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watch. They were indeed so far rivals, as they
Some ftrange eruption to the state.
ID E M.
That hath a fomacb in it.
So hallow'd, and so gracious, is the time!
The word spirit, in the 4th line, should be, I think, contracted to sprite, or sp’rit; boih are, I believe, familiar to our old dramatists.
• No fairy takes,' in the 6th line, is explained by Lear's curse on Goneril, in the second act of
Strike her young bones,
The King, Queen, Hamlet, &c.
HAMLET. A little more than kin, and less than kind. Ilanmer fupposes that this might formerly have been a proverbial expression; but vulgar sayings or proverbs are gathered from such things as frequent. ly happen, and not from circumstances and events which are unusual.
The meaning of this line, however variously understood by different commentators, seems to be
• As I am the rightful heir to the crown, I am more than your relation; I am your king. As you have deprived me of my birthright, and committed the crime of incest with my mother, it is impossible I can have any affeaion or kindness for you.'
It should be observed, that, whenever Hamlet speaks of the King, it is in terms of reproach and of the utmost contempl; nor does he ever seem to pay him the least respect, in his behaviour or address, when he speaks to him.
· I am so far from being obscured with shadows, that I am scorched with the
QUE E N.
- All that live must die, Passing through nature to eternity.
The thought is common; but the expression is awfully striking and extremely beautiful.
No jocund health, that Denmark drinks to-day,
I cannot think, with Dr. Johnson, that there lines particularly mark the king's fondness for drinking. Drunkenness was the national vice, as Hamlet himself afterwards confesses.
This seems to have been pointed out, by the author, as the King's first appearance in public after his ufurping the crown and marrying his sister; and is therefore celebrated as a gala-day. He therefore seizes an opportunity to compliment Hamlet's concession, as he would fain term it, in his own favour, by firing off the cannon to his honour at every toast.
I DE M.
This strongly marks the resentful, not to say implacable disposition, of Hamlet; and is of a piece with his not putting his uncle to death, in the third act of the play, when he was at his devotion, left, in that instant, he should send his soul to heaven.
HORA TI O. Where, my lord ? Horatio, by that question, imagined that Hamlet jaw the shade of his father.
Laertes and Ophelia.
In the advice of Danaüs to his daughters, in the Suppliants of Æschylus, to guard against the inticements of youth, there are some lines, which bear a strong resemblance of Laertes's instructions to Ophelia.
I see your blooming age
POLONI U S.
That is, not fantastic, tawdry, or foppish,
To thy own self be true,
- Παντων δε μαλιστ' αισχυνεο σαντον.
ID E M.
were * The kettle.drums and trumpets, which are ranged in a large place before the palace, proclaim aloud the very minute when the king bts down to table. MOLESWORTH,