Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off,
And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark.

from William Shakespeare – Hamlet Act 1 Scene 2 on Rap Genius


Take off the black looks, and think of the king as a new friend

This is also an implicit stage direction, Hamlet is meant to be wearing black/dark clothes here, which is the color of mourning. See later “suits of solemn black” “my inky cloak”

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