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Scene Five 

ElsinoreA room in the castle

 

[Enter QUEEN GERTRUDEHORATIOand a Gentleman]

QUEEN GERTRUDE

I will not speak with her

Gentleman

She is importunateindeed distract

Her mood will needs be pitiedQUEEN GERTRUDE

What would she have

Gentleman

She speaks much of her fathersays she hears

There's tricks i>the worldand hemsand beats her heart

Spurnsenviouslyat strawsspeaks things in doubt

That carry but half senseher speech is nothing

Yet the unshaped use of it doth move

The hearers to collectionthey aim at it

And botchthe words up fit to their own thoughts

Whichas her winksand nodsand gestures

yield them

Indeed would make one think there might be thought

Though nothing sureyet much unhappily

HORATIO

>Twere good she were spoken withfor she may strew

Dangerous conjecturesin ill-breeding minds

QUEEN GERTRUDE

Let her come in

[Exit HORATIO]

To my sick soulas sin's true nature is

Each toyseems prologueto some great amiss

So full of artlessjealousyis guilt

It spillsitself in fearing to be spilt

[Re-enter HORATIOwith OPHELIA]

OPHELIA

Where is the beauteousmajesty of Denmark

QUEEN GERTRUDE

How nowOphelia

OPHELIA

[Sings]

How should I your true love know

From another one

By his cocklehat and staff

And his sandalshoon

QUEEN GERTRUDE

Alassweet ladywhat importsthis song

OPHELIA

Say younaypray youmark

[Sings]

He is dead and gonelady

He is dead and gone

At his head a grass-green turfAt his heels a stone

QUEEN GERTRUDE

NaybutOphelia,——

OPHELIA

Pray youmark

[Sings]

White his shroudas the mountain snow,——

[Enter KING CLAUDIUS]

QUEEN GERTRUDE

Alaslook heremy lord

OPHELIA

[Sings]

Lardedwith sweet flowers

Which beweptto the grave did go

With true-love showers

KING CLAUDIUS

How do youpretty lady

OPHELIA

WellGod>ild youThey say the owlwas a baker's

daughterLordwe know what we arebut know not

what we may beGod be at your table

KING CLAUDIUS

Conceitupon her father

OPHELIA

Pray youlet's have no words of thisbut when they

ask you what it meanssay you this

[Sings]

To-morrow is Saint Valentine's dya

All in the morning betime

And I a maid at your window

To be your Valentine

Then up he roseand donn'dhis clothes

And dupp'dthe chamber-door

Let in the maidthat out a maid

Never departed more

KING CLAUDIUS

Pretty Ophelia

OPHELIA

Indeedlawithout an oathI>ll make an end on>t

[Sings]

By Gisand by Saint Charity

Alackand fie for shame

Young men will do>tif they come to>t

By cockthey are to blame

Quoth shebefore you tumbled meYou promised me to wed

So would I ha'doneby yondersun

An thou hadst not come to my bed

KING CLAUDIUS

How long hath she been thus

OPHELIA

I hope all will be wellWe must be patientbut I

cannot choose but weepto think they should lay him

i>the cold groundMy brother shall know of it

and so I thank you for your good counselComemy

coachGood nightladiesgood nightsweet ladles

good nightgood night

[Exit]

KING CLAUDIUS

Follow her closegive her good watch

I pray you

[Exit HORATIO]

Othis is the poison of deep griefit springs

All from her father's deathO GertrudeGertrude

When sorrows comethey come not single spies

But in battalionsFirsther father slain

Nextyour son goneand he most violent author

Of his own just removethe people muddied

Thick and unwholesomein their thoughts and whispers

For good Polonius'deathand we have done but greenly

In hugger-muggerto interhimpoor Ophelia

Divided from herself and her fair judgment

Without the whichwe are picturesor mere beasts

Lastand as much containing as all these

Her brother is in secret come from France

Feeds on his wonderkeeps himself in clouds

And wants not buzzersto infect his ear

With pestilentspeeches of his father's death

Whereinnecessityof matter beggar'd

Will nothing stick our person to arraign

In ear and earO my dear Gertrudethis

Like to a murdering-piecein many places

Gives me superfluousdeath

[A noise within]

QUEEN GERTRUDE

Alackwhat noise is this

qKING CLAUDIUS

Where are my SwitzersLet them guard the door

[Enter another Gentleman]

What is the matter

Gentleman

Save yourselfmy lord

The oceanoverpeeringof his list

Eats not the flatswith more impetuoushaste

Than young Laertesin a riotoushead

O>erbearsyour officersThe rabblecall him lord

Andas the world were now but to begin

Antiquityforgotcustom not known

The ratifiersand propsof every word

They cry>Choose weLaertes shall be king>

Capshandsand tonguesapplaudit to the clouds

>Laertes shall be kingLaertes king>

QUEEN GERTRUDE

How cheerfully on the false trailthey cry

Othis is counteryou false Danish dogs

KING CLAUDIUS

The doors are broke

Noise within

[Enter LAERTESarmedDanes following]

