Hamlet Act II, Scene ii: First Folio no Punctuation


Hamlet       Act II, Scene ii       Hamlet  
(First Folio edition, with no punctuation)

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  1. I so God buy’ ye  Now I am alone.
  2. Oh what a Rogue and Pesant slave am I?
  3. Is it not monstrous that this Player heere
  4. But in a fixtion in a dreame of passion
  5. Could force his soule so to his whole conceit
  6. That from her working all his visage warm’d
  7. Teares in his eyes distraction in’s Aspect
  8. A broken voyce and his whole Funcion suiting
  9. With formes to his Conceit?  And all for nothing?
  10. For Hecuba?
  11. What’s Hecuba to him or he to Hecuba
  12. That he should weepe for her?  What would he doe
  13. Had he the Motive and the Cue for passion
  14. That I have?  He would drowne the Stage in teares
  15. And cleave the generall eare with horrid speech
  16. Make mad the guilty and apale the free
  17. Confound the ignorant and amaze indeed
  18. The very faculty of Eyes and Eares. Yet I
  19. A dull and muddy-mettled Rascall peake
  20. Like John-a-dreames unpregnant of my cause
  21. And can say nothing No not for a King
  22. Upon whose property and most deere life
  23. A damn’d defeate was made.  Am I a Cow-ard?
  24. Who calls me villaine? Breaks my pate acrosse?
  25. Pluckes off my Beard and blowes it in my face?
  26. Tweakes me by’th’Nose?  Gives me the Lye I’the’Throate
  27. As deep as to the Lungs?   Who does me this?
  28. Ha?  Why I should take it for it can not be
  29. But I am Pigeon liver’d and lacke Gall
  30. To make Opression bitter or ere this
  31. I should have fatted all the Region Kites
  32. With this Slave’s Offal bloudy a Bawdy villain
  33. Remorseless Trecherous Letcherous Kindless villaine!
  34. O Vengeance!
  35. Who? What an Asse am I? I sure this is most brave
  36. That I the Sonne of the Deere Murthered
  37. Prompted to my Revenge by Heaven and Hell
  38. Must like a Whore unpacke my heart with words
  39. And fall a-Cursing like a very Drab
  40. A Scullion? Fye upon’t Foh!  About my Braine.
  41. I have heard that guilty Creatures sitting at a Play
  42. Have by the very cunning of the Scene
  43. Been stroke so to the sould that presently
  44. They have proclaim’d their malefactions
  45. For murther thought it have no tongue will speake
  46. With most miraculous organ. Ile have these Players
  47. Play something like the murder of my Father
  48. Before mine Unkle. Ile observe his lookes
  49. Ile tent him to the Quicke If he but blench
  50. I know my course. The Spirit that I have seene
  51. May be the Divell and Divell hath power
  52. To assume a pleasing shape yea and perhaps
  53. Out of my Weaknesse and my melancholy
  54. As he is very potent with such spirits
  55. Abuses me to damne me. I’ll have grounds
  56. More Relative then this The Play’s the thing
  57. Wherein Ile catch the Conscience of the King.

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