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The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark from Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies. — Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies — Bodleian First Folio, Arch. G c.7

Table of contents

1. THE TRAGEDIE OF
HAMLET, Prince of Denmarke.

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1.1.

1.1.1. Actus Primus. Scœna Prima.
[Act 1, Scene 1]

Enter Barnardo and Francisco two Centinels.
Barnardo.
WHo's there?1
Fran.
Nay answer me: Stand & vnfold your selfe.2
Bar.
Long liue the King.3
Fran.
Barnardo?4
Bar.
He.5
Fran.
You come most carefully vpon your houre.6
Bar.
'Tis now strook twelue, get thee to bed Francisco. 7
Fran.
For this releese much thankes: 'Tis bitter cold,8
And I am sicke at heart.9
Barn.
Haue you had quiet Guard?10
Fran.
Not a Mouse stirring.11
Barn.
Well, goodnight. If you do meet Horatio and 12
Marcellus, the Riuals of my Watch, bid them make hast.13
Enter Horatio and Marcellus.
Fran.
I thinke I heare them. Stand: who's there?14
Hor.
Friends to this ground.15
Mar.
And Leige‑men to the Dane.16
Fran.
Giue you good night.17
Mar.
O farwel honest Soldier, who hath relieu'd you?18
Fra.
Barnardo ha's my place: giue you goodnight.19
Exit Fran.
Mar.
Holla Barnardo. 20
Bar.
Say, what is Horatio there?21
Hor.
A peece of him.
Bar.
Welcome Horatio, welcome good Marcellus.
Mar.
What, ha's this thing appear'd againe to night.
Bar.
I haue seene nothing.
Mar.
Horatio saies,'tis but our Fantasie,
And will not let beleefe take hold of him22
Touching this dreaded sight, twice seene of vs,
Therefore I haue intreated him along23
With vs, to watch the minutes of this Night,24
That if againe this Apparition come,
He may approue our eyes, and speake to it.
Hor.
Tush, tush,'twill not appeare.25
Bar.
Sit downe a‑while,26
And let vs once againe assaile your eares,27
That are so fortified against our story,28
What we two Nights haue seene.29
Hor.
Well, sit, we downe,30
And let vs heare Barnardo speake of this.31
Barn.
Last night of all,32
When yond same Starre that's Westward from the Pole33
Had made his course t'illume that part of Heauen34
Where now it burnes, Marcellus and my selfe,35
The Bell then beating one.36
Mar.
Peace, breake thee of:37
Enter the Ghost.
Looke where it comes againe.38
Barn.
In the same figure, like the King that's dead.39
Mar.
Thou art a Scholler; speake to it Horatio.40
Barn.
Lookes it not likA hole in the page partially obscures this k.e the King? Marke it Horatio.41
Hora.
Most like: It harrowes me with fear & wonder42
Barn.
It would be spoke too.
Mar.
Question it Horatio.
Hor.
What art thou that vsurp'st this time of night,43
Together with that Faire and Warlike forme44
In which the Maiesty of buried Denmarke45
Did sometimes march: By Heauen I charge thee Speake.46
Mar.
It is offended.
Barn.
See, it stalkes away.
Hor.
Stay: speake; speake: I Charge thee, Speake.47
Exit the Ghost.
Mar.
'Tis gone, and will not answer.48
Barn.
How now Horatio? You tremble & look pale:49
Is not this something more then Fantasie?50
What thinke you on't?
Hor.
Before my God, I might not this beleeue51
Without the sensible and true auouch52
Of mine owne eyes.53
Mar.
Is it not like the King?
Hor.
As thou art to thy selfe,
Such was the very Armour he had on,
When th'Ambitious Norwey combatted:54
So frown'd he once, when in an angry parle55
He smot the sledded Pollax on the Ice.56
'Tis strange.57
Mar.
Thus twice before, and iust at this dead houre,58
With Martiall stalke, hath he gone by our Watch.59
Hor.
In what particular thought to work, l know not:60
But in the grosse and scope of my Opinion,61
This boades some strange erruption to our State.62
Mar.
Good now sit down, & tell me he that knowes63
Why this same strict and most obseruant Watch,64
So nightly toyles the subiect of the Land,
And why such dayly CaftCast of Brazon Cannon65
And Forraigne Mart for Implements of warre:66
Why such impresse of Ship‑wrights, whose sore Taske67
Do's not diuide the Sunday from the weeke,68
What might be toward, that this sweaty hast69
Doth make the Night ioynt‑Labourer with the day:
Who is't that can informe me?
