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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.
    Haue you so slaunder any moment leasure
    600 As to giue words or talke with the Lord Hamlet,
    Looke too't I charge you, come your wayes.
    Ophe. I shall obey my Lord. Exeunt.

    Enter Hamlet, Horatio and Marcellus.
    Ham. The ayre bites shroudly, it is very colde.
    605 Hora. It is nipping, and an eager ayre.
    Ham. What houre now?
    Hora. I thinke it lackes of twelfe.
    Mar. No, it is strooke.
    Hora. Indeede; I heard it not, it then drawes neere the season,
    610 Wherein the spirit held his wont to walke A flori sh of trumpets and 2. peeces goes of.
    What does this meane my Lord?
    Ham. The King doth wake to night and takes his rowse.
    Keepes wa s s ell and the swaggring vp-spring reeles:
    And as he draines his drafts of Renni sh downe,
    615 The kettle drumme, and trumpet, thus bray out
    The triumph of his pledge.
    Hora. Is it a cu stome?
    Ham. I marry i st,
    But to my minde, though I am natiue heere
    620 And to the manner borne, it is a cu stome
    More honourd in the breach, then the obseruance.
    621.1 This heauy headed reueale ea st and we st
    Makes vs tradu st, and taxed of other nations,
    They clip vs drunkards, and with Swini sh phrase
    Soyle our addition, and indeede it takes
    621.5 From our atchieuements, though perform'd at height
    The pith and marrow of our attribute,
    So oft it chaunces in particuler men,
    That for some vicious mole of nature in them
    As in their birth wherein they are not guilty,
    621.10 (Since nature cannot choose his origin)
    By their ore-grow'th of some complextion
    Oft breaking downe the pales and forts of reason,
    Or by some habit, that too much ore-leauens
    The forme of plau siue manners, that these men
    621.15 Carrying I say the stamp of one defect