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Ofr. I mean, sir, for his weapon ; but in the impu. tation laid on him by them in his meed, he's untele low'd. Ham. What's his

weapon

? Ofr. Rapier and dagger. Ham. That's two of his weapons; but well.

Ofr. The King, Sir, has wag'd with him fix Barbary horses, against the which he has impon'd, as I take it, ifix French rapiers and poinards, with their assigns, as girdle, hangers, and fo: three of the carriages, in faith, are very dear to fancy, very responsive to the hilts, molt delicate carriages, and of very liberal conceit.

Ham. What call you the carriages ?

Hor. I knew you must be edified by the margent, ere you had done.

[ Aside. Osr. The carriages, Sir, are the hangers,

Ham. The phrase would be more germane to the matter, if we could carry cannon by our fidcs ; I would it might be bangers till then. But, on ; fix Barbary horses against fix French swords, their assigns, and three liberal-conceited carriages; that's the French bet against the Danish ; why is this impon'd, as you call it ?

Ofr. The King, Sir, bath laid, that in a duzen 'passes between you and him, he shall not exceed you three hits; he hath laid on twelve for nine ; and it would come to immediate trial, if your Lordship would vouchSafe the answer.

Ham, How if I answer no?

Ofr. I mean, my Lord, the opposition of your person in trial,

Ham. Sir, I will walk here in the hall; if it please his Majesty, 'tis the breathing-time of day with me; let the soils be brought, the gentleman willing, and the King hold his purpose, I will win for him, if I can ; if not, I'll gain nothing but my shame, and the odd hils.

Ofi, Shall I deliver yoù so?

Ham. To this effect, Sir, after what flourish your Dature will.

Ofr. I commend my duty to your Lordship.' [Exit.

Ham. Your's, your's ; he does well to commeod it himself, there are no tongues else for's turn.

Hor. This lapwing runs away with the shell on his head.

Ham He did co nplineat with his dug before he fuck'd it. Thus has he (and many more of the same breed, that I know the droily age doats on) only got the tune of the tims, and outward habit of encounter, a kind of yelty collection, which carries them through and through the most fann'd and winnowed opinions ; and do but blow them to their trials, the bubbles are: out.

Enter a Lord. Lord. My Lord, his Majesty commended him to you: by young Ofrick; who brings back to him, that you attend him in the hall : he sends to know if your pleasure hold to play with Leartes, or that you will take longer time?

Ham. I am constant to my purposes, they follow the King's pleasure; if his fitness speaks, mine is ready, now, or whenfoever, provided I be so able as now.

Lord. The King and Queen, and all are coming down.

Ham. In happy time.

Lord. The Queen desires you to use fome gentle en-tertainment to Laertes, before you fall to play. Ham. She well instructs me,

[Exit Lord, Hor. You will lose this wager, my Lord.

Ham. I do not think so; since he went into France, I have been in continual practice ; I shall win at the odds, But thou wouldst not think how ill all's here about my heart, but it is no matter.

Hor. Nay, my good Lord.

Ham. It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of gain. giving as would perhaps trouble a woman,

Hor. If your inind dislike any thing, obey it. I will füreltal their repair hither, and lay you are not fit.

Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; il it be not to come, it will be now: if it be not now, yet it will come; the readiness is all, Since no man, of ought he leaves, knows, what is’t to : leaye betimes? Let be.

from me.

S CE N E V.
Enter King, Queen, Laertes, and Lords, Ofrick, with..

other attenuants with foils and gauntlets. A table,
and flaggons of wine on it.
King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand

[Gives him the hand of Laertes.
Ham. Give me your pardon, Sir; I've done you
But pardon't as you are a gentleman, [wrong;
This presence knows, and you must needs have heard,
How I am punish'd with a sore distraction.
What I have done,
That might your nature, honour, and exception,
Roughly

awake, I here proclaim was madness :
Was't Hamlet wrong'd Laertes, never, Hamlet,
If Hamlet from himself be ta’en away,
And when he's not him felf, does wrong Laertes,
7 hen Hamlet does it not; Hanilet denies it.
Who does it then? bis madaess. If't be ro,
Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong'd;
His madness is poor

Hamlet's enemy.
Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd evil,
Free me so far in your most generous thoughts,
1 hat I have shot mine arrow o'er the house,
And hurt my brother.

Laer. Jam fatisfied in nature,
V hose motive, in this case, should stir me most
Tu my revenge: but in my terms of honour
I stand aloof, and will no reconcilement ;
Till by some elder masters of known honour
I have a voice, and president of peace,
To keep my name ungor’d. But till that time,
I do receive your offer'd love like love,
And will not wrong it.

Ham. I embrace it freely,
And will this brother's wager frankly play.
Give us the foils.

Laer. Come, one for me.

Ham. I ll be your foil, Laertes ; in mine ignorance: Your skill shall like a far i'th' darkest night, Stick fery off, indeed.

Laer. You mock me, Sir.
Han. No, bg this hand.

King. Give them the toils, young Ofrick,
Himlet, you know the wager.

Ham. Well, my Lord;
Your Grace hath laid the odds o'th' weaker ade.

King. I do not fear it, I have seen you both :
Büt fince he's better'd, we have therefore odds.

Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
Han. This likes me well; these foils have all a length,'.

[Prepares to play. Ofr. Ay, my good Lord.

King. Set me the stoops of wine upon that table:
If Hamlet gives the first or second bit,
Or quit in answer of the third exchange,
Let all the battlements their ordnance tire;
The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath :
And in the cup an union * shall he throw,
Richer than that which four juecesfive kings
In Denmark's crown have worn. Give me the cups':
And let the kettle to the trumpets speak,
The trumpets to the cannoneer without, ,
The cannons to the heav'ns, the heav'ns to earth;
Now the King drinks to Hamlet Come, begin,
And you the judges bear a wary eye.

Ham. Come on, Sir.
Laer. Come, my Lord.

[They play... Ham. One Laer. NOHam. Judgement. fr. A hit, a very palpable hit. Laer. Weil again King. Stay, give me drink. Hamlet, this pearl is

thine, Here's to thy health. Give him the cup.

[Trumpets, found, : fnot goes off. Ham. I'll play this bout firit, let it by a while.

[They play... Come- -another hit what fay you?:

Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess. • Union hath been a name in all times given to one of the riche ? forts of pearls.. See Plin - nat, bift.

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K’ing. Our son shall win.

Queen. He's fat, and fcant of breath.
Ilere, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brow's ;-;
The Queen carouses to thy fortune, Hanilet...

Ham, Good Madam.-
King. Gertrude, do not drink.
Queen. I will, my Lord ;- I pray you pardon me.

[Drinks.
King. It is the poison'd cup, it is too late. [Hfile.
Han I dare pot drink.yet, Madam, by and by.
Queen. Come, let me wipe thy face.
Laer. I'll hit himn now.
Ring. I do not think't.
Lacr. And yet it is almost against my conscience.

[Aide. Harr. Come, for the third, Laertes, you but dally.; I pray you pass with your best violence; I am afraid you make a wanton of me.. Laer. Say you fo? come on.

[Play. Ofr. Nothing neither way. Lurer. Have at you now. (Laertes wounds Hamlet ; then, in fcuffling, they

change rapiers, and Hamlet wounds Laertes.. Kirg. Part them, they are incens'd. Ham. Nay, coine again Ofr. Look to the Queen there, ho! Hor. They bleed on both lives. How is't, my Lord? : fr. How is't, Laertes ?

Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe, Or'I'm justly kills with mine own treachery. [rick,

Ham. How does the Queen?
King. She fwoons to see them bleed.

Queen No, no, the drink, the drink
Oh my dear Hamlet, the drink, the drink,
I am poison'da

[Queen dies, Ham. Oh villany! hò! let the door be lock'd ; Treachery! seek it out

Laer. It is here. Hamlet, thou art slain; No medicine in the world can do thee good. Jo thee there is not half an hour of life; The treach'rous instrument is in thy hand, Unbated and invenom'd: the foul practice Hach tura'd itself on me Lo, here I lieg

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