Hor.
That can I,70
At[Page 153]The Tragedie of Hamlet.
At least the whisper goes so: Our last King,71
Whose Image euen but now appear'd to vs,72
Was (as you know) by Fortinbras of Norway,73
(Thereto prick'd on by a most emulate Pride)74
Dar'd to the Combate. In which, our Valiant Hamlet,75
(For so this side of our knowne world esteem'd him)76
Did slay this Fortinbras: who by a Seal'd Compact,77
Well ratified by Law, and Heraldrie,78
Did forfeite (with his life) all those his Lands79
Which he stood seiz'd on, to the Conqueror;80
Against the which, a Moity competent81
Was gaged by our King: which had return'd82
To the Inheritance of Fortinbras,83
Had he bin Vanquisher, as by the same Cou'nant84
And carriage of the Article designe,85
His fell to Hamlet. Now sir, young Fortinbras,86
Of vnimproued Mettle, hot and full,87
Hath in the skirts of Norway, heere and there,88
Shark'd vp a List of Landlesse Resolutes,89
For Foode and Diet, to some Enterprize90
That hath a stomacke m't: which is no other91
(And it doth well appeare vnto our State) 92
But to recouer of vs by strong hand93
And termes Compulsatiue, those foresaid Lands94
So by his Father lost: and this (I take it)95
Is the maine Motiue os our Preparations,96
The Sourse of this our Watch, and the cheefe head97
Of this post‑hast, and Romage in the Land.98
Enter Ghost againe.
But soft, behold: Loe, where it comes againe:99
Ile crosse it, though it blast me. stay Illusion:
If thou hast any sound, or vse of Voyce,100
Speake to me. If there be any good thing to be done,101
That may to thee do ease, and grace to me; speak to me.102
If thou art priuy to thy Countries Fate
(Which happily foreknowing may auoyd) Oh speake.103
Or, if thou hast vp‑hoorded in thy life104
Extorted Treasure in the wombe of Earth,105
(For which, they say, you Spirits oft walke in death)106
Speake of it. Stay, and speake. Stop it Marcellus. 107
Mar.
Shall I strike at irit with my Partizan?108
Hor.
Do, if it will not stand.109
Barn.
'Tis heere.110
Hor.
'Tis heere.111
Mar.
'Tis gone.112
Exit Ghost.
We do it wrong, being so Maiesticall113
To offer it the shew of Violence,114
For it is as the Ayre, invulnerable,115
And our vaine blowes, malicious Mockery.116
Barn.
It was about to speake, when the Cocke crew.
Hor.
And then it started, like a guilty thing117
Vpon a fearfull Summons. I haue heard,
The Cocke that is the Trumpet to the day,118
Doth with his lofty and shrill‑sounding Throate119
Awake the God of Day: and at his warning,120
Whether in Sea, or Fire, in Earth, or Ayre,121
Th'extrauagant, and erring Spirit, hyes122
To his Confine. And of the truth heerein,123
This prescnt Obiect made probation.
Mar.
It faded on the crowing of the Cocke.
Some sayes, that euer 'gainst that Season comes124
Wherein our Sauiours Birth is celebrated,125
The Bird of Dawning singeth all night long:126
And then (they say) no Spirit can walke abroad,127
The nights are wholsome, then no Planets strike,128
No Faiery talkes, nor Witch hath power to Charme:129
So hallow'd, and so gracious is the time.130
Hor.
So haue I heard, and do in part beleeue it.131
But looke, the Morne in Russet mantle clad,132
Walkes o're the dew of yon high Easterne Hill,133
Breake we our Watch vp, and by my aduice134
Let vs impart what we haue seene to night135
Vnto yong Hamlet. For vpon my life,136
This Spirit dumbe to vs, will speake to him:137
Do you consent we shall acquaint him with it,138
As needfull in our Loues, fitting our Duty?139
Mar.
Let do't I pray, and I this morning know140
Where we shall finde him most conueniently.
