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Enter Hamlet, Horatio, Marcellus.Enter Hamlet, Horatio, and Marcellus Ham I.iv.1.1
Ham. HAMLET 
The Ayre bites shrewdly: is it very cold?The air bites shrewdly. It is very cold.shrewdly (adv.)sharply, severelyHam I.iv.1
Hor. HORATIO 
It is a nipping and an eager ayre.It is a nipping and an eager air.eager (adj.)keen, bitingHam I.iv.2
Ham. HAMLET 
What hower now?What hour now? Ham I.iv.3.1
Hor. HORATIO 
I thinke it lacks of twelue.I think it lacks of twelve.lacks of, itit is a little beforeHam I.iv.3.2
Mar. MARCELLUS 
No, it is strooke.No, it is struck. Ham I.iv.4
Hor. HORATIO 
Indeed I heard it not: then it drawes neere the season,Indeed? I heard it not. It then draws near the seasonseason (n.)time, due time, occasionHam I.iv.5
Wherein the Spirit held his wont to walke.Wherein the spirit held his wont to walk.wont (n.)custom, habit, practiceHam I.iv.6
A flourish of trumpets, and two pieces of ordnance gopiece (n.)cannon, piece of artillery, fire-armHam I.iv.7.1
ordnance, ordinance (n.)cannon, artillery
off Ham I.iv.7.2
What does this meane my Lord?What does this mean, my lord? Ham I.iv.7
Ham. HAMLET 
The King doth wake to night, and takes his rouse,The King doth wake tonight and takes his rouse,rouse (n.)full draught (of wine), brimful cup, carousingHam I.iv.8
wake (v.)remain awake, stay up
Keepes wassels and the swaggering vpspring reeles,Keeps wassail, and the swaggering upspring reels.reels (n.)
old form: reeles
(plural) revels, revelry, merrymaking
Ham I.iv.9
upspring (adj.)
old form: vpspring
newly introduced, trendy; or: a type of wild dance
wassail (n.)
old form: wassels
drinking-party, carousal, revels
And as he dreines his draughts of Renish downe,And as he drains his draughts of Rhenish downRhenish (n.)
old form: Renish
Rhineland wine
Ham I.iv.10
The kettle Drum and Trumpet thus bray outThe kettledrum and trumpet thus bray out Ham I.iv.11
The triumph of his Pledge.The triumph of his pledge.pledge (n.)toast, drinking of a healthHam I.iv.12.1
Horat. HORATIO 
Is it a custome?Is it a custom? Ham I.iv.12.2
Ham. HAMLET 
I marry ist;Ay, marry, is't.marry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryHam I.iv.13
And to my mind, though I am natiue heere,But to my mind, though I am native here Ham I.iv.14
And to the manner borne: It is a CustomeAnd to the manner born, it is a custom Ham I.iv.15
More honour'd in the breach, then the obseruance.More honoured in the breach than the observance.honoured (adj.)
old form: honour'd
honourable, dignified, virtuous
Ham I.iv.16
breach (n.)disregarding, breaking
This heavy-headed revel east and west Ham I.iv.17
Makes us traduced and taxed of other nations.traduce (v.)defame, slander, calumniate, dishonourHam I.iv.18
tax (v.)censure, blame, take to task, disparage
They clepe us drunkards and with swinish phrasephrase (n.)phrasing, language, mode of expressionHam I.iv.19
swinish (adj.)coarse, gross; or: comparing [one] to pigs
clepe (v.), past forms clept, yclept[archaism] call, name, style
Soil our addition; and indeed it takestake (v.)take away, detract, lessenHam I.iv.20
soil (n.)blemish, stain, tarnish
addition (n.)title, name
From our achievements, though performed at height,height (n.)maximum, highest amount, utmost degreeHam I.iv.21
The pith and marrow of our attribute.attribute (n.)reputation, credit, honourHam I.iv.22
So oft it chances in particular menoft (adv.)oftenHam I.iv.23
That – for some vicious mole of nature in them,mole (n.)blemish, faultHam I.iv.24
for (prep.)on account of
vicious (adj.)defective, faulty, bad
As in their birth, wherein they are not guilty, Ham I.iv.25
Since nature cannot choose his origin –  Ham I.iv.26
By the o'ergrowth of some complexion,complexion (n.)natural trait, disposition, temperament, natureHam I.iv.27
Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason,pale (n.)fence, paling, enclosureHam I.iv.28
Or by some habit that too much o'er-leavensover-leaven (v.)leaven too much, pervade, imbue to excessHam I.iv.29
habit (n.)behaviour, bearing, demeanour
The form of plausive manners – that these men,plausive (adj.)pleasing, praiseworthy, laudableHam I.iv.30
form (n.)way of behaving, behaviour, code of conduct
Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect,stamp (n.)impression, mark, imprintHam I.iv.31
Being nature's livery or fortune's star,star (n.)sphere, fortune, rankHam I.iv.32
livery (n.)uniform, costume, special clothing
His virtues else, be they as pure as grace,else (adv.)(used after the noun) in additionHam I.iv.33
virtue (n.)quality, accomplishment, ability
As infinite as man may undergo,undergo (v.)support, sustain, bearHam I.iv.34
Shall in the general censure take corruptioncorruption (n.)destruction, spoiling, contagionHam I.iv.35
censure (n.)assessment, opinion, judgement, criticism
From that particular fault. The dram of evildram (n.)tiny amount, small quantityHam I.iv.36
Doth all the noble substance of a doubt, Ham I.iv.37
To his own scandal – scandal (n.)shame, discredit, disgraceHam I.iv.38.1
Enter Ghost.Enter the Ghost Ham I.iv.38
Hor. HORATIO 
Looke my Lord, it comes.Look, my lord, it comes. Ham I.iv.38.2
Ham. HAMLET 
Angels and Ministers of Grace defend vs:Angels and ministers of grace defend us!minister (n.)messenger, agent, servantHam I.iv.39
Be thou a Spirit of health, or Goblin damn'd,Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damned,health (n.)well-being, benevolenceHam I.iv.40
Bring with thee ayres from Heauen, or blasts from Hell,Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell,air (n.)
