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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
    Ham. Vppon my sword.
    Mar. We haue sworne my Lord already.
    Ham. Indeede vppon my sword, indeed.

    845 Gho st cries vnder the Stage.
    845 Gho st . Sweare.
    Ham. Ha, ha, boy, say' st thou so, art thou there trupenny?
    Come on, you heare this fellowe in the Sellerige,
    Consent to sweare.
    Hora. Propose the oath my Lord.
    850 Ham. Neuer to speake of this that you haue seene
    Sweare by my sword.
    Gho st . Sweare.
    Ham. Hic, & vbique, then weele shift our ground:
    Come hether Gentlemen
    855 And lay your hands againe vpon my sword,
    Sweare by my sword
    Neuer to speake of this that you haue heard.
    Gho st . Sweare by his sword.
    Ham. Well sayd olde Mole, can' st worke it'h earth so fa st,
    860 A worthy Pioner, once more remooue good friends.
    Hora. O day and night, but this is wondrous strange.
    Ham. And therefore as a stranger giue it welcome,
    There are more things in heauen and earth Horatio
    Then are dream't of in your philosophie, but come
    865 Heere as before, neuer so helpe you mercy,
    (How strange or odde so mere I beare my selfe,
    As I perchance heereafter shall thinke meet,
    To put an Anticke dispo sition on
    That you at such times seeing me, neuer shall
    870 With armes incombred thus, or this head shake,
    Or by pronouncing of some doubtfull phrase,
    As well, well, we knowe, or we could and if we would,
    Or if we li st to speake, or there be and if they might,
    Or such ambiguous giuing out, to note)
    875 That you knowe ought of me, this doe sweare,
    So grace and mercy at your mo st neede helpe you.
    Gho st . Sweare.
    Ham. Re st, re st, perturbed spirit: so Gentlemen,
    880 Withall my loue I doe commend me to you,