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The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,”
The pangs of despis'd love, the law's delay,
Oph. Good my lord,
Ham. I humbly thank you; well.
Oph. My lord, I have remembrances of yours,
Ham. No, not I ;
8 Rudeness. 9 Acquittance. * The ancient term for a small dagger. * Pack, burdea. 3 Boundary, limits. 4 Prayers.
Oph. My honour'd lord, you know right well, you did ;
And, with them, words of so sweet breath compos'd
Ham. Ha, ha! are you honest?
Oph. My lord?
Ham. Are you fair
Oph. What means your lordship 2
Ham. That if you be honest, and fair, you should admit no discourse to your beauty.
Oph. Could beauty, my lord, have better commerce than with honesty 2
Ham. Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd, than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness; this was some time a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once.
Oph. Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.
Ham. You should not have believed me: for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock, but we shall' relish of it: I loved you not.
Oph. I was the more deceived.
Ham. Get thee to a nunnery; Why would'st thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things, that it were better, my mother had not borne me: I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious; with more offences at my beck,” than I have thoughts to put
them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in : What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven We are arrant knaves, all; believe none of us: Go thy ways to a nunnery. Where's your father? Oph. At home, my lord. Ham. Let the doors be shut upon him; that he may play the fool no where but in's own house. Farewell. Oph. O, help him, you sweet heavens! Ham. If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry; Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery; farewell: Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough, what monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go ; and quickly too. Farewell. Oph. Heavenly powers, restore him! Ham. I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another: you jig, you amble, and you lisp, and nick-name God's creatures, and make your wantonness your ignorance : Go to ; I'll no more oft; it hath made me mad. I say, we will have no more marriages: those that are married already, all but one, shall live; the rest shall keep as they are. To a nunnery, go. [Erit HAMLET. Oph. O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown! The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword: The expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion, and the mould 3 of form,
Re-enter King and Polo NIUs.
King. Love! his affections do not that way tend; Nor what he spake, though it lack'd form a little, Was not like madness. There's something in his
O'er which his melancholy sits on brood;
Pol. It shall do well: But yet I do believe,
5 The model by whom all endeavoured to form themselves. * Alienation of mind.
We heard it all—My lord, do as you please;
King. It shall be so: Madness in great ones must not unwatch'd go. [Ereunt. SCENE II.
A Hall in the same.
Enter HAMLET, and certain Players.
Ham. Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus; but use all gently: for in the very torrent, tempest, and (as I may say) whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance, that may give it smoothness. O, it offends me to the soul, to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings;* who, for the most part, are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows, and noise: I
7 Reprimand him with freedom.