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  • Title: Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)

    The Tragedie of Hamlet
    Ham. And fixt his eies vpon you.
    Hor. Mo st con stantly.
    Ham. I would I had beene there.
    Hor. It would a much amazed you.
    435 Ham. Yea very like, very like, staid it long?
    Hor. While one with moderate pace
    Might tell a hundred.
    Mar. O longer, longer.
    Ham. His beard was gri sleld, no.
    440 Hor. It was as I haue seene it in his life,
    A sable siluer.
    Ham. I wil watch to night, perchance t'wil walke againe.
    Hor. I warrant it will.
    Ham. If it a s s ume my noble fathers person,
    445 Ile speake to it, if hell it selfe should gape,
    And bid me hold my peace, Gentlemen,
    If you haue hither consealed this sight,
    Let it be tenible in your silence still,
    And whatsoeuer else shall chance to night,
    450 Giue it an vnder standing, but no tongue,
    I will requit your loues, so fare you well,
    Vpon the platforme, twixt eleuen and twelue,
    Ile vi sit you.
    All. Our duties to your honor. excunt.
    455 Ham. O your loues, your loues, as mine to you,
    455 Farewell, my fathers spirit in Armes,
    Well, all's not well. I doubt some foule play,
    Would the night were come,
    Till then, sit still my soule, foule deeds will rise
    Though all the world orewhelme them to mens eies. Exit.
    Enter Leartes and Ofelia.
    Leart. My nece s s aries are inbarkt, I mu st aboord,
    462.1 But ere I part, marke what I say to thee:
    I see Prince Hamlet makes a shew of loue
    Beware Ofelia, do not tru st his vowes,
    Perhaps he loues you now, and now his tongue,