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You'll see anon the murd'rer weds his widow;**Twas his own nephew who the murder did.

King.

Oh!

King faints, und is carried off-Followed by Queen,

Polonius, Ophelia, &c. &c.

Manent Hamlet and Horatio.

SONG.-HAMLET.
Oh dear what can the matter be!
Dear, dear, what can the matter be!
O dear, what can the matter be!

Did you see how he fainted away?
To condemn any man on slight grounds I'm not willing;
But in future I'll take the ghost's word for a shilling:
Did you notice the king when it came to the killing?-
And now, friend, I wish you good day.

[Exit Horatio

Enter ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN.

Rosen. My Lord, I have a message.

Hamlet.

Well, what is it?

Rosen.
The Queen desires you'll pay her soon a visit.

Hamlet.
I'll come anon.-

1.—But stay-upon my life, I'll have you play a tune upon this fite.

Rosen.

My Lord, I can't.

Hamlet.
I know you can.

Rosen.

The fact is,
I could play once, but now I'm out of practice..

Hamlet.
Come, Sir, then you shall play. (To Guild.)

Guild.

My Lord, I would,
But I can't play at all, nor ever could.

Hamlet.
Why, look ye, what a nincompoop you'd make me.
Zounds, Sirs, for what the devil do you take me?
Not play on this, and yet sound me! Od's life,
D'ye think I'm easier play'd on than a fife?
I'm not the booby you may think—March! fly!
And tell my mother I'll come by and by.

[Exeunt Rosen. and Guild..

SONG.-HAMLET..

(Tune" Hey randy dandy 0.")

'Tis now the very time of night,

Hey randy dandy 0!
When ghosts to stalk about delight,

With their gallopping randy dandy 0!'

'Tis now the time when church-yards yawn,

Hey randy dandy O!
And let their tenants out till morn,

With their gallopping randy dandy O!

For a precious row I'm just in cue;

Hey randy dandy 0!
Some mischief I should like to do,

With my gallopping randy dandy 0!

But first I'll to my mother go,

Hey randy dandy O!
And what is what I'll soon let her know,
With my gallopping randy dandy 0!

[Exit Hamlet.

SCENE III.

The Queen's Closet.

Enter Queen and POLONIUS.

Polonius.
He'll soon be here:- then let him have his whack:
Tell him he'll bring a house upon

his back;
Tell him his pranks may get him soon a kicking,
And that your grace has sav'd him many a licking.
I'll go and hide myself behind the curtain.
Now mind your eye

Queen.

I'll tip it him for certain. [Polonius concealshimself behind the arras.

Enter HAMLET.

Hamlet,
Well, mother, what's the matter with you now?

Queen.
Your father, Sir, has made a pretty row (k).

Hamlet.
Mother, you've put my father in a passion.

Queen.
Zounds, Sir, don't answer in this idle fashion.

Hamlet.
None of your blarney; it won't do to-night-

Queen.
Have you forgot me, puppy?

Hamlet.

No, not quite :
You are the Queen-wife to your husband's brother;
And (thoʻI blush to own you) you're my mother.

Queen.
Behave yourself;-be decent, Sir, I beg.

Hamlet.
Sit down,--and dam'me if you
"Till I have let you see your very soul.-

Queen.
What! Wouldst thou kill me? Help, hu! Watch!

Polonius. (Behind.)

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Hamlet.
A rat,-a rat -by Jove, that's just the thing ;
He's dead as sure as two-pence.
(Hamlet draws, and stabs Polonius behind the arras.)

Is't the King?

Queen. 0, Hamlet!

you

have done a deed felonious ;You've kill’d our poor lord-chamberlain, Polonius !

Hamlet. 'They who throw stones should mind their windows,

mother. Who kill'd a king and married with his brother?

Queen.
If I know what you mean, the devil burn me.

(Lifts up

Hamlet. the arras and sees Polonius.) Thou'st paid for list’ning to what don't concern thee. (To Queen.) Leave wringing of your hands ; before

we part, I'll take the liberty to wring your heart.

Queen.
What have I done that you dare make so free,
As thus to blow me up, and bully me?

Hamlet. Oh! such an act—it scarcely can be nam'd So bad—I wonder you're not more asham'd. Jump o'er a broomstick (l), but don't make a farce on The marriage ceremonies of the parson.

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