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The tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke: an electronic edition.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
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Prince of Denmarke.
Newly imprinted and enlarged to almost as much
againe as it was, according to the true
and perfect Coppy.
Printer's mark depicting a bird and the motto “NON ALTUM PETO IS”.
Printed for Iohn Smethwicke, and are to be sold at his shoppe
in Saint Dunstons Church yeard in Fleetstreet.
Vnder the Diall. 1611.

The Tragedie of
Prince of Denmarke.
Enter Bernardo, and Francisco, two Centinels.
VVHose there?

Nay answer me. Stand and vnfold your selfe.

Long liue the King.



You come most carefully vpon your houre,

Tis now strooke twelue, get thee to bed Francisco.

For this reliefe much thanks, tis bitter cold,

And I am sick at heart.

Haue you had quiet guard?

Not a Mouse stirring.

Well, good night:

If you doe meete Horatio and Marcellus,

The riuals of my watch, bid them make hast.

Enter Horatio and Marcellus.
I thinke I heare them, stand ho, who is there?

Friends to this ground.

And Leegemen to the Dane,

Giue you good night.

O, farewell honest souldiers, who hath relieu'd you?

Bernardo hath my place; giue you good night.
Exit Fran.


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Holla, Barnardo,

Say what is Horatio there?

A peece of him,

Welcome Horatio, welcome good Marcellus,

What ha's this thing appeard againe to night?

I haue seene nothing.

Horatio sayes tis but a fantasie,

And will not let beleefe take hold of him,

Touching this dreaded sight twice seene of vs,

Therefore I haue intreated him along,

With vs to watch the minuts of this night,

That if againe this apparition come,

Hee may ‘approue our eyes and speake to it.

Tush, tush, twill not appeare.

Sit downe awhile,

And let vs once againe assaile your eares,

That are so fortified against our story,

What wee haue two nights seene.

Well sit wee downe,

And let vs heare Barnardo speake of this.

Last night of all,

When yond same starre thats westward from the pole;

Had made his course t'illume that part of heauen

Where now it burnes, Marcellus and my selfe

The Bell then beating one.

Enter Ghost.
Peace, breake thee off looke where it comes a­

In the same figure like the King thats dead.

Thou art a Scholler speake to it Horatio.

Most like, it horrowes me with feare & wonder.

It would be spoke to.

Speake to it Horatio.

What art thou that vsurpst this time of night,

Together with that faire and warlike forme,

In which the Maiesty of buried Denmarke

Did sometimes march: by heauen I charge the speake.

It is offended.

See it staukes away.


Prince of Denmarke.
Stay, speake, speake I charge thee speake.
Exit Ghost.

Tis gone and will not answere.

How now Horatio, you tremble and looke pale,

Is not this something more then phanta_ie?

What thinke you of it?

Before my God I might not this beleeue,

Without the sencible and true auouch

Of mine owne eyes.

Isit not like the King?

As thou art to thy selfe:

Such was the very Armor hee had on,

When hee the ambitious Norway combated,

So frownde hee once when in an angry parle

Hee smote the sleaded pollax on the ice.

Tis strange.

Thus twice before and iump at this dead houre,

With Martiall stauke hath hee gone by our watch.

In what perticular thought, to worke I know not,

But in the grosse and scope of mine opinion,

This bodes some strange eruption to our state.

Good now sit downe, and tell me hee that knowes,

Why this same strict and most obseruant watch

So nightly toyles the subiect of the land,

And with such dayly cost of brazen Cannon

And forraine marte for implements of warre,

Why such impresse of ship‐wrights, whose sore taske

Does not deuide the Sunday from the weeke,

What might bee toward, that this sweaty hast

Doth make the night ioynt labourer with the day,

Who ist that can informe mee?

That can I.

At least the whisper goes so, our last King,

Whose image euen but now appea'd to vs,

Was as you know by Fortinbrasse of Norway,

Thereto prickt on by a most emulate pride

Dar'd to the combate; in which our valiant Hamlet,

(For so this side of our knowne world esteemd him)

Did slay this Fortinbrasle, who by a seald compact

Well ratified by law and Heraldry


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Did forfait (with his life) all these his lands

Which hee stood seaz'd of, to the co_querour.

Against the which a moity competent

Was gaged by our King, which had returne

To the inheritance of Fortinbrasse,

Had hee beene vanquisher; as by the same comart,

And carriage of the articles deseigne,

His fell to Hamlet; now Sir, young Fortinbrasse

Of vnimprooued mettle, hot and full,

Hath in the skirts of Norway heere and there

Sharkt vp a list of lawlesse resolutes

For food and diet to some enterprise

That hath a stomake in't, which no other

As it doth well appeare vnto our state

But to recouer of vs by strong hand

And tearmes compulsatory, those foresaid lands

So by his father lost; and this I take it,

Is the maine motiue of our preparations

The source of this our watch, and the cheefe head

Of this post‐hast and romeage in the land.

I thinke it be no other but euen so;

Well may it sort that this portentous figure

Comes armed through our watch so like the King

That was and is the question of these warres.

A moth it is to trouble the mindes eye:

In the most high and palmy state of Rome,

A little ere the mightiest Iulius fell

The graues stood tennantlesse, and the sheeted dead

Did squeake and gibber in the Romane streets

As starres with traines of fire, and dewes of bloud

Disasters in the Sunne; and the moist starre,

Vpon whose influence Neptunes Empier stands,

Was sick almost to doomesday with eclipse.

And euen the like precurse of fearce euents

As harbingers preceading still the fates

And prologue to the Omen comming on

Haue heauen and earth together demonstrated

Vnto our Climatures and contrimen.

Enter Ghost.

Prince of Denmarke.
But soft, behold, lo where it comes againe

Ile crosse it though it blast mee: stay illusion,
It spreads
his armes.

If thou hast any sound or vse of voice,

Speake to mee, if there be any good thing to bee done

That may to thee doe ease and grace to mee,

Speake to mee.

If thou art priuy to thy contryes fate

Which happily foreknowing may auoyd,

O speake:

Or if thou hast vphoorded in thy life

Extorted treasure in the wombe of earth,

For which they say your spirits oft walke in death.
The Cocke

Speake of it, stay and speake, stop it Marcellus.

Shall I strike it with my partizan?

Doe if it will not stand.

Tis heere.

Tis heere.

Tis gone,

We doe it wrong being so Maiesticall

To offer it the showe of violence,

For it is as the ayre, invulnerable,

And our vaine blowes malicious mockery.

It was about to speake when the cock crew:

And then it started like a guilty thing,

Vpon a fearefull summons; I haue heard,

The Cock that is the trumpet to the morne,

Doth with his lofty and shrill so_nding throate

Awake the God of day, and at his warning

Whether in fea or fire, in earth or ayre,

Th'extrauagant and erring spirit hyes

To his confine, and of the truth heerein

This present obiect made probation.

It faded on the crowing of the Cock.

Some say that euer gainst that season comes,

Wherein our Sauiours birth is celebrated

This bird of dawning singeth all night long,

And then they say no spirit dare sturre abroade

The nights are wholsome, then no plannets strike,

No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charme


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So hallowed and so gratious is that time.

So haue I heard and doe in part beleeue it,

But looke the morne in russet mantle clad

Walkes ore the dew of yon high Eastward hill:

Breake wee our watch vp and by my aduise

Let vs impart what wee haue seen to night

Vnto yong Hamlet, for vpon my life

This spirit dumb to vs, will speake to him:

Doe you consent wee shall acquaint him with it

As needfull in our loues fitting our duety.

Lets doo't I pray, and I this morning know

Where wee shall find him most conuenient.

Florish. Enter Claudius, King of Denmarke, Gertrad the
Queene, Counsaile: as Polonius, and his Sonne Laertes,
Hamlet cum Aliis.
Though yet of Hamlet our deare brothers death

The memory bee greene, and that it vs befitted

To beare our hearts in greefe and our whole kingdome,

To be contracted in one browe of woe,

Yet so farre hath discretion fought with nature,

That wee with wisest sorrow thinke on him

Together with remembrance of our selues:

Therefore our sometime Sister, now our Queene

Th'imperiall ioyntresse to this warlike state

Haue wee as twere with a defeated ioy

With an auspitious, and a dropping eye,

With mirth in funerall, and with dirge in mariage,

In equall scale waighing delight and dole

Taken to wife: nor haue wee herein bard

Your better wisdomes, which haue freely gone

With this affaire along (for all our thankes)

Now followes that you know yong Fortinbrasse,

Holding a weake supposall of our worth

Or thinking by our late deare brothers death

Our state to bee disioynt, and out of frame

Colegued with this dreame of his aduantage

Hee hath not faild to pester vs with message


Prince of Denmarke.
Importing the surrender of those lands

Lost by his father, with all bands of law

To our most valiant brother, so much for him:

Now for our selfe, and for this time of meeting,

Thus much the busines is, we haue here writ

To Norway Vncle of young Fortenbrasse

Who impotent and bedred scarcely heares

Of this his Nephewes purpose; to suppresse

His further gate heerein, in that the leuies,

The lists, and full proportions are all made

Out of his subiect, and we heere dispatch

You good Cornelius, and you Valtemand,

For bearers of this greeting to old Norway,

Giuing to you no further personall power

To busines with the King, more then the scope

Of these delated articles allow:

Farwell, and let your hast commend your duty.

Cor. Vo.
In that, and all things will we show our duty.

We doubt it nothing, hartely farwell.

And now Laertes whats the newes with you?

You told vs of some sute, what ist Laertes?

You cannot speake of reason to the Dane

And lose your voyce; what would'st thou begge Laertes?

That shall not be my offer, not thy asking,

The head is not more natiue to the heart

The hand more instrumentall to the mouth

Then is the throne os Denmarke to thy father,

What would'st thou haue Laertes?

My dread Lord.

Your leaue and fauour to returne to France,

From whence though willingly I came to Denmarke,

To show my duty in your Coronation;

Yet now I must confesse, that duty done

My thoughts and wishes bend againe toward France,

And bow them to your gracious leaue and pardon.

Haue you your fathers leaue, what saies Polonius?

He hath my Lord wrung from me my slow leaue

By laboursome petition, and at last

Vpon his will I seald my hard consent,


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I d_e beseech you giue him leaue to goe.

Take thy faire houre Laertes, time be thine,

And thy best graces spend it at thy will:

But now my Cosin Hamlet, and my sonne.

A little more then kin, and lesse then kinde.

How is it that the clowdes still hang on you.

Not so much my Lord, I am too much in the sonne.

Good Hamlet cast thy nighted colour off

And let thine eye looke like a friend on Denmarke,

Doe not for euer with thy vailed lids,

Seeke for thy noble Father in the dust,

Thou know'st tis common all that liues must dye,

Passing through nature to eternitie.

I Maddam, it is common.

If it bee

Why seemes it so perticuler with thee.

Seemes Maddam, nay it is, I know not seemes,

Tis not alone my incky cloake could smother,

Nor customary sutes of solemne black,

Nor windie suspiration of forst breath,

No, nor the fruitfull riuer in the eye,

Nor the deiected hauior of the visage,

Together with all formes, moodes, shapes of griefe

That can deuote me truely, these indeed seeme,

For they are actions that a man might play,

But I haue that within which passes showe,

These but the trappings and the suites of woe.

Tis sweete and commendable in your nature Hamlet,

To giue these mourning duties to your Father,

But you must know your father lost a father,

That fathcr lost, lost his, and the suruiuer bound

In filliall obligation for some tearme

To doe obsequious sorrowes, but to perseuer

In obstinate condolement, is a course

Of impious stubbornesse, tis vnmanly griese,

It showes a will most incorrect to heauen,

A hart vnfortified, or minde impatient,

An vnderstanding simple and vnschoold,

For what we know must be, and is as common


Prince of Denmarke.
As any the most vulgar thing to sence,

Why should we in our peeuish opposition

Take it to hart, fie, tis a fault to heauen,

A fault against the dead, a fault to nature,

To reason most absurd, whose common theame

Is death of fathers, and who still hath cryed

From the first course, till he that dyed to day

This must be so: we pray you throw to earth

This vnpreuailing woe, and thinke of vs

As of a father, for let the world take note

You are the most imediate to our throne,

And with no lesse nobility of loue

Then that which dearest father beares his sonne,

Doe I impart toward you for your intent,

In going back to schoole to Wittenberg,

It is most retrogard to our desire,

And we beseech you bend you to remaine

Heere in the cheare and comfort of our eye,

Our chiefest courtier, cosin, and our sonne.

Let not thy mother loose her prayers Hamlet,

I pray thee stay with vs, goe not to Wittenberg.

I shall in all my best obay you Madam.

Why tis a louing and a faire reply,

Be as our selfe in Denmarke, Madam come,

This gentle and vnforc'd accord of Hamlet

Sits smiling to my heart, in grace whereof,

No iocond health that Denmarke drinkes to day,

But the great Cannon to the clowdes shall tell.

And the Kings rowse the heauen shall brute againe,

Respeaking earthly thunder; come away.
Florish. Exeunt all
but Hamlet.

O that this too too sallied flesh would melt,

Thaw and resolue it selfe into a dew,

Or that the euerlasting had not fixt

His cannon gainst seale slaughter, ò God, God,

How wary, stale, flat, and vnprofitable

Seeme to me all the vses of this world?

Fie on't, ah fie, tis an vnweeded garden,

That growes to seed, things ranck and grose in nature,

Possesse it meerely that it should come thus


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But two months dead, nay not so much, not two,

So excellent a King, that was to this

Hyperion to a Satire, so louing to my mother,

That he might not beteeme the winds of heauen

Visit her face too roughly: heauen and earth

Must I remember, why she should hang on him

As if increase of appetite had growne

By what it fed on, and yet within a month,

Let me not thinke on't; frailty thy name is woman

A little month. Or ere those shooes were old

With which she followed my poore fathers body

Like Niobe all teares, why she

O God! a beast that wants discourse of reason

Would haue mourn'd longer, married with my Vncle,

My fathers brother, but no more like my father

Then I to Hercules, within a month,

Ere yet the salt of most vnrighteous teares

Had left the flushing in her gauled eyes

She married Oh! most wicked speed; to post

With such dexterity to incestious sheetes,

It is not, nor it cannot come to good,

But breake my heart for I must hold my tongue.

Enter Horatio, Marcellus and Bernardo.
Haile to your Lordshippe.

I am glad to see you well; Horatio, or I do forget my

the same my Lord, and your poore seruant euer.

Sir my good friend, Ile change that name with you,

And what make you from WittenbergHoratio?


My good Lord.

I am very glad to see you, (good euen sir)

But what in faith make you from Wittenberg?

A truant disposition good my Lord.

I would not heare your enemie say so,

Nor shall you do my eare that violence

To make it truster of your owne report

Against your selfe, I know you are no truant,

But what is your affaire in Elsonoure?

Weele teach you sor to drinke ere you depart.


Prince of Denmarke.
My Lord, I came to see your fathers funerall.

I prethee doe not mocke me fellow student,

I thinke it was to my mothers wedding.

Indeed my Lord it followed hard vpon.

Thrift, thrift, Horatio, the funerall bak't meates

Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables,

Would I had met my dearest foe in Heauen

Or euer I had seene that day Horatio.

My father me thinkes I see my father.

Where my Lord?

In my mindes eye Horatio.

I saw him once, a was a goodly King.

A was a man take him for all in all

I shall not looke vpon his like againe.

My Lord I thinke I saw him yesternight.

Saw, who?

My Lord the King your father.

The King my Father?

Season your admiration for a while

With an attentiue eare till I may deliuer

Vpon the witnesse of these gentlemen

This maruaile to you.

For Gods loue let me heare?

Two nights together had these gentlemen

Marcellus, and Barnardo, on their watch,

In the dead wast and middle of the night

Beene thus incountred, a figure like your father

Armed at poynt, exactly Cap apea

Appeares before them, and with solemne march,

Goes slowe and stately by them; thrice he walkt

By their opprest and feare surprised eyes,

Within this tronchions length, whil'st they distil'd

Almost to gelly, with the act of feare

Stand dumbe and speake not to him; this to me,

In dreadfull secrecy impart they did,

And I with them the third night kept the watch,

Whereas they had deliuered both in time,

Forme of the thing, each word made true and good,

The Apparision comes: I knew your father,


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These hands are not more like.

But where was this?

My Lord vpon the platforme where wee watcht,

Did you not speake to it?

My Lord I did,

But answer made it none, yet once mee thought

It lifted vp it head and did addresse

It selfe to motion, like as it would speake:

But euen then then the morning Cock crew loude,

And at the sound it shruncke in hast away

And vanisht from our sight.

Tis very strange.

As I doe liue my honor_d Lord tis true

And wee did thinke it writ downe in our duety

To let you know of it.

Indeede sirs but this troubles me,

Hold you the watch _o night?

Wee doe my Lord.

Arm'd say you?

Arm'd my Lord.

From top to toe?

My Lord from head to foott.

Then saw you not his face?

O yes my Lord, hee wore his beauer vp.

What look't hee frowningly?

A countenance more in sorrow then in anger.

Pale or red?

Nay very pale.

And fixt his eyes vpon you?

Most constantly,

I would I had beene there.

It would haue much amaz'd you.

Very like, staid it long?

While one with moderate hast might tell a hundreth,

Longer, longer.

Not when I saw't.

His beard was griss'ld, no.

It was as I haue seene it in his life

A sable siluer'd.


Prince of Denmarke.
I will watch to night

Perchance twill walke againe.

I warn't it will

If it assume my noble fathers person,

Ile spe_ke to it though hell it selfe should gape

And bid mee ho_d my peace; I pray you all

If you haue hetherto conceald this sight

Let it be tenable in your filence still,

And what what soeuer els shall hap to night,

Giue it an vnderstanding but no tongue,

I will requite your loues, so fare you well:

Vpon the platforme twixt a leauen and twelue

Ile visit you.

Our duety to your homor.

Your loues as mine to you, farewell.

My fathers spirit (in armes) all is not well,

I doubt some foule play, would the night were come,

Till then sit still my soule, foule deedes will rise

Though all the earth ore‐whelme them to mens eyes,

Enter Laertes and Ophelia his Sister.
My necessaries are inbarckt, farewell,

And sister as the winds giue benefit

And conuay, in assistant do not sleepe

But let me heare from you.

Doe you doubt that?

For Hamlet and the trifling of his fauour,

Hold it a fashion, and a toy in blood,

A Violet in the youth of primy nature,

Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,

The perfume and suppliance of a minute

No more.

Mo more but so.

Thinke it no more.

For nature cressant does not grow alone,

In thewes and bulkes, but as this temple waxes

The inward seruice of the mind soule

Growes wide withall, perhaps hee loues you now,

Ane now no soyle nor cautell doth besmerch

The vettue of his will, but you must _eare,


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His greatnes waid, his will is not his owne,

He may not as vnualewed persons doe,

Craue for himselfe, for on his choise depends

The safety and health of this whole state,

And therefore must his choise be circmscrib'd,

Vnto the voyce and yeelding of that body,

Whereof he is the head, then if he saies he loues you,

It fits your wisdome so farre to beleeue it

As he in his particuler act and place

May giue his saying deede, which is no further,

Then the maine voyce of Denmarke goes withall.

