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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
    For your de sires to know what is betweene vs,
    Or'emai ster it as you may:
    And now kind frends, as yon are frends,
    Schollers and gentlmen,
    835 Grant mee one poore reque st.
    Both. What i' st my Lord?
    Ham. Neuer make known what you haue seene to night
    Both. My lord, we will not.
    Ham. Nay but sweare.
    840 Hor. In faith my Lord not I.
    Mar. Nor I my Lord in faith.
    Ham. Nay vpon my sword, indeed vpon my sword.
    845 Gho. Sweare.
    845 The Go st vnder the stage.
    Ham. Ha, ha, come you here, this fellow in the sellerige,
    Here consent to sweare.
    Hor. Propose the oth my Lord.
    850 Ham. Neuer to speake what you haue seene to night,
    Sweare by my sword.
    Go st. Sweare.
    Ham. Hic & vbique; nay then weele shift our ground:
    Come hither Gentlemen, and lay your handes
    855 Againe vpon this sword, neuer to speake
    Of that which you haue seene, sweare by my sword.
    Gho st Sweare.
    Ham. Well said old Mole, can' st worke in the earth?
    so fa st, a worthy Pioner, once more remoue.
    Hor. Day and night but this is wondrous strange.
    Ham. And therefore as a stranger giue it welcome,
    There are more things in heauen and earth Horatio,
    Then are Dream't of, in your philosophie,
    But come here, as before you neuer shall
    How strange or odde soere I beare my selfe,
    As I perchance hereafter shall thinke meet,
    To put an Anticke dispo sition on,
    That you at such times seeing me, neuer shall
    With