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This is the Bookwise complete ebook of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, available to read online as an alternative to epub, mobi, kindle, pdf or text only versions. For information about the status of this work, see Copyright Notice.


Prince Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost and ordered to avenge his father's murder by killing King Claudius, his uncle. After struggling with several questions, including whether what the ghost said is true and whether it is right for him to take revenge, Hamlet, along with almost all the other major characters, is killed.

Source: Wikipedia

Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ

The Ghost

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, son of the late King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude

Queen Gertrude, widow of King Hamlet, now married to Claudius

King Claudius, brother to the late King Hamlet


Laertes, her brother

Polonius, father of Ophelia and Laertes, councillor to King Claudius

Reynaldo, servant to Polonius

Horatio, Hamlet’s friend and confidant







A Lord

courtiers at the Danish court




Danish soldiers

Fortinbras, Prince of Norway

A Captain in Fortinbras’s army

Ambassadors to Denmark from England

Players who take the roles of Prologue, Player King, Player Queen, and Lucianus in The Murder of Gonzago

Two Messengers



Gravedigger’s companion

Doctor of Divinity

Attendants, Lords, Guards, Musicians, Laertes’s Followers, Soldiers, Officers


Scene 1

Enter Barnardo and Francisco, two sentinels.

line 0001BARNARDOWho’s there?
line 0002Nay, answer me. Stand and unfold yourself.
line 0003BARNARDOLong live the King!
line 0004FRANCISCOBarnardo?
5line 0005BARNARDOHe.
line 0006You come most carefully upon your hour.
line 0007’Tis now struck twelve. Get thee to bed, Francisco.
line 0008For this relief much thanks. ’Tis bitter cold,
line 0009And I am sick at heart.
10line 0010BARNARDOHave you had quiet guard?
line 0011FRANCISCONot a mouse stirring.
line 0012BARNARDOWell, good night.
line 0013If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
line 0014The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.

Enter Horatio and Marcellus.

15line 0015I think I hear them.—Stand ho! Who is there?
line 0016HORATIOFriends to this ground.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 9 line 0017MARCELLUSAnd liegemen to the Dane.
line 0018FRANCISCOGive you good night.
line 0019O farewell, honest soldier. Who hath relieved
20line 0020you?
line 0021Barnardo hath my place. Give you good night.

Francisco exits.

line 0022MARCELLUSHolla, Barnardo.
line 0023BARNARDOSay, what, is Horatio there?
line 0024HORATIOA piece of him.
25line 0025Welcome, Horatio.—Welcome, good Marcellus.
line 0026What, has this thing appeared again tonight?
line 0027BARNARDOI have seen nothing.
line 0028Horatio says ’tis but our fantasy
line 0029And will not let belief take hold of him
30line 0030Touching this dreaded sight twice seen of us.
line 0031Therefore I have entreated him along
line 0032With us to watch the minutes of this night,
line 0033That, if again this apparition come,
line 0034He may approve our eyes and speak to it.
35line 0035Tush, tush, ’twill not appear.
line 0036BARNARDOSit down awhile,
line 0037And let us once again assail your ears,
line 0038That are so fortified against our story,
line 0039What we have two nights seen.
40line 0040HORATIOWell, sit we down,
line 0041And let us hear Barnardo speak of this.
line 0042BARNARDOLast night of all,
line 0043When yond same star that’s westward from the pole
line 0044Had made his course t’ illume that part of heaven
45line 0045Where now it burns, Marcellus and myself,
line 0046The bell then beating one—
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 11

Enter Ghost.

line 0047Peace, break thee off! Look where it comes again.
line 0048In the same figure like the King that’s dead.
line 0049Thou art a scholar. Speak to it, Horatio.
50line 0050Looks he not like the King? Mark it, Horatio.
line 0051Most like. It harrows me with fear and wonder.
line 0052It would be spoke to.
line 0053MARCELLUSSpeak to it, Horatio.
line 0054What art thou that usurp’st this time of night,
55line 0055Together with that fair and warlike form
line 0056In which the majesty of buried Denmark
line 0057Did sometimes march? By heaven, I charge thee,
line 0058speak.
line 0059It is offended.
60line 0060BARNARDOSee, it stalks away.
line 0061Stay! speak! speak! I charge thee, speak!

Ghost exits.

line 0062MARCELLUS’Tis gone and will not answer.
line 0063How now, Horatio, you tremble and look pale.
line 0064Is not this something more than fantasy?
65line 0065What think you on ’t?
line 0066Before my God, I might not this believe
line 0067Without the sensible and true avouch
line 0068Of mine own eyes.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 13 line 0069MARCELLUSIs it not like the King?
70line 0070HORATIOAs thou art to thyself.
line 0071Such was the very armor he had on
line 0072When he the ambitious Norway combated.
line 0073So frowned he once when, in an angry parle,
line 0074He smote the sledded Polacks on the ice.
75line 0075’Tis strange.
line 0076Thus twice before, and jump at this dead hour,
line 0077With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.
line 0078In what particular thought to work I know not,
line 0079But in the gross and scope of mine opinion
80line 0080This bodes some strange eruption to our state.
line 0081Good now, sit down, and tell me, he that knows,
line 0082Why this same strict and most observant watch
line 0083So nightly toils the subject of the land,
line 0084And why such daily cast of brazen cannon
85line 0085And foreign mart for implements of war,
line 0086Why such impress of shipwrights, whose sore task
line 0087Does not divide the Sunday from the week.
line 0088What might be toward that this sweaty haste
line 0089Doth make the night joint laborer with the day?
90line 0090Who is ’t that can inform me?
line 0091HORATIOThat can I.
line 0092At least the whisper goes so: our last king,
line 0093Whose image even but now appeared to us,
line 0094Was, as you know, by Fortinbras of Norway,
95line 0095Thereto pricked on by a most emulate pride,
line 0096Dared to the combat; in which our valiant Hamlet
line 0097(For so this side of our known world esteemed him)
line 0098Did slay this Fortinbras, who by a sealed compact,
line 0099Well ratified by law and heraldry,
100line 0100Did forfeit, with his life, all those his lands
line 0101Which he stood seized of, to the conqueror.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 15 line 0102Against the which a moiety competent
line 0103Was gagèd by our king, which had returned
line 0104To the inheritance of Fortinbras
105line 0105Had he been vanquisher, as, by the same comart
line 0106And carriage of the article designed,
line 0107His fell to Hamlet. Now, sir, young Fortinbras,
line 0108Of unimprovèd mettle hot and full,
line 0109Hath in the skirts of Norway here and there
110line 0110Sharked up a list of lawless resolutes
line 0111For food and diet to some enterprise
line 0112That hath a stomach in ’t; which is no other
line 0113(As it doth well appear unto our state)
line 0114But to recover of us, by strong hand
115line 0115And terms compulsatory, those foresaid lands
line 0116So by his father lost. And this, I take it,
line 0117Is the main motive of our preparations,
line 0118The source of this our watch, and the chief head
line 0119Of this posthaste and rummage in the land.
120line 0120I think it be no other but e’en so.
line 0121Well may it sort that this portentous figure
line 0122Comes armèd through our watch so like the king
line 0123That was and is the question of these wars.
line 0124A mote it is to trouble the mind’s eye.
125line 0125In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
line 0126A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
line 0127The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead
line 0128Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets;
line 0129As stars with trains of fire and dews of blood,
130line 0130Disasters in the sun; and the moist star,
line 0131Upon whose influence Neptune’s empire stands,
line 0132Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse.
line 0133And even the like precurse of feared events,
line 0134As harbingers preceding still the fates
135line 0135And prologue to the omen coming on,
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 17 line 0136Have heaven and Earth together demonstrated
line 0137Unto our climatures and countrymen.

Enter Ghost.

line 0138But soft, behold! Lo, where it comes again!
line 0139I’ll cross it though it blast me.—Stay, illusion!

It spreads his arms.

140line 0140If thou hast any sound or use of voice,
line 0141Speak to me.
line 0142If there be any good thing to be done
line 0143That may to thee do ease and grace to me,
line 0144Speak to me.
145line 0145If thou art privy to thy country’s fate,
line 0146Which happily foreknowing may avoid,
line 0147O, speak!
line 0148Or if thou hast uphoarded in thy life
line 0149Extorted treasure in the womb of earth,
150line 0150For which, they say, you spirits oft walk in death,
line 0151Speak of it.The cock crows.
line 0152Stay and speak!—Stop it, Marcellus.
line 0153Shall I strike it with my partisan?
line 0154HORATIODo, if it will not stand.
155line 0155BARNARDO’Tis here.
line 0156HORATIO’Tis here.

Ghost exits.

line 0157MARCELLUS’Tis gone.
line 0158We do it wrong, being so majestical,
line 0159To offer it the show of violence,
160line 0160For it is as the air, invulnerable,
line 0161And our vain blows malicious mockery.
line 0162It was about to speak when the cock crew.
line 0163And then it started like a guilty thing
line 0164Upon a fearful summons. I have heard
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 19 165line 0165The cock, that is the trumpet to the morn,
line 0166Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat
line 0167Awake the god of day, and at his warning,
line 0168Whether in sea or fire, in earth or air,
line 0169Th’ extravagant and erring spirit hies
170line 0170To his confine, and of the truth herein
line 0171This present object made probation.
line 0172It faded on the crowing of the cock.
line 0173Some say that ever ’gainst that season comes
line 0174Wherein our Savior’s birth is celebrated,
175line 0175This bird of dawning singeth all night long;
line 0176And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad,
line 0177The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike,
line 0178No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
line 0179So hallowed and so gracious is that time.
180line 0180So have I heard and do in part believe it.
line 0181But look, the morn in russet mantle clad
line 0182Walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill.
line 0183Break we our watch up, and by my advice
line 0184Let us impart what we have seen tonight
185line 0185Unto young Hamlet; for, upon my life,
line 0186This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him.
line 0187Do you consent we shall acquaint him with it
line 0188As needful in our loves, fitting our duty?
line 0189Let’s do ’t, I pray, and I this morning know
190line 0190Where we shall find him most convenient.

They exit.

Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 21

Scene 2

Flourish. Enter Claudius, King of Denmark, Gertrude the Queen, the Council, as Polonius, and his son Laertes, Hamlet, with others, among them Voltemand and Cornelius.

line 0191Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death
line 0192The memory be green, and that it us befitted
line 0193To bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdom
line 0194To be contracted in one brow of woe,
5line 0195Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature
line 0196That we with wisest sorrow think on him
line 0197Together with remembrance of ourselves.
line 0198Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen,
line 0199Th’ imperial jointress to this warlike state,
10line 0200Have we (as ’twere with a defeated joy,
line 0201With an auspicious and a dropping eye,
line 0202With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage,
line 0203In equal scale weighing delight and dole)
line 0204Taken to wife. Nor have we herein barred
15line 0205Your better wisdoms, which have freely gone
line 0206With this affair along. For all, our thanks.
line 0207Now follows that you know. Young Fortinbras,
line 0208Holding a weak supposal of our worth
line 0209Or thinking by our late dear brother’s death
20line 0210Our state to be disjoint and out of frame,
line 0211Colleaguèd with this dream of his advantage,
line 0212He hath not failed to pester us with message
line 0213Importing the surrender of those lands
line 0214Lost by his father, with all bonds of law,
25line 0215To our most valiant brother—so much for him.
line 0216Now for ourself and for this time of meeting.
line 0217Thus much the business is: we have here writ
line 0218To Norway, uncle of young Fortinbras,
line 0219Who, impotent and bedrid, scarcely hears
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 23 30line 0220Of this his nephew’s purpose, to suppress
line 0221His further gait herein, in that the levies,
line 0222The lists, and full proportions are all made
line 0223Out of his subject; and we here dispatch
line 0224You, good Cornelius, and you, Voltemand,
35line 0225For bearers of this greeting to old Norway,
line 0226Giving to you no further personal power
line 0227To business with the King more than the scope
line 0228Of these dilated articles allow.

Giving them a paper.

line 0229Farewell, and let your haste commend your duty.
40line 0230In that and all things will we show our duty.
line 0231We doubt it nothing. Heartily farewell.

Voltemand and Cornelius exit.

line 0232And now, Laertes, what’s the news with you?
line 0233You told us of some suit. What is ’t, Laertes?
line 0234You cannot speak of reason to the Dane
45line 0235And lose your voice. What wouldst thou beg,
line 0236Laertes,
line 0237That shall not be my offer, not thy asking?
line 0238The head is not more native to the heart,
line 0239The hand more instrumental to the mouth,
50line 0240Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father.
line 0241What wouldst thou have, Laertes?
line 0242LAERTESMy dread lord,
line 0243Your leave and favor to return to France,
line 0244From whence though willingly I came to Denmark
55line 0245To show my duty in your coronation,
line 0246Yet now I must confess, that duty done,
line 0247My thoughts and wishes bend again toward France
line 0248And bow them to your gracious leave and pardon.
line 0249Have you your father’s leave? What says Polonius?
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 25 POLONIUS
60line 0250Hath, my lord, wrung from me my slow leave
line 0251By laborsome petition, and at last
line 0252Upon his will I sealed my hard consent.
line 0253I do beseech you give him leave to go.
line 0254Take thy fair hour, Laertes. Time be thine,
65line 0255And thy best graces spend it at thy will.—
line 0256But now, my cousin Hamlet and my son—
line 0257A little more than kin and less than kind.
line 0258How is it that the clouds still hang on you?
line 0259Not so, my lord; I am too much in the sun.
70line 0260Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off,
line 0261And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark.
line 0262Do not forever with thy vailèd lids
line 0263Seek for thy noble father in the dust.
line 0264Thou know’st ’tis common; all that lives must die,
75line 0265Passing through nature to eternity.
line 0266Ay, madam, it is common.
line 0267QUEENIf it be,
line 0268Why seems it so particular with thee?
line 0269“Seems,” madam? Nay, it is. I know not “seems.”
80line 0270’Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,
line 0271Nor customary suits of solemn black,
line 0272Nor windy suspiration of forced breath,
line 0273No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,
line 0274Nor the dejected havior of the visage,
85line 0275Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief,
line 0276That can denote me truly. These indeed “seem,”
line 0277For they are actions that a man might play;
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 27 line 0278But I have that within which passes show,
line 0279These but the trappings and the suits of woe.
90line 0280’Tis sweet and commendable in your nature,
line 0281Hamlet,
line 0282To give these mourning duties to your father.
line 0283But you must know your father lost a father,
line 0284That father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound
95line 0285In filial obligation for some term
line 0286To do obsequious sorrow. But to persever
line 0287In obstinate condolement is a course
line 0288Of impious stubbornness. ’Tis unmanly grief.
line 0289It shows a will most incorrect to heaven,
100line 0290A heart unfortified, a mind impatient,
line 0291An understanding simple and unschooled.
line 0292For what we know must be and is as common
line 0293As any the most vulgar thing to sense,
line 0294Why should we in our peevish opposition
105line 0295Take it to heart? Fie, ’tis a fault to heaven,
line 0296A fault against the dead, a fault to nature,
line 0297To reason most absurd, whose common theme
line 0298Is death of fathers, and who still hath cried,
line 0299From the first corse till he that died today,
110line 0300“This must be so.” We pray you, throw to earth
line 0301This unprevailing woe and think of us
line 0302As of a father; for let the world take note,
line 0303You are the most immediate to our throne,
line 0304And with no less nobility of love
115line 0305Than that which dearest father bears his son
line 0306Do I impart toward you. For your intent
line 0307In going back to school in Wittenberg,
line 0308It is most retrograde to our desire,
line 0309And we beseech you, bend you to remain
120line 0310Here in the cheer and comfort of our eye,
line 0311Our chiefest courtier, cousin, and our son.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 29 QUEEN
line 0312Let not thy mother lose her prayers, Hamlet.
line 0313I pray thee, stay with us. Go not to Wittenberg.
line 0314I shall in all my best obey you, madam.
125line 0315Why, ’tis a loving and a fair reply.
line 0316Be as ourself in Denmark.—Madam, come.
line 0317This gentle and unforced accord of Hamlet
line 0318Sits smiling to my heart, in grace whereof
line 0319No jocund health that Denmark drinks today
130line 0320But the great cannon to the clouds shall tell,
line 0321And the King’s rouse the heaven shall bruit again,
line 0322Respeaking earthly thunder. Come away.

Flourish. All but Hamlet exit.

line 0323O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt,
line 0324Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew,
135line 0325Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
line 0326His canon ’gainst self-slaughter! O God, God,
line 0327How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
line 0328Seem to me all the uses of this world!
line 0329Fie on ’t, ah fie! ’Tis an unweeded garden
140line 0330That grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature
line 0331Possess it merely. That it should come to this:
line 0332But two months dead—nay, not so much, not two.
line 0333So excellent a king, that was to this
line 0334Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother
145line 0335That he might not beteem the winds of heaven
line 0336Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and Earth,
line 0337Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him
line 0338As if increase of appetite had grown
line 0339By what it fed on. And yet, within a month
150line 0340(Let me not think on ’t; frailty, thy name is woman!),
line 0341A little month, or ere those shoes were old
line 0342With which she followed my poor father’s body,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 31 line 0343Like Niobe, all tears—why she, even she
line 0344(O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason
155line 0345Would have mourned longer!), married with my
line 0346uncle,
line 0347My father’s brother, but no more like my father
line 0348Than I to Hercules. Within a month,
line 0349Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears
160line 0350Had left the flushing in her gallèd eyes,
line 0351She married. O, most wicked speed, to post
line 0352With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!
line 0353It is not, nor it cannot come to good.
line 0354But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.

Enter Horatio, Marcellus, and Barnardo.

165line 0355HORATIOHail to your Lordship.
line 0356HAMLETI am glad to see you well.
line 0357Horatio—or I do forget myself!
line 0358The same, my lord, and your poor servant ever.
line 0359Sir, my good friend. I’ll change that name with you.
170line 0360And what make you from Wittenberg, Horatio?—
line 0361Marcellus?
line 0362MARCELLUSMy good lord.
line 0363I am very glad to see you. To Barnardo. Good
line 0364even, sir.—
175line 0365But what, in faith, make you from Wittenberg?
line 0366A truant disposition, good my lord.
line 0367I would not hear your enemy say so,
line 0368Nor shall you do my ear that violence
line 0369To make it truster of your own report
180line 0370Against yourself. I know you are no truant.
line 0371But what is your affair in Elsinore?
line 0372We’ll teach you to drink deep ere you depart.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 33 HORATIO
line 0373My lord, I came to see your father’s funeral.
line 0374I prithee, do not mock me, fellow student.
185line 0375I think it was to see my mother’s wedding.
line 0376Indeed, my lord, it followed hard upon.
line 0377Thrift, thrift, Horatio. The funeral baked meats
line 0378Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.
line 0379Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
190line 0380Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio!
line 0381My father—methinks I see my father.
line 0382Where, my lord?
line 0383HAMLETIn my mind’s eye, Horatio.
line 0384I saw him once. He was a goodly king.
195line 0385He was a man. Take him for all in all,
line 0386I shall not look upon his like again.
line 0387My lord, I think I saw him yesternight.
line 0388HAMLETSaw who?
line 0389My lord, the King your father.
200line 0390HAMLETThe King my father?
line 0391Season your admiration for a while
line 0392With an attent ear, till I may deliver
line 0393Upon the witness of these gentlemen
line 0394This marvel to you.
205line 0395HAMLETFor God’s love, let me hear!
line 0396Two nights together had these gentlemen,
line 0397Marcellus and Barnardo, on their watch,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 35 line 0398In the dead waste and middle of the night,
line 0399Been thus encountered: a figure like your father,
210line 0400Armed at point exactly, cap-à-pie,
line 0401Appears before them and with solemn march
line 0402Goes slow and stately by them. Thrice he walked
line 0403By their oppressed and fear-surprisèd eyes
line 0404Within his truncheon’s length, whilst they, distilled
215line 0405Almost to jelly with the act of fear,
line 0406Stand dumb and speak not to him. This to me
line 0407In dreadful secrecy impart they did,
line 0408And I with them the third night kept the watch,
line 0409Where, as they had delivered, both in time,
220line 0410Form of the thing (each word made true and good),
line 0411The apparition comes. I knew your father;
line 0412These hands are not more like.
line 0413HAMLETBut where was this?
line 0414My lord, upon the platform where we watch.
225line 0415Did you not speak to it?
line 0416HORATIOMy lord, I did,
line 0417But answer made it none. Yet once methought
line 0418It lifted up its head and did address
line 0419Itself to motion, like as it would speak;
230line 0420But even then the morning cock crew loud,
line 0421And at the sound it shrunk in haste away
line 0422And vanished from our sight.
line 0423HAMLET’Tis very strange.
line 0424As I do live, my honored lord, ’tis true.
235line 0425And we did think it writ down in our duty
line 0426To let you know of it.
line 0427HAMLETIndeed, sirs, but this troubles me.
line 0428Hold you the watch tonight?
line 0429ALLWe do, my lord.
240line 0430Armed, say you?
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 37 line 0431ALLArmed, my lord.
line 0432HAMLETFrom top to toe?
line 0433ALLMy lord, from head to foot.
line 0434HAMLETThen saw you not his face?
245line 0435O, yes, my lord, he wore his beaver up.
line 0436HAMLETWhat, looked he frowningly?
line 0437A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.
line 0438HAMLETPale or red?
line 0439Nay, very pale.
250line 0440HAMLETAnd fixed his eyes upon you?
line 0441Most constantly.
line 0442HAMLETI would I had been there.
line 0443HORATIOIt would have much amazed you.
line 0444HAMLETVery like. Stayed it long?
255line 0445While one with moderate haste might tell a
line 0446hundred.
line 0447BARNARDO/MARCELLUSLonger, longer.
line 0448Not when I saw ’t.
line 0449HAMLETHis beard was grizzled, no?
260line 0450It was as I have seen it in his life,
line 0451A sable silvered.
line 0452HAMLETI will watch tonight.
line 0453Perchance ’twill walk again.
line 0454HORATIOI warrant it will.
265line 0455If it assume my noble father’s person,
line 0456I’ll speak to it, though hell itself should gape
line 0457And bid me hold my peace. I pray you all,
line 0458If you have hitherto concealed this sight,
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 39 line 0459Let it be tenable in your silence still;
270line 0460And whatsomever else shall hap tonight,
line 0461Give it an understanding but no tongue.
line 0462I will requite your loves. So fare you well.
line 0463Upon the platform, ’twixt eleven and twelve,
line 0464I’ll visit you.
275line 0465ALLOur duty to your Honor.
line 0466Your loves, as mine to you. Farewell.

All but Hamlet exit.

line 0467My father’s spirit—in arms! All is not well.
line 0468I doubt some foul play. Would the night were come!
line 0469Till then, sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise,
280line 0470Though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s
line 0471eyes.

He exits.

Scene 3

Enter Laertes and Ophelia, his sister.

line 0472My necessaries are embarked. Farewell.
line 0473And, sister, as the winds give benefit
line 0474And convey is assistant, do not sleep,
line 0475But let me hear from you.
5line 0476OPHELIADo you doubt that?
line 0477For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favor,
line 0478Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood,
line 0479A violet in the youth of primy nature,
line 0480Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
10line 0481The perfume and suppliance of a minute,
line 0482No more.
line 0483OPHELIANo more but so?
line 0484LAERTESThink it no more.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 41 line 0485For nature, crescent, does not grow alone
15line 0486In thews and bulk, but, as this temple waxes,
line 0487The inward service of the mind and soul
line 0488Grows wide withal. Perhaps he loves you now,
line 0489And now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch
line 0490The virtue of his will; but you must fear,
20line 0491His greatness weighed, his will is not his own,
line 0492For he himself is subject to his birth.
line 0493He may not, as unvalued persons do,
line 0494Carve for himself, for on his choice depends
line 0495The safety and the health of this whole state.
25line 0496And therefore must his choice be circumscribed
line 0497Unto the voice and yielding of that body
line 0498Whereof he is the head. Then, if he says he loves
line 0499you,
line 0500It fits your wisdom so far to believe it
30line 0501As he in his particular act and place
line 0502May give his saying deed, which is no further
line 0503Than the main voice of Denmark goes withal.
line 0504Then weigh what loss your honor may sustain
line 0505If with too credent ear you list his songs
35line 0506Or lose your heart or your chaste treasure open
line 0507To his unmastered importunity.
line 0508Fear it, Ophelia; fear it, my dear sister,
line 0509And keep you in the rear of your affection,
line 0510Out of the shot and danger of desire.
40line 0511The chariest maid is prodigal enough
line 0512If she unmask her beauty to the moon.
line 0513Virtue itself ’scapes not calumnious strokes.
line 0514The canker galls the infants of the spring
line 0515Too oft before their buttons be disclosed,
45line 0516And, in the morn and liquid dew of youth,
line 0517Contagious blastments are most imminent.
line 0518Be wary, then; best safety lies in fear.
line 0519Youth to itself rebels, though none else near.
line 0520I shall the effect of this good lesson keep
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 43 50line 0521As watchman to my heart. But, good my brother,
line 0522Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
line 0523Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
line 0524Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
line 0525Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads
55line 0526And recks not his own rede.
line 0527LAERTESO, fear me not.

