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That on the supervize, 8 no leisure bated,
No, not to stay the grinding

of the ax, My head should be struck off.

Hor. Is't possible ?
Ham. Here's the Commission, read it at more lei-

sure;
But wilt thou hear now how I did proceed ?

Hor. I befeech you.

Ham. 9 Being thus benetted round with villains, Ere I could make a prologue to my Brains, They had begun the Play : I sate me down, Devis'd a new Commission, wrote it fair :

-.0 leisure bated,] Batel, logue, is absurd: Both as he had for allowed. To abate signifies no thoughts of playing them a to deduct; this deduction, when trick till they had played him applied to the person in whose one; and because his counterfiet favour it is made, is called an could not be called a prologue to allowance. Hence he takes the their Plot. · WARBURTON. liberty of using bated for allowed. In my opinion no alteration is

WARBURTON. necessary. Humlet is telling how 9 Being thus benc:ted round with luckily every thing fell out; be Villiins,

groped out their com million in (Ere I could MAKE a prologue the dark without waking them; 10 my BRAINS,

he found himself doomed to imThey had begun the Play :-) mediate destruction. Something The second line is nonsense. was to be done for his preserva. The whole thould be read thus, tion. ' An expedient occurred, Being thus beretted round with not produced by the comparison Villains,

of one method with ano:her, or Ere I could MARK THE prologue by a regular deduction of conseto my BANE,

quences, but before he could make They had begun the Play. a frologue to bis Erairs, the bad i. e. they begun to act to my begun the play. Before he cou'd destruction, before I knew there summon his faculties, and prowas a Play towards. Ere I could pose to himself what should bo mark the Prologue. For it ap- done, a complete scheme of acpears by what he says of his fore- tion presented itself to him. His boding, that it was that only, and mind operated before he had exnot any apparent mark of villany, cited it. This appears to me to which ret him upon fingering their be the meaning. packet. Ere I could make the Pro

I once did hold it, as our Statists do,
A baseness to write fair, and labour'd much
How to forget that Learning; but, Sir, now
It did me yeoman's service. Wilt thou know
Th' effect of what I wrote ?

Hor. Ay, good my Lord,

Ham. An earnest conjuration from the King, As England was his faithful tributary, As love between them, like the palm, might flourishi, " As Peace should still her wheaten garland wear, And stand a Comma 'tween their amities;

And

"As Peace hould fill her in his Novels, uses the word

wheaten garland wear, Commere to signify a fhe-friend. And fand a Comma 'tween A tous ses gens, chacun une Com

their amities ;] Peace is here mere. And Ben fobrfon, in his properly and firely personalized Devil's an Als, englishes the as the Goddess of good league word by a miadling Golip. and friendship; and very claffi- ' Or what do you foy to a mid. cally dress'd out. Ovid says, dling Goffip Pax Cererem nutrit, Pacis a. To bring you together, WARBY lumna Ceres.

Hanmer reads, And Tibullus,

And sand a cement At nobis, Pax alma! veni, I am again inclined to vindicate picamque tenelo.

the old reading. That the word But the placing her as a Comma, Commere is French, will not be or ftop, between the amities of denied; but when or where was two kingdoms, makes her rather it English ? stand like a cypher. The poet The exprefsion of our authoor without doubt wrote,

is, like many of his phrases, fof. And fand a COMMERE 'tween ficiently constrained and affected, our amities.

but it is not incapable of explaThe term is taken from a traf. nation. The Cimma is the note ficker in love, who brings people of connection and continuity of together, a procuress. And this sentences; the Period is the note Idea is well appropriated to the of a'ruption and disjunction, satirical turn which the speaker Shakespeare had it perhaps in his gives to this wicked adjuration mind to write, That unless Enge of the King, who would lay the land complied with the mandate, foundation of the peace of the war should put a period 10 theix two kingdoms in the blood of amity; he altered his mode of the heir of one of them. Poriers diction, and thought that, in an

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opposite

And many such like ? As's of great charge ;
That on the view and knowing of these contents,
Without debatement further, more or less,
He should the bearers put to sudden death,
Not shriving-time aliow'd.

