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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.
    in the fall of a sparrow: heere comes the King.
    Enter King, Queene, Leartes, Lordes.
    King Now sonne Hamlet, we hane laid vpon your head,
    3677.1And make no question but to haue the best.
    Ham. Your maiestie hath laide a the weaker side.
    3715King We doubt it not, deliuer them the foiles.
    Ham. First Leartes, heere's my hand and loue,
    3678.1Protesting that I neuer wrongd Leartes.
    If Hamlet in his madnesse did amisse,
    That was not Hamlet, but his madnes did it,
    And all the wrong I e're did to Leartes,
    I here proclaime was madnes, therefore lets be at peace,
    3695And thinke I haue shot mine arrow o're the house,
    And hurt my brother.
    Lear. Sir I am satisfied in nature,
    But in termes of honor I'le stand aloofe,
    3700And will no reconcilement,
    Till by some elder maisters of our time
    3701.1I may be satisfied.
    3715King Giue them the foyles.
    3710Ham. I'le be your foyle Leartes, these foyles,
    3725Haue all a laught, come on sir:
    a hit.
    Lear. No none.
    Heere they play:
    3745Ham. Iudgement.
    Gent. A hit, a most palpable hit.
    Lear. Well, come againe.
    They play againe.
    Ham. Another. Iudgement.
    Lear. I, I grant, a tuch, a tuch.
    King Here Hamlet, the king doth drinke a health to thee
    Queene Here Hamlet, take my napkin, wipe thy face.
    3750King Giue him the wine.
    Ham. Set it by, I'le haue another bowt first,
    3752.1I'le drinke anone.
    Queene Here Hamlet, thy mother drinkes to thee.
    Shee drinkes.
    3760King Do not drinke Gertred: O t'is the poysned cup!