Enter Polonius.

line 0528I stay too long. But here my father comes.
line 0529A double blessing is a double grace.
line 0530Occasion smiles upon a second leave.
60line 0531Yet here, Laertes? Aboard, aboard, for shame!
line 0532The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail,
line 0533And you are stayed for. There, my blessing with
line 0534thee.
line 0535And these few precepts in thy memory
65line 0536Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
line 0537Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
line 0538Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
line 0539Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
line 0540Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel,
70line 0541But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
line 0542Of each new-hatched, unfledged courage. Beware
line 0543Of entrance to a quarrel, but, being in,
line 0544Bear ’t that th’ opposèd may beware of thee.
line 0545Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
75line 0546Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.
line 0547Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
line 0548But not expressed in fancy (rich, not gaudy),
line 0549For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
line 0550And they in France of the best rank and station
80line 0551Are of a most select and generous chief in that.
line 0552Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
line 0553For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 45 line 0554And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
line 0555This above all: to thine own self be true,
85line 0556And it must follow, as the night the day,
line 0557Thou canst not then be false to any man.
line 0558Farewell. My blessing season this in thee.
line 0559Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.
line 0560The time invests you. Go, your servants tend.
90line 0561Farewell, Ophelia, and remember well
line 0562What I have said to you.
line 0563OPHELIA’Tis in my memory locked,
line 0564And you yourself shall keep the key of it.
line 0565LAERTESFarewell.Laertes exits.
95line 0566What is ’t, Ophelia, he hath said to you?
line 0567So please you, something touching the Lord
line 0568Hamlet.
line 0569POLONIUSMarry, well bethought.
line 0570’Tis told me he hath very oft of late
100line 0571Given private time to you, and you yourself
line 0572Have of your audience been most free and
line 0573bounteous.
line 0574If it be so (as so ’tis put on me,
line 0575And that in way of caution), I must tell you
105line 0576You do not understand yourself so clearly
line 0577As it behooves my daughter and your honor.
line 0578What is between you? Give me up the truth.
line 0579He hath, my lord, of late made many tenders
line 0580Of his affection to me.
110line 0581Affection, puh! You speak like a green girl
line 0582Unsifted in such perilous circumstance.
line 0583Do you believe his “tenders,” as you call them?
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 47 OPHELIA
line 0584I do not know, my lord, what I should think.
line 0585Marry, I will teach you. Think yourself a baby
115line 0586That you have ta’en these tenders for true pay,
line 0587Which are not sterling. Tender yourself more dearly,
line 0588Or (not to crack the wind of the poor phrase,
line 0589Running it thus) you’ll tender me a fool.
line 0590My lord, he hath importuned me with love
120line 0591In honorable fashion—
line 0592Ay, “fashion” you may call it. Go to, go to!
line 0593And hath given countenance to his speech, my lord,
line 0594With almost all the holy vows of heaven.
line 0595Ay, springes to catch woodcocks. I do know,
125line 0596When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul
line 0597Lends the tongue vows. These blazes, daughter,
line 0598Giving more light than heat, extinct in both
line 0599Even in their promise as it is a-making,
line 0600You must not take for fire. From this time
130line 0601Be something scanter of your maiden presence.
line 0602Set your entreatments at a higher rate
line 0603Than a command to parle. For Lord Hamlet,
line 0604Believe so much in him that he is young,
line 0605And with a larger tether may he walk
135line 0606Than may be given you. In few, Ophelia,
line 0607Do not believe his vows, for they are brokers,
line 0608Not of that dye which their investments show,
line 0609But mere implorators of unholy suits,
line 0610Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds
140line 0611The better to beguile. This is for all:
line 0612I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth
line 0613Have you so slander any moment leisure
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 49 line 0614As to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet.
line 0615Look to ’t, I charge you. Come your ways.
145line 0616OPHELIAI shall obey, my lord.

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Hamlet, Horatio, and Marcellus.

line 0617The air bites shrewdly; it is very cold.
line 0618It is a nipping and an eager air.
line 0619HAMLETWhat hour now?
line 0620HORATIOI think it lacks of twelve.
5line 0621MARCELLUSNo, it is struck.
line 0622Indeed, I heard it not. It then draws near the season
line 0623Wherein the spirit held his wont to walk.

A flourish of trumpets and two pieces goes off.

line 0624What does this mean, my lord?
line 0625The King doth wake tonight and takes his rouse,
10line 0626Keeps wassail, and the swagg’ring upspring reels;
line 0627And, as he drains his draughts of Rhenish down,
line 0628The kettledrum and trumpet thus bray out
line 0629The triumph of his pledge.
line 0630HORATIOIs it a custom?
15line 0631HAMLETAy, marry, is ’t,
line 0632But, to my mind, though I am native here
line 0633And to the manner born, it is a custom
line 0634More honored in the breach than the observance.
line 0635This heavy-headed revel east and west
20line 0636Makes us traduced and taxed of other nations.
line 0637They clepe us drunkards and with swinish phrase
line 0638Soil our addition. And, indeed, it takes
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 51 line 0639From our achievements, though performed at
line 0640height,
25line 0641The pith and marrow of our attribute.
line 0642So oft it chances in particular men
line 0643That for some vicious mole of nature in them,
line 0644As in their birth (wherein they are not guilty,
line 0645Since nature cannot choose his origin),
30line 0646By the o’ergrowth of some complexion
line 0647(Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason),
line 0648Or by some habit that too much o’erleavens
line 0649The form of plausive manners—that these men,
line 0650Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect,
35line 0651Being nature’s livery or fortune’s star,
line 0652His virtues else, be they as pure as grace,
line 0653As infinite as man may undergo,
line 0654Shall in the general censure take corruption
line 0655From that particular fault. The dram of evil
40line 0656Doth all the noble substance of a doubt
line 0657To his own scandal.

Enter Ghost.

line 0658HORATIOLook, my lord, it comes.
line 0659Angels and ministers of grace, defend us!
line 0660Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damned,
45line 0661Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from
line 0662hell,
line 0663Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
line 0664Thou com’st in such a questionable shape
line 0665That I will speak to thee. I’ll call thee “Hamlet,”
50line 0666“King,” “Father,” “Royal Dane.” O, answer me!
line 0667Let me not burst in ignorance, but tell
line 0668Why thy canonized bones, hearsèd in death,
line 0669Have burst their cerements; why the sepulcher,
line 0670Wherein we saw thee quietly interred,
55line 0671Hath oped his ponderous and marble jaws
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 53 line 0672To cast thee up again. What may this mean
line 0673That thou, dead corse, again in complete steel,
line 0674Revisits thus the glimpses of the moon,
line 0675Making night hideous, and we fools of nature
60line 0676So horridly to shake our disposition
line 0677With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?
line 0678Say, why is this? Wherefore? What should we do?

Ghost beckons.

line 0679It beckons you to go away with it
line 0680As if it some impartment did desire
65line 0681To you alone.
line 0682MARCELLUSLook with what courteous action
line 0683It waves you to a more removèd ground.
line 0684But do not go with it.
line 0685HORATIONo, by no means.
70line 0686It will not speak. Then I will follow it.
line 0687Do not, my lord.
line 0688HAMLETWhy, what should be the fear?
line 0689I do not set my life at a pin’s fee.
line 0690And for my soul, what can it do to that,
75line 0691Being a thing immortal as itself?
line 0692It waves me forth again. I’ll follow it.
line 0693What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord?
line 0694Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff
line 0695That beetles o’er his base into the sea,
80line 0696And there assume some other horrible form
line 0697Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason
line 0698And draw you into madness? Think of it.
line 0699The very place puts toys of desperation,
line 0700Without more motive, into every brain
85line 0701That looks so many fathoms to the sea
line 0702And hears it roar beneath.
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 55 HAMLET
line 0703It waves me still.—Go on, I’ll follow thee.
line 0704You shall not go, my lord.They hold back Hamlet.
line 0705HAMLETHold off your hands.
90line 0706Be ruled. You shall not go.
line 0707HAMLETMy fate cries out
line 0708And makes each petty arture in this body
line 0709As hardy as the Nemean lion’s nerve.
line 0710Still am I called. Unhand me, gentlemen.
95line 0711By heaven, I’ll make a ghost of him that lets me!
line 0712I say, away!—Go on. I’ll follow thee.

Ghost and Hamlet exit.

line 0713He waxes desperate with imagination.
line 0714Let’s follow. ’Tis not fit thus to obey him.
line 0715Have after. To what issue will this come?
100line 0716Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
line 0717Heaven will direct it.
line 0718MARCELLUSNay, let’s follow him.

They exit.

Scene 5

Enter Ghost and Hamlet.

line 0719Whither wilt thou lead me? Speak. I’ll go no
line 0720further.
line 0721Mark me.
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 57 line 0722HAMLETI will.
5line 0723GHOSTMy hour is almost come
line 0724When I to sulf’rous and tormenting flames
line 0725Must render up myself.
line 0726HAMLETAlas, poor ghost!
line 0727Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing
10line 0728To what I shall unfold.
line 0729HAMLETSpeak. I am bound to hear.
line 0730So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear.
line 0731HAMLETWhat?
line 0732GHOSTI am thy father’s spirit,
15line 0733Doomed for a certain term to walk the night
line 0734And for the day confined to fast in fires
line 0735Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
line 0736Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid
line 0737To tell the secrets of my prison house,
20line 0738I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
line 0739Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
line 0740Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their
line 0741spheres,
line 0742Thy knotted and combinèd locks to part,
25line 0743And each particular hair to stand an end,
line 0744Like quills upon the fearful porpentine.
line 0745But this eternal blazon must not be
line 0746To ears of flesh and blood. List, list, O list!
line 0747If thou didst ever thy dear father love—
30line 0748HAMLETO God!
line 0749Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
line 0750HAMLETMurder?
line 0751Murder most foul, as in the best it is,
line 0752But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.
35line 0753Haste me to know ’t, that I, with wings as swift
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 59 line 0754As meditation or the thoughts of love,
line 0755May sweep to my revenge.
line 0756GHOSTI find thee apt;
line 0757And duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed
40line 0758That roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf,
line 0759Wouldst thou not stir in this. Now, Hamlet, hear.
line 0760’Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard,
line 0761A serpent stung me. So the whole ear of Denmark
line 0762Is by a forgèd process of my death
45line 0763Rankly abused. But know, thou noble youth,
line 0764The serpent that did sting thy father’s life
line 0765Now wears his crown.
line 0766HAMLETO, my prophetic soul! My uncle!
line 0767Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,
50line 0768With witchcraft of his wits, with traitorous gifts—
line 0769O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power
line 0770So to seduce!—won to his shameful lust
line 0771The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen.
line 0772O Hamlet, what a falling off was there!
55line 0773From me, whose love was of that dignity
line 0774That it went hand in hand even with the vow
line 0775I made to her in marriage, and to decline
line 0776Upon a wretch whose natural gifts were poor
line 0777To those of mine.
60line 0778But virtue, as it never will be moved,
line 0779Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven,
line 0780So, lust, though to a radiant angel linked,
line 0781Will sate itself in a celestial bed
line 0782And prey on garbage.
65line 0783But soft, methinks I scent the morning air.
line 0784Brief let me be. Sleeping within my orchard,
line 0785My custom always of the afternoon,
line 0786Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole
line 0787With juice of cursèd hebona in a vial
70line 0788And in the porches of my ears did pour
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 61 line 0789The leprous distilment, whose effect
line 0790Holds such an enmity with blood of man
line 0791That swift as quicksilver it courses through
line 0792The natural gates and alleys of the body,
75line 0793And with a sudden vigor it doth posset
line 0794And curd, like eager droppings into milk,
line 0795The thin and wholesome blood. So did it mine,
line 0796And a most instant tetter barked about,
line 0797Most lazar-like, with vile and loathsome crust
80line 0798All my smooth body.
line 0799Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother’s hand
line 0800Of life, of crown, of queen at once dispatched,
line 0801Cut off, even in the blossoms of my sin,
line 0802Unhouseled, disappointed, unaneled,
85line 0803No reck’ning made, but sent to my account
line 0804With all my imperfections on my head.
line 0805O horrible, O horrible, most horrible!
line 0806If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not.
line 0807Let not the royal bed of Denmark be
90line 0808A couch for luxury and damnèd incest.
line 0809But, howsomever thou pursues this act,
line 0810Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive
line 0811Against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven
line 0812And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge
95line 0813To prick and sting her. Fare thee well at once.
line 0814The glowworm shows the matin to be near
line 0815And ’gins to pale his uneffectual fire.
line 0816Adieu, adieu, adieu. Remember me.He exits.
line 0817O all you host of heaven! O Earth! What else?
100line 0818And shall I couple hell? O fie! Hold, hold, my heart,
line 0819And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,
line 0820But bear me stiffly up. Remember thee?
line 0821Ay, thou poor ghost, whiles memory holds a seat
line 0822In this distracted globe. Remember thee?
105line 0823Yea, from the table of my memory
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 63 line 0824I’ll wipe away all trivial, fond records,
line 0825All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past,
line 0826That youth and observation copied there,
line 0827And thy commandment all alone shall live
110line 0828Within the book and volume of my brain,
line 0829Unmixed with baser matter. Yes, by heaven!
line 0830O most pernicious woman!
line 0831O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain!
line 0832My tables—meet it is I set it down
115line 0833That one may smile and smile and be a villain.
line 0834At least I am sure it may be so in Denmark.

He writes.

line 0835So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word.
line 0836It is “adieu, adieu, remember me.”
line 0837I have sworn ’t.

Enter Horatio and Marcellus.

120line 0838HORATIOMy lord, my lord!
line 0839MARCELLUSLord Hamlet.
line 0840HORATIOHeavens secure him!
line 0841HAMLETSo be it.
line 0842MARCELLUSIllo, ho, ho, my lord!
125line 0843HAMLETHillo, ho, ho, boy! Come, bird, come!
line 0844How is ’t, my noble lord?
line 0845HORATIOWhat news, my lord?
line 0846HAMLETO, wonderful!
line 0847Good my lord, tell it.
130line 0848HAMLETNo, you will reveal it.
line 0849Not I, my lord, by heaven.
line 0850MARCELLUSNor I, my lord.
line 0851How say you, then? Would heart of man once think
line 0852it?
135line 0853But you’ll be secret?
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 65 line 0854HORATIO/MARCELLUS Ay, by heaven, my lord.
line 0855There’s never a villain dwelling in all Denmark
line 0856But he’s an arrant knave.
line 0857There needs no ghost, my lord, come from the grave
140line 0858To tell us this.
line 0859HAMLETWhy, right, you are in the right.
line 0860And so, without more circumstance at all,
line 0861I hold it fit that we shake hands and part,
line 0862You, as your business and desire shall point you
145line 0863(For every man hath business and desire,
line 0864Such as it is), and for my own poor part,
line 0865I will go pray.
line 0866These are but wild and whirling words, my lord.
line 0867I am sorry they offend you, heartily;
150line 0868Yes, faith, heartily.
line 0869HORATIOThere’s no offense, my lord.
line 0870Yes, by Saint Patrick, but there is, Horatio,
line 0871And much offense, too. Touching this vision here,
line 0872It is an honest ghost—that let me tell you.
155line 0873For your desire to know what is between us,
line 0874O’ermaster ’t as you may. And now, good friends,
line 0875As you are friends, scholars, and soldiers,
line 0876Give me one poor request.
line 0877HORATIOWhat is ’t, my lord? We will.
160line 0878Never make known what you have seen tonight.
line 0879HORATIO/MARCELLUSMy lord, we will not.
line 0880HAMLETNay, but swear ’t.
line 0881HORATIOIn faith, my lord, not I.
line 0882MARCELLUSNor I, my lord, in faith.
165line 0883Upon my sword.
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 67 line 0884MARCELLUSWe have sworn, my lord, already.
line 0885HAMLETIndeed, upon my sword, indeed.
line 0886GHOSTcries under the stage Swear.
line 0887Ha, ha, boy, sayst thou so? Art thou there,
170line 0888truepenny?
line 0889Come on, you hear this fellow in the cellarage.
line 0890Consent to swear.
line 0891HORATIOPropose the oath, my lord.
line 0892Never to speak of this that you have seen,
175line 0893Swear by my sword.
line 0894GHOSTbeneath Swear.
line 0895Hic et ubique? Then we’ll shift our ground.
line 0896Come hither, gentlemen,
line 0897And lay your hands again upon my sword.
180line 0898Swear by my sword
line 0899Never to speak of this that you have heard.
line 0900GHOSTbeneath Swear by his sword.
line 0901Well said, old mole. Canst work i’ th’ earth so fast?—
line 0902A worthy pioner! Once more remove, good friends.
185line 0903O day and night, but this is wondrous strange.
line 0904And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
line 0905There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
line 0906Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. But come.
line 0907Here, as before, never, so help you mercy,
190line 0908How strange or odd some’er I bear myself
line 0909(As I perchance hereafter shall think meet
line 0910To put an antic disposition on)
line 0911That you, at such times seeing me, never shall,
line 0912With arms encumbered thus, or this headshake,
195line 0913Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase,
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 69 line 0914As “Well, well, we know,” or “We could an if we
line 0915would,”
line 0916Or “If we list to speak,” or “There be an if they
line 0917might,”
200line 0918Or such ambiguous giving-out, to note
line 0919That you know aught of me—this do swear,
line 0920So grace and mercy at your most need help you.
line 0921GHOSTbeneath Swear.
line 0922Rest, rest, perturbèd spirit.—So, gentlemen,
205line 0923With all my love I do commend me to you,
line 0924And what so poor a man as Hamlet is
line 0925May do t’ express his love and friending to you,
line 0926God willing, shall not lack. Let us go in together,
line 0927And still your fingers on your lips, I pray.
210line 0928The time is out of joint. O cursèd spite
line 0929That ever I was born to set it right!
line 0930Nay, come, let’s go together.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter old Polonius with his man Reynaldo.

line 0931Give him this money and these notes, Reynaldo.
line 0932REYNALDOI will, my lord.
line 0933You shall do marvelous wisely, good Reynaldo,
line 0934Before you visit him, to make inquire
5line 0935Of his behavior.
line 0936REYNALDOMy lord, I did intend it.
line 0937Marry, well said, very well said. Look you, sir,
line 0938Inquire me first what Danskers are in Paris;
line 0939And how, and who, what means, and where they
10line 0940keep,
line 0941What company, at what expense; and finding
line 0942By this encompassment and drift of question
line 0943That they do know my son, come you more nearer
line 0944Than your particular demands will touch it.
15line 0945Take you, as ’twere, some distant knowledge of him,
line 0946As thus: “I know his father and his friends
line 0947And, in part, him.” Do you mark this, Reynaldo?
line 0948REYNALDOAy, very well, my lord.
line 0949“And, in part, him, but,” you may say, “not well.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 75 20line 0950But if ’t be he I mean, he’s very wild,
line 0951Addicted so and so.” And there put on him
line 0952What forgeries you please—marry, none so rank
line 0953As may dishonor him, take heed of that,
line 0954But, sir, such wanton, wild, and usual slips
25line 0955As are companions noted and most known
line 0956To youth and liberty.
line 0957REYNALDOAs gaming, my lord.
line 0958POLONIUSAy, or drinking, fencing, swearing,
line 0959Quarreling, drabbing—you may go so far.
30line 0960REYNALDOMy lord, that would dishonor him.
line 0961Faith, no, as you may season it in the charge.
line 0962You must not put another scandal on him
line 0963That he is open to incontinency;
line 0964That’s not my meaning. But breathe his faults so
35line 0965quaintly
line 0966That they may seem the taints of liberty,
line 0967The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind,
line 0968A savageness in unreclaimèd blood,
line 0969Of general assault.
40line 0970REYNALDOBut, my good lord—
line 0971POLONIUSWherefore should you do this?
line 0972REYNALDOAy, my lord, I would know that.
line 0973POLONIUSMarry, sir, here’s my drift,
line 0974And I believe it is a fetch of wit.
45line 0975You, laying these slight sullies on my son,
line 0976As ’twere a thing a little soiled i’ th’ working,
line 0977Mark you, your party in converse, him you would
line 0978sound,
line 0979Having ever seen in the prenominate crimes
50line 0980The youth you breathe of guilty, be assured
line 0981He closes with you in this consequence:
line 0982“Good sir,” or so, or “friend,” or “gentleman,”
line 0983According to the phrase or the addition
line 0984Of man and country—
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 77 55line 0985REYNALDOVery good, my lord.
line 0986POLONIUSAnd then, sir, does he this, he does—what
line 0987was I about to say? By the Mass, I was about to say
line 0988something. Where did I leave?
line 0989REYNALDOAt “closes in the consequence,” at “friend,
60line 0990or so,” and “gentleman.”
line 0991At “closes in the consequence”—ay, marry—
line 0992He closes thus: “I know the gentleman.
line 0993I saw him yesterday,” or “th’ other day”
line 0994(Or then, or then, with such or such), “and as you
65line 0995say,
line 0996There was he gaming, there o’ertook in ’s rouse,
line 0997There falling out at tennis”; or perchance
line 0998“I saw him enter such a house of sale”—
line 0999Videlicet, a brothel—or so forth. See you now
70line 1000Your bait of falsehood take this carp of truth;
line 1001And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,
line 1002With windlasses and with assays of bias,
line 1003By indirections find directions out.
line 1004So by my former lecture and advice
75line 1005Shall you my son. You have me, have you not?
line 1006My lord, I have.
line 1007POLONIUSGod be wi’ you. Fare you well.
line 1008REYNALDOGood my lord.
line 1009Observe his inclination in yourself.
80line 1010REYNALDOI shall, my lord.
line 1011POLONIUSAnd let him ply his music.
line 1012REYNALDOWell, my lord.
line 1013Farewell.Reynaldo exits.

Enter Ophelia.

line 1014How now, Ophelia, what’s the matter?
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 79 OPHELIA
85line 1015O, my lord, my lord, I have been so affrighted!
line 1016POLONIUSWith what, i’ th’ name of God?
line 1017My lord, as I was sewing in my closet,
line 1018Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbraced,
line 1019No hat upon his head, his stockings fouled,
90line 1020Ungartered, and down-gyvèd to his ankle,
line 1021Pale as his shirt, his knees knocking each other,
line 1022And with a look so piteous in purport
line 1023As if he had been loosèd out of hell
line 1024To speak of horrors—he comes before me.
95line 1025Mad for thy love?
line 1026OPHELIAMy lord, I do not know,
line 1027But truly I do fear it.
line 1028POLONIUSWhat said he?
line 1029He took me by the wrist and held me hard.
100line 1030Then goes he to the length of all his arm,
line 1031And, with his other hand thus o’er his brow,
line 1032He falls to such perusal of my face
line 1033As he would draw it. Long stayed he so.
line 1034At last, a little shaking of mine arm,
105line 1035And thrice his head thus waving up and down,
line 1036He raised a sigh so piteous and profound
line 1037As it did seem to shatter all his bulk
line 1038And end his being. That done, he lets me go,
line 1039And, with his head over his shoulder turned,
110line 1040He seemed to find his way without his eyes,
line 1041For out o’ doors he went without their helps
line 1042And to the last bended their light on me.
line 1043Come, go with me. I will go seek the King.
line 1044This is the very ecstasy of love,
115line 1045Whose violent property fordoes itself
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 81 line 1046And leads the will to desperate undertakings
line 1047As oft as any passions under heaven
line 1048That does afflict our natures. I am sorry.
line 1049What, have you given him any hard words of late?
120line 1050No, my good lord, but as you did command
line 1051I did repel his letters and denied
line 1052His access to me.
line 1053POLONIUSThat hath made him mad.
line 1054I am sorry that with better heed and judgment
125line 1055I had not coted him. I feared he did but trifle
line 1056And meant to wrack thee. But beshrew my jealousy!
line 1057By heaven, it is as proper to our age
line 1058To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions
line 1059As it is common for the younger sort
130line 1060To lack discretion. Come, go we to the King.
line 1061This must be known, which, being kept close, might
line 1062move
line 1063More grief to hide than hate to utter love.
line 1064Come.

They exit.

