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Ofr. The carriages, Sir, are the hangers. - Hain. The phrale would be more germane to the matter, if we could carıy cannon by our fides; & would it might be hangers till then. But, on; fix Barbary horses againit fix French swords, their atligas, and three liberal-conceited carriages;, that's the French bett againit the Danish ; why is this imponed, as you call it ?

Ofr. The King, Sir, hath laid, that in a dozen 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 trialyif your Lorde thip would vouchsafe the answer...

Ham. How if I antwer, no?

Ofr. I mean, my Lord, the oppofition 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 foils he brought, the genileman: willing, and the King hold his purpose, I will win for him if I can: if not, I'll gain noihing but my fliame, and the odd hits.

Oir. Shall I deliver you fo? · Ham. To this effect, Sir, after wiliad flourish your nature will. 0ff. I commend my duty to your Lordship. i

.. [Exit. Ham. Yours, yours; he does well to commend it himself, there are no tongues elle for's turn. I : Hon This lapwing runs away with the shell'en his head:

Ham. He did so, Sir, with his ding before he fucked it: thus lias he (and many more cf the fanie breed, that, I know, the drolly age doats on) only got the tune of the time, and outward habit of en... counter, a kind of yelty collection, which carries

them through and through the most fond and in nowed 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 bold to play with: Laertes, 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 whensoever, 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 some, gentle. entertainment 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 fo; since he went into France, I have been in continual practice; I shall. win at the odds. But thou wouldft nct 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 mind dillike any thing, obex it. I will forestal their repair hither, and say you are not fit.

Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there is a fpecial providence in the fall of a sparrow. 'If it be now, 'tis not to come, if it be not to come, it will be now: if be not now, yet it will come; the readi

ness is all. Since no man has aught of what he leaves, what is’t to leave betines? Enter King, Queen, LAERTES and Lords, OSRIçk,

with other attendants, with ioils, and Gantleis. A table, and faggons of wine on it: King. Come, Hamlet, come and take this hand

from me.

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Richer than that which four successive 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 heavens, the heavens to earth:
Now the King drinks to Hamlet. Come, begin,
And you the Judges bear a wary eye.

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

[They play.
Ham. One.
Laer, No.
Ham. Judgment.
Ofr. A hit, a very palpable hit.
Laer. Well-again----
King. Stay, give me drink. Hamlet, this pearl

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

[Trumpets found. Shot goes off. "Ham. I'll play this bout first, let it by a while.

[They play. Come-----another hit-.-.--what say you?

Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confefs.
King. Our son thall win.

Queen. He's fat and scant of breath.
Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows;
'The Queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet.

Ham. Good Madam,--- . King. Gertrude, do not drink. Queen. I will, my Lord; I pray you, pardon me. King. It is the poisoned cup, it is too late [Apide.. • Stay, give me drink; Hamlet, this pearl is thine ;

Here's to thy health. The terms upon which the King was to throw a jewel into the cup, were, if Hamlet gave Laertes the first hit, which Hamlet dves. Therefore, if an union be a pearl, and an onyx a gem or stone quite differing in its nature from pearls; the King saying, that Hamlet has earned the pearl, I think, amounts to a demonstration that it was an union-pearls which he meant to throw into the cup..

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