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i The Palace,

Enter King, Queen, Rosencraus, Guildenstern, m Lords, and

other Attendants.

King. Welcome, dear Rosencraus, and Guildenstern!
Moreover that we much did long to see you,
The need we have to use you did provoke
Our hafiy sending. "Something have you

Of Hamlet's transformation; fo I call it,
• Since P not th' exterior, nor the inward man
Resembles that it was ; what it should be
More than his father's death, that thus hath put him
So much from th’ understanding of himself,
I cannot 9 dream of. I entreat


both That being of fo young days brought up with him, And ' fith so neighbour'd to his youth and haviour, That you vouchsafe


reft here in our court
Some little time; so by your companies
To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather
So much as froin' occasion you may glean,

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* Whether aught to us unknown ailliets him thus,
That open'd lies within our remedy.

Qucen. Good gentleinen, he hath much talk'd of you ;
And sure I am, two inen there " are not living,
To whom he more adheres: if it will please you
To fhew us so much gentry and good-will,
As to * expend your time with us a while,
For the supply and profit of our hope,
Your visitation Y shall receive such thanks,
As fits a king's remembrance.

Ref. Both your majesties
Might, by the fovereign power you have of us,
Put your dread pleasures more into command
Than to entreaty.

Guil. 2 But we both obey,
And here give up ourselves, in the full bent,
To lay our service freely at your feet,
b To be commanded.

King. Thanks, Rosencraus and gentle Guildenfiern.

Queen. Thanks, Guildenslern and gentle Rosencraus.
And I beseech you, instantly to visit
My too much changed son. Go, some of ye,
And bring these gentiemen where Hamlet is,

This line is omitted in the fo's. The qu's and C. read, Wberber ougbi. & c. R. and all after him read If instead of Wbeiber.

w The first q. reads is for are. * The ad q.

P. T. H. and W. read extend.

y The 3d q. reads frould,

2 The fo's omit But.
a The fo's read services.

b To be commarided. This line is omitted in the ad and 3d qu’s, in P. and all the editions after him, except C.

c Qu's and C. you.
d Fo's and R. ibe.

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Guil. Heavens make our presence and our practices Pleasant and helpful to him !

[Exeunta Queen. • Ay, amen.

Enter Polonius.
Pol. Th' ambassadors froin Norway, my good lord,
Are joyfully return'd.

King. Thou still hast been the father of good news,

Pol. Have I, my lord ? 'I assure my good liege,
I hold my duty, as I hold, my soul,
Both to my God, 6 and to my gracious king ;
And I do think (or else this brain of mine
Hunts not the trail of policy h fo sure
i As it hath us'd to do that I have found
The very cause of Hamlet's lunacy.

King. O speak of that, that I do long to hear.

Pd. Give first adınittance to th' ambassadors; * My news shall be the fruit i to that great feaft, King. Thyself do grace to them, and bring them in,

m Exit Polonius, * He tells me, my dear Gertrude, he hath found The head and source of all your son's difteinper.

• The ist and 2d qu's read, I Amen. editions after, read, As I bave v:'d 10 de. All the other editions, except C, read k The fo's and R. read, My news,

ssball Amen only.

be the news, &c. f So the qu’s. The fo's and the rest 17. of for 10. read, Ajure you, my good liige.

m This direction firft inserted by R. & The fo's read, Bath to my God, one n So the ist and 3d qu's and C. The to my gracious king.

2d q. reads, He tells me wy decre : Gere h The 3d and 4th fo's read, so be sure, trude, &c. The fo's, and all the other c.

editions, read, He tells me, my sweet i So the qu's and C. The fo's, and all queen, that be bath found, &c.


Queen. I doubt it is no other but the main,
His father's death, and our hafty marriage.


P Enter Polonius, Voltimand, and Cornelius,

King, Well, we shall fift him. ---Welcome, my good

Say, Voltimand, what from our brother Norway?

Volt, Moft fair return of greetings and desires.
Upon our first, he sent out to suppress
His nephew's levies, which to him appear’d
To be a preparation 'gainst the Polack,
But better look'd into, he truly found
It was against your highness; whereat griev'd,
That so his fickness, age, and impotence
Wąs falsely borne in hand, sends out arrests
On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys;
Receives rebuke from Norway; and, in fine,
Makes vow before his uncle, never more
To give th' affay of arms against your majesty.
Whereon old Norway, overcome with joy,
Gives him threescore thousand crowns in annual fee,
And his commission to employ those soldiers,
So levied (as before) against the Polack;
With an entreaty, herein further • shown,
That it might please you to give quiet pass

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o The fo's, and all after, read, and our
o'er-hafty marriage.

P Qu's, Enter Embajadors.
9 The fo's and R, omit my:

The fo's, R. P. H. W. and C. read tbree tbousand crowns.

• Firk and 2d qu's, soone,


Through your dominions for this enterprize,
On such regards of safety and allowance,
As therein are set down.

King. It likes us well;
And at our more confider'd time we'll read,

Answer, and think upon this business.
Mean time, we thank you for your * well-took labour.
Go to your rest; at night we'll feast together.
Most welcome home!

[Ex. Vol. and Cor,
Pol. This business is Y well ended,
My liege and madam, to expoftulate
What majesty should be, what duty is,
Why day is day, night night, and time is time,
Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time,
Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief: your noble son is mad;
Mad call I it; for, to define true madness,
What is 't, but to be nothing else but mad?
But let that

go Queen. More inatter with less art.

Pol. Madam, I swear I use no art at all. --That he is mad, \ 'tis true; 'tis true, 'tis pity; . And pity 'tis, 'tis true.

A foolish figure,
But farewel it; for I will use no art.
Mad let us grant him then; and now remains

The fo's and R. read Lis. v The 3d q. reads bereis.

* H, alters thus, And Ebink upon an answer to ibis business.

* The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's, and R. read well-lock'd,

y The fo's and R. read


well. z The qu’s omit fince, a First g. lynmes; 2d q. limmes. b C. is for 'ris.

c The fo's, R. and P, read, And pirs, it is true, &c.


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