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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)

    Let him goe Gertrard, doe not feare our person,
    There's such diuinitie doth hedge a King,
    That treason can but peepe to what it would,
    2870Act's little of his will, tell me Laertes
    Why thou art thus incenst, let him goe Gertrard.
    Speake man.
    Laer. Where is my father?
    King. Dead.
    2875Quee. But not by him.
    King. Let him demaund his fill.
    Laer. How came he dead, I'le not be iugled with,
    To hell allegiance, vowes to the blackest deuill,
    Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit
    2880I dare damnation, to this poynt I stand,
    That both the worlds I giue to negligence,
    Let come what comes, onely I'le be reueng'd
    Most throughly for my father.
    King. Who shall stay you?
    2885Laer. My will, not all the worlds:
    And for my meanes I'le husband them so well,
    They shall goe farre with little.
    King. Good Laertes, if you desire to know the certainty
    2890Of your deere Father, i'st writ in your reuenge,
    That soopstake, you will draw both friend and foe
    Winner and looser.
    Laer. None but his enemies,
    King. Will you know them then?
    2895Laer. To his good friends thus wide I'le ope my armes,
    And like the kind life-rendring Pelican,
    Repast them with my blood.
    King. Why now you speake
    Like a good child, and a true Gentleman.
    2900That I am guiltlesse of your fathers death,
    And am most sencibly in griefe for it,
    It shall as leuell to your iudgement peare
    As day dooes to your eye. A noyse within.
    2905Enter Ophelia
    Laer. Let her come in.
    How now, what noyse is that?