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nventorially, would dizzy the arithmetic of Osr. Shall I deliver you 80 ? memory; and yet but raw neither, in respect Ham. To this effect, Sir; after what flourish of his quick sail. But, in the verity of extol- your nature will. ment, I take him to be a soul of great article ; Osr. I commend my duty to your lordship. and his infusion of such dearth and rareness,

[Erit. as, to make true diction of him, his semblable Ham. Yours, yours.--He does well to comis his mirror; and, who else would trace him, mend it himself; there are no tongues else his umbrage, nothing more.*

for's turn. Osr. Your lordship speaks most infallibly of Hor. This lapwing* runs away with the shell him.

on his head. Ham. The concernancy, Sir? why do we wrap he sacked it. Thus has he (and many more

Ham. He did complyt with his dug, before the gentleman in our more rawer breath? Osr. Sir ?

of the same breed, that, I know, the drossyt Hor. Is't not possible to understand in ano- age dotes on,), only got the tune of the time, ther tongue? You will do't, Sir, really. and outward' habit of encounter; a kind of

Ham. What imports the nomination of this yestyg collection, which carries them through gentleman?

and through the most fondi and windowed Osr. Of Laertes ?

opinions; and do but blow them to their trial, Hor. His purse is empty already; all his the bubbles are out. golden words are spent. Ham. Of him, Sir.

L

Enter a LORD. Osr. I know, you are not ignorant

Ham. I would, you did, Sir; yet, in faith, if Lord. My lord, his majesty commended him you did, it would not much approvef me to you by young Osric, who brings back to Well, Sir.

him, that you attend him in the hall : He Osr. You are not ignorant of what excellence sends to know, if your pleasure hold to play Laertes is

with Laertes, or that you will take longer Ham. I dare not confess that, lest I should time. compare with him in excellence; but, to know

Ham. I am constant to my purposes, they a man well, were to know himself.

follow the king's pleasure : if his fitness speaks, Osr. I mean, Sir, for his weapon; but in the mine is ready; now, or whensoever, provided imputation laid on him by them, in his meeds I be so able as now. be's unfellowed.

Lord. The king, and queen, and all are comHam. What's his weapon?

ing down. Osr. Rapier and dagger.

Ham. In happy time. Ham. That's two of his weapons: but, well. Lord. The queen desires you, to use some

Osr. The king, Sir, hath wagered with him gentle entertainment to Laertes, before you six Barbary horses: against the which he has fall to play. impawned,|| as I take it, six French rapiers

Ham. She well instructs me.

[Exit LORD. and poniards, with their assigns, as girdle,

Hor. You will lose this wager, my lord. hangers, s and so: Three of the carriages, in

Ham. I do not think so; since he went into faith, are very dear to fancy, very responsive France, I have been in continual practice; I to the hilts, most delicate carriages, and of shall win at the odds. But thou wouldst not very liberal conceit.

think, how ill all's here about my heart: but Ham. What call you the carriages ?

it is no matter. Hor. I knew, you must be edified by the Hor. Nay, good my lord, margent, ** ere you had done.

Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind Osr. The carriages, Sir, are the hangers. of gain-giving, as would, perhaps, trouble a

Ham. The phrase would be more germantt woman. to the matter, if we could carry a cannon by Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it: our sides; I'would, it might be hangers till I will forestal** their repair hither, and say, then. But, on: Six Barbary horses against you are not fit. six French swords, their assigns, and three

Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is liberal conceited carriages; that's the French a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. bet against the Danish: Why is this impawn- If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to ed, as you call it?

come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it Osr. The king, Sir, hath laid, that in a doz- will come : the readiness is all: Since no man, en passes between yourself and him, he shall of aught he leaves, knows, what is't to leave not exceed you three hits; he hath laid, on betimes? Let be. twelve for nine; and it would come to immediate trial, if your lordship would vouchsafe Enter King, Queen, LAERTES, LORDS, Osric, the answer.

and Attendunts, with Foils, fc. Ham. How, if I answer, no?

