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Author: William Shakespeare
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Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)


Prince of Denmarke.
You from the Pollack warres, and you from England
Are heere arriued, giue order that these bodies
High on a stage be placed to the view,
And let me speake, to yet vnknowing world
3875How these things came about; so shall you heare
Of carnall, bloody and vnnaturall acts,
Of accidentall iudgements, casuall slaughters,
Of deaths put on by cunning, and for no cause
And in this vpshot, purposes mistooke,
3880Falne on th'inuenters heads: all this can I
Truly deliuer.
For. Let vs hast to heare it,
And call the noblest to the audience,
For me, with sorrowe I embrace my fortune,
3885I haue some rights, of memory in this kingdome,
Which now to clame my vantage doth inuite me.
Hora. Of that I shall haue also cause to speake,
And from his mouth, whose voyce will drawe no more,
But let this same be presently perform'd
Euen while mens mindes are wilde, least more mischance
On plots and errores happen.
3895For. Let foure Captaines
Beare Hamlet like a souldier to the stage,
For he was likely, had he beene put on,
To haue prooued most royall; and for his passage,
3900The souldiers musicke and the right of warre
Speake loudly for him:
Take vp the bodies, such a sight as this,
Becomes the field, but heere showes much amisse.
Goe bid the souldiers shoote.
Exeunt.

FINIS.

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