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Enter Hamlet, and two or three of the Players.Enter Hamlet and the Players Ham III.ii.1
Ham. HAMLET 
Speake the Speech I pray you, as I pronounc'dSpeak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced Ham III.ii.1
it to you trippingly on the Tongue: But if you mouth it,it to you, trippingly on the tongue. But if you mouth it Ham III.ii.2
as many of your Players do, I had as liue the Town-Cryeras many of your players do, I had as lief the town crierlief, had as
old form: liue
should like just as much
Ham III.ii.3
had spoke my Lines: Nor do not saw the Ayre too muchspoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with Ham III.ii.4
your hand thus, but vse all gently; for in the verie Torrent,your hand, thus. But use all gently. For in the very torrent,use (v.)
old form: vse
treat, deal with, manage
Ham III.ii.5
Tempest, and (as I may say) the Whirle-winde oftempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of your Ham III.ii.6
Passion, you must acquire and beget a Temperance thatpassion, you must acquire and beget a temperance thatbeget (v.), past form begotobtain, develop, nurtureHam III.ii.7
temperance (n.)self-control, calm behaviour, moderation
may giue it Smoothnesse. O it offends mee to the Soule, to may give it smoothness. O, it offends me to the soul to Ham III.ii.8
see a robustious Pery-wig-pated Fellow, teare a Passion tohear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion topassion (n.)passionate outburst, emotional passageHam III.ii.9
periwig-pated (adj.)
old form: Pery-wig-pated
bewigged, wearing a wig
robustious (adj.)boisterous, noisy, unruly
tatters, to verie ragges, to split the eares of the Groundlings:tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings,groundlings (n.)audience standing in a theatre courtyardHam III.ii.10
who (for the most part) are capeable of nothing, butwho for the most part are capable of nothing butcapable of
old form: capeable
appreciative of, able to take in
Ham III.ii.11
inexplicable dumbe shewes, & noise: I could haue such ainexplicable dumb shows and noise. I would have such a Ham III.ii.12
Fellow whipt for o're-doing Termagant: it out- Herod's fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant. It out-HerodsTermagant (n.)noisy and overbearing character in mystery playsHam III.ii.13
overdo (v.)
old form: o're-doing
outdo, surpass
Herod. Pray you auoid it.Herod. Pray you avoid it.Herod (n.)in the Bible, a Judean king, portrayed in medieval mystery plays as a wild and angry figureHam III.ii.14
Player. FIRST PLAYER 
I warrant your Honor.I warrant your honour.warrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirmHam III.ii.15
Ham. HAMLET 
Be not too tame neyther: but let your owne DiscretionBe not too tame neither.But let your own discretion Ham III.ii.16
be your Tutor. Sute the Action to the Word, thebe your tutor. Suit the action to the word, theaction (n.)movement, demeanour, gestureHam III.ii.17
Word to the Action, with this speciall obseruance: Thatword to the action, with this special observance, that Ham III.ii.18
you ore-stop not the modestie of Nature; for any thing soyou o'erstep not the modesty of nature. For anything somodesty (n.)
old form: modestie
moderation, restraint, discipline
Ham III.ii.19
nature (n.)human nature
ouer-done, is frõ the purpose of Playing, whose endo'erdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end,purpose (n.)point at issue, matter in handHam III.ii.20
both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as 'twerboth at the first and now, was and is to hold, as 'twere, Ham III.ii.21
the Mirrour vp to Nature; to shew Vertue her owne Feature,the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own feature,feature (n.)physical appearance, bodily shape, looksHam III.ii.22
Scorne her owne Image, and the verie Age and Bodie of thescorn her own image, and the very age and body of thescorn (n.)
old form: Scorne
folly, foolishness
Ham III.ii.23
Time, his forme and pressure. Now, this ouer-done, or cometime his form and pressure. Now this overdone, or comecome off (v.)turn out, resultHam III.ii.24
pressure (n.)impression, stamp, image
form (n.)
old form: forme
image, likeness, shape
tardie off, though it make the vnskilfull laugh, cannottardy off, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannottardy (adv.)
old form: tardie
inadequately
Ham III.ii.25
unskilful (adj.)
old form: vnskilfull
undiscerning, ignorant, uneducated
but make the Iudicious greeue; The censure of the whichbut make the judicious grieve; the censure of the whichcensure (n.)assessment, opinion, judgement, criticismHam III.ii.26
One, must in your allowance o're-way a whole Theaterone must in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theatreallowance (n.)acknowledgement, admission, confirmationHam III.ii.27
overweigh (v.)
old form: o'reway
outweigh, exceed, prevail over
of Others. Oh, there bee Players that I haue seene Play, andof others. O, there be players that I have seen play, and Ham III.ii.28
heard others praise, and that highly (not to speake itheard others praise, and that highly, not to speak itspeak (v.)
old form: speake
give an account of, report, describe
Ham III.ii.29
prophanely) that neyther hauing the accent of Christians,profanely, that, neither having th' accent of ChristiansChristian (n.)ordinary person, normal human beingHam III.ii.30
nor the gate of Christian, Pagan, or Norman, haue so nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so Ham III.ii.31
strutted and bellowed, that I haue thought some ofstrutted and bellowed that I have thought some of Ham III.ii.32
Natures Iouerney-men had made men, and not madeNature's journeymen had made men, and not madejourneyman (n.)
old form: Iouerney-men
common workman, hireling
Ham III.ii.33
them well, they imitated Humanity so abhominably. them well, they imitated humanity so abominably. Ham III.ii.34
Play. FIRST PLAYER 
I hope we haue reform'd that indifferentlyI hope we have reformed that indifferentlyindifferently (adv.)to some extent, fairly wellHam III.ii.35
with vs, Sir.with us, sir. Ham III.ii.36
Ham. HAMLET 
O reforme it altogether. And let those that playO, reform it altogether! And let those that play Ham III.ii.37
your Clownes, speake no more then is set downe for them.your clowns speak no more than is set down for them. Ham III.ii.38
For there be of them, that will themselues laugh, to set on For there be of them that will themselves laugh to set on Ham III.ii.39
some quantitie of barren Spectators to laugh too, thoughsome quantity of barren spectators to laugh too, thoughbarren (adj.)unresponsive, dull, apatheticHam III.ii.40
in the meane time, some necessary Question of the Play bein the meantime some necessary question of the play be Ham III.ii.41
then to be considered: that's Villanous, & shewes athen to be considered. That's villainous, and shows a Ham III.ii.42
most pittifull Ambition in the Foole that vses it.most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. And then Ham III.ii.43
you have some again that keeps one suit of jests, as a man Ham III.ii.44
is known by one suit of apparel; and gentlemen quoteapparel (n.)clothes, clothing, dressHam III.ii.45
quote (v.)note, jot, write
his jests down in their tables before they come to thetable (n.)writing tablet, memo pad, notebookHam III.ii.46
play; as thus, ‘ Cannot you stay till I eat my porridge?’, Ham III.ii.47
and ‘ You owe me a quarter's wages,’ and ‘ My coat Ham III.ii.48
wants a cullison,’ and ‘ Your beer is sour,’ and blabberingwant (v.)lack, need, be withoutHam III.ii.49
cullison (n.)badge, emblem [= cognizance, in heraldry]
blabber (v.)babble, mumble
with his lips, and thus keeping in his cinquepace ofcinquepace (n.)five-step capering danceHam III.ii.50
jests, when, God knows, the warm clown cannot make a Ham III.ii.51
jest unless by chance, as the blind man catcheth a hare. Ham III.ii.52
Masters, tell him of it. Ham III.ii.53
FIRST PLAYER 
We will, my lord. Ham III.ii.54
HAMLET 
Go make you readie. Well, go make you ready. Ham III.ii.55
Exit Players.Exeunt Players Ham III.ii.55
Enter Polonius, Rosincrance, and Guildensterne.Enter Polonius, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern Ham III.ii.56.1
How now my Lord, / Will the King heare this peece ofHow now, my lord? Will the King hear this piece ofpiece (n.)specimen, masterpieceHam III.ii.56
Worke?work? Ham III.ii.57
Pol. POLONIUS 
And the Queene too, and that presently.And the Queen too, and that presently.presently (adv.)after a short time, soon, before longHam III.ii.58
Ham. HAMLET 
Bid the Players make hast. Bid the players make haste. Ham III.ii.59
Exit Polonius. Exit Polonius Ham III.ii.59
Will you two helpe to hasten them?Will you two help to hasten them? Ham III.ii.60
Both. ROSENCRANTZ 
We will my Lord. Ay, my lord. Ham III.ii.61
Exeunt.Exeunt Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Ham III.ii.61
Ham. HAMLET 
What hoa, Horatio?What, ho, Horatio! Ham III.ii.62
Enter Horatio.Enter Horatio Ham III.ii.63
Hora. HORATIO 
Heere sweet Lord, at your Seruice.Here, sweet lord, at your service. Ham III.ii.63
Ham. HAMLET 
Horatio, thou art eene as iust a manHoratio, thou art e'en as just a manjust (adj.)
