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Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought;
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
With this regard, their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.--Soft you, now!
The fair Ophelia :-Nymph, in thy órisons
Be all my sins remember'd.
Oph.

Good my lord,
How does your honour for this many a day?

Ham. I bumbly thank you; well.
Oph. My lord, I have remembrances of

yours,
That I have longed long to redeliver;
I pray you, now receive them,
Ham.

No, not I; I never gave you aught.

Oph. My honour'd lord, you know right well, And, with them, words of so sweet breath com

pos'd
As made the things more rich: their perfume lost,
Take these again; for to the noble mind,
Rich gifts wax poor, when givers prove unkind.
There, my lord.

Ham. Ha, ha! are you honest?
Oph. My lord ?
Ham. Are you fair?
Oph. What means your lordship?

Ham. That if you be honest, and fair, your honesty should admit no discourse to your beauty.

Oph. Could beauty, my lord, have better commerce than with honesty?

Ham. Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd, than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness; this was some time a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once.

Oph. Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.

Ham. You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock, but we shall relish of it: I loved you not.

Oph. I was the more deceived.

Ham. Get thee to a nunnery; Why would'st thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of

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such things, that it were better, my mother had not borne me: I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious; with more offences at my beck, than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in; Wbat should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven! We are arrant knaves, all; believe none of us: Go thy ways to a nunnery. Where's your father?

Oph. At home, my lord.

Ham. Let the doors be shut upon him; that he may play the fool no where but in's own house. Farewell..

Oph. O, help him, you sweet heavens !

Ham. If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry; Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery; farewell : Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough, what monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go; and quickly too. Farewell.

Oph. Heavenly powers restore him!

Ham. I have beard of your paintings too, well enough; God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another you jig, you amble, and you lisp, and nickname God's creatures, and make your wantonness your ignorance; Go to; l'll no more of it: it hath made me mad. I say, we will have no more marriages : those that are married already, all but one, shall live; the rest shall keep as they are. To a punnery, go.

[Erit HAMLET. Oph. 0,what a noble mind is here o’erthrown! The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's eye, tongue,

sword : The expectancy and rose of the fair state, The glass of fashion, and the mould of form, The observ'd ofallobservers! quite, quite down, And I, of ladies most deject and wretched, That suck'd the honey of his musick vows, Now see that noble and most sovereign reason, Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh; That unmatch'd form and feature of blown Blasted with ecstasy: 0, woe is me! (youth, To have seen what I have seen, see what I see! tend;

Re-enter King and POLONIUS. King. Love! his affections do not that way Nor what he spake, though it lack'd form a

little, Was not like madness. There's something in his

soul, O’er which his melancholy sits on brood; And, I do doubt, the hatch and the disclose Will be some danger: Which for to prevent, I have, in quick determination, Thus set it down; He shall with speed to Eng.

land, For the demand of our neglected tribute : Haply, the seas, and countries different, With variable objects, shall expel This something-settled matter in his heart; Whereon his brains still beating, puts him thus From fasbion of himself. What think you on't?

Pol. It shall do well: But yet, I do believe, The origin and commencement of his grief Sprung from neglected love.-How now, Ophe

lia? You need not tell us what lord Hamlet said ; We heard it all.-My lord, do as you please ; But, if you hold it fit after the play, Let his queen mother all alone entreat him To show bis grief; let her be round with him; And I'll be plac'd, so please you, in the ear Of all their conference; If she find him not, To England send him; or confine him, where Your wisdom best shall think. King.

It shall be so: Madness in great ones must not unwatch'd go.

[Ereunt. SCENE II. A Hall in the same.

Enter HAMLET, and certain Players. Ham. Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue : but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus; but use all gently: for in the very torrent, tempest, and (as I may say) whirlwind of your

passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance, that may give it smoothness. 0, it offends me to the soul, to hear a robastious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings: who, for the most part, are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows, and noise : I would have such a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod : 'Pray you, avoid it.

1 Play. I warrant your honour.

Ham. Be not too tame neither, but let yonr own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action : with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first, and now, was, and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirrour up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time, his form and pressure. Now this, overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the censure of which one, must, in your allowance, o'erweigh a whole theatre of others. 0, there be players, that I have seen play,—and heard others praise, and that highly,--not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of Christians, nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted, and bellowed, that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably;

1 Play. I pe, we have reformed that indifferently with us.

Ham. 0, reform it altogether. And let those, that play your clowns, speak no more than is set down for them: for there be of them, that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered : that's villanons; and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. Go, make you ready:

[Exeunt Players.

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Enter POLONIUS, ROSENCRANTZ, and GUILDEN

STERN.
How now, my lord ? will the king bear this
piece of work?

Pol. And the queen too, and that presently.
Ham. Bid the players make haste.-

[Exit POLONIUS.
Will you two help to hasten them?
Both. Ay, my lord.

[Ereunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. Ham. What, ho; Horatio!

Enter HORATIO.
Hor. Here, sweet lord, at your service.

Ham. Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man
As e'er my conversation cop'd withal.

Hor. O, my dear lord,
Ham.

Nay, do not think I flatter:
For wbat advancement may I hope from thee,
That no revenue hast, but thy good spirits,
To feed, and clothe thee? Why should the poor

be flatter'd?
No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp;
And crook the pregnant binges of the knee,
Where tbrist may follow fawning. Dost thou

hear?
Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice,
And could of men distinguish her election,
She hath seal'd thee for herself: for thou hast

been
As one, in suffering all, that suffers nothing;
A man, that fortune's buffets and rewards
Hast ta’en with equal thanks; and bless'd are

those,
Whose blood and judgment are so well co-

mingled,
That they are not a pipe for fortune's finger
To sound what stop she please : Give me that

man
That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him
In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of heart,
As I do thee.-Something too much of this.-
There is a play to-night before the king;
One scene of it comes near the circumstance,
Which I bave told thee of my father's death.
I pr’ythee, when thou seest that act afoot,

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