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If this should blast in proof.. Soft ;-let me 2 Clo. Nay, but hear you, goodman deliver. see
1 Clo. Give me leave. Here lies the water ; We'll make a solemn wager on your cun good: here stands the man ; good : If the man nings,
go to this water, and drown bimisell, it is, will ba't:
he, nill he, he goes ; mark you that : but if the Wben in your motion you are hot and dry, water come to him, and drown bin, he drowns (As make your bouts more violent to that end,) not himself : argal, ne, that is not guilty of his And that he calls for drink, I'll have preferr'd I own death, shortens not his own life. him
2 Clo. But is this law ? A chalice for the nonce :$ whereon but sipping, 1 Clo. Ay, marry is'l;crowner's-quest law. If he by chance escape your venom'd stuck, 2 Clo. Will you ha' the truth on't? If this had Our purpose may hold there. But stay, what not been a geutlewoman, she should bave becu noise ?
buried out of Christian burial.
1 Clo. Why, there thou say'st : And the more Enter QUEEN.
pity; that great folks shall have countenance in How now, sweet queen ?
this world to drown or hang themselves, more Queen. One woe doth tread upon another's than their even • Christian. Come, my spade. heel,
(Laertes, There is no ancient gentlemen bui gardeners, So fast they follow :-Your sister's drowu’d, ditchers, and grave-makers ; ihey hold up Adana's Laer. Drown'd! Oh! where?
profession. Queen. There is a willow grows ascant the 2 Clo. Was he a gentlemen ? brook,
1 (lo, He was the first that ever bore arins. That shows luis hoar leaves in the glassy stream; 2 Clo. Why, he bad none. Therewith fantastic garlands did she make
1 Clo. What, art a heathen? How dost thou of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long understand the scripture? The scripture says, purples, f
Adam digged; Could he dig without arms That liberal ** shepherds give a grosser name, T'll put another question to thee : If thou allBat our cold maids do dead men's fingers call swerest me not to the purpose, confess thythem :
selfThere on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds 2 Clo. Go to. Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke; 1 Clo. Wliat is he, that builds stronger than When down her weedy trophies, and herself, either the mason, the shipwright, or the car. Fell in the weeping brook. Her clotbes spread penter? wide;
2 Clo. The gallows maker ; for that frame And, merinaid-like, awhile they bore her up: out-lives a thousand tenants. Whích time, she chaunted snatches of old 1 Clo. I like thy wit well, in good faith ; the As one incapable tt of her own distress, (tunes, gallows does well: But how does it well?
it Or like a creature native and inda'd,
does well to those that do ill: now thou dost Unto that element : but long it could not be, ill, to say the gallows is built stronger than Till that her garments, heavy with their drink, the church ; argal, the gallows may do well to Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay thee. To't again ; come. To muddy death.
2 Clo. Who builds stronger than a mason, a Laer. Alas then, she is drown'd?
shipwright, or a carpenter ? Queen. Drown'd, drown'd.
i Clo. Ay, tell me that, and unyoke. + jaer. Too much of water bast thou, poor 2 Clo. Marry, now I can tell. Ophelia,
1 Clo. To't. Áod therefore I forbid my tears : But yet
2 Clo. Mass, I cannot tell. It is our trick; nature ber custom holds, Let shame say what it will : when these are Enter Hamlet and Horatio, at a distance gone,
1 Clo, Cudgel thy brains no more about it; The woman will be out. I:-Adieu, my lord ! for your dull ass will not mend bis pace with I have a speech of fire, that fain would blaze, beating : and, when you are asked this question But that this folly drowns it.
(Erit. next, say, a grave-maker; the houses that he King. Let's follow, Gertrude :
makes last till doomsday. Go, get thee to How much I had to do to calın bis rage! Yaughan, and fetch me a stoup of liquor. Now fear I, this will give it start again ;
Erit 2 CLOWN. Therefore, let's follow.
I CLOwn digs, and sings.
Methought, it was very sweet,
To contract, 0, the time, for, ah, my behove
0, methought, there was nothing meet. SCENE 1.- A Church-Yard.
Ham. Has this fellow no feeling of his busiEnter Two CLOWNS, with Spades, &c.
ness ? he sings at grave-making. 1 ('lo. Is she to be buried in Christian burial, of easiness.
Hor. Custom bath made it in him a property that wilfully seeks her own salvation ?
Ham, 'Tis e'en so: the band of little em2 Clo. I tell thee, she is ; therefore make her ployinent hath the daintier sense. grave straight : 95 the crowner bath set on her, and finds it Christian burial.
