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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
    Lear. By whome, by heau'n I'le be resolued.
    king Let him goe Gertred, away, I feare him not,
    There's such diuinitie doth wall a king,
    That treason dares not looke on.
    Let him goe Gertred, that your father is murdred,
    T'is true, and we most sory for it,
    2901.1Being the chiefest piller of our state:
    Therefore will you like a most desperate gamster,
    Swoop-stake-like, draw at friend, and foe, and all?
    2895Lear. To his good friends thus wide I'le ope mine arms,
    And locke them in my hart, but to his foes,
    551.1I will no reconcilement but by bloud.
    king Why now you speake like a most louing sonne:
    And that in soule we sorrow for for his death,
    Your selfe ere long shall be a witnesse,
    2960Meane while be patient, and content your selfe.
    Enter Ofelia as before.
    Lear. Who's this, Ofelia? O my deere sister!
    I'st possible a yong maides life,
    Should be as mortall as an olde mans sawe?
    2913.1O heau'ns themselues! how now Ofelia?
    Ofel. Wel God a mercy, I a bin gathering of floures:
    Here, here is rew for you,
    You may call it hearb a grace a Sundayes,
    Heere's some for me too: you must weare your rew
    2935With a difference, there's a dazie.
    Here Loue, there's rosemary for you
    For remembrance: I pray Loue remember,
    And there's pansey for thoughts.
    2930Lear. A document in madnes, thoughts, remembrance:
    O God, O God!
    Ofelia There is fennell for you, I would a giu'n you
    Some violets, but they all withered, when
    My father died: alas, they say the owle was
    2785A Bakers daughter, we see what we are,
    2785But can not tell what we shall be.