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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
    Enter Hamlet and Horatio.
    Ham. Has this fellowe no feeling of his bu sines? a sings in graue-
    Hora. Cu stome hath made it in him a propertie of ea sines.
    3260 Ham. Tis een so, the hand of little imploiment hath the dintier sence
    But age with his stealing steppes Song.
    hath clawed me in his clutch,
    3265 And hath shipped me into the land,
    as if I had neuer been such.
    Ham. That skull had a tongue in it, and could sing once, how the
    knaue iowles it to the ground, as if twere Caines iawbone, that did the
    fir st murder, this might be the pate of a pollitician, which this a s s e now
    3270 ore-reaches; one that would circumuent God, might it not?
    Hora. It might my Lord.
    Ham. Or of a Courtier, which could say good morrow sweet lord,
    how doo st thou sweet lord? This might be my Lord such a one, that
    3275 praised my lord such a ones horse when a went to beg it, might it not?
    Hor. I my Lord.
    Ham. Why een so, & now my Lady wormes Choples, & knockt
    about the ma s s ene with a Sextens spade; heere's fine reuolution and
    3280 we had the tricke to see't, did these bones co st no more the breeding,
    but to play at loggits with them: mine ake to thinke on't.
    A pickax and a spade a spade, Song.
    for and a shrowding sheet,
    O a pit of Clay for to be made
    for such a gue st is meet.
    Ham. There's another, why may not that be the skull of a Lawyer,
    3290 where be his quiddities now, his quillites, his cases, his tenurs, and his
    tricks? why dooes he suffer this madde knaue now to knocke him a-
    bout the sconce with a durtie shouell, and will not tell him of his acti-
    on of battery, hum, this fellowe might be in's time a great buyer of
    3295 Land, with his Statuts, his recognisances, his fines, his double vou-
    chers, his recoueries, to haue his fine pate full of fine durt, will vou-
    chers vouch him no more of his purchases & doubles then the length
    3300 and breadth of a payre of Indentures? The very conueyances of his
    Lands will scarcely lye in this box, & mu st th'inheritor himselfe haue
    no more, ha.
    Hora. Not a iot more my Lord.
    3305 Ham. Is not Parchment made of sheepe-skinnes?