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7179387 William Shakespeare Hamlet English

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  • ACT I
  • ACT II
  • ACT IV
  • ACT V



By William Shakespeare

Dramatis Personae

CLAUDIUS king of Denmark. (KING CLAUDIUS) HAMLET son to the late, and nephew to the present king. POLONIUS lord chamberlain. (LORD POLONIUS) HORATIO friend to Hamlet. LAETES son to Polonius. LUCIANUS nephew to the king. VOLTIMAND CORNELIUS ROSENCRANTZ GUILDENSTERN OSRIC A Gentleman. (GENTLEMAN) A Priest. (FIRST PRIEST) MARCELLUS BERNARDO officers. courtiers.

FRANCISCO a soldier. REYNALDO servant to Polonius. Players. (FIRST PLAYER), (PLAYER KING), (PLAYER QUEEN) Two Clowns, grave-diggers. (FIRST CLOWN), (SECOND CLOWN) FORTINBRAS prince of Norway. (PRINCE FORTINBRAS) A Captain. English Ambassadors. (FIRST AMBASSADOR) GERTRUDE queen of Denmark, and mother to Hamlet. (QUEEN GERTRUDE) OPHELIA daughter to Polonius. Lords, Ladies, Officers, Soldiers, Sailors, Messengers, and other Attendants. (LORD), (FIRST SAILOR), (MESSENGER) Ghost of Hamlet’s Father. (GHOST)

SCENE Denmark.


SCENE I Elsinore. A platform before the castle. [FRANCISCO at his post. Enter to him BERNARDO]

And liegemen to the Dane. Give you good night.

O, farewell, honest soldier: Who hath relieved you? Bernardo has my place. Give you good night.

Who’s there?

Nay, answer me: stand, and unfold yourself.


Long live the king! Bernardo? He. You come most carefully upon your hour.

Holla! Bernardo!


Say, What, is Horatio there?

A piece of him.

BERNARDO ’Tis now struck twelve; get thee to bed, Francisco. FRANCISCO

Welcome, Horatio: welcome, good Marcellus.

For this relief much thanks: ’tis bitter cold, And I am sick at heart.

What, has this thing appear’d again to-night?

Have you had quiet guard? Not a mouse stirring.

I have seen nothing.


BERNARDO Well, good night. If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus, The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste. FRANCISCO

I think I hear them. Stand, ho! Who’s there?

Horatio says ’tis but our fantasy, And will not let belief take hold of him Touching this dreaded sight, twice seen of us: Therefore I have entreated him along With us to watch the minutes of this night; That if again this apparition come, He may approve our eyes and speak to it.


Tush, tush, ’twill not appear.

Friends to this ground.

Sit down awhile; And let us once again assail your ears,

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Hamlet: ACT I That are so fortified against our story What we have two nights seen.

Well, sit we down, And let us hear Bernardo speak of this.

When he the ambitious Norway combated; So frown’d he once, when, in an angry parle, He smote the sledded Polacks on the ice. ’Tis strange. Thus twice before, and jump at this dead hour, With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.

Last night of all, When yond same star that’s westward from the pole Had made his course to illume that part of heaven Where now it burns, Marcellus and myself, The bell then beating one,—

[Enter Ghost]
MARCELLUS Peace, break thee off; look, where it comes again! BERNARDO MARCELLUS BERNARDO HORATIO

In what particular thought to work I know not; But in the gross and scope of my opinion, This bodes some strange eruption to our state.

In the same figure, like the king that’s dead. Thou art a scholar; speak to it, Horatio. Looks it not like the king? Mark it, Horatio.

Most like: it harrows me with fear and wonder.

It would be spoke to. Question it, Horatio.

Good now, sit down, and tell me, he that knows, Why this same strict and most observant watch So nightly toils the subject of the land, And why such daily cast of brazen cannon, And foreign mart for implements of war; Why such impress of shipwrights, whose sore task Does not divide the Sunday from the week; What might be toward, that this sweaty haste Doth make the night joint-labourer with the day: Who is’t that can inform me?


What art thou that usurp’st this time of night, Together with that fair and warlike form In which the majesty of buried Denmark Did sometimes march? By heaven I charge thee, speak!

It is offended. See, it stalks away!

Stay! Speak, speak! I charge thee, speak!

[Exit Ghost]

’Tis gone, and will not answer.

BERNARDO How now, Horatio! You tremble and look pale: Is not this something more than fantasy? What think you on’t? HORATIO

Before my God, I might not this believe Without the sensible and true avouch Of mine own eyes.

Is it not like the king?

As thou art to thyself: Such was the very armour he had on

That can I; At least, the whisper goes so. Our last king, Whose image even but now appear’d to us, Was, as you know, by Fortinbras of Norway, Thereto prick’d on by a most emulate pride, Dared to the combat; in which our valiant Hamlet— For so this side of our known world esteem’d him— Did slay this Fortinbras; who by a seal’d compact, Well ratified by law and heraldry, Did forfeit, with his life, all those his lands Which he stood seized of, to the conqueror: Against the which, a moiety competent Was gaged by our king; which had return’d To the inheritance of Fortinbras, Had he been vanquisher; as, by the same covenant, And carriage of the article design’d, His fell to Hamlet. Now, sir, young Fortinbras, Of unimproved mettle hot and full, Hath in the skirts of Norway here and there Shark’d up a list of lawless resolutes, For food and diet, to some enterprise That hath a stomach in’t; which is no other— As it doth well appear unto our state— But to recover of us, by strong hand And terms compulsatory, those foresaid lands So by his father lost: and this, I take it, Is the main motive of our preparations, The source of this our watch and the chief head Of this post-haste and romage in the land.

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Hamlet: ACT I
BERNARDO I think it be no other but e’en so: Well may it sort that this portentous figure Comes armed through our watch; so like the king That was and is the question of these wars. HORATIO

A mote it is to trouble the mind’s eye. In the most high and palmy state of Rome, A little ere the mightiest Julius fell, The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets: As stars with trains of fire and dews of blood, Disasters in the sun; and the moist star Upon whose influence Neptune’s empire stands Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse: And even the like precurse of fierce events, As harbingers preceding still the fates And prologue to the omen coming on, Have heaven and earth together demonstrated Unto our climatures and countrymen.— But soft, behold! Lo, where it comes again!

And then it started like a guilty thing Upon a fearful summons. I have heard, The cock, that is the trumpet to the morn, Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat Awake the god of day; and, at his warning, Whether in sea or fire, in earth or air, The extravagant and erring spirit hies To his confine: and of the truth herein This present object made probation.

It faded on the crowing of the cock. Some say that ever ’gainst that season comes Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated, The bird of dawning singeth all night long: And then, they say, no spirit dares stir abroad; The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike, No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm, So hallow’d and so gracious is the time.

[Re-enter Ghost]
I’ll cross it, though it blast me. Stay, illusion! If thou hast any sound, or use of voice, Speak to me: If there be any good thing to be done, That may to thee do ease and grace to me, Speak to me:

So have I heard and do in part believe it. But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad, Walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill: Break we our watch up; and by my advice, Let us impart what we have seen to-night Unto young Hamlet; for, upon my life, This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him. Do you consent we shall acquaint him with it, As needful in our loves, fitting our duty?

[Cock crows]
If thou art privy to thy country’s fate, Which, happily, foreknowing may avoid, O, speak! Or if thou hast uphoarded in thy life Extorted treasure in the womb of earth, For which, they say, you spirits oft walk in death, Speak of it: stay, and speak! Stop it, Marcellus.

Let’s do’t, I pray; and I this morning know Where we shall find him most conveniently.

[Exeunt] SCENE II A room of state in the castle. [Enter KING CLAUDIUS, QUEEN GERTRUDE, HAMLET, POLONIUS, LAERTES, VOLTIMAND, CORNELIUS, Lords, and Attendants]
Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death The memory be green, and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief and our whole kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe, Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature That we with wisest sorrow think on him, Together with remembrance of ourselves. Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen, The imperial jointress to this warlike state, Have we, as ’twere with a defeated joy,— With an auspicious and a dropping eye, With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage,

Shall I strike at it with my partisan?

Do, if it will not stand. ’Tis here!


’Tis here! ’Tis gone!


[Exit Ghost]
We do it wrong, being so majestical, To offer it the show of violence; For it is, as the air, invulnerable, And our vain blows malicious mockery.

It was about to speak, when the cock crew.

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and let your haste commend your duty. all that lives must die. LAERTES KING CLAUDIUS Seems. HAMLET KING CLAUDIUS How is it that the clouds still hang on you? HAMLET Not so. And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. what is’t. From whence though willingly I came to Denmark. For all. Together with all forms. The lists and full proportions. a mind impatient. impotent and bed-rid. good Cornelius. that you know. Laertes? My dread lord. LORD POLONIUS Take thy fair hour. CORNELIUS He hath. Why seems it so particular with thee? QUEEN GERTRUDE We doubt it nothing: heartily farewell. moods. that duty done. For bearers of this greeting to old Norway. Voltimand.— KING CLAUDIUS [Aside] A little more than kin. and less than kind. What wouldst thou have. These but the trappings and the suits of woe.” ’Tis not alone my inky cloak. ’tis unmanly grief. Now follows. Do not for ever with thy vailed lids Seek for thy noble father in the dust: Thou know’st ’tis common.Hamlet: ACT I In equal scale weighing delight and dole. with all bonds of law. Holding a weak supposal of our worth. QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET Ay. I know not “seems. are all made Out of his subject: and we here dispatch You. young Fortinbras. wrung from me my slow leave By laboursome petition. Farewell. A heart unfortified. No. Nor customary suits of solemn black. HAMLET Have you your father’s leave? What says Polonius? 8 ’Tis sweet and commendable in your nature. And loose your voice: what wouldst thou beg. Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father. my cousin Hamlet. shapes of grief. KING CLAUDIUS If it be. The hand more instrumental to the mouth. my lord. Good Hamlet. nor the fruitful river in the eye. Or thinking by our late dear brother’s death Our state to be disjoint and out of frame. Laertes. My thoughts and wishes bend again toward France And bow them to your gracious leave and pardon.—to suppress His further gait herein. That shall not be my offer. For they are actions that a man might play: But I have that within which passeth show. our thanks. To give these mourning duties to your father: But. time be thine. and VOLTIMAND In that and all things will we show our duty. An understanding simple and unschool’d: KING CLAUDIUS Volume III Book III . And thy best graces spend it at thy will! But now. Laertes. in that the levies. Nor the dejected ’havior of the visage. [Exeunt VOLTIMAND and CORNELIUS] And now. give him leave to go. Giving to you no further personal power To business with the king. Nor windy suspiration of forced breath. Laertes? You cannot speak of reason to the Dane. more than the scope Of these delated articles allow. Laertes. Your leave and favour to return to France. So much for him. He hath not fail’d to pester us with message. It shows a will most incorrect to heaven. Yet now. you must know.— Taken to wife: nor have we herein barr’d Your better wisdoms. scarcely hears Of this his nephew’s purpose. it is common. and you. your father lost a father. cast thy nighted colour off. Colleagued with the dream of his advantage. I must confess. Hamlet. what’s the news with you? You told us of some suit. uncle of young Fortinbras. and the survivor bound In filial obligation for some term To do obsequious sorrow: but to persever In obstinate condolement is a course Of impious stubbornness. Importing the surrender of those lands Lost by his father. To our most valiant brother. and at last Upon his will I seal’d my hard consent: I do beseech you. and my son. which have freely gone With this affair along. To show my duty in your coronation. Passing through nature to eternity. madam! Nay it is. my lord. That father lost. lost his. good mother. Now for ourself and for this time of meeting: Thus much the business is: we have here writ To Norway. madam. That can denote me truly: these indeed seem. not thy asking? The head is not more native to the heart. I am too much i’ the sun.— Who.

HORATIO prayers. stay with us. But what is your affair in Elsinore? We’ll teach you to drink deep ere you depart. flat and unprofitable. And the king’s rouse the heavens all bruit again. Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on’t! Ah fie! ’Tis an unweeded garden. And with no less nobility of love Than that which dearest father bears his son. thrift. God! A beast. Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven Or ever I had seen that day. a fault to nature. throw to earth This unprevailing woe.Hamlet: ACT I For what we know must be and is as common As any the most vulgar thing to sense. make you from Wittenberg? HORATIO A truant disposition. and think of us As of a father: for let the world take note. Nor shall you do mine ear that violence. Why should we in our peevish opposition Take it to heart? Fie! ’Tis a fault to heaven. ’tis a loving and a fair reply: Be as ourself in Denmark. Hamlet: I pray thee. and your poor servant ever. I came to see your father’s funeral. Madam. Re-speaking earthly thunder. or ere those shoes were old With which she follow’d my poor father’s body. most wicked speed. in faith. but no more like my father Than I to Hercules: within a month: Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her galled eyes. To reason most absurd: whose common theme Is death of fathers. That it should come to this! But two months dead: nay. not two: So excellent a king. My father’s brother. KING CLAUDIUS Why. From the first corse till he that died to-day. No jocund health that Denmark drinks to-day. do not mock me. That grows to seed. You are the most immediate to our throne. Horatio! The funeral baked meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. my heart. “This must be so. Like Niobe. Do I impart toward you. I pray thee. HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET My lord. HAMLET I shall in all my best obey you. my good friend. 9 Volume III Book III . my lord. go not to Wittenberg. [Exeunt all but HAMLET] O. For your intent In going back to school in Wittenberg. Come away. MARCELLUS. Sir. I think it was to see my mother’s wedding. in the cheer and comfort of our eye. things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. Heaven and earth! Must I remember? Why. madam. come. She married. thy name is woman!— A little month. But what. my lord. To make it truster of your own report Against yourself: I know you are no truant. Horatio? Marcellus? HAMLET MARCELLUS HAMLET My good lord— I am very glad to see you. The same. all tears:—why she. A fault against the dead. As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on: and yet. bend you to remain Here. to this. good my lord. QUEEN GERTRUDE Let me not think on’t—Frailty. HORATIO HAMLET Indeed. Horatio! My father!—methinks I see my father. so loving to my mother That he might not beteem the winds of heaven Visit her face too roughly. it follow’d hard upon. even she— O. But the great cannon to the clouds shall tell. [Enter HORATIO. I’ll change that name with you: And what make you from Wittenberg. sir. to post With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not nor it cannot come to good: But break. stale. within a month— HAMLET I would not hear your enemy say so. Hyperion to a satyr. Good even. cousin. fellow-student. that wants discourse of reason. This gentle and unforced accord of Hamlet Sits smiling to my heart: in grace whereof.—or I do forget myself. Thrift. she would hang on him. that this too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d His canon ’gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary. and who still hath cried. and our son. O. for I must hold my tongue. Would have mourn’d longer—married with my uncle. not so much. that was. It is most retrograde to our desire: And we beseech you. Our chiefest courtier. and BERNARDO] HORATIO HAMLET Hail to your lordship! Let not thy mother lose her I am glad to see you well: Horatio.” We pray you.

let me hear. And vanish’d from our sight. from head to foot. I would I had been there. Two nights together had these gentlemen. As I do live. Within his truncheon’s length. And I with them the third night kept the watch. very pale. What. HAMLET I warrant it will. The apparition comes: I knew your father. His beard was grizzled—no? MARCELLUS we watch’d. Form of the thing. distilled Almost to jelly with the act of fear. I did. Pale or red? Nay. Very like. like as it would speak. he was a goodly king. as they had deliver’d. This to me In dreadful secrecy impart they did. I think I saw him yesternight. upon the platform where Not when I saw’t. I shall not look upon his like again. my lord. Stay’d it long? For God’s love. sirs. HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO Season your admiration for awhile With an attent ear. till I may deliver. Where. I saw him once. the king your father. whilst they. Let it be tenable in your silence still. MARCELLUS and BERNARDO HAMLET From top to toe? MARCELLUS and BERNARDO My lord. Stand dumb and speak not to him. though hell itself should gape And bid me hold my peace. But even then the morning cock crew loud. Been thus encounter’d. HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET My lord. but this troubles me. ’Tis very strange. Marcellus and Bernardo. yes. The king my father! Arm’d. If it assume my noble father’s person. And we did think it writ down in our duty To let you know of it. Hold you the watch to-night? HAMLET MARCELLUS and BERNARDO HAMLET We do. each word made true and good. Horatio. These hands are not more like. my lord. I will watch to-night. HAMLET HORATIO Then saw you not his face? O. HAMLET While one with moderate haste might tell a hundred. If you have hitherto conceal’d this sight. In the dead vast and middle of the night. Armed at point exactly. my honour’d lord. MARCELLUS and BERNARDO Longer. longer. Saw? Who? My lord. cap-à-pé. and with solemn march Goes slow and stately by them: thrice he walk’d By their oppress’d and fear-surprised eyes. And at the sound it shrunk in haste away. HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO But where was this? My lord. take him for all in all.Hamlet: ACT I HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET Where. It would have much amazed you. ’tis true. both in time. But answer made it none: yet once methought It lifted up its head and did address Itself to motion. indeed. say you? Arm’d. I pray you all. A figure like your father. Perchance ’twill walk again. HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO Indeed. very like. This marvel to you. Appears before them. my lord. My lord. on their watch. my lord? In my mind’s eye. 10 Volume III Book III . as I have seen it in his life. And fix’d his eyes upon you? Most constantly. HORATIO He was a man. look’d he frowningly? A countenance more in sorrow than in anger. Upon the witness of these gentlemen. HAMLET HORATIO Did you not speak to it? It was. I’ll speak to it. he wore his beaver up. A sable silver’d.

