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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.
    2372.1 No King on earth is safe, if Gods his foe. exit King.
    Enter Queene and Corambis.
    2375 Cor. Madame, I heare yong Hamlet comming,
    I'le shrowde my selfe behinde the Arras. exit Cor.
    2379.1 Queene Do so my Lord.
    Ham. Mother, mother, O are you here?
    2385 How i' st with you mother?
    Queene How i' st with you?
    2497.1 Ham, I'le tell you, but fir st weele make all safe.
    Queene Hamlet, thou ha st thy father much offended.
    Ham. Mother, you haue my father much offended.
    2390 Queene How now boy?
    2390 Ham. 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.
    Ra sh intruding foole, farewell,
    I tooke thee for thy better.
    Queene Hamlet, what ha st thou done?
    Ham. Not so much harme, good mother,
    2410 As 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.
    2466.1 Queene Hamlet, what mean' st thou by these killing (words?
    Ham. Why this I meane, see here, behold this picture,
    2437.1 It is the portraiture, of your deceased husband,
    See here a face, to outface Mars himselfe,
    An eye, at which his foes did tremble at,
    2440 A front wherin all vertues are set downe
    2440.1 For to adorne a king, and guild his crowne,
    Whose heart went hand in hand euen with that vow,