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  • Title: Hamlet (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: David Bevington
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

    Copyright David Bevington. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: David Bevington
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    Hamlet (Folio 1, 1623)

    Enter Hamlet.
    Ham. Safely stowed.
    Gentlemen within. Hamlet, Lord Hamlet.
    Ham. What noise? Who cals on Hamlet?
    Oh heere they come.
    Enter Ros. and Guildensterne.
    2635Ro. What haue you done my Lord with the dead body?
    Ham. Compounded it with dust, whereto 'tis Kinne.
    Rosin. Tell vs where 'tis, that we may take it thence,
    And beare it to the Chappell.
    Ham. Do not beleeue it.
    2640Rosin. Beleeue what?
    Ham. That I can keepe your counsell, and not mine
    owne. Besides, to be demanded of a Spundge, what re-
    plication should be made by the Sonne of a King.
    Rosin. Take you me for a Spundge, my Lord?
    2645Ham. I sir, that sokes vp the Kings Countenance, his
    Rewards, his Authorities (but such Officers do the King
    best seruice in the end. He keepes them like an Ape in
    the corner of his iaw, first mouth'd to be last swallowed,
    when he needes what you haue glean'd, it is but squee-
    2650zing you, and Spundge you shall be dry againe.
    Rosin. I vnderstand you not my Lord.
    Ham. I am glad of it: a knauish speech sleepes in a
    foolish eare.
    Rosin. My Lord, you must tell vs where the body is,
    2655and go with vs to the King.
    Ham. The body is with the King, but the King is not
    with the body. The King, is a thing---
    Guild. A thing my Lord?
    Ham. Of nothing: bring me to him, hide Fox, and all