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For the supply and profit of our hope *,
Your visitation shall receive such thanks,
As fits a King's remembrance,

Ro. Both your Majesties
Might, by the lov’reign power you have of us,

your dread pleasures more into command Than to intreaty.

Guil. But we both obey,
And here give up ourlelves, in the full bentt,
To lay our sei vice freely at your feet.

King. Thanks, Rosincrantz and gentle Guildenstern,

Queen. Thanks, Guilderstern and gentle Rufincrantz, And I befeech you, intantly to visit My too much changed son. Go force of ye, And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is,

Guil. Heav'ns make our presence and our pradlices Pleasant and helpful to him ! [Exeunt Rof. and Guil. Cucen. Amen.

Enter Polonius. Pch. Th’ambassadors from Norway, my good Lord, Are joyfully return'd.

King Thou ttill haft been the father of good news.

Pol. Have I, my Lord ? affure you, my good Lieges. I hold my duty, as I hold my

Both to any God, and to 'my gracious King;
And I do think, (or else this brain of mine
Hunts not the trail of policy so sure
As I have usd to do), thar I have found
The very cause of Hamlet's lunacy.

King. Oh, speak of that, that do I long to hear,

Pol. Give for at admittance to th' ambasfadors: My news shall be the fruit to that


feast. King. I hyself do grace to them, and bring them in,

[Exit Pol. He tells me, my sweet Queen, that he hath found The head and source of all your son's dilemper.

Queen. I doubt, it is no other but the main,
His father's death, and our o'er-hasty marriage..

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Re-enter Polonius, with Voltimand, and Cornelius.
King. Well, we shall lift him.-Welcome, my

good friends!
Say, Voltimand, what from our brother Norway?

Volt. Most fair return of greetings and defires,
Upon our first, he sent out to suppress
His nephew's levies, which to him appear'd:
To be a preparation 'gainst the Polack :
But, better lookd into, he truly found
It was against your Highness : whereat grier'd;.
That fo his fickness, age, and impotence
Was falsely borne in hand, lends out arrefts
On Fortinbras ; which he, in brief, obeys;
Receives rebuke from Norway; and, in fine,
Makes vow before his uncle, never more
To give th' assay of arass against your Majesty.
Whereon old Norway, overcome with joy,
Gives hin three thousand crowns in angual fee';;
And his commission to employ those foldicps;
So levied as before, against the Polack:
With an intreaty, herein further shewn,
That it might pleate you to give quiet pass
Through your dominions for this enterprise, .
On such regards of safety and allowance,
As therein are let down,

King. It likes us well;
And at our more consider'd time we'll read,
Answer, and think upon this business.
Mean timne, we thank you


your well-took-labour: Go to your relt; at night we'll feast together. Most welcome home!

TExit Ambala Pot. This business is well ended. " My Liege, and vadam to exposulate * " What majesty should be, what duty is, “ Wly day is day, night night, and time is time, " Were nothing but to waste night, day and time. " Therefore since brevity's the foul of wit, " And tediouine's the limbs and outward flourishesgin,

• to expoflulate, for to inquire or discuss,.

" I will be brief: your noble fon is mad.
". Mad, call l. it; for, to define true madness,
" What is't, but to be nothing elle but mad ?
" But let that go.

Queen. More matter, with less art.

Pol. " Madam, I swear I use no art at all : " That he is mad, 'tis true ; 'tis true, 'tis pity ; “ And pity ’tis, 'tis true; a foolish figure ; " But farewel it; for I will use no art. " Mad let us grant him then; and now remains, " That we find out the cause of this effect, " Or rather say, the cause of this defect, " For this effect, defective, comes by cause ; - Thus it remains, and the remainder thus Pere

pend.“ I have a daughter; have, whilft she is mine ; " Who in her duty, and obedience mark, “ Hath giv'n me this; now gather, and surmise.

He opens a letter, and reads, To the celestial, and my soul's idol, the most beatifieds Ophelia.-That's an ill phrase, a vile phrale : beatified is a vile phrase; but you shall hear- -Thefe to her ex: cellent white bofom, these.