Then way what losse your honor may sustaine,

If with too credent eare you list his songs

Or loose your heart, or your chast treasure open,

To his vnmastred importunity.

Feare it Ophelia, feare it my deare sister,

And keepe you in the reare of your affection

Out of the shot and danger of desire,

“The chariest maide is prodigall enough

If she vnmaske her beauty to the Moone

“Vertue it selfe scapes not calumnious strokes

“The canker gaules the infant of the spring

Too oft before their buttons be disclos'd,

And in the morne and liquid dew of youth

Contagious blastments are most iminent,

Be wary then, best safety lies in feare,

Youth to it selfe rebels though none else neare.

I shall the effect of this good lesson keepe,

As watchmen to my heart: but good my brother

Doe not as some vngracious pastors doe,

Show me the steepe and thorny way to heauen

Whiles a puft, and reckles libertine,

Himselfe the primrose path of dalience treads.

And reakes not his owne reed.
Enter Polonius.

O feare me not,

I stay too long, but heere my father comes

A double blessing, is a double grace,

Occasion smiles vpon a second leaue.

Yet here Laertes? a bord, a bord for shame,


Prince of Denmarke.
The wind sits in the shoulder of your saile,

And you are staied for, there my blessing with thee_

And these few precepts in thy memory

Looke thou character, giue thy thoughts no tongue,

Nor any vnproportion'd thought his act,

Be thou familier, but by no meanes vulgar,

Those friends thou hast and their adoption tried,

Grapple them vnto thy soule with hoopes of steele,

But do not dull thy palme with entertainement

Of each new hatcht vnfledgd courage; beware

Os entrance to a quarrell, but beeing in,

Bear't that th'opposer may beware of thee.

Giue euery man thy eare, but few thy voyce,

Take each mans censure, but reserue thy iudgement,

Costly thy habite as thy purse can buy,

But not exprest in fancy; rich not gaudy,

For the apparrell oft proclaimes the man:

And they in France of the best ranck and station,

Ar of a most select and generous, cheefe in that:

Neither a borrower nor a lender boy,

For loue oft looses both it selfe, and friend,

And borrowing dulleth the edge of husbandry:

This aboue all, to thine owne selfe be true

And it must follow as the night the day

Thou canst not then bee false to any man:

Farewell, my blessing season this in thee.

Most humbly do I take my leaue my Lord.

The time inuests you, goe, your seruants tend,

Farewell Ophelia, and remember well

What I haue said to you.

Tis in my memory lockt

And you your selfe shall keepe the key of it.

Exit. Laertes.

what ist Ophelia hee hath said to you?

So please you, fomething touching the Lord Hamlet.

Marry well bethought

Tis told me hee hath very oft of late

Giuen priuate time to you, and you your selfe

Haue of your audience beene most free and bountio_s,


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If it be so, as so tis put on me,

And that in way of caution, I must tell you,

You doe not vnderstand your selfe so cleerely

As it behooues my daughter and your honor,

What is betweene you giue me vp the truth.

He hath my Lord of late made many tenders

Of his affection to me.

Affection, puh, you speake like a greene gir_e,

Vnsif_ed in such perrilous circumstance,

Doe you belieue his tenders, as you call them?

I doe not know my Lord what I should thinke.

Marry I will teach you, thinke your selfe a babie,

That you haue tane these tenders for true pay,

Which are not sterling: tender your selfe more dearely

Or (not to crack the winde of the poore phrase)

Wrong it thus, youle tender me a foole.

My Lord he hath importun'd me with loue

In honorable fashion.

I, fashion you may call it, go to, go to.

And hath giuen countenance to his speech

My Lord, with almost all the holy vowes of heauen.

I, springs to catch wood‐cocks, I doe know

When the blood burnes, how prodigall the soule

Lends the tongue vowes, these blazes daughter

Giuing more light then heate, extinct in both

Euen in their promise, as it is a making

You must not tak't for fire: from this time

Be some‐thing scanter of your maiden presence

Set your intreatments at a higher rate

Then a command to parle; for Lord Hamlet,

Belieue so much in him, that he is young,

And with a larger teder may he walke

Then may be giuen you: in few Ophelia,

Doe not belieue his vowes, for they are brokers

Not of that die which their inuestments show

But meere implorators of vnholy suites,

Breathing like sanctified and pious bonds

The better to beguile: this is for all,

I would not in plaine termes from this time foorth


Prince of Denmarke.
Haue you so slaunder any moments leasure

As to giue words or talke with the Lord Hamlet,

Looke too't I charge you, come your wayes.

I shall obey my Lord.

Enter Hamlet, Horatio, and Marcellus.
The ayre bites shroudly, it is very colde.

It is nipping, and an eager ayre.

What hour now?

I thinke it lackes of twelue.

No, it is strooke

Indeede; I heard it not, it then drawes neere the season.

Wherein the spirit held his wont to walke
A Florish of trum­
pets and 2. peeces goes off.

What does this meane my Lord?

The King doth walke to night a_d takes his rowse.

Keepes wassell and the swaggring vp‐spring reeles:

And as he draines his drafts of Rennish downe,

The kettle drumme and trumpet, thus bray out

The triumph of his pledge.

Is it a custome?

I marry ist,

But to my mind, though I am natiue heere

And to the manner borne, it is a custome

More honourd in the breach, then the obseruance.

This heauy‐headed reuelle East and West

Makes vs tradu'cd and taxed of other Nations,

They clip vs drunkards and with swinish phrase

Soyle our addition, and indeed it takes

From our atchieuements, though perform'd at height

The pith and marow of our attribute,

So oft it chances in particuler men,

That for some vitious mole of nature in them

As in their birth wherein they are not guilty,

(Sinc nature cannot choose his origen)

By their ore‐grow'th of some complexion

Oft breaking downe the Pales and Forts of reason,

Or by some habite that too much ore‐leauens

The forme of plausiue manners, that thcse men

Carrying I say the stamp of one defect


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Being Natures liuery, or Fortunes starre,

His Vertues els be they as pure as grace.

As infinit as man may vndergoe,

Shall in the generall censure take corruption

From that particular fault: the dram of ease

Doth all the noble substance of a doubt

To his owne scandall,

Enter Ghost.
Looke my Lord it comes.

Angels and Ministers of grace defend vs!

Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damn'd,

Bring with thee ayres from heauen, or blasts from hell,

Be thy intents wicked or charitable.

Thou com'st in such a questionable shape,

That I will speake to thee, Ile call thee Hamlet,

King, father, royall Dane, ò answere mee,

Let mee not burst in ignorance, but tell

Why thy Canoniz'd bones hearsed in death

Haue burst their cerements? why the Sepulcher,

Wherein wee saw thee quietly interr'd

Hath op't his ponderous and marble iawes,

To cast thee vp againe? what may this meane

That thou dead corse, againe in compleat steele

Reuisites thus the glimses of the Moone,

Making night hideous, and wee fooles of nature

So horridly to shake our disposition

With thoughtes beyond the reaches of our soules,

Say why is this, wherefore, what should wee doe?

It beckons you to goe away with it

As if it some impartment did desire

To you alone.

Looke with w__t curteous action

It waues you to a more remooued ground,

But doe not goe with it.

No, by no meanes.

It will not speake, then I will follow it.

Doe not my Lord.

Why? what should bee the feare,

I doe not set my life at a pinnes fee,


Prince of Denmarke.
And for my soule, what can it doe to that

Being a thing immortall as it selfe;

It waues me forth againe, Ile follow it.

What if it tempt you towards the flood my Lord,

Or to the dreadfull somnet of the cleefe

That bettels ore his base into the sea,

And there assume some other horrible forme

Which might depriue your soueraignty of reason,

And draw you into madnesse, thinke of it,

The very place puts toyes of desperation

Without more motiue, into euery braine

That lookes so many fadoms to the sea

And heares it rore beneath.

It waues me still,

Goe on, Ile follow thee.

You shall not goe my Lord,

Hold of your hands.

Be rul'd, you shall not goe.

My fate cries out

And makes each petty artyre in this body

As hardy as the Nemean Lyons nerue;

Still am I cald, vnhand me Gentlemen

By heauen Ile make a Ghost of him that lets me,

I say away, goe one, Ile follow thee.
Exit Ghost and Hamlet.

He waxes desperate with imagination.

Lets follow, tis not fit thus to obey him.

Haue after, to what issue will this come?

S_mething is rotten in the state of Denmarke.

Heauen will direct it.

Nay lets follow him.

Enter Ghost and Hamlet.
Whether wilt thou leade me, speake, Ile goe no further.

Marke me.

I will.

My houre is almost come

When I to sulphrous and tormenting flames

Must render vp my selfe.

Alasse poore Ghost,


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Pitty me not, but lend thy serious hearing
to what I shall vnfold.

Speake I am bound to here,

So art thou to reuenge, when thou shalt heare.


I am thy fathers spirit,

Doomd for a certaine tearme to walke the night,

And for the day confind to fast in fires,

Till the foule crimes done in my daies of nature

Are burnt and purg'd away: but that I am forbid

To tell the secrets of my prison‐house,

I could a tale vnfolde whose lightest word

Would harrow vp thy soule, freeze thy young blood,

Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres,

Thy knotted and combined locks to part,

And each particular haire to stand an end,

Like quils vpon the fearefull Porpentine:

But this eternall blazon must not be

To eares of flesh and blood, list, list, O list,

If thou did'st euer thy deare father loue.

O God.

Reuenge his foule, and most vnnaturall murther.


Murther most foule, as in the best it is,

But this most foule, strange and vnnaturall.

Hast me to know't, that I with wings as swift,

As meditation, or the thoughts of Loue

May sweepe to my reuenge.

I find thee apt,

And duller shouldest thou be then the fat weede

That rootes it selfe in ease on Lethe wharffe,

Would'st thou not sturre in this; now Hamlet heare,

Tis giuen out, that sleeping in my Orchard,

A Serpent stung me, so the whole eare of Denmarke

Is by a forged processe of my death

Ranckely abused: but know thou noble Youth,

The Serpent that did sting thy fathers life

Now weares his Crowne.

O my prophetike soule! my Vncle:


Prince of Denmarke.
I that incestuous, that adulterate beast,

With witchraft of his wits, wi_h trayterous gifts,

O wicked wit, and gif_es that haue the power

So to seduce; wonne to his shamfull lust

The will of my most seeming vertuous Queene;

O Hamlet, what falling off was there

Ftom me whose loue was of that dignity

That it went hand in hand, euen with the vow

I made to her in marriage, and to decline

Vpon a wretch whose natutall gifts were poore,

To those of mine; but vertue as it neuer will be mooued,

Though lewdnesse court it in a shape of heauen

So but though to a radiant Angle linckt.

Will sort it selfe in a cel__tiall bed

And pray on garbage.

But soft, me thinkes I scent the morning ayre,

Briefe let me be; sleeping within my Orchard,

My custome alwayes of the afternoone,

Vpon my secure houre, thy Vncle stole

With iuyce of cursed Hebona in a viall,

And in the porches of my eares did poure,

The leaprous distilment, whose effect

Holds such an enmity with blood of man,

That swift as quicksiluer it courses through

The naturall gates and allies of the body,

And with a sodaine vigour it doth possesse

And curde like eager droppings into milke,

The thin and wholsome blood; so did it mine,

And a most instant tetter barkt about

Most Lazerlike with vile and lothsome crust

All my smooth body.

Thus was I sleeping by a brothers hand,

Of life, of Crowne, of Queene at once dispatcht,

Cut off euen in the blossomes of my sinne,

Vnnuzled, disappointed, vn‐anueld,

No reckning made, but sent to my account

With all my imperfections on my head,

O horrible, O horrible, most horrible.

If thou hast nature in thee beare it not,


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Let not the royall bed of Denmarke be

A couch for luxury and damned incest.

But how someuer thou pursues this act,

Tain't not thy minde, nor let thy soule contriue

Against thy mother ought, leaue her to heauen,

And to those thornes that in her bosome lodge

To pricke and sting her: fare thee well at once,

The Gloworme shewes the matine to be neere

And gins to pale his vneffectuall fire,

Adiew, adiew, adiew, remember me.

O all you host of heauen! O earth! what else,

And shall I coupple hell, O fie! hold, my heart,

And you my sinnowes; grow not instant old,

But beare me swiftly vp; remember thee,

I thou poore Ghost whiles memory holds a seate

In this distracted globe, remember thee,

Yea, from the table of my memory

Ile wipe away all triuiall fond records,

All sawe of bookes, all formes, all pressures past

That youth and obseruation coppied there,

And thy commandement all alone shall liue,

Within the booke and volume of my braine

Vnmixt with baser matter, yes by heauen.

O most prenicious woman.

O villaine, villaine, smiling damned villaine,

My tables, meet it is I set it downe

That one may smile, and smile, and be a villaine.

At least I am sure it may be so in Denmarke.

So Vncle, there you are, now to my word.

It is adew, adew, remember me.

I haue sworn't.

Enter Horatio, and Marcellus.
My Lord, my Lord.

Lord Hamlet.

Heauens secure him.

So be it.

Illo, ho, ho, my Lord.

Hillo, ho, ho, boy come, and come.


Prince of Denmarke.
How i'st my noble Lord?

O, wonderfull!

Good my Lord tell it.

No, you will reueale it.

Not I my Lord by heauen.

Nor I my Lord.

How say you then, would hart of man once thinke it,

But you'le be secret.

I by heauen.

There's neuer a villaine,

Dwelling in all Denmarke

But hee's an arrant knaue.

There needs no Ghost my Lord, come from the grau_

To tell vs this.

Why right, you are in the right,

And so without more circumstance at all,

I hold it fit that we shake hands and part,

You, as your businesse and desire shall point you,

For euery man hath busines_e and desire

Such as it is, and for my owne poore part

I will goe pray.

These are but wilde and whurling words my Lo___

I am sorry they offend you heartily,

Yes faith hartily.

There's no offence my Lord_

Yes by Saint Patrick but there is Horatio,

And much offence to, touching this vision heere,

It is an honest Ghost, that let me tell you,

For your desire to know what is betweene vs,

Ore‐maister't as you may, and now good friends,

As you are friends, schollers, and souldiers,

Giue me one poore request.

What i'st my Lord, we will.

Neuer make knowne what you haue seene to night.

My Lord we will not.

Nay but swear't.

In faith my Lord not I.

Nor I my Lord in faith.


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Vppon my sword.

Wee haue sworne my Lord already.

Indeed vppon my sword, indeed.

Ghost cryes vnder the Stage.

Ha, ha, boy, say'st thou so, art thou there true penny?

Come on, you heare this fellow in the Sellerige,

Consent to sweare.

Propose the oath my Lord.

Neuer to speake of this that you haue seene,

Sweare by my sword.


hic, & vbique, then weele shift our ground:

Come hether Gentlemen

And lay your hands againe vpon my sword,

Sweare by my sword

Neuer to speake of this that you haue heard.

Sweare by his sword.

Well said old Mole, canst worke it'h earth fo fast,

A worthy Pioner once more remooue good friends.

O day and night, but this is wondrous strange.

And therefore as a stranger giue it welcome,

There are more thinges in heauen and earth Horatio

Then are dream't of in your Philosophy: but come

Heere as before, neuer so helpe you mercy,

(How strange or odde so mere I beare my selfe,

As I perchance heereafter shall thinke meet,

To put an Antike disposition on

That you at such timesseeing mee, neuer shall

With armes incombred thus, or this head shake,

Or by pronouncing of some doubtfull phrase,

As, well, well wee know, or wee could and if wee would,

Or if wee list to speake, or there be and if they might,

Or such ambiguous giuing out, to note)

That you knowe ought of mee, this do sweare,

So grace and mercy at your most neede helpe you.


Rest, rest perturbed spirit: so Gentlemen,

With all my loue I doe commend me ___ you,


Prince of Denmarke.
And what so poore a man as Hamlet is,

May doe t'expresse his loue and frending to you

God willing shall not lacke: let vs goe in together,

And still your fingers on your lips I pray,

The time is out of ioynt. O cursed spight!

That euer I was borne to set it right.

Nay come, lets goe together.

Enter old Polonius, with his man or two.
Giue him this mony, and these two notes Reynaldo.

I will my Lord.

You shall doe maruelous wisely good Reynaldo,

Before you visite him, to make inquire,

Of his behauiour.

My Lord, I did intend it.

Mary well said, very well said; looke you sir,

Enquire me first what Danskers are in Paris.

And how, and who, what meanes, and where they keepe_

What company, at what expence, and finding,

By this encompasment, and drift of question

That they doe know my sonne, come you more neerer

Then your perticuler demaunds will tuch it,

Take you as t'were some distant knowledge of him,

As thus, I know his father, and his friends,

And in part him, doe you marke this Reynaldo?

I, very well my Lord.

And in part him, but you may say, not well,

But y'ft be he I meane, hee' s very wilde,

Addicted so and so, and there put on him

What forgeries you please, marry none so ranck

As may dishonour him, take heed of that,

But sir, such wanton, wild, and vsuall slips,

As are companions noted and most knowne

To youth and libertie.

As gaming my Lord.

I, or drinking, fencing, swearing,

Quarrelling, drabbing, you may goe so farre.

My Lord, that would dishonour him.

Fay_h as you may season it in the charge.


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You must not put another scandall on him,

That he is open to incontinency,

That's not my meaning, but breath his faults so quently

That they may seeme the taints of liberty,

The flash and out‐b_eake of a fiery mind,

A sauagenes in vnreclamed blood,

Of generall assault.

But my good Lord.

Wherefor should you doe this?

I my Lord, I would know that.

Marry sir, heer's my drift,

And I beleeue it is a fetch of wit,

You laying these slight sullies on my sonne

As t'were a thing a little soyld with wo_king,

Marke you, your party in conuerse, him you would sound

Hauing euer seene in the prenominat crimes

The youth you breath of guilty, be assur'd

He clo_es with you in this cosequence,

Good sir, (or so,) or friend, or Gentleman,

According to the phrase, or the addition

Of man and country.

Very good my Lord.

And then sir doos a this, a doos: what was I about to say?

By the masse I was about to say something,

Where did I leaue?

At closes in the consequence.

At closes in the consequence, I marry,

He closes thus, I know the Gentleman

I saw him yesterday, or th'other day.

Or then, or then, with such or such, and as you say,

There was a gaming there, or tooke in's rowse,

There falling out at Tennis, o_ perchance

I saw him enter such or such a house of sale,

Videlizet, a brothell, or so foorth, see you now,

Your bait of falshood: take this carpe of truth,

And thus doe we of wisdome, and of reach,

With windlesses: and with assa_es of bias,

By indirects find directions out,

So by my former lecture and aduise


Prince of Denmarke.
Shall you my sonne; you haue me, haue you not?