Exeunt
WHo's there?] F1; STand: who is that? (Q1)
Nay answer me: Stand & vnfold your selfe.] F1; (Q1)
Long liue the King.] F1; (Q1)
Barnardo?] F1; (Q1)
He.] F1; (Q1)
You come most carefully vpon your houre.] F1; (Q1)
'Tis now strook twelue, get thee to bed Francisco. ] F1; (Q1)
For this releese much thankes: 'Tis bitter cold,] F1; (Q1)
And I am sicke at heart.] F1; (Q1)
Haue you had quiet Guard?] F1; (Q1)
Not a Mouse stirring.] F1; (Q1)
Well, goodnight. If you do meet Horatio and ] F1; And if you meete Marcellus and Horatio, (Q1)
Marcellus, the Riuals of my Watch, bid them make hast.] F1; The partners of my watch, bid them make haste. (Q1)
I thinke I heare them. Stand: who's there?] F1; I will: See who goes there. (Q1)
Friends to this ground.] F1; Friends to this ground. (Q1)
And Leige‑men to the Dane.] F1; And leegemen to the Dane, (Q1)
Giue you good night.] F1; (Q1)
O farwel honest Soldier, who hath relieu'd you?] F1; O farewell honest souldier, who hath releeued you? (Q1)
Barnardo ha's my place: giue you goodnight.] F1; Barnardo hath my place, giue you good night. (Q1)
Holla Barnardo. ] F1, Q1
Say, what is Horatio there?] F1; Say, is Horatio there? (Q1)
And will not let beleefe take hold of him] F1; And wil not let beliefe take hold of him, (Q1)
Therefore I haue intreated him along] F1; Therefore I haue intreated him a long with vs (Q1)
With vs, to watch the minutes of this Night,] F1; To watch the minutes of this night, (Q1)
Tush, tush,'twill not appeare.] F1; Tut, t'will not appeare. (Q1)
Sit downe a‑while,] F1; Sit downe I pray, and let vs once againe (Q1)
And let vs once againe assaile your eares,] F1; Assaile your eares that are so fortified, (Q1)
That are so fortified against our story,] F1; (Q1)
What we two Nights haue seene.] F1; What we haue two nights seene. (Q1)
Well, sit, we downe,] F1; Wel, sit we downe, and let vs heare Bernardo speake (Q1)
And let vs heare Barnardo speake of this.] F1; of this. (Q1)
Last night of all,] F1; Last night of al, (Q1)
When yond same Starre that's Westward from the Pole] F1; when yonder starre that's westward from the pole, (Q1)
Had made his course t'illume that part of Heauen] F1; had made his course to Illumine that part of heauen. (Q1)
Where now it burnes, Marcellus and my selfe,] F1; Where now it burnes, (Q1)
The Bell then beating one.] F1; The bell then towling one. (Q1)
Peace, breake thee of:] F1; Breake off your talke, (Q1)
Looke where it comes againe.] F1; see where it comes againe. (Q1)
In the same figure, like the King that's dead.] F1; In the same figure like the King that's dead, (Q1)
Thou art a Scholler; speake to it Horatio.] F1; Thou art a scholler, speake to it Horatio (Q1)
Lookes it not likA hole in the page partially obscures this k.e the King? Marke it Horatio.] F1; Lookes it not like the king? (Q1)
Most like: It harrowes me with fear & wonder] F1; Most like, it horrors mee with feare and wonder. (Q1)
What art thou that vsurp'st this time of night,] F1; What art thou that thus vsurps the state, in (Q1)
Together with that Faire and Warlike forme] F1; (Q1)
In which the Maiesty of buried Denmarke] F1; Which the Maiestie of buried Denmarke did sometimes (Q1)
Did sometimes march: By Heauen I charge thee Speake.] F1; Walke? By heauen I charge thee speake. (Q1)
Stay: speake; speake: I Charge thee, Speake.] F1; Stay, speake, speake, by heauen I charge thee speake. (Q1)
'Tis gone, and will not answer.] F1; Tis gone and makes no answer. (Q1)
How now Horatio? You tremble & look pale:] F1; How now Horatio, you tremble and looke pale, (Q1)
Is not this something more then Fantasie?] F1; Is not this something more than fantasie? (Q1)
Before my God, I might not this beleeue] F1; Afore my God, I might not this beleeue, (Q1)
Without the sensible and true auouch] F1; without the sensible and true auouch (Q1)
Of mine owne eyes.] F1; of my owne eyes. (Q1)