1 Clo. But age, with his stealing steps, 1 Clo. How can that be, unless she drowned
Hath clau'd me in his clutch, hersell in her own defence ?
And hath shipped me into the land, 2 Clo, Why 'tis found go.
As if I had never been such.
(Throws up a Scull. else. For here lies the point: if I drown my. self wittingly, it argutes an act
Ham. That scull had a tongue in it, and bath three branches; it is, to act, to do, and the ground, as if it were Cain's jaw-bone, that
and an act could sing once : How the knave jowls it to to perform ; argal, ti she drowned herself wit did the first murder! This inigit be the paie tingly.
of a politician, wbich this ass now o'er-reaches : je As fire arms sometimes burst in proving their one that would circumvent God, might it not ? + Skill.
+ Give over.
The song entire is printed in Percy's Reliques of Au. ++ Tusensible.
11 Tears will flow. cient English Poetry, vol. 1. It was written by | Immediately. 11 A blunder for ergo. Lord Vaux
Hor. It might, my lord.
Ham, Ay, marry, why was be sent into EngHam. Or of a courtier; which would say, land ? Good-morrow, sweet lord ! How dost thou, 1 Clo. Why, because he was mad : be shall good lord ? This might be my lord such-a-one, recover his wits there : or, if he do not, tis no that praised my lord such-a-one's horse, when great matter there. be meant to beg it; might it not?
Ham. Why? Hor. Ay, my lord.
i Clo. 'Twill not be seen in him there ; there Ham. Why, e'en so; and now my lady the men are as mad as he. Worm's ; chapless, and knocked about the Ham. How came he mad ? mazzard with a sexton's spade; Here's fine 1 Clo. Very stra ely, they say. revolution, an we had the trick to see't. Did Ham. How strangely? these bones cost no more the breeding, but to 1 Clo. 'Faith, e'en with losing his wits. play at loggats with them ? mine ache to think Ham. Upon wbat ground ? on't.
1 Clo. Why, here in Denmark; I bave been 1 Clo. A pick-are, and a spade, a spade, (Sings. sexton here, man and boy, thirty years. For-and a shrouding sheet;
Ham. How long will a man lie i'the earth
ere he rot ? 0, a pit of clay for to be made
1 Clo. 'Faith, if he be not rotten before he For such a guest is meet. (Throws up a Scull. days, that will scarce holá the laying in,) be
die, (as we have many pocky corses now-a. Ham. There's another; Why may not that will last you some eight year, or uine year: a be the scull of a lawyer ? Where be his quid-tanner will last you uine year. dits + now, bis quillets, I his cases, his tenures, Ham. Why he more than another and his tricks? why does he suffer this rude 1 Clo. Why, Sir, his hide is so tanned with knave now to knock him about the sconce his trade, that he will keep out water a great with a dirty shovel, and will not tell him of his while; and your water is a sore decayer of action of battery? Humph! This fellow might your whoreson dead body. Here's scull be in's time a great buyer of land, with his now hath lain you i'the earth, three-and-twenty statutes, bis recognizances, his fines, his double years. Vouchers, his recoveries : Is this the fine of his Ham. Whose was it ? fines, and the recovery of his recoveries, to i Clo. A whoreson med fellow's it was. have bis fine pate full of fine dirt ? will his Whose do you think it was! vouchers vouch bim no more of his purchases, Ham. Nay, I know not. and double ones too, than the length and breadth i Clo. A pestilence on him for a mad rogue ! of a pair of indentures ? The very conveyances be poured a tagon of Rhenish on my head of his lands will hardly lie in this box ; and once. This saine scull, Sir, was Yorick's scull, must the inheritor himself have no more i ba ? the king's jester. Hor. Not a jot more, my lord.
[Takes the Scull. Ham. Is not parchment made of sheep-skins ? 1 Clo. E'en that. Hor. Ay, my lord, and of calves-skins too. Ham. Alas! poor Yorick -I knew him,
Ham. They are sheep, and calves, which Horatio ; a fellow of infinite jest, of most es: seek out assurance in that. I will speak to this cellent fancy : he hath borne me on his back a fellow :- Whose grave's this, Sirrah?
thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my 1 Clo. Mine, Sir.
imagination it is ! my gorge rises at it. Here 0,9 pit of clay for to be made (Sings. hung those lips, that I have kissed I know not
how For such a guest is meet.
