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And keep within the rear of your affection,
Oph. I shall th' effects * of this good leffon keep, As watchmen to my heart “ But, good my brother. “ Do not, as fome ungracicus pastors do, “ Show me the steep and thorny way to heav'n; " Whilft, he a puft and reckless libertine, “ Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads, " And recks not his own ‘reed t. Laert, Oh, fear me not.
SCENE VI. Enter Polonius.
Pol. Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame,
[Laying his hand on Laertes's head. And these few precepts in thy menory See thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportion'd thought his act, « Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar; • The friends thou hast, and their adoption try'd,
Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel. < But do not dull thy palm with entertainmeat « Of each new-hatch'd, unfledy'd comrade. Beware « Of entrance to a quarrel : but being in,
Bear't that the oppoled may beware of thee, · Give ev'ry man thine ear ; but few thy voice. • Take each man's censure ; but reserve thy judgment
effeils, for substance. + i, e. heeds not his own lessons.
Coftly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
Laert. Most humbly do I take my leave, my Lord.
I aer. Farewel, Ophelia, and remember well
Opb. 'Tis in my mem'ry lock'd,
[Exit Lacr. Pol. What is't, Ophelia, he hath said to you? Oph, so picase you, fomething touching the Lord
Hamlet. Pol. Marry, well bethought? 'Tis told me, he hath very oft of late Given private time to you; and you yourself Have of your audience been most free and bounteous. jf it be so, (as to 'tis put on me, And that in way of caution), I must tell you, You do not understand yourself so clearly, As it behoves my daughter, and your honour, What is between you ? give me up the truth.
Oph. He hath, my Lord, of late, made many tenders of his affe&ion to me.
Pol. Affection ! puh! you speak like a green girl,
Oph. I do not know, my Lord, what I should think.
Pol. Marry, I'll teach you ; think yourself a baby; That you have ta en his tenders for true pay,
• felett, for elegant. of Jeafon, for infuse.
urlifted, for uniried.
Which are not sterling Tender yourself more dearly ;.
Opt. My Lord, he hath importuned me with love,
Pot. Ay, fashion you may call’t : go to, go to:
Oph, And hath giv'n count'nance to his speech, my With almost all the holy vows of heaven. [Lord,
Pol. Ay, springes to catch woodcocks. I do know, When the blood burns, how prodigal the foul Lends the tongue vows. These blazes, oli my daughter, Giving more light than heat, extin&t in both, Evin in the promise as it is a-miking, You must not take for fire. From this time, Be somewhat fcanter of your maiden-presence, Set your intraitments at a higher rate, Than a command to parley. For Lord Hamlet, Believe so much in him, that he is young; And with a larger tether he Than may be given you. In few, Ophelia, Do not believe bis vows ; for they are brokers, Not of that dye which their invetments Chew, But mere implorers of unholy, suits, Breatbing like fanétified and pious bonds, The better to beguile. This is for all ; I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth, Have you so lander any mɔ.nent's leisure, As to give words or talk with the Lord Heinlet. Look to't, I charge you, come your way.. Oph. I shall obey, my Lord..
Changes to the platform before the palace.
Enter Hamlet, Horatio, and Marcellus, Han. The air bites shrewlly ; it is
coli. Hor. It is a nipping and an eager air. Ham. What hour now? Hor. I think it lacks of twelve. Mar. No, it is struck, Hor. I heard it not : it then draws near the season,
Wherein the spirit held his wont to walk.
[oife of warlike music within. What does this mean, my Lord ? Ham. The king doll wake to right, and takes his.
Hor. Is it a custom ?
Ham. Ay, marry, is't.
Ham. " Angels and ministers of grace defend us! “ Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damn'd, * Bring with thee airs from heav'n, or blasts from hell, “ Be thy advent wicked or charitable,
than the observance.
" Thou com'ft in such a questionable shape,
King, father, Royal Dane: oh! answer me; " Let me not burst in ignorance : but tell, " Why thy canoniz'd bones, hearsed in earth, “ Have burst their cearments? why the sepulchre; " Wherein we saw thee quietly inurn’d, “ Hath op'd his ponderous and marblejaws, " To cast thee up again? What may this mean? " That thou, dead corse, again, in compleat feel, “ Revisits thus the glimpses of the moon,
Making night hideous, and us fools of nature “ So horribly to shake our disposition t “ With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls ? Say, why is this! wherefore? what should we do?
[Ghost beckons Hamlet: -
Nlar, Look, with what courteous action
Ham. Why, what should be the fear ?
Hor. " What if it tenpt you tow'rd the flood, my6. Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff, [Lord? " That beetles o'er his base unto the fea;
And there assume some other horrible form, "" Which might deprave your fov'reignty of reason,', ** And draw you into madness ? think of it. "The very place puts toys I of desperation, " Without more motive, into ev'ry brain, "That looks so many fathoms to the fea;
By questionable, is meant, inviting question, provoking quejtidian's +-disposition, for frams. 1995, for whims.