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That thou, dead coarse, again, in compleat steel,
[Ghost beckons Hamlet. Hor. It beckons you to go away with it, As if it some impartment did desire
(Holding Hamlet, Ham. It will not speak; then I will follow it. Hor. Do not, my Lord.
Ham. Why, what should be the fear?
Ham. It waves me ftill: go on, I'll follow thee
Ham. My fạte cries out,
[Breaking from them.
By heav'n, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me
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. Heav'n will direct it. Mar. Nay, let's follow him.
SCENE changes to a more remote Part of the
Re-enter Ghost and Hamlet. Ham. 7 Here wilt thou lead me I speak, I'll go
Ghost. My hour is almost come,
Ham. Alas, poor Ghost !
Ghost. Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing
Ham. Speak, I am bound to hear.
Ghost. I am thy father's Spirit ;
But that I am forbid
But this eternal blazon must not be
Ham. Oh heav'n !
Ghoft. Murder most foul, as in the best it is ;
Ham. Hafte me to know it, that I, with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge.
Ghoft. I find thee apt ; And duller shouldst thou be, than the fat weed That roots itself in case on Lethe's wharf, Wouldft thou not stir in this. Now, Hamlet, hear; 'Tis given out, that, sleeping in my orchard, A ferpent ftung me. So the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abus'd: but know, thou noble youth, The serpent, that did fting thy father's life, Now wears his crown.
Ham. Oh, my prophetick soul! my uncle ?
Ghoft. Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, With witchcraft of his wit, with trait'rous gifts, (0 wicked wit, and gifts, that have the power So to seduce !) won to his shameful lust The will of my most feeming-virtuous Queen. Oh lamlet, what a falling off was there ! From me, whose love was of that dignity, That it went hand in hand ev’n with the vow I made to her in marriage ; and to decline Upon a wretch, whose natural gifts were poor To those of mine ! But virtue, as it never will be mov’d, Though lewdness court it in a shape of heav'r; So luft, though to a radiant angel link'd, Will fate itself in a celestial bed, And prey on garbage----But, fost ! methinks, I scent the morning air * Brief let me be ; Sleeping within mine orchard,
My custom always of the afternoon,
No (11) Unbouzzled, unanointed, unaneald;] The Ghoft, having recounted the Process of his, Murder, proceeds to exaggerate the Inhumanity and Unnaturalness of the Fact, from the Circumstances in which he was surprized. But there, I find, have been stumbling Blocks to our Editors; and therefore I must amend and explain these three compound Adjectives in their Order. Instead of unbouzzel'd, we must restore, unboufeld, i. e, without the Sacrament taken; from the old Saxon Word for the Sacrament, bousel. In the next place, unanointed, is a Sophistication of the Text: the old Copies concur in reading, disappointed. I correct,
Unboufell, unappointed, i. e, no Confeffion of Sins made, no Reconciliation to Heaven, no Appointment of Penance by the Church. Unaneal'd I agree to be the Poet's genuine Word; but I must take the Liberty to dispute Mr. Pope's Explication of it, viz. No Knell rung. The Adjective formed from Knell, must have been Unknell'd, or unknolld. There is no Rule in Orthography for finking the k in the Deflection of any Verb or Compound formed from Ķnell, and melting it into a Vowel. What Sense does unaneal'd then bear? SKIN N E-R, in his Lexicon of old and obsolete English Terms, tells us, that Aneal'd is unktus; from the Teutonick Preposition an, and Ole, i. e. Oil: so that unaneal'd must consequently signify, unanointed, not having the extream UnElion. The Poet's Reading and Explication being afa
No reck’ning made, bat sent to my account
[Exit. Ham. Oh, all you host of heav'n! oh earth! what else i And shall I couple hell? oh, hold
certained, he very finely makes his Ghost complain of these four dreadful Hardships; that he had been dispatched out of Life without receiving the Hoft, or Sacrament; without being reconciled to Heaven and absolu'd; without the Benefit of extream Unction; or without so much as a Confesion made of his fins. T'he having no Knell rung, I think, is not a Point of equal Consequence to any of these; especially, if we consider, that the Romish Church adınits the Efficacy of praying for the Dead.