Where be your gibes now your
gambols? your songs? your flashes of merri. Ham. I think it be thine, indeed; for thou ment, that were wont to set the table on a liest in't.
roar ? Not one now, to mock your own grini Clo. You lie out on't, Sir, and therefore it uing? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my is not yours : for my part, I do not lie in't, yet lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an it is mine.
inch thick, to this favour she musicome; Ham. Thou dost lie in't, to be in't and say it make her laugh at that.-—-Proythee, Horatio, is thine ; 'tis for the dead, not for the quick; tell me one thing. therefore thou liest.
Hor. What's that, my lord ? 1 Clo. 'T'is a quick lie, Sir ; 'twill away again, Han. Dost thou think, Alexander looked from me to you.
o'this fashion i'the earth Ham. What man dost thou dig it for ?
Hor. E'en so. 1 Clo. For no man, Sir.
Ham. And smelt so ? pah! Ham. What woman then ?
[Throws down the Scull. 1 Clo. For none neither.
Hor. E'en so, my lord. Ham. Who is to be buried in't ?
Ham. To what' base uses we may return, 1 Clo. One, that was a woman, Sir; but, Horatio ! why may not imagination trace the rest her soul she's dead.
noble dust of Alexander, till be find it stopping Ham. How absolute the knave is! we must a bunghole ? speak by the card, || or equivocation will undo Hor. 'Twere to consider too curiously, to us. By the Lord, Horatio, these three years I consider so. have taken note of it; the age is grown so Ham. No, faith, not a jot; but to follow him picked, that the toe of the peasant comes so thither with modesty enough, and likelihood near the heel of the courtier, he galls his to lead it : As thus ; Alexander died, Alexander kibe.-How long hast thou been a grave- was buried, Alexander returnetb to dust; the maker?
dust is earth; of earth we make loan : And 1 Clo. of all the days i'the year, I came to't why of that loam, whereto he was converted, that day that our last king Hamlet overcame might they not stop a beer-barrel ? Fortinbras.
Imperious + Cesar, dead, and turn'd to clay, Ham. How long's that since ?
Might stop a hole to keep the wind away: 1 Clo. Cannot you tell that? every fool can obl that the earth, which kept the world in tell that: It was that very day that young Ham
awe, Jet was born: he that is mad, and sent into Should patch a wall to expel the winter's Eugland.
But soft! but soft! aside :--Here comes the • An ancient game played as quoils are at present.
king. + Subtilties. Frivolous distinctions. 3 Head, By the compass, or chart of direction.
• Countenance, complexion. 1 Imperial. Spruce, affected.
Enter PRIESTS, &c. in Procession; the Corpse Coud not, with all their quantity of love,
of OPHELIA ; LAERTES ; and Mourners Make up my sum.-What wilt thou do for her ? following ; KING, QUEEN, their Trains, &c. King. Oh! he is mad, Laertes.
Queen. For love of God, forbear him. The queen, the courtiers : who is this they follow?
Ham. 'Zounds, show me what thou’lt do:
(token, Woul't weep? woul't fight? woult fast? woul: And with such maimed rites! This doth beThe corse, they follow, did with desperate Woul't drink up Esil ? eat a crocodile ?
tear thyself? hand
I'll do'l.-Dost thou come here to whine ? Fordo + its own life. 'Twas of some estate : 1To outface me with leaping in her grave ? Couch we awhile, and mark.
Be buried quick with her, and so will I: (Retiring with Horatio. And, if thou prate of mountains, let them throw Laer. What ceremony else?
Millions of acres on us; till our ground, Ham. That is Laertes,
Singeing his pate against the burning zone, A very noble youth: Mark.
Make Ossa like a wart! Nay, an thou'lt mouth, Laer. What ceremony else?
l'll rant as well as thou. I Priest. Her obsequies have been as far enlarg'd
Queen. This is mere madness :
And thus awhile the fit will work on him;
His silence will sit drooping.
Ham. Hear you, Sir; Till the last trumpet : for charitable prayers,
What is the reason that you use me thus !
Let Hercules bimself do what he may,
The cat will mew, and dog will have his day.
[Erit. of bell and burial.
King. I pray thee, good Horatio, wait upon Laer. Must there no more be done ?
(Exit HORATIO. 1 Priest. No more be done ! We should profane the service of the dead,
Strengthen your patience in our last niglit's speech;
(To LAERTES. To sing a requiem ( and such rest to her
We'll put the matter to the present push.As to peace-parted souls.
Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.-
This grave shall have a living monument :
An hour of quiet shortly shall we see ;
(Ereunt. When thou liest howling. Ham. What, the fair Opbelia!
