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Author: William Shakespeare
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Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)

Prince of Denmarke.
Cour. The carriage sir are the hangers.
Ham. The phrase would bee more Ierman to the matter if wee
3625could carry a cannon by our sides, I would it be might hangers till
then, but on, six Barbry horses against six French swords their as-
signes, and three liberall conceited carriages, that's the French
bet against the Danish, why is this all you call it?
3630Cour. The King sir, hath layd sir, that in a dozen passes betweene
your selfe and him, hee shall not exceede you three hits, hee hath
layd on twelue for nine, and it would come to immediate triall, if
your Lordshippe would vouchsafe the answere.
3635Ham. How if I answere no?
Cour. I meane my Lord the opposition of your person in triall.
Ham. Sir I will walke heere in the hall, if it please his Maiestie, it
is the breathing time of day with me, let the foiles be brought, the
3640Gentleman willing, and the King hold his purpose; I will winne
for him and I can, if not, I will gaine nothing but my shame, and
the odde hits.
Cour. Shall I deliuer you so?
Ham. To this effect sir, after what florish your nature will.
Cour. I commend my duty to your Lordshippe.
Ham. Yours doo's well to commend it himselfe, there are no
tongues els for's turne.
Hora. This Lapwing runnes away with the shell on his head.
Ham. A did so sir with his dugge before a suckt it, thus has he and
many more of the same breede that I know the drossy age dotes on,
only got the tune of the time, and out of an habit of incounter, a
kind of histy colection, which carries them through and through
the most prophane and trennowed opinions, and doe but blowe
them to their triall, the bubbles are out.

Enter a Lord.
Lord. My Lord, his Maiestie commended him to you by young
Ostricke, who brings backe to him that you attend him in the hall,
he sends to know if your pleasure hold to play with Laertes, or that
3657.5you will take longer time?
Ham. I am constant to my purposes, they followe the Kings plea-
sure, if his fitnes speakes, mine is ready: now or whensoeuer, pro-
uided I be so able as now.