If with too credent ear you list his songs. And you are stay’d for. Nor any unproportioned thought his act. fear it. OPHELIA LAERTES [Enter POLONIUS] A double blessing is a double grace. Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood. as some ungracious pastors do. Fear it. LAERTES For Hamlet and the trifling of his favour. crescent. Give it an understanding. but no tongue: I will requite your loves. for shame! The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail. Those friends thou hast. But let me hear from you. Ophelia. as this temple waxes. And therefore must his choice be circumscribed Unto the voice and yielding of that body Whereof he is the head. No more. fare you well: Upon the platform. It fits your wisdom so far to believe it As he in his particular act and place Volume III Book III 11 . But. OPHELIA Do you doubt that? O. Take each man’s censure. my blessing with thee! And these few precepts in thy memory See thou character. as unvalued persons do. as mine to you: farewell. best safety lies in fear: Youth to itself rebels. But not express’d in fancy. HAMLET [Exeunt all but HAMLET] My father’s spirit in arms! All is not well.Hamlet: ACT I And whatsoever else shall hap to-night. not permanent. Though all the earth o’erwhelm them. And recks not his own rede. Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel. And they in France of the best rank and station LORD POLONIUS No more but so? Think it no more. If she unmask her beauty to the moon: Virtue itself ’scapes not calumnious strokes: The canker galls the infants of the spring. sister. ’twixt eleven and twelve. his will is not his own. Too oft before their buttons be disclosed. unfledged comrade. I’ll visit you. Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven. does not grow alone In thews and bulk. There. The perfume and suppliance of a minute. not gaudy. And keep you in the rear of your affection. [Enter LAERTES and OPHELIA] My necessaries are embark’d: farewell: And. do not sleep. as the winds give benefit And convoy is assistant. like a puff’d and reckless libertine. LAERTES OPHELIA LAERTES May give his saying deed. but by no means vulgar. The chariest maid is prodigal enough. And now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch The virtue of his will: but you must fear. Be thou familiar. Perhaps he loves you now. So. His greatness weigh’d. For nature. but being in. I stay too long: but here my father comes. but. Forward. sweet. not lasting. A violet in the youth of primy nature. Be wary then. rich. or your chaste treasure open To his unmaster’d importunity. Then if he says he loves you. Yet here. for on his choice depends The safety and health of this whole state. But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatch’d. Give thy thoughts no tongue. Do not. Then weigh what loss your honour may sustain. my soul: foul deeds will rise. I doubt some foul play: would the night were come! Till then sit still. Out of the shot and danger of desire. Carve for himself. The inward service of the mind and soul Grows wide withal. Beware Of entrance to a quarrel. Laertes! Aboard. to men’s eyes. though none else near. Occasion smiles upon a second leave. Or lose your heart. ALL Our duty to your honour. And in the morn and liquid dew of youth Contagious blastments are most imminent. Give every man thy ear. [Exit] SCENE III A room in POLONIUS’ house. Your loves. but reserve thy judgment. As watchman to my heart. For he himself is subject to his birth: He may not. good my brother. Bear’t that the opposed may beware of thee. Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy. For the apparel oft proclaims the man. aboard. and their adoption tried. which is no further Than the main voice of Denmark goes withal. but few thy voice. I shall the effect of this good lesson keep. fear me not. my dear sister. Whiles. Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.

my lord. it is struck. HORATIO. my lord. springes to catch woodcocks. Farewell. Do not believe his vows. No. of late made many tenders Of his affection to me. as the night the day. what I should think. as it is a-making. something touching the Lord Hamlet. for they are brokers. I do not know. With almost all the holy vows of heaven. I charge you: come your ways. Even in their promise. my lord. be hath said to you? So please you. and MARCELLUS] HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET He hath. Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds. Giving more light than heat. it is very cold. OPHELIA LORD POLONIUS Ay. LORD POLONIUS OPHELIA I shall obey. Which are not sterling. daughter. OPHELIA Most humbly do I take my leave. extinct in both. how prodigal the soul Lends the tongue vows: these blazes. he hath very oft of late Given private time to you. from this time forth. Neither a borrower nor a lender be. [Enter HAMLET. I’ll teach you: think yourself LORD POLONIUS a baby. well bethought: ’Tis told me. The time invites you. my lord. [Exit] LORD POLONIUS OPHELIA What is’t. go to. Do you believe his tenders. as so ’tis put on me. LORD POLONIUS Ay. Marry. You do not understand yourself so clearly As it behoves my daughter and your honour. As to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet. your LORD POLONIUS servants tend. I must tell you. as you call them? OPHELIA The air bites shrewdly. The better to beguile. It is a nipping and an eager air. Tender yourself more dearly. Look to’t. You must not take for fire. And you yourself shall keep the key of it. OPHELIA LORD POLONIUS Affection! Pooh! You speak like a green girl. [Exeunt] SCENE IV The platform. Not of that dye which their investments show. my lord. and you yourself Have of your audience been most free and bounteous: If it be so. This above all: to thine ownself be true. that he is young And with a larger tether may he walk Than may be given you: in few. What is between you? Give me up the truth. LAERTES ’Tis in my memory lock’d. Set your entreatments at a higher rate Than a command to parley. What hour now? I think it lacks of twelve. go. fashion you may call it. And that in way of caution. Ophelia. and remember well What I have said to you. Thou canst not then be false to any man. When the blood burns. For loan oft loses both itself and friend. he hath importuned me with love In honourable fashion. Ophelia. Or—not to crack the wind of the poor phrase. This is for all: I would not. Have you so slander any moment leisure. Unsifted in such perilous circumstance. Farewell: my blessing season this in thee! LAERTES My lord. And hath given countenance to his speech. I do know. Running it thus—you’ll tender me a fool. From this time Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence. Believe so much in him. For Lord Hamlet. And it must follow. That you have ta’en these tenders for true pay. And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. in plain terms. go to. Ophelia.Hamlet: ACT I Are of a most select and generous chief in that. 12 Volume III Book III . Marry. But mere implorators of unholy suits. OPHELIA LAERTES Farewell.

and with swinish phrase Soil our addition. Volume III Book III 13 . And. Wherein we saw thee quietly inurn’d. why the sepulchre. HAMLET MARCELLUS HAMLET HORATIO You shall not go. again in complete steel Revisit’st thus the glimpses of the moon. and the swaggering up-spring reels. Hold off your hands. Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason. dead corse. Or by some habit that too much o’er-leavens The form of plausive manners. oft it chances in particular men. what should be the fear? I do not set my life in a pin’s fee. it comes! [Enter Ghost] Angels and ministers of grace defend us! Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn’d. into every brain That looks so many fathoms to the sea And hears it roar beneath. the stamp of one defect.— Their virtues else—be they as pure as grace. what can it do to that. answer me! Let me not burst in ignorance. I say. Since nature cannot choose his origin— By the o’ergrowth of some complexion. but tell Why thy canonized bones. Go on. my lord? The king doth wake to-night and takes his rouse. it is a custom More honour’d in the breach than the observance. HORATIO Is it a custom? Ay. then I will follow it. Hath oped his ponderous and marble jaws. It will not speak. HAMLET It waves me still. Why. Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell. HORATIO [A flourish of trumpets. Be thy intents wicked or charitable. The pith and marrow of our attribute. HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET King. HORATIO Look. though I am native here And to the manner born.Hamlet: ACT I Indeed? I heard it not: then it draws near the season Wherein the spirit held his wont to walk. And for my soul. hearsed in death. with what courteous action It waves you to a more removed ground: But do not go with it. my lord. that these men. Be ruled. What if it tempt you toward the flood. Making night hideous. Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o’er his base into the sea. my lord. And there assume some other horrible form. So. my lord. father. Carrying. What may this mean. MARCELLUS HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET No. in their birth—wherein they are not guilty. To cast thee up again. and ordnance shot off. Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason And draw you into madness? Think of it: The very place puts toys of desperation. As if it some impartment did desire To you alone. That for some vicious mole of nature in them. Without more motive. The kettle-drum and trumpet thus bray out The triumph of his pledge. within] What does this mean. As. though perform’d at height. and indeed it takes From our achievements. Do not. my lord. That thou. or fortune’s star. Being nature’s livery. Thou comest in such a questionable shape That I will speak to thee: I’ll call thee Hamlet. you shall not go. why is this? Wherefore? What should we do? [Ghost beckons HAMLET] It beckons you to go away with it. Keeps wassail. Have burst their cerements. Being a thing immortal as itself? It waves me forth again: I’ll follow it. As infinite as man may undergo— Shall in the general censure take corruption From that particular fault: the dram of eale Doth all the noble substance of a doubt To his own scandal. by no means. This heavy-headed revel east and west Makes us traduced and tax’d of other nations: They clepe us drunkards. royal Dane: O. marry. is’t: But to my mind. as he drains his draughts of Rhenish down. HORATIO Look. I’ll follow thee. and we fools of nature So horridly to shake our disposition With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls? Say.

that incestuous. With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial. list. Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature Are burnt and purged away. ’tis not fit thus to obey him. strange and unnatural. let’s follow him. Sleeping within my orchard. O my prophetic soul! My uncle! HAMLET GHOST My hour is almost come. Nay. whose love was of that dignity That it went hand in hand even with the vow I made to her in marriage. HAMLET Heaven will direct it. But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison-house. By heaven. HAMLET GHOST Alas. soft! Methinks I scent the morning air. With witchcraft of his wit. But this most foul. Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole. and to decline Upon a wretch whose natural gifts were poor To those of mine! But virtue. that have the power So to seduce!—won to his shameful lust The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen: O Hamlet. Wouldst thou not stir in this. Doom’d for a certain term to walk the night. with traitorous gifts. start from their spheres. A serpent stung me. And in the porches of my ears did pour Volume III Book III . So art thou to revenge. Haste me to know’t. [Exeunt Ghost and HAMLET] HORATIO Make thy two eyes. [Enter Ghost and HAMLET] Where wilt thou lead me? Speak. Still am I call’d. List. away! Go on. hear: ’Tis given out that. Unhand me.— O wicked wit and gifts. thou noble youth. To what issue will this come? Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Like quills upon the fretful porpentine: But this eternal blazon must not be To ears of flesh and blood. I am bound to hear. May sweep to my revenge. And prey on garbage. though to a radiant angel link’d. 14 Ay. I will. with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love. like stars. O. so the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abused: but know. What? I am thy father’s spirit. MARCELLUS HORATIO Murder most foul. MARCELLUS [Exeunt] SCENE V Another part of the platform. I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul. The serpent that did sting thy father’s life Now wears his crown. My custom always of the afternoon. But. what a falling-off was there! From me. that adulterate beast. HAMLET GHOST Have after. Will sate itself in a celestial bed. Now. list! If thou didst ever thy dear father love— HAMLET O God! He waxes desperate with imagination. So lust.Hamlet: ACT I HAMLET My fate cries out. I’ll go no further. Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven. when thou shalt hear. as it never will be moved. as in the best it is. When I to sulphurous and tormenting flames Must render up myself. freeze thy young blood. HAMLET GHOST I find thee apt. sleeping in my orchard. And for the day confined to fast in fires. I’ll make a ghost of him that lets me! I say. And makes each petty artery in this body As hardy as the Nemean lion’s nerve. Hamlet. but lend thy serious hearing To what I shall unfold. gentlemen. Murder! MARCELLUS HORATIO Let’s follow. HAMLET GHOST HAMLET GHOST Speak. that I. Thy knotted and combined locks to part And each particular hair to stand on end. I’ll follow thee. Brief let me be. GHOST HAMLET GHOST Mark me. GHOST Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. And duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed That roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf. poor ghost! Pity me not.

my lord? O. ho. And much offence too. No reckoning made. my lord. But bear me stiffly up. my lord. And a most instant tetter bark’d about. horrible! O. but sent to my account With all my imperfections on my head: O. Nor I. bear it not. adieu! Remember me.Hamlet: ACT I The leperous distilment. Fare thee well at once! The glow-worm shows the matin to be near. Yes. you’ll reveal it. HAMLET HORATIO These are but wild and whirling words. hold. And so.” I have sworn ’t. Most lazar-like. come. I’ll go pray. And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain. disappointed. HAMLET There needs no ghost. [Enter HORATIO and MARCELLUS] MARCELLUS HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO How is’t. smiling. and be a villain. at once dispatch’d: Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin. right. of crown. heartily. ’faith heartily. Let not the royal bed of Denmark be A couch for luxury and damned incest. MARCELLUS HAMLET How say you. there you are. Horatio. and smile. all pressures past. And you. Thus was I. I hold it fit that we shake hands and part: You. [Exit] O all you host of heaven! O earth! What else? And shall I couple hell? O. At least I’m sure it may be so in Denmark: HAMLET There’s ne’er a villain dwelling in all Denmark But he’s an arrant knave. that let me tell you: Volume III Book III 15 . For every man has business and desire. All my smooth body. There’s no offence. my lord! Hillo. Not I. would heart of man once think it? But you’ll be secret? HORATIO and MARCELLUS Ay. whose effect Holds such an enmity with blood of man That swift as quicksilver it courses through The natural gates and alleys of the body. damned villain! My tables. then. No. Remember thee! Yea. That youth and observation copied there. wonderful! Good my lord. Unmix’d with baser matter: yes. Taint not thy mind. like eager droppings into milk. remember me. To prick and sting her. my heart. ho. All saws of books. unanel’d. by heaven. And with a sudden vigour doth posset And curd.— [Within] Lord Hamlet. howsoever thou pursuest this act. And ’gins to pale his uneffectual fire: Adieu. boy! Come. sleeping. Remember thee! Ay. Touching this vision here. my lord. uncle. HORATIO Why. The thin and wholesome blood: so did it mine. all forms. of queen. by heaven. horrible! Most horrible! If thou hast nature in thee. But. It is an honest ghost. bird. HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET [Writing] So.— [Within] Heaven secure him! So be it! [Within] Hillo. Unhousel’d. HORATIO and MARCELLUS MARCELLUS HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET [Within] My lord. my lord. my lord. Now to my word. come from the grave To tell us this. but there is. by Saint Patrick. ho. from the table of my memory I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records. Look you. fie! Hold. ho. It is “Adieu. my lord. my sinews. and for mine own poor part. That one may smile. with vile and loathsome crust. Such as it is. by a brother’s hand Of life. you are i’ the right. without more circumstance at all. my noble lord? What news. my lord.—meet it is I set it down. villain. I’m sorry they offend you. nor let thy soul contrive Against thy mother aught: leave her to heaven And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge. thou poor ghost. by heaven! O most pernicious woman! O villain. grow not instant old. Yes. while memory holds a seat In this distracted globe. as your business and desire shall point you. tell it. adieu! Hamlet.

And lay your hands again upon my sword: Never to speak of this that you have heard. HAMLET Hic et ubique? Then we’ll shift our ground.” or “We could. So grace and mercy at your most need help you. but swear’t. Upon my sword. well. as before. HAMLET GHOST [Beneath] Swear. HORATIO and MARCELLUS HAMLET HORATIO O day and night. we will not. we know. upon my sword. My lord. We have sworn. to note That you know aught of me: this not to do. not I. Swear by my sword. truepenny? Come on—you hear this fellow in the cellarage— Consent to swear. Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Or “If we list to speak.Hamlet: ACT I For your desire to know what is between us. Come hither. With all my love I do commend me to you: And what so poor a man as Hamlet is May do. Well said. gentlemen. Never make known what you have seen to-night. perturbed spirit! HAMLET Propose the oath. Swear by my sword. in faith. so help you mercy. indeed. [Beneath] Swear. Let us go in together. my lord. an if they might. In faith. never shall. shall not lack. The time is out of joint: O cursed spite. good friends. or this headshake. my lord. already. HAMLET What is’t. HORATIO HAMLET And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. good friends. As “Well. And now. at such times seeing me. Rest. Give me one poor request. my lord? We will. I pray. HORATIO HAMLET GHOST [Beneath] Swear. MARCELLUS HAMLET Nor I. come. my lord. rest. God willing. scholars and soldiers. gentlemen. Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase. Swear. As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on. That you. [Exeunt] 16 Volume III Book III . Nay. O’ermaster ’t as you may. Horatio. an if we would. never. boy! Say’st thou so? Art thou there.” Or such ambiguous giving out. There are more things in heaven and earth. How strange or odd soe’er I bear myself. As you are friends. And still your fingers on your lips. With arms encumber’d thus. ha. Never to speak of this that you have seen. Here. but this is wondrous strange! HORATIO My lord. That ever I was born to set it right! Nay. GHOST [Beneath] Swear. to express his love and friending to you. HAMLET Ah. old mole! Canst work i’ the earth so fast? A worthy pioner! Once more remove. let’s go together. MARCELLUS HAMLET GHOST Indeed.” or “There be. But come. [They swear] So.

—do you mark this. sir. That’s not my meaning: but breathe his faults so quaintly LORD POLONIUS At “closes in the consequence. “Good sir. As ’twere a thing a little soil’d i’ the working. You have me. or such. be assured He closes with you in this consequence. And how. LORD POLONIUS Ay. Drabbing: you may go so far. He closes thus: “I know the gentleman. and finding By this encompassment and drift of question That they do know my son. at what expense. I did intend it. marry.” ay. if’t be he I mean. Reynaldo? LORD POLONIUS REYNALDO Very good. LORD POLONIUS REYNALDO good Reynaldo. as you may season it in the charge You must not put another scandal on him. REYNALDO But. my lord. I would know that. what means. I was about to say something: where did I leave? LORD POLONIUS “And in part him. and. have you not? LORD POLONIUS REYNALDO My lord. or then. But.” and “gentleman. What company. By indirections find directions out: So by my former lecture and advice. and who. That he is open to incontinency. Look you. there o’ertook in’s rouse. I saw him yesterday. but”. Faith. none so rank As may dishonour him. it is a fetch of wit: You laying these slight sullies on my son. Marry. as ’twere.Hamlet: ACT II ACT II SCENE I A room in POLONIUS’ house. “I know his father and his friends. And in part him”. here’s my drift. Of general assault. REYNALDO That they may seem the taints of liberty. my good lord. very well said. does he this— he does—what was I about to say? By the mass. And I believe. Ay. LORD POLONIUS REYNALDO At “closes in the consequence. You shall do marvellous wisely. sir.” REYNALDO As gaming. and there put on him What forgeries you please. The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind. Shall you my son. sir.” or “gentleman. Ay. 17 LORD POLONIUS Volume III Book III . with such. come you more nearer Than your particular demands will touch it: Take you. or “friend. Addicted so and so”. marry. And then. sir. very well. Before you visit him. Or then. him you would sound. Inquire me first what Danskers are in Paris. wild and usual slips As are companions noted and most known To youth and liberty. to make inquire Of his behavior. my lord. Mark you. quarrelling. no. With windlasses and with assays of bias. you may say “not well: But. he’s very wild. or drinking. I have. fare you well. A savageness in unreclaimed blood. such wanton. See you now. my lord. Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth: And thus do we of wisdom and of reach. my lord. and where they keep. fencing. Reynaldo. Marry. or t’other day. my lord. well said. LORD POLONIUS REYNALDO My lord. There was a’ gaming.— Wherefore should you do this? LORD POLONIUS REYNALDO I will. God be wi’ you.” According to the phrase or the addition Of man and country. [Enter POLONIUS and REYNALDO] LORD POLONIUS Give him this money and these notes. swearing. a brothel. some distant knowledge of him. As thus. Having ever seen in the prenominate crimes The youth you breathe of guilty. Your party in converse. There falling out at tennis”: or perchance.” or so. take heed of that. “I saw him enter such a house of sale. as you say. REYNALDO My lord. that would dishonour him.” at “friend or so.” Videlicet. or so forth.

And let him ply his music. And sure I am two men there are not living To whom he more adheres. Sith nor the exterior nor the inward man Resembles that it was. his stockings foul’d. LORD POLONIUS OPHELIA [Exeunt] SCENE II A room in the castle. LORD POLONIUS REYNALDO As oft as any passion under heaven That does afflict our natures. with his doublet all unbraced. as you did command. [Enter KING CLAUDIUS. it is as proper to our age To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions As it is common for the younger sort To lack discretion. Lord Hamlet. Pale as his shirt. Whether aught. Whose violent property fordoes itself And leads the will to desperate undertakings 18 Good gentlemen. I did repel his fetters and denied His access to me. my lord. but. I have been so affrighted! With what. with his head over his shoulder turn’d. Long stay’d he so. open’d. Farewell! LORD POLONIUS [Exit REYNALDO] [Enter OPHELIA] How now. my good lord. and down-gyved to his ancle. Ungarter’d. lies within our remedy. And. LORD POLONIUS REYNALDO Well. my lord. Ophelia! What’s the matter? OPHELIA O. QUEEN GERTRUDE Volume III Book III . he lets me go: And. bended their light on me. and Attendants] Welcome. LORD POLONIUS OPHELIA What said he? He took me by the wrist and held me hard. No hat upon his head. LORD POLONIUS Come. The need we have to use you did provoke Our hasty sending. have you given him any hard words of late? No. being of so young days brought up with him. More than his father’s death. He seem’d to find his way without his eyes. that thus hath put him So much from the understanding of himself. dear Rosencrantz and Guildenstern! Moreover that we much did long to see you. go with me: I will go seek the king. And sith so neighbour’d to his youth and havior. my lord. LORD POLONIUS My lord. At last. beshrew my jealousy! By heaven. to the last. I cannot dream of: I entreat you both. This is the very ecstasy of love.Hamlet: ACT II REYNALDO Good my lord! Observe his inclination in yourself. What it should be. I am sorry that with better heed and judgment I had not quoted him: I fear’d he did but trifle. being kept close. but. If it will please you To show us so much gentry and good will As to expend your time with us awhile. my lord. which. GUILDENSTERN. go we to the king: This must be known. And meant to wreck thee. afflicts him thus. ROSENCRANTZ. For out o’ doors he went without their helps. That. And. i’ the name of God? LORD POLONIUS OPHELIA That hath made him mad. I do not know. and to gather. He raised a sigh so piteous and profound As it did seem to shatter all his bulk And end his being: that done. KING CLAUDIUS Mad for thy love? My lord. his knees knocking each other. so call it. That you vouchsafe your rest here in our court Some little time: so by your companies To draw him on to pleasures. OPHELIA I shall. might move More grief to hide than hate to utter love. Something have you heard Of Hamlet’s transformation. he hath much talk’d of you. I am sorry. QUEEN GERTRUDE.—he comes before me. as I was sewing in my closet. Then goes he to the length of all his arm. And with a look so piteous in purport As if he had been loosed out of hell To speak of horrors. That. So much as from occasion you may glean. He falls to such perusal of my face As he would draw it. with his other hand thus o’er his brow. I do fear it. What. But truly. Come. to us unknown. a little shaking of mine arm And thrice his head thus waving up and down.

