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Hamlet

Act I, Scene 1

Elsinore. A platform before the castle.
 
[FRANCISCO at his post. Enter to him BERNARDO]
 
BERNARDO
              ,
      Who's there?
 
FRANCISCO
                        ,     2      ,        2    ,          ,
                   Nay ans|wer me: stand | and unfold | yourself.
 
BERNARDO
        T    T   .    T
      Long live the king.
 
FRANCISCO
                            oo       ,
                               | Bernar|do?
 
BERNARDO
                                             ,
                                            He.
 
FRANCISCO
            ,      ,    ,             ,          ,
      You come | most care/fully | upon | your hour.
 
BERNARDO
            ,       T      T     T        2    ,         ,     2->
      'Tis now | struck twelve, get | thee to bed | Francis||co.
 
FRANCISCO
            ,        ,            ,           ,        ,
      For this | relief | much^thanks:| 'tis bit|ter cold,
          ,        ,         ,
      And I | am sick | at heart.
 
BERNARDO
                                             ,   ,        ,   ->
                                 Have you / had qui||et guard?
 
FRANCISCO
                ,     ,
      Not a / mouse stir|ring.  \\
 
BERNARDO
        ,           ,          ,         ,      , 3 3
      Well, good^|night. If | you do | meet Ho|ratio and
            x          ,     3  3     ,                  ,    ,
      Marcellus,| the riv|als of my watch,| bid them / make haste.
 
FRANCISCO
          ,         ,            ,     oo           ,
      I think | I hear | them. Stand:|    | Who's there?
 
[Enter HORATIO and MARCELLUS]
 
HORATIO
         ,                 ,
      Friends to | this ground.
 
MARCELLUS
                                     ,        ,         ,
                               And liege|men to | the Dane.
 
FRANCISCO
        ,               ,
      Give you | good night. \\
  
MARCELLUS
           ,        ,       ,         ,        2     ,          2->
      O* fare|well^hon|est sol|dier, who | hath relieved || you?    ??
 
FRANCISCO
          ,      ,         ,       ,               ,
      Bernar|do has | my place:| give you | good night.
 
[Exit]
 
MARCELLUS
Holla Bernardo.
 
BERNARDO
Say, what is Horatio there?
 
HORATIO
A piece of him.
 
BERNARDO
       ,     2    , 2     ,          ,       ,
      Welcome Ho|ratio,| welcome | good Mar|cellus.
 
MARCELLUS
        ,                ,          ,        ,        ,
      What, has | this thing | appeared | again | tonight.
 
BERNARDO
                 ,    ,
      I have / seen noth|ing.  \\
 
MARCELLUS
         ,  2    ,          ,         ,     ,
      Hora|tio says,| 'tis but | our fant|asy,
                  ,   ,        ,           ,        ,
      And will / not let | belief | take^hold | of him
       ,                ,        ,       T     T   Tx
      Touching | this dread|ed sight,| twice seen of us,
             ,        ,        ,       ,       ,
      Therefore | I have | entreat|ed him | along
            ,        ,          ,              ,    ,
      With us | to watch | the min|utes of / this night,
            ,      ,          ,    ,        ,
      That if | again | this ap|pari|tion come,
       ,           ,           ,          ,      ,  
      He may | approve | our eyes,| and speak | to it.
 
HORATIO
        T     T      T        2    ,
      Tush, tush, 'twill | not appear.
 
BERNARDO
                                            ,        ,
                                      Sit down | awhile,
           ,         ,       ,        ,           ,
      And let | us once | again | assail | your ears,
          2     ,    ,      ,       ,          ,
      That are so | forti|fied a|gainst our | story,
        ,    2        T     T     T
      What we have | two nights seen.
 
HORATIO
                                               ,          ,
                                       Well*, sit | we* down,
           ,         ,        ,       ,          ,
      And let | us hear | Bernar|do speak | of this.
 
BERNARDO
        T    T    .  T
      Last night of all,   \\
             ,    ,    ,           ,                 ,
      When yond same star that's westward from the pole  ????
            ,           ,       2    ,           ,          x
      Had made | his course | to illume | that part | of heaven
             ,         ,         ,       ,        ,
      Where now | it burns,| Marcel|lus and | myself,
       .    T    T    T        ,
      The bell then beat|ing one,   \\
 
[Enter Ghost]
 
MARCELLUS
       ___      ,         ___
      Peace,| break thee^|off:   \\
        ,              ,        ,
      Look where^|it comes | again. \\
 
BERNARDO
                 ,   ,         ,          ,             ,
      In the / same fig|ure, like | the king | that's dead.
 
