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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.
    Ham. Why looke you there, looke how it steales away,
    My father in his habit as he liued,
    Looke where he goes, euen now out at the portall. Exit Gho st .
    2520 Ger. This is the very coynage of your braine,
    This bodile s s e creation extacie is very cunning in.
    Ham. My pulse as yours doth temperatly keepe time,
    And makes as healthfull mu sicke, it is not madne s s e
    2525 That I haue vttred, bring me to the te st,
    And the matter will reword, which madne s s e
    Would gambole from, mother for loue of grace,
    Lay not that flattering vnction to your soule
    That not your trespa s s e but my madne s s e speakes,
    2530 It will but skin and filme the vlcerous place
    Whiles ranck corruption mining all within
    Infects vnseene, confe s s e your selfe to heauen,
    Repent what's pa st, auoyd what is to come,
    And doe not spread the compo st on the weedes
    2535 To make them rancker, forgiue me this my vertue,
    For in the fatne s s e of these pur sie times
    Vertue it selfe of vice mu st pardon beg,
    Yea curbe and wooe for leaue to doe him good.
    Ger. O Hamlet thou ha st cleft my hart in twaine.
    Ham. O throwe away the worser part of it,
    And leaue the purer with the other halfe,
    Good night, but goe not to my Vncles bed,
    A s s une a vertue if you haue it not,
    2544.1 That mon ster cu stome, who all sence doth eate
    Of habits deuill, is angell yet in this
    That to the vse of actions faire and good,
    He likewise giues a frock or Liuery
    2544.5 That aptly is put on to refraine night,
    2545 And that shall lend a kind of ea sines
    To the next ab stinence, the next more ea sie:
    2546.1 For vse almo st can change the stamp of nature,
    And either the deuill, or throwe him out
    With wonderous potency: once more good night,
    And when you are de sirous to be ble st,
    Ile ble s sing beg of you, for this same Lord
    I doe repent; but heauen hath pleasd it so