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Osr. I mean, sir, for this weapon; but in the imputation laid on him by them, in his meed he's unfellowed.]

HAM. What's his weapon ? Osr. Rapier and dagger. HAM. That's two of his weapons : but, well. Osr. The king, sir, hath wagered with him six Barbary horses : against the which he has im. poned,148) as I take it, six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdle, hangers,(495 or 80: Three of the carriages, in faith, are very dear to fancy, very responsive to the hilts, most deli. cate carriages, and of very liberal conceit.

HAM. What call you the carriages ?

[Hor. I knew, you must be edified by the mar. gent,(50) ere you had done.]

Osx. The carriages, sir, are the hangers.

HAM. The phrase would be more germano to the matter, if we could carry a cannon by our sides; I would it might be hangers till then. But on six Barbary horses against six French swords, their assigns, and three liberal-conceited carriages; that's the French bet against the Danish.(51) Why is this imponed, as you call it ?

in the imputation laid on him by them] There is here nothing to refer to, no antecedent, to “ them.” It must mean, “ the qualities ascribed or assigned to him by the public voice.Meed seems to be the term, that imports “ reward or recompence," used fantastically for that which challenges it “ merit," and is,—" in this his particular faculty, or branch of science, he is excellent and matchless." " My meed hath got me fame." III H. VI. K. Henr. IV. 8. and ib. II. 1. Edw.

very dear to fancy-very liberal conceit] Of exquisite invention, well adapted to their hilts, and in their conception rich and high fashioned.

more german] A-kin. “ Those that are german to him, though removed fifty times, shall come under the hangman." Wint. T. STBEVENS.

Osr. The king, sir, hath laid, that in a dozen passes between yourself and him, he shall not ex. ceed you three hits; he hath one twelve for *mine ; (52) and it would come to immediate trial, if your lordship would vouchsafe the answer.

Ham. How, if I answer, no ?c

Osr. I mean, my lord, the opposition of your person in trial.

HAM. Sir, I will walk here in the hall; If it please his majesty, it is the breathing time of day with me :(53) let the foils be brought, the gentle. man willing, and the king hold his purpose, I will win for him, if I can; if not, I will gain nothing but my shame, and the odd hits.

Osr. Shall I re-deliverd you e'en so ?

Ham. To this effect, sir; after what flourish your nature will. Osr. I commend my duty to your lordship.

[Erit. HAM. Yours, yours.--He does well, to commend it himself; there are no tongues else for's turn.

Hor. This lapwing runs away with the shell on his head.(54)

HAM. He did comply with his dug, before he sucked it.(55) Thus has he (and many more of the same bevy, that I know, the drossy age dotes on, only got the tune of the time, and outward habit

he hath one twelve for mine] The reading of the quartos, adopted by the modern editors is," he hath laid on twelve for nine,"

pouchsafe the answer] Condescend to answer, or meet, his wishes.

How, if I answer, no] Reply. tre-deliver] Report, or in return make such representation on your behalf. “ Brings back to him," Lord, infra.

of encounter, ; a kind of yesty collection, which

carries them through and through the most fond trennuw- and winnowed* opinions; and do but blow them

ten to their trial, the bubbles are out.* nowned,

ed, ti


Enter a Lord.

LORD. My lord, his majesty commended him to you by young Osric, (56) 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 fol. low 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.

Thus has he-the bubbles are out] Thus has he-only got the tune of the time and outward habit of encounter (i. e. the turn of character, and exterior carriage or address), a kind of yesty collection (i. e. a frothy mass, compounded of modern phrase and manner) which carries them (i. e. enables them to pass current) through and through the most fond and winnowed opinions ; (i. e. all judgments, not the simplest only, but the most sifted and wisest) and do but blow them to their trial, (i.e. prove them by how slight soever a breath of inquiry or ex. amination) the bubbles are out (i. e. burst) the imposition is detected.

if his fitness speaks] If it suits the king, and he calls for it: or it may be, if Laertes announces or admits his aptness or sufficiency.

use some gentle entertainment] Conciliating address or behaviour.

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 would'st 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 gain-giving, as would, perhaps, trouble a'woman.

Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey it :I will forestall 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 has aught of what he leaves, what is't to leave betimes? (Let be.(57)]

Enter King, Queen, LAERTES, Lords, Osric, and

Attendants with Foils, fc.

King. Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand

from me. [The King puts the Hand of LAERTES into

that of HAMLET. HAM. Give me your pardon, sir: I have done

you wrong; But pardon it, as you are a gentleman.

I shall win at the odds] At the vantage stated.

gain-giving] Misgiving : internal sense of revolt; a giving against, says Dr. Johnson in his dictionary: and adds, that the word is formed upon the same principle as “ gainsay;" which is to say against.

If your mind, &c.] If you have any presentiment of evil, yield to its suggestion.

This presence knows, and you must needs have

How I am punished with a sore 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.
Sir, in this audience,
Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd evil
Free me so far in your most generous thoughts,
That I have shot my arrow o'er the house,
And hurt my brother.

LAER. ' . I am satisfied in nature,
Whose motive, in this case, should stir me most
To my revenge: but in my terms of honour,(58)
I stand aloof; and will no reconcilement,
Till by some elder masters, of known honour,

I have a voice and precedent of peace, * angorged, T. 1, 1693 . To keep my name ungor'd :* But till that

I do receive your offer'd love like love,
And will not wrong it.

I embrace it freely :
And will this brother's wager frankly play.
Give us the foils; come on.

Come, one for me.
HAM. I'll be your foil, Laertes; in mine igno-



exception] Resentment.

a voice and precedent of peace] adjudged case in favor of.

A sentence pronounced, and

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