Hamlet By William Shakespeare Act V: Scene 2

HAMLET.
To this effect, sir; after what flourish your nature will.

OSRIC.
I commend my duty to your lordship.

HAMLET.
Yours, yours.

[Exit Osric.]

He does well to commend it himself; there are no tongues else
for's turn.

HORATIO.
This lapwing runs away with the shell on his head.

HAMLET.
He did comply with his dug before he suck'd it. 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 of encounter;
a kind of yesty collection, which carries them through and
through the most fanned and winnowed opinions; and do but blow
them to their trial, the bubbles are out,

[Enter a Lord.]

LORD.
My lord, his majesty commended him to you by young Osric,
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.

HAMLET.
I am constant to my purposes; they follow 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.

HAMLET.
In happy time.

LORD.
The queen desires you to use some gentle entertainment to
Laertes before you fall to play.

HAMLET.
She well instructs me.

[Exit Lord.]

HORATIO.
You will lose this wager, my lord.

HAMLET.
I do not think so; since he went into France I have been in
continual practice: I shall win at the odds. But thou wouldst not
think how ill all's here about my heart: but it is no matter.

HORATIO.
Nay, good my lord, —

HAMLET.
It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of gain-giving as
would perhaps trouble a woman.

HORATIO.
If your mind dislike anything, obey it: I will forestall their
repair hither, and say you are not fit.

HAMLET.
Not a whit, we defy augury: there's 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?

[Enter King, Queen, Laertes, Lords, Osric, and Attendants with
foils &c.]

KING.
Come, Hamlet, come, and take this hand from me.

[The King puts Laertes' hand into Hamlet's.]

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