Voltimand. as I hold my soul. better look’d into. he sent out to suppress His nephew’s levies. my good lord. Both your majesties Might. amen! [Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ. Are joyfully return’d. and our o’erhasty marriage. he hath found The head and source of all your son’s distemper. Gives him three thousand crowns in annual fee. GUILDENSTERN KING CLAUDIUS Well. Put your dread pleasures more into command Than to entreaty.Hamlet: ACT II For the supply and profit of our hope. Rosencrantz and gentle Guildenstern. we shall sift him. what from our brother Norway? Most fair return of greetings and desires. And his commission to employ those soldiers. that do I long to hear. And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is. My liege. Heavens make our presence and our practises Pleasant and helpful to him! GUILDENSTERN QUEEN GERTRUDE Ay. sends out arrests On Fortinbras. And here give up ourselves. QUEEN GERTRUDE KING CLAUDIUS But we both obey. Give first admittance to the ambassadors. Guildenstern and gentle Rosencrantz: And I beseech you instantly to visit My too much changed son. To be commanded. he truly found It was against your highness: whereat grieved. age and impotence Was falsely borne in hand. that I have found The very cause of Hamlet’s lunacy. His father’s death. On such regards of safety and allowance As therein are set down. speak of that. my dear Gertrude. overcome with joy. Whereon old Norway. Your visitation shall receive such thanks As fits a king’s remembrance. KING CLAUDIUS LORD POLONIUS O. QUEEN GERTRUDE [Re-enter POLONIUS. and some ATTENDANTS] [Enter POLONIUS] LORD POLONIUS The ambassadors from Norway. to expostulate LORD POLONIUS Volume III Book III 19 . and in fine Makes vow before his uncle never more To give the assay of arms against your majesty. I doubt it is no other but the main. and bring them in. at night we’ll feast together: Most welcome home! KING CLAUDIUS good news. in the full bent To lay our service freely at your feet. which to him appear’d To be a preparation ’gainst the Polack. It likes us well. Both to my God and to my gracious king: And I do think. KING CLAUDIUS Thou still hast been the father of Have I. That so his sickness. Go. And at our more consider’d time well read. Thanks. and madam. herein further shown. against the Polack: With an entreaty. Upon our first. I hold my duty. my good friends! Say. or else this brain of mine Hunts not the trail of policy so sure As it hath used to do. Meantime we thank you for your well-took labour: Go to your rest. in brief. Receives rebuke from Norway. ROSENCRANTZ KING CLAUDIUS Thyself do grace to them. GUILDENSTERN. So levied as before. which he. some of you. with VOLTIMAND and CORNELIUS] Welcome. by the sovereign power you have of us. LORD POLONIUS good liege. [Exit POLONIUS] He tells me. Answer. But. and think upon this business. obeys. [Exeunt VOLTIMAND and CORNELIUS] This business is well ended. my lord? I assure my [Giving a paper] That it might please you to give quiet pass Through your dominions for this enterprise. VOLTIMAND Thanks. My news shall be the fruit to that great feast.

” QUEEN GERTRUDE LORD POLONIUS QUEEN GERTRUDE LORD POLONIUS Came this from Hamlet to her? Good madam. then into a fast. [Reads] “Doubt thou the stars are fire. For this effect defective comes by cause: Thus it remains. the cause of this defect. ’tis true: ’tis true ’tis pity. KING CLAUDIUS Do you think ’tis this? It may be. in obedience. Thus: I would fain prove so. with less art. Into the madness wherein now he raves. whilst this machine is to him. And more above. hath my daughter shown me. Perpend. “beautified” is a vile phrase: but you shall hear. she took the fruits of my advice. That he is mad. since brevity is the soul of wit. Hath given me this: now gather. Or my dear majesty your queen here. I will find Where truth is hid. And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes. if this be otherwise: If circumstances lead me. for. and time is time. [Reads] “In her excellent white bosom. 20 [Pointing to his head and shoulder] Take this from this. Adieu. receive no tokens. If I had play’d the desk or table-book.”— That’s an ill phrase. though it were hid indeed Within the centre. and. O most best. Why day is day. What is’t but to be nothing else but mad? But let that go. All given to mine ear. I will be brief: your noble son is mad: Mad call I it. &c. to define true madness. night night. I will Hath there been such a time—I’d fain know that— That I have positively said “’Tis so. And he. And my young mistress thus I did bespeak: “Lord Hamlet is a prince. I have not art to reckon my groans: but that I love thee best. believe it. and the remainder thus. and surmise. Or look’d upon this love with idle sight. sometimes he walks four hours together Here in the lobby. Before my daughter told me—what might you. Admit no messengers. mark. What might you think? No. Doubt truth to be a liar. what duty is. Or rather say. More matter. O dear Ophelia. by this declension. When I had seen this hot love on the wing— As I perceived it. QUEEN GERTRUDE LORD POLONIUS But how hath she Received his love? KING CLAUDIUS LORD POLONIUS KING CLAUDIUS LORD POLONIUS What do you think of me? As of a man faithful and honourable. HAMLET. Therefore. I went round to work. out of thy star. And all we mourn for. Mad let us grant him.Hamlet: ACT II What majesty should be. then: and now remains That we find out the cause of this effect. I am ill at these numbers. mute and dumb. Madam. the most beautified Ophelia. That she should lock herself from his resort. Doubt that the sun doth move. At such a time I’ll loose my daughter to him: Volume III Book III . [Reads] “To the celestial and my soul’s idol. repulsed—a short tale to make— Fell into a sadness. I have a daughter—have while she is mine— Who. As they fell out by time. KING CLAUDIUS LORD POLONIUS How may we try it further? You know. But farewell it. very likely. QUEEN GERTRUDE LORD POLONIUS So he does indeed. day and time. hath his solicitings. Thine evermore most dear lady. a vile phrase. This must not be”: and then I precepts gave her. Which done. I swear I use no art at all. by means and place. stay awhile. But what might you think. for I will use no art. Thence to a watch. Were nothing but to waste night. think. But never doubt I love. thence into a weakness. these. And pity ’tis ’tis true: a foolish figure. I must tell you that.” This. in her duty and obedience. Thence to a lightness.” When it proved otherwise? KING CLAUDIUS LORD POLONIUS be faithful. Or given my heart a winking. Not that I know.

look to’t. my lord? LORD POLONIUS My excellent goods friends! How dost thou. to be honest. which reason and sanity could not so prosperously be delivered of. both away: I’ll board him presently. [Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] LORD POLONIUS Let her not walk i’ the sun: conception is a blessing: but not as your daughter may conceive. What do you read.—My honourable lord. sir. yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down. except my life. What is the matter. my lord? LORD POLONIUS HAMLET You go to seek the Lord Hamlet. Away. God-a-mercy. ROSENCRANTZ [To POLONIUS] God save you. HAMLET We will try it. sir. [Aside] How say you by that? Still harping on my daughter: yet he knew me not at first. Mark the encounter: if he love her not And be not from his reason fall’n thereon.Hamlet: ACT II Be you and I behind an arras then. look. Not I. LORD POLONIUS my lord. give me leave: How does my good Lord Hamlet? HAMLET [Aside] Though this be madness. how do ye both? Volume III Book III 21 .—Have you a daughter? LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Fare you well. should be old as I am. QUEEN GERTRUDE. my lord! LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Ay. KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET Between who? I mean. Do you know me. These tedious old fools! I have. my lord? LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Into my grave. sir. Indeed. and suddenly contrive the means of meeting between him and my daughter. far gone: and truly in my youth I suffered much extremity for love. except my life. my lord. for yourself. Honest. But keep a farm and carters. words. and Attendants] [Enter HAMLET. LORD POLONIUS HAMLET That’s very true. I will most humbly take my leave of you. my lord. is to be one man picked out of ten thousand. if like a crab you could go backward. that is out o’ the air. Rosencrantz! Good lads. yet there is method in ’t. Friend. I do beseech you. words. he said I was a fishmonger: he is far gone. Slanders. I will leave him. LORD POLONIUS [Exeunt KING CLAUDIUS. that their faces are wrinkled. you are a fishmonger. together with most weak hams: all which. LORD POLONIUS Well. You cannot. my lord. I’ll speak to him again. Guildenstern? Ah. their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum and that they have a plentiful lack of wit. Let me be no assistant for a state. sir. reading] O. the matter that you read. Will you walk out of the air. my lord? LORD POLONIUS HAMLET [Aside] How pregnant sometimes his replies are! A happiness that often madness hits on. though I most powerfully and potently believe. For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog. my lord. where sadly the poor wretch comes reading. as this world goes. HAMLET LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Excellent well. being a god kissing carrion. QUEEN GERTRUDE But. LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Then I would you were so honest a man. take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal: except my life. sir: for the satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards. there he is. very near this. sir! [Exit POLONIUS] GUILDENSTERN ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET My honoured lord! My most dear lord! Words.

for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. be even and direct with me. look you. my good friends. and there is a kind of confession in your looks which your modesties have not craft enough to colour: I know the good king and queen have sent for you. But. we were sent for. I am most dreadfully attended. I could be bounded in a nut shell and count myself a king of infinite space. Were you not sent for? Is it your own inclining? Is it a free visitation? Come. so shall my anticipation prevent your discovery. ’tis too narrow for your mind. Let me question more in particular: what have you. in which there are many confines. I am even poor in thanks. this most excellent canopy. On fortune’s cap we are not the very button. ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET Then you live about her waist. in the beaten way of friendship. HAMLET Then are our beggars bodies. In the secret parts of fortune? O. what make you at Elsinore? HAMLET ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET Faith. by the rights of our fellowship. and our monarchs and outstretched heroes the beggars’ shadows. or in the middle of her favours? GUILDENSTERN HAMLET No such matter: I will not sort you with the rest of my servants. by my fay. but thinking makes it so: to me it is a prison. my thanks are too dear a halfpenny. speak. dear friends. ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET Denmark’s a prison. deserved at the hands of fortune. no other occasion. Truly. ’tis none to you. hold not off. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how 22 Volume III Book III . my lord? ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET A goodly one. were it not that I have bad dreams. nay. her privates we. come. Then is doomsday near: but your news is not true. GUILDENSTERN HAMLET A dream itself is but a shadow. by the obligation of our ever-preserved love. wards and dungeons. Why then. I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth. most true. But let me conjure you. my lord. What’s the news? ROSENCRANTZ None. That you must teach me. You were sent for. whether you were sent for. to speak to you like an honest man. anything. ROSENCRANTZ [Aside to GUILDENSTERN] What say you? HAMLET [Aside] Nay. it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. seems to me a sterile promontory. why. my lord? Prison. and by what more dear a better proposer could charge you withal. HAMLET Which dreams indeed are ambition.—If you love me. my lord. this brave o’erhanging firmament. ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET We think not so. by the consonancy of our youth. and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame. but I thank you: and sure. forgone all custom of exercises. but to the purpose. GUILDENSTERN HAMLET What should we say. GUILDENSTERN HAMLET My lord. Happy. HAMLET ROSENCRANTZ and GULDENSTERN We’ll wait upon you.Hamlet: ACT II ROSENCRANTZ GUILDENSTERN As the indifferent children of the earth. and I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that it is but a shadow’s shadow. that she sends you to prison hither? HAMLET GUILDENSTERN HAMLET Beggar that I am. ROSENCRANTZ I will tell you why. the earth. for. my lord! Why. my lord. then. I cannot reason. I have an eye of you. the air. Denmark being one o’ the worst. Then is the world one. for there is nothing either good or bad. To visit you. this majestical roof fretted with golden fire. and your secrecy to the king and queen moult no feather. Shall we to the court? For. but that the world’s grown honest. then. your ambition makes it one. Nor the soles of her shoe? Neither. deal justly with me: come. O God. she is a strumpet. my lord. in that we are not over-happy. or no? ROSENCRANTZ Why. To what end.

which. ROSENCRANTZ Do they hold the same estimation they did when I was in the city? Are they so followed? HAMLET ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET Gentlemen. the clown shall make those laugh whose lungs are tickled o’ the sere. are they not. are they children? Who maintains ’em? how are they escoted? Will they pursue the quality no longer than they can sing? Will they not say afterwards. gentlemen! Hark you. must show fairly outward. come then: the appurtenance of welcome is fashion and ceremony: let me comply with you in this garb. what lenten entertainment the players shall receive from you: we coted them on the way. You say right. to make them exclaim against their own succession? Faith. for mine uncle is king of Denmark. my dear lord? No. lest my extent to the players.Hamlet: ACT II express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet. ROSENCRANTZ What. and those that would make mows at him while my father lived. Your hands. you are welcome to Elsinore. should more appear like entertainment than yours. was better both ways. both in reputation and profit. HAMLET To think. indeed. if they should grow themselves to common players—as it is most like. and the nation holds it no sin to tarre them to controversy: there was. that cry out on the top of question. my lord. the tragedians of the city. and so berattle the common stages—so they call them—that many wearing rapiers are afraid of goose-quills and dare scarce come thither. there was no such stuff in my thoughts. Why did you laugh then. to me. the adventurous knight shall use his foil and target. the lover shall not sigh gratis. if their means are no HAMLET I will prophesy he comes to tell me of the players. HAMLET He that plays the king shall be welcome. ROSENCRANTZ There are the players. mark it. I tell you. ROSENCRANTZ better—their writers do them wrong. fifty. ROSENCRANTZ [Enter POLONIUS] LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Well be with you. Guildenstern. sir: o’ Monday morning. an aery of children. when I said “man delights not me”? HAMLET Is’t possible? O. HAMLET Volume III Book III 23 . the humourous man shall end his part in peace. HAMLET I think their inhibition comes by the means of the late innovation. his majesty shall have tribute of me. and hither are they coming. if philosophy could find it out. forty. sir. if you delight not in man. my lord. there has been much throwing about GUILDENSTERN of brains. their endeavour keeps in the wonted pace: but there is. to offer you service. or the blank verse shall halt for’t. give twenty. How comes it? Do they grow rusty? I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw. there is something in this more than natural. that they do. You are welcome: but my uncle-father and aunt-mother are deceived. ’Sblood. there has been much to do on both sides. no money bid for argument. ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET My lord. Hercules and ROSENCRANTZ his load too. and you too: at each ear a hearer: that great baby you see there is not yet out of his swaddling-clouts. It is not very strange. for they say an old man is twice a child. ’twas so indeed. Nay. and are most tyrannically clapped for’t: these are now the fashion. for a while. unless the poet and the player went to cuffs in the question. What players are they? HAMLET [Flourish of trumpets within] GUILDENSTERN HAMLET Even those you were wont to take delight in. GUILDENSTERN HAMLET In what. nor woman neither. what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me: no. Happily he’s the second time come to them. though by your smiling you seem to say so. ROSENCRANTZ Do the boys carry it away? Ay. and the lady shall say her mind freely. little eyases. How chances it they travel? Their residence. an hundred ducats a-piece for his picture in little.

give us a taste of your quality. where my abridgement comes. seem’d i’ the air to stick: FIRST PLAYER Volume III Book III . as most like it was. head to foot Now is he total gules.”— the first row of the pious chanson will show you more. my lord? Why. for look. his antique sword. and others. My lord. nor no matter in the phrase that might indict the author of affectation. What speech. daughters. what a treasure hadst thou! HAMLET LORD POLONIUS HAMLET What a treasure had he. Rebellious to his arm. my lord. he whose sable arms. by the altitude of a chopine.” So. ’twas caviare to the general: but it was—as I received it. That lend a tyrannous and damned light To their lord’s murder: roasted in wrath and fire. with flaming top Stoops to his base. pastoral.— LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Then came each actor on his ass. lo! His sword. but it was never acted. Then senseless Ilium. comedy. then. as wholesome as sweet. well spoken. where he speaks of Priam’s slaughter: if it live in your memory. For the law of writ and the liberty. nor Plautus too light. did the night resemble When he lay couched in the ominous horse. Pray God. a passionate speech. historical-pastoral.— LORD POLONIUS HAMLET to’t like French falconers.— The best actors in the world. or poem unlimited: Seneca cannot be too heavy. O. LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Nay. let me see— “The rugged Pyrrhus. fly at any thing we see: we’ll have a speech straight: come. Black as his purpose. I remember. “As by lot. for the play. horridly trick’d With blood of fathers. Seeming to feel this blow. ’Fore God. I have a daughter that I love passing well. What follows.Hamlet: ACT II LORD POLONIUS HAMLET My lord. but called it an honest method. Welcome. begin at this line: let me see. pastoral-comical. either for tragedy. When Roscius was an actor in Rome. with good accent and good discretion. I have news to tell you. Am I not i’ the right.” LORD POLONIUS HAMLET [Aside] Still on my daughter. We’ll e’en 24 “Anon he finds him Striking too short at Greeks. or. all. scene individable. my lord? LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Why. I am glad to see thee well.”— it is not so:—it begins with Pyrrhus:— “The rugged Pyrrhus. judge of Israel. I have news to tell you. “It came to pass. like apiece of uncurrent gold. buz! Upon mine honour. my lord. masters. these are the only men. tragicalcomical-historical-pastoral. lies where it falls. and by very much more handsome than fine. welcome. Hath now this dread and black complexion smear’d With heraldry more dismal. that follows not. One speech in it I chiefly loved: ’twas Aeneas’ tale to Dido. And thus o’er-sized with coagulate gore. God wot. sons. like the Hyrcanian beast. history. in rage strikes wide.” and then. well digested in the scenes. you are all welcome. The which he loved passing well. my young lady and mistress! By’r lady. old Jephthah? If you call me Jephthah. I remember. Baked and impasted with the parching streets. my lord. Masters. and with a hideous crash Takes prisoner Pyrrhus’ ear: for. “One fair daughter and no more. pleased not the million. set down with as much modesty as cunning. the hellish Pyrrhus Old grandsire Priam seeks. your ladyship is nearer to heaven than when I saw you last. good friends. my old friend! Thy face is valenced since I saw thee last: comest thou to beard me in Denmark? What. your voice. tragical-historical. whose judgments in such matters cried in the top of mine—an excellent play. FIRST PLAYER HAMLET The actors are come hither. Pyrrhus at Priam drives. and thereabout of it especially. come. Repugnant to command: unequal match’d. Which was declining on the milky head Of reverend Priam. be not cracked within the ring. LORD POLONIUS [Enter four or five Players] You are welcome. LORD POLONIUS O Jephthah. you know. mothers. if it was. not above once. proceed you. my lord? Buz. I heard thee speak me a speech once. one said there were no sallets in the lines to make the matter savoury. But with the whiff and wind of his fell sword The unnerved father falls. With eyes like carbuncles.

