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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
    So hallowed, and so gratious is that time.
    Hora. So haue I heard and doe in part belieue it,
    165But looke the morne in russet mantle clad
    Walkes ore the dewe of yon high Eastward hill
    Breake we our watch vp and by my aduise
    Let vs impart what we haue seene to night
    Vnto young Hamlet, for vppon my life
    170This spirit dumb to vs, will speake to him:
    Doe you consent we shall acquaint him with it
    As needfull in our loues, fitting our duty.
    Mar. Lets doo't I pray, and I this morning knowe
    Where we shall find him most conuenient.

    Florish. Enter Claudius, King of Denmarke, Gertrad theQueene,
    Counsaile: as Polonius, and his Sonne Laertes,
    Hamlet, Cum Alijs.

    Claud. Though yet of Hamlet our deare brothers death
    180The memorie be greene, and that it vs befitted
    To beare our harts in griefe, and our whole Kingdome,
    To be contracted in one browe of woe
    Yet so farre hath discretion fought with nature,
    That we with wisest sorrowe thinke on him
    185Together with remembrance of our selues:
    Therefore our sometime Sister, now our Queene
    Th'imperiall ioyntresse to this warlike state
    Haue we as twere with a defeated ioy
    With an auspitious, and a dropping eye,
    190With mirth in funerall, and with dirdge in marriage,
    In equall scale waighing delight and dole
    Taken to wife: nor haue we heerein bard
    Your better wisdomes, which haue freely gone
    With this affaire along (for all our thankes)
    195Now followes that you knowe young Fortinbrasse,
    Holding a weake supposall of our worth
    Or thinking by our late deare brothers death
    Our state to be disioynt, and out of frame
    Coleagued with this dreame of his aduantage
    200He hath not faild to pestur vs with message