The Play within the Play

A drawing showing the royal family watching the play that Hamlet has arranged that reveals his fathers killer.

Hamlet: –Begin, murderer : pox, leave thy damnable faces, and begin.
Come : –the croaking raven doth bellow for revenge.

Lucianus: Thoughts black, hands apt, drugs fit, and time agreeing ;
Confederate season, else no creature seeing ;
Thou mixture rank, of midnight weeds collected,
With Hecate’s ban thrice blasted, thrice infected,
Thy natural magic and dire property,
On wholesome life usurp immediately.

[Pours the poisin into the Sleeper’s ears.

Hamlet: He poisons him i’ the garden for’s estate.
His name’s Gonzago : the story is extant, and writ in choice Italian You shall see anon, how the murderer gets the love of Gonzago’s wife.

Ophelia: The king rises.

Hamlet: What ! frighted with false fire ?

Queen: How fares my lord ?

Polonius: Give o’er the play.

King: Give me some light ! –away !

All: Lights, lights, lights !

[exeunt all but HAMLET and HORATIO.

Hamlet: Why, let the strucken deer go weep,
The hart ungalled play ;
For some must watch, while some must sleep :
Thus runs the world away.

Want a challenge? Why not solve the regex crossword made for this scene?

The Play within the Play by Maria Michelsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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