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remember, pleased not the million; 'twas 9 caviary to the general; but it was (as I received it, and others whose * judgments in such matters cried in the top of mine) an excellent play, well digested in the scenes, set down with as much modesty as cunning. I remember, one said, there ' was no falt in the lines, to make the matter favoury; nor no matter in the phrase that might indite the author of affection; but call'd it, an honest method, was wholesome as sweet, and by very much more handsome than fine,

* One speech v in it I chiefly lov’d; 'twas Æneas' z tale to Dido; and thereabout of it especially, where he speaks of Priam's slaughter. If it live in your memory, begin at this line, let me fee, let me see --- The rugged Pyrrhus, like th' Hyrcanian beast,---- It is not d fo;--- It begins with Pyrrhus.

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The rugged Pyrrhus, he, whose fable arms, Black as his purpose, did the night resemble, When he lay couched in the oininous horse

9 Caviary or Caveer, a sort of catable w What is here' printed in italic made of the roes of several sorts of fish is omitted in all edițions but 7. and pickled; but especially of the spawn C. of furgeons taken in the river Volga in * The fo's and R. One chief speech in Musiry, which in colour and substance it I chiefly lov’d, &c. Jooks much like green soap. Bayley's

y Qu's, in '. Diet. The fo's, 2d, 3d and 4th, read, z The qu's read talke ; followed by Cautary; R. P. T. H. and W, Caviar; C. 7. and C, Caviare.

4 Qu's, wben. I So the qu’s and C. the rest, judgment. b The qu's read th' Ircanian,

$ The qu’s read were no fallers; the c Qu's, 'tis. fo's and R. was no fallets. P. corrects it, d The 2d and 3d qu's omit fo. was no salt; followed by the rest.

c The 2d and 3d fo's read be for bis. 1 The fo's and H. read affectation. f First q. ib' omyneus; ud and 3d qu's,

u J. thinks Shakespeare might proba- b' ominous, bly write, but I call'd it, & c,

Hath

Hath now & his dread and black coinplexion sincard
With heraldry more dismal; head to foot
Now is he i total gules, horridly trick'd
With blood of fathers, mothers, daughters, fons,
Bak'd and * empafted with the parching streets, ,
That lend a tyrannous and TM a dainned light
* To their lord's murther : roasted in wrath and fire,
And thus o'er-sized with coagulate gore,
With eyes like P carbuncles, the hellish Pyrrhus
Old grandsire Priam seeks. ---9 So proceed you.

Pol. 'Fore God, my lord, well-spoken, with good accent and good difcretion.

i Play. Anon he finds him,
Striking too short at Greeks. his ' antique sword,
Rebellious to his arın, lies where it falls,
Repugnant to command; unequál * inatch'd,
Pyrrhus at Priam drives, in rage strikes wide ;
But with the whiff and wind of his fell sword,

g The two firft qu's and all the fo's, ters this, To murtbers vile; followed by instead of bis read tbis; so does S. with all the rest, except C. who reads with out giving the different reading bis, which the qu's. is in ihe 3d quarto, or that of 1637. o Qu's, ore-cised. C, reads obis,

p Third q. Carbuncle. h First and 2d qu's, heralily.

q The words, So proceed you, are o i The fo's read to take geules.

mitted in the fo's and all editions after, k The 2d and 3d qu’s read embafted. except C. but they seem neceffary ; for

1 All editions before P. read streets; it would appear rude in the player, to he alters it to fires, and is followed by all take the speech out of Hamlet's mouth, the rest, except C.

without being bid by him to proceed in m All but qu's and C, omit a. it.

* So the qu's. The fo's, ist, 2d and I QU's, fo's and R. anticke or axlick. 3d, To tbeir wilde (vile, the 4th) mur

S R. in for 10. thers R, To be vile murthers, P. al 1 The fo's and R. read matcb.

Th

Th' unnerved father falls. Then senseless Ilium,
Seeming to feel w this blow, with flaming top
Stoops to his base; and with a hideous crash
Takes prisoner Pyrrhus' ear : for lo! his fword,
Which was declining on the milky head
Of * reverend Priam, seem'd i' th' air to stick :
So, as a painted tyrant, Pyrrhus stood;
? And, like a neutral to his will and matter,
Did nothing.
But as we often see, against some storm,
A silence in the heav'ns, the a rack stand still,
The bold - winds speechless, and the orb below
As hush as death, anon the dreadful thunder
Doth send the region : so after Pyrrhus' pause,
A roused vengeance fets him new a-work,
And never did the Cyclops' hammers fall
Ond Mars his e armour, forg'd for proof eterne,
With less remorse than Pyrrhus' bleeding sword
Now falls on Priam.
Out, out, thou strumpet Fortune ! all you gods,
In general fynod take away her power :
Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel,
And bowl the round nave down the hill of heav'n,
As low as to the fiends.

