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A Hall in the Castle.
Enter HAMLET and HORATIO.
Ham. So much for this, sir : now shall you see
HOR. Remember it, my lord!
) methought, I lay Worse than the mutines in the bilboes.(57) Rasbly, And praise be rashness for it, -Let us know,
Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well, • deep, 4to. When our dear plots do pall :(39) and that should
There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
That is most certain.
. And praise be rashness for it] Praise be to rashness! So the folios. The quartos read prais'd.
• Let us know] Be it understood.
Larded with many several sorts of reason,
Hor. Ay, beseech you.
Ham. Being thus benetted round with villanies, Or I could make a prologue to my brains," They had begun the play : I sat me down; Devis'd a new commission ; wrote it fair : I once did hold it, as our statists do, A baseness to write fair, (41) and labour'd much How to forget that learning; but, sir, now It did me yeoman's service. Wilt thou know The effect of what I wrote ? Hor.
Ay, good my
lord. HAM. An earnest conjuration from the king, As England was his faithful tributary;
Larded with many several sorts of reason] Garnished. IV. 5. Ophel. For reason the quartos read reasons.
such bugs and goblins in my life] Such multiplied causes of alarm, such bugbears, if I were suffered to live. • the supervise] At sight, on the mere inspection.
Or I could make a prologue to my brains,
They had begun the play] Ere I could well conceive what they were about, what could be their object in this mission; before I had time to give my first thoughts to their process, they were carrying their projects into act.
• It did me yeoman's service] As good service as a yeoman performed for his feudal lord ; in the sense in which we yet use knight's service.
conjuration] Requisition. See" conjuring," IV. 3. King.
As love between them like the palm might flou
rish; As peace should still her wheaten garland wear, And stand a comma 'tween their amities;
And many such like as's of great charge, * knowing. That, on the view and know of these contents,
Without debatement further, more, or less,
How was this seal'd ?
day Sotos, Was our sea-fight; and what to this was sequent 1623, 3a. Thou know'st already.
• like the palın might flourish] This comparison is scriptural : “ The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree.”
Psalm xcii. 11. Steevens. b stand a comma 'tween their amities] Continue the passage or intercourse of amity between them, and prevent the interposition of a period to it: we have the idea, but used in a contrary sense, in an author of the next age. “ As for the field, we will cast lots for the place, &c. but I feare the point of the sword will make a comma to your cunning." Nich. Breton's Packet of Letters, 4to. 1637, p. 23.
In the Scornful Lady we have something like this mode of expression:
“ No denial-must stand between your person and the business." A. III.
e as's of great charge] Items of high import and weight.
& The changeling never known] A changeling is a child which the fairies are supposed to leave in the room of that which they steal. JOHNSON.
HOR. So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz
employment; They are not near my conscience; their defeat Does by their own insinuation grow: 'Tis dangerous, when the baser nature comes Between the pass and fell incensed points Of mighty opposites. Hor.
Why, what a king is this ! HAM. Does it not, think thee, stand me now
upon ? "
He that hath kill'd my king, and whor'd my mo
ther; Popp'd in between the election and my hopes; Thrown out his angle for my proper life, (43) And with such cozenage ; is't not perfect con
science, To quita him with this arm ? and is't not to be
Ham. It will be short: the interim is mine;
their defeat Does by their own insinuation] Their overthrow or ruin (see
“ damn'd defeat,” II. 2. Haml.) was the consequence of their own voluntary intrusion. For defeat, the reading of the quartos, the folios give debate.
When the baser nature, &c.] For inferiors to intermeddle in the strife between great and powerful antagonists.
SEYMOUR. • stand me upon] Become a most imperative duty upon me. a quit] Requite. See M. for M. V. 1. Duke.
* come in further evill Grow to a greater head, and work further iBjury.
And a man's life no more than to say, one.
Peace; who comes here?
Osr. Your lordship is right welcome back to Denmark.
Ham. I humbly thank you, sir.—Dost know this water-fly?'
Hor. No, my good lord,
HAM. Thy state is the more gracious; for 'tis a vice to know him : He hath much land and fertile: let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand at the king's mess : 'Tis a chough ; but, as I say, spacious in the possession of dirt.(44)
Osr. Sweet lord, if your lordship were at lei. sure, I should impart a thing to you from his majesty.
HAM. I will receive it, sir, with all diligence of
* image of my cause) Representation, character, colour. See se image of a murder," III. 2. Haml.
count his favours) Note, make a due estimate or reckoning of. The modern editors substitute court; which certainly gives a more obvious and satisfactory sense: and it may have been a misprint.
Dost know this water-fly] A water-fly skips up and down upon the surface of the water, without any apparent purpose or reason, and is thence the proper emblem of a busy trifer.