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Will want true colour ; tears, perchance,7 for blood.
Queen. To whom do you speak this?
Do you see nothing there?
No, nothing, but ourselves. Ham. Why, look you there! look, how it steals
away! My father, in his habit as he livid ! Look, where he goes, even now, out at the portal!
[Exit Ghost. Queen. This is the very coinage of your brain : This bodiless creation ecstasy 8 Is very cunning in.
Ham. Ecstasy! My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time, And makes as healthful musick: It is not madness, That I have utter'd : bring me to the test, And I the matter will re-word; which madness Would gambol from. Mother, for love of grace, Lay not that flattering unction to your soul, That not your trespass, but my madness speaks : It will but skin and film the ulcerous place ; Whiles rank corruption, mining all within, Infects unseen. Confess yourself to heaven; Repent what's past; avoid what is to come; And do not spread the composto on the weeds, To make them ranker. Forgive me this my
virtue: For in the fatness of these pursy times, Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg; Yea, curb' and woo, for leave to do him good.
Queen. O Hamlet! thou hast cleft my heart in
twain. Ham. O, throw away the worser part of it, And live the purer with the other half. Good night: but go not to my uncle's bed; Assume a virtue, if you have it not. That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat Of habit's devil, is angel yet in this; That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock, or livery, That aptly is put on : Refrain to-night; And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next abstinence : the next more easy : For use almost can change the stamp of nature, And either curb the devil, or throw him out With wondrous potency. Once more, good night! And when you are desirous to be bless'd, I'll blessing beg of you. For this same lord,
[Pointing to POLONIUS. I do repent: But heaven hath pleas'd it so, To punish me with this, and this with me, That I must be their scourge and minister. I will bestow him, and will answer well The death I gave him. So, again, good night! I must be cruel, only to be kind : Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind. But one word more, good lady. Queen.
What shall I do? Ham. Not this, by no means, that I bid you Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed; Pinch wanton on your cheek; call you, his mouse;
? A term of endearment.
And let him, for a pair of reechy: kisses,
to ravel all this matter out, That I essentially am not in madness, But mad in craft. 'Twere good, you let him know: For who, that's but a queen, fair, sober, wise, Would from a paddock, 4 from a bat, a gib, Such dear concernings hide? who would do so? No, in despite of sense, and secrecy, Unpeg the basket on the house's top, Let the birds fly; and, like the famous ape, To try conclusions, in the basket creep, And break your own neck down.
Queen. Be thou assur'd, if words be made of breath,
Ham. I must to England; you know that?
my two school-fellows; Whom I will trust, as I will adders fang’d, 7– They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way, And marshal me to knavery : Let it work; For 'tis the sport, to have the engineer Hoist with his own petar:8 and it shall go hard, But I will delve one yard below their mines, And blow them at the moon: 0, 'tis most sweet, When in one line two crafts directly meet.This man shall set me packing.
3 Steaming with heat.
7 Having their teeth.
4 Toad. 5 Cat. 6 Experiments. 8 Blown up with his own bomb.
I'll lug the guts into the neighbour room :-
[Exeunt severally; Hamlet dragging in Po.
SCENE I.-The same.
Enter King, Queen, ROSENCRANTZ, and Guil
King. There's matter in these sighs; these pro
found heaves; You must translate: 'tis fit we understand them: Where is your son ? Queen. Bestow this place on us a little while.
[To ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN,
who go out. Ah, my good lord, what have I seen to-night!
King. What, Gertrude? How does Hamlet?
O heavy deed!
His liberty is full of threats to all ;
Queen. To draw apart the body he hath kill'd:
for what is done.
Enter ROJENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN.
Friends both, go join you with some further aid:
[Exeunt Ros, and Guil,