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Osr. I know, you are not ignorant
your pleasure hold to play with Laertes, or that you Ham. I would, you did, sir; yet, in faith, if you will take longer time. did, it would not much approve me ;-Well, sir. Ham. I am constant to my purposes, they fol
Osr. You are not ignorant of what excellence low the king's pleasure: if his fitness speaks, mine Laertes is
is ready; now, or whensoever, provided I be so able Ham. I dare not confess that, lest I should compare with him in excellence; but, to know a man Lord. The king, and queen, and all are coming well, were to know himself.
down. Osr. I mean, sir, for his weapon; but in the im- Ham. In happy time. putation laid on him by them, in his meed' he's Lord. The queen desires you to use some genun fellowed.
tle entertainment to Laertes, before you fall to Ham. What's his weapon?
play. Osr. Rapier and dagger.
Ham. She well instructs me.
[Exit Lord. Ham. That's two of his weapons: but, well. Hor. You will lose this wager, my lord.
Osr. The king, sir, hath wagered with him six Ham. I do not think so; since he went into Barbary horses: against the which he nas im- France, I have been in continual practice; I shall pawned, as I take it, six French rapiers and win at the odds. But thou wouldst not think, how poniards, with their assigns, as girdle, hangers,' ill all's here about my heart: but it is no matter. and so; Three of the carriages, in faith, are very Hor. Nay, good my lord,dear to fancy, very responsive to the hilts, most Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of delicate carriages, and of very liberal conceit. gain-giving,' as would perhaps, trouble a woman. Ham. What call you the carriages?
Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it: I Hor. I knew you must be edified by the mar- will forestall their repair hither, and say, you are gent,' ere you had done.
not fit. Osr. The carriages, sir, are the hangers.
Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is a Ham. The phrase would be more german' to the special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it matter, if we could carry a cannon by our sides ; be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will I would, it might be hangers till then. But, on: be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the Six Barbary horses against six French swords, readiness is all: Since no man, of aught he leaves, their assigns, and three liberal conceited carriages; knows, what is't to leave betimes? Let be. that's the French bet against the Danish: Why, is this impawned, as you call it?
Enter King, Queen, LAERTES, Lords, Osric, Ost. The king, sir, hath laid, that in a dozen
and Attendants, with Foils, &c. passes between yourself and him, he shall not ex- King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand ceed you three hits; he hath laid, on twelve for
from me. nine; and it would come to immediate trial, if your [The King puts the Hand of LAERTEs into lordship would vouchsafe the answer.
that of Hamlet. Ham. How, if I answer, no?
Ham. Give me your pardon, sir: I have done Ost. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your
you wrong; person in trial.
But pardon it, as you are a gentleman. Ham. Sir, I will walk here in the hall: If it This presence knows, and you must needs have please his majesty, it is the breathing time of day heard, with me: let the foils be brought, the gentleman How I am punish'd with a sore distraction. willing, and the king hold his purpose, I will win What I have done, for him, if I can; if not, I will gain nothing but That might your nature, honor, and exception, my shame, and the odd hits.
Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness. Osr. Shall I deliver you so?
Was't Hamlet wronged Laertes? Never Hamlet; Ham. To this effect, sir; after what flourish If Hamlet from himself be ta'en away, your nature will.
And, when he's not himself, does wrong Laertes, Ost. I commend my duty to your lordship. [Exit. Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it.
Ham. Yours, yours. He does well to com- Who does it then? His madness : If 't be so, mend it himself; there are no tongues else for's turn. Hamlet is of the faction that is wronged;
Hor. This lapwing runs away with the shell His madness is poor Hamlet's enemy. on his head.
Sir, in this audience, Ham. He did comply with his dug, before he Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd evil sucked it. Thus has he (and many more of the Free me so far in your most generous thoughts, same breed, that, I know, the drossy age dotes on) That I have shot my arrow o'er the house, only got the tune of the time, and outward habit And hurt my brother. of encounter; a kind of yesty collection, which Laer.
I am satisfied in nature, carries them through and through the most fond Whose motive, in this case, should stir me most and winnowed opinions; and do but blow them to To my revenge: but in my terms of honor, their trial, the bubbles are out.
I stand aloof; and will no reconcilement,
Till by some elder masters of known honor,
I have a voice and precedent of peace, Lord. My lord, his majesty commended him to To keep my name ungor'd:' But till that time, you by young Osric, who brings back to him, that I do receive your offer'd love like love, you attend him in the hall: He sends to know, if And will not wrong it.
I embrace it freely; * Praise. • That part of the belt by which the sword was suspended. And will this brother's wager frankly play. — Margin of a book which contains explanatory notes.
Give us the foils; come on.
Come, one for me. A bird which runs about immediately it is hatched. • Compliment. • Worthless.
Misgiving & The king and queen's presence. • For fond read fann'd.
Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine igno Hor. They bleed on both sides;—How is it, my
lord ? Your skill shall, like a star i' the darkest night, Osr. How is't, Laertes ? Stick fiery off indeed.
Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe, Laer. You mock me, sir.
Osric; Hom. No, by this hand.
