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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
    Not Peer Reviewed

    Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)

    The Tragedy of Hamlet
    Hor. A trowant dispo sition, my good Lord.
    Ham. Nor shall you make mee tru ster
    360 Of your owne report again st your selfe:
    Sir, I know you are no trowant:
    But what is your affaire in Elsenoure?
    Hor. My good Lord, I came to see your fathers funerall.
    365 Ham. O I pre thee do not mocke mee fellow studient,
    I thinke it was to see my mothers wedding.
    Hor. Indeede my Lord, it followed hard vpon.
    Ham. Thrift, thrift, Horatio, the funerall bak't meates
    Did coldly furni sh forth the marriage tables,
    370 Would I had met my deere st foe in heauen
    Ere euer I had seene that day Horatio;
    O my father, my father, me thinks I see my father.
    Hor. Where my Lord?
    Ham. Why, in my mindes eye Horatio.
    375 Hor. I saw him once, he was a gallant King.
    Ham. He was a man, take him for all in all,
    I shall not looke vpon his like againe.
    Hor. My Lord, I thinke I saw him ye sternight,
    Ham. Saw, who?
    380 Hor. My Lord, the King your father.
    Ham. Ha, ha, the King my father ke you.
    Hor. Ceasen your admiration for a while
    With an attentiue eare, till I may deliuer,
    Vpon the witne s s e of these Gentlemen
    385 This wonder to you.
    Ham. For Gods loue let me heare it.
    Hor. Two nights together had these Gentlemen,
    Marcellus and Bernardo, on their watch,
    In the dead va st and middle of the night.
    390 Beene thus incountered by a figure like your father,
    Armed to poynt, exactly Capapea
    Appeeres before them thrise, he walkes
    Before their weake and feare oppre s s ed eies
    395 Within his tronchions length,
    While