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Hor. Season your admiration for a while
With an attent ear, 'till I may deliver,
Upon the witness of these gentlemen,
This marvel to you.

Ham. For God's love, let me hear.

Hor. Two nights together had these gentlemen,
Marcellus and Bernardo, on their watch
In the dead d waste and middle of the night,
Been thus encountred. A figure like

your father,
• Arın'd at all points exactly, cap-d-pe,
Appears before them, and with solemn march
* Goes flow and stately by them; thrice he walk'd
By their opprest and fear-surprized eyes,
Within & his truncheon's length; whilft they, h distill'd
Almost to jelly with the i act of fear,
Stand dumb, and speak not to him. This to me
In dreadful fecresy impart they did;
And I with them the third night kept the watch ;
Where, as they had deliver’d, both in time,
Form of the thing, each word made true and good,
The apparition comes. I knew

your

father: These hands are not more like.

a T, W and 7. read, but, instead of d The 3d q. and 7. read vafi. for.

e The qu's read, Armed at point, &c. 6 So the lit q. Ift and 2d fo's, R. and { The fo's and R. stop in the followC. The 2d and 3d qu's, and 3d and 4th ing manner, fo's, read,

Goes flow and sately: By tbem sbrice bac Wirb an attentive ear; till I may deliver, walk'd, &c. and is followed by all the succeding & Second and 3d qu's, this. editors.

h The fo's and R. read, be-fill'd. c For God's love, &c. So the qu's. i Instead of, ibe asl, W. rcads, sb The fo's and all other editions read, effet, For beav'x's love

Ham.

Ham. But where was this?
Mar. My lord, upon the platform' where we watch'd.
Ham. Did you not speak to it ?

Hor. My lord, I did;
But answer * made it none; yet once methought
It lifted up its head, and did address
Itself to motion, like as it would speak :
But even then the morning cock crew loud;
And at the found it shrunk in hafte away,
And vanish'd from our sight.

Ham. 'Tis very strange.

Hor. As I do live, my m honour'd lord, 'tis true :
And we did think it writ down in our duty
To let you know of it.

Ham. Indeed, firs, but this troubles me.
Hold you the watch to-night?
All. We do, my

lord. Ham. Arm’d, say you ? All. Arın'd, my lord. Ham. From top to toe? All. My lord, from head to foot. Ham. Then saw you not his face ? Hor. Oh yes, my lord, he wore his beaver up.

* The 3d q. it made none, &c. rect Borb, but this is indeterminate

| First and 2d qu's, and ift and zå which two of the three are to speak. fo's, it for its.

It is strange none of the modern editors m Second, 3d and 4th fo's, and R. should perceive the impropriety of this read, bonourable.

latter dire&tion. n So the qu's and P. The reft, in Again, a little farther on, where the deed, indeed, firs, &c.

gu's direct Borb to speak (viz. Bernarda • The qu's direct All to speak, i.e. and Marcellus) in the specch “ Longer, ail but Hamlet, viz. Horatio, Bernardo “ longer," the fo's, R. and P, dircet and Marcellus. The other editions di- All, B 3

Hann,

M L Ę T. Ham. What, look'd he frowningly? Hor. A countenance more in forrow than in anger, Ham. Pale, or red ? Hor. Nay, very pale, Ham. And fix'd his eyes upon you ? Hor, Moft constantly, Ham. I would I had been there, Hor. It would have much amaz'd you. Ham. * Very like; stay'd it long? Hor. While one with moderate haste might tell a hundred, Both. Longer, longer. Hor. Not when I saw 't. Ham. His beard was ? grifled?

Hor. It was, as I have seen it in his life, A sable filver'd.

Ham, • I will watch to-night; Perchance 'twill walk again,

Hor. ! I war'nt it will.

Ham, If it assume iny noble father's person,
I'll speak to it, though hell itself should gape,
And bid me hold my peace. I pray you all,
If you have hitherto conceal'd this fight;
Let it be " tenable in your filence ftill :
And w whatsoever * else shall hap to-night,

P The fe'

nd R. read, Very like, * $ So the gu's and C. The fo's and very like &

all the other editions read, I warrant 9 The qu's, W. and C. read-grilled, zou it will, no. The ift f. grisly, no. Second, 3d u So the qu's and W. and C. The and 4th fo's, and the other editions, rest, treble for tenable,

w First q. what someder. I Third and 4th fo's, and R. read, * So che qu's, fo's, R. and C. P, for It was, I bave seen it, &c.

else ßall bap, reads fall befall; followed • All but qu's and C, ['il. for I wille by the rest,

Give it an understanding, but no tongue;
I will requite your loves : fo, ! fare ye well.
Upon the platform 'twixt eleven and ? twelve

I'll visit you.

All. Our duty to your a honour.

[Exeunt. Ham. Your loves, as mine to you: farewel. My father's spirit in arms! all is not well; I doubt some foul play: would the night were come; 'Till then fit still, my soul : foul deeds will rise (Though all the earth o'erwhelm them) to men's eyes.

[Exit.

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An Apartment in Polonius's house.

Enter Laertes and Ophelia ".

Laer. My neceffaries are imbark'd; farewel;
And, fifter, as the winds give benefit,
And & convoy is affiftant; do not sleep,
But let me hear from you.

Oph. Do you doubt that?

y The qu's, fare you well.

Fisft q. fonde for foul. 2 First q. twelfe.

& The fo's call this Soma Tertia. a The 2d q, reads bomar. So Sreevens, P. is the first who describes the and gives no other reading though the Scene. 3d q. 1637, which he pretends to colo f The qu's add, his fifter, late, reads bonour,

& Qu's, convey. b The fo's, R. P, and H, read love for h The qu's read, in for is.

loves.

Laer. For Hamlet, and the trifling of his ' favour;
Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood,
A violet in the youth of k primy nature,
'Forward, not permanent; " sweet, not lasting;
The perfume, and suppliance of a minute ;
No more.

Oph. No more but fo ?

Laer. Think it no more ;
For nature crescent does not grow alone
In othews and Pubulk; but'as 9 this temple waxes,
The inward service of the mind ' and soul
Grows wide withal. Perhaps he loves you now,
And now no • foil nor cautel doth besmerch
The virtue of his will; but you must fear,
His greatness weigh’d, his will is not his own;
w For he himfelf is subject to his birth,
He may not, as unvalued persons do,
* Carve for himself; for on his choice depends
The y safety and = the health of a the whole state ;
And therefore muft his choice be circumscrib'd
Unto the voice and yielding of that body

i So the qu's, T.W.7. and C. The other editions, favours.

* The 3d reads prime.
1 First and 2d fo's, froward.

m R. inserts sho' befure sweet, and is followed by all the succeeding editors, except C. who inferts bus before not,

n The fo's and R. omit perfume, and.
Thews, i. e. finews.
p The qu's read bulks.

9 The fo's, R. and P. read bis. H. seads the,

? The 2d q. omits and,

Second, 3d and 4th fo's, and R. read foil.

W. reads of for nor. u The fo's and R. read fear for. will. w This line is omitted in the qu'î. * The 2d and 3d qu's read crave.

y So the qu's, and W. H. and C. farity; the rest, fanciity.

2 The qu's omit ebe.
a The qu's read this fur ebe.

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