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Ber. In the same figure like the king that's dead.
Ber. It would be spoke to.
Hor. What art thou, that
Speak to it, Horatio.
usurp'st this time of
Together with that fair and warlike form
In which the majesty of buried Denmark
Did sometimes march? By Heaven, I charge thee,
Mar. It is offended.
Ber. See! it stalks away.
Hor. Stay; speak: speak, I charge thee speak.
Mar. 'Tis gone, and will not answer.
Ber. How now, Horatio? you tremble, and look
Is not this something more than fantasy?
What think you of it?
Hor. Before my God, I might not this believe, Without the sensible and true avouch
Of mine own eyes.
Is it not like the king?
Hor. As thou art to thyself.
Such was the very armor he had on,
When he the ambitious Norway combated;
1 It was a vulgar notion, that a supernatural being could only be spoken to, with effect, by persons of learning; exorcisms being usually practised by the clergy in Latin.
2 The first quarto reads, "it horrors me."
3 i. e. the sledged Polander (Polaque, Fr.). The old copy reads Pollax.
Mar. Thus, twice before, and jump' at this dead
With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.
Hor. In what particular thought to work, I know not; 2
But, in the gross and scope of mine opinion,
This bodes some strange eruption to our state.
Mar. Good now, sit down, and tell me, he that knows,
Why this same strict and most observant watch
Why such impress of shipwrights, whose sore task
That can I;
Our last king,
At least, the whisper goes so.
Did forfeit, with his life, all those his lands,
1 Jump. So the quarto of 1603, and that of 1604. The folio reads just. Jump and just were synonymous. So in Chapman's May Day, 1611:
"Your appointment was jumpe at three with me."
2 That is, "what particular train of thought to follow," &c. The first quarto reads:
"In what particular to work I know not."
Had he been vanquisher; as, by the same co-mart,1
His fell to Hamlet. Now, sir, young Fortinbras,
Hath in the skirts of Norway, here and there,
The source of this our watch; and the chief head
[Ber. I think it be no other, but even so.
Hor. A mote it is, to trouble the mind's eye.
The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead
As, stars with trains of fire and dews of blood,
1 Co-mart is the reading of the quarto of 1604; the folio reads covenant. Co-mart, it is presumed, means a joint bargain. No other instance of the word is known.
2 i. e. "and import of that article marked out for that purpose."
3 The first quarto reads, "Of unapproved." Dr. Johnson explains it, "full of spirit, not regulated or guided by knowledge or experience," and has been hitherto uncontradicted.
4 i. e. snapped up or taken up hastily.
Scroccare is properly to do
any thing at another man's cost, to shark or shift for any thing.
Stomach is used for determined purpose.
6 Romage, now spelt rummage, and in common use as a verb, for making a thorough search, a busy and tumultuous movement.
7 All the lines within crotchets, in this play, are omitted in the folio of 1623. The title-pages of the quartos of 1604 and 1605 declare this play to be "enlarged to almost as much againe as it was, according to the true and perfect copie."
8 i. e. suit, accord.
9 i. e. theme or subject.
10 A line or more is here supposed to be lost.
Disasters in the sun; and the moist star,'
But, soft; behold! lo, where it comes again!
Speak to me.
If there be any good thing to be done,
If thou art privy to thy country's fate,
Or, if thou hast uphoarded in thy life
For which, they say, you spirits oft walk in death,
[Cock crows. Speak of it;-stay, and speak!-Stop it, Marcellus. Mar. Shall I strike at it with my partisan?
Hor. Do, if it will not stand.
Hor. 'Tis here!
Mar. 'Tis gone!
We do it wrong, being so majestical,
For it is, as the air, invulnerable,
And our vain blows malicious mockery.
Ber. It was about to speak when the cock crew. Hor. And then it started like a guilty thing
Upon a fearful summons.
1 i. e. the moon.
I have heard,
2 Omen is here put, by a figure of speech, for predicted event.
The cock, that is the trumpet of the morn,
Mar. It faded on the crowing of the cock.2
Hor. So have I heard, and do in part believe it.
Mar. Let's do't, I pray; and I this morning know Where we shall find him most convenient.
SCENE II. The same.
A Room of State in the
Enter the King, Queen, HAMLET, POLONIUS, LAERTES, VOLTIMAND, CORNELIUS, Lords, and Attendants.
King. Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death
1 "Extra-vagans, wandering about, going beyond bounds." Erring is erraticus, straying or roving up and down.
2 This is a very ancient superstition.
3 i. e. blasts or strikes.
4 Gracious is sometimes used by Shakspeare for graced, favored. 5 First quarto, “sun."