Marcellus comes to his usual post, alongside Horatio. Horatio was brought along to speak to the ghost of the dead king, although he doesn't believe in this apparition.
What has this thing appeared again tonight?
Welcome, Horatio.- Welcome, good Marcellus
I have seen nothing.
Bernardo and Marcellus were talking about the ghost when he unexpectedly presents himself.
... the bell then beating one-
Peace, break thee off. Look where it comes again!
Although he is terrified, Horatio bravely questions the ghost, and demands to know why it is here.
What art thou that usurp’st this time of night? Together with that fair and warlike form In which the majesty of buried Denmark did sometimes march?
Question it Horatio.
It would be spoke to.
King Hamlets ghost suddenly disappears. The three conclude that the appearance of the ghost must mean bad news for Denmark.
Stay! Speak, speak! I charge thee, speak!
'Tis gone and will not answer.
As suddenly as it left, the ghost reappeared and still refused to speak. Horatio tells Marcellus to strike it with his spear if it tries to leave.
Do, if it will not stand.
Lo, where it comes again. If thou hast any sound or use of voice, speak to me. - Stop it, Marcellus.
Shall I strike at it with my partisan?
Just as a rooster crowed in the distance, the ghost disappeared. The three agreed that they shouldn't have attacked the ghost of the late king. They plan to bring Prince Hamlet along to show him the ghost.
It was about to speak when the cock crew.
'Tis gone. We do it wrong, being so majestical, to offer it the show of violence, for it is, as the air, invulnerable, and our vain blows malicious mockery.