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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)

    The Tragedie of Hamlet
    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,
    2870 Act's little of his will, tell me Laertes
    Why thou art thus incen st, let him goe Gertrard.
    Speake man.
    Laer. Where is my father?
    King. Dead.
    2875 Quee. 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 blacke st deuill,
    Conscience and grace, to the profounde st pit
    2880 I 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
    Mo st throughly for my father.
    King. Who shall stay you?
    2885 Laer. 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 de sire to know the certainty
    2890 Of your deere Father, i' st writ in your reuenge,
    That soop stake, you will draw both friend and foe
    Winner and looser.
    Laer. None but his enemies,
    King. Will you know them then?
    2895 Laer. To his good friends thus wide I'le ope my armes,
    And like the kind life-rendring Pelican,
    Repa st them with my blood.
    King. Why now you speake
    Like a good child, and a true Gentleman.
    2900 That I am guiltle s s e of your fathers death,
    And am mo st sencibly in griefe for it,
    It shall as leuell to your iudgement peare
    As day dooes to your eye. A noyse within.
    2905 Enter Ophelia
    Laer. Let her come in.
    How now, what noyse is that?