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Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe,
Ham. How does the Queen ?
Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink
dear Hamlet.The drink, the drink, I am poison'd
[Queen dies. Ham. Oh villainy! ho! let the door be lock'd : Treachery ! seek it out!):
Laer. It is here, Hamlet. Thou art slain,
Ham. The point envenom'd too?
All. Treason, treason,
Laer. He is justly fervid.
[Dies. -Ham. Heav'n make thee free of it. I follow thee. I'm dead, Horatio. Wretched Queen, adieu ! You that look pale, and tremble at this chance, $ That are but mutes, or audience to this act, $ That are but mutes or audience or at most only nute performers,
to this act,] That are either that fill the stage without any mere auditors of this catastrophe, part in the action.
Had I but time, as this fell Serjeant death
Hor. Never believe it.
Ham. As th'art a man,
Ofr. Young Fortinbras, with Conquest come from
Ham. O, I die, Horatio :
6 Which have follicited] Sollicited, for brought on the event.
Hor. Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet
Enter Fortinbras, and English Ambassadors, with
drum, colours, and attendants.
Fort. Where is this fight?
Hor. What is it you would see?
Amb. The light is dismal,
Hor. Not from his mouth, Had it th' ability of life to thank you : He never gave commandment for their death. But since so jump upon this bloody question, You from the Polack Wars, and you from England, Are here arriv’d; give order, that these bodies High on a Stage be placed to the view, And let me speak to th' yet unknowing world,
7 This quarry cries on hav:ck.] I suppose, when unfair sportsmın Hanmer reads,
deitroyed more quarry or game cries out, ha:vock. than was reasonable, the centure To cry on, was to exclaim against. was, to cry, Havock.
How these things came about. So shall you hear
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Hor. Of that I shall have also cause to speak,
Fort. Let four captains
• And from his mouth włole Hamlet, just before his death,
voice will draw no more.] bad laid ; This is the reading of the old But I do propbefy, th? ele&tion Quarto's, but certainly a mistaken lights one, We say, a man will no
Or Fortinbras: He bas my dya more draw breath; but that a ing voice ; man's voice will draw nomore, is, So tell him, &r. I believe, an expresion without Accordingly, Horatio here deany authority. I chose to espouse livers' that message; and very the reading of the elder folia ; juftly infers, that Hamlet's voice And from his mouth, whose will be seconded by others, and voice will draw on more.
procure them in favour of Faro And this is the poet's meaning, tinbras's fucceffion. THEOB.
Take up the body. Such a sight as this
after which, a peal of
The play, rather an instrument than scenes are interchangeably diver- an agent. After he has, by the fified with merriment and folem-' ftratagem of the play, convicted nity ; with merriment that in the King, he makes no attempt cludes judicious and instructive to punish him, and his death is at observations, and folemnity, not last effected by an incident which ftrained by poetical violence a- Hamlet has no part in producing. bove the natural sentiments of The catastrophe is not very man, New characters appear happily produced ; the exchange from time to time in continual of weapons is rather an expedi. fucceffion, exhibiting various ent of neceflity, than a stroke of forms of life and particular modes art. A scheme might easily have of conversation. The pretend- been formed, to kill Hamlet with ed; madnefs of Hamlet causes the dagger, and Laertes with the much mirth, the mournful bowl. distraction of Ophelia fills the The poet is accused of having heart with tenderness, and every shewn little regard to poetical personage produces the effect in. justice, and may be charged with tended, from the apparition that equal neglect of poetical probain the first act chills the blood bility. The apparition left the with horrour, to the fop in the regions of the dead to little purJaff, that exposes affectation to pose; the revenge which he dejuft contempt.
mands is not obtained but by the The conduct is perhaps not · death of him that was required wholly secure against objections. to take it; and the gratification The action is indeed for the most which would arise from the de. pare in continual progression, but ftruction of an usurper and a there are some scenes which nei- murderer, is abated by the un. ther forward nor retard it. Of timely death of Ophelia, the the feigned madness of Hamlet young, the beautiful, the harmChere appears no adequate cause, less, and the pious.