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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.
    So much as from occa sion you may gleane,
    1036.1 Whether ought to vs vnknowne afflicts him thus,
    That opend lyes within our remedie.
    Quee. Good gentlemen, he hath much talkt of you,
    And sure I am, two men there is not liuing
    1040 To whom he more adheres, if it will please you
    To shew vs so much gentry and good will,
    As to expend your time with vs a while,
    For the supply and profit of our hope,
    Your vi sitation shall receiue such thanks
    1045 As fits a Kings remembrance.
    Ros. Both your Maie sties
    Might by the soueraigne power you haue of vs,
    Put your dread pleasures more into commaund
    Then to entreatie.
    1050 Guyl. But we both obey.
    And heere giue vp our selues in the full bent,
    To lay our seruice freely at your feete
    To be commaunded.
    King. Thanks Rosencraus, and gentle Guylden sterne.
    1055 Quee. Thanks Guylden sterne, and gentle Rosencraus.
    And I beseech you in stantly to vi site
    My too much changed sonne, goe some of you
    And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is.
    1060 Guyl. Heauens make our presence and our practices
    Pleasant and helpfull to him.
    Quee. I Amen. Exeunt Ros. and Guyld.
    Enter Polonius.
    Pol. Th'emba s s adors from Norway my good Lord,
    1065 Are ioyfully re
    King. Thou still ha st been the father of good newes.
    Pol. Haue I my Lord? I a s s ure my good Liege
    I hold my dutie as I hold my soule,
    Both to my God, and to my gracious King;
    1070 And I doe thinke, or els this braine of mine
    Hunts not the trayle of policie so sure
    As it hath vsd to doe, that I haue found
    The very cause of Hamlets lunacie.
    King. O speake of that, that doe I long to heare.