SCENE 11.-A Hall in the Castle. Queen. Sweets to the sweet : Farewell ! [Scattering Flowers.
Enter HAMLET and HORATIO. I hop'd, thon shouldst have been my Hamlet's
Ham. So much for this, Sir: now shall you wife : I thought thy bride-bed to have deck'd, sweet you do remember all the circumstance ?
see the other ;maid, And got bave strew'd thy grave.
Hor. Remember it, my lord ! Laer. 0 treble woe
Ham. Sir, in my heart there was a kind of Fall ten times treble on that cursed bead,
That would not let me sleep : methought, I lay Whose wicked deed thy most ingenious sense Depriy'd thee of!-Hold off the earth awhile,
Worse than the mutines t in the bilboes. $ Till I have caught her once more in mine arms; And prais'd be 'rashness for it,-Let us know,
Rashly, (Leaps into the Grave: Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well, Now pile your dust upon the quick ** and dead; when our deep plots do pall : || and that should Till of this flat a mountain you have made
teach us, To c'ertop old Pelion, or the skyish head or blue Olympus.
There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Hor. That is
Ham. Up from my cabin,
Grop'd I to find out them ; had my desire ; Hamlet the Dane. (Leaps into the Grave. To mine own room again ; making so bold,
Finger'd their packet; and, in fine, withdrew Laer. The devil take thy soul !
My fears forgetting manners, to unseal (Grappling with him. Ham. Thou pray'st not well.
Their grand commission ; where I found, Ho
ratio, I pr'ythee, take thy fingers from my throat; For, though I am not splenetive and rash,
A royal knavery ; an exact command, Yet have I in me something dangerous,
Larded with many several sorts of reasons, Which let thy wisdom fear : Hold off thy hand. Importing Denmark's health, and England's too,
Wiih, ho! such bugs ** and goblius in my
That, on the supervise, it no leisure bated,
No, not to stay the grinding of the axe,
Hor. Is't possible ? out of the Grare.
Ham. Here's the commission; read it at Ham. Why, I will fight with him upon this theme,
more leisure. Until my eye-lids will no longer wag.
But wilt thou hear now how I did proceed 1
Hor. Ay, beseech you.
Ham. Being thus benetted round with vit.
• Eisel is vinegar ; but Mr. Steevens conjectures • Imperfect obsequies. + Undo, destroy, the word should be Weisel, a river which falls into the * High rank. 6 Broken pots, or tiles. Baltic ocean
Mutineers. IA German term for garland.
The ship's prison.
1 Garnished. A mass tor the dead.
. Bugbears. 1 Looking over.
Or I could make a prologue to my brains, Osr. Sweet lord, if your lordship were al They bad begun the play ;-1 sat me down'; leisure, I should impart a thing to you from bis Devis'd a new commission ; wrote it fair :
majesty I once did hoid it, as our statists + do,
ilan. I will receive it, Sir, with all diligence A baseness to write fair, and labour'd inuch of spirit : Your bouvet to its right use; 'tis for How to forget that learning; but, Sir, now the head. It did me yeoman's service: Wilt thou know Osr. I thank your lordship, 'tis very hot. The effect of wbat I wrote !
Ham. No, believe me, 'tis very cold; the wind Hor. Ay, good my lord.
is northerly. Ham. An earnest conjuration from tbe Osr. It is indifferent cold, my lord, indeed. king,
Ham. But yet, methinks, it is very sultry and As England was his faithful tributary ;
hot; or my complexionAs love between them like the palm might Osr. Exceedingly, my lord; it is very snl. flourish;
try,-as 'twere,-i cannot tell how--My lord, his As peace should still her wheaten garland wear, majesty bade me signify to you, that he has laid Aud stand a comma I 'tween their amities; a great wager on your head : Sir, this is the And many such like as's of great charge,-- matter,That, on the view and kuowing of these con- Ham. I beseech you, remember tents,
(HAMLET moves him to put on his Hat, Without debatement further, more, or less,
Osr. Nay, good my lord; for my ease, in He should the bearers put to sudden death, good faith. Sir, here is newly come to court, Not skriving 5-time allow'd.
