Page images

Was not like madness. * There's something in his soul,
O'er which his melancholy sits on brood;
And I doubt, the hatch and the disclose
Will be some danger; which y for to prevent
I have in quick determination
Thus set ? it down: He shall with speed to England,
For the demand of our neglected tribute :
Haply the feas, and countries different,
With variable obje&ts, shall expel
This something settled matter in his a heart,
Whereon his brains still beating, puts him thus
From fashion of himself. What think you on 't?

Pol. It shall do well. But yet do I believe,
The origin and commencement of d his grief
Sprung from neglected love. How now, Ophelia ?
You need not tell us what lord Hamlet said;
We heard it allo. My lord, do as you please.
But if you hold it fit, after the play
Let his queen-mother all alone entreat him
: To shew his f grief; let her be round with him,
And I'll be plac'd, so please you, in the ear
Of all their conference. If the find him not,

2. P. alters this to, Sometbing's in bis b S. reads tinke, foul, &c. followed by all the editors after c The 3d q. reads I doe. him, but C.

d So the ift q. and C. The fo's and y So the qu's and C. The ift and the rest read this grief. The 2d and 3d 2d fo's have omitted for; the 3d and qu's read it for bis grief. 4th fo's supply bow instead thereof; € Here T. gives this direction (Exit and are followed by the other editors. Opbelia. Followed by the editors after

2 The 2d and 3d qu’s omit it. him, except H. and C.

a Firft and 2d qu's, bart. So S. but f The fo’s and all editions after, ex gives not the reading of 3d, beart. eept C, read griefs,


To England send him; or confine him, where
Your wisdom best shall think,

King. It shall be fo.
Madness in great ones must not & unwatch'd go.



Enter Hamlet and i three of the Players. Ham. Speak the "speech, I pray you, as I pronounc'd it to you, trippingly on the tongue. But if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as in lieve the town-crier * spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempeft, and (as I may say) P whirlwind of your paffion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it fmoothness. Oh! it offends me to the soul, to 9 hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to,' tatters, to very rags; to ' split the ears of the groundlings; who, for the most part, are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shews, and noise: Is would have such a fellow whipt for

& The qu's read unmarcb'd.

fo's, live, h W. and y. throw the greater part

n So the qu's. All the , reft read, of this scene in to the 3d.

bad spoke. i So the qu's. The rest mark it, · P. alters Nor to And; followed by two or three of tbe players; except C, the rest, except C. who has it, some of tbe players.

P The fo's and R. read, the wbirl. k Here S. reads fronounc'd after the wind of paffion. mistake of the ift q. and gives no other 9 Fo's and R. see for bear. reading.

• The qu's, roliers and Spleet. i The fo's read your.

s So the qu's and C. All the rest, m First and 2d qu's, and ift and 24 could.


o'erdoing Termagant, it out-lierods Herod; pray you avoid it.

Play. I warrant your honour.

Ham. Be not too tame neither ; but let your own discrea tion be your tutor. Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance that you ' o'erstep not the modesty of nature; for any thing for overdone is from the purpose of playing; whose end, both at " the first and now, was and is, to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature; to fhew Virtue her * own feature, Scorn her own image, and the very ' age and body of the Time, his form and preffure. Now this over-done, or come 2 tardy off, though it * make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the cenfure 6 of which one, muft in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theatre of others. Oh there be players that I have seen play, and heard others praise, and that highly, not to speak it prophanely, that. [ neither having the action of christians, & nor the gait of chriftian, pagan, nor man,] have so strutted and bellow'd, that I have thought some of Nature's journey-men had made men,


[ocr errors]

i The fo's and R. read o'erstop. c The ift f. had ipelt this, o’re-way s u First and 2d qu's, ore-doone, the 2d, 3d and 4th, make it ore-fway; w The ad q. omits the.

ro R. P. and H. * The qu's and C. omit own before d The 1st and 2d qu's read prayed feature.

(which reading only S. gives) the 3d q. y J. says the age of be time can hard- and the other editions read praise

. ly pass; and therefore proposes, either e W. is of opinion that the words face, or page, inhead of age. But I be between the crotchets are a foolih inlieve nobody but himself would have terpolation. any objection to the words as they f P. alters this to cbriftian, followed dand.

by all but C. 2 Second q. trady.

& R. apd P. read or a The qu's and C. makes.

h P. H. and y. or. The fo's and R. ... H, altcrs this to, of one of which, read, or Normar.


and not made them well; they imitated humanity for abominably:

Play. I hope we have reform'd that indifferently with

us k.

Go make you

Ham. Oh, reform it altogether. And let those that play your clowns, speak no more than is set down for them : For there be of them that I will themselves laugh, to set on fome quantity of barren spectators to laugh “ too; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered. That's villainous, and, shews a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. ready.

^ [Exeunt Players. Enter Polonius, Rosencraus, and Guildenstern, How now, my lord; will the king hear this piece of work?

Pol. And the queen too, and that presently.

Ham. Bid the players make hafte. p [Exit Polonius. Willepou two help to hasten them? Ref. Ay, my lord.


[ocr errors]

i First q. and ift and 2d fo's, abbomi- n This direction not in qu's. nably.

• Here begins Scene IV, in W. and * After us, the fo's and R. add, J. Sir.

p This direction not in the qu's. 1 The 3d and 4th fo's, and R. read, 9 So the qu's. The fo's make both will of ebemselves.

answer here, We will, my lord: So all Firft and 2d qu's, ii,

the editions after, except C.

[blocks in formation]


Enter Horatio to Hamlet.

Ham. What, 'ho, Horatio !
Hor. Here, sweet lord, at


service. Ham. Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man, As e'er my conversation.cop'd with al.

Hor. Oh my dear lord, --

Ham. Nay, do not think I flatter:
For what advancement may I hope from thee,
Thou no ' revenue hast, but thy good spirits,
To feed and cloath thee? Why should the poor

be flatter'd?
No, let the candied tongue W lick * absurd pomp,
And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee,
Where thrift may follow y fawning. Dost thou hear?
Since my 2 dear soul was mistress of a her choice
And could of mon distinguish her election,
Sh'ath seal'd thee for herself; for thou haft been
As one, in suffering all, that suffers nothing;
A man, that fortune's buffets and rewards

r First q. bowe ; 2d, bow; 3d, boe. only reading. First, 2d and 3d fo's, boa.

y The itt, 2d and 3d fo's, read, fais Qu's, cope; fo's, R. P. T. and W, ing; the 4th f, and R. feigning. coap'd.

2 3. conjectures this might be clear, + First and 2d qu's, reuerew; ist and The fo's read my instead of ber. 2d fo's, rivennev.

b So the qu's. The fo's, R. and the u P. and the editors, except C, after reft read, him, omit WBy.

And could of men diftinguisa, ber ele&tio w The fo's, like.

Harb sealed tbee for berself, &c. * The ad q. obfurd; which is S.'s • The 3d and 4th fo's read fortzus.

+ Halt

« PreviousContinue »