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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
    Since happy time ioyn'd both our hearts as one:
    2028.1 And now the blood that fill'd my youthfull veines,
    Runnes weakely in their pipes, and all the straines
    Of mu sicke, which whilome pleasde mine eare,
    Is now a burthen that Age cannot beare:
    2028.5 And therefore sweete Nature mu st pay his due,
    2040 To heauen mu st I, and leaue the earth with you.
    2040.1 Dutche s s e O say not so, le st that you kill my heart,
    When death takes you, let life from me depart.
    Duke Content thy selfe, when ended is my date,
    Thon mai st (perchance) haue a more noble mate,
    2043.1 More wise, more youthfull, and one.
    2045 Dutche s s e O speake no more for then I am accur st,
    None weds the second, but she kils the fir st:
    A second time I kill my Lord that's dead,
    When second husband ki s s es me in bed.
    Ham. O wormewood, wormewood!
    Duke I doe beleeue you sweete, what now you speake,
    2055 But what we doe determine oft we breake,
    2080 For our demises stil are ouerthrowne,
    Our thoughts are ours, their end's none of our owne:
    So thinke you will no second husband wed,
    But die thy thoughts, when thy fir st Lord is dead.
    Dutche s s e Both here and there pursue me la sting strife,
    If once a widdow, euer I be wife.
    2090 Ham. If she should breake now.
    Duke T'is deepely sworne, sweete leaue me here a while,
    My spirites growe dull, and faine I would beguile the tedi-
    ous time with sleepe.
    2095 Dutche s s e Sleepe rocke thy braine,
    And neuer come mischance betweene vs twaine. exit Lady
    Ham. Madam, how do you like this play?
    Queene The Lady prote sts too much.
    Ham. O but shee'le keepe her word.
    2100 King Haue you heard the argument, is there no offence
    in it?