old form: iust
honourable, loyal, faithful
Ham III.ii.64
As ere my Conuersation coap'd withall.As e'er my conversation coped withal.conversation (n.)
old form: Conuersation
social interaction, society, dealings
Ham III.ii.65
cope, cope with (v.)
old form: coap'd
encounter, face, have to do [with], come into contact [with]
Hora. HORATIO 
O my deere Lord.O my dear lord –  Ham III.ii.66.1
Ham. HAMLET 
Nay, do not thinke I flatter:Nay, do not think I flatter. Ham III.ii.66.2
For what aduancement may I hope from thee,For what advancement may I hope from thee,advancement (n.)
old form: aduancement
preferment, elevation, progress
Ham III.ii.67
That no Reuennew hast, but thy good spiritsThat no revenue hast but thy good spiritsspirit (n.)(plural) sentiments, faculties, traits of characterHam III.ii.68
To feed & cloath thee. Why shold the poor be flatter'd?To feed and clothe thee? Why should the poor be flattered? Ham III.ii.69
No, let the Candied tongue, like absurd pompe,No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp,absurd (adj.)tasteless, insipid, incongruousHam III.ii.70
candied (adj.)sugared, honeyed, flattering
And crooke the pregnant Hindges of the knee,And crook the pregnant hinges of the kneecrook (v.)
old form: crooke
bend
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pregnant (adj.)well-disposed, ready, inclined, receptive
Where thrift may follow faining? Dost thou heare,Where thrift may follow fawning. Dost thou hear?thrift (n.)profit, advantage, gainHam III.ii.72
Since my deere Soule was Mistris of my choyse,Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice Ham III.ii.73
And could of men distinguish, her electionAnd could of men distinguish her election,election (n.)choice, preferenceHam III.ii.74
Hath seal'd thee for her selfe. For thou hast beneSh'hath sealed thee for herself. For thou hast beenseal (v.)
old form: seal'd
mark [as if by a seal], designate
Ham III.ii.75
As one in suffering all, that suffers nothing.As one, in suffering all, that suffers nothing, Ham III.ii.76
A man that Fortunes buffets, and RewardsA man that Fortune's buffets and rewardsFortune (n.)Roman goddess, shown as a woman at a spinning wheel, or controlling a rudder, and as blindHam III.ii.77
Hath 'tane with equall Thankes. And blest are those,Hast ta'en with equal thanks. And blest are those Ham III.ii.78
Whose Blood and Iudgement are so well co-mingled,Whose blood and judgement are so well commeddledblood (n.)passion, feeling, strong emotion [especially sexual]Ham III.ii.79
commeddle, comeddle (v.)mix, blend, mingle together
judgement (n.)
old form: Iudgement
reason, discernment, good sense
That they are not a Pipe for Fortunes finger,That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger Ham III.ii.80
To sound what stop she please. Giue me that man,To sound what stop she please. Give me that manstop (n.)note [produced by closing a finger-hole in a wind instrument]Ham III.ii.81
That is not Passions Slaue, and I will weare himThat is not passion's slave, and I will wear him Ham III.ii.82
In my hearts Core: I, in my Heart of heart,In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of heart, Ham III.ii.83
As I do thee. Something too much of this.As I do thee. Something too much of this.something (adv.)somewhat, ratherHam III.ii.84
There is a Play to night before the King,There is a play tonight before the King. Ham III.ii.85
One Scoene of it comes neere the CircumstanceOne scene of it comes near the circumstance, Ham III.ii.86
Which I haue told thee, of my Fathers death.Which I have told thee, of my father's death. Ham III.ii.87
I prythee, when thou see'st that Acte a-foot,I prithee, when thou seest that act afoot, Ham III.ii.88
Euen with the verie Comment of my SouleEven with the very comment of thy soulcomment (n.)observation, considerationHam III.ii.89
Obserue mine Vnkle: If his occulted guilt,Observe my uncle. If his occulted guiltocculted (adj.)hidden, concealedHam III.ii.90
Do not it selfe vnkennell in one speech,Do not itself unkennel in one speech,unkennel (v.)
old form: vnkennell
reveal, bring to light, expose
Ham III.ii.91
It is a damned Ghost that we haue seene:It is a damned ghost that we have seen, Ham III.ii.92
And my Imaginations are as fouleAnd my imaginations are as foul Ham III.ii.93
As Vulcans Stythe. Giue him needfull note,As Vulcan's stithy. Give him heedful note.Vulcan (n.)Roman god of fire, and the gods' blacksmith; his forge was under Mt Etna, and thus associated with destruction and hellHam III.ii.94
stithy (n.)
old form: Stythe
smithy, anvil, forge
For I mine eyes will riuet to his Face:For I mine eyes will rivet to his face, Ham III.ii.95
And after we will both our iudgements ioyne,And after we will both our judgements joinjudgement (n.)
old form: iudgements
opinion, estimation, assessment
Ham III.ii.96
To censure of his seeming.In censure of his seeming.censure (n.)assessment, opinion, judgement, criticismHam III.ii.97.1
seeming (n.)demeanour, outward behaviour
Hora. HORATIO 
Well my Lord.Well, my lord. Ham III.ii.97.2
If he steale ought the whil'st this Play is Playing,If'a steal aught the whilst this play is playing,aught (n.)anything, [with negative word] nothingHam III.ii.98
steal (v.)hide furtively, conceal stealthily
And scape detecting, I will pay the Theft.And 'scape detecting, I will pay the theft.scape, 'scape (v.)escape, avoidHam III.ii.99
Ham. HAMLET 
They are comming to the Play: I must be idle. GetThey are coming to the play. I must be idle. Getidle (adj.)mad, crazy, lunaticHam III.ii.100
you a place.you a place. Ham III.ii.101
Danish march. Flourish Ham III.ii.102.1
Trumpets and kettledrums Ham III.ii.102.2
Enter King, Queene, Polonius, Ophelia, Rosincrance,Enter the King and Queen, Polonius, Ophelia, Rosencrantz, Ham III.ii.102.3
Guildensterne, and other Lords attendant withGuildenstern, and other lords attendant, with Ham III.ii.102.4
his Guard carrying Torches. Danish March. Sound a Flourish.the guard carrying torches Ham III.ii.102.5
King. KING 
How fares our Cosin Hamlet?How fares our cousin Hamlet?fare (v.)get on, manage, do, copeHam III.ii.102
Ham. HAMLET 
Excellent Ifaith, of the Camelions dish: I eateExcellent, i'faith; of the chameleon's dish. I eat Ham III.ii.103
the Ayre promise-cramm'd, you cannot feed Capons so.the air, promise-crammed. You cannot feed capons so. Ham III.ii.104
King. KING 
I haue nothing with this answer Hamlet, theseI have nothing with this answer, Hamlet. Thesehave (v.)
