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Ham. He did fo, Sir, with his dug before he fuck'd it : thus has he (and many more of the famę breed, that, I know, the droffy age dotes on) only got the tune of the time, and outward habit of encounter, a kind of yefty collection, which carries' them through and through the most fond and winnowed opinions ; and do but blow them to their trials, the bubbles are
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 fends 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 nów.
Lord. The King, and Queen, and all are coming down.
Ham. In happy time.
Lord. The Queen desires you to use fome 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 so; since he went into France, I have been in continual practice; I shall win at the odds. . But thou wouldīt not think how ill all's here about my heart but it is no matter.
Hor. Nay, my good Lord.
Ham. It is bui foolery, but it is such a kind of gaingiving as would, perhaps, trouble a woman.
Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it. I will foreital their repair hither, and say 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; if it be not to come, it will be now: If it be not now, yei it will come; the readiness is all. Since no man has aught of what he leaves, what is't to leave betimes ?
Exter King, Queen, Laertes and Lords, Ofrick, with other
Attendants with foils, and gantlets. Aitable, and flaggons of wine on it.
King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand
Ham. Give me your pardon, Sir; I've done you wrong;
Laer. I am satisfied in nature,
Laer. Come, one for me.
Ham. I'll be your foil, Laertes ; in mine ignorance
Laer. You mock me, Sir.
King. Give them the foils, young Ofrick.
Ham. Well, my Lord ;
Laer. This is too heavy, let me see another.
(Prepares 10 play.
(33) And in the Cup an Onyx shall be throw,
Richer than that which four successive King's
In Denmark's Crown bave worn} This is a various Reading in several of the old Copies ; but Union, feems to me to be the tiue Word, for several reasons. The Onyx is a species of lucid S:one, of which the Ancients made both Columns and Pavements for Ornament, and in which they likewise cút' Seals, &c. but, if Lam not mistaken, neither the Onyx, nor Sardonyx, aré Jewels which ever found Place in an Imperial Crown. On the other. Hand, an Union is the finest sort of Pearl, and has its Place in ell Crowns and Coronets. Besides, let us consider what the King says ou Hamlet's giving Laertes the first Hit.
Stay, give me Drink: Hamlet, this Pearl is thine :
Here's to eby Health. Therefore, if an Union be a "Pearl, and an Onyx à Gemm, or Stone quite differing in its Nature from Pearls ; the King faying,
Richer than that which four succeflive Kings
King. Stay, give me drink. Hamlet, this pearl is thine,
Give him the cup.
[Trumpets found, Shot goes off Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by awhile.
[They play: Come -another hit
what say you?'
Ham. Good Madam,
was [ Afide. Ham. Come, for the third, Laertés, you but dally;
that Hamlet has earn'd the Pearl, I think, amounts to a Demonstration that it was an Union-Pearl, which he meant to throw into
I pray you, pass with your beft violence;
[Play. 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't, my Lord: Ofr. How is't, Laertes ?
Laer. Why, as a woodcock to my own springe, Ofrick; I'm justly kill'd with mine own treachery.
Ham. How does the Queen ?
Queen, No, no, the drink, the drink
Queen dies, Ham. Oh villainy! ho! let the door be lock'd : Treachery ! seek it out
Laer. It is here, Hamlet, thou art lain,
(34) The treacbercus Inffrument is in twin band,
Unbated and envênon'd:] The King in the fourth An, in the Scene betwixt him and Laertes, says; ?!
- So that with ease,
Requite him for your Farber,
A Sword unbaited which makes Nonsense of the Place, and destroys the Poet's Mean. ing. Unbated fignifies, unabated, unblunted, nor charged with Button as Foils are.