And like a neutral to his will and matter. against some storm. let them be well used. could you not? FIRST PLAYER HAMLET “The mobled queen”? That’s good. distraction in’s aspect. old friend. in a dream of passion. whether he has not turned his colour and has tears in’s eyes. A broken voice. LORD POLONIUS [Exit First Player] My good friends. out. what a rogue and peasant slave am I! Is it not monstrous that this player here. “Run barefoot up and down. the rack stand still. which I would set down and insert in’t. threatening the flames With bisson rheum. It shall to the barber’s. A blanket. sirs. say on: he’s for a jig or a tale of bawdry. “mobled queen” is good. That he should weep for her? What would he do. FIRST PLAYER Ay. HAMLET LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Come. About her lank and all o’er-teemed loins. no more. with your beard. O. my lord. You could. As low as to the fiends!” LORD POLONIUS HAMLET time: after your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live. with tongue in venom steep’d. Could force his soul so to his own conceit That from her working all his visage wann’d. God be wi’ ye. anon the dreadful thunder Doth rend the region. “’Gainst Fortune’s state would treason have pronounced: But if the gods themselves did see her then When she saw Pyrrhus make malicious sport In mincing with his sword her husband’s limbs. and his whole function suiting With forms to his conceit? And all for nothing! For Hecuba! What’s Hecuba to him. in the alarm of fear caught up. thou strumpet. Follow that lord. I will use them according to their desert. The instant burst of clamour that she made. In general synod take away her power. for a need. who had seen the mobled queen—” HAMLET We’ll ha’t to-morrow night.Hamlet: ACT II So. A silence in the heavens. Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel. and for a robe. Pyrrhus stood. Who this had seen. God’s bodykins. [Exit POLONIUS with all the Players but the First] Dost thou hear me. 25 ’Tis well: I’ll have thee speak out the rest soon. can you play the Murder of Gonzago? FIRST PLAYER HAMLET This is too long. And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven. But in a fiction. Good my lord.” Look. Out. friends: we’ll hear a play to-morrow. or he to Hecuba. Prithee. Fortune! All you gods. Tears in his eyes. I’ll leave you till night: you are welcome to Elsinore. “But who. after Pyrrhus’ pause. and who should ’scape whipping? Use them after your own honour and dignity: the less they deserve. And passion in the gods. a clout upon that head Where late the diadem stood. or he sleeps: say on: come to Hecuba. And never did the Cyclops’ hammers fall On Mars his armour forged for proof eterne With less remorse than Pyrrhus’ bleeding sword Now falls on Priam. and look you mock him not. my lord. But. man. ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET Good my lord! Ay. the more merit is in your bounty. LORD POLONIUS FIRST PLAYER Very well. Ay. for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the HAMLET Volume III Book III . as a painted tyrant. [Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] Now I am alone. Would have made milch the burning eyes of heaven. will you see the players well bestowed? Do you hear. Take them in. much better: use every man after his desert. so. Pray you. Did nothing. The bold winds speechless and the orb below As hush as death. study a speech of some dozen or sixteen lines. Unless things mortal move them not at all. LORD POLONIUS My lord. O. as we often see. Follow him. Aroused vengeance sets him new a-work. so.

that certain players We o’er-raught on the way: of these we told him. Upon whose property and most dear life A damn’d defeat was made. And can say nothing. the son of a dear father murder’d. I’ll tent him to the quick: if he but blench. Grating so harshly all his days of quiet With turbulent and dangerous lunacy? Did you assay him? To any pastime? Madam. And fall a-cursing. Niggard of question. Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell. I’ll have these players Play something like the murder of my father Before mine uncle: I’ll observe his looks. ROSENCRANTZ. Nor do we find him forward to be sounded. Confound the ignorant. vengeance! Why. they have already order This night to play before him. Get from him why he puts on this confusion. Most free in his reply. it so fell out. unpregnant of my cause. QUEEN GERTRUDE. Abuses me to damn me: I’ll have grounds More relative than this: the play’s the thing Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king. yea. Am I a coward? Who calls me villain? Breaks my pate across? Plucks off my beard. I know my course. peak. as I think. For murder. But. unpack my heart with words. lecherous. The spirit that I have seen May be the devil: and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape. bawdy villain! Remorseless. A scullion! Fie upon’t! Foh! About. like a whore. by no drift of circumstance. As deep as to the lungs? Who does me this? Ha! ’Swounds. my brain! I have heard That guilty creatures sitting at a play Have by the very cunning of the scene Been struck so to the soul that presently They have proclaim’d their malefactions. Must. But with much forcing of his disposition. and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy. But from what cause he will by no means speak. keeps aloof. treacherous. not for a king. though it have no tongue. I should take it: for it cannot be But I am pigeon-liver’d and lack gall To make oppression bitter. And. and amaze indeed The very faculties of eyes and ears. what an ass am I! This is most brave. When we would bring him on to some confession Of his true state. but. Yet I. will speak With most miraculous organ. Make mad the guilty and appal the free. As he is very potent with such spirits. [Exit] ACT III SCENE I A room in the castle. and blows it in my face? Tweaks me by the nose? Gives me the lie i’ the throat. ROSENCRANTZ QUEEN GERTRUDE And can you. That I. and GUILDENSTERN] KING CLAUDIUS QUEEN GERTRUDE ROSENCRANTZ GUILDENSTERN Did he receive you well? Most like a gentleman. A dull and muddy-mettled rascal. kindless villain! O. of our demands. Like John-a-dreams. OPHELIA. ROSENCRANTZ ROSENCRANTZ He does confess he feels himself distracted. with a crafty madness. [Enter KING CLAUDIUS. no.Hamlet: ACT III Had he the motive and the cue for passion That I have? He would drown the stage with tears And cleave the general ear with horrid speech. And there did seem in him a kind of joy To hear of it: they are about the court. like a very drab. or ere this I should have fatted all the region kites With this slave’s offal: bloody. POLONIUS. GUILDENSTERN 26 Volume III Book III .

and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to. there’s the rub. QUEEN GERTRUDE I shall obey you. Must give us pause: there’s the respect That makes calamity of so long life. To grunt and sweat under a weary life.—Soft you now! The fair Ophelia! Nymph. the proud man’s contumely. And lose the name of action. Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it Than is my deed to my most painted word: O heavy burthen! KING CLAUDIUS Good my lord. seeing. puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all. lawful espials. not I. [Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] KING CLAUDIUS Sweet Gertrude. [Exit QUEEN GERTRUDE] LORD POLONIUS Ophelia. give him a further edge. The pangs of despised love. to sleep. No more. And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought. For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil. That show of such an exercise may colour Your loneliness. No. And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep. We are oft to blame in this. To sleep: perchance to dream: ay. may here Affront Ophelia: Her father and myself. [To OPHELIA] Read on this book. well. I never gave you aught. How does your honour for this many a day? OPHELIA HAMLET OPHELIA I humbly thank you. my lord. That I have longed long to re-deliver. The oppressor’s wrong. We will bestow ourselves. When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear. walk you here. I have remembrances of yours. well. the law’s delay. ROSENCRANTZ [Exeunt KING CLAUDIUS and POLONIUS] [Enter HAMLET] To be. With all my heart. OPHELIA Madam. unseen. HAMLET We shall. as ’twere by accident. To die. in thy orisons Be all my sins remember’d.— ’Tis too much proved—that with devotion’s visage And pious action we do sugar o’er The devil himself. And drive his purpose on to these delights. And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry. well. beautied with plastering art. For who would bear the whips and scorns of time. and it doth much content me To hear him so inclined. Or to take arms against a sea of troubles. And gather by him. ’tis too true! How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience! The harlot’s cheek. as he is behaved. Ophelia. HAMLET Volume III Book III 27 . ’tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish’d. I pray you. My lord. LORD POLONIUS KING CLAUDIUS LORD POLONIUS I hear him coming: let’s withdraw. [Aside] O. Will so bestow ourselves that. We may of their encounter frankly judge. The undiscover’d country from whose bourn No traveller returns. If ’t be the affliction of his love or no That thus he suffers for. That he.Hamlet: ACT III ’Tis most true: And he beseech’d me to entreat your majesties To hear and see the matter. For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither. I do wish That your good beauties be the happy cause Of Hamlet’s wildness: so shall I hope your virtues Will bring him to his wonted way again. Good gentlemen. my lord. And for your part. I wish it may. The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes. or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. To both your honours. leave us too. now receive them. so please you. But that the dread of something after death. Gracious.

for to the noble mind Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. Or. revengeful. Where’s your father? OPHELIA HAMLET At home. To a nunnery. words of so sweet breath composed As made the things more rich: their perfume lost. that he may play the fool no where but in’s own house. you amble. if thou wilt needs 28 It shall do well: but yet do I believe The origin and commencement of his grief Sprung from neglected love. 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. see what I see! Ay. quite down! And I. The observed of all observers. it hath made me mad. ha! Are you honest? My lord? Are you fair? What means your lordship? I have heard of your paintings too. the rest shall keep as they are. The expectancy and rose of the fair state. you made me believe so. my lord. To have seen what I have seen. What think you on’t? KING CLAUDIUS I was the more deceived. or time to act them in. you know right well you did. Get thee to a nunnery. you sweet heavens! If thou dost marry. believe none of us. HAMLET OPHELIA HAMLET Indeed. I’ll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice. God has given you one face. your honesty should admit no discourse to your beauty. And. What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven? We are arrant knaves. help him. all. Let the doors be shut upon him. The glass of fashion and the mould of form. 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. How now. 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 sometime a paradox. scholar’s. shall live. HAMLET OPHELIA HAMLET OPHELIA HAMLET marry. my lord. imagination to give them shape. marry a fool. You should not have believed me. my lord. Now see that noble and most sovereign reason. There. I have in quick determination Thus set it down: he shall with speed to England. Farewell. well enough. That if you be honest and fair. have better commerce than with honesty? OPHELIA OPHELIA [Exit] O. Ophelia! You need not tell us what Lord Hamlet said. We heard it all. I say. That suck’d the honey of his music vows. and you lisp. and make your wantonness your ignorance. for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them. Go to. do as you please. eye. I’ll no more on’t. as pure as snow. Was not like madness. Could beauty. for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it: I loved you not. Farewell. and nick-name God’s creatures. Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest. ambitious. and quickly too. but now the time gives it proof. My lord. what a noble mind is here o’erthrown! The courtier’s. of ladies most deject and wretched.Hamlet: ACT III OPHELIA My honour’d lord. we will have no more marriages: those that are married already. Whereon his brains still beating puts him thus From fashion of himself. though it lack’d form a little. go: farewell. go. and you make yourselves another: you jig. Go thy ways to a nunnery. all but one. soldier’s. thou shalt not escape calumny. sword. go. But. tongue. with them. my lord. I did love you once. To a nunnery. truly. out of tune and harsh. There’s something in his soul. OPHELIA HAMLET O heavenly powers. but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me: I am very proud. if you hold it fit. That unmatch’d form and feature of blown youth Blasted with ecstasy: O. Like sweet bells jangled. restore him! Ha. woe is me. with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in. OPHELIA HAMLET O. after the play Let his queen mother all alone entreat him LORD POLONIUS Volume III Book III . Nor what he spake. OPHELIA HAMLET [Re-enter KING CLAUDIUS and POLONIUS] Love! His affections do not that way tend. quite. Take these again.

O. make you ready. the censure of the which one must in your allowance o’erweigh a whole theatre of others. [Enter HORATIO] HORATIO HAMLET Here. cannot but make the judicious grieve.— Nay. sir. the word to the action. thus. but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word. and. thou art e’en as just a man As e’er my conversation coped withal. have so strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of nature’s journeymen had made men and not made them well. For what advancement may I hope from thee That no revenue hast but thy good spirits. as many of your players do. some necessary question of the play be then to be considered: that’s villanous. who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumbshows and noise: I would have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant. And let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them. it out-herods Herod: pray you. and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. And I’ll be placed. my lord! I will the king hear this piece of work? LORD POLONIUS HAMLET And the queen too. HAMLET FIRST PLAYER O. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand. scorn her own image. or come tardy off. Now this overdone. it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters. neither having the accent of Christians nor the gait of Christian. as I pronounced it to you. O. with this special o’erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing. Horatio. to very rags. What ho! Horatio! HAMLET Be not too tame neither. HAMLET [Exeunt Players] [Enter POLONIUS. sweet lord. though it make the unskillful laugh. To England send him. ROSENCRANTZ. my lord. to show virtue her own feature. HORATIO HAMLET O. KING CLAUDIUS I hope we have reformed that indifferently with us. do not think I flatter. [Exeunt] SCENE II A hall in the castle. and heard others praise. and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure. in the mean time. whose end. [Enter HAMLET and Players] Speak the speech. avoid it. for in the very torrent. but use all gently. A man that fortune’s buffets and rewards 29 Volume III Book III . pagan. in the ear Of all their conference. as ’twere. Bid the players make haste. that. that suffers nothing. at your service. to split the ears of the groundlings. though. reform it altogether. both at the first and now. If she find him not. and that presently. Go. there be players that I have seen play. her election Hath seal’d thee for herself. let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp. I pray you. my dear lord. the whirlwind of passion. to hold. I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. and GUILDENSTERN] How now. tempest. for there be of them that will themselves laugh. [Exit POLONIUS] Will you two help to hasten them? ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN We will. they imitated humanity so abominably. FIRST PLAYER It shall be so: Madness in great ones must not unwatch’d go. the mirror up to nature. you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. in suffering all. not to speak it profanely. so please you. [Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] HAMLET I warrant your honour. And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee Where thrift may follow fawning. was and is. to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too. Dost thou hear? Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice And could of men distinguish. or confine him where Your wisdom best shall think. To feed and clothe thee? Why should the poor be flatter’d? No. as I may say. nor man.Hamlet: ACT III To show his grief: let her be round with him. trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it. for thou hast been As one. and that highly.

you say? LORD POLONIUS Nay. And my imaginations are as foul As Vulcan’s stithy. Enter KING CLAUDIUS. They are coming to the play. O. ho! Do you mark that? HAMLET Lady. HAMLET What did you enact? I did enact Julius Caesar: I was killed i’ the Capitol. OPHELIA HAMLET OPHELIA HAMLET OPHELIA HAMLET What is. or else shall he suffer not thinking on. my lord: If he steal aught the whilst this play is playing. ROSENCRANTZ. For I mine eyes will rivet to his face. Who. of the chameleon’s dish: I eat the air. I will pay the theft. my head upon your lap? Ay. I? Ay. O God. QUEEN GERTRUDE. O heavens! Die two months ago. A flourish. POLONIUS. these words are not mine. my lord. and was accounted a good actor. promise-crammed: you cannot feed capons so. KING CLAUDIUS I have nothing with this answer. Give him heedful note. nor mine now. my lord. The dumb-show enters] 30 Volume III Book III . and my father died within these two hours. HAMLET LORD POLONIUS [To KING CLAUDIUS] O. Hamlet.—Something too much of this. I mean. my lord. here’s metal more attractive. look you. ’tis twice two months. you played once i’ the university. good mother. for. and not forgotten yet? Then there’s hope a great man’s memory may outlive his life half a year: but. my lord. What should a man do but be merry? For. It is a damned ghost that we have seen. HORATIO It was a brute part of him to kill so capital a calf there. my lord? Nothing. ay. my lord. in my heart of heart. and others] KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET That’s a fair thought to lie between maids’ legs. my dear Hamlet. how cheerfully my mother looks. I must be idle: Get you a place. Brutus killed me. And after we will both our judgments join In censure of his seeming. they stay upon Come hither. One scene of it comes near the circumstance Which I have told thee of my father’s death: I prithee. sit your patience. shall I lie in your lap? [Lying down at OPHELIA’s feet] OPHELIA HAMLET OPHELIA HAMLET OPHELIA HAMLET No. and I will wear him In my heart’s core. QUEEN GERTRUDE by me. Do you think I meant country matters? I think nothing. i’ faith. when thou seest that act afoot.Hamlet: ACT III Hast ta’en with equal thanks: and blest are those Whose blood and judgment are so well commingled. my lord. my lord. Give me that man That is not passion’s slave. whose epitaph is “For. LORD POLONIUS So long? Nay then. OPHELIA. then.” [Hautboys play. for I’ll have a suit of sables. As I do thee. O. HAMLET No. let the devil wear black. by’r lady.— There is a play to-night before the king. Well. he must build churches. You are merry. Be the players ready? HAMLET ROSENCRANTZ Ay. How fares our cousin Hamlet? Excellent. the hobby-horse is forgot. OPHELIA HAMLET [To POLONIUS] My lord. with the hobby-horse. Even with the very comment of thy soul Observe mine uncle: if his occulted guilt Do not itself unkennel in one speech. That they are not a pipe for fortune’s finger To sound what stop she please. No. That did I. GUILDENSTERN. And ’scape detecting. my lord. HAMLET [Danish march. your only jig-maker.

great love grows there. Grief joys. joy grieves. and declines his head upon her neck: lays him down upon a bank of flowers: she. kisses it. He takes her up. seeming to lament with her. Purpose is but the slave to memory. leaves him. [Enter two Players. comes in again. the Queen embracing him. Where little fears grow great. and shortly too. finds the King dead. PLAYER KING Volume III Book III 31 . seeing him asleep. when they mellow be. This world is not for aye. Most necessary ’tis that we forget To pay ourselves what to ourselves is debt: What to ourselves in passion we propose. I must leave thee. takes off his crown. my lord. Which now. In neither aught. nor ’tis not strange That even our loves should with our fortunes change. As woman’s love. woe is me. they’ll tell all. The Queen returns. PLAYER KING I do believe you think what now you speak. or in extremity. OPHELIA Belike this show imports the argument of the play. HAMLET OPHELIA HAMLET O. The Poisoner. But what we do determine oft we break. That I distrust you. The dead body is carried away. proof hath made you know. he’ll not shame to tell you what it means. this is miching mallecho. The violence of either grief or joy Their own enactures with themselves destroy: Where joy most revels. PLAYER QUEEN What means this. my lord? Marry. and makes passionate action. my lord. The Poisoner wooes the Queen with gifts: she seems loath and unwilling awhile. doth the purpose lose. And as my love is sized.Hamlet: ACT III [Enter a King and a Queen very lovingly. Yet. you are naught: I’ll mark the play. you are so sick of late. though I distrust. Here stooping to your clemency. grief doth most lament. Honour’d. like fruit unripe. She kneels. Now. but in the end accepts his love] [Exeunt] OPHELIA HAMLET And thirty dozen moons with borrow’d sheen About the world have times twelve thirties been. the littlest doubts are fear. and pours poison in the King’s ears. and exit. So far from cheer and from your former state. it means mischief. beloved. Of violent birth. The passion ending. PROLOGUE The instances that second marriage move Are base respects of thrift. Anon comes in a fellow. love. When second husband kisses me in bed. but poor validity. it nothing must: For women’s fear and love holds quantity. and makes show of protestation unto him. PLAYER QUEEN [Exit] HAMLET OPHELIA HAMLET Is this a prologue. But fall. with some two or three Mutes. Faith. So many journeys may the sun and moon Make us again count o’er ere love be done! But. For us. or the posy of a ring? ’Tis brief. Since love our hearts and Hymen did our hands Unite commutual in most sacred bands. and he her. Ay. confound the rest! Such love must needs be treason in my breast: In second husband let me be accurst! None wed the second but who kill’d the first. sticks on the tree. We beg your hearing patiently. or any show that you’ll show him: be not you ashamed to show. PLAYER QUEEN HAMLET Will he tell us what this show meant? [Aside] Wormwood. Discomfort you. my fear is so: Where love is great. unshaken. OPHELIA You are naught. King and Queen] Full thirty times hath Phoebus’ cart gone round Neptune’s salt wash and Tellus’ orbed ground. and haply one as kind For husband shalt thou— PLAYER KING [Enter Prologue] We shall know by this fellow: the players cannot keep counsel. wormwood. and for our tragedy. but none of love: A second time I kill my husband dead. My operant powers their functions leave to do: And thou shalt live in this fair world behind. what my love is. on slender accident.

