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Osr. I commend my duty to your lordship.

[Erit OSRICK. Hor. You will lose this wager, my lord.

Ham. I do not think so; since he went into France, I have been in continual practice; I shall win at the odds. But thou would'st not think how ill all's here about

my

heart: but it is no matter. Hor. Nay, good my lord

Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of gaingiving, as would, perhaps, trouble a woman.

Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it: I will forestall their repair hither, and say, you are not fit.

Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is a special Providence in the fall of a sparrow. [Exeunt.

SCENE III.

The Court of Denmark.

Flourish of Trumpets and Drums.

King and QUEEN, seated, -LAERTES, OSRICK, MAR

CELLUS, BERNARDO, FRANCISCO, GENTLEMEN, and Ladies, discovered.

Enter HAMLET and Horario.

King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand

from me.

Ham. Give me your pardon, sir: I have done you

wrong: But, pardon it, as you are a gentleman. Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd evil,

Free me so far in your most generous thoughts,
That I have shot my arrow o'er the house,
And hurt my brother.

Laer. I am satisfied in nature,
Whose motive, in this case, should stir me most
To my revenge:-
I do receive your offer'd love like love,
And will not wrong

it.
Ham. I embrace it freely;
And will this brother's wager frankly play.
Give us the foils.

Laer. Come, one for me.
Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine igno-

rance

Your skill shall, like a star i'the darkest night,
Stick fiery off indeed.

Laer. You mock me, sir.
Ham. No, by this hand.
King. Give them the foils, young Osrick.-

[OSRICK gives the Foils to HAMLET and

LAERTES.
Cousin Hamlet,
You know the wager?

Ham. Very well, my lord:
Your
grace

hath laid the odds o' the weaker side. King. I do not fear it; I have seen you both :But since he's better'd; we have therefore odds.

Lacr. This is too heavy, let me see another.
Ham. This likes me well :-These foils have all

a length ? Osr. Ay, my good lord. King. Set me the stoups of wine upon that ta

ble:-
If Hamlet give the first or second hit,
Or quit in answer of the third exchange,
Let all the battlements their ordnance fire;
The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath :

And in the cup a union shall he throw,
Richer than that which four successive kings
In Denmark's crown haye worn:. Give me the

cups;
And let the kettle to the trumpet speak,
The trumpet to the cannoneer without,
The cannons to the Heavens, the Heavens to earth,
Now the King drinks to Hamlet. [He drinks.

[Drums and Trumpets sound, Cannons shot off

within.
Come begin;
And

you, the judges, bear a wary eye.
Laer. Come, my lord. } They play.
Ham. One.
Laer. No.
Ham. Judgment.
Osr. A hit, a very palpable hit.

Drums and Trumpets,-Cannon.
Laer. Well, -again, -
King. Stay; give me the drink :-Hamlet, this

pearl is thine ; [Puts Poison into the Cup. Here's to thy health.

[He pretends to drink. Give him the cup. [Gives the Cup to FRANCISCO.

Ham. I'll play this bout first ; set it by a while. Come. [They play.] Another hit: What say you?

Laer. À touch, a touch, I do confess.
King. Our son shall win.

[Talks to MARCELLUS. Queen. The queen carouses to thy fortune, Ham

let. Ham. Good madam, [The Queen drinks.

[Drums and

Trumpets, Cannon. King. Gertrude, do not drink. Queen. I have, my lord, I pray you, pardon me. King. It is the poison'd cup; it is too late. [Aside.

Laer. I'll hit him now:
And yet it is almost against my conscience.

[Aside. Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes :-You do but

dally;
I
pray you, pass

with
your

best violence; I am afeard, you make a wanton of me. Laer. Say you so ? come on. [They play.-LAERTES wounds Hamlet: then,

in scuffling, they change Foils. King. Part them, they are incens'd. Ham. Nay, come again.

[HAMLET wounds LAERTES, who falls. Queen. 0, 0, 0!

[She swoons.
Osr. Look to the queen there, ho !
Hor. How is it, my lord ?
Osr. How is't, Laertes ?
Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe,

Osrick;
I am justly killd with mine own treachery.

Ham. How does the queen?
King. She swoons to see them bleed.
Queen. No, no; the drink, the drink,-0, my dear

Hamlet !
The drink, the drink,~I am poison'd.--

[She dies. Ham. O villainy !-Ho! let the door be lock’d: Treachery! seek it out.

Laer. It is here, Hamlet : Hamlet, thou art slain;
No medicine in the world can do thee good,
In thee there is not half an hour's life;
The treacherous instrument is in thy hand,
Unbated, and onvenom'd: the foul practice
Hath turn’d itself on me: lo, here I lie,
Never to rise again : Thy mother's poison'd;
I can no more;-the King, the King's to blame.

Ham. The point
Envenom'd too! Then, venom, to thy work!

Follow my

thee;

(He dies.

Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous, damned Dane,

mother. [Stabs the King, who dies. Laer. He is justly servd.Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet : Mine and my father's death come not upon Nor thine on me!

Ham. Heaven make thee free of it! I follow thee. You that look pale and tremble at this chance, That are but mutes or audience to this act, Had I but time,-as this fell serjeant, Death, Is strict in his arrest,-0, I could tell you,But let it be :—Horatio, I am dead; Thou liv'st; report me and my cause aright To the unsatisfied. Hor. Never believe't ;

[Takes the Cup from Francisco. I am more an antique Roman than a Dane,Here's yet some liquor left.

Ham. As thou’rt a man, (Snatches the Cup. Give me the cup; let go ; by Heaven, I'll have it. O, good Horatio, what a wounded name, Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me! If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, Absent thee from felicity a while, And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, To tell my story.o, I die, Horatio ! The potent poison quite o'ergrows my spirit : The rest is silence.

[He dies. Hor. Now cracks a noble heart :

-Good night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest ! Give order, that these bodies High on a stage be placed to the view; And let me speak, to the yet unknowing world, How these things came about. Bear Hamlet, like a soldier, to the stage; For he was likely, had he been put on,

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