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Yet here she is allow'd her virgin crants,
Laer. Must there no more be done ?
Friar. No more be done!
Laer. Lay her i’ the earth ;-
[They put the Coffin in the Grave.
Ham. What, the fair Ophelia!
[Scattering Flowers. I hop'd, thou should'st have been my Hamlet's wife; I thought, thy bride-bed to have deck’d, sweet maid, And not have strew'd thy grave.
Laer. O, treble woe Fall ten times treble on that cursed head, Whose wicked deed the most ingenious sense Depriv'd thee of! [The GRAVEDIGGER about to throw the Earth into
the Grave. Hold off the earth a while, Till I have caught her once more in mine arms :
[LAERTES leaps into the Grave. Now pile your dust upon the quick and dead; Till of this flat a mountain you have made, To o'ertop old Pelion, or the skyish head Of blue Olympus.
[Exit GRAVEDIGGER. Ham. (Advancing.) What is he whose grief Bears such an emphasis ? Whose phrase of sorrow
Conjures the wand'ring stars, and makes them stand
[Springing out of the Grave, and seizing
[They are parted by Horatio and
MARCELLUS. Queen. Hamlet, Hamlet!
Ham. Why, I will fight with him upon this theme, Until my eyelids will no longer wag.
Queen. O, my son! what theme?
Ham. I lov'd Ophelia ; forty thousand brothers
Queen. O, he is mad, Laertes.
Ham. Come, show me what thou'lt do:
Queen. This is mere madness :
His silence will sit drooping.
Ham. Hear you, sir;
[Exit HAMLET. King. I pray thee, good Horatio, wait upon him.
[Exit HORATIO Strengthen your patience in our last night's speech;
[To LAERTES. We'll put the matter to the present push.Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.
[Exeunt Queen and Ladies. This grave shall have a living monument; An hour of quiet thereby shall we see; Till then, in patience our proceeding be.
(Bell tolls. Exeunt King, LAERTES,
A Hall in the Palace.
Enter HAMLET and HORATIO.
Ham. But I am very sorry, good Horatio,
Hor. Peace; who comes here?
Osr. Your lordship is right welcome back to Denmark.
Ham. I humbly thank you, sir.—Dost know this water-fly?
Hor. No, my good lord.
Ham. Thy state is the more gracious; for, 'tis a vice, to know him.
Osr. Sweet lord, if your lordship were at leisure, I should impart a thing to you from his majesty.
Ham. I will receive it, sir, with all diligence of spirit:-Your bonnet to his right use ; 'tis for the head.
Osr. I thank your lordship, 'tis very hot.
Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold; the wind is northerly.
Osr. It is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed.
Ham. But yet, methinks, it is very sultry and hot; or my complexion
Osr. Exceedingly, my lord; it is very sultry, -as 'twere,—I cannot tell how. My lord, his majesty bade me signify to you, that he has laid a great wager on your head : Sir, this is the matter ;Ham. I beseech you, remember
[HAMLET signs to him to put on his Hat. Osr. Nay, good my lord; for my ease, in good faith. -Sir, here is newly come to court, Laertes: believe me, an absolute gentleman, full of most excellent differences, of very soft society, and great showing: Indeed, to speak feelingly of him, he is the card or calendar of gentry; for you shall find in him the continent of what part a gentleman would see.
Ham. Sir, his definement suffers no perdition in you :-What imports the nomination of this gentleman?
Osr. Of Laertes ?
Ham. Of him, sir.
Osr. You are not ignorant of what excellence Laertes is
Ham. I dare not confess that, lest I should compare with him in excellence; but, to know a man well, were to know himself.
Osr. I mean, sir, for his weapon.
Osr. The king, sir, hath wager'd with him six Barbary horses: against the which he has impawn'd, as I take it, six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdle, hangers, and so: Three of the carriages, in faith, are very dear to fancy, very responsive to the hilts, most delicate carriages, and of very liberal conceit.
Ham. What call you the carriages ?
Ham. The phrase would be more german to the matter, if we could carry a cannon by our sides.
Osr. The king, sir, hath lay'd, that in a dozen passes between yourself and him, he shall not exceed you three hits; and it would come to immediate trial, if your lordship would vouchsafe the answer.
Ham. How, if I answer, no?
Osr. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your person in trial.
Ham. Sir, it is the breathing time of day with me: let the foils be brought; the gentleman willing, and the king hold his purpose, I will win for him, if I can; if not, I will gain nothing but my shame, and the odd hits.
Osr. Shall I deliver you so ?
Ham. To this effect, sir; after what flourish your nature will.