My Lord, I haue.

God buy yee, far yee well.

Good my Lord.

Obserue his inclination in your selfe.

I shall my Lord,

And let him ply his musique.

Well my Lord.
Exit Rey.

Enter Ophelia.
Farwell. How now Op_elia, whats the matter?

O my Lord, my Lord, I haue beene so affrighted_

With what i'th name of God?

My Lord, as I was sowing in my closset,

Lord Hamlet with his doublet all v_brac'd,

No hat vpon his head, his stockins fouled,

Vngartred, and downe gyred _o his a_kle,

Pale as his shirt, his knees knocking each other,

And with a looke so pittious in purport

As if he had beene loosed out o_ h_ll

To speake of horrors, he comes before me.

Mad for thy loue?

My Lord I do not know,

But truly I doe feare it.

What said he?

He tooke me by the wrist, and held me hard,

Then goes he to the length of all his arme,

And with his other hand thus ore his brow,

He falls to such perusall of my face

As a would draw it; long stayd he so,

At last, a little shaking of mine arme,

And thrice his head thus wauing vp and downe,

He raised a sigh so pittious and profound,

As it did seeme to shatter all his bulke,

And end his being; that done, he lets me go,

And with his head ouer his shoulders turn'd

He seem'd to find his way without his eyes,

For out a doores he went without their helps,

And to the last bended their light on me.


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Come, goe with me, I will goe seeke the King,

This is the very extacy of loue,

Whose violent property forgoes it selfe,

And leads the will to desperat vndertakings

As oft as any passions vnder heauen

That dooes affl_ct our natures: I am sorry,

What, haue you giuen him any hard words of late?

No my good Lord, but as you did commaund

I did repell his letters: and denied

His accesse to me.

That hath made him mad.

I am sorry, that with better heede and iudgement

I had not coted him, I fear'd he did but trifle

And meant to wracke thee, but beshrow my Ielou__e:

By heauen it is as proper to our age

To cast beyond our selues in our opinions,

As it is common for the younger sort

To lack discretion; come, goe we to the King,

This must be knowne, which beeing kept close, might moue

More griefe to hide, then hate to vtter loue,


Florish. Enter King and Queene, Rosencraus and
Welcome deere Rosencraus and Guyldensterne,

Moreouer, that we much did long to see you,

The need we haue to vse you did prouoke

Our hasty sending, something haue you heard

Of Hamlets transformation_ so call it,

Sith nor th'exterior, nor the inward man

Resembles that it was, what it should be,

More then his fathers death, that thus hath put him,

So much from the'vnderstanding of himselfe

I cannot dreame of: I entreat you both,

That beeing of so young daies brought vp with him,

And sith so neighbored to his youth and hau_r,

That you voutsafe your rest heere in our Court

Some little time, so by your companies

To draw him on to pleasures, and to gath_r


Prince of Denmarke.
So much as from occasion you may gleane,

Whether ought to vs vnkowne afflicts him thus,

That opend lies within our remedy.

Good gentlemen, he hath much talkt of you,

And sure I am, two men there are not liuing,

To whome he more adheres, if it will please you

To shew vs so much gentry and good will,

As to extend your time with vs a while,

For the supply and profit of our hope,

Your visitation shall receiue such thankes

As fits a Kings remembrance.

Both your Maiesties

Might by the soueraigne power you haue of vs,

Put your dread pleasures more into commaund

Then to intreaty.

But we both obey,

And here giue vp our selues in the full bent,

To lay our seruice freely at your feete

Thankes Rosencraus, and gentle Guyldensterne,

Thankes Guyldensterne, and gentle Roscencraus.

And I beseech you instantly to visite

My too much changed sonne: goe some of you

And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is.

Heauens make our presence and our practices

Pleasant and helpfull to him.

I Amen.
Exeunt Ros. and Guyld.

Enter Polonius.
Th'embassadors srom Norway my good Lord,

Are ioyfully returnd.

Thou still hast beene the father of good newes.

Haue I my Lord? I assure my good Liege

I hold my duty as I hold my soule.

Both to my God, and to my gracious King;

And I doe thinke, or else this braine of mine

Hunts not the trayle of policie so sure

As it hath vsd to doe, that I haue found

The very cause of Hamlets lunacy,

O speake of that_ that do I long to heare.


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Giue first admittance to th'embassadors,

My newes shall be the frute to that great feast,

Thy selfe doe grace to them, and bring them in.

He tells me my decree: Gertrud he hath found

The head and source of all your sonnes distemper.

I doubt it is no other but the maine,

His fathers death, and our hasty marriage.

Enter Embassadors.
Well, we shall sift him, welcome my good friends,

Say Voltemand, what from our brother Norway?

Most faire returne of greetings and desires;

Vpon our first, he sent out to suppresse

His Nephews leuies, which to him appeard

To be a preparation gainst the Pollacke,

But better lookt into, he truly found

It was against your highnesse, whereat greeu'd

That so his sickn_sse, age, and impotence

Was falsely borne in hand, sends out arrests

On Fortenbrasse, which he in breefe obeyes,

Receiues rebuke from Norway, and in fine,

Makes vow before his Vncle, neuer more

To giue _h'assay of Armes against your Maiesty:

Whereon old Norway ouercome with ioy,

Giues him threescore thousand crownes in anuall fee,

And his commission to imploy those souldiers,

So leuied (as before) against the Pollacke,

With an entreaty herein further shone,

That it might please you to giue quiet passe

Through your dominions for this enterprise

On such regards of safety and allowance

As therein are set downe.

It likes vs well,

And at our more considered time, wee'le read,

Answer, and thinke vpon this busines:

Meane time, we thanke you for your well tooke labour,

Goe to your rest, at night weele feast together,

Most welcome home,
Exeunt Embassadors.

This busines is well ended,


Prince of Denmarke.
My Liege and Maddam, to expostulate

What maiesty should be, what duety is,

Why day is day, night night, and _ime is time,

Were nothing but to wast night, day, and time,

Therefore breuity is the soule of wit,

And tediousnes the limmes and outward florish__:

I will be breefe your noble sonne is mad:

Mad call I it, for to define true madnes,

What ist but to be nothing else but mad?

But let that goe.

More matter with lesse art.

Maddam, I sweare I vse no art at all,

That hee's mad tis true, _is true, tis pitty,

And pitty tis, tis true, a foolish figure,

But farewell it, for I will vse no art,

Mad let vs grant him then, and now remaines

That wee find out the cause of this effect,

Or rather say the cause of this defect

For this effect defectiue comes by cause:

Thus it remaines and the remainder thus


I haue a daughter, haue while she is mine,

Who in her duety and obedience, marke,

Hath giuen me this, now gather and surmise,

To the Celestiall and my so_les Idol, the most beau­
Ophelia, that's an ill phrase, a vile phrase,
beautified is a vil_ phrase, but you shall heare: thus
in her excellent white bosome, these &c.

Came this from Hamlet to her?

Good Maddam stay awhile, I will be faithfull,

Dou_t thou the starres are fire,

Doubt that the Sunne doth mooue,

Doubt truth to be a lyer,

But neuer doubt I loue.

O deere Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers, I haue not art to rec­
ken my groanes, but that I loue thee best, Oh most best be­
leeue it! adew. Thine euermore most deare Lady, whilst this
machine is to him. (Hamlet.

This in obedience hath my daughter shown me,

And more about hath his solicitings


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As they fell out by time, by meanes, and place,

All giuen to mine eare.

But how hath she receiu'd his loue?

What doe you thinke of me?

As of a man faithfull and honorable.

I would faine proue so, but what might you thinke

When I had seene this hot loue on the wing?

As I perceiu'd it (I must tell you that)

Before my Daughter told me, what might you,

Or my deare Maiesty your Queene heere thinke,

If I had plaid the Deske, or Table booke,

Or giuen my heart a working mute and dumbe,

Or lookt vppon this loue with idle sight,

What might you thinke? no, I went round to worke,

And my yong Mistrisse this I did bespeake,

Lord Hamlet is a Prince out of thy starre,

This must not bee: and then I prescripts gaue her

That she should locke her selfe from his resort,

Admit no messengers, receiue no tokens.

Which done she tooke the fruites of my aduise,

And hee repel'd. a short tale to make,

Fell into a sadnes, then into a fast,

Thence to a watch, thence into a weakenesse,

Thence to lightnes, and by this declension,

Into the madnes wherein now hee raues,

And all wee mourne for.

Doe you thinke this?

It may bee very like.

Hath there beene such a time, I would faine know that,

That I haue positiuely said, tis so,

When it prou'd otherwise?

Not that I know.

Take this, from this, if this be otherwise;

If circumstances leade mee, I will find

Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeede

Within the Center.

How may wee try it forther?

You know sometimes hee walkes foure houres together

Heere in the Lobby.


Prince of Denmarke.
Soe he does indeede.

At such a time; ile loose my daughter to him,

Be you and I behind an Arras then,

Marke the encounter, if he loue her not,

And bee not from his reason falne thereon

Let me be no assistant for a state

But keepe a farme and carters.

Wee will trye it.

Enter Hamlet.
But looke where sadly the poore wretch comes reading

Away, I doe beseech you both away.
Exit King and Quee.

Ile bord him presently, oh giue me leaue,

How does my good Lord Hamlet?

Well, God a mercy.

Doe you know me my Lord?

Excellent well, you are a Fishmonger,

Not I my Lord.

Then I would you were so honest a man.

Honest my Lord.

I sir to be honest as this world goes,

Is to be one man pickt out of tenne thousand,

That's very true my Lord.


For if the sunne breed maggots in a dead dogge, being
a good kissing carrion. Haue you a daughter?

I haue my Lord.

Let her not walke i'th Sunne, conception is a blesing,

But as your daughter may conceaue, friend looke to't,


How say you by that, still harping on my daughter, yet he
knew me not at first, a sayd I was a Fishmonger, a is farre gone,
and truely in my youth, I suffred much extremity for loue, very
neere this. Ile speake to him againe. What doe you read my

Words, words, words.

What is the matter my Lord,

Betweene who.

I meane the matter that you read my Lord.


Slanders sir; for the satericall rogue saies here, that old
men haue gray beards, that their faces are wrinckled, their eyes
purging thick Amber, & plum‐tree gum, & that they haue a plen­


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tifull lacke of wit, together with most weake hams, all which sir
though I most powerfully and potently belieue, yet I hold it not
honesty to haue it thus set downe, for your selfe sir shall grow old
as I am; if like a Crab you could goe backeward.


Though this be madnesse, yet there is method in't, wil you
walke our of the ayre my Lord?

Into my graue.


Indeede that's out of the ayre; how pregnant sometimes
his replies are, a happines that often madnes hits on, which reason
and sanctity could not so prosperously be dliuered of. I will leaue
him and my daughter. My Lord, I wi_l take my leaue of you.


You cannot take from me any thing that I will not more
willingly part withall: except my life, except my life, except my

Enter Guildersterne, and Rosoncraus.

Fare you well my Lord.

These tedious old fooles.

You goe to seeke the Lord Hamlet, there he is.

God saue you sir.

My honor'd Lord.

My most deere Lord.

My exelent good friends, how dost thou Guildersterne?

A Rosencraus, good lads how doe you both?

As the indifferent children of the earth.

Happy, in that we are not euer happy on Fortunes lap,

We are not the very button.

Nor the soles of her shooe.

Neither my Lord.

Then you liue about her wast, or in the middle of her fa­ (uors.

Faith her priuates we.

In the secret parts of fortune, oh most true, she is a strumpet

What newes?

None my Lord, but the worlds growne honest.

Then is Doomes day neere, but your newes is not true;

But in the beaten way of friendship, what make you at Elsonoure?

To visit you my Lord, no other occasion.


Begger that I am, I am euer poore in thankes, but I thank
you, and sure deare friends, my thankes are too deare a halfpeny:
were you not sent for? is it your owne inclining? is it a free visita­
tion? come, come, deale iustly with me, come, come, nay speake.

What should we say my Lord?


Prince of Denmark__.

Any thing but to'th purpose; you were sent for, and there is
a kind of confession in your lookes, which your modestyes haue not
craft enough to cullour, I know the good King and Queene haue
sent for you.

To what end my Lord?


That you must teach me: but let me coniure you, by the
rights of our fellowshippe, by the consonancy of our youth, by the
obligation of our euer preserued loue; and by what more deare a
better proposer can charge you withall, bee euen and direct with
mee whether you were sent for or no–

What say you?

Nay then I haue an eye of you, if you loue me hold not off.

My Lo_d wee were sent for.


I will tell you why so shall, my anticipation preuent your
discouery, and your secrecie to the King and Queene moult no fea­
ther, I haue of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth,
forgon all custome of exercises, and indeede it goes soe heauily with
my disposition, that this goodly frame the earth, seemes to mee a
sterill promontorie, this most excellent Canopie the ayre, looke
you, this braue ore‐hanged firmament, this maiesticall roofe fret­
ted with golden fire, why it appearth nothing to mee but a foule
and pestilent congregation of vapours. What peece of worke is a
man, how noble in reason, how infinit in faculties, in forme and
moouing, how expresse and admirable in action, how like an An­
gell in apprehension, how like a God: the beauty of the world; the
parragon of Annimales, and yet to mee, what is this Quintess_nce of
dust? man delights not mee nor woman neither, though by your
smiling you seeme to say so.

My Lord there was no such st_ffe in my thoughts.

Why did yee laugh then, when I said man delights not me.


To thinke my Lord if you delight not in man, what Lenton
entertainement the players shal receiue from you, wee coted them
on the way, and hether are the coming to offer you seruice.


He that playes the King shal be welcome, his Maiesty shal
haue tribute on mee, the aduenterous Knight shal vse his foyle and
target, the louer shal not sing gratis, the humorous man shal end his
part in peace and the Lady shal say her mind freely: or the blanke
verse shal hault for't. What players are they?

Euen those you were wont to take such delight in, the Trage­
dians of th_ Citty.


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How chances it the trauaile? their residence both in repu­
tation and profit was better both wayes.

I thinke their inhibition, comes by the meanes of the
late innouation.


Do the hold the same estimation they did when I was
in the City? are they so followed?

No indeede are they not.


It is not very strange, for my Vncle is King of Denmarke
& those that would make mouths at him while my father liued,
giue twenty, forty, fifty, a hundred duckets a peece, for his Pic­
ture in little: s'bloud there is something in this more then na­
turall, if Philosophy could find it out.

A Florish.

There are the players


Gentlemen you are welcome to Elsonoure, your hands,
come then th'apportenance of welcome is fashion and ceremo­
nie; let mee comply with you in this garb: let my extent to the
players, which I tell you must showe fayrely outwards, should
more appeare like entertainement then yours? you are welcome:
but my Vncle‐father, and Aunt‐mother, are deceaued.

In what my deare Lord.

I am but mad North North west; when the wind is Sou­
therly, I know a Hauke, from a hand‐saw.

Enter Polonius.
Well be with you Gentlemen.


Hark you Guyldensterne, & you to, are each eare a hearer,
that great baby as you see is not yet out of his swadling clouts.


Happily he is the second time come to them, for they say
an old man is twice a child.


I will prophecy that he comes to tell me of the players;
marke it, you say right sir a Monday morning t'was then indeed.

My Lord I haue newes to tell you.

My Lord I haue newes to tell you: when Rossius was
an Actor in Rome.

The Actors are come hether my Lord.

Buz, buz,

Vppon my honor.

Then came each Actor on his Asse.


The best actors in the world, either for Tragedy, Comedy,
History, Pastorall, Pastorall‐Comicall, Historical‐Pastorall, seeme


Prince of Denmarke.
indeuidable, or Poem vnlimited. Seneca cannot bee too heauy,
nor Plautus too light for the lawe of writ, and the liberty: these
are the onely men.

O Ieptha Iudge of Israell, what a treasur_ hadst thou?

What a treasure had he my Lord?

Why one faire daughter and no more, the which hee lo­
ued passing well.

Still on my daughter.

Am I not i'th right old Ieptha?

What followes then my Lord?


Why as by lot God wot, and then you know it came to
passe, as most like it was; the first rowe of the pious chanson will
show you more, for looke where my abridgment comes.

Enter the Players.

You are welcome maisters, welcome all, I am glad to see
thee well, welcome good friends, oh old friend, why thy face is
valanc'd since I saw thee last, com'st thou to beard me in DēmarkDenmark?
what my young lady and Mistris, by lady your ladishippe is
nerer to heauen, then when I saw you last by the altitude of a
chopine, pray God your voyce like a peece of vncurrant gold,
bee not crackt within the ring: maisters you are all welcome,
weele ento't like friendly Faukners, flie at any thing wee see,
weele haue a speech straite, come giue vs a taste of your quality,
come a passionate speech.

What speech my good lord?


I heard thee speake me a speech once, but it was neuer ac­
ted, or if it was, not aboue once, for the play I remember pleasd
not the million, t'was cauiary to the general, but it was as I recei­
ued it & others, whose iudgments in such matters cried in the top
of mine, an excellent play, well digested in the scenes, set downe
with as much modesty as cunning. I remember one sayd there
were no sallets in the lines, to make the matter sauory, nor no
matter in the phrase that might indite the author of affection,
but cald it an honest method, as wholesome as sweet, & by very
much more handsome then fine: one speech in't I chiefly loued,
t'was Æneas talke to Dido, & there about of it espec_ally when
he speakes of Priams slaughter, if it liue in your memory begin at
this line, let me see, let me see, the rugged Pyrhus like Th'ircanian


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Beast_ tis not it begins with Pyrrhus. The rugged Pir r_us, hee
whose sable armes,

Blacke as his purpose did the night resemble,

When hee lay couched in th'ominous horse,

Hath now this dread and black complection smeard,

W_th heraldy more dismall head to foote,

Now is hee totall Gules, horridly trickt

With blood of fathers, mothers, daughters, sonnes,

Bak'd and embasted with the parching streetes

Than lend a tirranous and a damned light

To their Lords murther, rosted in wrath and fire,

And thus ore‐cised with coagulate gore,

With eyes like Carbunckles, the hellish Pyrrhus

Old grandsire Priam seekes; so proceed you.

Foregod my Lord well spoken, with good accent and (good discretion.

Anon he finds him

Striking too short at Greekes, his anticke sword

Rebellious to his arme, lies where it fals,

Repugnant to command; vnequall matcht,

Pirrhus at Priam driues, in rage strikes wide,

But with the whiffe and wind of his fell sword,

Th'vnnerued father falls:

Seeming to feele this blow, with flaming top

Stoopes to his base; and with a hiddious crash

Takes prisoner Pirrhus eare, for lo his sword

Which was declining on the milkie head

Of reuerent Priam, seem'd i'th ayre to stick,

So as a painted tirant Pirrhus stood

Like a newtrall to his will and matter,

Did nothing:

But as wee often see against some storme,

A silence in the heauens, the racke stand still,

The bould winds speechlesse, and the orbe belowe

As hush as death, anone the dreadfull thunder

Doth rend the region, so after pirrhus pause,

A rowsed vengeance sets him new a worke,

And neuer did the Cyclops hammers fall,

On Marses Armor forg'd for proofe eterne,

With lesse remorse then Pirrhus bleeding sword

Now falls on Priam.


