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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
    You mu st not put another scandell on him,
    That he is open to incontinencie,
    That's not my meaning, but breath his faults so quently
    That they may seeme the taints of libertie,
    925 The fla sh and out-breake of a fierie mind,
    A sauagenes in vnreclamed blood,
    Of generall a s s ault.
    Rey. But my good Lord.
    Pol. Wherefore should you doe this?
    Rey. I my Lord, I would know that.
    930 Pol. Marry sir, heer's my drift,
    And I belieue it is a fetch of wit,
    You laying these slight sallies on my sonne
    As t'were a thing a little soyld with working,
    Marke you, your partie in conuerse, him you would sound
    935 Hauing euer seene in the prenominat crimes
    The youth you breath of guiltie, be a s s ur'd
    He closes with you in this consequence,
    Good sir, (or so,) or friend, or gentleman,
    According to the phrase, or the addi stion
    940 Of man and country.
    Rey. Very good my Lord.
    Pol. And then sir doos a this, a doos, what was I about to say?
    By the ma s s e I was about to say something,
    Where did I leaue?
    945 Rey. At closes in the consequence.
    Pol. At closes in the consequence, I marry,
    He closes thus, I know the gentleman,
    I saw him ye sterday, or th'other day,
    950 Or then, or then, with such or such, and as you say,
    There was a gaming there, or tooke in's rowse,
    There falling out at Tennis, or perchance
    I saw him enter such a house of sale,
    Videlizet, a brothell, or so foorth, see you now,
    955 Your bait of fal shood take this carpe of truth,
    And thus doe we of wisedome, and of reach,
    With windle s s es, and with a s s aies of bias,
    By indirections find directions out,
    So by my former lecture and aduise