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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
    Ham. O thou should st not a beleeued me!
    Go to a Nunnery goe, why should st thou
    Be a breeder of sinners? I am my selfe indifferent hone st,
    But I could accuse my selfe of such crimes
    It had beene better my mother had ne're borne me,
    O I am very prowde, ambitious, disdainefull,
    1780 With more sinnes at my becke, then I haue thoughts
    To put them in, what should such fellowes as I
    Do, crawling between heauen and earth?
    To a Nunnery goe, we are arrant knaues all,
    Beleeue none of vs, to a Nunnery goe.
    Ofel. O heauens secure him!
    1785 Ham. Wher's thy father?
    Ofel. At home my lord.
    Ham. For Gods sake let the doores be shut on him,
    He may play the foole no where but in his
    Owne house: to a Nunnery goe.
    Ofel. Help him good God.
    1790 Ham. If thou do st marry, Ile giue thee
    1790 This plague to thy dowry:
    Be thou as cha ste as yce, as pure as snowe,
    Thou shalt not scape calumny, to a Nunnery goe.
    1792.1 Ofel. Alas, what change is this?
    Ham. But if thou wilt needes marry, marry a foole,
    For wisemen know well enough,
    What mon sters you make of them, to a Nunnery goe.
    Ofel. Pray God re store him.
    Ham. Nay, I haue heard of your paintings too,
    God hath giuen you one face,
    And you make your selues another,
    1800 You fig, and you amble, and you nickname Gods creatures,
    Making your wantonne s s e, your ignorance,
    A pox, t'is scuruy, Ile no more of it,
    It hath made me madde: Ile no more marriages,
    All that are married but one, shall liue,
    The re st shall keepe as they are, to a Nunnery goe,