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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
    1075 Pol. Giue fir st admittance to th'emba s s adors,
    My newes shall be the fruite to that great fea st.
    King. Thy selfe doe grace to them, and bring them in.
    He tells me my deere Gertrard he hath found
    The head and source of all your sonnes di stemper.
    1080 Quee. I doubt it is no other but the maine
    His fathers death, and our ha stie marriage.

    Enter Emba s s adors.
    King. Well, we shall sift him, welcome my good friends,
    Say Voltemand, what from our brother Norway?
    1085 Vol. Mo st faire returne of greetings and de sires;
    Vpon our fir st, he sent out to suppre s s e
    His Nephews leuies, which to him appeard
    To be a preparation gain st the Pollacke,
    But better lookt into, he truly found
    1090 It was again st your highnes, whereat greeu'd
    That so his sicknes, age, and impotence
    Was fal sly borne in hand, sends out arre sts
    On Fortenbra s s e, which he in breefe obeyes,
    Receiues rebuke from Norway, and in fine,
    1095 Makes vow before his Vncle neuer more
    To giue th'a s s ay of Armes again st your Maie stie:
    Whereon old Norway ouercome with ioy,
    Giues him threescore thousand crownes in anuall fee,
    And his commi s sion to imploy those souldiers
    1100 So leuied (as before) again st the Pollacke,
    With an entreatie heerein further shone,
    That it might please you to giue quiet pa s s e
    Through your dominions for this enterprise
    On such regards of safety and allowance
    1105 As therein are set downe.
    King. It likes vs well,
    And at our more con sidered time, wee'le read,
    Answer, and thinke vpon this bu sines:
    Meane time, we thanke you for your well tooke labour,
    1110 Goe to your re st, at night weele fea st together,
    Mo st welcome home. Exeunt Emba s s adors.
    Pol. This bu sines is well ended.