Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello: Last Words Compilation


“O, I am slain!” —Polonius (Act III, Scene 4)

“A thing, my lord!” —Guildenstern (Act IV, Scene 2; executed Act IV, Scene 5)

“Wilt please you go, my lord?” —Rosencrantz (Act IV, Scene 4; executed Act IV, Scene 5)

“God be wi’ ye.” —Ophelia (Act IV, Scene 5; commits suicide Act IV, Scene 6 or 7)

“No, no, the drink, the drink,—O my dear Hamlet,—The drink, the drink! I am poison’d.” —Gertrude (Act V, Scene 2)

“O, yet defend me, friends; I am but hurt.” —Claudius (Act V, Scene 2)

“Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet: mine and my father’s death come not upon thee, nor thine on me.” —Laertes (Act V, Scene 2)

“So tell him, with the occurrents, more and less, which have solicited. The rest is silence.” —Hamlet (Act V, Scene 2)

King Lear

“O, I am slain! My lord, you have one eye left to see some mischief on him. O!” —Servant (Act III, Scene 7)

“Regan, I bleed apace: untimely comes this hurt: give me your arm.” —Cornwall (Act III, Scene 7)

“And give the letters which thou find’st about me to Edmund earl of Gloucester; seek him out upon the British party: O, untimely death!” —Oswald (Act IV, Scene 6)

“And that’s true too.” —Gloucester (Act V, Scene 2; dies Act V, Scene 3)

“For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down; myself could else out-frown false fortune’s frown. Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters?” —Cordelia (Act V, Scene 3; hanged later in scene)

“My sickness grows upon me.” —Regan (Act V, Scene 3)

“Ask me not what I know.” —Goneril (Act V, Scene 3)

“He hath commission from thy wife and me to hang Cordelia in the prison, and to lay the blame upon her own despair, that she fordid herself.” —Edmund (Act V, Scene 3)

“Do you see this? Look on her, look, her lips, look there, look there!” —Lear (Act V, Scene 3)


“And shall continue our graces towards him. By your leave, hostess.” —Duncan (Act I, Scene 6, murdered Act II, between Scene 1 and Scene 2)

“O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! Thou mayst revenge—O slave!” —Banquo (Act III, Scene 3)

“He has killed me, mother. Run away, I pray you!” —Son of Macduff (Act IV, Scene 2)

“Murder!” —Lady Macduff (Act IV, Scene 2)

“Come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed.” —Lady Macbeth (Act V, Scene 1; dies Act V, Scene 5)

“Thou liest, abhorrèd tyrant! With my sword I’ll prove the lie thou speak’st.” —Young Siward (Act V, Scene 7)

“Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff, and damned be him that first cries “Hold, enough!”” —Macbeth (Act V, Scene 10)


“Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: she has deceiv’d her father, and may thee.” —Brabantio (Act I, Scene 3; dies later)

“O damn’d Iago! O inhuman dog!” —Roderigo (Act V, Scene 1)

“Nobody; I myself. Farewell: commend me to my kind lord: O, farewell!” —Desdemona (Act V, Scene 2)

“So come my soul to bliss, as I speak true; so speaking as I think, I die,—I die.” —Emilia (Act V, Scene 2)

“I kiss’d thee ere I kill’d thee:—no way but this, killing myself, to die upon a kiss.” —Othello (Act V, Scene 2)


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