Queen. Came this from Hamlet to her ?
Pol. Good Madam, stay a while, I will be faithful,

Doubt thou the stars are fire, Reading
Doubt that the fun doth move;
Doubt it with to be a lyar,

But never doubt I love. Oh, dear Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers; I have not art to reckon my groans; but that I love thee beft, ob molt beft, believe it.

Thine evermore, most dear Lady, whilf

this machine is to him, HAMLET.
This in obedience hath my daughter shewo me:
And, more above, hath his folicitings,
As they fell out by time, by means, and place,
All given to mine ear,

King. But how hath she receiv'd his love ?

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Pol. What do you think of me?
King. As of a man faithful and honourable.
Pol. I would fain prove so

But what might you
When I had seen this hot love on the wing, [think?
(As I perceiv'd it, I must tell you that,
Before my daughter told me), what might you,
Or my dear Majesty your Queen here, think?
If I had play'd the desk or table-book,
Or giv'n my heart a working inute and dumb,
Or look'd upon this love with idle fight;
" What might you think? No, I went round to work,
• And my young mistress thus. I did bespeak;
« Lord Hamlet is a Prince out of thy sphere,
. This must not be ; and then I precepts gave her,
" That she should lock herself from his resort,
« Admit no mesfengers, receive no tokens:
• Which done, see too the fruits of my advice;
• For, he repulsed, a fhort tale to make,
" Fell to a sadness, then into a fast,
« Thence to a watching, thence into a weakness,
" Thence to a:lightnefs; and, by this declension,
os Into the madness wherein now he raves,
6. And all we wail för.

King. Do you think this?
Queen. It may be very likely.

Pol. 6. Hath there been such a time, I'd fain know us That I have positively said, 'Tis fo,

[that, u When it prov'd otherwise ?

King. Not that I know.
Pol. Take this from this, if this be otherwife,

[Pointing to his head and fhoulder,
« if circumstances lead me, I will find
" Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed
us. Within the centre.
King. How


it further ? Poľ You know, sometimes he walks for hours toge Here in the lobby

[ther, Queen So he does indeed:

Pol. At such a time I'll loose my daughter to him ;
Be you and i behind an arras then,
Mark the encounter: if he love her 'not,
And be not from his reason tall’n thereon,

may we


Let me be no affitant for a late,
But keep' a farm and carters.
King. We will try it.

SCENE v. Enter Hamlet reading.
Queen. But look where, fadly, the poor wretch come

Pol. Away, I do beseech


both away. I'll board him presently. [Exeunt King and Queen. Oh, give me leave. -How does my good Lord.

Hamlet ?
Ham. Well, God o'mercy.
Pol. Do you know me, my Lord ?
Ham. Excellent well; you are a filhmonger.
Pol. Not l, my Lord?
Ham. Then I would you were fo honest a man.
Pol. Honest, my Lord ?

Ham, Ay, Sir; to be honest as this world goes, is to be one man pick'd out of ten thousand,

Pol. That's very true, my Lord.

Ham. For if the fun breed maggots in a dead dog, Being a god, kissing carrion Have you a daughter ?

Pol. I have, my Lord,

Ham. Let her not walk. i'th' fun ; conception is a blefliog, but not as your daughter may conceive, Briend, look to't. Pol. · How fay you by that? fill harping on my

daughter! “ Yet he knew me notat' first; he said I was a fish

monger. “ He is far gone ; and, truly, in my youth, [Aside. “ I suffer'd much extremity for love ; Very near this. I'll speak to him again. What do


Lord ?
Ham. Words, words; words,
Pol. What is the matter, my Lord ?
Ham. Between whom ?
Poli i niean the matter that you read, my Lord.

Ham. Slanders, . Sir : for the latyrical llave " says: here, that old men have grey beards; that their faces,

* By the fatyrical fave he means Juvenal in his tenth fatyr. .

you read,

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