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Ofr. Young Fortinbras, with Conqueft come from Poland,
To the Ambaffadors of England gives
Ham. O, I die, Horatio:
The potent poifon quite o'e-growes my spirit;
Hor. Now cracks a noble heart; good night, fweet
And flights of angels fing thee to thy Reft!
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, cease your fearch.
What feaft is tow'rd in thy infernal cell,
Amb. The fight is difmal,
And our affairs from England come too late :`
That Rofincrantz and Guildenstern are dead:
Hor. Not from his mouth,
Had it th' ability of life to thank you :
He never gave commandment for their death.
Are here arriv'd; give Order, that these bodies
Fort. Let us hafte to hear it,
And call the Noblefs to the audience.
Even while men's minds are wild, left more mischance
Fort. Let four captains
Bear Hamlet, like a foldier, to the Stage;
(35) And from his Mouth, whofe Voice will draw no more.]` This is the Reading of the old Quarto's, but certainly a mistaken one. We fay, a Man will no more draw Breath; but that a Man's Voice will draw no more, is, I believe, an Expreffion without any Authority. I chufe to espouse the Reading of the Elder Folio.
And from his Month, whofe Voice will draw on more. And this is the Poet's Meaning. Hamlet, just before his Death, had faid;
But I do prophefie, th' Election lights
On Fortinbras: He has my dying Voice;:
Accordingly, Horatio here delivers that Meffage; and very jùftly infers, that Hamlet's Voice will be feconded by others, and procure them in Favour of Fortinbras's Succeffion.
The Soldiers' mufick, and the rites of war
Take up the body fuch a fight as this
[Exeunt, marching: after which, a peal of Ordnance is foot off.