King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this Ost. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your hand from me. person in trial. Ham. Sir, I will walk here in the hall: If it

[The KING puts the Hand of Laertes into

that of HAMLET. please his majesty, it is the breathing time of day with me: let the foils be brought, the gen

Ham. Give me your pardon, Sir: I have tleman willing, and the king hold his purpose, But pardon it, as you are a gentleman.

done you wrong; I will

win for him, if I can; if not, I will gain This presencett knows, and you must needs nothing but my shame, and the odd hits.

have heard, • This speech is a ridicule of the court jargon of that How I am punish'd with a sore distraction.

+ Mentioning. Recommend. 6 Praise. 11 Imponed, put down,

staked. * A bird which runs about immediately as it is hatched. | That part of the belt by which the sword was suspend- Compliment. Worthless. Frothy ** Margin of a book which contains explanatory || For fond read fanned. 1 Misgiving A-kin.

1 The king and queen's presence.

time.

ed. notes.

** Prevent.

me.

my lord ?

What I have done,

[tion, Come.- Another hit; What say you? That might your nature, honour, and excep

[They play. Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness. Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess. Was't Hamlet wrong'd Laertes ? Never, Ham- King. Our son shall win. let:

Queen. He's fat, and scant o'breath.If Hamlet from himself be ta'en away, Here, Hamlet, take my napkin,* rub thy And, when he's not himself, does wrong La

brows: ertes,

The queen carousest to thy fortune, Hamlet. Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it. Hum. Good madam,Who does it then? His madness? If't be so, King. Gertrude, do not drink. Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong'd, Queen. I will, my lord; I pray you, pardoa His madness is poor Hamlet's enemy. Sir, in this audience,

King. It is the poison'd cup; it is too late. Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd evil

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

Laer. My lord, I'll hit him now. Laer. I am satisfied in nature,

King. I do not think it. Whose motive, in this case, should stir me most Laer. And yet it is almost against my conTo my revenge: but in my terms of honour,

science.

(Aside. I stand aloof'; and will no reconcilement, Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes: You do Till by some elder masters, of known honour,

but dally; I have a voice and precedent of peace, I pray you, pass with your best violence; To keep my name ungor'd :* But till that time, I am afeard, you make a wantont of me. I do receive your offer'd love like love,

Laer. Say you so? come on. [They play. And will not wrong it.

Osr. Nothing neither way. Ham. I embrace it freely;

Laer. Have at you now. And will this brother's wager frankly play.- [Laertes wounds HAMLET; then, in scuf. Give us the foils; come on.

fling, they change Rapiers, and HanLaer. Come, one for me.

LET wounds LAERTES. Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine ig- King. Part them, they are incens'd. norance

Ham. Nay, come again. [The Queen salls. Your skill shall, like a star i'the darkest night, Osr. Look to the queen there, ho! Stick fiery off, indeed.

Hor. They bleed on both sides :-How is it, Laer. You mock me, Sir. Ham. No, by this hand.

Osr. How is't, Laertes? King. Give them the foils, young Osric.- Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own Cousin Hamlet,

springe, Osric; You know the wager?

I am justly kill'd with mine own treachery. Ham. Very well, my lord;

[side. Ham. How does the queen ? Your grace hath said the odds o'the weaker King. She swoons to see them bleed. King. I do not fear it: I have seen you Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink,-0 my both :

dear Hamlet! But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds. The drink, the drink: I am poison'd! (Dics.

Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another. Ham. ( villany !-Ho! let the door be Hum. This likes me well: These foils have

lock'd: all a length ? [They prepare to pluy. Treachery! seek it out. (LAERTES falls Osr. Ay, my good lord.

Luer. It is here, Hamlet : Hamlet, thou art King. Set me the stoupst of wine upon that slain; table :

No medicine in the world can do thee good, If Hamlet gives the first or second hit, In thee there is not half an hour's life; Or quit in answer of the third exchange, The treacherous instrument is in thy band, Let all the battlements their ordnance fire; Unbated, and envenom’d: the foul practice The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath; Hath turn'd itself on me; lo, here I lie, And in the cup an uniont shall be throw, Never to rise again: Thy mother's poison'd; Richer than that which four successive kings I can no more; the king, the king's to blame. In Denmark's crown have worn; Give me the Ham. The point cups;

Envenom’d too !—Then, venom, to thy work. And let the kettle to the trumpet speak,

Stabs ihe King. The trumpet to the cannoneer without, (earth, Osr. &. Lords. Treason! treason! The cannons to the heavens, the heaven to King. O, yet defend me, friends, I am bat Now the king drinks to Hamlet.-Come, begin;

hurt. And you, the judges, bear a wary eye.