MARCELLUS
        ,     2      ,         ,    ,          , 2
      Thou art a | scholar;| speak to / it Ho|ratio.
 
BERNARDO
        T    .  T    T          ,        x       , 2
      Looks it not like | the king?| Mark it Ho|ratio.
 
HORATIO
        T    T    .  T        ,          ,          ,      ->
      Most like: it har|rows me | with fear | and wond||er.
 
BERNARDO
       ,        2     ,
      It | would be spoke | to.
 
MARCELLUS
                                 ,        ,      ,   3 3->
                               Ques|tion it | Hora||tio.
 
HORATIO
            ,      ,             ,            ,         ,
      What art | thou that | usurpst | this time | of night,
         ,        ,           ,     .   T   T    T
      Togeth|er with | that fair | and warlike form
           ,          ,     ,       ,       ,        2->
      In which | the maj|esty | of bur|ied Den||mark*
            ,          ,           x         ,             ,
      Did some|times march:| By heaven | I charge | thee speak.
 
MARCELLUS
          ,      ,
      It is | offend|ed.
 
BERNARDO
                         ,          ,       ,
                        See,| it stalks | away.
 
HORATIO
       __     ___     ___        ,              ,
      Stay:| speak,| speak:| I charge | thee, speak.
 
[Exit Ghost]
 
MARCELLUS
             ,          ,         ,       o
      'Tis gone,| and will | not^ans|wer.
 
BERNARDO
      <-      ,        ,   ,         ,              ,    ,
        How* now || Hora|tio?| You trem|ble and / look pale:
          ,           ,          ,           ,    ,
      Is not | this some|thing more | than fant|asy?
             ,           x
      What think | you on it?  \\
 
HORATIO
          ,        ,        ,           ,        ,
      Before | my God,| I might | not this | believe
           ,          ,    ,          ,       ,
      Without | the sens|ible | and true | avouch
                ,    ,
      Of mine^/own eyes.
 
MARCELLUS
                                  ,    ,          ,
                         Is it / not like | the king?
 
HORATIO
           ,     ,            ,
      As thou | art to | thyself,  \\
        ,             ,     ,      ,        ,
      Such was | the ve|ry arm|or he | had on,
        ,           ,        ,        ,   ,
      When the | ambi|tious Nor|way* com|bated:
            ,           ,          ,       ,       ,
      So frowned | he once,| when in | an ang|ry parle
           ,           ,       ,        ,        ,
      He smote | the sled|ded Pol|acks^on | the ice.
       ___     ___
      'Tis | strange.   \\
 
MARCELLUS
        T    T    .  T          ,     .   T    T    T
      Thus twice before,| and just | at this dead hour,
            ,         ,           ,     ,             ,
      With mar|tial stalk,| hath^he | gone by | our watch.
 
HORATIO
           ,        ,    2     ,           ,     2      ,
      In what | partic|ular thought | to work,| I know not:
       ,    2        ,           ,         ,    ,
      But in the | gross and | scope of | my o|pinion,
             ,             ,        ,        ,         ,
      This bodes | some strange | erup|tion to | our state.
 
MARCELLUS
            ,          ,          ,        ,          ,
      Good^now | sit down,| and tell | me he | that knows
            ,      T     T    .    T        ,        ,
      Why this | same strict and most | observ|ant watch,
           ,        ,          ,        ,         ,
      So night|ly toils | the sub|ject^of | the land,
       .   T    T   T       ,         ,        x
      And why such dai|ly cast | of braz|en cannon
           ,         ,         ,      ,         ,
      And for|eign mart | for imp|lements | of war:
       ,      2     T    .   T    T        T     T    T
      Why such^im|press of shipwrights,| whose sore task  ??
            ,        ,         ,         ,          ,
      Does not | divide | the Sun|day* from | the week,
             ,         ,         ,           ,       ,
      What might | be tow|ard, that | this swea|ty haste
             ,          ,       ,    ,             2     ,
      Doth make | the night | joint-lab/orer | with the day:
            x       ,            ,
      Who is it | that can | inform | me?
 