old form: haue
understand, grasp, comprehend
Ham III.ii.105
words are not mine.words are not mine. Ham III.ii.106
Ham. HAMLET 
No, nor mine. Now my Lord, youNo, nor mine now. (to Polonius) My lord, you  Ham III.ii.107
plaid once i'th'Vniuersity, you say?played once i'th' university, you say? Ham III.ii.108
Polon. POLONIUS 
That I did my Lord, and was accounted aThat did I, my lord, and was accounted a Ham III.ii.109
good Actor.good actor. Ham III.ii.110
Ham. HAMLET 
And what did you enact?What did you enact? Ham III.ii.111
Pol. POLONIUS 
I did enact Iulius Casar, I was kill'dI did enact Julius Caesar. I was killedJulius Caesar[pron: 'seezer] Roman politician and general, 1st-c BCHam III.ii.112
i'th'Capitol: Brutus kill'd me.i'th' Capitol. Brutus killed me.Capitol (n.)geographical and ceremonial centre of ancient Rome, the seat of governmentHam III.ii.113
Brutus, MarcusMarcus Junius Brutus; 1st-c BC Roman politician, involved in the assassination of Julius Caesar
Ham. HAMLET 
It was a bruite part of him, to kill so Capitall a CalfeIt was a brute part of him to kill so capital a calfcalf (n.)
old form: Calfe
fool, dolt, idiot
Ham III.ii.114
there. Be the Players ready?there. Be the players ready? Ham III.ii.115
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
I my Lord, they stay vpon yourAy, my lord. They stay upon yourstay on / upon (v.)
old form: vpon
wait for, await
Ham III.ii.116
patience.patience.patience (n.)leave, permission, indulgenceHam III.ii.117
Qu. QUEEN 
Come hither my good Hamlet, sit by me.Come hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me. Ham III.ii.118
Ha. HAMLET 
No good Mother, here's Mettle more attractiue.No, good mother. Here's metal more attractive. Ham III.ii.119
Pol. POLONIUS  
(to the King) Ham III.ii.120.1
Oh ho, do you marke that? O ho! Do you mark that?mark (v.)note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]Ham III.ii.120
Ham. HAMLET 
Ladie, shall I lye in your Lap?Lady, shall I lie in your lap? Ham III.ii.121
Ophe. OPHELIA 
No my Lord.No, my lord. Ham III.ii.122
Ham. HAMLET 
I meane, my Head vpon your Lap?I mean, my head upon your lap? Ham III.ii.123
Ophe. OPHELIA 
I my Lord.Ay, my lord. Ham III.ii.124
Ham. HAMLET 
Do you thinke I meant Country matters?Do you think I meant country matters?country matterssexual intercourseHam III.ii.125
Ophe. OPHELIA 
I thinke nothing, my Lord.I think nothing, my lord. Ham III.ii.126
Ham. HAMLET 
That's a faire thought to ly between MaidsThat's a fair thought – to lie between maids' Ham III.ii.127
legslegs. Ham III.ii.128
Ophe. OPHELIA 
What is my Lord?What is, my lord? Ham III.ii.129
Ham. HAMLET 
Nothing.Nothing. Ham III.ii.130
Ophe. OPHELIA 
You are merrie, my Lord?You are merry, my lord.merry (adj.)
old form: merrie
facetious, droll, jocular
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Ham. HAMLET 
Who I?Who, I? Ham III.ii.132
Ophe. OPHELIA 
I my Lord.Ay, my lord. Ham III.ii.133
Ham. HAMLET 
Oh God, your onely Iigge-maker: what should aO God, your only jig-maker! What should aonly (adj.)
old form: onely
outstanding, peerless, pre-eminent
Ham III.ii.134
jig-maker (n.)
old form: Iigge-maker
comic performer, jester
man do, but be merrie. For looke you how cheerefully myman do but be merry? For look you how cheerfully my Ham III.ii.135
Mother lookes, and my Father dyed within's two Houres.mother looks, and my father died within's two hours.'s (det.)contracted form of ‘this’Ham III.ii.136
Ophe. OPHELIA 
Nay, 'tis twice two moneths, my Lord.Nay, 'tis twice two months, my lord. Ham III.ii.137
Ham. HAMLET 
So long? Nay then let the Diuel weare blacke, forSo long? Nay then, let the devil wear black, fordevil wear black, let the
old form: Diuel weare blacke
to hell with mourning!
Ham III.ii.138
Ile haue a suite of Sables. Oh Heauens! dye two monethsI'll have a suit of sables. O heavens! Die two monthssable (n.)rich fur [from the animal, sable], expensive garmentHam III.ii.139
ago, and not forgotten yet? Then there's hope, a greatago, and not forgotten yet? Then there's hope a great Ham III.ii.140
mans Memorie, may out-liue his life halfe a yeare: Butman's memory may outlive his life half a year. But, by'r Ham III.ii.141
byrlady he must builde Churches then: or else shall he sufferLady, 'a must build churches then, or else shall 'a suffer Ham III.ii.142
not thinking on, with the Hoby-horsse, whose Epitaphnot thinking on, with the hobby-horse, whose epitaphthink on (v.)be remembered, be commemoratedHam III.ii.143
with (prep.)like
is, For o, For o, the Hoby-horse is forgot.is ‘ For O, for O, the hobby-horse is forgot!’ Ham III.ii.144
Hoboyes play. The trumpets sound Ham III.ii.145.1
The dumbe shew enters. Enter a King and Queene, very Dumb show follows: Enter a King and a Queen very Ham III.ii.145.2
louingly; the Queene embracing him. She lovingly, the Queen embracing him, and he her. She Ham III.ii.145.3
kneeles, and makes shew of Protestation vntohim. Hekneels, and makes show of protestation unto him. Heprotestation (n.)solemn declaration, affirmationHam III.ii.145.4
show (n.)appearance, exhibition, display
takes her vp, and dcclines his head vpon her neck.takes her up, and declines his head upon her neck. Hedecline (v.)incline, lean, bendHam III.ii.145.5
Layes him downe vpon a Banke of Flowers. She seeing himlies him down upon a bank of flowers. She, seeing him Ham III.ii.145.6
a-sleepe, leaues him. Anon comes in a Fellow, takes asleep, leaves him. Anon comes in another man; takesanon (adv.)soon, shortly, presentlyHam III.ii.145.7
off hisCrowne, kisses it, and powres poyson in the Kings off his crown, kisses it, and pours poison in the sleeper's Ham III.ii.145.8
eares, andExits. The Queene returnes, findes the ears, and leaves him. The Queen returns, finds the Ham III.ii.145.9
King dead, andmakes passionate Action. The Poysoner, King dead, makes passionate action. The poisoner, Ham III.ii.145.10
with some two orthree Mutes comes in againe, seeming to lament with some three or four, comes in again, seem to condolecondole (v.)lament, grieve, express great sorrowHam III.ii.145.11
with her. The dead body is carried away: The with her. The dead body is carried away. The Ham III.ii.145.12
Poysoner Wooes the Queene with Gifts, she seemes loath and vnwilling poisoner wooes the Queen with gifts. She seems harsh Ham III.ii.145.13
awhile, but in the end, accepts his loue. awhile, but in the end accepts love Ham III.ii.145.14
ExeuntExeunt dumb show Ham III.ii.145.15
Ophe. OPHELIA 
What meanes this, my Lord?What means this, my lord? Ham III.ii.145
Ham. HAMLET 
Marry this is Miching Malicho, that meanesMarry, this is miching mallecho. It meansmarry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryHam III.ii.146
miching (adj.)[unclear meaning] sneaking, skulking, lurking
mallecho (n.)
