And flights of angels sing thee
Quote by William Shakespeare: “And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
John Tavener - Song for Athene (2003)
“And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
In that scene, all those who have plotted the death of Hamlet have fallen into their own traps. As Hamlet put it earlier in connection with the deaths of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who also fell into the trap they had help set for him, in a sentence that has become an idiom:. The corruption has collapsed around the corrupt, and as Hamlet has observed, all he had to do was let it happen. All he had to do was be ready for it. Horatio is left alone with the bodies all around him. It is more than that, though, as it also expresses respect, and has been used many times at the funerals of national figures — political leaders and social achievers.