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Gets the second hit. The queen drinks to Hama's fortune out of the poisoned cup. Play again. Laer, wounds Ham. Then in scuffling they change rapiers, and Ham. wounds Laer. Queen dies, saying she is poisoned with the drink. Laer. tells Ham. that his (Laer.'s) foil was invenomed at the point, and that both will infallibly die with the prick.

Ham. ftabs the king. King dies. Laer, dies. Ham. finding death approaching, takes his leave of Hor. Hor. takes the poisoned cup to drink, which Ham. fnatches out of his hand; begging Hor. that he would live to report his tale,

and do justice to his memory. Sc. VI. Enter Ofr.with news that young Fortinbras is come

a victor from Poland. Ham. prophefies that the election for king of Denmark will fall on Fortinbras, and gives him his vote. Ham. dies. Enter Fortinbras, and English ambassadors, with the news that Rof, and Guil. are dead, as by order of the king. Hor. gives orders that the dead bodies be placed to view on a stage, and says he will relate the causes of this bloody scene. Bodies are taken up. Exeunt marching : after which a peal of ordnance is shot off,


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* A Plat-form before the Palace.

Enter Bernardo and Francisco, two Centinels,


HO's there?

Nay answer o me. Stand and unfold yourself.
Ber. Long live the king !
Fran. Bernardo?
Ber. He,
Fran. You come moft. carefully upon your hour.

a The Scene is not described in the nardo, had the right of infting upon qu's or fo's.

the watch-word; which we find by First and second qu's, Wbose ibere ? Bernardo's answer to be, Long live the • The emphasis should be laid on the king. word me; for Francisco is the centinel d The 3d and 4th fo's read cbeare upon guard ; therefore he, and not Dere fully.



Ber. 'Tis now ftruck • twelve; get thee to bed, Francisco.

Fran. For this relief much thanks. Tis bitter cold;
And I am fick at heart.

Ber. Have you had quiet guard?
Fran. Not a mouse stirring.

Ber. Well, good-night.

you do meet Horatio and Marcellus, The f rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.

Enter Horatio and Marcellus. Fran. I think I hear them. Stand, ho! - Who is there! Hor. Friends to this ground. Mar. And liege-men to the Dane. Fran. Give you good night! Mar. Oh, farewel, honefti soldier! Who hath reliev'd you? Fran. Bernardo hath any place. Give you good night!

[Exit Francisco. Mar, Holla! Bernardo. Ber. Say, what, is Horatio there? Hor. A piece of him. Ber. Welcome, Horatio ; welcome, good Marcellus. Mar. What, has this thing appear'd again to-night?

e Fir: q. rwelfe for swelve.

& The fo's R. and P. omit be! f Rivals for partners. W.

h The fo's and P. read Wba's for By rivals of the warcb are meant those who is. who were to watch on the next adjoin- i The qu's read souldiers. ing groupde Rival, in the original * But why a piece! He fays this as sense of the word, were the proprietors he gives his hand. Which direction of neighbouring lands, parted only by a fhould be marked. W. brook, which belonged equally to both. This is a common humorous expresa H.

kon, and intimates no indication of gir. The rivals of my watch. That is, ing the hand at the same time. Heard those who are in competition with me, in loc. who shall discharge their duty with most | The qu's, Sico give this speech to exactness Heart's Revisal, in loco Horaris,


Ber. I have seen nothing.

Mar. Horatio says, 'tis but mour phantasy,
And will not lot belief take hold of him,
Touching this dreaded a sight, twice feen of us;
• Therefore I have entreated him, along
With us to watch the ininutes of this night;
That if again this apparition come,
He may approve our eyes, and speak to it.

Hor. Tush, tush, 'twill not appear.

Ber. Sit down awhile,
And let us once again affail your ears,
That are so fortified against our story.

p Mar. What we have two nights seen

Hor. Well, fit we down,
And let us hear Bernardo speak of this.

Ber. Last night of all,
When 9 yon fame star, that's westward from the pole,
Had made his course ' t' illume that part of heav'n

m The 2d and 3d qu's read a for our. plainly as follows. Horatio is incredu

n Perhaps Shakespeare wrote sprigbe. lous, Bernardo says, “ Sit down, let us w.

" endeavour to convince you, Horario, • This passage I have ventured to point “ of the truth of this apparition." Upin a different manner from all editions on which Marcellus eagerly says to Hom before ; as the true sense hereby appears ratio, “ What we have two nights seen," more clearly.

and attest to the truth of, sure you may p This line, which all the former believe. “ Well (says Horatio, intereditions have made a part of Bernardo's “ rupting him) I have heard the story specch, H. seems justly to have given to “ of this ghost from you, Marcellus, alMarcellus; though 7. chinks, without ne- « ready; let us sit down and hear what ceflity. But can we suppose, that when “ Bernardo has to affirm about it.” i Bernardo is beginning to speak about the must be a very dull understanding that gholt, Horatio would interrupt him, and can perceive no necessity of His alterasay, Well, fit we down and let as bar tion. Bernardo speak of this8 This behaviour 4 Qu's and ift and ad fo's, yond. mult be very abfurd. --The matter is i Third q. e' illumine,


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