Eternal Blazon

 “But this eternal blazon must not be to ears of flesh and blood.”

Definition/Summary:

Literature play
Hamlet by Shakespeare

  • ACT I SCENE V “But this eternal blazon must not be to ears of flesh and blood.”
  • The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602
  • Set in Denmark, the play dramatizes Prince Hamlet’s revenge upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet
  • Claudius murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother’s widow

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  • [Enter GHOST and HAMLET]
    HAMLET
    Where wilt thou lead me? speak; I’ll go no further.
    Ghost
    Mark me.
    HAMLET
    I will.
    Ghost
    My hour is almost come,
    When I to sulphurous and tormenting flames
    Must render up myself.
    HAMLET
    Alas, poor ghost!
    Ghost
    Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing
    To what I shall unfold.
    HAMLET
    Speak; I am bound to hear.
    Ghost
    So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear.
    HAMLET
    What?
    Ghost
    I am thy father’s spirit,
    Doom’d for a certain term to walk the night,
    And for the day confined to fast in fires,
    Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
    Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid
    To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
    I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
    Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
    Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
    Thy knotted and combined locks to part
    And each particular hair to stand on end,
    Like quills upon the fretful porpentine:
    But this eternal blazon must not be
    To ears of flesh and blood. List, list, O, list!
    If thou didst ever thy dear father love–
    HAMLET
    O God!
    Ghost
    Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
    HAMLET
    Murder!
    Ghost
    Murder most foul, as in the best it is;
    But this most foul, strange and unnatural.
    HAMLET
    Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift
    As meditation or the thoughts of love,
    May sweep to my revenge.
    Ghost
    I find thee apt;
    And duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed
    That roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf,
    Wouldst thou not stir in this. Now, Hamlet, hear:

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