Hamlet By William Shakespeare Act I: Scene 1

MARCELLUS.
Horatio says 'tis but our fantasy,
And will not let belief take hold of him
Touching this dreaded sight, twice seen of us:
Therefore I have entreated him along
With us to watch the minutes of this night;
That, if again this apparition come
He may approve our eyes and speak to it.

HORATIO.
Tush, tush, 'twill not appear.

BERNARDO.
Sit down awhile,
And let us once again assail your ears,
That are so fortified against our story,
What we two nights have seen.

HORATIO.
Well, sit we down,
And let us hear Bernardo speak of this.

BERNARDO.
Last night of all,
When yond same star that's westward from the pole
Had made his course to illume that part of heaven
Where now it burns, Marcellus and myself,
The bell then beating one, —

MARCELLUS.
Peace, break thee off; look where it comes again!

[Enter Ghost, armed.]

BERNARDO.
In the same figure, like the king that's dead.

MARCELLUS.
Thou art a scholar; speak to it, Horatio.

BERNARDO.
Looks it not like the King? mark it, Horatio.

HORATIO.
Most like: — it harrows me with fear and wonder.

BERNARDO.
It would be spoke to.

MARCELLUS.
Question it, Horatio.

HORATIO.
What art thou, that usurp'st this time of night,
Together with that fair and warlike form
In which the majesty of buried Denmark
Did sometimes march? By heaven I charge thee, speak!

MARCELLUS.
It is offended.

BERNARDO.
See, it stalks away!

HORATIO.
Stay! speak, speak! I charge thee speak!

[Exit Ghost.]

MARCELLUS.
'Tis gone, and will not answer.

BERNARDO.
How now, Horatio! You tremble and look pale:
Is not this something more than fantasy?
What think you on't?

HORATIO.
Before my God, I might not this believe
Without the sensible and true avouch
Of mine own eyes.

MARCELLUS.
Is it not like the King?

HORATIO.
As thou art to thyself:
Such was the very armour he had on
When he the ambitious Norway combated;
So frown'd he once when, in an angry parle,
He smote the sledded Polacks on the ice.
'Tis strange.

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