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Till by some elder masters, of known honour,
I embrace it freely;
Come, one for me.
You mock me, sir. Ham. No, by this hand. King. Give them the foils, young Osric.—Cousin You know the wager?
Very well, my lord; Your grace hath laid the odds o'th' weaker side.
King. I do not fear it: I have seen you both :But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds.
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
Ham. This likes me well: These foils have all a length?
[They prepare to play. Osr. Ay, my good lord.
King. Set me the stoups of wine upon that table: If Hamlet give the first or second hit, Or quit in answer of the third exchange, Let all the battlements their ordnance fire; The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath; And in the cup an union’ shall he throw, Richer than that which four successive kings In Denmark's crown have worn; Give me the cups; And let the kettle to the trumpet speak, The trumpet to the cannoneer without, The cannons to the heavens, the heaven to earth,
' A stoup is a flaggon, or bowl.
union, a precious pearl. No.
Now the king drinks to Hamlet.—Come, begin ;-
Ham. Come on, sir.
Come, my lord. [They play. Ham.
Judgment. Osr. A hit, a very palpable hit.
Well,—again. King. Stay, give me drink: Hamlet, this pearl is Here's to thy health.—Give him the cup. (thine;
[Trumpets sound ; and cannons shot off within. Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by a while. Come.—Another hit; What say you? [They play.
Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess.
He's fat, and scant of breath.-
Ham. Good madam,--
Gertrude, do not drink.
I do not think it. Laer. And yet it is almost against my conscience.
[ Aside. Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes: You do but I pray you, pass with your best violence; [dally; I am afeard, you make a wanton of me.
Laer. Say you so? come on. [They play. Osr. Nothing neither way. Laer. Have at you now. [LAERTES wounds HAMLET; then, in scuffling, they change rapiers, and HAMLET wounds LAERTES.
Part them, they are incens’d.
Ham. Nay, come again. [The Queen falls. Osr.
Look to the queen there, ho! Hor. They bleed on both sides :- How is it, my Osr. How is't, Laertes ?
(lord? Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe, I am justly kill'd with mine own treachery. [Osric;
Ham. How does the queen ?
She swoons to see them bleed. Queen. No no, the drink, the drink,-0 my dear
Hamlet!The drink, the drink;-I am poison'd! [Dies. _Ham. O villainy!-Ho! let the door be lock'd : Treachery! seek it out.
Ham. The point
[Stabs the King.
[King dies. He is justly serv'd; It is a poison temper'd by himself. Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet : Mine and my father's death come not upon thee; Nor thine on me!
[Dies. Ham. Heaven make thee free of it! I follow thee. I am dead, Horatio :-Wretched queen, adieu !You that look pale and tremble at this chance, That are but mutes or audience to this act, Had I but time, (as this fell sergeant, death,
Is strict in his arrest, O, I could tell you,--
Never believe it;
As thou’rt a man,-
What warlike noise is this? Osr. Young Fortinbras, with conquest come from To the ambassadors of England gives [Poland, This warlike volley. Ham.
O, I die, Horatio ; The potent poison quite o'er-crows my spirit; I cannot live to hear the news from England: But I do prophesy th' election lights On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice; So tell him, with the occurrents, more or less, Which have solicited.--The rest is silence. [Dies. Hor. Now cracks a noble heart;—Good night,
sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
END OF HAMLET.