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The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune;
thou shalt not escape calumny.
A DISORDERED MIND. 0, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown! The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's,eye, tongue, sword: The expectancy and rose of the fair state, * Stir, bustle. † Consideration. #Rudeness. § Acquittance. || The ancient term for a small dagger. T Pack, burden. ** Boundary, limits.
The glass of fashion, and the mould* of form,
HAMLET'S INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PLAYERS.
you, trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus: but use all gently: for in the very torrent, tempest, and (as I may say) whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. 0, it offends me to the soul, to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings;f who, for the most part, are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows, and noise: I would have such a fellow whipped for out-doing Termagant; it out-herods Herod. s Pray
you, avoid it.
Play. I warrant your honcar.
Ham. Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first, and now, was, and is, to hold, as 'twere the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure. I Now this, overdone, or come tardy off,
* The model by whom all endeavoured to form themselves.
+ Alienation of mind.
though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the censure of which one, must in your allowance,* overweigh a whole theatre of others. O, there be players, that I have seen play, -and heard others praise, and that highly,--not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of christians, nor the gait of christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted, and bellowed, that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
Play. I hope, we have reformed that indifferently with us.
Ham. O, reform it altogether. And, let those that play your clowns, speak no more than is set down for them, for there be of them, that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though in the meantime, some necessary questions of the play be then to be considered: that's villanous; and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.
ON FLATTERY, AND AN EVEN-MINDED MAN.
Approbation. + Conversation, discourse.
To sound what stop she please: Give me that man
heart of heart, As I do thee.
REFLECTIONS ON HIM..
And A v I, h To
Buys out the law: But 'tis not so above:
[Retires and kneels.
Enter HAMLET. Ham. Now might I do it pat, now he is praying; And now I'll do't; and so he goes to heaven: And so am I reveng'd? That would be scann'd:t A villain kills my father; and, for that, I, his solet son, do this same villain send To heaven. Why, this is hire and salary, not revenge. He took
father grossly, full of bread; With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May. And, how his audit stands, who knows, save heaven? But, in our circumstance and course of thought, 'Tis heavy with him: And am I then reveng'd, To take him in the purging of his soul, When he is fit and season'd for his passage? No. Up, sword; and know thou a more horrid hent:II. When he is drunk, asleep, or in his ragę; Or in the incestuous pleasure of his bed; At gaming, swearing; or about some act That has no relish of salvation in't: Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven: And that his soul may be as damn’d, and black, whereto it
goes. Caught as with bird-line. † Should be considered.
* Onlv. Reward. 1 Seize him at a more hoprid time.