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It is an honest ghost, that let me tell you;
What is't, my lord?
night. Hor. Mar. My lord, we will not. Ham.
Nay, but swear't. Hor.
Nor I, my lord, in faith.
We have sworn, my lord, already.
Propose the oath, my lord.
Ghost. [Beneath.] Swear.
Ham. Hic &ubique? then we'll shift our ground:-
Ghost. (Beneath.] Swear by his sword.
earth so fast? A worthy pioneer!-Once more remove, good Hor. O day and night, but this is wondrous
strange! Ham. And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. But come; Here, as before, never, so help you mercy ! How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself, As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet To put an antick disposition on,That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, With arms encumber'd thus, or this head-shake, Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, As, Well, well, we know;-or, We could, an if we would;—or, If we list to speak;-or, There be, an if they might;Or such ambiguous giving out, to note That you know aught of me:- This do you swear,
, So grace and mercy at your most need help you!
Ghost. [Beneath.] Swear.
9 Rest, rest, perturbed spirit!] The skill displayed in Shakspeare's management of his Ghost, is too considerable to be overlooked. He has rivetted our attention to it by a succession of forcible circumstances :-by the previous report of the terrified centinels,-by the solemnity of the hour at which the phantom walks, -by its martial stride and discriminating armour, visible only per incertam lunam, by the glimpses of the moon,-by its long taciturnity,-by its preparation to speak, when interrupted by the morning cock, -by its mysterious reserve throughout its first scene with Hamlet, -by his resolute departure with it, and the subsequent anxiety of his attendants,—by its conducting him to a solitary angle of the platform,---by its voice from beneath the earth,- and by its unexpected burst on us in the closet.
Hamlet's late interview with the spectre, must in particular be regarded as a stroke of dramatick artifice. The phantom might have told his story in the presence of the Officers and Horatio, and yet have rendered itself as inaudible to them, as afterwards to the Queen. But suspense was our poet's object; and never was it more effectually created, than in the present instance. Six times
With all my love I do commend me to you:
SCENE I. A Room in Polonius's House.
Enter POLONIUS and REYNALDO. Pol. Give him this money, and these notes, Rey
naldo. Rey. I will, my lord. Pol. You shall do marvellous wisely, good Rey
My lord, I did intend it.
has the royal semblance appeared, but till now has been withheld from speaking. For this event we have waited with impatient curiosity, unaccompanied by lassitude, or remitted attention.
The Ghost in this tragedy, is allowed to be the genuine product of Shakspeare's strong imagination. When he afterwards avails himself of traditional phantoms, as in Julius Cæsar, and King Richard III. they are but inefficacious pageants; nay, the apparition of Banquo is a mute exhibitor. Perhaps our poet despaired to equal the vigour of his early conceptions on the subject of preternatural beings, and therefore allotted them no further eminence in his dramas; or was unwilling to diminish the power of his principal shade, by an injudicious repetition of congenial images.
Pol. Marry, well said: very well said.
Inquire me first what Danskers are in Paris;
Rey. Ay, very well, my lord. .
As gaming, my lord.
Rey. My lord, that would dishonour him.
quaintly, Danskers-] Danske is the ancient name of Denmark.
another scandal -] i. e. a very different and more scandalous failing, namely habitual incontinency.
That's not my meaning:] That is not what I mean when I permit you to accuse him of drabbing.
That they may seem the taints of liberty:
But, my good lord,
Ay, my lord,
Marry, sir, here's my drift; And, I believe, it is a fetch of warrant: You laying these slight sullies on my son, As 'twere a thing a little soil'd i'the working,
Your party in converse, him you would sound,
Very good, my lord.
Rey. At, closes in the consequence.
Poř. At, closes in the consequence,-Ay, marry;
• A savageness—] Savageness, for wildness. • Of general assault.] i. e. such as youth in general is liable to.
prenominate crimes,] i. e. crimes already named. VOL. IX.