old form: Malicho
[unclear meaning] mischief, misdeed
Mischeefe.mischief. Ham III.ii.147
Ophe. OPHELIA 
Belike this shew imports the Argument of theBelike this show imports the argument of theargument (n.)story, subject, plotHam III.ii.148
belike (adv.)probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
import (v.)represent, depict, indicate
show (n.)
old form: shew
dumb-show, miming
Play?play. Ham III.ii.149
Enter the Fourth Player as Prologue Ham III.ii.150
Ham. HAMLET 
We shall know by these Fellowes: the Players cannotWe shall know by this fellow. The players cannot Ham III.ii.150
keepe counsell, they'l tell all.keep counsel. They'll tell all.counsel (n.)
old form: counsell
secrecy, confidence, privacy
Ham III.ii.151
Ophe. OPHELIA 
Will they tell vs what this shew meant?Will 'a tell us what this show meant? Ham III.ii.152
Ham. HAMLET 
I, or any shew that you'l shew him. Bee notAy, or any show that you will show him. Be not Ham III.ii.153
you asham'd to shew, hee'l not shame to tell you whatyou ashamed to show, he'll not shame to tell you whatshame (v.)be ashamed, be embarrassedHam III.ii.154
it meanes.it means. Ham III.ii.155
Ophe. OPHELIA 
You are naught, you are naught, Ile marke theYou are naught, you are naught. I'll mark thenaught, nought (adj.)improper, offensive, naughtyHam III.ii.156
mark (v.)
old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
Play.play Ham III.ii.157
Enter Prologue.FOURTH PLAYER (as Prologue) 
For vs, and for our Tragedie,For us and for our tragedy, Ham III.ii.158
Heere stooping to your Clemencie:Here stooping to your clemency, Ham III.ii.159
We begge your hearing Patientlie.We beg your hearing patiently. Ham III.ii.160
Exit Ham III.ii.160
Ham. HAMLET 
Is this a Prologue, or the Poesie of a Ring?Is this a prologue, or the posy of a ring?posy (n.)
old form: Poesie
short piece of poetry [often inscribed inside a ring]
Ham III.ii.161
Ophe. OPHELIA 
'Tis briefe my Lord.'Tis brief, my lord. Ham III.ii.162
Ham. HAMLET 
As Womans loue.As woman's love. Ham III.ii.163
Enter King and his Queene.Enter two Players as King and Queen Ham III.ii.164.1
King. FIRST PLAYER (as King) 
Full thirtie times hath Phoebus Cart gon round,Full thirty times hath Phoebus' cart gone roundPhoebus (n.)[pron: 'feebus] Latin name for Apollo as the sun-god; also called Phoebus ApolloHam III.ii.164
cart (n.)chariot, carriage
Neptunes salt Wash, and Tellus Orbed ground:Neptune's salt wash and Tellus' orbed ground,NeptuneRoman water-god, chiefly associated with the sea and sea-weatherHam III.ii.165
orbed (adj.)rounded, orb-like, spherical
Tellus (n.)Roman goddess of the earth
And thirtie dozen Moones with borrowed sheene,And thirty dozen moons with borrowed sheensheen (n.)
old form: sheene
brightness, shining, radiance
Ham III.ii.166
About the World haue times twelue thirties beene,About the world have times twelve thirties been Ham III.ii.167
Since loue our hearts, and Hymen did our handsSince love our hearts, and Hymen did our hands,Hymen (n.)[pron: 'hiymen] Greek god who led a wedding procession; associated with a torch, crown of flowers, and fluteHam III.ii.168
Vnite comutuall, in most sacred Bands.Unite commutual in most sacred bands.commutual, comutual (adj.)
old form: comutuall
mutual, joint, answering to each other
Ham III.ii.169
band (n.)bond, obligation, tie
Bap. SECOND PLAYER (as Queen) 
So many iournies may the Sunne and MooneSo many journeys may the sun and moon Ham III.ii.170
Make vs againe count o're, ere loue be done.Make us again count o'er ere love be done! Ham III.ii.171
But woe is me, you are so sicke of late,But woe is me, you are so sick of late, Ham III.ii.172
So farre from cheere, and from your forme state,So far from cheer and from your former statecheer (n.)
old form: cheere
cheerfulness, mirth, joy
Ham III.ii.173
That I distrust you: yet though I distrust,That I distrust you. Yet, though I distrust,distrust (n.)fear for, be anxious aboutHam III.ii.174
Discomfort you (my Lord) it nothing must:Discomfort you, my lord, it nothing must.discomfort (v.)trouble, grieve, worryHam III.ii.175
For women fear too much, even as they love, Ham III.ii.176
For womens Feare and Loue, holds quantitie,And women's fear and love hold quantity,quantity (n.)
old form: quantitie
equal amount, same proportion
Ham III.ii.177
In neither ought, or in extremity:In neither aught, or in extremity.aught (n.)
old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
Ham III.ii.178
extremity (n.)utmost degree, greatest amount
Now what my loue is, proofe hath made you know,Now what my love is, proof hath made you know,proof (n.)
old form: proofe
experience, actual practice, tried knowledge
Ham III.ii.179
And as my Loue is siz'd, my Feare is so.And as my love is sized, my fear is so.size (v.)
old form: siz'd
quantify, measure [for size]
Ham III.ii.180
Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear. Ham III.ii.181
Where little fears grow great, great love grows there. Ham III.ii.182
King. FIRST PLAYER (as King) 
Faith I must leaue thee Loue, and shortly too:Faith, I must leave thee, love, and shortly too. Ham III.ii.183
My operant Powers my Functions leaue to do:My operant powers their functions leave to do.operant (adj.)active, vital, potent, functioningHam III.ii.184
powers (n.)faculties, abilities to act
leave (v.)