Scene 2

Flourish. Enter King and Queen, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Attendants.

line 1065Welcome, dear Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
line 1066Moreover that we much did long to see you,
line 1067The need we have to use you did provoke
line 1068Our hasty sending. Something have you heard
5line 1069Of Hamlet’s transformation, so call it,
line 1070Sith nor th’ exterior nor the inward man
line 1071Resembles that it was. What it should be,
line 1072More than his father’s death, that thus hath put him
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 83 line 1073So much from th’ understanding of himself
10line 1074I cannot dream of. I entreat you both
line 1075That, being of so young days brought up with him
line 1076And sith so neighbored to his youth and havior,
line 1077That you vouchsafe your rest here in our court
line 1078Some little time, so by your companies
15line 1079To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather
line 1080So much as from occasion you may glean,
line 1081Whether aught to us unknown afflicts him thus
line 1082That, opened, lies within our remedy.
line 1083Good gentlemen, he hath much talked of you,
20line 1084And sure I am two men there is not living
line 1085To whom he more adheres. If it will please you
line 1086To show us so much gentry and goodwill
line 1087As to expend your time with us awhile
line 1088For the supply and profit of our hope,
25line 1089Your visitation shall receive such thanks
line 1090As fits a king’s remembrance.
line 1091ROSENCRANTZBoth your Majesties
line 1092Might, by the sovereign power you have of us,
line 1093Put your dread pleasures more into command
30line 1094Than to entreaty.
line 1095GUILDENSTERNBut we both obey,
line 1096And here give up ourselves in the full bent
line 1097To lay our service freely at your feet,
line 1098To be commanded.
35line 1099Thanks, Rosencrantz and gentle Guildenstern.
line 1100Thanks, Guildenstern and gentle Rosencrantz.
line 1101And I beseech you instantly to visit
line 1102My too much changèd son.—Go, some of you,
line 1103And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is.
40line 1104Heavens make our presence and our practices
line 1105Pleasant and helpful to him!
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 85 line 1106QUEENAy, amen!

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern exit with some Attendants.

Enter Polonius.

line 1107Th’ ambassadors from Norway, my good lord,
line 1108Are joyfully returned.
45line 1109Thou still hast been the father of good news.
line 1110Have I, my lord? I assure my good liege
line 1111I hold my duty as I hold my soul,
line 1112Both to my God and to my gracious king,
line 1113And I do think, or else this brain of mine
50line 1114Hunts not the trail of policy so sure
line 1115As it hath used to do, that I have found
line 1116The very cause of Hamlet’s lunacy.
line 1117O, speak of that! That do I long to hear.
line 1118Give first admittance to th’ ambassadors.
55line 1119My news shall be the fruit to that great feast.
line 1120Thyself do grace to them and bring them in.

Polonius exits.

line 1121He tells me, my dear Gertrude, he hath found
line 1122The head and source of all your son’s distemper.
line 1123I doubt it is no other but the main—
60line 1124His father’s death and our o’erhasty marriage.
line 1125Well, we shall sift him.

Enter Ambassadors Voltemand and Cornelius with Polonius.

Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 87 line 1126Welcome, my good friends.
line 1127Say, Voltemand, what from our brother Norway?
line 1128Most fair return of greetings and desires.
65line 1129Upon our first, he sent out to suppress
line 1130His nephew’s levies, which to him appeared
line 1131To be a preparation ’gainst the Polack,
line 1132But, better looked into, he truly found
line 1133It was against your Highness. Whereat, grieved
70line 1134That so his sickness, age, and impotence
line 1135Was falsely borne in hand, sends out arrests
line 1136On Fortinbras, which he, in brief, obeys,
line 1137Receives rebuke from Norway, and, in fine,
line 1138Makes vow before his uncle never more
75line 1139To give th’ assay of arms against your Majesty.
line 1140Whereon old Norway, overcome with joy,
line 1141Gives him three-score thousand crowns in annual
line 1142fee
line 1143And his commission to employ those soldiers,
80line 1144So levied as before, against the Polack,
line 1145With an entreaty, herein further shown,

He gives a paper.

line 1146That it might please you to give quiet pass
line 1147Through your dominions for this enterprise,
line 1148On such regards of safety and allowance
85line 1149As therein are set down.
line 1150KINGIt likes us well,
line 1151And, at our more considered time, we’ll read,
line 1152Answer, and think upon this business.
line 1153Meantime, we thank you for your well-took labor.
90line 1154Go to your rest. At night we’ll feast together.
line 1155Most welcome home!

Voltemand and Cornelius exit.

line 1156POLONIUSThis business is well ended.
line 1157My liege, and madam, to expostulate
line 1158What majesty should be, what duty is,
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 89 95line 1159Why day is day, night night, and time is time
line 1160Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time.
line 1161Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
line 1162And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
line 1163I will be brief. Your noble son is mad.
100line 1164“Mad” call I it, for, to define true madness,
line 1165What is ’t but to be nothing else but mad?
line 1166But let that go.
line 1167QUEENMore matter with less art.
line 1168Madam, I swear I use no art at all.
105line 1169That he’s mad, ’tis true; ’tis true ’tis pity,
line 1170And pity ’tis ’tis true—a foolish figure,
line 1171But farewell it, for I will use no art.
line 1172Mad let us grant him then, and now remains
line 1173That we find out the cause of this effect,
110line 1174Or, rather say, the cause of this defect,
line 1175For this effect defective comes by cause.
line 1176Thus it remains, and the remainder thus.
line 1177Perpend.
line 1178I have a daughter (have while she is mine)
115line 1179Who, in her duty and obedience, mark,
line 1180Hath given me this. Now gather and surmise.
line 1181He reads. To the celestial, and my soul’s idol, the
line 1182most beautified Ophelia—
line 1183That’s an ill phrase, a vile phrase; “beautified” is a
120line 1184vile phrase. But you shall hear. Thus: He reads.
line 1185In her excellent white bosom, these, etc.—
line 1186QUEENCame this from Hamlet to her?
line 1187Good madam, stay awhile. I will be faithful.
He reads the letter.
line 1188Doubt thou the stars are fire,
125line 1189Doubt that the sun doth move,
line 1190Doubt truth to be a liar,
line 1191But never doubt I love.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 91 line 1192O dear Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers. I have not
line 1193art to reckon my groans, but that I love thee best, O
130line 1194most best, believe it. Adieu.
line 1195Thine evermore, most dear lady, whilst
line 1196this machine is to him, Hamlet.
line 1197This, in obedience, hath my daughter shown me,
line 1198And more above, hath his solicitings,
135line 1199As they fell out by time, by means, and place,
line 1200All given to mine ear.
line 1201KINGBut how hath she received his love?
line 1202POLONIUSWhat do you think of me?
line 1203As of a man faithful and honorable.
140line 1204I would fain prove so. But what might you think,
line 1205When I had seen this hot love on the wing
line 1206(As I perceived it, I must tell you that,
line 1207Before my daughter told me), what might you,
line 1208Or my dear Majesty your queen here, think,
145line 1209If I had played the desk or table-book
line 1210Or given my heart a winking, mute and dumb,
line 1211Or looked upon this love with idle sight?
line 1212What might you think? No, I went round to work,
line 1213And my young mistress thus I did bespeak:
150line 1214“Lord Hamlet is a prince, out of thy star.
line 1215This must not be.” And then I prescripts gave her,
line 1216That she should lock herself from his resort,
line 1217Admit no messengers, receive no tokens;
line 1218Which done, she took the fruits of my advice,
155line 1219And he, repelled (a short tale to make),
line 1220Fell into a sadness, then into a fast,
line 1221Thence to a watch, thence into a weakness,
line 1222Thence to a lightness, and, by this declension,
line 1223Into the madness wherein now he raves
160line 1224And all we mourn for.
line 1225KINGto Queen Do you think ’tis this?
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 93 line 1226QUEENIt may be, very like.
line 1227Hath there been such a time (I would fain know
line 1228that)
165line 1229That I have positively said “’Tis so,”
line 1230When it proved otherwise?
line 1231KINGNot that I know.
line 1232Take this from this, if this be otherwise.
line 1233If circumstances lead me, I will find
170line 1234Where truth is hid, though it were hid, indeed,
line 1235Within the center.
line 1236KINGHow may we try it further?
line 1237You know sometimes he walks four hours together
line 1238Here in the lobby.
175line 1239QUEENSo he does indeed.
line 1240At such a time I’ll loose my daughter to him.
line 1241To the King. Be you and I behind an arras then.
line 1242Mark the encounter. If he love her not,
line 1243And be not from his reason fall’n thereon,
180line 1244Let me be no assistant for a state,
line 1245But keep a farm and carters.
line 1246KINGWe will try it.

Enter Hamlet reading  on a book.

line 1247But look where sadly the poor wretch comes
line 1248reading.
185line 1249Away, I do beseech you both, away.
line 1250I’ll board him presently. O, give me leave.

King and Queen exit with Attendants.

line 1251How does my good Lord Hamlet?
line 1252HAMLETWell, God-a-mercy.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 95 line 1253POLONIUSDo you know me, my lord?
190line 1254HAMLETExcellent well. You are a fishmonger.
line 1255POLONIUSNot I, my lord.
line 1256HAMLETThen I would you were so honest a man.
line 1257POLONIUSHonest, my lord?
line 1258HAMLETAy, sir. To be honest, as this world goes, is to
195line 1259be one man picked out of ten thousand.
line 1260POLONIUSThat’s very true, my lord.
line 1261HAMLETFor if the sun breed maggots in a dead
line 1262dog, being a good kissing carrion—Have you a
line 1263daughter?
200line 1264POLONIUSI have, my lord.
line 1265HAMLETLet her not walk i’ th’ sun. Conception is a
line 1266blessing, but, as your daughter may conceive,
line 1267friend, look to ’t.
line 1268POLONIUSaside How say you by that? Still harping on
205line 1269my daughter. Yet he knew me not at first; he said I
line 1270was a fishmonger. He is far gone. And truly, in my
line 1271youth, I suffered much extremity for love, very near
line 1272this. I’ll speak to him again.—What do you read, my
line 1273lord?
210line 1274HAMLETWords, words, words.
line 1275POLONIUSWhat is the matter, my lord?
line 1276HAMLETBetween who?
line 1277POLONIUSI mean the matter that you read, my lord.
line 1278HAMLETSlanders, sir; for the satirical rogue says here
215line 1279that old men have gray beards, that their faces are
line 1280wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and
line 1281plum-tree gum, and that they have a plentiful lack of
line 1282wit, together with most weak hams; all which, sir,
line 1283though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I
220line 1284hold it not honesty to have it thus set down; for
line 1285yourself, sir, shall grow old as I am, if, like a crab,
line 1286you could go backward.
line 1287POLONIUSaside Though this be madness, yet there is
line 1288method in ’t.—Will you walk out of the air, my lord?
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 97 225line 1289HAMLETInto my grave?
line 1290POLONIUSIndeed, that’s out of the air. Aside. How
line 1291pregnant sometimes his replies are! A happiness
line 1292that often madness hits on, which reason and
line 1293sanity could not so prosperously be delivered of. I
230line 1294will leave him and suddenly contrive the means of
line 1295meeting between him and my daughter.—My lord,
line 1296I will take my leave of you.
line 1297HAMLETYou cannot, sir, take from me anything that I
line 1298will more willingly part withal—except my life,
235line 1299except my life, except my life.
line 1300POLONIUSFare you well, my lord.
line 1301HAMLETaside These tedious old fools.

Enter Guildenstern and Rosencrantz.

line 1302POLONIUSYou go to seek the Lord Hamlet. There he is.
line 1303ROSENCRANTZto Polonius God save you, sir.

Polonius exits.

240line 1304GUILDENSTERNMy honored lord.
line 1305ROSENCRANTZMy most dear lord.
line 1306HAMLETMy excellent good friends! How dost thou,
line 1307Guildenstern? Ah, Rosencrantz! Good lads, how do
line 1308you both?
245line 1309As the indifferent children of the earth.
line 1310Happy in that we are not overhappy.
line 1311On Fortune’s cap, we are not the very button.
line 1312HAMLETNor the soles of her shoe?
line 1313ROSENCRANTZNeither, my lord.
250line 1314HAMLETThen you live about her waist, or in the
line 1315middle of her favors?
line 1316GUILDENSTERNFaith, her privates we.
line 1317HAMLETIn the secret parts of Fortune? O, most true!
line 1318She is a strumpet. What news?
255line 1319ROSENCRANTZNone, my lord, but that the world’s
line 1320grown honest.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 99 line 1321HAMLETThen is doomsday near. But your news is not
line 1322true. Let me question more in particular. What
line 1323have you, my good friends, deserved at the hands of
260line 1324Fortune that she sends you to prison hither?
line 1325GUILDENSTERNPrison, my lord?
line 1326HAMLETDenmark’s a prison.
line 1327ROSENCRANTZThen is the world one.
line 1328HAMLETA goodly one, in which there are many confines,
265line 1329wards, and dungeons, Denmark being one o’
line 1330th’ worst.
line 1331ROSENCRANTZWe think not so, my lord.
line 1332HAMLETWhy, then, ’tis none to you, for there is
line 1333nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it
270line 1334so. To me, it is a prison.
line 1335ROSENCRANTZWhy, then, your ambition makes it one.
line 1336’Tis too narrow for your mind.
line 1337HAMLETO God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and
line 1338count myself a king of infinite space, were it not
275line 1339that I have bad dreams.
line 1340GUILDENSTERNWhich dreams, indeed, are ambition,
line 1341for the very substance of the ambitious is merely
line 1342the shadow of a dream.
line 1343HAMLETA dream itself is but a shadow.
280line 1344ROSENCRANTZTruly, and I hold ambition of so airy
line 1345and light a quality that it is but a shadow’s shadow.
line 1346HAMLETThen are our beggars bodies, and our monarchs
line 1347and outstretched heroes the beggars’ shadows.
line 1348Shall we to th’ court? For, by my fay, I cannot
285line 1349reason.
line 1350ROSENCRANTZ/GUILDENSTERNWe’ll wait upon you.
line 1351HAMLETNo such matter. I will not sort you with the
line 1352rest of my servants, for, to speak to you like an
line 1353honest man, I am most dreadfully attended. But,
290line 1354in the beaten way of friendship, what make you at
line 1355Elsinore?
line 1356ROSENCRANTZTo visit you, my lord, no other occasion.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 101 line 1357HAMLETBeggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks;
line 1358but I thank you, and sure, dear friends, my thanks
295line 1359are too dear a halfpenny. Were you not sent for?
line 1360Is it your own inclining? Is it a free visitation?
line 1361Come, come, deal justly with me. Come, come; nay,
line 1362speak.
line 1363GUILDENSTERNWhat should we say, my lord?
300line 1364HAMLETAnything but to th’ purpose. You were sent
line 1365for, and there is a kind of confession in your looks
line 1366which your modesties have not craft enough to
line 1367color. I know the good king and queen have sent for
line 1368you.
305line 1369ROSENCRANTZTo what end, my lord?
line 1370HAMLETThat you must teach me. But let me conjure
line 1371you by the rights of our fellowship, by the consonancy
line 1372of our youth, by the obligation of our ever-preserved
line 1373love, and by what more dear a better
310line 1374proposer can charge you withal: be even and direct
line 1375with me whether you were sent for or no.
line 1376ROSENCRANTZto Guildenstern What say you?
line 1377HAMLETaside Nay, then, I have an eye of you.—If
line 1378you love me, hold not off.
315line 1379GUILDENSTERNMy lord, we were sent for.
line 1380HAMLETI will tell you why; so shall my anticipation
line 1381prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the
line 1382King and Queen molt no feather. I have of late, but
line 1383wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all
320line 1384custom of exercises, and, indeed, it goes so heavily
line 1385with my disposition that this goodly frame, the
line 1386Earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most
line 1387excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging
line 1388firmament, this majestical roof, fretted
325line 1389with golden fire—why, it appeareth nothing to me
line 1390but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.
line 1391What a piece of work is a man, how noble in
line 1392reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 103 line 1393how express and admirable; in action how like
330line 1394an angel, in apprehension how like a god: the
line 1395beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and
line 1396yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man
line 1397delights not me, no, nor women neither, though by
line 1398your smiling you seem to say so.
335line 1399ROSENCRANTZMy lord, there was no such stuff in my
line 1400thoughts.
line 1401HAMLETWhy did you laugh, then, when I said “man
line 1402delights not me”?
line 1403ROSENCRANTZTo think, my lord, if you delight not in
340line 1404man, what Lenten entertainment the players shall
line 1405receive from you. We coted them on the way, and
line 1406hither are they coming to offer you service.
line 1407HAMLETHe that plays the king shall be welcome—his
line 1408Majesty shall have tribute on me. The adventurous
345line 1409knight shall use his foil and target, the lover shall
line 1410not sigh gratis, the humorous man shall end his
line 1411part in peace, the clown shall make those laugh
line 1412whose lungs are tickle o’ th’ sear, and the lady
line 1413shall say her mind freely, or the blank verse shall
350line 1414halt for ’t. What players are they?
line 1415ROSENCRANTZEven those you were wont to take such
line 1416delight in, the tragedians of the city.
line 1417HAMLETHow chances it they travel? Their residence,
line 1418both in reputation and profit, was better both ways.
355line 1419ROSENCRANTZI think their inhibition comes by the
line 1420means of the late innovation.
line 1421HAMLETDo they hold the same estimation they did
line 1422when I was in the city? Are they so followed?
line 1423ROSENCRANTZNo, indeed are they not.
360line 1424HAMLETHow comes it? Do they grow rusty?
line 1425ROSENCRANTZNay, their endeavor keeps in the wonted
line 1426pace. But there is, sir, an aerie of children, little
line 1427eyases, that cry out on the top of question and are
line 1428most tyrannically clapped for ’t. These are now the
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 105 365line 1429fashion and so berattle the common stages (so
line 1430they call them) that many wearing rapiers are afraid
line 1431of goose quills and dare scarce come thither.
line 1432HAMLETWhat, are they children? Who maintains ’em?
line 1433How are they escoted? Will they pursue the quality
370line 1434no longer than they can sing? Will they not say
line 1435afterwards, if they should grow themselves to common
line 1436players (as it is most like, if their means are
line 1437no better), their writers do them wrong to make
line 1438them exclaim against their own succession?
375line 1439ROSENCRANTZFaith, there has been much to-do on
line 1440both sides, and the nation holds it no sin to tar
line 1441them to controversy. There was for a while no
line 1442money bid for argument unless the poet and the
line 1443player went to cuffs in the question.
380line 1444HAMLETIs ’t possible?
line 1445GUILDENSTERNO, there has been much throwing
line 1446about of brains.
line 1447HAMLETDo the boys carry it away?
line 1448ROSENCRANTZAy, that they do, my lord—Hercules
385line 1449and his load too.
line 1450HAMLETIt is not very strange; for my uncle is King of
line 1451Denmark, and those that would make mouths at
line 1452him while my father lived give twenty, forty, fifty,
line 1453a hundred ducats apiece for his picture in little.
390line 1454’Sblood, there is something in this more than natural,
line 1455if philosophy could find it out.

A flourish for the Players.

line 1456GUILDENSTERNThere are the players.
line 1457HAMLETGentlemen, you are welcome to Elsinore.
line 1458Your hands, come then. Th’ appurtenance of welcome
395line 1459is fashion and ceremony. Let me comply
line 1460with you in this garb, lest my extent to the players,
line 1461which, I tell you, must show fairly outwards, should
line 1462more appear like entertainment than yours. You are
line 1463welcome. But my uncle-father and aunt-mother are
400line 1464deceived.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 107 line 1465GUILDENSTERNIn what, my dear lord?
line 1466HAMLETI am but mad north-north-west. When the
line 1467wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.

Enter Polonius.

line 1468POLONIUSWell be with you, gentlemen.
405line 1469HAMLETHark you, Guildenstern, and you too—at
line 1470each ear a hearer! That great baby you see there is
line 1471not yet out of his swaddling clouts.
line 1472ROSENCRANTZHaply he is the second time come to
line 1473them, for they say an old man is twice a child.
410line 1474HAMLETI will prophesy he comes to tell me of the
line 1475players; mark it.—You say right, sir, a Monday
line 1476morning, ’twas then indeed.
line 1477POLONIUSMy lord, I have news to tell you.
line 1478HAMLETMy lord, I have news to tell you: when Roscius
415line 1479was an actor in Rome—
line 1480POLONIUSThe actors are come hither, my lord.
line 1481HAMLETBuzz, buzz.
line 1482POLONIUSUpon my honor—
line 1483HAMLETThen came each actor on his ass.
420line 1484POLONIUSThe best actors in the world, either for
line 1485tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical,
line 1486historical-pastoral, tragical-historical,
line 1487tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or
line 1488poem unlimited. Seneca cannot be too heavy, nor
425line 1489Plautus too light. For the law of writ and the liberty,
line 1490these are the only men.
line 1491HAMLETO Jephthah, judge of Israel, what a treasure
line 1492hadst thou!
line 1493POLONIUSWhat a treasure had he, my lord?
430line 1494HAMLETWhy,
line 1495One fair daughter, and no more,
line 1496The which he lovèd passing well.
line 1497POLONIUSaside Still on my daughter.
line 1498HAMLETAm I not i’ th’ right, old Jephthah?
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 109 435line 1499POLONIUSIf you call me “Jephthah,” my lord: I have a
line 1500daughter that I love passing well.
line 1501HAMLETNay, that follows not.
line 1502POLONIUSWhat follows then, my lord?
line 1503HAMLETWhy,
440line 1504As by lot, God wot
line 1505and then, you know,
line 1506It came to pass, as most like it was—
line 1507the first row of the pious chanson will show you
line 1508more, for look where my abridgment comes.

Enter the Players.

