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m Your Grace hath laid the odds o'th' weaker side.

King. I do not fear it, I have seen you both :
But since he is " better'd, we have therefore odds.

Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
Ham. This likes me well. These foils have all a length ?

[Prepares to play. Ofr. Ay, my good lord.

King. Set me the stoops of wine upon P that table.
If Hamlet I give the first, or second hit,
Or quit in answer of the third exchange,
Let all the battlements their ordnance fire :
The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath,
And in the cup an 'union shall he throw,

m H. and y. read, Your grace barb

o C. reads

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for laid upon the weaker side. 7. objects p The 2d and 3d qu's the for ibar. against the reading of the other editions,

9 T. reads gives. As the odds were on the side of Laertes, r The 3d and 4th f, and R. read a who was to hit Hamlet twelve times to for rbe. nine, and says, it was perhaps the au • The ift q. reeds Vnice; the ad and thor's Nip. But let Dr. Jobrifon consider, 3d, and P. onyx. T. says, If I am not the odds here spoken of were laid, there. mistaken, neither the onyx nor sardonyx fore the odds were in the wager ; and are jewels which ever found place in an if we turn back, we shall find that the imperial crown. An union is the finest king betted fix Barlary þorses against sort of pearl, and has its place in all fix French rapiers and poniards, with crowns and coronets. Befides, let us their appurtenances. Who sees not that consider what the king says on Hamlet's the Barbary horses are to be look'd up- giving Laertes the first hit. on as odds, against the French rapiers, Stay, give me drink ; Hamlet, ibis pearl &c. What the king says afterwards is ibine, c. of his having the odds, relates to the Therefore if an union be a pearl, and an number of hits.

onyx a gem, or stone quite differing in its n The qu’s read better. Since be is nature from pearls; the king's saying, better'd, &c. i. e. since the wager he that Hamlet has earn'd the pearl, I think, gains, if he should win, is better than amounts to a demonftration that it was what we shall gain if he loses, iberefore an un on-pearl, which he meant to throw we have odits, that is, we are not to make into the cup. T. lo many hits as Laertes."

N 4

Richer

Richer than that which four successive kings
In Denmark's crown have worn.

Give ine the cups;
And let the kettle to the 'trumpet speak,
The trumpet to the cannoncer without,
The cannons to the heavens, the heavens to earthy:
Now the king drinks to Hamlet.--Come: Begin:
And you, the judges, bear a wary eye.

Ham. Come on, fir.
Laer. * Come, my lord,

[They play.
Ham. One
Laer. No
Ham. Judgement.
Ofr. A hit, a very palpable hit.
Laer, Well-again-

King. Stay, give me drink. Hamlet, this pearl is thing; Here's to thy health. Give him the cup.

[' Trumpets found, foct goes off Ham. I'll play this bout first. Set 2 it by awhile, Come: another hit – what say you ?

Laer. * I do confess 't.
King. Our fon shall win.
Queen. He's fat, and fcant of breath,

! So the qu's and C. The i ft and 2d for. fo's read, trumpas, Cc. trumpet; the 3d y The qu's direct, Druu, trumpets, and 4th, and all the rell, trumpas, &c. F'orish, a piece goes off. C. directs, drinks tritisfets.

and p.175 poison in the cup. Flourish, Orda u The fo's and R. read beaven.' dance cuirbin,

* Here the qu's direct, Trumpets ibe z The fo's omit it. u bile.

a The qu's read, I do confeff: All the * The fo's and Ri's octavo read, res, except C. A fouck, a scucb, 1 de care Come er, fire Ri's duodecimo, So ont, feft

• Here,

Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows,
The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet,

Ham. «Good madam
King. Gertrude, do not drink.
Queen. I will, my lord; I pray you, pardon me a
King. It is the poison’d cup. It is too late- [Aside,
Ham. I dare not drink yet, madam. By and by,
Queen. Come, let me wipe thy face,
Laer. • My lord, I'll hit him now,
King. I do not think ’t.
Laer. And yet it is almost against my conscience. [-Afide.

Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes ; you ' do but dally;
I pray you, pass with your best violence :
I am sure you make a wanton of me.
Laer. Say you so ? come on,

[Play. Ofr. Nothing neither way. Laer. Have at you now. [ Laertes wounds Hamlet; then, in scuffling, they change

rapiers," and Hamlet wounds Laertes.
King. Part them, they are incens'd.
Ham. Nay, come again.
Ofr. Look to the queen there ho!
Hor. They bleed on both sides. How is ’t, my lord ?
Ofr. How is ’t, Laertes ?

you, &c.

# The fo's and R. read, Here's a nap- f All but qu's omit do. kin, rub, &c.

& So the qu’s; the reft, I am afraid C C. reads, Thank you, good madam.

d Here C. directs, drinks, and tenders h The qu's have no direction here ; ibe cup to Hamlet.

the fo's, what is between the inverted e P. and all after him, except C. commás. emit, My lordo

Laer.

Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe, Ofrick; I am justly killd with mine own treachery.

Ham. How does the queen?
King. She & swoons to see them bleed.

Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink -
Oh! my dear Hamlet - the drink, the drink
I ain poison'd-

[ Queen diese Ham. Oh' villainy!-- how? - let the doors be lock'd, Treachery! seek it out

Laer. " It is here, Hamlet : thou art slain;
No medicine in the world can do thee good:
In thee there is not o half an hour's life;
The treacherous instrument is in P 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.
s I can no more the king, the king 's to blame.

Ham. The point envenom’d too?
Then, venom, 'to thy work.

.

[. Stabs the king All. Treason, treason : King. O yet defend me, friends, I am but hurt.

i The fo's and R. omit own.

p The 1st and 2d qu's read, my band; k First and 2d qu's, and ist and 2d fo S. but he gives not the reading of the fo's, sounds.

3d, thy band. The 3d q. reads villaine.

9 The 3d q. reads, I am no more, m - bow? i. e. how was the poi. &c, Son'd. So the est q. the fo's and R. So all the editions before T.'s duo. the rest read bo!

decimo, where to is altered to do; and n The fo's, R. and C. read, It is bere, so do comes into all the editions after, Hamlet. Hamlet, thou, &c.

o So the qu's and C; the rest, balf s The qu's have no direction here. an bour of life.

The fo's direct, Hurts tbe king.

Ham.

except C.

Ham. Here thou incestuous, murtherous, 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 y upon thee,
Nor thine on me!

[? Dies,
Ham. Heav'n make thee free of it. I follow thee,
I am dead, Horatio. Wretched queen, adieu !
You that look pale, and tremble at this chance,
That are but inutes or audience a to this act,
Had I but time (as this fell ferjeant death
Is ftrict in his arrest) oh, I could tell you -
But let it be Horatio, I am dead;
Thou liv'ft, report me and my cause arighe
To d the unsatisfied.

Hor. Never believe it.
I am more an antique Roman than a Dane.
Here's yet some liquor left.

Ham. As thou'rt a man,
Give me the cup. Let go; by heav'n I'll hav't.

O God! Horatio, what a wounded name,

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v The fo's and R. read iby for the. read at for to,

w All the qu's here read onyx ; so b The 2d, 3d and 4ch fo's read this that it's likely Sbakespeare first wrote for bis. enyx, and afterwards finding the error, c The fo's and R. read, my causes altered it to union.

rigbt. * No direction in the qu's.

d The 3d and 4th fo's read be for y T. W. and 7. read on for upono tbe. z No direction in the qu's.

e So the qu's and C; the rest, Ob • The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's and R. good Horatio,

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