Yet his ear easily receives the poisoned "tongue" of his wife and the witches, their poisoned words, just as Hamlet's father, the old King of Denmark, was murdered by the poison ("a leprous distilment
Sleeping within my orchard, My custom always of the afternoon, Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole, With juice of cursed hebona in a vial, And in the porches of my ears did pour The leprous distilment
, whose effect Holds such an enmity with blood of man That swift as quicksilver it courses through The natural gates and alleys of the body And with a sudden vigor it doth [posset] And curd, like eager droppings into milk, The thin and wholesome blood.
He reports how Claudius "in the porches of my ears did pour/Theleperous distilment
, whose effect/Holds such an enmity with the blood of man/ That swift as quicksilver it courses through/The natural gates and alleys of the body/
thy uncle stole With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial, And in the porches of my ears did pour The leperous distilment
, whose effect Holds such an enmity wi' th' blood of man.