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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)

    Prince of Denmarke.
    done.
    Cour. The carriage sir are the hangers.
    Ham. The phrase would bee more Ierman to the matter if wee
    3625 could carry a cannon by our sides, I would it be might hangers till
    then, but on, six Barbry horses again st six French swords their as -
    signes, and three liberall conceited carriages, that's the French
    bet again st the Dani sh, why is this all you call it?
    3630 Cour. The King sir, hath layd sir, that in a dozen pa s s es betweene
    your selfe and him, hee shall not exceede you three hits, hee hath
    layd on twelue for nine, and it would come to immediate triall, if
    your Lord shippe would vouchsafe the answere.
    3635 Ham. How if I answere no?
    Cour. I meane my Lord the oppo sition of your person in triall.
    Ham. Sir I will walke heere in the hall, if it please his Maie stie, it
    is the breathing time of day with me, let the foiles be brought, the
    3640 Gentleman willing, and the King hold his purpose; I will winne
    for him and I can, if not, I will gaine nothing but my shame, and
    the odde hits.
    Cour. Shall I deliuer you so?
    Ham. To this effect sir, after what flori sh your nature will.
    Cour. I commend my duty to your Lord shippe.
    Ham. Yours doo's well to commend it himselfe, there are no
    tongues els for's turne.
    Hora. This Lapwing runnes away with the shell on his head.
    Ham. A did so sir with his dugge before a suckt it, thus has he and
    many more of the same breede that I know the dro s s y age dotes on,
    only got the tune of the time, and out of an habit of incounter, a
    kind of hi sty colection, which carries them through and through
    the mo st prophane and trennowed opinions, and doe but blowe
    them to their triall, the bubbles are out.

    3657.1 Enter a Lord.
    Lord. My Lord, his Maie stie commended him to you by young
    O stricke, who brings backe to him that you attend him in the hall,
    he sends to know if your pleasure hold to play with Laertes, or that
    3657.5 you will take longer time?
    Ham. I am con stant to my purposes, they followe the Kings plea-
    sure, if his fitnes speakes, mine is ready: now or whensoeuer, pro-
    uided I be so able as now.
    Lord.
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