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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
    600As to giue words or talke with the Lord Hamlet,
    Looke too't I charge you, come your wayes.
    Ophe. I shall obey my Lord.

    Enter Hamlet, Horatio and Marcellus.
    Ham. The ayre bites shroudly, it is very colde.
    605Hora. 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,
    610Wherein the spirit held his wont to walke
    A florish of trumpets
    What does this meane my Lord?
    Ham. The King doth wake to night and takes his rowse.
    Keepes wassell and the swaggring vp-spring reeles:
    And as he draines his drafts of Rennish downe,
    615The kettle drumme, and trumpet, thus bray out
    The triumph of his pledge.
    Hora. Is it a custome?
    Ham. I marry ist,
    But to my minde, though I am natiue heere
    620And to the manner borne, it is a custome
    More honourd in the breach, then the obseruance.
    621.1This heauy headed reueale east and west
    Makes vs tradust, and taxed of other nations,
    They clip vs drunkards, and with Swinish phrase
    Soyle our addition, and indeede it takes
    621.5From 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 plausiue manners, that these men
    621.15Carrying I say the stamp of one defect