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Ham. I lov'd Ophelia; forty thousand brothers Or I could make a prologue to my brains, Could not, with all their quantity of love, They had begun the play :-) sat me down; Make up my sum.-What wilt thou do for her? Devis'd a new commission; wrote it fair : King. O, he is mad, Laertes.
I once did hold it, as our statists do, Queen. For love of God, forbear him.
A baseness to write fair, and labour'd much Ham. Zounds, show me what thou'lt do: How to forget that learning; but, sir, now Woo't weep? woo't fight? wou't fast? woo't It did me yeoman's service: Wilt thou know tear thyself?
The effect of what I wrote ? Woo't drink up Esile, eat a crocodile ?
Ay, good my lord. I'll do't.- Dost thou come here to whine ? Ham. Anearnest conjuration from the king --To outface me with leaping in her grave? As England was his faithful tributary; Be buried quick with her, and so will I: As love between them like the palm might And, if thou prate of mountains, let them throw flourish; Millions of acres on us; till our ground, As peace should still her wheaten garland wear, Singeing his pate against the burning zone, And stand a comma 'tween their amities; Make Ossa like a wart! Nay, an thou'lt mouth, and many such like ases of great charge,I'll rant as well as thou.
That, on the view and knowing of these contents, Queen.
This is mere madness: Without debatement further, more, or less, And thus a while the fit will work on him; He should the bearers put to sudden death, Anon, as patient as the female dove,
Not shriving-time allow'd. When that her golden couplets are disclosed, Hor.
How was this seal'd? His silence will sit drooping.
Ham. Why, even in that was heaven ordinant; Ham.
Hear you, sir; I had my father's signet in my purse, What is the reason that you use me thus ? Which was the model of that Danish seal : I lov'd you ever: But it is no matter;
Fclded the writ up in form of the other ; Let Hercules himself do what he may,
Subscrib'd it; gave't the impression; plac'd it The cat will mew, the dog will have his day. safely,
(Écit. Thechangeling never known: Now, the next day King. I pray thee, good Horatio, wait upon Was our sea-fight, and what to this was sequent him.
[To HORATIO. Thou know'st already, Strengthen your patience in our last night's Hor. So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go to't. speech;
[Exit LAERTES. Ham, Why, man, they did make love to this We'll put the matter to the present publ.
(Exeunt. Of mighty opposites.
Why, what a king is this:
Ham. Does it not, think thee, stand me now Enter HAMLET and HORATIO.
(mother; Ham. So much for this, sir; now shall you He that hath kill'd my king, and whor'd my see the other;
Popp'd in between the election and my hopes; You do remember all the circumstance? Thrown out his angle for my proper life,
Hor. Remember it, my lord ! [fighting, And with such zenage; is't not perfect conHam. Sir, in my heart there was a kind of science,
(damn'd, That would not let me sleep: methought, I lay To quit him with this arm; and is't not to be Worse than the mutines in the bilboes. Rashly, To let this canker of our nature come And prais'd be rashness fort,--Let us know, In further evil?
[England, Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well, Hor. It must be shortly known to him from When our deep plots do pall : and that should What is the issue of the business there. teach us
Ham. It will be short: the interim is mine; There's a divinity that shapes our ends, And a man's life no more than to say, one. Rough-hew them how we will.
But I am very sorry, good Horatio, Hor.
That is most certain. That to Laertes I forgot myself; Ham. Up from my cabin,
For by the image of my cause, I see My sea-gown scarf'd about me, in the dark The portraiture of his: I'll count his favours : Grop'd I to find out them: had my desire; But, sure, the bravery of his grief did put me Finger'd their packet: and, in fine, withdrew Into a towering passion. To mine own room again: making so bold, Hor.
Peace: who comes here? My fears forgetting manners, to unseal [ratio,
Enter OSRIC. Their grand commission; where I found, Ho- Osr. Your lordship is right welcome back to A royal knavery; an exact command,
Denmark. Larded with many several sorts of reasons,- Ham. I humbly thank you, sir.-Dost know Importing Denmark's health, and England's too, this water-fly? With, ho! such bugs and goblins in my life, Hor. No, my good lord. That on the supervise, no leisure bated, Ham. Thy state is the more gracious; for 'tis No, not to stay the grinding of the axe, a vice to know him: He hath much land, and My head should be struck off.
fertile; let a beast be lord of beasts,and bis crib Hor.
