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Speak of it: stay, and speak.---Stop it, Marcellus.
Mar. Shall I strike at it with my partizan?
'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, And our vain blows malicious mockery.
Ber. It was about to speak, when the cock crew.
Hor. And then it started like a guilty thing
Mar. It faded on the crowing of the cock.
say, that ever 'gainst that season comes Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated, This bird of dawning singeth all night long: And then, they say, no spirit dares stir abroad ; The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike, No fairy takes," nor witch hath power to charm, So hallow'd and so gracious is the time.
8 Whether in sea, &c.] According to the pneumatology of that time, every element was inhabited by its peculiar order of spirits, who had dispositions different, according to their various places of abode. The meaning therefore is, that all spirits extravagant, wandering out of their element, whether aerial spirits visiting earth, or earthly spirits ranging the air, return to their station, to their proper limits in which they are confined.
erring spirit,] Erring is here used in the sense of wandering
* No fairy takes,] No fairy strikes with lameness or diseases. This sense of take is frequent in this author.
Hor. So have I heard, and do in part believe it. But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad, Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastern hill : Break we our watch up; and, by my advice, Let us impart what we have seen to-night Unto.young Hamlet: for, upon my life, This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him: Do you consent we shall acquaint him with it, As needful in our loves, fitting our duty ?
Mar. Let's do't, I pray; and I this morning know Where we shall find him most convenient.
The same. A Room of State in the same. Enter the King, Queen, HAMLET, POLONIUS,
LAERTES, VOLTIMAND, CORNELIUS, Lords, and
Now follows, that you know, young Fortinbras, Holding a weak supposal of our worth ; Or thinking, by our late dear brother's death, Our state to be disjoint and out of frame, Colleagued with this dream of his advantage, He hath not fail'd to pester us with message, Importing the surrender of those lands Lost by his father, with all bands of law, To our most valiant brother.-So much for him. Now for ourself, and for this time of meeting: Thus much the business is : We have here writ To Norway, uncle of young Fortinbras,Who, impotent and bed-rid, scarcely hear's Of this his nephew's purpose, -to suppress His further gait herein ;8 in that the levies, The lists, and full proportions, are all made Out of his subject and we here despatch You, good Cornelius, and you,
Voltimand, For bearers of this greeting to old Norway ; Giving to you no further personal power To business with the king, more than the scope*, Of these dilated articles" allow. Farewell; and let your haste commend your duty. Cor. Vol. In that, and all things, will we show
our duty. King. We doubt it nothing; heartily farewell.
[Exeunt VOLTIMAND and CORNELIUS.
2 Colleagued with this dream of his advantage,] This imaginary advantage, which Fortinbras hoped to derive from the unsettled state of the kingdom.
to suppress His further gait herein,) Gate or gait is here used in the northern sense, for proceeding, passage ; from the A. S. verb gae. A gate for a path, passage, or street, is still current in the north.
more than the scope-] More is comprized in the general design of these articles, which you may explain in a more diffused and dilated style.
dilated articles, &c.] i. e. the articles when dilated.
And now, Laertes, what's the news with you?
My dread lord,
King. Take thy fair hour, Laertes ; time be thinc,
[Aside. King. How is it that the clouds still hang on you
? Ham. Not so, my lord, I am too much i'the sun, Queen. Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off,
Ham. A little more than kin, and less than kind.] A little more than kin, is a litcle more than a common relation. The king was certainly something less than kind, by having betrayed the mother of Hamlet into an indecent and incestuous marriage, and obtained the crown by means which he suspects to be unjustifiable.
And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. .
Ham. Ay, madam, it is common.
If it be,
seems. "Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forc'd breath, No, nor the fruitful river in the
eye, Nor the dejected haviour of the visage, Together with all forms, modes, shows of grief, That can denote me truly: These, indeed, seem, For they are actions that a man might play: But I have that within, which passeth show; These, but the trappings and the suits of woe. King. 'Tis sweet and commendable in your na
ture, Hamlet, To give these mourning duties to your father : : But, you must know, your father lost a father ; That father lost, lost his; and the survivor bound In filial obligation, for some term To do obsequious sorrow :8 But to perséver In obstinate condolement, is a course Of impious stubbornness ; 'tis unmanly grief : It shows a will most incorrect' to heaven ; A heart unfortified, or mind impatient : availed lids-] With lowering eyes, cast down eyes.
obsequious sorrow:] Obsequious is here from obsequies, or fineral ceremonies, 9 In obstinate condolement,] Condolement, for sorrow.
a will most incorrect-) i. e. ill-regulated, not sufficiently regulated by a sense of duty and submission to the dispensations of providence.