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SCENE II.

Laer. What ceremony else? :) Put I

Woul't drink up Esil ? eat a crocodile ? Ham. That is Laertes, state 2017 **?a 5 I'll do't. -Dost thou come here to whinc. 17 A very noble youth.-Mark.

To outface me with leaping in her grave? Laer. What ceremony else?', ott i B. Be buried quick with her, and so will I il Priest. Her obsequies have been as far enlarg'd And, if thou prate of mountains, let them throw As we have warranty: her death was doubtful; Millions of acres on us; till our ground, And, but that great command o'ersways the order; Singeing his pate against the burning zone, She should in ground unsanctified have lodg'd, Make Ossa like a wart!_Nay, an thou'lt moutb, Till the last trumpet; for charitable prayers, 4 I'll rant as well as thou. Shards, flints, and pebbles, should be thrown on Queen. This is mere madness :: inima Yet here she is allow'd her virgin crants, Cher: And thus a while the fit will work on bim; Her maiden 'strewments, and the bringing home Anon, as patient as the female dove, Of bell and burial.

When that her golden couplets are disclos'd, Laer. Must there no more be done?

His silence will sit drooping. 101 01111! 1 Priest. No more be done!

Ham. Hear you, sir ;
We should profane the service of the dead, What is the reason that you use me thus?.
To sing a requiem, and such rest to her int I lov'd you ever : but it is no matter;
As to peace-parted souls.

Let Herculos himself do what he may,
Luer. Lay her i'the earth ;-*60 S 67) The cat will mew, and dog will have his day: [erit.
And from her fair and unpolluted flesh,

King. I pray thee, good Horatio,' wait upou May violets spring ! -I tell thee, churlish priest,

him.

[exit Toratio. A ministring angel shall my sister be,

Strengthen your patience 'in our last night's When thou liest howling.

speech;

[to Laertes. Ham. What, the fair Ophelia ! MedWe'll put the matter to the present push.

Queen. Sweets to the sweet. Farewell !:) Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.
-851833 birds $7 pl [scattering-flowers. This grave shall have a living inonument:
I hop'd, thou shouldst have been my Hamlet's wife; | An hour of quiet shortly shall we see
I thought, thy bride-bed to have deck'd, sweet maid, Till then, in patience our proceeding be. [exeunt.
And not have strew'd thy grave. ti si pretha

A HALL IN THE CASTLE."
Laer. O, treble woe137110129 in este $5 NB! ) en? Enter Hamlet and Horatio.
Fall ten times treble on that cursed head,

Ham. So much for this, sir : now, shall you see Whose wicked deed thy most ingenious sense

the other; Depriv'd thee of! Hold off the earth awhile, You do remember all the circumstance? Till I have caught her once more in line arms:

Hor. Remember it, my lord ! [fighting, 1. [leaps into the grave. Ham. Sir, in my heart there was a kind of Now pile your dust upon the quick and dead; That would not let me sleep; methought, I lay Till of this flat a mountain you have made in Worse than the mutines in the bilboes. Rashly, To o'er-top old Pelion, or the skyish head . 14, And prais'd be rashness for it--lét us know Of blue Olympus.

Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well, Ham. [advancing.] What is he, whose grief When our deep plots do pall: and that should teaclı Bears such an emphasis ? whose phrase of sorrow There's a divinity that shapes our ends sus, Conjures the wandring stars, and makes them stand Rough-hew them how we will Like wonder-wounded hearers ? this is I,

Hor. That is most certain. Hamlet the Dane.

[leaps into the grave,

Ham. Up from my cabin,
Laer. The devil take thy soul! Egrappling with My sea-gown scarf'd about me, in the dark
Hum. Thou pray'st not well.

[him. Grop'd I to find out them :- had my desire;
I proythee, take thy fingers from my throat : Finger'd their packet; and, in fine, withdrew
For, though I am not splenetive and rash, To mine own room again: making so bold,
Yet have I in me something dangerous,

My fears forgetting manners, to unseal Which let thy wisdom fear. Hold off thy hand. Their grand commission; where I found, Horatio, King. Pluck them asunder.