how? Tropically. pox. What. My spirits grow dull. or else fortune love. LUCIANUS If she should break it now! ’Tis deeply sworn. The poor advanced makes friends of enemies. I could interpret between you and your love. while some must sleep: So runs the world away. once a widow. Whether love lead fortune. OPHELIA HAMLET heaven light! Sport and repose lock from me day and night! To desperation turn my trust and hope! An anchor’s cheer in prison be my scope! Each opposite that blanks the face of joy Meet what I would have well and it destroy! Both here and hence pursue me lasting strife. and begin. But die thy thoughts when thy first lord is dead. Begin. my lord. For who not needs shall never lack a friend. sir. And who in want a hollow friend doth try. This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna: Gonzago is the duke’s name. And never come mischance between us twain! [Exit] HAMLET OPHELIA HAMLET The king rises. frighted with false fire! How fares my lord? Madam. nor It would cost you a groaning to take off my edge. Directly seasons him his enemy. his wife. So you must take your husbands. poison in jest. and worse. Thou mixture rank. and time agreeing. leave me here awhile. Thoughts black. Give o’er the play. drugs fit. else no creature seeing. and a forest of feathers— if the rest of my fortunes turn Turk with me—with two HAMLET What do you call the play? HAMLET The Mouse-trap. orderly to end where I begun. and fain I would beguile The tedious day with sleep. And hitherto doth love on fortune tend. On wholesome life usurp immediately. Would not this. For some must watch. and writ in choice Italian: you shall see anon how the murderer gets the love of Gonzago’s wife. murderer. PLAYER QUEEN that? Your majesty and we that have free souls. hands apt. ever I be wife! HAMLET Still better. no. ’tis a knavish piece of work: but what o’ 32 Volume III Book III . they do but jest. their ends none of our own: So think thou wilt no second husband wed. His name’s Gonzago: the story is extant.Hamlet: ACT III For ’tis a question left us yet to prove. lights. but she’ll keep her word. Marry. HAMLET QUEEN GERTRUDE LORD POLONIUS KING CLAUDIUS ALL O. Baptista: you shall see anon. of midnight weeds collected. If. With Hecate’s ban thrice blasted. Confederate season. Thy natural magic and dire property. The hart ungalled play. how like you this play? The lady protests too QUEEN GERTRUDE much. if I could see the puppets dallying. Our wills and fates do so contrary run That our devices still are overthrown. HAMLET [Sleeps] PLAYER QUEEN Sleep rock thy brain. no offence i’ the world. HAMLET KING CLAUDIUS [Exeunt all but HAMLET and HORATIO] Why. Our thoughts are ours. Sweet. But. PLAYER KING [Pours the poison into the sleeper’s ears] He poisons him i’ the garden for’s estate. Come: ’the croaking raven doth bellow for revenge. you are keen. our withers are unwrung. leave thy damnable faces. thrice infected. Nor earth to me give food. methinks. The great man down. Give me some light: away! Have you heard the argument? Is there no offence in ’t? KING CLAUDIUS Lights. lights! No. nephew to the king. let the stricken deer go weep. my lord. OPHELIA HAMLET You are as good as a chorus. you mark his favourite flies. it touches us not: let the galled jade wince. [Enter LUCIANUS] This is one Lucianus. OPHELIA HAMLET You are keen.

my lord. very—pajock. sir. if you deny your griefs to your friend. some music! O wonderful son. your behavior hath struck her into amazement and admiration. hath sent me to you. sir: pronounce. as you say. Come. I’ll take the ghost’s word for a thousand pound. you once did love me. for me to put him to his purgation would perhaps plunge him into far more choler. I will do your mother’s commandment: if not. what is your cause of distemper? You do. my wit’s diseased: but. I lack advancement. ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET Ay.”—the proverb is something musty. put your discourse into some frame and start not so wildly from my affair. sir. but to the matter: my mother. this courtesy is not of the right breed. a whole history. O good Horatio. Good my lord. Have you any further trade with us? HAMLET ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET My lord. as if you would drive me into a toil? O. but sir. HAMLET So I do still. GUILDENSTERN HAMLET With drink. my lord? GUILDENSTERN HAMLET You might have rhymed. your mother. my lord. what of him? Sir. This realm dismantled was Of Jove himself. the recorders! For if the king like not the comedy. For thou dost know. GUILDENSTERN I am tame. ROSENCRANTZ Ah. HAMLET Your wisdom should show itself more richer to signify this to his doctor. HAMLET Sir. A whole one. GUILDENSTERN I do not well understand that. sir. get me a fellowship in a cry of players. How can that be. when you have the voice of the king himself for your succession in Denmark? ROSENCRANTZ GUILDENSTERN HAMLET Ay. perdy. my love is too unmannerly. belike. the recorders! Let me see one. vouchsafe me a word with you. Will you play upon this pipe? HAMLET Volume III Book III 33 . or. sir? HORATIO HAMLET HAMLET You are welcome. HORATIO HAMLET Nay. were she ten times our mother. my lord. Sir. such answer as I can make. you say. sir? No.Hamlet: ACT III Provincial roses on my razed shoes.— Then thus she says. Upon the talk of the poisoning? I did very well note him. Make you a wholesome answer. by these pickers and stealers. he likes it not. and now reigns here A very. ere you go to bed. you shall command. The king. HAMLET She desires to speak with you in her closet. Good my lord. good my lord. The queen. I cannot. your pardon and my return shall be the end of my business. rather. To withdraw with you:—why do you go about to recover the wind of me. ha! Come. if my duty be too bold. If it shall please you to make me a wholesome answer. GUILDENSTERN HAMLET [Re-enter Players with recorders] O. rather with choler. bar the door upon your own liberty. in most great affliction of spirit. O Damon dear. for. some music! Come. “While the grass grows. Didst perceive? HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET Very well. my mother: therefore no more. Is in his retirement marvellous distempered. GUILDENSTERN Half a share.— GUILDENSTERN HAMLET Good my lord. I. surely. that can so astonish a mother! But is there no sequel at the heels of this mother’s admiration? Impart. Why then. ROSENCRANTZ [Re-enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] GUILDENSTERN We shall obey. What.

Leave me. how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me. excellent voice. But these cannot I command to any utterance of harmony. I cannot. and it will discourse most eloquent music. yet cannot you make it speak. [Enter KING CLAUDIUS. the queen would speak with you. I pray you. I will come by and by. LORD POLONIUS Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel? HAMLET LORD POLONIUS By the mass. How in my words soever she be shent. I cannot. but. when it falls. but use none. do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will. ROSENCRANTZ. lose not thy nature. My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites. let not ever The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom: Let me be cruel. Believe me. which. like a gulf. GUILDENSTERN LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Or like a whale? Very like a whale. and presently. [Exit POLONIUS] GUILDENSTERN HAMLET I do beseech you. look you now. Look you. sir! My lord. HAMLET [Exit] SCENE III A room in the castle. Therefore prepare you. you would pluck out the heart of my mystery. these are the stops. you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass: and there is much music. doth draw What’s near it with it: it is a massy wheel. KING CLAUDIUS [Enter POLONIUS] God bless you. LORD POLONIUS HAMLET Then I will come to my mother by and by. my soul. They fool me to the top of my bent. And he to England shall along with you: The terms of our estate may not endure Hazard so dangerous as doth hourly grow Out of his lunacies. not unnatural: I will speak daggers to her. With all the strength and armour of the mind. O heart. LORD POLONIUS I will say so. give it breath with your mouth. and ’tis like a camel. And do such bitter business as the day Would quake to look on. my lord. I have not the skill. nor stands it safe with us To let his madness range. To keep itself from noyance. ’sblood. The cease of majesty Dies not alone. The single and peculiar life is bound. Fix’d on the summit of the highest mount. indeed. and GUILDENSTERN] I like him not. ROSENCRANTZ 34 Volume III Book III . Soft! Now to my mother. friends.Hamlet: ACT III GUILDENSTERN HAMLET My lord. consent! GUILDENSTERN HAMLET ’Tis as easy as lying: govern these ventages with your lingers and thumb. To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things Are mortised and adjoin’d. yet you cannot play upon me. I your commission will forthwith dispatch. you would seem to know my stops. HAMLET By and by is easily said. It is backed like a weasel. but much more That spirit upon whose weal depend and rest The lives of many. To give them seals never. I know no touch of it. When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood. though you can fret me. We will ourselves provide: Most holy and religious fear it is To keep those many many bodies safe That live and feed upon your majesty. [Exeunt all but HAMLET] ’Tis now the very witching time of night. HAMLET Methinks it is like a weasel. GUILDENSTERN Why. in this little organ.

Be soft as sinews of the newborn babe! All may be well. That would be scann’d: A villain kills my father. Even to the teeth and forehead of our faults. sword. as you said. [Exit POLONIUS] O. And so he goes to heaven. ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN We will haste us. And both neglect. ’Tis meet that some more audience than a mother. what form of prayer Can serve my turn? “Forgive me my foul murder”? That cannot be. At gaming. [Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] [Enter POLONIUS] My lord. To hear the process. like a man to double business bound. dear my lord. What if this cursed hand Were thicker than itself with brother’s blood. or in his rage. And tell you what I know. that. stubborn knees. Never alone Did the king sigh. [Retires and kneels] [Enter HAMLET] Now might I do it pat. I pray you. and warrant she’ll tax him home: And. LORD POLONIUS KING CLAUDIUS Offence’s gilded hand may shove by justice. and know thou a more horrid hent: When he is drunk asleep. since I am still possess’d Of those effects for which I did the murder. of vantage. to this speedy voyage. And how his audit stands who knows save heaven? But in our circumstance and course of thought. KING CLAUDIUS Arm you. not revenge. Fare you well. Art more engaged! Help. he’s going to his mother’s closet: Behind the arras I’ll convey myself. or about some act That has no relish of salvation in’t. My crown. and wisely was it said. What then? What rests? Try what repentance can: what can it not? Yet what can it when one can not repent? O wretched state! O bosom black as death! O limed soul. and for that. When he is fit and season’d for his passage? No! Up. petty consequence. but with a general groan. It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t. And that his soul may be as damn’d and black As hell. my offence is rank it smells to heaven. O. With all his crimes broad blown. my liege: I’ll call upon you ere you go to bed. my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go. And. HAMLET Thanks. There is no shuffling. full of bread. A brother’s murder.Hamlet: ACT III Each small annexment. and. Then trip him. And so am I revenged. swearing. that his heels may kick at heaven. And now I’ll do’t. mine own ambition and my queen. I stand in pause where I shall first begin. Which now goes too free-footed. Or in the incestuous pleasure of his bed. Attends the boisterous ruin. this is hire and salary. now he is praying. struggling to be free. But. Pray can I not. O. I. Or pardon’d being down? Then I’ll look up. whereto it goes. there the action lies In his true nature. To take him in the purging of his soul. And oft ’tis seen the wicked prize itself Buys out the law: but ’tis not so above. ’Tis heavy with him: and am I then revenged. KING CLAUDIUS [Exit] Volume III Book III 35 . his sole son. May one be pardon’d and retain the offence? In the corrupted currents of this world [Exit] [Rising] My words fly up. do this same villain send To heaven. My fault is past. To give in evidence. My mother stays: This physic but prolongs thy sickly days. Though inclination be as sharp as will: My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent. He took my father grossly. Since nature makes them partial. and we ourselves compell’d. should o’erhear The speech. To be forestalled ere we come to fall. angels! Make assay! Bow. as flush as May. Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? And what’s in prayer but this two-fold force. For we will fetters put upon this fear. heart with strings of steel.

HAMLET QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET [POLONIUS hides behind the arras] [Enter HAMLET] HAMLET As kill a king! Now. QUEEN GERTRUDE Nay. With tristful visage. ’twas my word. and thunders in the index? QUEEN GERTRUDE 36 Volume III Book III . rash. dead! [Makes a pass through the arras] LORD POLONIUS [Behind] O. for so I shall. you have my father much offended. I am slain! [Falls and dies] QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET O me. ho! Help. you question with a wicked tongue. such a deed As from the body of contraction plucks The very soul. Is thought-sick at the act. makes marriage-vows As false as dicers’ oaths: O. QUEEN GERTRUDE much offended. What have I done.Hamlet: ACT III SCENE IV The Queen’s closet. what’s the matter? Hamlet. Hamlet! QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET What’s the matter now? Have you forgot me? QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET No. And that your grace hath screen’d and stood between Much heat and him. come. thou hast thy father Ay. then. go. That roars so loud. Thou find’st to be too busy is some danger. help. mother. I know not: Is it the king? QUEEN GERTRUDE I’ll warrant you. I hear him coming. how now. what hast thou done? [Within] Mother. as against the doom. help! Ay me. And—would it were not so!—you are my mother. come. [Enter QUEEN MARGARET and POLONIUS] He will come straight. HAMLET [Lifts up the array and discovers POLONIUS] Thou wretched. And let me wring your heart. Come. I’ll set those to you that can speak. and sit you down. what a rash and bloody deed is this! A bloody deed! Almost as bad. Look you lay home to him: Tell him his pranks have been too broad to bear with. If damned custom have not brass’d it so That it is proof and bulwark against sense. intruding fool. Pray you. you answer with an QUEEN GERTRUDE idle tongue. Leave wringing of your hands: peace! Sit you down. lady. help. HAMLET Go. mother! Nay. what act. Fear me not: withdraw. be round with him. Why. LORD POLONIUS HAMLET HAMLET [Drawing] How now! A rat? Dead. If it be made of penetrable stuff. QUEEN GERTRUDE O. you shall not budge. Come. takes off the rose From the fair forehead of an innocent love And sets a blister there. HAMLET QUEEN GERTRUDE What wilt thou do? Thou wilt not murder me? Help. mother. ho! LORD POLONIUS Such an act That blurs the grace and blush of modesty. by the rood. not so: You are the queen. I’ll sconce me even here. As kill a king. this solidity and compound mass. for a ducat. good mother. and marry with his brother. farewell! I took thee for thy better: take thy fortune. HAMLET [Behind] What. Calls virtue hypocrite. your husband’s brother’s wife. and sweet religion makes A rhapsody of words: heaven’s face doth glow: Yea. that thou darest wag thy tongue In noise so rude against me? QUEEN GERTRUDE Mother. You go not till I set you up a glass Where you may see the inmost part of you.

These words. a vice of kings. enter in mine ears. and hover o’er me with your wings. Stew’d in corruption. lapsed in time and passion. what a grace was seated on this brow. like life in excrements.Hamlet: ACT III Look here. but to live In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed. HAMLET QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET To whom do you speak this? O. Or but a sickly part of one true sense Could not so mope. O shame! Where is thy blush? Rebellious hell. Lest with this piteous action you convert My stern effects: then what I have to do Will want true colour. as the sleeping soldiers in the alarm. GHOST HAMLET How is it with you. nothing but ourselves. and stands on end. sweet Hamlet! QUEEN GERTRUDE Do you see nothing there? Nothing at all. Ears without hands or eyes. But. Nor sense to ecstasy was ne’er so thrall’d But it reserved some quantity of choice. That you do bend your eye on vacancy And with the incorporal air do hold discourse? Forth at your eyes your spirits wildly peep. step between her and her fighting soul: Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works: Speak to her. Would make them capable. Have you eyes? Could you on this fair mountain leave to feed. say! Do not forget: this visitation Is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose. The counterfeit presentment of two brothers. Where every god did seem to set his seal. amazement on thy mother sits: O. O gentle son. how is’t with you. A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe Of your precedent lord. look.— [Enter Ghost] Save me. A station like the herald Mercury New-lighted on a heaven-kissing hill. And put it in his pocket! QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET No more! A king of shreds and patches. Do not look upon me. Blasting his wholesome brother. Whereon do you look? QUEEN GERTRUDE O Hamlet. QUEEN GERTRUDE Volume III Book III 37 . preaching to stones. for at your age The hey-day in the blood is tame. for madness would not err. And there I see such black and grained spots As will not leave their tinct. QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET A murderer and a villain. sure. And melt in her own fire: proclaim no shame When the compulsive ardour gives the charge. Hamlet. Else could you not have motion. To serve in such a difference. QUEEN GERTRUDE Nay. And batten on this moor? Ha! Have you eyes? You cannot call it love. how pale he glares! His form and cause conjoin’d. lady? Alas. HAMLET Nor did you nothing hear? No. it’s humble. Since frost itself as actively doth burn And reason panders will. Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper Sprinkle cool patience. on him! Look you. honeying and making love Over the nasty sty. Hyperion’s curls. speak no more: Thou turn’st mine eyes into my very soul. but sure. An eye like Mars. Your bedded hair. tears perchance for blood. upon this picture. like daggers. No more. And waits upon the judgment: and what judgment Would step from this to this? Sense. to threaten and command. that sense Is apoplex’d. If thou canst mutine in a matron’s bones. feeling without sight. That from a shelf the precious diadem stole. A combination and a form indeed. lets go by The important acting of your dread command? O. What devil was’t That thus hath cozen’d you at hoodman-blind? Eyes without feeling.— HAMLET On him. Starts up. Look you now. like a mildew’d ear. And. That. and on this. HAMLET A cutpurse of the empire and the rule. the front of Jove himself. You heavenly guards! What would your gracious figure? QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET Alas. you have. To flaming youth let virtue be as wax. smelling sans all. he’s mad! Do you not come your tardy son to chide. yet all that is I see. See. what follows: Here is your husband. To give the world assurance of a man: This was your husband. speak to me no more.

