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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
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    Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)


    Prince of Denmarke.
    2372.1No King on earth is safe, if Gods his foe.
    exit King.
    Enter Queene and Corambis.
    2375Cor. Madame, I heare yong Hamlet comming,
    I'le shrowde my selfe behinde the Arras.
    exit Cor.
    2379.1Queene Do so my Lord.
    Ham. Mother, mother, O are you here?
    2385How i'st with you mother?
    Queene How i'st with you?
    2497.1Ham, I'le tell you, but first weele make all safe.
    Queene Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended.
    Ham. Mother, you haue my father much offended.
    2390Queene How now boy?
    2390Ham. How now mother! come here, sit downe, for you
    shall heare me speake.
    Queene What wilt thou doe? thou wilt not murder me:
    Helpe hoe.
    Cor. Helpe for the Queene.
    Ham. I a Rat, dead for a Duckat.
    Rash intruding foole, farewell,
    I tooke thee for thy better.
    Queene Hamlet, what hast thou done?
    Ham. Not so much harme, good mother,
    2410As to kill a king, and marry with his brother.
    Queene How! kill a king!
    Ham. I a King: nay sit you downe, and ere you part,
    If you be made of penitrable stuffe,
    I'le make your eyes looke downe into your heart,
    And see how horride there and blacke it shews.
    2466.1Queene Hamlet, what mean'st thou by these killing
    Ham. Why this I meane, see here, behold this picture,
    2437.1It is the portraiture, of your deceased husband,
    See here a face, to outface Mars himselfe,
    An eye, at which his foes did tremble at,
    2440A front wherin all vertues are set downe
    2440.1For to adorne a king, and guild his crowne,
    Whose heart went hand in hand euen with that vow,
    G2
    He