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If this should blast in proof.
We'll make a solemn wager on your cun-
Soft ;-let me
When in your motion you are hot and dry,
2 Clo. But is this law?
A chalice for the nonce: whereon but sipping,
How now, sweet queen?
Queen. There is a willow grows ascant the
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
There on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Unto that element: but long it could not be,
Laer. Alas then, she is drown'd ?
Laer. Too much of water bast thou,
1 Clo. Why, there thou say'st: And the more pity; that great folks shall have countenance in this world to drown or hang themselves, more than their even Christian. Come, my spade. [Laertes, There is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners, ditchers, and grave-makers; they hold up Adam's profession.
The woman will be ont. -Adien, my lord!
King. Let's follow, Gertrude :
A cup for the purpose,
2 Clo. Nay, but hear you, goodman deliver. 1 Clo. Give me leave. Here lies the water; good: here stauds the man; good: If the man go to this water, and drown himself, it is, will he, nill he, he goes; mark you that: but if the water come to him, and drown him, he drowns not himself: argal, he, that is not guilty of his
As fire arms sometimes burst in proving their strength.
t Presented. Thrust. Licentious. 11 Tears will flow. 11 A blunder for ergo.
1 Clo. Ay, marry is't;crowner's-quest law. 2 Clo. Will you ha' the truth on't? If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out of Christian burial.
2 Clo. Was he a gentlemen? དཎྞཾ
1 Clo. He was the first that ever bore arms. 2 Clo. Why, he had none.
1 Clo. What, art a heathen? How dost thou understand the scripture? The scripture says, Adam digged; Could he dig without arms? I'll put another question to thee: If thou answerest me not to the purpose, confess thyself
SCENE I-A Church-Yard.
Enter Two CLOWNS, with Spades, &c.
1 Clo. Is she to be buried in Christian burial,
2 Clo. I tell thee, she is; therefore make her
1 Co. How can that be, unless sire drowned
2 Clo. Go to.
1 Clo. What is he, that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?
2 Clo. The gallows maker; for that frame out-lives a thousand tenants.
1 Clo. I like thy wit well, in good faith; the gallows does well: But how does it well? it does well to those that do ill now thou dost ill, to say the gallows is built stronger than the church; argal, the gallows may do well to thee. To't again; come.
2 Clo. Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?
I Clo. Ay, tell me that, and unyoke. † :),L
2 Clo. Mass, I cannot tell.
Enter HAMLET and HORATIO, at a distance.
1 Clo. Cudgel thy brains no more about it; for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating and, when you are asked this question next, say, a grave-maker; the houses that he makes last till doomsday. Go, get thee to Yaughan, and fetch me a stoup of liquor. Exit 2 CLOWN. 1 CLOWN digs, and sings.
In youth, when I did love, did love,‡
To contract, O, the time, for, ah, my behove
2 Clo. Why 'tis found so
And hath shipped me into the lamt,
1 Clo. It must be se offendendo; it cannot be
of a politician, which this ass now o'er-reaches:
Ham. Has this fellow no feeling of his business? he sings at grave-making.
Hor. Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness.
Ham. 'Tis e'en so: the hand, of little en
Or I could make a prologue to my brains,
Hor. Ay, good my lord.
Ham. Au earnest conjuration from king,
As England was his faithful tributary;
As peace should still ber wheaten garland wear,
Without debatement further, more, or less,
Hor. How was this seal'd?
Ham. Why, even in that was heaven naut;
I had my father's signet in my purse,
The changeling never known: Now, the next day Was our sea-fight; and what to this was sequent ¶
Thon know'st already.
Ham. Why, man, they did make love to employment;
They are not near my conscience; their defeat
'Tis dangerous, when the baser nature comes
Hor. Why, what a king is this !
Ham. Does it not, think thee, stand me now, upon?
Osr. Exceedingly, my lord; it is very sultry, as 'twere,-1 cannot tell how-My lord, his majesty bade me signify to you, that he has laid a great wager on your head: Sir, this is the matter,Ham. I beseech you, remember
[HAMLET moves him to put on his Hat. Osr. Nay, good my lord; for my ease, in good faith. Sir, here is newly come to court, Laertes: believe me, an absolute gentleman, full of most excellent differences, of very soft soordi-ciety, and great showing: Indeed, to speak feelingly of him, he is the card or calendar of geutry, for you shall find in him the coutinent of what part a gentleman would see.
Ham. Sir, this definement suffers no perdition in you;-thongh, I know, to divide him inventorially, would dizzy the arithmetic of memory; and yet but raw neither, in respect of his quick sail. But, in the verity of extolment, I take him to be a soul of great article; and his infusion of such dearth and rareness, as, to make true diction of him, his semblable is his mirror; and, who else would trace him, his umbrage, nothing more.
Osr. Your lordship speaks most infallibly of him.