HAMLET dragging in POLONIUS] Volume III Book III 38 . To try conclusions. And break your own neck down. And live the purer with the other half. if you have it not. avoid what is to come. Pinch wanton on your cheek. For in the fatness of these pursy times Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg. Mother. doth temperately keep time. or throw him out With wondrous potency. Such dear concernings hide? Who would do so? No. who all sense doth eat. in his habit as he lived! Look. good lady. QUEEN GERTRUDE [Pointing to POLONIUS] I do repent: but heaven hath pleased it so. And let him. sober. That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock or livery. that I bid you do: Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed. That aptly is put on. Unpeg the basket on the house’s top. Whom I will trust as I will adders fang’d. HAMLET [Exeunt severally. And makes as healthful music: it is not madness That I have utter’d: bring me to the test. sir. This man shall set me packing: I’ll lug the guts into the neighbour room. Indeed this counsellor Is now most still. Whilst rank corruption. Good night: but go not to mine uncle’s bed. thou hast cleft my heart in twain. how it steals away! My father. And blow them at the moon: O. For ’tis the sport to have the engineer Hoist with his own petard: and ’t shall go hard But I will delve one yard below their mines. most secret and most grave. They bear the mandate. ’Twere good you let him know. Once more.Hamlet: ACT III HAMLET Why. Or paddling in your neck with his damn’d fingers. And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next abstinence: the next more easy. Confess yourself to heaven. And either …the devil. for a pair of reechy kisses. Repent what’s past. from a bat. Come. Infects unseen. QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET What shall I do? Ecstasy! My pulse. And marshal me to knavery. Lay not that mattering unction to your soul. That I essentially am not in madness. QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET O Hamlet. HAMLET I must to England. curb and woo for leave to do him good. but my madness speaks: It will but skin and film the ulcerous place. Be thou assured. to draw toward an end with you. throw away the worser part of it. Let the birds fly. and will answer well There’s letters seal’d: and my two schoolfellows. Forgive me this my virtue. mining all within. Good night. Make you to ravel all this matter out. which madness Would gambol from. like the famous ape. for love of grace. good night. out at the portal! [Exit Ghost] This the very coinage of your brain: This bodiless creation ecstasy Is very cunning in. I must be cruel. Refrain to-night. by no means. Yea. only to be kind: Thus bad begins and worse remains behind. And do not spread the compost on the weeds. For this same lord. a gib. O. When in one line two crafts directly meet. they must sweep my way. Assume a virtue. custom. Let it work. I had forgot: ’tis so concluded on. look you there! Look. I’ll blessing beg of you. mother. Would from a paddock. I have no life to breathe What thou hast said to me. call you his mouse. as yours. if words be made of breath. That I must be their scourge and minister. in the basket creep. So. and. where he goes. in despite of sense and secrecy. even now. One word more. wise. For who. I will bestow him. But mad in craft. good night. Of habits devil. To punish me with this and this with me. QUEEN GERTRUDE The death I gave him. you know that? Alack. HAMLET QUEEN GERTRUDE Not this. And I the matter will re-word. Who was in life a foolish prating knave. fair. That monster. That not your trespass. And breath of life. that’s but a queen. For use almost can change the stamp of nature. Mother. is angel yet in this. ’tis most sweet. To make them ranker. again. good night: And when you are desirous to be bless’d.

come away! My soul is full of discord and dismay. speak fair. these profound heaves: You must translate: ’tis fit we understand them. Ho. And let them know. how shall this bloody deed be answer’d? It will be laid to us. ROSENCRANTZ. Guildenstern! That I can keep your counsel and not mine own. I pray you. come away! The sun no sooner shall the mountains touch. both what we mean to do. my good lord. whereto ’tis kin. had we been there: His liberty is full of threats to all. haste in this. may miss our name. But we will ship him hence: and this vile deed We must. Bestow this place on us a little while. Transports his poison’d shot. to be demanded of a sponge! What replication should be made by the son of a king? Volume III Book III 39 . to us. This mad young man: but so much was our love. my lord. with the dead body? HAMLET Compounded it with dust. And from his mother’s closet hath he dragg’d him: Go seek him out. To keep it from divulging. when QUEEN GERTRUDE [Exeunt] SCENE II Another room in the castle. To draw apart the body he hath kill’d: O’er whom his very madness. And hit the woundless air. Both countenance and excuse. restrain’d and out of haunt. O heavy deed! It had been so with us. with all our majesty and skill. But. to every one. Whips out his rapier. cries. Where is your son? QUEEN GERTRUDE [Re-enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] Friends both. Believe what? ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET O Gertrude. here they come.Hamlet: ACT IV ACT IV SCENE I A room in the castle. QUEEN GERTRUDE. he weeps for what is done. go join you with some further aid: Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain. like some ore Among a mineral of metals base. ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET Do not believe it. whose providence Should have kept short. in this brainish apprehension. Gertrude. HAMLET [Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] ROSENCRANTZ What have you done. Besides. a rat!” And. what have I seen to-night! KING CLAUDIUS What. and GUILDENSTERN] KING CLAUDIUS There’s matter in these sighs. Gertrude? How does Hamlet? Mad as the sea and wind. [Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] Come. “A rat. KING CLAUDIUS Safely stowed. we’ll call up our wisest friends. let it feed Even on the pith of Life. [Enter HAMLET] HAMLET both contend Which is the mightier: in his lawless fit. Alas. To you yourself. As level as the cannon to his blank. Where is he gone? QUEEN GERTRUDE ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN [Within] Hamlet! Lord Hamlet! What noise? Who calls on Hamlet? O. Behind the arras hearing something stir. that we may take it thence And bear it to the chapel. And what’s untimely done … Whose whisper o’er the world’s diameter. [Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] Ah. kills The unseen good old man. We would not understand what was most fit. [Enter KING CLAUDIUS. KING CLAUDIUS Tell us where ’tis. like the owner of a foul disease. and bring the body Into the chapel. O. Shows itself pure.

To bear all smooth and even. and cat of the fish that hath fed of that worm. At supper! Where? I am glad of it: a knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear. [Exeunt] SCENE III Another room in the castle. seek him i’ the other place yourself. his rewards. Hamlet. Or not at all. and Alas. Ay. and every thing is bent For England. Hide fox. his authorities. the offender’s scourge is weigh’d. But such officers do the king best service in the end: he keeps them. But never the offence. In heaven. for thine especial safety. The associates tend. if you find him not within this month. you shall be dry again. How dangerous is it that this man goes loose! Yet must not we put the strong law on him: He’s loved of the distracted multitude. KING CLAUDIUS KING CLAUDIUS [Exeunt Attendants] Hamlet. two dishes. this deed. my lord.Hamlet: ACT IV ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET Take you me for a sponge. like an ape. it is but squeezing you. where’s Polonius? I understand you not. in the corner of his jaw. and go with us to the king. But where is he? 40 Volume III Book III . KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET Of nothing: bring me to him. my lord. We cannot get from him. alas! all after. The king is a thing— HAMLET GUILDENSTERN HAMLET A thing.—must send thee hence With fiery quickness: therefore prepare thyself. guarded. and to find Where is Polonius? the body. that soaks up the king’s countenance. ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET your pleasure. But indeed. Who like not in their judgment. And where’ tis so. ROSENCRANTZ KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET The body is with the king. to be last swallowed: when he needs what you have gleaned. and the wind at help. you must tell us where the body is. as we dearly grieve For that which thou hast done. first mouthed. my lord? ROSENCRANTZ Without. KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET What dost you mean by this? Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar. Your worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all creatures else to fat us. my lord. [Enter KING CLAUDIUS. This sudden sending him away must seem Deliberate pause: diseases desperate grown By desperate appliance are relieved.— Which we do tender. [Enter ROSENCRANTZ] How now! What hath befall’n? ROSENCRANTZ Where the dead body is bestow’d. and we fat ourselves for maggots: your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service. sir. KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET I have sent to seek him. my lord! Not where he eats. KING CLAUDIUS Go seek him there. attended] KING CLAUDIUS A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king. At supper. and. but where he is eaten: a certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at him. send hither to see: if your messenger find him not there. KING CLAUDIUS ROSENCRANTZ [Enter HAMLET and GUILDENSTERN] KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET Now. sponge. you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby. My lord. but their eyes. The bark is ready. but to one table: that’s the end. to know Bring him before us. Guildenstern! Bring in my lord. but the king is not with the body. [To some Attendants] HAMLET He will stay till ye come. Ho.

England. I would not farm it. I humbly thank you. By letters congruing to that effect. if my love thou hold’st at aught— As my great power thereof may give thee sense. If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast. Sure.Hamlet: ACT IV HAMLET For England! Ay. and others] HAMLET CAPTAIN HAMLET CAPTAIN HAMLET CAPTAIN HAMLET Good. five. my joys were ne’er begun. it is already garrison’d. CAPTAIN I will do’t. come. should it be sold in fee. Tell him that. GUILDENSTERN. marching] PRINCE FORTINBRAS ROSENCRANTZ HAMLET [Exit] Wilt please you go. tempt him with speed aboard. sir. make haste. Hamlet. Delay it not. he that made us with such large discourse. KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET Good sir. Thy loving father. Why. sir. my lord. Looking before and after. Nor will it yield to Norway or the Pole A ranker rate. If that his majesty would aught with us. gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unused. Come. You know the rendezvous. Do it. Fortinbras. I pray you? Against some part of Poland. And spur my dull revenge! What is a man. Who commands them. And thou must cure me: till I know ’tis done. KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET I see a cherub that sees them. whether it be Bestial oblivion. Two thousand souls and twenty thousand ducats Will not debate the question of this straw: This is the imposthume of much wealth and peace. and with no addition. or some craven scruple 41 Go. sir. sir. [Exeunt all except HAMLET] How all occasions do inform against me. man and wife is one flesh. CAPTAIN God be wi’ you. my mother. Now. which imports at full. Howe’er my haps. [Exit] SCENE IV A plain in Denmark. Yes. CAPTAIN HAMLET CAPTAIN HAMLET [Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN] And. a Captain. for England! Farewell. by his licence. sir? The nephews to old Norway. for England! [Exit] KING CLAUDIUS Follow him at foot. For like the hectic in my blood he rages. We shall express our duty in his eye. no more. then the Polack never will defend it. [Enter FORTINBRAS. captain. KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET [Exeunt FORTINBRAS and Soldiers] [Enter HAMLET. England. and so. To pay five ducats. That inward breaks. And let him know so. sir. PRINCE FORTINBRAS Go softly on. How purposed. and shows no cause without Why the man dies. Hamlet. from me greet the Danish king. We go to gain a little patch of ground That hath in it no profit but the name. The present death of Hamlet. Volume III Book III . Goes it against the main of Poland. and Soldiers. Or for some frontier? Truly to speak. Fortinbras Craves the conveyance of a promised march Over his kingdom. my lord? I’ll be with you straight go a little before. whose powers are these? They are of Norway. and thy free awe Pays homage to us—thou mayst not coldly set Our sovereign process. But. if thou knew’st our purposes. Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red After the Danish sword. I’ll have him hence to-night: Away! For every thing is seal’d and done That else leans on the affair: pray you. ROSENCRANTZ. So is it. My mother: father and mother is man and wife. dear mother.

as her winks. and hems. mark. That have a father kill’d. pretty lady? Well. and gestures yield them. they aim at it. My thoughts be bloody. A room in the castle. Even for an egg-shell. with OPHELIA] OPHELIA Where is the beauteous majesty of Denmark? How now. pray you. speaks things in doubt. Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune. my lord. what imports this song? OPHELIA [Exit] SCENE V Elsinore.— She is importunate. quarter’d. as sin’s true nature is. [Sings] White his shroud as the mountain snow. we know what we are. QUEEN GERTRUDE GENTLEMAN Pray you. And his sandal shoon. hath but one part wisdom And ever three parts coward. At his head a grass-green turf. says she hears There’s tricks i’ the world. for a fantasy and trick of fame. Indeed would make one think there might be thought. fight for a plot Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause. indeed distract: Her mood will needs be pitied. lady. Nay. God be at your table! Volume III Book III . Examples gross as earth exhort me: Witness this army of such mass and charge Led by a delicate and tender prince. Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument. HORATIO. Which is not tomb enough and continent To hide the slain? O. a mother stain’d. QUEEN GERTRUDE OPHELIA I will not speak with her. How stand I then. yet much unhappily. for she may strew Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.Hamlet: ACT IV Of thinking too precisely on the event. [Exit HORATIO] To my sick soul. 42 [Enter KING CLAUDIUS] QUEEN GERTRUDE OPHELIA Alas. Excitements of my reason and my blood. Yet the unshaped use of it doth move The hearers to collection. That carry but half sense: her speech is nothing. [Enter QUEEN GERTRUDE. I see The imminent death of twenty thousand men. Though nothing sure. KING CLAUDIUS OPHELIA How do you. and beats her heart. look here. from this time forth. but know not what we may be. And let all sleep? While. death and danger dare. At his heels a stone. or be nothing worth! ’Twere good she were spoken with. It spills itself in fearing to be spilt. sweet lady. Go to their graves like beds. and a Gentleman] QUEEN GERTRUDE GENTLEMAN Say you? Nay. A thought which. [Sings] He is dead and gone. Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss: So full of artless jealousy is guilt. I do not know Why yet I live to say “This thing’s to do. to my shame.— What would she have? She speaks much of her father. QUEEN GERTRUDE Alas. [Sings] Larded with sweet flowers Which bewept to the grave did go With true-love showers. He is dead and gone. Ophelia! QUEEN GERTRUDE OPHELIA [Sings] How should I your true love know From another one? By his cockle hat and staff. And botch the words up fit to their own thoughts. Which. HORATIO QUEEN GERTRUDE Let her come in. God ’ild you! They say the owl was a baker’s daughter. [Re-enter HORATIO. but.” Sith I have cause and will and strength and means To do’t. But greatly to find quarrel in a straw When honour’s at the stake. That. Spurns enviously at straws. Lord. Whose spirit with divine ambition puff’d Makes mouths at the invisible event. and nods. Ophelia. mark.

her father slain: Next. O my dear Gertrude. and he most violent author Of his own just remove: the people muddied. before you tumbled me. good night. la. I’ll make an end on’t: Where are my Switzers? Let them guard the door. what noise is this? Indeed. And dupp’d the chamber-door. The doors are broke. [Sings] By Gis and by Saint Charity. this is the poison of deep grief. Thick and unwholesome in their thoughts and whispers. An thou hadst not come to my bed. they cry! [Exit] KING CLAUDIUS O. QUEEN GERTRUDE How cheerfully on the false trail good night. as the world were now but to begin. Laertes king!” and so I thank you for your good counsel. keeps himself in clouds. My brother shall know of it: “Laertes shall be king. [Noise within] [Exit HORATIO] [Enter LAERTES. And I a maid at your window. but when they ask you what it means. O thou vile king. We must be patient: but I cannot choose but weep. and we have done but greenly. Give me my father! LAERTES Volume III Book III 43 . [A noise within] QUEEN GERTRUDE KING CLAUDIUS Pretty Ophelia! Alack. hands. stand you all without. armed. ladies. Danes following] LAERTES DANES O. [Enter another Gentleman] What is the matter? GENTLEMAN Save yourself. O Gertrude. First. of matter beggar’d. Like to a murdering-piece. applaud it to the clouds: i’ the cold ground. KING CLAUDIUS How long hath she been thus? Antiquity forgot. KING CLAUDIUS OPHELIA Divided from herself and her fair judgment. I pray you. In hugger-mugger to inter him: poor Ophelia Where is this king? Sirs. Gertrude. Alack. your son gone. good night. that out a maid Never departed more. The rabble call him lord. and as much containing as all these. I pray you. The ratifiers and props of every word. All in the morning betime. by yonder sun. Then up he rose. and fie for shame! Young men will do’t. overpeering of his list. To be your Valentine. and donn’d his clothes. O’erbears your officers. in a riotous head. in many places Gives me superfluous death. Feeds on his wonder. give me leave. to think they should lay him They cry “Choose we: Laertes shall be king:” Caps. let’s come in. For good Polonius’ death. without an oath. So would I ha’ done. Let in the maid. Pray you.Hamlet: ACT IV KING CLAUDIUS OPHELIA Conceit upon her father. say you this: [Sings] To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day. my lord: The ocean. give her good watch. OPHELIA I hope all will be well. this. And wants not buzzers to infect his ear With pestilent speeches of his father’s death. if they come to’t. they are to blame. You promised me to wed. Without the which we are pictures. let’s have no words of this. By cock. this is counter. Wherein necessity. it springs All from her father’s death. you false Danish dogs! KING CLAUDIUS Follow her close. No. we will. When sorrows come. my coach! Good night. they come not single spies But in battalions. or mere beasts: Last. Will nothing stick our person to arraign In ear and ear. Eats not the flats with more impetuous haste Than young Laertes. Quoth she. Come. Her brother is in secret come from France. And. and tongues. LAERTES DANES We will. custom not known. [They retire without the door] I thank you: keep the door. sweet ladies.

love. swoopstake. That. Laertes. to the profoundest pit! I dare damnation. Burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye! By heaven. Cries cuckold to my father. and columbines: there’s rue for you. That both the worlds I give to negligence. hey nonny. Gertrude. OPHELIA What is the cause. thoughts and remembrance fitted. How now! What noise is that? LAERTES [Re-enter OPHELIA] O heat. Hey non nonny. pray. Till our scale turn the beam. how the wheel becomes it! It is the false steward. nonny. It sends some precious instance of itself After the thing it loves. that’s for thoughts. I’ll husband them so well. Let him go. KING CLAUDIUS Hadst thou thy wits. Speak. remember: and there is pansies. To this point I stand. Why thou art thus incensed. thy madness shall be paid by weight. KING CLAUDIUS It shall as level to your judgment pierce As day does to your eye. There’s a daisy: I would give you some violets. only I’ll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father. DANES [Within] Let her come in. now you speak Like a good child and a true gentleman. O. LAERTES Where is my father? Dead. Who shall stay you? LAERTES My will. KING CLAUDIUS QUEEN GERTRUDE KING CLAUDIUS LAERTES [Sings] They bore him barefaced on the bier. allegiance! Vows. Will you know them then? KING CLAUDIUS LAERTES To his good friends thus wide I’ll ope my arms. That thy rebellion looks so giant-like? Let him go. good Laertes. If you desire to know the certainty Of your dear father’s death. Gertrude. [Sings] For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy. not all the world: And for my means. There’s fennel for you. That drop of blood that’s calm proclaims me bastard. that stole his master’s daughter. do not fear our person: There’s such divinity doth hedge a king. is’t writ in your revenge. you will draw both friend and foe. between the chaste unsmirched brow Of my true mother. LAERTES OPHELIA [Sings] You must sing a-down a-down. Acts little of his will. That I am guiltless of your father’s death. How came he dead? I’ll not be juggled with: To hell. That treason can but peep to what it would. Winner and loser? LAERTES There’s rosemary. An you call him a-down-a. and didst persuade revenge. brands the harlot Even here. Let come what comes. They shall go far with little.— OPHELIA KING CLAUDIUS Why. a young maid’s wits Should be as moral as an old man’s life? Nature is fine in love. And in his grave rain’d many a tear:— Fare you well. man. sweet Ophelia! O heavens! Is’t possible. Repast them with my blood. kind sister. Laertes. Good Laertes. A document in madness. But not by him. It could not move thus. and here’s some for me: we may call it herb-grace o’ Sundays: O you must wear your rue with a difference. 44 Volume III Book III . and where ’tis fine. KING CLAUDIUS LAERTES OPHELIA This nothing’s more than matter. Tell me. to the blackest devil! Conscience and grace. but they withered all when my father died: they say he made a good end.Hamlet: ACT IV QUEEN GERTRUDE LAERTES Calmly. O rose of May! Dear maid. And am most sensible in grief for it. dry up my brains! Tears seven times salt. And like the kind life-rendering pelican. LAERTES None but his enemies. that’s for remembrance. my dove! Let him demand his fill.

