Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
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Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)

Prince of Denmarke.
And wants not buzzers to infect his eare
With pestilent speeches of his fathers death,
Wherein necessity of matter beggerd,
2830Will nothing stick our person to arraigne
In eare and eare: ô my deare Gertrard, this
Like to a murdring peece in many places
Giues me superfluous death.
A noise within.

Enter a Messenger.
King. Attend, where is my Swissers, let them guard the doore,
What is the matter?
Messen. Saue your selfe my Lord.
The Ocean ouer-peering of his list
2840Eates not the flats with more impitious hast
Then young Laertes in a riotous head
Ore-beares your Officers: the rabble call him Lord,
And as the world were now but to beginne,
Antiquity forgot, custome not knowne,
2845The ratifiers and props of euery word,
The cry choose we, Laertes shall be King,
Caps, hands, and tongues applau'd it to the clouds,
Laertes shall be King, Laertes King.
Quee. How cheerefully on the false traile they cry.
A noise within.
2850O this is counter you false Danish dogges.
Enter Laertes with others.
King. The doores are broke.
Laer. Where is this King? sirs stand you all without.
All. No lets come in.
2855Laer. I pray you giue me leaue.
All. VVe will, we will.
Laer. I thanke you, keepe the doore, ô thou vile King,
Giue me my father.
Quee. Calmely good Laertes.
2860Laer. That drop of blood thats calme proclames me Bastard,
Cries cuckold to my father, brands the Harlot
Euen heere betweene the chast vnsmirched browe
Of my true mother.
2865King. VVhat is the cause Laertes
That thy rebellion lookes so gyant like?