Before. Confessing. Requite.
Osr. Sweet lord, if your lordship, were at leisure, I should impart a thing to you from his majesty.
Ham. I will receive it, Sir, with all diligence of spirit: Your bonnet to its right use; 'us for the head.
Ham. I humbly thank you, Sir.-Dost know
Osr. I thank your lordship, 'tis very hot. Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold; the wind is northerly.
He that hath kill'd my king and whor'd my mother,
him with this arm? and is't not to be damn'd, To let this canker of our nature come In further evil ?
Hor. It must be shortly known to him from Laertes is-
Osr. It is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed. Ham. But yet, methinks, it is very sultry and hot; or my complexion-
Ham. The concernancy, Sir ? why do we wrap the gentleman in our more rawer breath? Osr. Sir?
Hor, Is't not possible to understand in another tongne? You will do't, Sir, really." Ham. What imports the nomination ¶ of this gentleman ?
Osr. Of Laertes ?
Hor. His purse is empty already; all his gol. den words are spent.
Ham. Of him, Sir.
Osr. I know, you are not ignorant
Ham. I would, you did, Sir; yet, in faith, if you did, it would not much approve me ;Well, Sir.
Osr. You are not ignorant of what excellence
Ham. I dare not confess that, lest I should compare with him in excellence; but, to know a man well, were to know himself.,
Osr. I mean, Sir, for his weapon; but in the imputation laid on him by them, in his meed it he's unfellowed.
this waterfly? I
Hor. No, my good lord.
Ham. Thy state is the more gracious; for 'tis a vice to know him: He hath much land, and fertile: let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand at the king's mess: 'Fis a chough, but, as I say, spacious in the possession
The affected phrase of the time. **
Ham. What's his weapon?
Osr. Rapier and dagger.
Ham. That's two of his weapons: but, well. Osr. The king, Sir, bath wagered with him six Barbary horses: against the which he has impawned, as I take it, six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdle, hang ers, and so: Three of the carriages, in faith, are very dear to fancy, very responsive to the hilts, most delicate carriages, and of very liberal
Ham. What call you the carriages?
Ham. The phrase would be more gerinan
Osr. The king, Sir, hath laid, that in a dozen passes between your self and him, he shall not exceed you three hits; he hath laid, on twelve for nine; and it would come to immediate trial, if your lordship would vouchsafe the an
Ham. How, if I answer, no?
Ham. Sir, I will walk bere in the hall: If it
Ham. To this effect, Sir; after what flourish your nature will.
Osr. I commend my duty to your lordship.
[Exit. Ham. Yours, yours. He does well to commend it himself; there are no tongues else for's turn.
Enter a LORD.
Lord. My lord, his majesty commended him to you by young Osric, who brings back to bim, that you attend him in the hall: He sends to know, if your pleasure hold to play with Laertes, or that you will take longer time.
Ham. I am constant to my purposes, they follow the king's pleasure: if his fitness speaks, mine is ready; now, or whensoever, provided I be so able as now.
Lord. The king, and queen, and all are coming down.
Ham. In happy time.
Lord. The queen desires you to use some gentle entertainment to Laertes, before you fall to play.
Ham. She well instructs me. [Erit LORD. Hor. You will lose this wager, my lord. Ham. I do not think so; since he went into France, I have been in continual practice; I shall win at the odds. But thou wouldst not think, how ill all's here about my heart: but it
is no matter.
Hor. Nay, good my lord, Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of gain-giving, as would, perhaps, trouble a
Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it: I will forestal + their repair hither, and say, you
are not fit.
• A kin. 54 is hatched. Worthless. ** Misgiving.
Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is special providence in the fall of a sparrow, if it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now; yet it will come: the readiness is all: Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes?
Enter KING, QUEEN, LAERTES, LORDS, OSRIC, and Attendants, with Foils, &c.
A bird which runs about immediately
For fond read funned. * Prevent,
That might your nature, honour, and exception, Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness. was't Hamlet wrong'd Laertes? Never, Ham
If Hamlet from himself be ta’en away,
And, when he is not himself, does wrong Laertes,
Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it.
Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd évil
Laer. I am satisfied in nature,
Whose motive, in this case, should stir me
To my revenge: but in my terms of honour,
And will not wrong it.
Ham. I embrace it freely;
And will this brother's wager frankly, play.-
Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine ig
Ham. Very well, my lord';
Your grace hath laid the odds o'the weaker side.
If Hamlet gives the first or second hit,
OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE.
LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE.