old form: leaue
cease, stop, give up
And thou shalt liue in this faire world behinde,And thou shalt live in this fair world behind, Ham III.ii.185
Honour'd, belou'd, and haply, one as kinde.Honoured, beloved; and haply one as kindhaply (adv.)perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luckHam III.ii.186
For Husband shalt thou-----For husband shalt thou –  Ham III.ii.187.1
Bap. SECOND PLAYER (as Queen) 
Oh confound the rest:O, confound the rest! Ham III.ii.187.2
Such Loue, must needs be Treason in my brest:Such love must needs be treason in my breast: Ham III.ii.188
In second Husband, let me be accurst,In second husband let me be accurst! Ham III.ii.189
None wed the second, but who kill'd the first.None wed the second but who killed the first. Ham III.ii.190
Ham. HAMLET  
(aside) Ham III.ii.191.1
Wormwood, Wormwood.That's wormwood.wormwood (n.)bitter substance, bitternessHam III.ii.191
Bapt. SECOND PLAYER (as Queen) 
The instances that second Marriage moue,The instances that second marriage movemove (v.)encourage, instigate, promptHam III.ii.192
instance (n.)reason, motive, cause
Are base respects of Thrift, but none of Loue.Are base respects of thrift, but none of love.base (adj.)dishonourable, low, unworthyHam III.ii.193
thrift (n.)profit, advantage, gain
respect (n.)consideration, factor, circumstance
A second time, I kill my Husband dead,A second time I kill my husband dead Ham III.ii.194
When second Husband kisses me in Bed.When second husband kisses me in bed. Ham III.ii.195
King. FIRST PLAYER (as King) 
I do beleeue you. Think what now you speak:I do believe you think what now you speak, Ham III.ii.196
But what we do determine, oft we breake:But what we do determine oft we break.oft (adv.)oftenHam III.ii.197
Purpose is but the slaue to Memorie,Purpose is but the slave to memory,purpose (n.)intention, aim, planHam III.ii.198
Of violent Birth, but poore validitie:Of violent birth, but poor validity,validity (n.)
old form: validitie
strength, robustness, stamina
Ham III.ii.199
Which now like Fruite vnripe stickes on the Tree,Which now, like fruit unripe, sticks on the tree, Ham III.ii.200
But fall vnshaken, when they mellow bee.But fall unshaken when they mellow be. Ham III.ii.201
Most necessary 'tis, that we forgetMost necessary 'tis that we forgetnecessary (adj.)inevitable, unavoidable, certainHam III.ii.202
To pay our selues, what to our selues is debt:To pay ourselves what to ourselves is debt. Ham III.ii.203
What to our selues in passion we propose,What to ourselves in passion we propose,passion (n.)powerful feeling, overpowering emotion [often opposed to ‘reason’]Ham III.ii.204
The passion ending, doth the purpose lose.The passion ending, doth the purpose lose.purpose (n.)intention, aim, planHam III.ii.205
The violence of other Greefe or Ioy,The violence of either grief or joy Ham III.ii.206
Their owne ennactors with themselues destroy:Their own enactures with themselves destroy.enacture (n.)
old form: ennactors
performance, fulfilment, execution
Ham III.ii.207
Where Ioy most Reuels, Greefe doth most lament;Where joy most revels, grief doth most lament. Ham III.ii.208
Greefe ioyes, Ioy greeues on slender accident.Grief joys, joy grieves, on slender accident.accident (n.)occurrence, event, happeningHam III.ii.209
slender (adj.)slight, trifling, insignificant
This world is not for aye, nor 'tis not strangeThis world is not for aye, nor 'tis not strangeaye (adv.)always, ever, for eternityHam III.ii.210
That euen our Loues should with our Fortunes change.That even our loves should with our fortunes change. Ham III.ii.211
For 'tis a question left vs yet to proue,For 'tis a question left us yet to prove,prove (v.)
old form: proue
test, try out, make trial [of]
Ham III.ii.212
Whether Loue lead Fortune, or else Fortune Loue.Whether love lead fortune, or else fortune love. Ham III.ii.213
The great man downe, you marke his fauourites flies,The great man down, you mark his favourite flies.mark (v.)
old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
Ham III.ii.214
The poore aduanc'd, makes Friends of Enemies:The poor advanced makes friends of enemies. Ham III.ii.215
And hitherto doth Loue on Fortune tend,And hitherto doth love on fortune tend,hitherto (adv.)to this extentHam III.ii.216
tend (v.)attend, wait on, serve
For who not needs, shall neuer lacke a Frend:For who not needs shall never lack a friend, Ham III.ii.217
And who in want a hollow Friend doth try,And who in want a hollow friend doth trywant (n.)need, requirement, necessityHam III.ii.218
hollow (adj.)empty, false, insincere
try (v.)put to the test, test the goodness [of]
Directly seasons him his Enemie.Directly seasons him his enemy.directly (adv.)immediately, at onceHam III.ii.219
season (v.)turn into, make
But orderly to end, where I begun,But, orderly to end where I begun, Ham III.ii.220
Our Willes and Fates do so contrary run,Our wills and fates do so contrary runcontrary (adv.)in opposite directions, contrarilyHam III.ii.221
That our Deuices still are ouerthrowne,That our devices still are overthrown.device (n.)
old form: Deuices
plan, scheme, intention
Ham III.ii.222
still (adv.)constantly, always, continually
Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our owne.Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.end (n.)outcome, result, issueHam III.ii.223
So thinke thou wilt no second Husband wed.So think thou wilt no second husband wed, Ham III.ii.224
But die thy thoughts, when thy first Lord is dead.But die thy thoughts when thy first lord is dead. Ham III.ii.225
Bap. SECOND PLAYER (as Queen) 
Nor Earth to giue me food, nor Heauen light,Nor earth to me give food, nor heaven light, Ham III.ii.226
Sport and repose locke from me day and night:Sport and repose lock from me day and night,sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentHam III.ii.227
To desperation turn my trust and hope, Ham III.ii.228
An anchor's cheer in prison be my scope,anchor (n.)anchorite, hermit, recluseHam III.ii.229
cheer (n.)lifestyle, fare, standard of living
scope (n.)goal, prospect, purpose, aim
Each opposite that blankes the face of ioy,Each opposite that blanks the face of joyblank (v.)
old form: blankes
make pale, blanch, drain (colour)
Ham III.ii.230
opposite (n.)opposing force, adversity
Meet what I would haue well, and it destroy:Meet what I would have well, and it destroy, Ham III.ii.231
Both heere, and hence, pursue me lasting strife,Both here and hence pursue me lasting strife,hence (adv.)in the next worldHam III.ii.232
If once a Widdow, euer I be Wife.If, once a widow, ever I be wife! Ham III.ii.233
Ham. HAMLET  
(aside) Ham III.ii.234
If she should breake it now.If she should break it now! Ham III.ii.234
King. FIRST PLAYER (as King) 
'Tis deepely sworne: / Sweet, leaue me heere a while,'Tis deeply sworn. Sweet, leave me here awhile.deeply (adv.)solemnly, with great seriousnessHam III.ii.235
My spirits grow dull, and faine I would beguileMy spirits grow dull, and fain I would beguilebeguile (v.)charm away, while away, pass pleasantlyHam III.ii.236
fain (adv.)
old form: faine
gladly, willingly
The tedious day with sleepe.The tedious day with sleep. Ham III.ii.237.1
Qu. SECOND PLAYER (as Queen) 
Sleepe rocke thy Braine, Sleep rock thy brain, Ham III.ii.237.2
And neuer come mischance betweene vs twaine. And never come mischance between us twain!mischance (n.)misfortune, calamity, mishapHam III.ii.238
twain (n.)
old form: twaine
two
Sleepes ExitThe Player-King sleeps. Exit the Player-Queen Ham III.ii.238
Ham. HAMLET 
Madam, how like you this Play?Madam, how like you this play? Ham III.ii.239
Qu. QUEEN 
The Lady protests to much me thinkes.The lady doth protest too much, methinks.methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
Ham III.ii.240
protest (v.)make protestation, avow, affirm, proclaim
Ham. HAMLET 
Oh but shee'l keepe her word.O, but she'll keep her word. Ham III.ii.241
King. KING 
Haue you heard the Argument, is there no OffenceHave you heard the argument? Is there no offenceargument (n.)story, subject, plotHam III.ii.242
in't?in't? Ham III.ii.243
Ham. HAMLET 
No, no, they do but iest, poyson in iest, noNo, no, they do but jest, poison in jest. Nojest (v.)
