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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)

    Enter King, and two or three.
    King. I haue sent to seeke him, and to find the body,
    How dangerous is it that this man goes loose,
    Yet mu st not we put the strong Law on him,
    2665 Hee's lou'd of the di stracted multitude,
    VVho like not in their iudgement, but theyr eyes,
    And where tis so, th'offenders scourge is wayed
    But neuer the offence: to beare all smooth and euen,
    This suddaine sending him away mu st seeme
    2670 Deliberate pause, diseases desperat growne,
    By desperat applyance are relieu'd
    Or not at all.
    Enter Rosencraus and all the re st .
    King. How now, what hath befalne?
    Ros. Where the dead body is be stowd my Lord
    2675 VVe cannot get from him.
    King. But where is hee?
    Ros. Without my lord, guarded to know your pleasure.
    King. Bring him before vs.
    2680 Ros. How, bring in the Lord. They enter.
    King. Now Hamlet, where's Polonius?
    Ham. At supper.
    King. At supper, where.
    2685 Ham. Not where he eates, but where a is eaten, a certaine conua-
    cation of politique wormes are een at him: your worme is your onely
    Emperour for dyet, we fat all creatures els to fat vs, and wee fat our
    selues for maggots, your fat King and your leane begger is but varia-
    ble seruice, two di shes but to one table, that's the end.
    2690.1 King. Alas, alas.
    Ham. A man may fi sh with the worme that hath eate of a King, &
    eate of the fi sh that hath fedde of that worme.
    King.King. VVhat doo st thou meane by this?
    Ham. Nothing but to shew you how a King may goe a progre s s e
    through the guts of a begger.
    King. Where is Polonius?
    2695 Ham. In heauen, send thether to see, if your me s s enger finde him
    not thrre, seeke him i'th other place your selfe, but if indeed you find
    him not within this month, you shall nose him as you goe vp the
    stayres into the Lobby.
    King. Goe seeke him there.
    2700 Ham. A will stay till you come.
    King. Hamlet this deede for thine especiall safety
    Which we do tender, as we deerely grieue
    For that which thou ha st done, mu st send thee hence.
    Therefore prepare thy selfe,
    2705 The Barck is ready, and the wind at helpe,
    Th'a s s ociats tend, and euery thing is bent
    For England.
    Ham. For England.
    King. I Hamlet.
    2710 Ham. Good.
    King. So is it if thou knew' st our purposes.
    Ham. I see a Cherub that sees thē, but come for England,
    Farewell deere Mother.
    King. Thy louing Father Hamlet.
    2715 Ham. My mother, Father and Mother is man and wife,
    Man and wife is one fle sh, so my mother:
    Come for England. Exit.
    King. Follow him at foote,
    Tempt him with speede abord,
    2720 Delay it not, Ile haue him hence to night.
    Away, for euery thing is seald and done
    That els leanes on th'affayre, pray you make ha st,
    And England, if my loue thou hold' st at ought,
    As my great power thereof may giue thee sence,
    2725 Since yet thy Cicatrice lookes raw and red,
    After the Dani sh sword, and thy free awe
    Payes homage to vs, thou may st not coldly set
    Our soueraigne proce s s e, which imports at full
    By Letters congruing to that effect
    2730 The present death of Hamlet, doe it England,
    For like the Hectique in my blood he rages,
    And thou mu st cure me; till I know tis done,
    How ere my haps, my ioyes will nere begin. Exit.