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Hamlet

Act I, Scene 3

A room in POLONIUS' house.
 
[Enter LAERTES and OPHELIA]
 
LAERTES
          ,     ,       ,         ,           ,
      My nec|essar|ies are | embarked:| farewell:
           ,        ,         ,           ,    ,
      And sis|ter, as | the winds | give ben|efit,
           ,       ,       ,        ,         ,
      And con|voy^is | assist|ant; do | not sleep,
           ,         ,          ,
      But let | me hear | from you.
 
OPHELIA
                                    ,         ,
                                   Do you | doubt that?
 
LAERTES
           ,        ,         ,         ,        ,      ->
      For Ham|let, and | the trif|ling^of | his fav||ors,
        ,      2   ,        ,       ,         ,
      Hold | it a fash|ion and | a toy | in blood;
         ,  2    ,         ,         ,      ,       ->
      A vi|olet in | the youth | of pri|my na||ture;
       ,         ,     ,   2        ,          ,
      Fro|ward, not | permanent;| sweet not | lasting
         2    ,        ,      ,        ,      T  ->
      The suppli|ance of | a min|ute? No || more.
 
OPHELIA
       T   T         ,
      No more | but so.
 
LAERTES
                          ,             ,
                        Think it | no more:
           ,        ,         ,          ,       ,
      For na|ture cres|cent does | not grow | alone,
           ,           ,     ,    2        ,        ,
      In thews | and bulk:| but as this | temple | waxes,
           ,       ,        ,         ,          ,
      The in|ward serv|ice of | the mind | and soul
              ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      Grows^wide | withal.| Perhaps | he loves | you now,
           ,         ,          ,       ,         ,
      And now | no soil | nor caut|el doth | besmirch
           ,       ,         ,         ,           ,
      The vir|tue of | his fear:| but you | must fear
            ,           ,            ,        ,         ,
      His great|ness weighed,| his will | is not | his own;
           ,        ,        ,        ,         ,
      For he | himself | is sub|ject^to | his birth:
          ,          ,      ,        ,       ,
      He may | not, as | unval|ued pers|ons do,
        ,              ,     ,               ,         ,
      Carve for | himself;| for, on | his choice | depends
            ,     ,          ,                ,     ,
      The sanc|tity | and health | of the / whole state.
            ,          ,           ,         ,        ,
      And there|fore must | his choice | be cir|cumscribed
       ,  2        ,           ,             ,     ,
      Unto the | voice and | yielding | of that | body,
            ,    ,   2        ,     ,              ,          ,       ->
      Whereof | he is the | head. Then / if he | says he || loves you,
           ,          ,     2    ,      2       x
      It fits | your wis|dom so far | to believe it;
          ,       ,        ,   2     ,          ,
      As he | in his | partic|ular sect | and force
            ,         ,        ,         x         ,
      May give | his say|ing deed:| which is no*| further,
                   ,    ,         ,         ,         ,
      Than the / main voice | of Den|mark goes | withal.
             ,            ,          ,      ,         ,
      Then weigh | what loss | your hon|or may | sustain,
           ,          ,       ,          ,          ,
      If with | too cred|ent ear | you list | his songs;
           ,           ,       2        ,      ,         ,
      Or lose | your heart;| or your chaste | treasure | open
                , ,         ,     ,    ,
      To his / unmast|ered im|portun|ity.
        ,          ,  2     ,      2     ,     ,
      Fear it | Ophel|ia, fear | it my dear | sister,
            ,     ,    2        ,         ,      ,
      And keep | you in the | rear of | your af|fection;
       ,             ,          ,      ,       ,
      Out of | the shot | and dang|er of | desire.
            ,   2     ,         ,    ,        ,
      The char|iest maid | is prod|igal | enough,
          ,        ,          ,      ,         ,
      If she | unmask | her beaut|y to | the moon:
       ,           ,       ,            ,    2      ,
      Virtue | itself | scapes not | calum|nious strokes,
           ,        ,          ,        ,          ,
      The cank|er galls,| the in|fants of | the spring
           ,        ,           ,        ,        ,
      Too oft | before | their but|tons be | disclosed,
           ,         ,         ,       ,         ,
      And in | the morn | and li|quid dew | of youth,
          ,         ,                 ,   ,     ,
      Conta|gious blast|ments are / most im|minent.
          ,      ,      T    T  .   T         ,
      Be wa|ry then,| best safety lies | in fear;
        ,            ,        ,             ,           ,
      Youth to | itself | rebels,| though none | else^near.
 