445line 1509You are welcome, masters; welcome all.—I am glad
line 1510to see thee well.—Welcome, good friends.—O my
line 1511old friend! Why, thy face is valanced since I saw thee
line 1512last. Com’st thou to beard me in Denmark?—What,
line 1513my young lady and mistress! By ’r Lady, your Ladyship
450line 1514is nearer to heaven than when I saw you last, by
line 1515the altitude of a chopine. Pray God your voice, like a
line 1516piece of uncurrent gold, be not cracked within the
line 1517ring. Masters, you are all welcome. We’ll e’en to ’t
line 1518like French falconers, fly at anything we see. We’ll
455line 1519have a speech straight. Come, give us a taste of your
line 1520quality. Come, a passionate speech.
line 1521FIRST PLAYERWhat speech, my good lord?
line 1522HAMLETI heard thee speak me a speech once, but it
line 1523was never acted, or, if it was, not above once; for
460line 1524the play, I remember, pleased not the million:
line 1525’twas caviary to the general. But it was (as I
line 1526received it, and others whose judgments in such
line 1527matters cried in the top of mine) an excellent play,
line 1528well digested in the scenes, set down with as much
465line 1529modesty as cunning. I remember one said there
line 1530were no sallets in the lines to make the matter
line 1531savory, nor no matter in the phrase that might indict
line 1532the author of affection, but called it an honest
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 111 line 1533method, as wholesome as sweet and, by very much,
470line 1534more handsome than fine. One speech in ’t I
line 1535chiefly loved. ’Twas Aeneas’ tale to Dido, and
line 1536thereabout of it especially when he speaks of
line 1537Priam’s slaughter. If it live in your memory, begin at
line 1538this line—let me see, let me see:
475line 1539The rugged Pyrrhus, like th’ Hyrcanian beast—
line 1540’tis not so; it begins with Pyrrhus:
line 1541The rugged Pyrrhus, he whose sable arms,
line 1542Black as his purpose, did the night resemble
line 1543When he lay couchèd in th’ ominous horse,
480line 1544Hath now this dread and black complexion smeared
line 1545With heraldry more dismal. Head to foot,
line 1546Now is he total gules, horridly tricked
line 1547With blood of fathers, mothers, daughters, sons,
line 1548Baked and impasted with the parching streets,
485line 1549That lend a tyrannous and a damnèd light
line 1550To their lord’s murder. Roasted in wrath and fire,
line 1551And thus o’ersizèd with coagulate gore,
line 1552With eyes like carbuncles, the hellish Pyrrhus
line 1553Old grandsire Priam seeks.
490line 1554So, proceed you.
line 1555POLONIUS’Fore God, my lord, well spoken, with good
line 1556accent and good discretion.
line 1557FIRST PLAYERAnon he finds him
line 1558Striking too short at Greeks. His antique sword,
495line 1559Rebellious to his arm, lies where it falls,
line 1560Repugnant to command. Unequal matched,
line 1561Pyrrhus at Priam drives, in rage strikes wide;
line 1562But with the whiff and wind of his fell sword
line 1563Th’ unnervèd father falls. Then senseless Ilium,
500line 1564Seeming to feel this blow, with flaming top
line 1565Stoops to his base, and with a hideous crash
line 1566Takes prisoner Pyrrhus’ ear. For lo, his sword,
line 1567Which was declining on the milky head
line 1568Of reverend Priam, seemed i’ th’ air to stick.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 113 505line 1569So as a painted tyrant Pyrrhus stood
line 1570And, like a neutral to his will and matter,
line 1571Did nothing.
line 1572But as we often see against some storm
line 1573A silence in the heavens, the rack stand still,
510line 1574The bold winds speechless, and the orb below
line 1575As hush as death, anon the dreadful thunder
line 1576Doth rend the region; so, after Pyrrhus’ pause,
line 1577Arousèd vengeance sets him new a-work,
line 1578And never did the Cyclops’ hammers fall
515line 1579On Mars’s armor, forged for proof eterne,
line 1580With less remorse than Pyrrhus’ bleeding sword
line 1581Now falls on Priam.
line 1582Out, out, thou strumpet Fortune! All you gods
line 1583In general synod take away her power,
520line 1584Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel,
line 1585And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven
line 1586As low as to the fiends!
line 1587POLONIUSThis is too long.
line 1588HAMLETIt shall to the barber’s with your beard.—
525line 1589Prithee say on. He’s for a jig or a tale of bawdry, or
line 1590he sleeps. Say on; come to Hecuba.
line 1591But who, ah woe, had seen the moblèd queen—
line 1592HAMLET“The moblèd queen”?
line 1593POLONIUSThat’s good. “Moblèd queen” is good.
530line 1594Run barefoot up and down, threat’ning the flames
line 1595With bisson rheum, a clout upon that head
line 1596Where late the diadem stood, and for a robe,
line 1597About her lank and all o’erteemèd loins
line 1598A blanket, in the alarm of fear caught up—
535line 1599Who this had seen, with tongue in venom steeped,
line 1600’Gainst Fortune’s state would treason have
line 1601pronounced.
line 1602But if the gods themselves did see her then
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 115 line 1603When she saw Pyrrhus make malicious sport
540line 1604In mincing with his sword her husband’s limbs,
line 1605The instant burst of clamor that she made
line 1606(Unless things mortal move them not at all)
line 1607Would have made milch the burning eyes of heaven
line 1608And passion in the gods.
545line 1609POLONIUSLook whe’er he has not turned his color and
line 1610has tears in ’s eyes. Prithee, no more.
line 1611HAMLET’Tis well. I’ll have thee speak out the rest of
line 1612this soon.—Good my lord, will you see the players
line 1613well bestowed? Do you hear, let them be well used,
550line 1614for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the
line 1615time. After your death you were better have a bad
line 1616epitaph than their ill report while you live.
line 1617POLONIUSMy lord, I will use them according to their
line 1618desert.
555line 1619HAMLETGod’s bodykins, man, much better! Use every
line 1620man after his desert and who shall ’scape
line 1621whipping? Use them after your own honor and
line 1622dignity. The less they deserve, the more merit is in
line 1623your bounty. Take them in.
560line 1624POLONIUSCome, sirs.
line 1625HAMLETFollow him, friends. We’ll hear a play
line 1626tomorrow. As Polonius and Players exit, Hamlet speaks to the First Player.
line 1627Dost thou hear me, old friend? Can
line 1628you play “The Murder of Gonzago”?
565line 1629FIRST PLAYERAy, my lord.
line 1630HAMLETWe’ll ha ’t tomorrow night. You could, for a
line 1631need, study a speech of some dozen or sixteen
line 1632lines, which I would set down and insert in ’t,
line 1633could you not?
570line 1634FIRST PLAYERAy, my lord.
line 1635HAMLETVery well. Follow that lord—and look you
line 1636mock him not. First Player exits. My good friends,
line 1637I’ll leave you till night. You are welcome to Elsinore.
line 1638ROSENCRANTZGood my lord.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 117 HAMLET
575line 1639Ay, so, good-bye to you.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern exit.

line 1640Now I am alone.
line 1641O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!
line 1642Is it not monstrous that this player here,
line 1643But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
580line 1644Could force his soul so to his own conceit
line 1645That from her working all his visage wanned,
line 1646Tears in his eyes, distraction in his aspect,
line 1647A broken voice, and his whole function suiting
line 1648With forms to his conceit—and all for nothing!
585line 1649For Hecuba!
line 1650What’s Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
line 1651That he should weep for her? What would he do
line 1652Had he the motive and the cue for passion
line 1653That I have? He would drown the stage with tears
590line 1654And cleave the general ear with horrid speech,
line 1655Make mad the guilty and appall the free,
line 1656Confound the ignorant and amaze indeed
line 1657The very faculties of eyes and ears. Yet I,
line 1658A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak
595line 1659Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause,
line 1660And can say nothing—no, not for a king
line 1661Upon whose property and most dear life
line 1662A damned defeat was made. Am I a coward?
line 1663Who calls me “villain”? breaks my pate across?
600line 1664Plucks off my beard and blows it in my face?
line 1665Tweaks me by the nose? gives me the lie i’ th’ throat
line 1666As deep as to the lungs? Who does me this?
line 1667Ha! ’Swounds, I should take it! For it cannot be
line 1668But I am pigeon-livered and lack gall
605line 1669To make oppression bitter, or ere this
line 1670I should have fatted all the region kites
line 1671With this slave’s offal. Bloody, bawdy villain!
line 1672Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless
line 1673villain!
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 119 610line 1674O vengeance!
line 1675Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave,
line 1676That I, the son of a dear father murdered,
line 1677Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,
line 1678Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words
615line 1679And fall a-cursing like a very drab,
line 1680A stallion! Fie upon ’t! Foh!
line 1681About, my brains!—Hum, I have heard
line 1682That guilty creatures sitting at a play
line 1683Have, by the very cunning of the scene,
620line 1684Been struck so to the soul that presently
line 1685They have proclaimed their malefactions;
line 1686For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
line 1687With most miraculous organ. I’ll have these players
line 1688Play something like the murder of my father
625line 1689Before mine uncle. I’ll observe his looks;
line 1690I’ll tent him to the quick. If he do blench,
line 1691I know my course. The spirit that I have seen
line 1692May be a devil, and the devil hath power
line 1693T’ assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps,
630line 1694Out of my weakness and my melancholy,
line 1695As he is very potent with such spirits,
line 1696Abuses me to damn me. I’ll have grounds
line 1697More relative than this. The play’s the thing
line 1698Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.

He exits.


Scene 1

Enter King, Queen, Polonius, Ophelia, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Lords.

line 1699And can you by no drift of conference
line 1700Get from him why he puts on this confusion,
line 1701Grating so harshly all his days of quiet
line 1702With turbulent and dangerous lunacy?
5line 1703He does confess he feels himself distracted,
line 1704But from what cause he will by no means speak.
line 1705Nor do we find him forward to be sounded,
line 1706But with a crafty madness keeps aloof
line 1707When we would bring him on to some confession
10line 1708Of his true state.
line 1709QUEENDid he receive you well?
line 1710ROSENCRANTZMost like a gentleman.
line 1711But with much forcing of his disposition.
line 1712Niggard of question, but of our demands
15line 1713Most free in his reply.
line 1714QUEENDid you assay him to any pastime?
line 1715Madam, it so fell out that certain players
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 125 line 1716We o’erraught on the way. Of these we told him,
line 1717And there did seem in him a kind of joy
20line 1718To hear of it. They are here about the court,
line 1719And, as I think, they have already order
line 1720This night to play before him.
line 1721POLONIUS’Tis most true,
line 1722And he beseeched me to entreat your Majesties
25line 1723To hear and see the matter.
line 1724With all my heart, and it doth much content me
line 1725To hear him so inclined.
line 1726Good gentlemen, give him a further edge
line 1727And drive his purpose into these delights.
30line 1728We shall, my lord.Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Lords exit.
line 1729KINGSweet Gertrude, leave us too,
line 1730For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither,
line 1731That he, as ’twere by accident, may here
line 1732Affront Ophelia.
35line 1733Her father and myself, lawful espials,
line 1734Will so bestow ourselves that, seeing unseen,
line 1735We may of their encounter frankly judge
line 1736And gather by him, as he is behaved,
line 1737If ’t be th’ affliction of his love or no
40line 1738That thus he suffers for.
line 1739QUEENI shall obey you.
line 1740And for your part, Ophelia, I do wish
line 1741That your good beauties be the happy cause
line 1742Of Hamlet’s wildness. So shall I hope your virtues
45line 1743Will bring him to his wonted way again,
line 1744To both your honors.
line 1745OPHELIAMadam, I wish it may.

Queen exits.

line 1746Ophelia, walk you here.—Gracious, so please you,
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 127 line 1747We will bestow ourselves. To Ophelia. Read on this
50line 1748book,
line 1749That show of such an exercise may color
line 1750Your loneliness.—We are oft to blame in this
line 1751(’Tis too much proved), that with devotion’s visage
line 1752And pious action we do sugar o’er
55line 1753The devil himself.
line 1754KINGaside O, ’tis too true!
line 1755How smart a lash that speech doth give my
line 1756conscience.
line 1757The harlot’s cheek beautied with plast’ring art
60line 1758Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it
line 1759Than is my deed to my most painted word.
line 1760O heavy burden!
line 1761I hear him coming. Let’s withdraw, my lord.

They withdraw.

Enter Hamlet.

line 1762To be or not to be—that is the question:
65line 1763Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
line 1764The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
line 1765Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
line 1766And, by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep—
line 1767No more—and by a sleep to say we end
70line 1768The heartache and the thousand natural shocks
line 1769That flesh is heir to—’tis a consummation
line 1770Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep—
line 1771To sleep, perchance to dream. Ay, there’s the rub,
line 1772For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
75line 1773When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
line 1774Must give us pause. There’s the respect
line 1775That makes calamity of so long life.
line 1776For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
line 1777Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 129 80line 1778The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
line 1779The insolence of office, and the spurns
line 1780That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
line 1781When he himself might his quietus make
line 1782With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
85line 1783To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
line 1784But that the dread of something after death,
line 1785The undiscovered country from whose bourn
line 1786No traveler returns, puzzles the will
line 1787And makes us rather bear those ills we have
90line 1788Than fly to others that we know not of?
line 1789Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
line 1790And thus the native hue of resolution
line 1791Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
line 1792And enterprises of great pitch and moment
95line 1793With this regard their currents turn awry
line 1794And lose the name of action.—Soft you now,
line 1795The fair Ophelia.—Nymph, in thy orisons
line 1796Be all my sins remembered.
line 1797OPHELIAGood my lord,
100line 1798How does your Honor for this many a day?
line 1799HAMLETI humbly thank you, well.
line 1800My lord, I have remembrances of yours
line 1801That I have longèd long to redeliver.
line 1802I pray you now receive them.
105line 1803No, not I. I never gave you aught.
line 1804My honored lord, you know right well you did,
line 1805And with them words of so sweet breath composed
line 1806As made the things more rich. Their perfume
line 1807lost,
110line 1808Take these again, for to the noble mind
line 1809Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
line 1810There, my lord.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 131 line 1811HAMLETHa, ha, are you honest?
line 1812OPHELIAMy lord?
115line 1813HAMLETAre you fair?
line 1814OPHELIAWhat means your Lordship?
line 1815HAMLETThat if you be honest and fair, your honesty
line 1816should admit no discourse to your beauty.
line 1817OPHELIACould beauty, my lord, have better commerce
120line 1818than with honesty?
line 1819HAMLETAy, truly, for the power of beauty will sooner
line 1820transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than
line 1821the force of honesty can translate beauty into his
line 1822likeness. This was sometime a paradox, but now
125line 1823the time gives it proof. I did love you once.
line 1824OPHELIAIndeed, my lord, you made me believe so.
line 1825HAMLETYou should not have believed me, for virtue
line 1826cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall
line 1827relish of it. I loved you not.
130line 1828OPHELIAI was the more deceived.
line 1829HAMLETGet thee to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be
line 1830a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest,
line 1831but yet I could accuse me of such things that it
line 1832were better my mother had not borne me: I am
135line 1833very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offenses
line 1834at my beck than I have thoughts to put them
line 1835in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act
line 1836them in. What should such fellows as I do crawling
line 1837between earth and heaven? We are arrant knaves
140line 1838all; believe none of us. Go thy ways to a nunnery.
line 1839Where’s your father?
line 1840OPHELIAAt home, my lord.
line 1841HAMLETLet the doors be shut upon him that he may
line 1842play the fool nowhere but in ’s own house. Farewell.
145line 1843OPHELIAO, help him, you sweet heavens!
line 1844HAMLETIf thou dost marry, I’ll give thee this plague
line 1845for thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as
line 1846snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 133 line 1847nunnery, farewell. Or if thou wilt needs marry,
150line 1848marry a fool, for wise men know well enough what
line 1849monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go, and
line 1850quickly too. Farewell.
line 1851OPHELIAHeavenly powers, restore him!
line 1852HAMLETI have heard of your paintings too, well
155line 1853enough. God hath given you one face, and you
line 1854make yourselves another. You jig and amble, and
line 1855you lisp; you nickname God’s creatures and make
line 1856your wantonness your ignorance. Go to, I’ll no
line 1857more on ’t. It hath made me mad. I say we will have
160line 1858no more marriage. Those that are married already,
line 1859all but one, shall live. The rest shall keep as they are.
line 1860To a nunnery, go.He exits.
line 1861O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!
line 1862The courtier’s, soldier’s, scholar’s, eye, tongue,
165line 1863sword,
line 1864Th’ expectancy and rose of the fair state,
line 1865The glass of fashion and the mold of form,
line 1866Th’ observed of all observers, quite, quite down!
line 1867And I, of ladies most deject and wretched,
170line 1868That sucked the honey of his musicked vows,
line 1869Now see that noble and most sovereign reason,
line 1870Like sweet bells jangled, out of time and harsh;
line 1871That unmatched form and stature of blown youth
line 1872Blasted with ecstasy. O, woe is me
175line 1873T’ have seen what I have seen, see what I see!
KINGadvancing with Polonius
line 1874Love? His affections do not that way tend;
line 1875Nor what he spake, though it lacked form a little,
line 1876Was not like madness. There’s something in his soul
line 1877O’er which his melancholy sits on brood,
180line 1878And I do doubt the hatch and the disclose
line 1879Will be some danger; which for to prevent,
line 1880I have in quick determination
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 135 line 1881Thus set it down: he shall with speed to England
line 1882For the demand of our neglected tribute.
185line 1883Haply the seas, and countries different,
line 1884With variable objects, shall expel
line 1885This something-settled matter in his heart,
line 1886Whereon his brains still beating puts him thus
line 1887From fashion of himself. What think you on ’t?
190line 1888It shall do well. But yet do I believe
line 1889The origin and commencement of his grief
line 1890Sprung from neglected love.—How now, Ophelia?
line 1891You need not tell us what Lord Hamlet said;
line 1892We heard it all.—My lord, do as you please,
195line 1893But, if you hold it fit, after the play
line 1894Let his queen-mother all alone entreat him
line 1895To show his grief. Let her be round with him;
line 1896And I’ll be placed, so please you, in the ear
line 1897Of all their conference. If she find him not,
200line 1898To England send him, or confine him where
line 1899Your wisdom best shall think.
line 1900KINGIt shall be so.
line 1901Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Hamlet and three of the Players.

line 1902HAMLETSpeak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced
line 1903it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth
line 1904it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the
line 1905town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air
5line 1906too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently;
line 1907for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say,
line 1908whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and
line 1909beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. O,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 137 line 1910it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious,
10line 1911periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very
line 1912rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the
line 1913most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable
line 1914dumb shows and noise. I would have such a fellow
line 1915whipped for o’erdoing Termagant. It out-Herods
15line 1916Herod. Pray you, avoid it.
line 1917PLAYERI warrant your Honor.
line 1918HAMLETBe not too tame neither, but let your own
line 1919discretion be your tutor. Suit the action to the
line 1920word, the word to the action, with this special
20line 1921observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of
line 1922nature. For anything so o’erdone is from the purpose
line 1923of playing, whose end, both at the first and
line 1924now, was and is to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to
line 1925nature, to show virtue her own feature, scorn her
25line 1926own image, and the very age and body of the time
line 1927his form and pressure. Now this overdone or come
line 1928tardy off, though it makes the unskillful laugh,
line 1929cannot but make the judicious grieve, the censure
line 1930of the which one must in your allowance o’erweigh
30line 1931a whole theater of others. O, there be players that I
line 1932have seen play and heard others praise (and that
line 1933highly), not to speak it profanely, that, neither
line 1934having th’ accent of Christians nor the gait of
line 1935Christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted and
35line 1936bellowed that I have thought some of nature’s
line 1937journeymen had made men, and not made them
line 1938well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
line 1939PLAYERI hope we have reformed that indifferently
line 1940with us, sir.
40line 1941HAMLETO, reform it altogether. And let those that play
line 1942your clowns speak no more than is set down for
line 1943them, for there be of them that will themselves
line 1944laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators
line 1945to laugh too, though in the meantime some necessary
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 139 45line 1946question of the play be then to be considered.
line 1947That’s villainous and shows a most pitiful ambition
line 1948in the fool that uses it. Go make you ready.

Players exit.

Enter Polonius, Guildenstern, and Rosencrantz.

line 1949How now, my lord, will the King hear this piece of
line 1950work?
50line 1951POLONIUSAnd the Queen too, and that presently.
line 1952HAMLETBid the players make haste.Polonius exits.
line 1953Will you two help to hasten them?
line 1954ROSENCRANTZAy, my lord.They exit.
line 1955HAMLETWhat ho, Horatio!

Enter Horatio.

55line 1956HORATIOHere, sweet lord, at your service.
line 1957Horatio, thou art e’en as just a man
line 1958As e’er my conversation coped withal.
line 1959O, my dear lord—
line 1960HAMLETNay, do not think I flatter,
60line 1961For what advancement may I hope from thee
line 1962That no revenue hast but thy good spirits
line 1963To feed and clothe thee? Why should the poor be
line 1964flattered?
line 1965No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp
65line 1966And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee
line 1967Where thrift may follow fawning. Dost thou hear?
line 1968Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice
line 1969And could of men distinguish, her election
line 1970Hath sealed thee for herself. For thou hast been
70line 1971As one in suffering all that suffers nothing,
line 1972A man that Fortune’s buffets and rewards
line 1973Hast ta’en with equal thanks; and blessed are those
line 1974Whose blood and judgment are so well
line 1975commeddled
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 141 75line 1976That they are not a pipe for Fortune’s finger
line 1977To sound what stop she please. Give me that man
line 1978That is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him
line 1979In my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart,
line 1980As I do thee.—Something too much of this.—
80line 1981There is a play tonight before the King.
line 1982One scene of it comes near the circumstance
line 1983Which I have told thee of my father’s death.
line 1984I prithee, when thou seest that act afoot,
line 1985Even with the very comment of thy soul
85line 1986Observe my uncle. If his occulted guilt
line 1987Do not itself unkennel in one speech,
line 1988It is a damnèd ghost that we have seen,
line 1989And my imaginations are as foul
line 1990As Vulcan’s stithy. Give him heedful note,
90line 1991For I mine eyes will rivet to his face,
line 1992And, after, we will both our judgments join
line 1993In censure of his seeming.
line 1994HORATIOWell, my lord.
line 1995If he steal aught the whilst this play is playing
95line 1996And ’scape detecting, I will pay the theft.

Sound a flourish.

line 1997HAMLETThey are coming to the play. I must be idle.
line 1998Get you a place.

Enter Trumpets and Kettle Drums. Enter King, Queen, Polonius, Ophelia, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and other Lords attendant with the King’s guard carrying torches.

line 1999KINGHow fares our cousin Hamlet?
line 2000HAMLETExcellent, i’ faith, of the chameleon’s dish. I
100line 2001eat the air, promise-crammed. You cannot feed
line 2002capons so.
line 2003KINGI have nothing with this answer, Hamlet. These
line 2004words are not mine.
line 2005HAMLETNo, nor mine now. To Polonius. My lord, you
105line 2006played once i’ th’ university, you say?
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 143 line 2007POLONIUSThat did I, my lord, and was accounted a
line 2008good actor.
line 2009HAMLETWhat did you enact?
line 2010POLONIUSI did enact Julius Caesar. I was killed i’ th’
110line 2011Capitol. Brutus killed me.
line 2012HAMLETIt was a brute part of him to kill so capital a
line 2013calf there.—Be the players ready?
line 2014ROSENCRANTZAy, my lord. They stay upon your
line 2015patience.
115line 2016QUEENCome hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me.
line 2017HAMLETNo, good mother. Here’s metal more
line 2018attractive.Hamlet takes a place near Ophelia.
line 2019POLONIUSto the King Oh, ho! Do you mark that?
line 2020HAMLETLady, shall I lie in your lap?
120line 2021OPHELIANo, my lord.
line 2022HAMLETI mean, my head upon your lap?
line 2023OPHELIAAy, my lord.
line 2024HAMLETDo you think I meant country matters?
line 2025OPHELIAI think nothing, my lord.
125line 2026HAMLETThat’s a fair thought to lie between maids’
line 2027legs.
line 2028OPHELIAWhat is, my lord?
line 2029HAMLETNothing.
line 2030OPHELIAYou are merry, my lord.
130line 2031HAMLETWho, I?
line 2032OPHELIAAy, my lord.
line 2033HAMLETO God, your only jig-maker. What should a
line 2034man do but be merry? For look you how cheerfully
line 2035my mother looks, and my father died within ’s two
135line 2036hours.
line 2037OPHELIANay, ’tis twice two months, my lord.
line 2038HAMLETSo long? Nay, then, let the devil wear black,
line 2039for I’ll have a suit of sables. O heavens, die two
line 2040months ago, and not forgotten yet? Then there’s
140line 2041hope a great man’s memory may outlive his life half
line 2042a year. But, by ’r Lady, he must build churches, then,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 145 line 2043or else shall he suffer not thinking on, with the
line 2044hobby-horse, whose epitaph is “For oh, for oh, the
line 2045hobby-horse is forgot.”

The trumpets sounds. Dumb show follows.

145line 2046Enter a King and a Queen, very lovingly, the Queen
line 2047embracing him and he her. She kneels and makes show of
line 2048protestation unto him. He takes her up and declines his
line 2049head upon her neck. He lies him down upon a bank of
line 2050flowers. She, seeing him asleep, leaves him. Anon
150line 2051comes in another man, takes off his crown, kisses it, pours
line 2052poison in the sleeper’s ears, and leaves him. The Queen
line 2053returns, finds the King dead, makes passionate action. The
line 2054poisoner with some three or four come in again, seem to
line 2055condole with her. The dead body is carried away. The
155line 2056poisoner woos the Queen with gifts. She seems harsh
line 2057awhile but in the end accepts his love.

Players exit.

line 2058OPHELIAWhat means this, my lord?
line 2059HAMLETMarry, this is miching mallecho. It means
line 2060mischief.
160line 2061OPHELIABelike this show imports the argument of the
line 2062play.

Enter Prologue.

line 2063HAMLETWe shall know by this fellow. The players
line 2064cannot keep counsel; they’ll tell all.
line 2065OPHELIAWill he tell us what this show meant?
165line 2066HAMLETAy, or any show that you will show him. Be
line 2067not you ashamed to show, he’ll not shame to tell you
line 2068what it means.
line 2069OPHELIAYou are naught, you are naught. I’ll mark the
line 2070play.
170line 2071For us and for our tragedy,
line 2072Here stooping to your clemency,
line 2073We beg your hearing patiently.He exits.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 147 line 2074HAMLETIs this a prologue or the posy of a ring?
line 2075OPHELIA’Tis brief, my lord.
175line 2076HAMLETAs woman’s love.

