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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)

    Prince of Denmarke.
    Hora. Stay, speake, speake, I charge thee speake. Exit Ghost.
    Mar. Tis gone and will not answere.
    Bar. How now Horatio, you tremble and looke pale,
    Is not this somthing more then phantasie?
    70What thinke you-ont?
    Hora. Before my God I might not this belieue,
    Without the sencible and true auouch
    Of mine owne eies.
    Mar. Is it not like the King?
    75Hora. As thou art to thy selfe.
    Such was the very Armor he had on,
    When he the ambitious Norway combated,
    So frownd he once, when in an angry parle
    He smot the sleaded pollax on the ice.
    80Tis strange.
    Mar. Thus twice before, and iump at this dead houre,
    With martiall stauke hath he gone by our watch.
    Hora. In what perticular thought, to worke I know not,
    But in the grosse and scope of mine opinion,
    85This bodes some strange eruption to our state.
    Mar. Good now sit downe, and tell me he that knowes,
    Why this same strikt and most obseruant watch
    So nightly toiles the subiect of the land,
    And with such dayly cost of brazon Cannon
    90And forraine marte, for implements of warre,
    Why such impresse of ship-writes, whose sore taske
    Does not deuide the Sunday from the weeke,
    What might be toward that this sweaty hast
    Doth make the night ioynt labourer with the day,
    95Who ist that can informe mee?
    Hora. That can I.
    At least the whisper goes so; our last King,
    Whose image euen but now appear'd to vs,
    Was as you knowe by Fortinbrasse of Norway,
    100Thereto prickt on by a most emulate pride
    Dar'd to the combat; in which our valiant Hamlet,
    (For so this side of our knowne world esteemd him)
    Did slay this Fortinbrasse, who by a seald compact
    Well ratified by lawe and heraldy