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Hamlet the Dane.

Laer. The devil take thy foul ! [Grappling with him.

Ham. Thou pray'st not well.
I pry’thee, take thy fingers from throat-
For though I am not fplenitive and raih,
Yet have I in me something dangerous,
Which let thy wisdom fear. Hold off thy hand.

King. Pluck them asunder
Queen, Hamlet, Hamlet-
Hor. Good my Lord, be quiet.

[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
Could not with all their quantity of love
Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her ?

King. O, he is mad Laertes.
Queen. For love of God, forbear him.

Ham. Come, thew me what thou’lt do. [fell?
Woo't weep? woo't fight? woo't faft? woo't tear thya
Woo't drink up eisel, eat a crocodile ?
I'll do't Dost thou come hither but to whine ?
To outface me with leaping in her grave?
Be buried quick with her; and so will I;
And if thou prat of mountains, let them throw
Millions of acres on us, tilt our ground,
Singeing his pate against the burning fun,
Make Offa like a wart! nay, an tbou'lt mouth,
I'll rant as well as thou,
Queen. This is mere madness

;
And thus a wbile the fit will work on him :
" Anon as patient as the female dove,
“ Ere that her golden couplets * are disclos'd,
« His filence will fit drooping.

Ham. Hear you, Sir-
What is the reason that you use me thus ?

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I lov'd you ever ; but it is no matter -
Let Hercules himlelt do what he inay,
The cat will mew, the dog will have his day. [Exit.
King. I pray you, good Horatio, wait upon him.

[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.
This grave shall have a living moaument.
An hour of quiet shortly shall we see ;
7 ill then in patience our proceeding be. [Exeunt.
SCENE III. Changes to a hall in the palace.

Futer Hamlet and Horatio.
Ham. So much for this, now shall you see the other,
You do remember all the circumstance ?

Hor. Remember it, my Lord ?

Ham. Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting,
That would not let me sleep ; methought I lay
Worse than the mutines in the bilboes; rafkness
(And prais'd be rathness for it) lets us know ;
Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well,
When cur deep plots do fail ; " and that should teach
“ There's a divinity that shapes our ends,

[us
Rough-hew them how we will,
Hor. That is most certain.

Ham. Up from my cabbin,
My sea-grown scarf about me, in the dark
Grop'd i to find out them; had my delire
Finger'd their packet, and in fine withdrew
To mine own room again; making so hold
(My fears forgetting manners) to unseal
Their grand commission, where I found, Horatio,
A royal knavery ; an exact cominand,
Larded with many several sorts of reasons,
Importing Denmark's health, and England's too,
With, ho! such buggs and goblins in iny life ¿
That on the fupervile, no leisure bated *,
No, Not to stay ibę grinding of the as,

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, ;
As England was his faithful tributary,
As love between thein, like the palm, mighi flourish,
As Peace should still her wheaten garland wear,
And stand a commere 'tween their amities;
And many such like as's of

great charge ;
That on the view and knowing these contents,
Without debatement further, more or less,
He should the bearers put to ludden death,
Not thriving time allow'd.

Fior. How was this seal'd ?

Ham. Wi.y, evin in that was heaven ordinant ;
I had my father's ligget in my purse,
Which was the model of that Danish seal;
I folded the writ up in form of th'other,
Subicrib'd ir, gave th' impreffion, plac'd it safely,
The changeling never known. Now, the next day
l'as our tea fight, and what to this was fequent,
Thou know it already,

Hor. So, Guildenstern and Rosincrantz go to't.
Ham. Why, man, they diu cake love to this em-

ployment.
They are not near my conscience; their defeat
Doth by their own iuliuuation * grow.
“ 'Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes
“ Between the pals and fell incensed points

infinuaticu, for curruptly obtruding themselves into his service,

“ of mighty opposites.

Hor. Why, what a King is this?
Ham. Does it not, think'st thou, stand me now

upon ?

He that hath kill'd my King, and whor'd my mother,
Popt in between th' election and my hopes,
Thrown out his angle for my proper life,
And with such cozenage ; is't not perfect conscience,
To quit him with this arm ? and is't not to be damn'd,
To let this canker of our nature come
in further evil ?

Hor. It must be shortly known to him from England, What is the issue of the business there.

Ham. It will be short.
The interim's mine; and a man's life's no more
Than to say, one.
But I am very sorry, good Horatio,
That to Laertes I forgot myself ;
For by the image of my cause I see
The portraiture of his; I'll court his favour :
But, sure, the bravery of his grief did put me
Into a tow'ring paflion.
Hor. Peace, who comes here?

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.

Ofri Sir,

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.
Ofr. I know you are not ignorant,-

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.

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