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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
    1155As they fell out by time, by meanes, and place,
    All giuen to mine eare.
    King. But how hath she receiu'd his loue?
    Pol. What doe you thinke of me?
    King. As of a man faithfull and honorable.
    1160Pol. I would faine proue so, but what might you thinke
    When I had seene this hote loue on the wing,
    As I perceiu'd it (I must tell you that)
    Before my daughter told me, what might you,
    Or my deere Maiestie your Queene heere thinke,
    1165If I had playd the Deske, or Table booke,
    Or giuen my hart a working mute and dumbe,
    Or lookt vppon this loue with idle sight,
    What might you thinke? no, I went round to worke,
    And my young Mistris thus I did bespeake,
    1170Lord Hamlet is a Prince out of thy star,
    This must not be: and then I prescripts gaue her
    That she should locke her selfe from her resort,
    Admit no messengers, receiue no tokens,
    Which done, she tooke the fruites of my aduise:
    1175And he repell'd, a short tale to make,
    Fell into a sadnes, then into a fast,
    Thence to a wath, thence into a weakenes,
    Thence to lightnes, and by this declension,
    Into the madnes wherein now he raues,
    1180And all we mourne for.
    King. Doe you thinke this?
    Quee. It may be very like.
    Pol. Hath there been such a time, I would faine know that,
    That I haue positiuely said, tis so,
    1185When it proou'd otherwise?
    King. Not that I know.
    Pol. Take this, from this, if this be otherwise;
    If circumstances leade me, I will finde
    Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeede
    1190Within the Center.
    King. How may we try it further?
    Pol. You know sometimes he walkes foure houres together
    Heere in the Lobby.