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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
    Lord. The King, and Queene, and all are comming downe.
    3657.10Ham. In happy time.
    Lord. The Queene desires you to vse some gentle entertainment
    to Laertes, before you fall to play.
    Ham. Shee well instructs me.
    Hora. You will loose my Lord.
    Ham. I doe not thinke so, since he went into France, I haue bene
    3660in 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
    3665would perhapes trouble a woman.
    Hora. If your minde dislike any thing, obay it. I will forstal 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,
    3670it 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 ist to leaue betimes,
    3673.1let be.
    A table prepard, Trumpets, Drums and officers with Cushions,
    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 must needs haue heard, how I am punnisht
    With a sore distraction, what I haue done
    That might your nature, honor, and exception
    Roughly awake, I heare proclame was madnesse,
    3685Wast 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 madnesse. Ift be so,
    3690Hamlet is of the faction that is wronged,
    His madnesse is poore Hamlets enimie,
    Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd euill,
    Free me so farre in your most generous thoughts
    3695That I haue shot my arrowe ore the house