Ham. Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous, Ham. Come on, Sir.

damned Dane, Laer. Come, my lord.

[They play. Drink of this potion :- Is the union here? Ham. One.

Follow my mother. Luer. No.

Laer. He is justly serv'd; Ham. Judgement,

It is a poison temper'all by himself.Osr. A hit, a very palpable hit.

Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet: Luer. Well,-again.

Mine and my father's death come not upota King. Stay, give me drink; Hamlet, this

thee;
pearl is thine;
Nor thine on me.

(Dia. Here's to thy health.-Give him the cup. Ham. Heaven make thee free of it! I loliuw [Trumpets sound; and Cannon shot off within.

thee. Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by awhile.

• Handkerchief. + Drinks good luck to yon. : Bor Unwounded. † Large jugs. 1 A precious pearl. The foi rithout a button, and poisoned point. i Minsk

[Kixg dies. I am dead, Horatio :-Wretched queen, a-1 What feast is toward in thine eternal cell, dieu!

That thou so many princes, at a shot, You that look pale and tremble at this chance, So bloodily hast struck? That are but mutes or audience to this act, 1 Amb. The sight is dismal; Had I but time, (as this fell sergeant,* death, And our affairs from England come too late : Is strict in his arrest,) O, I could tell you,- The ears are senseless, that should give us But let it be :-Horatio, I am dead;

hearing, Thou liv’st; report me and my cause aright

To tell him, his commandment is fulfill’d, To the unsatisfied.

That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead: Hor. Never believe it;

Where should we have our thanks? I am more an antique Roman than a Dane, Hor. Not from his mouth, ** Here's yet some liquor left.

Had it the ability of life to thank you; Hum. As thou’rt a man,

[it. He never gave commandment for their death. Give me the cup; let go; by heaven I'll have But since, so jumpt upon this bloody question, O God !-Horatio, what a wounded name,

You from the Polackt wars, and you from Things standing thus unknown, shall live be

England, bind me?

Are here arriv'd; give order, that these bodies If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,

High on a stage be placed to the view; Absent thee from felicity awhile, [pain, And let me speak, to the yet unknowing world, And in this harsh world draw thy breath in How these things come about: So shall you to tell my story:

Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts;. [hear (March afar off, and Shot within. Of accidental judgements, casual slaughters; What warlike poise is this?

Of deaths put on by cunping, and forc'd cause; Osr. Young Fortinbras, with conquest come And, in this upshot, purposes mistook from Poland,

Fall’n on the inventors' heads: all this can I To the ambassadors of England gives

Truly deliver. This warlike volley.

Fort. Let us baste to hear it, Ham. O, I die, Horatio;

And call the noblest to the audience. The potent poison quite o'er-crowst my spirit; For me, with sorrow I embrace my fortune ; I cannot live to hear the news from England: I have some rights of memory in this kingdom, But I do prophesy the election lights

Which now to claim my vantage doth invite On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice; So tell him, with the occurrents, I more or less, and "irom his mouth whose voice will draw

Hor. Of that I shall have also cause to speak, Which have solicited, 5—The rest is silence.

[Dies. Hor. Now cracks a noble heart;-Good But let this same be presently perform’d, night, sweet prince;

Even while men's minds are wild; lest more And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

On plots and errors, happen. (mischance Why does the drum come hither ?

Fort. Let four captains

[March within. Bear Hamlet, like a soldier, to the stage; Enter Fortinbras, the English AMBASSADORS, To have prov'd most royally: and, for his pas

For he was likely, had he been put on, and others.

sage, Fort. Where is this sight?

The soldier's music, and the rites of war, Hor. What is it, you would see?

Speak loudly for him.-If aught of woe, or wonder, cease your search. Take up the bodies :-Such a sight as this Fort. This quarryl cries on havoc !9--0 Becomes the field, but here shows much amiss. proud death?"

