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

    Flori sh. Enter King and Queene, Rosencraus and
    Guylden sterne.
    King. Welcome deere Rosencraus, and Guylden sterne,
    Moreouer, that we much did long to see you,
    The need we haue to vse you did prouoke
    Our ha stie sending, something haue you heard
    1025 Of 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'vnder standing of himselfe
    1030 I 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 re st heere in our Court
    Some little time, so by your companies
    1035 To draw him on to pleasures, and to gather