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Things ftanding thus unknown, fhall I leave behind me
If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,
Abfent thee from felicity awhile,
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,
Ofr. Young Fortinbras, with conqueft come from Poland, * To the ambaffadors of England gives
This warlike volley.
Ham. O, I die, Horatio.
The potent poifon quite 'o'er-grows my spirit;
I cannot live to hear the news from England,
On Fortinbras; he has my dying voice;
f So the qu's; the reft, fhall live bebind me; but, a wounded name living bebind a man, is fcarcely English.
g P. and all after him, but J. and C. read tale for flory.
h The qu's omit, and fhout within. 'The 2d q. has Tb. inftead To; the 3d omits To.
k H. reads ambassador.
The 1ft q. and all the fo's (followed by C.) read o'er crows my spirit; which may perhaps be Shakespeare's word; we have then the image of a
victorious cock crowing over his defeated antagonist; and the words potent and Spirit seem favourable to this reading. A ftriking metaphor! But it may perhaps be thought a little_toa ludicrous, in this place.
in The qu's, three ift fo's and C. read more and lefs.
n The 3d q. read in for is.
• After filince, the fo's and R. read, 0, 0, 0.
P Not in the qu's.
Hor. Now a cracks a noble heart. Good night, fweet
And flights of angels r fing thee to thy reft!
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 fee?
If aught of woe or wonder, ceafe your search.
Fort. This quarry cries on havock. O proud death! What feaft is tow'rd in thine infernal cell,
That thou fo many princes at a fhot
So bloodily haft ftruck ?
Amb. The fight is difmal,
And our affairs from England come too late :
That Rofencraus and Guildenstern are dead.
Hor. Not from his mouth,
Had it th' ability of life to thank you:
q Firft f. cracke.
r W. reads wing for fung.
• The qu's read, Enter Fortinbrasse with the embaladors.
The fo's, R. P. and H. read am
The fo's read His for This.
x H. reads, cries out, bavock!
z The fo's and R. read shoot,
The 3d and 4th f. and R. read, the jump.
You from the Polack wars, and you from England,
and for no caufe;
And, in this upshot, purposes miftook
Fall'n on th' inventors' heads. All this can I
Fort. Let us hafte to hear it,
And call the nobleft to the audience.
For me, with forrow I embrace my fortune;
I have fome rights of memory in this kingdom,
Which, now to claim my vantage doth invite me.
Hor. Of that I fhall have also cause to speak,
And from his mouth, whofe voice will draw on more:
Even while men's minds are wild, left more mischance
Fort. Let four captains
Bear Hamlet, like a foldier, to the stage;
For he was likely, had he been put on,
b Firft q. omits th'.
c. The Ift q. and the fo's, read carnal for cruel.
d So the qu's; all the reft, and forc'd caufe.
e P.'s duodecimo, T. W. and J. read Nobless. It matters not; the noblesse are
the nobleft of the people.
g The fo's read are for now.
To have prov'd moft royally. And for his paffage,
Speak loudly for him.
Take up the bodies.
Such a fight as this
Becomes the field, but here fhews much amifs.
Go bid the foldiers fhoot.
[Exeunt, marching: after which, a peal of Ordnance is hot off.
1 The qu's read royal.
The qu's and C. read right of war. n So the qu's and C; all the reft read body, so according to thefe editors, only
the body of Hamlet was to be taken up, and the reft lie and rot where they were. • This direction not in the qu's.