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That I have shot my arrow o'er the house,
I am satisfied in nature,
I embrace it freely;
Come, one for me. Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine ignorance Your skill shall
, like a star i’the darkest night,
You mock me, sir.
Very well, my lord;
King. I do not fear it: I have seen you both:But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds.?
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
length? [They prepare to play. Osr. Ay, my good lord. 6 I am satisfied in nature, &c.] This was a piece of satire on fantastical honour. Though nature is satisfied, yet he will ask advice of older men of the sword, whether artificial honour ought to be contented with Hamlet's submission.
; But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds.] These odds were twelve to nine in favour of Hamlet, by Laertes giving him three.
King. Set me the stoups of wines upon that ta
Ham. Come on, sir.
Well,—again. King. Stay, give me drink: Hamlet, this pearl is
tbine;' Here's to thy health.—Give him the cup.
[Trumpets sound ; and Cannon shot off within. Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by awhile. Come.—Another hit; What say you? [They play.
Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess.
He's fat, and scant of breath.Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows:
the stoups of wine-) A stoop is a kind of flagon. 9 And in the cup an union- ) a species of pearl.
this peail is thine ;) Under pretence of throwing a pearl into the cup, the King may be supposed to drop some poisonous drug into the wine. Hamlet seems to suspect this, when he afterwards discovers the effects of the poison, and tauntingly asks him, -" Is the union here?"
The queen carouses’ to thy fortune, Hamlet.
Ham. Good madam,--
Gertrude, do not drink. Queen. I will, my lord;— I pray you, pardon me. 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 it. Laer. And yet it is almost against my conscience.
[Aside. Ham. Come, for the third, Laertes: You do but
Laer. Say you so? come on. [They play.
they change Rapiers, and Hamlet wounds
Part them, they are incens'd. Ham. Nay, come again. [The Queen falls. Osr.
Look to the queen there, ho! Hor. They bleed on both sides:—How is it, my
lord ? Osr. How is't, Laertes? Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe,
Ham. How does the queen?
She swoons to see them bleed.
· The queen carouses-] i. e. (in humbler language) drinks good
luck to you.
you make a wanton of me.] You trifle with me as if you were playing with a child.
Queen. No, no, the drink, the drink,- my
dear Hamlet!— The drink, the drink;-I am poison’d! [Dies.
Ham. O villainy!-Ho! let the door be lock’d: Treachery! seek it out.
Ham. The point
[Stabs the King.
[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 upon thee; Nor thine on me!
[Dies. Ham. Heaven 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 mutes or audience to this act,
Is the union here?] It should seem from this line, and Laertes's next speech, that Hamlet here forces the expiring King to drink some of the poisoned cup, and that he dies while it is at
5 That are but mutes or audience to this act.] That are either auditors of this catastrophe, or at most only mute performers, that fill the stage without any part in the action.
Had I but time, as this fell sergeant, death,
Never believe it;
As thou'rt a man,-
[March afar off, and Shot within.
What warlike noise is this?
O, I die, Horatio;
(as this fell sergeant,] A serjeant is a bailiff, or sheriff's officer.
? The potent poison quite o'er-crows-) Alluding to a victorious cock exulting over his conquered antagonist.
the occurrents,] i. e. incidents. ? Which have solicited,] Solicited for ercited.