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Things standing thus unknown, 'fhall I leave behind me !
If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,
Absent thee from felicity awhile,
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,
To tell my 3 story.

[March afar off, and fhout within. What warlike noise is this?

[Exit Ofrick,


Enter Ofrick.. Ofr. Young Fortinbras, with conquest come from Poland, i To the k ambassadors of England gives This warlike volley,

Ham. O, I die, Horatio. The potent poison quite 'o'er-grows my spirit; I cannot live to hear the news from England, But I do prophesy, th' election lights On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice; So tell him, with th' occurrents " more or less, Which have solicited --The reft" is filence o. [p Diese

* So the qu’s; the rest, fall live bem vi&torious cock crowing over his de. bird me; tut, a wounded name living feated antagonift; and the words potent bebind a man, is scarcely English. and spirit seem favourable to this read.

& P. and all after him, but J. and ing. A friking metaphor! But it C. read tale for flory.

may perhaps be thought a little toa h The qu's omit, and fout' wirbin. ludicrous, in this place. i i The 2d q. has Tb. instead To; the in The qu’s, three ift fo's and Co. 3d omits To.

read more and liefs. k H. reads ambassador,

n The 3d g, read in for is, I The Ift q. and all the fo's (fol- • After filence, the fo's and R. read, lowed by C.) read o'er crows my spirit; 0, 0, 0. which may perhaps be Shakespeare's P Not in the cu's, word; we have then the image of a

Hor. Now 4 cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet

prince; And flights of angels r fing thee to thy rest! Why does the drum come hither? • Enter Fortinbras, and English Ambassadors, with drum;

colours, and attendants. Fort. Where is this fight?

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
What feast is tow'rd in thine y infernal cell,
That thou so many princes at a ? shot
So bloodily haft ftruck ?

Amb. The fight is dismal,
And our affairs from England coine too late :
The ears are senseless that should give us hearing;
To tell him his commandment is fulfilld,
That Rosencraus and Guildenstern are deado
Where should we have our thanks?

Hor. Not from his mouth,
Had it th' ability of life to thank you :
He never gave commandment for their death.
But since fo a jump upon this bloody question,

9 Firft f. cracke.

# The fo's read His for Tbis. IW"reads wing for fing.

* H. reads, cries out, bavock! s The qu's read, Exter Fortinbrasse ỳ So the 9. T. W. and Yi the itb tbe embafadors.

reft read eternal. • The fo's, R. P. and H. read am. 2 The fo’s and R. read frost, ballador.

a P. T.'s octavo, and Hi read full for, u The 3d and 4th f. and R. read, tbe jump.


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,
How these things came about. So shall you hear
Of cruel, bloody, and unnatural acts;
Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters;
Of deaths put on by cunning, d and for no cause;
And, in this upshot, purposes mistook
Falln on th' inventors' heads. All this can I
Truly deliver.

Fort. Let us haste to hear it,
And call the nobleft to the audience.
For me, with sorrow I embrace my fortune;
I have some f rights of inemory in this kingdom,
Which, & now to claim my vantage doth invite me.

Hor. Of that I shall have h also cause to speak,
And from his mouth, whose voice will draw on more:
But let this same be presently perform’d,
Even while men's minds are wild, left more mischance
On plots and errors happen.

Fort. Let four captains
Bear Hamlet, like a soldier, k to the stage;
For he was likely, had he been put on,

b First g. omits th'.

the nobleft of the people. c. The aft q. and the fo's, read carnal f Fo's, rites. for cruel.

& The fo's read are for now. d So the qu's; all the rest, and forced h The fo's read always for also.

i The qu's, R. and P. read no. e P.'s duodecimo, T. W. and J. read The 3d and 4th fo's, R. and Pi's Noblefs. It matters not ; the noblese are q. read off for 16.


To have prov'd most royally. And for his passage,
The soldiers' music, and the m rites of war
Speak loudly for him.
Take up the " bodies.

the bodies. Such a sight as this Becomes the field, but here shews much amiss. Go bid the soldiers shoot.

[Exeunt, o marching : after which, a peal

of Ordnance is foot off.

1 The qu's read royal.

the body of Hamlet was to be taken up, m The qu's and C. read rig be of war, and the reft lie and rot where they were,

n So the qu's and C; all the rest read o This direction not in the qu's. boty, so according to these editors, only


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