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I do repent: But heaven hath pleas'd it so,
To punish me with this, and this with me,
That I must be their scourge and minister. (109)
I will bestow him, and will answer well
The death I gave him. So, again, good night!
I must be cruel, only to be kind :
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.
[One word more, good lady.]
QUEEN.

What shall I do?
HAM. Not this, by no means, that I bid you

do: Let the bloat* king1109

) tempt you again to bed ; Pinch wanton on your on your cheek; call

you,

his
mouse ;
And let him, for a pair of reechy kisses, ('11)
Or padling in your neck with his damn'd fingers,
Make you to ravel all this matter out,
That I essentially am not in madness,
But mad in craft. (112) "Twere good, you let him

know:
For who, that's but a queen, fair, sober, wise,
Would from a paddock, from a bat, a gib,a
Such dear concernings hide? who would do so?
No, in despite of sense, and secrecy,
Unpeg the basket on the house's top,
Let the birds fly ;(113, and, like the famous ape,
To try conclusions,"4) in the basket creep,
And break your own neck down.
QUEEN. Be thou assur'd, if words be made of

breath,

headen hath pleas'd it so] Ordained, hath been pleased that it should be so.

For who, that's but a queen] Strictly speaking, “no more than :" but, in the familiar language of banter, importing," who being as much as, having some pretence at least, or title, to the rank and state of,' &c.

° a paddock] Toad. See Macb. I. 1. Witches.
da gib] Gilbert, a he cat. See I. H. IV. Falst. I. 2.

way, (116)

And breath of life, I have no life to breathe
What thou hast said to me.

Ham. I must to England; you know that?
QUEEN.

Alack,
I had forgot ; 'tis so concluded on.
HAM. [There's letters seald: and my two

schoolfellows, Whom I will trust, as I will adders fang'd, (115) They bear the mandate; they must sweep my And marshal me to knavery: Let it work; For 'tis the sport, to have the engineer Hoist with his own petar: and it shall hard, But I will delve one yard below their mines, And blow them at the moon : 0, 'tis most sweet, When in one line two crafts directly meet."] This man shall set me packing: I'll lug the guts into the neighbour room : (118) Mother, good night. Indeed this counsellor Is now most still, most secret, and most grave, Who was in life a foolish, prating knave. Come, sir, to draw toward an end with you: Good night, mother.

[Ereunt severally; Hamlet dragging in

POLONIUS.

go

* to breathe] Most distantly glance at. “ Him you breathe of." II.1. Polon.

to have the engineer Hoist with his own petar) i. e. mount. Hoist is used as a verb peuter. Petard, Fr. is an engine to blow up gates, &c.

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King. There's matter in these sighs; these pro

found heaves;
You must translate :'tis fit we understand them:
Where is your son ?
(QUEEN. Bestow this place on us

while.]
To ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN, who

a little

go out.

Ah, my good lord, what have I seen to-night!

King. What, Gertrude? How does Hainlet?
QUEEN. Mad as the sea, and wind, when both

contend(2)
Which is the mightier : In his lawless fit,
Behind the arras hearing something stir,
Whips his rapier out,* cries, A rat! a rat!

Whips And, in this brainish apprehension," kills

pier, 4tos. The unseen good old man. KING.

O heavy deed!
It had been so with us, had we been there:
His liberty is full of threats to all;
To you yourself, to us, to every one.
Alas! how shall this bloody deed be answer'd ?

ont his ra.

a translate] Interpret.

in this brainish apprehension] Distempered, brainsick, mood.

It will be laid to us, whose providence
Should have kept short, restrain'd, and out of

haunt,
This mad young man: but, so much was our love,
We would not understand what was most fit;
But, like the owner of a foul disease,
To keep it from divulging, let it feed
Even on the pith of life. Where is he gone?

QUEEN. To draw apart the body he hath kill'd:
O'er whom his very madness, like some ore,
Among a mineral of metals base,
Shows itself pure ; 3) he weeps for what is done.

King. O, Gertrude, come away!
The sun no sooner shall the mountains touch,
But we will ship him hence : and this. vile deed
We must, with all our majesty and skill,
Both countenance and excuse.--Ho!Guildenstern!

Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN.

Friends both, go join you with some further aid :
Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain,
And from his mother's closet hath he dragg’d him:
Go, seek him out; speak fair, and bring the body
Into the chapel. I pray you, haste in this.

[Exeunt Ros. and Guil. Come, Gertrude, we'll calī up our wisest friends; . And, 4tos. To* let them know, both what we mean to do,

And what's untimely done: so haply slander,
[Whose whisper (4) o'er the world's diameter,
As level as the cannon to his blank, (5)
Transports his poison'd shot, may miss our name,
And hit the woundless air.-] 0 come away!
My soul is full of discord, and dismay! [Exeunt.

b

kept shortand out of huunt] Narrowed the range, and prohibited from places of public resort.

These words were supplied by Theobald.

SCENE II.

Another Room in the same.

Enter HAMLET.

HAM.-Safely stowed. [Gentlemen within. Hamlet ! lord Hamlet!) [But soft,–] what noise ? who calls on Hamlet? O, here they come.

Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN.

Ros. What have you done, my lord, with the

dead body? Ham. Compounded it with dust,(6) whereto 'tis

kin. Ros. Tell us where 'tis; that we may take it

thence,
And bear it to the chapel.

HAM. Do not believe it.
Ros. Believe what?

HAM. That I can keep your counsel, and not mine own. Besides, to be demanded of a sponge! what replication should be made by the son of a king? Ros. Take you me for a sponge, my

lord ? HAM. Ay, sir ; that soaks up the king's countenance, his rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the king best service in the end : He

a to be demanded of a sponge] Of, for by, was the common phraseology of the day; and more particularly in the use of this verb.

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