Puslapio vaizdai

but they withered all when my father died. They say e le made a good end.

For bonny sweet Robin is all my joya

Laer. ' Thought, and & affliction, passion, hell itself, She turns to favour and to prettiness.

Oph. And will " be not come again?

And will bbe not come again?
No, no, he is dead,
Go to thy death bed.
He never will come again,
His beard was white as snow,
i Flaxen was his pole :
He is gone, he is gone,
And we cast away moan,

* God a 'mercy on his soul! And I of all christian souls! God b'w' ye. [Exit Oplielia. Laer. Do


îl see this? -O God!

A Qu's, a

e Qu's, a for be.

is supposed in be in the play. This ve* The 3d q. reads thoughts. S. does ry paitage has been made ute of to prove dot give this reading.

that Stakopcare sometimes forgot his [ The qu's read affTions.

characters. And it is surprising that a for be.

none of the modern editors should, in i All but the qu's sead All before paling over this place, have consulted. furen.

the qu's; or, if they did confult them, * So the qu's; all the rest Griomercy. that none of them fhould prefer the

re.ding of the qu’s to that of the fo's. m After fouls the fo’s and R. infert I Do you see ibis ? is foken to the king

and queen; and O God! is only an exn The qu's omit see.

clamation exprefling the anguish of Larr. • So the qu’s. All the rest read You bes's mind on the fighe of his sister's Gods; and so make Laertes tulk like a phrinsy. heuthen in" ead of a chriilian, wäich he

1 J. on.

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King. Laertes, I must P commune with your grief,
Or you deny me right. Go but apart.
Make choice of whom your wiseft friends you

And they shall hear and judge 'twixt you and me.
If by direct or by collateral hand
They find us touch’d, we will our kingdom give,
Our crown, our life, and all that we call ours,

in satisfaction. But if not,
Be you content to lend your patience to us;
And we shall jointly labour with your soul,
To give it due content.

Laer. Let this be so.
His means of death, his obscure 9 funeral,
No trophy, sword, nor hatchment o'er his bones,
No noble * rite, nor forinal ostentation,
Cry to be heard, as 'twere from heav'n to earth,
That I must call 't in question.

King. So you shall :
And where th' offence is, let the great . ax fall.
I pray you go with me.


Fift f. common.

The fo's, R. and C. read buria!.
I Qu's, rigbs.

s The fo's, R. and P. read call for call':.

1 W. reads tax, which he explains, penalty, punishment.




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"Enter Horatio, with an attendant. Hor. What are they, that would speak with me? Serv. " Sea-faring men, Sir. They say they have letters

for you.

you, fir.

Hor. Let thein come in.
I do not know from what part of the world
I should be greeted, if not from lord Hamlet.

Enter Sailors.
Sail. God bless
Hor. Let him bless thee too,

Sail. * He shall, sir, Y an 't please him.-There's a letter for you,

sir. It ? comes froin th' a embailador that was bound for England, if your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is.

Horatio reads the letter, Horatio, when thou shalt have over-lank'd this, give these fillows fome means to the king : they have letters for him. Ere we wore two days old at sía, a pirate of very warlike anpointment gave us chase. Finding ourselves too flow of fail, we put on a compelled valour, and in the grapple I boarded them:

' On the inflant they got clear of our ship, fo I alone became their

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Qu's, Enter Hora io and others. w So the qu's; all the rest read, Sai. lors, Sir.

* Qu's, A for He.

y The 1st and 2d qu's read and without the contracted it: so does S; but neglects giving the reading of the 3d,

viz. an':.

z The qu's read came.

a The ut, 2d and 3d fo's read az. bojadours.

b No dire&tion in qu's.
c The fo's, R. and C. omit and.
d The 3d q. reads In.



prisoner. They have dealt with me like thieves of mercy; but they knew what they did: I am to do a good turn for them. Let the king have the letters I have sent, and repair thou to me with as much 'haste as thou wouldest fly death. I have words to speak in 8 thine ear, will make thee dumb; yet are they much too light for the bore of the matter. These good fellows will bring thee where I am. Rosencraus and Guildenstern bold their course for England. Of them I have i much to tell thee. Farewel. k He that thou knoweft thine,


Come, I will make you way for these letters;
And do 't the speedier that you may direct me
To him from whom you brought them.


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Enter King and Laertes.
King. Now must your conscience my acquittance seal,

put me in your heart for friend;

have heard, and with a knowing ear, That he, which hath your noble father flain, Pursu'd my life.

you must

c The qu's omit good.

nucb insert as. f Qu's and C. speed.

* The qu’s read, Sorbat ibon kant& The fo's and R. read your. A The qu's read bord.

I The fo's, R. and C. read, give you i The 3d and 4th fo's and R. before way; eft q. omits make.

eft, &c.


Laer. It well appears. But tell me,
Why you " proceeded not against these feats,
So criminal and • fo capital in nature,
As by your safety, P greatness, wiidoin, all things else,
You mainly were stirr’d up?

King. 9 O, for two special reasons,
Which may to you perhaps teemn much' unfinew'd,
• And yet to me they are strong. The queen, his mother, ,
Lives almost by his looks; and for myself,
My virtue or my plague, be 't either which,
v She's so conjunctive to my life and soul,
That, as the star moves not but in his sphere,
I could not but by her.' The other motive,
Why to a public count I might not go,
Is the great love the general gender bear him;
Who dipping all his faults in their affection,

Work like the spring that turneth wood to stone, Convert his gyves to graces. So that my arrows, Too Nightly timber'd for a lo loved, arın’d,

o The qu's read proceede.

uind; but the idea of a loud wind reSo the qu's; all the rest, crimeful. verberating an arrow back to its bow, o Third q. omits for

is so unnatural and impossible that it | All but the qu's omit greatness. cannot pass : therefore the reading of

9 The words O, for are left out by P. the ift q. is to be preferred, Ta mobily and all after, except C. anu 7.

rimber'd for one so loved, and armed with I Qu's and ift and 2d fo's, urinnow'd, the affections and veneration of the peoQu's, But for And.

pli, &c. or that of the 2d and 3d, where i P. and all after except C. omit they the arms or armour are put for the per

u The qu's read, Sbe-is to conclive ro son armed and the love applied to them 7" life, &c.

which is meant of him. In both thcfe So the qu's; all the reft read, readings we have the idea of a fuit of Would like the spring, &c.

armour reverberating an arrow back to * So the iftq; the ad and 3d read its bow, which is not only posible, but fo loved aines; all the rest read so loud a jutt.


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