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Enter Hamlet, and two or three of the Players.Enter Hamlet and the Players Ham III.ii.1
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
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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
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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 thattemperance (n.)
self-control, calm behaviour, moderation
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beget (v.), past form begot
obtain, develop, nurture
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 passage
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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 courtyard
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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
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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-Herodsoverdo (v.)

old form: o're-doing
outdo, surpass
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Termagant (n.)
noisy and overbearing character in mystery plays
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 figure
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I warrant your Honor.I warrant your honour.warrant (v.)
assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
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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, gesture
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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
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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 hand
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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, looks
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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
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Time, his forme and pressure. Now, this ouer-done, or cometime his form and pressure. Now this overdone, or comepressure (n.)
impression, stamp, image
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form (n.)

old form: forme
image, likeness, shape
come off (v.)
turn out, result
tardie off, though it make the vnskilfull laugh, cannottardy off, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannottardy (adv.)

old form: tardie
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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, criticism
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One, must in your allowance o're-way a whole Theaterone must in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theatreoverweigh (v.)

old form: o'reway
outweigh, exceed, prevail over
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allowance (n.)
acknowledgement, admission, confirmation
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
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prophanely) that neyther hauing the accent of Christians,profanely, that, neither having th' accent of ChristiansChristian (n.)
ordinary person, normal human being
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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
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them well, they imitated Humanity so abhominably. them well, they imitated humanity so abominably. Ham III.ii.34
I hope we haue reform'd that indifferentlyI hope we have reformed that indifferentlyindifferently (adv.)
to some extent, fairly well
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with vs, Sir.with us, sir. Ham III.ii.36
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, apathetic
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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 quotequote (v.)
note, jot, write
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apparel (n.)
clothes, clothing, dress
his jests down in their tables before they come to thetable (n.)
writing tablet, memo pad, notebook
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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 without
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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 dance
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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
We will, my lord. Ham III.ii.54
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, masterpiece
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Worke?work? Ham III.ii.57
And the Queene too, and that presently.And the Queen too, and that presently.presently (adv.)
after a short time, soon, before long
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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
We will my Lord. Ay, my lord. Ham III.ii.61
Exeunt.Exeunt Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Ham III.ii.61
What hoa, Horatio?What, ho, Horatio! Ham III.ii.62
Enter Horatio.Enter Horatio Ham III.ii.63
Heere sweet Lord, at your Seruice.Here, sweet lord, at your service. Ham III.ii.63
Horatio, thou art eene as iust a manHoratio, thou art e'en as just a manjust (adj.)

old form: iust
honourable, loyal, faithful
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As ere my Conuersation coap'd withall.As e'er my conversation coped withal.conversation (n.)

old form: Conuersation
social interaction, society, dealings
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cope, cope with (v.)

old form: coap'd
encounter, face, have to do [with], come into contact [with]
O my deere Lord.O my dear lord –  Ham III.ii.66.1
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
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That no Reuennew hast, but thy good spiritsThat no revenue hast but thy good spiritsspirit (n.)
(plural) sentiments, faculties, traits of character
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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, incongruous
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candied (adj.)
sugared, honeyed, flattering
And crooke the pregnant Hindges of the knee,And crook the pregnant hinges of the kneepregnant (adj.)
well-disposed, ready, inclined, receptive
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crook (v.)

old form: crooke
Where thrift may follow faining? Dost thou heare,Where thrift may follow fawning. Dost thou hear?thrift (n.)
profit, advantage, gain
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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, preference
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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
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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 blind
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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 commeddledjudgement (n.)

old form: Iudgement
reason, discernment, good sense
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blood (n.)
passion, feeling, strong emotion [especially sexual]
commeddle, comeddle (v.)
mix, blend, mingle together
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]
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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, rather
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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, consideration
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Obserue mine Vnkle: If his occulted guilt,Observe my uncle. If his occulted guiltocculted (adj.)
hidden, concealed
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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
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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.stithy (n.)

old form: Stythe
smithy, anvil, forge
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Vulcan (n.)
Roman god of fire, and the gods' blacksmith; his forge was under Mt Etna, and thus associated with destruction and hell
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
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To censure of his seeming.In censure of his seeming.seeming (n.)
demeanour, outward behaviour
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censure (n.)
assessment, opinion, judgement, criticism
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,steal (v.)
hide furtively, conceal stealthily
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aught (n.)
anything, [with negative word] nothing
And scape detecting, I will pay the Theft.And 'scape detecting, I will pay the theft.scape, 'scape (v.)
escape, avoid
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They are comming to the Play: I must be idle. GetThey are coming to the play. I must be idle. Getidle (adj.)
mad, crazy, lunatic
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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, cope
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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
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words are not mine.words are not mine. Ham III.ii.106
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
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
And what did you enact?What did you enact? Ham III.ii.111
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 BC
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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 government
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Brutus, Marcus
Marcus Junius Brutus; 1st-c BC Roman politician, involved in the assassination of Julius Caesar
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
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there. Be the Players ready?there. Be the players ready? Ham III.ii.115
I my Lord, they stay vpon yourAy, my lord. They stay upon yourstay on / upon (v.)

