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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: David Bevington
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Hamlet (Modern, Quarto 1)


Enter Hamlet and Horatio.
Hamlet Believe me, it grieves me much, Horatio,
3580That to Laertes I forgot myself;
For by myself methinks I feel his grief,
3581.1Though there's a difference in each other's wrong. Enter a Braggart Gentleman.
Horatio, but mark yon water-fly.
3588.1The Court knows him, but he knows not the Court.
3595Gentleman Now God save thee, sweet prince Hamlet.
3595.1Hamlet And you, sir. [Aside to Horatio]Foh, how the musk-cod smells!
Gentleman I come with an embassage from his majesty to you
Hamlet I shall, sir, give you attention. 3600By my troth, methinks 'tis very cold.
Gentleman It is indeed very rawish cold.
Hamlet 'Tis hot, methinks.
3605Gentleman Very swoltery hot. The King, sweet Prince, hath laid a wager on your side: six Barbary horse against six French rapiers, with all their acoutrements too, o'the carriages. 3620In good faith, they are very curiously wrought.
Hamlet The carriages, sir? I do not know what you mean.
Gentleman The girdles, and hangers sir, and such like.
Hamlet The word had been more cousin-german to the 3625phrase, if he could have carried the cannon by his side. And how's the wager? I understand you now.
3630Gentleman Marry, sir, that young Laertes in twelve venies at rapier and dagger do not get three odds of you; and on your side the King hath laid, and desires you to be in readiness.
Hamlet Very well. If the King dare venture his wager, I dare venture my skull. When must this be?
Gentleman My lord, presently. The King and her majesty, .10with the rest of the best judgment in the Court, are coming down into the outward palace.
Hamlet Go tell his majesty I will attend him.
Gentleman I shall deliver your most sweet answer. Exit.
Hamlet You may, sir, none better, for y'are spiced! 3644.1Else he had a bad nose could not smell a fool.
Horatio He will disclose himself without inquiry.
Hamlet Believe me, Horatio, my heart is on the sudden very sore all hereabout.
Horatio My lord, forbear the challenge, then.
Hamlet No Horatio, not I. if danger be now, why then it is not to come. There's a predestinate providence in the fall of a sparrow. Here comes the King.
Enter King, Queen, Laertes, Lords.
King Now, son Hamlet, we have laid upon your head,
3677.1And make no question but to have the best.
Hamlet Your majesty hath laid o'the weaker side.
3715King We doubt it not. Deliver them the foils.
Hamlet First, Laertes, here's my hand and love,
3678.1Protesting that I never wronged Laertes.
If Hamlet in his madness did amiss,
That was not Hamlet, but his madness did it,
And all the wrong I e'er did to Laertes
I here proclaim was madness. Therefore let's be at peace,
3695And think I have shot mine arrow o'er the house
And hurt my brother.
Laertes Sir I am satisfied in nature,
But in terms of honor I'll stand aloof,
3700And will no reconcilement,
Till by some elder masters of our time
3701.1I may be satisified.
King Give them the foils.
3710Hamlet I'll be your foil, Laertes. These foils 3725have all a length? Come on, sir. Here they play.ereHer A hit!
Laertes No, none.
3745Hamlet Judgment?
Gentleman A hit, a most palpable hit.
Laertes Well, come again. They play again.
Hamlet Another. Judgment?
Laertes Ay, I grant, a touch, a touch.
King Here, Hamlet, the King doth drink a health to thee.
Queen Here Hamlet, take my napkin, wipe thy face.
3750King Give him the wine.
Hamlet Set it by. I'l have another bout first. 3752.1I'll drink anon.
Queen Here, Hamlet, thy mother drinks to thee.
3758.1
She drinks.
3760King Do not drink, Gertred. [Aside]ereHer Oh, 'tis the poisoned cup!
3770Hamlet Laertes, come, you dally with me. I pray you, pass with your most cunning'st play.
Laertes Ay? Say you so? Have at you. I'll hit you now, my lord. [Aside]ereHer And yet it goes almost against my conscience.
Hamlet Come on, sir.
They catch one another's rapiers, and both are wounded. 3777.1Laertes falls down. The Queen falls down and dies.
3780King Look to the Queen!
Queen Oh, the drink, the drink, Hamlet, the drink! [She dies.]ereHer
Hamlet Treason, ho! Keep the gates!
Lords How is't, my lord Laertes?
3782.1Laertes Even as a coxcomb should,
3785Foolishly slain with my own weapon.
Hamlet, thou hast not in thee half an hour of life;
The fatal instrument is in thy hand.
Unbated and envenomed. Thy mother's poisoned.
3798.1That drink was made for thee.
Hamlet The poisoned instrument within my hand?
Then, venom, to thy venom. Die, damnèd villain! [He stabs the King and then forces him to drink from the poisoned cup.]ereHer Come, drink. Here lies thy union, here!
The King dies.
Laertes Oh, he is justly served.
Hamlet, before I die, here take my hand, And, withal, my love. I do forgive thee.
Laertes dies.
Hamlet And I thee. Oh, I am dead Horatio. Fare thee well.
Horatio No, I am more an antique Roman
Than a Dane. Here is some poison left.
Hamlet Upon my love, I charge thee let it go.
3830Oh, fie, Horatio, and if thou shouldest die,
What a scandal wouldst thou leave behind?
3835What tongue should tell the story of our deaths,
If not from thee? Oh, my heart sinks, Horatio.
Mine eyes have lost their sight, my tongue his use. Farewell, Horatio, Heaven receive my soul!
Hamlet dies.
Enter Voltemar and the Ambassadors from England.
Enter Fortenbrasse with his train.
Fortenbrasse Where is this bloody sight?
Horatio If aught of woe or wonder you'd behold,
3856.1Then look upon this tragic spectacle.
Fortenbrasse O imperious Death! How many princes
Hast thou at one draft bloodily shot to death!
Ambassador Our embassy that we have brought from England,
Where be these princes that should hear us speak?
3863.1Oh, most most unlooked-for time! Unhappy country!
Horatio Content yourselves. I'll show to all the ground,
3875The first beginning of this tragedy.
Let there a scaffold be reared up in the marketplace,
3872.1And let the state of the world be there,
Where you shall hear such a sad story told
3875.1That never mortal man could more unfold.
3885Fortenbrasse I have some rights of memory to this kingdom,
Which now to claim my leisure doth invite me.
3895Let four of our chiefest captains
Bear Hamlet like a soldier to his grave.
For he was likely, had he lived,
To ha' proved most royal.
Take up the body. Such a sight as this
Becomes the fields, but here doth much amiss.