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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
    Lord. The King, and Queene, and all are comming downe.
    3657.10 Ham. In happy time.
    Lord. The Queene de sires you to vse some gentle entertainment
    to Laertes, before you fall to play.
    Ham. Shee well in structs me.
    Hora. You will loose my Lord.
    Ham. I doe not thinke so, since he went into France, I haue bene
    3660 in continuall practise, I shall winne at the ods; thou would' st not
    thinke how ill all's heere about my hart, but it is no matter.
    Hora. Nay good my Lord.
    Ham. It is but foolery, but it is such a kinde of gamgiuing, as
    3665 would perhapes trouble a woman.
    Hora. If your minde di slike any thing, obay it. I will for stal their
    repaire hether, and say you are not fit.
    Ham. Not a whit, we defie augury, there is speciall prouidence,in
    the fall of a Sparrowe, if it be, tis not to come, if it be not to come,
    3670 it will be now, if it be not now, yet it well come, the readines is all,
    since no man of ought he leaues, knowes what i st to leaue betimes,
    3673.1 let be.
    A table prepard, Trumpets, Drums and officers with Cu shions,
    King, Queene, and all the state, Foiles, daggers,
    and Laertes.

    King. Come Hamlet, come and take this hand from me.
    Ham. Giue me your pardon sir, I haue done you wrong,
    But pardon't as you are a gentleman, 3680this presence knowes,
    And you mu st needs haue heard, how I am punni sht
    With a sore di straction, what I haue done
    That might your nature, honor, and exception
    Roughly awake, I heare proclame was madne s s e,
    3685 Wa st Hamlet wronged Laertes? neuer Hamlet.
    If Hamlet from himselfe be tane away,
    And when hee's not himselfe, dooes wrong Laertes,
    Then Hamlet dooes it not, Hamlet denies it,
    Who dooes it then? his madne s s e. Ift be so,
    3690 Hamlet is of the faction that is wronged,
    His madne s s e is poore Hamlets enimie,
    Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd euill,
    Free me so farre in your mo st generous thoughts
    3695 That I haue shot my arrowe ore the house