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Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness.
Was't Hamlet wrong'd Laertes ? Never, Hamlet:
If Hamlet from himself be ta’en away,
And, when he's not himself, does wrong Laertes,
Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it.
Who does it then? His madness : If't be so,
Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong'd;
His madness is poor Hamlet's enemy.
Sir, in this audience,
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: but, in my terms of honour,
I stand aloof; and will no reconcilement,
Till by some elder masters, of known honour,
I have a voice and precedent of peace,
To keep my name ungor'd: But till that time,
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; come on.
Laer. Come, one for me.
Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine ignorance
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 Osric.-Cousin
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.
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
Ham. This likes me well: These foils have alla length?
[They prepare to play.
Osr. Ay, my good lord.
King. Set me the stoups of wine upon that table :-
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 an union shall he throw,
Richer than that which four successive kings
In Denmark's crown have 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.-Come, begin:-
And you, the judges, bear a wary eye.
Ham. Come on, sir,
Laer. Come, my lord.
Osr. A hit, a very palpable hit.
King. Stay, give me drink : Hamlet, this pearl is
Here's to thy health.-Give him the cup.
[Trumpets sound; and cannon shot off within. Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by awhile. Come. - Another hit; What say you ? [They play.
Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess.
King. Our son shall win.
Queen. He's fat, and scant of breath.-
Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows :
The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet.
Ham. Good madam, -
King. Gertrude, do not drink.
Queen. I will, my lord ;-I pray you, pardon me.
King. It is the poison'd cup; it is too late. [Aside.
Ham. I dare not drink yet, madam; by and by.
Queen. Come, let me wipe thy face.
Laer. My lord, I'll hit him now.
King. I do not think it.
Laer. And yet it is almost against my conscience.
[Aside. Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes: You do but
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. Osr. Nothing neither way. Laer. Have at you now. [Laertes wounds HAMLET; then, in scuffling, they
change rapiers, and Hamlet wounds LAERTES. King. Part them, they are incens'd. Ham. Nay, come again. [The Queen falls. Osr. Look to the queen there, ho ! Hor. They bleed on both sides :-How is it, my lord?
Osr. How is't, Laertes ?
Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe, Osric; I am justly kill'd 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
The drink, the drink;~I am poison'd! [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 envenom’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.
[Stabs the King.
Osr. & Lords. Treason ! treason!
King. O, yet defend me, friends, I am but hurt.
Ham. Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous damned
Drink off this potion :-Is the union here?
Follow my mother.
Laer. He is justly serv'd;
It is a poison temper'd by himself.-
Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet:
Mine and my father's death come not upon thee;
Nor thine on me!
Ham. Heaven make thee free of it! I follow thee.
I am dead, Horatio :-Wretched queen, adieu !
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 sergeant, death,
Is strict in his arrest,) O, 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 it;
I am more an antique Roman than a Dane,
Here's yet some liquor left.
Ham. As thou’rt a man,-
Give me the cup; let go; by heaven I'll have it.-
O God !-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 awhile,
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,
To tell my story:-
[March afar off, and shot within.
What warlike noise is this? Osr. Young Fortinbras, with conquest come from
To the ambassadors of England gives
This warlike volley.
Ham. O, I die, Horatio ;
The potent poison quite o'er-crows my spirit;
I cannot live to hear the news from England :
But I do prophecy the election lights
On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice ;