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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)

    Prince of Denmarke.
    Speakes from his heart, but yet take heed my si ster,
    The Charie st maide is prodigall enough,
    500 If she vnmaske hir beautie to the Moone.
    Vertue it selfe scapes not calumnious thoughts,
    Belieu't Ofelia, therefore keepe a loofe
    496.1 Le st that he trip thy honor and thy fame.
    Ofel. Brother, to this I haue lent attentiue eare,
    And doubt not but to keepe my honour firme,
    But my deere brother, do not you
    510 Like to a cunning Sophi ster,
    Teach me the path and ready way to heauen,
    511.1 While you forgetting what is said to me,
    Your selfe, like to a carele s s e libertine
    512.1 Doth giue his heart, his appetite at ful,
    And little recks how that his honour dies.
    515 Lear. No, feare it not my deere Ofelia,
    Here comes my father, occa sion smiles vpon a second leaue.
    Enter Corambis.
    520 Cor. Yet here Leartes? aboord, aboord, for shame,
    The winde sits in the shoulder of your saile,
    And you are staid for, there my ble s sing with thee
    And these few precepts in thy memory.
    "Be thou familiar, but by no meanes vulgare;
    "Those friends thou ha st, and their adoptions tried,
    "Graple them to thee with a hoope of steele,
    "But do not dull the palme with entertaine,
    530 "Of euery new vnfleg'd courage,
    530 "Beware of entrance into a quarrell; but being in,
    "Beare it that the opposed may beware of thee,
    535 "Co stly thy apparrell, as thy purse can buy.
    "But not expre st in fa shion,
    "For the apparrell oft proclaimes the man.
    And they of France of the chiefe rancke and station
    Are of a mo st select and generall chiefe in that:
    "This aboue all, to thy owne selfe be true,
    And it mu st follow as the night the day,
    Thou
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