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Horatio's final speech includes crossed-out lines. Garrick has reworked the ending, where lines originally divided between Horatio and Fortinbras are here spoken by Horatio:


Now cracks a noble heart. Goodnight
       sweet prince, 
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Take up the body; such a sight as this Becomes the field, but here shows much
       amiss.

 

           End.


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William Shakespeare. Hamlet. 1747, David Garrick promptbook, 1773.
 
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