HORATIO
                                           ,        ,
                                         That | can I,
           ,           ,        ,                ,    ,
      At least | the whis|per goes | so. Our / last king,
             ,       x         ,        ,          ,
      Whose im|age even | but now | appeared | to us,
       ,     2        ,         ,       ,        ,
      Was (as you | know) by | Fortin|bras of | Norway,
             ,            ,            ,   ,   2     ,
      (Thereto | pricked^on | by a / most em|ulate pride)
        ,             ,   ,          ,           ,  2      ,
      Dared to | the com|bat. In | which, our | valiant | Hamlet,
            ,          ,      2      ,       ,        ,
      (For so | this side | of our known | world e|steemed him)
            ,          ,       ,                   ,    ,   ,
      Did slay | this Fort|inbras:| who* by a / sealed compact, (hex with two prev)
        T   T .  T        ,         ,     ,
      Well ratified | by law,| and her|aldry,
           ,          ,          ,          ,           ,
      Did for|feit (with | his life)| all those | his lands
                   ,      ,          ,        ,      ,
      Which he / stood seized | on, to | the con|queror:
          ,           ,        ,   2    ,     ,
      Against | the which,| a moi|ety comp|etent
           ,      ,         ,           ,         ,
      Was gag|ed by | our king:| which had | returned
       ,          ,     3  3    ,       ,
      To the | inher|itance of Fort|inbras,
      <-     ,         ,       ,      ,            ,     ,  2
        Had he || been van|quisher,| as by | the same | covenant
           ,         ,        ,    ,        ,
      And car|riage of | the art|icle | design,
       ,       2      ,        ,               ,       ,
      His fell* to | Hamlet.| Now sir,| young Fort|inbras,  ??
          ,    ,       ,        ,          ,
      Of un|improv|ed met|tle, hot | and full,
        ,              ,         ,         ,          ,
      Hath in | the skirts | of Nor|way, here | and there,
         ,             ,        ,        ,     ,
      Sharked up | a list | of law|less res|olutes,
            ,         ,            ,   ,      ,
      For food | and di|et, to / some ent|erprise
             ,        ,        x          2    ,   ,
      That hath | a stom|ach in it:| which is no | other
           ,          ,        ,       ,         ,
      (As it | doth well | appear | unto | our state)
           ,      ,      ,              ,     ,
      But to | recov|er of | us by / strong hand
            ,         ,      x            ,         ,
      And terms | compuls|ative,| those^fore|said^lands
       ,            ,       ,          ,          x
      So by | his fath|er lost:| and this |(I take it)
        2      ,     ,        ,        ,     ,
      Is the main | motive | of our | prepa|rations,
             ,          ,          ,                 ,     ,
      The source | of this | our watch,| and the / chief head
                  ,    ,          ,       ,         ,
      Of this / post-haste,| and rom|age in | the land.
 
[[[[BERNARDO
          ,         ,       ,             ,   ,
      I think | it be | no oth|er but / eene so:
        ,     2       ,           ,       ,         ,
      Well may it | sort that | this por|tentous | figure
        T     T      T            ,          ,          ,
      Comes armed through | our watch;| so like | the king
            ,         ,         ,              ,     ,
      That was | and is | the ques|tion of / these wars.
 
HORATIO
          ,        ,        ,              ,     ,
      A mote | it is | to troub|le the / mind's eye.
                 ,    ,         ,       ,          ,
      In the / most high | and pal|my state | of Rome,
         ,       ,          ,     2   ,   2    ,
      A lit|tle ere | the might|iest Ju|lius fell,
             ,            ,       ,       2      ,        ,
      The graves | stood^ten|antless | and the sheet|ed dead
             ,          ,       ,        ,        ,
      Did squeak | and gib|ber in | the Rom|an streets:
           ,             ,          ,          ,         ,
      As stars | with trains | of fire | and dews | of blood,
          ,       ,        ,                ,     ,
      Disast|ers in | the sun;| and the / moist star
        ,           ,    2     ,          ,         ,
      Upon | whose in|fluence Nep|tune's^em|pire stands
            ,        ,         ,    ,             ,
      Was sick | almost | to dooms|day with | eclipse:
            x          ,         ,           ,        ,
      And even | the like | precurse | of fierce | events,
          ,       ,        ,        ,           ,
      As har|bingers | preced|ing still | the fates
           ,    ,            ,      ,       ,
      And pro|logue to | the o|men com|ing on,
             x            ,        ,       ,      ,      ->
      Have heaven | and earth | togeth|er dem|onstrat||ed
       ,   2      ,     ,           ,      ,
      Un|to our clim|atures | and count|rymen.]]]]
 
[Enter Ghost]
            ,        ,     ,               ,        ,
      But soft,| behold:| lo, where | it comes | again:
                x        ,          ,          ,      ,
      I'll cross it,| though it | blast me.| Stay il|lusion:
           ,         ,      ,         ,         ,
      If thou | hast an|y sound,| or use | of voice,
        ,     2          ,        ,   2        ,       2     ,
      Speak to me.| If there | be an|y good* thing | to be done,
            ,         ,         ,          ,         ,      ,     2  ->
      That may | to thee | do ease,| and grace | to me;|| speak to me.
 