OPHELIA
          ,        2   ,                 ,   ,        ,
      I shall | the effect | of this / good les|son keep,
           ,    ,    2       ,            ,        ,
      As watch|men to my | heart: But | good my | brother
          ,         ,       ,          ,       ,
      Do not | as some | ungra|cious past|ors do,
        ,             ,           ,      ,          x
      Show me | the steep | and thor|ny way | to heaven;
         T     T  .    T           ,        ,      ,
      Whilst like a puffed | and reck|less lib|ertine
           ,     .    T   T    T        ,            ,
      Himself,| the primrose path | of dal|liance treads,
            ,                ,    ,
      And recks | not his / own rede.
 
LAERTES
                                           ,        ,
                                     Oh, fear | me not.
          ,          ,          ,        ,        ,
      I stay | too long;| but here | my fath|er comes:
         ,        ,        ,      ,        ,
      A doub|le bles|sing is | a doub|le grace;
         ,         ,       ,       ,        ,
      Occas|ion smiles | upon | a sec|ond leave.
 
POLONIUS
            ,     x           ,        ,           ,
      Yet^here | Laertes?| aboard,| aboard | for shame,
            ,      ,             ,        ,          ,
      The wind | sits in | the shoul|der of | your sail,
       ,     2         ,           ,           ,          ,
      And you are | stayed for | there: my | blessing | with you;
       .    T    T   T    ,             ,    ,
      And these few pre|cepts in | thy mem|ory,
       ,          ,            ,            ,             ,
      See thou | charac|ter. Give | thy thoughts | no* tongue,
          ,     ,     ,            ,           ,
      Nor an|y un|propor|tioned thought | his act:
           ,       ,          2      ,   ,      ,
      Be thou | famil|iar; but by / no means | vulgar:
             ,             ,          ,       ,         ,
      The friends | thou hast,| and their | adop|tion tried,
        ,         ,             ,           ,          ,
      Grapple | them to | thy soul,| with hoops | of steel:
       ,    2        ,          ,           ,      ,
      But do not | dull thy | palm, with | enter|tainment
       .   T   T     T           ,       ,            ,
      Of each new-hatched,| unfledged | comrade.| Beware
          ,         ,       ,        ,      2    ,
      Of ent|rance to | a quar|rel: but | being in
          x     ,             T    T   .  T         ,
      Bear it that / the op|posed may beware | of thee.
            ,      ,         ,         ,          ,
      Give^eve|ry man | thy ear;| but few | thy voice:
             ,           ,    ,      2     ,           ,
      Take^each | man's^cens|ure; but re|serve thy | judgment:
        ,    2     ,      ,         ,          ,
      Cost|ly thy hab|it as | thy purse | can buy;
           ,         ,          ,        ,         ,      ->
      But not | expressed | in fan|cy; rich,| not gau||dy:
       ,       2   ,      ,          ,          ,
      For | the appar|el oft | proclaims | the man.
            ,          ,       2      ,      ,         ,
      And they | in France | of the best | rank and | station,
         3  3    ,        ,          ,         ,          ,
      Are of a most | select | and gene|rous chief | in that.
       ,           ,    2     ,       ,       ,
      Neither | a bor|rower, nor | a len|der be;
            ,         ,       ,        ,           ,
      For loan | oft los|es both | itself | and friend:
           ,     2     ,           ,        ,      ,
      And bor|rowing dulls | the edge | of hus|bandry.
        T  .  T   T               ,    ,          ,
      This above all;| to thine^/own self | be* true:
           ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      And it | must fol|low, as | the night | the day,
             ,           ,         ,        ,     ,
      Thou canst | not then | be false | to an|y man.
            ,         ,        ,        ,         ,
      Farewell:| my bles|sing seas|on this | in thee.
 
LAERTES
            ,       ,       ,         ,          ,
      Most hum|bly do | I take | my leave,| my lord.
 
POLONIUS
            ,        ,           ,         ,          ,
      The time | invites | you, go,| your serv|ants tend.
 
LAERTES
            ,       ,  2    ,       ,        ,
      Farewell | Ophel|ia, and | remem|ber well
          3 3       ,        ,
      What I have said | to you.
 
OPHELIA
                                      ,       ,   2     ,
                                'Tis in | my mem|ory locked,
           ,          ,            ,         ,        ,
      And you | yourself | shall keep | the key | of it.
 
LAERTES
            ,
      Farewell.  \\
 
[Exit]
 
POLONIUS
             x        ,  2   ,          ,        ,
      What is it | Ophel|ia he | hath said | to you?
 
OPHELIA
            ,            ,          ,               ,   ,      ->
      So please | you, some|thing touch|ing the / Lord Ham||let.
 
