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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
    1725.1 The widow being oppre s s ed, the orphan wrong'd,
    The ta ste of hunger, or a tirants raigne,
    And thousand more calamities be sides,
    To grunt and sweate vnder this weary life,
    When that he may his full Quietus make,
    1730 With a bare bodkin, who would this indure,
    But for a hope of something after death?
    Which pu sles the braine, and doth confound the sence,
    1735 Which makes vs rather beare those euilles we haue,
    Than flie to others that we know not of.
    I that, O this conscience makes cowardes of vs all,
    Lady in thy orizons, be all my sinnes remembred.
    1745 Ofel. My Lord, I haue sought opportunitie, which now
    I haue, to redeliuer to your worthy handes, a small remem-
    brance, such tokens which I haue receiued of you.
    1760 Ham. Are you faire?
    Ofel. My Lord.
    Ham. Are you hone st?
    Ofel. What meanes my Lord?
    Ham. That if you be faire and hone st,
    Your beauty should admit no discourse to your hone sty.
    Ofel. My Lord, can beauty haue better priuiledge than
    1765 with hone sty?
    Ham. Yea mary may it; for Beauty may transforme
    Hone sty, from what she was into a bawd:
    Then Hone sty can transforme Beauty:
    This was sometimes a Paradox,
    But now the time giues it scope.
    I neuer gaue you nothing.
    Ofel. My Lord, you know right well you did,
    And with them such earne st vowes of loue,
    As would haue moou'd the stonie st brea st aliue,
    1754.1 But now too true I finde,
    Rich giftes waxe poore, when giuers grow vnkinde.
    Ham. I neuer loued you.
    Ofel. You made me beleeue you did.