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Osr. A hit, a very palpable hit. .. Laer. Well-again
King. Stay, give me Drink. Hamlet, thiş Pearl is thine, Here's to thy health. Give him the cup.
[Trumpets sound, Shot goes off. Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by a while.
' - [They play. Come another hit—what say you?
Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess.
Q:een. He's fat, and scant of breath.
Ham. Good Madam,
Queen. Come, let me wipe thy face.
Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes, you but dally;
[Laertes wounds Hamlet ; then, in scuffling, they
change rapiers, and Hamlet wounds Laertes.
Laer, Why, as a woodcock to my own sprindge, Osrick ;
Ham. How does the Queen?
Queen. No, no, the drinks, the drink
[Queen dies. "Ham. Oh villainy! hoe ! let the door be lock'd : Treachery! seek it out
Laer. It is here.; Hamlet, thou art nain,
Ham. The point envenom'd too?
[Stabs the King All. Treason, treason. King. O'yet defend me, friends, I am but hurt.
Ham. Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous, damned Dane,
(75) The treach’rous Instrument is in thy band,
Unbated and envvenomd.] The King in the fourth Af, in the Scene betwixt him and Laertes," says;
So that with ease,
A Sword unbated, and in a Pass of Practise 19 Requite him for your Father..
you In which Passage the old Folio's read, in
A Sword unbaitedwhich makes Nonsence of the Place, and destroys the Poet's Meaning. Unbated signifies, unabated, unblunted, not charg'd with a Button as Foils áre. There are many Passages in our Author, where bale and abate fignify to blunt.
But doth rebate and blunt bis natural Edge
Meas. for Meal. 15 That Honour
, which shall bate his Scythe's keen Edge.
Love's Labout loft,
siglates Which once in bit abaced, all the rest
Turn'd on themselves' like dull and heavy Lead. 2 Henry IV. So, likewise, Ben Jonson in his Sad Shepherd.
As far as her proud Scorning him could bate,
3. Laer. He is justly served.
Hor. Never believe it.
yet some liquor left.
So tell him, with the occurrents more or less, ! Which have sollicited. The rest is silence. [Dies
Hor. Now cracks a noble heart ; good night, sweet
Prince ; And Alights of angels sing thee to thy' Rest!' :m0! Why does the Drum come hither ?
1, 901 011 Enter Fortinbras and English Ambassadors, with drum,
colours, and attendants. 306...)
Fort. Where is this sight?
Hor. What is it you would see? If ought of woe or wonder, cease your search. 1: .-;--; Fort. This quarry cries on havock. Oh proud
death! (76) What feast is tow'rd in thy infernal cell, ...) That thou so many Princes at a shot 17') , :;"? So bloodily haft struck?
Amb. The light is disinal,
Hor. Not from his mouth,
-Oh, proud Death! What Feast is tow'rd in thy eternal Cell,] This Epithet, I think, has no great Propriety here. I have chose the Reading of the old Quarto Editions, infernal. This communicates an" Image suitable to the Circumstance of the Havock, which Fortinbras looks on and would represent in a light of Horror. Upon the Sight of so many dead Bodies, he exclaims against Death as an execrable, riotous, Destroyer í and as preparing to make a favage, and hellish Feast.
1 (77) He rever gave Commandment for their Death.) We must either believe, the Poet had forgot himself with Regard to the Circumstance of Rosincrantz and Guildenstern's Death; or we must understand him thus ; that he no otherways gave a Command for their Deaths, than in putting a Change upon the Tenour of the King's Commission, and warding off the fatal Sentence from his own Head.
You from the Polack Wars, and you from England,
Fort. Let us haste to hear it,
Hor. Of that I shall have also cause to speak,
Fort. Let four captains
(78) And from bis Mouth, whose Voice will draw no more. This is the Reading of the old Quarto's, but certainly a mistaken one.
We fay, a Man quill no more draw Breath; but that a Man's Voice will draw no more, is, I believe, an Expression without any Authority. I chuse to elpouse the Reading of the Elder Folio.
And from his Mouth, whose Voice will draw on more. And this is the Poet's Meaning. Hamlet, just before his Deach, had faid;
But I do propbefie, th' Election lights
Accordingly, Horatio here delivers that Message ; and very juftly infers, that Hamlet's Voice will be seconded by others, and procure them in Favour of Fortinbras's Succession.