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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)

    Ger. O what a rash and bloody deede is this.
    Ham. A bloody deede, almost as bad, good mother
    2410As kill a King, and marry with his brother.
    Ger. As kill a King.
    Ham. I Lady, it was my word.
    Thou wretched, rash, intruding foole farwell,
    I tooke thee for thy better, take thy fortune,
    2415Thou find'st to be too busie is some danger,
    Leaue wringing of your hands, peace sit you downe,
    And let me wring your hart, for so I shall
    If it be made of penitrable stuffe,
    If damned custome haue not brasd it so,
    2420That it be proofe and bulwark against sence.
    Ger. What haue I done, that thou dar'st wagge thy tongue
    In noise so rude against me?
    Ham. Such an act
    That blurres the grace and blush of modesty,
    2425Cals vertue hippocrit, takes of the Rose
    From the faire forhead of an innocent loue,
    And sets a blister there, makes marriage vowes
    As false as dicers oathes, ô such a deede,
    As from the body of contraction plucks
    2430The very soule, and sweet religion makes
    A rapsedy of words; heauens face dooes glowe
    Ore this solidity and compound masse
    With heated visage, as against the doome
    Is thought sick at the act
    2435Quee. Ay me, what act?
    Ham. That roares so low'd, and thunders in the Index,
    Looke heere vpon this Picture, and on this,
    The counterfeit presentment of two brothers,
    See what a grace was seated on this browe,
    2440Hiperions curles, the front of Ioue himselfe,
    An eye like Mars, to threaten and command,
    A station like the herald Mercury,
    New lighted on a heaue, a kissing hill,
    A combination, and a forme indeede,
    2445Where euery God did seeme to set his seale
    To giue the world assurance of a man,