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a The Palace, Enter King, Queen, Polonius, Ophelia, Rofincraus, Guil

denstern and Lords.

ND can you by no drift of conference
Grating to harshly all his days of quiet,
With turbulent and dangerous lunacy?

Ros. He does confess, he feels hiniself distracted,
But from what cause d he will by no means speak.
Nor do we find him forward to be founded;
But with a crafty madness keeps aloof,
When we would bring him on to some confession
Of his true eftate.

Queen. Did he receive you well ?

Ros. Most like a gentleman. · Guil. But with much forcing of his disposition.


a R. firft defcribes the scene, which he puts in the margent, viz.cas. b The fo's and R. read circumstance. fefion.

& R.'s duodecimo has confefion, where d First and 2d qo's, a for be. 'in an e is printed instead of an u; out c Third q. fate. $. does not give of which P, makes a different reading this reading.


Rof. Most free of question, but of our demands Niggard in his reply.

Queen. Did you assay him $ to any paftime?

Rof. Madam, it “ so fell out, that certain players
We ' o'er-raught on the way; of these we told him;
And there did seem in him a kind of joy
To hear of it. They are k here about the court;
And, as I think, they have already order
This night to play before him.

Pol, 'Tis most true :
And he beseech'd me to entreat your inajesties
To hear and see the matter.

King. With all my heart, and it doth much content me
To hear him so inclin'd,
Good gentlemen, give him a further edge,
And drive his purpose' into these delights.

Rof. We shall, my lord. " [Exeunt Ros. and Guil.

King. Sweet Gertrude, leave us "too
For we have closely sent for Hamlet ° hither,
That we, as 'twere by accident, may P here

f The text is here copied from Hi's 3d and 4th, o're cook; R. P. F. and H, alteration, followed by W. who gives vertook; W. d'er-rude. the reason for thus altering, and which * All but the qu's omit bere. will sufficiently appear to the reader by 1 The fa's, R. H. and Co read, on to, his turning back to the scene between instead of into. Hamlet and Rofingraus. All other edi. m All editions, but the qu's and C. tions read,

mark this direction, [Excunt, only. Niggard of question, but of our demands

n The qu's read two. Moff free in bis reply.

o S. gives only the corrupt reading g H. reads unto.

berber, which is in the ift and 2d qu's, h 7. omits for

and omits to give us the true reading O'cr - raught, that is, a'er-reached. bieber, in the 3d q. which he bas. The fo's, 1st and 2d, read, ore-wroug be;. e Fo's and R. iberço


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Affront Ophelia. Her father and myself 9
Will sọ bestow ourselves, that, seeing, unseen,
We may of their encounter frankly judge;
And gather by him, as he is behavid,
If 't be th' affliction of his love, or no,
That thus he suffers for,

Queen. I fall obey you:
And for ' your part, Ophelia, I do wish,
That your good beauties be the happy cause
Of Hamlet's wildness: fo'shall I hope, your virtues

Will bring him to his wonted way again,
To both your honours.
Oph. Madam, I wish it may.

[" Exit Queing
Pol. Ophelia, walk you here. --Gracious, so please * you,
We will bestow ourselves.- Read on this book; [" To Oph.
That show of such an exercise may colour
Your a loneliness. We're oft to blame in this,
'Tis too much prov'd, that with devotion's village,
And pious action, we do a sugar o'er
The devil himself.

King. • Oh, 'tis too true.
How smart a lath that speech doth give my conscience !

9 The fo's, R. and 7. after myself, * All but qu's and C. ge. read, lawful ofials.

y 7. first puts this direction. I The ist and 2d qu's read Weile; z 'The ist and 2d qu’s read lowliness; the 3d, We:'l!.

so does S, without giving the reading of So the 1st q. the fo's and R. All the 3d q. 1727, viz. loneliness, which the rest read my for your.

mut the true reading, and is in ail + P. and H. omit ßall.

the oth Vitions. * P. alters will to may; followed by

E fugar the fo's read furge. all the editors after him, except C.

b The fo's read, ob true. H, w All the editions till T, have do Ob it is but to true dircaion here,


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The harlot's cheek, beautied with plaftring art, [ Afide.
Is not more d ugly to the thing that helps it,
Than is my deed to iny most painted word.
Oh heavy burthen.
Pol. I hear him coming, • let's withdraw,, my lord.

[' Exeunt all but Ophelia.


% Enter Hamlet.

Ham. To be or not to be? that is the question
Whether 'tis nobler in the inind to suffer:
The flings and arrows of outrageous fortune;
Or to take arms against a h sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? - To die -- to sleep-
No more; and by a sleep to say, we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to; 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die— to sleep
To sleep? perchance to dream; ay, there's the rub;
For in that ileep of death what dreams may come,

« P. firit gives this direction.

h Perhaps, fiege, which continues the d The ist and 2d qu's read ougly; metaphor of firgs, arrows, taking arms; so does S. but he does not give us the and represents the being encompassed on reading of the 3d, viz. ugly, which is all fides with troubles. P. in his edition 1617, and in all the Tbalay of troubles. A conjecture selt.

of T. e The qu's omits let's.

Afailing troubles, A conjecture of f This direction is orated in the H. gu's

befu's, Exeunt, only. Without question Sbakespeare wrote, 8 In the qu's this dire&ion is mark- afail of troubles; i. e, afaul. W. He ed after Qb beavy buriben!

puts it in the text, G4

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When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the k whips and scorns of 'time,
Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
* The pangs of despis'd love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes;
When he himself might his P Quietus inake
With a bare bodkin? 4 Who would fardles bear,
To'grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
• The undiscover'd country, from whole borne
No traveller returns, puzzles the will;
And makes us rather bear those ills we have,
Than fly to others that we know not of?

i The 2d f. reads, Wher be bave fhuf- Tbe pangs of dispriz’d leve, tbe law's de fied, &c. the 3d and 4th, W ben be barb lay. P. alters this, The pang of esbuffled, &c.

Spis'd love, &c. followed" by T.W. and * Quips; conjecture of Grey. Quips ). and scorns of tyrants; Quips and scorns of o Second q. omits be; 3d, as for be. title; two conjectures of y.

p The 1st and 2d qu's read quietas. | The evils here complained of are 9 The fo's read, Wbs would these 'rine the product of time or duration fardies bear. fampiy, but of a corrupt age or manners. So the qu's, fo's and R. P. alters We may be fure then that Shakespeare grunt to groan; and is followed by all prote, --ibe whips and scorns of time. the editors after him, except C. And the description of the evils S P.alters The to Tbar ; followed by all. corrupt ege, which folloys, confis " P. spells this bourne; fo do all after this emendation. W.

him, but H, who says, boura fignifies in The fo's and R. read poor. á brook or stream of water; but what

n The 2d q. reads, The pangs of of- Shakespeare means is borne, a French fice, ind i be law's delay. The fo's read, word, signifying limit or bouncerg.


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