Page images
PDF
EPUB

Of impious stubbornness; * 'tis unmanly grief;
It shews a will most incorrect to heaven,
A heart unfortify'd, * a mind impatient,
An understanding Gimple, and unschoold:
For what we know must be, and is as common
As

any the most vulgar thing to sense,
Why should we, in our peevish opposition,
Take it to heart? fie! 'tis a fault to heaven,
A fault againft the dead, a fault to nature,
To realon most abfurd, whose common theme
Is death of fathers, and who still hath cried,
From the first coarse, 'till he that died to-day,
“ This must be fo.” We pray you throw to earth
This unprevailing woe, and think of us
As of a father : for let the world take note,
You are the most immediate to our throne,
• And with no less nobility of love
Than that which deareft father bears his son,
Do I impart 8 toward

you.

For
In going back to school to Wittenberg,
It is most retrograde to our desire :
And we beseech you, bend you to remain
Here in the chear and comfort of our eye,
Our chiefest courtier, cousin, and our son.

your intent

% --'tis--All the editions till P. in. d T. reads, And with 't no less, &c. fert this word; he omits it, as do all the and is followed by H. editors after him except C.

• The fo's and R. towards. InAtead of a, the qu's read or. f Instead of so, the ift q. and the fo's The sit and 24 qu's, course.

read in. « H. reads anadailing

i The ift and 2d qu's, retrogard.

Queen. Let not thy mother lose her prayers, Hamlet; I pray thee stay with us, go not to Wittenberg.

Ham. I shall in all my best obey you, madam.

King. Why 'tisa loving, and a fair reply;
Be as ourself in Denmark. Madam, come;
This gentle and unforc'd accord of Hamlet
Sits smiling * to my heart; in grace whereof, ,
No jocund health that Denmark drinks to-day,
But the great cannon to the clouds shall' tell;
And the king's rowse the heaven shall bruit again,
Re-speaking earthly thunder. Come

away.

Flourish, exeunto

SCENE III.

Manet Hamlet.

Ham. Oh that this too, too P solid Aesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew;
Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd
His 9 cannon 'gainst felf-llaughter! O God, God!
How 'weary, ftale, flat, and unprofitable
u Seem to me all the uses of this world !

h Fourth f. brorber.
i Fo's, prytbee.'
k H. reads at for to.
1 H. reads, tell it.
m Three firft fo's and H, beavens.
n All but qu's omit flourish.

• The qu's add, all but Flamlet, and omit Manet Hamlet.

? The qu's, Jallied.

9 T. reads canon, i. e. law. Also P.'s duodecimo, and the succeeding editions.

The two first qu's, feale for self. s So the qu’s, the fo's, and all fue ceeding editions read, O God! O God! Two first qu's, wary.

Steevens neglects giving the reading of 3d ge 1737, viz. weary. 2 The fo's and R. seeme,

1 Fie on 't ! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden
That grows to feed; things rank, and gross in nature
y Poffefs it merely. That it should come to this!
But two months dead! náy, not fo much; not two-
So excellent a king, that was, to this,
Hyperion to a satyr: fo loving to my mother
That he might not ? let e’en the winds of heaven
Visit her face too roughly. : Heav'n and earth!
Muft I remember? --why, she a would hang on him,
As if increase of appetite had grown
By what it fed on; and yet within a month! -
Let me not think on 't-Frailty, thy name is woman!
A little month!-or ere those shoes were old
With which the follow'd my poor father's body,
Like Niobe, all tears—Why she, d even she
(O God! a beast that wants discourse of reason
Would have mourn'd longer) married with ' my uncle,
My father's brother; but no more like my father,
Than I to Hercules. Within a month,