Go, bid the soldiers shoot. [A dead march. * A sergeant is a sheriff's officer.

[Ereunt, bearing off the dead Bodies ; after + O'ercomes. 1 Incidents.

me.

on more:

Incited.

which, a Peal of Ordnance is shot off || Heap of dead game. A word of censure when more game was destroyed

* I. e. The king's. + By chance.

Polish.

than was reasonable.

OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Duke OF VENICE.

HERALD
BRABANTIO, a Senator.
Two other SENATORS.

DESDEMONA, Daughter to Brabantio, and Wife GRATIANO, Brother to Brabantio.

to Othello. Lodovico, Kinsman to Brabantio.

EMILIA, Wife to Iago. OTHELLO, the Moor.

BIANCA, a Courtezan, Mistress to Cassio. Cassio, his Lieutenant. lago, his Ancient.

Officers, Gentlemen, Messengers, Musicians, RODERIGO, a Venetian Gentleman.

Sailors, Attendants, &c. Montano, Othello's predecessor in the Government of Cyprus.

Scene, for the first Act, in Venice; during the Clown, Servant to Othello.

rest of the Play, at a Sea-port in Cyprus.

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ACT I.

Wherein the toged consuls can propose

As masterly as he: mere prattle, without pracSCENE I.–Venice.- A Street.

tice,

(election : Enter RODERIGO and Iago.

Is all his soldiership. But he, Sir, had the

And I,-of whom his eyes had seen the proof, Rod. Tush, never tell me, I take it much At Rhodes, at Cyprus; and on other grounds unkindly,

Christian and heathen,-must be be-lee'd and That thou, Iago,—who hast had my purse,

calm'd As if the strings were thine,-shouldst know By debitor and creditor, this counter-caster;t of this.

He, in good time, must his lieutenant be, Iago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me : And I, (God bless the mark !) his Moorship's If ever I did dream of such a matter,

ancient. Abhor me.

Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been Rod. Thou told'st me, thou didst hold him in

his hangmap. thy hate.

lago. But there's no remedy; 'tis the curse lago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great

of service; ones of the city,

Preferment goes by letter, and affection, In personal suit to make me his lieutenant, Not by the old gradation, where

each second Oft capp'd* to him ;-and, by the faith of man, Stood heir to the first. 'Now, Sir, be judge I know my price, I am worth no worse a place :

yourself,
But he, as loving his own pride and purposes, Whether I in any just term am affin'd:
Evades them, with a bombast circumstance,t To love the Moor.
Horribly stuff’d with epithets of war;

Rod. I would not follow him then.
And, in conclusion, nonsuits

Iago. (, Sir, content you; My mediators; for, certes, 1 says he,

I follow him to serve my turn upon him: I have already chose my officer.

We cannot all be masters, nor all masters And what was be?

Cannot be truly follow d.' You shall mark Forsooth, a great arithmetician,

Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave, One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,

That, doting on his own obsequious bondage, A fellow almost damn’d in a fair wife ;$ Wears out his time, much like his master's ass, That never set a squadron in the field, For nought but provender; and, when he's Nor the division of a battle knows

old, cashier'd; More than a spinster; unless the bookish Whip me such honest knaves: Others there theoric,

Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty,

Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves; • Saluted. + Circumlocution. Certainly. For wife some read life, supposing it to allude to the

(are,

* Rulers of the state. denunciation in the Gospel, “Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you.'

|| Theory.

+ It was anciently the practice to reckon up sumns with

# Related.

counters,

And, throwing but shows of service on their Rod. Patience, good Sir. lords,

Bra. What tellst thou me of robbing? this Do well thrive by them, and, when they have

is Venice ; lin'd their coats,

My house is not a grange." Do themselves homage: these fellows have Rod. Most grave Brabantio, some soul;

In simple and pure soul I come to you. And such a one do I profess myself.

