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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)

    Prince of Denmarke.
    Hora. My Lord, I came to see your fathers funerall.
    365Ham. I pre thee doe not mocke me fellowe studient,
    I thinke it was to my mothers wedding.
    Hora. Indeede my Lord it followed hard vppon.
    Ham. Thrift, thrift, Horatio, the funerall bak't meates
    Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables,
    370Would I had met my dearest foe in heauen
    Or euer I had seene that day Horatio,
    My father, me thinkes I see my father.
    Hora. Where my Lord?
    Ham. In my mindes eye Horatio.
    375Hora. I saw him once, a was a goodly King.
    Ham. A was a man take him for all in all
    I shall not looke vppon his like againe.
    Hora. My Lord I thinke I saw him yesternight.
    Ham. saw, who?
    380Hora. My Lord the King your father.
    Ham. The King my father?
    Hora. Season your admiration for a while
    With an attent eare till I may deliuer
    Vppon the witnes of these gentlemen
    385This maruile to you.
    Ham. For Gods loue let me heare?
    Hora. Two nights together had these gentlemen
    Marcellus, and Barnardo, on their watch
    In the dead wast and middle of the night
    390Beene thus incountred, a figure like your father
    Armed at poynt, exactly Capapea
    Appeares before them, and with solemne march,
    Goes slowe and stately by them; thrice he walkt
    By their opprest and feare surprised eyes
    395Within his tronchions length, whil'st they distil'd
    Almost to gelly, with the act of feare
    Stand dumbe and speake not to him; this to me
    In dreadfull secresie impart they did,
    And I with them the third night kept the watch,
    400Whereas they had deliuered both in time
    Forme of the thing, each word made true and good,
    The Apparision comes: I knewe your father,