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They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way,
you. Good-night, mother.
[Exit Hamlet, tugging in Polonius.
A CT IV.
A Royal Apartment.
Enter King and Queen, with Rosincrantz,' and Guil
* This play is printed in the pause is made at a time when old editions without any fepara- there is more continuit; (f action of the Acts. The division tion than in almost any other of is modern and arbitraty ; and is the Scenes, here not very happy, for the R4
Queen. Bestow this place on us a little while.
[Ta Rof. and Guild, who go out. Ah, my good Lord, what have I seen to-night?
King: What, Gertrude ? How does Hamlet ?ytt
King. O heavy deed!
But so much was our love,
Queen. To draw apart the body he hath kill'd,
King. O Gertrude, come away.
3-out of haunt,] I would seems to think ore to be Or, that rather read, out of harm. is, gold. Base metals have ore no :
- like some ore] Shakespeare lefs than precious.
Enter Rofincrantz and Guildenstern. Friends both, go join you with some further aid ; Hamlet in madness hath Polonius sain, And from his mother's closet hath he drag'd him. Go seek him out, speak fair, and bring the body Into the chapel. t. Pray you, haft in this.
[Exeunt Rose and Guild. Come, Gertrude, we'll call up our wifest friends, And let them know both what we mean to do, S Wbose whispir o'er the world's diameter, As level as the cannon to his blank, Transports its poison'd shot; may miss our Name,
5 Whose whisper o'er the verses carry the very stamp of world's diameter,
Shakespeare upon them. The coin, As level as the cannon to his indeed, has been clipt from our blank,
first receiving it; but it is not so Transports its poison'd shot, diminifhed, but that with a small
may miss our name, assistance we may hope to make. And hit the woundless air. it pass current. I am far from
o, come away!) Mr. Pope affirming, that, by inserting the takes notice, that 1 replace fome words, For, haply, Slander, I. verses that were imperfect, (and, have given the poet's very words; tho' of a modern date, seem to be but the supplement is such as the genuine;) by inferring two words. sentiment naturally seems to deBut to see, what an accurate and mand. The poet has the same faithful collator he is; I pro- thought, concerning the diffuduced these verses in my SHAKE- five pow'rs of flander, in another SPEARE restored, from a quarto
of his plays. edition of Hamlet, printed in
No, 'tis slander 1637, and happened to say, that Whole edge is sharper that the they had not the authority of any sword, whose tongue earlier date in print, that I knew Outovenoms all the worms of of, than that quarto. Upon the Nile, whose breath strength of this Mr. Pope comes Rides on the posting winds, and calls the lines modern, cho' and doth bely they were in the quartos of 1605 All corners of the world. and 1611, which I had not then
Cymbeline, seen, but both of which Mr. Pope
THEOBALD. pretends to have collated. The
And hit the woundless air. -0, come away ;
S CE N E II.
Ham. Safely stowed.
Ham. What noise ? who calls on Hamlet ?
Enter Rosincrantz, and Guildenstern.
- Rof. What have you done, my Lord, with the
dead body? Hom. Compounded it' with duft, whereto 'tis kin,
Rof. Tell us where ’tis, that we may take it thence, And bear it to the chapel.
Ham. Do not believe it.
Ham. That I can keep your counsel, and not mine own. Besides, to be demanded of a spunge, what replication should be made by the son of a King ?
Ros. Take you me for a spunge, my Lord?
Ham. Ay, Sir, that fokes up the King's countenance, his rewards, his authorities. But such officers do the King best service in the end; he keeps them, like an apple, in the corner of his jaw; first mouth'd, to be last swallow'd. When he needs what
When he needs what you have
26 I ke an apple,] The quarto has ajpie, which is generally followed. The folio has ape, which Hanner has received, and illurtrated with the following note.
“ It is ihe way of monkeys 6s in eating, 'to throw that part
o of their food, which they take
up first, into a pouch they are
provided with on the side of " their jaw, and then they keep “ it, till they have done with the
glean'd, it is but squeezing you, and, spunge,
you Thall be dry again.
Rof. I understand you not, my Lord.
Ham. I am glad of it; a knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear
... Ros. My Lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go with us to the King.
Hom. ?:The body is with the King, but the King is not with the body. The King is a thing
Guil. A thing, my Lord?
Ham. * Of nothing. Bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after,
King. I've sent to seek him, and to find the body. How dang’rous is it, that this man goes loose ! Yet must not we put the strong law on him; He's lov'd of the distracted multitude, Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes: And where 'tis so, th' offender's scourge is weigh'd, But never the offence. To bear all smooth and even, This sudden sending him away must seem Deliberate pause. Diseases, desp'rate grown, By desperate appliance are reliev'd, Or not at all.
7 The body is with the King, ] has contemptuously called the This answer I do not compre- King a thing, Hamlet defends hend. Perhaps it should be, The himself by observing, that the body is not with the King, for King must be a thing, or nothe King is not with the body. thing.
8 of nothing.] Should it rot 9 Hide fox,] There is a play be read, Or nothing ? When the among children called Hide fox, courtiers remark, that Hamlet and all after.