Laertes : believe me, an absolute gentleman, fuli Hor. How was this seal'd ?
of most excellent differences, t of very soft soHam. Why, even in that was heaven ordi ciety, and great showing : Iudeed, to speak feelnant ;
ingly of him, he is the card or calendar of I had my father's signet in my purse,
gentry, for you shall find in him the continent 6 Which was the model of that Danish seal : of what part a gentleman would see. Folded the writ up in form of the other ;
Ham. Sir, this detinement suffers no perdition Subscrib'd it; gave't the impression; plac'd it in you ;-though, I know, to divide bim invensafely,
torially, would dizzy the arithmetic of memory; The changeling never known : Now, the next day and yet but raw neither, in respect of his quick Was vur sea-fight; and what to this was se rail. But, in the verity of extolment, I take quent
him to be a soul of great article ; and his inThou know'st already.
fusion of such dearth and rareness, as, to make Hor. So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go true diction of him, bis semblable is his mirror; to't.
and, who else would trace him, bis umbrage, Ham. Why, man, they did make love to this uothing more. Il employinent ;
Osr. Your lordship speaks most infallibly of They are not near my conscience; their defeat him. Does by their own insinuation grow :
Ham. The concernancy, Sir ? why do we wrap 'Tis dangerous, when the baser nature comes the gentleman in our more rawer breath? Between the pass and fell incensed poiuts
Osr. Sir? Of mighty opposites.
Hor. Is't not possible to understand in ano. Hor. Why, what a king is this !
ther tongue ? You will do't, Sir, really. Ham. Does it not, think thee, stand me now Ham. What imports the nominatiou 5 of this upon ?
gentleman ? He that hath kill'd my king and whor'd my mother, Osr. Of Laertes ? Popp'd in between the election and my bopes; Hor. His purse is empty already; all his golThrown out his angel for my proper life,
den words are spent. And with such cozenage; is't not perfect con- Ham. Of him, Sir. science,
Osr. I know, you are not ignorantTo quit ** bim with this arm ? and is't not to be Ham. I would, you did, Sir; yet, in faith, if dainn'd,
you did, it would not much approve ** me ;To let this canker of our nature come
Well, Sir. In further evil?
Osr. You are not ignorant of what excellence Hor. It must be shortly known to bim from Laertes is-England,
Hum. I dare not confess that, lest I should What is the issue of the business there.
compare with him in excellence; but, to know Ham. It will be short; the interim is mine ; a man well, were to know himself. And a man's life no more than to say, one.
Osr. I mean, Sir, for his weapon ; but in the But I am very sorry, good Horatio,
imputation laid on him by them, in his meed it Tbat to Laertes I forgot myself;
he's unfellowed. For, by the image of my cause, I see
Ham. What's his weapon? The portraiture of bis : I'll count ++ his favours : Osr. Rapier and dagger. But, sure, the bravery of his grief did put me Jlam. That's two of his weapons : but, wel). Into a towering passion.
Osr. The king, Sir, hath wagered with bim Hor. Peace; who comes here?
six Barbary horses : against the which he has
impawned, it as I take it, six French rapiers and Enter OSRIC.
poniards, with their assigns, as girdle, bang. Osr. Your lordsbip is right welcome back to ers, is and so : Three of the carriages, in faith, Denmark.
are very dear to fancy, very responsive to the Ham. I humbly thank you, Sir.-Dost know bilts, most delicate carriages, and of very liberal this waterfly ? 11
conceit. Hor. No, my good lord.
Ham. What call you the carriages ? Ham. Thy state is the more gracious ; for
Hor. I knew, you must be edified by the 'tis a vice to know him: He hath much land, margent, |||| ere you had done. and fertile : let a beast be lord of beasts, and Osr. The carriages, Sir, are the hangers. his crib shall stand at the king's mess : 'Tis a chongh, jg but, as I say, spacious in the possession
• The affected phrase of the time. of dirt.
+ Distinguishing excellencies. Compass or chart.
$ The country and pattern for imitation.
! This speech in a ridicule of the court jargon of has • Before. + Statesmen. * A note of connection.time.
Mentioning. .. Recommend. & Confessing,
Following 17 Praise. ti Inponed, put down, staked,
+1 For count some Editors read That part of the best by which the sword was su 20urt. 11 Waterflies are gnats.
1. Margin of a book which contains er $6 A bird like a jackdaw.
Ham. The phrase would be more german Enter KING, QUEEN, LAERTES, LORVS, OSRIC, to the matter, if we could carry a cannon by and Áttendants, with Foils, 4c. our sides; I would, it might be hangers till
King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this tben. But, on : Six Barbary horses against six
band from me. French swords, their assigns, and three liberal Conceited carriages; that's the French bet against
[The King puts the Hand of LAERTES into
that of HAMLET. the Danish : Why is this impawned, as you call
Ham. Give me your pardon, Sir: I have done Osr. The king, Sir, hath laid, that in a dozen But pardon it, as you are a gentlemar.
you wrong; passes between your self and him, he shall not exceed you three bits; he hath laid, on twelve This presence knows, and you must needs have for nine ; and it would come to immediate How I am punish'd with a sore distractiou.
heard, trial, if your lordship would vouchsafe the an- What I have done, swer. Ham. How, if I answer, no?
