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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.
    And thou mu st cure me; till I know tis done,
    How ere my haps, my ioyes will nere begin. Exit.

    Enter Fortinbra s s e with his Army ouer the stage.
    2735 Fortin. Goe Captaine, from me greet the Dani sh King,
    Tell him, that by his lycence Fortinbra s s e
    Craues the conueyance of a promisd march
    Ouer his kingdome, you know the randeuous,
    If that his Maie stie would ought with vs,
    2740 We shall expre s s e our dutie in his eye,
    And let him know so.
    Cap. I will doo't my Lord.
    For. Goe softly on.
    2743.1 Enter Hamlet, Rosencraus, &c.
    Ham. Good sir whose powers are these?
    Cap. They are of Norway sir.
    Ham. How purposd sir I pray you?
    2743.5 Cap. Again st some part of Poland.
    Ham. Who commaunds them sir?
    Cap. The Nephew to old Norway, Fortenbra s s e.
    Ham. Goes it again st the maine of Poland sir,
    Or for some frontire?
    2743.10 Cap. Truly to speake, and with no addition,
    We goe to gaine a little patch of ground
    That hath in it no profit but the name
    To pay fiue duckets, fiue I would not farme it;
    Nor will it yeeld to Norway or the Pole
    2743.15 A rancker rate, should it be sold in fee.
    Ham. Why then the Pollacke neuer will defend it.
    Cap. Yes, it is already garisond.
    Ham. Two thousand soules, & twenty thousand duckets
    VVill not debate the que stion of this straw,
    2743.20 This is th'Impo stume of much wealth and peace,
    That inward breakes, and showes no cause without
    Why the man dies. I humbly thanke you sir.
    Cap. God buy you sir.
    Ros. Wil't please you goe my Lord?
    2743.25 Ham. Ile be with you straight, goe a little before.
    How all occa sions doe informe again st me,