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  • Title: Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

    Copyright Internet Shakespeare Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-proift purposes; for all other uses contact the Coordinating Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)

    The Tragedie of Hamlet
    Pol. Come, goe with mee, I will goe seeke the King,
    This is the very extacie of loue,
    1000Whose violent propertie fordoos it selfe,
    And leades the will to desperat vndertakings
    As oft as any passions vnder heauen
    That dooes afflict our natures: I am sorry,
    What, haue you giuen him any hard words of late?
    1005Oph. No my good Lord, but as you did commaund
    I did repell his letters, and denied
    His accesse to me.
    Pol. That hath made him mad.
    I am sorry, that with better heede and iudgement
    1010I had not coted him, I fear'd he did but trifle
    And meant to wrack thee, but beshrow my Ielousie:
    By heauen it is as proper to our age
    To cast beyond our selues in our opinions,
    As it is common for the younger sort
    1015To lack discretion; come, goe we to the King,
    This must be knowne, which beeing kept close, might moue
    More griefe to hide, then hate to vtter loue,
    Come. Exeunt.

    Florish. Enter King and Queene, Rosencraus and
    King. Welcome deere Rosencraus, and Guyldensterne,
    Moreouer, that we much did long to see you,
    The need we haue to vse you did prouoke
    Our hastie sending, something haue you heard
    1025Of Hamlets transformation, so call it,
    Sith nor th'exterior, nor the inward man
    Resembles that it was, what it should be,
    More then his fathers death, that thus hath put him
    So much from th'vnderstanding of himselfe
    1030I cannot dreame of: I entreate you both
    That beeing of so young dayes brought vp with him,
    And sith so nabored to his youth and hauior,
    That you voutsafe your rest heere in our Court
    Some little time, so by your companies
    1035To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather