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The counterfeit présentment of two brothers.
like Mars, to threaten and command;
the world assurance of a man: This was your husband.-Look you now, what fol :
lows: Here is
husband, like a mildew'd ear, Blasting his wholesome brother. Have you eyes? Could you on this fair mountain leave to feed, And batten on this moor? Ha! have you eyes? You cannot call it, love: for, at your age, The hey-day in the blood is tame, it's humble, And waits upon the judgment; And what judgment Would step from this to this? Sense, sure, you have, Else, could you not have motion :* But, sure, that sense Is apoplex’d: for madness would not err; Nor sense to ecstasy was ne'er so thrallid, But it reserv'd some quantity of choice, To serve in such a difference. What devil was't, That thus hath cozen'd you at hoodman-blinds
that these pictures which are introduced as miniatures on the stage, were meant for whole lengths, being part of the furnituro of the Queen's closet.
? A station like the herald Mercury, fc.] Station, in this instance, does not mean the spot where any one is placed, but the act of standing
batten] i. e. to grow fat. Bat is an ancient word for increase.
Sense, sure, you have, Else; could you not have motion:] Sense is sometimes used by Shakspeare for sensation or sensual appetite; as motion is the effect produced by the impulse of nature.
at hoodman-blind?] Probably the same as blindman's
Eyes without feeling, feeling without sight,
O Hamlet, speak no more:
Nay, but to live In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed; Stew'd in corruption; honeying, and making love Over the nasty stye;Queen.
O, speak to me no more; These words, like daggers, enter in mine ears; No more, sweet Hamlet. Ham.
A murderer, and a villain;
your precedent lord:-a vice of kings;?
it in his pocket!
6 Could not so mope.] i. e. could not exhibit such marks of stupidity.
1 If thou canst mutine, &c.] To mutine, was the ancient term, signifying to rise in mutiny.
grained —] Died in grain, or perhaps, indented. 9 As will not leave their tinct.] To leave is to part with, give up, resign.
enseamed bed;] i. e. greasy bed.
rice of kings:] A low mimick of kings. The vice is the fool of a farce; from whence the modern punch is descended.
Enter Ghost. Ham.
you not come your tardy son to chide,
Ghost. Do not forget: This visitation
How is it with you, lady?
you do bend your eye on vacancy,
and stands on end. O gentle son,
3 A king
Of shreds and patches: ] This is said, pursuing the idea of the vice of kings. The vice was dressed as a fool, in a coat of partycoloured patches.
laps'd in time and passion,] That, having suffered time to slip, and passion to cool, lets go, &c. Ś Conceit in weakest bodies —] Conceit for imagination.
like life in excrements,] Not only the hair of animals having neither life nor sensation was called an excrement, but the feathers of birds had the same appellation,
Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper
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
My father, in his habit as he liv’d!
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;
7 Nould make them capable.] Capable here signifies intelligent ; endued with understanding.
My stern effects:] Effects for actions; deeds cffected.
Repent what's past; avoid what is to come;
[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!
do not spread the compost, &c.] Do not, by any new indulgence, heighten your former offences.
curb-] That is, bend and truckle, Fr. courber. ? To punish me with this, and this with me,] To punish me by making me the instrument of this man's death, and to punish this man by my hand.