A royal knavery; an exact command, Queen. Hamlet, Hamlet!

Larded with many several sorts of reasons, All. Gentlemen,

Importing Denmark's health, and England's too Hor. Good, my lord, be quiet. así sowi[grave. With ho ! such bugs and goblins in my life, (the attendants part them, and they come out of the That, on the supervise, no leisure bated,

Ham. Why, I will fight with him upon this No, not to stay the grinding of the axe,
Until my eyelids will no longer wag. [theme, My head should be struck off.
Queen. O, my son! what theme?

Hor. Is't possible?

[leisure. Ham. I lov'd Ophelia ; forty thousand brothers Ham. Here's the commission; read it at more Could not, with all their quantity of love, szil But wilt thou hear now how I did proceed ? Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her? Hor. Ay, 'beseech you. King. O, he is mad, Laertes.

Ham. Being thus benetted round with villaniet Queen. For love of God, forbear him.

Or I could make a prologue to my brains, Ham. 'Zounds, show me what thou'lt do: They had begun the play:-I sat me down; Woul't weep? woul't figut? woul't fast? woul't Devio'd a new commission; wrote it fair': tear thyself?

I once did hold it, as our statists do,

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A baseness to write fair, and labour'd much

Ham. I will receive it,'sir, with all diligence How to forget that learning; but, sir, now of spirit. Your bonnet to his right use : 'tis for It did me yeoman's service. Wilt thou know the head. The effect of what I wrote ?

Osr. I thank your lordship, 'tis very hot. Hor. Ay, good my lord.

Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold; the wind Ham. An earnest conjuration from the king,— is northerly. As England was his faithful tributary;

Ost. It is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed. As love between them, like the palm, might flourish; Ham. But, yet, methinks, it is very sultry and As peace should still her wheaten garland wear, hot; or my complexionAnd stand a comma 'tween their amities;

Osr. Exceedingly, my lord; it is very sultry,— And many such like as's of great charge, as 'twere,—I cannot tell how. My lord, his maThat, on the view and knowing of these contents, jesty bade me signify to you, that he has laid a Without debatement further, more or less, great wager on your head.—Sir, this is the mat He should the bearers put to sudden death,

ter Not shriving-time allow'd.

Han. I beseech you, remember. Hor. How was this scal'd ?

[Hamlet moves him to put on his hat. Ham. Why, even in that was heaven ordinant; Osr. Nay, good, my lord; for my ease, in good I had my father's signet in my purse,

faith. Sir, here is newly come to court, Laertes: Which was the model of that Danish seal : believe me, an absolute gentleman, full of most Folded the writ up in form of the other ;

excellent differences, of very soft society, and great Subscrib’d it; gave't the impression; plac'd it safely, showing: indeed, to speak feelingly of him, he is The changeling never known. Now, the next day the card or calendar of gentry, for you shall find Was our sea-fight; and what to this was sequent in him the continent of what part a gentleman Thou know'st already.

would see. Hor. So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go to't. Ham. Sir, Lis definement suffers no perdition Ham. Why, man, they did make love to this in you;—though, I know, to divide him invenemployment;

torially, would dizzy the arithmetic of memory; They are not near my conscience; their defeat and yet but raw neither, in respect of his quick Does by their own insinuation grow:

sail. But, in the verity of extolment, I take him Tis dangerous, when the baser nature comes to be a soul of great article; and his infusion of Between the pass and fell incensed points such dearth and rareness, as, to make true diction Of mighty opposites.

of him, his semblable is his mirror; and, who else Hor. Why, what a king is this! (upon ? would trace him, his umbrage, nothing more.

Ham. Does it not, think thee, stand me now Osr. You lordship speaks most infallibly of him. He that hath kill'd my king, and whor'd my mother;

Ham. The concernancy, sir? why do we wrap Popp'd in between the election and my hopes ; the gentleman in our more rawer breath? Thrown out his angle for my proper life, (science, Osr. Sir? And with such cozenage ; is't not perfect con- Hor. Is't not possible to understand in another To quit him with this arm ? and is't not to be tongue? You will doʻt, sir, really To let this canker of our nature come [damn'd, Ham. What imports the nomination of this In further evil?