old form: iest
make believe, act, play parts
Ham III.ii.244
Offence i'th'world.offence i'th' world. Ham III.ii.245
King. KING 
What do you call the Play?What do you call the play? Ham III.ii.246
Ham. HAMLET 
The Mouse-trap: Marry how? Tropically: ThisThe Mousetrap. Marry, how? Tropically. Thistropically (adv.)figuratively, like a trope [a figure of speech]Ham III.ii.247
Play is the Image of a murder done in Vienna: Gonzago play is the image of a murder done in Vienna. Gonzagoimage (n.)representation, depiction, portrayalHam III.ii.248
is the Dukes name, his wife Baptista: you shall seeis the duke's name; his wife, Baptista. You shall see Ham III.ii.249
anon: 'tis a knauish peece of worke: But what o'that?anon. 'Tis a knavish piece of work. But what of that?anon (adv.)soon, shortly, presentlyHam III.ii.250
knavish (adj.)
old form: knauish
rascally, mischievous, roguish
Your Maiestie, and wee that haue free soules, it touches vsYour majesty, and we that have free souls, it touches usfree (adj.)innocent, guiltlessHam III.ii.251
not: let the gall'd iade winch: our withers are vnrung.not. Let the galled jade wince. Our withers are unwrung.withers (n.)[of a horse] ridge between the shoulder-bladesHam III.ii.252
galled (adj.)
old form: gall'd
sore, swollen, inflamed
jade (n.)
old form: iade
worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
unwrung (adj.)
old form: vnrung
not rubbed sore, not chafed
Enter Lucianus.Enter the Third Player, as Lucianus Ham III.ii.253
This is one Lucianus nephew to the King.This is one Lucianus, nephew to the King. Ham III.ii.253
Ophe. OPHELIA 
You are a good Chorus, my Lord.You are as good as a chorus, my lord.chorus (n.)character in a play who speaks the prologue and comments on the course of eventsHam III.ii.254
Ham. HAMLET 
I could interpret betweene you and your loue: ifI could interpret between you and your love, ifinterpret (v.)provide a dialogue [as does a puppeteer on behalf of the puppets]Ham III.ii.255
I could see the Puppets dallying.I could see the puppets dallying.dally (v.)flirt, be amorous, engage in love-playHam III.ii.256
Ophe. OPHELIA 
You are keene my Lord, you are keene.You are keen, my lord, you are keen.keen (adj.)
old form: keene
sharp, cutting, severe
Ham III.ii.257
Ham. HAMLET 
It would cost you a groaning, to take off myIt would cost you a groaning to take off mine Ham III.ii.258
edge.edge.edge (n.)ardour, keen desireHam III.ii.259
Ophe. OPHELIA 
Still better and worse.Still better, and worse. Ham III.ii.260
Ham. HAMLET 
So you mistake Husbands. / Begin Murderer.So you must take your husbands. – Begin, murderer. Ham III.ii.261
Pox, leaue thy damnable Faces, and begin. Come,Pox, leave thy damnable faces and begin. Come;pox (n.)venereal disease; also: plague, or any other disease displaying skin pustulesHam III.ii.262
the croaking Rauen doth bellow for Reuenge. the croaking raven doth bellow for revenge. Ham III.ii.263
Lucian. THIRD PLAYER (as Lucianus) 
Thoughts blacke, hands apt, / Drugges fit, and Time agreeing:Thoughts black, hands apt, drugs fit, and time agreeing,apt (adj.)fit, ready, preparedHam III.ii.264
Confederate season, else, no Creature seeing:Confederate season, else no creature seeing,confederate (adj.)acting as an ally, in leagueHam III.ii.265
season (n.)opportunity, favourable moment
Thou mixture ranke, of Midnight Weeds collected,Thou mixture rank, of midnight weeds collected,rank (adj.)
old form: ranke
foul-smelling, stinking
Ham III.ii.266
With Hecats Ban, thrice blasted, thrice infected,With Hecat's ban thrice blasted, thrice infected,Hecat, Hecate (n.)[pron: 'hekat, 'hekatee] Greek goddess of the underworld; associated with magic, ghosts, witchcraftHam III.ii.267
ban (n.)curse, malediction
blast (v.)blight, wither, destroy
Thy naturall Magicke, and dire propertie,Thy natural magic and dire propertydire (adj.)dangerous, dreadful, evilHam III.ii.268
natural (adj.)
old form: naturall
inherent, intrinsic
magic (n.)
old form: Magicke
special power
On wholsome life, vsurpe immediately.On wholesome life usurps immediately.wholesome (adj.)
old form: wholsome
sound, firm, in good condition
Ham III.ii.269
usurp on / upon
old form: vsurpe
take wrongful possession of, misappropriate
Powres the poyson in his eares.He pours the poison in the King's ears Ham III.ii.270.1
Ham. HAMLET 
He poysons him i'th'Garden for's estate: His'A poisons him i'th' garden for his estate. Hisestate (n.)high rank, standing, statusHam III.ii.270
name's Gonzago: the Story is extant and writ inname's Gonzago. The story is extant, and written in veryextant (n.)in existence, living, existingHam III.ii.271
choyce Italian. You shall see anon how the Murthererchoice Italian. You shall see anon how the murdereranon (adv.)soon, shortly, presentlyHam III.ii.272
gets the loue of Gonzago's wife.gets the love of Gonzago's wife. Ham III.ii.273
Ophe. OPHELIA 
The King rises.The King rises. Ham III.ii.274
Ham. HAMLET 
What, frighted with false fire.What, frighted with false fire?false firedischarge of blank cartridgesHam III.ii.275
fright (v.), past form frightedfrighten, scare, terrify
false (adj.)sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial
Qu. QUEEN 
How fares my Lord?How fares my lord?fare (v.)get on, manage, do, copeHam III.ii.276
Pol. POLONIUS 
Giue o're the Play.Give o'er the play. Ham III.ii.277
King. KING 
Giue me some Light. Away.Give me some light. Away! Ham III.ii.278
All. POLONIUS 
Lights, Lights, Lights. Lights, lights, lights! Ham III.ii.279
Exeunt Manet Hamlet & Horatio.Exeunt all but Hamlet and Horatio Ham III.ii.279
Ham. HAMLET 
Why let the strucken Deere go weepe,Why, let the strucken deer go weep, Ham III.ii.280
The Hart vngalled play:The hart ungalled play.ungalled (adj.)
old form: vngalled
uninjured, unharmed, unhurt
Ham III.ii.281
For some must watch, while some must sleepe;For some must watch, while some must sleep.watch (v.)stay awake, keep vigilHam III.ii.282
So runnes the world away.Thus runs the world away.runs the world away, thus
old form: runnes
that's the way of the world
Ham III.ii.283
Would not this Sir, and a Forrest of Feathers, if the rest Would not this, sir, and a forest of feathers – if the rest Ham III.ii.284
of my Fortunes tutne Turke with me; with two Prouinciallof my fortunes turn Turk with me – with two Provincialturn Turk
old form: Turke
change completely, become a renegade [as if in religion, from Christian to infidel]
Ham III.ii.285
Provincial (adj.)
old form: Prouinciall
from Provins or Provence [France]
Roses on my rac'd Shooes, get me a Fellowship in a crie ofroses on my razed shoes, get me a fellowship in a cry ofcry (n.)company, pack [as of hounds]Ham III.ii.286
razed (adj.)
