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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 Tragedy of Hamlet
    Which once vnhearsed, then the world shall heare
    Leartes had a father he held deere.
    king No more of that, ere many dayes be done,
    2963.5You shall heare that you do not dreame vpon.
    exeunt om.
    Enter Horatio and the Queene.
    Hor. Madame, your sonne is safe arriv'de in Denmarke,
    2985This letter I euen now receiv'd of him,
    2985.1Whereas he writes how he escap't the danger,
    And subtle treason that the king had plotted,
    Being crossed by the contention of the windes,
    3515He found the Packet sent to the king of England,
    3525Wherein he saw himselfe betray'd to death,
    3525.1As at his next conuersion with your grace,
    He will relate the circumstance at full.
    Queene Then I perceiue there's treason in his lookes
    That seem'd to sugar o're his villanie:
    3525.5But I will soothe and please him for a time,
    For murderous mindes are alwayes jealous,
    But know not you Horatio where he is?
    Hor. Yes Madame, and he hath appoynted me
    To meete him on the east side of the Cittie
    3525.10To morrow morning.
    Queene O faile not, good Horatio, and withall, com-
    A mothers care to him, bid him a while
    Be wary of his presence, lest that he
    Faile in that he goes about.
    3525.15Hor. Madam, neuer make doubt of that:
    I thinke by this the news be come to court:
    He is arriv'de, obserue the king, and you shall
    Quickely finde, Hamlet being here,
    Things fell not to his minde.
    Queene But what became of Gilderstone and Rossencraft?
    Hor. He being set ashore, they went for England,
    And in the Packet there writ down that doome
    To be perform'd on them poynted for him:
    And by great chance he had his fathers Seale,