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(52) - A Vice of Kings;] This does not mean, a very vicious king; as on the other hand, in King Henry y. this grace of Kings, means this gracious King, this honour to royalty. But here I take it, a person, and not a quality, is to be understood. By a vice (as I have explained the word in several preceding notes) is meant that buffoon character which used to play the fool in old plays; fo that Hamlet is here designed to call his uncle, a ridiculous ape of majesty, but the mimiery of a king,

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