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Anon as patient as the female dove,
Ham. Hear you Sir --
but it is no matter
[Exit. King. I pray you good Horatio, wait upon him. 1 Exit Hor. Strengthen your patience in our last night's speech. (To Laertes. We'll put the matter to the present push. Good Gertrude set some watch over your son. This grave shall have a living monument. An hour of quiet shortly shall we see; ”Till then, in patience our proceeding be.
S CE N E III.
Enter Hamlet and Horatio.
Ham. S .
. o much for this, now shall you see the other.
You do remember all the circumstance.
Ham. Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting,
Hor. That is most certain.
Ham. Up from my cabin,
Hor. Is’t possible?
Ham. Here's the commission, read it at more leisure; But wilt thou hear now how I did proceed?
Hor. I beseech you.
Ham. Being thus benetted round with villains,
Hor. Ay, good my lord.
Ham. An earnest conjuration from the King,
And stand a comma 'tween their amities,
Hor. How was this seal'd?
Ham. Why ev'n in that was heaven ordinate;
Hor. So, Guildenstern and Rosincrosse go to’t.
Ham. They are not near my conscience; their defeat
Hor. Why, what a King is this ?
Ham. Does it not, think'st thou, stand me now upon ?
Hor. It must be shorely known to him from England;
Ham. It will be short.
The Interim's mine, and a man's life's no more
SC EN E IV.
Ham. Thy state is the more gracious; for 'tis a vice to know him: he hath much land, and fertile; let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand at the King's messe; 'tis a chough; but as I say, spacious in the poflession of dirt.
Ofr. Sweet lord, if your · lordship were at leisure, I should impart a thing to you from his majesty.
Ham. I will receive it with all diligence of spirit ; put your bonnet to his right use, 'tis for the head.
Ofr. I thank your lordship, 'tis very hot.
Ofr. Exceedingly, my lord, it is very sultry, as 'twere, I cannot tell how:--My lord, his majesty bid me signifie to you, that he has laid a great wager on your head: Sir, this is the matter
Ham. I beseech you remember
Ofr. Nay in good faith, for mine ease in good faith : Sir, you are not ignorant of what excellence Laertes is at his weapon.
Ham. a frendship.
Ham. What's his weapon?
Osr. The King, Sir, has wag‘d with him sıx Barbary horses, against the which he impon’d, as I take it, fix French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as girdle, hangers, or so: three of the carriages in faith are very dear to fancy, very responsive to the hilts, most delicate carriages, and of very liberal conceit.
Ham. What call you the carriages ?
Ham. The phrase would be more germane to the matter, if we could carry cannon by our fides; 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 bett against the Danish; why is this impon’d, 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; be hath laid on twelve for nine, and it would come to immediate tryal, if your lordship would vouchsafe the answer.
Ham. How if I anfwer no?
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 be brought, the gentleman willing, and the King hold his purpose; I will win for bim if I can: if not, I'll gain nothing but my shame, and the odd hits. Ofr. Shall I deliver
so? Ham. To this effect, Sir, after what flourish your nature will. Ofr. I commend my duty to your lordship.
[Exit 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 bead.
Ham. He did fo with his dug before he fuck'd it: thus has he (and many more of the fame breed that I know the drofly age