* Fie on'.! ab fie! So the qu's and and is concurred with by H. J. and C. C. The ift and 2d fo's, Fie on 'ı! ob But T. reads would for mig he. fie, fe. The 3d and 4th fo's, and all a . The qu's, fould. succeeding editions, Fie on 'r! ch fie!, b P. omits and, (which is found in

y So the fo's. The qu’s and P. read, all the foregoing editions) and is fole Pefless is meerly that it should come ibus. lowed in this omission by all the suc

2 Le e'en. The qu's read beteeme. ceeding editors, except C. First, 2d and 3d fo's, beteene. Fourth f. C-ons, is exactly treated as the between. R. conjectures the whole line above word, and. thus,

even be. These words are not in Tbai be permitted ru the winds of heav'n, the qu’s. and is followed by P. and W. T. sup e So the qu's. The fo’s and all the posing an error in the press in the old rest read, Ob beaven ! editions, subaitutes let c'en, for betcene ; i The fo's and all after, mine.

6-64--this word is omitted by P. B

Ere

d

Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears
Had left the flushing - in her gauled eyes
She married. Oh most wicked speed, to poft
With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!
It is not, nor it cannot come to good.
But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.

SCENE IV.

Enter Horatio, Bernardo, and Marcellus.

Hor. Hail to your lordship.

Ham. I am glad to see you well-Horatio-or I do forget myself.

Hor. The fame, my lord, and your poor servant ever,

Ham. Sir, my good friend, I'll change that name with you. And what make you from Wittenberg, Horatio Muriellus !

Mar. My good lord

Ham. I am very glad to let you; 'good even, fir. But I what, in faith, make you from Wittenberg ?

Hor. A truant disposition, good my lord.

Ham, I would not hear your enemy fay fo;
Nor shall you do " my ear that violence,
To inake it truster of your own report
Against yourself. I know you are no truant;
But what is your affair in Ellinoor?
• We'll teach you to drink deep ere you depart.

h The fo's and R. read of for in, m The fo's and all after, mine, except
i H. and W. read good morning.
* The 4th f. omits wbar.

n The three last fo's, rake. 1-bear-So the qu's, and all but the • The qu's read, fo's and R. which read bave,

Will icacb you for to drink ere you departo

Hor.

Hor. My lord, I came to see your

father's funeral. Ham. IP pr’ythée do not mock me, fellow student; I think it was to see my mother's wedding

Hor. Indeed, my lord, it * followed hard upon.

Ham. Thrift, thrift, Horatio : the funeral bak'd meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.
Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven,
'Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio.
My father-methinks I see my father.

Hor. - Where, my lord
Ham. In my mind's eye, Horatio.
Hor. I saw him once, * he was a goodly king.

Ham. * He was a man, take him for all in all,
I v shall not look upon his like again.

Hor. My lord, I think I saw him yesternight.
Ham. Saw ! ? who?
Hor. My lord, the king your father.
Ham. The king my father?

'p Firef. pray ibet.

baps, that as we call our greatest friend 4 The qu's ofnit fee.

out dearest friend, fo Shakespeare takes The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's read fol the liberty to apply dearest in the fame lowetb.

manner to foe as well as friend. Besides, s Perbaps from the Latin dirus, dire, dear frequently fignifies (not beloved, dear. In the translation of Virgil by but) of great price or consequente. Douglass it is spelt dere, which the glof • The fo's and R. read, Ere I bad ever fary thus explains, “ Dere, to hurt, troue seen, &c. « ble : Belg. Deeren, Deren. F. Theut. u The fo's, and all editions afcet, " Derax, A. S. Derian, nocere. It hurt, read, Ob wbere, &c.

injury." And fould it not be thus * Έμβλέψωμεν τοις όμμασι της ψυχής. Spele in Sbakespeare But instances of Clem. Rom. ép. i. cap. 1g. our poet's using words contrary to the * The qu's, a for be. modern acceptation of them are num y The 2d, 38 and 4th fo's, and R. berless. Upron, book iii. rule 2. read, foould, instead of jhall, I would beg leave to add another pero 2 9. reads, whom?

Hor.

B2

« PreviousContinue »