Enter the Player King and Queen.

line 2077Full thirty times hath Phoebus’ cart gone round
line 2078Neptune’s salt wash and Tellus’ orbèd ground,
line 2079And thirty dozen moons with borrowed sheen
line 2080About the world have times twelve thirties been
180line 2081Since love our hearts and Hymen did our hands
line 2082Unite commutual in most sacred bands.
line 2083So many journeys may the sun and moon
line 2084Make us again count o’er ere love be done!
line 2085But woe is me! You are so sick of late,
185line 2086So far from cheer and from your former state,
line 2087That I distrust you. Yet, though I distrust,
line 2088Discomfort you, my lord, it nothing must.
line 2089For women fear too much, even as they love,
line 2090And women’s fear and love hold quantity,
190line 2091In neither aught, or in extremity.
line 2092Now what my love is, proof hath made you know,
line 2093And, as my love is sized, my fear is so:
line 2094Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear;
line 2095Where little fears grow great, great love grows there.
195line 2096Faith, I must leave thee, love, and shortly too.
line 2097My operant powers their functions leave to do.
line 2098And thou shalt live in this fair world behind,
line 2099Honored, beloved; and haply one as kind
line 2100For husband shalt thou—
200line 2101PLAYER QUEENO, confound the rest!
line 2102Such love must needs be treason in my breast.
line 2103In second husband let me be accurst.
line 2104None wed the second but who killed the first.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 149 line 2105HAMLETThat’s wormwood!
205line 2106The instances that second marriage move
line 2107Are base respects of thrift, but none of love.
line 2108A second time I kill my husband dead
line 2109When second husband kisses me in bed.
line 2110I do believe you think what now you speak,
210line 2111But what we do determine oft we break.
line 2112Purpose is but the slave to memory,
line 2113Of violent birth, but poor validity,
line 2114Which now, the fruit unripe, sticks on the tree
line 2115But fall unshaken when they mellow be.
215line 2116Most necessary ’tis that we forget
line 2117To pay ourselves what to ourselves is debt.
line 2118What to ourselves in passion we propose,
line 2119The passion ending, doth the purpose lose.
line 2120The violence of either grief or joy
220line 2121Their own enactures with themselves destroy.
line 2122Where joy most revels, grief doth most lament;
line 2123Grief joys, joy grieves, on slender accident.
line 2124This world is not for aye, nor ’tis not strange
line 2125That even our loves should with our fortunes change;
225line 2126For ’tis a question left us yet to prove
line 2127Whether love lead fortune or else fortune love.
line 2128The great man down, you mark his favorite flies;
line 2129The poor, advanced, makes friends of enemies.
line 2130And hitherto doth love on fortune tend,
230line 2131For who not needs shall never lack a friend,
line 2132And who in want a hollow friend doth try
line 2133Directly seasons him his enemy.
line 2134But, orderly to end where I begun:
line 2135Our wills and fates do so contrary run
235line 2136That our devices still are overthrown;
line 2137Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.
line 2138So think thou wilt no second husband wed,
line 2139But die thy thoughts when thy first lord is dead.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 151 PLAYER QUEEN
line 2140Nor Earth to me give food, nor heaven light,
240line 2141Sport and repose lock from me day and night,
line 2142To desperation turn my trust and hope,
line 2143An anchor’s cheer in prison be my scope.
line 2144Each opposite that blanks the face of joy
line 2145Meet what I would have well and it destroy.
245line 2146Both here and hence pursue me lasting strife,
line 2147If, once a widow, ever I be wife.
line 2148HAMLETIf she should break it now!
line 2149’Tis deeply sworn. Sweet, leave me here awhile.
line 2150My spirits grow dull, and fain I would beguile
250line 2151The tedious day with sleep.Sleeps.
line 2152PLAYER QUEENSleep rock thy brain,
line 2153And never come mischance between us twain.

Player Queen exits.

line 2154HAMLETMadam, how like you this play?
line 2155QUEENThe lady doth protest too much, methinks.
255line 2156HAMLETO, but she’ll keep her word.
line 2157KINGHave you heard the argument? Is there no
line 2158offense in ’t?
line 2159HAMLETNo, no, they do but jest, poison in jest. No
line 2160offense i’ th’ world.
260line 2161KINGWhat do you call the play?
line 2162HAMLET“The Mousetrap.” Marry, how? Tropically.
line 2163This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna.
line 2164Gonzago is the duke’s name, his wife Baptista. You
line 2165shall see anon. ’Tis a knavish piece of work, but
265line 2166what of that? Your Majesty and we that have free
line 2167souls, it touches us not. Let the galled jade wince;
line 2168our withers are unwrung.

Enter Lucianus.

line 2169This is one Lucianus, nephew to the king.
line 2170OPHELIAYou are as good as a chorus, my lord.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 153 270line 2171HAMLETI could interpret between you and your love,
line 2172if I could see the puppets dallying.
line 2173OPHELIAYou are keen, my lord, you are keen.
line 2174HAMLETIt would cost you a groaning to take off mine
line 2175edge.
275line 2176OPHELIAStill better and worse.
line 2177HAMLETSo you mis-take your husbands.—Begin,
line 2178murderer. Pox, leave thy damnable faces and
line 2179begin. Come, the croaking raven doth bellow for
line 2180revenge.
280line 2181Thoughts black, hands apt, drugs fit, and time
line 2182agreeing,
line 2183Confederate season, else no creature seeing,
line 2184Thou mixture rank, of midnight weeds collected,
line 2185With Hecate’s ban thrice blasted, thrice infected,
285line 2186Thy natural magic and dire property
line 2187On wholesome life usurp immediately.

Pours the poison in his ears.

line 2188HAMLETHe poisons him i’ th’ garden for his estate. His
line 2189name’s Gonzago. The story is extant and written in
line 2190very choice Italian. You shall see anon how the
290line 2191murderer gets the love of Gonzago’s wife.

Claudius rises.

line 2192OPHELIAThe King rises.
line 2193HAMLETWhat, frighted with false fire?
line 2194QUEENHow fares my lord?
line 2195POLONIUSGive o’er the play.
295line 2196KINGGive me some light. Away!
line 2197POLONIUSLights, lights, lights!

All but Hamlet and Horatio exit.

line 2198Why, let the strucken deer go weep,
line 2199The hart ungallèd play.
line 2200For some must watch, while some must sleep:
300line 2201Thus runs the world away.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 155 line 2202Would not this, sir, and a forest of feathers (if the
line 2203rest of my fortunes turn Turk with me) with two
line 2204Provincial roses on my razed shoes, get me a
line 2205fellowship in a cry of players?
305line 2206HORATIOHalf a share.
line 2207HAMLETA whole one, I.
line 2208For thou dost know, O Damon dear,
line 2209This realm dismantled was
line 2210Of Jove himself, and now reigns here
310line 2211A very very—pajock.
line 2212HORATIOYou might have rhymed.
line 2213HAMLETO good Horatio, I’ll take the ghost’s word for
line 2214a thousand pound. Didst perceive?
line 2215HORATIOVery well, my lord.
315line 2216HAMLETUpon the talk of the poisoning?
line 2217HORATIOI did very well note him.
line 2218HAMLETAh ha! Come, some music! Come, the
line 2219recorders!
line 2220For if the King like not the comedy,
320line 2221Why, then, belike he likes it not, perdy.
line 2222Come, some music!

Enter Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

line 2223GUILDENSTERNGood my lord, vouchsafe me a word
line 2224with you.
line 2225HAMLETSir, a whole history.
325line 2226GUILDENSTERNThe King, sir—
line 2227HAMLETAy, sir, what of him?
line 2228GUILDENSTERNIs in his retirement marvelous
line 2229distempered.
line 2230HAMLETWith drink, sir?
330line 2231GUILDENSTERNNo, my lord, with choler.
line 2232HAMLETYour wisdom should show itself more richer
line 2233to signify this to the doctor, for for me to put him to
line 2234his purgation would perhaps plunge him into more
line 2235choler.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 157 335line 2236GUILDENSTERNGood my lord, put your discourse into
line 2237some frame and start not so wildly from my
line 2238affair.
line 2239HAMLETI am tame, sir. Pronounce.
line 2240GUILDENSTERNThe Queen your mother, in most great
340line 2241affliction of spirit, hath sent me to you.
line 2242HAMLETYou are welcome.
line 2243GUILDENSTERNNay, good my lord, this courtesy is not
line 2244of the right breed. If it shall please you to make me
line 2245a wholesome answer, I will do your mother’s
345line 2246commandment. If not, your pardon and my return
line 2247shall be the end of my business.
line 2248HAMLETSir, I cannot.
line 2249ROSENCRANTZWhat, my lord?
line 2250HAMLETMake you a wholesome answer. My wit’s
350line 2251diseased. But, sir, such answer as I can make, you
line 2252shall command—or, rather, as you say, my mother.
line 2253Therefore no more but to the matter. My mother,
line 2254you say—
line 2255ROSENCRANTZThen thus she says: your behavior hath
355line 2256struck her into amazement and admiration.
line 2257HAMLETO wonderful son that can so ’stonish a mother!
line 2258But is there no sequel at the heels of this
line 2259mother’s admiration? Impart.
line 2260ROSENCRANTZShe desires to speak with you in her
360line 2261closet ere you go to bed.
line 2262HAMLETWe shall obey, were she ten times our mother.
line 2263Have you any further trade with us?
line 2264ROSENCRANTZMy lord, you once did love me.
line 2265HAMLETAnd do still, by these pickers and stealers.
365line 2266ROSENCRANTZGood my lord, what is your cause of
line 2267distemper? You do surely bar the door upon your
line 2268own liberty if you deny your griefs to your friend.
line 2269HAMLETSir, I lack advancement.
line 2270ROSENCRANTZHow can that be, when you have the
370line 2271voice of the King himself for your succession in
line 2272Denmark?
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 159 line 2273HAMLETAy, sir, but “While the grass grows”—the
line 2274proverb is something musty.

Enter the Players with recorders.

line 2275O, the recorders! Let me see one.
375line 2276He takes a recorder and turns to Guildenstern. To withdraw
line 2277with you: why do you go about to recover the wind
line 2278of me, as if you would drive me into a toil?
line 2279GUILDENSTERNO, my lord, if my duty be too bold, my
line 2280love is too unmannerly.
380line 2281HAMLETI do not well understand that. Will you play
line 2282upon this pipe?
line 2283GUILDENSTERNMy lord, I cannot.
line 2284HAMLETI pray you.
line 2285GUILDENSTERNBelieve me, I cannot.
385line 2286HAMLETI do beseech you.
line 2287GUILDENSTERNI know no touch of it, my lord.
line 2288HAMLETIt is as easy as lying. Govern these ventages
line 2289with your fingers and thumb, give it breath with
line 2290your mouth, and it will discourse most eloquent
390line 2291music. Look you, these are the stops.
line 2292GUILDENSTERNBut these cannot I command to any
line 2293utt’rance of harmony. I have not the skill.
line 2294HAMLETWhy, look you now, how unworthy a thing
line 2295you make of me! You would play upon me, you
395line 2296would seem to know my stops, you would pluck
line 2297out the heart of my mystery, you would sound me
line 2298from my lowest note to the top of my compass;
line 2299and there is much music, excellent voice, in this
line 2300little organ, yet cannot you make it speak. ’Sblood,
400line 2301do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?
line 2302Call me what instrument you will, though you can
line 2303fret me, you cannot play upon me.

Enter Polonius.

line 2304God bless you, sir.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 161 line 2305POLONIUSMy lord, the Queen would speak with you,
405line 2306and presently.
line 2307HAMLETDo you see yonder cloud that’s almost in
line 2308shape of a camel?
line 2309POLONIUSBy th’ Mass, and ’tis like a camel indeed.
line 2310HAMLETMethinks it is like a weasel.
410line 2311POLONIUSIt is backed like a weasel.
line 2312HAMLETOr like a whale.
line 2313POLONIUSVery like a whale.
line 2314HAMLETThen I will come to my mother by and by.
line 2315Aside. They fool me to the top of my bent.—I will
415line 2316come by and by.
line 2317POLONIUSI will say so.
line 2318HAMLET“By and by” is easily said. Leave me,
line 2319friends.

All but Hamlet exit.

line 2320’Tis now the very witching time of night,
420line 2321When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes
line 2322out
line 2323Contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot
line 2324blood
line 2325And do such bitter business as the day
425line 2326Would quake to look on. Soft, now to my mother.
line 2327O heart, lose not thy nature; let not ever
line 2328The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom.
line 2329Let me be cruel, not unnatural.
line 2330I will speak daggers to her, but use none.
430line 2331My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites:
line 2332How in my words somever she be shent,
line 2333To give them seals never, my soul, consent.

He exits.

Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 163

Scene 3

Enter King, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern.

line 2334I like him not, nor stands it safe with us
line 2335To let his madness range. Therefore prepare you.
line 2336I your commission will forthwith dispatch,
line 2337And he to England shall along with you.
5line 2338The terms of our estate may not endure
line 2339Hazard so near ’s as doth hourly grow
line 2340Out of his brows.
line 2341GUILDENSTERNWe will ourselves provide.
line 2342Most holy and religious fear it is
10line 2343To keep those many many bodies safe
line 2344That live and feed upon your Majesty.
line 2345The single and peculiar life is bound
line 2346With all the strength and armor of the mind
line 2347To keep itself from noyance, but much more
15line 2348That spirit upon whose weal depends and rests
line 2349The lives of many. The cess of majesty
line 2350Dies not alone, but like a gulf doth draw
line 2351What’s near it with it; or it is a massy wheel
line 2352Fixed on the summit of the highest mount,
20line 2353To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things
line 2354Are mortised and adjoined, which, when it falls,
line 2355Each small annexment, petty consequence,
line 2356Attends the boist’rous ruin. Never alone
line 2357Did the king sigh, but with a general groan.
25line 2358Arm you, I pray you, to this speedy voyage,
line 2359For we will fetters put about this fear,
line 2360Which now goes too free-footed.
line 2361ROSENCRANTZWe will haste us.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern exit.

Enter Polonius.

Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 165 POLONIUS
line 2362My lord, he’s going to his mother’s closet.
30line 2363Behind the arras I’ll convey myself
line 2364To hear the process. I’ll warrant she’ll tax him
line 2365home;
line 2366And, as you said (and wisely was it said),
line 2367’Tis meet that some more audience than a mother,
35line 2368Since nature makes them partial, should o’erhear
line 2369The speech of vantage. Fare you well, my liege.
line 2370I’ll call upon you ere you go to bed
line 2371And tell you what I know.
line 2372KINGThanks, dear my lord.

Polonius exits.

40line 2373O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven;
line 2374It hath the primal eldest curse upon ’t,
line 2375A brother’s murder. Pray can I not,
line 2376Though inclination be as sharp as will.
line 2377My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent,
45line 2378And, like a man to double business bound,
line 2379I stand in pause where I shall first begin
line 2380And both neglect. What if this cursèd hand
line 2381Were thicker than itself with brother’s blood?
line 2382Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens
50line 2383To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy
line 2384But to confront the visage of offense?
line 2385And what’s in prayer but this twofold force,
line 2386To be forestallèd ere we come to fall,
line 2387Or pardoned being down? Then I’ll look up.
55line 2388My fault is past. But, O, what form of prayer
line 2389Can serve my turn? “Forgive me my foul murder”?
line 2390That cannot be, since I am still possessed
line 2391Of those effects for which I did the murder:
line 2392My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen.
60line 2393May one be pardoned and retain th’ offense?
line 2394In the corrupted currents of this world,
line 2395Offense’s gilded hand may shove by justice,
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 167 line 2396And oft ’tis seen the wicked prize itself
line 2397Buys out the law. But ’tis not so above:
65line 2398There is no shuffling; there the action lies
line 2399In his true nature, and we ourselves compelled,
line 2400Even to the teeth and forehead of our faults,
line 2401To give in evidence. What then? What rests?
line 2402Try what repentance can. What can it not?
70line 2403Yet what can it, when one cannot repent?
line 2404O wretched state! O bosom black as death!
line 2405O limèd soul, that, struggling to be free,
line 2406Art more engaged! Help, angels! Make assay.
line 2407Bow, stubborn knees, and heart with strings of steel
75line 2408Be soft as sinews of the newborn babe.
line 2409All may be well.He kneels.

Enter Hamlet.

line 2410Now might I do it pat, now he is a-praying,
line 2411And now I’ll do ’t.He draws his sword.
line 2412And so he goes to heaven,
80line 2413And so am I revenged. That would be scanned:
line 2414A villain kills my father, and for that,
line 2415I, his sole son, do this same villain send
line 2416To heaven.
line 2417Why, this is hire and salary, not revenge.
85line 2418He took my father grossly, full of bread,
line 2419With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May;
line 2420And how his audit stands who knows save heaven.
line 2421But in our circumstance and course of thought
line 2422’Tis heavy with him. And am I then revenged
90line 2423To take him in the purging of his soul,
line 2424When he is fit and seasoned for his passage?
line 2425No.
line 2426Up sword, and know thou a more horrid hent.

He sheathes his sword.

line 2427When he is drunk asleep, or in his rage,
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 169 95line 2428Or in th’ incestuous pleasure of his bed,
line 2429At game, a-swearing, or about some act
line 2430That has no relish of salvation in ’t—
line 2431Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven,
line 2432And that his soul may be as damned and black
100line 2433As hell, whereto it goes. My mother stays.
line 2434This physic but prolongs thy sickly days.

Hamlet exits.

line 2435My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;
line 2436Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

He exits.

Scene 4

Enter Queen and Polonius.

line 2437He will come straight. Look you lay home to him.
line 2438Tell him his pranks have been too broad to bear
line 2439with
line 2440And that your Grace hath screened and stood
5line 2441between
line 2442Much heat and him. I’ll silence me even here.
line 2443Pray you, be round with him.
line 2444HAMLETwithin Mother, mother, mother!
line 2445QUEENI’ll warrant you. Fear me not. Withdraw,
10line 2446I hear him coming.

Polonius hides behind the arras.

Enter Hamlet.

line 2447HAMLETNow, mother, what’s the matter?
line 2448Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended.
line 2449Mother, you have my father much offended.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 171 QUEEN
line 2450Come, come, you answer with an idle tongue.
15line 2451Go, go, you question with a wicked tongue.
line 2452Why, how now, Hamlet?
line 2453HAMLETWhat’s the matter now?
line 2454Have you forgot me?
line 2455HAMLETNo, by the rood, not so.
20line 2456You are the Queen, your husband’s brother’s wife,
line 2457And (would it were not so) you are my mother.
line 2458Nay, then I’ll set those to you that can speak.
line 2459Come, come, and sit you down; you shall not budge.
line 2460You go not till I set you up a glass
25line 2461Where you may see the inmost part of you.
line 2462What wilt thou do? Thou wilt not murder me?
line 2463Help, ho!
line 2464POLONIUSbehind the arras What ho! Help!
line 2465How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead.

He kills Polonius by thrusting a rapier through the arras.

POLONIUSbehind the arras
30line 2466O, I am slain!
line 2467QUEENO me, what hast thou done?
line 2468HAMLETNay, I know not. Is it the King?
line 2469O, what a rash and bloody deed is this!
line 2470A bloody deed—almost as bad, good mother,
35line 2471As kill a king and marry with his brother.
line 2472As kill a king?
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 173 line 2473HAMLETAy, lady, it was my word.

He pulls Polonius’ body from behind the arras.

line 2474Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell.
line 2475I took thee for thy better. Take thy fortune.
40line 2476Thou find’st to be too busy is some danger.
line 2477To Queen. Leave wringing of your hands. Peace, sit
line 2478you down,
line 2479And let me wring your heart; for so I shall
line 2480If it be made of penetrable stuff,
45line 2481If damnèd custom have not brazed it so
line 2482That it be proof and bulwark against sense.
line 2483What have I done, that thou dar’st wag thy tongue
line 2484In noise so rude against me?
line 2485HAMLETSuch an act
50line 2486That blurs the grace and blush of modesty,
line 2487Calls virtue hypocrite, takes off the rose
line 2488From the fair forehead of an innocent love
line 2489And sets a blister there, makes marriage vows
line 2490As false as dicers’ oaths—O, such a deed
55line 2491As from the body of contraction plucks
line 2492The very soul, and sweet religion makes
line 2493A rhapsody of words! Heaven’s face does glow
line 2494O’er this solidity and compound mass
line 2495With heated visage, as against the doom,
60line 2496Is thought-sick at the act.
line 2497QUEENAy me, what act
line 2498That roars so loud and thunders in the index?
line 2499Look here upon this picture and on this,
line 2500The counterfeit presentment of two brothers.
65line 2501See what a grace was seated on this brow,
line 2502Hyperion’s curls, the front of Jove himself,
line 2503An eye like Mars’ to threaten and command,
line 2504A station like the herald Mercury
line 2505New-lighted on a heaven-kissing hill,
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 175 70line 2506A combination and a form indeed
line 2507Where every god did seem to set his seal
line 2508To give the world assurance of a man.
line 2509This was your husband. Look you now what follows.
line 2510Here is your husband, like a mildewed ear
75line 2511Blasting his wholesome brother. Have you eyes?
line 2512Could you on this fair mountain leave to feed
line 2513And batten on this moor? Ha! Have you eyes?
line 2514You cannot call it love, for at your age
line 2515The heyday in the blood is tame, it’s humble
80line 2516And waits upon the judgment; and what judgment
line 2517Would step from this to this? Sense sure you have,
line 2518Else could you not have motion; but sure that sense
line 2519Is apoplexed; for madness would not err,
line 2520Nor sense to ecstasy was ne’er so thralled,
85line 2521But it reserved some quantity of choice
line 2522To serve in such a difference. What devil was ’t
line 2523That thus hath cozened you at hoodman-blind?
line 2524Eyes without feeling, feeling without sight,
line 2525Ears without hands or eyes, smelling sans all,
90line 2526Or but a sickly part of one true sense
line 2527Could not so mope. O shame, where is thy blush?
line 2528Rebellious hell,
line 2529If thou canst mutine in a matron’s bones,
line 2530To flaming youth let virtue be as wax
95line 2531And melt in her own fire. Proclaim no shame
line 2532When the compulsive ardor gives the charge,
line 2533Since frost itself as actively doth burn,
line 2534And reason panders will.
line 2535QUEENO Hamlet, speak no more!
100line 2536Thou turn’st my eyes into my very soul,
line 2537And there I see such black and grainèd spots
line 2538As will not leave their tinct.
line 2539HAMLETNay, but to live
line 2540In the rank sweat of an enseamèd bed,
105line 2541Stewed in corruption, honeying and making love
line 2542Over the nasty sty!
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 177 line 2543QUEENO, speak to me no more!
line 2544These words like daggers enter in my ears.
line 2545No more, sweet Hamlet!
110line 2546HAMLETA murderer and a villain,
line 2547A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe
line 2548Of your precedent lord; a vice of kings,
line 2549A cutpurse of the empire and the rule,
line 2550That from a shelf the precious diadem stole
115line 2551And put it in his pocket—
line 2552QUEENNo more!
line 2553HAMLETA king of shreds and patches—

Enter Ghost.

line 2554Save me and hover o’er me with your wings,
line 2555You heavenly guards!—What would your gracious
120line 2556figure?
line 2557QUEENAlas, he’s mad.
line 2558Do you not come your tardy son to chide,
line 2559That, lapsed in time and passion, lets go by
line 2560Th’ important acting of your dread command?
125line 2561O, say!
line 2562GHOSTDo not forget. This visitation
line 2563Is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose.
line 2564But look, amazement on thy mother sits.
line 2565O, step between her and her fighting soul.
130line 2566Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.
line 2567Speak to her, Hamlet.
line 2568HAMLETHow is it with you, lady?
line 2569QUEENAlas, how is ’t with you,
line 2570That you do bend your eye on vacancy
135line 2571And with th’ incorporal air do hold discourse?
line 2572Forth at your eyes your spirits wildly peep,
line 2573And, as the sleeping soldiers in th’ alarm,
line 2574Your bedded hair, like life in excrements,
line 2575Start up and stand an end. O gentle son,
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 179 140line 2576Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper
line 2577Sprinkle cool patience! Whereon do you look?
line 2578On him, on him! Look you how pale he glares.
line 2579His form and cause conjoined, preaching to stones,
line 2580Would make them capable. To the Ghost. Do not
145line 2581look upon me,
line 2582Lest with this piteous action you convert
line 2583My stern effects. Then what I have to do
line 2584Will want true color—tears perchance for blood.
line 2585QUEENTo whom do you speak this?
150line 2586HAMLETDo you see nothing there?
line 2587Nothing at all; yet all that is I see.
line 2588HAMLETNor did you nothing hear?
line 2589QUEENNo, nothing but ourselves.
line 2590Why, look you there, look how it steals away!
155line 2591My father, in his habit as he lived!
line 2592Look where he goes even now out at the portal!

