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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
    Nay, doe not thinke I flatter,
    For what aduancement may I hope from thee
    That no reuenew ha st but thy good spirits
    1910 To feede and clothe thee, why should the poore be flatterd?
    No, let the candied tongue licke absurd pompe,
    And crooke the pregnant hindges of the knee
    Where thrift may follow fauning; doo st thou heare,
    Since my deare soule was mi stris of her choice,
    1915 And could of men di stingui sh her election,
    S'hath seald thee for herselfe, for thou ha st been
    As one in suffring all that suffers nothing,
    A man that Fortunes buffets and rewards
    Ha st tane with equall thanks; and ble st are those
    1920 Whose blood and iudgement are so well comedled,
    That they are not a pype for Fortunes finger
    To sound what stop she please: giue me that man
    That is not pa s sions slaue, and I will weare him
    In my harts core, I in my hart of hart
    1925 As I doe thee. Something too much of this,
    There is a play to night before the King,
    One scene of it comes neere the circum stance
    Which I haue told thee of my fathers death,
    I prethee when thou see st that act a foote,
    1930 Euen with the very comment of thy soule
    Obserue my Vncle, if his occulted guilt
    Doe not it selfe vnkennill in one speech,
    It is a damned gho st that we haue seene,
    And my imaginations are as foule
    1935 As Vulcans stithy; giue him heedfull note,
    For I mine eyes will riuet to his face,
    And after we will both our iudgements ioyne
    In censure of his seeming.
    Hor. Well my lord,
    1940 If a steale ought the whil st this play is playing
    And scape detected, I will pay the theft.

    Enter Trumpets and Kettle Drummes,King, Queene,
    Polonius, Ophelia
    Ham. They are comming to the play. I mu st be idle,
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