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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
    Ger. O what a ra sh and bloody deede is this.
    Ham. A bloody deede, almo st as bad, good mother
    2410 As kill a King, and marry with his brother.
    Ger. As kill a King.
    Ham. I Lady, it was my word.
    Thou wretched, ra sh, intruding foole farwell,
    I tooke thee for thy better, take thy fortune,
    2415 Thou find' st to be too bu sie 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 cu stome haue not brasd it so,
    2420 That it be proofe and bulwark again st sence.
    Ger. What haue I done, that thou dar' st wagge thy tongue
    In noise so rude again st me?
    Ham. Such an act
    That blurres the grace and blu sh of mode sty,
    2425 Cals vertue hippocrit, takes of the Rose
    From the faire forhead of an innocent loue,
    And sets a bli ster there, makes marriage vowes
    As false as dicers oathes, ô such a deede,
    As from the body of contraction plucks
    2430 The very soule, and sweet religion makes
    A rapsedy of words; heauens face dooes glowe
    Ore this solidity and compound ma s s e
    With heated visage, as again st the doome
    Is thought sick at the act
    2435 Quee. Ay me, what act?
    2435 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,
    2440 Hiperions 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 ki s sing hill,
    A combination, and a forme indeede,
    2445 Where euery God did seeme to set his seale
    To giue the world a s s urance of a man,