Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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HAMLET

    As thou'rt a man,
Give me the cup. Let go! By heaven, I’ll have ’t.
340 (takes cup from HORATIO)
O God, Horatio, what a wounded name,
Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me!
If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
Absent thee from felicity a while,
345And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain
To tell my story.

HAMLET

Please, give me that goblet, if you love me. Let go of it! I’ll get it from you, I swear. Oh God, Horatio, what a damaged reputation I’m leaving behind me, as no one knows the truth. If you ever loved me, then please postpone the sweet relief of death awhile, and stay in this harsh world long enough to tell my story.
March afar off and shout within
A military march is heard from offstage, and a cannon fires.
What warlike noise is this?
What are these warlike noises?
Enter OSRIC
OSRIC enters.

OSRIC

Young Fortinbras, with conquest come from Poland,
To th' ambassadors of England gives
350This warlike volley.

OSRIC

Young Fortinbras, returning in triumph from Poland, is firing his guns to greet the English ambassadors.

HAMLET

  O, I die, Horatio.
The potent poison quite o'ercrows my spirit.
I cannot live to hear the news from England.
But I do prophesy the election lights
On Fortinbras. He has my dying voice.
355So tell him, with th' occurrents, more and less,
Which have solicited. The rest is silence.
O, O, O, O. (dies)

HAMLET

Oh, I’m dying, Horatio! This strong poison’s overpowering me. I will not live to hear the news from England. But I bet Fortinbras will win the election to the Danish crown. He’s got my vote as I die. So tell him that, given the recent events here—oh, the rest is silence. Oh, oh, oh, oh. (he dies)

HORATIO

Now cracks a noble heart.—Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!—
360Why does the drum come hither?

HORATIO

Now a noble heart is breaking. Good night, sweet prince. May hosts of angels sing you to sleep.—Why are those drums approaching?
Enter FORTINBRAS and the English AMBASSADOR, with drummer and attendants
FORTINBRAS and the English AMBASSADOR enter with a drummer and attendants.