Read Hamlet by William Shakespeare book online free

Read Hamlet by William Shakespeare book online free


[Aside] Nay, then, I have an eye of you.—If you

love me, hold not off.


My lord, we were sent for.


I will tell you why; so shall my anticipation

prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the king

and queen moult no feather. I have of late—but

wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth, forgone all

custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily

with my disposition that this goodly frame, the

earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most

excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave

o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted

with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to

me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.

What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!

how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how

express and admirable! in action how like an angel!

in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the

world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me,

what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not

me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling

you seem to say so.


My lord, there was no such stuff in my thoughts.


Why did you laugh then, when I said ‘man delights not me’?


To think, my lord, if you delight not in man, what

lenten entertainment the players shall receive from

you: we coted them on the way; and hither are they

coming, to offer you service.


He that plays the king shall be welcome; his majesty

shall have tribute of me; the adventurous knight

shall use his foil and target; the lover shall not

sigh gratis; the humourous man shall end his part

in peace; the clown shall make those laugh whose

lungs are tickled o’ the sere; and the lady shall

say her mind freely, or the blank verse shall halt

for’t. What players are they?


Even those you were wont to take delight in, the

tragedians of the city.


How chances it they travel? their residence, both

in reputation and profit, was better both ways.


I think their inhibition comes by the means of the

late innovation.


Do they hold the same estimation they did when I was

in the city? are they so followed?


No, indeed, are they not.

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