old form: ayres
breeze, light wind
Ham I.iv.41
Be thy euents wicked or charitable,Be thy intents wicked or charitable,intent (n.)intention, purpose, aimHam I.iv.42
Thou com'st in such a questionable shapeThou comest in such a questionable shapequestionable (adj.)inviting interrogation, of whom questions may be askedHam I.iv.43
shape (n.)appearance, aspect, visible form
That I will speake to thee. Ile call thee Hamlet,That I will speak to thee. I'll call thee Hamlet, Ham I.iv.44
King, Father, Royall Dane: Oh, oh, answer me,King, father, royal Dane. O, answer me! Ham I.iv.45
Let me not burst in Ignorance; but tellLet me not burst in ignorance. But tell Ham I.iv.46
Why thy Canoniz'd bones Hearsed in death,Why thy canonized bones, hearsed in death,hearsed (v.)coffined, placed in a hearseHam I.iv.47
canonized (v.)
old form: Canoniz'd
buried with the Church's rites, consecrated by Christian burial
Haue burst their cerments, why the SepulcherHave burst their cerements; why the sepulchrecerements (n.)
old form: cerments
waxed shroud, grave-clothes, winding sheet
Ham I.iv.48
Wherein we saw thee quietly enurn'd,Wherein we saw thee quietly interredinurn (v.)
old form: enurn'd
entomb, bury, inter
Ham I.iv.49
Hath op'd his ponderous and Marble iawes,Hath oped his ponderous and marble jawsope (v.)
old form: op'd
open
Ham I.iv.50
To cast thee vp againe? What may this meane?To cast thee up again. What may this mean Ham I.iv.51
That thou dead Coarse againe in compleat steele,That thou, dead corse, again in complete steel,steel (n.)
old form: steele
armour
Ham I.iv.52
complete, compleat (adj.)
old form: compleat
fully equipped, with everything present
corse (n.)
old form: Coarse
corpse, dead body
Reuisits thus the glimpses of the Moone,Revisits thus the glimpses of the moon, Ham I.iv.53
Making Night hidious? And we fooles of Nature,Making night hideous, and we fools of naturenature (n.)natural order, ungoverned state, way of the world [often personified]Ham I.iv.54
fool (n.)
old form: fooles
plaything, pawn, puppet
hideous (adj.)
old form: hidious
terrifying, frightful, horrifying
So horridly to shake our disposition,So horridly to shake our dispositionhorridly (adv.)dreadfully, frightfully, terrifyinglyHam I.iv.55
disposition (n.)composure, state of mind, temperament
With thoughts beyond thee; reaches of our Soules,With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?reach (n.)capacity, capability, power of attainmentHam I.iv.56
Say, why is this? wherefore? what should we doe?Say, why is this? Wherefore? What should we do? Ham I.iv.57
Ghost beckens Hamlet.The Ghost beckons him Ham I.iv.58
Hor. HORATIO 
It beckons you to goe away with it,It beckons you to go away with it, Ham I.iv.58
As if it some impartment did desireAs if it some impartment did desireimpartment (n.)communication, imparting of informationHam I.iv.59
To you alone.To you alone. Ham I.iv.60.1
Mar. MARCELLUS 
Looke with what courteous actionLook with what courteous action Ham I.iv.60.2
It wafts you to a more remoued ground:It waves you to a more removed ground.removed (adj.)