Osr. Of Laertes ?

(gentleman? Hor. It must be shortly known to him from Hor. His purse is empty already; all his golden England,

words are spent. What is the issue of the business there.

Ham. Of him, sir.
Ham. It will be short: the interim is mine; Osr. I know, you are not ignorant-
And a man's life no more than to say, one.

Ham. I would you did, sir; yet, in faith, if you But I am very sorry, good Horatio,

did, it would not much approve me ;-well, sir. That to Laertes I forgot myself;

Osr. You are not ignorant of what excellence For by the image of my cause, I see

Laertes isThe portraiture of his : I'll count his favours : Ham. I dare not confess that, lest I should But, sure, the bravery of his grief did put me compare with him in excellence; but, to know a Into a towering passion.

man well, were to know himself. Hor. Peace; who comes here?

Osr. I mean, sir, for his weapon; but, in the Enter Osric.

imputation laid on him by them, in his meed, he Osr. Your Jordship is right welcome back to is un fellowed. Denmark.

Ham. What's his weapon? Ham. I humbly thank you, sir.-Dost know Osr. Rapier and dagger. this water-fy?

Ham. That's two of his weapons: but, well. Hor. No, my good lord.

Osr. The king, sir, hath wagered with him six Ham. Thy state is the more gracious; for 'tis a Barbary horses: against thewhich he has impawned, vice to know him: he hath much laud, and fer- as I take it, six French rapiers and poniards, with tile; let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall their assigns, as girdle, hangers, and so: three of stand at the king's mess. 'Tis a chough; but, as the carriages, in faith, are very dear to fancy, very I say, spacious in the possession of dirt.

responsive to the hilts, most delicate carriages, and Osr. Sweet lord, if your lordship were at leisure, of very libern) conceit. I should impart a thing to you fiom his majesty Ham. What call you the carriages ?

be now,

Hor. I knew, you must be edified by the mar- Ham. Not a whit,' we defy augury; there is a ent, ere you had done.

special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it Osr. The carriages, sir, are the hangers.

'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it Ham. The phrase would be more german to the will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: matter, if we could carry a cannon by our sides; I the readiness is all: since no man, of aught he would it might be hangers till then. But, on: six leaves, knows, what is't to leave betimes?. Let be. Barbary horses against six French swords, their Enter King, Queen, Laertes, Lords, Osric, and assigns, and three liberal conceited carriages; that's

Attendants, with foils, &c. the French bet against the Danish : why is this King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand impawned, as you call it ?

from me. Ost. The king, sir, hath laid, that in a dozen (the

King puts the hand of Laertes into that of Hamlet. passes between yourself and him, he shall not ex- Ham. Give me your pardon, sir: I have done you ceed you three hits; he hath laid, on twelve for But pardon it, as you are a gentleman. [wrong ; nine; and it would come to immediate trial, if This presence knows, and you must needs have your lordship would vouchsafe the answer. How I am punish'd with a sore distraction. [heard,

Ham. How, if I answer, no? (person in trial. What I have done,
Ost. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your That might your nature, honour, and exception,

Ham. Sir, I will walk here in the hall: if it Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness. please his majesty, it is the breathing time of day Was't Hamlet wrong'd Laertes? Never, Hamlet : with me: let the foils be brought, the gentleman If Hamlet from himself be ta’en away, willing, and the king hold his purpose, I will win And, when he's not himself, does wrong Laertes, for him, if I can; if not, I will gain nothing but Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it. my shame, and the odd hits.

Who does it then? His madness: if't be so Osr. Shall I deliver you so ?

Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong'd; Ham. To this effect, sir; after what flourish His madness is pour Hamlet's enemy. pour nature will.

Sir, in this audience,!!! $6.01
Ost. I commend my duty to your lordship.[exit. Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd evil

Ham. Yours, yours.--He does well, to commend Free me so far in your most generous thoughts, it himself; there are no tongues else for's turn. That I have shot my arrow o'er the house,

Hor. This lapwing runs away with the shell And hurt my brother. on his head.