Iago. 'Zounds, Sir, you are one of those, For, Sir,

that will not serve God, if the devil bid you. It is as sure as you are Roderigo,

Because we come to do you service, you think Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago: we are ruffians: You'll have your daughter In following him, I follow but myself; covered with a Barbary horse; you'll have Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty, your nephews neigh to you: you'll have But seeming so, for my peculiar end:

coursers for cousins, and gennets for gerFor when my outward action doth demonstrate mans.t The native act and figure of my heart

Bra. What profane wretch art thou ? In compliment extern, * 'tis not long after Iugo. I am one, Sir, that comes to tell you, But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve your daughter and the Moor are now making For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.

the beast with two backs. Rod. What a full fortune does the thick-lips

Bra. Thou art a villain. If he can carry't thus!

(owent lago. You are—a senator. Iago. Call up her father,

Bra. This thou shalt answer: I know thee, Rouse him: make after him, poison his delight,

Roderigo. Proclaim him in the streets; incense her kins- Rod. Sir, I will answer any thing. But I

beseech you, men, And, though he in a fertile climate dwell, Il't be your pleasure, and most wise consent, Plague him with flies: though that his joy be (As partly, I find, it is,) that your fair daughjoy,

ter, Yet throw such changes of vexation on't,

At this odd-event and dull watch o'the night, As it may lose some colour.

Transported—with no worse nor better guard, Rod. Here is her father's house; I'll call But with a knave of common hire, a gondoaloud.

lier, slago. Do; with like timorous accent, and to the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor,dire yell,

If this be known to you, and your allowance,ll As when, by night and negligence, the fire

We then bave done you bold and saucy Is spied in populous cities.

wrongs;

{me, Rod. What, ho! Brabantio! signior Braban- But, if you know not this, my manners tell tio, ho!

We have your wrong rebuke. Do not believe, Iago. Awake! what, ho! Brabantio! thieves! That, from the sense of all civility, fence : thieves ! thieves!

[bags! I thus would play and trifle with your reverLook to your house, your daughter, and your Your daughter,-if you have not given her Thieves ! thieves !

leave,

say again, hath made a gross revolt; BRABANTIO, above, at a Window. Tying

her duty, beauty,

wit, and fortunes, Bra. What is the reason of this terrible sum, Of here and every where: Straight satisfy

In an extravagants and wheeling stranger, What is the matter there?

(mons ?

yourself: Rod. Signior, is all your family within?

If she be in her chamber, or your house, lugo. Are your doors lock'd ? Bra. Why? wherefore ask you this?

Let loose on me the justice of the state

For thus deluding you. Iago. 'Zounds, Sir, you are robb'd; for

Bra. Strike on the tinder, ho! shame, put on your gown; Your heart is burst, you have lost half your This accident is not unlike my dream,

{soul; Give me a taper ;-call up all my people :Ever now, very now, an old black ram Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise;

Belief of it oppresses me already: Awake the snorting citizens with the bell,

Light, I say ! light! [Exit from above. Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you: It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place

lago. Farewell; for I must leave you : Arise, I say. Bra. What, have you lost your wits?

To be produc'd (as, if I stay, I shall,) Rod. Most reverend signior, do you know However this may gall him with some check

Against the Moor: For, I do know, the state my voice? Bra. Not I; What are you?

Cannot with safety cast** him; for he's emRod. My name is-Roderigo.

bark'd Bra. The worse welcome :

With such loud reason to the Cyprus' wars,

[doors : I have charg'd thee, not to haunt about my

(Which even now stand in act,) that, for their In honest plainness thou hast heard me say,

souls, My daughter is not for thee; and now, in mad- to lead their business ; in which regard,

Another of his fathom they have not, ness, Being full of supper, and distemperings Though I do hate him as I do hell pains, draughts,

Yet, for necessity of present life, Upon malicious bravery, dost thou come

I must show out a flag and sign of love, To start my quiet.

Which is indeed but sign. That you shal Rod. Sir, Sir, Sir, Sir,

surely find him, Bra. But thou must needs be sure,

Lead to the Sagittary the rais'd search;

And there will I be with him. So, farewell. My spirit, and my place, have in them power To make this bitter to thee.

[Exi;.

* Alone farm house. + Relations. 1 Midniglas *Outward show of civility. + Own, possese.

A waterman.

11 Approbation. 11. e. 18 broken.

Intoxicating

Wandering

** Dismiss.

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