old form: vpon
wait for, await
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patience.patience.patience (n.)
leave, permission, indulgence
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Come hither my good Hamlet, sit by me.Come hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me. Ham III.ii.118
No good Mother, here's Mettle more attractiue.No, good mother. Here's metal more attractive. Ham III.ii.119
(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]
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Ladie, shall I lye in your Lap?Lady, shall I lie in your lap? Ham III.ii.121
No my Lord.No, my lord. Ham III.ii.122
I meane, my Head vpon your Lap?I mean, my head upon your lap? Ham III.ii.123
I my Lord.Ay, my lord. Ham III.ii.124
Do you thinke I meant Country matters?Do you think I meant country matters?country matters
sexual intercourse
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I thinke nothing, my Lord.I think nothing, my lord. Ham III.ii.126
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
What is my Lord?What is, my lord? Ham III.ii.129
Nothing.Nothing. Ham III.ii.130
You are merrie, my Lord?You are merry, my lord.merry (adj.)

old form: merrie
facetious, droll, jocular
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Who I?Who, I? Ham III.ii.132
I my Lord.Ay, my lord. Ham III.ii.133
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
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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’
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Nay, 'tis twice two moneths, my Lord.Nay, 'tis twice two months, my lord. Ham III.ii.137
So long? Nay then let the Diuel weare blacke, forSo long? Nay then, let the devil wear black, fordevil wear black, let theto 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 garment
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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 commemorated
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with (prep.)
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. Heshow (n.)
appearance, exhibition, display
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protestation (n.)
solemn declaration, affirmation
takes her vp, and dcclines his head vpon her neck.takes her up, and declines his head upon her neck. Hedecline (v.)
incline, lean, bend
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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, presently
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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 sorrow
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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 woos 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
What meanes this, my Lord?What means this, my lord? Ham III.ii.145
Marry this is Miching Malicho, that meanesMarry, this is miching mallecho. It meansmiching (adj.)
[unclear meaning] sneaking, skulking, lurking
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mallecho (n.)

old form: Malicho
[unclear meaning] mischief, misdeed
marry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
Mischeefe.mischief. Ham III.ii.147
Belike this shew imports the Argument of theBelike this show imports the argument of theimport (v.)
represent, depict, indicate
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show (n.)

old form: shew
dumb-show, miming
argument (n.)
story, subject, plot
belike (adv.)
probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
Play?play. Ham III.ii.149
Enter the Fourth Player as Prologue Ham III.ii.150
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
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Will they tell vs what this shew meant?Will 'a tell us what this show meant? Ham III.ii.152
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 embarrassed
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it meanes.it means. Ham III.ii.155
You are naught, you are naught, Ile marke theYou are naught, you are naught. I'll mark thenaught, nought (adj.)
improper, offensive, naughty
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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
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]
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'Tis briefe my Lord.'Tis brief, my lord. Ham III.ii.162
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 roundcart (n.)
chariot, carriage
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Phoebus (n.)
[pron: 'feebus] Latin name for Apollo as the sun-god; also called Phoebus Apollo
Neptunes salt Wash, and Tellus Orbed ground:Neptune's salt wash and Tellus' orbed ground,orbed (adj.)
rounded, orb-like, spherical
Ham III.ii.165
Tellus (n.)
Roman goddess of the earth
Roman water-god, chiefly associated with the sea and sea-weather
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, Ham 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 about
Ham III.ii.174
Discomfort you (my Lord) it nothing must:Discomfort you, my lord, it nothing must.discomfort (v.)
trouble, grieve, worry
Ham 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.extremity (n.)
utmost degree, greatest amount
Ham III.ii.178
aught (n.)