I am justly kill'd with mine own treachery. King. Give them the foils, young Osric.-Cou Ham. How does the queen ? sin Hamlet,
She swoons to see them bleed. You know the wager?
Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink, -0 my Ham. Very well, my lord;
dear Hamlet! Your grace bath laid the odds o' the weaker side. The drink, the drink ;-I am poison'd! (Dies.
King. I do not fear it:—I have seen you both: Ham. O villany!-Ho! let the door be lock'd: But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds. Treachery! seek it out. (LAERTES falls.
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another. Laer. It is here, Hamlet: Hamlet, thou art slain; Ham. This likes me well: These foils have all No medicine in the world can do thee good,
a length ? [They prepare to play. In thee there is not half an hour's life; Ost. Ay, my good lord.
The treacherous instrument is in thy hand, King. Set me the stoups' of wine upon that Unbated,' and envenom'd: the foul practice table :
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 quit in answer of the third exchange,
I can no more; the king, the king's to blame.
Ham. The point
[Stabs the Kine.
Ham. Here thou incestuous, murd'rous, damned The trumpet to the cannoneer without,
He is justly serv'd; Ham. Come on, sir.
It is a poison temper'd by himself.Laer.
Come, my lord. They play. Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet: Ham.
One. Mine and my father's death come not upon thee; Laer. No. Nor thine on me!
Judgment. Ham. Heaven make thee free of it! I follow Ost. A hit, a very palpable hit.
Well,—again. I am dead. Horatio :—Wretched queen, adieu!King. Stay, give me drink: Hamlet, this pearl You that look pale and tremble at this chance, is thine;
That are but mutes or audience to this act, Here's to thy health.-Give him the cup. Had I but time, (as this fell sergeant, death, [Trumpets sound; and Cannon shot off within. Is strict in his arrest,) O, I could tell you,
Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by a while. But let it be:—Horatio, I am dead;
To the unsatisfied.
Never believe it;
As thou'rt a man, Ham. Good madam,
Give me the cup; let go; by heaven I'll have it.King.
Gertrude, do not drink. O God!-Horatio, what a wounded name, Queen. I will, my lord;-) pray you, pardon me. Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind King. It is the poison'd cup; it is too late. [Aside.
me ? Ham. I dare not drink yet, madam; by and by. If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, Queen. Come, let me wipe thy face.
Absent thee from felicity awhile, Laer. My lord, I'll hit him now.
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, King.
I do not think it. To tell my story:Laer. And yet it is almost against my conscience.
(March afar off, and Shot within. [Aside.
What warlike noise is this? Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes: You do but Osr. Young Fortinbras, with conquest come from dally;
0, I die, Horatio; Osr. Nothing neither way.
The potent poison quite o'er-crows my spirit; Laer. Have at you now.
I cannot live to hear the news from England:
fling, they change Rapiers, and Ham On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice;
So tell him, with the occurrents,' more or less,
Part them, they are incens’d. Which have solicited,—the rest is silence. [Dies Ham. Nay, come again. [The Queen falls.
• Not blunted, without a button. Osr. Look to the queen there, ho !
& A sergeant is a sheriff's officer. Large jugs. A precious pearl. • Boy.
Hor. Now cracks a noble heart;-Good-night, | And let me speak, to the yet unknowing world, sweet prince;
How these things come about: So shall you hear And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest! Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts; Why does the drum come hither ? [March within. Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters ; Enter FortinBRAS, the English Ambassadors,
Of deaths put on by cunning, and forced cause; and others.
And in this upshot, purposes mistook
Fall'n on the inventors' heads: all this can I Fort. Where is this sight? Hor. What is it you would see?
Fort. Let us haste to hear it,
And call the noblest to the audience.
I have some rights of memory in this kingdom, That thou so many princes, at a shot,
Which now to claim my vantage doth invite me.
Hor. Of that I shall have also cause to speak, So bloodily hast struck?
And from his mouth whose voice will draw on 1 Amb.
The sight is dismal; And our affairs from England come too late: The ears are senseless, that should give us hearing, Even while men's minds are wild; lest more mis
But let this same be presently performid, To tell him, his commandment is fulfillid,
chance, That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead:
On plots and errors, happen.
Let four captains Had it the ability of life to thank you;
For he was likely, had he been put on,
To have prov'd most royally: and, for his passage,
Speak loudly for him.
Take up the bodies:-Such a sight as this High on a stage be placed to the view;
Becomes the field, but here shows much amiss. • Heap of dead game,
Go, bid the soldiers shoot. [A Dead March. 1A word of censure when more game was destroyed
[Exeunt, bearing off the dead Bodies; after than was reasonable. 9 So exactly at the time.
which, a Peal of Ordnance is shut off.
THE MOOR OF VENICE.
DUKE OF VENICE.
Clown, Servant to Othello.
DESDEMONA, Daughter to Brabantio, and Wife to Lonovico, Kinsman to Brabantio.
Othello. OTHELLO, the Moor.
Emilia, Wife to Iago.
Bianca, a Courtezan, Mistress to Cassio.
