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Histories and Tragedies: Hamlet, 1.2.87-117

Line numbers are from the Bevington Necessary Shakespeare.

KING: 'Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet,
To give these mourning duties to your father.
But you must know your father lost a father,
That father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound                             [90]
In filial obligation for some term
To do obsequious sorrow. But to persever
In obstinate condolement is a course
Of impious stubbornness; 'tis unmanly grief;
It shows a will most incorrect to heaven,                                             [95]
A heart unfortified, or mind impatient,
An understanding simple and unschooled:
For what we know must be, and is as common
As any the most vulgar thing to sense,
Why should we in our peevish opposition                                         [100]
Take it to heart? Fie, 'tis a fault to heaven,
A fault against the dead, a fault to nature;
To reason most absurd, whose common theme
Is death of fathers, and who still hath cried,
From the first corse till he that died to-day,                                         [105]
łThis must be so.˛ We pray you throw to earth
This unprevailing woe, and think of us
As of a father -- for let the world take note
You are the most immediate to our throne,
And with no less nobility of love                                                           [110]
Than that which dearest father bears his son
Do I impart toward you. For your intent
In going back to school in Wittenberg,
It is most retrograde to our desire,
And we beseech you bend you to remain                                             [115]
Here in the cheer and comfort of our eye,
Our chiefest courtier, cousin, and our son.
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