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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
    Ham. How chances it they trauaile? their re sidence both in repu-
    tation, and profit was better both wayes.
    Ros. I thinke their inhibition, comes by the meanes of the late
    1380 innoua sion.
    Ham. Doe they hold the same e stimation they did when I was in
    the Citty; are they so followed.
    Ros. No indeede are they not.
    Ham. It is not very strange, for my Vncle is King of Denmarke, and
    1410 those that would make mouths at him while my father liued, giue
    twenty, fortie, fifty, a hundred duckets a peece, for his Picture
    in little, s'bloud there is somthing in this more then naturall, if
    Philosophie could find it out. A Flori sh .
    Guyl. There are the players.
    Ham. Gentlemen you are welcome to Elsonoure, your hands come
    then, th'appurtenance of welcome is fa shion and ceremonie; let
    mee comply with you in this garb: let me extent to the players,
    1420 which I tell you mu st showe fairely outwards, should more ap-
    peare like entertainment then yours? you are welcome: but my
    Vncle-father, and Aunt-mother, are deceaued.
    Guyl. In what my deare Lord.
    1425 Ham. I am but mad North North we st; when the wind is Sou-
    therly, I knowe a Hauke, from a hand saw.
    Enter Polonius.
    Pol. Well be with you Gentlemen.
    Ham. Harke you Guylden sterne, and you to, at each eare a hearer,
    1430 that great baby you see there is not yet out of his swadling clouts.
    Ros. Happily he is the second time come to them, for they say an
    old man is twice a child.
    Ham. I will prophecy, he comes to tell me of the players, mark it,
    1435 You say right sir, a Monday morning, t'was then indeede.
    Pol. My Lord I haue newes to tell you.
    Ham. My Lord I haue newes to tel you: when Ro s sius was an Actor
    in Rome.
    1440 Pol. The Actors are come hether my Lord.
    Ham. Buz, buz.
    Pol. Vppon my honor.
    Ham. Then came each Actor on his A s s e.
    Pol. The be st actors in the world, either for Tragedie, Comedy,
    1445 Hi story, Pa storall, Pa storall Comicall, Hi storicall Pa storall, scene
    indeuidible.