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And keep within the rear of your affection,
Out of the shot and danger of desire.
" The charielt maid is prodigal enough,
" If she unmask her beauty to the moon.
“ Virtue itfelf 'fcapes not calumnious strokes ;
* The canker galls the infants of the spring,
• Too oft before their buttons be disclos'd;
“ And in the morn and liquid dew of youth
“ Contagious blastments are most imminent.
Be wary then, best safety lies in fear ;
Youth to itself rebels, though none else near.

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.
I stay too long; but here my father comes.
A double blessing is a double grace;
Occasion (miles upon a second leave.

Pol. Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame,
The wind fits in the shoulder of your fail,
And you are staid for There, my blefling with you;

[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.

VOL. Vill..

Coftly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But rot express'd in fancy ; rich, not gaudy:
For the apparel ost proclaims the man,
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are most select * and generous, chief in that.
Neither a borrower, nor a lender be :
For loan oft loses both itself and friend;
Ard borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
I his above all; to thine own self be true;
And it must follow, as the light the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewel ; my blefling season f this in thee!

Laert. Most humbly do I take my leave, my Lord.
Pol. The time invelts you, go, your servants tend.

I aer. Farewel, Ophelia, and remember well
What I have said,

Opb. 'Tis in my mem'ry lock'd,
And you yourself thall keep the key of it.
Lacit. Farewel.

[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,
Unfilted in such perilous circumftance.
Do you believe his tenders, as you call them?

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 ;.
Or (not to crack the wind of the poor phrase,
Wringing it thus) you'll tender me a fool,

Opt. My Lord, he hath importuned me with love,
In honourable fashion.

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..


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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.

Keeps waffel, and the swagg’ring up-spring reels;
And as be drains his draughts. of Rhenish down,
The kettle-drum and trumpet thus bray out.
The triumph of his pledge.

Hor. Is it a custom ?

Ham. Ay, marry, is't.
But, to my mind, though I am native here,
And to the manner born, it is a custom
More bonourd in the breach, than the observance.

Enter Ghoft.
Hor. Look,'my Lord, it comes !

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.
This heavy-headed revel cast and welt,
Makes us traduc'd, and tax'd of other nations ;
They clepe us drunkards, and with fwin In phrase
Soil our addition : and, indeed, it lakes
From our atchievements, though perf»rnı’d at height,
The pith and marrow of our attribute.
So, oft it chances in particular men,
That for fume vicio.:s mole of nature in them,
As, in their birth, (wherein they are not guilty,
Since liature cannot chufe his ori in),
By the o'ergrowth of some complexi: n,
Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason :
Or by some habit, that too inuch o'eileavens
The form of plausive manners : that these men
Carrying, I say, the stamp of one difict,
(Being naiure's livery, or fortune's scar),
1 heir virtues else, be they as pure as grace,
As infinite as man may undergo..
Shall in the general censure take corruption
From that particular fault. The dram of bare
Doth all the noble subliance of worth out,
To his own scandal.

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" Thou com'ft in such a questionable shape,
" That I will speak to thee. I'll call thee Hamlet,

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: -
Hor. It beckons you to go away with it,
As if it some impartment did delire.
To you alone.

Nlar, Look, with what courteous action
It waves you to a more removed ground.
But do not go with it.
Hor. No, by no means.

[Holding Hamlet..
Ham. It will not speak; then I will follow it.
Hor. Do not, my Lord..

Ham. Why, what should be the fear ?
I do not set my life at a pin's fee ;
And, for my soul, what can it do to that;
Being a thing immortal as itself ?
It waves me forth againia -l'll follow it

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.

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