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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
    105Did forfait (with his life) all these his lands
    Which he stood seaz'd of, to the conquerour.
    Against the which a moitie competent
    Was gaged by our King, which had returne
    To the inheritance of Fortinbrasse,
    110Had he bin vanquisher; as by the same comart,
    And carriage of the article desseigne,
    His fell to Hamlet; now Sir, young Fortinbrasse
    Of vnimprooued mettle, hot and full,
    Hath in the skirts of Norway heere and there
    115Sharkt vp a list of lawelesse resolutes
    For foode and diet to some enterprise
    That hath a stomacke in't, which is no other
    As it doth well appeare vnto our state
    But to recouer of vs by strong hand
    120And tearmes compulsatory, those foresaid lands
    So by his father lost; and this I take it,
    Is the maine motiue of our preparations
    The source of this our watch, and the chiefe head
    Of this post hast and Romeage in the land.
    124.1Bar. I thinke it be no other, but enso;
    Well may it sort that this portentous figure
    Comes armed through our watch so like the King
    That was and is the question of these warres.
    124.5Hora. A moth it is to trouble the mindes eye:
    In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
    A little ere the mightiest Iulius fell
    The graues stood tennatlesse, and the sheeted dead
    Did squeake and gibber in the Roman streets
    124.10As starres with traines of fier, and dewes of blood
    Disasters in the sunne; and the moist starre,
    Vpon whose influence Neptunes Empier stands,
    Was sicke almost to doomesday with eclipse.
    And euen the like precurse of feare euents
    124.15As harbindgers preceading still the fates
    And prologue to the Omen comming on
    Haue heauen and earth together demonstrated
    Vnto our Climatures and countrymen.
    125Enter Ghost.