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Ham. Why, I will fight with him upon this No, not to stay the grinding of the axe, theme,

My head should be struck off. Until my eyelids will no longer wag.


Is't possible? Queen. Ó my son ! what theme?

Ham. Here's the commission ; read it at more Ham. I lov'd Ophelia ; forty thousand brothers

Could not, with all their quantity of love, 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 villainies, 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 fight? woul't fast? woult Devis’d a new commission ; wrote it fair : tear thyself?

I once did hold it, as our statists do, Woul't drink up Esil ? eat a crocodile ?

A baseness to write fair, and labour'd much I'll do't. - Dost thou come here to whine ? How to forget that learning ; but, sir, now To outface me with leaping in her grave ?

It did me yeoman's service : Wilt thou know Be buried quick with her, and so will I :

The effect of what I wrote ? And, if thou prate of mountains, let them throw Hor.

Ay, good my lord. Millions of acres on us ; till our ground,

Ham. An earnest conjuration from the king, Singeing his pate against the burning zone, As England was his faithful tributary ; Make Ossa like a wart! Nay, an thou'lt mouth, As love between them like the palm might Hourist; I'll rant as well as thou.

As peace should still her wheaten garland wear, Queen.

This is mere madness : And stand a comma 'tween their arnities; And thus a while the fit will work on him; And many such like as's of great charge, Anon, as patient as the female dove,

That on the view and knowing of these contents, When that her golden couplets are disclos'd, Without debatement further, more, or less, His silence will sit drooping.

He should the bearers put to sudden death, Ham.

Hear you, sir; Not shriving-time allow'd. What is the reason, that you use me thus ?


How was this seald? I lov'd you ever : But it is no matter ;

Ham. Why, even in that was bearen ordinant ; Let Hercules himself do what he may,

I had my father's signet in my purse,
The cat will mew, and dog will have his day. (Exit. Which was the model of that Danish seal :
King. I pray thee, good Horatio, wait upon Folded the writ up in form of the other ;

[Exit Horatio. Subscrib’d it; gave't the impression; plac'd it safely, Strengthen your patience in our last night's speech; The changeling never known: Now, the best day

[ To LAERTES. Was our sea-fight : and what to this was sequest We'll put the matter to the present push.

Thou know'st already. Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son. — Hor. So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go tot. This grave shall have a living monument:

Ham. Why, man, they did make love to this An hour of quiet shortly shall we see;

employment; Till then, in patience our proceeding be. (Ereunt. They are not near my conscience; their defeat

Does by their own insinuation grow :
SCENE II. - A Hall in the Castle. 'Tis dangerous, when the baser nature comes

Between the pass and fell incensed points

Of mighty opposites.
Ham. So much for this, sir : now shall you see Hor.

Why, what a king is this! the other ;

Ham. Does it not think thee, stand me nos opal You do remember all the circumstance ?

He that hath kill'd my king, and whor'd my numer; Hor. Remember it, my lord !

Popp'd in between the election and my tepes; Ham. Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting, Thrown out his angle for my proper life, That would not let me sleep : methought, I lay And with such cozenage; is't not perfect conscience, Worse than the mutines in the bilboes. Rashly, To quit him with this arm ? and is't not to be And prais'd be rashness for it, - Let us know,

damn'd, Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well,

To let this canker of our nature come When our deep plots do pall; and that should In further evil ? teach us,

Hor. It must be shortly known to bix from There's a divinity that shapes our ends, a

England, Rough-hew them how we will.

What is the issue of the business there. Hor.