Prince of Denmarke.
Out, out, thou strumpet Fortune! all you gods,

In generall sinod take away her power,

Breake all the spokes, and folles from her wheele,

And boule the round naue downe the hill of heauen

As lowe as to the fiends.

This is too long.


It shal to the barbers with your beard; prethee say on, he's
for a Iig, or a tale of bawdry, or he sleepes, say on, come to Hecuba.

But who, a woe, had seene the mobled Queene,

The mobled Queene.

That's good.

Runne barefoote vp and downe, threatning the flames

With Bison rhume, a clout vpon that head

Where late the Diadem stood, and for a robe,

About her lanck and all ore‐teamed loynes,

A blancket in the alarme of feare caught vp.

Who this had seene, with tongue in venom steept,

Gainst fortunes state would treason haue pronounc'd;

But if the gods themselues did see her then,

When she saw Pirhus make malicious sport

In mincing with his sword her husbands limmes,

The instant burst of clamor that she made,

Vnlesse things mortall mooue them not at all,

Would haue made milch the burning eyes of heauen

And passion in the gods,


Looke where he has not turned his collour, and has teares
in's eyes prethee no more,


Tis well, Ile haue thee speake out the rest of this soone,
good my Lord will you see the players well bestowed; doe you
heare, let them be well vsed, for they are the abstract and breefe
Chronicles of the time; after your death you were better haue a
bad Epitaph then their ill report while you liue.

My Lord, I will vse them according to their desert.


Gods bodkin man, much better, vse euery man after his
desert, and who shall scape whipping, vse them after your owne
honour and dignity, the lesse they deserue the more merrit is
in your bounty. Take them in.

Come sirs.

Follow him friends, weele here a play to morrow; dost thou


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heare me old friend, can you play the murther of Gonzago?

I my Lord.


Weele hau't to morrow night, you could for need study
a speech of some dosen lines, or sixteene lines, which I would set
downe and insert in't: could you not?

I my Lord.


Very well, follow that Lord, and looke you mocke him
not. My good friends, Ile leaue you till night, you are welcome
to Elsonoure.

Exeunt Pol. and Players,

Good my Lord.

I so, God buy to you, now I am alone,

O what a rogue and pesant slaue an I!

Is it not monstrous that this player heere

But in a fixion, in a dreame of passion

Could force his soule so to his owne conceit

That from her working all the visage wand,

Teares in his eyes, distraction in his aspect,

A broken voyce, and his whole function suting

With formes to his conceit; and all for nothing,

For Hecuba.

What's Hecuba to him, or he to her,

That he should weepe for her? what would he doe

Had he the motiue, and that for passion

That I haue? he would drowne the stage with teares,

And cleaue the generall eare with horrid speech,

Make mad the guilty, and appeale the free,

Confound the ignorant, and amaze indeed,

The very faculties of eyes and eares; yet I,

A dull and muddy mettled raskall peake,

Like Iohn‐a‐dreames, vnpregnant of my cause,

And can say nothing; no not for a King,

Vpon whose property and most deare life,

A damn'd defeate was made: am I a coward,

Who calls me villaine, breakes my pate a crosse,

Pluckes off my beard, and blowes it in my face,

Twekes me by the nose, giues me the lie i'th throate

As deepe as to the lunges: who does me this,

Hah! s'wounds I should take it: for it cannot be

But I am pidgion liuerd, and lacke gall


Prince of Denmarke.
To make oppression bitter, or ere this

I should haue fatted all the region kytes

With this slaues offall, bloody, baudy villaine,

Remorselesse, treacherous, letcherous, kindlesse vlllaine.

Why what an Asse am I? this is most braue,

That I the sonne of a deere father murthered,

Prompted to my reuenge by heauen and hell,

Must like a whore vnpack my heart with words,

And fall a cursing like a very d_abbe; a stallion, fie vppont, foh.

About my braines, hum, I haue heard,

That guilty creatures sitting at a play,

Haue by the very cunning of the scene,

Beene strooke so to the soule, that presently

They haue proclaim'd their malefactions:

For murther though it haue no tongue will speake

With most miraculous organ. Ile haue these Players

Play somthing like the murther of my father

Before mine Vncle, Ile obserue his lookes,

Ile tent him to the quicke, if a do blench

I know my course. The spirit that I haue seene

May be a diuell, and the diuell hath power

T'assume a pleasing shape; yea and perhaps,

Out of my weakenesse and my melancholly,

As hee is very potent with such spirits,

Abuses mee to damne mee; Ile haue grounds

More relatiue then this, the play's the thing

Wherein Ile catch the conscience of the King.

Enter King, Queene, Polonius, Ophelia, Rosencraus, Guyl­
, Lords
And can you by no drift of conference

Get from him why hee puts on this confusion,

Grating so harshly all his dayes of quiet

With turbulent and dangerous lunacie?

He dooes confesse he feeles himselfe distracted,

But from what cause a will by no meanes speake.

Nor do wee find him forward to be sounded,

But with a crafty madnes keepes aloofe

When we would bring him on to some confession


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Of his true state.

Did he receiue you well?

Most like a gentleman.

But with much forcing of his disposition.

Niggard of question, but of our demands

Most free in his reply.

Did you assay him to any pastime?

Maddam, it so fell out that certaine Players

We ore‐raught on the way, of these we told him,

And there did seeme in him a kind of ioy

To heare of it: they are heere about the Court,

And as I thinke, they haue already order

This night to play before him.

Tis most true,

And he beseecht me to intreat your Maiesties

To heare and see the matter.

With all my heart,

And it doth much content me

To heare him so inclin'd.

Good gentlemen giue him a futher edge,

And driue his purpose into these delights.

We shall my Lord.
Exeunt Ros. & Guyl,

Sweet Gertrard, leaue vs two,

For we haue closely sent for Hamlet hether,

That he as t'were by accedent, may heere

Affront Ophelia; her father and my selfe,

Wee'le so bestow out selues, that seeing vnseene,

We may of their encounter franckely iudge,

And gather by him as he is behau'd,

Ift be th'affliction of his loue or no

That thus he suffers for.

I shall obey you.

And for my part Ophelia, I doe wish

That your good beauties be the happy cause

Of Hamlets wildnes, so shall I hope your vertues

Will bring him to his wonted way againe,

To both your honours.

Maddam, I wish it may.

Ophelia walke you heere: gracious so please you,


Prince of Denmarke.
We will bestow our selues; reade on this booke,

That show of such an exercise may collour

Your lowlinesse; we are oft too blame in this,

Tis too much proou'd, that with deuotions visage

And pious action, we doe sugar ore

The Diuell himselfe.

O tis too true,

How smart a lash that speech doth giue my conscience_

The harlots cheeke beautied with plastring art,

Is not more ougly to the thing that helps it,

Then is my deede to my most painted word:

O heauy burthen:

Enter Hamlet.
I heare him comming, with‐draw my Lord.

To be, or not to be, that is the question,

Whether tis nobler in the minde to suffer

The slings and arrowes of outragious fortune,

Or to take Armes against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing, end them: To die to sleepe

No more: and by a sleepe, to say we end

The hart‐ake, and the thousand naturall shocks

That flesh is heire to; tis a consumation

Deuoutly to be wisht to die to sleepe,

To sleepe, perchance to dreame, I there's the rub,

For in that sleepe of death what dreames may come?

When we haue shuffled off this mortall coyle

Must giue vs pause, there's the respect

That makes calamity of so long life:

For who would beare the whips and scornes of time,

Th'oppressors wrong, the proude mans contumely,

The pangs of office, and the lawes delay,

The insolence of office, and the spu_nes

That patient merrit of th'vnworthy takes,

When himselfe might his quietas make

With a bare bodkin; who would fardels beare,

To grunt and sweat vnder a weary life?

But that the dread of something after death,

The vndiscouer'd country, from whose borne


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No trauailer returnes, puzzels the will,

And makes vs _ather beare those ills we haue,

Then flie to others that wee know not of.

Thus conscience dooes make cowards,

And thus the natiue hiew of resolution

Is sickled ore with the pale cast of thought.

And enterprises of great pitch and moment,

With this regard their currents turne awry,

And loose the name of action. Soft you now,

The faire Ophelia, Nimph in thy orizons

Be all my sinnes remembred.

Good my Lord,

How dooes your honour for this many a day?

I humbly thanke you; well.

My Lord, I haue remembrances of yours

That I haue longed long to re‐deliuer,

I pray you now receiue them.

No, not I, I neuer gaue you ought.

My honor'd Lord, you know right well you did,

And with them words of so sweet breath composd

As made these things more rich: their perfume lost,

Take these againe, for to the noble mind

Rich gifts wax poore when giuers prooue vnkind,

There my Lord.

Ha, ha, are you honest.

My Lord.

Are you faire?

What meanes your Lordship?


That if you be honest and faire, you should admit
no discourse to your beauty.

Could beauty my Lord haue better comerce

Then with honesty?


I truely, for the power of beauty will sooner transforme ho­
nesty from what it is to a baude, then the force of honesty can trans­
late beauty into his likenesse, this was sometime a paradox, but now
the time giues it proofe, I did loue you once.

Indeed my Lord you made me beleeue so.

You should not haue beleeu'd me, for vertue cannot so
euacuat our old stock, but we shall relish of it: I loued you not.


Prince of De___rke_
I was the more deceiued.


Get thee a Nunry: why would'st thou be a bre eder of sin­
ners? I am my selfe indifferent honest, but yet I could accuse mee of
such things, that it were better my Mother had not borne mee: I am
very proude, reuengefull, ambitious, with mo_e offences at my becke,
then I haue thoughts to put them in, imaginatiōimagination to giue them shape,
or time to act them in: what should such fellowes as I do crauling be­
tweene earth and heauen? we are arrant knaues, beleeue none of vs.
go thy waies to a Nunry, Wher's your father?

At home my Lord.

Let the doers be shut vpon him,

That he may play the foole no where but in's owne house,


O helpe him you sweet heauens.


If thou doost marry, Ile giue thee this plage for thy dow­
rie, be thou as chast as yce, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape ca­
lumny get thee to a Nunry, farewell. Or if thou wilt needs marry,
marry a foole, for wise men know well enough what monsters you
make of them: to a Nunry goe, and quickly to, farwell.

Heauenly powers restore him.


I haue heard of your paintings well enough, God hath gi­
uen you one face, and you make your selfes another, you gig and am­
ble, and you list you nickname Gods creaturs, and make your wan­
tonnes ignorance; goe to, Ile no more on't, it hath made me madde,
I say we will haue no mo marriage, those that are married already, all
but one shal liue, the rest shall keep as they are: to a Nunry go.


O what a noble mind is heere othrowne!

The courtiers, souldiers, schollers, eye, tongue, sword,

Th'expectation, and Rose of the faire state,

The glasse of fashion, and the mould of forme,

Th'obseru'd of all obseruers, quite, quite downe,

And I of Ladies most deiect and wretched,

That suckt the huny of his musickt vowes;

Now see what noble and most soueraigne reason

Like sweet bells iangled out of time, and harsh,

That vnmatcht forme, and stature of blowne youth

Blasted with extacy. O wo is me

T'haue seene what I haue seene, see what I see.


Th_ Tr_g_dy of Hamlet
Enter King and Polonius.
Loue: his affections doe not that way tend,

Nor what he spake, though it lackt forme a little,

Was not like madnes; there's something in his soule

Ore which his melancholy sits on brood,

And I doe doubt, the hatch and the disclose

Will be some danger; which for to preuent,

I haue in quick determination

Thus set downe: he shall with speed to England,

For the demaund of our neglected tribute,

Haply the seas, and countries different,

With variable obiects, shall expell

This something setled matter in his hart,

Whereon his braines still beating

Puts him thus from fashion of himselfe.

What thinke you on't?

It shall doe well.

But yet doe I beleeue the origen and comencement of it

Sprung from neglected loue: how now Ophelia?

You neede not tell vs what Lord Hamlet said,

We heard it all: my Lord, doe as you please,

But if you hold it fit, after the play.

Let his Q_eene‐mother all alone intreate him

To show his griefe, let her be round with him,

And Ile be plac'd (so please you) in the eare

Of all their conference: if she find him not,

To England send him: or confine him where

Your wisedome best shall thinke.

It shall be so,

Madnes in great ones must not vnmatcht goe.

Enter Hamlet, and three of the Players.

Speake the speech I pray you as I pronounc'd it to you, trip­
pingly on the tongue, but if you mouth it as many of our Players do,
I had as liue the towne cryer spoke my lines, nor doe not saw the aire
too much with your hand thus, but vse all gently, for in the very tor­
rent tempest, and as I may say, whirlwind of your passion, you must
acquire and beget a temperance, that may giue it smoothnesse, O it
offends me to the soule, to heare a robustious perwig‐pated fellow


Prince of Denmarke.
tere a passion to totters, to very rags, to spleet the eares of the ground
lings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable
dumbe shewes, and noyse: I would haue such a fellow whipt for ore­
dooing Termagant, it out Herods Herod, pray you auoyde it.

I warrant your honour.


Be not too tame neither, but let your own e discretion be_
your tutor, sute the action to the word, the word to the action, with
this speciall obseruance, that you ore‐steppe not the modesty of na­
ture: For any thing so ore‐doone, is from the purpose of playing,
whose end both at the first, and now, was and is, to hold as twere
the Mirrour vp to nature, to shew vertue her feature; scor_e her own
Image, and the very age and body of the time his forme and pressure:
Now this ouer‐done, or come trady off, though it makes the vnskil­
full laugh, cannot but make the iudicious greeue, the censure of
which one, must in your allowance ore‐weigh a whole Theater of o­
thers. O there bee Players that I haue seene play, and heard others
praysd, and that highly, not to speake it prophanely, that neither ha­
uing th'accent of Christians, nor the gate of Christian, Pagan, nor
man, haue so __rutted and bellowed, that I haue thought some of Na­
tures Iournemen had made men, and not made them well, they imita­
ted humanity so abominably.

I hope we haue reform'd that indifferently with vs.


O reforme it altogether, and let those that play your clownes
speake no more then is set downe for them, for there be of them that
will themselues laugh, to set on some quantity of barraine spectators
to laugh to, though in the meane time, some necessary question of
the play be then to be considered: that's villanous, and shewes a most
pittifull ambition in the foole that vses it: goe make you ready. How
now my Lord, will the King heare this peece of worke?

Enter Polonius, Guyldensterne, and Rosencraus.
And the Queene to, and that presently,

Bid the Plaiers make hast. Wil you two help to hasten them.

I my Lord
Exeunt those two.

What how, Horatio.
Enter Horatio.

Heere sweete Lord, at your seruice.

Horatio, thou art een as iust a man

As ere my conuersation copt withall.

O my deere Lord.

Ham Nay

The Tragedy of Hamlet
Nay, do not thinke I flatter,

For what aduancement may I hope from thee

That no reuenew hast but thy good spirits

To feede and cloathe thee, why should the poore be flattred?

No, let the candied tongue lick obsurd pompe,

And crooke the pregnant hinges of the knee

Where thrift may follow fauning, doost thou heare,

Since my deere soule was mistris of her choyce,

And could of men distinguish her election

S_hath seald thee for her felfe, for thou hast beene

As one in suffering all that suffers nothing,

A man that Fortunes buffets and rewards

Hast tane with equall thankes; and blest are those

W_ose bloud and iudgement are so well comedled,

That they are not a pipe for Fortunes finger

To sound what stoppe shee please: giue me that man

That is not passions slaue, and I will weare him

In my hearts core, I in my heart of heart

As I do thee. Something too much of this,

There is a play to night before the King,

One scene of it comes neere the circumstance

Which I haue told thee of my fathers death_

I prethee when thou seest that act a foote,

Euen with the very comment of thy soule

Obserue my Vncle, if his occulted guilt

Doe not it selfe vnkennill in one speech,

It is a damned Ghost that wee haue seene,

And my imaginations are as foule

As Vulcans stithy; giue him heedfull note

For I mine eyes will riuet to his face,

And after wee will both our iudgements ioyne

In censure of his seem_ng.

Well my Lord,

If a steale ought the whilst this play is playing

And scape detected, I will pay the theft.

Enter trumpets and Kettle Drummes, King, Queene,
Poloni_s, Ophelia.
They are comming to the play. I must be idle,


Prince of Denmarke.
Get you a place.

How fares our cousin Hamlet?

Excellent yfaith.

Of the Camelions dish, I eate the ayre,

Promis‐cram'd, you cannot feede Capons so.

I haue nothing with this aunswer Hamlet,

These words are not mine.

No, nor mine now my Lord.

You playd once i'th Vniuersity you say,

That did I my Lord, and was accounted a good Actor,

What did you enact?

I did enact Iulius Cæsar, I was kild i'th Capitall,

Brutus kild me.

It was a brute part of him to kill so Capitall a calfe there.

Be the Players ready?

I my Lord, they stay vpon your patience.

Come hether my deare Hamlet, sit by me.

No good mother heere's mettle more attra__iue.

O, oh, doe you marke that.

Lady shall I lie in your lap?

No my Lord.

Doe you thinke I meant country matters?

I thinke nothing my Lord.

That's a faire thought to lye betweene maydes legs.

What is my Lord?


You are merry my Lord.

Who I?

I my Lord.


O God! your onely Iigge‐maker, what should a man do but
be merry, for looke you how cheerfully my Mother lookes, and my
father died within's two howres.

Nay, tis twice two months my Lord.


So long, nay then let the diuell weare blacke, for Ile haue a
sute of sables; O heauens, die two months ago, and not forgotten yet,
then there's hope a great mans memory may out‐liue his life halfe a
yeare, but ber Lady a must build Churches then, or else shall a suffer
not thinking on, with the Hobby‐horse, whose Epitaph is, for O, for
O, the hobby‐horse is forgot.


The Tragedy of Hamlet
The Trumpets sound. Dumbe show followes.
Enter a King and a Queene, the Queene embracing him, and he her he
takes her vp, and declines his head vppon her necke, he lies him downe vp­
pon a bancke of flowers, she seeing him a sleepe, leaues him: anon comes in
an other man, take's off his crowne, kisses it, pours poyson in the sleepers
eares, and leaues him: the Queene returnes, finds the King dead, makes
passionate action, the poysoner with some three or foure comes in againe,
seeme to condole with her, the dead body is carried away, the poisoner woes
the Queene with gifts, she seemes harsh awhile_ but in the end accepts loue.
What meanes this my Lord?

