Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

page Act 5 Scene 2 Page 15

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HAMLET

Nay, come, again.

HAMLET

No, come on, one more time.
GERTRUDE falls
GERTRUDE collapses.

OSRIC

  Look to the queen there, ho!

OSRIC

Take care of the queen!

HORATIO

300They bleed on both sides.—How is it, my lord?

HORATIO

Both fencers are bleeding—how do you feel, my lord?

OSRIC

How is ’t, Laertes?

OSRIC

How do you feel, Laertes?

LAERTES

Why, as a woodcock to mine own springe, Osric. I am justly killed with mine own treachery. (falls)

LAERTES

Like a mouse caught in my own trap, Osric. (he collapses) I’ve been killed by my own evil tricks.

HAMLET

How does the queen?

HAMLET

How’s the queen?

CLAUDIUS

    She swoons to see them bleed.

CLAUDIUS

She fainted at the sight of them bleeding.

GERTRUDE

305No, no, the drink, the drink!—O my dear Hamlet!
The drink, the drink! I am poisoned. (dies)

GERTRUDE

No, no, the drink, the drink! Oh, my dear Hamlet! The drink, the drink! I’ve been poisoned. (she dies)

HAMLET

O villainy! Ho, let the door be locked.

HAMLET

Oh, what evil! Lock the door.
Exit OSRIC
OSRIC exits
Treachery! Seek it out.
We’ve been betrayed! Find out who did it!

LAERTES

It is here, Hamlet. Hamlet, thou art slain.
310No medicine in the world can do thee good.
In thee there is not half an hour of life.
The treacherous instrument is in thy hand,
Unbated and envenomed. The foul practice
Hath turned itself on me. Lo, here I lie,
315Never to rise again. Thy mother’s poisoned.
I can no more. The king, the king’s to blame.

LAERTES

I’m the one, Hamlet. Hamlet, you’re dead. No medicine in the world can cure you. You don’t have more than half an hour to live. The treacherous weapon is right in your hand, sharp and dipped in poison. The foul plan backfired on me. Here I lie and will never get up again. Your mother’s been poisoned. I can’t speak anymore. The king, the king’s to blame.

HAMLET

The point envenomed too!—Then, venom, to thy work.

HAMLET

The blade poisoned! Then get to work, poison!