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.