Marry tis munching Mallico, it meanes mischiefe.

Belike this show imports the argument of the play.

We shall know by this fellow,
Enter prologue.

The players cannot keepe they'le tell all.

Will a tell us what this show meant?


I or any show that you will show him, be not you asham'd
to show heele not shame to tell you what it meanes.

You are naught, you are naught, Ile marke the play.

For vs and for our Tragedie,

Heere stooping to your clemencie,

We begge your hearing patiently.

Is this a Prologue or the posie of a _ing?

Tis breefe my Lord.

As womans loue.

Enter King and Queene.
Full thirty times hath Phœbus Cart gone round

Neptunes salt wash, and Tellus orb'd the ground,

And thirty dosen moones with borrowed sheene

About the world haue times twelue thirties beene

Since loue our hearts, and Hymen did our hands

Vnite comutuall in most sacred bands,

So many iourneyes may the Sunne and Moone

Make vs againe count ore ere loue bee doone,

But woe is me you are so sicke of late,

So farre from cheere, and from your former state,

That I distrust you, yet though I distrust,

Discomfort you my Lord it nothing must.


Prince of Denmarke.
For women feare too much, euen as they loue,

And womens feare and loue hold quantity,

Either none, in neither ought, or in extremity,

Now what my Lord is proofe hath made you know,

And as my loue is ciz'st, my feare is so,

Where loue is great, the litlest doubts are feare,

Where little feares grow great, great loue growes there.

Faith I must leaue thee loue, and shortly to,

My operant powers their functions leaue to d_,

And thou shalt liue in this fare world behind,

Honord, belou'd, and haply one as kind,

For husband shalt thou.

O confound the rest.

Such loue must needes be treason in my brest,

In second husband let me be accurst,

None wed the second, but who kild the first.


The instances that second marriage moue

Are base respects of thrift, but none of loue,

A second time I kill my husband dead,

When second husband kisses me in bed.

I doe beleeue you thinke what now you speake,

But what we doe determine, oft we breake,

Purpose is but the slaue to memory,

Of violent birth, but poore validity,

Which now the fruite vnripe sticks on the tree,

But fall vnshaken when they mellow bee.

Most necessary tis that we forget

To pay our selues what to our selues is debt,

What to our selues in passion we propose,

The passion ending, doth the purpose lose,

The violence of either, griefe, or ioy,

Their owne ennactures with themselues destroy,

Where ioy most reuels, griefe doth most lament,

Greefe ioy, ioy griefes, on flender accedent,

This world is not for aye, nor tis not strange,

That euen our loues should with our fortunes change,

For tis a question left vs yet to proue,

Whether loue lead fortune, or else fortune loue.

The great man downe, you marke his fauourite flies,


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The poore aduanced makes __iends of enemies,

And hethertoo doth loue on fortune tend,

For who not needs, shall neuer lacke a friend,

And who in want a hollow friend doth try,

Directly seasons him his enemie.

But orderly to end where I begunne,

Our willes and fates doe so contrary runne,

That our deuices still are ouerthrowne,

Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our owne,

So thinke thou wilt no second husband wed,

But die thy thoughts when thy first Lord is dead.

Nor earth to me giue foode, nor heauen light,

Sport and repose lock from mee day, and night,

To desperation turne my trust and hope,

And Anchors cheere in prison be my scope,

Each opposite that blanckes the face of ioy,

Meete what I would haue well, and it destroy,

Both heere and hence pursue me lasting strife,

If she should
breake it now

If once I bee a widdow, euer I be a wife.

Tis deepely sworne, sweet leaue mee heare a while,

My spirits grow dull and faine I would beguyle

The tedious day with sleepe,

Sleepe rock thy braine,

And neuer come mischance betwixt vs twane.

Maddam, how like you this play?

The Lady doth protest too much me thinkes.

O but shee'le keepe her word.

Haue you heard the argument? is there no offence in't?

No, no, they do but iest, poyson in iest, no offence i_th world.

What do you call the play?


The Mousetrap, mary how tropically, this play is the Image
of a murther done in Vienna, Gonzago is the Dukes name, his wife
Baptista, you shall see anone, tis a knauish peece of worke, but what
of that? your maiesty and we shall haue free soules, it touches vs not,
let the gauled Iade winch, our withers are vnwrung. This is one Lu­
, Nephew to the King.

Enter Lucianus.
You are as good as a Chorus my Lord.

I could interpret betweene you and your loue


Prince of De_marke.
If I could see the puppits dallying.

You are keene my Lord, you are keene.

It would cost you a groning to take off mine edge.

Still better and worse.


So you mistake your husbands. Beginne murtherer, leaue
thy damnable faces and begin, come, the croking Rauen doth bel­
low for reuenge.

Thoughts black, hands apt, drugges fit and time agreeing,

Considerat season els no creature seeing,

Thou mixture rancke, of midnight weeds collected,

With Hecats ban thrice blasted, thrice infected,

Thy naturall magicke, and di_e property,

On wholesome life vsurps immediately.


A poysons him i'th Garden for his estate, his names Gonza­
the story is extant and written in very choice Italian, you shall see
anon how the murtherer gets the loue of Gonzagoes wife.

The King rises.

How fares my Lord?

Giue ore the play.

Giue me some light, away.

Lights, lights, lights.
Exeunt, all but Ham. and Horatio.

Why let the stroken deere goe weepe,

The Hart vngauled play,

For some must watch whilst some must sleepe,

Thus runnes the world away. Would not this sir and a forrest of fea­
thers, if the rest of my fortunes turne Turke with me, with prouinci­
all Roses, on my raz'd shooes, get me a fellowship in a city of players?

Halfe a share.

A whole one I.

For thou dost know oh Damon deere

This Realme dimantled was

Of Ioue himselfe, and now raignes heere

A very very paio_k.

You might haue rim'd.


O good Horatio, Ile take the Ghosts word for a thousand
pound. Didst perceaue?

Very well my Lord.

Vppon the talke of the poysoning.

I did very well note him.


The Tragedie of Hamlet
Ah ha, come some musique, com the Recorders,

For if the King like not the Comedy,

Why then belike he likes it not perdy.

Come, some musique,

Enter Rosencraus, Guyldensterne,
Good my Lord, voutsafe me a word with you.

Sir a whole history.

The King sir.

I sir, what of him?

Is in his retirement meruailous distempred.

With drinke fir?

No my lord, with choller,


Your wisedome should shew it selfe more richer to signifie
this to the Doctor, for, for me to put him to his purgation, would per­
haps plunge him into more choller.

Good my Lord put your discourse into some frame,

And stare not so wildly from my affaire.

I am tame sir, pronounce.

The Queene your mother in most great affliction of spirit,
hath sent me to you.

You are welcome.


Nay good my Lord, this curtesie is not of the right breed, if
it shall please you to make me a wholsome aunswer, I will doe your
mothers commaundement, if not, your patdon and my returne, shall
be the end of busines.

Sir I cannot.

What my Lord.


Make you a wholsome answer, my wits diseasd, but sir, such
answere as I can make, you shall commaund, or rather as you say, my
mother, therefore no more, but to the matter, my mother you say.

Then thus she saies, your behauiour hath strooke her into a­
mazement and admiration.


O wonderfull sonne that can so stonish a mother! but is
there no sequell at the heeles of this mothers admiration? impart.

She desires to speake with you in her closet ere you go to bed.

We shall obey, were she ten times our mother, haue you any
further trade with vs?

my Lord you once did loue me.

And doe still by these pickers and stealers.


Prince of Denmarke.

Good my Lord, what is your cause of distemper, you do sure­
ly barre the doore vpon your owne liberty, if you deny your griefes
to your friend.

Sir I lacke aduancement.


How can that be when you haue the voyce of the King him­
selfe for your succession in Denmarke.

Enter the Players with Recorders.

I si_, but while the grasse growes, the prouerbe is something
musty, oh the Recorders, let me see one, to withdraw with you, why
do you goe about to recouer the wind of me, as if you would driue
me into a toyle?

O my lord if my duty be too bold, my loue is too vnmanerly.

I do not well vnderstand that, will you play vpon this pipe?

My Lord I cannot.

I pray you.

Beleeue me I cannot.

I beseech you.

I know no touch of it my Lord.


It is as easie as lying; gouerne these ventages with your fin­
gers, and the thumb giue it breath with your mouth, and it will dis­
course most eloquent musique, looke you, these are the stoppes.

But these cannot I commaund to any vtrance of harmonie,

I haue not the skill.


Why looke you now how vnworthy a thing you make of
me, you would play vpon me, you would seeme to know my stops,
you would plucke out the hart of my misterie, you would sound mee
from my lowest note to my compasse, and there is much musique ex­
cellētexcellent voice in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak, s'blood
do you thinke I am easier to be plaid on then a pipe, call me what in­
strument _ou wil, though you fret me not, you cannot play vpon me.
God blesse you sir.

Enter Polonius.
My Lord the Queene wou_d speake with you, & presently.

Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a Camel?

By'th masse and tis like a Camell indeede,

Me thinkes it is like a Wezell.

It is black like a Wezell.

Or like a Whale.

Very like a Whale.

Ham. Then

The Tragedie of Hamlet
Then I will come to my mother by and by,

They foole me to the top of my bent, I will come by and by,

Leaue me friends.

I will, say so. By and by is easily said,

Tis now the very witching time of night,

When Churchyards yawne, and hell it selfe breakes out

Contagion to this world: now could I drinke hote blood,

And doe such businesse as the bitter day

Would quake to looke on: soft, now to my mother,

O hart loose not thy nature! let not euer,

The soule of Nero enter this firme bosome!

Let me be cruell, not vnnaturall,

I will speake dagger to her, but vse none,

My tongue and soule in this be hypocrites,

How in my words someuer s_e be shent,

To giue them seales neuer my soule consent.

Enter King, Rosencraus, and Guyldensterne.
I like him not, nor stands it safe with vs

To let his madnesse range, therefore prepare you,

I your commission will forth‐with dispatch,

And he to England shall along with you,

The termes of our estate may not endure

Hazerd so neer's as doth hourely grow,

Out of his browes.

We will our selues prouide,

Most holy and religious feare it is

To keepe those many many bodies safe

That liue and feed vpon your Maiesty.

The single and peculier life is bound,

With all the strength and armour of the mind

To keepe it selfe from noyance, but much more

That spirit, vpon whose we_le depends and rests

The liues of many, the cesse of Maiesty

Dies not alone; but like a gulfe doth draw

What's neere it, with it, or it is a massie wheele

Fixt on the somnet of the highest mount,

To whose hugh spokes, tenn thousand less_r things

Are morteist and adioynd, which when it falls_


Prince of Denmarke.
Each small annexment, pety consequenc_

Attends the boystrous raine, neuer alone

Did the King sigh, but a generall growne.

Arme you I pray you to this speedy voi age,

For we will fetters put about this feare

Which now goes too free‐footed.

We will hast vs.
Exeunt Gent.

Enter Polonius.
My Lord, he's going to his mothers closet,

Behind the Arras I'le conuay my selfe

To here the prossesse, I'le warrant shee'le tax him home,

And as you said, and wisely was it sayd,

Tis _eete that some more audience then a mother,

Since _ature makes them partiall, should ore‐heare

The speech of vantage; fare you well my Leige,

I'le call vpon you ere you goe to bed.

And tell you what I know.

Thankes deere my Lord.

O my offence is rancke, it smels to heauen,

It hath the primall eldest curse vppont,

A brothers murther, pray can I not,

Though inclination be as sharp as will,

My stronger guilt defeats my stronge entent,

And like a man to double busines bound,

I stand in pause where I shall first beginne,

And both neglect: what if this cursed hand

Were thicker then it selfe with brothers blood,

Is there not raine enough in the sweete Heauens

To wash it white as snow? whereto serues mercy

But to confront the visage of offence?

And what's in praier but this two‐fold force,

To be forestalled ere we come to fall,

Or pardon being downe, then I_le looke vp.

My faults is past, but oh! what forme of prayer

Can serue my turne? forgiue me my foule murther;

That cannot be since I am still possest

Of those affects for which I did the murther;

My Crowne, mine owne ambition, and my Queene;


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May one be pardoned and retaine th'offence?

In the co_rupted currents of this world,

Offences guided hand may show by iustice,

And oft tis seene the wicked prize it selfe

Buyes out the law, but tis not so aboue,

There is no shufling, there the action lies

In his true nature, and we our selues compeld

Euen to the teeth and forehead of our faults

To giue in euidence, what then, what rests,

Try what repentance can, what can it not,

Yet what can it, when one cannot repent?

O wretched state, O bosome blacke as death,

O limed soule, that struggling to be free,

Art more idgaged; helpe Angles make assay,

Bow stubborne knees and hart with strings of steele,

Be soft as sinnewes of the new borne babe,

All may be well.

Enter Hamlet.
Now might I doe it, bot now a is a praying,

And now Ile doo't, and so goes to heauen,

And so am I reuendge, that would be scand

A villaine kills my father, and for that,

I his sole sonne, doe this same villaine send

To heauen.

Why, this is base and silly. ––––––––– not reuendge,

A tooke my father grosely full of bread,

Withall his crimes broad blowne, as flush as May,

And how his audit stands who knowes saue heauen,

But in our circumstance and course of thought,

Tis heauy with him: and am I then reuendged

To take him in the purging of his soule,

When he is fit and seasoned for his passage?


Vp sword, and know thou a more horrid hent,

When he is drunke, a sleepe, or in his rage,

Or in th'incestious pleasure of his bed,

At game, a swearing, or about some act

That has no relish of saluation in't.


Prince of Denmarke.
Then trip him that his heele mas kick at heauen,

And that his soule may be as damnd and blacke

As hell whereto it goes; my mother staies,

This phisicke but prolongs thy sickly daies.

My words fly vp, my thoughts remaine below

Words without thoughts neuer to heauen goe.

Enter Gertrard and Polonius.
A will come strait, looke you lay home to him,

Tell him his prancks haue beene too broad to beare with,

And that your grace hath screen'd and stood betweene

Much heate and him, Ile silence me euen heere,

Pray you be round.

Enter Hamlet.
Ile waite you, feare me not,

With‐draw, I heare him comming.

Now mother, what's the matter?

Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended.

Mother you haue my father much offended.

Come, come, you answer with an idle tongue,

Goe goe, you question with a wicked tongue.

Why how now Hamlet?

What's the matter now?

Haue you forgot me?

No by the rood not so,

You are the Queene, your husbands brothers wife,

And would it were not so, you are my mother.

Nay then Ile set those to you that can speake.

Come, come, and sit you downe, you shall not boudge,

You goe not till I set you vp a glasse

Where you may see the most part of you.

What wilt thou doe, thou wilt not murther me?

Helpe how.

What how helpe.

How now, a Rat, dead for a Duckat, dead.

O I am slaine.

O me, what hast thou done?

Nay I know not, is it the King?


The Tragedy of Hamlet
O what a rash and bloody deede is this.

A bloody deede, almost as bad good mother

As kill a King, and marry with his brother.

As kill a King.

I Lady, it was my word.

Thou wretched, rash, intruding foole farewell,

I tooke thee for thy better, take thy fortune,

Thou find'st to bee too busie is some danger.

Leaue wringing of your hands, peace sit you downe,

And let me wring your heart, for so I shall

If it be made of penetrable stuffe,

If damned custome haue nor brasd it so,

That it be proofe and bulwark against sence.

What haue I done, that thou dar'st waggc thy tongue

In noyse so rude against me?

Such an act

That blurres the grace and blush of modesty,

Calls vertue hipocrit, takes of the Rose

From the faire forhead of an innocent loue,

And sets a blister there, makes mariage vowes

As false as dicers oathes, Oh such a deed!

As from the body of contraction pluckes

The very soule: and sweet religion makes

A rapsody of words; heauens face dooes glow

Ore this solidiry and compound masse

With heated visage, as against the doome

Is thought‐sick at the act.

Ay me what act?

That roares so low'de and thunders in the Index,

Looke here vpon this Picture, and on this,

The counterfeit presentment of two brothers,

See what a grace was feated on his browe,

Hiperions curles, the front of Ioue him‐selfe,

An eye like Mars, to threten and command,

A station like the herald Mercury,

New lighted on a heaue, a kissing hill,

A combination and fo rme indeede,

Where euery God didseeme to set his seale

To giue the world assurance of a man,


Prince of Denmarke.
This was your husband, looke you now what followes,

Heer_ is your husband like a mildewed eare,

Blasting his wholesome brother: haue you eyes?

Could you on this faire mountaine leaue to feede,

And batton on this Moore; ha, haue you eyes?

You cannot call it loue, for at your age

The heyday in the blood is tame, it's humble,

And waites vpon the iudgement, and what iudgement

Would step from this to this? sence sure you haue

Els could you not haue motion, but sure that sence

Is appoplext, for madnesse would not erre

Nor senc to extacie was neere so thral'd

But it reseru'd some quantity of choyce

To serue in such a difference. What diuell wast

That thus hath cosond you at hodman‐blind?

Eyes without feeling, feeling without sight,

Eares without hands, or eyes, smelling sance all,

Or but a sickly part of one true sence

Could not so mope. Oh shame! where is thy blush?

Rebellious hell,

If thou canst mutine in a Matrons bones,

To flaming youth, let vertue be as wax

And melt in her owne fire, proclaime no shame

When the compulsiue ardure giues the charge,

Since frost it selfe as actiuely doth bu_ne,

And reason pardons will.

O Hamlet speake no more,

Thou turn'st my very eyes into my soule,

And there I see such black and greeued spots

As will leaue there their tin'ct.

Nay but to liue

In the rancke sweat of an incestuous bed

Stewed in corruption, honying and making loue

Ouer the nasty stie.

O speake to mee no more,

These words like daggers enter in my eares,

No more sweet Hamlet.

A murtherer and a villaine,

A slaue that is not twentith part the kyth


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Of your p__edent Lord, a vice of Kings,

A cut purse of the Empire and the rule,

That from a shelfe the precious Diadem stole

And put it in his pocket.

Enter Ghost.
A King of shreds and patches,

Saue me and houer ore me with your wings

You heauely gards: what would your gratious figure?

Alasse hee's mad.

Doe youe not come your tardy sonne to chide,

That lap'st in time and passion lets goe by

Th'important acting of your dread command. O say!

Doe not forget, this visitation

Is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose,

But looke, amazement on thy mother sits,

O step betweene her, and her sighing soule!

Conceit in weakest bodies strongest workes,

Speake to her Hamlet.

How is it with you Lady?

Alasse how i'st with you?

That you doe bend your eye on vacancy.

And with th'incorporall ayre doe hold discourse,

Foorth at your eyes your spirrits wildly peep,

And as the sleeping souldiers in th'alarme,

Your beaded haire like life in excrements

Starts vp and stands an end: O gentle sonne!

Vpon the heate and flame of thy distemper

Sprinckle coole patience, whereon doe you looke?

