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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 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 ; ifhis 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 inftrucis me.
Exit Lord. Hor. You will lose this
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 wouldeit not 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 dislike any thing, obey it. I will forestal 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, yet it will come: the readiness is all. * Since no man, of ought he leaves, knows, what is't to leave betimes ? Let be.
S C Ε Ν Ε Enter King, Queen, Laertes and lords, Ofrick, with
other attendants with foils, and gantlets. A table,
and flaggons of wine on it. King. OME Hamlet, come, and take this hand
Ham. Give me your pardon, Sir; I've done you wrong;
Laer. I am salisfied in nature
Ham. I embrace it freely,
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;
King. I do not fear it, I have seen you both:
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 gives 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 Union shall he 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.
Sir. Laer. Come, my lord, .
(They play. Ham. One Laer. No Ham. Judgment. Or. 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 sound, Shot goes off. Ham. I'll play this bout first, set it by a while.
[They play. Come-another bit- what say you?
Laer. A touch, a touch, I do confess.
Ham. Come on,
Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows;
Ham. Good Madam,
make a Wanton of me. Laer. Say you so ? come on.
(Play. Ofr. Nothing neither way. Laer. Have at you now. [Laertes wounds Hamlet; then, in scufling, they
change rapiers, and Hamlet wounds Laertes. King. Part them, they are incens'd. Han. Nay come againOfr. 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-
Ham. Oh villany! ho! let the door be lock'd : Treachery ! seek it out
Laer. It is here, Hamlet, thou art slain,
Unbated and envenom'd : the foul pra&ice
Ham. The point envenom’d too ?
[Stabs the King.
Hor. Never believe it.
Ham. As th' art a man,