Hamlet By William Shakespeare Act I: Scene 5

[Beneath.] Swear.

Ha, ha boy! say'st thou so? art thou there, truepenny? —
Come on! — you hear this fellow in the cellarage, —
Consent to swear.

Propose the oath, my lord.

Never to speak of this that you have seen,
Swear by my sword.

[Beneath.] Swear.

Hic et ubique? then we'll shift our ground. —
Come hither, gentlemen,
And lay your hands again upon my sword:
Never to speak of this that you have heard,
Swear by my sword.

[Beneath.] Swear.

Well said, old mole! canst work i' the earth so fast?
A worthy pioner! — Once more remove, good friends.

O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!

And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
But come; —
Here, as before, never, so help you mercy,
How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself, —
As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet
To put an antic disposition on, —
That you, at such times seeing me, never shall,
With arms encumber'd thus, or this head-shake,
Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase,
As 'Well, well, we know'; or 'We could, an if we would'; —
Or 'If we list to speak'; or 'There be, an if they might'; —
Or such ambiguous giving out, to note
That you know aught of me: — this is not to do,
So grace and mercy at your most need help you,

[Beneath.] Swear.

Rest, rest, perturbed spirit! — So, gentlemen,
With all my love I do commend me to you:
And what so poor a man as Hamlet is
May do, to express his love and friending to you,
God willing, shall not lack. Let us go in together;
And still your fingers on your lips, I pray.
The time is out of joint: — O cursed spite,
That ever I was born to set it right! —
Nay, come, let's go together.


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