On him, on him, looke you how pale he glares,

His forme and cause conioyned, preaching to stones

Would make them capable, doe not looke vpon me,

Least with this pittious action you conuert

My stearne effects, then what I haue to doe

Will want true collour, teares perchance for blood.

To whome doe you speake this?

Doe you see nothing there?

Nothing at all, yet all that is there I see.

Nor did you nothing heare?

No nothing but our selues.


Prince of Denmarke.
Why looke you there, looke how it steales away,

My father in his habit as he liues,

Looke where he goes, euen now out at the portall.
Exit Ghost.

This is the very coynage of your braine,

This bodilesse creation, extacy is very cunning in

My pulse as yours doth temperatly keepe time,

And makes as healthfull musicke, it is not madnesse

That I haue vttred, brin g me to the test,

And the matter will reword, which madnesse

Would gambole from. Mother for loue of grace,

Lay not that flattering vnction to your soule

That not your trespasse but my madnesse speakes,

It will but skin and filme the vlcerous place,

Whiles rancke corruption mining all within

Infects vnseene: confesse your selfe to heauen,

Repent what's past, auoyd what is to come,

And doe not spread the compost on the weedes

To make them rancker, forgiue me this my vertue,

For in the fatnesse of these pursie times

Vertue it selfe of vice must pardon beg,

Yea curbe and wooe for leaue to doe him good.

O Hamlet! thou hast cleft my hart in twaine.

O throw away the worser part of it,

And leaue the purer with the other halfe,

Good night, but goe not to my Vncles bed,

Assume a vertue if you haue it not,

That monster custome, who all sence doth eate

Of habits deuill, is angell yet in this

That to the vse of actions faire and good,

He likewise giues a frocke of Liuery

That aptly is put on to refraine night,

And that shall lend a kind of easines

To the next abstinence, the next more easie:

For vse almost can change the stamp of nature,

And Maister the diuell, or throw him out

With wonderous potency: once more good night,

And when you are desirous to be blest,

Ile blessing beg of you, for this same Lord

I doe repent; but heauen hath pleas'd it so


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To punish me with this, and this with me,

That I must be their scourge and minister,

I will bestow him and will answer well

The death I gaue him; so againe good night

I must be cruell onely to be kinde,

This bad beginnes, and worse remaines behind.

One word more good Lady

What shall I doe?

Not this by no meanes that I bid you doe,

Let the blowt King temp't you againe to bed,

Pinch wanton on your cheeke, call you his Mouse,

And let him for a paire of reechy kisses,

Or padling in your necke with his damn'd fingers.

Make you to rouell all this matter out

That I essentially am not in madnesse,

But mad in craft, t'were good you let him know.

For who that's but a Queene, faire, sober, wise,

Would from a paddack, from a bat, a gib,

Such deare concernings hide, who would doe so,

No, in dispight of sence and secrecy,

Vnpeg the basket on the houses top,

Let the birds fly, and like the famous Ape,

To try conclusions in the basket creepe,

And breake your owne necke downe.

Be thou assur'd, if words be made of breath,

And breath of life, I haue no life to breath

What thou hast sayd to me.

I must to England, you know that,

Alacke I had forgot.

Tis so concluded on.

Ther's letters seald, and my two Schoolefellowes,

Whom I will trust as I will Adders fang'd,

They beare the mandat, they must sweepe my way

And marshall me to knauery: let it worke,

For tis the sport to haue the enginer

Hoist with his owne petar, an't shall goe hard

But I will delue one yard belowe their mines,

And blow them at the Moone: O tis most sweete

When in one line two crafts directly meete,


Prince of Denmarke.
This man shall set me packing,

Ile lugge the guts into the neighbour roome;

Mother good night indeed, this Counsayler

Is now most still, most secret, and most graue,

Who was in life a most foolish prating knaue.

Come sir, to draw toward an end with you.

Good night mother.

Enter King, and Queene, with Rosencraus
and Gyldensterne.
There's matter in thesesighes, these profou_d heaues,

You must translate, tis fit we vnderstand them,

Where is your sonne?

Bestow this place on vs a little while.

Ah mine owne Lord, what haue I seene to night?

What Gertrad, how dooes Hamlet?

Mad as the sea and wind when both contend

Which is the mightier in his lawlesse fit,

Behind the Arras hearing some thing stirre,

Whips out his Rapier, cry_is a Rat, a Rat,

And in this brainish apprehension kills

The vnseene good old man.

O heauy deed!

It had beene so with vs had we beene there,

His liberty is full of threates to all,

To you your selfe, to vs, to euery one,

Alas, how shall this bloody deede be answer'd?

It will be layd to vs, whose prouidence

Should haue kept short, restraind, and out of haunt

This mad young man; but so much was our loue,

We would not vnderstand what was most fit,

But like the owner of a foule disease

To keepe it from divulging, let it feede

Euen on the pith of life: where is he gone?

To draw apart the body he hath kild,

Ore whom, his very madnesse like some ore

Among a minerall of mettals base,

Showes it selfe pure, a weepes for what is done_

Gertrad, com away,


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The Sunne no sooner shall the mountaines touch,

But wee will shippe him hence, and this vile deede

Wee must with all our Maiesty and skill
Enter Ros. & Guyld.,

Both countenance and excuse. Ho Guyldensterne,

Friends both, goe ioyne you with some further ayde,

Hamlet in madnes hath Polonius slaine,

And from his mothers closset hath hee drag'd him,

Goe seeke him out speake sayre and bring the body

Into the Chappell; I pray you hast in this,

Come Gertrard, wee'le call vp our wisest friends,

And let them know both what wee meane to do

And whats vntimely done,

Whose whisper ore the worlds Diameter,

As leuell as the Cannon to his blanck,

Transports his poysned shot, may misse our name,

And hit the woundlesse ayre, O come away,

My soule is full of discord and dismay.

Enter Hamlet, Rosencraus and others.
Safely stowd, but softly, what noyse, who calls on Hamlet?

O heere they come.

What haue you done my Lord with the dead body?

Compounded it with dust whereto it is kin.

Tell vs where tis that wee may take it thence,

And beare it to the Chappell.

Do not beleeue it.

Beleeue what?


That I can keepe your counsaile and not mine owne, besides
to be demaunded of a spunge, what replication should be made by
the sonne of a King.

Take you me for a spunge my Lord?


I sir, that sokes vp the Kings countenance, his rewards, his
authorities, but such Officers do the King best seruice in the end, he
keepes them like an apple in the corner of his iaw, first mouth'd to be
last swallowed, when he needs what you haue gleand, it is but squee­
sing you, and spunge you shall be dry againe.

I vnderstand you not my Lord.

I am glad of it, a knauish speech sleepes in a foolish eare.

My Lord, you must tell vs where the body is, and go with vs
to the King,


Prince of Denmarke.

The body is with the King, but the King is not with the
body. The King is a thing.

A thing my Lord.

Of nothing, bring me to him.

Enter King, and two or three.
I haue sent to seeke him, and to find the body,

How dangerous is it that this man goes loose,

Yet must not we put the strong Law on him,

Hee's lou'd of the di_tracted multitude,

Who like not in their iudgement, but their 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 must seeme

Deliberate pause, diseases desperate growne,

By desperate applyance are relieu'd

Or not at all.

Enter Rosencraus and all the rest.
How now, what hath befalne?

Where the dead body is bestowd my Lord

We cannot get from him.

But where is he?

Without my Lord, guarded to know your pleasure.

Bring him before vs.

Hoe, bring in the Lord.
They Enter.

Now Hamlet, where's Polonius?

At supper.

At supper where.


Not where he eates, but where a is eaten, a certaine conua­
cation of politique wormes are een at him: your worme is your only
Emperour for dyet, we fat all creatures else to fat vs, and we fat our
selues for maggots, your fat King and your leane begger is but varia­
ble seruice, two dishes but to one table, that's the end.

Alasse, alasse.


A man may fish with the worme that hath eate of a King,
eate of the fish that hath fedde of that worme.

What dost thou meane by this?

Nothing but to shew you how a King may go a progresse


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through the guttes of a begger.

Where is Polonius?


In heauen, send thether to see, if your messenger find him
not there, 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 vppe the
stayres into the Lobby.

Goe seeke him there

A will stay till you come.

Hamlet this deede for thine especiall safety

Which wee do tender, as wee deerely greeue

For that which thou hast done, must send thee hence:

Therefore prepare thy selfe,

The barke is ready, and the wind at helpe,

Th'assotiats tend, and euery thing is bent

For England.

For England

I Hamlet.


So is it if thou knew'st our purposes.

I see a Cherub that sees them, but come for England.

Farewell deere mother.

Thy louing father Hamlet.

My mother, father and mother is man and wife,

Man and wife is one flesh, so my mother:

Come for England,

Follow him at foote,

Tempt him with speede abourd,

Delay it not, Ile haue him hence to night.

Away, for euery thing is seald and done

That els leanes on the affaire, pray you make hast,

And England if my loue thou hold'st at ought,

As my great power thereof may giue thee sence,

Since yet thy Cicatrice lookes raw and red,

After the Danish sword, and thy freee awe

Payes homage to vs, thou maist not coldly set

Our soueraigne processe, which imports at full

By letters congruing to that effect

The present death of Hamlet, do it England,

For like the Hectique in my blood hee rages,


Prince of Denmarke.
And thou must cure me till I know tis done,

How ere my haps, my ioyes will nere beginne.

Enter Fortinbrasse with his Armie ouer the Stage.
Goe Captaine, from mee g_eet the Danish King,

Tell him, that by his lycence Fortinbrasse

Craues the conueyance of a promis'd march

Ouer his kingdome, you know the rendezuous,

If that his maiesty would ought with vs,

Wee shall expresse our duty in his eye,

And let him know so.

I will doo't my Lord.

Goe softly on.

Enter Hamlet, Rosencraus, &c.
Good sir whose powers are these?

The are of Norway sir.

How proposd sir I pray you?

Aainst some part of Poland.

Who commands them sir?

The Nephew to old Norway, Fortinbrasse.

Goes it against the maine of Poland sir?

Or for some frontire?

Truely to speake, and with no addition_

We goe to gaine a little patch of ground

That hath in it no profit but the name

To pay fiue duckets, fiue I would not farme it?

Nor will it yeeld to Norway or the Pole

A rancker rate, should it bee sould in fee.

Why then the Pollacke neuer will defend it.

Yes it is already garisond.

Two thousand soules and twenty thousand duckets

Will not debate the question of this straw,

This is th'impostume of much wealth and peace,

That inward breakes and shewes no cause w ithout

Why the man dies. I humbly thanke you sir.

God buy you sir.

Wil't please you goe my Lord?

Ile be with you straight, goe a little before.

How all occasions do informe against mee,


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And spur my dull reuenge. What is a man

If his chiefe good and market of his time

Be but to sleepe and feed, a beast, no more:

Sure he that made vs with suh large discourse

Looking before and after, gaue vs not

That capability and God‐like reason

To fust in vs vnusd, now whether it be

Bestiall obliuion, or some crauen scruple

Of thinking too precisely on th'euent,

A thought which quartered hath but one part wisdome,

And euer three parts coward, I doe not know

Why yet I liue to say this thing's to doe,

Sith I haue cause, and wil and strength, and meanes

To doo't; examples grosse as earth exhort me,

Witnes this Army of such masse and charge,

Led by a delicate and tender Prince,

Whose spirit with diuine ambition puft,

Makes mouthes at the inuisible euent,

Exposing what is mortall, and vnsure,

To all that fortune, death and danger dare,

Euen for an Egge‐shell. Rightly to be great,

Is not to stirre without great argument,

But greatly to find quarrell in a straw

When honour's at the stake. How stand I then

That haue a father kild, a mother staind,

Excytements of my reason, and my blood,

And let all sleepe, while to my shame I see

The iminent death of twenty thousand men,

That for a fantasie and tricke of fame

Goe to their graues like beds, fight for a plot

Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause,

Which is not tombe enough and continent

To hide the slaine. O from this time forth,

My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth.

Enter Horatio, Gertrard, and a Gentleman.
I will not speake with her,

She is importunat,

Indeed distract, her moode will needes be pittied.


Prince of Denmarke.
What would she haue?

She speakes much of hcr father, sayes shee heares

There's tricks i'th world, and hems, and beats her heart,

Spurnes enuiously at strawes, speakes things in doubt

That carry but halfe sence, her speech is nothing,

Yet the vnshaped vse of it doth moue

The hearers to collection, they yawne at it,

And botch the words vp fit to their owne thoughts,

Which as winckes, and nods, and gestures yeeld them,

Indeede would make one thinke there might be thought

Though nothing sure, yet much vnhappily.

Twere good she were spoken with, for she may strew

Dangerous coniectures in ill‐breeeding mindes,

Let her come in

Enter Ophel_a.
‘To my sicke soule, as sinnes true nature is,

‘Each toy seemes prologue to some great amisse,

‘So full of artlesse iealosie is guilt,

‘It spills it selfe, in fearing to be spilt.

Where is the beauteous Maiesty of Denmarke?

How now Ophelia.
she sings.

How should I your true loue know from another one,

By his cockle hat and staffe, and his Sendall shoone.

Alasse sweet Lady, what imports this song?

Say you, nay pray you ma_ke,

He is dead and gone Lady, he is dead and gone,

At his head a grasse greene turph, at his heeles a stone.

O ho.

Nay but Ophelia.

Pray you marke. White his shrowd as the mountaine snow.

Enter King.
Alasse looke heere my Lord.

Larded all with sweet flowers,

Which beweept to the ground did not go

With true loue showers.

How doe you pretty Lady?

Well good dild you, they say the Owle was a Bakers daugh­
ter, Lord wee know what wee are, but know not what we may be,

God be at your table


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Conceit vpon her Father.

Pray lets haue no words of this, but when they aske yo_
what it meanes, say you this.

To morrow is S. Valentines day,

All in the morning betime,

And I a mayd at your window

To be your Valentine.

Then vp he rose, and dond his close, and dupt the chamber doore,

Let in the maide, that out a maide, neuer departed more.

Pretty Ophelia.

Indeed without an oath Ile make an end on't,

By gis and by Saint charity,
alacke and fie for shame,

Young men will doo't if they come too't,
by Cocke they are too blame.

Quoth she, before you tumbled me, you promisd me to wed,

(He answers) So should I a done by yonder sunne

And thou hadst not come to my bed.

How long hath she beene thus?


I hope all will be well, we must be patient, but I cannot chuse
but weepe to thinke they would lay him i'th cold ground my bro­
ther shall know of it, and so I thanke you for your good counsaile.

Come my Coach, God night Ladies, God night.

Sweet Laides_ God night, God night.

Follow her elose, giue her good watch I pray you.

O this is the poyson of deepe griefe, it springs all from her Fathers
death, and now behold, O Gertrard, Gertrard,

When sorrowes come, they come not single spies,

But in battalians: first her Father slaine,

Next, your sonne gone, and he most violent Author

Of his owne iust remoue, the people muddied

Thick and vnwholesome in thoughts, and whispers

For good Polonius death: and we haue done but greenly

In hugger mugger to inter him: poore Ophelia

Deuided from herselfe, and her faire iudgement,

Without the which we are pictures, or meere beasts,

Last, and as much contayning as all these,

Her brother is in secret come from France,

Feeds on this wonder, keepes himselfe in clowdes,


Prince of Denmarke.
And wants not buzzers to infect his eare

With pestilent speeches of his fathers death,

Wherein necessity of matter beggerd,

Will nothing stick our person to arraigne

In eare and eare: O my deare Gertrard, this

Like to a murdring‐peece in many places

Giues me superfluous death.
A noyse within.

Enter a messenger.
Attend, where are my Swissers, let them guard the doore,

What is the matter?

Saue your selfe my Lord.

The Ocean ouer‐peering of his list.

Eates not the flats with more impetuous _ast

Then young Laertes in a riotous head

Ore‐beares your Officers: the rabble call him Lord,

And as the world were now but to beginne,

Antiquity forgot, custome not knowne,

The ratifiers and props of euery word,

The cry choose we, Laertes shall be King,

Caps, hands and tongues applau'd it to the clouds,

Laertes shall be King, Laertes King.

How cheerefully on the false traile they cry.
A noise within.

O this is counter, you false Danish dogges.

Enter Laertes with others.
The doores are broke.

Where is this King? sirs stand you all without.

No lets come in.

I pray you giue mee leaue.

We will, we will.

I thanke you: keepe the doore, O thou vile King,

Giue me my father.

Calmely good Laertes.

That drop of blood thats calme proclaimes me Bastard,

Cries cuckold to my father, brands the Harlot

Euen heere betweene the chast vnsmerched browe

Of my true mother.

What is the cause Laertes

That thy rebellion lookes so Giant‐like?


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Let him goe Gertrard, do not feare our person,

There's such diuinity doth hedge a King,

That treason cannot peepe to what it would,

Act's little of his will, tell me Laertes

Why thou art thus incenst, let him goe Gertrard,

Speake man.

Where is my father?


But not by him.

Let him demaund his fill.

How came he dead? Ile not be iugled with,

To hell alegiance, vowes to the blackest diuell,

Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit

I dare damnation, to this poynt I stand,

That both the worlds I giue to negligence,

Let come what comes, onely I_le be reuengd

Most throughly for my father.

Who shall stay you?

My will, not all the worlds:

And for my meanes Ile husband them so well,

The shall goe farre with little.

Good Laertes, if you desire to know the certainty

Of your deere father, i'st writ in your reuenge,

That soope‐stake, you will draw both friend and foe

Winner and looser.

None but his enemies.

Will you know them then?

To his good friends thus wide I'le ope my armes,

And like the kind life‐rendering Pelican,

Repast them with my blood.

Why now you speake

Like a good child and a true Gentleman.

That I am guiltlesse of your fathers death,

And am most sencible in griefe for it,

It shall as leuell to your iudgement peare

As day dooes to your eye.
A noyse within.

Enter Ophelia.
Let her come in.

How now what noyse is that?


Prince of Denmarke.
O heate, dry vp my braines, tear es seauen times salt

Burne out the sence and vertue of mine eye.

By heauen thy madnes shall be payd with weight

Till our scale turne the beame. O Rose of May,

Deere mayd, kind sister, sweet Ophelia,

O heauens, ist possible a young maids wits

Should be as mortall as a poore mans lif_!

They bore him bare‐fac'd on the Beere,

And in his graue rain'd many a teare,

Fare you well my Doue.

Hadst thou thy wits; and did'st perswade reuenge

It could not mooue thus.

You must sing a downe a downe,

And you call him a downe a. O how the wheele becomes it,

It is the false Steward that stole his Maisters daughter,

This nothing's more then matter.


There's Rosemary, that for remembrance, pray you loue re­
member, and there is Pancies, thats for thoughts.

A document in madnes, thoughts and remembrance fitted.


