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  • Title: Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)

    The Tragedie of Hamlet
    3830 O god Horatio, what a wounded name
    Things standing thus vnknowne, shall I leaue behind me?
    If thou did' st euer hold me in thy hart,
    Absent thee from felicity a while,
    And in this har sh world drawe thy breath in paine A march a farre off .
    3835 To tell my story: what warlike noise is this?

    Enter Osrick.
    Osr. Young Fortenbra s s e with conque st come from Poland,
    3840 To th'emba s s adors of England giues this warlike volly.
    Ham. O I die Horatio,
    The potent poyson quite ore-crowes my spirit,
    I cannot liue to heare the newes from England,
    But I doe prophecie th'ellection lights
    3845 On Fortinbra s s e, he has my dying voyce,
    So tell him, with th'occurrants more and le s s e
    Which haue solicited, the re st is silence.
    Hora. Now cracks a noble hart, good night sweete Prince,
    3850 And flights of Angels sing thee to thy re st.
    Why dooes the drum come hether?

    Enter Fortenbra s s e, with the Emba s s adors.
    For. Where is this sight?
    3855 Hora. What is it you would see?
    If ought of woe, or wonder, cease your search.
    For. This quarry cries on hauock, ô prou'd death
    What fea st is toward in thine eternall cell,
    That thou so many Princes at a shot
    3860 So bloudily ha st strook?
    Embas. The sight is dismall
    And our affaires from England come too late,
    The eares are sencele s s e that should giue vs hearing,
    To tell him his commandment is fulfild,
    3865 That Rosencraus and Guylden sterne are dead,
    Where should we haue our thankes?
    Hora. Not from his mouth
    Had it th'ability of life to thanke you;
    He neuer gaue commandement for their death;
    3870 But since so iump vpon this bloody que stion