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DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. CLAUDIUS, King of Denmark. MARCELLUS, HAMLET, Son to the former, and BERNARDO,

} Officers. Nephew to the present King.

FRANCISCO, a Soldier. HORATIO, Friend to Hamlet.

REYNALDO, Servant lo Polonius. POLONIUS, Lord Chamberlain. LAERTES, bis Son.

A Caplain. Ambassadors. VOLTIMAND,

Ghost of Hamlet's Father. CORNELIUS,

FORTINBRAS, Prince of Norway.
ROSENCRANTZ,
Courtiers.'

Two Clowns, Grave-diggers.
GUILDENSTERŃ,
OSRICK, a Courlier.

GERTRUDE, Queen of Denmark, Another Courtier.

and Mother to Hamlet. A Priest.

OPHELIA, Daughter to Polonius. Lords, Ladies, Officers, Soldiers, Players, Sailors, Messengers, and

Attendants.

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Elsinore. A Platform before the Castle.
FRANCISCO on his post. Enter to hum BERNARDO.
Ber. Who's there?
Fran.

Nay, answer me: stand, and unfold Yourself.

Ber. Long live the king!
Frun.

Bernardor

He.

Ber.
Fran. You come most carefully upon your hour.
Ber. 'T is now struck twelve: get thee to bed, Francisco.

Fran. For this relief much thanks. 'Tis bitter cold,
And I am sick at heart.

Ber. Have you had quiet guard?
Fran.

Not a mouse stirring.
Ber. Well, good night.
If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.

Enter HORATIO and MARCELLUS.
Fran. I think I hear them. Stand, ho! Who is there!
Hor. Friends to this ground.
Mar.

And liegemen to the Dane.
Fran. Give you good night.
Mar.

0! farewell, honest soldier: Who hath reliev'd you? Fran.

Bernardo has my place. Give you good night.

[Exit FRANCISCO. Mar.

Holla! Bernardo!
Ber.

Say.
What! is Horatio there?
Hor.

A piece of him.
Ber. Welcome, Horatio : welcome, good Marcellus.
Hor. What, has this thing appear'd again to-night?
Ber. I have seen nothing.

Mar. Horatio says, 't is but our fantasy,
And will not let belief take hold of him,
Touching this dreaded sight twice seen of us.
Therefore, I have entreated him along
With us, to watch the minutes of this night;
That, if again this apparition come,
He may approve our eyes, and speak to it.

Hor. Tush, tush! 't will not appear.
Ber.

Sit down awhile;
And let us once again assail your ears,

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