There's Fennill for you, and Colembines, there's Rewe for
you, & heere's some for me, we may call it herbe of Grace a Sondaies,
you may weare your Rewe with a difference, there's a Dasie, I would
giue you some Violets, but they witherd all when my Father dyed,
they say a made a good end.

For bonny sweet Robin is all my ioy.

Thought and afflictions, passion, hell it selfe

She turnes to fauour and to prettinesse.

And will a not come againe,

And will a not come againe,

No, no, he is dead, goe to thy death bed,

He neuer will come againe.

His beard was as white as snow,

Flaxen was his pole,

He is gone, he is gone, and we cast away mone,

God a mercy on his soule, and all Christians soules,

God buy yous.

Doe you this O God.

Laertes, I must commune with your griefe,

Or you deney me right, goe but a part,


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Make choice of whome your wisest friends you will,

And they shall heare and iudge twixt you and me,

If by direct or by colaturall hand

They find vs toucht, we will our kindome giue,

Our crowne, our life, and all that we call ours

To you in satisfaction; but if not,

Be you content to lend your patience to vs,

And we shall ioyntly labour with your soule

To giue it due content.

Let this be so.

His meanes of death, his obscure fune_all,

No trophæ, sword, nor hachment ore his bones,

No noble right, nor formall ostentation,

Cry to be heard as twere from heauen to earth,

That I must call't in question.

So you shall,

And where th'Offence is, let the great axe fall.

I pray you goe with me.

Enter Horatio and others.
What are they that would speake with me?

Sea‐faring men sir, they say they haue Letters for you.

Let them come in.

I doe not know from what part of the world

I should be greeted. If not from Lord Hamlet.
Enter Saylers

God blesse you sir.

Let him blesse thee to.


A shall sir and please him, there's a Letter for you sir, it came
from th'Embassador that was bound for England, if your name bee
Horatio, as I am let to know it is.


Horatio, when thou shalt haue ouer‐look't this, giue these fel­
lowes some meanes to the King, they haue Letters for him: Ere wee
were two daies old at Sea, a Pyrat of very warlike appointment gaue
vs chase, finding our selues too slow of saile, we put on a compelled
valour, and in the grapple I boorded them, on the instant they got
cleere of our ship, so I alone became their prisoner, they haue dealt
with me like theeues of mercy, but they knew what they did: I am to
doe a turne for them, let the King haue the Letters I haue sent, and
repayre thou to mee with as much speed as thou wouldst fly death.
I haue words to speake in thine eare wil make thee dumbe, yet are


Prince of Denmarke.
they mueh too light for the bord of the matter, these good fellowes
will bring thee where I am, Rosencraus and Guildersterne hold their
course for England, of them I haue much to tell thee, farwell.

So that thou knowest thine Hamlet.

Come I will make you way for these your letters,

And doo't the speedier that you may direct me

To him from whome you brought them.

Enter King and Laertes.
Now must y our conscience my acquittance seale,

And you must put me in your heart for friend,

Sith you haue heard and with a knowing eare,

That he which hath your noble father slai_e

Pursued my life.

It well appeares: but tell me

Why you proceede not against these _eates

So criminall and so capitall in nature,

As by your safety, greatnes, wisdome, all things els,

You mainly were stirr'd vp.

O for two speciall reasons

Which may to you perhaps seeme much vnsinnow'd,

But yet to me tha'r strong, the Queene his mother

Liues almost by his lookes, and for my selfe,

My vertue or my plague, be it either which,

She is so concliue to my life and soule,

That as the starre mooues not but in his sphere

I could not but by her, the other motiue,

Why to a publique count I might not goe,

Is the great loue the generall gender beare him,

Who dipping all his faults in their affection,

Worke like the spring that turneth wood to stone,

Conuert his Giues to graces, so that my arrowes

Too slightly tymbered for so loued armes,

Would haue reuerted to my bow againe,

But not where I haue aym'd them.

And so haue I a noble father lost,

A sister driuen into desperat termes,

VVhose worth, if prayses may goe backe againe


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Stood challenger on mount of all the age

For her perfections, but my reuenge will come.

Breake not your sleepes for that, you must not thinke

That we are made of stuffe so flat and dull,

That we can let our berd be shooke with danger,

And thinke it pastime, you shortly shall heare more,

I lou'd your father, and we loue our selfe,

And that I hope will teach you to imagine.

Enter a Messenger with Letters.
These to your Maiesty, this to the Queene.

Fro_Hamlet, who brought them?

Saylers my Lord they say, I saw them not,

They were giuen me by Claudio, he receiued them

Of him that brought them.

Laertes you shall heare them: leaue vs.

High and mighty, you shall know I am set naked on your kingdome,
to morrow shall I begge leaue to see your kingly eyes, when I shall,
first asking you pardon, there‐vnto recount the occasion of my sud­
daine returne.

What should this meane, are all the rest come backe,

Or is it some abuse, an_ no such thing?

Know you the hand?

Tis Hamlets caracter. Naked,

And in a postscript here he saies alone,

Can you deuise me?

I am lost in it my Lord, but let him come,

It warmes the very sicknes in my heart

That I liue and tell him to his teeth,

Thus didst thou.

If it be so Laertes,

As how should it be so, how otherwise,

Will you be rul'd by me?

I my Lord, so you will not ore‐rule me to a peace.

To thine owne peace, if he be now returned,

As liking not his voyage, and that he meanes,

No more to vnder take it, I will worke him

To an exployt, now ripe in my deuise,

Vnder the which he shall not choose but fall:


Prince of Denmarke.
And for his death no wind of blame shall brea_he,

But euen his mother shall vncharge the practise,

And call it accedent.

My Lord I will be rul'd,

The rather if you could deuise it so

That I might be the o_gan.

It falls right,

You haue beene talkt of since your trauaile much,

And that in Hamlets hearing for a quality

Wherein they say you shine, your summe of parts

Did not together plucke such enuy from him

As did that one, and that in my regard

Of the v_worthiest siedge.

What part is that my Lotd?

A very riband in the cap of youth,

Yet needfull too, for youth no lesse becomes

The light and carelesse liuery that it weares

Then settled age, his sables, and his weedes

Importing health and grauenes; two monthes since

Heere was a Gcntleman of Normandy,

I haue seene my selfe, and seru'd against the French,

And they can well on horse‐backe, but this Gallant

Had witch‐craft in't, he grew vnto his seate,

And to such wondrous dooing brought his horse,

As had he beene incorp'st, and demy‐natur'd

With the braue beast, so farre he topt me thought,

That I in forgery of shapes and tricks

Come short of what he did.

A Norman wast?

A Norman.

Vpon my life Lamord.

The very same.

I know him, well he is the brooch indeed

And Iem of all the Nation.

He made consession of you,

And gaue you such a maisterly report

For art and exer_ise in your defence,

And for your Rapier most especiall,

That he cryd out t'would be a sight indeed


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If one could match you; the Scrimers of their nation

He swore had neither motion, guard, nor eye,

If you oppos'd them; sir this report of his

Did Hamlet so enuenom with his enuy,

That he could nothing do, but wish and beg

Your sodaine comming ore to play with you.

Now out of this.

What out of this my Lord?

Laertes was your father, deere to you?

Or are you like the painti_g of a sorrowe,

A face without a heart?

Why aske you this?

Not that I thinke you did not loue your father,

But that I know, loue is begunne by time,

And that I see in passages of proofe,

Time quallifies the sparke and fire of it,

There liues within the very flame of loue

A kind of weeke or snuffe that will abate it,

And nothing is at a like goodnes still,

For goodnes growing to a plurisie,

Dies in his owne too much, that we would doe

We should doe when wee would: for this would changes,

And hath abatements and delayes as many,

As there are tongues, are hands, are accedents,

And then this should is like a spend‐thrifts sigh,

That hurrs by easing; but to the quicke of th'vlcer,

Hamlet comes back what would you vndertake

To show your selfe indeed your fathers sonne

More then in words?

To cut his throat i'th Church–

No place indeede should murther sanctuarize,

Reuengde should haue no bounds: but good Laertes

Will you doe this, keepe close within your chamber

Hamlet return'd, shall know you are come home,

Weele put on those shall praise your excellence,

And set a double varnish on the fame

The french man gaue you: bring you in in fine _ogether

And wager ore your heads; he being remisse,

Most generous, and free from all contriuing,


Prince of Denmarke.
Will not peruse the foyles, so that with ease,

Or with a little shuffling, you may choose

A sword vnbated, and in a pace of practise,

Requite him for your Father.

I will doo't,

And for the purpose, Ile annoynt my sword.

I bought an vnction of a Mountibancke

So mortall, that but dippe a knife in it,

Where it drawes blood, no Cataplas_e so rare

Collected from all simples that haue vertue

Vnder the Moone, can saue the thing from death

That is but scratcht withall, Ile tutch my point

With this contagion, that if I gall him slightly, it may be death.

Lets further thinke of this.

Wey what conueiance both of time and meanes

May fit vs to our shape if this should fayle,

And that our drift looke through our bad performance,

Twere better not assayd. Therefore this proiect,

Should haue a backe or second that might hold

If this did blast in proofe; soft let me see,

Wee'le make a solemne wager on your cunnings,

I hau't, when in your motion you are hote and dry,

As make your bouts more violent to that end,

And that he calls for drinke, Ile haue preferd him

A Challice for the once, whereon but sipping,

If he by chance escape your venom'd stucke,

Our purpose may hold there; but stay, what noyse?

Enter Queene.
One woe doth tread vpon anothers heele,

So fast they follow; your Sisters drownd Laertes.

Drown'd, O where?

There is a Willow growes ascaunt the Brooke,

That showes his hoary leaues in the glassy streame,

There with fantastique garlands did she make

Of Crowflowers, Nettles, Dasies, and long Purples

That liberall Shepheards giue a grosser name,

But our cull‐cold maydes doe dead mens fingers call them.

There on the pendant boughes her coronet weeds


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Clambring to hang, an enuious sluer broke,

When downe her weedy trophæs and her selfe,

Fell in the weeping Brooke, her clothes spred wide,

And Mermaide‐like a while they bore her vp,

Which time she chaunted snatches of old laudes,

As one incapable of her owne distresse.

Or like a creature natiue and indewed

Vnto that element, but long it could not be

Till that her garments heauy with their drinke,

Puld the poore wench from her melodious lay

To muddy death.

Alas t_en is she drownd.

Drownd, drownd.

Too much of water hast thou poore Oph_lia,

And therefore I forbid my teares; but yet

It is our tricke, nature her custome holds,

Let shame say what it will, when these are gone,

The woman will be out. Adiew my Lord,

I haue a speecha fire that fainewould blase,

But that this folly drownes it

Let's follow Gertrard,

How much I had to doe to calme his rage,

Now _eare I this will giue it start againe.

Therefore lets follow.

Enter two Clownes.

Is she to be buried in Christian buriall, when she wilfully
seekes her owne saluation?


I tell thee she is, therfore make her graue straight, the crow­
ner hath sate on her, and finds it Christian buriall.


How can that be, vnlesse she drown'd herselfe in her owne


Why tis found so.


It must be so offended, it cannot be else, for heere lyes the
poynt, if I drowne my selfe wittingly, it argues an act, and an act hath
three branches, it is to act, to doe, to performe, or all; she drownd her
selfe wittingly.


Nay, but heare you good man deluer.


Giue me leaue, here lies the water, good, here stands the


Prince of Denmarke.
man, good, if the man goe to this water & drowne himselfe, it is will
he, nill he, he goes, marke you that, but if the water come to him, and
drowne him, he drownes not himselfe, argall, he that is not guilty of
his owne death. shortens not his owne life.


But is this law?


I marry i'st, Crowners quest law.


Will you ha the truth an't, if this had not beene a gentlewo­
man, she should haue bin buri_d out a Christian buriall.


Why there thou sayst, and the more pitty that great folke
should haue countenance in this world to drown or hang themselues,
more then their euen Christen: Come my spade, there is no aunci­
ent gentlemen but Gardners, Ditchers, and Graue‐makers, they hold
vp Adams profession.


Was he a gentleman?


A was the first that euer bore armes.
Ile put another question to thee, if thou answerest me not to the pur­
pose, confesse thy selfe.


Goe to.


what is he that builds stronger then either the Mason, the
Shipwright, or the Carpenter.


the gallowes‐maker, for that out‐liues a thousand tennants.


I like thy wit well in good faith, the gallowes dooes well,
but how dooes it well? It dooes well to those that do ill, now thou
doost ill to say the gallowes is built stronger then the Church, argal,
the gallowes may doe well to thee. Too't againe, come.


Who buildes stronger then a Mason, a Shipwright, or a


I, tell me that and vnyoke.


Marry now I can tell.




Masse I cannot tell.


Cudgell thy braines no more about it, for your dull asse will
not mend his pace with beating, and when you are askt this question
next, say a graue‐maker, the houses he makes last tell Doomesday.
Goe get thee in and fetch me a soope of liquer.

In youth when I did loue did loue,

Me thought it was very sweet

To contract O the time for a my behoue,

O me thought there a was nothing a meet.


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EnterHamlet and Horatio

Has this fellow no feeling of his busines? a sings in graue­


Custome hath made it in him a property of easines.


Tis een so, the hand of little imploiment hath the daintier sence

But age with his stealing steppes

hath clawed mee in his clutch,

And hath shipped me into the land,
as if I had neuer beene such.


That skull had a tongue in it, and could sing once, how the
knaue iowles it to the ground, as if twere Caines iaw‐bone, that did
the first murder: this might be yͤ pate of a polliticiāpollitician, which this Asse
now ore‐reaches. one that would circumuent God, might it not?


It might my Lord.


Or of a Courtier, which could say good morrow my Lord:
how dost thou sweet Lord? This might be my Lord such a one, that
praised my lord such a ones horse whēwhen a ment to beg it: might it not?


I my Lord.


Why een so, & now my Lady wormes Choples, & knockt
about the maz er with a Sextens spade; heer's fine reuolution and
we had the trick to see't, did these bones cost no more the breeding,
but to play at loggits with them: mine ake to thinke ont.

A pickax and a spade a spade,

for and a shrowding sheet,

O a pit of Clay for to be made
for such a guest is meet.


There's another, why may not that be the skull of a lawyer?
where be his quiddities now, his quillities, his cases, his tenurs, & his
trickes? why dooes he suffer this mad knaue now to knock him a­
bout the sconce with a durty shouell, and will not tell him of his acti­
on of battery: hum, this fellow might be in's time a great buyer of
Land, with his Statutes, his recognisances, his fines, his double vou­
chers, his recoueries, to haue his fine pate full of fine durt: will vou­
chers vouch him no more of his purchases & doubles then the length
and breadth of a payre of Indentures? The vety conueyances of his
Lands will scarcely lye in this box, and must th'inheritor himselfe
haue no more? ha.


Not a iot more my Lord.


Is not parchment made of sheepe‐skinnes?


Prince of Denmarke.

I my Lord, and of Calue‐skinnes too.


They are Sheepe and Calues which seeke out assurance in
that, I will speake to this fellow. Whose graue's this sirra?


Mine sir, or a pit of clay for to be made.


I thinke it be thine indeede for thou lyest in't.


You lye out ont sir, and therefore tis not yours; for my part
I doe not lye in't, yet it is mine.


Thou dost lye in't to be in't and say it is thine, tis for the
dead, not for the quicke, therefore thou lyest.


Tis a quicke lye sir, twill away againe from me to you.


What man dost thou digge it for?


For no man sir.


What woman then?


For none neither.


Who is to be buried in't?


One that was a woman sir, but rest her soule shee's dead.


How absolute the knaue is, we must speake by the card, or
equiuocation will vndoo vs. By the Lord Horatio, this three yeares I
haue tooke note of it, the age is growne so picked, that the toe of the
pesant comes so neere the heele of the Courtier he galls his kybe.
How long hast thou bene a Graue‐maker?


Of the dayes i'th yeare I came too't that day that our last
King Hamlet ouercame Fortinbrasse.


How long is that since?


Cannot you tell that? euery foole can tell that, it was that
very day that young Hamlet was borne: he that is mad and sent into


I marry why was he sent into England?


Why because a was mad_: a shall recouer his wits there, or if
a doe not, tis no great matter there,




Twill not be seene in him there, there the are men as mad
(as hee.


How came he mad?


Very strangely they say,


How strangely?


Faith eene with loosing his wits.


Vpon what ground?


Why heere in Denmarke: I haue beene Sexton heere man
and boy thirty yeares.


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How long will a man lie i'th earth ere he ro_?


Faith if a be not rotten before a die, as we haue many po_­
kie corses, that will scarce hold the laying in, a will last you some
eight yeare, or nine yeare. A Tanner will last you nine yeare,


Why he more then another?


Why sir, his hide is so tand with his trade, that a will keepe
out water a great while; & your water is a sore decayer of your whor­
son dead body, heer's a scull now hath lyen you i'th earth 23. yeares.


Whose was it?


A whorson mad fellowes it was, whose do you think it was?


Nay I know not.


A pestilence on him for a mad rogue, a pourd a flagon of
Renish on my head once; this same skull sir, was sir Yoricks skull, the
Kings Iester.




Een that.


Alas poore Yoricke, I knew him Horatio, a fellow of infinite
iest, of most excelent fancy, hee hath bore me on his backe a thou­
sand times, and now how abhorred in my imagination it is: my gorge
rises at it. Here hung those lyppes that I haue kist I know not how
oft: where be your gibes now? your gamboles, your songs, your fla­
shes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roare, not one
now to mocke your owne grinning, quite chopf_lne. Now get you
to my Ladies table, and tell her, let her paint an inch thicke, to this fa­
uour she must come, make her laugh at that.

Prethee Horatio tell me one thing.


What's that my Lord?


Doost thou thinke Alexander lookt a this fashon i'th earth?


Een so.


And smelt so: pah.


Een so my Lord


To what base vses we may returne Horatio? Why may not
imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander, till a find it stopping
a bunghole?


Twere to consider too curiously to consider so.


No faith, not a iot, but to follow him thether with modesty
enough, and likelihood to leade it. Alexander died, Alexander was
buried, Alexander returneth to dust, the dust is earth, of earth wee
make Lome, & why of that Lome whereto he was conuerted, might


Prince of Denmarke.
They not stoppe a Beare‐barrell?

Imperious Cæsar dead, and turn'd to Clay,

Might stoppe a hole, to keepe the wind away.

O that that earth which kept the world in awe,

Should patch a wall t'expell the waters flaw.

But soft, but soft awhile, here comes the King,
Enter King
Quee. Laertes
and the corse.

The Queene, the courtiers, who is this they follow?

And with such maimed rites? this doth betoken,

The corse they follow, did with desprat hand

Foredoo it owne life, twas of some estate,

Couch we a while and marke.

What Ceremony else?

That is Laertes a very noble youth, make.

What Ceremony else?

