Act 5 - Scene 2
A hall in the castle.
Enter HAMLET and HORATIO
So much for this, sir: now shall you see the other;
You do remember all the circumstance?
Remember it, my lord?
Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting,
That would not let me sleep: methought I lay
Worse than the
mutines in the bilboes. Rashly,
And praised be rashness for it, let us know,
Our indiscretion sometimes
serves us well,
When our deep plots do pall: and that should teach us
There's a divinity that shapes our
Rough-hew them how we will,
That is most certain.
Up from my cabin,
My sea-gown scarf'd about me, in the dark
Groped I to find out them; had my desire.
their packet, and in fine withdrew
To mine own room again; making so bold,
My fears forgetting manners,
Their grand commission; where I found, Horatio,
O royal knavery!an exact command,
with many several sorts of reasons
Importing Denmark's health and England's too,
With, ho! such bugs
and goblins in my life,
That, on the supervise, no leisure bated,
No, not to stay the grinding of the axe,
head should be struck off.
Here's the commission: read it at more leisure.
But wilt thou hear me how I did proceed?
I beseech you.
Being thus be-netted round with villanies,
Ere I could make a prologue to my brains,
They had begun
the playI sat me down,
Devised a new commission, wrote it fair:
I once did hold it, as our statists do,
baseness to write fair and labour'd much
How to forget that learning, but, sir, now
It did me yeoman's
service: wilt thou know
The effect of what I wrote?
Ay, good my lord.
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