That is most certain. Ham. It will be short : the interim is mine; Ham. Up from my cabin,

And a man's life's no more than to say, one.
My sea-gown scarf"d about me, in the dark But I am very sorry, good Horatio,
Grop'd I to find out them: had my desire;. That to Laertes I forgot myself;
Finger'd their packet; and, in fine, withdrew For by the image of my cause, I see
To mine own room again : making so bold, The portraiture of his : i'u count his favours:
My fears forgetting manners, to unseal

But, sure, the bravery of his grief did put me
Their grand commission ; where I found, Horatio, Into a towering passion.
A royal knavery; an exact command,


Peace; who come re! Larded with many several sorts of reasons, Importing Denmark's health, and England's too,

Enter Osnic. With, brol such bugs and goblins in my life, - Osr. Your lordship is right welcome back That, on the supervise, no leisure bated,


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Ham. I humbly thank you, sir. - Dost know as I take it, six French rapiers and poniards, with this water-fly?

their assigns, as girdle, hangers, and so: Three of Hor. No, my good lord.

the carriages, in faith, are very dear to fancy, very * Ham. Thy state is the more gracious ; for 'tis a responsive to the hilts, most delicate carriages, and vice to know him : He hath much land, and fertile: of very liberal conceit. let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand Ham. What call you the carriages ? at the king's mess : 'Tis a chough ; but, as I say, Hor. I knew, you must be edified by the marspacious in the possession of dirt.

gent, ere you had done. Osr. Sweet lord, if your lordship were at leisure, Osr. The carriages, sir, are the hangers. I should impart a thing to you from his majesty. Ham. The phrase would be more german to the

Ham, I will receive it, sir, with all diligence of matter, if we could carry a cannon by our sides ; I spirit: Your bonnet to his right use; 'tis for the would, it might be hangers till then. But, on: Six head.

Barbary horses against six French swords, their asOsr. I thank your lordship, 'tis very hot. signs, and three liberal conceited carriages; that's

Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold; the wind the French bet against the Danish : Why is this imis northerly.

pawned, as you call it ? Osr. It is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed.

Osr. The king, sir, hath laid, that a dozen Ham. But yet, methinks, it is very sultry and passes between yourself and him, he shall not exhot ; or my complexion

ceed you three hits; he hath laid, on twelve for Ost. Exceedingly, my lord; it is very sultry, - nine; and it would come to immediate trial, if your as 'twere, - I cannot tell how. — My lord, his ma- lordship would vouchsafe the answer. jesty bade me signify to you, that he has laid a great Ham. How, if I answer, no? wager on your head : Sir, this is the matter,

Osr. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your Ham. I beseech you, remember

person in trial. (HAMLET moves him to put on his hat. Ham. Sir, I will walk here in the hall ; If it Ost. Nay, good my lord; for my ease, in good please his majesty, it is the breathing time of day faith. Sir, here is newly come to court, Laertes : with me: let the foils be brought, the gentleman believe me, an absolute gentleman, full of most ex- willing, and the king hold his purpose, I will win cellent differences, of very soft society, and great for him, if I can; if not, I will gain nothing but showing: Indeed, to speak feelingly of him, he is my shame, and the odd hits. the card or calendar of gentry, for you shall find in Osr. Shall I deliver you so ? him the continent of what part a gentleman would Ham. To this effect, sir ; after what flourish your vee.

nature will. Ham. Sir, his definement suffers no perdition in Osr. I commend my duty to your lordship. [Erit

. you ; - though, I know, to divide him inventorially, Ham. Yours, yours. - He does well to commend would dizzy the arithmetick of memory; and yet it bimself; there are no tongues else for's turn. but raw neither, in respect of his quick sail. But, Hor. This lapwing runs away with the shell on in the verity of extolment, I take him to be a soul his head. of great article; and his infusion of such dearth and Ham. He did comply with his dug, before he rareness, as, to make true diction of him, his sem-sucked it. Thus has he (and many more of the blable is his mirrour; and, who else would trace same breed, that, I know, the drossy age dotes on) him, his umbrage, nothing more.

only got the tune of the time, and outward habit of Ost. Your lordship speaks most infallibly of him. encounter, a kind of yesty collection, which car

Ham. The concernancy, sir? why do we wrap ries them through and through the most fond and he gentleman in our more rawer breath?

winnowed opinions; and do but blow them to their Osr, Sir ?

trial, the bubbles are out. Hor. Is't not possible to understand in another

Enter a Lord. ongue? You will do't, sir, really. Hum. What imports the nomination of this gen- Lord. My lord, his majesty commended him to tleman ?

you by young Osric, who brings back to him, that Osr. Of Laertes ?

you attend him in the hall : He sends to know, if Hor. His purse is empty already; all his golden your pleasure hold to play with Laertes, or that you cords are spent.

will take longer time. Ham. Of him, sir.