Hor. How was this seal'd?

Ham. Why, even in that was heaven ordinant ; I had my father's signet in my purse, Which was the model of that Danish feal: I folded the writ up in form of th’ other, Subscrib'd it, gave th' impreslion, plac'd it safely, 3.The changeling never known; now, the next day Was our sea-fight, and what to this was sequent Thou know'st already.

Hor. So, "Guildenstern and Rofincrantz go to't. “ Ham. Why, man, they did make love to this

employment.”
They are not near my conscience; their defeat
- Doth by their own insinuation grow.
'Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes
Between the pafs, and fell incensed points,
Of mighty opposites.

Hor. Why, what a King is this !
Ham. Does it not, think it thou, stand me now

upon ?
He that hath kill'd my King, and whor'd my mother,
Popt in between th' election and my hopes,
Thrown out his angle for my proper life,
And with such cozenage ; is't not perfect conscience,

opposite Sense, he might put, A chargeling is a child which the That Peace should ftant a Com- fairies are supposed to leave ia ma between their amities. This the room of that which they is not an easy style; but is it not feal. the ftyle of Shakespeare ?

4 Deth by their own infinua-As's of great charge ; ] tion grow:] Infratiou, for Afe, heavily loaded.

corruptly obtruding themselves 3 The changeling never known ;] into his service. WARBURTON.

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"s To quit him with this arm? and is't not to be

damn'd,
« To let this canker of our nature come
« In further evil?
Hor, It must be shortly known to him from

England,
" What is the issue of the bufiness there.

4 Ham. It will be short.
« The Interim's mine ; and a man's life's no more
" Than to say, one.
“ But I am very sorry, good Horatio,
“ That to Laertes I forgot myself;
“For by the image of my cause I see
The portraiture of his; I'll court his favour;
“ But, sure, the bravery of his grief did put me
• Into a tow'ring passion.

Hor. Peace, who comes here?

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Ofr. Your Lordship is right welcome back to Deine

mark
Ham. I humbly thank you, Sir, 6 Doft know this

water-fly?
Hor. No, my good Lord.

Ham. Thy state is the more gracious ; for 'tis a vice to know him. He hath much land, and fertile. Let a beast be Lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand ac

s To quit him--] To requite upon the surface of the water, bim ; to pay him his due. without any apparent purpose or

6-Dor know this waterfly ?) reason, and is thence the proper A waterfly skips up and down emblein of a busy trifler.

the King's messe. It is a chough;, but, as I say, spacious in the possession of dirt.

Osr. Sweet Lord, if your Lordship were at leisure, I should impart a thing to you from his Majesty.

Ham. I will receive it with all diligence of spirit. Your bonnet to his right use, 'tis for the head.

Ofr. I thank your Lordship, 'tis very hot.

Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold; the wind is northerly.

Ofr. It is indifferent cold, my Lord, indeed.

Ham. But yet, methinks, it is very sultry, and hot for my complexion.

Ofr. Exceedingly, my Lord. It is very fultry, as 'twere, I cannot tell how.-My Lord, his Majesty bid me fignify to you, that he has laid a great wager on your head. Sir, this is the matterHam. I beseech you, remember

[Hamlet moves bim to put on bis bat. Ofr. Nay, in good faith. For mine ease. In good faith.- Sir, here is newly come to Court Laertes ; believe me, an absolute Gentleman, full of most excellent Differences, of very soft society, and great sew : indeed, to Speak feelingly of him, he is the card or kalendar of gentry; '-for you all find in him the continent of what part a gentleman would see.

7 It is a chough;} A kind of may be both excellent and feajackdaw.

fonable. ! full of most excellent Differ ' for you shall find in him the ences,] Full of diftinguishing ex- continent of what part a gentlecellencies.

man wuld fue.] You ball find o the card or kalendar of gen- him containing and comprising try ;) The general preceptor of every quility which a gentleman elegance ; the card by which a would desire to contemplate for gentleman is to direct his course; imitation. I know not but it the calendar by which he is to should be read, You fhall fina chyse his time, that what he does him the continent,

Ham,

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