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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.
    Mar. How i' st my noble Lord?
    805 Hora. What newes my Lord?
    Ham. O, wonderfull.
    Hora. Good my Lord tell it.
    Ham. No, you will reueale it.
    Hora. Not I my Lord by heauen.
    810 Mar. Nor I my Lord.
    Ham. How say you then, would hart of man once thinke it,
    But you'le be secret.
    Booth. I by heauen.
    Ham. There's neuer a villaine,
    Dwelling in all Denmarke
    815 But hee's an arrant knaue.
    Hora. There needes no Gho st my Lord, come from the graue
    To tell vs this.
    Ham. Why right, you are in the right,
    And so without more circum stance at all
    820 I hold it fit that we shake hands and part,
    You, as your bu sines and de sire shall poynt you,
    For euery man hath bu sines and de sire
    Such as it is, and for my owne poore part
    I will goe pray.
    825 Hora. These are but wilde and whurling words my Lord.
    Ham. I am sorry they offend you hartily,
    Yes faith hartily.
    Hora. There's no offence my Lord.
    Ham. Yes by Saint Patrick but there is Horatio,
    830 And much offence to, touching this vi sion heere,
    It is an hone st Gho st that let me tell you,
    For your de sire to knowe what is betweene vs
    Orema stret as you may, and now good friends,
    As you are friends, schollers, and souldiers,
    835 Giue me one poore reque st.
    Hora. What i' st my Lord, we will.
    Ham. Neuer make knowne what you haue seene to night.
    Booth. My Lord we will not.
    Ham. Nay but swear't.
    840 Hora. In faith my Lord not I.
    Mar. Nor I my Lord in faith.