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Author: William Shakespeare
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Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)

The Tragedie of Hamlet
Ham. How chances it they trauaile? their residence both in repu-
tation, and profit was better both wayes.
Ros. I thinke their inhibition, comes by the meanes of the late
Ham. Doe they hold the same estimation they did when I was in
the Citty; are they so followed.
Ros. No indeede are they not.
Ham. It is not very strange, for my Vncle is King of Denmarke, and
those that would make mouths at him while my father liued, giue
twenty, fortie, fifty, a hundred duckets a peece, for his Picture
in little, s'bloud there is somthing in this more then naturall, if
Philosophie could find it out.
A Florish.
Guyl. There are the players.
Ham. Gentlemen you are welcome to Elsonoure, your hands come
then, th'appurtenance of welcome is fashion and ceremonie; let
mee comply with you in this garb: let me extent to the players,
1420which I tell you must showe fairely outwards, should more ap-
peare like entertainment then yours? you are welcome: but my
Vncle-father, and Aunt-mother, are deceaued.
Guyl. In what my deare Lord.
1425Ham. I am but mad North North west; when the wind is Sou-
therly, I knowe a Hauke, from a hand saw.
Enter Polonius.
Pol. Well be with you Gentlemen.
Ham. Harke you Guyldensterne, and you to, at each eare a hearer,
1430that great baby you see there is not yet out of his swadling clouts.
Ros. Happily he is the second time come to them, for they say an
old man is twice a child.
Ham. I will prophecy, he comes to tell me of the players, mark it,
1435You say right sir, a Monday morning, t'was then indeede.
Pol. My Lord I haue newes to tell you.
Ham. My Lord I haue newes to tel you: when Rossius was an Actor
in Rome.
1440Pol. The Actors are come hether my Lord.
Ham. Buz, buz.
Pol. Vppon my honor.
Ham. Then came each Actor on his Asse.
Pol. The best actors in the world, either for Tragedie, Comedy,
1445History, Pastorall, Pastorall Comicall, Historicall Pastorall, scene