POLONIUS
       ,        ,         ,
      Mar|ry, well | bethought:  \\
             ,        ,         ,     ,         ,
      'Tis told | me he | hath ve|ry oft | of late
       ,       ,          ,    2           ,          ,
      Given | private | time to you;| and you | yourself
        ,    2        ,   2       ,          ,          ,   2
      Have of your | audience | been most^|free and | bounteous.
       ,   2      ,        ,         ,        ,
      If it be | so, as | so 'tis | put on | me;
      <-         ,        ,        ,        ,          ,
        And || that in | way of | caution:| I must | tell you,
           ,        ,      ,           ,         ,       ->
      You do | not und|erstand | yourself | so clear||ly,
       ,     2     ,          ,         ,          ,      ->
      As | it behooves | my daught|er, and | your hon||or.
        ,      2    ,            ,        ,         ,
      What | is between | you, give | me up | the truth?
 
OPHELIA
           ,         ,         ,          ,     ,        ->
      He hath | my lord | of late,| made ma|ny tend||ers
       ,    ,      ,         ,      oo
      Of | his af|fection | to me.|
 
POLONIUS
         ,          ,          ,       T  .   T     T
      Affec|tion, pooh.| You speak | like a green girl,
          ,            ,   ,    2    ,       ,
      Unsift|ed in / such per|ilous cir|cumstance.
       ,    2     ,          ,         ,         ,
      Do you be|lieve his | tenders,| as you | call them?
 
OPHELIA
         ,         ,         ,         ,            ,
      I do | not know,| my lord,| what^I | should think.
 
POLONIUS
       ,   2         ,           ,          ,       ,
      Marry I'll | teach you;| think your|self a | baby,
            ,           ,         ,               ,   ,
      That you | have tane | his tend|ers for / true pay,
                   ,    ,          ,    2      ,            ,      ->
      Which are / not ster|ling. tend|er yourself | more* dear||ly;
       ,      2     ,           ,               ,     ,
      Or | not to crack | the wind | of the / poor phrase,
       ,             ,            ,       ,       ,
      Running | it thus,| you'll tend|er me | a fool.
 
OPHELIA
           ,         ,     ,      ,               ,
      My lord,| he hath | impor|tuned me | with love,
          ,    ,       ,
      In hon|ora|ble fash|ion.  \\
 
POLONIUS
      ___      ,        ,          ,           ,       ,
      Aye,|| fashion | you may | call it,| go to,| go to.
 
OPHELIA
            ,     ,       ,       ,               ,
      And hath | given | counte|nance to | his speech,
           ,          ,          ,        ,
      My lord,| with all | the vows | of heav|en.
 
POLONIUS
      <- ,       ,         .   T     T   T     T  T   T
        Aye,|| springes | to catch woodcocks.| I do know
                   ,     ,           ,    ,          ,
      When the / blood burns,| how prod|igal | the soul
        ,            T     T     T      ,         ,
      Gives the | tongue vows: these | blazes,| daughter,
       ,              ,            ,        ,          ,
      Giving | more light | than heat;| extinct | in both,
        x               ,        ,    ,   2    ,
      Even in | their prom|ise, as | it is a-|making;
            ,          ,          ,        2       ,      ,
      You must | not take | for fire.| From this time | Daughter,
           ,         ,       ,           x       ,
      Be some|what scant|er of | your maiden | presence;
       ,             ,          ,       ,       ,
      Set your | entreat|ments at | a high|er rate,
        ,   2      ,        ,             ,     ,
      Than a com|mand to | parley.| For Lord | Hamlet,
           ,         ,        ,          ,        ,
      Believe | so much | in him,| that he | is young,
            ,       ,       ,       ,         ,
      And with | a lar|ger teth|er may | he walk,
            ,         x      ,         ,      ,   2
      Than may | be given | you. In | few, O|phelia,
       ,    2     ,           ,           ,         ,
      Do not be|lieve his | vows; for | they are | brokers,
       ,            ,            ,         ,          ,
      Not of | the eye,| which their | invest|ments show:
            ,        ,     ,      2   ,      ,
      But mere | implor|ators | of unho|ly suits,
        ,                ,      ,         ,       ,
      Breathing | like sanct|ified | and pi|ous bawds,
           ,       ,       ,       ,            ,
      The bet|ter to | beguile.| This is | for all:
       2       ,         ,       ,             T    T    T
      I would not,| in plain | terms, from | this time forth,
        ,     2       ,       ,      ,        ,
      Have you so | slander | any | moment | leisure,
                ,    ,          ,        2      ,     ,
      As to / give words | or talk | with the Lord | Hamlet:
        T    Tx   T      T    T     T           ,
      Look to it, I | charge you: come | your ways.
 
OPHELIA
          ,       ,         ,
      I shall | obey | my lord.  \\
 
[Exeunt]

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