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as I take it, fix Frenclı rapiers and poniards, with

Entas e Lord 3: their aligns, as girdle, mugers, and fo: Three of Lord. Hy loral, his m;:ity commended him to

the carriages, in faith, are very dear to fancy, very you by young Orick, who brings back to him, responsive to the hilts, most delicate carriages, and that you attend him in the hall : he tends to know, of very liberal conceit.

if your pleasure huld to play with Liertes, or Ham. Wlrat call you the carriages?

that you will take longer ti le. 1104. I kneu', you must be edified by the mar Ham. I am conttant to my purposes, they fola gent ', ere you had done.

low the king's pleafure : if his fitness speaks, 01. The carriages, fir, are the hangers. mine is ready; now, or whenfoever, provided I

Hay. The phrale would be more germ.re? to be to able 35 now. the matter, if we could carry a conon by our Lord. The king, and queen, and all, are coma bes: I would, it might be haugers 'till then.ling down. But, on: Six Parbary horses against fix French 11.29. In happy time. Twords, their atligns, and three liberal-conceited Lord. The queen desires you to use some gencarriages ; that's the French bett agiinst the tle entertainment to Laertes, before you full co Danish: Why is this impon'd, as you call it ? play.

Ojs. The king, fir, hath lay'd, that in a dozen Ham. She well instructs me. [Exit Lordo palles between yourself and him, he hall not ex Hor. You will lote this wager, my lord. ceed you three hits : he hath lay'd on twelve for Hum. I do not think 1o; since he went into nine; and it would come to immediate trial, if France, I have been in continual practice ; I Thall your lordihip would youchsafe the answer. win at the odds 7. But thou would It not think, Ham. How if I answer, no

how ill all's here about my heart : but it is no Ofr. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your matter. person in trial.

Hor. Nay, good my lord,-Ham. Sir, I will walk here in the hall: If it Ham. It is but fowlery; but it is such a kind please buis majesty, it is the breathing time of day of gain-giving , as would, perhaps, trouble a wowith me ; let the soils be brought : the gentleman man. willing, and the king hold his purpose, I will win Har. If your mind Jilike any thing, obey it: for him, if I can; if not, I will gain nothing but I will forcítull their repair hither, and say you are my Thame, and the odd hirs. Oft. Shall I deliver you so ?

Hun. Not a whit, we defy augury ; there is Ham. To this effect, fir; after what Aourish a special providence in the fall of a {parrow. 16 your nature will.

it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, Ofr. I commend my duty to your loruthip. [Exit. it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come:

H.21. Yours, yours.--He does well, to con- the readineis is all : Since no man knows aught mend it himself ; there are no tongues else for 's of what he leaves, what is’t to leave betimes 9 ? turn.

Let be. Hor. This lapwing runs away with the shell on Later King, Queen, Laertes, Lords, Qfrick, and his head 3.

attendants with foils, &c. Fle???. He did compliment with his dus, before King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this he fuck'd it. Thus las he (and many more of the

land from me. fame breed, that, I know, the drolly age dotes on [The King puts the hand of Laertes into only got the tune of the time, and outward libit

ibat of Hamlet. of encounter; a kind of yest; collection, wlich llam. Give me your pardon, fir : I lave done Carries them through and through the most fond

you wrong; and winnowed opinions 4 ; and do but blow them But pardon it, as you are a gentleman. to their trial, the bubbles are out $.

This presence knows, and you must needs have heard,

not fit.


