Imatges de pàgina


Thou liv'st, report me and my cause aright
To the unsatisfied.

Hor. Never ; believe it :
I'm more an antique Roman than a Dane ;

yet some liquor left:
Ham. As th'art a man,
Give me the cup; let go ; by heav'n, I'll have'c.
Oh good Horatio, what a wounded name,
Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me?
If thou didit 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 tale. [March afar off, and shout within.
What warlike noise is this?

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Ofr. Young Fortinbras, with conquest come from Poland,
To the 'ambassador of England gives
This warlike volley.

Ham, O, I die, Horatio :
The potent poison quite o'er-grows my spirit,
I cannot live to hear the news from England.
But I do prophesie th' election lights
On Fortinbras ; he has my dying voice ;
So tell him, with th' occurrents more or less,
Which have solicited. The rest is silence. [Dies.
Hor. Now cracks a noble heart ; good-night, sweet

Prince ;
And fights of Angels sing thee to thy rest!
Why does the drum come hither?
Enter Fortinbras and English Ambassador, with drum,

colours, and Attendants,
Fort. Where is this sight?
Hor. What is it you would fee?

If 2 ambassadors

If aught of woe or wonder, cease your search.

Fort. This quarry cries 3 /out, havock!'Oh proud death!
What feast is tow'rd in thine eternal cell,
That thou so many Princes at a shot
So bloodily haft ftruck ?

Amb. The sight is dismal,
And our affairs from England come too late ;
The ears are senseless that should give us hearing.
To tell him his commandment is fulfillid,
That Rosincrosse and Guildenstern are dead,
Where should we have our thanks ?

Hor. Not from his mouth,
Had it th' ability of life to thank you:
He never gave commandment for their death.
But since so full upon this bloody question,
You from the Polack wars, and you from England,
Are here arriv'd; give order that these bodies
High on a stage be placed to the view,
And let me speak to th' yet unknowing world,
How these things came about. So shall you hear
Of cruel, bloody, and unnatural acts,
Of accidental judgments, casual Naughters,
Of deaths put on by cunning, and forc'd cause,
And in this upshot, purposes mistook
Fall'n on th' inventors heads. All this can I
Truly deliver.

Fort. Let us haste to hear it,
And call the noblest to the audience.
For me, with sorrow I embrace my fortune,
I have some rights of memory in this kingdom,
Which now to claim, my vantage doth invite me.

Hor. Of that I shall have also cause to speak,
And from his mouth whose voice will draw on more:
But let this fame be presently performid,
Ev'n while men's minds are wild, left more mischance
Qn plots and errors happen.
Fort. Let four captains

Bear 3 on havock!

Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage,
For he was likely, had he been put on,
To have prov'd most royally. And for his passage,
The soldiers musick, and the rites of war,
Speak loudly for him!
Take up the body: such a sight as this
Becomes the field; but here shews much amiss.
Go, bid the soldiers shoot.
[Exeunt marching : after which, a peal of ordnance is

shot off


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