That might your nature, honour, and exception, Osr. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your Was't Hamlet' wrong'd Laertes ? Never, Ham
Roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness. person in trial.
let: Ham. Sir, I will walk here in the hall: If it If Hamlet from himself be ta'en away, please his majesty, it is the breathing time of day with me : let the foils be brought, the gen. And, when he is not himself, does wrong La
ertes, tleman willing, and the king hold his purpose, 1 Then Hamlet does it not, Hamlet denies it. will win for him, if I can; if not, I will gain who does it then? His madness ? I't be so, Dothing but my shame, and the odd bits.
Hamlet is of the faction that is wrong'd,
Sir, in this audience,
Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd evil
Free me so far in your mosi generous thoughts, (Exit.
That I have shot my arrow o'er the house, Han, Yours, yours.-He does well to com
And hurt my brother. mend it himself; there are no tongues else for's
Laer. I am satisfied in natnre, turn, Hor. This lapwing + runs away with the shell Whose motive, in this case, should stir me
most on his head.
Ham. He did comply 1 with his dug, before. To my revenge : but in my terms of honour, he sucked it. Thus has he (and many more of
I stand aloof; and will no reconcilement, the same breed, that, I know, the drossy ý age I have a voice and precedent of peace,
Till by some elder masters, of known honour, dotes on,) only got the tune of the time, and to keep my name ungor'd : + Buit till that time, outward habit of encounter ; a kind of yesty! |i do receive your offer'd love like love, collection, which carries them through and
And will not wrong it. throngh the most fond and winnowed opinions ;
Ham. I einbrace it freely ; and do but blow thein to their trial, the bubbles
And will this brother's wager frankly play.are out.
Give us the foils ; come on.
Laer. Come, one for me.
Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine igLord. My lord, his majesty commended him
norance to you by young Osric, who brings back to your skill shall, like a star i'the darkest night, him, that you attend him in the ball : He sends Stick tiery off, indeed. to know, if your pleasure hold to play with
Laer. You mock ine, Sir.
Ham. No, by this band.
King. Give them the foils, young Osric.follow the king's pleasure : if his fitness speaks,
Cousin Hamlet, mine is ready; now, or whensoever, provided You know the wager? be so able as now.
Ham. Very well, my lord ; Lord. The king, and queen, and all are com. Your grace bath laid the odds o'the weaker side. ing down.
King. I do not fear it: I have seen you Ham. In bappy time.
both :Lord. The queen desires you to use some But since he's better'd, we have therefore odds. gentle entertainment to Laertes, before you fall
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another. to play.
Ham. This likes me well : These foils bave all Ham. She well instructs me. (Erit LORD.
a length? [They prepare to play. Hor. You will lose this wager, my lord.
Osr. Ay, my good lord. Ham. I do not think so ; since he went into
king. Set me the stoups 1 of wine upon that France, I have been in continual practice; I
table : shall win at the odds. But thou wouldst not if Hamlet gives the first or second hit, think, bow ill all's here about my heart : but it or wait in answer of the third exchange, is no matter.
Let all the battlements their ordnance fire; Hor. Nay, good my lord, Hart It is but foolery ; but it is such a kind And in the cup an union ý shall be throw,
The king shall drink to Hamlet's better breath ; of gain-giving, ** as would, perhaps, trouble a Richer than that which four successive kings Woman.
In Denmark's crown have worn ; Give me the Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it : I will forestal ++ their repair bither, and say, you And let the kettle to the trumpet speak,
cups; are not fit.
The trumpet to the cannoneer without, Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is the cannons to the heavens, the heaven to a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If
earth, 'tis not to come ; if it be not to come,
Now the King drinks to Hamlet.--Come, it will be now; if it be not now; yet it will come : the readiness is all: Since no man, of and you, the judges, bear a wary eye.
begin ;augbt he leaves, knows wbat is't to leave betimes ?
Ham. Come on, Sir. Let be.
Laer. Come, my lord.
+ Untronnded. * Misgiving * Prevent.
A precious pearl.
it be now,