! Dr. Warburton very properly observes, that in the old books the glofs or comment was usually printed on the margent of the leaf. 2 More a-kin. 3 The meaning, Mr. Steevens believes, is-This is for whirltcllow. 4 The meaning is, “ These men have got the cant of the day, a superticial readineis of night and cui fory conversation, a kind of frothy collection of fashionable prattle, which yet carries them through the most select and approved judgments. This airy facility of talk fometimes imposes upon wise men." si.c. These men of thow, without solidity, are like bubbles raised froin foap and water, which dance, and glitter, and plcale the eye, but if you extend them, by blowing liard, separate into a mist; fo if you oblige these specious talkers to extend their compass of conversation, they at once discover the tenuity of iheir intelicēts. 61. e. mild and temperate conversation. i Hamlet mcans to fay, I shall fucceed with the advantage which I am allowed, I Arall make more than nine hits for Lzettes'twelte. 8 Gain-giving is the fame as mifgiving 9 Dr. Johnson comments on this paflage thus : “ Since no man knows aught of the ttate of life which he leaves, lince he cannot judge what other years may produce, why should he be afraid of laring life betimes? Why should he dread an carly death, of which he cannot tell whether it is an exclulion of happiness, or an interception of calamity? I despise the fuperftition of auguy and omens, which has no ground in realon or picty; my comfort is, that I cannot tall but by the dircction of Providence."

How I am punish'd with a fore distraction. Laer. Come, my lord.

[Tboy piaga What I have done,

Ham. One.
That might your nature, honour, and exception, Lucr. No.
Roughly awake, I here proclaim was maunels. Hum. Judgment.
Was't Hamiet wrong'd Laertes ? Never Hamlet; Ofr. A hit, a very palpable hits
If Hamlet from himielf he ta’en away,

Laer. Welly again,
And, when he's not himself, does wrong Laertes, King. Stay, gite me drink: Hamlet, this pear!
Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it.

is thine ; Who does it then? His madness : If't be fo, Here's to thy health.-Give him the cup. Hamlet is of the faction that is wrongd;

[Trumpets found; begu: His madness is poor Hamlet's enemy.

Ham. I'll play this hout firit, let it by a while. Sir, in this audience,

[Tbyty. Let my disclaiming from a purpos’d evil Come, another hit ; What say you ? Free me so far in your mott generous thoughts, Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess. That I have shot my arrow o'er the house,

King. Our fon shall win. And hurt my brother.

Queen. He 's fat, and scant of breath.Laer. I am satisfy'd in nature,

Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows: Whose motive, in this case, should stir me most The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet. To my revenge : but in my terms of honour Ham. Good madam,I stand aloof; and will no reconcilement,

King. Gertrude, do not drink. 'Till by some elder masters, of known honour, Queen. I will, my lord ;--I pray you, pardon me. I have a voice and precedent of peace,

King. It is the poison d cups it is too late. [-24 To keep my name ungor’d: but, 'till that time, Ham. I dare not drink yet, madam ; by and by. I do receive your offer'd love like love,

Queen. Come, let me wipe thy face. And will not wrong it.

Lacr. My lord, I'll hit him now. Ham. I embrace it freely ;

King. I do not think 'l. And will this brother's wager frankly play. Laer. And yet it is almost against my conscience. Give us the foils; come on. Laer. Come, one for me.

[rance Ham, Come, for the third, Laertes: You do but Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine igno

cally ; Your skill shall, like a star i' the darkest night, I pray you, país with your best violence ; Stick fiery ott indeed.

I am afraid, you make a wanton + of me. Laer. You mock me, fir.

Lacr. Say you to : come on.

[Piss. Ham. No, by this hand. [Cousin Hamlet, . Nothing neither way.

King. Give them the foils, young Olrick. Laer. Hare at you now. You know the wager ?

LLaertes quounds Hamlet; tben, is low, Ham. Very well, my lord ;

they change lapiers, and Haria: cordo Your grace hath laid the odds o' the weaker side.

King. I do not fear it; I have seen you both: King. Part them, they are incens'd.
But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds. Ham. Nay, come again.

Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another. Ofr. Look to the queen there, ho!
Ham. This likes me well : these foils have all a

[Tbe ouens f.: is. length ? [They prepare to play. Hor. They bleed on both sides :-how is in Ofr. Ay, my good lord. King. Set me the stoups of wine upon that Ofr. How is't, Laertes?

[Ofrick; table :

Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own ipriage, If Hamlet gire the first, or second hit,

I am juftly kill'd with mine own treachery. Or quit in answer of the third exchange,

Han. How does the queen? Let all the battlements their ord'nance fire ; King. She swoons to see them bleed. The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath; Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink, my And in the cup an union 2 Thall he throw,

dear Hamlet! Richer than that which four fuccellive kings The drink, the drink ;--I am poison'd In Denmark's crown have worn: Give me the cups;

[7be seen diese And let the kettle to the trumpet speak,

Ham. O villainy !-Ho! let the door be lock d: The trumpet to the cannoneer without,

Treachery! seek it out.

