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Horatio. · Come, that won't do, my lord :-—now that's all gam
Something too much of this.
Pray what's the reason Your lordship sent for me?
To smoke out treason.
[Flourish of Trumpets and Drums.
This trumpeting and drumming Give notice that the King and Queen are coming. To keep the joke up I must idle be; Go to your place, and keep a seat for me.
A GRAND MARCH.
Enter POLONIUS, KING, QUEEN, OPHELIA, Rosen
CRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN, OSRICK, MARCELLUS, BerNARDO, GENTLEMEN, and LADIES.
King. How fares our cousin Hamlet?
Tightly, tightly; I eat the air:-You can't feed pigs so lightly.
Pooh!—Nonsense Sir!-Such words I don't acknowledge.
Hamlet. (To Pol.) You told me, Sir, you acted once at .. college.
Hamlet. I'd rather not; here's metal more attracting, (To Ophelia) Ophelia, may I lię upon your knees ?
Ophelia. 0, surely; or wherever else you please.
Ophelia. Pray, what's the play, my Lord ?
I've ne'er a bill ; I cannot tell ;-but that rum jockey will.
THE CURTAIN RISES.
Enter 2d Actor as Prologue.
For us, and for our pantomime,
THE PANTOMIME (i).
SCENE.- A garden.
Enter Duke and Duchess—They embrace-Vow eternal love
and constancy-Duke suddenly taken ill—Duchess alarmed
-Shrieks—Enter a Page-Exit--and return with a bottle and glass-Duchess fills the glass for Duke, whilst she herself receives consolation from the bottle-Duke intimates that he feels his end fast approaching-Duchess strikes her forehead, clasps her hands, &c. &c.—(the usual pantomime signs of distress)—Vows never to survive him—at least, to live single ever after-Duke shakes his head in a manner as expressive as possible of the monosyllable “ fudge" --Duchess points to the cieling, (the pantomime mode of swearing), and exhibits a scroll thus inscribed :
« No second husband will I take,
« When I have lost my first,
“ Why, then-may I be curs’d.”
They embrace-Duke gently reclines his head over his right
shoulder, and meets it with the palm of his right hand (pantomime for “ sleepy”)—Duchess takes the hint-Reaches & chair_Duke seats himself - Sleeps-Snores—Duchess points to the Duke-Presses her heart-Points to the cieling