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  • Title: Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

    Copyright Internet Shakespeare Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-proift purposes; for all other uses contact the Coordinating Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Hamlet (Quarto 2, 1604)

    Prince of Denmarke.
    And for his death no wind of blame shall breathe,
    But euen his Mother shall vncharge the practise,
    And call it accedent.
    3078.1Laer. My Lord I will be rul'd,
    The rather if you could deuise it so
    That I might be the organ.
    King. It falls right,
    3078.5You haue beene talkt of since your trauaile much,
    And that in Hamlets hearing, for a qualitie
    Wherein they say you shine, your summe of parts
    Did not together plucke such enuie from him
    As did that one, and that in my regard
    3078.10Of the vnworthiest siedge.
    Laer. What part is that my Lord?
    King. A very ribaud in the cap of youth,
    Yet needfull to, for youth no lesse becomes
    The light and carelesse liuery that it weares
    3078.15Then setled age, his sables, and his weedes
    Importing health and grauenes; two months since
    Heere was a gentleman of Normandy,
    3080I haue seene my selfe, and seru'd against the French,
    And they can well on horsebacke, but this gallant
    Had witch-craft in't, he grew vnto his seate,
    And to such wondrous dooing brought his horse,
    As had he beene incorp'st, and demy natur'd
    3085With the braue beast, so farre he topt me thought,
    That I in forgerie of shapes and tricks
    Come short of what he did.
    Laer. A Norman wast?
    King. A Norman.
    3090Laer. Vppon my life Lamord.
    King. The very same.
    Laer. I know him well, he is the brooch indeed
    And Iem of all the Nation.
    King. He made confession of you,
    3095And gaue you such a masterly report
    For art and exercise in your defence,
    And for your Rapier most especiall,
    That he cride out t'would be a sight indeed