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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 King.
    King. I haue sent to seeke him, and to find the bodie:
    How dangerous is it that this man goes loose:
    Yet mu st not we put the strong Law on him:
    2665Hee's loued of the di stracted multitude,
    Who like not in their iudgement, but their eyes:
    And where 'tis so, th'Offenders scourge is weigh'd
    But neerer the offence: to beare all smooth, and euen,
    This sodaine sending him away, mu st seeme
    2670Deliberate pause, diseases desperate growne,
    By desperate appliance are releeued,
    Or not at all. Enter Ro sincrane.
    How now? What hath befalne?
    Ro sin. Where the dead body is be stow'd my Lord,
    2675We cannot get from him.
    King. But where is he?
    Ro sin. Without my Lord, guarded to know your
    pleasure.
    King. Bring him before vs.
    2680 Ro sin. Hoa, Guilden sterne? Bring in my Lord.
    Enter Hamlet and Guilden sterne.
    King. Now Hamlet, where's Polonius?
    Ham. At Supper.
    King. At Supper? Where?
    2685 Ham. Not where he eats, but where he is eaten, a cer-
    taine conuocation of wormes are e'ne at him. Your worm
    is your onely Emperor for diet. We fat all creatures else
    to fat vs, and we fat our selfe for Magots. Your fat King,
    and your leane Begger is but variable seruice to di shes,
    2690but to one Table that's the end.
    King. What do st thou meane by this?
    Ham. Nothing but to shew you how a King may go
    a Progre s s e through the guts of a Begger.
    King. Where is Polonius.
    2695 Ham. In heauen, send thither to see. If your Me s s en-
    ger finde him not there, seeke him i'th other place your
    selfe: but indeed, if you finde him not this moneth, you
    shall nose him as you go vp the staires into the Lobby.
    King. Go seeke him there.
    2700 Ham. He will stay till ye come.
    K. Hamlet, this deed of thine, for thine especial safety
    Which we do tender, as we deerely greeue
    For that which thou ha st done, mu st send thee hence
    With fierie Quickne s s e. Therefore prepare thy selfe,
    2705The Barke is readie, and the winde at helpe,
    Th'A s s ociates tend, and euery thing at bent
    For England.
    Ham. For England?
    King. I Hamlet.
    2710 Ham. Good.
    King. So is it, if thou knew' st our purposes.
    Ham. I see a Cherube that see's him: but come, for
    England. Farewell deere Mother.
    King. Thy louing Father Hamlet.
    2715 Hamlet. My Mother: Father and Mother is man and
    wife: man & wife is one fle sh, and so my mother. Come,
    for England. Exit
    King. Follow him at foote,
    Tempt him with speed aboord:
    2720Delay it not, Ile haue him hence to night.
    Away, for euery thing is Seal'd and done
    That else leanes on th'Affaire, pray you make ha st.
    And England, if my loue thou hold st at ought,
    As my great power thereof may giue thee sense,
    2725Since yet thy Cicatrice lookes raw and red
    After the Dani sh Sword, and thy free awe
    Payes homage to vs; thou mai st not coldly set
    Our Soueraigne Proce s s e, which imports at full
    By Letters coniuring to that effect
    2730The present death of Hamlet. Do it England,
    For like the Hecticke in my blood he rages,
    And thou mu st cure me: Till I know 'tis done,
    How ere my happes, my ioyes were ne're begun. Exit