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Was't Hamlet wrong'd Laertes ? Never, Hamlet:
I am satisfied in nature,
Ham. ; I embrace it freely;
Come, one for me.
You mock me, sir.
King. Give them the foils, young Osric.- Cousin You know the wager?
Very well, my lord;
* I am satisfied in nature, &c.] This was a piece of satire on fantastical bonour. Though nature is satisfied, yet be will ask advice of older men of the sword, whether artificial honour ought to be contented with Hamlet's submission.-STERVENS.
y Your grace hath laid the odds o'the weaker side.] When the odds were on the side of Laertes, who was to hit Hamlet twelve times to nine, it was, perhaps, the author's slip. Sir T. Hanmer reads, Your grace hath laid upon the utaker side-Jonsson.
King. I do not fear it: 1 have seen you both :-
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
[They prepare to play. Osr. Ay, my good lord.
King. Set me the stoups? of wine upon that table :
Ham. Come on, sir.
Judgment. Ost. A hit, a very palpable hit. Laer.
Well,-again. King. Stay, give me drink : Hamlet, this pearl is thine ; Here's to thy health.-Give him the cup.
[Trumpets sound; and Cannon shot off within. Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by awhile. Come.—Another hit; What say you? [They play.
Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess.
He's fat, and scant of breath.Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows : The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet. 2 stoups-) i. e. Flagons. a — an union ) A very precious pearl.-Malone.
this pearl is thine ;] Under pretence of throwing a pearl into the cup, the king may be supposed to drop some poisonous drug into the wine. Hamlet seems to suspect this, when he afterwards discovers the effects of the poison, and tauntingly asks him,"Is the union here?"-STEEVENS.
carouses-] i. e. Drinks success to you.
Ham. Good madam, —
Gertrude, do not drink.
I do not think it.
[Aside. Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes: You do but dally; , I pray you, pass with your best violence; I am afeard, you make a wanton of me.d 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.
Look to the queen there, ho! Hor. They bleed on both sides :-How is it, my lord? Osr. How is't, Laertes ?
Laer. Why, as a woodcock to mine own springe, Osric; I am justly kill'd with mine own treachery.
I am just low does the queshe swoons to Seco myd
She swoons to see them bleed.
[Dies. Ham. O villainy !-Ho! let the door be lock’d: Treachery! seek it out.
(LAERTES falls. Laer. It is here, Hamlet: Hamlet, thou art slain; No medicine in the world can do thee good, In thee there is not half an hour's life; The treacherous instrument is in thy hand, Unbated, and envenom'd: the foul practice Hath turn’d itself on me; lo, here I lie, Never to rise again : Thy mother's poison’d;
d— you make a wanton of me.] i. e. You trifle with me; make child's play.
I can no more; the king, the king's to blame.
Ham. The point
[Stabs the King. Osr. & Lords. Treason! treason! King. O, yet defend me, friends, I am but hurt.
Ham. Here thou incestuous, murd'rous, damned Dane, Drink off this potion :- Is the union here ? Follow my mother.
[King Dies. Laer. . 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; Nore thine on me!
Never believe it;
As thou'rt a man,-
What warlike noise is this? Is the union here?) It should seen from this line, and Laertes' next speech, that Hamlet here forces the expiring king to drink some of the poisoned cup, and that he dies while it is at his lips.-MALONE.
* That are but mutes or audience to this aci,j That are either auditors of this catastrophe, or at most only mute performers, that fill the stage without any part in the action.-Johnson.
B- sergeant,] i. e. Bailiff, or sheriff's officer.-Ritson.
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 prophecy, the election lights On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice; So tell him, with the occurrents,' more or less, Which have solicited, k—The rest is silence. [Dies.
Hor. Now cracks a noble heart;—Good night, sweet And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest! [prince; Why does the drum come hither? [March within.
Enter FORTINBRAS, the English Ambassadors, and others.
Fort. Where is this sight? Hor.
What is it, you would see? If aught of woe, or wonder, cease your search.
Fort. This quarry cries on havock !%O proud death!
The sight is dismal ;
Not from his mouth,
h The potent poison quite o'er-crows-] Alluding to a victorious cock exulting over his conquered antagonist.-STEEVENS.
1- occurrents,] i. e. Incidents. k- solicited,] For excited.
1 This quarry cries on havock!] To cry on, was to eaclaim against. I suppose, when unfair sportsmen destroyed more quarry or game than was reasonable, the censure was to cry, havock.--JOHNSON.
m What feast is toward in thine eternal cell,] The allusion is to the chox, or feasts of the dead, wbich were anciently celebrated at Athens, and are mentioned by Plutarch in The Life of Antonius.--STEEVENS.
his mouth,] i. e. The king's.