When th'Ambitious Norwey combatted:] F1; When he the ambitious Norway combated. (Q1)
So frown'd he once, when in an angry parle] F1; So frownd he once, when in an angry parle (Q1)
He smot the sledded Pollax on the Ice.] F1; He smot the sleaded pollax on the yce, (Q1)
'Tis strange.] F1; Tis strange. (Q1)
Thus twice before, and iust at this dead houre,] F1; Thus twice before, and iump at this dead hower, (Q1)
With Martiall stalke, hath he gone by our Watch.] F1; With Marshall stalke he passed through our watch. (Q1)
In what particular thought to work, l know not:] F1; In what particular to worke, I know not, (Q1)
But in the grosse and scope of my Opinion,] F1; But in the thought and scope of my opinion, (Q1)
This boades some strange erruption to our State.] F1; This bodes some strange eruption to the state. (Q1)
Good now sit down, & tell me he that knowes] F1; Good, now sit downe, and tell me he that knowes (Q1)
Why this same strict and most obseruant Watch,] F1; Why this same strikt and most obseruant watch, (Q1)
And why such dayly CaftCast of Brazon Cannon] F1; And why such dayly cost of brazen Cannon (Q1)
And Forraigne Mart for Implements of warre:] F1; And forraine marte, for implements of warre, (Q1)
Why such impresse of Ship‑wrights, whose sore Taske] F1; Why such impresse of ship-writes, whose sore taske (Q1)
Do's not diuide the Sunday from the weeke,] F1; Does not diuide the sunday from the weeke: (Q1)
What might be toward, that this sweaty hast] F1; What might be toward that this sweaty march (Q1)
That can I,] F1; Mary that can I, (Q1)
At least the whisper goes so: Our last King,] F1; at least the whisper goes so, Our late King, (Q1)
Whose Image euen but now appear'd to vs,] F1; (Q1)
Was (as you know) by Fortinbras of Norway,] F1; who as you know was by Forten- Brasse of Norway, (Q1)
(Thereto prick'd on by a most emulate Pride)] F1; Thereto prickt on by a most emulous cause, (Q1)
Dar'd to the Combate. In which, our Valiant Hamlet,] F1; dared to The combate, in which our valiant Hamlet, (Q1)
(For so this side of our knowne world esteem'd him)] F1; For so this side of our knowne world esteemed him, (Q1)
Did slay this Fortinbras: who by a Seal'd Compact,] F1; Did slay this Fortenbrasse, Who by a seale compact (Q1)
Well ratified by Law, and Heraldrie,] F1; well ratified, by law And heraldrie, (Q1)
Did forfeite (with his life) all those his Lands] F1; did forfeit with his life all those His lands (Q1)
Which he stood seiz'd on, to the Conqueror;] F1; which he stoode seazed of by the conqueror, (Q1)
Against the which, a Moity competent] F1; Against the which a moity competent, (Q1)
Was gaged by our King: which had return'd] F1; Was gaged by our King: (Q1)
To the Inheritance of Fortinbras,] F1; (Q1)
Had he bin Vanquisher, as by the same Cou'nant] F1; (Q1)
And carriage of the Article designe,] F1; (Q1)
His fell to Hamlet. Now sir, young Fortinbras,] F1; Now sir, yong Fortenbrasse, (Q1)
Of vnimproued Mettle, hot and full,] F1; Of inapproued mettle hot and full, (Q1)
Hath in the skirts of Norway, heere and there,] F1; Hath in the skirts of Norway here and there, (Q1)
Shark'd vp a List of Landlesse Resolutes,] F1; Sharkt vp a sight of lawlesse Resolutes (Q1)
For Foode and Diet, to some Enterprize] F1; For food and diet to some enterprise, (Q1)
That hath a stomacke m't: which is no other] F1; That hath a stomacke in't: (Q1)
(And it doth well appeare vnto our State) ] F1; (Q1)
But to recouer of vs by strong hand] F1; (Q1)
And termes Compulsatiue, those foresaid Lands] F1; (Q1)
So by his Father lost: and this (I take it)] F1; and this (I take it) is the (Q1)
Is the maine Motiue os our Preparations,] F1; (Q1)
The Sourse of this our Watch, and the cheefe head] F1; Chiefe head and ground of this our watch. (Q1)
Of this post‑hast, and Romage in the Land.] F1; (Q1)
