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  • Title: Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

    Copyright Internet Shakespeare Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-proift purposes; for all other uses contact the Coordinating Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Not Peer Reviewed

    Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)

    The Tragedy of Hamlet
    Would treason haue pronounced,
    For if the gods themselues had seene her then,
    When she saw Pirrus with malitious strokes,
    1555 Mincing her husbandes limbs,
    It would haue made milch the burning eyes of heauen,
    And pa s sion in the gods.
    1560 Cor Looke my lord if he hath not changde his colour,
    1560 And hath teares in his eyes: no more good heart, no more.
    Ham. T'is well, t'is very well, I pray my lord,
    Will you see the Players well be stowed,
    I tell you they are the Chronicles
    1565 And briefe ab stracts of the time,
    1565 After your death I can tell you,
    You were better haue a bad Epiteeth,
    Then their ill report while you liue.
    Cor. My lord, I will vse them according to their deserts.
    1570 Ham. O farre better man, vse euery man after his deserts,
    Then who should scape whipping?
    Vse them after your owne honor and dignitie,
    The le s s e they deserue, the greater credit's yours.
    1575 Cor. Welcome my good fellowes. exit.
    Ham. Come hither mai sters, can you not play the mur-
    der of Gonsago?
    players Yes my Lord.
    1580 Ham. And could' st not thou for a neede study me
    Some dozen or sixteene lines,
    Which I would set downe and insert?
    players Yes very ea sily my good Lord.
    Ham. T'is well, I thanke you: follow that lord:
    And doe you heare sirs? take heede you mocke him not.
    1584.1 Gentlemen, for your kindnes I thanke you,
    1585 And for a time I would de sire you leaue me.
    1585.1 Gil. Our loue and duetie is at your commaund.
    Exeunt all but Hamlet.
    1590 Ham. Why what a dunghill idiote slaue am I?
    Why these Players here draw water from eyes:
    For