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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.
    For out of doores he went without their helpe,
    996.1 And so did leaue me.
    Cor. Madde for thy loue,
    What haue you giuen him any cro s s e wordes of late?
    Ofelia I did repell his letters, deny his gifts,
    1005 As you did charge me.
    Cor. Why that hath made him madde:
    By heau'n t'is as proper for our age to ca st
    Beyond our selues, as t'is for the yonger sort
    To leaue their wantonne s s e. Well, I am sory
    That I was so ra sh: but what remedy?
    1015 Lets to the King, this madne s s e may prooue,
    Though wilde a while, yet more true to thy loue. exeunt.
    Enter King and Queene, Ro s s encraft, and Gilder stone.
    King Right noble friends, that our deere co sin Hamlet
    1021.1 Hath lo st the very heart of all his sence,
    It is mo st right, and we mo st sory for him:
    1030 Therefore we doe de sire, euen as you tender
    1030.1 Our care to him, and our great loue to you,
    1035 That you will labour but to wring from him
    The cause and ground of his di stemperancie.
    Doe this, the king of Denmarke shal be thankefull.
    1044.1 Ros. My Lord, whatsoeuer lies within our power
    Your maie stie may more commaund in wordes
    Then vse perswa sions to your liege men, bound
    1049.1 By loue, by duetie, and obedience.
    Guil. What we may doe for both your Maie sties
    1046.1 To know the griefe troubles the Prince your sonne,
    We will indeuour all the be st we may,
    1051.1 So in all duetie doe we take our leaue.
    King Thankes Guilder stone, and gentle Ro s s encraft.
    1055 Que. Thankes Ro s s encraft, and gentle Gilder stone.
    Enter Corambis and Ofelia.
    Cor. My Lord, the Amba s s adors are ioyfully
    Return'd from Norway.
    King Thou still ha st beene the father of good news.