[Cock crows]
           ,         ,    3  3      ,          ,
      If thou | art pri|vy to thy count|ry's fate
              ,     ,           x         2   ,         ,
      (Which hap|pily | foreknowing | may avoid)| Oh speak.
           ,          ,        ,       ,         ,
      Or, if | thou hast | uphoard|ed in | thy life
          ,       ,        ,         ,         ,
      Extort|ed treas|ure in | the womb | of earth,
             ,           ,           x            ,         ,
      (For which,| they say,| you spirits | oft^walk | in death)
        ,              ,          ,       ,    2     ,
      Speak of | it. Stay,| and speak.| Stop it Mar|cellus.
 
MARCELLUS
        ,          ,    ,                  ,    ,
      Shall I | strike at / it with | my part|isan?
 
HORATIO
       ,            ,          ,
      Do, if | it will | not stand.
 
BERNARDO
                                             ,
                                      'Tis here.
 
HORATIO
                                                      ,
                                               'Tis here.
 
[Exit Ghost]
 
MARCELLUS
             ,
      'Tis gone.  \\
          ,        ,       2    ,       ,    ,
      We do | it wrong,| being so | majest|ical
          ,      ,         ,        ,    ,
      To of|fer it | the show | of vi|olence,
           ,       ,        ,       ,    2  ,
      For it | is as | the air,| invul|nerable,
                  ,    ,        ,         ,    ,
      And our / vain blows,| mali|cious mock|ery.
 
BERNARDO
          ,       ,         ,                  ,    ,
      It was | about | to speak,| when the / cock crew.
 
HORATIO
            ,         ,         ,        ,       ,
      And then | it start|ed, like | a guil|ty thing
        ,        ,       ,        ,          ,
      Upon | a fear|ful sum|mons. I | have heard,
            ,          ,         ,       ,         ,
      The cock | that is | the trump|et to | the day,
        ,              ,              ,     ,          ,
      Doth with | his lof|ty and / shrill-sound|ing throat
         ,         ,        ,         ,        ,       ->
      Awake | the god | of day:| and at | his warn||ing,
       ,      2    ,         ,         ,         ,
      Wheth|er in sea,| or fire,| in earth,| or air,
         2   ,      ,         ,       ,         ,
      The extrav|agant,| and er|ring spir|it, hies
                ,   ,         ,         ,          ,
      To his / confine.| And of | the truth | herein,
            ,        ,         ,        ,    ,
      This pres|ent ob|ject* made | proba|tion.
 
MARCELLUS
          ,      ,         ,       ,         ,
      It fad|ed on | the crow|ing of | the cock.
            ,          ,       ,           ,        ,
      Some say,| that ev|er gainst | that seas|on comes
        ,    2       ,           ,         ,    ,    
      Wherein our | Savior's | birth is | cele|brated,
            ,         ,        ,       ,            ,
      The bird | of dawn|ing sing|eth all | night^long:
            ,          ,          x       T     T  .  T
      And then |(they say)| no spirit | dares stir abroad,
             ,           ,           ,         ,         ,
      The nights | are whole|some, then | no plan|ets strike,
          ,       ,           ,            ,          ,
      No fai|ry talks,| nor witch | hath power | to charm:
          ,          ,        ,         ,         ,
      So hal|lowed, and | so gra|cious is | the time.
 
HORATIO
           ,        ,          ,        ,           x
      So have | I heard,| and do | in part | believe it.
            ,          ,        ,        ,       ,
      But look,| the morn | in rus|set mant|le clad,
        ,              ,     .  T    T    T         ,
      Walks ore | the dew | of yon high east|ward hill,
        ,              ,          ,        ,       ,
      Break we | our watch | up, and | by my | advice
       ,           ,          ,          ,        ,
      Let us | impart | what we | have seen | tonight
       ,       ,    ,               ,         ,
      Unto | young Ham/let. For | upon | my life,
            ,        ,        ,          ,         ,
      This spir|it dumb | to us,| will speak | to him:
          ,         ,         ,          ,             x
      Do you | consent | we shall | acquaint | him with it,
           ,       ,         ,      ,     2       ,
      As need|ful in | our loves,| fitting our | duty?
 
MARCELLUS
              x         ,        ,         ,         ,
      Let's^do it | I pray,| and I | this morn|ing know
             ,           ,          ,        ,       ,
      Where we | shall find | him most | conven|iently.

[Exeunt]

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