Laer. I am satisfied in nature, Ham. He did comply with his dug, before he Whose motive, in this case, should stir me most sucked it. Thus has he (and many more of the To my revenge: but in my terms of honour, same breed, that, I know, the drossy age dotes I stand aloof; and will no reconcilement, on), only got the tune of the time, and outward Till by some elder masters, of known honour, habit of encounter; a kind of yesty collection, I have a voice and precedent of peace, which carries them through and through the most To keep my name ungor'd: but till that time, fond and winnowed opinions; and do but blow I do receive your offer'd love like love, them to their trial, the bubbles are out.

And will not wrong it.
Enter a Lord.

Ham. I embrace it freely; Lord. My lord, his majesty commended him to | And will this brother's wager frankly play.you by young Osric, who brings back to him, that Give us the foils; come on. you attend am in the hall: he sends to know, if Laer. Come, one for me. : 032203] [anco your pleasure hold to play with Laertes, or that Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes: in more ignor. you will take longer time.

Your skill shall, like a star i'the darkest night, Han. I am constant to my purposes, they fol- Stick fiery off indeed. low the king's pleasure: if his fitness speaks, mine

Laer. You mock me, sir. is ready; now, or whensoever, provided I be so Ham. No, by this hand.

(Hamlet, able as now.

King. Give them the foils, young Osric.--Cousiu Lord. The king, and queen, and all are coming You know the wager? Ham. In happy time.

[down. Ham. Very well, my lord; )!!! Lord. The queen desires you, to use some gentle Your grace hath laid the odds o'the weaker side. entertainment to Laertes, before you fall to play. King. I do not fear it: I have seen you both:

Ham. She well instructs me. (erit Lord. But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds. Hor. You will lose this wager, my lord.

Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another. Ham. I do not think so; since he went into Ham. This likes me well. These foils have all France, I have been in continual practice; I shall a length ?

(they prepare to play. win at the odds. But thou wouldst not think, Osr. Ay, my good lord.

[table :how ill all's here about my heart: but it is no King. Set me the stoups of wine upon that matter,

If Hamlet give the first or second bit, *) ***** Hor. Nay, good my lord,

Or quit in answer of the third exchange, Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of Let all the battlements their ordnance fire ; gain-giving, as would, perhaps, trouble a woman. The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath;

Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it: | And in the cup an union shall he throw, I will forestal their repair bither, and say, you Richer than that which four successive kings (cups; ve got fit.

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And let the kettle to the trampet speak,

Ham. Here, thou jucestuous, murd'rous, damned The trumpet to the cannoneer without.

Drink off this potion. Is the union here? (Dane. The cannons to the heavens, the heavens to earth, Follow my mother.

[King dies Now the king drinks to Hamleto Come, begin;- Laer. He is justly sery'd ; And you, the judges, bear a wary eye.

It is a poison temper'd by himself. Ham. Come on, sir.

Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet. Laer. Come, my lord.

(they play. Mine and my father's death come not upon thee Ham. One.

Nor thine on me!

[dies Laer. No.

Ham. Heaven make thee free of it! I follow thee Ham. Judgement

I am dead, Horatio :-wretched queen, adieu ! Osr. A hit, a very palpable hit.

You that look pale and tremble at this chance, Laer. Well, again,

(is thine; That are but mutes or audience to this act, King, Stay, give me drink. Hamlet, this pearl Had I but time, (as this fell sergeant, death, Here's to thy health.Give him the cup. Is strict in his arrest,) O, I could tell you,

(trumpets sound; and cannon shot off within, But let it be:-Horatio, I am dead;
Ham. I'll play this bout first; set it by awhile. Thou liv'st; report me and my cause aright
Come.--Another hit; what say.you? (they play. To the unsatisfied.
Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess,

Hor. Never believe it ;
King. Our son shall win.

I am more an antique Roman than a Dane, Queen. He's fat, and scant of breath.

Here's yet some liquor left. Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows;

Han. As thou'rt a man,

(itThe queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet. Give me the cup; let go; by heaven, I'll have Ham, Good madam,

O God :-Horatio, what a wounded name, King. Gertrude, do not drink. ito njo (me. Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind Queen. I will, my lord; I pray you, pardon If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, King. It is the poison'd cup; it is too late. (aside. Absent thee from felicity awhile, Ham. I dare not drink yet, madam; by and by. And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, Queen. Come, let me wipe thy face.

