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Ham. Heare you sir, What is the reason that you


me thus ?
I lou'd you euer, but it is no matter,
Let Hercules himselfe doe what he may
The cat will mew, a* dogge will haue his day.

Exit Hamlet, and Horatio.
King. I pray thee good Horatio waite vpon him.
Strengthen your patience in our last nights speech,
Weele put the matter to the present puth:
Good Gertrard set some watch ouer your sonne,
This graue shall haue a liuing monument,
An houre of quiet thereby shall we see
Tell then in patience our proceeding be.


Enter Hamlet and Horatio.

Ham. So much for this sir, now shall you see the other,
You doe remember all the circumstance.
Hor. Remember it my

Ham. Sir in my heart there was a kind of fighting
That would not let me seepe, me thought I lay
Worse then the mutines in the bilbo's, rashly,
And prayfd be rashnes for it : let vs know,
Our in discretion sometime ferues vs well
When our deepe plots doe fall, and that should learne vs
Ther's a diuinity that shapes our ends,
Rough hew them how we will.

Hora. That is most certainę.

Ham. Vp from my cabin,
My sea-gowne scarft about me in the darke
Gropt I to find out them, had my desire,
Fingard their packet, and in fine with drew
To mine owne roome againe, making so bold

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My feares forgetting manners to vnfold
Their graund commission; where I found Horatie
A royall knauery, an exact command
Larded with many feuerall sorts of reasons,
Importing Denmarkes health, and Englands to,
With hoe such bugges and goblins in my life,
That on the superuise no leasure bated,
No not to stay the grinding of the axe,
My head should be strooke off.

Hora. I'lt posible ?

Ham, Heeres the commission, rend it at more leasure, But wilt thou heare now how I did proceed.

Hora. I beseech you.

Ham. Being thus be-netted round with villaines,
Or I could make a prologue to my braines,
They had begunne the play, I fat me downe,
Deuild a new commission, wrote it faire,
I once did hold it as our statists doe
A basenesse to write faire, and labourd much
How to forget that learning, but fir now
It did me yemans seruice, wilt thou know
Th'effect of what I wrote ?

Hora. I good my lord.

Ham. An earnest coniuration from the king,
As England was his faithful tributary,
As loue betweene them like the palme might florish,
As peace should still her wheaten garland weare ,
And stand a comma tweene their amities,
And many such like, as sir of great charge,
That on the view, and knowing of these contents,
Without debatement further more or lesse,
He should those bearers put to suddaine death,
Not fhriuing time alow'd.
Hora. How was this feald?

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Ham. Why euen in that was heauen ordinant,
I had my fathers signet in my purse
Which was the model of that Danib seale,
Folded the writ vp in the forme of th'other,
Subscrib'd* it, gau't th' impression, plac'd it safely,
The changling neuer knowne : now the next day
Was our sea-fight, and what to this was sequent
Thou knowest already.

Hora. So Guyldensterne and Rosencraus goe too't.

Ham. They are not neere my conscience ; their defeat
Dooes by their owne infinution growe,
Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes
Betweene the passe and fell incenced poyats
Of mighty opposits.

Hora. Why what a king is this !

Ham. Dooes it not thinke thee stand me now vppon ?
Hee that hath kild my king, and whor'd my mother,
Pop't in betweene the election and my hopes,
Throwne out his angle for my proper life,
And with such cosnage, i'st not perfect conscience ?

Enter a courtier.

Cour. Your lordshippe is right welcome backe to Denmarke.

Ham. I humbly thanke you fir. Doo'st know this water-fly?

Hora. No my good lord.

Ham. Thy ftate is the more gratious, for tis a vice to know him. He hath much land and fertill: let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand at the kings melle, tis a chough, but as I say, spacious in the posesion of durt.

Cour. Sweet lord, if your lordshippe were at leasure, I should impart a thing to you from his maiesty. • fubscribe


Ham. I will receiue it fir with all dilligence of spirrit, your bonnet to his right vse, tis for the head.

Cour. I thanke your lordship, it is very hot.
Ham. No beleeue me, tis very cold, the wind is northerly.
Cour. It is indifferent cold my lord indeed.

Ham. But yet me thinkes it is very foultry * and hot, or my complexion.

Cour. Exceedingly my lord, it is very soultry, as t'were I cannot tell how; my lord his maiesty bad me signifie to you, that a has layed a great wager on your head, fir this is the matter.

Ham. I beseech you remember. · Cou. Nay good my lord for my ease in good faith, fir here is newly come to court Laertes, beleeue me an absolute gentlemă, full of most excellent differences, of very soft fociety, and great showing: indeede to speake feelingly of him, he is the card or kalendar of gentry : for you shall finde in him the continent of what part a gentleman would see.

Ham. Sir, bis definement suffers no perdition in you, though I know to devide him inuentorially, would dizzie th' arithmeticke of memory, and yet but raw neither, in respect of his quick saile, but in the verity of extolment, I take him to be a foule of greate article, and his infusion of such dearth and rareDesse, nst to make true dixion of him, his semblable is his mirrour, and who els would trace him, his vmbrage, nothing more.

Cour. Your lordship speakes most infallibly of him.

Ham. The concernancy sir, why do wee wrap the gentleman in our more rawer breath ?

Cour. Sir.

Hora. Ist not possible to vnderstand in another tongue, you will doo't sir really.

Ham. What imports the nomination of this gentleman ?



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Cour. Of Laertes.
Hora. His purse is empty already, all's golden words are

Ham. Of him fir.
Cour. I know you are not ignorant.

Ham. I would you did fir, yet in fayth if you did, it would not much approoue me, well sir.

Cour. You are + ignorant of what excellence Laertes is.

Ham. I dare not confesse that, least I should compare with him in excellence, but to know a man well, were to know himselfe.

Cour. I meane fir for this weapon, but in the imputation layd on him by them in his meed, hee's vnfellowed.

Ham. What's his weapon ? Cour. Rapiar and dagger. Ham. That's two of his weapons, but well. Cour. The king fir hath wagerd with him six Barbary horses against the which he has impaund as I take it six French rapiers and poynards, with their assignes, as girdle, hanger and so. Three of the cariages in faith, are very deare to fancy, very responsiue to the hilts, molt dilicate carriages, and of very liberall conceit.

Ham. What call you the carriages ?

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

Cour. The carriage fir are the hangers.

Ham. The phrase would be more german to the matter if wee could carry a cannon by our fides, I would it might be hangers till then, but on, fix Barbary horses against fix French swords their assignes, and three liberall conceited carriages, that's the French bet against the Danish, why is this all you call it?

Cour. The king sir, hath laid sir, that in a dozen passes be

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