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

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

Ham. He did + 'complement' with his dug before he suck'd it: thus has he and many more of the same breed that I know the drofly age dotes on, only got the tune of the time, and outward habit of encounter, a kind of yesty collection, which carries them through and through the most s'fann'd' and winnowed opinions; and do but blow them to their tryals, the bubbles are out.

Enter a Lord. Lord. My Lord, his Majesty commended him to you by young Osrick, who brings back to him, that you attend him in the hall, he sends to know if your pleasure hold 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 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 some gentle entertainment to Laertes, before you fall to play.

Ham. She well instructs me.
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, good my Lord.

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

Hor. If your mind dinike any thing, obey it. I will forestal their repair hither, and say you are not fit. Ham. Not a whit, we defy augury; there's special pro

vidence 4 fo, Sir, 5 fond ...old edit. Warb. emend,

vidence 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 it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all. Since no man 6 / owes'aught of what he leaves, what is’t to leave betimes?

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Enter King, Queen, Laertes and Lords, with other Alten

dants with foils, and gantlets. A table, and flagons of
wine on it.
King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand from me.

Gives bim the hand of Laertes.
Ham. Give me your pardon, Sir, I've done you wrong,
But pardon't, as you are a gentleman.
This presence knows, and you must needs have heard,
How I am punished with fore 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 himself, does wrong Laertes,
Then Hamlet does it not; Hamlet denies it :
Who does it then? his madness. If’t be so,
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,
That I have shot mine arrow o'er the house,
And hurt my brother.

Laer. I am fatisfied in nature,
Whose motive, in this case, should ftir me most
To 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 'cill 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.
7 Give us the foils: come on.'

Laer. Come, one for me.

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

Laer. You mock me, Sir.
Ham. No, by this hand.

King. Give them the foils, young Ofrick.
Hamlet, you know the wager.

Ham. Well, my Lord;
Your Grace hath laid s/upon the weaker side:

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

Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
Ham. 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 give the first, or second hit,
Or quit in answer of the third exchange,
Let all the battlements their ordnance fire,
The King shall drink to Hamlet's better breath,
And in the cup an a Union shall be throw,
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 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. (a) Union bath been a name in all times given to one of the richeff forts of Pearls. See Plin. Nat. Hift.

7 Give us the foils. 8 the odds o'th

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 confess.
King. Our son shall 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 poison’d cup, it is too late. [Aside.
Ham. I dare not drink yet, Madam; by and by.
Queen. Come, let me wipe thy face.
Laer. l'll hit him now.
King. I do not think’t.
Laer. And yet it is almost against my conscience. [Afde.

Ham. 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 so? come on.

Ofr. Nothing neither way.
Laer. Have at you now,
[Laertes wounds Hamlet, then in fcuffling they

change rapiers, and Hamlet wounds Laertes.
King. Part them, they are incens’d.
Ham. Nay, come, again.
Ofr. Look to the Queen there, ho!
Hor. They bleed on both sides. How is it, my Lord ?


3 !

Ofr. How is’t, Laertes?


, Laer. Why, as a woodcock ' 'in' my own sprindg: I'm justly killd with mine own treachery.

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

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

[Queen die Ham. O villainy! ho! let the door be lock'd : Treachery! seek it out

Laer. It is here. Hamlet, thou art nain,
No medicine in the world can do thee good.
In thee there is not half an hour of life;
The treacherous instrument is in thy hand,
Unbated and envenom’d: the foul practice
Hath curn'd it self on me. Lo, here I lye,
Never to rise again; thy mother's poison'd ;
I can no more the King, the King's to blame.

Ham. The point envenom'd too?
Then, venom, ''do thy work. [Stabs the King

All. Treason, treason.
King. O yet defend me, friends, I am but hurt.

Ham. Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous, damned Dani,
Drink off this potion: is the Union here?
Follow my mother.

[King dies.
Laer. He is justly serv'd.
It is a poison temper'd by himself.
Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet ;
Mine and my father's death come not upon thee,
Nor thine on me!

Ham. Heav'n make thee free of it! I follow thee.
I'm dead, Horatio ; wretched Queen, adieu !
You that look pale, and tremble at this chance,
That are but mutes or audience to this act,
Had I but time, as this fell ferjeant death
Is strict in his arrest) oh I could tell you
But let it be - Horatio, I am dead,




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