To tell my story.- (march afar of, and shot within. Laer. My lord, I'll hit him now.

What warlike noise is this? [from Poland, King. I do not think it.

Ost. Young Fortinbras, with conquest como Laer. And yet it is almost against my con- To the ambassadors of England gives 13.' science,

[aside. This warlike volley. Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes. You do but Ham. O, I die, Horatio ; 1 pray you, pass with your best violence; (dally; The potent poison quite o'er-crows my spirit ; I am afeard you make a wanton of me.

I cannot live to hear the news from England : Laer. Say you so ? Come on. (they play. But I do, prophecy, the election lights Osr. Nothing, neither way.

On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice; Laer. Have at you now.

So tell him, with the occurrents, more or less, (Laertes wounds Hamlet; then, in scuffling, they, which have solicited. The rest is silence. [dies. change rapiers, and Hamlet wounds Laertes. Hor. Now cracks a noble heart.

Good night, King. Part them, they are incens'd.

sweet prince Ham. Nay, come again. (the Queen falls. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest ! Osr. Look to the queen there, ho!

Why does the drum come hither? (march within. Hor. They bleed on both sides. How is it, my Enter Fortinbras, the English Ambassadors, and Osr. How is it, Laertes ?

[lord ?

others. Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe,

Fort. Where is this sight?
I am justly kill'd with mine own treachery. (Osric; Hor. What is it, you would see?
Ham. How does the queen ?

If aught of woe, or wonder, cease your search. King. She swoons, to see them bleed. (Hamlet! Fort. This quarry cries on havoc !-O proud

Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink.--O my dear What feast is toward in thine eternal cell, [death! The drink, the drink ;--I am poison'd! [dies. That thou so many princes, at a shot,

Ham. O villainy!-Ho! let the door be lock'd : So bloodily hast struck ? Treachery ! seek it out.

[Laertes falls. 1 Amb. The sight is dismal; Laer. It is here, Hamlet: Hamlet, thou art And our affairs from England come too late. No medicine in the world can do thee good, (slain; The ears are senseless, that should give us hearing In thee there is not half an hour's life;

To tell him, his commandment is fulfill'd, The treacherous instrument is in thy hand, That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead Unbated, and envenom'd: the foul practice Where should we have our thanks? Hath turn'd itself on me; lo, here I lie,

Hor. Not from his mouth, Never to rise again. Thy mother's poison'd; Had it the ability of life to thank you ; I can no more; the king, the king's to blame. He never gave commandment for their death. Ham. The point

But since, so jump upon this bloody question, Envenom'd too!- Then, venom, to thy work. You from the Polack wars, and you from England,

[stabs the King. Are here arriv'd; give order, that these bodies Osr. and Lords. Treason! treason!

High on a stage be placed to the view; 1:11. King. O, yet defend me, friends, am but hurt. And let me speak, to the yet unknowing world

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How these things came about: 80 shall you hear
Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts;
Of accidental judgements, casual slaughters;
Of deaths put on by cunning, and forc'd cause ;
And, in this upsbot, purposes mistook
Fall'n on the inventors' heads : all this can I
Truly deliver.

Fort. Let us haste to hear it,
And call the noblest to the audience.
For me, with sorrow I embrace my fortune ;
I have some rights of memory in this kingdom,
Which now to claim, my vantage doth invite me.

Hor. Of that I shall bave also cause to speak, And from his mouth whose voice will draw on more:

But let this same be presently performid,
Even whilst mea's minds are wild; lest more mis-
On plots and errors happen.

(chance
Port. Let four captains
Bear Hamlet, like a soldier, to the stage;
For he was likely, bad he been put on,
To have prov'd most royally; and, for his passage,
The soldier's music, and the rites of war
Speak loudly for him.-
Take up the bodics. - Such a sight as this
Becomes the field, but here shows much amiss.
Go, bid the soldiers shoot. {a dead marcha
(exeunt, bearing off the dead bodies ; after which

a peal of ordnance is shot off.

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