Let him bless thee too. Sith you have heard. KING CLAUDIUS [Exeunt] SCENE VI Another room in the castle. And we shall jointly labour with your soul To give it due content. if your name be Horatio. KING CLAUDIUS So you shall. sir. nor hatchment o’er his bones. LAERTES OPHELIA HORATIO Let them come in. LAERTES Let this be so. when thou shalt have overlooked this. All flaxen was his poll: He is gone. I pray God. and repair thou to me with as much speed as thou wouldst fly death. Finding ourselves too slow of sail. Volume III Book III 45 . Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hold their course for England: of them I have much to tell thee. it comes from the ambassador that was bound for England. He that thou knowest thine. go with me. give these fellows some means to the king: they have letters for him. we put on a compelled valour. a pirate of very warlike appointment gave us chase. She turns to favour and to prettiness. hell itself. O God? KING CLAUDIUS Laertes. we will our kingdom give. Ere we were two days old at sea. but if not. These good fellows will bring thee where I am. no. There’s a And of all Christian souls. our life. I must commune with your grief. And do’t the speedier. Be you content to lend your patience to us. letter for you.” Come. he is gone.Hamlet: ACT IV Thought and affliction. sword. God be wi’ ye. [Sings] And will he not come again? And will he not come again? No. That I must call’t in question. His means of death. yet are they much too light for the bore of the matter. sir. [Enter KING CLAUDIUS and LAERTES] Now must your conscience my acquaintance seal. FIRST SAILOR He shall. [Enter HORATIO and a Servant] HORATIO SERVANT What are they that would speak with me? Sailors. No noble rite nor formal ostentation— Cry to be heard. [Exeunt] SCENE VII Another room in the castle. HAMLET. his obscure funeral— No trophy. and with a knowing ear. Let the king have the letters I have sent. and all that we can ours. And we cast away moan: God ha’ mercy on his soul! [Enter Sailors] FIRST SAILOR HORATIO God bless you. passion. Or you deny me right. an’t please him. that you may direct me To him from whom you brought them. and in the grapple I boarded them: on the instant they got clear of our ship. His beard was as white as snow. Go but apart. I have words to speak in thine ear will make thee dumb. Farewell. And you must put me in your heart for friend. And they shall hear and judge ’twixt you and me: If by direct or by collateral hand They find us touch’d. as I am let to know it is. I am to do a good turn for them. sir. To you in satisfaction. And where the offence is let the great axe fall. Our crown. That he which hath your noble father slain Pursued my life. HORATIO [Reads] “Horatio. so I alone became their prisoner. [Exit Servant] I do not know from what part of the world I should be greeted. I will make you way for these your letters. Make choice of whom your wisest friends you will. as ’twere from heaven to earth. I pray you. if not from Lord Hamlet. he is dead: Go to thy death-bed: He never will come again. They have dealt with me like thieves of mercy: but they knew what they did. sir: they say they have letters for you. [Exit] LAERTES Do you see this.

my lord. And not where I had aim’d them. Leave us. HAMLET. Importing health and graveness. Under the which he shall not choose but fall: And for his death no wind of blame shall breathe. he grew unto his seat. will teach you to imagine— To thine own peace. So you will not o’errule me to a peace. dipping all his faults in their affection. The other motive. Why to a public count I might not go. you shall hear them. Of the unworthiest siege. be it either which— She’s so conjunctive to my life and soul. You mainly were stirr’d up. and we love ourself. [Exit Messenger] [Reads] “High and mighty. It warms the very sickness in my heart. for youth no less becomes The light and careless livery that it wears Than settled age his sables and his weeds. like the spring that turneth wood to stone. he says “alone. my lord. Laertes— As how should it be so? How otherwise?— Will you be ruled by me? KING CLAUDIUS Ay. So crimeful and so capital in nature. You shall know I am set naked on your kingdom. LAERTES [Enter a Messenger] How now! What news? MESSENGER Letters. I hope. Which may to you. first asking your pardon thereunto. and that. That I shall live and tell him to his teeth. and served against. KING CLAUDIUS MESSENGER From Hamlet! Who brought them? It falls right. And that in Hamlet’s hearing. I will work him To an exploit. as the star moves not but in his sphere. Would have reverted to my bow again. I could not but by her.” Can you advise me? KING CLAUDIUS I’m lost in it. all things else. and for myself— My virtue or my plague. “Thus didest thou. LAERTES Know you the hand? ’Tis Hamlets character.” What should this mean? Are all the rest come back? Or is it some abuse. Two months since. The rather. perhaps. If he be now return’d. But let him come. Whose worth. you shine: your sum of parts Did not together pluck such envy from him As did that one. this to the queen. your kingly eyes: when I shall. recount the occasion of my sudden and more strange return. and no such thing? LAERTES KING CLAUDIUS O. KING CLAUDIUS LAERTES Sailors. so that my arrows.” LAERTES If it be so. my lord. You shortly shall hear more: I loved your father. Is the great love the general gender bear him. As by your safety.Hamlet: ACT IV LAERTES It well appears: but tell me Why you proceeded not against these feats. And that. A sister driven into desperate terms. and that he means No more to undertake it. he received them Of him that brought them. “Naked!” And in a postscript here. You have been talk’d of since your travel much. Stood challenger on mount of all the age For her perfections: but my revenge will come. Yet needful too. LAERTES And so have I a noble father lost. That. my lord? Laertes. the French. As checking at his voyage. Convert his gyves to graces. in my regard. The queen his mother Lives almost by his looks. for a quality Wherein. Here was a gentleman of Normandy:— I’ve seen myself. from Hamlet: This to your majesty. my lord. To-morrow shall I beg leave to see 46 A very riband in the cap of youth. KING CLAUDIUS Volume III Book III . Too slightly timber’d for so loud a wind. they say. if you could devise it so That I might be the organ. But even his mother shall uncharge the practise And call it accident. I will be ruled. KING CLAUDIUS What part is that. they say. for two special reasons. KING CLAUDIUS Break not your sleeps for that: you must not think That we are made of stuff so flat and dull That we can let our beard be shook with danger And think it pastime. But yet to me they are strong. wisdom. now ripe in my device. And they can well on horseback: but this gallant Had witchcraft in’t. seem much unsinew’d. Would. KING CLAUDIUS My lord. I saw them not: They were given me by Claudio. if praises may go back again. Who.

So mortal that. guard.Hamlet: ACT IV And to such wondrous doing brought his horse. where? There is a willow grows aslant a brook. you may choose A sword unbated. that might hold. your sister’s drown’d. There with fantastic garlands did she come QUEEN GERTRUDE Volume III Book III 47 . for this “would” changes And hath abatements and delays as many As there are tongues. Weigh what convenience both of time and means May fit us to our shape: if this should fail. Time qualifies the spark and fire of it. So fast they follow. The very same. so that. ’Twere better not assay’d: therefore this project Should have a back or second. But. I bought an unction of a mountebank. out of this. But. in forgery of shapes and tricks. If he by chance escape your venom’d stuck. had had neither motion. with ease. was your father dear to you? Or are you like the painting of a sorrow. QUEEN GERTRUDE LAERTES Drown’d! O. When in your motion you are hot and dry— As make your bouts more violent to that end— And that he calls for drink. LAERTES What out of this. Our purpose may hold there. Most generous and free from all contriving. Sir. Laertes. It may be death. should murder sanctuarize. Dies in his own too much: that we would do We should do when we would. And gave you such a masterly report For art and exercise in your defence And for your rapier most especially. KING CLAUDIUS I will do’t: And. if I gall him slightly. A face without a heart? LAERTES Why ask you this? KING CLAUDIUS Not that I think you did not love your father.— LAERTES No place. this report of his Did Hamlet so envenom with his envy That he could nothing do but wish and beg Your sudden coming o’er. and in a pass of practise Requite him for your father. As he had been incorpsed and demi-natured With the brave beast: so far he topp’d my thought. are hands. KING CLAUDIUS LAERTES Upon my life. indeed. Or with a little shuffling. that. being remiss. But that I know love is begun by time. If you opposed them. Revenge should have no bounds. Now. To show yourself your father’s son in deed More than in words? Let’s further think of this. Will not peruse the foils. growing to a plurisy. ’twould be a sight indeed. A Norman was’t? A Norman. I’ll anoint my sword. And then this “should” is like a spendthrift sigh. for that purpose. He swore. I’ll have prepared him A chalice for the nonce. And nothing is at a like goodness still. KING CLAUDIUS LAERTES I know him well: he is the brooch indeed And gem of all the nation. Come short of what he did. in passages of proof. my lord? KING CLAUDIUS Laertes. KING CLAUDIUS [Enter QUEEN GERTRUDE] How now. Where it draws blood no cataplasm so rare. And that I see. Lamond. And that our drift look through our bad performance. If this should blast in proof. to the quick o’ the ulcer:— Hamlet comes back: what would you undertake. Hamlet return’d shall know you are come home: We’ll put on those shall praise your excellence And set a double varnish on the fame The Frenchman gave you. LAERTES LAERTES To cut his throat i’ the church. That I. That he cried out. are accidents. bring you in fine together And wager on your heads: he. Soft! Let me see: We’ll make a solemn wager on your cunnings: I ha’t. sweet queen! One woe doth tread upon another’s heel. nor eye. Will you do this. KING CLAUDIUS He made confession of you. can save the thing from death That is but scratch’d withal: I’ll touch my point With this contagion. good Laertes. keep close within your chamber. Collected from all simples that have virtue Under the moon. For goodness. but dip a knife in it. If one could match you: the scrimers of their nation. That hurts by easing. to play with him. whereon but sipping. There lives within the very flame of love A kind of wick or snuff that will abate it. That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream.

—mark you that.Hamlet: ACT V Of crow-flowers. LAERTES QUEEN GERTRUDE LAERTES Drown’d. mermaid-like.— He was the first that ever bore arms. daisies. my lord: I have a speech of fire. SECOND CLOWN Will you ha’ the truth on’t? If this had not been a gentlewoman. But that this folly douts it. but if the water come to him and drown him. SECOND CLOWN FIRST CLOWN But is this law? Ay. if the man go to this water. he that is not guilty of his own death shortens not his own life. more than their even Christian. And. good: here stands the man. SECOND CLOWN Why. then. [Enter two Clowns. When down her weedy trophies and herself Fell in the weeping brook. and drown himself. goodman delver. &c] Is she to be buried in Christian burial that wilfully seeks her own salvation? FIRST CLOWN goes. she drowned herself wittingly. it cannot be else. KING CLAUDIUS Alas. For here lies the point: if I drown myself wittingly. is’t. Gertrude: How much I had to do to calm his rage! Now fear I this will give it start again. good. she is drown’d? [Exeunt] ACT V SCENE I A churchyard. ’tis found so. But our cold maids do dead men’s fingers call them: There. Here lies the water. to do. on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds Clambering to hang. Or like a creature native and indued Unto that element: but long it could not be Till that her garments. The woman will be out. he had none. and long purples That liberal shepherds give a grosser name. heavy with their drink. and grave-makers: they hold up Adam’s profession. Adieu. Come. FIRST CLOWN SECOND CLOWN FIRST CLOWN Was he a gentleman? Nay. art a heathen? How dost thou understand the Scripture? The Scripture says “Adam 48 Volume III Book III . but hear you. an envious sliver broke. nill he. to act. I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave straight: the crowner hath sat on her. and finds it Christian burial. As one incapable of her own distress. marry. will he. [Exit] Let’s follow. he drowns not himself: argal. awhile they bore her up: Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes. nettles. nature her custom holds. Therefore let’s follow. to perform: argal. Too much of water hast thou. There is no ancient gentleman but gardeners. she should have been buried out o’ Christian burial. it is. drown’d. It must be “se offendendo”. poor Ophelia. ditchers. it argues an act: and an act hath three branches: it is. unless she drowned herself in her own defence? FIRST CLOWN SECOND CLOWN FIRST CLOWN Why. Why. he SECOND CLOWN FIRST CLOWN What. with spades. my spade. that fain would blaze. Let shame say what it will: when these are gone. Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay To muddy death. And therefore I forbid my tears: but yet It is our trick. FIRST CLOWN Give me leave. crowner’s quest law. SECOND CLOWN How can that be. there thou say’st: and the more pity that great folk should have countenance in this world to drown or hang themselves. Her clothes spread wide.

when I did love. the time. For and a shrouding sheet: O. I cannot tell.Hamlet: ACT V digged:” could he dig without arms? I’ll put another question to thee: if thou answerest me not to the purpose. his tenures. the shipwright. To’t again. As if I had never been such. that he sings at grave-making? HAMLET Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness. Hath claw’d me in his clutch. and double ones too. for. that did the first murder! It might be the pate of a politician. SECOND CLOWN [Throws up a skull] That skull had a tongue in it. confess thyself— SECOND CLOWN FIRST CLOWN FIRST CLOWN [Sings] Go to. and his tricks? Why does he suffer this rude knave now to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel. my behove. for that frame outlives a thousand tenants. ah. an we had the trick to see’t. e’en so: and now my Lady Worm’s. my lord. for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating. methought.” The houses that he makes last till doomsday. And hath shipped me intil the land. FIRST CLOWN Why. good lord?” This might be my lord such-a-one. with his stealing steps. O. get thee to Yaughan: fetch me a stoup of liquor. which could say “Good morrow. HORATIO ’Tis e’en so: the hand of little employment hath the daintier sense. and unyoke. his cases. in good faith: the gallows does well. and a spade. his fines. at a distance] Cudgel thy brains no more about it. “Who builds stronger than a mason. and. his recoveries: is this the fine of his fines. one that would circumvent God. my lord. there was nothing meet. O. say “a grave-maker. chapless. Or of a courtier. his recognizances. with his statutes. FIRST CLOWN : [Sings] A pick-axe. To contract. a shipwright. Marry. the gallows may do well to thee. as if it were Cain’s jaw-bone. his double vouchers. Go. a pit of clay for to be made For such a guest is meet. and will not tell him of his action of battery? Hum! This fellow might be in’s time a great buyer of land. Did these bones cost no more the breeding. his quillets. Methought it was very sweet. FIRST CLOWN It might. Mass. but how does it well? It does well to those that do in: now thou dost ill to say the gallows is built stronger than the church: argal. come. tell me that. SECOND CLOWN [Enter HAMLET and HORATIO. and could sing once: how the knave jowls it to the ground. and knocked about the mazzard with a sexton’s spade: here’s fine revolution. might it not? HORATIO HAMLET SECOND CLOWN FIRST CLOWN Ay. [Throws up another skull] There’s another: why may not that be the skull of a lawyer? Where be his quiddities now. when you are asked this question next. or a carpenter?” SECOND CLOWN FIRST CLOWN Ay. To’t. which this ass now o’er-reaches. but to play at loggats with ’em? Mine ache to think on’t. [Exit Second Clown] [He digs and sings] In youth. did love. now I can tell. What is he that builds stronger than either the mason. and the recovery of his recoveries. when he meant to beg it. or the carpenter? The gallows-maker. to have his fine pate full of fine dirt? Will his vouchers vouch him no more of his purchases. than the length and breadth of a pair of indentures? The very conveyances of his lands will hardly lie in HAMLET Has this fellow no feeling of his business. might it not? HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET I like thy wit well. sweet lord! How dost thou. HAMLET Volume III Book III 49 . that praised my lord such-a-one’s horse. But age. a spade.

You lie out on’t. he gaffs his kibe. he that is mad. thirty years. to be in’t and say it is thine: ’tis for the dead. ha? HORATIO HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET Not a jot more. it’s no great matter there. my lord. indeed. was Yorick’s skull. neither. FIRST CLOWN How long is that since? 50 Volume III Book III . I know not. FIRST CLOWN HAMLET Why? Mine. sir. This same skull. Thou dost lie in’t. Why he more than another? FIRST CLOWN HAMLET Who is to be buried in’t? One that was a woman. sir. there the men are as mad as he. sir. FIRST CLOWN FIRST CLOWN HAMLET is not yours: for my part. e’en with losing his wits. Of all the days i’ the year. she’s dead. then? For none. why was he sent into England? They are sheep and calves which seek out assurance in that. sir. sir. his hide is so tanned with his trade. this skull has lain in the earth three and twenty years. By the Lord. sir. if he do not. Here’s a skull now. for thou liest in’t. they say. FIRST CLOWN Why. and therefore it How strangely? Faith. FIRST CLOWN HAMLET A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! A’ poured a flagon of Rhenish on my head once. my lord. sir. HAMLET What man dost thou dig it for? For no man. therefore thou liest. HAMLET FIRST CLOWN Upon what ground? Why. and of calf-skins too. that he will keep out water a great while. I came to’t that day that our last king Hamlet overcame Fortinbras. and your water is a sore decayer of your whoreson dead body. from me to you. that will scarce hold the laying in—he will last you some eight year or nine year: a tanner will last you nine year. man and boy. a pit of clay for to be made For such a guest is meet. because he was mad: he shall recover his wits there. FIRST CLOWN HAMLET How long will a man lie i’ the earth ere he rot? ’Tis a quick lie. Cannot you tell that? Every fool can tell that: it was the very day that young Hamlet was born. not for the quick. Horatio. here in Denmark: I have been sexton here. or. FIRST CLOWN HAMLET I think it be thine. FIRST CLOWN HAMLET Whose was it? How absolute the knave is! We must speak by the card. ’Twill. the age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier. ’twill away gain. and must the inheritor himself have no more. or equivocation will undo us. marry. How long hast thou been a grave-maker? HAMLET A whoreson mad fellow’s it was: whose do you think it was? FIRST CLOWN HAMLET Nay. rest her soul. a not be seen in him there. sirrah? FIRST CLOWN Why. FIRST CLOWN HAMLET What woman. these three years I have taken a note of it. FIRST CLOWN HAMLET [Sings] O. and yet it is mine.Hamlet: ACT V this box. FIRST CLOWN HAMLET I’ faith. FIRST CLOWN HAMLET Ay. but. HAMLET How came he mad? Very strangely. I will speak to this fellow. and sent into England. Is not parchment made of sheepskins? Ay. if he be not rotten before he die—as we have many pocky corses now-a-days. I do not lie in’t. Whose grave’s this. FIRST CLOWN HAMLET This? E’en that. the king’s jester.

LAERTES What ceremony else? What’s that. tell me one thing. FIRST PRIEST E’en so. and mark. &c. She should in ground unsanctified have lodged Till the last trumpet: for charitable prayers.] The queen. whereto he was converted. to this favour she must come. the fair Ophelia! Sweets to the sweet: farewell! No. To what base uses we may return. my lord? Dost thou think Alexander looked o’ this fashion i’ the earth? HORATIO HAMLET Her obsequies have been as far enlarged As we have warrantise: her death was doubtful. that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now. make her laugh at that. and tell her. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. to consider so. KING CLAUDIUS. HORATIO Lay her i’ the earth: And from her fair and unpolluted flesh May violets spring! I tell thee. to mock your own grinning? Quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady’s chamber. Might stop a hole to keep the wind away: O. Yet here she is allow’d her virgin crants. QUEEN GERTRUDE. LAERTES HAMLET What. which kept the world in awe. A ministering angel shall my sister be. LAERTES and Mourners following. A very noble youth: mark. Her maiden strewments and the bringing home Of bell and burial. their trains. that that earth. Whose wicked deed thy most ingenious sense Deprived thee of! Hold off the earth awhile. When thou liest howling. I thought thy bride-bed to have deck’d. Till of this flat a mountain you have made. not a jot. 51 Volume III Book III . in procession.Hamlet: ACT V HAMLET Let me see. till he find it stopping a bung-hole? ’Twere to consider too curiously. Horatio. Till I have caught her once more in mine arms: LAERTES [Enter Priest. treble woe Fall ten times treble on that cursed head. And smelt so? Pah! Must there no more be done? [Puts down the skull] HORATIO HAMLET No more be done: We should profane the service of the dead To sing a requiem and such rest to her As to peace-parted souls. Alexander was buried. let her paint an inch thick. churlish priest. faith. but to follow him thither with modesty enough. [Retiring with HORATIO] LAERTES HAMLET What ceremony else? That is Laertes. but that great command o’ersways the order. And. and why of that loam. Couch we awhile. Alexander returneth into dust. sweet maid. HAMLET QUEEN GERTRUDE [Scattering flowers] I hoped thou shouldst have been my Hamlet’s wife. flints and pebbles should be thrown on her. To o’ertop old Pelion. and likelihood to lead it: as thus: Alexander died. might they not stop a beer-barrel? Imperious Caesar. and now. or the skyish head Of blue Olympus. of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times. the Corpse of OPHELIA. my lord. Horatio! Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander. Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest. the courtiers: who is this they follow? And with such maimed rites? This doth betoken [Leaps into the grave] Now pile your dust upon the quick and dead. Shards. HORATIO HAMLET The corse they follow did with desperate hand Fordo its own life: ’twas of some estate. how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rims at it. poor Yorick! I knew him. dead and turn’d to clay. And not have strew’d thy grave. Prithee. O. [Takes the skull] Alas. FIRST PRIEST LAERTES E’en so. of earth we make loam. Should patch a wall to expel the winter flaw! But soft! But soft! Aside: here comes the king. Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment. the dust is earth. &c.