Officers, Gentlemen, Messengers, Musicians, Montano, Othello's Predecessor in the Govern
Sailors, Attendants, $c. ment of Cyprus. SCENE, for the first Act, in Venice; during the rest of the Play, at a Sea-port in Cyprus.
SCENE I.–Venice. A Street.
Christian and heathen,-must be be-lee'd and calm'd
By debitor and creditor, this counter-caster;"
He, in good time, must his lieutenant be, Rod. Tush, never tell me, I take it much un- And I, (God bless the mark !) bis Moorship’s ankindly,
cient. That thou, lago,—who hast had my purse,
Rod. By heaven, I rather would have been his As if the strings were thine,-shouldst know of
lago. But there's no remedy, 'tis the curse of Iago. 'Sblood, but you will not hear me:
service; If ever I did dream of such a matter,
Preferment goes by letter, and affection, Abhor me.
Not by the old gradation, where each second Rod. Thou told’st me, thou didst hold him in thy Stood heir to the first. Now, sir, be judge yourself, hate.
Whether I in any just term am affinids lago. Despise me, if I do not. Three great ones To love the Moor. of the city,
I would not follow him then. In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,
lago. O, sir, content you;
That, doting on his own obse bondage,
Wears out his time, much like his master's ass, My mediators; for certes,' says he,
For nought but provender; and, when he's old, I have already chose my officer.
cashier'd; And what was he?
Whip me such honest knaves : Others there are, Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
Who, trimm'd in forms and visages of duty, One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,
Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves; A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife;
And, throwing but shows of service on their lords, That never set a squadron in the field,
Do well thrive by them, and when they have lined Nor the division of a battle knows
their coats, More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric, Do themselves homage: these fellows have some Wherein the toged consuls can propose
• It was anciently the practice to reckon up sums with 1 Saluted. 9 Circumlocution. • Certainly. counters.
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago :
daughter and the Moor are now making the beast In following him, I follow but myself;
with two backs. Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty, Bra. Thou art a villain. But seeming so, for my peculiar end :
You are-a senator. For when my outward action doth demonstrate Bra. This thou shalt answer: I know thee, RoThe native act and figure of my heart
derigo. In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
Rod. Sir, I will answer any thing. But I be-
Rod. What a full fortune does the thick lips owe, (As partly, I find, it is,) that your fair daughter,
At this odd-even and dull watch o' the night, lago.
Call up her father, Transported—with no worse nor better guard,
If this be known to you, and your allowance,'
But, if you know not this, my manners tell me, As it may lose some color.
We have your wrong rebuke. Do not believe, Rod. Here is her father's house; I'll call aloud. That, from the sense of all civility,
lago. Do; with like timorous accent, and dire yell, I thus would play and trifle with your reverence: As when, by night and negligence, the fire Your daughter,-if you have not given her leave,Is spied in populous cities.
I say again, hath made a gross revolt; Rod. What ho! Brabantio! signior Brabantio, ho! Tying her duty, beauty, wit
, and fortunes, Iago. Awake! what ho! Brabantio! thieves! In an extravagant’ and wheeling stranger, thieves ! thieves !
Of here and every where : Straight satisfy yourself:
Let loose on me the justice of the state
For thus deluding you.
Strike on the tinder, ho!
This accident is not unlike my dream,
Light, I say! light!
[Exit from above. Bra. Why? wherefore ask you this? Iago.
Farewell; for I must leave you :
To be produced (as, if I stay, I shall)
However this may gall him with some check,-
Cannot with safety cast him ; for he's embark'd
With such loud reason to the Cyprus' wars,
Another of his fathom they have not,
Yet, for necessity of present life,
I must show out a flag and sign of love,
The worse welcome; Which is indeed but sign. That you shall surely
Enter below, BRABANTIO, and Servants with
Bra. It is too true an evil: gone she is;
But thou must needs be sure, And what's to come of my despised time, My spirit, and my place, have in them power Is nought but bitterness. Now, Roderigo, To make this bitter to thee.
Where didst thou see her ?—0, unhappy girl! Rod.
Patience, good sir. With the Moor, say'st thou ?- Who would be a Bra. What tell’st thou me of robbing ? this is
How didst thou know'twas she? O, thou deceiv'st me
Past thought!—What said she to you ?-Get
more tapers : In simple and pure soul I come to you.
Raise all my kindred.- Are they married, think Iago. Zounds, sir, you are one of those, that will not serve God, if the devil bid you. Because we Rod. Truly, I think, they are. come to do you service, you think we are ruffians: Bra. O heaven!-how got she out?-0 treason You'll have your daughter covered with a Barbary
of the blood !horse; you'll have your nephews neigh to you: Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' minds you'll have coursers for cousins, and gennets for By what you see them act.- Are there not charms, germans.
By which the property of youth and maidhood Bra. What profane wretch art thou ?
May be abus'd? Have you not read, Roderigo, lago. I am one, sir, that comes to tell you, your Of some such thing? 6 Own, possess.
TA lone farm-house. & Relations. • Midnight. 1 Approbation. Wandering. Old age.