(Alain; The cannons to the heavens, the heavens to earth, Laer. It is here, Hamlet : Hamlet, thou art Now the King drinks to Hamle.-Come, begin ; No medicine in the world can do thee good, And you, the judges, bear a wary eye.

In thee there is not half an hour's life ; Ham. Come on, fir.

The treacherous instrument is in thy hand,


my lord ?

1 A soup is a flaggon, or bowl. 2 An union is the fineft fort of pearl, and has its place in all crowns and coronets. 3 Under pretence of throwing a peari into the cup, the king may be fupposed to drop some poisonous drug into the wine. Hamlet seems to fuspect this, when he afterwards discovers the effects of the poison, and tauntingly asks him,- Is the wrion here? 4 A wanien was a man fecble and effeminate.


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Vnbated, and envenom'd : the foul practice Enter Fortinbras, the English Embajadors, and
Hath turn d itself on me ; lo, here I lie,

Never to rise again : Thy mother's poison'd;
I can no more ;-the king, the king 's to blame.

For. Where is this fight?

Hor. What is it, you would see?
Ham. The point envenoni'd too!--
Ther, venom, to ty work. (Stabs the king

If aught of woe, or wonder, cease your search.
All. Treason! treason!

Fort. This quarry cries, on havock O proud

King. O, yet defend me, friends, I am but hur.
llam. Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous, damned that thou so many princes, at a thut,

What feast is toward in thine infernal cell,
Drink off this potion :--Is the union here?

So bloodily haft truck ?

Emb. The fight is dismal ;
Follow my mother.
Laer. He is justly serv'd ;

And our attairs from England come too late :
It is a poison temper'd by himself.--

The ears are senseless, that should give us hearing Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet :

To tell him, his commandment is fulfillid,

That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead :
Mine and my father's death come not upon thee ;
Nor thine on me!


Where should we have our thanks?
Ham. Heaven make thee free of it! I follow

Hor. Not from his 3 mouth,

Had it the ability of life to thank you ;
I am dead, Horatio :--Wretched queen, adieu !

He never gave commandment for their death.
You that book pale and tremble at this chance,

But since, so jump upon this bloudly question,

You from the Polack wars, and you from England
That are but mutes or audience to this act,
Had I but time, (as this fell ferjeant, death,

Are here arriv’d; give order, that these bodies
Is itriet in his arrest) 0, I could tell you,

High on a Itage be placed to the view ;
But let it be ;-Horatio, I am dead;

And let me speak, to the yet unknowing world,
Thou liv'it; report me and my cause aright

How these things came about : So shall you hear
To the unsatisfied.

Of cruel, bloody, and unnatural acts ;
Hor. Never believe it ;

Of accidental judgments, casual flaughters;
I am more an antique Roman than a Dane,

Of deaths put on by cunning, and forc'd cause ;
Here's yet fome liquor left.

And, in this up hot, purpofes miftook
Ham. As thou'rt a man, —

Fall'n on the inventors' heads : all this can I
Give me the cup; let go; by heaven, I'll have it. Truly deliver.
O Gout!--Horatio, what a wounded name,

Fort. Let us hafte to hear it,

And call the noblett to the audience.
Things standing thus unknown, ifall live behind
me ?

For me, with forrow I embrace my fortune ;
If thou didst ever hold me in thy hea t,

I have fome rights of memory in this kingdom, Absent thee from felicity a while,

Which now to claim my vantage doth invite me. And in this harsh world draw thy breath in "pain, And from his mouth whose voice will draw on

Hor. Of that I shall have also cause to speak,
To tell my story:-

more :
[Marcb afar of, and shoot within.
What warlike noise is this?

But let this fame be presently perform’d,

Even wiiile men's minds are wild; left more Ofr. Young Fortinbras, with conquest come from Poland,

mifchance To the embassadors of England gives

On plots, and errors, happen.

