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# Whether aught to us unknown ailliets him thus,
Qucen. Good gentleinen, he hath much talk'd of you;
Rof. Both your majesties
Guil. 2 But we both obey,
King. Thanks, Rosencraus and gentle Guildensitern.
Queen. Thanks, Guildenfiern and gentle Rosencraus.
Guil. Heavens make our presence and our pra&ices Pleasant and helpful to him !
[Exeunt, Queen. • Ay, amen.
King. Thou still hast been the father of good news,
Pol. Have I, my lord ? ' I assure my good liege,
King. O speak of that, that I do long to hear,
Pol. Give first admittance to th' ambassadors; * My news shall be the fruit i to that great feaft, King. Thyself do grace to them, and bring thein in,
n Exit Polonius, * He tells me, my dear Gertrude, he hath found The head and source of all your son's difteinper.
• The 1st and 2d qu's read, I Amen. editions after, read, As I bave us'd to do, All the other editions, except C, read k The fo's and R. read, My news
sjball Amen only.
be i be news, &c. f So the qu's. The fo's and the rest 17. of for 10. read, Ajure you, my good liege.
m This direction firft inserted by R. & The fo's read, Both to my God, one o So the ist and 3d qu's and C. The to my gracious king.
2d g. reads, He tells me wy decree : 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 both 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 lift him. ---Welcome, 9 my good
Volt, Moft fair return of greetings and desires.
• The fo's, and all after, read, and our o'er-hasty marriage.
Qu's, Enter Embaladors.
The fo's, R. P. H. W. and C. read ibre sbousand crowns.
· Firk and ad qu's, foone.
Through your dominions for ' this enterprize,
King. It likes us well;
Answer, and think upon this business.
x well-took labour. Go to your rest; at night we'll feast together. · Most welcome home!
[Ex. Vol. and Cor, Pol. This business is well ended, My liege and madam, to expostulatě What majefty 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, a fince brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the a 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. ---
+ The fo's and R. read lis. u The 3d q. reads berein.
* H. alters thos, And sbink 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 q. ly.xmes ; 24 q.
limmes. C. is for 'ris. c The fo's, R. and P, read, And pits,
It is true, &c.
That we find out the cause of this effet,
(He opens a letter and reads.]
To the celestial, and my ' fouls idol, the most 8 beautified Ophelia ---(That's an ill phrase, a b vile phrase, 8 beautified is a "vile phrase; but you shall hear, i thus) --- in her excellent white befom; these *, &c,
Queen. Came this from Hamlet to her?
d Fo's, wbila.
ftopping in those editions, I have stopp: • The 3d q. omits and.
them as I thought they would best make C. reads foul's fair idol, &c. sense; and suppose the meaning to be, & T. alters beautified to be bocrified; To Ophelia, most beautified in her excellent and is followed by W. and C. J. says in white bosom; tbefe. in his note that H. follows T. which is The fo's read, these in ber excellent false. C. reads, that beautified is a vile, wbire bosom, tbefe. So C. R. and all af&c.
ter him, except C. read, these to ber exo h Fo's, vilde.
cellent wbite bofom, obese. i So the words in the qu's; but as we All but qu's omit &c. are very little to regard the method of
1 Qu's, (Letter.