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And suddenly contrive the means of meeting " Between him and my daughter. "My honourable lord, I will most humbly Take my leave of you.

Ham. You cannot take from me any thing that · I will more willingly part withal, o except my life, except my life,

Pol. Fare you well, my lord,
Ham. These tedious old fools !
Poh You go to seek P the lord Hamlet; there he is.


except my life,


Enter Rosincraus and Guildenstern.

Rof. God save you, sir.
Guil. 9 My honour'd lord!
Ref. My most dear lord !
Ham. My excellent good friends! How doft thou, Guil-

• Ah! Rosincraus, good lads! how do ' ye both?

Ref. As the indifferent children of the earth.
Guil. Happy in that we are not "over-happy,

The words printed in italic, in these other editions read except my lift, buc three lines, are omitted in the qu's. once without any addition, C. omits bonourable and most bumbly. p So the qu’s and C. The fo's and R.

m Between cannot and cake the word read my for the ; the rest omit ebe. fir is inferred in all editions but the 4 Fo's, Mine. qu's.

I First q. ex!en!. » Qu's read, I will not more, c. * The aft and 2d qu's, A; 3d and C.

• So the qa's and C. The fo's and R. Ab. All the reft, Ob! read, exceps my life, my life. All the

w The qu's read ever happy. E


Qu's, your



On fortune's w
cap we are not the


button. Ham. Nor the foles of her shoe? Ref. Neither, my lord.

Ham. Then you live about her waist, or in the iniddle of hrer * favours ?

Guil. "Faith, y her privates we.

Ham. In the secret parts of fortune? oh! most true; she is a strumpet.

z What news? Ref. None, my lord, but a that the world's grown honest.

Ham. Then is dooms-day near; but your news is not true. Let me question more in particular : what have yols, my good friends, deserved at the hands of fortune, that she sends you to prison hither?

Guil. Prison, my bord?
Ham. Denmark 's a prison.
Rof. Then is the world one.

Ham. A gecdly one, in which there are many confines, wards and dungeons; Denmark being one o' the worst.

Rof. We think not so, my lord. Ham. Why then, 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it fo: to me it is a prison.

Rof. Why then your ambition makes it one ; 'tis too narrow for your mind.

Ham. Ob God! I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space; were it not that I have bad dreams.

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# The ff and 2d qu's read lap. * The fo's and R. read favour.

y Here T. interpolates in before ber; followed by all after but C.

2 The fo's and R. read, What's the news ?

2 The qu’s omit tbar. • What is printed in itafic here, is Not in the qu’s.

Guil. Which dreams indeed are ambition ; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

Ham. A dream itself is but a shadow.

Rof. Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality, that it is but a shadow's shadow.

Ham. Then are our beggars, bodies; and our monarchs and out-stretch'd heroes, the beggars' Madows. Shall we to th coart? for, by my fay, I cannot reason.

Both. Wi'll wait upon you.

Ham. No such matter. I will not fort you with the rest of my servants; for, to speak to you like an honest man, I am most dreadfully attended. But in the beaten way of friendship, what make you at Elfinoor ?

Rof. To visit you, my lord; no other occasion.

Ham. Beggar that I am, I am deven poor in thanks; but I thank you; and sure, dear friends, my thanks are too dear e a halfpenny. Were you not fent for? Is it

your clining? Is it a free visitation? Come, come, deal juftly with me; come, come; nay, speak.

Guil. What should we say, my lord ?

Ham. 8 Any thing, but to the purpose. You were sent for; and there is a kind of confession in your looks, which your modesties have not craft enough to colour. I know the good king and queen have sent for you.,

Rof. To what end, my lord ?

Ham. That you must teach me; but let me conjure you by the rights of 6 our h fellowship, by the consonancy of our

own in

c Fo's, for.

read, Come, deal jusly, &c. d First and 2d qu's, ever.

5 The fo's and R. read, W by any thing, e T. W. and 7. read of a balfpenny. &c. H. and C. at a balspany.

b Third and 4th fo's, your. So the qu’s. The fo's and the rest i The 3d q. reads fellowbips.

E 2

you h,

youth, by the obligation of our ever-preserved love, and by what more dear, a better proposer * could charge you withal; be even and direct with me, ř you

were sent for


Or no.

Rof. What say you?

*[To Guildenstern. Guild. My lord, we were sent for.

Ham. I will tell you why. So shall my anticipation prevent your * discovery, and, your secreíy to the king and queen moult no feather. I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes foo heavily with my disposition, that this goodly frame the earth seems to me a steril promontory; this moft excellent canopy the air, look you, this brave P o'erchanging 9 sirnament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why it' appeareth • nothing to me' but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What ' a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in * faculties! In forin and moving how express and admirable ! In action how like an angel! In apprchenfions how like a God! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals ! and yet to me what is this quintessence of duft? Man de

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k The qu's, intead of could read car. Second, 3d and 4th fo's read appear. | This direction first by T.

ed. m The fo's read, your discovery of your So the qu's. The fo's, and all edie secrely. 1o the king and queen : moult no fer- tions after, read, nuol ber ebing. ther, I bave of lare, &c.

So the qu's. All other editions, n So the qu's and C. The fo's and the iban. rest read, exercig.

u The ist and 2d qu's omit a, • The fo's read heavenly.

w Third q. omits a. p The 2d and 3d qu's read o`erbanged. * The fo's and R. read faculty, 2 The fo's and R. omit firmament,

offer you

lights not me; ' nor ? woman neither ; though by your {miling you seem to say so.

Rof. My lord, there was no such stuff in my thoughts.

Ham. Why did you laugh then, when I said, man delights not me?

Ros. To think, my lord, if you delight not in man, what lenten entertainment the players shall receive from you; we e accosted them on the way, and hither are they coming to

service. Ham. He that plays the king shall be welcome; his majefty shall have tribute d of me: the adventurous knight shall use his foit and target : the lover shall not e sigh gratis: the humourous man fhall end his part in peace :f the clown fall make these laugh whose lungs are tickled o' tl's fere : and the lady shall say her mind freely, or the h blank verfe shall halt for 't. What players are they?

Rof. Even those you were wont to take i fuch delight in, the tragedians of the city.

Ham. How chances it, * they travel their residence both in reputation and profit was better, both ways.

a Qu's, ye.

y The fo's and R. read no nor, &c.

The fentence in italic is not in the 2 First q. women.

qu’s. . The fo's, R. and W, only have it.

& Sere, i. e. dry, withered. Johnson's b The fo's and all editions after, ex- dictionary. Then the sense will be (as cept C. omit iben.

Sbakespeare frequently uses adjectives as • The rst and 2d qu's read coled. The fubftantives) Wbofe lungs are tickled ooib' 3d q. and the fo's read, coated. Perhaps dry; or, whose lungs are wirbered. Sbakespeare wrote quoted. Accofted is R.'s h First q. black. emendation.

i The fo's and all succeeding editions The it and ad qu's read on. omit fucb. + The 2d q. reads fing.

k The 2d q. tbe for obey.

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