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Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: Anonymous
Editor: David Bevington
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Der bestrafte Brudermord (Fratricide Punished)

[Enter] Horatio and Soldiers.
552 Sentinel
Who's there?
Horatio
The watch.
2 Sentinel
Which?
Horatio
The first.
2 Sentinel
Stand, watch. Corporal, step forward! Present arms!
60Francisco and the watch step forward and give the password from the other side.
Horatio
Sentinel, look well to your post. Maybe the Prince himself will go the rounds. See to it that be not found asleep on watch; otherwise it might cost you the best head on your shoulders.
2 Sentinel
Oh! Even if the whole company were here, not a man amongst them would sleep at his post. I must be relieved, or I'll run for it at the risk of hanging tomorrow on the highest gallows.
Horatio
And why is that?
2 Sentinel
Oh, honored sir, a ghost appears here in this place every quarter of an hour, which unsettles me so much that I might fancy I was set down still alive in Purgatory.
65Fransisco
The first sentinel, who was relieved in the last hour, has just told me the same story.
2 Sentinel
Ay, wait but a little while; it will not stay long away.
The Ghost stalks across the stage.
Horatio
Upon my life, it is a ghost, and it looks extremely like the late King of Denmark!
Fransisco
He bears himself sadly, and seems to want to say something.
70Horatio
There is some mystery beneath this.