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Sc, I. Platform before the palace. Enter Ber. and
Fran, two centinels; Fran. is relieved by Hor. and Mar. Talk about a ghost having appeared. Hor. is incredulous. Enter ghost. They perceive it to be like the deceased king. Hor. speaks to it.
It stalks away without answering. They conjecture about the ghost, and the warlike preparations that are making in Denmark. The ghost appears again. Hor. conjures it to speak, but in vain. The cock crows: It vanishes. Talk hereupon. Hor. and Mar, agree to tell Ham. of
the ghoft. Exeunt. Sc. II. The palace. Enter king, queen, Ham. Pol. Laer.
Vol. Cor. lords, and attendants. King's speech, of the death of the late king, and of his marriage with his widow; of negotiations with the court of Norway; [Exeunt Vol. and Cor. as ambassadors to Nora 3
way] of Laere's departing for France. Ham.'s for-
going to Wittenburg. Exeunt.
human nature, and the frailty of his mother the
them to the disadvantage of the latter.
quaint Ham. with the appearance of the ghoft. He determines to watch with them, that if it appeared
again, he might see, and speak to it. Exeunt. Sc. V. An apartment in Poli's house. Enter Laer, and
Oph. Laer.'s instructions to her in the matter of
Ham.'s love, Sc. VI. To them enter Pol. He instructs Laer. how to
behave in the foreign country whither he is travelling. Laer. takes his leave. Talk between Pol. and Oph. about Ham.'s amorous addresses to
her; which he advises her not to regard. Sc. VII. The platform before the palace. Enter Ham. Hor.
and Mar. Talk of the drunkenness of the Danes, Ghost appears. Ham. speaks to it. It beckons him.
He follows it. Exeunt. Sc. VIII. Re-enter ghost and Ham. It tells him, it is the
ghost of his father, and relates that, sleeping in his orchard, he was poisoned with juice of Hebanon pour'd in his ears, by Hami's uncle, the present king; and advises him to be revenged on the murtherer; but not to contrive any punishment for the queen, leaving her only to the fings of her own
conscience. Exit ghost. Hami's soliloquy.
He swears to revenge his father's death. Sc. IX. Hor. and Mar. who had followed Ham, at a dis
tance, came up with him, and are inquisitive about what passed between him and the ghost. He eyades satisfying them, and makes them swear to be secret in what they had seen; and if he should hereafter feign madness, they should by no token whatever discover the fraud. Exeunt.
Sc, I. An apartinent in Poli's house. Enter Pol. and Reyn.
Pol. gives money and notes to Rey. to deliver to
and behaviour of Laer, abroad. Exit Rey.
ceived from Ham. wherein he appeared to be mad.
and other attendants. King mentions Ham.'s mad-
finess with the king. Pol. proceeds to Thew the
to Oph. It is agreed to try Ham. with Oph. by
eunt king and queen.
wildly to him. Exit Pol.
occasion of their being at Denmark, and finds they
who are expected.
Enter players. Ham. welcomes them. Aíks for
of the player under a feigned passion, compared with
A CT III.
Sc, I. The palace. Enter king, queen, Pol. Oph. Ros.
Guil. and lords. Talk of Ham.'s madness; the
Exit queen ; and Ham.'s
Sc. II. Oph. with a book. Enter Ham. His soliloquy of
life, and dissolution : discovers Oph. talks rudely with her; and bids her get to a nunnery. Exit Ham. Ophe's soliloquy on Ham.'s noble perfections,
overthrown by madness. Sc. III. Enter king and Pol. who had overheard what passed
between Ham. and Oph. King concludes that love is not the cause of his madness: Counsels with Pol. about fending him to England for the demand of tribute; which Pol. agrees to, provided his mother the queen cannot by conference with him difcover the cause of his griefs. Pol. proposes to be
secretly a witness of this conference. Exeunt. Sc. IV. Enter Ham. and the players. His instructions to
them. Exeunt players. Enter Pol. Ref. and Guil. with news that the king and queen will hear the
play. Exeunt. Sc, V. To Ham. enter Hor. Ham.'s commendations of
Hor,'s virtues. Begs him to eye the king at the
play, and note his behaviour. Sc. VI, Enter king, queen, Pol. Oph. Ros. Guil. lords,
as to the play. Hamlet's mad talk : to the king,
to Pol. to Oph. Sc. VII. Dumb shew enters. Enter player king and queen,
yery lovingly embracing. King lies down on a bank of flowers. She seeing him asleep leaves him. Anon comes in a fellow, takes off his coronet, kisses it, and pours poison in the king's ears and Exit. The queen returns, finds the king dead, and makes passionate action. The poisoner, with two or three mutes, comes in again, seeming to lament her. The dead body is carried away.