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Claudius, King of Denmark.
diggers, Sailors, Messengers, and other Attendants.
PRINCE OF DENMARK.
ACT I. SCENE I.
Elsinore. A Platform before the Castle.
FRANCISCO on his Post. Enter to him BARNARDO.
BAR. Who's there?
FRAN. Nay, answer me : stand, and unfold Yourself.
BAR. Long live the king !
He. Fran. You come most carefully upon your hour. BAR. 'Tis now struck twelve;(") get thee to bed,
Francisco. FRAN. For this relief, much thanks : 'tis bitter
BAR. Have you had quiet guard ?
Not a mouse stirring.
me] i. e. me who am already on the watch, and have a right to demand the watch-word. Steevens.
unfoldAnnounce, make known.
BAR. Well, good night. If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus, The rivals of my watch,(?) bid them make haste.
Enter Horatio and MARCELLUS.
FRAN. I think, I hear them.-Stand, ho! Who
is there? Hor. Friends to this ground. MAR.
And liegemen (3) to the Dane. Fran. Give you good night. (*) MAR.
O, farewell, honest soldier: Who hath reliev'd you? FRAN.
Barnardo hath my place. Give you good night.
[Exit Francisco. MAR.
A piece of him.
cellus. Hor. What, has this thing appear'd again to
MAR. Horatio says, 'tis but our fantasy ;
Approve our eyes] “ To approove or confirme. Ratum habere aliquid.” Baret's Alvearie, Fo. 1580.
“ Approves the common liar.” Ant. & CI. I. 1. Dem. See Two G. of V. Prot. V. 4.
Hor. Tush! tush! 'twill not appear.
Sit down awhile;
Well, sit we down, And let us hear Barnardo speak of this.
BAR. Last night of all, When yon same star, that's westward from the pole, Had made his course to illume that part of heaven Where now it burns, Marcellus, and myself, The bell then beating one,
MAR. Peace, break thee off; look, where it
BAR. In the same figure, like the king that's
dead. MAR. Thou art a scholar, speak to it, Horatio.(6) BAR. Looks it not like the king? mark it, Ho
ratio. HOR. Most like :—it harrows me with fear, and
wonder.() BAR. It would be spoke to. MAR.
Speak to it, Horatio. HOR. What art thou, that usurp'st this time of
night, Together with that fair and warlike form
• What we have seen] We must here supply, “ with,” or “by relating.”
Usurp'st this time of night] Abuses, uses against right, and the order of things.
“ He but usurp'd his life;" i. e, occupied it beyond, and out of its season. End of Lear.