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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 changling neuer knowne: now the next day
    Was our Sea fight, and what to this was sequent
    Thou knowest already.
    Hora. So Guyldensterne and Rosencraus goe too't.
    Ham. They are not neere my conscience, their defeat
    Dooes by their owne insinnuation growe,
    Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes
    Betweene the passe and fell incenced points
    3565Of mighty opposits.
    Hora. Why what a King is this!
    Ham. Dooes it not thinke thee stand me now vppon?
    He that hath kild my King, and whor'd my mother,
    Pop't in betweene th'election and my hopes,
    3570Throwne out his Angle for my proper life,
    And with such cusnage, i'st not perfect conscience?
    Enter a Courtier.
    Cour. Your Lordship is right welcome backe to Denmarke.
    Ham. I humble thanke you sir.
    Doost know this water fly?
    Hora. No my good Lord.
    3590Ham. Thy state is the more gracious, for tis a vice to know him,
    He hath much land and fertill: let a beast be Lord of beasts, and his
    crib shall stand at the Kings messe, tis a chough, but as I say, spaci-
    ous in the possession of durt.
    3595Cour. Sweete Lord, if your Lordshippe were at leasure, I should
    impart a thing to you from his Maiestie.
    Ham. I will receaue it sir withall dilligence of spirit, your bonnet
    to his right vse, tis for the head.
    Cour. I thanke your Lordship, it is very hot.
    3600Ham. No belieue me, tis very cold, the wind is Northerly.
    Cour. It is indefferent cold my Lord indeed.
    Ham. But yet me thinkes it is very sully and hot, or my complec-
    3605Cour. Exceedingly my Lord, it is very soultery, as t'were I can-
    not tell how: my Lord his Maiestie bad me signifie to you, that a
    has layed a great wager on your head, sir this is the matter.
    Ham. I beseech you remember.
    3610Cour. Nay good my Lord for my ease in good faith, sir here is newly
    3610.1com to Court Laertes, belieue me an absolute gentlemen, ful of most