But soft, behold: Loe, where it comes againe:] F1; But loe, behold, see where it comes againe, (Q1)
If thou hast any sound, or vse of Voyce,] F1; (Q1)
Speake to me. If there be any good thing to be done,] F1; If there be any good thing to be done, (Q1)
That may to thee do ease, and grace to me; speak to me.] F1; That may doe ease to thee, and grace to mee, Speake to mee. (Q1)
(Which happily foreknowing may auoyd) Oh speake.] F1; Which happly foreknowing may preuent, O speake to me, (Q1)
Or, if thou hast vp‑hoorded in thy life] F1; Or if thou hast extorted in thy life, (Q1)
Extorted Treasure in the wombe of Earth,] F1; Or hoorded treasure in the wombe of earth, (Q1)
(For which, they say, you Spirits oft walke in death)] F1; For which they say you Spirites oft walke in death, (Q1)
Speake of it. Stay, and speake. Stop it Marcellus. ] F1; speake to me, stay and speake, speake, stoppe it Marcellus. (Q1)
Shall I strike at irit with my Partizan?] F1; (Q1)
Do, if it will not stand.] F1; (Q1)
'Tis heere.] F1; Tis heere. (Q1)
'Tis heere.] F1; Tis heere. (Q1)
'Tis gone.] F1; Tis gone, (Q1)
We do it wrong, being so Maiesticall] F1; O we doe it wrong, being so maiesti- call, (Q1)
To offer it the shew of Violence,] F1; to offer it the shew of violence, (Q1)
For it is as the Ayre, invulnerable,] F1; For it is as the ayre invelmorable, (Q1)
And our vaine blowes, malicious Mockery.] F1; And our vaine blowes malitious mockery. (Q1)
And then it started, like a guilty thing] F1; And then it faded like a guilty thing, (Q1)
The Cocke that is the Trumpet to the day,] F1; The Cocke, that is the trumpet to the morning, (Q1)
Doth with his lofty and shrill‑sounding Throate] F1; Doth with his earely and shrill crowing throate, (Q1)
Awake the God of Day: and at his warning,] F1; Awake the god of day, and at his sound, (Q1)
Whether in Sea, or Fire, in Earth, or Ayre,] F1; Whether in earth or ayre, in sea or fire, (Q1)
Th'extrauagant, and erring Spirit, hyes] F1; The strauagant and erring spirite hies (Q1)
To his Confine. And of the truth heerein,] F1; To his confines, and of the trueth heereof (Q1)
Some sayes, that euer 'gainst that Season comes] F1; Some say, that euer gainst that season comes, (Q1)
Wherein our Sauiours Birth is celebrated,] F1; Wherein our Sauiours birth is celebrated, (Q1)
The Bird of Dawning singeth all night long:] F1; The bird of dawning singeth all night long, (Q1)
And then (they say) no Spirit can walke abroad,] F1; And then they say, no spirite dare walke abroade, (Q1)
The nights are wholsome, then no Planets strike,] F1; The nights are wholesome, then no planet frikes, (Q1)
No Faiery talkes, nor Witch hath power to Charme:] F1; No Fairie takes, nor Witch hath powre to charme, (Q1)
So hallow'd, and so gracious is the time.] F1; So gratious, and so hallowed is that time. (Q1)
So haue I heard, and do in part beleeue it.] F1; So haue I heard, and doe in parte beleeue it: (Q1)
But looke, the Morne in Russet mantle clad,] F1; But see the Sunne in russet mantle clad, (Q1)
Walkes o're the dew of yon high Easterne Hill,] F1; Walkes ore the deaw of yon hie mountaine top, (Q1)
Breake we our Watch vp, and by my aduice] F1; Breake we our watch vp, and by my aduise, (Q1)
Let vs impart what we haue seene to night] F1; Let vs impart what wee haue seene to night (Q1)
Vnto yong Hamlet. For vpon my life,] F1; Vnto yong Hamlet: for vpon my life (Q1)
This Spirit dumbe to vs, will speake to him:] F1; 170This Spirite dumbe to vs will speake to him: (Q1)
Do you consent we shall acquaint him with it,] F1; Do you consent, wee shall acquaint him with it, (Q1)
As needfull in our Loues, fitting our Duty?] F1; As needefull in our loue, fitting our duetie? (Q1)
Let do't I pray, and I this morning know] F1; Lets doo't I pray, and I this morning know, (Q1)
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.. Date: 2014-04-23