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Yea, from the table of my memory,
I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws* of books, all forms, all pressures past,
That youth and observation copied there;
And thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix'd with baser matter: yes, by heaven.
O most pernicious woman!
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tablest,-meet it is, I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain;
At least, I am sure, it may be so in Denmark:
[Writing So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word; It is, Adieu, adieu ! remember me.
THE EXTENT OF HUMAN PERFECTION.
He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.
OPHELIA'S DESCRIPTION OF HAMLET'S MAD ADDRESS
My lord, as I was sewing in my closet,
Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbrac'd;
No hat upon his head ; his stockings foul'd,
Ungarter'd, and down-gyved I to his ankle;
Pale as his shirt; his knees knocking each other;
And with a look so piteous in purport,
As if he had been loosed out of hell,
To speak of horrors,-he comes before me.
Pol. Mad for thy love?
My lord, I do not know ;
But, truly, I do fear it.
What said he?
* Sayings, sentences. | Memorandum-book.
# Hanging down like fetters,
Oph. He took me by the wrist, and held me hard ; Then goes he to the length of all his arm; And, with his other hand thus o'er his brow, He falls to such perusal of my face, As he would draw it. Long stay'd he so; At last- --a little shaking of mine arm, And thrice bis head thos waving up and down,He rais'd a sigh so piteous and profound, As it did seem to shatter all his bulk*, And end his being: That done, he lets me go: And, with his head over his shoulder turnod, He seem'd to find his way without his eyes: For out o' doors he went without their helps, And, to the last, bended their light on me.
Beshrew my jealousy!
It seems, it is as proper to our age ,
To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions,
As it is common for the younger sort
To lack discretion.
HAPPINESS CONSISTS IN OPINJON.
Why, then 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so: to me it is a prison.
REFLECTIONS ON MAN. I have of late, (but, wherefore, I know not,) lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises : and, indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition, that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a steril promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me, than a foul and pestilent congreation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in facul. ties ! in form, and moving, how express and admirable! in action, how like an angel ! in apprehen
sion, how like a god! the beauty of the world! the
paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this
quintessence of dust? Man delights not me, nor
woman neither; though, by your smiling, you seem
to say so.
HAMLET'S REFLECTIONS ON THE PLAYER AND HIMSELF.
0, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!
Is it not monstrous, that this player here,
But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
Could force his soul to his own conceit,
That from her working, all his visage wann'd;
Tears in his eyes, distraction in's aspect,
A broken voice, and his whole function suiting
With forms to his conceit! And all for nothing !
What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hccuba,
That he should weep for her? What would he do,
Had he the motive and the cue for passion
That I have? He would drown the stage with tears,
And cleave the general ear with horrid speech;
Make mad the guilty, and appal the free,
Confound the ignorant; and amaze, indeed,
faculties of eyes and ears.
A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak,
Like John à-dreams, unpregnant of my cause,
And can say nothing; no, not for a kiny,
Upon whose property, and most dear life,
A damn'd defeat * was made. Ani I a coward ?
Who calls me villain? breaks my pate across ?
Plucks off my beard, and blows it in my face?
Tweaks me by the nose? gives me the lie i'the throat,
As deep as to the lungs? Who does me this?
Why, I should take it: for it cannot be,
But I am pigeon-liver'd, and lack gall
To make oppression bitter; or, ere this,
I should have fatted all the region kites
With this slave's offal: Bloody, bawdy villain!
Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless *, vil-
Why, what an ass am I? This is most brave; [lain!
That I, the son of a dear father murder'd,
Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,
Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words,
And fall a cursing, like a very drah,
Fie upon't! foh! About my brains ! Humph! I have
That guilty creatures, sitting at a play,
Have by the very cunning of the scene
Been struck so to the soul, that presently
They have proclaim'd their malefactions ;
For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
With most miraculous organ. I'll have these players
Play something like the murder of my father,
Before mine uncle : I'll observe his looks;
I'll tent himt to the quick; if he do blenchi,
I know my course. The spirit, that I have seen,
May be a devil: and the devil hath power
To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and, perhaps,
Out of my weakness, and my melancholy,
(As he is very potent with such spirits)
Abuses me to damn me: I'll have grounds
More relative than this: The play's the thing,
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.
We are oft to blame in this, 'Tis too much prov'd , - that, with devotion's visage, And pious action, we do sugar o'er The devil himself. King
0, 'tis too true! how smart A lash that speech doth give my conscience! The harlot's cheek, beautified with plastering art, * Unnatural.
+ Search his wounds. + Shrink or start. § Too frequent.
Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it,
Than is my deed to my most painted word.
SOLILOQUY ON LIFE AND DEATH.
To be, or not to be, that is the question:-
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind, to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune;
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And, by opposing, end them ?-To die,—to sleep,
No more:-and, by a sleep, to say we end
The heart-ach, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to,-'lis a consummation
Devoutly to be wishid. To die ;-to sleep ;-
To sleep! perchance to dream ;—ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil",
Must give us pause : There's the respectt,
That makes calamity of so long lise:
For who would bear the wbips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumelyf,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietusg make
With a bare bodkin ||? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life;
But that the dread of something after death,-
The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn **
No traveller returns,- puzzles the will;
And makes us rather bear those ills we have,
Than fly to others that we know not of!
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought;
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
With this regard, their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.
* Stir, bustle. + Consideration. # Radeness.
$ Acquittance. 1.The ancient term for a small dagger.
T Pack, burden. ** Boundary, limits.