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jeering ?* quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my grinning, lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that. Pr’ythee, Horatio, tell me one thing
Hor. What's that, my lord ?
Ham. Dost thou think, Alexander looked o’this fashion i'the earth ?
HOR. E'en so.
[Throws down the Scull. Hor. E'en so, my lord.
HAM. To what base uses we may return, Horatio! Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander, till he find it stopping a bunghole ?
HOR. 'Twere to consider too curiously," to con
HAM. No, faith, not a jot; but to follow him thither with modesty enough, and likelihood to lead it: As thus; Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth to dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make loam: And why of that loam, whereto he was converted, might they not stop a beer-barrel?
Imperial Cæsar, dead, and turn’d to clay,
Should patch a wall to expel the winter's flaw ! (+5)
• favour] Feature. See M, N. Dr. I, 1, Helena.
» 'Twere to consider too curiously] Be pressing the argument with too much critical nicety, to dwell upon mere possibilities. See Tam, of Shr. IV. 4. Pedant.
Enter Priests, fc. in Procession; the Corpse of
OPHELIA, LAERTES and Mourners following ;
this, qtos, The queen, the courtiers : Who is that* they fol.
[Retiring with Horatio.
That is Laertes,
very noble youth : Mark.
. maimed rites) Curtailed, imperfect.
• Fordo its own life] Destroy. “ Wold to God it might be leful for me to fordoo myself, or to make an end of me." Aco. lastus, 1549. Steevens. See M. N. Dr. V. 2. Puck.
c'Twas some estate] High personage, of rank or station. As, “ your greatness, and this noble state.” Tr, and Cr. I. 3. Patroci. The quartos read “ 'Twas of some estate.”
command o'ersways the order] The course, which ecclesiastical rules prescribe.
Her maiden strewments, and the bringing home
LAER. Must there no more be done?
No more be done:
Lay her i'the earth ;
A minist'ring angel shall my sister be,
What, the fair Ophelia !
[Scattering Flowers. I hopd, thou should'st have been my Hamlet's I thought, thy bride-bed to have deck’d, sweet
maid, And not have strew'd thy grave. LAER.
O, treble woe*. So 4tos.
[Leaps into the grave.
terrible woer and wooer, 1623, 32. * double,
* bringing home of bell and burial] Conveying to her last home with these accustomed forms of the church, and this sepulture in consecrated ground. • Fall ten times treble] See “ treble in silence.”
1. 2. Haml. • ingenious sense] Life and sense,
* grief, 4tos. Ham. (Advancing.] What is he, whose griefs.
Bears such an emphasis ? whose phrase of sorrow
[Leaps into the Grave.
The devil take thy soul!
[Grappling with him. Ham. Thou pray'st not well.
I pr’ythee, take thy fingers from my throat; • For, 4tos. Sir, * though I am not splenetive and rash,
Yet have I in me something dangerous,
King. Pluck them asunder.
Good my lord, be quiet.
out of the Grave.]
QUEEN. O my son! what theme?
HAM. I lov'd Ophelia; forty thousand brothers
King. O, he is mad, Laertes.
Him. 'Zounds,* show me what thou'lt do:
outface me with leaping in her grave] As you, &c. III, Rosal,
Be buried quick with her, and so will I :
This is mere madness :
Hear you, sir;
But it is no matter;
(Exit. King. I pray thee, good Horatio, wait upon him.
[Exit Horatio. Strengthen your patience in our last night's speech;'
[To LAERTES. We'll put the matter to the present push.Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.This grave shall have a living monument:(35) An hour of quiet shortly shall we see; Till then, in patience our proceeding be.
our ground] The earth about us. • The cat will mew, and dog, &c.] “ Things have their appointed course; nor have we power to divert it,” may be the sense here conveyed; though the proverb is in general applied to those who for a time fill stations to which their merits give them no claim.
• Strengthen your patience in our last night's speech] Let the consideration of the topics, then urged, confirm your resolution taken of quietly waiting events a little longer.