Ham. I am constant to my purposes, they follow Osr. I know, you are not ignorant

the king's pleasure : if his fitness speaks, mine is Ham. I would, you did, sir; yet, in faith, if you ready; now, or whensoever, provided I be so able id, it would not much approve me; – Well, sir.

Osr. You are not ignorant of what excellence Lord. The king, and queen, and all are coming aertes is

down. Ham. I dare not confess that, lest I should com- Ham. In happy time. ' are with him in excellence; but, to know a man Lord. The queen desires you, to use some gentle ell, were to know himself.

entertainment to Laertes, before you fall to play. Osr. I mean, sir, for his weapon; but in the im- Ham. She well instructs me.

[Exit Lord. itation laid on him by them, in his meed he's Hor. You will lose this wager, my lord. afellowed.

Ham. I do not think so; since he went into Ham. What's his weapon?

France, I have been in continual practice ; I shall Osr. Rapier and dagger.

win at the odds. But thou would'st not think, Ham. That's two of his weapons : but, well. how ill all's here about my heart : but it is no Osr. The king, sir, hath wagered with him six matter. arbary horses : against the which he has impawned, Hor. Nay, good my lord,

as now.

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Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind | If Hamlet give the first or second hit, of gain-giving, as would, perhaps, trouble a woman. Or quit in answer of the third exchange,

Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it: I Let all the battlements their ordnance fire; will forestal their repair hither, and say, you are not The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath; fit.

And in the cup an union shall he throw, Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is a Richer than that which four successive kings special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be In Denmark's crown have worn; Give me the cups; now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will And let the kettle to the trumpet speak, be now; if it be not now, yet it will come : the The trumpet to the cannoneer without, readiness is all : Since no man, of aught he leaves, The cannons to the heavens, the beaven to earth, knows, what is't to leave betimes ? Let be. Now the king drinks to Hamlet. - Come, begia;Enter King, QUEEN, LAERTES, Lords, Osric, and

And you, the judges, bear a wary eye.

Ham. Come on, sir,
Attendants with foils, fc.

Laer. Come, my lord.

[They pley. King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand Ham.

One. from me.


No. (The King puts the hand of LAERTES into that Ham.

Judgment. of HAMLET.

Osr. A hit, a very palpable hit. Ham. Give me your pardon, sir : I have done Laer.

Well, - again you wrong;

King. Stay, give me drink : Hamlet, this pearl is But pardon it, as you are a gentleman.

thine ; This presence knows, and you must needs have Here's to thy health. - Give him the cup. heard,

[Trumpets sound; and cannon shot of willen How I am punish'd with a sore distraction.

Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by awhile. What I have done,

Come. - Another hit; What say you? (They pero That might your nature, honour, and exception, Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess. Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness. King. Our son shall win. Was't Hamlet wrong'd Laertes? Never, Hamlet : Queen.

He's fat, and scant of breath. If Hamlet from himself be ta'en away,

Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows: And, when he's not himself, does wrong Laertes, The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it.

Ham. Good madam, .Who does it then? His madness : If't be so,


Gertrude, do not drisk. Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong'd;

Queen. I will, my lord; — I pray you, pardon me. His madness is poor Hamlet's enemy.

King. It is the poison'd cup ; it is too late. Sir, in this audience,

[. Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd evil

Ham. I dare not drink yet, madam; by and by Free me so far in your most generous thoughts, Queen. Come, let me wipe thy face. That I have shot my arrow o'er the house,

Laer. My lord, I'll hit him now. And hurt my brother.


I do not thick Laer. I am satisfied in nature, Laer. And yet it is almost against my consciences

. Whose motive, in this case, should stir me most To my revenge: but in my terms of honour, Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes : You do be I stand aloof; and will no reconcilement,

dally ; Till by some elder masters, of known honour,

I pray you, pass with your best violence; I have a voice and precedent of peace,

I am afeard, you make a wanton of me. To keep my name ungor'd: But till that time, Laer. Say you so ? come on. (They play I do receive your offer'd love like love,

Osr. Nothing neither way.
And will not wrong it.

Làer. Have at you now.
I embrace it freely ;

(LAERTES wounds HAMLET; ther, in sos And will this brother's wager frankly play. —

they change rapiers, and Hawn Give us the foils ; come on.

Come, one for me. King.

Part them, they are inces'd Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes ; in mine igno- Ham. Nay, come again. [The Qrres


Look to the queen there, be Your skill shall, like a star in the darkest night, Hor. They bleed on both sides : – How is it, Stick fiery off indeed.

lord ? Iner. You mock me, sir.

Osr. How is't, Laertes ? Ham. No, by this hand.

Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my ons spring King. Give them the foils, young Osric.

Cousin Hamlet,

I am justly kill'd with mine own treachery.
You know the wager ?

Ham. How does the queen?
Very well, my lord;


She swoons to see them to Your grace hath laid the odds o'the weaker side. Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink, - * King. I do not fear it: I have seen you both :

dear Hamlet! But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds. The drink, the drink; – I am poison'a !

Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another. Ham. O villainy! - Ho! let the door be lock Ham. This likes me well: These foils have all a Treachery! seek it out.

(Lauro length ?

(They prepare to play. Laer. It is here, Hamlet: Hamlet, than art Osr. Ay, my good lord.

No medicine in the world can do thee gaud, King. Set me the stoups of wine upon that table:- In thee there is not half an hour's life ;


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The treacherous instrument is in thy hand,
Unbated, and envenom’d: the foul practice

Enter FORTINBRAS, the English Ambassadors, and

others. Hath turn'd itself on me; lo, here I lie, Never to rise again : Thy mother's poison'd;

Fort. Where is this sight? I can no more; the king, the king's to blame.


What is it, you would see? Ham. The point

If aught of woe, or wonder, cease your search. Envenom'd too! - Then, venom, to thy work. Fort. This quarry cries on havock! O proud

[Stabs the King.

death! Ost. of Lords. Treason ! treason !

What feast is toward in thine eternal cell,
King. O, yet defend me, friends, I am but hurt. That thou so many princes, at a shot,
Ham. Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous, damned So bloodily hast struck ?

1 Amb.

The sight is dismal; Drink off this potion:- - Is the union here? And our affairs from England come too late : Follow my mother.

(King dies. The ears are senseless, that should give us hearing, Laer. He is justly servid;

To tell him, his commandment is fulfill’d, It is a poison temper'd by himself.

That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead : Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet : Where should we have our thanks ? Mine and my father's death come not upon thee;


Not from his mouth, Nor thine on me!

(Dies. Had it the ability of life to thank you ; ; Ham. Heaven make thee free of it! I follow thee. He never gave commandment for their death. I am dead, Horatio : — Wretched queen, adieu !

But since, so jump upon this bloody question,' You that look pale and tremble at this chance,

You from the Polack wars, and you from England, That are but mutes or audience to this act,

Are here arriv'd; give order, that these bodies Had I but time, (as this feil sergeant, death, High on a stage be placed to the view ; Is strict in his arrest,) O, I could tell you,

And let me speak, to the yet unknowing world, But let it be : - Horatio, I am dead;

How these things came about: So shall you hear
Thou liv'st; report me and my cause aright Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts ;
To the unsatisfied.

Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters;
Never believe it ;

Of deaths put on by cunning, and fore'd cause ;
I am more an antique Roman than a Dane, And, in this upshot, purposes mistook
Here's yet some liquor left.

Fall’n on the inventors' heads : all this can I Ham.

As thou'rt a man,

Truly deliver.
Give me the cup; let go; by heaven I'll have it. Fort. Let us haste to hear it,
O God! - Horatio, what a wounded name, And call the noblest to the audience.
Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me? For me, with sorrow I embrace my fortune;
If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,

I have some rights of memory in this kingdom, Absent thee from felicity awhile,

Which now to claim my vantage doth invite me. And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, Hor. Of that I shall have also cause to speak, To tell my story. - [March afar of, and shot wihin. And from his mouth whose voice will draw on more:

What warlike noise is this? But let this same be presently perform’d, Osr. Young Fortinbras, with conquest come from Even while men's minds are wild ; lest more mise Poland,

chance, To the ambassadors of England gives

On plots, and errors, happen. This warlike volley.


Let four captains Ham. 0, I die, Horatio;

Bear Hamlet, like a soldier, to the stage ; The potent poison quite o'er-crows my spirit; For he was likely, had he been put on, I cannot live to hear the news from England : To have prov'd most royally: and, for his passage, But I do prophesy, the election lights

The soldier's musick, and the rites of war, On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice ;

Speak loudly for him. So tell him, with the occurrents, more or less, Take up the bodies : - Such a sight as this Which have solicited, — The rest is silence. (Dies. Becomes the field, but here shows much amiss. Hor. Now cracks a noble heart; - Good night, Go, bid the soldiers shoot. [A dead March. sweet prince ;

[Exeunt, bearing off the dead bodies ; after whicho And Aights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

a peal of ordnance is shot of Why does the drum come hither? (March within.

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Duke or VENICE.

Clown, servant to Othello.
BRABANTIO, a senator.

Two other Senators.
GRATIANO, brother to Brabantio.

DESDEMONA, daughter to Brabantio,' and safe # Lodovico, kinsman to Brabantio.

Othello. OTHELLO, the Moor:

Emilia, wife to lago. Cassio, his lieutenant ;

Blanca, a courtexan, mistress to Cassio. lago, his ancient. RODERIGO, a Venetian gentleman.

Officers, Gentlemen, Messengers, MusiciansSalores Montano, Othello's predecessor in the government of

Attendants, fc.
SCENE, - for the First Act, in VENICE; during the rest of the Play, at a Sea-Port in CITRUS.



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SCENE I. - Venice. A Street. One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,

A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife;

That never set a squadron in the field.
Rod. Tush, never tell me, I take it much un- Nor the division of a battle knows

More than a spinster; unless the bookish thecricke That thou, Iago, - who hast had my purse, Wherein the toged consuls can propose As if the strings were thine, -should'st know of this. As masterly as he : mere prattle, without practive, Tago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me :

Is all his soldiership. But, he, sir, bad the electies If ever I did dream of such a matter,

And I, - of whom his eyes had seen the prock Abhor me.

At Rhodes, at Cyprus; and on other grounds Rod. Thou told'st me, thou didst hold him in thy Christian and heathen,-must be be-lee'd and calad hate.

By debitor and creditor, this counter-caster; Iago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones He, in good time, must his lieutenant be of the city,

And I, (God bless the mark !) his Moor-ship In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,

ancient. Oft capp'd to him: – and, by the faith of man, Rod. By heaven, I rather would have beer I know my price, I am worth no worse a place :

hangman. But he, as loving his own pride and purposes, Iago. But there's no remedy, 'tis the curse Evades them, with a bombast circumstance,

service; Horribly stuff 'd with epithets of war;

Preferment goes by letter, and affection, And, in conclusion, nonsuits

Not by the old gradation, where each second My mediators ; for, certes, says he,

Stood heir to the first. Now, sir, be jadge your I have already chose my officer.

Whether I in any just term am affin'd And what was he?

To love the Moor. Forsooth, a great arithmetician,


I would not follow him

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