Fort. Let four captains
This warlike volley.
Ham. 0, 1 die, Horatio ;

Bear Hamlet, like a soldier, to the stage ;
The potent poison quite o'er-grows my spirit ;

For he was likely, had he been put on,
I cannot live to hear the news from England ;

To have prov'd muit royally : and, for his passage,

The soldiers' music, and the rites of war,
But I do prophely, the election lights
On Fortinbras ; he has my dying voice;

Speak loudly for him.--
So tell him, with the occurrents“, more or less, Take up the bodies : Such a fight as this
Which have solicited ?, The rest is filence.

Becomes the field, but here thews much amiss.

Go, bid the soldiers shoot.
Her. Now cracks a noble heart :-Good night,

[Exeunt : after which, a peal of orbrance is sweet prince ;

shot off.
And Aiglits of angels fing thee to thy rest!
Why does the drum come hither?

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Dicke of VENICE.

MONTAXO, the Moor's Predeceffor in :be Geo BRABANTIO, a Senator.

vernment of Cyprus. Tavo orber Senator's.

Clozun, Sovant so ibe Moor. GRATIAXO, Brother to Brabantio.

Herald. Lodovico, kinjman to Brabantio and Gratiano.

DESDEMONA, Daughter to Brabantio, and OTHELLO, Ibe Mcor.

Wife is Othello. Cassio, bis Lieutenant.

Æmilia, life to lago. IAGO), bis Ancient.

BIANCA, Vijirefs to Capio.
RODERIGO, a Venition Gentlem.in.

Oficeri, Gentlemen, Vegjengers, Musicians, Sailors, and Attendants.
SCENE, for the fir det, in Venics; during the rest of the Play, in Cyprus.

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Evades chern, with a bombast circumstance,

Horribly stutt'd with epithets of war ;

And, in conclufion,
A Sirert.

Non-suits iny mediators ; for, certes?, says be
Enter Roderigo, and lago.

I b.lee als eu dy cholin my officer.

And what was he? Rod.

One Michael Callioa Florentine, That thou, lago, who haft had my purse, A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wise 3; as if the strings were thine,--houlvit know of That never let a squadron in the field, this.

Nor che divifion of a battle knows lagr. But you'll no: hear me :

More than a spinster ; unless the bookifh theorico, If ever I did dream of such a matter, abhor me. Wherein the toged consuls s can propose Rod. Thou roluit me, twou wit hold him in ts marterly as he : mere prattle, without practice, thy hate.

[of the city, is all his toldiership. But he, fil, had the election: lar, Despite me if I do not. Three great ones And I, -of whom his eyes had seen the pivof, la personal suit tu make me his lieutenant, At Rivoiles, at Cyprus; and on other grounds Dit capp'd to him; and, by the faith of man, Chrittian and heathen, inutt be be-lee'd and calmd I know my price, I am worth no worse a place. By debtor and creditor, this counter-caster; But lie, as loving his own pride and purposes, He, in good time, must his lieutenant be,

The story is taken from Cynthio's Vozels. 2 i. e, certainly, in truth. Obroicte. 3 On these lines Dr. Jishniom oblerues, “ This is one of the paisages which must for the pre fent be resigned 10 corruption and obscurity. I have nothing that I can, with any approach to confidence, propole." Mr. Tyrwhitt ingenionly propoíus to read, “ damu'd in a fair life;" and is of opinion, that · Shakipeare alludes to the judgmene denounced in the gospel against those of whom all men speak well." He adds, that is the charačect of Callio is certainly such, as would be very likely to draw


him all the peril of this denunciation, literally understood. Weli-bord, cals, fociable, good-naturid; with abilities enough to make him agreeable and uletul, but not fufficient to excite the envy of his equals, or to alarm the jealousy or his superiors. It may be observed too, that Shakipcare has thought it proper to make laga in leveral other passages, bear his teitimory to the amiable qualities of his rival." 4 Theune, for theory.

s Confuls, tur counsellor.. 6 li was ancien:ly the practice to reckup lums with countera. ***


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