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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)

    Enter Leartes and Ofelia.
    Leart. My nece s s aries are inbarkt, I mu st aboord,
    462.1 But ere I part, marke what I say to thee:
    I see Prince Hamlet makes a shew of loue
    Beware Ofelia, do not tru st his vowes,
    Perhaps he loues you now, and now his tongue,
    Speakes from his heart, but yet take heed my si ster,
    The Charie st maide is prodigall enough,
    500 If she vnmaske hir beautie to the Moone.
    Vertue it selfe scapes not calumnious thoughts,
    Belieu't Ofelia, therefore keepe a loofe
    496.1 Le st that he trip thy honor and thy fame.
    Ofel. Brother, to this I haue lent attentiue eare,
    And doubt not but to keepe my honour firme,
    But my deere brother, do not you
    510 Like to a cunning Sophi ster,
    Teach me the path and ready way to heauen,
    511.1 While you forgetting what is said to me,
    Your selfe, like to a carele s s e libertine
    512.1 Doth giue his heart, his appetite at ful,
    And little recks how that his honour dies.
    515 Lear. No, feare it not my deere Ofelia,
    Here comes my father, occa sion smiles vpon a second leaue.
    Enter Corambis.
    520 Cor. Yet here Leartes? aboord, aboord, for shame,
    The winde sits in the shoulder of your saile,
    And you are staid for, there my ble s sing with thee
    And these few precepts in thy memory.
    "Be thou familiar, but by no meanes vulgare;
    "Those friends thou ha st, and their adoptions tried,
    "Graple them to thee with a hoope of steele,
    "But do not dull the palme with entertaine,
    530 "Of euery new vnfleg'd courage,
    530 "Beware of entrance into a quarrell; but being in,
    "Beare it that the opposed may beware of thee,
    535 "Co stly thy apparrell, as thy purse can buy.
    "But not expre st in fa shion,
    "For the apparrell oft proclaimes the man.
    And they of France of the chiefe rancke and station
    Are of a mo st select and generall chiefe in that:
    "This aboue all, to thy owne selfe be true,
    And it mu st follow as the night the day,
    545 Thou can st not then be false to any one,
    Farewel, my ble s sing with thee.
    Lear. I humbly take my leaue, farewell Ofelia,
    And remember well what I haue said to you. exit.
    Ofel. It is already lock't within my hart,
    And you your selfe shall keepe the key of it.
    Cor. What i' st Ofelia he hath saide to you?
    555 Ofel. Somthing touching the prince Hamlet.
    Cor. Mary wel thought on, t'is giuen me to vnder stand,
    That you haue bin too prodigall of your maiden presence
    560 Vnto Prince Hamlet, if it be so,
    560 As so tis giuen to mee, and that in waie of caution
    I mu st tell you; you do not vnder stand your selfe
    So well as befits my honor, and your credite.
    565 Ofel. My lord, he hath made many tenders of his loue
    to me.
    Cor. Tenders, I, I, tenders you may call them.
    580 Ofel. And withall, such earne st vowes.
    Cor. Springes to catch woodcocks,
    What, do not I know when the blood doth burne,
    How prodigall the tongue lends the heart vowes,
    In briefe, be more scanter of your maiden presence,
    575 Or tendring thus you'l tender mee a foole.
    Ofel. I shall obay my lord in all I may.
    602.1 Cor. Ofelia, receiue none of his letters,
    "For louers lines are snares to intrap the heart;
    "Refuse his tokens, both of them are keyes
    To vnlocke Cha stitie vnto De sire;
    Come in Ofelia, such men often proue,
    601.1 "Great in their wordes, but little in their loue.
    Ofel. I will my lord. exeunt.