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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
    Such a report of singularitie,
    Will bring him on, although again st his will.
    3123.1 And le st that all should mi s s e,
    3150 I'le haue a potion that shall ready stand,
    In all his heate when that he calles for drinke,
    3148.1 Shall be his period and our happine s s e.
    Lear. T'is excellent, O would the time were come!
    Here comes the Queene. enter the Queene.
    king How now Gertred, why looke you heauily?
    3153.1 Queene O my Lord, the yong Ofelia
    3160 Hauing made a garland of sundry sortes of floures,
    Sitting vpon a willow by a brooke,
    3165 The enuious sprig broke, into the brooke she fell,
    And for a while her clothes spread wide abroade,
    Bore the yong Lady vp: and there she sate smiling,
    Euen Mermaide-like, twixt heauen and earth,
    Chaunting olde sundry tunes vncapable
    3170 As it were of her di stre s s e, but long it could not be,
    Till that her clothes, being heauy with their drinke,
    Dragg'd the sweete wretch to death.
    Lear. So, she is drownde:
    Too much of water ha st thou Ofelia,
    Therefore I will not drowne thee in my teares,
    3179.1 Reuenge it is mu st yeeld this heart releefe,
    For woe begets woe, and griefe hangs on griefe. exeunt.
    enter Clowne and an other.
    3190 Clowne I say no, she ought not to be buried
    In chri stian buriall.
    3191.1 2. Why sir?
    3195 Clowne Mary because shee's drownd.
    3195.1 2. But she did not drowne her selfe.
    Clowne No, that's certaine, the water drown'd her.
    2. Yea but it was again st her will.
    Clowne No, I deny that, for looke you sir, I stand here,
    If the water come to me, I drowne not my selfe:
    3205 But if I goe to the water, and am there drown'd,