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Despair of Pardon.
follow !-Weep I cannot, But my
heart bleeds : and most accursed am I, To be by oath enjoin’d to this. Farewell ! The day frowns more and more; thou art like to have A lullaby too rough.
A Rustic's Description of a Shipwreck. I would
did but see how it chafes, how it rages, how it takes up the shore ! but that's not to the point. O, the most piteous cry of the poor souls ! sometimes to see 'eni, and not to see 'em ; now the ship boring the moon with her main-mast; and anon swallowed with yest and froth, as you'd thrust a cork into a hogshead. And then for the land service,—To see how the bear tore out his shoulder-bone ; how he cried to me for help, and said his name was Antigonus, a nobleman.-But to make an end of the ship: to see how the sea flap-dragoned * it:- but, first, how the poor souls roared, and the sea mocked them ;-and how the poor gentleman roared, and the bear mocked him, both roaring louder than the sea or weather.
A Father the best Guest at his Son's Nuptials. POLIXENES. Methinks, a father Is, at the nuptial of his son, a guest That best becomes the table. Pray you, once more Is not your father grown incapable Of reasonable affairs ? is he not stupid With
age, and altering rheums ? can he speak? hear?
No, good sir :
By my white beard,
Prosperity's the very bond of love ;
A Statue. LEONTES. What was he that did make it ?-See, my
not deem it breath'd ?-and that those veins Did verily bear blood ? POLIXENES.
Masterly done : The very
life seems warm upon her lip. LEONTEs. The fixure of her eye hath motion in’t As* we are mock'd with art.
Claudius, the reigning king of Denmark, has killed his brother, the former king, and placed himself on the throne, marrying at the same time the widow of the murdered monarch, whose ghost appears to his son Hamlet, urging him to avenge his death. In order the better to effect this object, Hamlet feigns madness, and causes a play to be acted before the king and queen which represents a scene similar to the murder of his father. The agitation of the king and queen at witnessing this representation, convinces Hamlet of their guilt, and he eventually avenges his father's death by killing the guilty Claudius; the queen drinks poison which is intended by the king for Hamlet, who, in a fencing bout with Laertes, son of Polonius, a foolish old lord, is wounded by a rapier anointed with poison and dies. Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius, goes mad, and drowns herself in a distraught state, whilst Polonius himself is stabbed by Hamlet. The play, perhaps more than
* As if.
other of Shakspere's, abounds in tragic incidents. “If,” says Dr. Johnson, speaking of this play, “ the dramas of Shakspere were to be characterized each by the particular excellence which distinguishes it from the rest, we must allow to the tragedy of Hamlet the praise of variety; the incidents are so numerous that the argument of the play would make a long tale."
Аст І. Ghosts vanish at the Crowing of a Cock. BERNARDO. It was about to speak when the cock
Horatio. And then it started, like a guilty thing
The Reverence paid to Christmas Time.
that ever 'gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,
'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,
Immoder ate Grief reproved.