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That thou, dead corfe, again, in compleat steel,
[Ghost beckons Hamlet.
Mar. Look, with what courteous action
[Holding Hamlet. ( Ham. It will not speak; then I will follow it. Hor. Do not, my Lord. Ham. Why, what should be the fear I do not set my life at a pin's fee; And, for my soul, what can it do to that,
cumlocution, confounding in his controversial note, it muft be imfright the soul and body. Why, puted to the contagion of peevsays he, have thy bones, which ishness, or some resentment of the with due ceremonies have been incivility shown to the Oxford intombed in death, in the com Editor, who is represented as tupo mon state of departed mortals, posing the ground caronized by a burst che folds in which they were funer 1, when he only meant to embalmed? Why has the tomb say, That the body was depofited in which we saw thee quittly in koly ground, in ground confelaid, opened his mouth, that crated according to the conin, mouth which, by its weight and ►us fools of nature] The ftability, feemed closed for ever? expreffion is fine, as intimating The whole sentence is this: Why we were only kept (as formerly, dopt thou appear, vchon we know fools in a grear family) to make to be dead?
sport for nature, who lay hid orHad the change of the word ly to mock and Javgh at us, for removed any obscurity, or added our vain searches into her myfteany beauty, it might have been ries.
WARBURTON. worth a struggle, but either read 2 to shake our disposition.] ing leaves the sense the fame. Disolation, for frame. If there be any asperity in this
WAR BURTON, 4
Being a thing immortal as itself?
Ham. It waves me still.--Go on, I'll follow thee.
Ham. My fate cries out,
[Breaking from them. By heav'n, I'll make a Ghost of him that lets me
3 -DEPRIVE your fav’reigra -DEPRAVE your fou'reignty of
ty of renfon,] i. 2. deprive reason, your rovéreignty of its reason. i.e. disorder your understanding Nonsense. Sov'reignty of rea and draw you into nadness. So Jon is the same as sovereign or afterwards. Now fee that noble supreme reason : Reason which and most favereign rerfor I ke governs man.
And ghus it was sweet bells jangled out of tune. used by the best writers of those
WARBURTON. times. Sidney says, It is time for I believe deprive in this place us borb io lei reajon enjoy its due signifies fimply to evke awas, Soveroigntir. , Arcad. And King * The very place] · The sour Charlis, at once 10 betray the so- following lines added from the veraignty of reason in my soul. first edition.
Pope. Εικων βασιλική, It is evident that s-puts toys of defperation) Sbak's car wrote,
Trys, for whims. WARB.
I say, away. Go on—I'll follow thee
[Exeunt Ghost and Hamlet. Hor. He waxes desp'rate with imagination. Mar. Let's follow! 'Tis not fit thus to obey him, Hor. Have after. To what issue will this come? Mar. Something is rotten in the State of Denmark. Hor. Heav'n will direct it. Mar. Nay, let's follow him.
Re-enter Ghost and Hamlet.
go no further.
Ghost. My hour is almost come,
Ham. Alas, poor Ghost !
Gloft. Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing To what I shall unfold.
Ham. Speak, I am bound to hear.
Ghost. I am thy father's Spirit;
-corfin'd to fajt in fires ;] for the superlative must, or very. We should read,
I am rather inclined to read, Too fast in fires.
comfin'd to lasting fires, to fires i. l. very closely confined. The unremitted and unconsumed. The particle too is used frequently change i, Night.
'Till the foul crimes, done in my days of nature,
Ham. O heav'n!
Ghost. Murder most soul, as in the best it is ; But this most foul, strange, and unnatural. Ham. Haste me to know it, that I, with wings as
swift ? As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge.
Ghost. I find thee apt; & And duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed
7 As meditation or the thoughts The comment on the word
of leve,] This fimilitude is meditation is fo ingenious, thut I extremely beautiful. The word, hope it is just meditation, is consecrated, by the 8 And dulier Mouldi thou be, myftics, to fignify that stretch than the fat wied and fight of mind which aspires That roots itself in eafe on Leto the enjoyment of the supreme the's whaj, &c.] Szakegood. So that Hamlet, consider. Spear, apparently arough ignoing with what to compare the rance, makes Roman Cathericks swiftness of his revenge, chooses of these pagan Dares; and here two of the most rapid things in gives a description of pur, atory : nature, the ardency of divine and But yet mixes it with the pa an human passion, in an enthufiaft fable of Lethe's wha:f. Wheand a lover. WARBURTON. ther he did it to infinuate, to the
That roots itself in eafe on Lethe's wharf,
Han. Oh, my prophetick foul! my uncle?
Ghost. Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,
zealous Proteflants of his time, licentious inadvertence that Mis that the pagan and popith pur- chael Angelo brought Charor's gaty stood both upon the same bark into his picture of the last footing of credibility; or whe- judgmint, is not easy to decide, ther it was by the faine kind of