old form: rac'd
cut, slashed, slit
fellowship (n.)partnership, membership, participation
Players sir. players, sir? Ham III.ii.287
Hor. HORATIO 
Halfe a share.Half a share. Ham III.ii.288
Ham. HAMLET 
A whole one I,A whole one, I. Ham III.ii.289
For thou dost know: Oh Damon deere,For thou dost know, O Damon dearDamon (n.)['daymon] man from Syracuse seen as a model of faithful friendship, offering his life to help his friend PythiasHam III.ii.290
This Realme dismantled wasThis realm dismantled wasdismantle (v.)deprive, strip, divestHam III.ii.291
of Ioue himselfe, / And now reignes heere.Of Jove himself; and now reigns hereJove (n.)[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme godHam III.ii.292
A verie verie Paiocke.A very, very – peacock.pajock (n.)
old form: Paiocke
[unclear meaning] savage, degenerate; or: peacock
Ham III.ii.293
Hora. HORATIO 
You might haue Rim'd.You might have rhymed. Ham III.ii.294
Ham. HAMLET 
Oh good Horatio, Ile take the Ghosts word for aO good Horatio, I'll take the ghost's word for a Ham III.ii.295
thousand pound. Did'st perceiue?thousand pound. Didst perceive? Ham III.ii.296
Hora. HORATIO 
Verie well my Lord.Very well, my lord. Ham III.ii.297
Ham. HAMLET 
Vpon the talke of the poysoning?Upon the talk of the poisoning? Ham III.ii.298
Hora. HORATIO 
I did verie well note him.I did very well note him. Ham III.ii.299
Ham. HAMLET 
Oh, ha? Come some Musick. Come ye Recorders:Aha! Come, some music! Come, the recorders! Ham III.ii.300
For if the King like not the Comedie,For if the King like not the comedy, Ham III.ii.301
Why then belike he likes it not perdie.Why then, belike he likes it not, perdy.perdie, perdy (int.)[French 'par Dieu'] by GodHam III.ii.302
belike (adv.)probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
Come some Musicke.Come, some music! Ham III.ii.303
Enter Rosincrance and Guildensterne.Enter Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Ham III.ii.304.1
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
Good my Lord, vouchsafe me a wordGood my lord, vouchsafe me a wordvouchsafe (v.)allow, permit, grantHam III.ii.304
with you.with you. Ham III.ii.305
Ham. HAMLET 
Sir, a whole History.Sir, a whole history. Ham III.ii.306
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
The King, sir.The King, sir –  Ham III.ii.307
Ham. HAMLET 
I sir, what of him?Ay, sir, what of him? Ham III.ii.308
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
Is in his retyrement, maruellousIs in his retirement marvellousmarvellous (adv.)
old form: maruellous
very, extremely, exceedingly
Ham III.ii.309
retirement (n.)
old form: retyrement
withdrawal, returning [to one's rooms]
distemper'd.distempered.distempered (adj.)vexed, troubled, ill-humouredHam III.ii.310
Ham. HAMLET 
With drinke Sir?With drink, sir? Ham III.ii.311
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
No my Lord, rather with choller.No, my lord, with choler.choler (n.)
old form: choller
anger, rage, wrath
Ham III.ii.312
Ham. HAMLET 
Your wisedome should shew it selfe more richer, to Your wisdom should show itself more richer to Ham III.ii.313
signifie this to his Doctor: for for me to put him to hissignify this to the doctor. For for me to put him to hissignify (v.)
old form: signifie
report, make known, declare
Ham III.ii.314
Purgation, would perhaps plundge him into farre more Choller.purgation would perhaps plunge him into more choler.purgation (n.)purging, cleansing, clearing awayHam III.ii.315
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
my Lord put your discourse into Good my lord, put your discourse into Ham III.ii.316
some frame, and start not so wildely from my affayre.some frame, and start not so wildly from my affair.start (v.)jump away, swerve, turn asideHam III.ii.317
frame (n.)order, definite form, regular shape
Ham. HAMLET 
I am tame Sir, pronounce.I am tame, sir. Pronounce.pronounce (v.)deliver, speak, declareHam III.ii.318
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
The Queene your Mother, in most greatThe Queen your mother in most great Ham III.ii.319
affliction of spirit, hath sent me to you.affliction of spirit hath sent me to you. Ham III.ii.320
Ham. HAMLET 
You are welcome.You are welcome. Ham III.ii.321
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
Nay, good my Lord, this courtesie is notNay, good my lord, this courtesy is not Ham III.ii.322
of the right breed. If it shall please you to make me aof the right breed. If it shall please you to make me abreed (n.)sort, kind, typeHam III.ii.323
wholsome answer, I will doe your Mothers command'ment:wholesome answer, I will do your mother's commandment.wholesome (adj.)
old form: wholsome
reasonable, sensible, rational
Ham III.ii.324
if not, your pardon, and my returne shall bee theIf not, your pardon and my return shall be thepardon (n.)permission, consent, approvalHam III.ii.325
end of my Businesse.end of my business. Ham III.ii.326
Ham. HAMLET 
Sir, I cannot.Sir, I cannot. Ham III.ii.327
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
What, my Lord?What, my lord? Ham III.ii.328
Ham.HAMLET 
Make you a wholsome answere: my witsMake you a wholesome answer. My wit'swholesome (adj.)
old form: wholsome
reasonable, sensible, rational
Ham III.ii.329
wit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
diseas'd. But sir, such answers as I can make, you shaldiseased. But, sir, such answer as I can make, you shall Ham III.ii.330
command: or rather you say, my Mother: therforecommand; or rather, as you say, my mother. Thereforecommand (v.)have at one's disposal, be entrusted withHam III.ii.331
no more but to the matter. My Mother you say.no more, but to the matter. My mother, you say – matter (n.)subject-matter, content, substanceHam III.ii.332
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
Then thus she sayes: your behauior hath Then thus she says: your behaviour hath Ham III.ii.333
stroke her into amazement, and admiration.struck her into amazement and admiration.amazement (n.)overwhelming wonderHam III.ii.334
admiration (n.)amazement, astonishment, wonder
Ham. HAMLET 
Oh wonderfull Sonne, that can so astonish a Mother.O wonderful son, that can so 'stonish a mother!astonish, 'stonish (v.)stun, dumbfound, strike dumb with dismayHam III.ii.335
But is there no sequell at the heeles of this MothersBut is there no sequel at the heels of this mother's Ham III.ii.336
admiration?admiration? Impart.impart (v.)tell, make known, communicateHam III.ii.337
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
She desires to speake with you in herShe desires to speak with you in her Ham III.ii.338
Closset, ere you go to bed.closet ere you go to bed.closet (n.)
old form: Closset
private chamber, study, own room
Ham III.ii.339
ere (conj.)before
Ham. HAMLET 
We shall obey, were she ten times our Mother.We shall obey, were she ten times our mother. Ham III.ii.340
Haue you any further Trade with vs?Have you any further trade with us?trade (n.)business, dealingsHam III.ii.341
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
My Lord, you once did loue me.My lord, you once did love me. Ham III.ii.342
Ham. HAMLET 
So I do still, by these pickers and stealers.And do still, by these pickers and stealers.pickers and stealershandsHam III.ii.343
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
Good my Lord, what is your cause of distemper?Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper?distemper (n.)disaffection, ill humour, strange behaviourHam III.ii.344
You do freely barre the doore of your owneYou do surely bar the door upon your own Ham III.ii.345
Libertie, if you deny your greefes to your Friend.liberty if you deny your griefs to your friend.deny (v.)refuse to talk aboutHam III.ii.346
liberty (n.)
