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HOR. Tush! tush! 'twill not appear.

Sit down awhile;
And let us once again assail your ears,
That are so fortified against our story,
What we two nights have seen."

Well, sit we down, And let us hear Barnardo speak of this.

BAR. Last night of all, When yon same star, that's westward from the pole, Had made his course to illume that part of heaven Where now it burns, Marcellus, and myself, The bell then beating one,

MAR. Peace, break thee off; look, where it

comes again!

Enter Ghost.

BAR. In the same figure, like the king that's

dead. MAR. Thou art a scholar, speak to it, Horatio.(6) BAR. Looks it not like the king? mark it, Ho

ratio. HOR. Most like :-it harrows me with fear, and

wonder." BAR. It would be spoke to. MAR.

Speak to it, Horatio. Hor. What art thou, that usurp'st this time of

night, Together with that fair and warlike form

* What we have seen] We must here supply, “with," or "by relating.”

Usurp'st this time of night] Abuses, uses against right, and the order of things.

“ He but usurp'd his life;" i, e, occupied it beyond, and out of its season. End of Lear.

In which the majesty of buried Denmark
Did sometimes march? by heaven I charge thee,

Mar. It is offended.

See! it stalks away.
Hor. Stay; speak: speak I charge thee, speak.

[Exit Ghost.
MAR. 'Tis gone, and will not answer.
BAR. How now, Horatio? you tremble, and look

Is not this something more than fantasy?
What think you of it?

Hor. Before my God, I might not this believe,
Without the sensible and true avouch a
Of mine own eyes.

Is it not like the king ?
Hor. As thou art to thyself:
Such was

the armour he had on,
When he the ambitious Norway combated;
So frown'd he once, when, in an angry parle,
He smote the sledded Polacks on the ice.(8)
'Tis strange.
MAR. Thus, twice before, and just at this dead

hour, (9)
With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.
Hor. In what particular thought to work, I

know not;
But in the gross and scope of mine opinion,
This bodes some strange eruption to our state.


• Pollax, 0. C.

· I might not this believe, &c.] I could not: it had not been permitted me, &c. without the full and perfect evidence, &c.

In what particular thought to work] In what particular course to set my thoughts at work : in what particular train to direct the mind and exercise it in conjecture.

gross and scope] Upon the whole, and in a general view.

MAR. Good now, sit down, and tell me, he that

Why this same strict and most observant watch
So nightly toils the subject of the land ?
And why such daily cast of brazen cannon,
And foreign mart for implements of war;
Why such impress of shipwrights, whose sore task
Does not divide the Sunday from the week:
What might be toward, that this sweaty haste
Doth make the night joint-labourer with the day;
Who is't, that can inform me?

That can I;
At least, the whisper goes so.

Our last king,
Whose image even but now appear’d to us,
Was, as you know, by Fortinbras of Norway,
Thereto prick'd on by.a most emulate pride,
Dar'd to the combat; in which our valiant Hamlet
(For so this side of our known world esteem'd him,)
Did slay this Fortinbras; who, by a seal'd compact,
Well ratified by law, and heraldry,"")
Did forfeit, with his life, all those his lands,
Which he stood seiz'd of, to the conqueror :
Against the which, a moiety competent
Was gaged by our king; which had return'd
To the inheritance of Fortinbras,
Had he been vanquisher; as, by the same cov’nant
And carriage of the article * design'd, (12)

* deseigne,
His fell to Hamlet: Now, sir, young Fortinbras, signe. 1623.
Of unimproved mettle (13) hot and full,
Hath in the skirts of Norway, here and there,
Shark'd up a list of landless resolutes
For food and diet, to some enterprise
That hath a stomach in't :(14) which is no other
(And it doth well appear unto our state)
But to recover of us by strong hand

4tos. de

Good now] In good time: à la bonne heure. An interjection, a gentle exclamation of intreaty.-Johns. Dict. As an adverb he interprets it, well.

mart] Marketing, exchange.


And terms compulsative, those 'foresaid lands,
So by his father lost: And this, I take it,
Is the main motive of our preparation ;
The source of this our watch; and the chief head
Of this posthaste and romage(15

) thro' the land. [BAR. I think it be no other, but even so : Well may it sort,, that this portentous figure Comes armed thro' our watch; so like the king, That was and is the question of these wars.(16) Hor. A moth(17) it is to trouble the mind's eye.

. In the most high and palmy state of Rome, A little ere the mightiest Julius fell, The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets : As, stars with trains of fire and dews of blood, Disasters in the sun; (18) and the moist star,(19) Upon whose influence Neptune's empire stands, Was sick almost to dooms-daye with eclipse. And even the like precurse of fierce events, As harbingers preceding still the fates, And prologue to the omen coming on, Have heaven and earth together démonstrated Unto our climatures and countrymen.---](22)



Re-enter Ghost.

But, soft; behold! lo, where it comes again!
I'll cross it, though it blast me.-Stay, illusion !
If thou hast any sound, or use of voice,
Speak to me:
If there be any good thing to be done,
That may to thee do ease, and grace to me,


sort] Fall in with the idea of: suit, accord. • palmy state] Outspread, flourishing. Of victory palm branches were the emblem.

stands-sick to dooms-day] To death, to extinction, as at the day of doom. Stands is depends.

d sound, or use of voice] Articulation,

Speak to me:
If thou art privy to thy country's fate,
Which, happily, foreknowing may avoid,
O, speak!
Or, if thou hast uphoarded in thy life
Extorted treasure in the womb of earth,(23)
For which, they say, you spirits oft walk in death,

[Cock crows. Speak of it:-stay, and speak.–Stop it, Marcellus.

MAR. Shall I strike at it with my partizan ?-
Hor. Do, if it will not stand.

'Tis here! Hor.

'Tis here! MAR. 'Tis gone!

[Exit Ghost.
We do it wrong, being so majestical,
To offer it the show of violence;
For it is, as the air, invulnerable, (24)
And our vain blows malicious mockery.

BAR. It was about to speak, when the cock crew.

Hor. And then it started like a guilty thing
Upon a fearful summons. I have heard,
The cock, that is the trumpet to the morn, (25)
Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat
Awake the god of day; and, at his warning,
Whether in sea (26) or fire, in earth or air,
The extravagant and erring spirit hies (27)
To his confine: and of the truth herein
This present object made probation.

MAR. It faded on the crowing of the cock.(28)


* that ever 'gainst that season comes, Sayes. Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated, The bird of dawning singeth, all night long : And then, they say, no spirit dare stir* abroad; The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike, 1623, 32. No fairy (29) takes,* nor witch hath power to charm, So 4tos. So hallow'd and so gracious is the time. (30)

1623, 32.

• So 4tos.

can walk,

talkes. 1623, 32.

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