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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)

    Prince of Denmarke.
    This was your husband, looke you now what followes,
    Heere is your husband like a mildewed eare,
    Bla sting his wholsome brother, haue you eyes,
    2450 Could you on this faire mountaine leaue to feede,
    And batten on this Moore; ha, haue you eyes?
    You cannot call it loue, for at your age
    The heyday in the blood is tame, it's humble,
    And waits vppon the iudgement, and what iudgement
    2455 Would step from this to this, sence sure youe haue
    2455.1 Els could you not haue motion, but sure that sence
    Is appoplext, for madne s s e would not erre
    Nor sence to extacie was nere so thral'd
    But it reseru'd some quantity of choise
    2455.5 To serue in such a difference, what deuill wa st
    That thus hath cosund you at hodman blind;
    2456.1 Eyes without feeling, feeling without sight,
    Eares without hands, or eyes, smelling sance all,
    Or but a sickly part of one true sence
    Could not so mope: ô shame where is thy blu sh?
    Rebellious hell,
    If thou can st mutine in a Matrons bones,
    To flaming youth let vertue be as wax
    2460 And melt in her owne fire, proclaime no shame
    When the compul siue ardure giues the charge,
    Since fro st it selfe as actiuely doth burne,
    And reason pardons will.
    Ger. O Hamlet speake no more,
    2465 Thou turn st my very eyes into my soule,
    And there I see such blacke and greeued spots
    As will leaue there their tin'ct.
    Ham. Nay but to liue
    In the ranck sweat of an inseemed bed
    2470 Stewed in corruption, honying, and making loue
    Ouer the na sty stie.
    Ger. O speake to me no more,
    These words like daggers enter in my eares,
    No more sweete Hamlet.
    2475 Ham. A murtherer and a villaine,
    A slaue that is not twentith part the kyth
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