Internet Shakespeare Editions


Jump to line
Help on texts

About this text

  • 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
    Not Peer Reviewed

    Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)

    Prince of Denmarke.
    tere a pa s sion to totters, to very rags, to spleet the eares of the ground-
    lings, vvho for the mo st part are capable of nothing but inexplica-
    1860 ble dumbe showes, and noyse: I would haue such a fellow whipt for
    ore-dooing Termagant, it out Herods Herod, pray you auoyde it.
    Player. I warrant your honour.
    Hamlet. Be not too tame neither, but let your owne discretion be
    1865 your tutor, sute the action to the word, the word to the action, with
    this speciall obseruance, that you ore- steppe not the mode stie of na-
    ture: For any thing so ore-doone, is from the purpose of playing,
    whose end both at the fir st, and novve, was and is, to holde as twere
    1870 the Mirrour vp to nature, to shew vertue her feature; scorne her own
    Image, and the very age and body of the time his forme and pre s s ure:
    Now this ouer-done, or come tardie off, though it makes the vnskil-
    full laugh, cannot but make the iudicious greeue, the censure of
    1875 which one, mu st in your allowance ore-weigh a whole Theater of o-
    thers. O there be Players that I haue seene play, and heard others
    praysd, and that highly, not to speake it prophanely, that neither ha-
    uing th'accent of Chri stians, nor the gate of Chri stian, Pagan, nor
    1880 man, haue so strutted & bellowed, that I haue thought some of Na-
    tures Iornimen had made men, and not made them well, they imita-
    ted humanitie so abhominably.
    Player. I hope we haue reform'd that indifferently with vs.
    Ham. O reforme it altogether, and let those that play your clownes
    speake no more then is set downe for them, for there be of them that
    wil themselues laugh, to set on some quantitie of barraine spectators
    to laugh to, though in the meane time, some nece s s ary que stion of
    the play be then to be con sidered, that's villanous, and shewes a mo st
    pittifull ambition in the foole that vses it : goe make you readie. How
    1895 now my Lord, will the King heare this peece of worke?

    Enter Polonius, Guylden sterne, & Rosencraus.
    Pol. And the Queene to, and that presently.
    Ham. Bid the Players make ha st. Will you two help to ha sten thē.
    1900 Ros. I my Lord. Exeunt they two.
    Ham. What howe, Horatio. Enter Horatio.
    Hora. Heere sweet Lord, at your seruice.
    Ham. Horatio, thou art een as iu st a man
    1905 As ere my conuersation copt withall.
    Hor. O my deere Lord.
    Ham. Nay