+ The words, Then senseless Ilium, are

b S. chooses to spell this word wrong, omitted in the qu's,

viz, bould; though his edition of 1637. W Fo's and R. read bis.

fpells it bold. * Qu's, reverent.

c Second q. wind. y The 3d and 4th fo's and Ri's oce d Qu's, Marses for Mars bis. tavo, omit painted,

e The fo's and R. read armours. z The 'qu's omit And.

f The ift q. follies ; ad q. folles; 34 * The: 3d q. reado rachete S. does 9. feiloes; ift, 2d and 3d fo's, and R.'s Dot give us this redding.

duodecimo, failies.

Pol.

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Pol. This is too long.

Ham. It shall & to the barber's with your beard. Pr'ythee say on; he's for a jigg, or a tale of bawdry, or he sleeps. Say on, come to Hecuba..

1 Play. But who, "ah woe! had seen the i mobled queen,---
Ham. The mobled queen?
Pol. That's good; ' mohlod queen, is good.

i Play. Run bare-foot up and down, threatning the flames
With biffon' rheum; a clout upon that head
Where late the diadem stood; and for a robe
About her lank and all-o'er-teemned loins,
A blanket in th' m alarm of fear caught up;
Who this had seen, with tongue in venom steep'd,
Gainst fortune's state would treason have pronounc'd;
But if the Gods themselves did see her then,
When she saw Pyrrhus make malicious sport
In mincing with his sword her husband's limbs ;
The instant burst of clamour that she inade,
Unless things mortal o move them not P at all,
Would have made a milch the burning eyes of heav'n,
* And paffion in the gods.

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8 Fo's, to ib'.

These words, mobled queen is good, are h So the 3d q. The ist and 2d read omitted in the qu's.

The fo's and all the rest read, The fo's and R. read flame. O wbo.

| First q. rebume. i The ift f. reads ebe inobled. C. ibe m Fo's and R. alarum. ennobld.

n First and 2d qu's, limmes. Mobled or mabled signifies veiled. So • The 3d and 4th fo's read, meant. Sandys, speaking of the Turkish women, p The 3d and 4th fo's, and R.'s octasays, their heads and faces are mabled in vo, omit ar. fine linen, that no more is to be seen of 9 P. alters milcb to melt, followed by them than their eyes. Travels. W. H.

Mobled fignifies buddled, grossly cover * H, and C. read, and passioned tbe ad. J.

God's

Pol,

Pel. Look, 'whe'r he has not turn'd his colour, and has tears in 's eyes. Pr’ythee no more.

Ham. 'Tis well. I'll have thee fpeak out the rest of this foon. Good my lord, ' will you see the players well beftowed? Do y you hear, let them be well used; for shey. are the ? abstract, and brief chronicles of the time. After your death you were better have a bad epitaph, than their ill report while you · live.

Pol. My lord, I will use thein according to their o defert.

Ham. God's bodikins, man, much better. Use every man after his desert, and who · shall scape whipping? Use them after your own honour and dignity. The less they deserve, the more merit is in your bounty. Take them in. Pol. Come, firs.

[Exit Polonius. Ham. Follow him, friends : we'll : hear a play tomorrow. Dost thou hear me, old friend, can you play the murther of Gonzago ?

Play. Ay, my lord.

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s Qu's and fo's read wbere, P. and H. read if.

a So the qu's and C. All the rest, lived.

i H. reads bas nol tears.
u The fo's and R. read, Pray you do

niore.

w The fo's and R. omit of this.
* Third q. doe.
y All but qu's and C. ye.
2. The fo's and R, read abfra&isa

b First and 2d fo's, defart.

© The qu's read, Gods bodkin. ' J. Odds bodikins.

d The fo's and R. omit mucb.
• The fo's and R. read foould.
f No direction in the quis.

i Second q. bere ; So S. but gives not the reading of 3d, beare.

Ham,

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