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And, like a man to double business bound,
Whereto serves mercy,
But to confront the visage of offence?] With a benign and softened aspect to meet or encounter the harsh features of crime. • To be forestalled ere we come to fall] Prevented from falling.
there the action lies In bis true nature, and we ourselves compell’d.] The transaction shews, or presents itself; the suit, stripped of all chicane, is entertained and prosecuted simply as it is; and there it is that we are compelled, &c. For the use of the personal pronoun here, see “ his own scandal.” 1. 4. Haml.
Yet what can it, when one can not repent] What can that course, though it can do all, do, if I cannot pursue it?
Bow, stubborn knees ! and, heart, with strings of
[Retires, and kneels,
but now, 4tos.
Ham. Now might I do it, pat,* now he is pray. And now I'll do't; and so he goes to heaven: And so am I revenged ? That would be scann'd:·
A villain kills my father; and, for that, 1623, 32. I, his sole* son, do this same villain send
· That would be scann'd] Requires to be fully weighed and considered.
I, his sole son] Such is the reading of the quartos : but foule may be offending, degenerate; though most probably a misprint. . . hire and salary] A thing, for which from him I might claim a recompense. The quartos read “ base, and silly.”
d our circumstance] Measure or estimate of what may have reached us.
e hent] Task, undertaking. In the sense of “ seise or occupy,'' the verb occurs in M. for M. “ Have hent the gates." IV. 6. Friar Pet. Drunk asleep, is in a drunken sleep.
At gaming, swearing; or about some act
) My mother stays : This physick but prolongs thy sickly days. [Erit.
The King rises, and advances.
King. My words fly up, my thoughts remain
below: Words, without thoughts, never to heaven go.
Another Room in the same.
Enter Queen and POLONIUS.
Pol. He will come straight. Look, you lay
home to him: Tell him, his pranks have been too broad to bear
with; And that your grace hath screen’d and stood be.
tween Much heat and him. I'll silence me e'en here." Pray you, be round with him.
HAM. [Within.] Mother, mother, mother!
* relish of salvation in't] Smack or savour. blay home to him] Pointedly and closely charge. o pranks too broad] Open and bold.
• silence me e'en here] Without a word more said, here snugly stow myself.
I'll warrant you; Fear me not :-withdraw, I hear him coming.
[Polonius hides himself. (8
HAM. Now, mother; what's the matter ?
fended. Ham. Mother, you have my father much of
fended. QUEEN. Come, come, you answer with an idle
tongue. HAM. Go, go, you question with a wicked tongue. Queen. Why, how now, Hamlet ? HAM.
What's the matter now? QUEEN. Have you forgot me? HAM.
No, by the rood," not so: You are the queen, your husband's brother's wife; But would you were not so. You are my mother. QUEEN. Nay, then I'll set those to you that can
speak. Ham. Come, come, and sit you down; you shall
not budge; You go not, till I set you up a glass Where you may see the inmost part of you. Queen. What wilt thou do? thou wilt not mur
der me? Help, help, ho!
Pol. [Behind.) What, ho! help!
by the rood] From the A. S. rode. crux. a cross. Skinn, See M1. H. IV. Shal. III. 2. • The quartos and modern editors read
“ And, would it were not so!—you are my mother.”
How now! a rat?
[Drawuss Dead, for a ducat, dead.
[Hamlet makes a pass through the Arras, Pol. [Behind.)
0, I am slain.
[Falls, and dies. QUEEN. O me, what hast thou done? HAM.
Nay, I know not: Is it the king?
[Lifts up the Arras, and draws forth Polo
• better, 4to.
QUEEN. O, what a rash and bloody deed is this !
QUEEN. As kill a king!
Ay, lady, 'twas
word. Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell!
Such an act, That blurs the grace and blush of modesty; Calls virtue, hypocrite; takes off the rose
· Proof and bulwark against sense] Against all feeling.