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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. The body is with the King, but the King is not with the
    body. The King is a thing.
    Guyl. A thing my Lord.
    Ham. Of nothing, bring me to him. Exeunt.

    Enter King, and two or three.
    King. I haue sent to seeke him, and to find the body,
    How dangerous is it that this man goes loose,
    Yet mu st not we put the strong Law on him,
    2665 Hee's lou'd of the di stracted multitude,
    VVho like not in their iudgement, but theyr eyes,
    And where tis so, th'offenders scourge is wayed
    But neuer the offence: to beare all smooth and euen,
    This suddaine sending him away mu st seeme
    2670 Deliberate pause, diseases desperat growne,
    By desperat applyance are relieu'd
    Or not at all.

    Enter Rosencraus and all the re st .
    King. How now, what hath befalne?
    Ros. Where the dead body is be stowd my Lord
    2675 VVe cannot get from him.
    King. But where is hee?
    Ros. Without my lord, guarded to know your pleasure.
    King. Bring him before vs.
    2680 Ros. How, bring in the Lord. They enter.
    King. Now Hamlet, where's Polonius?
    Ham. At supper.
    King. At supper, where.
    2685 Ham. Not where he eates, but where a is eaten, a certaine conua-
    cation of politique wormes are een at him: your worme is your onely
    Emperour for dyet, we fat all creatures els to fat vs, and wee fat our
    selues for maggots, your fat King and your leane begger is but varia-
    ble seruice, two di shes but to one table, that's the end.
    2690.1 King. Alas, alas.
    Ham. A man may fi sh with the worme that hath eate of a King, &
    eate of the fi sh that hath fedde of that worme.
    King.King. VVhat doo st thou meane by this?
    Ham. Nothing but to shew you how a King may goe a progre s s e