Ghost exits.

line 2593This is the very coinage of your brain.
line 2594This bodiless creation ecstasy
line 2595Is very cunning in.
160line 2596HAMLETEcstasy?
line 2597My pulse as yours doth temperately keep time
line 2598And makes as healthful music. It is not madness
line 2599That I have uttered. Bring me to the test,
line 2600And I the matter will reword, which madness
165line 2601Would gambol from. Mother, for love of grace,
line 2602Lay not that flattering unction to your soul
line 2603That not your trespass but my madness speaks.
line 2604It will but skin and film the ulcerous place,
line 2605Whiles rank corruption, mining all within,
170line 2606Infects unseen. Confess yourself to heaven,
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 181 line 2607Repent what’s past, avoid what is to come,
line 2608And do not spread the compost on the weeds
line 2609To make them ranker. Forgive me this my virtue,
line 2610For, in the fatness of these pursy times,
175line 2611Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg,
line 2612Yea, curb and woo for leave to do him good.
line 2613O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain!
line 2614O, throw away the worser part of it,
line 2615And live the purer with the other half!
180line 2616Good night. But go not to my uncle’s bed.
line 2617Assume a virtue if you have it not.
line 2618That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat,
line 2619Of habits devil, is angel yet in this,
line 2620That to the use of actions fair and good
185line 2621He likewise gives a frock or livery
line 2622That aptly is put on. Refrain tonight,
line 2623And that shall lend a kind of easiness
line 2624To the next abstinence, the next more easy;
line 2625For use almost can change the stamp of nature
190line 2626And either … the devil or throw him out
line 2627With wondrous potency. Once more, good night,
line 2628And, when you are desirous to be blest,
line 2629I’ll blessing beg of you. For this same lord

Pointing to Polonius.

line 2630I do repent; but heaven hath pleased it so
195line 2631To punish me with this and this with me,
line 2632That I must be their scourge and minister.
line 2633I will bestow him and will answer well
line 2634The death I gave him. So, again, good night.
line 2635I must be cruel only to be kind.
200line 2636This bad begins, and worse remains behind.
line 2637One word more, good lady.
line 2638QUEENWhat shall I do?
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 183 HAMLET
line 2639Not this by no means that I bid you do:
line 2640Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed,
205line 2641Pinch wanton on your cheek, call you his mouse,
line 2642And let him, for a pair of reechy kisses
line 2643Or paddling in your neck with his damned fingers,
line 2644Make you to ravel all this matter out
line 2645That I essentially am not in madness,
210line 2646But mad in craft. ’Twere good you let him know,
line 2647For who that’s but a queen, fair, sober, wise,
line 2648Would from a paddock, from a bat, a gib,
line 2649Such dear concernings hide? Who would do so?
line 2650No, in despite of sense and secrecy,
215line 2651Unpeg the basket on the house’s top,
line 2652Let the birds fly, and like the famous ape,
line 2653To try conclusions, in the basket creep
line 2654And break your own neck down.
line 2655Be thou assured, if words be made of breath
220line 2656And breath of life, I have no life to breathe
line 2657What thou hast said to me.
line 2658I must to England, you know that.
line 2659QUEENAlack,
line 2660I had forgot! ’Tis so concluded on.
225line 2661There’s letters sealed; and my two schoolfellows,
line 2662Whom I will trust as I will adders fanged,
line 2663They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way
line 2664And marshal me to knavery. Let it work,
line 2665For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
230line 2666Hoist with his own petard; and ’t shall go hard
line 2667But I will delve one yard below their mines
line 2668And blow them at the moon. O, ’tis most sweet
line 2669When in one line two crafts directly meet.
line 2670This man shall set me packing.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 185 235line 2671I’ll lug the guts into the neighbor room.
line 2672Mother, good night indeed. This counselor
line 2673Is now most still, most secret, and most grave,
line 2674Who was in life a foolish prating knave.—
line 2675Come, sir, to draw toward an end with you.—
240line 2676Good night, mother.

They exit, Hamlet tugging in Polonius.


Scene 1

Enter King and Queen, with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

line 2677There’s matter in these sighs; these profound heaves
line 2678You must translate; ’tis fit we understand them.
line 2679Where is your son?
line 2680Bestow this place on us a little while.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern exit.

5line 2681Ah, mine own lord, what have I seen tonight!
line 2682KINGWhat, Gertrude? How does Hamlet?
line 2683Mad as the sea and wind when both contend
line 2684Which is the mightier. In his lawless fit,
line 2685Behind the arras hearing something stir,
10line 2686Whips out his rapier, cries “A rat, a rat,”
line 2687And in this brainish apprehension kills
line 2688The unseen good old man.
line 2689KINGO heavy deed!
line 2690It had been so with us, had we been there.
15line 2691His liberty is full of threats to all—
line 2692To you yourself, to us, to everyone.
line 2693Alas, how shall this bloody deed be answered?
line 2694It will be laid to us, whose providence
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 191 line 2695Should have kept short, restrained, and out of haunt
20line 2696This mad young man. But so much was our love,
line 2697We would not understand what was most fit,
line 2698But, like the owner of a foul disease,
line 2699To keep it from divulging, let it feed
line 2700Even on the pith of life. Where is he gone?
25line 2701To draw apart the body he hath killed,
line 2702O’er whom his very madness, like some ore
line 2703Among a mineral of metals base,
line 2704Shows itself pure: he weeps for what is done.
line 2705KINGO Gertrude, come away!
30line 2706The sun no sooner shall the mountains touch
line 2707But we will ship him hence; and this vile deed
line 2708We must with all our majesty and skill
line 2709Both countenance and excuse.—Ho, Guildenstern!

Enter Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

line 2710Friends both, go join you with some further aid.
35line 2711Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain,
line 2712And from his mother’s closet hath he dragged him.
line 2713Go seek him out, speak fair, and bring the body
line 2714Into the chapel. I pray you, haste in this.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern exit.

line 2715Come, Gertrude, we’ll call up our wisest friends
40line 2716And let them know both what we mean to do
line 2717And what’s untimely done. …
line 2718Whose whisper o’er the world’s diameter,
line 2719As level as the cannon to his blank
line 2720Transports his poisoned shot, may miss our name
45line 2721And hit the woundless air. O, come away!
line 2722My soul is full of discord and dismay.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 193

Scene 2

Enter Hamlet.

line 2723HAMLETSafely stowed.
line 2724GENTLEMENwithin Hamlet! Lord Hamlet!
line 2725HAMLETBut soft, what noise? Who calls on Hamlet?
line 2726O, here they come.

Enter Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and others.

5line 2727What have you done, my lord, with the dead body?
line 2728Compounded it with dust, whereto ’tis kin.
line 2729Tell us where ’tis, that we may take it thence
line 2730And bear it to the chapel.
line 2731HAMLETDo not believe it.
10line 2732ROSENCRANTZBelieve what?
line 2733HAMLETThat I can keep your counsel and not mine
line 2734own. Besides, to be demanded of a sponge, what
line 2735replication should be made by the son of a king?
line 2736ROSENCRANTZTake you me for a sponge, my lord?
15line 2737HAMLETAy, sir, that soaks up the King’s countenance,
line 2738his rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the
line 2739King best service in the end. He keeps them like an
line 2740ape an apple in the corner of his jaw, first mouthed,
line 2741to be last swallowed. When he needs what you have
20line 2742gleaned, it is but squeezing you, and, sponge, you
line 2743shall be dry again.
line 2744ROSENCRANTZI understand you not, my lord.
line 2745HAMLETI am glad of it. A knavish speech sleeps in a
line 2746foolish ear.
25line 2747ROSENCRANTZMy lord, you must tell us where the
line 2748body is and go with us to the King.
line 2749HAMLETThe body is with the King, but the King is not
line 2750with the body. The King is a thing—
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 195 line 2751GUILDENSTERNA “thing,” my lord?
30line 2752HAMLETOf nothing. Bring me to him. Hide fox, and
line 2753all after!

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter King and two or three.

line 2754I have sent to seek him and to find the body.
line 2755How dangerous is it that this man goes loose!
line 2756Yet must not we put the strong law on him.
line 2757He’s loved of the distracted multitude,
5line 2758Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes;
line 2759And, where ’tis so, th’ offender’s scourge is weighed,
line 2760But never the offense. To bear all smooth and even,
line 2761This sudden sending him away must seem
line 2762Deliberate pause. Diseases desperate grown
10line 2763By desperate appliance are relieved
line 2764Or not at all.

Enter Rosencrantz.

line 2765How now, what hath befallen?
line 2766Where the dead body is bestowed, my lord,
line 2767We cannot get from him.
15line 2768KINGBut where is he?
line 2769Without, my lord; guarded, to know your pleasure.
line 2770Bring him before us.
line 2771ROSENCRANTZHo! Bring in the lord.

They enter with Hamlet.

line 2772KINGNow, Hamlet, where’s Polonius?
20line 2773HAMLETAt supper.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 197 line 2774KINGAt supper where?
line 2775HAMLETNot where he eats, but where he is eaten. A
line 2776certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at
line 2777him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We
25line 2778fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves
line 2779for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar is
line 2780but variable service—two dishes but to one table.
line 2781That’s the end.
line 2782KINGAlas, alas!
30line 2783HAMLETA man may fish with the worm that hath eat
line 2784of a king and eat of the fish that hath fed of that
line 2785worm.
line 2786KINGWhat dost thou mean by this?
line 2787HAMLETNothing but to show you how a king may go a
35line 2788progress through the guts of a beggar.
line 2789KINGWhere is Polonius?
line 2790HAMLETIn heaven. Send thither to see. If your messenger
line 2791find him not there, seek him i’ th’ other
line 2792place yourself. But if, indeed, you find him not
40line 2793within this month, you shall nose him as you go up
line 2794the stairs into the lobby.
line 2795KINGto Attendants. Go, seek him there.
line 2796HAMLETHe will stay till you come.Attendants exit.
line 2797Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety
45line 2798(Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve
line 2799For that which thou hast done) must send thee
line 2800hence
line 2801With fiery quickness. Therefore prepare thyself.
line 2802The bark is ready, and the wind at help,
50line 2803Th’ associates tend, and everything is bent
line 2804For England.
line 2805HAMLETFor England?
line 2806KINGAy, Hamlet.
line 2807HAMLETGood.
55line 2808So is it, if thou knew’st our purposes.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 199 HAMLET
line 2809I see a cherub that sees them. But come, for
line 2810England.
line 2811Farewell, dear mother.
line 2812KINGThy loving father, Hamlet.
60line 2813My mother. Father and mother is man and wife,
line 2814Man and wife is one flesh, and so, my mother.—
line 2815Come, for England.He exits.
line 2816Follow him at foot; tempt him with speed aboard.
line 2817Delay it not. I’ll have him hence tonight.
65line 2818Away, for everything is sealed and done
line 2819That else leans on th’ affair. Pray you, make haste.

All but the King exit.

line 2820And England, if my love thou hold’st at aught
line 2821(As my great power thereof may give thee sense,
line 2822Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red
70line 2823After the Danish sword, and thy free awe
line 2824Pays homage to us), thou mayst not coldly set
line 2825Our sovereign process, which imports at full,
line 2826By letters congruing to that effect,
line 2827The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England,
75line 2828For like the hectic in my blood he rages,
line 2829And thou must cure me. Till I know ’tis done,
line 2830Howe’er my haps, my joys will ne’er begin.

He exits.

Scene 4

Enter Fortinbras with his army over the stage.

line 2831Go, Captain, from me greet the Danish king.
line 2832Tell him that by his license Fortinbras
line 2833Craves the conveyance of a promised march
line 2834Over his kingdom. You know the rendezvous.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 201 5line 2835If that his Majesty would aught with us,
line 2836We shall express our duty in his eye;
line 2837And let him know so.
line 2838CAPTAINI will do ’t, my lord.
line 2839FORTINBRASGo softly on.All but the Captain exit.

Enter Hamlet, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and others.

10line 2840HAMLETGood sir, whose powers are these?
line 2841CAPTAINThey are of Norway, sir.
line 2842HAMLETHow purposed, sir, I pray you?
line 2843CAPTAINAgainst some part of Poland.
line 2844HAMLETWho commands them, sir?
15line 2845The nephew to old Norway, Fortinbras.
line 2846Goes it against the main of Poland, sir,
line 2847Or for some frontier?
line 2848Truly to speak, and with no addition,
line 2849We go to gain a little patch of ground
20line 2850That hath in it no profit but the name.
line 2851To pay five ducats, five, I would not farm it;
line 2852Nor will it yield to Norway or the Pole
line 2853A ranker rate, should it be sold in fee.
line 2854Why, then, the Polack never will defend it.
25line 2855Yes, it is already garrisoned.
line 2856Two thousand souls and twenty thousand ducats
line 2857Will not debate the question of this straw.
line 2858This is th’ impostume of much wealth and peace,
line 2859That inward breaks and shows no cause without
30line 2860Why the man dies.—I humbly thank you, sir.
line 2861CAPTAINGod be wi’ you, sir.He exits.
line 2862ROSENCRANTZWill ’t please you go, my lord?
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 203 HAMLET
line 2863I’ll be with you straight. Go a little before.

All but Hamlet exit.

line 2864How all occasions do inform against me
35line 2865And spur my dull revenge. What is a man
line 2866If his chief good and market of his time
line 2867Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more.
line 2868Sure He that made us with such large discourse,
line 2869Looking before and after, gave us not
40line 2870That capability and godlike reason
line 2871To fust in us unused. Now whether it be
line 2872Bestial oblivion or some craven scruple
line 2873Of thinking too precisely on th’ event
line 2874(A thought which, quartered, hath but one part
45line 2875wisdom
line 2876And ever three parts coward), I do not know
line 2877Why yet I live to say “This thing’s to do,”
line 2878Sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means
line 2879To do ’t. Examples gross as Earth exhort me:
50line 2880Witness this army of such mass and charge,
line 2881Led by a delicate and tender prince,
line 2882Whose spirit with divine ambition puffed
line 2883Makes mouths at the invisible event,
line 2884Exposing what is mortal and unsure
55line 2885To all that fortune, death, and danger dare,
line 2886Even for an eggshell. Rightly to be great
line 2887Is not to stir without great argument,
line 2888But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
line 2889When honor’s at the stake. How stand I, then,
60line 2890That have a father killed, a mother stained,
line 2891Excitements of my reason and my blood,
line 2892And let all sleep, while to my shame I see
line 2893The imminent death of twenty thousand men
line 2894That for a fantasy and trick of fame
65line 2895Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot
line 2896Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause,
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 205 line 2897Which is not tomb enough and continent
line 2898To hide the slain? O, from this time forth
line 2899My thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth!

He exits.

Scene 5

Enter Horatio, Queen, and a Gentleman.

line 2900QUEENI will not speak with her.
line 2901GENTLEMANShe is importunate,
line 2902Indeed distract; her mood will needs be pitied.
line 2903QUEENWhat would she have?
5line 2904She speaks much of her father, says she hears
line 2905There’s tricks i’ th’ world, and hems, and beats her
line 2906heart,
line 2907Spurns enviously at straws, speaks things in doubt
line 2908That carry but half sense. Her speech is nothing,
10line 2909Yet the unshapèd use of it doth move
line 2910The hearers to collection. They aim at it
line 2911And botch the words up fit to their own thoughts;
line 2912Which, as her winks and nods and gestures yield
line 2913them,
15line 2914Indeed would make one think there might be
line 2915thought,
line 2916Though nothing sure, yet much unhappily.
line 2917’Twere good she were spoken with, for she may
line 2918strew
20line 2919Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.
line 2920QUEENLet her come in.Gentleman exits.
line 2921Aside. To my sick soul (as sin’s true nature is),
line 2922Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss.
line 2923So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
25line 2924It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 207

Enter Ophelia distracted.

line 2925Where is the beauteous Majesty of Denmark?
line 2926QUEENHow now, Ophelia?
line 2927How should I your true love know
line 2928From another one?
30line 2929By his cockle hat and staff
line 2930And his sandal shoon.
line 2931Alas, sweet lady, what imports this song?
line 2932OPHELIASay you? Nay, pray you, mark.
line 2933Sings. He is dead and gone, lady,
35line 2934He is dead and gone;
line 2935At his head a grass-green turf,
line 2936At his heels a stone.
line 2937Oh, ho!
line 2938QUEENNay, but Ophelia—
40line 2939OPHELIAPray you, mark.
line 2940Sings. White his shroud as the mountain snow—

Enter King.

line 2941QUEENAlas, look here, my lord.
line 2942Larded all with sweet flowers;
line 2943Which bewept to the ground did not go
45line 2944With true-love showers.
line 2945KINGHow do you, pretty lady?
line 2946OPHELIAWell, God dild you. They say the owl was a
line 2947baker’s daughter. Lord, we know what we are but
line 2948know not what we may be. God be at your table.
50line 2949KINGConceit upon her father.
line 2950OPHELIAPray let’s have no words of this, but when
line 2951they ask you what it means, say you this:
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 209 line 2952Sings. Tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
line 2953All in the morning betime,
55line 2954And I a maid at your window,
line 2955To be your Valentine.
line 2956Then up he rose and donned his clothes
line 2957And dupped the chamber door,
line 2958Let in the maid, that out a maid
60line 2959Never departed more.
line 2960KINGPretty Ophelia—
line 2961Indeed, without an oath, I’ll make an end on ’t:
line 2962Sings. By Gis and by Saint Charity,
line 2963Alack and fie for shame,
65line 2964Young men will do ’t, if they come to ’t;
line 2965By Cock, they are to blame.
line 2966Quoth she “Before you tumbled me,
line 2967You promised me to wed.”
line 2968He answers:
70line 2969“So would I ’a done, by yonder sun,
line 2970An thou hadst not come to my bed.”
line 2971KINGHow long hath she been thus?
line 2972OPHELIAI hope all will be well. We must be patient,
line 2973but I cannot choose but weep to think they would
75line 2974lay him i’ th’ cold ground. My brother shall know of
line 2975it. And so I thank you for your good counsel. Come,
line 2976my coach! Good night, ladies, good night, sweet
line 2977ladies, good night, good night.She exits.
line 2978Follow her close; give her good watch, I pray you.

Horatio exits.

80line 2979O, this is the poison of deep grief. It springs
line 2980All from her father’s death, and now behold!
line 2981O Gertrude, Gertrude,
line 2982When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
line 2983But in battalions: first, her father slain;
85line 2984Next, your son gone, and he most violent author
line 2985Of his own just remove; the people muddied,
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 211 line 2986Thick, and unwholesome in their thoughts and
line 2987whispers
line 2988For good Polonius’ death, and we have done but
90line 2989greenly
line 2990In hugger-mugger to inter him; poor Ophelia
line 2991Divided from herself and her fair judgment,
line 2992Without the which we are pictures or mere beasts;
line 2993Last, and as much containing as all these,
95line 2994Her brother is in secret come from France,
line 2995Feeds on his wonder, keeps himself in clouds,
line 2996And wants not buzzers to infect his ear
line 2997With pestilent speeches of his father’s death,
line 2998Wherein necessity, of matter beggared,
100line 2999Will nothing stick our person to arraign
line 3000In ear and ear. O, my dear Gertrude, this,
line 3001Like to a murd’ring piece, in many places
line 3002Gives me superfluous death.

A noise within.

line 3003QUEENAlack, what noise is this?
105line 3004KINGAttend!
line 3005Where is my Switzers? Let them guard the door.

Enter a Messenger.

line 3006What is the matter?
line 3007MESSENGERSave yourself, my lord.
line 3008The ocean, overpeering of his list,
110line 3009Eats not the flats with more impiteous haste
line 3010Than young Laertes, in a riotous head,
line 3011O’erbears your officers. The rabble call him “lord,”
line 3012And, as the world were now but to begin,
line 3013Antiquity forgot, custom not known,
115line 3014The ratifiers and props of every word,
line 3015They cry “Choose we, Laertes shall be king!”
line 3016Caps, hands, and tongues applaud it to the clouds,
line 3017“Laertes shall be king! Laertes king!”

A noise within.

Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 213 QUEEN
line 3018How cheerfully on the false trail they cry.
120line 3019O, this is counter, you false Danish dogs!
line 3020KINGThe doors are broke.

Enter Laertes with others.

line 3021Where is this king?—Sirs, stand you all without.
line 3022ALLNo, let’s come in!
line 3023LAERTESI pray you, give me leave.
125line 3024ALLWe will, we will.
line 3025I thank you. Keep the door. Followers exit. O, thou
line 3026vile king,
line 3027Give me my father!
line 3028QUEENCalmly, good Laertes.
130line 3029That drop of blood that’s calm proclaims me
line 3030bastard,
line 3031Cries “cuckold” to my father, brands the harlot
line 3032Even here between the chaste unsmirchèd brow
line 3033Of my true mother.
135line 3034KINGWhat is the cause, Laertes,
line 3035That thy rebellion looks so giant-like?—
line 3036Let him go, Gertrude. Do not fear our person.
line 3037There’s such divinity doth hedge a king
line 3038That treason can but peep to what it would,
140line 3039Acts little of his will.—Tell me, Laertes,
line 3040Why thou art thus incensed.—Let him go,
line 3041Gertrude.—
line 3042Speak, man.
line 3043LAERTESWhere is my father?
145line 3044KINGDead.
line 3045But not by him.
line 3046KINGLet him demand his fill.
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 215 LAERTES
line 3047How came he dead? I’ll not be juggled with.
line 3048To hell, allegiance! Vows, to the blackest devil!
150line 3049Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit!
line 3050I dare damnation. To this point I stand,
line 3051That both the worlds I give to negligence,
line 3052Let come what comes, only I’ll be revenged
line 3053Most throughly for my father.
155line 3054KINGWho shall stay you?
line 3055LAERTESMy will, not all the world.
line 3056And for my means, I’ll husband them so well
line 3057They shall go far with little.
line 3058KINGGood Laertes,
160line 3059If you desire to know the certainty
line 3060Of your dear father, is ’t writ in your revenge
line 3061That, swoopstake, you will draw both friend and
line 3062foe,
line 3063Winner and loser?
165line 3064LAERTESNone but his enemies.
line 3065KINGWill you know them, then?
line 3066To his good friends thus wide I’ll ope my arms
line 3067And, like the kind life-rend’ring pelican,
line 3068Repast them with my blood.
170line 3069KINGWhy, now you speak
line 3070Like a good child and a true gentleman.
line 3071That I am guiltless of your father’s death
line 3072And am most sensibly in grief for it,
line 3073It shall as level to your judgment ’pear
175line 3074As day does to your eye.
line 3075A noise within: “Let her come in!”
line 3076LAERTESHow now, what noise is that?

Enter Ophelia.

line 3077O heat, dry up my brains! Tears seven times salt
line 3078Burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye!
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 217 180line 3079By heaven, thy madness shall be paid with weight
line 3080Till our scale turn the beam! O rose of May,
line 3081Dear maid, kind sister, sweet Ophelia!
line 3082O heavens, is ’t possible a young maid’s wits
line 3083Should be as mortal as an old man’s life?
185line 3084Nature is fine in love, and, where ’tis fine,
line 3085It sends some precious instance of itself
line 3086After the thing it loves.
line 3087They bore him barefaced on the bier,
line 3088Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny,
190line 3089And in his grave rained many a tear.
line 3090Fare you well, my dove.
line 3091Hadst thou thy wits and didst persuade revenge,
line 3092It could not move thus.
line 3093OPHELIAYou must sing “A-down a-down”—and you
195line 3094“Call him a-down-a.”—O, how the wheel becomes
line 3095it! It is the false steward that stole his master’s
line 3096daughter.
line 3097LAERTESThis nothing’s more than matter.
line 3098OPHELIAThere’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.
200line 3099Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies,
line 3100that’s for thoughts.
line 3101LAERTESA document in madness: thoughts and remembrance
line 3102fitted.
line 3103OPHELIAThere’s fennel for you, and columbines.
205line 3104There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we
line 3105may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays. You must wear
line 3106your rue with a difference. There’s a daisy. I would
line 3107give you some violets, but they withered all when
line 3108my father died. They say he made a good end.
210line 3109Sings. For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy.
line 3110Thought and afflictions, passion, hell itself
line 3111She turns to favor and to prettiness.
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 219 OPHELIAsings
line 3112And will he not come again?
line 3113And will he not come again?
215line 3114No, no, he is dead.
line 3115Go to thy deathbed.
line 3116He never will come again.

line 3117His beard was as white as snow,
line 3118All flaxen was his poll.
220line 3119He is gone, he is gone,
line 3120And we cast away moan.
line 3121God ’a mercy on his soul.
line 3122And of all Christians’ souls, I pray God. God be wi’
line 3123you.She exits.
225line 3124LAERTESDo you see this, O God?
line 3125Laertes, I must commune with your grief,
line 3126Or you deny me right. Go but apart,
line 3127Make choice of whom your wisest friends you will,
line 3128And they shall hear and judge ’twixt you and me.
230line 3129If by direct or by collateral hand
line 3130They find us touched, we will our kingdom give,
line 3131Our crown, our life, and all that we call ours,
line 3132To you in satisfaction; but if not,
line 3133Be you content to lend your patience to us,
235line 3134And we shall jointly labor with your soul
line 3135To give it due content.
line 3136LAERTESLet this be so.
line 3137His means of death, his obscure funeral
line 3138(No trophy, sword, nor hatchment o’er his bones,
240line 3139No noble rite nor formal ostentation)
line 3140Cry to be heard, as ’twere from heaven to earth,
line 3141That I must call ’t in question.
line 3142KINGSo you shall,
line 3143And where th’ offense is, let the great ax fall.
245line 3144I pray you, go with me.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 6 - Pg 221

Scene 6

Enter Horatio and others.

line 3145HORATIOWhat are they that would speak with me?
line 3146GENTLEMANSeafaring men, sir. They say they have
line 3147letters for you.
line 3148HORATIOLet them come in. Gentleman exits. I do not
5line 3149know from what part of the world I should be
line 3150greeted, if not from Lord Hamlet.

