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Osr. I commend my duty to your lordship.
[Exit 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
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
Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is a special Providence in the fall of a sparrow.
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 Horatio.
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,
Laer. Come, one for me.
Your skill shall, like a star i'the darkest night,
Laer. You mock me, sir.
[OSRICK gives the Foils to Hamlet and
Ham. Very well, my lord:
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.
y lord. } They play.
And in the cup a union shall he throw,
[Drums and Trumpets sound,-Cannons shot off
you, the judges, bear a wary eye.
Drums and Trumpets,-Cannon.
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. A touch, a touch, I do confess.
[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:
[Aside. Han. 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!
Ham. How does the queen?
[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;
Ham. The point
Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous, damned Dane,
Laer. He is justly serv'd.
[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 !
[He dies. Hor. Now cracks a noble heart:
-Good night, sweet prince; And fights 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,