Her obsequies haue beene as farre inlarg'd

As we haue warranty, her death was doubtfull,

And but that great command ore‐swayes the order,

She should in ground vnsanctified beene lodg'd

Till the last trumpet: for charitable prayers,

Flints and peebles should be throwne on her:

Yet heere she is allow'd her virgin Crants,

Her mayden strewments, and the bringing home

Of bell and buriall.

Must there no more be doone?

No more be doone.

We should prophane the seruice of the dead,

To sing a Requiem and such rest to her

As to peace‐parted soules.

Lay her i'th earth,

And from her faire and vnpolluted flesh

May Violets spring: I tell thee churlish Priest,

A ministring Angell shall my sister be

When thou lyest howling.

What, the faire Ophelia.

Sweets to the sweet, farewell,

I hop't thou should'st haue beene my Hamlets wife,

I thought thy bride‐bed to haue deckt sweet maide,

And not haue strew'd thy graue.

O trebble woe


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Fall tenne times double on that cursed head.

Whose wicked deede thy most ingenious sence

Depriued thee of, hold off the earth a while,

Till I haue caught her once more in mine armes;

Now pile your dust vpon the quicke and dead,

Till of this flat a mountaine you haue made

To'retop old Pelion, or the skyesh head

Of blew Olympus.

What is he whose griefe

Beares such an Emphasis, whose phrase of sorrow

Coniures the wandring starres, and makes them stand

Like wonder wounded hearers? tis I

Hamlet the Dane.

The Diuell take thy soule,

Thou pray'st not well, I prethee take thy fingers (from my throat,

For though I am not spleenatiue rash,

Yet haue I in me something dangerous,

Which let thy wisedome feare; hold off thy hand?

Plucke them a sunder.

Hamlet, Hamlet.


Good my Lord be quiet.

Why, I will fight with him vpon this theame

Vntill my eye‐lids will no longer wagge.

O my sonne, what theame?

I lou'd Ophelia: forty thousand brothers

Could not with all their quantity of loue

Make vp my summe. What wilt thou doo for her.

O he is mad Laertes.

For loue of God forbeare him?

S'wounds shew me what th'out doe:

Woo't weepe, woo't fight, woo't fast, woo't teare thy selfe,

Woo't drinke vp Esill, eate a Crocadile

Ile doo't: doost come heere to whine?

To out‐face me with leaping in her graue,

Be buried quicke with her, and so will I.

And if thou prate of mountaines, let them throw

Millions of Aeres on vs, till our ground

Sindging his pate against the burning Zone


Prince of Denmarke.
Make Ossa like a wart, nay and thou'lt mouth,

Ile rant as well as thou.

This is meere madnesse,

And this a while the fit will worke on him,

Anon as patient as the female Doe

When that her golden cuplets are disclosed

His silence will sit drooping.

Heare you sir,

What is the reason that you vse me thus?

I lou'd you euer, but it is no matter,

Let Hercules himselfe doe what he may

The Cat will mew, a dogge will haue his day.
Exit Hamlet,
and Horatio.

I pray thee good _oratio waite vpon him.

Strengthen your patience in our last nights speech,

Weele put the matter to the present push:

Good Gertrard set some watch ouer your sonn_,

This graue shall haue a liuing monument,

An houre of quiet thereby shall we see

Tell then in patience our proceeding be.

Enter Hamlet and Horatio.
So much for this sir, now shall you see the other,

You doe remember all the circumstance.

Remember it my Lord.

Sir in my heart there was a kind of fighting

That would not let me sleepe, me thought I lay

Worse then the mutines in the bilbo's, rashly,

And praysd be rashnes for it: let vs know,

Our indiscretion sometime serues vs well

When our deepe plots doe fall, and that should learne vs

Ther's a diuinity _hat shapes our ends,

Rough hew them how we will.

That is most certaine.

Vp from my Cabin,

My sea‐gowne scarft about me in the darke

Gropt I to find out them, had my desire,

Fingard their packet, and in fine with‐drew

To mine owne roome againe, making so bold


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My feares forgetting manners to vnfold

Their graund commission; where I found Horatio

A royall knauery, an exact command

Larded with many seuerall sorts of reasons,

Importing Denmarkes health, and Englands to,

With hoe such bugges and goblins in my life,

That on the superuise no leasure bated,

No not to stay the grinding of the Axe,

My head should be strooke off.

I'st possible?

Heeres the commmission, read it at more leasure,

But wilt thou heare now how I did proceed.

I beseech you.

Being thus be‐netted round with villaines,

Or I could make a prologue to my braines,

They had begunne the play, I sat me downe,

Deuisd a new commission, wrote it faire,

I once did hold it as our statists doe

A basenesse to write faire, and labourd much

How to forget that learning, but sir now

It did me yemans seruice, wilt thou know

Th' effect of what I wrote?

I good my Lord.

An earnest coniuration from the King,

As England was his faithfull tributary,

As loue betweene them like the palme might florish,

As peace should still her wheaten garland weare

And stand a Comma tweene their amities,

And many such like, as sir of great charge,

That on the view, and knowing of these contents,

Without debatement further more or lesse,

He should those bearers put to suddaine death,

Not shriuing time alow'd.

How was this seald?

Why euen in that was heauen ordinant,

I had my fathers signet in my purse

Which was the model of that Danish seale,

Folded the writ vp in the forme of th'other,

Subscrib'd it, gau't th'impression, plac'd it safely,


Prince of Denmarke.
The changling neuer knowne: now the next day

Was our Sea‐fight, and what to this was sequent

Thou knowest already.

So Guyldensterne and Rosencraus goe too't.

They are not neere my conscience; their defeat

Dooes by their owne insinuation growe,

Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes

Betweene the passe and fell incenced poynts

Os mighty opposits.

Why what a King is this!

Dooe_ it not thinke thee stand me now vppon?

Hee that hath kild my King, and whor'd my mother,

Pop't in betweene the election and my hopes,

Throwne out his Angle for my proper life,

And with such cosnage, i'st not perfect conscicnce?

Enter a Courtier.
Your Lordshippe is right welcome backe to Denmarke,

I humbly thanke you sir.

Doo'st know this water‐fly?

No my good Lord,


Thy state is the more gratious, for tis a vice to know him,
He hath much land and fertill: let a beast be Lord of beasts, and his
crib shall stand at the Kings messe, tis a chough, but as I say, spaci­
ous in the possession of durt.


Sweet Lord, if your Lordshippe were at Leasure, I should
impart a thing to you from his Maiesty.

I will receiue it sir with all dilligence of spirrit, your bonnet
to his right vse, tis for the head.

I thanke your Lordship, it is very hot.

No beleeue me, tis very cold, the wind is Northerly,

It is indifferent cold my Lord indeed,

But yet me thinkes it is very soultry and hot, or my com­


Exceedingly my Lord, it is very soultry, as t'were I cannot
tell how: my Lord his Maiesty bad me signifie to you, that a has layed
a great wager on your head, sir this is the matter.

I beseech you remember.


Nay good my Lord for my ease in good faith, sir here is newly
come to court Laertes, beleeue me an absolute gentlemāgentleman, full of most


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excellent differences, of very soft society, and great showing: in­
deede to speake feelingly of him, he is the card or kalender of Gent­
try: for you shall finde in him the continent of what part a Gentle­
man would see.


Sir, his definement suffers no perdition in you, though I
know to devide him inuentorially, would dizzie th'arithmeticke of
memory, and yet but raw neither, in respect of his quick saile, but
in the verity of extolment, I take him to be a soule of great article,
and his infusion of such dearth and rarenesse, us to make true dixion
of him, his semblable is his mirrour, and who els would trace him,
his vmbrage, nothing more.

Your Lordship speakes most infallibly of him.

The concernancy sir, why do wee wrap the Gentleman in
our more rawer breath?


Ist not possible to vnderstand in another tongue, you will
doo't sir really.

What imports the nomination of this Gentleman?

Of Laertes.

His purse is empty already, all's golden words are spent.

Of him sir.

I know you are not ignorant.

I would you did sir, yet in fayth if you did, it would not
much approoue me, well sir.

You are ignorant of what excellence Laertes is


I dare not confesse that, least I should compare with him
in excellence, but to know a man well, were to know himselfe.


I meane si_ for this weapon, but in the imputation layd on
him by them in his meed, hee's vnfellowed.

What's his weapon?

Rapiar and Dagger.

That's two of his weapons, but well.


The King sir hath wagerd with him six Barbary horses a­
gainst the which he has impaund as I take it six french Rapiers and
Poynards, with their assignes, as girdle, hanger and so. Three of the
cariages in faith, are very deare to fancy, very responsiue to the hilts,
most dilicate carriages, and of very liberall conceit.

What call you the carriages?

I knew you must be edified by the margent ere you had

Prince of Denmarke.

The carriage sir are the hangers.


The phrase would be more German to the matter if wee
could carry a Cannon by our sides, I would it might be hangers till
then, but on, six Barbary horses _ against six french swords their as­
signes, and three liberall conceited carriages, that's the French bet
against the Danish, why is this all you call it?


The King sir, hath laid sir, that in a dozen passes betweene
your selfe and him, hee shall not exceede you three hits, hee hath
layd on twelue for nine, and it would come to immediate tryall, if
your Lordshippe would vouchsafe the answere.

How if I answere no?

I meane my Lord the opposition of your person in tryall.


Sir I will walke heere in the hall, If it please his Maiesty, it
is the breathing time of day with mee, let the foyles be brought, the
Gentleman willinge, and the Kinge hold his purpose; I will winne
for him and I can, if not I will gaine nothing but my shame, and the
odde hits.

Shall I deliuer you so?

To this effect sir, after what florish your nature will.

I commend my duty to your Lordshippe.

Yours doo's well to commend it himselfe, there are no
tongues e_s for's turne.

This Lapwing runnes away with the shell on his head.


A did so sir with his dugge before a suckt it, thus has he and
many more of the same b_eede that I know the drossy age dotes on,
onely got the tune of the time, and out of an habit of incounter, a
kind of misty collection, which carryes them through and through
the most prophane and trennowned opinions, and doe but blowe
them to their tryall, the bubbles are out

Enter a Lord.

My Lord, his Maiesty commended him to you by younge
Ostricke, who brings backe to him that you attend him in the hall,
hee sends to know if your pleasure hold to play with Laertes, or that
you will take longer time?


I am constant to my purposes, they follow the Kings plea­
sure, if his fitnes speakes, mine is ready: now or whensoeuer, pro­
uided I be so able as now.


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The King and Queene and all are comming downe.

In happy time.


The Queene desires you to vse some gentle entertainment
to Laertes, before you goe to play.

Shee well instructs me,

You will loose my Lord.


I doe not thinke so, since hee went into France, I haue bin
in continuall practise, I shall winne at the ods; thou would'st not
thinke how ill all's heere about my heart, but it is no matter.

Nay good my Lord.


It is but foolery, but it is such a kinde of game‐giuing, as
would perhaps trouble a woman.


If your mind dislike any thing, obay it. I will forestall their
repaire hether and say you are not fit.


Not a whit we defie augury, there is speciall prouidence in
the fall of a Sparrowe, if i_ be, tis not to come, if it bee not to come,
it will be now, if it bee not now, yet it will come, the readines is all,
since no man of ought hee leaues, knowes what ist to leaue betimes,
let bee.

A table prepard, Trumpets, Drums and Officers with Cushions,
King, Queene, and all the state Foiles, Daggers, and Laertes.
Come Hamlet, come and take this hand from me.

Giue me your pardon sir, I haue done you wrong,

But pardon't as you are a Gentleman, this presence knowes,

And you must needs haue heard, how I am punisht

Wiih a sore distraction: what I haue done

That might your nature, honor. and exception

Roughly awake I heere proclaime was madnes,

Wast Hamlet wronged Laertes? neuer Hamlet.

If Hamlet from himselfe be tane away,

And when hee's not himselfe, doo's wrong Laertes,

Then Hamlet doo's it not, Hamlet denies it,

Who dooes it then? his madnes. Ift be so,

Hamlet is of the faction that is wronged,

His madnesse is poore Hamlets enemie,

Let my disclaiming from a purpos'd euill,

Free me so farre in your most generous thoughts

That I haue shot my arrowe ore the house


Prince of Denmarke.
And hurt my brother.

I am satisfied in nature,

Whose motiue in this case should stirre me most

To my reuendge, but in my tearmes of honor

I stand a loofe, and will no reconcilement,

Till by some elder Maisters of knowne honor

I haue a voyce and president of peace

To my name vngor'd: but all that time

I doe ree_iue your offerd loue, like loue,

And will not wrong it.

I emb_ace it freely, and will this brothers wager
franckly play.

Giue vs the foiles.

Come, one for me.

Ile be your foile Laertes, in mine ig_orance

Your skill shall like a starre i'th darkest night

Stick fiery of indeed.

You mocke me sir.

No by this hand.

Giue them the foiles young Ostricke, cosin Ham.

You know the wager,

Very well my Lord.

Your grace has layde the ods a'th weaker side.

I doe not feare it, I haue seene you both,

But since he is better, we haue therefore ods.

This is to heauy: let me see another.

This likes me well, these foiles haue all a length.

I my good Lord.

Set me the stoopes of wine vpon the table,

If Hamlet giue the first or second hit,

Or quit in answer of the third exchange.

Let all the battlements their ordnance fire.

The King shall drinke to Hamlets better breath,

And in the cup an Onixe shall he throw,

Richer then that which foure successiue 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 heauens to earth,


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Mathematical formulas.
Now the King drinkes to Hamlet, come beginne.
the while.

And you the Iudges beare a wary eye.

Come on sir.

Come my Lord.




A hit, a very palpable hit.
Drum, trumpets and shot.
Florish, a peece goes off.

Well, againe.

Stay, giue me drinke, Hamlet this pearle is thine.

Heeres to thy health, giue him the cup.

Ile play this bout first, set it by a while

Come, another hit. What say you?

I doe confest.

Our sonne shall winne.

Hee's fat and scant of breath.

Heere Hamlet take my napkin rub thy browes,

The Q_eene carowses to thy fortune Hamlet.

Good Madam.

Gertrard, doe not drinke.

I will my Lord, I pray you pardon me.

It is the poysned cup, it is too late.

I dare not drinke yet Madam, by and by.

Come, let me wipe thy face.

My Lord, Ile hit him now.

I doe not think't.

And yet it is almost against my conscience,

Com for the third Laertes, you doe but dally.

I pray you passe with your best violence

I am sure you make a wanton of me.

Say you so come on.

Nothing neither way.

Haue at you now.

Pa_t them, they are incenst.

Nay come againe.

Looke to the Queene there hoe.

They bleed on both sides, how is it my Lord?

Host ist Laeres?

Why as a woodcock to mine owne sprindge. Ostrick


Prince of Denmarke.
I am iustly kild with mine owne treachery.

How does the Queene?

She sounds to see them bleed.

No, no, the drink, the drinke, O my deare Ham___

The drinke, the drinke, I am poysned.

O villanie! hoe let the dore be lock't,

Treachery, seeke it out.

It is heere Hamlet, thou art slaine,

No medcin in the world can do thee good,

In thee there is not halfe an houres life,

The treacherous instrument is in my hand

Vnbated and enuenom'd, the foule practise

Hath turn'd it selfe on me, loe here I lye

Neuer to rise againe: thy mother's poysned,

I can no more, the King, the Kings too blame.

The point enuenom'd to, then venom to thy worke.

Treason, treason.

O yet defend me friends, I am but hurt.

Here thou incestious damned Dane,

Drinke of this potion, is the Onixe heere?

Follow my mother.

He is iustly serued, it is a poyson temperd by himsefe.

Exchange forgiuenes with me noble Hamlet,

Mine and my fathers death come not vppon thee,

Nor thine on me.

Heauen make thee free of it, I follow thee;

I am dead Horatio, wretched Queene adiew.

You that looke pale and tremble at this chance,

That are but mutes, or audience to this act,

Had I but time as this fell Sergeant Death

Is strict in his arrest. O I could tell you!

But let it be; Horatio I am dead,

Thou liuest, report me and my cause aright

To the vnsatisfied.

Neuer beleeue it;

I am more an antike Romane then a Dane,

Heere's yet some liquor left.

As th'art a man

Giue me the cup, let goe, by heauen Ile hate,


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O God Horatio! what a wounded name

Things standing thus vnknowne, shall I leaue behind me?

If thou did_st euer hold me in thy heart,

Absent thee from felicity a while,

And in this harsh world draw thy breath in paine
A march a
farre off.

To tell my story: what warlike noise is this?

Enter Osrick.
Young Fortinbrasse with conquest come from Poland,

Th th'embassadors of England giues this warlike volly.

O I die Horatio,

The potent poyson quite ore‐growes my spirit,

I cannot liue to heare the newes from England,

But I do prophesie the election lights

On Fortinbrasse, he has my dying voyce,

So tell him with th'occurants more and lesse

Which haue solicited, the rest is silence.

Now cracks a noble heart, good night sweet Prince,

And flight_ of Angels singe thee to thy rest.

Why dooes the drumme come hethe_?

Enter Fortinbrasse, with the Embassadors.
Where is this sight?

What is it you would see?

If ought of woe, or wonder, cease your search.

This quarry cries on hauock, O proud death

What feast is toward in thine eternall cell,

That thou so many Princes at a shot

So bloudily hast strooke?

The sight is dismall

And our affaires from England come too late,

The eares are sencelesse rhat should giue vs hearing,

To tell him his commandement is fulfilld,

That Rosencraus and Guyldenstirne are dead,

Where should wee ha_e our thankes?

Not from his mouth

Had it th'ability of life to thanke you;

He neuer gaue commandement for their death;

But since so iump vpon this bloody question


Prince of Denmarke.
You from the Pollock warres, and you from England

Are heere arriued, giue order that these bodies

High on a stage be placed to the view,

And let mee speake, to th'yet vnknowing wor ld

How these things came about; so shall you heare

Of cruell, bloody and vnnaturall acts.

Of accidentall iudgements, casuall slaughters,

Of deaths put on by cunning, and for no cause,

And in this vpshot, purposes mistooke,

Falne on the inuenters heads: all this can I

Truely deliuer.

Let vs hast to heare it,

And call the noblest to the audience,

For me with sorrow I embrace my fortune,

I haue some rights of memory in this kingdome,

Which now to claime my vantage doth inuite me.

Of that I shall haue also cause to speake,

And from his mouth, whose voyce will draw no more,

But let this same be presently perform'd

Euen while mens mindes are wilde, least more mischance

On plots and errors happen.

Let foure Captaines

Beare Hamlet like a souldier to the stage,

For he was likely, had he beene put on,

To haue prooued most royall; and for his passage_

The souldiers musique and the right of warre

Speake loudly for him:

Take vp the bodies, such a sight as this,

Becomes the field, but heere showes much amisse.

Goe bid the souldiers shoote.


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one, for Own. Mids.N.Dr.

Recreant. Olde. An unbeliever, or Heretick; from the
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