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Than that which dearest father bears his son,
HAM. I shall in all my best obey you, madam.
King. Why, 'tis a loving and a fair reply; Be as ourself in Denmark.–Madam, come; This gentle and unforc'd accord of Hamlet Sits smiling to my heart :' in grace whereof, No jocund health, that Denmark drinks to-day, ) But the great cannon to the clouds shall tell; And the king's rouse the heaven shall bruit
Re-speaking earthly thunder. Come away. [E.reunt King, Queen, Lords, 8c. POLONIUS,
and LAERTES. HAM. O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself (45) into a dew ! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon (46) 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! O
God! How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fye on't! O fye! 'tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank, and gross in
nature, Possess it merely. That it should come to this! But two months dead nay, not so much, not two:
* bend you] Dispose, incline.
Sits smiling to my heart] To is at : gladdens. ' in grace whereof] Respectful regard or honour.
merely] Wholly. See Tempest, I. 1. Anton.
So excellent a king; that was, to this,
uncle, My father's brother; but no more like my father, Than I to Hercules: Within a month; Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, She married :-0 most wicked speed, to post With such dexterity to incestuous sheets ! It is not, nor it cannot come to, good; But break, my heart: for I must hold my tongue!
Enter Horatio, BARNARDO, and MARCELLUS.
Hor. Hail to your lordship!
I am glad to see you well: Horatio,-or I do forget myself.
Hor. The same, my lord, and your poor servant
HAM. Sir, my good friend; I'll change that
name with you.
* Discourse of reason] Faculty of discussing and reasoning. See Tr. & Cr. II. 2, Hect. & infra IV. 4. Haml.
" I'll change that name with you) Reciprocally uso: I'll put myself upon an exact level with.
And what make you from Wittenberg, Horatio ?-
— Ham. I am very glad to see you; good even,co)
sir. But what, in faith,“ make you from Wittenberg ?
Hor. A truant disposition, good my lord.
HAM. I would not hear your enemy say so;
Hor. My lord, I came to see your father's funeral.
thee, do not mock me, fellow
student ; I think, it was to see my mother's wedding.
Hor. Indeed, my lord, it followed hard upon.
Where, My lord?
HAM. In my mind's eye, (53) Horatio.
Ham. He was a man, take him for all in all,
HOR, My lord, I think I saw him yesternight.
* in faith] Faithfully and honestly, in pure and simple verity. • But what make you] Is your object ? Are you doing. See M. W. of W. IV. 2. Mrs. Page.
goodly king] See “ goodliest,” H. VIII. IV. 2. 3 Gent.
HAM. Saw! who?
The king my father !
For God's love, let me hear. Hor. Two nights together had these gentlemen, Marcellus and Barnardo, on their watch, In the dead waste(54) and middle of the night, Been thus encounter'd. A figure like your father, Arm'd at all points (55) exactly, cap--pé, Appears before them, and, with solemn march, Goes slow and stately by them : thrice he walk’d, By their oppress'd and fear-surprized eyes, Within his truncheon's length; whilst they, be
still'd Almost to jelly with the act of fear, (56) Stand dumb, and speak not to him. This to me In dreadful secrecy impart they did; And I with them, the third night kept the watch: Where, as they had deliver'd, both in time, Form of the thing, each word made true and good, The apparition comes : I knew your father; These hands are not more like. HAM.
But where was this? MAR. My lord, upon the platform where we
watch'd. HAM. Did you not speak to it ?(57) Hor.
My lord, I did; But answer made it none: yet once, methought, It lifted up its head, and did address
Season your admiration for a while
With an attent ear] By close attention qualify or restrain the expression of your astonishment.
address] Make ready. See M. N. Dr. V. 1. Phil.
Itself to motion, like as it would speak:
'Tis very strange.
HAM. Indeed, indeed, sirs, but this troubles me. Hold you
the watch to-night?
We do, my lord.
From top to toe?
Then saw you not
A countenance more
Pale, or red?
And fix'd his eyes upon you?
I would, I had been there.
Very like, Very like: Stay'd it long? Hor. While one with moderate haste might
tell a hundred. MAR. BER. Longer, longer.
• writ down] Prescribed by.