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Had he been vanquisher; as, by the same co-mart,
? Ber. I think it be no other, but even so.
Hor. A mote it is, to trouble the mind's eye.
As, stars with trains of fire and dews of blood,
1 Co-mart is the reading of the quarto of 1604; the folio reads covenant. Co-mart, it is presumed, means a joint bargain. No other instance of the word is known.
2 i. e. “and import of that article marked out for that purpose.”
3 The first quarto reads, “Of unapproved." Dr. Johnson explains it, “ full of spirit, not regulated or guided by knowledge or experience, and has been hitherto uncontradicted.
4 i. e. snapped up or taken up hastily. Scroccare is properly to do any thing at another man's cost, to shark or shift for any thing. Š Stomach is used for determined purpose.
6 Romage, now spelt rummage, and in common use as a verb, for making a thorough search, a busy and tumultuous movement.
7 All the lines within crotchets, in this play, are omitted in the folio of 1623. The title-pages of the quartos of 1604 and 1605 declare this play to be “ enlarged to almost as much againe as it was, according to the true and perfect copie.”
8 i. e, suit, accord.
Disasters in the sun; and the moist star,
Re-enter Ghost. .
[Cock crows. Speak of it ;--stay, and speak !-Stop it, Marcellus.
Mar. Shall I strike at it with my partisan ?
Ber. It was about to speak when the cock crew.
Hor. And then it started like a guilty thing
Ii. e. the moon.
The cock, that is the trumpet of the morn,
Mar. It faded on the crowing of the cock.”
Hor. So have I heard, and do in part believe it.
Mar. Let's do't, I pray; and I this morning know
A Room of State in the
Enter the King, Queen, HAMLET, POLONIUS, LAERTES,
VOLTIMAND, CORNELIUS, Lords, and Attendants.
1 4 Extra-vagans, wandering about, going beyond bounds." Erring
2. This is a very ancient superstition.
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HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK.
The memory be green ; and that it us befitted
Now follows, that you know, young Fortinbras,-
1 Thus the folio. The quarto reads :
“With an auspicious and a dropping eye." 2 i. e. grief. 3 i. e, united to this strange fancy of, &c.
4 The folio reads bonds ; but bands and bonds signified the same thing in the Poet's time.
5 Gait here signifies course, progress.
Giving to you no further personal power
[Exeunt VOLTIMAND and Cornelius. And now, Laertes, what's the news with You told us of some suit ; what is't, Laertes ? You cannot speak of reason to the Dane, And lose your voice.
voice. What wouldst thou beg, Laertes, That shall not be my offer, not thy asking? The head is not more native to the heart, The hand more instrumental to the mouth, Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father.? What wouldst thou have, Laertes ? Laer.
My dread lord, Your leave and favor to return to France; From whence though willingly I came to Denmark, To show my duty in your coronation ; Yet now, I must confess, that duty done, My thoughts and wishes bend again toward France, And bow them to your gracious leave and pardon. King. Have you your father's leave? What says
King. Take thy fair hour, Laertes ; time be thine,
1 The folio reads, “ More than the scope of these dilated articles allow." We have not scrupled to read related, upon the authority of the first quarto, as more intelligible. The first quarto reads :
no further personal power To business with the king
Than those related articles do show." 2 The various parts of the body enumerated, are not more allied, more necessary to each other, than the throne of Denmark (i. e. the king) is bound to your father to do him service.