Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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BARNARDO
    Sit down a while
And let us once again assail your ears,
30That are so fortified against our story,
What we have two nights seen.
BARNARDO
Sit down for a while, and we’ll tell you again the story you don’t want to believe, about what we’ve seen two nights now.
HORATIO
    Well, sit we down,
And let us hear Barnardo speak of this.
HORATIO
Well, let’s sit down and listen to Barnardo tell us.
BARNARDO
Last night of all,
When yond same star that’s westward from the pole
35Had made his course t' illume that part of heaven
Where now it burns, Marcellus and myself,
The bell then beating one—
BARNARDO
Last night, when that star to the west of the North Star had traveled across the night sky to that point where it’s shining now, at one o'clock, Marcellus and I—
Enter GHOST
The GHOST enters.
MARCELLUS
Peace, break thee off. Look where it comes again!
MARCELLUS
Quiet, shut up! It’s come again.
BARNARDO
In the same figure like the king that’s dead.
BARNARDO
Looking just like the dead king.
MARCELLUS
40 (to HORATIO) Thou art a scholar. Speak to it, Horatio.
MARCELLUS
(to HORATIO) You’re well-educated, Horatio. Say something to it.
BARNARDO
Looks it not like the king? Mark it, Horatio.
BARNARDO
Doesn’t he look like the king, Horatio?
HORATIO
Most like. It harrows me with fear and wonder.
HORATIO
Very much so. It’s terrifying.
BARNARDO
It would be spoke to.
BARNARDO
It wants us to speak to it.
MARCELLUS
  Question it, Horatio.
MARCELLUS
Ask it something, Horatio.
HORATIO
What art thou that usurp’st this time of night
45Together with that fair and warlike form
In which the majesty of buried Denmark
Did sometimes march? By heaven, I charge thee, speak.
HORATIO
What are you, that you walk out so late at night, looking like the dead king of Denmark when he dressed for battle? By God, I order you to speak.