old form: Libertie
liberation, deliverance
Ham. HAMLET 
Sir I lacke Aduancement.Sir, I lack advancement. Ham III.ii.347
Rosin. ROSENCRANTZ 
How can that be, when you haue theHow can that be, when you have the Ham III.ii.348
voyce of the King himselfe, for your Succession invoice of the King himself for your succession invoice (n.)
old form: voyce
vote, official support
Ham III.ii.349
Denmarke?Denmark? Ham III.ii.350
Ham. HAMLET 
I, but while the grasse growes, the ProuerbeAy, sir, but ‘ while the grass grows ’ – the proverb Ham III.ii.351
is something musty.is something musty.something (adv.)somewhat, ratherHam III.ii.352
Enter one with a Recorder.Enter a Player with recorders Ham III.ii.353.1
O the Recorder. Let me see, to withdraw withO, the recorders. Let me see one. – To withdraw withwithdraw (v.)turn aside, stand apartHam III.ii.353
you, why do you go about to recouer the winde of mee, asyou – why do you go about to recover the wind of me, aswind, recover the
old form: recouer winde
[in hunting] get to the windward side
Ham III.ii.354
if you would driue me into a toyle?if you would drive me into a toil?toil (n.)
old form: toyle
net, snare, trap
Ham III.ii.355
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
O my Lord, if my Dutie be too bold, myO my lord, if my duty be too bold, my Ham III.ii.356
loue is too vnmannerly.love is too unmannerly. Ham III.ii.357
Ham. HAMLET 
I do not well vnderstand that. Will you playI do not well understand that. Will you play Ham III.ii.358
vpon this Pipe?upon this pipe? Ham III.ii.359
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
My Lord, I cannot.My lord, I cannot. Ham III.ii.360
Ham. HAMLET 
I pray you.I pray you. Ham III.ii.361
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
Beleeue me, I cannot.Believe me, I cannot. Ham III.ii.362
Ham. HAMLET 
I do beseech you.I do beseech you. Ham III.ii.363
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
I know no touch of it, my Lord.I know no touch of it, my lord.touch (n.)fingering, handling, skill in playingHam III.ii.364
Ham. HAMLET 
'Tis as easie as lying: gouerne these Ventiges withIt is as easy as lying. Govern these ventages withventage (n.)
old form: Ventiges
finger-hole [of an instrument]
Ham III.ii.365
your finger and thumbe, giue it breath with your mouth,your fingers and thumb; give it breath with your mouth; Ham III.ii.366
and it will discourse most excellent Musicke. Looke you,and it will discourse most eloquent music. Look you,discourse (v.)sound out, give forthHam III.ii.367
these are the stoppes.these are the stops.stop (n.)
old form: stoppes
means of closing a finger-hole in a wind instrument
Ham III.ii.368
Guild. GUILDENSTERN 
But these cannot I command to anyBut these cannot I command to any Ham III.ii.369
vtterance of hermony, I haue not the skill.utterance of harmony. I have not the skill. Ham III.ii.370
Ham. HAMLET 
Why looke you now, how vnworthy a thing youWhy, look you now, how unworthy a thing you Ham III.ii.371
make of me: you would play vpon mee; you would seememake of me! You would play upon me. You would seem Ham III.ii.372
to know my stops: you would pluck out the heart of myto know my stops. You would pluck out the heart of my Ham III.ii.373
Mysterie; you would sound mee from my lowest Note, tomystery. You would sound me from my lowest note tomystery (n.)
old form: Mysterie
secret matter, inexplicable essence
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sound (v.)sound out, question, examine
the top of my Compasse: and there is much Musicke, excellentthe top of my compass. And there is much music, excellentcompass (n.)
old form: Compasse
range, reach, limit, scope
Ham III.ii.375
Voice, in this little Organe, yet cannot you make it.voice, in this little organ. Yet cannot you make itorgan (n.)
old form: Organe
musical instrument
Ham III.ii.376
Why do you thinke, that I am easier to bee plaidspeak. 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played Ham III.ii.377
on, then a Pipe? Call me what Instrument you will,on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, Ham III.ii.378
though you can fret me, you cannot play vpon me.though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me. Ham III.ii.379
Enter Polonius.Enter Polonius Ham III.ii.380
God blesse you Sir.God bless you, sir! Ham III.ii.380
Polon. POLONIUS 
My Lord; the Queene would speak with you,My lord, the Queen would speak with you, Ham III.ii.381
and presently.and presently.presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceHam III.ii.382
Ham. HAMLET 
Do you see that Clowd? that's almost in shapeDo you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape Ham III.ii.383
like a Camell.of a camel? Ham III.ii.384
Polon. POLONIUS 
By'th'Misse, and it's like a Camell indeed.By th' mass, and 'tis like a camel indeed. Ham III.ii.385
Ham. HAMLET 
Me thinkes it is like a Weazell.Methinks it is like a weasel.methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: Me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
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Polon. POLONIUS 
It is back'd like a Weazell.It is backed like a weasel. Ham III.ii.387
Ham. HAMLET 
Or like a Whale?Or like a whale. Ham III.ii.388
Polon. POLONIUS 
Verie like a Whale.Very like a whale. Ham III.ii.389
Ham. HAMLET 
Then will I come to my Mother, by and by:Then I will come to my mother by and by.by and by (adv.)immediately, straightaway, directlyHam III.ii.390
They foole me to the top of my bent. / I will(aside) They fool me to the top of my bent. – I willbent (n.)degree, capacity, extent [to which a bow can be bent]Ham III.ii.391
come by and by.come by and by. Ham III.ii.392
Polon. POLONIUS 
I will say so. I will say so. Ham III.ii.393
Ham. HAMLET 
By and by, is easily said.‘ By and by ’ is easily said. Ham III.ii.394.1
Exit.Exit Polonius Ham III.ii.394
Leaue me Friends:Leave me, friends. Ham III.ii.394.2
Exeunt all but Hamlet Ham III.ii.394
'Tis now the verie witching time of night,'Tis now the very witching time of night,witching (adj.)witchcraft-practising, spell-castingHam III.ii.395
When Churchyards yawne, and Hell it selfe breaths outWhen churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes outyawn (v.)
old form: yawne
open wide, gape
Ham III.ii.396
Contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot blood,Contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot bloodcontagion (n.)contagious quality, infecting influenceHam III.ii.397
And do such bitter businesse as the dayAnd do such bitter business as the day Ham III.ii.398
Would quake to looke on. Soft now, to my Mother:Would quake to look on. Soft, now to my mother.soft (adv.)[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quietHam III.ii.399
Oh Heart, loose not thy Nature; let not euerO heart, lose not thy nature. Let not ever Ham III.ii.400
The Soule of Nero, enter this firme bosome:The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom.Nero (n.)[pron: 'neeroh] Roman emperor, 1st-c, who slew his mother, Agrippina; said to have played on his lute while watching Rome burn; considered a model of crueltyHam III.ii.401
Let me be cruell, not vnnaturall,Let me be cruel, not unnatural. Ham III.ii.402
I will speake Daggers to her, but vse none:I will speak daggers to her, but use none. Ham III.ii.403
My Tongue and Soule in this be Hypocrites.My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites. Ham III.ii.404
How in my words someuer she be shent,How in my words somever she be shent,shent (v.)[from earlier verb ‘shend’] blamed, rebuked, reproachedHam III.ii.405
howsomever, howsome'er, how ... some'er (adv.)
old form: how someuer
however, howsoever, in whatever way [+ subordinate clause]
To giue them Seales, neuer my Soule consent.To give them seals never, my soul, consent!seal (n.)
old form: Seales
authentication, confirmation, attestation
Ham III.ii.406
Exit Ham III.ii.406
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