Is't possible? shall stand at the king's mess: 'Tis a chough; Ham. Here's the commission; read it at but, as I say, spacious in the possession of dirt. more leisure,
Osr. Sweet lord, if your lordship were at leiBut wilt thou hear now how I did proceed ? sure, I should impart a thing to you from his llor. Ay, 'beseech you.
[lanies, majesty. Ham. Being thus benetted round with vil- Ham. I will receive it, sir, with all diligence of spirit: Your bonnet to his right use; 'tis for carriages: that's the French het against the the head.
Danish: Why is this impawned, as you call it? Osr. I thank your lordship, 'tis very hot. Ost. The king, sir, hath laid, that in a dozen Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold: the passes between yourself and him, he shall not wind is northerly.
exceed you three hits : he hath laid on twelve Osr. It is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed. for nine; and it would come to immediate trial,
Ham. But yet, inethinks, it is very sultry and if your lordship would rouchsafe the answer. hot: or my complexion--
Ham. How, if I answer, no? 08r. Exceedingly, my lord; it is very sultry, Osr. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your -as 'twere.--I cannot tell how-My lord, his person in trial. majesty bade me siguify to you, that he has Ham. Sir, I will walk here in the hall: If it laid a great wager on your head : Sir, this is please his majesty, it is the breathing time of the matter,-
day with me: let the foils be brought, the genHam. I beseech you, remember
tleman willing, and the king hold his purpose, (Hamlet moves him to put on his Hal. I will win for him, if I can; if not, I will gain Osr. Nay, good my lord: for my ease, in good nothing but my shame, and the odd hits. faith. Sir, here is newly come to court, Laertes: Osr. Shall I deliver you so ? believe me, an absolute gentleman, fullof most Ham. To this effect, sir; after what flourish excellent differences, of very soft society, and your nature will. great showing: Indeed, to speak feelingly of Osr. I commend my duty to your lordship. him, he is the card or calendar of gentry, for
[Erit. you shall find in him the continent of what Ilam. Yours, yours.--He does well to com. part a gentleman would see.
mend it hiinself; there are no tongues else for's Ham. Sir, his definement suffers no perdition turn.
(on his head. in you;-though, I know, to divide him inven- Hor. This lapwing runs away with the shell torially, would dizzy the arithmetick of nie- Ham. He did comply with his dug, before he mory; and yet but raw peither, in respect of sucked it. Thus has he (and many more of the his qnick sail. But in the verity of extolment, same bevy, that, I know, the drossy age dotes I take him to be a soul of great article: and his on), only got the tune of the time, and outward infusion of such dearth and rareness, as, to habit of encounter: a kind of yesty collection, make true diction of him, his semblable is his which carries them through and through the mirronr; and, who else would trace him, his most fanned and winnowed opinions; and dio umbrage, nothing more.
[him. but blow them to their trial, the bubbles are Osr. Your lordship speaks most infallibly of out. Ham. The concernancy, sir? why do we wrap
Enter a Lord. the gentleman in our more rawer breath? Lord. My lord, his majesty commended him Ogr. Sir?
to you by young Osric, who brings back to him, Hor. Is’t not possible to understand in ano- that you attend him in the hall: He sends to ther tongue? You will do't, sir, really.
know, if your pleasure hold to play with Lacr. Ham. What imports the nomination of this tes, or that you will take longer time. Osr. Of Laertes ?
(gentleman? Ham. I am constant to my purposes, they Hor. llis purse is empty already; all his follow the king's pleasure: if his fitness speaki, golden words are spent.
inine is ready: now, or, whensoever, provided Ham. Of him, sir.
I be so able as now. ()sr. I know, you are not ignorant
Lord. The king, and queen, and all are coming Ham. I would, you did, sir; yet, in faith, if
down. you did, it would not much approve ine.Well, Ham. In happy time. sir.
Lord. The queen desires you, to 1180 some Osr. You are not ignorant of what excellence gentle entertainment to Laertes, before you fall Laertes is
to play. Ham. I dare not confess that, lest I should Ham. She well instructs me. (Erit Lord. compare with him in excellence; but, to know Hor. You will lose this wager, my lord. a man well, were to know himself.
Ham. I do not think so; since he went into Osr. I mean, sir, for his weapon; but in the France, I have been in continual practice ; I imputation laid on him by them, in his meed shall win at the odds. But thou would'st not he's unfellowed.
think, how ill all's here about my heart; but it Jlam. What's his weapon?
is no matter. Osr. Rapier and dagger.
