AuthorName: William Shakespeare
Eras: 1601-1700, 1501-1600
Ay, springes to catch woodcocks! I do know, When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul Lends...View Full Monologue Text
Ay, springes to catch woodcocks! I do know,
When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul
Lends the tongue vows. These blazes, daughter,
Giving more light than heat, extinct in both
Even in their promise, as it is a-making,
You must not take for fire. From this time
Be something scanter of your maiden presence.
Set your entreatments at a higher rate
Than a command to parley. For Lord Hamlet,
Believe so much in him, that he is young,
And with a larger tether may he walk
Than may be given you. In few, Ophelia,
Do not believe his vows; for they are brokers,
Not of that dye which their investments show,
But mere implorators of unholy suits,
Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds,
The better to beguile. This is for all:
I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth
Have you so slander any moment leisure
As to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet.
Look to't, I charge you. Come your ways.
Polonius, the chief counselor of King Claudius, is afraid that Hamlet's relationship with his daughter, Ophelia, will hurt his reputation with the king. In this monologue, Polonius tells Ophelia that she should not believe Hamlet when he says he loves her. Polonius ends the monologue by instructing Ophelia that she may not even speak with Hamlet.
Yet here, Laertes? Aboard, aboard, for shame! The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, And...View Full Monologue Text
Yet here, Laertes? Aboard, aboard, for shame!
The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail,
And you are stay'd for. There- my blessing with thee!
And these few precepts in thy memory
Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportion'd thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar:
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel; but being in,
Bear't that th' opposed may beware of thee.
Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are most select and generous, chief in that.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all- to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell. My blessing season this in thee!
In this monologue, Polonius is speaking to his son Laertes, who is leaving for France. Polonius gives advice to his son in the form of sententious maxims. He ends the monologue by giving his son his blessing.
Age Range: 40s - Late, 50s, 60s, 70+
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain