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QUEEN. Come, let me wipe thy face.
I do not think it. LAER. And yet it is almost against my con'science.
[Aside. HAM. Come, for the third, Laertes; You do but
LAER. Say you so ? come on. [They play.
fling, they change Rapiers," and HAMLET
wounds LAERTES. KING.
Part them, they are incensed. HAM. Nay, come again. [The Queen falls. Osr.
Look to the queen there, ho! Hor. They bleed on both sides :--How is it,
Osr. How is't, Laertes ?
HAM. How does the queen ?
She swoons to see them bleed.
• With respect to the probability of this part of the plot, Mr. Steevens has justly observed, that he does not easily conceive that rapiers can be changed in a scufile without knowing it at the time.
bas a woodcock to mine springe] I have run into a springe like a woodcock, and into such a noose or trap as a fool only would have fallen into; one of my own setting.
QUEEN. No, no, the drink, the drink,- my
dear Hamlet !
[Dies. HAM. O villainy! Ho! let the door be lock’d: Treachery! seek it out.
[Laertes falls. LAER. It is here, Hamlet : Hamlet, thou art
HAM. The point
[Stabs the King.
[King dies. LAER.
He is justly serv’d;
Mine and my father's death come not upon thee; · Nor thine on me!(62)
[Dies. HAM. Heaven make thee free of it! I follow
unbated) See IV. 7. King,
the foul practice] See “pass of practice," IV.7. King. • Is thy union here? follow my mother] A bitter sarcasm. Take this as thy lot or portion ! the richly prepared cup! D’re find here an union? Go with, follow the queen!
temper'd] Prepared, having the ingredients mixed.
I am dead, Horatio : Wretched queen, adieu !
Never believe it;
As thou’rt a man, -
[March afar off, and Shot within.
What warlike noise is this? Osr. Young Fortinbras, with conquest come
O, I die, Horatio;
• That are but mutes or audience to this act] That are either auditors of this catastrophe, or at most only mute performers, that 'fill the stage without any part in the action. Johnson. b live behind me] Survive me.
If thou didst ever-to tell my story] There is hardly a bosoin that can be unmoved by the interest and feeling excited in this passage: but it is its ease, that constitutes its felicity; it is its unlaboured, simple beauties that give the character of sublimity to this solemn and dignified farewel.
Kent, though not indeed with so high an interest and such exquisite feeling, utters a similar sentiment, when Lear expires.
" Would not upon the rack of this rough world
The potent poison quite o’er-crows my spirit; (64)
night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest! Why does the drum come hither? [March within.
Enter FortinBRAS, the English Ambassadors, and
Fort. Where is this sight?
What is it, you would see? If aught of woe, or wonder, cease your search. FORT. This
quarry cries on havock!c-O proud
The sight is dismal;
" the news from England] i. e. the fate of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
b the occurrents, more or less, which have solicited] Which have importunately and irresistibly urged on--he would have said, " this sad catastrophe.”
• This quarry cries on havock] This heap of prey (see quarry, Macb. IV. 3. Rosse) proclaims that, which is the signal of desolation in war, havoc. The phrase, cries on, is much in the same way applied to murder in Othello ; " Whose noise is this, that cries on murder ?"
V. 1. Iago. our affairs from England] Matters of our embassage.
Not from his mouth,
FORT. Let us haste to hear it,
Hor. Of that I shall have always cause to speak,
• for 10,
Not from his mouth,
He never gave commandment for their death] Had it the means, that life affords, not from the mouth of the king; from whom they, as the creatures and spies of his villanies, would have received protection, and whose more atrocious aims, when disclosed to them, would appear to have been directed against the life of his nephew, Hamlet. This obscure intimation, this mystery thrown over the transaction, would heighten curiosity and the interest of the communications, presently expected from Horatio.
jump upon this bloody question] Close upon, and as if by a spring or bound reaching it. “ Just or jump at this dead hour," are the different readings of the folios and quartos in I. 1. Marc. e put on by cunning] Produced.
rights of memory, &c.) Borne in memory, not forgotten; and thence to liave effect given them.