Enter Sailors.

line 3151SAILORGod bless you, sir.
line 3152HORATIOLet Him bless thee too.
line 3153SAILORHe shall, sir, an ’t please Him. There’s a letter
10line 3154for you, sir. It came from th’ ambassador that was
line 3155bound for England—if your name be Horatio, as I
line 3156am let to know it is.He hands Horatio a letter.
line 3157HORATIOreads the letter Horatio, when thou shalt have
line 3158overlooked this, give these fellows some means to the
15line 3159King. They have letters for him. Ere we were two days
line 3160old at sea, a pirate of very warlike appointment gave
line 3161us chase. Finding ourselves too slow of sail, we put on
line 3162a compelled valor, and in the grapple I boarded them.
line 3163On the instant, they got clear of our ship; so I alone
20line 3164became their prisoner. They have dealt with me like
line 3165thieves of mercy, but they knew what they did: I am to
line 3166do a good turn for them. Let the King have the letters
line 3167I have sent, and repair thou to me with as much speed
line 3168as thou wouldst fly death. I have words to speak in
25line 3169thine ear will make thee dumb; yet are they much too
line 3170light for the bore of the matter. These good fellows
line 3171will bring thee where I am. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
line 3172hold their course for England; of them I have
line 3173much to tell thee. Farewell.
30line 3174He that thou knowest thine,
line 3175Hamlet.
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 223 line 3176Come, I will give you way for these your letters
line 3177And do ’t the speedier that you may direct me
line 3178To him from whom you brought them.

They exit.

Scene 7

Enter King and Laertes.

line 3179Now must your conscience my acquittance seal,
line 3180And you must put me in your heart for friend,
line 3181Sith you have heard, and with a knowing ear,
line 3182That he which hath your noble father slain
5line 3183Pursued my life.
line 3184LAERTESIt well appears. But tell me
line 3185Why you proceeded not against these feats,
line 3186So criminal and so capital in nature,
line 3187As by your safety, greatness, wisdom, all things else,
10line 3188You mainly were stirred up.
line 3189KINGO, for two special reasons,
line 3190Which may to you perhaps seem much unsinewed,
line 3191But yet to me they’re strong. The Queen his mother
line 3192Lives almost by his looks, and for myself
15line 3193(My virtue or my plague, be it either which),
line 3194She is so conjunctive to my life and soul
line 3195That, as the star moves not but in his sphere,
line 3196I could not but by her. The other motive
line 3197Why to a public count I might not go
20line 3198Is the great love the general gender bear him,
line 3199Who, dipping all his faults in their affection,
line 3200Work like the spring that turneth wood to stone,
line 3201Convert his gyves to graces, so that my arrows,
line 3202Too slightly timbered for so loud a wind,
25line 3203Would have reverted to my bow again,
line 3204But not where I have aimed them.
line 3205And so have I a noble father lost,
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 225 line 3206A sister driven into desp’rate terms,
line 3207Whose worth, if praises may go back again,
30line 3208Stood challenger on mount of all the age
line 3209For her perfections. But my revenge will come.
line 3210Break not your sleeps for that. You must not think
line 3211That we are made of stuff so flat and dull
line 3212That we can let our beard be shook with danger
35line 3213And think it pastime. You shortly shall hear more.
line 3214I loved your father, and we love ourself,
line 3215And that, I hope, will teach you to imagine—

Enter a Messenger with letters.

line 3216How now? What news?
line 3217MESSENGERLetters, my lord, from
40line 3218Hamlet.
line 3219These to your Majesty, this to the Queen.
line 3220KINGFrom Hamlet? Who brought them?
line 3221Sailors, my lord, they say. I saw them not.
line 3222They were given me by Claudio. He received them
45line 3223Of him that brought them.
line 3224KINGLaertes, you shall hear
line 3225them.—
line 3226Leave us.Messenger exits.
line 3227Reads. High and mighty, you shall know I am set
50line 3228naked on your kingdom. Tomorrow shall I beg leave to
line 3229see your kingly eyes, when I shall (first asking your
line 3230pardon) thereunto recount the occasion of my sudden
line 3231and more strange return. Hamlet.
line 3232What should this mean? Are all the rest come back?
55line 3233Or is it some abuse and no such thing?
line 3234LAERTESKnow you the hand?
line 3235KING’Tis Hamlet’s character. “Naked”—
line 3236And in a postscript here, he says “alone.”
line 3237Can you advise me?
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 227 LAERTES
60line 3238I am lost in it, my lord. But let him come.
line 3239It warms the very sickness in my heart
line 3240That I shall live and tell him to his teeth
line 3241“Thus didst thou.”
line 3242KINGIf it be so, Laertes
65line 3243(As how should it be so? how otherwise?),
line 3244Will you be ruled by me?
line 3245LAERTESAy, my lord,
line 3246So you will not o’errule me to a peace.
line 3247To thine own peace. If he be now returned,
70line 3248As checking at his voyage, and that he means
line 3249No more to undertake it, I will work him
line 3250To an exploit, now ripe in my device,
line 3251Under the which he shall not choose but fall;
line 3252And for his death no wind of blame shall breathe,
75line 3253But even his mother shall uncharge the practice
line 3254And call it accident.
line 3255LAERTESMy lord, I will be ruled,
line 3256The rather if you could devise it so
line 3257That I might be the organ.
80line 3258KINGIt falls right.
line 3259You have been talked of since your travel much,
line 3260And that in Hamlet’s hearing, for a quality
line 3261Wherein they say you shine. Your sum of parts
line 3262Did not together pluck such envy from him
85line 3263As did that one, and that, in my regard,
line 3264Of the unworthiest siege.
line 3265LAERTESWhat part is that, my lord?
line 3266A very ribbon in the cap of youth—
line 3267Yet needful too, for youth no less becomes
90line 3268The light and careless livery that it wears
line 3269Than settled age his sables and his weeds,
line 3270Importing health and graveness. Two months since
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 229 line 3271Here was a gentleman of Normandy.
line 3272I have seen myself, and served against, the French,
95line 3273And they can well on horseback, but this gallant
line 3274Had witchcraft in ’t. He grew unto his seat,
line 3275And to such wondrous doing brought his horse
line 3276As had he been encorpsed and demi-natured
line 3277With the brave beast. So far he topped my thought
100line 3278That I in forgery of shapes and tricks
line 3279Come short of what he did.
line 3280LAERTESA Norman was ’t?
line 3281KINGA Norman.
line 3282Upon my life, Lamord.
105line 3283KINGThe very same.
line 3284I know him well. He is the brooch indeed
line 3285And gem of all the nation.
line 3286KINGHe made confession of you
line 3287And gave you such a masterly report
110line 3288For art and exercise in your defense,
line 3289And for your rapier most especial,
line 3290That he cried out ’twould be a sight indeed
line 3291If one could match you. The ’scrimers of their
line 3292nation
115line 3293He swore had neither motion, guard, nor eye,
line 3294If you opposed them. Sir, this report of his
line 3295Did Hamlet so envenom with his envy
line 3296That he could nothing do but wish and beg
line 3297Your sudden coming-o’er, to play with you.
120line 3298Now out of this—
line 3299LAERTESWhat out of this, my lord?
line 3300Laertes, was your father dear to you?
line 3301Or are you like the painting of a sorrow,
line 3302A face without a heart?
125line 3303LAERTESWhy ask you this?
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 231 KING
line 3304Not that I think you did not love your father,
line 3305But that I know love is begun by time
line 3306And that I see, in passages of proof,
line 3307Time qualifies the spark and fire of it.
130line 3308There lives within the very flame of love
line 3309A kind of wick or snuff that will abate it,
line 3310And nothing is at a like goodness still;
line 3311For goodness, growing to a pleurisy,
line 3312Dies in his own too-much. That we would do
135line 3313We should do when we would; for this “would”
line 3314changes
line 3315And hath abatements and delays as many
line 3316As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents;
line 3317And then this “should” is like a spendthrift sigh,
140line 3318That hurts by easing. But to the quick of th’ ulcer:
line 3319Hamlet comes back; what would you undertake
line 3320To show yourself indeed your father’s son
line 3321More than in words?
line 3322LAERTESTo cut his throat i’ th’ church.
145line 3323No place indeed should murder sanctuarize;
line 3324Revenge should have no bounds. But, good Laertes,
line 3325Will you do this? Keep close within your chamber.
line 3326Hamlet, returned, shall know you are come home.
line 3327We’ll put on those shall praise your excellence
150line 3328And set a double varnish on the fame
line 3329The Frenchman gave you; bring you, in fine,
line 3330together
line 3331And wager on your heads. He, being remiss,
line 3332Most generous, and free from all contriving,
155line 3333Will not peruse the foils, so that with ease,
line 3334Or with a little shuffling, you may choose
line 3335A sword unbated, and in a pass of practice
line 3336Requite him for your father.
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 233 line 3337LAERTESI will do ’t,
160line 3338And for that purpose I’ll anoint my sword.
line 3339I bought an unction of a mountebank
line 3340So mortal that, but dip a knife in it,
line 3341Where it draws blood no cataplasm so rare,
line 3342Collected from all simples that have virtue
165line 3343Under the moon, can save the thing from death
line 3344That is but scratched withal. I’ll touch my point
line 3345With this contagion, that, if I gall him slightly,
line 3346It may be death.
line 3347KINGLet’s further think of this,
170line 3348Weigh what convenience both of time and means
line 3349May fit us to our shape. If this should fail,
line 3350And that our drift look through our bad
line 3351performance,
line 3352’Twere better not assayed. Therefore this project
175line 3353Should have a back or second that might hold
line 3354If this did blast in proof. Soft, let me see.
line 3355We’ll make a solemn wager on your cunnings—
line 3356I ha ’t!
line 3357When in your motion you are hot and dry
180line 3358(As make your bouts more violent to that end)
line 3359And that he calls for drink, I’ll have prepared
line 3360him
line 3361A chalice for the nonce, whereon but sipping,
line 3362If he by chance escape your venomed stuck,
185line 3363Our purpose may hold there.—But stay, what
line 3364noise?

Enter Queen.

line 3365One woe doth tread upon another’s heel,
line 3366So fast they follow. Your sister’s drowned, Laertes.
line 3367LAERTESDrowned? O, where?
190line 3368There is a willow grows askant the brook
Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 235 line 3369That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream.
line 3370Therewith fantastic garlands did she make
line 3371Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples,
line 3372That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
195line 3373But our cold maids do “dead men’s fingers” call
line 3374them.
line 3375There on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds
line 3376Clamb’ring to hang, an envious sliver broke,
line 3377When down her weedy trophies and herself
200line 3378Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide,
line 3379And mermaid-like awhile they bore her up,
line 3380Which time she chanted snatches of old lauds,
line 3381As one incapable of her own distress
line 3382Or like a creature native and endued
205line 3383Unto that element. But long it could not be
line 3384Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
line 3385Pulled the poor wretch from her melodious lay
line 3386To muddy death.
line 3387LAERTESAlas, then she is drowned.
210line 3388QUEENDrowned, drowned.
line 3389Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia,
line 3390And therefore I forbid my tears. But yet
line 3391It is our trick; nature her custom holds,
line 3392Let shame say what it will. When these are gone,
215line 3393The woman will be out.—Adieu, my lord.
line 3394I have a speech o’ fire that fain would blaze,
line 3395But that this folly drowns it.He exits.
line 3396KINGLet’s follow, Gertrude.
line 3397How much I had to do to calm his rage!
220line 3398Now fear I this will give it start again.
line 3399Therefore, let’s follow.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter Gravedigger and Another.

line 3400GRAVEDIGGERIs she to be buried in Christian burial,
line 3401when she willfully seeks her own salvation?
line 3402OTHERI tell thee she is. Therefore make her grave
line 3403straight. The crowner hath sat on her and finds it
5line 3404Christian burial.
line 3405GRAVEDIGGERHow can that be, unless she drowned
line 3406herself in her own defense?
line 3407OTHERWhy, ’tis found so.
line 3408GRAVEDIGGERIt must be se offendendo; it cannot be
10line 3409else. For here lies the point: if I drown myself
line 3410wittingly, it argues an act, and an act hath three
line 3411branches—it is to act, to do, to perform. Argal, she
line 3412drowned herself wittingly.
line 3413OTHERNay, but hear you, goodman delver—
15line 3414GRAVEDIGGERGive me leave. Here lies the water;
line 3415good. Here stands the man; good. If the man go to
line 3416this water and drown himself, it is (will he, nill he)
line 3417he goes; mark you that. But if the water come to him
line 3418and drown him, he drowns not himself. Argal, he
20line 3419that is not guilty of his own death shortens not his
line 3420own life.
line 3421OTHERBut is this law?
line 3422GRAVEDIGGERAy, marry, is ’t—crowner’s ’quest law.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 241 line 3423OTHERWill you ha’ the truth on ’t? If this had not been
25line 3424a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out o’
line 3425Christian burial.
line 3426GRAVEDIGGERWhy, there thou sayst. And the more
line 3427pity that great folk should have count’nance in this
line 3428world to drown or hang themselves more than
30line 3429their even-Christian. Come, my spade. There is no
line 3430ancient gentlemen but gard’ners, ditchers, and
line 3431grave-makers. They hold up Adam’s profession.
line 3432OTHERWas he a gentleman?
line 3433GRAVEDIGGERHe was the first that ever bore arms.
35line 3434OTHERWhy, he had none.
line 3435GRAVEDIGGERWhat, art a heathen? How dost thou
line 3436understand the scripture? The scripture says Adam
line 3437digged. Could he dig without arms? I’ll put another
line 3438question to thee. If thou answerest me not to the
40line 3439purpose, confess thyself—
line 3440OTHERGo to!
line 3441GRAVEDIGGERWhat is he that builds stronger than
line 3442either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?
line 3443OTHERThe gallows-maker; for that frame outlives a
45line 3444thousand tenants.
line 3445GRAVEDIGGERI like thy wit well, in good faith. The
line 3446gallows does well. But how does it well? It does
line 3447well to those that do ill. Now, thou dost ill to say the
line 3448gallows is built stronger than the church. Argal, the
50line 3449gallows may do well to thee. To ’t again, come.
line 3450OTHER“Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright,
line 3451or a carpenter?”
line 3452GRAVEDIGGERAy, tell me that, and unyoke.
line 3453OTHERMarry, now I can tell.
55line 3454GRAVEDIGGERTo ’t.
line 3455OTHERMass, I cannot tell.

Enter Hamlet and Horatio afar off.

line 3456GRAVEDIGGERCudgel thy brains no more about it,
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 243 line 3457for your dull ass will not mend his pace with
line 3458beating. And, when you are asked this question
60line 3459next, say “a grave-maker.” The houses he makes
line 3460lasts till doomsday. Go, get thee in, and fetch me a
line 3461stoup of liquor.

The Other Man exits and the Gravedigger digs and sings.

line 3462In youth when I did love, did love,
line 3463Methought it was very sweet
65line 3464To contract—O—the time for—a—my behove,
line 3465O, methought there—a—was nothing—a—meet.
line 3466HAMLETHas this fellow no feeling of his business? He
line 3467sings in grave-making.
line 3468HORATIOCustom hath made it in him a property of
70line 3469easiness.
line 3470HAMLET’Tis e’en so. The hand of little employment
line 3471hath the daintier sense.
line 3472But age with his stealing steps
line 3473Hath clawed me in his clutch,
75line 3474And hath shipped me into the land,
line 3475As if I had never been such.

He digs up a skull.

line 3476HAMLETThat skull had a tongue in it and could sing
line 3477once. How the knave jowls it to the ground as if
line 3478’twere Cain’s jawbone, that did the first murder!
80line 3479This might be the pate of a politician which this ass
line 3480now o’erreaches, one that would circumvent God,
line 3481might it not?
line 3482HORATIOIt might, my lord.
line 3483HAMLETOr of a courtier, which could say “Good
85line 3484morrow, sweet lord! How dost thou, sweet lord?”
line 3485This might be my Lord Such-a-one that praised my
line 3486Lord Such-a-one’s horse when he went to beg it,
line 3487might it not?
line 3488HORATIOAy, my lord.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 245 90line 3489HAMLETWhy, e’en so. And now my Lady Worm’s,
line 3490chapless and knocked about the mazard with a
line 3491sexton’s spade. Here’s fine revolution, an we had
line 3492the trick to see ’t. Did these bones cost no more the
line 3493breeding but to play at loggets with them? Mine
95line 3494ache to think on ’t.
line 3495A pickax and a spade, a spade,
line 3496For and a shrouding sheet,
line 3497O, a pit of clay for to be made
line 3498For such a guest is meet.

He digs up more skulls.

100line 3499HAMLETThere’s another. Why may not that be the
line 3500skull of a lawyer? Where be his quiddities now, his
line 3501quillities, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks? Why
line 3502does he suffer this mad knave now to knock him
line 3503about the sconce with a dirty shovel and will not tell
105line 3504him of his action of battery? Hum, this fellow might
line 3505be in ’s time a great buyer of land, with his statutes,
line 3506his recognizances, his fines, his double vouchers,
line 3507his recoveries. Is this the fine of his fines and the
line 3508recovery of his recoveries, to have his fine pate full
110line 3509of fine dirt? Will his vouchers vouch him no more
line 3510of his purchases, and double ones too, than the
line 3511length and breadth of a pair of indentures? The very
line 3512conveyances of his lands will scarcely lie in this box,
line 3513and must th’ inheritor himself have no more, ha?
115line 3514HORATIONot a jot more, my lord.
line 3515HAMLETIs not parchment made of sheepskins?
line 3516HORATIOAy, my lord, and of calves’ skins too.
line 3517HAMLETThey are sheep and calves which seek out
line 3518assurance in that. I will speak to this fellow.—
120line 3519Whose grave’s this, sirrah?
line 3520GRAVEDIGGERMine, sir.
line 3521Sings. O, a pit of clay for to be made
line 3522For such a guest is meet.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 247 line 3523HAMLETI think it be thine indeed, for thou liest in ’t.
125line 3524GRAVEDIGGERYou lie out on ’t, sir, and therefore ’tis
line 3525not yours. For my part, I do not lie in ’t, yet it is
line 3526mine.
line 3527HAMLETThou dost lie in ’t, to be in ’t and say it is thine.
line 3528’Tis for the dead, not for the quick; therefore thou
130line 3529liest.
line 3530GRAVEDIGGER’Tis a quick lie, sir; ’twill away again
line 3531from me to you.
line 3532HAMLETWhat man dost thou dig it for?
line 3533GRAVEDIGGERFor no man, sir.
135line 3534HAMLETWhat woman then?
line 3535GRAVEDIGGERFor none, neither.
line 3536HAMLETWho is to be buried in ’t?
line 3537GRAVEDIGGEROne that was a woman, sir, but, rest
line 3538her soul, she’s dead.
140line 3539HAMLETHow absolute the knave is! We must speak by
line 3540the card, or equivocation will undo us. By the
line 3541Lord, Horatio, this three years I have took note of
line 3542it: the age is grown so picked that the toe of the
line 3543peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he
145line 3544galls his kibe.—How long hast thou been
line 3545grave-maker?
line 3546GRAVEDIGGEROf all the days i’ th’ year, I came to ’t
line 3547that day that our last King Hamlet overcame
line 3548Fortinbras.
150line 3549HAMLETHow long is that since?
line 3550GRAVEDIGGERCannot you tell that? Every fool can
line 3551tell that. It was that very day that young Hamlet
line 3552was born—he that is mad, and sent into England.
line 3553HAMLETAy, marry, why was he sent into England?
155line 3554GRAVEDIGGERWhy, because he was mad. He shall
line 3555recover his wits there. Or if he do not, ’tis no great
line 3556matter there.
line 3557HAMLETWhy?
line 3558GRAVEDIGGER’Twill not be seen in him there. There
160line 3559the men are as mad as he.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 249 line 3560HAMLETHow came he mad?
line 3561GRAVEDIGGERVery strangely, they say.
line 3562HAMLETHow “strangely”?
line 3563GRAVEDIGGERFaith, e’en with losing his wits.
165line 3564HAMLETUpon what ground?
line 3565GRAVEDIGGERWhy, here in Denmark. I have been
line 3566sexton here, man and boy, thirty years.
line 3567HAMLETHow long will a man lie i’ th’ earth ere he rot?
line 3568GRAVEDIGGERFaith, if he be not rotten before he die
170line 3569(as we have many pocky corses nowadays that will
line 3570scarce hold the laying in), he will last you some
line 3571eight year or nine year. A tanner will last you nine
line 3572year.
line 3573HAMLETWhy he more than another?
175line 3574GRAVEDIGGERWhy, sir, his hide is so tanned with his
line 3575trade that he will keep out water a great while; and
line 3576your water is a sore decayer of your whoreson dead
line 3577body. Here’s a skull now hath lien you i’ th’ earth
line 3578three-and-twenty years.
180line 3579HAMLETWhose was it?
line 3580GRAVEDIGGERA whoreson mad fellow’s it was.
line 3581Whose do you think it was?
line 3582HAMLETNay, I know not.
line 3583GRAVEDIGGERA pestilence on him for a mad rogue!
185line 3584He poured a flagon of Rhenish on my head once.
line 3585This same skull, sir, was, sir, Yorick’s skull, the
line 3586King’s jester.
line 3587HAMLETThis?
line 3588GRAVEDIGGERE’en that.
190line 3589HAMLETtaking the skull Let me see. Alas, poor
line 3590Yorick! I knew him, Horatio—a fellow of infinite
line 3591jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath bore me on his
line 3592back a thousand times, and now how abhorred in
line 3593my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung
195line 3594those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft.
line 3595Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 251 line 3596songs? your flashes of merriment that were wont to
line 3597set the table on a roar? Not one now to mock your
line 3598own grinning? Quite chapfallen? Now get you to my
200line 3599lady’s chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch
line 3600thick, to this favor she must come. Make her laugh
line 3601at that.—Prithee, Horatio, tell me one thing.
line 3602HORATIOWhat’s that, my lord?
line 3603HAMLETDost thou think Alexander looked o’ this
205line 3604fashion i’ th’ earth?
line 3605HORATIOE’en so.
line 3606HAMLETAnd smelt so? Pah!He puts the skull down.
line 3607HORATIOE’en so, my lord.
line 3608HAMLETTo what base uses we may return, Horatio!
210line 3609Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of
line 3610Alexander till he find it stopping a bunghole?
line 3611HORATIO’Twere to consider too curiously to consider
line 3612so.
line 3613HAMLETNo, faith, not a jot; but to follow him thither,
215line 3614with modesty enough and likelihood to lead it, as
line 3615thus: Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander
line 3616returneth to dust; the dust is earth; of earth
line 3617we make loam; and why of that loam whereto he
line 3618was converted might they not stop a beer barrel?
220line 3619Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay,
line 3620Might stop a hole to keep the wind away.
line 3621O, that that earth which kept the world in awe
line 3622Should patch a wall t’ expel the winter’s flaw!

Enter King, Queen, Laertes, Lords attendant, and the corpse of Ophelia, with a Doctor of Divinity.

line 3623But soft, but soft awhile! Here comes the King,
225line 3624The Queen, the courtiers. Who is this they follow?
line 3625And with such maimèd rites? This doth betoken
line 3626The corse they follow did with desp’rate hand
line 3627Fordo its own life. ’Twas of some estate.
line 3628Couch we awhile and mark.They step aside.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 253 230line 3629LAERTESWhat ceremony else?
line 3630HAMLETThat is Laertes, a very noble youth. Mark.
line 3631LAERTESWhat ceremony else?
line 3632Her obsequies have been as far enlarged
line 3633As we have warranty. Her death was doubtful,
235line 3634And, but that great command o’ersways the order,
line 3635She should in ground unsanctified been lodged
line 3636Till the last trumpet. For charitable prayers
line 3637Shards, flints, and pebbles should be thrown on
line 3638her.
240line 3639Yet here she is allowed her virgin crants,
line 3640Her maiden strewments, and the bringing home
line 3641Of bell and burial.
line 3642Must there no more be done?
line 3643DOCTORNo more be done.
245line 3644We should profane the service of the dead
line 3645To sing a requiem and such rest to her
line 3646As to peace-parted souls.
line 3647LAERTESLay her i’ th’ earth,
line 3648And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
250line 3649May violets spring! I tell thee, churlish priest,
line 3650A minist’ring angel shall my sister be
line 3651When thou liest howling.
line 3652HAMLETto Horatio What, the fair Ophelia?
line 3653QUEENSweets to the sweet, farewell!

She scatters flowers.

255line 3654I hoped thou shouldst have been my Hamlet’s wife;
line 3655I thought thy bride-bed to have decked, sweet maid,
line 3656And not have strewed thy grave.
line 3657LAERTESO, treble woe
line 3658Fall ten times treble on that cursèd head
260line 3659Whose wicked deed thy most ingenious sense
line 3660Deprived thee of!—Hold off the earth awhile,
line 3661Till I have caught her once more in mine arms.

Leaps in the grave.

Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 255 line 3662Now pile your dust upon the quick and dead,
line 3663Till of this flat a mountain you have made
265line 3664T’ o’ertop old Pelion or the skyish head
line 3665Of blue Olympus.
line 3666What is he whose grief
line 3667Bears such an emphasis, whose phrase of sorrow
line 3668Conjures the wand’ring stars and makes them stand
270line 3669Like wonder-wounded hearers? This is I,
line 3670Hamlet the Dane.
LAERTEScoming out of the grave
line 3671The devil take thy soul!
line 3672HAMLETThou pray’st not well.They grapple.
line 3673I prithee take thy fingers from my throat,
275line 3674For though I am not splenitive and rash,
line 3675Yet have I in me something dangerous,
line 3676Which let thy wisdom fear. Hold off thy hand.
line 3677KINGPluck them asunder.
line 3678QUEENHamlet! Hamlet!
280line 3679ALLGentlemen!
line 3680HORATIOGood my lord, be quiet.

Hamlet and Laertes are separated.

line 3681Why, I will fight with him upon this theme
line 3682Until my eyelids will no longer wag!
line 3683QUEENO my son, what theme?
285line 3684I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers
line 3685Could not with all their quantity of love
line 3686Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?
line 3687KINGO, he is mad, Laertes!
line 3688QUEENFor love of God, forbear him.
290line 3689HAMLET’Swounds, show me what thou ’t do.
line 3690Woo’t weep, woo’t fight, woo’t fast, woo’t tear
line 3691thyself,
line 3692Woo’t drink up eisel, eat a crocodile?
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 257 line 3693I’ll do ’t. Dost thou come here to whine?
295line 3694To outface me with leaping in her grave?
line 3695Be buried quick with her, and so will I.
line 3696And if thou prate of mountains, let them throw
line 3697Millions of acres on us, till our ground,
line 3698Singeing his pate against the burning zone,
300line 3699Make Ossa like a wart. Nay, an thou ’lt mouth,
line 3700I’ll rant as well as thou.
line 3701QUEENThis is mere madness;
line 3702And thus awhile the fit will work on him.
line 3703Anon, as patient as the female dove
305line 3704When that her golden couplets are disclosed,
line 3705His silence will sit drooping.
line 3706HAMLETHear you, sir,
line 3707What is the reason that you use me thus?
line 3708I loved you ever. But it is no matter.
310line 3709Let Hercules himself do what he may,
line 3710The cat will mew, and dog will have his day.

Hamlet exits.

line 3711I pray thee, good Horatio, wait upon him.

Horatio exits.

line 3712To Laertes. Strengthen your patience in our last
line 3713night’s speech.
315line 3714We’ll put the matter to the present push.—
line 3715Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.—
line 3716This grave shall have a living monument.
line 3717An hour of quiet thereby shall we see.
line 3718Till then in patience our proceeding be.

They exit.

Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 259

Scene 2

Enter Hamlet and Horatio.

line 3719So much for this, sir. Now shall you see the other.
line 3720You do remember all the circumstance?
line 3721HORATIORemember it, my lord!
line 3722Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting
5line 3723That would not let me sleep. Methought I lay
line 3724Worse than the mutines in the bilboes. Rashly—
line 3725And praised be rashness for it; let us know,
line 3726Our indiscretion sometime serves us well
line 3727When our deep plots do pall; and that should learn
10line 3728us
line 3729There’s a divinity that shapes our ends,
line 3730Rough-hew them how we will—
line 3731HORATIOThat is most
line 3732certain.
15line 3733HAMLETUp from my cabin,
line 3734My sea-gown scarfed about me, in the dark
line 3735Groped I to find out them; had my desire,
line 3736Fingered their packet, and in fine withdrew
line 3737To mine own room again, making so bold
20line 3738(My fears forgetting manners) to unfold
line 3739Their grand commission; where I found, Horatio,
line 3740A royal knavery—an exact command,
line 3741Larded with many several sorts of reasons
line 3742Importing Denmark’s health and England’s too,
25line 3743With—ho!—such bugs and goblins in my life,
line 3744That on the supervise, no leisure bated,
line 3745No, not to stay the grinding of the ax,
line 3746My head should be struck off.
line 3747HORATIOIs ’t possible?
30line 3748Here’s the commission. Read it at more leisure.

Handing him a paper.

Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 261 line 3749But wilt thou hear now how I did proceed?
line 3750HORATIOI beseech you.
line 3751Being thus benetted round with villainies,
line 3752Or I could make a prologue to my brains,
35line 3753They had begun the play. I sat me down,
line 3754Devised a new commission, wrote it fair—
line 3755I once did hold it, as our statists do,
line 3756A baseness to write fair, and labored much
line 3757How to forget that learning; but, sir, now
40line 3758It did me yeoman’s service. Wilt thou know
line 3759Th’ effect of what I wrote?
line 3760HORATIOAy, good my lord.
line 3761An earnest conjuration from the King,
line 3762As England was his faithful tributary,
45line 3763As love between them like the palm might flourish,
line 3764As peace should still her wheaten garland wear
line 3765And stand a comma ’tween their amities,
line 3766And many suchlike ases of great charge,
line 3767That, on the view and knowing of these contents,
50line 3768Without debatement further, more or less,
line 3769He should those bearers put to sudden death,
line 3770Not shriving time allowed.
line 3771HORATIOHow was this sealed?
line 3772Why, even in that was heaven ordinant.
55line 3773I had my father’s signet in my purse,
line 3774Which was the model of that Danish seal;
line 3775Folded the writ up in the form of th’ other,
line 3776Subscribed it, gave ’t th’ impression, placed it
line 3777safely,
60line 3778The changeling never known. Now, the next day
line 3779Was our sea-fight; and what to this was sequent
line 3780Thou knowest already.
line 3781So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go to ’t.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 263 HAMLET
line 3782Why, man, they did make love to this employment.
65line 3783They are not near my conscience. Their defeat
line 3784Does by their own insinuation grow.
line 3785’Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes
line 3786Between the pass and fell incensèd points
line 3787Of mighty opposites.
70line 3788HORATIOWhy, what a king is this!
line 3789Does it not, think thee, stand me now upon—
line 3790He that hath killed my king and whored my mother,
line 3791Popped in between th’ election and my hopes,
line 3792Thrown out his angle for my proper life,
75line 3793And with such cozenage—is ’t not perfect
line 3794conscience
line 3795To quit him with this arm? And is ’t not to be
line 3796damned
line 3797To let this canker of our nature come
80line 3798In further evil?
line 3799It must be shortly known to him from England
line 3800What is the issue of the business there.
line 3801It will be short. The interim’s mine,
line 3802And a man’s life’s no more than to say “one.”
85line 3803But I am very sorry, good Horatio,
line 3804That to Laertes I forgot myself,
line 3805For by the image of my cause I see
line 3806The portraiture of his. I’ll court his favors.
line 3807But, sure, the bravery of his grief did put me
90line 3808Into a tow’ring passion.
line 3809HORATIOPeace, who comes here?

Enter Osric, a courtier.

line 3810OSRICYour Lordship is right welcome back to
line 3811Denmark.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 265 line 3812HAMLETI humbly thank you, sir. Aside to Horatio.
95line 3813Dost know this waterfly?
line 3814HORATIOaside to Hamlet No, my good lord.
line 3815HAMLETaside to Horatio Thy state is the more gracious,
line 3816for ’tis a vice to know him. He hath much
line 3817land, and fertile. Let a beast be lord of beasts and his
100line 3818crib shall stand at the king’s mess. ’Tis a chough,
line 3819but, as I say, spacious in the possession of dirt.
line 3820OSRICSweet lord, if your Lordship were at leisure, I
line 3821should impart a thing to you from his Majesty.
line 3822HAMLETI will receive it, sir, with all diligence of
105line 3823spirit. Put your bonnet to his right use: ’tis for the
line 3824head.
line 3825OSRICI thank your Lordship; it is very hot.
line 3826HAMLETNo, believe me, ’tis very cold; the wind is
line 3827northerly.
110line 3828OSRICIt is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed.
line 3829HAMLETBut yet methinks it is very sultry and hot for
line 3830my complexion.
line 3831OSRICExceedingly, my lord; it is very sultry, as
line 3832’twere—I cannot tell how. My lord, his Majesty
115line 3833bade me signify to you that he has laid a great wager
line 3834on your head. Sir, this is the matter—
line 3835HAMLETI beseech you, remember. He motions to Osric to put on his hat.
line 3836OSRICNay, good my lord, for my ease, in good faith.
line 3837Sir, here is newly come to court Laertes—believe
120line 3838me, an absolute gentleman, full of most excellent
line 3839differences, of very soft society and great showing.
line 3840Indeed, to speak feelingly of him, he is the card or
line 3841calendar of gentry, for you shall find in him the
line 3842continent of what part a gentleman would see.
125line 3843HAMLETSir, his definement suffers no perdition in
line 3844you, though I know to divide him inventorially
line 3845would dozy th’ arithmetic of memory, and yet but
line 3846yaw neither, in respect of his quick sail. But, in the
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 267 line 3847verity of extolment, I take him to be a soul of great
130line 3848article, and his infusion of such dearth and rareness
line 3849as, to make true diction of him, his semblable is his
line 3850mirror, and who else would trace him, his umbrage,
line 3851nothing more.
line 3852OSRICYour Lordship speaks most infallibly of him.
135line 3853HAMLETThe concernancy, sir? Why do we wrap the
line 3854gentleman in our more rawer breath?
line 3855OSRICSir?
line 3856HORATIOIs ’t not possible to understand in another
line 3857tongue? You will to ’t, sir, really.
140line 3858HAMLETto Osric What imports the nomination of
line 3859this gentleman?
line 3860OSRICOf Laertes?
line 3861HORATIOHis purse is empty already; all ’s golden words
line 3862are spent.
145line 3863HAMLETOf him, sir.
line 3864OSRICI know you are not ignorant—
line 3865HAMLETI would you did, sir. Yet, in faith, if you did, it
line 3866would not much approve me. Well, sir?
line 3867OSRICYou are not ignorant of what excellence Laertes
150line 3868is—
line 3869HAMLETI dare not confess that, lest I should compare
line 3870with him in excellence. But to know a man well
line 3871were to know himself.
line 3872OSRICI mean, sir, for his weapon. But in the imputation
155line 3873laid on him by them, in his meed he’s
line 3874unfellowed.
line 3875HAMLETWhat’s his weapon?
line 3876OSRICRapier and dagger.
line 3877HAMLETThat’s two of his weapons. But, well—
160line 3878OSRICThe King, sir, hath wagered with him six Barbary
line 3879horses, against the which he has impawned, as I
line 3880take it, six French rapiers and poniards, with their
line 3881assigns, as girdle, hangers, and so. Three of the
line 3882carriages, in faith, are very dear to fancy, very
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 269 165line 3883responsive to the hilts, most delicate carriages, and
line 3884of very liberal conceit.
line 3885HAMLETWhat call you the “carriages”?
line 3886HORATIOI knew you must be edified by the margent
line 3887ere you had done.
170line 3888OSRICThe carriages, sir, are the hangers.
line 3889HAMLETThe phrase would be more germane to the
line 3890matter if we could carry a cannon by our sides. I
line 3891would it might be “hangers” till then. But on. Six
line 3892Barbary horses against six French swords, their
175line 3893assigns, and three liberal-conceited carriages—
line 3894that’s the French bet against the Danish. Why is this
line 3895all “impawned,” as you call it?
line 3896OSRICThe King, sir, hath laid, sir, that in a dozen
line 3897passes between yourself and him, he shall not
180line 3898exceed you three hits. He hath laid on twelve for
line 3899nine, and it would come to immediate trial if your
line 3900Lordship would vouchsafe the answer.
line 3901HAMLETHow if I answer no?
line 3902OSRICI mean, my lord, the opposition of your person
185line 3903in trial.
line 3904HAMLETSir, I will walk here in the hall. If it please his
line 3905Majesty, it is the breathing time of day with me. Let
line 3906the foils be brought, the gentleman willing, and the
line 3907King hold his purpose, I will win for him, an I can.
190line 3908If not, I will gain nothing but my shame and the odd
line 3909hits.
line 3910OSRICShall I deliver you e’en so?
line 3911HAMLETTo this effect, sir, after what flourish your
line 3912nature will.
195line 3913OSRICI commend my duty to your Lordship.
line 3914HAMLETYours. Osric exits. He does well to commend
line 3915it himself. There are no tongues else for ’s
line 3916turn.
line 3917HORATIOThis lapwing runs away with the shell on his
200line 3918head.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 271 line 3919HAMLETHe did comply, sir, with his dug before he
line 3920sucked it. Thus has he (and many more of the same
line 3921breed that I know the drossy age dotes on) only got
line 3922the tune of the time, and, out of an habit of
205line 3923encounter, a kind of yeasty collection, which carries
line 3924them through and through the most fanned
line 3925and winnowed opinions; and do but blow them to
line 3926their trial, the bubbles are out.

Enter a Lord.

line 3927LORDMy lord, his Majesty commended him to you by
210line 3928young Osric, who brings back to him that you
line 3929attend him in the hall. He sends to know if your
line 3930pleasure hold to play with Laertes, or that you will
line 3931take longer time.
line 3932HAMLETI am constant to my purposes. They follow
215line 3933the King’s pleasure. If his fitness speaks, mine is
line 3934ready now or whensoever, provided I be so able as
line 3935now.
line 3936LORDThe King and Queen and all are coming down.
line 3937HAMLETIn happy time.
220line 3938LORDThe Queen desires you to use some gentle
line 3939entertainment to Laertes before you fall to play.
line 3940HAMLETShe well instructs me.Lord exits.
line 3941HORATIOYou will lose, my lord.
line 3942HAMLETI do not think so. Since he went into France, I
225line 3943have been in continual practice. I shall win at the
line 3944odds; but thou wouldst not think how ill all’s here
line 3945about my heart. But it is no matter.
line 3946HORATIONay, good my lord—
line 3947HAMLETIt is but foolery, but it is such a kind of
230line 3948gaingiving as would perhaps trouble a woman.
line 3949HORATIOIf your mind dislike anything, obey it. I will
line 3950forestall their repair hither and say you are not fit.
line 3951HAMLETNot a whit. We defy augury. There is a
line 3952special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be
235line 3953now, ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 273 line 3954now; if it be not now, yet it will come. The
line 3955readiness is all. Since no man of aught he leaves
line 3956knows, what is ’t to leave betimes? Let be.

A table prepared. Enter Trumpets, Drums, and Officers with cushions, King, Queen, Osric, and all the state, foils, daggers, flagons of wine, and Laertes.

line 3957Come, Hamlet, come and take this hand from me.

He puts Laertes’ hand into Hamlet’s.

HAMLETto Laertes
240line 3958Give me your pardon, sir. I have done you wrong;
line 3959But pardon ’t as you are a gentleman. This presence
line 3960knows,
line 3961And you must needs have heard, how I am punished
line 3962With a sore distraction. What I have done
245line 3963That might your nature, honor, and exception
line 3964Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness.
line 3965Was ’t Hamlet wronged Laertes? Never Hamlet.
line 3966If Hamlet from himself be ta’en away,
line 3967And when he’s not himself does wrong Laertes,
250line 3968Then Hamlet does it not; Hamlet denies it.
line 3969Who does it, then? His madness. If ’t be so,
line 3970Hamlet is of the faction that is wronged;
line 3971His madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy.
line 3972Sir, in this audience
255line 3973Let my disclaiming from a purposed evil
line 3974Free me so far in your most generous thoughts
line 3975That I have shot my arrow o’er the house
line 3976And hurt my brother.
line 3977LAERTESI am satisfied in nature,
260line 3978Whose motive in this case should stir me most
line 3979To my revenge; but in my terms of honor
line 3980I stand aloof and will no reconcilement
line 3981Till by some elder masters of known honor
line 3982I have a voice and precedent of peace
265line 3983To keep my name ungored. But till that time
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 275 line 3984I do receive your offered love like love
line 3985And will not wrong it.
line 3986HAMLETI embrace it freely
line 3987And will this brothers’ wager frankly play.—
270line 3988Give us the foils. Come on.
line 3989LAERTESCome, one for me.
line 3990I’ll be your foil, Laertes; in mine ignorance
line 3991Your skill shall, like a star i’ th’ darkest night,
line 3992Stick fiery off indeed.
275line 3993LAERTESYou mock me, sir.
line 3994HAMLETNo, by this hand.
line 3995Give them the foils, young Osric. Cousin Hamlet,
line 3996You know the wager?
line 3997HAMLETVery well, my lord.
280line 3998Your Grace has laid the odds o’ th’ weaker side.
line 3999I do not fear it; I have seen you both.
line 4000But, since he is better, we have therefore odds.
line 4001This is too heavy. Let me see another.
line 4002This likes me well. These foils have all a length?
285line 4003OSRICAy, my good lord.

Prepare to play.

line 4004Set me the stoups of wine upon that table.—
line 4005If Hamlet give the first or second hit
line 4006Or quit in answer of the third exchange,
line 4007Let all the battlements their ordnance fire.
290line 4008The King shall drink to Hamlet’s better breath,
line 4009And in the cup an union shall he throw,
line 4010Richer than that which four successive kings
line 4011In Denmark’s crown have worn. Give me the cups,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 277 line 4012And let the kettle to the trumpet speak,
295line 4013The trumpet to the cannoneer without,
line 4014The cannons to the heavens, the heaven to earth,
line 4015“Now the King drinks to Hamlet.” Come, begin.
line 4016And you, the judges, bear a wary eye.

Trumpets the while.

line 4017HAMLETCome on, sir.
300line 4018LAERTESCome, my lord.They play.
line 4019HAMLETOne.
line 4020LAERTESNo.
line 4021HAMLETJudgment!
line 4022OSRICA hit, a very palpable hit.
305line 4023LAERTESWell, again.
line 4024Stay, give me drink.—Hamlet, this pearl is thine.
line 4025Here’s to thy health.

He drinks and then drops the pearl in the cup.

Drum, trumpets, and shot.

line 4026Give him the cup.
line 4027I’ll play this bout first. Set it by awhile.
310line 4028Come. They play. Another hit. What say you?
line 4029A touch, a touch. I do confess ’t.
line 4030Our son shall win.
line 4031QUEENHe’s fat and scant of breath.—
line 4032Here, Hamlet, take my napkin; rub thy brows.
315line 4033The Queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet.

She lifts the cup.

line 4034HAMLETGood madam.
line 4035KINGGertrude, do not drink.
line 4036I will, my lord; I pray you pardon me.She drinks.
line 4037It is the poisoned cup. It is too late.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 279 HAMLET
320line 4038I dare not drink yet, madam—by and by.
line 4039QUEENCome, let me wipe thy face.
LAERTESto Claudius
line 4040My lord, I’ll hit him now.
line 4041KINGI do not think ’t.
line 4042And yet it is almost against my conscience.
325line 4043Come, for the third, Laertes. You do but dally.
line 4044I pray you pass with your best violence.
line 4045I am afeard you make a wanton of me.
line 4046LAERTESSay you so? Come on.Play.
line 4047OSRICNothing neither way.
330line 4048LAERTESHave at you now!

Laertes wounds Hamlet. Then in scuffling they change rapiers, and Hamlet wounds Laertes.

line 4049KINGPart them. They are incensed.
line 4050HAMLETNay, come again.

The Queen falls.

line 4051OSRICLook to the Queen there, ho!
line 4052They bleed on both sides.—How is it, my lord?
335line 4053OSRICHow is ’t, Laertes?
line 4054Why as a woodcock to mine own springe, Osric.

He falls.

line 4055I am justly killed with mine own treachery.
line 4056How does the Queen?
line 4057KINGShe swoons to see them bleed.
340line 4058No, no, the drink, the drink! O, my dear Hamlet!
line 4059The drink, the drink! I am poisoned.She dies.
line 4060O villainy! Ho! Let the door be locked.Osric exits.
line 4061Treachery! Seek it out.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 281 LAERTES
line 4062It is here, Hamlet. Hamlet, thou art slain.
345line 4063No med’cine in the world can do thee good.
line 4064In thee there is not half an hour’s life.
line 4065The treacherous instrument is in thy hand,
line 4066Unbated and envenomed. The foul practice
line 4067Hath turned itself on me. Lo, here I lie,
350line 4068Never to rise again. Thy mother’s poisoned.
line 4069I can no more. The King, the King’s to blame.
line 4070The point envenomed too! Then, venom, to thy
line 4071work.Hurts the King.
line 4072ALLTreason, treason!
355line 4073O, yet defend me, friends! I am but hurt.
line 4074Here, thou incestuous, murd’rous, damnèd Dane,
line 4075Drink off this potion. Is thy union here?

Forcing him to drink the poison.

line 4076Follow my mother.King dies.
line 4077LAERTESHe is justly served.
360line 4078It is a poison tempered by himself.
line 4079Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet.
line 4080Mine and my father’s death come not upon thee,
line 4081Nor thine on me.Dies.
line 4082Heaven make thee free of it. I follow thee.—
365line 4083I am dead, Horatio.—Wretched queen, adieu.—
line 4084You that look pale and tremble at this chance,
line 4085That are but mutes or audience to this act,
line 4086Had I but time (as this fell sergeant, Death,
line 4087Is strict in his arrest), O, I could tell you—
370line 4088But let it be.—Horatio, I am dead.
line 4089Thou livest; report me and my cause aright
line 4090To the unsatisfied.
line 4091HORATIONever believe it.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 283 line 4092I am more an antique Roman than a Dane.
375line 4093Here’s yet some liquor left.He picks up the cup.
line 4094HAMLETAs thou ’rt a man,
line 4095Give me the cup. Let go! By heaven, I’ll ha ’t.
line 4096O God, Horatio, what a wounded name,
line 4097Things standing thus unknown, shall I leave behind
380line 4098me!
line 4099If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,
line 4100Absent thee from felicity awhile
line 4101And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain
line 4102To tell my story.

A march afar off and shot within.

385line 4103What warlike noise is this?

Enter Osric.

line 4104Young Fortinbras, with conquest come from Poland,
line 4105To th’ ambassadors of England gives
line 4106This warlike volley.
line 4107HAMLETO, I die, Horatio!
390line 4108The potent poison quite o’ercrows my spirit.
line 4109I cannot live to hear the news from England.
line 4110But I do prophesy th’ election lights
line 4111On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice.
line 4112So tell him, with th’ occurrents, more and less,
395line 4113Which have solicited—the rest is silence.
line 4114O, O, O, O!Dies.
line 4115Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,
line 4116And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

March within.

line 4117Why does the drum come hither?

Enter Fortinbras with the English Ambassadors with Drum, Colors, and Attendants.

400line 4118FORTINBRASWhere is this sight?
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 285 line 4119HORATIOWhat is it you would see?
line 4120If aught of woe or wonder, cease your search.
line 4121This quarry cries on havoc. O proud Death,
line 4122What feast is toward in thine eternal cell
405line 4123That thou so many princes at a shot
line 4124So bloodily hast struck?
line 4125AMBASSADORThe sight is dismal,
line 4126And our affairs from England come too late.
line 4127The ears are senseless that should give us hearing
410line 4128To tell him his commandment is fulfilled,
line 4129That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead.
line 4130Where should we have our thanks?
line 4131HORATIONot from his
line 4132mouth,
415line 4133Had it th’ ability of life to thank you.
line 4134He never gave commandment for their death.
line 4135But since, so jump upon this bloody question,
line 4136You from the Polack wars, and you from England,
line 4137Are here arrived, give order that these bodies
420line 4138High on a stage be placed to the view,
line 4139And let me speak to th’ yet unknowing world
line 4140How these things came about. So shall you hear
line 4141Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts,
line 4142Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters,
425line 4143Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause,
line 4144And, in this upshot, purposes mistook
line 4145Fall’n on th’ inventors’ heads. All this can I
line 4146Truly deliver.
line 4147FORTINBRASLet us haste to hear it
430line 4148And call the noblest to the audience.
line 4149For me, with sorrow I embrace my fortune.
line 4150I have some rights of memory in this kingdom,
line 4151Which now to claim my vantage doth invite me.
line 4152Of that I shall have also cause to speak,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 287 435line 4153And from his mouth whose voice will draw on
line 4154more.
line 4155But let this same be presently performed
line 4156Even while men’s minds are wild, lest more
line 4157mischance
440line 4158On plots and errors happen.
line 4159FORTINBRASLet four captains
line 4160Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage,
line 4161For he was likely, had he been put on,
line 4162To have proved most royal; and for his passage,
445line 4163The soldier’s music and the rite of war
line 4164Speak loudly for him.
line 4165Take up the bodies. Such a sight as this
line 4166Becomes the field but here shows much amiss.
line 4167Go, bid the soldiers shoot.

They exit, marching, after the which, a peal of ordnance are shot off.

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