Hor. Nay, good my lord, Ham. That's two of his weapons: but, well. Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind
Osr. The king, sir, hath wagered with him six of gain-giving, as would, perhaps, trouble a Barbary horses: against the which he hath im- woman. pawned, as I take it, six French rapiers and Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it: poniards, with their assigns, as girdle, hangers, I will forestall their repair hither, and say, you and so: Three of the carriages, in faith, are very are not fit. dear to fancy, very responsive to the hilts, most Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is delicate carriages, and of very liberal conceit a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. Ham. What call you the carriages?
If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to Hor. I know, you must be edited by the come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet margent, ere you had done.
it will come; the readiness is all: Since no Osr. The carriages, sir, are the hangers. man, of aught he leaves,-knows :-what is't
Ham. The phrase would be more german to to leave betimes. Let be. the matter, if we could carry a cannon by our Enter King, Queen, LAERTEs, Lords, OSRIC, sides; I would, it might be hangers till then,
and Attendants, with Foils, dc. But, on: Six Barbary horses against six French King. Come, Hamlet, cone, and take this swords, their assigns, and three liberal conceived i hand from me.
[The King puts the hand of LAERTEs into that Here's to thy health.--Give him the cup. of IIAMLET.
[Trumpets sound; and Cannons shot off ritkin. Ham Give me your pardon, sir: I have done Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by a while. you wrong;
Come.- Another hit; What say you? But panion it, as you are a gentleman.
[They play. This presence knows, and you must needs have Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess, heard,
King. Our son shall win. How I am punish'd with a sore distraction. Queen. He's fat, and scant of breath. What I have done,
Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows: That might your nature, honour, and exception, The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet. Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness. Ham. Good madam,Was't tamlet wrong'd Laertes? Never,IIainlet: King.
Gertrude, do not drink. If Ilamlet from himself be ta'en away,
Queen, I will, my lord ;-1 pray you pardon me. And, when he's not himself, does wrong Laertes, King. It is the poison'à cup; it is too late. Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it.
[diside. Who does it then? His madness: Ift be so, Ham. I dare not drink yet, madam; by and by. Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong'd; Quren. Come, let me wipe thy face. His maduess is poor IIamlet's enemy.
Loer. My lord, I'll hit him now. Sir, in this andience,
I do not think it, Let my disclaiming from purpos'd evil Lacr. And yet it is almost against my conFree me so far in your most generons thoughts, science.
(Asule. That I have shot my arrow o'er the house, Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes: You do And hurt my brother.
but dally; Laer.
I am satisfied in nature, I pray you, pass with your best violence; Whose motive, in this case, should stir me most I am afeard, you make a wanton of me. To my revenge: but in my terms of honour, Loer. Say you so? come on. [They play. I stand aloof; and will no reconcilement, Osr. Nothing neither way. Till by some elder masters of known honour, Laer. Have at you now. I have a voice and precedent of peace,
(LAERTES wounds II A MLET; then in scufling, To keep my name ingord: But till that time, they change Rapiers, anul llaület womails I do receive your offer'd love like love,
LAERTES. And will not wrong it.
Part them, they are incens'd. Ham.
I embrace it freely; Ham. Nay, come again, [The Queen folls. And will this brother's wager frankly play.-- 03r.
Look to the queen there, ho! Give 113 the foils; come on.
Hor. They bleed on both sides ;-How is it, Laer. Come, one for me. Osr. How is't, Laertes ?
(my lord ? Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine ig- Laer. Why, as a woodcock to mine own
springe, Osric: Your skillsball, like a star i' the darkest night, I am justly killed with mine own treachery. Stick fiery off indeed.
Ham. How does the queen?
She swoons to see them bleed. Ham. No, by this hand.
Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink,-0 my King. Give them the foils, young Osric.- dear Hamlet! You know the wager? (Cousin Hamlet, The drink, the drink ;-I am poison'd! (Dies. Ham.
Very well, my lord ; Ham. O villany!-lo! let the door be lock'd: Your grace hath laid the odds o' the wenker side. Treachery! seek it out. (LAERTES falis.
King. I do not fear it: I have seen you both: Laer. It is here, Hamlet: Hainlet, thou art But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds. slain;
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another. No medicine in the world can do thee good, Ham. This likes me well; These foils have In thee there is not half an hour's life;
all a length ? [They prepare to play. The treacherous instrument is in thy hand, Osr. Ay, my good lord.
