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With thoughts y beyond the reaches of our souls ?
Say, why is this? wherefore? what should we do?

[Ghost beckons 2 Hamlet.
Hor. It beckons you to go away with it,
As if it some impartinent did desire
To you alone.

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

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

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

Hor. What if it tempt you f tow'rd the flood, my lord,
Or to the dreadful & summit of the cliff,
That beetles o'er his bare into the sea;
And there i allume some other horrible form,
Which might k deprive your sov’reignty of reason,
And draw you into madness? think of it.
? The very place puts toys of desperation,

y The fo's read, beyond bee; reaches, &c.

2 Qu's omit ghot and Hamier.
a The fo's and R. read wafts.

y. alters this line thus, without
giving a reason,
I: wives you off to a removed ground.
R. first puts in this direction.

The fo's and R. read pill 1.

e The 3d q. like for as.
f Second q. towards.

Qu's, Somner, fo's fernet.
h Qu's, cleefe.
i Fo's, allumes.
k W. and H. read deprave.

1 The lines in Italic are omitted in the fo's and R.


Without more motive, into ev'ry brain,
That looks so many fathoms to the sea,
And hears it roar beneath.

Ham. It TM waves me still.---Go on, I'll follow thee.
Mar. You shall not go, my

Ham. Hold off your " hands.
Hor. Be rul'd, you shall not go.

Ham. My fate cries out,
And makes each petty P artery in this body
9 As hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve.
Still am I call'd. Unhand ine, gentlemen ---

[ Breaking from them. By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me I say, away. ---Goon --- I'll follow thee --

Exeunt Ghost and Hamlet. Hor. He waxes desp’rate with imagination. Mar. Let 's follow; 'tis not fit thus to obey him. Hor. Have after. To what issue will this come? Mar. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Hor. Heaven will direct it. Mar. Nay, let's follow him.


ta The fo's and R. read wafts.

The fo's, R. P. and H. read band. OT.W. and J. give this speech to Marcelius, contrary to all the other editions.

p First q. arture; 2d q. artyre; fo's, artir.

9 C. Omits As.
* This direction first inserted by R.
s Second q. one.
: Firft q. inagion.

C 2


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Ham. *Whither wilt thou lead me ? speak, I'll go no further.
Ghost. Mark me.
Ham. I will.

Ghost. My hour is almost come,
When. I to sulphurous and tormenting flames
Muft render up myself.

Han. Alas, poor ghost !

Ghost. Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing
To what I shall unfold.

Ham. Speak, I am bound to a hear.
Ghoft. So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear.
Ham. What?

Ghost. I am thy father's spirit,
Doom'd for a certain time to walk the night,
And for the day confin’d a to fast in fires
'Till the foul crimes, done in my days of nature,
Are burnt and purg'd away. But that I am forbid
To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word

u This description first given by T. 2 Second q. bere. So S. but gives

* The fo's and all after, except C. not the reading of the other qu's, vix. W bere for Whitber,

bear. y First f. bower ;- 2d f. boncur,

a W. reads too, i. e. most or very. Heath proposes, io lafing fires, &c.


Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
Thy o knotted and combined locks to part,
And each particular hair to stand on end
Like quills upon the d fearful porcupine ;
But this eternal blazon must not be
To ears of flesh and blood. Lift, lift, oh lift!
If thou didst ever thy dear father love---

Ham. % 0 God!
Chaft. Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
Ham. Murder?

Ghoft. Murder inost foul, as in the best it is;
But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.

Ham. Haste me to know it, that I, with wings as swift
As meditation, or the thoughts of love,
May sweep to my revenge.

Gbolt. I find thee apt ;
And duller shouldīt thou be than the fat weed
That ' roots itself in ease on k Lethe's wharf,
Wouldst thou not stir in this. Now, Hamlet, hear.
1 'Tis given out, that, sleeping in m my orchard, ,
A serpent ftung me: * fo the whole ear of Denmark

• The fo's, R. P. T. and H. read & The fo's, and all the editions after, dnotty.

"read, O beav'n! c The qu's, fo's, and R. an for on. h The fo's read, Haste, bafte me to know

d So the qu's. The fo's read fretful; it ; qu's, know 'r; P. omits it. and all the subsequent editors follow i The fo's, R. P. and H. read rols. them, without mentioning any other * The qu's and fo's read, Lethe wbarf. seading.

1 The fo's and R. It's for 'Tis. © The qu's and fo's read, porpentine.

m The fo's, mine for my. f The fo's and R. read, Lif Hamlet, n P. omits fo.

eb lift,

Is by a forged process of iny

Rankly abus'd; but know, thou noble youth,
The serpent, that did iting thy father's life,
Now wears his crown,

Ham, Oh, my prophetic foul ! ' y uncle?

Ghoft. Ay that incestuous, that adulterate beast,
With witchcraft of his p wits, 9 with trait'rous gifts,

wicked' wit, and gifts, that have the power
So to seduce! won to ' his shameful luft
The will of my most (seeming) virtuous queen,
Oh Hamlet, what' a falling off was there
From me, whose love was of that dignity,
That it went hand in hand even with the vow
! inade to her in marriage! and to decline
Upon a wretch, whose natural gifts were poor
To those of inine !
But virtue, as it never will be mov'd,
Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven;
. So lust, though to a radiant angel link'd,
Will w sate itself in a celestial bed,
And prey * on garbage.
But, foft! inethinks I o scent the 2 morning air ---
Brief let me be : Sleeping within my orchard,
My custom always a of the afternoon,

o The fo's and R. minte,

w The qu's read fori; 3d and 4th fo's, p So qu's, fo's, and R. All after, wil. seat.

9 First, 2d and 3d fo's, dard for wirb; * Third and 4th fo's, in for on. 4th f. and R. and.

y First and 3d quis, ift and 3d fo's, Third q. wils.

Sent. S First and 24 fo's, this for bis.

z The fo's and R. morning's. ? The rft and 2d yu's umita.

a The fo's, R. P. and H. read in for u The qu's ready

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