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Ham. ? Sir, bis definement suffers no perdition in you, ibo' I know, to divide him inventorially would dizzy the aritbmetick of memory; 3 and yet but raw neither in respest of his quick fail. But, in the verity of extolment,
I take him to be + a Soul of great article; and his infufions of such dearth and rareness, as, to make true diction of him, bis Semblable is bis mirrour ; and, who else would trace him, bis umbrage, nothing more.
Osr. Your Lordship Speaks moft infallibly of bim.
Ham. The Concernancy, Sir Wby do we wrap the Gentleman in our more rawer breath?
Hor. Is't not possible to understand in another tongue ? you will do't, Sir, really.
? Sir, his definement, &c.] This proverbialterm for a&ivityofmind. is designed as a specimen, and 4 a Sou! of great article;) This ridicule of the court-jargon, a. is obscure. I once thought it mongst the precieux of that time.. might have been, a Soul of great
The sense in English is, Sir, he altitude; but, I suppose, suffers nothing in your“ account of of great article, means a Soul of. him, though to enumerate bis good large comprehenfion, of many qual:ties particularly would be enta contents; the particulars of an lefs; yet when we had done our inventory are called articles. beft it would fill come fhort of s of such dearth.] Dearth is him. However, in sirianefs of dearnel, value, price. And his trub, be is a great genius, and of internal qualities of such value a character jo rarely to be m't
and rarity. with, that to find any thing like • Is't not posible to understand him we must look into his mirrour, in another tongue ? you will do'', and his imitators will appear no Sir, really.] Of this interrogatory more than his shadows, WARB. remark the sense is
very obscure. } and yet but Raw neither] We The question may mean, Might Thould read slow.
WARB. not all this be understood in plainer I believe raw to be the right language. But then, you will do it, word; it is a word of great lati- Sir, really, seems to have no use, tude ; raw fignifies unripe, im- for who could doubt but plain mature, thence unformed, imper- language would be intelligible? fett, unskilful., I be best gccount I would therefore read, l}'t pofof him would be imperfect, in re- fible not to be understood in a spect of his quick fail. The mother tongue ? You will do it, phrase quick fail was, I suppose, a Şir, really. ©
Ham. Wbat imports the nomination of this gentleman?
Ofr. Of Laertes ?
Hor. His purse is empty already: all's golden words are spent.
Ham. Of bin, Sir.
Ham. I would you did, Sir. Yet, in faith, ? if you did, it would not much approve me.-Welt, Sir.
Oly. You are not ignorant of what excellence Laertes is.
Ham. ' I dare not confess that, left I foould compare with him in excellence : but to know a man well, were to know himself.
Ofr. I mean, Sir, for his weapon : but in the Imputation laid on bim by them ' in bis Meed, be's unfelloso'd.
Ham. What's his weapon?
Ofr. The King, Sir, hath wag'd with him fix Barbary horses, against the which he has - impon'd, as I take it, fix French rapiers and poniards, with their af-. signs, as girdle, hangers, and 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.
7 if you did, it would not much the utmost extent of human wifaf prove me.] If you knew I was dom. not ignorant, "your esteem would 9 in his Meed,] In his excelnot much advance my reputa. lence. tion. To approve, is to recom 1 impor'd,] Perhaps it should mend to approbation.
be, deponed. So Hudibras, 8 I dare not confess that, left I I would won this carfe depone, pould compare with him, &c.] I As much as any I have knows. dare nos pretend to know b'm lejt But perhaps imponed is pledged, I should pretend to an equa'ity: no impawned, so spelt to ridicule man can completely know another, the affectation of attering English but by knowing himself, which is words with French pronunci zion.
Ham. What call you the carriages?
Hor. I knew, you must be edified by the Margent, cre you had done,
Osr. The carriages, Sir, are the hangers.
Ham. The phrase would be more germane to the matter, if we would carry cannon by our sides; I would, it might be hangers till then. But, on; fix 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?