[table!, Unbated, and envenom'd : the foul practice King. Set me the stoups of wine upon that Hath turn'd itself on me: lo, here I lie, If Hamlet give the first or second hit, Never to rise again: Thy mother's poison'd; Or qnit in answer of the third exchange, I can no more; the king, the king's to blame. Let all the battlements their ordnance fire :
Ham. The point The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath; Envenom'd too!-Then, venom, to thy work. And in the cup an union shall he throw,
[Stabs the King. Richer than that which four successive kings Osr. d Lords. Treason! treason! In Denmark's crown have worn; Give me the King. O, yet defend me, friends, I am but hurt. cups;
Ham. Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous, And let the kettle to the trumpet speak,
damned Dane, The trumpet to the cannoneer without, Drink off this potion :- Is the union here? The cannons to the heavens, the heaven to earth, Follow my mother.
[King dies. Now the king drinks to Hamlet.-Come, begin;- Laer.
He is justly serv'd; And you, the judges, bear a wary eye. It is a poison temper'd by himself.Ham. Come on, sir.
Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet: Lier. Come, my lord. (They play. Mine and my father's death come not upon thee; Ham.
Ham. Heaven make thee free of it! I follow Ham.
thee. Ost. A hit, a very palpable hit.
I am dead, Horatio:-Wretched queen, adieuLrer
Well, again. You that look pale and tremble at this chance, King. Stay, give me drink; Hamlet, this That are but mutes or agrience to this act, pearl is thine;
Had I but time as this fell sergeant, death,
Is strict in his arrest),O, I could tell you,
The sight is dismal; But let it be :-Horatio, I am dead;
And our affairs from England come too late: Thon liv'st; report me and my cause aright The ears are senseless, that should give us To the unsatisfied.
hearing, Hor. Never believe it :
To tell him, his commandment is fulfili'a,
Where should we have our thanks?
Not from his mouth, Give me the cup; let go; by beaven, I'll have Had it the ability of life to thank you ; it.
He never gave commandment for their death. O God !-Horatio, what a wounded name, But since, so jump upon this bloody question, Things standing thus unknown, shall live be- You from the Polack wars, and you from Enghind me?
land, if thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, Are here arriv'd; give order, that these bodies Absent thee from felicity awhile,
High on a stage be placed to the view; And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, And let me speak, to the yet unknowing world, To tell my story:
How these things came about: So shall you hear [March afar off, and Shot within. Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts;
What warlike noise is this? Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters ; Ost. Young Fortinbras, with conquest come of deaths put on by cunning, and forc'd cause ; from Poland,
And, in this upshot, purposes mistook To the ambassadors of England gives Fall'n on the inveniors' heads; all this can I This warlike volley,
Truly deliver. Ham. 0, I die, Horatio;
Fort. Let us haste to hear it, The potent poison quite o'ercrows my spirit; And call the noblest to the audience. I cannot live to hear the news from England: For me, with sorrow I embrace my fortune; But I do prophesy the election lights
I have some rights of memory in this kingdom, On Fortinbras ; he has my dying voice; Which now to claim my vantage doth invite me. So tell him, with the occurrents, more or less,
Hor. Of that I shall have also cause to speak, Which have solicited,—The rest is silence. And from his mouth whose voice will draw on
[Dies. more : Hor. Now cracks a noble heart;-Good night, But let this same be presently perform'd, sweet prince ;
Even while men's minds are wild ; lest more And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
mischance, Why does the drum come hither?
On plots and errors, happen: [March Within. Fort.
Let four captains Enter FortixBRAS, the English Ambassadors, Bear Hamlet, like a soldier, to the stage; and Others.
For he was likely, had he been put on, (sage, Fort, Where is the sight?
To have prov'd most royally: and, for his pasHor.
What is it, you rould see? The soldier's musick, and the rites of war, If aught of woe, or wonder, cease your search. Speak loudly for him.Fort. This quarry cries on havockl- proud Take up the bodies Such a sight as this death!
Becomes the field, but here shows much amiss. What feast is toward in thine eternal cell, Go, bid the soldiers shoot. [A dead march. That thou so many princes, at a shot,
[Exeunt, bearing of the dead Bodies; after So bloodily has struck?
which, a Peal of Ordnance is shot of
Othella, the four of Venice.
Persons Represented. DUKE OF VENICE.
Clown, Servant to Othello.
DESDEMONA, Daughter to Brabantio, and wife
to Othello. OTHELLO, the Moor : Cassio, his Lieutenant ;
EMILIA, Wife to Iago. Iago, his Ancient.
BIANCA, a Courtesan, Mistress to Cassio.
Sailors, Attendants, &c.
That thou, Iago,-who hast had my purse,
As if the strings were thine,--should'st know SCENE I. Venice. A Street.
of this. Enter RODERIGO and IAGO.