THE story upon which this beautiful and instructive tragedy is founded, was taken, according to Mr. Pope, frem Cynthio's novels. It was probably written in the year 1611. Mustapha, Selymus's general, invaded Cyprus in May 1570, and conquered it in the following year. His fleet first sailed towards that island; but immediately changing its course for Rhodes, formed a junction with another squadron, and then returned to the attack of Cyprus thus the actual historical periods of the performance are satisfactorily determined. In addition to the admirable lesson set forth in this impressive tragedy, so well calculated to produce an excellent effect upon the human mind, by pourtraying that baneful passion, which, when once indulged, is the inevitable destroyer of conjugal happiness; it may justly be considered as one of the noblest efforts of dramatic genius, that has appeared in any age, or in any language. "The fiery openness of Othello, (says Dr. Johnson) magnanimous, artless, and credulous; boundless in his confidence, ardent in his affection, inflexible in his reselution, and obdurate in his revenge---the soft simplicity of Desdemona, confident of merit, and conscious of innocence; her artless perseverance in her suit, and her slowness to suspect that she can be suspected-the cool malignity of lago, silent in his resentment, subtle in his designs, and studious at once of his interest ami bis vengeance---are such proofs of Shakspeare's skill in human nature, as I suppose it is in vain to seek in any modern writer; whilst even the inferior characters would be very conspicuous in any other piece, not only for their justness, but their strength." In proportion to the enormity of such a crime as adultery, should be the caution with which a suspicion of it is permitted to be entertained; and our great dramatic moralist was no doubt desirous of enforcing this maxim, when he made it, as he has done, the subject of no less than four of his most finished productions.
DUKE OF VENICE.
GRATIANO, Brother to Brabantio.
LODOVICO, Kinsman to Brabantio.
OTHELLO, the Moor.
CASSIO, his Lieutenant.
Iago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me :-
RODERIGO, a Venetian Gentleman.
MONTANO, Othello's predecessor in the Go- Officers, Gentlemen, Messengers, Musicans, Sailors, Attendants, &c.
vernment of Cyprus.
SCENE, for the first Act, in Venice; during the rest of the Play, at a Sea-port in Cyprus.
Iago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones of the city,
My mediators; for, certes, says he,
SCENE I.-Venice.-A Street.
Enter RODERIGO and IAGO.
Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
Rod. Tush, never tell me, I take it much un- A fellow almost dainn'd in a fair wife ; +
In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,
CLOWN, Servant to Othello.
That thou, lago,-who hast had my purse,
As if the strings were thine,-shouldst know of More than a spiuster; unless the bookish the
DESDEMONA, Daughter to Brabantio, and
EMILIA, Wife to lago.
BIANCA, a Courtezan, Mistress to Cassio.
Wherein the toged consuls can propose
By debitor and creditor; this counter-caster,
For wife some read life, supposing it to allude to the
6 Rulers of the state.
Rod. My name is—Rodérigo.
I have charg'd thee, not to haunt about my
Being full of supper and distempering draughts
Rod. Sir, Sir, Sir, Sir,——
Bra. But thou must needs be sure,
And 1, (God bless the mark!) his Moorship's an-
Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his
Iago. But there's no remedy; 'tis the curse of
Preferment goes by letter and affection,''
Whether I in any just term am affin'dTM*
Rod. I would not follow him then.
Jago. O Sir, content you;
Whip me such honest knaves Others there are,
And such a one do I profess myself.
It is as sure as you are Roderigo,
And, though he in a fertile climate dwell,
Rod, Here is her father's house: I'll call
Jago. Do; with like timorous accent, and dire yell, As when, by night and negligence, the fire Is spied in populous cities. Rod. What, ho! Brabantio! signior Brabantio, ho!
Jago. Awake! what, ho! Brabantio 1 thieves
Look to your house, your daughter, and your
Thieves! thieves !
BRABANTIO, above, at a Window.
Bra. What is the reason of this terrible sum-
Red, Siguior, is all your family within?
Bra. Why? wherefore ask you this?
Bra. What, have you lost your wits?
Bra. Not 1; What are you?
My spirit and my place have in them power
To make this bitter to thee.
Rod. Patience, good Sir,
Bra What tell'st thou me of robbing ? this is
My house is not a grange.
Rod. Most grave Brabantio,
In simple and pure soul I come to you.
Jago. 'Zounds, Sir, you are one of those that will not serve God, if the, devil bid you Because we come to do you service, you think we are ruffiaus: You'll have your daughter covered with a Barbaty horse; you'll have your nephews + neigh to you: you'il have coursers for cousins, and genuets for germans.
Bra. What profane wretch art, thou?
Jago. I am one, Sir, that, comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs..
Bra. Thou art a villain.
Jago. You are--a senator.
Bra. This thou shalt answer: I know thee
Rod. Sir, I will answer any thing. But I be-
If't be your pleasure, and most wise consent,
I say again, hath made a gross revolt;
Bra. Strike on the tinder, ho!
[Exit from above.
I must show out a flag and sign of love,
Lead to the Sagittary the rais'd search;
A lone farm house. + Nephews, here means grand-