old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
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, functioning
Ham 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 luck
Ham 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 accursed! 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
(aside) Ham III.ii.191.1
Wormwood, Wormwood.That's wormwood.wormwood (n.)
bitter substance, bitterness
Ham III.ii.191
Bapt. SECOND PLAYER (as Queen) 
The instances that second Marriage moue,The instances that second marriage movemove (v.)
encourage, instigate, prompt
Ham 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.thrift (n.)
profit, advantage, gain
Ham III.ii.193
respect (n.)
consideration, factor, circumstance
base (adj.)
dishonourable, low, unworthy
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.)
Ham III.ii.197
Purpose is but the slaue to Memorie,Purpose is but the slave to memory,purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
Ham 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, certain
Ham 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, plan
Ham 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.slender (adj.)
slight, trifling, insignificant
Ham III.ii.209
accident (n.)
occurrence, event, happening
This world is not for aye, nor 'tis not strangeThis world is not for aye, nor 'tis not strangeaye (adv.)
always, ever, for eternity
Ham 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 extent
Ham 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, necessity
Ham 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.season (v.)
turn into, make
Ham III.ii.219
directly (adv.)
immediately, at once
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, contrarily
Ham III.ii.221
That our Deuices still are ouerthrowne,That our devices still are overthrown.still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
Ham III.ii.222
device (n.)

old form: Deuices
plan, scheme, intention
Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our owne.Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.end (n.)
outcome, result, issue
Ham 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, entertainment
Ham III.ii.227
To desperation turn my trust and hope, Ham III.ii.228
An anchor's cheer in prison be my scope,cheer (n.)
lifestyle, fare, standard of living
Ham III.ii.229
scope (n.)
goal, prospect, purpose, aim
anchor (n.)
anchorite, hermit, recluse
Each opposite that blankes the face of ioy,Each opposite that blanks the face of joyopposite (n.)
opposing force, adversity
Ham III.ii.230
blank (v.)

old form: blankes
make pale, blanch, drain (colour)
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 world
Ham III.ii.232
If once a Widdow, euer I be Wife.If, once a widow, ever I be wife! Ham III.ii.233
(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 seriousness
Ham III.ii.235
My spirits grow dull, and faine I would beguileMy spirits grow dull, and fain I would beguilefain (adv.)

old form: faine
gladly, willingly
Ham III.ii.236
beguile (v.)
charm away, while away, pass pleasantly
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, mishap
Ham III.ii.238
twain (n.)

old form: twaine
Sleepes ExitThe Player-King sleeps. Exit the Player-Queen Ham III.ii.238
Madam, how like you this Play?Madam, how like you this play? Ham III.ii.239
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
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, plot
Ham III.ii.242
in't?in't? Ham III.ii.243
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
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, portrayal
Ham 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?knavish (adj.)

old form: knauish
rascally, mischievous, roguish
Ham III.ii.250
anon (adv.)
soon, shortly, presently
Your Maiestie, and wee that haue free soules, it touches vsYour majesty, and we that have free souls, it touches usfree (adj.)
innocent, guiltless
Ham 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-blades
Ham 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
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 events
Ham III.ii.254
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-play
Ham III.ii.256
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
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 desire
Ham III.ii.259
Still better and worse.Still better, and worse. Ham III.ii.260
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 pustules
Ham 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, prepared
Ham III.ii.264
Confederate season, else, no Creature seeing:Confederate season, else no creature seeing,season (n.)
opportunity, favourable moment
Ham III.ii.265
confederate (adj.)
acting as an ally, in league
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, witchcraft
Ham III.ii.267
ban (n.)
curse, malediction
blast (v.)
blight, wither, destroy
Thy naturall Magicke, and dire propertie,Thy natural magic and dire propertynatural (adj.)

old form: naturall
inherent, intrinsic
Ham III.ii.268
magic (n.)

old form: Magicke
special power
dire (adj.)
dangerous, dreadful, evil
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
He poysons him i'th'Garden for's estate: His'A poisons him i'th' garden for his estate. Hisestate (n.)
high rank, standing, status
Ham 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, existing
Ham III.ii.271
choyce Italian. You shall see anon how the Murthererchoice Italian. You shall see anon how the murdereranon (adv.)
soon, shortly, presently
Ham III.ii.272
gets the loue of Gonzago's wife.gets the love of Gonzago's wife. Ham III.ii.273
The King rises.The King rises. Ham III.ii.274
What, frighted with false fire.What, frighted with false fire?false fire
discharge of blank cartridges
Ham III.ii.275
fright (v.), past form frighted
frighten, scare, terrify
false (adj.)
sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial
How fares my Lord?How fares my lord?fare (v.)
get on, manage, do, cope
Ham III.ii.276
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
Lights, Lights, Lights. Lights, lights, lights! Ham III.ii.279
Exeunt Manet Hamlet & Horatio.Exeunt all but Hamlet and Horatio Ham III.ii.279
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 vigil
Ham 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 ofrazed (adj.)