LAERTES

Where is this kingSirsstand you all without

Danes

Nolet's come in

LAERTES

I pray yougive me leave

Danes

We willwe will

They retire withoutthe door

LAERTES

I thank youkeep the doorO thou vileking

Give me my father

QUEEN GERTRUDE

Calmlygood Laertes

LAERTES

That drop of blood that's calm proclaims me bastard

Cries cuckoldto my fatherbrandsthe harlot

Even herebetween the chasteunsmirchedbrow

Of my true mother

KING CLAUDIUS

What is the causeLaertes

That thy rebellionlooks so giant-like

Let him goGertrudedo not fear our person

There's such divinitydoth hedgea king

That treasoncan but peepto what it would

Acts little of his willTell meLaertes

Why thou artthus incensedLet him goGertrude

Speakman

LAERTES

Where is my father

KING CLAUDIUS

Dead

QUEEN GERTRUDE

But not by him

KING CLAUDIUS

Let him demand his fill

LAERTES

How camehe deadI>ll not be juggledwith

To hellallegiancevowsto the blackest devil

Conscienceand graceto the profoundest pit

I dare damnationTo this point I stand

That both the worlds I give to negligence

Let come what comesonly I>ll be revenged

Most thoroughly for my father

KING CLAUDIUS

Who shall stayyou

LAERTES

My willnot all the world

And for my meansI>ll husband them so well

They shall go far with little

KING CLAUDIUS

Good Laertes

If you desire to know the certainty

Of your dear father's deathis>t writin your revenge

Thatswoopstakeyou will draw both friend and foe

Winner and loser

LAERTES

None but his enemies

KING CLAUDIUS

Will you know them then

LAERTES

To his good friends thus wide I>ll opemy arms

And like the kind life-renderingpelican

Repastthem with my blood

KING CLAUDIUS

Whynow you speak

Like a good child and a true gentleman

That I am guiltless of your father's death

And am most sensible in grief for it

It shall as level to your judgment pierce

As day does to your eye

Danes

[Within]Let her come in

LAERTES

How nowwhat noise is that

[Re-enter OPHELIA]

O heatdry up my brainstears seven times salt

Burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye

By heaventhy madness shall be paid by weight

Till our scale turn the beamO rose of May

Dear maidkind sistersweet Ophelia

O heavensis>t possiblea young maid's wits

Should be as moral as an old man's life

Nature is fine in loveand where>tis fine

It sends some precious instance of itself

After the thing it loves

OPHELIA

[Sings]

They borehim barefacedon the bier

Hey non nonnynonnyhey nonny

And in his grave rain'd many a tear:——

Fare you wellmy dove

LAERTES

Hadstthouthywitsand didstpersuade revenge

It could not move thus

OPHELIA

[Sings]

You must sing a-down a-down

An you call him a-down-a

Ohow the wheelbecomes itIt is the false

stewardthat stole his master's daughter

LAERTES

This nothing's more than matter

OPHELIA

There's rosemarythat's for remembrancepray

loverememberand there is pansiesthat's for thoughts

LAERTES

A document in madnessthoughts and remembrance fitted

OPHELIA

There's fennelfor youand columbinesthere's rue

for youand here's some for mewe may call it

herb-graceo'sundaysO you must wear your rue with

a differenceThere's a daisyI would give you

some violetsbut they witheredall when my father

diedthey say he made a good end,—

[Sings]

For bonnysweet Robin is all my joy

LAERTES

Thought and afflictionpassionhell itself

She turns to favour and to prettiness

OPHELIA

[Sings]

And will he not come again

And will he not come again

Nonohe is dead

Go to thy death-bed

He never will come again

His beard was as white as snow

All flaxenwas his pollHe is gonehe is gone

And we cast away moan

God ha>mercy on his soul

And of all Christian soulsI pray GodGod be wi>ye

[Exit]

LAERTES

Do you see thisO God

KING CLAUDIUS

LaertesI must communewith your grief

Or you denyme rightGo but apart

Make choice of whom your wisest friends you will

And they shall hear and judge >twixtyou and me

If by direct or by collateralhand

They find us touch'dwe will our kingdom give

Our crownour lifeand all that we can ours

To you in satisfactionbut if not

Be you content to lend your patience to us

And we shall jointly labour with your soul

To give it duecontent

LAERTES

Let this be so

His means of deathhis obscurefuneral——

No trophyswordnor hatchmento>erhis bones

No noble ritenor formal ostentation——

Cry to be heardas>twere from heaven to earth

That I must call>t in question

KING CLAUDIUS

So you shall

And where the offenceis let the great axefall

I pray yougo with me

[Exeunt]


 

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