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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.
    That one may smile, and smile, and be a villayne;
    At least I am sure, it may be so in Denmarke.
    795So vncle, there you are, there you are.
    795Now to the words; it is adue adue: remember me,
    Soe t'is enough I haue sworne.
    Hor. My lord, my lord.
    Enter. Horatio,
    Mar. Lord Hamlet.
    Hor. Ill, lo, lo, ho, ho.
    Mar. Ill, lo, lo, so, ho, so, come boy, come.
    800Hor. Heauens secure him.
    Mar. How i'st my noble lord?
    805Hor. What news my lord?
    Ham. O wonderfull, wonderful.
    Hor. Good my lord tel it.
    Ham. No not I, you'l reueale it.
    Hor. Not I my Lord by heauen.
    810Mar. Nor I my Lord.
    Ham. How say you then? would hart of man
    Once thinke it? but you'l be secret.
    Both. I by heauen, my lord.
    Ham. There's neuer a villaine dwelling in all Denmarke,
    815But hee's an arrant knaue.
    Hor. There need no Ghost come from the graue to tell
    you this.
    Ham. Right, you are in the right, and therefore
    I holde it meet without more circumstance at all,
    820Wee shake hands and part; you as your busines
    And desiers shall leade you: for looke you,
    Euery man hath busines, and desires, such
    As it is, and for my owne poore parte, ile go pray.
    825Hor. These are but wild and wherling words, my Lord.
    Ham. I am sory they offend you; hartely, yes faith hartily.
    Hor. Ther's no offence my Lord.
    Ham. Yes by Saint Patrike but there is Horatio,
    830And much offence too, touching this vision,
    It is an honest ghost, that let mee tell you,