old form: rac'd
cut, slashed, slit
Ham III.ii.286
fellowship (n.)
partnership, membership, participation
cry (n.)
company, pack [as of hounds]
Players sir. players, sir? Ham III.ii.287
Halfe a share.Half a share. Ham III.ii.288
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 Pythias
Ham III.ii.290
This Realme dismantled wasThis realm dismantled wasdismantle (v.)
deprive, strip, divest
Ham 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 god
Ham 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
You might haue Rim'd.You might have rhymed. Ham III.ii.294
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
Verie well my Lord.Very well, my lord. Ham III.ii.297
Vpon the talke of the poysoning?Upon the talk of the poisoning? Ham III.ii.298
I did verie well note him.I did very well note him. Ham III.ii.299
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 God
Ham 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
Good my Lord, vouchsafe me a wordGood my lord, vouchsafe me a wordvouchsafe (v.)
allow, permit, grant
Ham III.ii.304
with you.with you. Ham III.ii.305
Sir, a whole History.Sir, a whole history. Ham III.ii.306
The King, sir.The King, sir –  Ham III.ii.307
I sir, what of him?Ay, sir, what of him? Ham III.ii.308
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-humoured
Ham III.ii.310
With drinke Sir?With drink, sir? Ham III.ii.311
No my Lord, rather with choller.No, my lord, with choler.choler (n.)

old form: choller
anger, rage, wrath
Ham III.ii.312
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 away
Ham III.ii.315
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 aside
Ham III.ii.317
frame (n.)
order, definite form, regular shape
I am tame Sir, pronounce.I am tame, sir. Pronounce.pronounce (v.)
deliver, speak, declare
Ham III.ii.318
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
You are welcome.You are welcome. Ham III.ii.321
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, type
Ham 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, approval
Ham III.ii.325
end of my Businesse.end of my business. Ham III.ii.326
Sir, I cannot.Sir, I cannot. Ham III.ii.327
What, my Lord?What, my lord? Ham III.ii.328
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 with
Ham 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, substance
Ham III.ii.332
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 wonder
Ham III.ii.334
admiration (n.)
amazement, astonishment, wonder
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 dismay
Ham 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, communicate
Ham III.ii.337
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.ere (conj.)
Ham III.ii.339
closet (n.)

old form: Closset
private chamber, study, own room
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, dealings
Ham III.ii.341
My Lord, you once did loue me.My lord, you once did love me. Ham III.ii.342
So I do still, by these pickers and stealers.And do still, by these pickers and stealers.pickers and stealers
Ham III.ii.343
Good my Lord, what is your cause of distemper?Good my lord, what is your cause of distemper?distemper (n.)
disaffection, ill humour, strange behaviour
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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.liberty (n.)

old form: Libertie
liberation, deliverance
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deny (v.)
refuse to talk about
Sir I lacke Aduancement.Sir, I lack advancement. Ham III.ii.347
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
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Denmarke?Denmark? Ham III.ii.350
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, rather
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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 apart
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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
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if you would driue me into a toyle?if you would drive me into a toil?toil (n.)

old form: toyle
net, snare, trap
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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
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
My Lord, I cannot.My lord, I cannot. Ham III.ii.360
I pray you.I pray you. Ham III.ii.361
Beleeue me, I cannot.Believe me, I cannot. Ham III.ii.362
I do beseech you.I do beseech you. Ham III.ii.363
I know no touch of it, my Lord.I know no touch of it, my lord.touch (n.)
fingering, handling, skill in playing
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'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]
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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 forth
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these are the stoppes.these are the stops.stop (n.)

old form: stoppes
means of closing a finger-hole in a wind instrument
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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
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
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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
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Why do you thinke, that I am easier to bee plaidspeak. 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played'sblood (int.)
[oath] God's blood
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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
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 once
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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
By'th'Misse, and it's like a Camell indeed.By th'mass, and 'tis like a camel indeed. Ham III.ii.385
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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It is back'd like a Weazell.It is backed like a weasel. Ham III.ii.387
Or like a Whale?Or like a whale. Ham III.ii.388
Verie like a Whale.Very like a whale. Ham III.ii.389
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, directly
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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]
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come by and by.come by and by. Ham III.ii.392
I will say so. I will say so. Ham III.ii.393
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-casting
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When Churchyards yawne, and Hell it selfe breaths outWhen churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes outyawn (v.)

old form: yawne
open wide, gape
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Contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot blood,Contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot bloodcontagion (n.)
contagious quality, infecting influence
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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 (int.)
[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quiet
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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 cruelty
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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, reproached
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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
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Exit Ham III.ii.406
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