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Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe;
Ham. How does the Queen ?
Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink
[Queen dies, Ham. Oh villainy! ho! let the door be lock'd : Treachery! seek it out
Laer. It is here, Hamlet. Thou art lain,
Ham. The point envenom'd too?
All. Treason, treason.
[Dies. Ham. Heav'n make thee free of it. I follow thee. I'm dead, Horatio. Wretched Queen, adieu ! You that look pale, and tremble at this chance, s That are but mutes or audience to this act, 5 That are but mutes or audience or at most only mute performers,
10 this azt, ] That are either that fill the ftage without any mere auditors of this catastrophe, part in the action. X 2
Had I but time, as this fell Serjeant death
Hor. Never believe it.
yet some liquor left.
Ofr. Young Fortinbras, with Conquest come from
Ham. O, I die, Horatio :
6 Which have sollicitedevent.
..] Sollicited, for brought on the
Hor. Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet
Enter Fortinbras, and English Ambassadors, with
drum, colours, and attendants.
Fort. Where is this sight?
Hor. What is it you would see?
Amb. The sight is dismal,
Hor. Not from his mouth, Had it th' ability of life to thank you: He never gave commandment for their death. But since so jump 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,
7 This guarry cries or bau ck] I suppose, when unfuir sportsman Hanmer reads,
dettroyed more quarry or game cries out, bavock. than was realonable, the centure To cry on, was to exciaim again. was, to cry, Havock.
How these things came about. So fhall you heap
Fort. Let us hafte to hear it,
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, Even while men's minds are wild, left more mischance On plots and errors happen.
Fort. Let'four captains 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 paffage, The Soldiers' musick, and the rites of war Speak loudly for him:
* And from his mouth whole Hamlet, juft before his death, voice will draw no more.
re.] had said; This is the reading of the old Buh I do prophely, th clea isk Quario's, but certainly a mitlaken
lights one, We say, a man will 10
On Fortinbras: He has my dy more draw: breath; but that a ing voice ; man's voice will drawnomore, is, So reil him; &c. I believe, an expreflion without Accordingly, Horatio here de. any authority. I chuse to espouse livers that message; and very the reading of the e'der folio ; justly infers, that Hamlet's voice And from his mouih, whose will be seconded by others, and
Oice will dramu on more, procure them in favour of Foro Aad this is the poet's meaning. tinbras's succesfion. THEOB.
Take up the body. Such a sight as this
[Exeunt, marching : after which, a peal of
Ordnance is shot of • If the dramas of Shakespeare for he does nothing which he were to be characterised, each by might not have done
with the rethe particular excellence which putation of fanity. He plays the distinguishes it from the rest, madman most, when he treats we must allow to the tragedy of Ophelia with so much rudeness, Hamlet the praise of variety, which seems to be useless and The incidents are so numerous, wanton cruelty. that the argument of the play Hamlet is, through the whole would make a long tale. The play, rather an instrument than scenes are interchangeably diver, an agent. After he has, by the fified with merriment and solem- tratagem of the play, convicted nity; with merriment that in the King, he makes no attempt cludes judicious and instructive to punish him, and his death is at observations, and folemnity, not last effected by an incident which Atrained by poetical violence a- Hamlet has no part in producing. bove the natural sentiments of The catastrophe is not very man. New characters appear happily produced ; the exchange from time to time in continual of weapons is rather an expedifucceffion, exhibiting various ent of necessity, than a stroke of forms of life and particular modes art. A scheme might easily have of conversation. The pretend- been formed, to kill Hamlet with ed, madness of Hamlet causes the dagger, and Laertes with the much mirth, the mournful bowl. distraction of Ophelia fills the The poet is accused of having heart with tenderness, and every shewn little regard to poetical personage produces the effect in- justice, and may be charged with tended, from the apparition that equal neglect of poetical probain the first act chills the blood bility. The apparition left the with hotrour, to the fop in the regions of the dead to little purlaft, that exposes affectation to pose; the revenge which he dejust contempt.
mands is not obtained but by the The conduct is perhaps not death of him that was required wholly secure against objections. to take it; and the gratification The action is indeed for the moft which would arise from the de. pare in continual progression, but 'struction of an usurper and a there are some scenes which nei- murderer, is abated by the unther forward nor retard it. Of timely death of Ophelia, the the feigned madness of Hamlet young, the beautiful, the harmthere appears no adequate cause, less, and the pious.