Iago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me :
If ever I did dream of such a matter, Rod. Tush, never tell me, I take it mach Abhor me. unkindly,
[in thy hate. Rod. Thou told'st me, thou did'st hold him
Iago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great Proclaim him in the streets; incense her kinsones of the city,
men, In personal suit to make me his lieutenant, And, though he in a fertile climate dwell, Oft capp'd to him :-and, by the faith of man, Plague him with flies: though that his joy bejoy, I know my price, I am worth no worse a place : Yet throw such changes of vexation on't, But he, as loving his own pride and purposes, As it may lose some colour. Evades them, with a bombast circumstance, Rod. llere is her father's house: I'll call aloud. Horribly stuff*d with epithets of war;
lago. Do; with like timorous accent, and And, in conclusion, nonsuits
dire yell, My mediators; for, certes, says he,
As when, by night and negligence, the fire I have already chose my officer.
Is spied in populous cities.
(ho! And what was he?
Rod. What ho! Brabantio ! siguior Brabantio! Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
Iago. Awake! what ho! Brabantio! thieves ! One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,
(bags ! A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife; Look to your house, your daughter, and your That never set a squadron in the field, Thieves! thieves ! Nor the division of a battle knows (rick, BRABANTIO, above at a Windoro. More than & spinster; unless the bookish theo- Bra. What is the reason of this terrible sumWherein the toged counseis can propose (tice, What is the matter there?
(mons ? As masterly as he: mere prattle, without prac- Rod. Signior, is all your family within ? In all his soldiership. But, he, sir, had the Iago. Are your doors lock'd ? election :
Why? wherefore ask you this? And I,-of whom his eyes had seen the proof, Iago. 'Zounds, sir, you are robb'd; for shame, At Rhodes, at Cyprus; and on other grounds
put on your gown: Christian and heathen--must be be-lee'd and Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul, calm'd
Even now, very now, an old black ram By debitor and creditor, this counter-castor; Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise ; He, in good time, must his lieutenant be, Awake the snorting citizens with the bell, And I (God bless the mark!) his Moorship's Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you ; ancient.
Arise, I say. Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been Bra. What, have you lost your wits ? his hangman.
Rod. Most reverend signior, do you know my Iago. But there's no remedy, 'tis the curse of Bra. Not I; What are you? (voice? service;
Rod. My name is--Roderigo. Preferment goes by letter, and affection,
The worse welcome : Not by the old gradation, where each second I have charg'd thee, not to haunt about my Stood heir to the first. Now, sir, be judge
In honest plainness thou hast heard me say, Whether I in any just term am aflin'd My daughter is not for thee; and now, in madTo love the Moor
I would not follow him then. Being full of supper, and distempering draughts, Iago. 0, sir, content you;
Upon malicious bravery, dost thou come
But thou must needs be sure,
Patience, good sir. For nought but provender; and, when he's old, Bra. What tell'st thou me of robbing? this is cashierd;
My house is not a grange.
(Venice: Whipme such honest knaves: Others there are,
Most grave Brabantio, Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty, In simple and pure soul I come to you. Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves; Iago. 'Zounds, sir, you are one of those, that And, throwing but shows of service on their will not serve God, if the devil bid you. Belords,
cause we come to do you service, you think Do well thrive by them, and, when they have we are ruffians: You'll have your daughter lin'd their coats,
covered with a Barbary horse : you'll have your Do themselves homage : these fellows have nephews neigh to you: you'll have coursers some soul;
for cousins, and gennets for germans. And such a one do I profess myself.
Bra. What profane wretch art thou ? For, sir,
lago. I am one, sir, that comes to tell yon, It is as sure as you are Roderigo,
your daughter and the Moor are now making Were I the Moor, I would not be lago:
the beast with two backs. In following him, I follow but myself:
Bra. Thou art & villain. Heaven is my judge, and I for love and duty, lago.
Yon area senator. But seeming so, for my peculiar end :
Bra. This thou shalt answer: I know thee, For when my outward action doth demonstrate Roderigo.
(beseech you, The native act and figure of my heart
Rod. Sir, I will answer any thing. But I In compliment extern, 'tis not long after If't be your pleasure, and most wise consent, But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve (As partly I tind, it is), that your fair daughter, For daws to peck át: I am not what I am. At this odd-even and dull watch o'the night,
Rod. What a full fortune does the thick-lips Transported-with no worse nor better guard, If he can carry't thus!
[owe, But with a knave of common hire, a gondolier,-lago.
Call up her father, To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor,Rouse him: make after him, poison his delight, | If this be known to you, and your allowance,