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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.
    And hurt my brother.
    Laer. I am satis fied in nature,
    Whose motiue in this case should stirre me mo st
    To my reuendge, but in my tearmes of honor
    3700 I stand a loofe, and will no reconcilement,
    Till by some elder Mai sters of knowne honor
    I haue a voyce and pre sident of peace
    To my name vngord: but all that time
    I doe receaue your offerd loue, like loue,
    3705 And will not wrong it.
    Ham. I embrace it freely, and will this brothers wager
    franckly play.
    Giue vs the foiles.
    Laer. Come, one for me.
    3710 Ham. Ile be your foile Laertes, in mine ignorance
    Your skill shall like a starre i'th darke st night
    Stick fiery of indeed.
    Laer. You mocke me sir.
    Ham. No by this hand.
    3715 King. Giue them the foiles young O stricke, co sin Hamlet,
    You knowe the wager.
    Ham. Very well my Lord.
    Your grace has layed the ods a'th weeker side.
    King. I doe not feare it, I haue seene you both,
    But since he is better, we haue therefore ods.
    Laer. This is to heauy: let me see another.
    Ham. This likes me well, these foiles haue all a length.
    O str. I my good Lord.
    King. Set me the stoopes of wine vpon that table,
    If Hamlet giue the fir st or second hit,
    Or quit in answere of the third exchange,
    3730 Let all the battlements their ordnance fire.
    The King shall drinke to Hamlets better breath,
    And in the cup an Onixe shall he throwe,
    Richer then that which foure succe s siue Kings
    In Denmarkes Crowne haue worne: giue me the cups,
    And let the kettle to the trumpet speake,
    The trumpet to the Cannoneere without,
    The Cannons to the heauens, the heauen to earth,