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Ham. Between * who?
Pol. I mean y the matter that you read, my lord.

Ham. Slanders, fir; for the satirical z rogue says here, that old men have grey beards; that their faces are wrinkled; their eyes purging thick amber, 2 and plum-tree gum; and that they have a plentiful 6 lack of wit; together with most weak hams. All which, fir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honefty to have it thus fet down; for yourself, fir, e shall grow old as I am ; if, like a crab, you could go backward.

Pol. Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't. Will

you walk out of the air, my lord ? Ham. Into my grave ?

Pol. Indeed, that's out of the air. ---
How pregnant sometimes his replies are !
A happiness that inadness often hits on,
Which s reason and sanity could not
So prosperously' be deliver'd of. * I will leave him,

mean, &c.

* The qu’s, ift f. and C. read who; pould be old, as I am, &c. H. reads the reft, wbom ; but Shakespeare was not fall be but as old as I am, &c. R. and fo grammatically nice; he wrote as peo- the rest read, sball be as old as I as, ple discoursed in common : at this day &c. we say, Between wbo? in common talk. f This speech in the qu's is printed y The fo's and R, read, ebe master you prose-wise,

& The qu's read reason and fanftity. z So the qu's and C. The fo's and all The fo's, R. and C. read, reason and jar. other editions read, ibe satirical Nave, ity. P. and the rest, fanity and realcm.

h The 3d q. reads bappily for prosper a The fo's and R. read or for and. τοκβν. . k The fo's read lock.

i P. reads this word be after could ex c The fo's and R. omit moft. in the foregoing line; and is followed by d The fo's and R. read, you yourself, the editors after him, except C.

* P. alters I will to I'll; followed by ? So the qu's and C. The fo's read all after but C.

&c.

? And suddenly contrive the means of meeting

Between him and my daughter. "My honourable lord, I will most humbly Take my leave of you.

Ham. You cannot m take from me any thing that ^ I will more willingly part withal, o except my life, except my life, except my life.

Pol. Fare you well, my lord,
Ham. These tedious old fools!
Poh You go to seek P the lord Hamlet; there he is.

[Exit.

SCENE VI.

Enter Rosincraus and Guildenstern.

Rof. God save you, sir.
Guil. 9 My honour'd lord!
Rof. My most dear lord !
Ham. My excellent good friends! How doft thou, Guil-

denstern?
• Ah! Rofincraus, good lads ! how do ye both?

Ref. As the indifferent children of the earth.
Guil. Happy in that we are not over-happy,

1 The words prioted in italic, in these other editions read except my life, but three lines, are om ted in the qu's. once without any addition, C. omits boncurable and most bumbly. p So the qu's and C. The fo's and R.

m Between cannot and cake the word read my for obe; the rest omit ebe. for is inferted in all editions but the 9 Fo's, Mine. qu's.

r First q. exlent. n Qu's read, I will not more, &c. $ The ist and ad gu's, A; 3d and C.

• So the qu's and C. The fo's and R. Ah. All the reft, Ob! sead, excepe my life, my life. All the

w The qu's read ever lwppy. E

On

+ Qu's, your

On fortune's w
cap we are not the

very

button. Ham. Nor the folcs of her shoe? Ref. Neither, my lord.

Ham. Then you live about her waist, or in the iniddle of her * favours?

Guil. 'Faith, y her privates

Ham. In the secret parts of fortune ? oh! most true ; she is a strumpet.

z What news? Ref. None, my lord, but that the world's

grown

honeft. Ham. Then is dooms-day near; but your news is not true. Let me question more in particular : what have you, my good friends, deserved at the hands of fortune, that she sends you to prison hither ?

Guil. Prison, my bord?
Ham. Denmark 's a prison.
Rof. Then is the world one.

Ham. A gecdly one, in which there are many confines, wards and dungeons; Denmark being one o' the worst.

Rof. We think not so, my lord.

Ham. Why then, 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it fo: to me it is a prison.

Rof. Why then your ambition makes it one ; 'tis too narrow for your mind.

Ham. Ob God! I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space; were it not that I have bad dreams.

* The rd and 2d qu's read lap. * The fo's and R. read favour.

y Here T. interpolates in before ber ; followed by all after bat C.

2 The fo's and R. read, What's the news? 2 The qu's omit that:

What is printed in itafic here, is jot in the qu’s.

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Guil. Which dreams indeed are ambition; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

Ham. A dream itself is but a shadow.

Rof. Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality, that it is but a shadow's fadow.

Ham. Then are our beggars, bodies; and our monarchs and out-stretch'd heroes, the beggars' shadows. Shall we to th' court? for, by my fay, I cannot reason.

Both. Wi'll wait upon you.

Ham. No such matter. I will not fort you with the rest of my fervants; for, to speak to you like an honest man, I am most dreadfully attended. But in the beaten way of friendship, what make you at Elfinoor?

Rof. To visit you, my lord; no other occasion.

Ham. Beggar that I am, I am - even poor in thanks; but I thank you; and sure, dear friends, my thanks are too dear

a halfpenny. Were you not sent for? Is it your own inclining? Is it a free visitation Come, come, deal juftly with me; come, come; nay, speak.

Guil. What should we say, my lord ?

Ham. 8 Any thing, but to the purpose. You were sent for ; and there is a kind of confession in your looks, which your modesties have not craft enough to colour. I know the good king and queen have sent for you.

Roj. To what end, my lord ?

Ham. That you must tcach me; but let me conjure you by the rights of 6 our h fellowship, by the consonancy of our

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c Fo's, fey.

read, Come, deal juhly, &c. d First and ad qu's, ever.

6 The fo's and R. read, Wby any thing, e T. W. and 7. read of a balfpenny. &c. H. and C. at a ballpenry.

h Third and 4th fo's, your. f So the qu's. The fo's and the rest i The 3d q. reads fellow/bips.

E 2

you k,

youth, by the obligation of our ever-preserved love, and by what more dear, a better proposer & could charge you withal; be even and direct with me, w

you were sent for

Whether

Or no.

Rof. What say you?

"[To Guildenstern. Guild. My lord, we were sent for.

Ham. I will tell you why. So shall my anticipation prevent your * discovery, and, your secreíy to the king and queen moult no feather. I have of late, but wherefore I know not, loft all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indiced it goes fo • heavily with my disposition, ihat this goodly frame the earth seems to me a fteril promontory; this most excellent canopy the air, look you, this brave P o'erchanging 9 sirnament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why it' appeareth nothing to me' but a foul and pestilent congrcgation of vapours. What ' a piece of work is wa man! how noble in reason! how infinite in * faculties! In form and moving how express and admirable ! In action how like an angel! In apprchenfions how like a God! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! and yet to me what is this quintessence of dust? Man de

k The qu's, indead of could read cax. r Second, 3d and 4th fo's read appear. 1 This direction first by T.

ed. m The fu's read, your discovery of your 5 So the qu's. The fo's, and all edi. Secrely to the king and queen : moult ro far. tions after, read, no o! ber ebirg. ther, I have of lare, &c.

+ So the qu's. All other editions, n So the qu's and C. The fo’s and the iman. rest read, exercik.

u The ist and ad qu's omit e, o The fo's read heavenly.

w Third q. omits a. p The 2d and 3d qu's read o'erbanged. * The fo's and R. read faculty. 9 The fo's and R. omit firmament.

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