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Hamlet the Dane.
Laer. The devil take thy foul ! [Grappling with him.
Ham. Thou pray'st not well.
King. Pluck them asunder
[The attendanss part them. Ham. Why, I will fight with him upon this theme, Until my eye-lids will no longer wag.
Queen. Oh my son ! what theme?
Ham. I lov'd Ophelia ; forty thousand brothers
King. O, he is mad Laertes.
Ham. Come, thew me what thou’lt do. [fell?
Ham. Hear you, Sir-
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I lov'd you ever ; but it is no matter -
[Exit Hor. Strengthen your patience in our last night's fpeech.
[T. Laertes. · We'll put the matter to the present puch.
Good Gertrude, set fome watch over your son.
Futer Hamlet and Horatio.
Hor. Remember it, my Lord ?
Ham. Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting,
Ham. Up from my cabbin,
batet, for allowed.
My head should be struck off.
Hor. Is'c poffible?
Ham. Here's the commission, read it at more leisure ; But wilt thou hear now how I did proceed ?
Hor. I beseech you.
Ham. being thus benetted round with villains; (Ere I could mark the prologue to my bane They had begun the play), I sat me down, Devis'd a new commission, wrote it fair : (I once did hold it, as our statists do, A baseness to write fair ; and labour'd much How to forget that learning; but, Sir, now It did me yeoman's service) : wilt thou know 1 b'effect of what I wrote ?
Hor. Ay, good my Lord.
Ham. An earnest conjuration from the King, ;
great charge ;
Fior. How was this seal'd ?
Ham. Wi.y, evin in that was heaven ordinant ;
Hor. So, Guildenstern and Rosincrantz go to't.
infinuaticu, for curruptly obtruding themselves into his service,
“ of mighty opposites.
Hor. Why, what a King is this?
He that hath kill'd my King, and whor'd my mother,
Hor. It must be shortly known to him from England, What is the issue of the business there.
Ham. It will be short.
SC EN E IV. Enter Orrick. Ofr. Your Lordship is right welcome back to Denmark
Ham i humbly thank you, Sir. Dost know this wa. ter-fiy ?
Hor. No, my good Lord.
Ham. Thy Itate is the more gracious ; for 'tis a vice to know him : he bath much land, and fertile ; let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand at the King's messe; 'tis a chough ; but, as I say, spacious in the pofleflion of dirt.
Ofr. Sweet Lord, if your Lordship were at leisure, I should impart a thing to you from his Majesty.
Ham. I will receive it with all diligence of spirit : your bonnet to his right use, e'tis for the head.
Ofr. I thank your Lordship, 'tis very hot.
Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold ; the wind is northerly,
Ofr. It is indifferent cold, my Lord, indeed.
Ham, But yet methinks it is very sultry, and hof, or my complexion
Ofr. Exceedingly, my Lord; it is very fultry, as 'twere, I cannot tell how.----My Lord, his Majesty bid me figuify to you, that he has laid a great wager on your head. Sir, this is the matter.
Han I beseech you remember
Ofr. Nay, in goo: faith, for mine ease, in good faith.Sir, here is newly come to court' Laertes ; be. lieve me, an absolute gentleman, full of most excellent differences, of very soft society, and great shew : indeed, to speak feelingly of him, he is the card or kalendar of gentry; for you shall find in him the continent of what part a gentleman would see.
Ham. Sir, bis definement suffers no perdition in you; tho' I know, to divide him inventorially, would dizzy - the arithmetic of memory ; and yet but flow neither in respect of his quick fail. But, in the verity of extolment, I take bim to be a soul of great article ; and bis infusion of such dearth and rareness, as, to make true diction of him, his fe:nblable is his mirrour, and who else would trace bim, his umbrage, nothing more,
Ofr. Your Lordship Ipeaks molt infallibly of him,
Hani. The concernancy, Sir ? ---Why do we wrap the gentleman in our more rawer breath? [To Horatio.
Hor, Is't not poflible toʻunderstand in another tongue ? you will do't, Sir, rarely.
Ham. What imports the nomination of this gentleman ?
Ofr. of Laertes ?
Hor. His purse is empty already : all's golden words are fpent.
Ham. Of him, Sir.
Ham, I would you did, Sir ; yet, in faith, if you did, it would not much approve me Well, Sir.
Ofr. You are notignorant of what excellence Laertes is.
Hain. I dare not confess that, left i 1hould compare. with him in excellence; but to know a man well, were to know himself. VOL. VIII.