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Its vanishing at the crowing of the cock is another circumstance of the established superstition.
Young Hamlet's indignation at his mother's hafty and incestuous marriage, his forrow for his father's death, his character of that prince, prepare the spectator to sympathize with his wrongs and sufferings. The son, as is natural, with much more vehement emotion than Horatio did, addreffes his father's shade. Hamlet's terror, his astonishment, his vehement defire to know the cause of this visitation, are irresiftibly communicated to the spectator by the following speech.
HAMLET. Angels and ministers of grace defend us ! Be thou a fpirit of health, or goblin damn’d, Bring with thee airs from heav'n, or blasts from hell, Be thy intents wicked or charitable, Thou com'st in such a questionable shape, That I will speak to thee. III call thee Hamlet, King, father, royal Dane: oh! answer me; Let me not burst in ignorance; but tell, L 4
Why thy canonized bones, hearsed in death,
Never did the Grecian muse of tragedy relate a tale so full of pity and terror as is imparted by the ghost. Every circumstance melts us with compassion ; and with what horror da we hear him say!
But that I am forbid
To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
All that follows is solemn, sad, and deeply affecting
Whatever in Hamlet belongs to the præternatural is perfectly fine; the rest of the play does not come within the subject of this chapter.
The ingenious criticism on the play of the Tempest, published in the Adventurer, has made it unnecessary to enlarge on that admirable piece, which alone would prove our author to have had a fertile, a sublime, and original genius.
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