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Hor. You might have rhymed.
Ham. O good Horatio, I'll take the ghost's word for a thousand pound. Didst perceive ?
Hor. Very well, my lord.
Ham. Ah, ha!--Come, some musick; come, the recorders.
For, if the king like not the comedy,
Why then, belike,-he likes it not, perdy.-Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN.
Come, some musick.
Guil. Good my lord, vouchsafe me a word with you.
Ham. Sir, a whole history.
Ham. Your wisdom should show itself more richer, to signify this to the doctor; for, for me to put him to his purgation, would, perhaps, plunge him into more choler.
Guil. Good my lord, put your discourse into some frame, and start not so wildly from my affair.
Ham. I am tame, sir :-pronounce.
Guil. The queen, your mother, in most great affliction of spirit, hath sent me to you.
Ham. You are welcome.
Guil. Nay, good my lord, this courtesy is not of the right breed. Ifit shall please you to make me a wholesome answer, I will do your mother's commandment: if not, your pardon, and my return, shall be the end of my business.
Ham. Sir, I cannot.
Ham. Make you a wholesome answer; my wit's diseased : But, sir, such answer as I can make, you shall command; or, rather, as you say, my mother: therefore no more, but to the matter: My mother, you say,
Rós. Then thus she says; Your behaviour kath struck her into amazement and admiration.
Hun. O wonderful son, that can so astonish a mother!—But is there no sequel at the heels of this mother's admiration? impart.
Ros. She desires to speak with you in her closet, ere you go to bed.
Ham. We shall obey, were she ten times our mother. Have you any further trade with us?
Ros. My lord, you once did love me.
Ros. Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper? you do, surely, bar - the door upon your own liberty, if you deny your griefs to your friend. Ham. Sir, I lack advancement.
Ros. How can that be, when you have the voice of the king himself for your succession in Denmark?
Ham. Ay, sir, but, While the grass grows, - the proverb is something musty.
Enter the Players, with Recorders 76. O, the recorders :- let me see one.—To withdraw with you :-Why do you go about to recover the wind of me, as if you would drive me into a toil ?
Guil. O, my lord, if my duty be too bold, my love is too unmannerly.
Ham. I do not well understand that. Will you play upon this pipe?
Guil. My lord, I cannot,
Ham. 'Tis as easy as lying: govern these ventages, with your fingers and thumb, give it breath with your mouth, and it will discourse most eloquent musick. Look you, these are the stops.
Guil. But these cannot I command to any utterance of harmony; I have not the skill.
Ham. Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me? You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops? you would pluck out the heart of my mystery;. you would sound me
lowest note to the top of my compass: and there is much musick, excellent voice, in this little organ; yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think, I am easier to be play'd op than a pipe ?
Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.
Enter POLONIUS. God bless you, sir !
Pol. My lord, the queen would speak with you, and presently
Ham. Do you see yonder cloud, that's almost in shape of a camel?
Pol. By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed.
Ham. Then will I come to my mother by and by
[Exit Polonius, Ham. By and by is easily said.-Leave me, friends.
[Ereunt Ros. Guil. Hor. &c. 'Tis now the very witching time of night; When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world: Now could I drink hot
blood, And do such business as the bitter day Would quake to look on. Soft; now to my mother. O, heart, lose not thy nature; let not ever The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom: Let me be cruel, not unnatural: I will speak daggers to her, but use none;
My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites:
A Room in the same.
Enter King, RoseNCRANTZ, and GUILDENSTERN.
King. I like him not; nor stands it safe with us,
We will ourselves provide:
Ros. The single and peculiar life is bound,