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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)

    The Tragedie of Hamlet
    excellent differences, of very soft society, and great showing : in-
    deede to speake sellingly of him, hee is the card or kalender of gen-
    try: for you shall find in him the continent of what part a Gentle-
    3610.5man would see.
    Ham. Sir, his definement suffers no perdition in you, though I
    know to deuide him inuentorially, would dazzie th'arithmaticke of
    memory, and yet but raw neither, in respect of his quick saile, but
    in the veritie of extolment, I take him to be a soule of great article,
    3610.10& his infusion of such dearth and rarenesse, as to make true dixion
    of him, his semblable is his mirrour, & who els would trace him, his
    vmbrage, nothing more.
    Cour. Your Lordship speakes most infallibly of him.
    Ham. The concernancy sir, why doe we wrap the gentleman in
    3610.15our more rawer breath?
    Cour. Sir.
    Hora. Ist not possible to vnderstand in another tongue, you will
    doo't sir really.
    Ham. What imports the nomination of this gentleman.
    3610.20Cour. Of Laertes.
    Hora. His purse is empty already, all's golden words are spent.
    Ham. Of him sir.
    Cour. I know you are not ignorant.
    Ham. I would you did sir, yet in faith if you did, it would not
    3610.25much approoue me, well sir.
    Cour. You are not ignorant of what excellence Laertes is.
    3612.1Ham. I dare not confesse that, least I should compare with
    him in excellence, but to know a man wel, were to knowe himselfe.
    Cour. I meane sir for this weapon, but in the imputation laide on
    him, by them in his meed, hee's vnfellowed.
    Ham. What's his weapon?
    Cour. Rapier and Dagger.
    3615Ham. That's two of his weapons, but well.
    Cour. The King sir hath wagerd with him six Barbary horses,
    againgst the which hee has impaund as I take it six French Rapiers
    and Poynards, with their assignes, as girdle, hanger and so. Three
    of the carriages in faith, are very deare to fancy, very reponsiue to
    3620the hilts, most delicate carriages, and of very liberall conceit.
    Ham. What call you the carriages?
    3622.1Hora. I knew you must be edified by the margent ere you had