost. Murder inost foul, as in the best it is;
But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.

Ham. Haste me to know it, that I, with wings as swift
As meditation, or the thoughts of love,
May sweep to my revenge.

Gbost. I find thee apt;
And duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed
That i roots itself in ease on * Lethe's wharf,
Wouldst thou not stir in this. Now, Hamlet, hear.
! 'Tis given out, that, sleeping in m my orchard,
A serpent ftung me: " so the whole ear of Denmark

• The fo's, R. P. T. and H. read & The fo's, and all the editions after, anotiy.

'read, O beau'r ! c The qu's, fo's, and R. an for on. h The fo's read, Hafte, bafte me to know

d So the qu's. The fo's read frerful; it; qu's, know 'r; P. omits it. and all the subsequent editors follow i The fo's, R. P. and H. read rofs. them, without mentioning any other * The qu's and fo's read, Lethe wbarf. seading.

1 The fo's and R. It's for 'Tis. © The qu's and fo's read, porpentine. m The fo's, mine for my.

f The fo's and R. read, Lif Hamlet, n P. omits fo. eb lift,

Is by a forged process of my death
Rankly abus'd; but know, thou noble youth,
The serpent, that did iting thy father's life,
Now wears his crown,

Ham. Oh, my prophetic soul ! 'iy uncle?

Ghoft. Ay that incestuous, that adulterate beast,
With witchcraft of his P wits, I with trait'rous gifts,
O wicked' wit, and gifts, that have the power
So to seduce! won to his shameful luft
The will of my most (seeming) virtuous queen,
Oh Hamlet, what' a faling off was there
From me, whofe love was of that dignity,
That it went hand in hand even with the vow
! inade to her in marriage! and to decline
Upon a wretch, whose natural gifts were poor
To those of inine !
But virtue, as it never will be mov'd,
Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven;
a So lust, though to a radiant angel link'd,
Will TM sate itself in a celestial bed,
And prey * on garbage.
But, soft! Inethinks I y scent the 2 morning air--,
Brief let me be: Sleeping within my orchard,
My custom always a of the afternoon,

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o The fo's and R. mire,

w The qu's read fort; 3d and 4th fo's, p Sogu's, fo's, and R. All after, suit. feat.

9 Firft, 2d and 3d fo's, karb for wieb; * Third and 4th fo's, in for on. 4th f, and R. and.

y First and 3d qu's, ift and 3d fo's, 1 Tbird q. wits.

fen! s First and 24 fo's, this for bisa

z The fo’s and R. morning's. i 'The ift and 2d qu's onita.

a The fo's, R. P. and H. read in for u The qu's reau,

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iny ears did

Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole
With juice of cursed • hebenon in a " vial,
And in the porches of ¢

The leperous diftilment; whose effe&t
Holds such an enmity with blood of man,
That fwift as quick-silver it courses through
The natural gates and allies of the body;
And, with a sudden vigour, it doth ? poffet
And curd, like eager droppings into milk,
The thin and wholesome blood : fo did it mine,
And a most instant tetter - bark'd about,
Most lazar-like, with vile and loathsome crust
All my smooth body.---
Thus was I, Sleeping, by a brother's hand,
Of life, of crown, 1 of queen, at once dispatcht;
Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin,
* Unhousel'd, 'unappointed, munanoild;


b 7. alters secure to secret.

m The qu's read unanueld; the fo's The qu's, Hebona.

and R, unnaneld; P. and W, uneneld; The fo's read viol, followed by all H. and C, unanneald; T, and J, unabut H. Viel is an instrument of music; neald. Vial, a small bottle, more properly spelt It is hardly to be doubted that Sbake. pbial.

speare wrote unanoild. To anoil was a e All but qu's, mine.

common phrase in use in his time, meanf The qu’s, polios

ing the same as 10 anoint. The Rbimish & Fo's, Aygre.

tetament with annotations, printed 1582, h The fo's and R. bek'd.

translates James v. 14. thus, i The fo's and R. and for of.

Is any man ficke among you ? les bim * The ift q. reads unbuzled, che ad bring in sbe prieftes of the cburche, and let and 3d, unnuzled.

bem pray over, bim, anoiling bim witb 1 The qu's, fo's, R. and 7. read dif- cile in the name of our Lord appointed. P. H. W. and C, unanointed. And in the annotations of this passage 7, una pointed

we read,

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