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Ber. I think, it be no other; but even
Hor. A mote it is to trouble the mind's eye.
The Graves food tenantlefs; and the fheeted Dead
Enter Ghoft again.
But foft, behold! lo, where it comes again!
6-precurfe of fierce events,] Fierce, for terrible.
7 And prologue to the omen coming on.] But prologue and omen are merely fynonymous here. The Poet means, that thefe ftrange Phænomena are prologues and fore-runners of the events prefag'd: And fuch fense the flight alteration, which I have ventured to make, by changing omen to omen'd, very aptly gives. THEOBALD. WARB.
Omen, for fate.
* If thou haft any sound, or use of voice, Speak to me.
If there be any good thing to be done,
If thou art privy to thy Country's fate,
Or, if thou haft uphoarded in thy life
Speak of it.
Stay, and fpeak-Stop it, Marcellus-
Hor. 'Tis here
Mar. 'Tis gone.
We do it wrong, being so majestical,
8 If thou haft any found,] The fpeech of Horatio to the fpectre is very elegant and noble, and congruous to the common traditions of the caufes of apparitions.
According to the pneuma
tology of that time, every ele ment was inhabited by its pecu. liar order of fpirits, who had difpofitions different, according to their various places of abode. The meaning therefore is, that all spirits extravagant, wandering
* Th' extravagant and erring Spirit hies
Mer. 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
Where we shall find him moft conveniently. [Exeunt.
Changes to the palace.
Enter Claudius King of Denmark, Gertrude the Queen, Hamlet, Polonius, Laertes, Voltimand, Cornelius, Lords and Attendants.
Hough yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death The memory be green, and that it us befitted To bear our hearts in grief, and our whole Kingdom To be contracted in one brow of woe; Yet fo far hath Difcretion fought with Nature, That we with wifeft forrow think on him, Together with remembrance of our felves. Therefore our fometime fifter, now our Queen, T'imperial jointress of this warlike State, Have we, as 'twere, with a defeated joy, With one aufpicious, and one dropping eye, With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage, In equal fcale weighing delight and dole, Taken to wife.- -Nor have we herein barr'd Your better wifdoms, which have freely gone With this affair along. For all, our thanks. Now follows, that you know, young Fortinbras, Holding a weak fuppofal of our worth; Or thinking by our late dear brother's death Our State to be disjoint and out of frame; 5 Colleagued with this dream of his advantage, He hath not fail'd to pefter us with meffage
5. Colleagued with this dream
of bis advantage,] The meaning is, He goes to war fo indifcreetly, and unprepared,
that he has no allies to fupport him but a Dream, with which he is colleagued or confederated. WARBURTON.
So much for him.
Importing the furrender of thofe Lands
That shall not be my offer, not thy afking?
6 The HEAD is not more native
The band more inftrumental to
a flagrant inftance of the first Editor's flupidity, in preferring found to fenfe. But head, heart and hand, he thought must needs go together where an honeft man was the fubject of the encomi