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My lord, his Majesty commended him to you

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.

There is 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.

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. Lord exits.
Horatio
You will lose, 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
gaingiving 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 is 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 of aught he leaves
knows, what is ’t to leave betimes? Let be.

Source:
Act 5
Scene 2
Line 209

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