Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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PLAYER QUEEN
Nor earth to me give food, nor heaven light.
205 Sport and repose lock from me day and night.
To desperation turn my trust and hope.
An anchor’s cheer in prison be my scope.
Each opposite that blanks the face of joy
Meet what I would have well and it destroy.
210 Both here and hence pursue me lasting strife
If, once a widow, ever I be wife!
PLAYER QUEEN
May the earth refuse me food and the heavens go dark, may I have no rest day and night, may my trust and hope turn to despair—may the gloom of a prison overtake me, and may my every joy be turned to sorrow.
May I know no peace either in this life or the next one, if I become a wife again after I am a widow.
HAMLET
If she should break it now!
HAMLET
Nice vow, but what if she breaks it?
PLAYER KING
'Tis deeply sworn. Sweet, leave me here awhile.
My spirits grow dull, and fain I would beguile
215 The tedious day with sleep.
PLAYER KING
You have made this vow with deep sincerity. My dear, leave me alone now awhile. My mind is getting foggy, and I would like to sleep and escape this endless day.
The PLAYER KING sleeps
The PLAYER KING sleeps.
PLAYER QUEEN
    Sleep rock thy brain,
And never come mischance between us twain.
PLAYER QUEEN
Sleep tight, and may nothing come between us.
Exit PLAYER QUEEN
The PLAYER QUEEN exits.
HAMLET
Madam, how like you this play?
HAMLET
Madam, how are you liking this play?
GERTRUDE
The lady protests too much, methinks.
GERTRUDE
The lady’s overdoing it, I think.
HAMLET
Oh, but she’ll keep her word.
HAMLET
Oh, but she’ll keep her word.
CLAUDIUS
220Have you heard the argument? Is there no offense in ’t?
CLAUDIUS
Do you know the plot? Is there anything offensive in it?
HAMLET
No, no, they do but jest. Poison in jest. No offense i' th' world.
HAMLET
No, no, it’s just a joke, a little jibe but all in good fun. Not offensive at all.
CLAUDIUS
What do you call the play?
CLAUDIUS
What’s the play called?

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