He never gave commandment for their death.
But since, so jump upon this bloody question,
You from the Polack wars, and you from England,
Are here arriv'd, give order, that these bodies
High on a stage be placed to the view;
And let me speak, to the yet unknowing world,
How these things came about : so shall you hear
Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts;
Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters ;
Of deaths put on by cunning, and forc'd cause;
And, in this upshot, purposes mistook
Fall'n on the inventors' heads : all this can I
Fort. Let us haste to hear it,
And call the noblest to the audience.
For me, with sorrow I embrace my fortune;
I have some rights of memory in this kingdom,
Which now to claim my vantage doth invite me.
Hor. Of that I shall have always cause to speak,
And from his mouth whose voice will draw on more:
But let this same be presently perform d,
E’en while men's minds are wild ; lest more mischance,
On plots, and errors, happen.
Let four captains
Bear Hamlet, like a soldier, to the stage;
For he was likely, had he been put on,
To have prov'd most royally : and, for his passage,
The soldier's music, and the rights of war,
Speak loudly for him.
Take up the body :-Such a sight as this
Becomes the field, but here shows much amiss.
Go, bid the soldiers shoot.
[A dead March. [Exeunt, marching; after which a peal of
ordnance is shot off. END OF HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK.
London :—Printed by W. Clowes & Sons, Stamford Street.