[Exit HORATIO] [To LAERTES] Strengthen your patience in our last night’s speech. [Enter HAMLET and HORATIO] So much for this. Hamlet! QUEEN GERTRUDE All Gentlemen. What is the reason that you use me thus? I loved you ever: but it is no matter. let us know. Make Ossa like a wart! Nay. till our ground. QUEEN GERTRUDE Sir. wait upon him. Pluck them asunder. to unseal 52 Volume III Book III . What wilt thou do for her? KING CLAUDIUS O. When that her golden couplets are disclosed. This is mere madness: And thus awhile the fit will work on him. and in fine withdrew To mine own room again. take thy fingers from my throat. sir: now shall you see the other. And praised be rashness for it. Remember it. Make up my sum. making so bold. HAMLET KING CLAUDIUS KING CLAUDIUS [Exit] I pray you. HAMLET [Leaps into the grave] LAERTES The devil take thy soul! [Grappling with him] Thou pray’st not well. For love of God. HAMLET QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET [Exeunt] SCENE II A hall in the castle. what theme? I loved Ophelia: forty thousand brothers Could not. I’ll rant as well as thou. in the dark Groped I to find out them. with all their quantity of love. Till then. and makes them stand Like wonder-wounded hearers? This is I. For.— Good my lord. I prithee. Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well. My sea-gown scarf’d about me. That would not let me sleep: methought I lay Worse than the mutines in the bilboes. and they come out of the grave] Why I will fight with him upon this theme Until my eyelids will no longer wag. good Horatio. an thou’lt mouth. set some watch over your son. be quiet. had my desire. forbear him. Hear you. Laertes. in my heart there was a kind of fighting. sir. Dost thou come here to whine? To outface me with leaping in her grave? Be buried quick with her. Let Hercules himself do what he may. let them throw Millions of acres on us. Hamlet. Anon. Rashly.— HORATIO HAMLET That is most certain. as patient as the female dove. When our deep plots do pall: and that should teach us There’s a divinity that shapes our ends. This grave shall have a living monument: An hour of quiet shortly shall we see. Up from my cabin. Singeing his pate against the burning zone. Which let thy wiseness fear: hold off thy hand. You do remember all the circumstance? HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET O my son. Rough-hew them how we will. My fears forgetting manners. if thou prate of mountains. We’ll put the matter to the present push. though I am not splenitive and rash. my lord? QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET ’Swounds. His silence will sit drooping. Finger’d their packet.Hamlet: ACT V HAMLET [Advancing] What is he whose grief Bears such an emphasis? Whose phrase of sorrow Conjures the wandering stars. The cat will mew and dog will have his day. HORATIO [The Attendants part them. Yet have I something in me dangerous. in patience our proceeding be. show me what thou’lt do: Woo’t weep? Woo’t fight? Woo’t fast? Woo’t tear thyself? Woo’t drink up eisel? eat a crocodile? I’ll do’t. he is mad. Good Gertrude. and so will I: And. Hamlet the Dane.

That. For. But wilt thou hear me how I did proceed? HORATIO HAMLET I beseech you. Without debatement further. And many such-like as’s of great charge. OSRIC So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go to’t. sir. on the supervise. if your lordship were at leisure. gave’t the impression. Now.Hamlet: ACT V Their grand commission. Popp’d in between the election and my hopes. He hath much land. even in that was heaven ordinant. HORATIO HAMLET They are not near my conscience. HORATIO HAMLET Why. ’tis for the head. HAMLET HORATIO Peace! Who comes here? [Enter OSRIC] Your lordship is right welcome back to Denmark. The changeling never known. for ’tis a vice to know him. as I say. Larded with many several sorts of reasons Importing Denmark’s health and England’s too. To let this canker of our nature come In further evil? It must be shortly known to him from England What is the issue of the business there. and what to this was sequent Thou know’st already. spacious in the possession of dirt. it is very hot. stand me now upon— He that hath kill’d my king and whored my mother. And with such cozenage—is’t not perfect conscience. That to Laertes I forgot myself. the bravery of his grief did put me Into a towering passion. as our statists do. sure. As love between them like the palm might flourish. sir. Devised a new commission. but. Sweet lord. I had my father’s signet in my purse. my good lord. placed it safely. Horatio. Which was the model of that Danish seal. Put your bonnet to his right use. HORATIO HAMLET Thy state is the more gracious. Dost know this water-fly? HAMLET HORATIO HAMLET How was this seal’d? No.— O royal knavery!—an exact command. but. He should the bearers put to sudden death. now It did me yeoman’s service: wilt thou know The effect of what I wrote? HORATIO HAMLET Does it not. their defeat Does by their own insinuation grow: ’Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes Between the pass and fell incensed points Of mighty opposites. My head should be struck off. Being thus be-netted round with villanies. where I found. Why. HAMLET OSRIC I thank your lordship.— Ere I could make a prologue to my brains. And a man’s life’s no more than to say “One. I should impart a thing to you from his majesty. man. what a king is this! Is’t possible? Here’s the commission: read it at more leisure. Not shriving-time allow’d. wrote it fair: I once did hold it. HORATIO HAMLET It will be short: the interim is mine. A baseness to write fair and labour’d much How to forget that learning. As England was his faithful tributary. no leisure bated. they did make love to this employment. think’st thee. As peace should stiff her wheaten garland wear And stand a comma ’tween their amities. That. not to stay the grinding of the axe. good Horatio. They had begun the play—I sat me down. the next day Was our sea-fight. and fertile: let a beast be lord of beasts. Folded the writ up in form of the other. Subscribed it. No. and his crib shall stand at the king’s mess: ’tis a chough. I see The portraiture of his: I’ll court his favours. But. HORATIO Ay. by the image of my cause. on the view and knowing of these contents. more or less. with all diligence of spirit.” But I am very sorry. An earnest conjuration from the king. With. Why. Thrown out his angle for my proper life. ho! Such bugs and goblins in my life. I will receive it. To quit him with this arm? And is’t not to be damn’d. good my lord. Volume III Book III 53 . sir. OSRIC I humbly thank you.

and yet but yaw HAMLET What call you the carriages? neither. are very dear to fancy. OSRIC HAMLET OSRIC The king. his definement suffers no perdition in you. the wind is northerly. he shall not exceed you You will do’t. OSRIC I would you did. in good faith. but.— OSRIC HAMLET I dare not confess that. my lord. this is the matter. sir. that’s the French bet against the Danish.”as you OSRIC Sir? call it? HORATIO Is’t not possible to understand in OSRIC The king. for you shall find in him the continent of what part a gentleman would see. well. as girdle. sir. sir? Why do we wrap the against six French swords. very responsive to the hilts. believe me. That’s two of his weapons: but. Why is this “imponed. though. sir? HAMLET It is indifferent cold. hath laid. were to know himself. and his infusion of such dearth and you had done. an absolute gentleman. to make true diction of him. here is newly come to court Laertes.Hamlet: ACT V HAMLET No. let the foils be brought.—as ’twere. ’tis the breathing time of day with me. to speak feelingly of him. sir. his umbrage. sir. it is very sultry. rareness. sir. I take him to be a soul of HORATIO I knew you must be edified by the margent ere great article. sir. I will walk here in the hall: if it please his majesty. Nay. Sir. most delicate carriages. HAMLET I beseech you. remember— I mean. ’tis very cold. in respect of his quick sail. and three gentleman in our more rawer breath? liberal-conceited carriages. and the king hold his purpose. I will win for him an I can. nothing more. as. for mine ease. good my lord. all’s golden words are spent. it would not much approve me. But yet methinks it is very sultry and hot for my complexion. in his meed he’s unfellowed. hangers. for his weapon. sir. if you did. as I take it. in faith. it might be hangers till then. yet. But. on: six Barbary horses HAMLET The concernancy. of very soft society and great showing: indeed. to know a man well. But. in faith. my lord. but in the imputation laid on him by them. to divide him inventorially would and of very liberal conceit. lest I should compare with him in excellence. if we could carry cannon by our sides: I would OSRIC Your lordship speaks most infallibly of him. and so: three of the carriages. hath wagered with him six Barbary horses: against the which he has imponed. and who else would trace him. my lord. three hits: he hath laid on twelve for nine. indeed. really. I know you are not ignorant— 54 Volume III Book III . and it would come to immediate trial. believe me. HAMLET Sir. HORATIO HAMLET OSRIC I mean. I know. full of most excellent differences. in the verity of extolment. HAMLET You are not ignorant of what excellence Laertes is— OSRIC Exceedingly. dizzy the arithmetic of memory. six French rapiers and poniards. OSRIC HAMLET [HAMLET moves him to put on his hat] OSRIC What’s his weapon? Rapier and dagger. their assigns. that in a dozen passes another tongue? between yourself and him. Sir. this gentleman? OSRIC Of Laertes? HAMLET OSRIC How if I answer “no”? His purse is empty already. he is the card or calendar of gentry. the gentleman willing. Well. his OSRIC The carriages. are the hangers. HAMLET Of him. But. his majesty bade me signify to you that he has laid a great wager on your head: sir. with their assigns. if your lordship HAMLET What imports the nomination of would vouchsafe the answer.—I cannot tell how. HAMLET The phrase would be more german to the matter. my lord. the opposition of your person in trial. semblable is his mirror.

HAMLET LORD The king and queen and all are coming down. which carries them through and through the most fond and winnowed opinions. Thus has he—and many more of the same bevy that I know the dressy age dotes on—only got the tune of the time and outward habit of encounter. HORATIO Not a whit. the bubbles are out. yours. in this case. and ATTENDANTS with foils. good my lord. I do receive your offer’d love like love. should stir me most To my revenge: but in my terms of honour I stand aloof. What I have done. how I am punish’d With sore distraction. but it is such a kind of gain-giving. sir. and will no reconcilement. And will not wrong it. But thou wouldst not think how ill all’s here about my heart: but it is no matter. OSRIC It is but foolery. his majesty commended him to you by young Osric. Yours. sir: I’ve done you wrong. HAMLET OSRIC If your mind dislike any thing. we defy augury: there’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. honour and exception Roughly awake. then? His madness: if’t be so. &c] KING CLAUDIUS Come. HAMLET [Enter KING CLAUDIUS. And when he’s not himself does wrong Laertes. He did comply with his dug. His madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy. obey it: I will forestall their repair hither. my lord. Till by some elder masters. Hamlet. a kind of yesty collection. if it be not to come. as you are a gentleman. [Exit Lord] HORATIO HAMLET You will lose this wager. But till that time. I will gain nothing but my shame and the odd hits. it will be now. mine is ready. QUEEN GERTRUDE. Then Hamlet does it not. Hamlet denies it. And hurt my brother. and take this hand from me. I have a voice and precedent of peace. and say you are not fit. Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong’d. if it be not now. To keep my name ungored. Whose motive. LAERTES Volume III Book III 55 . Who does it. HAMLET LORD The queen desires you to use some gentle entertainment to Laertes before you fall to play. HORATIO I commend my duty to your lordship. who brings back to him that you attend him in the hall: he sends to know if your pleasure hold to play with Laertes. Sir. as would perhaps trouble a woman. HAMLET [Enter a Lord] My lord. LAERTES. provided I be so able as now. ’tis not to come. OSRIC. come. HAMLET [Exit OSRIC] He does well to commend it himself. That I have shot mine arrow o’er the house. LORD I am constant to my purpose. That might your nature. This presence knows. after what flourish your nature will.— I am satisfied in nature. they follow the king’s pleasure: if his fitness speaks. I have been in continual practise: I shall win at the odds. And you must needs have heard. what is’t to leave betimes? HAMLET This lapwing runs away with the shell on his head. there are no tongues else for’s turn. But pardon’t. now or whensoever. before he sucked it. of known honour. In happy time. HORATIO Nay. and do but blow them to their trial. I here proclaim was madness. Lords. or that you will take longer time. in this audience.Hamlet: ACT V if not. HAMLET She well instructs me. Let my disclaiming from a purposed evil Free me so far in your most generous thoughts. I do not think so: since he went into France. HAMLET Shall I re-deliver you e’en so? To this effect. If it be now. [KING CLAUDIUS puts LAERTES’ hand into HAMLET’s] Give me your pardon. yet it will come: the readiness is all: since no man has aught of what he leaves. Was’t Hamlet wrong’d Laertes? Never Hamlet: If Hamlet from himself be ta’en away.

And let the kettle to the trumpet speak. KING CLAUDIUS You mock me. neither way. KING CLAUDIUS A touch. You know the wager? I’ll play this bout first. a very palpable hit. my lord.” Come. [They prepare to play] OSRIC KING CLAUDIUS Ay. and cannon shot off within] Give him the cup. The trumpet to the cannoneer without. HAMLET LAERTES [Aside] It is the poison’d cup: it is too late. give me drink. Here. Come. I do not fear it. let me wipe thy face. QUEEN GERTRUDE HAMLET Good madam! Gertrude. The cannons to the heavens. [They play] HAMLET LAERTES [They play] OSRIC One. let me see another. No. HAMLET KING CLAUDIUS Give them the foils. again. HAMLET LAERTES Say you so? Come on. we have therefore odds. Come. This likes me well. Cousin Hamlet. my lord. my good lord. QUEEN GERTRUDE LAERTES My lord. Hamlet. I have seen you both: But since he is better’d. the heavens to earth. I will. my lord Your grace hath laid the odds o’ the weaker side. Well. Give us the foils. I pray you. LAERTES HAMLET HAMLET OSRIC Judgment. Nothing. I do confess. Hamlet. bear a wary eye. Or quit in answer of the third exchange. pass with your best violence. Let all the battlements their ordnance fire: The king shall drink to Hamlet’s better breath. begin: And you. Come. Here’s to thy health. Come. sir. this pearl is thine. Give me the cups. I do not think’t. I’ll hit him now. and scant of breath. Our son shall win. madam. Come on. HAMLET I dare not drink yet. for the third. Stick fiery off indeed. [They play] Another hit. KING CLAUDIUS LAERTES [Aside] And yet ’tis almost ’gainst my conscience. Come.Hamlet: ACT V HAMLET I embrace it freely. by and by. what say you? LAERTES HAMLET Very well. Laertes: in mine ignorance Your skill shall. set it by awhile. by this hand. Laertes: you but dally. Richer than that which four successive kings In Denmark’s crown have worn. [Trumpets sound. No. 56 Volume III Book III . KING CLAUDIUS that table. Come on. LAERTES I’ll be your foil. These foils have all a length? He’s fat. like a star i’ the darkest night. And will this brother’s wager frankly play. LAERTES HAMLET Stay. A hit. take my napkin. one for me. the judges. LAERTES HAMLET KING CLAUDIUS This is too heavy. I pray you. And in the cup an union shall he throw. rub thy brows. Set me the stoops of wine upon QUEEN GERTRUDE KING CLAUDIUS pardon me. a touch. Hamlet. I am afeard you make a wanton of me. If Hamlet give the first or second hit. The queen carouses to thy fortune. young Osric. sir. “Now the king dunks to Hamlet. do not drink.

shall live behind me! If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart Absent thee from felicity awhile. thou incestuous. How is it. my lord? [Dies] Heaven make thee free of it! I follow thee. HORATIO [Dies] HAMLET O villany! Ho! Let the door be lock’d: Treachery! Seek it out. they change rapiers. [KING CLAUDIUS dies] He is justly served. they are incensed. adieu! You that look pale and tremble at this chance. Exchange forgiveness with me. Is thy union here? Follow my mother. HAMLET HORATIO OSRIC How is’t. ho! They bleed on both sides. O good Horatio. as a woodcock to mine own springe. Never to rise again: thy mother’s poison’d: I can no more: the king. and HAMLET wounds LAERTES] KING CLAUDIUS HAMLET Drink off this potion. death. Which have solicited. with the occurrents. Thou livest.Hamlet: ACT V LAERTES Have at you now! [LAERTES wounds HAMLET. In thee there is not half an hour of life. I am dead. HAMLET [Stabs KING CLAUDIUS] ALL Treason! Treason! O. Nor thine on me. the king’s to blame. come. To the ambassadors of England gives This warlike volley. Wretched queen. It is a poison temper’d by himself. by heaven.—O my KING CLAUDIUS QUEEN GERTRUDE dear Hamlet. I die. Is strict in his arrest—O.— The drink. Horatio. LAERTES HAMLET How does the queen? She swounds to see them bleed. No. I am KING CLAUDIUS but hurt. venom. noble Hamlet: Mine and my father’s death come not upon thee. to thy work. damned Dane. with conquest come from Poland. HAMLET Here. I’ll have’t. and shot within] What warlike noise is this? Young Fortinbras. I am dead. It is here. Osric. That are but mutes or audience to this act. Nay. Had I but time—as this fell sergeant. So tell him. To tell my story. Things standing thus unknown. thou art slain. The rest is silence. what a wounded name. murderous. Hamlet: Hamlet. then in scuffling. O. The treacherous instrument is in thy hand. But I do prophesy the election lights On Fortinbras: he has my dying voice. Horatio. And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain. the drink. HAMLET [March afar off. no. I am justly kill’d with mine own treachery. The potent poison quite o’er-crows my spirit: I cannot live to hear the news from England. the drink! I am poison’d. again. HAMLET [Dies] Volume III Book III 57 . OSRIC The point!—envenom’d too! Then. Laertes? Why. Give me the cup: let go. Unbated and envenom’d: the foul practise Hath turn’d itself on me lo. Horatio. LAERTES Part them. yet defend me. [QUEEN GERTRUDE falls] OSRIC Look to the queen there. friends. No medicine in the world can do thee good. LAERTES As thou’rt a man. I could tell you— But let it be. Never believe it: I am more an antique Roman than a Dane: Here’s yet some liquor left. more and less. the drink. here I lie. report me and my cause aright To the unsatisfied.

For he was likely. But let this same be presently perform’d. And. And call the noblest to the audience. bloody. O proud death. Had it the ability of life to thank you: He never gave commandment for their death. after which a peal of ordnance is shot off] 58 Volume III Book III . for his passage. To tell him his commandment is fulfill’d. What feast is toward in thine eternal cell. Are here arrived give order that these bodies High on a stage be placed to the view. casual slaughters. and you from England. Of accidental judgments. HORATIO The sight is dismal. with sorrow I embrace my fortune: I have some rights of memory in this kingdom. PRINCE FORTINBRAS Where is this sight? What is it ye would see? If aught of woe or wonder. had he been put on. the English Ambassadors. so jump upon this bloody question. but here shows much amiss.Hamlet: ACT V HORATIO Now cracks a noble heart. HORATIO Let four captains Bear Hamlet. Take up the bodies: such a sight as this Becomes the field. This quarry cries on havoc. happen. To have proved most royally: and. bearing off the dead bodies. And our affairs from England come too late: The ears are senseless that should give us hearing. like a soldier. That thou so many princes at a shot So bloodily hast struck? PRINCE FORTINBRAS Of that I shall have also cause to speak. cease your search. Even while men’s minds are wild. Which now to claim my vantage doth invite me. PRINCE FORTINBRAS [A dead march. Exeunt. But since. The soldiers’ music and the rites of war Speak loudly for him. purposes mistook Fall’n on the inventors’ reads: all this can I Truly deliver. bid the soldiers shoot. You from the Polack wars. Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause. lest more mischance On plots and errors. Go. That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead: Where should we have our thanks? FIRST AMBASSADOR Not from his mouth. Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest! Why does the drum come hither? [March within] [Enter FORTINBRAS. and others] PRINCE FORTINBRAS HORATIO And let me speak to the yet unknowing world How these things came about: so shall you hear Of carnal. in this upshot. And from his mouth whose voice will draw on more. to the stage. and unnatural acts. Let us haste to hear it. For me.

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