old form: remoued
remote, secluded, further away
Ham I.iv.61
But doe not goe with it.But do not go with it. Ham I.iv.62.1
Hor. HORATIO 
No, by no meanes.No, by no means. Ham I.iv.62.2
Ham. HAMLET 
It will not speake: then will I follow it.It will not speak. Then I will follow it. Ham I.iv.63
Hor. HORATIO 
Doe not my Lord.Do not, my lord. Ham I.iv.64.1
Ham. HAMLET 
Why, what should be the feare?Why, what should be the fear? Ham I.iv.64.2
I doe not set my life at a pins fee;I do not set my life at a pin's fee.pin's fee, athe value of a trifleHam I.iv.65
fee (n.)value, worth
And for my Soule, what can it doe to that?And for my soul, what can it do to that, Ham I.iv.66
Being a thing immortall as it selfe:Being a thing immortal as itself? Ham I.iv.67
It waues me forth againe; Ile follow it.It waves me forth again. I'll follow it. Ham I.iv.68
Hor. HORATIO 
What if it tempt you toward the Floud my Lord?What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord,flood (n.)
old form: Floud
sea, deep, waves, rushing water
Ham I.iv.69
toward (prep.)towards
Or to the dreadfull Sonnet of the Cliffe,Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff Ham I.iv.70
That beetles o're his base into the Sea,That beetles o'er his base into the sea,beetle (v.)overhang, project [like threatening eyebrows]Ham I.iv.71
And there assumes some other horrible forme,And there assume some other, horrible form, Ham I.iv.72
Which might depriue your Soueraignty of Reason,Which might deprive your sovereignty of reasondeprive (v.)
old form: depriue
take away, remove, carry off
Ham I.iv.73
sovereignty (n.)
old form: Soueraignty
control [of yourself], powers
And draw you into madnesse thinke of it?And draw you into madness? Think of it. Ham I.iv.74
The very place puts toys of desperation,toy (n.)fancy, fantastic thoughtHam I.iv.75
desperation (n.)reckless despair, desperate thoughts [of self-destruction]
Without more motive, into every brain Ham I.iv.76
That looks so many fathoms to the sea Ham I.iv.77
And hears it roar beneath. Ham I.iv.78.1
Ham. HAMLET 
It wafts me still:It waves me still. –  Ham I.iv.78.2
goe on, Ile follow thee.Go on. I'll follow thee. Ham I.iv.79
Mar. MARCELLUS 
You shall not goe my Lord.You shall not go, my lord. Ham I.iv.80.1
Ham. HAMLET 
Hold off your hand.Hold off your hands. Ham I.iv.80.2
Hor. HORATIO 
Be rul'd, you shall not goe.Be ruled. You shall not go. Ham I.iv.81.1
Ham. HAMLET 
My fate cries out,My fate cries out Ham I.iv.81.2
And makes each petty Artire in this body,And makes each petty artere in this bodypetty (adj.)small, weak, inadequate, insignificantHam I.iv.82
artere, artire (n.)[early spelling of ‘artery’] sinew, ligament, tendon
As hardy as the Nemian Lions nerue:As hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve.nerve (n.)
old form: nerue
sinew, ligament, muscle
Ham I.iv.83
Nemean lionmonstrous lion, reputably invulnerable, from the region of Nemea; its destruction was one of the twelve labours of Hercules
Still am I cal'd? Vnhand me Gentlemen:Still am I called. Unhand me, gentlemen. Ham I.iv.84
By Heau'n, Ile make a Ghost of him that lets me:By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me!let (v.)hinder, prevent, stand in the wayHam I.iv.85
ghost (n.)dead body, corpse
I say away, goe on, Ile follow thee.I say, away! Go on. I'll follow thee. Ham I.iv.86
Exeunt Ghost & Hamlet.Exeunt the Ghost and Hamlet Ham I.iv.86
Hor. HORATIO 
He waxes desperate with imagination.He waxes desperate with imagination.wax (v.)grow, become, turnHam I.iv.87
Mar. MARCELLUS 
Let's follow; 'tis not fit thus to obey him.Let's follow. 'Tis not fit thus to obey him. Ham I.iv.88
Hor. HORATIO 
Haue after, to what issue will this come?Have after. To what issue will this come?issue (n.)outcome, result, consequence(s)Ham I.iv.89
have after (v.)
old form: Haue
let's follow
Mar. MARCELLUS 
Something is rotten in the State of Denmarke.Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Ham I.iv.90
Hor. HORATIO 
Heauen will direct it.Heaven will direct it. Ham I.iv.91.1
Mar. MARCELLUS 
Nay, let's follow him. Nay, let's follow him. Ham I.iv.91.2
Exeunt.Exeunt Ham I.iv.91
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