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  • Title: Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)
  • Textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-434-9

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Hamlet (Quarto 1, 1603)

    Prince of Denmarke.
    870With Armes, incombred thus, or this head shake,
    Or by pronouncing some vndoubtfull phrase,
    As well well, wee know, or wee could and if we would,
    Or there be, and if they might, or such ambiguous:
    Giuing out to note, that you know aught of mee,
    875This not to doe, so grace, and mercie
    At your most need helpe you, sweare
    Ghost. sweare.
    Ham. Rest, rest, perturbed spirit: so gentlemen,
    880In all my loue I do commend mee to you,
    And what so poore a man as Hamlet may,
    To pleasure you, God willing shall not want,
    Nay come lett's go together,
    But stil your fingers on your lippes I pray,
    885The time is out of ioynt, O cursed spite,
    That euer I was borne to set it right,
    Nay come lett's go together. Exeunt.
    Enter Corambis, and Montano.
    890Cor. Montano, here, these letters to my sonne,
    And this same mony with my blessing to him,
    And bid him ply his learning good Montano.
    Mon. I will my lord.
    Cor. You shall do very well Montano, to say thus,
    905I knew the gentleman, or know his father,
    To inquire the manner of his life,
    898.1As thus; being amongst his acquaintance,
    You may say, you saw him at such a time, marke you mee,
    At game, or drincking, swearing, or drabbing,
    You may go so farre.
    Mon. My lord, that will impeach his reputation.
    920Cor. I faith not a whit, no not a whit,
    Now happely hee closeth with you in the consequence,
    As you may bridle it not disparage him a iote.
    What was I a bout to say,
    945Mon. He closeth with him in the consequence.
    Cor. I, you say right, he closeth with him thus,
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