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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
    Mar. Holla, Barnardo.
    Bar. Say, what is Horatio there?
    Hora. A peece of him.
    Bar. Welcome Horatio, welcome good Marcellus,
    30Hora. What, ha's this thing appeard againe to night?
    Bar. I haue seene nothing.
    Mar. Horatio saies tis but our fantasie,
    And will not let beliefe take holde of him,
    Touching this dreaded sight twice seene of vs,
    35Therefore I haue intreated him along,
    With vs to watch the minuts of this night,
    That if againe this apparision come,
    He may approoue our eyes and speake to it.
    Hora. Tush, tush, twill not appeare.
    40Bar. Sit downe a while,
    And let vs once againe assaile your eares,
    That are so fortified against our story,
    What we haue two nights seene.
    Hora. Well, sit we downe,
    45And let vs heare Barnardo speake of this.
    Bar. Last night of all,
    When yond same starre thats weastward from the pole,
    Had made his course t'illume that part of heauen
    Where now it burnes, Marcellus and my selfe
    50The bell then beating one.
    Enter Ghost.
    Mar. Peace, breake thee of, looke where it comes againe.
    Bar. In the same figure like the King thats dead.
    Mar. Thou art a scholler, speake to it Horatio.
    55Bar. Lookes a not like the King? marke it Horatio.
    Hora. Most like, it horrowes me with feare and wonder.
    Bar. It would be spoke to.
    Mar. Speake to it Horatio.
    Hora. What art thou that vsurpst this time of night,
    60Together with that faire and warlike forme,
    In which the Maiestie of buried Denmarke
    Did sometimes march, by heauen I charge thee speake.
    Mar. It is offended.
    Bar. See it staukes away.