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Ham. - 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!

Ham. He did w so, sir, with his dug before he suck'd it. Thus * has he, and Y many more of the same z breed that I know the droffy age doats on, only got the tune of the time, and ( out of an habit of encounter) a kind of

misty collection, which carries them through and through

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The fo's, R. and editions after, did comply with bis dug. So that the read, Tours,


true reading appears to be, He did coms The qu's omit He.

pliment wirb bis dug before be fuck'd it ; t The fo's read tongue for turn. i. e. ftand upon ceremony with it, co

v All the editions read runs. 7. says, shew he was born a courtier. This is ex. I see no propriety in the image of lapwing. tremely humorous. W. Followed by J. (He means, I suppose, when applied to and C. Ofrick's taking his leave of Hamlet.) But I don't see why the old reading Osrick did not run till be bad done bis bu- may not ftand. If Horario's foregoing finess. We may read, This lapwing ran speech means to express a wonder at fo away-that is, this fellow was fall of raw a youth's affecting the airs of a unimportant bustle from his birth. So courtier; Hamlet's reply is very pertifar J. But I see no reason why we may nent, He did so with bis dug before be not read runs: Osrick is called young of- fuck'd it. Do you wonder at his affearick in the next speech but one, and be- ing the courtier now? why he has done ing young, he may be supposed to be but it from his very cradle. an half-formed courtier, which Horatio R. P. and H. follow the qu's. justly compares to a lapwing scarcely * Fo's, bas. hatched ; and, by the running away with

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the ift f. reads mixe, the the shell on his head, he would image other fo's and R. nine. out his forwardness of talk, and conceit z For breed, the fo's and R. read of himself; his putting on the courtier beavy. before he was properly qualified.

w The ift q. reads, A did, fir, with So the qu's; the reft, outward bebit bis dug, &c. The other qu's, A did so, of encounter, for, witb bis dug, &c. What ! (says W.) c The ift q. reads bifly; the ad and run away with it? The folio reads, He 3d, mifly; all the rest gefly.


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the most profane and e tres-renowned opinions, and do but blow them to their trial, the bubbles are out.

8 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; if his fitness speaks, mine is ready, now, or whenfoover, 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 fome gentle entertainment to
Laertes, before you " fall to play.
Ham. She welt insiruets me.

[Exit Lord. Hor. You will lose, 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.

& So the qu's; H. W. and C. read, topics, and carries them through and fann'd; all the rest, fond.

through the most common (for fo prom e The ift q. reads trennowed; the fane may here fignify) and even the other qu's trennowned. All the rest, most renowned opinions; i. e. opinions, winnowed. Sbakespeare seems to have or branches of learning, which bring written tres-renowned (which is the renown to the learned in them. French method of forming the superla- f All but the qu's and C. read trials. tive degree) i. e. most renowned. Then & What passes between Hamlet and the description of these persons, as it the Lord is omitted in the fo's. Aands in the old quartos, will be, Those b The ad and 3d qu's, and R. read who, out of accustoming themselves to go for fall. encounter in all kinds of discourse, have i So the qu's; the rest, You will lose got such a superficial collection of know. this wager, my lord, ledge, as furnith them with words on all

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: 1103 wouldst not think how 1 ill all 's m here about my Lavort but it is no matter.

1 r. Nay, good my lord,

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

Hor. If your mind dislike any thing, obey P' 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', '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. s Since no man of aught he leaves, knows, what is't to leave betimes? Let be.


k Before tbou all but the qu's and C. 9 Before special the 3d q. the fo's, Ri infert But,

T. W. and J. read a. | The fo's and R. omit ill.

I After be all but the qu's insert m The fo's omit the contracted is after all,

ş So the qu's, W. and C. The fo's, n W. and 7. read, Nay, my good lord. R. P. and T. read, Since no man bas augb! 10 The ist g. reads gamgiving (where- of what be leaves, &c. H. reads, Since in in might be blunder'd into m by the no man owes augbt of wbat be leaves, &c. printer). The ad and 3d, gamegiving. y. reads, Since no man knows augbe of P. reads game-giving in his quarto, and wbat be leaves, &c. and says it stood so mis-giving in his duodecimo.

in some copy; but does not tell us what Gain-giving, the same as mis-giving, copy. a giving against, as gain - saying, &c. All but the qu's, W. and Co omit H.

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The fo's and R. omit it.



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

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

w (Gives him the hand of Laertes.
Ham. Give me your pardon, fir: 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 punish'd with * a 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? neyer, Hamlet,
If Hamlet from himself be ta'en away,
And, when he's not hiinfelf, does wrong Laertes,
Then Hamlet does it not; Hamlet denies it.
Who does it then his madness. If 't be fo,
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 most

generous thoughts,
That I have shot my arrow o'er the house,
And hurt my brother.

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• The qu's direct thus, A table preo * The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's, read, kan pared, trumpets, drums and officers, a ith fures bonour, &c. cubiens, King, Queen, and all obeftate, 2 All but the fo's and R. omit, Sir, foils, dargers and Laertes.

in tbis audience. u This direction by H.

a The fo's and R. read morber for broThe fo's, R, P. H. and C omit a. iber,


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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 named ungor'd. But till that time,
I do receive your offer'd love like love,
And will not wrong it.

Ham. f I embrace it freely,
And will this brother's wager frankly play.
Give us the foils &.
Laer. Come, one for me.

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

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

King. Give i them the foils, young Ofrick. * Cousin Hamlet, You know the wager.

Ham. 'Very well, my lord,

b So all editions but J, and C. who used immediately before attacking, canreads, preceden! ; and perhaps this was not be proper here, as they had not yet Sbakespeare's meaning.

furnished themselves with foils. c The qu's omit keef.

ḥ The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's and R. d The fo's and R. ung org’d, read brightest for darkest. e The qu's, but all that time.

1 The 2d, 3d and 4th fo's and R. + The fo's and R. read, I do embrace, amit tbem.

k P. and all after, except C. amit & After foils, the fo's, R. H. and C. Goufiri, read Come on. But, thiş being a phrase I P. and all after omit Very.

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