Osr. · The King, Sir, hath laid, that in a Dozen Paffes between you and him, he shall not exceed you three hits; he hath laid on twelve for nine, and it would come to immediate trial, if your Lordship would vouchsafe the answer.
Ham. How if I answer, no?
Ofr. 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, '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 him if I can: if not, I'll gain nothing but my shame, and the odd hits.
Ofr. Shall I deliver you so?
Ham. To this effect, Sir, after what flourish your nature will.
Ofr. I commend my duty to your Lordship. [Exit.
more germane] More a kin. can be twelve to nine. The 3 The King, sir, bath lid,] fafi ge is of no importance; it is This w ger I do not understand. sufficient that there was a waIn a dozen passes one must ex ger. The quarto has the palceed the other more or less than age as it stands. The folio, lla three hits. Nor can I compre hash one i werve for mine. hend, how, in a dozen, there
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. · Ham. He did compliment with his dug before he fuck'd it: thus has he, and many more of the same breed, that, I know, the droffy age dotes on, only got the tune of the time, and outward habit of encounter, ' a kind of yefty collection, which carries them
4 This lapwing runs away with seeing, from the character of this the shell on his head.] I lee no yesty collection, that the opinions, particular propriety in the image through which they were so curof the lapwing. Ofric did not rently carriet, were falle op:run till he had done his business. nions; and fann'd and winn:w': We may read, This lapwing ran opinions, in the most obvious sense away-That is, this fellow was fignifying tried and purified opifull of unimportant biffle from his nions, they thought
fanned must birth.
needs be wrong, and therefore s He did so, Sir, with his made it fond, which word figndug, &c.] What, run away with fied in our author's time, foolish, it? The Folio reads, He did weak or childish. They did not COMPLY with his dug, So that consider thai fann'd and winnowthe true reading appears to be, ed ofinions had also a different He did COMPLIMENT with kis signification : For it may mean ding, i. e, stand upon ceremony the opinions of great men and with it, to hew he was born a courtiers, men separated by their courtier. This is extremely hu 'quality from the vulgar, as corn mourous. WARBURTON. is separated from the chaff. This
Hanmer has the same emenda- sofy colle&tion, says Hamlet, infition.
nuates itself into people of the 6 a kind of yesty collection, highest Quality, as yeft into the which carries them through and finest flower. The courtiers adokrough the mift Fond and win. mire him, but when he comes to norved opinions ; and do but blow the trial, &c. . WARBURTON, item to their tryals, the bubbles This is a very happy emendaare cut.] The metaphor is. tion, but I know not why the ftrangely mangled by the intru- critick hould suppose that find fion of the word rond, which was printed for fann'd in conseündoubtedly should be read quence of any reason or reflecFann'd; the allusion being 10 tion. Such errours, to which corn separa'ed by the Fan from there is no temptation but idlechaff and duit. But the Editors ness, and of which there was no
through and through the most fond and winnowed opinions; and ? do but blow them to their trials, the bubbles are out.
Enter a Lord.
Lord. My Lord, bis Majesty commended bin ta you by young Ofrick, wbo 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 whenfoever, 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 8 gentle entertainment to Laertes, before you fall to play. Ham. She well instructs me.
cause but ignorance, are in every them through the molt feleet and page of the old Editions. This approved judgement. passage in the quarto ftands thus. facility of talk sometimes imposés They have got out of the habit of upon wise men. encounter, a kind of misty colleation, Who has not seen this obserwhich carries them through and vation verified ? through the most profane and tren. 7 do but blow them, &c.] These nowned opinions, If this printer men of show, without folidity, preserved any traces of the ori. are like bubbles raised from soap ginal, our authour wrote, the most and water, which dance, and lane and renowned opinions, glitter, and please the eye, but which is better than fanned and if you extend them, by blowing winnowed.
hard, separate into a mist; so if The meaning is, these men you oblige these specious talkers have got the cant of ibe day, to extend their compass of cona superficial readiness of Night versation, they at once discover and curfory conversation, a kind the tenuity of their intellects. of frothy colleat on off.hion & gentle entertainment.) Mild able prattle, which yet carried and temperate conversation.