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From me, whose love was of that dignity,
That it went hand in hand even 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 heaven;
So lust, though to a radiant angel link'd,
Will sate itself in a celestial bed,
And prey on garbage.
But, soft! methinks, I scent the morning air;
Brief let me be:-Sleeping within mine orchard,
My custom always of the afternoon,
Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole,
With juice of cursed hebenon 99 in a vial,
And in the porches of mine ears did pour
The leperous distilment; whose effect
Holds such an enmity with blood of man,
That, swift as quicksilver, it courses through
The natural gates and alleys of the body;
And, with a sudden vigour, it doth posset
And curd, like eager droppings into milk,
The thin and wholesome blood: so did it mine;
And a most instant tetter bark'd about,
Most lazar-like, with vile and loathsome crust,
All my smooth body.
Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand,
Of life, of crown, of queen, at once despatch'd:
Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin,
Unhousel'd, disappointed, unanel’d so;
No reckoning made, but sent to my account
With all my imperfections on my head:
O, horrible! O, horrible! most horrible!
If thou hast nature in thee, boar it not;
Let not the royal bed of Denmark be
A couch for luxury and damned incest.
But, howsoever thou pursu'st this act,
Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive
Against thy mother aught; leave her to heaven,
And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge,
To prick and sting her. Fare thee well at once!
The glow-worm shows the matin to be near,
And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire :
Adieu, adieu, adieu! remember me.
[Exit. Ham. O all you host of heaven! O earth! What
else? And shall I couple hell?-O fie!-Hold, hold, my
And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,
But bear me stiffly up!-Remember thee?
Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat
In this distracted globe. Remember thee?
Yea, from the table of my memory
I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past,
That youth and observation copied there;
And thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix'd with baser matter: yes, by heaven,
O most pernicious woman!
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tables,- meet it is, I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain;
At least, I am sure,
it may be so in Denmark :
So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word;
It is, Adieu, adieu ! remember me.
I have sworn't.
Hor. [Within.] My lord, my lord,
Mar. [Within.] Lord Hamlet,-
Hor. [Within.] Heaven secure him!
So be it!
Mar. [Within.] Illo, ho, ho, my lord !
Ham. Hillo, ho, ho, boy! come, bird, come 31.
Enter HORATIO and MARCELLUS.
Mar. How is't, my noble lord ?
What news, my lord? Ham. O, wonderful!
Good my lord, tell it. Ham.
No; You will reveal it.
Hor. Not I, my lord, by heaven.
Nor I, my lord. Ham. How say you then; would heart of man once
think it?But you'll be secret,
Hor. Mar. Ay, by heaven, my lord.